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"Tommy, yo Tommy. Wake up bro," the voice of Jason sounded.
Tommy opened his eyes and looked up seeing Jason shaking him. Tommy sat up slowly and held the back of his head. He stared at the ground as he rubbed his head saying, "What happened?"
"I'd say we lost round one," Jason said. Jason helped Tommy stand as he still held his head.
Tommy said, "We better contact..."
Before he could finish, everyone automatically were teleported to the Command Center. In a flash of six colors, each ranger found themselves before Zordon.
"Rangers! Your ok!" Alpha said, welcoming them.
"So whats going on," Trini asked.
Kim asked, "Who were those goons?"
Zach asked, "Why did they attack us?"
"What did they want with us?" Billy asked.
"Who sent them?" Jason asked.
Tommy said nothing but stared at the floor. Zordon answered, "Rangers, a new enemy has begun his attempt to take earth as his own. A villian with more power than anyone I can imagine. Behold the viewing globe."
The six turned and looked at the viewing globe which began showing pictures of their new foe. Zordon explained, "This is Shao Kahn. The emperor of Outworld."
"Whats an out world?" Zach asked.
Zordon answered, "Earth is but one of many realms, or worlds. Shao Kahn challenges the greatest fighters with his and if he loses, he must wait 500 more years before he can try again. However, if he wins, he claims the realm and merges it with his realm known as Outworld. A barren waste land of darkness, just as Shao Kahn likes it."
The rangers saw images of Kahn alongside a four armed creature. Kim asked, "What is that?"
Zordon answered, "Goro, from a race known as the Shokan. A race of four armed warriors."
"A very interesting looking beast," Billy said.
Trini said, "We may end up battling Goro right?"
"It is possible," Zordon answered.
"Rita never came up with anything that scary," Trini said.
Zordon continued, "The warriors you faced today were called tarkatas and their leader known as Baraka..."
Tommy interrupted saying, "Who I hope to get my hands on. He wasn't winning, even with those blades."
Zordon said, "I anticipate Kahn sending the army back to finish you. Be ready."
"We will," Jason said.
Tommy looked at Jason and said, "Jason, look. I know your the leader but...can I..."
Jason smiled and put his hand on Tommy shoulder and said, "Yes, you can fight Baraka."
Tommy smiled saying, "Thanks."
Jason told him, "Make sure he gets one of your back spinning heel kicks."
Tommy said, "You got it."
Up on the moon, the heavy set Wario was waiting. He looked at his watch and said, "It's been 12 hours. He musta be there now."
Wario belched and began making his way towards the castle. He shuffled as he waddled his way to the door and knocked. After a few moments, the old man named Shang Tsung answered the door. He said, "It's about time. Get in here."
He opened the door as Wario nearly had to turn sideways to fit. He followed Shang Tsung up a set of stairs. On the top floor, Shao Khan was sitting in his chair. Shang approached saying, "Wario has returned."
"You saida come back ina 12 hours to. Be paid," Wario said.
"Yes, good job Wario. You have done well today," Shao Khan said.
"I do geta paid, right?" Wario asked.
"You get paid. I am a conqueror of my word," Kahn said. He walked to a table with a big white bag. As Kahn picked them up, Wario farted. The sound echoed through the room.
Wario simply laughed. Kahn picked up the box as he handed the box to Shang Tsung saying, "You give this to him."
Kahn moved away as Tsung said, "But sir..."
"Do it!" Kahn commanded.
Shang Tsung covered his nose as he handed Wario the bag as he said, "It's about time."
Wario reached into the bag and pulled out a chocolate donut. He took a bite and said, "I love donuts."
Kahn said, "I'm sure you do..."
Wario ate many donuts and continued to lick his fingers and lips. He burped loud as footsteps came from a portal. Baraka and the army moved towards Shao Kahn. Kahn walked to Baraka and asked, "How did it go?"
Baraka answered, "It was a flawless victory."
Kahn said, "So they weren't too challenging?"
Baraka laughed and said, "They presented no challenge."
"Their morphed versions were obsolete?" Kahn asked.
"They never had the chance, sir," Baraka said.
"Excellent Baraka. I don't see why Rita had so much problems. Tomorrow, we finish them! Tomorrow you will all kill them. Do we have this understanding?" Kahn asked.
The army gave cheers and whistles. Baraka said, "It will be easy."
Kahn said, "Once I take out the Power Rangers, earthrealm will be mine. But I must defeat them first. Everyone get the rest you need. A meal will be prepared by Shang Tsung."
