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Old October 31st, 2016, 09:40 AM   #181
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ULTIMATE LEGACY: RECAP


Reality shattered, leaving shards of time and space. The Ultimate Power Rangers journeyed through these fragments to unravel the secrets that led to the destruction of the Wheel of Time. Using mysterious Ranger Keys, they hoped to uncover the truth about their past, and restore their universe.

The Rangers’ quest led them to a shattered piece of reality where an army of Amazons, female descendants of angels, guarded the Gates of Tartarus. Tyler recognized the leader of the Amazons as an alternate version of Lauren Shiba, the former Red Samurai Ranger and Red Hurricane Ranger.

The Armada attacked the Rangers and Amazons, destroying the Gates of Tartarus.

The battle unleashed Los Dark and his Ghost Ship, which the Rangers boarded just as the home of the Amazons shattered into nothingness.

Lauren insisted on returning home after the defeat of Los Dark, even though she and the Rangers saw her world destroyed. When they arrived at the coordinates, however, they saw Lauren’s world restored.




Chapter 17- Samurai: The Guaranteed Showy Samurai

The Legacy Galleon flew through the remnants of space-time. The rangers planned to return Lauren home after their adventure on board the Ghost Ship. They thought their efforts wasted, having witnessed Lauren’s home shatter into nothingness. But somehow, they found the Amazon’s homeworld intact — mostly.

The world looked broken, held together by waves of energy that ebbed and flowed with multi-colored light.

Seth narrowed his eyes at the sight. “That’s weird…We’ve seen plenty of worlds unravel, but never stitch back up.”

“What does it mean?” Lauren asked, a glimmer of hope in her eyes. “Are my sisters…?”

“We’re too far to tell,” Mat said from his sensor console.

“Any idea what happened?” Tyler asked.

Mat shook his head. “No, that would be too convenient. But I am picking up traces of our friends, the Armada. It doesn’t look like they left after our last fight.”

“Why?” Kira asked.

Seth narrowed his eyes. “Syd…”

“You think Argus waited for you?” Kym asked.

“Maybe…” Seth said. “I’m going to find out.”

Without another word, he turned and started walking from the ship.

“Seth, wait!” Kym called for him.

“Let him go,” Tyler said. “He has business to take care of. Let him do it.”

***

Argus stared through the viewport of the Armada flagship. He reached out with his senses and tried to find something of importance: His sword, Barizarg, forged from flares of destruction that followed a rip in time and space.

The cyborg felt a connection to the weapon — its blade matched the metal of his body armor, the remnants of a reality where man and machine melded seamlessly.

The Armada flagship had used its spatial-temporal tractor beams to stich the remnants of the Amazon’s world back together — a technique similar to the one used to create the Armada Hub.

Afterword, Argus sensed his sword on the torn patchwork of a planet.

He started to walk from the bridge when Levira called for him.

“Argus…Where are you going…?”

“I do not answer to you,” he said without turning. “I answer only to His Highness.”

The villain walked off the bridge, and the door closed behind him.

***

Lauren crouched on the dirt ground of her island, barely recognizable. She narrowed her eyes and looked across the landscape, partially scorched, partially twisted, with patches of urban cities jutting from the ground at random.

“This place…is barely recognizable,” she whispered, her voice grim.

“It’s probably not even the same island,” Mat said. “Not the one you remember, at least.”

“Then why did you bring me back here?” she asked.

Mat shrugged. “You asked us to?”

She glared at Mat and stalked towards him.

Tyler stood in front of him, a small protective posture. “Mat, be less of an idiot.”

“No promises…”

Kym laid a gentle hand on Lauren’s arm. “With the Shattering…nothing makes sense. This is your home, but it isn’t.”

Kira nodded. “This place is a patchwork of different times and realities.”

“What of my sisters? I can sense them, somewhere. Somewhere close,” Lauren said.

“Let’s see what we can find,” Tyler said. “We’ve never seen a shattered planet come back before. Maybe your sisters did too.”

Tyler walked deeper into the Patchwork World, and the others followed.

***

Miles away — if there was such a thing after the destruction of time and space — a sword rested in the ground, its blade plunged into the dirt.

Argus recognized the blade as his own.

The villain walked onto the battle scene to retrieve his sword. And there, he faced Seth.

“I’ve been waiting. Syd,” Seth said as he walked towards Argus, stopping close enough to touch. “Prince Vekar said it, didn’t he? You’re Syd. So open your eyes. Remember me!”

Syd punched Seth’s gut, sending him staggering backward.

The villain pulled his sword from the ground, turned, and started to walk away.

Seth crouched as he caught his breath. “Syd…I’m going to make you remember who you are.”

The teen unsheathed his Power Saber. He copied Syd’s technique, stepping into a fighting stance and moving his sword through an arc that ebbed with energy.

Argus tilted his head. “So…you’re copying me?”

“I need you to remember,” Seth said.

The ranger swung through an x-shaped pattern that fired an x-shaped energy blast. The blast spun towards Argus like a propeller. But he blocked and swatted the energy blast aside with bursts of sparks.

“I am Argus.” The villain shifted into a casual fighting stance. “I have the perfect cybernetic body. And I am Prince Vekar’s loyal follower. I do not know this Syd.”

Argus turned and started walking away.

Seth tightened his grip on his blade. “You’re lying!” He ran towards Argus and grabbed him by the shoulder. “Syd, wake up!”

Argus snapped around with a slash. Seth barely blocked; their blades sparked. The villain twisted the ranger’s weapon downward.

“Please remember!” Seth shouted.

Argus knocked Seth’s sword from his hand and pommeled the teen’s gut, knocking him to the ground.

Argus lifted Seth and hurled him through the air. The ranger crashed and tumbled, and his morpher fell from his pocket, scattering across the ground.

Argus turned, and again, started to walk away.

Seth narrowed his eyes as he watched him leave. “Syd…you’re gone, aren’t you? You’re gone…”

***

Prince Vekar stumbled through the bridge and grasped his arm, no longer bleeding — not that he cared. He still felt flickers of pain, and those flickers may as well have been mortal wounds as far as he was concerned.

“Those cursed rogues! They injured me! Hurt me!” he shouted.

Levira consoled him as she helped him to his command chair. “It will be all right, my Prince.”

“My wound is throbbing. Throbbing!” Vekar shouted.

“Should we cancel the operation for now, Your Highness?” Damaras asked.

“How dare they harm my body…?!” Vekar grumbled. “That’s unforgiveable! Defeat those damned renegades!”

Deratsu Gair nodded. “It will be done.”

***

Tyler, Lauren, Mat, Kira and Kym moved through jungles that shifted from lush and green one minute, to dead and withered the next.

Kira sighed with impatience. “Should we split up? It might be faster.”

Lauren shook her head. “You’ve already lost one of your comrades.”

“He’s not lost,” Tyler said matter-of-factly. “He’ll be back.”

“How can you be so sure? How can you even know he’ll survive?”

