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Is she still around or did she go through that growing-up-into-an-adult thing?
No she still writes just rarely does PR and doesn't do anymore PC. Actually that incorrect some of her fics are set in the same universe as PC just 10 years after the events in the Fall of the Shadow arc. It did get handed over to one of her former editors, but really hasn't seen an update since 2012. I do have the chat logs somewhere of the plans for PC all the way up to and beyond the Fall of the Shadow Arc. Might stick those up on her page at the archive later since it does give some closure to the series.
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Chapter 09: Champions, to Arms - Part Two

Beyond all space and time

Reality shattered, leaving shards of time and space in an endless void of chaos and madness. Within the void, the Ultimate Power Rangers gathered to learn the secrets of the End of All. Using Ranger Keys, they unlocked Time Shards to slowly unravel the history of existence's downfall.

The Shards revealed this story.


***

Charterville

The sun shined brightly-- at midnight. The pale glow cast an eerie hue across the Charterville Cemetery.

Jo McCormick kneeled at her brother Drew’s grave and placed flowers on the grass, twisted and dying. A young woman, her hair looked disheveled, and her clothing worn. She never recovered after she lost her brother and Josh during the Second Countdown to Destruction.

“Hey, big brother,” she whispered. “So I guess the world is ending? Not the best news...but I guess we’ve been through this before, haven’t we?”

Footsteps came from behind. She didn’t need to turn to know who they belonged to. “Are you following me, Roland?”

He stayed back, his hands in his pockets. “I just came to see how you were.”

She shook her head. “Just leave me alone. I want to say goodbye to my brother. One last time…”

“It doesn’t have to be the last time,” Roland said. “Maybe we can find the Rangers. See if we can-”

“Can what?” She shot to her feet and turned towards him, her face wet with tears. “Remember what happened the last time we tried to play at being heroes? Jesus, we were just kids, Roland. We didn’t have any business-”

Two lights flared in midair and hovered between them. One shined with a silver hue, and the other purple.

Jo opened her eyes wide with fear, taking a step back. “No…”

Roland tilted his head, not sure if he could believe what he saw. “Is that…? Jo, do you know what this means?”

“No,” she whispered.

Roland reached out and grabbed the light, which formed his Beetle Bonder. “If we can Borg, we can help stop whatever’s happening.”

“I said no!” Jo snapped.

“What would Drew do?”

“Get himself killed!”

“Pull yourself together,” Roland said. “Drew and Josh died to save all of us. Are you going to just throw that away? The same way you’ve thrown your whole life away?”

Jo rolled her eyes. “I’m sorry I didn’t become a successful comic-book store owner like you.”

“That was my dad’s store,” Roland said. “You know what? Never mind. You stay here with the dead. I’m going to go save the world.”

He turned around and started to walk off, arming his Beetle Bonder. He spoke the words that gave Jo chills.

“Beetle Bonder! Beetle Blast!” Silver light wrapped around him, transforming him into the Titanium Silver Beetle Borg.



***

Corinith City

The Silver Guardians did their best to evacuate Corinith after the city came under attack by demon-possessed machines and circuitry.

Wes, Jenn, and Lucas-- former Time Force Rangers and now Silver Guardians-- led one caravan into the woods that bordered the city to the north. Above, the skies swirled with unnatural light, which looked like reflections from a pond.

Wes looked over his shoulder towards the city. He sighed and turned to Jenn. “Jenn...you and Lucas stay here and lead the caravan. I’m going back.”

“Are you crazy?” Jenn said. “Wes, Corinith is gone. We have to get these people to safety.”

“There won’t be any safety. Not if we don’t do something to fight back,” Wes said.

Lucas walked towards them. “Hey,” he said with his usual calm demeanor. “These people are panicking. We need to get moving.”

“There’s nowhere to move to,” Wes said. “Nowhere is safe. Not anymore.”

“We can’t just-”

Three lights of energy appeared, floating in front of the former rangers. The energy splashed into them, and wrapped around their wrists, forming their Chrono Morphers.

They looked at their wrists, stunned.

“Our morphers…” Wes said.

“Do you think they work?” Lucas asked.

“Only one way to find out.” Jenn looked to Wes and nodded.

He nodded back.

With their powers back, they didn't need to debate. They didn't need to discuss. They knew what to do.

They stepped into their morphing stances.

“Chrono! Trigger!” Energy wrapped around them as they morphed into their Ranger forms: Time Red, Time Blue and Time Pink.



***

Los Angeles

Riots broke out along the streets. Richie, former Ninja Blue and now an officer with the police force, did his best to keep the crowd under control. For his efforts, he got a bat to the head, knocking him to the street.