Kitana walked into the room overhearing the conversation and said, "Taking over another innocent realm. The people who live there might not like that. They are innocent, you know."
Kahn looked at her and said, "This will not take long. We will be on our way tomorrow evening."
"To take over another realm..." Kitana said as she shook her head.
"It's what we do, Kitana. It's what we live for," Kahn said.
"One day you won't get to take over a realm. You will be defeated. I look forward to that day," Kitana said.
Kahn laughed saying, "No one can stand up to my army. I am too powerful!"
"You over confidence will be your down fall," she told him.
"I say to you Kitana, you are not treating your father very well," Kahn said.
Kitana said, "Step father! You are not my father! I know who my father is..was..."
Kitana stormed out and want to her room. Kitana stared out the window into space. She thought of how Shao Kahn wasted time with conquering realms day after day. She prayed one day it would stop. There was no reason for this. No reason at all.
All of the tarkatas hurried to the big dining room. Goro walked by them all and gave high fives to many of them, as they walked by. Kahn looked at Goro saying, "It's good to see your wounds have healed."
"As am I. The tarkatan army was successful I assume?" Goro asked.
"Of course. Did you think otherwise?" Kahn asked.
Goro said, "I expected only victory."
Scorpion and Lamie stepped into the room as Lamie said, "This was the easiest take over we have done."
Goro looked at her and said, "Come here and give me a hug. Its been too long."
Lamie walked to Goro. He leaned down and embrassed her with all four arms and easily lifted her as he said, "It's been far too long."
"Too long indeed. I was wondering how long I would have to deal with Rita," she said.
Goro put her down as he put a hand on Scorpion's shoulder saying, "She is away from Rita, and safe, right?"
Scorpion spoke in a voice that sounded like fire, "She is indeed."
Kahn walked to his crew and said, "I will ready the Outworld forces and be ready to merge with earthrealm."
Kahn headed to the portal and vanished. Goro and the others went to the dining room with all the tarkatas having their meal. Goro stood by the long table and said, "In the morning, we shall witness the merger of Outworld with what seems to be the greatest realm. The earthrealm!"
The tarkatas all raised their voices in agreement as Goro went on, "It has been an honor to serve with you all. I will await the news of victory. This will be the easiest victory."
Goro took a glass of wine and raised it into the air and said, "To the tarkatan army of Outworld!"
The army as well as everyone else raised the glasses and in unison shouted, "To the tarkatan army!"
Goro drank from his glass which was small in his hand as he said, "I need more!"
He saw the jug containing wine on the counter. A few of the tarkatas ran for it as well. Goro ran very fast and held back several Tarkatas and grabbed the big jug. One tarkata said, "Hey, no fair!"
Goro laughed saying, "Too slow!"
Goro filled the glass of the tarkata and took a swig and walked to Kitana's room. He knocked lightly. Kitana called out, "Who is it?"
"Bad company, Goro said.
"Come in," she told him.
Goro opened the door and walked through as he had to duck his head. Goro asked, "Are you alright?"
"Of course," she said glumly.
"First, you need some wine," he said handing her the jug.
She refused and said, "You know I don't drink wine."
Goro took another drink and said, "That just means more for me. So whats wrong?"
"Kahn..." she said.
Goro said, "I thought so."
"I'm tired of this. Why do we even do this?" Kitana asked.
"For the glory of Outworld," Goro said as he drank again.
"Sounds like a waste of time," Kitana said.
Goro said, "Yes, but fighting isn't. I love to fight, and drink wine..."
"I'm sure the people of each realm don't want to live in a dark wasteland as a slave," Kitana said.
"Kahn doesn't enslave people. The ones who choose to serve him are usually given something decent to do in Outworld," he said.
Kitana said, "Still a waste. Can you imagine having to live in Outworld? You live in Shokana. A place Kahn hasn't taken over...yet."
"I believe I am important enough that he would leave my realm alone," Goro said.
"What is to stop him from taking over your realm," she asked.
"Nothing," he admitted. "But I doubt it."
"This needs to stop," she said.
Goro took another drink and said, "Everything will be alright. I'm going to go, this wine is getting to me."
Goro waved and stood up as he hit his head on the top of the door frame, leaving a huge dent in the top. Kitana laid back as another sleepless night was upon her.
At the Youth Center, Jason and the other four were sitting at a table with juice. They watched as Tommy was practicing his martial arts against a punching bag while Billy steadied it. Jason took a sip of his juice as he said, "Looks like Tommy is eager to fight Baraka."