Tyler smirked. “Because…it’s him and me. I knew it from the moment we met…”

***

Shortly after Seth and Syd’s defection

Tyler crouched on a cliff and looked down into the valley of a Flux World. Ruined buildings and piles of rubble dotted the landscape.

“It looks like the Armada destroyed this planet too…” he said quietly.

Tyler heard voices shout from the other side of the valley. He looked to see a squad of X-Borgs swarm around a teen in black. The teen — who Tyler would later know as Seth — duel-wielded swords, hacking and slashing through grunts as he tried to run for cover.

Curious, Tyler smirked at the sight. “He’s not bad…”

Zergs advanced on Seth. They opened fire with fist-cannons, firing bolts of blue energy. The blasts exploded around Seth with bursts of flame, whipping him off his feet.

On the ground, defenseless, Seth reached for his fallen swords as the X-Borgs closed in.

Suddenly, bullets tore through grunts with bursts of spark.

Seth looked up to see Tyler move through the grunts with his Power Saber in one hand and blaster in the other.

The ranger opened fire, blasting grunts with bursts of spark. Several X-Borgs moved in close; Tyler slashed and kicked them aside. He spun past an X-Borg and pommeled it to the ground.

The ranger flashed a side-smile at Seth. “A fight between Armada members? That’s an interesting sight to see.” Tyler kicked Seth’s sword into the teen’s hand. “I think I’ll help out.”

Seth climbed to his feet. “You’re that renegade…” he said, out of breath. “You won’t get any credits out of saving me, you know.”

“I don’t want anything like that.” Tyler swung his sword casually over his shoulder. “What I want…is you.”

“That’s a weird thing to say-”

The X-Borgs renewed their charge. Tyler blasted several off their feet; he turned with a wide swing, slashing three X-Borgs to the ground.

Seth twirled his blades, hacking and slashing through a group of X-Borgs before they could move in too close. The teen somersaulted, rolled to his feet, and stood back-to-back with Tyler.

The X-Borgs circled around them. Tyler looked over his shoulder at Seth and smirked; Seth did the same.

They attacked, swords flashing and slashing through armor. The teens hacked and kicked, bashing the grunts to the ground and whipping them off their feet.

The teens fought without hesitation, until the last X-Borg fell.

Tyler dropped his guard and looked to Seth. “I like the way you handle a sword. And that look in your eyes when you do it.”

“You’ll probably change your mind when you look at this.” Seth touched the collar around his neck. “It’s a tracker. They can follow me wherever I go. And if I try to take it off? It emits an electric discharge.”

Tyler grabbed the collar. “A shock trap, huh?”

Seth narrowed his eyes. “What are you doing?”

“Better hold on.” Tyler pulled the collar, which sparked strands of electricity.

The discharge flowed through Tyler, and Seth, not enough to kill them both. The collar snapped, and the teens collapsed.

“You’re welcome,” Tyler said between breaths. “I’m Tyler, by the way. The rogue. Renegade. Pirate. Whatever you want to call me. Truth is, I’m on a mission…to find the Ultimate Secret. And I want you to come with me…and help me find the truth about the Shattering.”

“Find the truth about this messed-up place?” Seth asked. “Sounds fun.”


***

“Seth was my first recruit,” Tyler said as he finished the story. “My right hand.”

Kym smiled. She and the others had never heard the story. “So that’s what happened…”

“That’s how I know he’ll be back,” Tyler said.

Suddenly, the ground shuddered. The rangers heard rustling in the foliage, and the mechanical grinding of Armada grunts in the distance.

“Rangers!” A voice echoed. The teens recognized the voice as Deratsu Gair. “We know you’ve returned! Come face me!”

“Sounds like our friend’s back,” Kira said.

“Let’s go say hi,” Tyler said as he started to move off.

Lauren held back. “The four of you, go,” she said. “I’ll stay here. I need to speak with the Blue Ranger…if he returns.”

“He will,” Tyler said. “You can bet on it.”

The rangers ran off and armed their morphers. “Ultimate Transform!”

***

Seth rolled onto his back. He felt too weak to get up, but not because of his injuries. He felt this way because of Syd’s betrayal and loss.

“Are you really gone…?” Seth whispered.

The teen tilted his head and noticed his morpher just within reach. Seth’s mind flashed back…

Tyler and Seth lied on their backs after defeating the X-Borgs. After Seth accepted Tyler’s offer, Tyler reached into his jacket and pulled out a morpher.

“Here.” Tyler handed the morpher to Seth. “You’ll need this.”

“What is it?” Seth asked.

“A morpher,” Tyler said. “We’re Power Rangers…whatever the hell that means.”

“Power Rangers?” Seth asked.

“It’s a long story,” Tyler said. “One I barely know...We’ll find more together. But for right now, it’s just you and me.”

Seth felt an undeniable bond with Tyler, one he couldn’t describe, especially since he just met the stranger.

The teen grasped onto his new morpher, and it seemed right, like it belonged — like he belonged with Tyler.


Seth reached out, grabbed his morpher, and pushed himself to his feet. “You and me…”

He may have lost Syd, but he had a new partner. A new team. And he wouldn’t let them down.

Seth moved towards the battle.

***

X-Borgs swarmed around the Yellow Ranger and landed a few blows.

She parried, hopped, and chopped an X-Borg to the ground. “Not bad for a bunch of rust-buckets.”

She spun and slashed a trio of grunts off their feet. “But I’m better.”

The Green Ranger fought nearby. He didn’t move with the grace and effectiveness of his teammates. But his hacks and slashes did just as well to cut the X-Borgs down.

Meanwhile, the Red Ranger fought with his blaster in one hand and sword in the other. He slashed and blasted his way through a group of X-Borgs.

The Red Ranger flipped open his buckler and pulled out his Red Dragon Ranger Key.

“Chakra ignite!” He slid the Key into his morpher, which called out: “HEEEEEEAVEN STAR TASK FORCE!”

Tyler morphed into the Dragon Ranger.



“Dragon Ranger!” he shouted. “Heaven Fire Star! Red!”

X-Borgs swarmed around him; he fought back with the kicks and punches of a honed martial artist, of the Dragon Fist style. He blocked and dodged, letting the enemy move close.

Then he struck back with flurries of punches, back-fist strikes and kicks.

The Red Ranger snapped a jumping spin kick that bashed the last X-Borg off its feet.

Another wave of X-Borgs rushed towards the Red Ranger.

He shifted into a defensive stance and armed his Red Titan Ranger Key.

“Overdrive! Start up!” He slid the Key into his morpher, which called out: “TIIIIIIIITAN RANGERS!”

He morphed into Titan Red with a flash of light.

“Drive Lance!” The Red Overdrive Ranger armed his bladed staff.



He spun the weapon, bashing and slashing X-Borgs before they moved in too close. The Red Ranger stabbed an X-Borg in the gut and flipped it overhead.

Another trio moved in from behind him. But the Red Ranger spun with a wide swing, slashing the grunts to the ground with bursts of spark.

The Red Ranger looked at the next attack wave, led by Zergs. He pulled out his Hurricane Red Key.