He cursed beneath is breath, shot to his feet, and flipped the attacker to the ground. Another attacker stepped towards him with a broken beer bottle. Richie grabbed the man’s wrist and twisted, flipping him off his feet.

Another rioter came at the former Ranger. Then another. Their eyes turned solid black, demon possessed. The demons burst from their hosts, taking physical form with splatterings of blood, muscle and bone.

Richie narrowed his eyes and stepped into a defensive stance.

Before they could attack, a flare of blue light appeared in midair. The light solidified into a familiar shape: The Ninja Coin of the Blue Ranger.

Richie smirked.

He reached out and grabbed the coin. It ebbed with blue light that formed a morpher.

He grasped the morpher tightly and shifted his stance.

“Shogun Transform! Ninja Power!”

Blue light circled around him as he morphed into his Ranger form and snapped into a fighting stance.

“Ninja Blue!”



***

Nashville

Different organizations popped up over the years to help in the fight against evil. One organization called itself STN, organized bounty hunters who specialized in hunting witches and Shaded, children whose parents were possessed by demons. STN lent its services to INET, as well as governments and corporations.

Recently, the organization turned its efforts to recruiting former Rangers, although hard to identify and find. Their first and only former-Ranger recruit so far: Zack Taylor, former Mammoth Ranger and former Ninja Black.

The organization found value in Zack because, even though he couldn’t morph into Ninja Black, he could still channel various Ninpo abilities from The Power.

During his current mission, he stalked through the shadows of an office building taken over by a coven of witches. They wore robes patterned with the images of spiders and insects, part of some sort of pantheon they worshipped.

“Man, why’d it have to be bugs?” Zack muttered.

He maintained radio silence with his teammates, at other strategic points within the building.

Suddenly, two lights flared in front of him.

“What that-”

The light caught the witches’ attention. They lashed out with staffs, hurling bolts of dark magic. Zack dove and rolled for cover; the blasts exploded around him with splatterings of webbing.

When he rolled into a crouched stance and looked up, he noticed the two lights had solidified-- into the Power Coin of the Mammoth Ranger, and the Ninja Black Power Coin.

He didn’t know how they appeared, or why they had such rotten timing, but they felt...right. He shot to his feet and grabbed the nearest coin, the Mammoth Coin. It pulsed with energy that formed a morpher in his hand.

“Yes!” he shouted as he thrust the morpher forward and snapped it open. “Dino! Buckler!”

Energy flashed around him as he morphed into his armor and snapped into a fighting stance.

“Mammoth Ranger, Black!”



***

Delaware

Rocky started his own sporting goods company after a few years as a professional fighter. The company became quite successful, even after a short time, despite the economic troubles that came with the end of the freaking world.

He sat in his office while on the phone with Chelsea, his fiance, and Tommy Oliver’s sister.

“I know you’re worried about Tommy,” Rocky said. “But the important thing is to keep you safe. Where are you now?”

“I’m coming to you,” Chelsea said. “Then we’re going to find my brother.”

Rocky sighed. “OK…” Outside, the sky had started to shift back and forth between pitch black and daylight bright. “Just be careful. This is...different somehow.”

“I will. You too. Love you, see you soon.”

“Love you.” He hung up the phone.

Of course he would try to find Tommy. And Adam. And try to help stop...whatever the hell was going on. But how could he without his powers?

As if to answer, a flare of blue light shined above his desk. The light formed his Heaven Gravity Star Thunder Gem.

“That looks like the…”

The Gem shot into his hand. It glowed with light that wrapped around his wrists, forming his Aura Bracers.

Rocky smiled. “Maybe I can help Tommy after all…”

***

Washington DC

Chris Harris felt compelled to join NASA after his adventures as the Black Astro Ranger. The former ranger became an astronomer for the organization, which gave him a chance to use his skill sets in astro navigation.

Those skills didn’t matter much anymore. All of NASA's instruments went berserk as Chris watched from the floor of the control room. Space, and the very laws of physics, no longer seemed to make sense.

Frantic voices tried to find any shred of logic in their findings.

“Uh, we’re picking up the moon, sir.”

“So?”

“It’s in Hawaii.”

“Solar flares coming from Venus.”

“It’s the asteroid belt, they’re...planets?”

“Why is Saturn’s ring around Mars?”

Suddenly, control panels exploded with bursts of spark. Black smoke surged into the room and streamed into several technicians, possessing them. Demons burst from the bodies, taking monstrous physical form.

Chris narrowed his eyes and tightened his fists.

Just within eyesight, a flash of green light appeared. The light solidified and formed the Green Zeo Subscrystal.

Chris opened his eyes wide as the light reflected in his eyes. “My Zeo Crystal...”

Another flash of light appeared, this one purple and black. Chris recognized it somehow- the Black Astro Ranger powers. They seemed more fitting to his surroundings.