"He has been training for quite a while," Kim said.
Trini said, "I think he wants to be ready."
"We all do," Zach said.
They watched as Tommy threw a few combinations and a few kicks. Billy kept hold of the bag as best as he could. Billy said to him, "Are you nervous?"
"No, just ready to get this over with," Tommy said.
"I'm sure you will send Baraka packing," Billy said.
Kim asked Jason, "Do you think they will attack soon?"
"I dont see why not. I would assume that they figured we were easy and want to do this quickly," Jason said.
Zach said, "So how do we beat these guys?"
Jason said, "Well, if Tommy can handle Baraka, we should be able to handle the army. But we should morph before the fight. I didn't think they would know we would need to morph."
Trini said, "They aren't putties though. There are 40 of them."
Jason nodded, "I know. Maybe we should get into a more open space so we surrounded by bushes and people at the park."
Zach said, "How about the outskirts near the skate park? That's big open field."
Jason said, "Good idea. We can head there. Somehow, they had way of knowing where we were. They will do it again."
Kim said, "I'm in."
"Me too," Trini said.
"Me three," Zach added.
Tommy and Billy had made their way over as Tommy said, "I'm ready."
The six made their way outside and headed towards the skate park. Jason began talking, "Alright team, here is our game plan."
"To kick their butts!" Zach said.
Jason said, "Exactly. Tommy will fight their leader, Baraka. The rest of us have the army to deal with."
"How do we beat them?" Billy asked.
"I assume just like the putties. They could only take so much before they quit," Jason said.
Kim asked, "What if they can't be beaten."
"Then this Kahn guy is brainless. If I was a conqueror I would make sure I could defeat everyone on my team," Jason said
"Good point," Tommy said. "Just in case someone tried to rise up against you."
Trini said, "I will never understand evil."
"Where do you find reliable help at?" Kim asked
"Do you force them to help?" Billy asked.
Tommy added, "Their day job is conqeroring, so they can't pay anyone."
The team continued to talk as they made their way along. On the horizon, Jason could see the army. Jason said, "Hear we go."
The army advanced closer as Kim asked, "Do you see Baraka?"
Jason shook his head and said, "Tommy, we will move closer. You stay here and keep watching. I'm sure Baraka will show up last."
"You got it," Tommy said.
Jason looked at the other four and said, "Let's go."
The five walked side by side as the army moved closer. The army encirled the five and extended their arm blades. Jason shouted, "It's morphin' time!"
Saber toothed tiger!
Each ranger changed into their respective suits. Jason called out, "Let's show these guys they picked the wrong planet to conqueror!"
The army moved closer. Jason drew his sword and charged ahead. Slashing a few Tarkatas sending them to the ground. Kim and Trini fought together as Kim shot arrows at the army and Trini struck the dangerous foes with her daggers. Zach used his axe to cut down the army and Billy used his lance to knock down many tarkats at once.
Baraka finally appeared at the end of the hill. Tommy walked closer. Baraka moved forward as well. Baraka shouted, "Your end is near!"
Tommy didn't say a word. He simply walked closer and threw the first punch, sending Baraka to the ground. He held his face and stood up and extended his arm blades. Baraka said, "My blades shall taste your blood!"
Tommy still said nothing. He quickly took out his morpher and transformed into the green ranger. He drew his dagger and used it to defend against Baraka's blades. Tommy didn't let the
reach disadvantage affect the battle. He struck Baraka time and time again.
Baraka fell back. He growled as he stood up and held one blade still and struck the blade and created a spark. The spark fired at Tommy as he fell down. Baraka advanced as Tommy got to one knee and played a tune on his dagger as three bolts of electricity struck Baraka. Baraka
groaned as his metal blades heated momentarily.
Tommy charged at Baraka and struck him time and time again. Baraka could not handle Tommy. Tommy then preformed his back spinning heel kick, connecting with Baraka head.
Baraka spun around and landed face first on the ground.
"I knew you couldn't defeat me on your own," Tommy said.
Then Tommy got an idea. He called out, "Guys let me use the Power Blaster!"
Zach tossed Tommy his axe. Tommy caught it as Baraka charged forward. Tommy put the axe into gun mode and fired at Baraka. The blast knocked Baraka backwards. Tommy tossed the axe into the air shouting, "Power Axe!"
Kim tossed Tommy her bow. He caught it and realized he was holding a bow but couldn't figure out where the arrows came from. He saw Baraka charging again as he held one end and hit
Baraka with the other end. Kim called out to him, "Tommy, thats not how you use that!"