“Ninjetti Change! Ha!” He slid the Key into his morpher: “HUUUUURICANE TASK FORCE!”

He morphed into Hurricane Red.



“Hawk Blaster!” He armed his weapon and rolled into a crouched position.

Staying low, he opened fire, triggering lances of fiery wind energy that tore through X-Borgs and Zergs with bursts of spark.

Hurricane Red stood and unsheathed his sword. “Storm Saber!”

X-Borgs charged at him from ahead. He leapt back while slashing them to the ground. The Red Hurricane Ranger landed and spun, twirling his blade through streaks of wind energy that slashed X-Borgs and Zergs off their feet.

Nearby, the Yellow Ranger chopped two X-Borgs to the ground.

She leapt backward to gain distance from the rest of the grunts, and then flipped open her buckler. She pulled out her Yellow Masked Ranger Key.

“Aura Mask!” She slid the Key into her morpher, which called out: “MAAAAASKED RANGERS!”

She morphed into the Yellow Masked Ranger.

“Yellow Mask!”



X-Borgs swarmed around her.

The Yellow Ranger fought back with high-kicks and punches. She swung her arms wide to block the X-Borgs’ strikes, and countered with palm-heel blows and spin-kicks that knocked them off her feet.

Yellow Mask leapt aside and pulled out her Astro Yellow Key.

“Install! Astro Rangers!” She slid the Key into her morpher: “AAAAAAASTRO RANGERS!”

She morphed into Astro Yellow.

“Astro Sling!” She armed her weapon and triggered bursts of yellow energy, blasting the X-Borgs with bursts of spark that whipped them off their feet.



She back-kicked an X-Borg behind her, blasted another trio of grunts, and round-kicked an X-Borg’s head.

Three X-Borgs swung their staffs at the Yellow Ranger. She dove and rolled for cover, rolled into a crouched stance, and blasted the X-Borgs to the ground.

Astro Yellow stood and pulled out her Dino Yellow Key.

“Dino Thunder! Power up!” She slid the Key into her morpher. “DIIIIIIIINO THUNDER!”

She morphed into the Yellow Dino Thunder Ranger.



“Ptera Daggers!”

She armed her daggers, leapt through the air, and swung outward, slashing a group of X-Borgs with bursts of spark that whipped them backward. She landed and swung her weapons through streaks of yellow light, slashing X-Borgs left and right.

Nearby, the Green Ranger flipped open his buckler and pulled out his Green RPM Ranger Key.

“RPM! Get in Gear!” He slid his Key into his morpher: “RRRRRRRRRPM!”

Mat morphed into the Green RPM Ranger.



“RPM, Ranger Green!”

The Green Ranger pressed his buckler; his chest symbol glowed and summoned his weapon: The Turbo Axe.

Ranger Green grabbed the axe and chopped an X-Borg with massive bursts of spark that ripped it in half.

The Green Ranger stepped back and pulled out his Green Zeo Ranger Key.

“Ultra Transform!” He slid the Key into his morpher: “ZEEEEEEO RANGERS!”

He morphed into his Zeo Ranger form.

“Zeo Green!”

The Green Ranger lunged with a flurry of punches that bashed the X-Borgs’ armor.



He hook-punched a soldier to the ground, jabbed and cross-punched, and stepped forward with twin upper-cuts, knocking two X-Borgs upside the head, whipping them off their feet.

The Green Ranger armed his Green Rhino Key.

“Bio Burst!” He slid the Key into his morpher: “BIIIIIIIO BEAST RANGERS!”

“Green Rhino!”



Green Rhino leapt through the air, scissor-kicked two X-Borgs, and kneed a grunt upside the head before landing.

An X-Borg swung its club towards the Green Ranger’s head. But the Green Ranger side-stepped, grabbed its arm, and hurled it off its feet.

Nearby, the Pink Ranger stepped back, flipped open her buckler, and armed her Dino Charge Pink Key.

“Unleash the Power!” She slid the Key into her morpher: “DIIIIIIINO CHARGE!”

She shifted into Dino Charge Pink.



“Tricera Drill!” The Pink Ranger armed her drill fist-weapon.

The drill spun; she lunged and plunged the weapon through an X-Borg. The grunt’s chest burst into flames as it collapsed to its knees.

The Pink Ranger pulled her drill free, spin-kicked an X-Borg, and speared through its faceplate.

Stepping back, she armed her Pink Prism Ranger Key.

“Prism Flash!” She slid the Key into her morpher. “PRIIIIISM RANGERS!”

She morphed and snapped into a fighting stance.

“Prism Pink!”



The Pink Ranger moved in low and kicked the legs out from beneath a grunt.

She spun with a hook-kick, bashing an X-Borg backward, and then leapt backward, angling upward into the air.

“Prism Kick!”

Her helmet prism glowed; boots of pink energy formed around her ankles and feet.

The Pink Ranger shot downward and kicked a trio of grunts, bashing them through the air with a flash of pink light.

She landed and armed her Time Ranger Key.

“Chrono! Trigger!” She slid the Key into her morpher. “TIIIIIIIME RANGERS!”

She morphed into Time Pink and armed her swords.

“Vector Sabers!”



She jumped upward; the swords glowed with pink energy that washed across the blade.

“Time Strike!”

She swung one blade down from a 12-o-clock-position, and the other blade upward from a 6-o-clock position, blades streaking through pink energy that ripped through X-Borgs with massive bursts of spark.

Nearby, Deratsu Gair stood alongside his squad of X-Borgs and Zergs.

“Give up, you renegades,” the monster taunted. “Your tricks can’t save you.”

“Air Style! Air Gallop Jutsu!” Still in Hurricane Red form, the Red Ranger unsheathed his saber and dashed across the air. He slashed X-Borgs left and right, feet never touching the ground.

Hurricane Red landed with a powerful chop that forced the Action Commander backward.

The Red Ranger leapt backward to gain distance, and landed alongside his comrades: Time Pink, Green Rhino, and Dino Yellow.

“Cowards!” Deratsu Gair swung through a streak of blue energy that shot towards the Rangers.

The energy blade exploded against them with massive bursts of flame and spark, hurling them backward, and knocking them out of their armor.

Slowly, Tyler and the teens climbed to their feet, as smoke sizzled across the ground around them.

Tyler flashed a smug grin, despite the pain that shot through his body. “Was that supposed to hurt?

***

Seth hurried through the jungle, which twisted with distortion energy. A spacial wave knocked him off his feet, and when he rolled into a crouched stance, he looked up to see a familiar face: Lauren.

She extended her hand and helped him up.

“Thanks…” Seth said, slightly embarrassed.

“You came back to help your friends…”

Was that a question? Seth nodded. “They’re my comrades. I don’t give up on my comrades…”

“Then you’ll need this,” Lauren said as she pulled a white Symbol Disc from her belt.

She handed the disc to Seth. As soon as it touched his fingers, the disc ignited with the power of wind and light, and formed a weapon.