Baraka fell down from the attack as Tommy tossed the bow into the air and shouted, "Power Bow!"
Trini threw her daggers at Tommy as he caught them. Using two daggers felt better than just one. He struck Baraka even with the reach disadvantage. Baraka fell down again as Tommy tossed the daggers into the air shouting, "Power Daggers!"
Billy tossed his lance. Tommy again caught it and whirled it around like a staff. He struck Baraka with a quick and blinding assault. Baraka fell again as Tommy split the weapon in two and tossed them into the air shouting, "Power Lance!"
Jason threw his sword. Tommy caught it and smiled as he felt at home. He struck Baraka with great skill, making Baraka look like a child fighting a skilled swordsman. Baraka fell yet again as Tommy tossed it up into the air shouting, "Power Sword!"
Tommy leapt into the air and grabbed the new weapon shouting, "Power Blaster!"
Baraka slowly stood up as Tommy aimed the weapon carefully. Tommy fired at Baraka as he shouted, "Fire!"
The blaster fired a bright yellow laser beam. However, Tommy was immediately thrown hard to the ground. The recoil the Power Blaster had was too much for Tommy to handle. Tommy bumbled around as the Power Blaster came apart.
Jason struck one tarkata after another. They would fall down and get back up only to take some more. Jason could recall previous monsters that took less damage before retreating. He pulled out his blade blaster and set it to gun mode and used his hand to steady himself and fired. Many tarkatas fell down groaning in pain.
Jason noticed the tarkatas that were shot laid still. The blast must have been too much. He shouted, "Guys shoot them!"
Each ranger took out their blade blaster and fired rounds of fire as holes burned through the skin of the tarkatas. One after another each tarkata was finished.
Tommy stood up as Baraka laughed saying, "Your failure will be your defeat!"
The other five hurried to Tommy and stood slightly behind him. Tommy said, "Let's attack him together!"
Everyone else shouted, "Right!"
Every ranger jumped into the air with blade blasters ready. Billy and Zach landed and ran past
Baraka and struck him. Trini ,and Kim fired their blasters while in the air. Jason struck Baraka knocking him into the air. Tommy used his dagger to hit Baraka back down to the ground.
Baraka growled as he stood up and created sparks from his blades firing them at his opponents. Tommy recognized the attack and used his dagger to play a tune. The spark hit Tommy and bounced off and struck Baraka. The other five rangers fell down from the sparks.
Jason stood up and called out, "He just wants to shoot us? Fine. Tower formation!"
Jason stood in the center with Billy and Zach next to him. Trini and Kim stood on their shoulders. They each fired their blaster to the center, creating a diamond shaped wave of energy. The wave fired at Baraka. Tommy used his dagger to play a tune and caused lightning bolts to surround the wave of energy. The electric wave struck Baraka dead on. Baraka flew backwards as he fell on his head.
Tommy hurried to the disassembled Power Blaster and hurried to reassemble it. He gripped the
handle ready to fire. He called out, "Everyone. I need help!"
Jason and Billy stood on opposite sides of Tommy and held the Power Bow steady. The other three braced Tommy. Tommy fired as the yellow laser came from the metallic blaster. Baraka was struck and erupted in a massive explosion.
Tommy smiled to himself inside his helmet now that Baraka was defeated. He looked at Jason and said, "Now I see why you have the others help you with this."
"You thought I was holding it by myself? What did you think everyone else was doing?," Jason told him.
Tommy shrugged and said, "It looked like everyone else posed.
Zach said, "Is that it? Not going to grow?"
"Good, I don't want to see those teeth in giant form," Kim said.
Jason said, "Good job guys!"
The rangers demorphed as Tommy said, "I'm gonna head home. I wanna take it easy."
Jason high fived Tommy and said, "I agree. See ya later bro."
The rangers each headed for home. The story of the defeat of the Tarkatan army would only be the beginning.
Shao Kahn returned from Outworld and walked towards Goro, Lamie, and Scorpion. He looked very pleased. He spoke to them as he was excited, "The forces of Outworld are ready to merge with earthrealm!"
Goro said, "Excellent. We are just awaiting Baraka and the army."
Kahn asked, "You mean they haven't returned?"
Goro shook his head.
Kahn was a little confused as he said, "He has had ample time. Where is he?"
Kahn stared at earth from the top floor of the castle, wondering where his army was at.
To be continued...