The weapon looked like a thick samurai sword. A line split down the flat of the blade; one side glowed with dim, pale blue light. Engravings marked the other side of the sword, each representing a former Ranger team. Its hilt rotated like a throwing star of wind, which ebbed with blue light.

Seth used both hands to grasp the sword’s silver handle, with a blue pommel that reflected light like a gem.

Lauren nodded with approval. “This sword, Lightwisp, is yours.”

“Lightwisp?” Seth asked.

“It holds the power of Light, and the power of Wind,” Lauren said. “Its strength will grow with each Grand Power you and your teammates unleash.

“Each of you has a Legendary Weapon of your own. You’ll find them all in time, and use them to fight the battles your predecessors could not win,” Lauren said. “My job was to give you yours…”

“So now what?” Seth asked, his eyes still on the blade.

“Now…I rejoin my comrades, and you rejoin yours…”

Seth looked up — but Lauren was gone.

He knitted his brow. “Lauren…”

Gone. Like she never existed.

All too typical in the shattered, unraveling remnants of space and time.

***

Deratsu Gair, Zergs, and X-Borgs bashed the teens.

Grunts swung their staffs, clubbing the rangers in their guts and upside their heads.

The teens twirled their Power Sabers and tried to defend themselves, but the enemy overwhelmed them.

Deratsu Gair lunged at Tyler from behind, grabbed his neck, and hurled him through the air.

Tyler crashed and tumbled across the ground, landing near his teammates.

The attack gave Deratsu Gair time to regroup with his soldiers. Slowly, the Action Commander stalked towards the fallen teens.

“It looks like this is it…” he said as he raised his sword.

Suddenly, an energy blade of blue light and wind twirled through the air and slashed through the villains with massive bursts of spark, knocking them backward.

Tyler and his teammates climbed to their feet, and they looked to see Seth walk onto the scene. The teen carried his new blade, Lightwisp.

“Sorry I’m late,” he said as he walked up his friends.

“No problem…” Kira said. “We were just getting warmed up.”

“Took you long enough,” Tyler said with a smirk.

They armed their morphers.

“Ultimate Transform! Ha!” They inserted their Keys into their morphers. “POOOOOOOWER RANGERS!”

Energy flashed around them as they morphed into his armor.

Deratsu Gair cursed beneath his breath. “You stubborn bastards…” He lifted his sword. “Kill them!”

The Zergs and X-Borgs charged to attack.

The Red Ranger twirled his sword. “Let’s make this showy.”

The Rangers split up and attacked.

The Red Ranger and Blue Ranger stood back-to-back, swords twirling and slashing, hacking through grunts with bursts of spark.

They moved in unison, like a coordinated attack rehearsed dozens of times. The Blue Ranger moved low, and the Red Ranger moved high; the Blue Ranger kicked the legs out from a grunt, and the Red Ranger hook-kicked the soldier to the ground.

Deratsu Gair seethed with rage as he watched. “You stubborn bastards! Why won’t you die?!”

“Not today,” the Red Ranger said.

The Rangers regrouped, flipped open their bucklers, and pulled out their Samurai Ranger Keys.

“Samurai Scribe! Ha!” They inserted their Keys into their morphers, which called out: “SAAAAAMURAI RANGERS!”

Kym shifted into Samurai Pink, Mat shifted into Samurai Green, Tyler shifted into Samurai Red, Seth morphed into Samurai Blue and Kira shifted into Samurai Yellow.



The Rangers armed their Spin Swords and charged at Deratsu Gair to attack.

Samurai Blue slid his Water Disc onto his Spin Sword’s hilt. He held Lightwisp in one hand and his Spin Sword in the other. “Attack with me…”

Samurai Blue spun his Symbol Disc. Tendrils of hydro wrapped around the blade of his sword.

The other four Rangers armed and spun their Symbol Discs. Their elemental energy circled around their weapons.

One-by-one, they dashed past the Action Commander and slashed their swords. Their blades streaked with power and ripped through the monster with bursts of spark. Each strike ebbed with the individual Ranger’s color and elemental energy.

The Rangers skid to a halt behind the Action Commander. The monster collapsed as secondary explosions tore through its body and skin. A final explosion burst from the core of the monster and scattered the creature into pieces.

Suddenly, twin beams of energy pierced the skies and splashed across the monster’s remains. The beams reassembled and enlarged the Action Commander, who grew giant.

“No surprise.” The Red Ranger flipped open his morpher and pressed a series of command codes: “LEEEEEGACY GALLEON!”

The Legacy Galleon flew through the skies and lowered grappling lines. The Rangers grabbed the lines, which reeled them into the ship.

They gathered in their cockpit. “Ultimate fusion!”

“ULLLLLTIMATE FUSION!” The ship split into five different zords, which twirled through the air and combined into a massive robo.

“Ultimate Megazord!” the Rangers shouted.

The Action Commander slashed wildly, firing blades of energy that tore through the air.

The Ultimate Megazord flipped backward to dodge and block the blades of power. Landing, the robo skid backward.

The Green Ranger shook his head. “We can’t even get close.”

“We need to be faster,” the Red Ranger said as he armed his Gao Red Key.

The other Rangers armed their own Gao Ranger Keys.

Together, they inserted their Keys into their wheels and called out: “Ranger Keys, set!”

“GAAAAAAAO LION!”

The zord appeared with a flash of light, pounced through the air, and clawed Deratsu Gair. The blow sparked on impact and knocked the villain several steps backward.

Gao Lion growled and pounced. But this time, the Action Commander swatted the lion from the air.

Within their cockpits, the Rangers noticed their Samurai Keys start to glow.

The Red Ranger pulled out his Samurai Red Key. “The Samurai Grand Power,” he said. “Let’s use it.”

The Rangers inserted their Keys into their control wheels. “Ranger Keys, set!”

Gao Lion flashed with the symbols of the Samurai Rangers, floated backward, and combined with the Megazord to form a Samurai-style suit of armor.

“Ultimate Samurai Megazord!” the Rangers shouted.



The Action Commander swung wide, hurling a blade of blue energy.

The Megazord twirled its bladed staff, slashing the blast into pieces.

“Ultimate Samurai Megazord!” the Rangers shouted. “Ultimate Samurai Strike!”

The Megazord formed a massive zanbato of fiery red energy. The robo lifted the lazing sword, and chopped downward, hacking the Action Commander in half with massive bursts of spark and flame.

The Megazord pulled its saber free and swung wide, through a streak of fiery power that tore the monster apart at the midsection.

The Action Commander collapsed and exploded into ash.

***

Argus ignored the rambling of his master. He stared out the viewport of the command ship and watched the Patchwork World shrink in the distance, as the Armada moved away.

“Seth…” the cyborg whispered as he tightened his grip on his sword.

***

The rangers joined in the crew deck following the fight. Their ship flew from Lauren’s homeworld, which unraveled yet again.

Kym stared through the viewport. “What do you think happened to her?”

“What happens to any of them?” Seth asked.

“We need to move on.” Tyler walked past them and took his seat, near Navi’s perch. “We have to find the next Grand Power. It feels like we’ve been here for months…”

“Uh, technically,” Mat said, “months don’t exist anymore.”

Tyler ignored him. “Bird, we need a vision.”

“I’m not a bird,” the droid protested. “I’m Navi!”

Navi fluttered its wings and flew upward. “Tresa Navigay-to!”

The droid smacked its head against the ceiling, knocking itself into a dizzy. Navi floated back towards his perch.

“From angels to angels…the wings of angels will draw your first act to a close.”

Mat sighed at the vagueness. “I hate you.”

“What does that mean?” Kira asked.

“We’ll find out,” Tyler said as he leaned back. “We always do…”

***

Five teens stood in a sliver of time and space. They hid behind the corner of a massive city building, and looked up into a sky torn apart by special and temporal disruptions, whirlpools of chaos.

“What just happened?” asked one of the tees, Jake.

The leader, Troy, shook his head. “I don’t know…But our powers…they’re gone.”

---To be continued...Chapter 18

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Old October 31st, 2016, 11:27 AM   #183
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Ohhhhhhhhhhh... Weapons beyond the Gokai Gun and Sabers. Nice! Just a wild guess, is Tyler going to get Ryuuseikin?
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Old November 1st, 2016, 01:16 PM   #184
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Ohhhhhhhhhhh... Weapons beyond the Gokai Gun and Sabers. Nice! Just a wild guess, is Tyler going to get Ryuuseikin?
Indeed, inspired by the artifact weapons on WoW Legend.

Probably no Ryuuseikin; I want these weapons to be original to the Ultimate team.



As for the next chapter...I intended to get into 199 Heroes territory and then wrap up Act 1. But...I realized yesterday I probably need to intro Basco in this Act. Sooooo....I have a few Basco chapters to crank out, then 199 Heroes, and then the end of Act 1.

By then we will all have grandchildren so I hope they enjoy.
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So, since Seth (Adam's son) got a weapon connected with Light (Adam's Element), I'm guessing that Kira will get something connected to Air, Tyler something connected to Fire, etc?

Also, did you get the extended things I sent you the other day? Just curious.
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I like that the Rangers are all getting their own unique weapons, since I think that's an idea that's underutilized in Sentai series. I'm curious to see where your take on Argus and Seth goes too.

I'd forgotten that Basco was introduced so early in the series. I suppose I'll just have to pass this tale down to my grandchildren with pride
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So, since Seth (Adam's son) got a weapon connected with Light (Adam's Element), I'm guessing that Kira will get something connected to Air, Tyler something connected to Fire, etc?

Also, did you get the extended things I sent you the other day? Just curious.
Correct on the weapons. Sorry for the late response. I did get your e-mail, and I'll reply. It looks really good!


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I like that the Rangers are all getting their own unique weapons, since I think that's an idea that's underutilized in Sentai series. I'm curious to see where your take on Argus and Seth goes too.

I'd forgotten that Basco was introduced so early in the series. I suppose I'll just have to pass this tale down to my grandchildren with pride
Thanks! Argus and Seth's storyline will follow Gokaiger mostly. I'll have my original elements and such, but no major twists.

As for Basco, his intro chapter is almost done. It has the most references to other games and anime I have ever put into a single chapter, but in a way that makes sense.

I'll have my Basco casting picture on the index post here in the next 15 minutes or so (note: I'm going to call him Vasco).
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RU-FI-OOOOOOOOO

Hilarious, and I love it. This ought to be fun
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Tommy looked up and glared. “You…You did this…”

I've been thinking of all the possible people Tommy could have been talking to when he said that: Akuma, Billy, the Dark One... but then I thought about it and realised I needed to add two more to the list: The One and the Wheel of Time itself.
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Just poking my head in, seeing how your Christmas was, checking on how things are going. Cheers.
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Still here, sorry! I've been distracted with work, and making another attempt at writing a book to sell or self-publish on Amazon or something (I keep switching back and forth between 3 or 4 stories and can't make up my mind on which I want to nail down and finish. Anyone want to lend an opinion?).

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ULTIMATE LEGACY: RECAP


Reality shattered, leaving shards of time and space. The Ultimate Power Rangers journeyed through these fragments to unravel the secrets that led to the destruction of the Wheel of Time. Using mysterious Ranger Keys, they hoped to uncover the truth about their past, and restore their universe.



Chapter 18- A Privateer Appears

A red ship flew through the remnants of space-time. The vessel looked similar to an Armada craft, but with thick spikes protruding from the hull. The ship appeared more heavily armed than any craft within the Armada Fleet.

A lone creature manned the bridge. Covered in plated gray armor, the alien appeared as a red-faced monkey.

The monkey howled and hopped, staring through the viewport. His antics caught the attention of the ship’s captain, who entered the bridge.

The captain wore a lavish red jacket, trimmed with white and gold, covering a black tunic. His dark slacks matched the color of his boots.

A teenager, he smiled like a snake charmer as he moved closer to the viewport. “What is it, Sally?” he asked the alien. “Did you find him again?”

Sally hooted an affirmative.

The captain, Vasco, grinned fiendishly. “Good.” To himself, he whispered. “Tyler, it’s been too long…Let’s have some fun.”

***

Tyler and his teammates searched for a clue to unlock their next Time Shard. Their only hint: Angels. They didn’t think they could find an angel in the vast emptiness of the shattered, fading realities. But they found the opposite to be true.

“Angels are freaking everywhere,” Mat said with a sigh.

They traveled through several splinters of space-time, and within almost every one, they encountered a variation of angels: Shadow Hunters, the descendants of a warrior angel; angels who possessed humans and carried blades no longer than daggers; winged angels who caused the near destruction of mankind; and humanoids called White Lighters.

None of them led to the next Grand Power.

Now, the rangers found themselves walking across the boardwalk of an amusement park that looked out upon an oceanfront. The park looked empty and shifted shape, with various stores and rides fading in and out of focus. An arcade replaced a game booth, and a Ferris Wheel replaced the arcade. Two roller coasters snaked into the skies, and then faded away, making room for a massive VR Holo-Dome.

Kira shook her head at the sight. “It doesn’t look like this place will be standing much longer. We need to hurry.”

“Do we even know what we’re looking for?” Kym asked.

“Angels. Again,” Mat said.

Tyler nodded ahead. “There. See that trailer on that bridge?”

“The crummy one no sane person could think is important?” Mat asked.

Tyler nodded with a smirk. “That one. Can’t you feel it? There’s an angel in there. And a demon.”

Mat sighed. “I don’t suppose that means we’ll be going the opposite way, does it?”

Tyler shook his head. “No. Come on…”

The rangers dashed across the boardwalk and leapt onto the bridge, landing in front of the trailer.

Without pause, Tyler walked up and knocked. No one answered, so he knocked again.

The door flipped open, and a shirtless teen answered. He had short white hair and looked like he just woke up. But the giggling girls in the trailer made the rangers doubt he’d been sleeping.

“What?” he snapped.

Tyler smirked. “Are we interrupting?”

He sighed and lowered his head, rubbing his brow. “I really don’t want to have to kick your ass, I’m still hung over.”

The stranger, Dante, reached to his back and summoned a sword that flashed with pale white light.

“You’re a Nephilim,” Tyler said.

“Yeah, I don’t know what that means, but I’m going to knock you all out and get too trashed to care, so…who’s first?”

Slowly, crimson light washed through the amusement park. In the trail of the light, clouds twirled, and walkways started to ripple like waves through the ocean. Nearby, streets peeled apart like paper and floated into the wind.

The rangers turned away from the trailer and looked at their changing surroundings. Even Dante tensed.

Tyler instantly recognized the phenomenon.

“A Pocket Storm...” he said, his voice calm and smooth.

“You know what this is?” Kira asked. “It’s different than unraveling…”

Tyler nodded. “I’ve been through one before, with an old…partner.”

A Pocket Storm formed when the shredded remnants of pocket dimensions clustered together and bubbled through a fragment of space-time. The result: A partial merging, which tossed the traditional laws of physics into complete disarray (more-so than usual).

Still calm, Tyler glanced around the growing storm, looking for some indication of what they faced. “Looks like a Limbo Dimension, merging with a mortal one. We-”

Wind smashed the teens and hurled them backward; they crashed through the mobile home, smashed against the concrete, and skid backward.

Quickly, they rolled to their feet. They glanced for any sign of Dante, but the stranger had vanished.

Ahead, they saw a massive Hunter Demon rise from a rumbling maelstrom within the ocean. The creature looked hunched-backed, with an elongated face, golden eyes, and spiky black hair that flowed from its head like a mane. Twisted armor ran up its spine and over its shoulders.

“Definitely a Limbo Dimension,” Tyler said with a smirk.

The street burst with geysers of distortion energy, sprouting smaller creatures called Howler Demons. The demons screeched and swarmed at the rangers.

The teens unsheathed their swords and slashed through the creatures, spraying sparks and ichor across the twisting road. They didn’t even need to morph; the demons fell quickly to the strikes of the rangers’ blades.

Meanwhile, the pavement peeled apart like paint and blew into the breeze.

Tyler knitted his brow with rare concern. He knew what happened next.

“Come on,” he said. “We have to move. Fast.”

The teen dashed ahead, and his teammates followed.

Slowly, the entire street peeled from the ground and started to spiral upward like a roller coaster.

Tyler kept running on the moving road, and he urged his teammates to do the same. “Keep moving; hold on for as long as you can.”

They dashed upward as the road climbed into the crimson skies. Suddenly, the street ripped in two, and the rangers leapt to keep from falling. They landed and tumbled on the second half of the road, which split in two yet again.

This time the rangers plummeted downward, no longer able to see anything but sky beneath them.

Tyler reached out, and by luck, or perhaps something more, he grabbed hold of something. The teen landed against the side of a building — which floated on its side, suspended in midair.

The other rangers grabbed hold of the same building. Even after all their experiences, the scene surprised them. The remnants of the boardwalk floated in midair, in what looked like the cloudy skies several hundred meters above ground. Chunks of ground ran vertically, diagonally or horizontally, and buildings did the same, crisscrossing the skies like an urban jungle gym.

“OK…” Mat said as he looked at their surroundings. “This is different.”

“No time,” Tyler said. “Keep moving.”

The ranger dropped, falling several meters, and landed on a street that spiraled in between two tilted, floating buildings. The others followed.

They dashed ahead to reach the next building, but before they could, a group of Howler Demons sprouted from the pavement.

Mat cursed beneath his breath. “This is getting redundant.”

The creatures pounced at the rangers. Before they could defend themselves, the walkway unraveled, and the rangers plummeted downward.

As they fell, two buildings swooped in from the sides, about to crush them. The teens landed against the side of a building and dashed downward, as the other building closed in far too quickly.

They pushed off and dove downward, passing the buildings just as they slammed against one another and crumbled into dust that floated as if free from gravity.

Space shimmered around them and formed a plaza area; the teens bounced against the pavement, which drifted apart like a scattered puzzle.

Suddenly, they heard a roar behind them. The Hunter Demon dove at the teens with its massive hands rolled into fists.

Before the creature could strike, a streak of motion slashed across its path, cutting its flesh. The streak took form: Dante, carrying a massive broadsword.

Dante twirled in midair and hacked the creature’s throat. “This is how you kill a demon.”

He twirled and slashed, each blow streaking with power that tore through the creature. Dante leapt high and chopped downward, smashing the demon’s forehead.

The creature exploded into pieces, scattering flesh and metal like shrapnel.

Dante landed in the plaza and held his sword across his shoulder. He smirked with arrogance. “I guess you could say-”

Comets ripped through the sky and exploded through the plaza, scattering debris into every direction.

The rangers noticed the true nature of the comets — angels and demons plummeting through the skies.

The angels and demons flew through the air and clashed, with shockwaves that distorted the air around them and hurled the rangers off their feet.

The teens landed against the side of a building that floated on its side.

“Oh look,” Mat said. “More angels.”

A dark horse rider tore through the skies and swung its massive blade, slashing through demons and angels without hesitation. He leapt off his horse and angled his descent towards the rangers.

The rider wore a red cloak that covered his face with shadow. His eyes glowed green, and armor covered his muscular body. An iron gauntlet, large enough to crush a human, wrapped around his left hand.

The rangers scattered, just as the horseman chopped the building with a massive shockwave, scattering to pieces.

Kira flailed through the air, smashed against a slab of concrete, and rolled into a crouched stance.

“What is that thing?!”

The other rangers landed on pieces of concrete and pavement that floated through the Pocket Storm.

The villain rolled his left hand into a fist. “I am the Horseman of War. Who has tricked the forces of Heaven and Hell into bringing about the End Times?”

This version of War seemed different, more powerful, than the one defeated and absorbed by Simon Kaden before the Shattering. Could this be the same War, only heightened somehow, and once again separate from the former-Ranger-gone-bad?

The rangers didn’t have time to learn.

Distortion swept through the area like a tidal wave, sweeping up the rangers and dropping them into a sliver of reality — the city of Insomnia from an alternate version of Earth.

They landed in the midst of a massive army, one that belonged to the Empire of Niflheim. Their gunships rained chaos into the streets below, tearing through buildings and people without discrimination.

Several ships landed and loosed troops, who opened fire on everyone in sight.

The rangers dove for cover and armed their morphers. “Ultimate Transform!” They inserted their Keys into their morphers: “POOOOOOWER RANGERS!”

They armed their DECA Ranger Keys. “SPD! Emergency!” They inserted their Keys into their morphers: “DEEEEEEECA RANGERS!”

“SWAT Mode, on!” The Rangers shouted as they powered up into their SWAT armor.

The Rangers armed their rifles, moved from cover, and opened fire. Their weapons blasted troops with bursts of spark that tore through their armor.

Suddenly, the ground collapsed beneath the Rangers and disintegrated into nothingness. The team plummeted downward, and their armor powered down with flashes of light.

The last wave of the pocket storm blew towards them, a twisting wave of dust and rock. The wave rushed past them and formed a mountainous landscape; the teens landed on rock and sand.

Slowly, the skies turned blue as the last waves of the Pocket Storm settled.

The rangers climbed to their feet and dusted the dirt off their clothes.

“Can we just give up?” Mat asked, only partially joking. “Is that an option?”

Suddenly, laughter echoed through the wind. The rangers looked ahead to see a teen, dressed in red, gold, white and black, walk towards them.

“Hey Tyler,” said the teen, Vasco. “Long time no see...You’re looking well. How’d you like that Pocket Storm?” He glanced at the other rangers. “Your ‘leader’ and I used to ride those things for fun...”

Tyler narrowed his eyes. “Vasco…”

“You know him?” Seth asked.

Tyler nodded.

“Of course he does,” Vasco said. “We go way back, Tyler and me. He was my first partner. We spent every day together, searching for the only thing that mattered: Power.”

“I thought you were dead,” Tyler said.

“Oh, come on. You of all people should know that never sticks,” Vasco said.

“What do you want?”

“Can’t an old friend just drop by to say hi?”

“Not you, no,” Tyler said, his voice grim.

Vasco smirked. “Oh, come on. You used to be so fun! But…oh well, you’re right. I did come here because I want something. I heard about those Grand Powers you started collecting. I’ll be taking them. Now-ish would be preferable.”

“What makes you think we’ll just hand them over?”

“Oh, I don’t.” Vasco pulled a trumpet from his jacket. “My toys will take them. You’re not the only one with Ranger Keys.”

He slid five Ranger Keys into the trumpet and blew, a tormented sound that formed five Rangers: DECA Break, Shurikenger, Time Fire, Dragon Ranger, and Zeo Gold.

“Nice trick, isn’t it? Personifying the Ranger Keys? They’re not alive, just Ranger energy in physical form. But they’re just as fun as the real thing.”

Vasco snapped his fingers; the landscape shattered into pieces, fragments of ground that floated through empty sky that seemed as vast as space.

The Rangers morphed into their armor with flashes of light, just as they crashed on separate chunks of floating, twisting land.

The Red Ranger climbed to his feet on a tilted piece of rock that started to peel away. He looked up just in time to see Time Fire — the Quantum Ranger — leap towards him. Eerily silent, the Quantum Ranger unsheathed his sword and chopped towards the Red Ranger.

The Red Ranger parried, dodged, and slashed towards the Quantum Ranger. But Time Fire dodged. The opponents clashed swords, clanging and sparking on impact, as their piece of ground floated through the air.

Suddenly, the ground twisted and smashed against a rock, shattering to pieces and hurling the two Rangers off their feet.

Time Fire dashed through mid-air, slashed the Red Ranger with a burst of spark, and landed against the side of a floating hill.

Meanwhile, the Dragon Ranger leapt towards the Green Ranger. Dragon Ranger thrust his hands and fired a bolt of jade energy. The blast slammed against the Green Ranger with bursts of spark that hurled him backward.

The Ultimate Green Ranger crashed against a piece of tilted ground, and started tumbling downward, falling out of control.

Dragon Ranger leapt through the air, unsheathed his dagger, and slashed, firing a blade of jade energy. The energy blade tore through the chunk of ground, sending the Green Ranger flying out of control.

The Ultimate Green Ranger landed on a chunk of land. Dragon Ranger landed on the same piece of ground and pounced with a flurry of kicks and punches. Each blow forced the Green Ranger backward as he struggled to block and parry .But he couldn’t handle the strength and power of the Dragon Ranger.

Dragon Ranger hook-kicked the Green Ranger’s helmet, whipping him off his feet.

Nearby, the Yellow Ranger and Zeo Gold circled around one another. The Gold Ranger twirled his staff, and the Yellow Ranger twirled her sword, weapons clashing with bursts of spark.

Zeo Gold stepped back and side-kicked the Yellow Ranger, knocking her several steps backward. The Gold Ranger lifted his staff, which swirled with golden energy. He swung the staff downward with his Gold Rush Attack, firing bolts of power. The blasts exploded against the Yellow Ranger with busts of spark, hurling her into the air.

The Gold Ranger pressed forward, leapt through the air, and slammed a flying side-kick against the Yellow Ranger.

Meanwhile, the Ultimate Blue Ranger and Shurikenger dashed from rock to rock, leaping across pieces of broken concrete as they faced each other.

Finally, they pushed off and pounced at one another. Their blades clashed with bursts of spark, and they crashed against a piece of concrete that floated sideways. The impact tilted the concrete right-side-up, and the Rangers flipped to their feet.

Shurikenger pulled a ball from his belt, wound a pitch like a baseball player, and threw the sphere. The ball glowed and split into a dozen bolts of energy; the blasts smashed against the Blue Ranger with bursts of spark, whipping him off his feet.

Nearby, DECA Break throttled his bracer and slapped the ground, igniting bursts of energy. The bolts struck like lightning, blasting the Ultimate Pink Ranger with bursts of spark.

The attack sent her staggering backward.

DECA Break pressed his advantage and throttled his bracer yet again. This time he launched a rapid volley of punches that pommeled the Pink Ranger and hurled her through the air.

Suddenly, the entire area glowed with a burst of crimson light, and the landscape shifted back to normal-- ground below and sky above. The impact knocked the Rangers off balance. Vasco’s Ranger Dupes took advantage of the distraction to regroup.

The Dupes struck hard and fast.

Time Fire pounced at the Red Ranger with a flurry of sword swings. Each blow forced the Red Ranger backward as he blocked and parried. Quickly, he pulled out his blaster and opened fire at near point-blank range. But Time Fire still managed to dodge.

The Dragon Ranger launched a spinning heel kick at the Green Ranger. The Green Ranger ducked and stabbed his sword. But the Dragon Ranger caught the Green Ranger by the arm and pulled him off his feet.

Zeo Gold chopped his staff and swung upward, as the Ultimate Yellow Ranger dodged. The Yellow Ranger slashed at his chest. He blocked kneed the Yellow Ranger’s gut, and slashed her aside.

Shurikenger somersaulted through the air and landed with a chop, slashing the Blue Ranger with a burst of spark that whipped him off his feet.

The Ultimate Pink Ranger pulled out her blaster and opened fire at DECA Break. The DECA Ranger swatted the blasts aside and charged. He punched and kicked, bashing the Pink Ranger several steps backward.

She looked over her shoulder towards the Blue Ranger, who dueled with Shurikenger.

“Seth!” she shouted to catch his attention.

The Blue Ranger looked at her and nodded. He tossed his blaster, and the Yellow Ranger tossed her sword.

The Ultimate Blue Ranger caught the weapon and dual-wielded, twirling his blade through slashes and strikes that took the Green Hurricane Ranger off guard. The Blue Ranger slashed wide and bashed the hilt of his other saber against his opponent’s faceplate.

The Pink Ranger dual-wielded blasters. She opened fire with both weapons; her attacks struck DECA Break with bursts of spark, forcing him several steps backward.

Nearby, the Yellow Ranger blocked Zeo Gold’s staff and twisted the weapon downward. She looked over her shoulder at the Green Ranger. “Mat! Swap me!”

She tossed her blaster, and the Green Ranger tossed his sword.

The Ultimate Green Ranger caught his teammate’s sidearm. He dual-wielded blasters, opening fire on the Dragon Ranger with blasts that sparked on impact. The Dragon Ranger swung his dagger, swatting some of the blasts aside, as others sparked against his chest shield.

He pressed forward, both weapons firing.

The Ultimate Yellow Ranger dual-wielded sabers as she continued her battle with the Gold Zeo Ranger. She twirled and slashed at the Gold Ranger, who used his staff to block and parry. Stepping back, the Yellow Ranger connected the swords into a bladed staff. She chopped and swung upward, hacking Zeo Gold with bursts of spark that whipped him backward.

Meanwhile, the Ultimate Red Ranger continued his duel with Time Fire, the Quantum Ranger. Their blades clanged and clashed with bursts of spark as they stepped around one another.

Nearby, DECA Break revved his bracer and slapped the ground, triggering bursts of lightning that blasted the Pink Ranger with bursts of spark.

Shurikenger flash-stepped back and forth past the Ultimate Blue Ranger, slashing as quick as a blur, blade sparking on impact.

Zeo Gold hopped forward and chopped his weapon, slashing the Yellow Ranger with a burst of spark.

The Dragon Ranger pounced and slashed wide, hacking the Ultimate Green Ranger with a burst of spark against the armor.

The Ultimate Pink Ranger side-stepped to dodge DECA Break; she opened fire, blasting the Ranger Dupe with bursts of spark that hurled him backward.

The Yellow Ranger cross-blocked Zeo Gold’s chop and kicked his chest, knocking him off his feet.

The Blue Ranger swung wide; Shurikenger blocked, but the Blue Ranger twisted his wrist and swung upward, slashing the Ranger Dupe with a burst of spark that whipped him off his feet.

The Ultimate Green Ranger dodged Dragon Ranger’s dagger swings. He sidestepped, aimed his blasters, and opened fire, blasting the Dragon Ranger in the faceplate.

The Ultimate Red Ranger slashed Time Red, forcing him several steps backward. The Red Ranger pressed forward with a flying hook kick, bashing the Quantum Ranger’s helmet and knocking him off his feet.

Time Fire tumbled across the ground and rolled to his feet, regrouping next to the other silent Ranger Dupes.

The Rangers regrouped.

“Alright, guys,” the Red Ranger said. “Let’s make this quick.”

They inserted Ranger Keys into their weapons, which pulsed with energy: “FIIIIIIINAL WAAAAAVE!”

The Green Ranger and Yellow Ranger each triggered dual energy blasts. The blasts tore through DECA Break and Dragon Ranger with massive bursts of spark and strands of energy.

The Yellow Ranger and Blue Ranger swung their swords through streaks of energy. The blades slashed through Zeo Gold and Shurikenger with massive bursts of spark and discharges of power.

The Red Ranger triggered a blast with his sidearm and swung his sword, firing a blade of red energy. The energy blade splashed against the bullet and formed a massive pulse of power, which tore through Time Fire.

Secondary explosions ripped through the Ranger Dupes; they collapsed to their hands and knees and exploded with energy discharges, reverting back into normal Ranger Keys.

Vasco didn’t seem to mind. In fact, he smirked. “Well, that faster than expected. Luckily, I brought back-up.”

He lifted his trumpet again. This time, he slid 10 Ranger Keys into the device. He blew the instrument, a tormented sound that formed 10 Ranger Dupes: RPM Silver, RPM Gold, Seraph Knight, Kiba Ranger, Samurai Gold, Mystic Gold, Astro Silver, Gao Silver, Dino Killer, and Titan Silver.

The Ultimate Red Ranger cursed beneath his breath. He still felt winded from his fight against the Quantum Ranger, and doubted his teammates felt any better. He didn’t think his team could take another round with these Ranger Dupes, especially 10 of them.

The Dupes struck quickly.

Kiba Ranger and Seraph Knight leapt at the Blue Ranger. They unsheathed their swords and chopped, blades sparking on impact. The Ultimate Blue Ranger lifted his blade to counter attack, but the two Ranger Dupes moved first. They kicked and slashed the Ultimate Blue Ranger, whipping him off his feet.

RPM Gold and RPM Silver throttled across the ground and passed the Yellow Ranger with a blur. They swerved around and slashed her off her feet, blades sparking against armor.

Astro Silver and Gao Silver armed their blades and attacked the Ultimate Green Ranger from both sides. Gao Silver pounced like a wolf, hacking and slashing the Ranger with bursts of spark. Astro Silver attacked with more precise movements, slashing downward, and swinging upward, hacking the Green Ranger with bursts of spark.

Titan Silver armed his blaster and fired at the Ultimate Pink Ranger. The blasts smashed her armor with bursts of spark, as Dino Killer moved in to attack. He twirled and slashed his dagger, forcing the Pink Ranger back. She countered with a kick. But the White Dino Thunder Ranger easily blocked, round-kicked the Pink Ranger, and slashed her chest, knocking her off her feet.

Samurai Gold dashed at the Red Ranger and slashed wide, blade sparking on impact. The blow knocked him off his feet, and he rolled across the ground, rising into a crouched stance. He got back to his feet and charged at the Gold Ranger. But Mystic Gold blocked the charge. The Gold Mystic Ranger swiped his hand across his lamp-shaped blaster and fired darts of energy. The blasts exploded against the Red Ranger and hurled him backward.

The Rangers crashed and skid across the ground; the impact knocked them from their armor with a flash of light.

The Ranger Dupes grabbed Mat, Seth, Kira and Kym, and dragged them behind Vasco.

Tyler tried to stand, to help his friends, but could barely move his legs.

Vasco smiled mockingly. “So...that was fun, right?”

Tyler narrowed his eyes. “Let them go.”

“Of course,” Vasco said. “Right after you give me your Grand Powers, and all your Ranger Keys.”

“Not happening.”

“Really?” He fake-pouted. “Sad.”

“I mean it, Vasco.”

“So do I,” Vasco said. “I’m going to get going, but when you’re ready to trade your Keys for your friends, you’ll know where to find me.”

His ship, the Free Joker, flew overhead, its engines vibrating with enough power to shake the ground.

Vasco flashed a mocking salute, just as the ship teleported him and his captives on board.

---To be continued...Chapter 19

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Old March 29th, 2017, 03:41 PM   #200
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An update! Huzzah! Good to see you're still alive and well

The chapter was a bit short, but I like it set the tone for Vasco really well. Definitely captured his spirit I'd say. The fact that they can't find the right Angels amuses me, but I was a little disappointed that bit went by so quick: the angel and storm made for a nice set piece, but it seemed to just push them into the battle with Vasco.

Regardless, nice update. Can't wait for the next one
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