He reached out and grabbed the black light. It flowed around his wrist, forming his Digimorpher.

Chris shifted into his transformation pose. “Install! Astro Ranger!”




***

Crossworld City

Could a Machine truly die?

J.B. and his friend David asked themselves that as they ran to the park. Something tugged at the back of their minds to go there, a familiar presence.

“This can’t be possible,” J.B. said.

“It is,” David said. “You feel it too…”

In the center of the clearing, a silver, virtual light formed. The light started to take shape, like a mechanical body knitting itself back together. Flesh started to appear, and then clothes.

Ryan Steel, alive again, stepped from the light. As Cybertron, he was his powers, and his powers were him. So when his powers returned, so did he.

“Incredible…” J.B. said. “Ryan!”

They ran and hugged their friend. Ryan laughed and hugged them back.

“What’s wrong, J.B.? David?” he asked.

Before they could answer, two lights of digital energy flared. The energy pulses splashed into J.B. and David. A Virtualizer formed around J.B.’s neck, and a hand-held transformation device called a Galavanizer appeared in David’s hand.

“Man, what’s going on?” David asked.

“What do you mean?” Ryan asked, knitting his brow.

“Ryan,” J.B. said. “You were dead. And our powers, they were gone. And now...how is this happening?”

Years ago, the three young men received different power sets that drew energy from the same source, virtual energy, with origins tracing back to the ancient Box of Isis that held the secrets to melding man and machine.

David had named himself after the order of space protectors that gave him his powers: Galavan. Only later did he learn his armor’s true name, Shaider.

J.B. had taken the guise of the Black Nova Trooper, a suit of power armor originally designed to serve Sauron, the Dark Monarch of Evil.

And Ryan had learned he was really a cyborg, built, not born. He could transform himself into a powerful virtual warrior named Cybertron.

Ryan had died during the Second Countdown to Destruction.

He didn’t remember that death. Or the death of…

“Where’s Kaitlin?” Ryan asked.

“Ryan…” J.B. said. “She...she didn’t make it.”

Ryan paled. “That can’t be.” He closed his eyes. And the memories rushed back. The Second Countdown to Destruction. The fight against the Undead. “We won...but everything’s still…Nothing’s changed...”

Suddenly, flares of energy erupted, forming virtual demons and ghouls, drawn to the sudden eruption of power.

Ryan narrowed his eyes as he faced the villains. He rolled his hands into fists, and as one, the three comrades stepped forward.

“Cyberize!”

“Trooper Transform!”

“Blue Flash!”



***

Japan

Saiya sat in a meditative pose in her father’s dojo.The former White Wild Force Ranger kept her eyes closed and breathed deeply.

Her father opened the door and entered. “Saiya…” he said. “The sky...has gone dark.”

She lowered her head. In her hand she gripped her G-Morpher, which had appeared to her moments ago along with her Animal Crystal. She knew what it meant but didn’t want to accept it.

“Are they here?” she asked.

Her father nodded. “Yes…”

She opened her eyes and stood. Slowly, she walked outside, to where two of her former comrades awaited: Michael, former Gao Black, and Timothy, former Gao Blue.

“You got yours back too,” Timothy said. “Didn’t you?”

She nodded. “I haven’t heard from Ryan, though. Or Shirogane…”

Timothy held his Animal Crystal in his right hand, rolling it across his palm. “You know what this means, though, right?”

She nodded. “We have a part to play again now.”

“And…” Michael said. “You know who we have to stop…”

She nodded, and spoke the name of their former leader and friend, a wide-eyes optimist turned to dark. “Simon…”

Saying nothing else, they stepped into a clearing and armed their morphers.

“Gao Access! Ha!”



***

Washington D.C.

Junior lived for journalism. Fitting that journalism would kill him.

The former Blue Lightspeed Ranger decided to head to the capital for a story: politicians going rabid and eating their constituents. Fun times they were not.

His phone vibrated in his pocket, again, for what seemed like the 126,000th time. He pulled it out and checked, while ducking into a hallway to avoid a wave of zombie senators and lobbyists. He saw a text from Max...something about getting his morpher back?

The phone rang, and Junior answered, just as a trio of politicians charged at him.

“Hey, it’s Junior, bad time, man.”

“Junior? It’s Kevin.”

Junior sidestepped a diving senator. “Oh, hey Kev, long time. How’s the ball and chain.”

“Steph is good. Listen-”

“One sec.” Junior kicked a politician upside the head and elbowed a lobbyist in the face. “OK, go.”

“Listen, I know this is going to sound crazy, but did you, uh...get your morpher back.”

“Get my, what? Are you- Oh hold on, another call.” He jump kicked a senator and dashed towards the nearest staircase. “Hey, its Junior.”

“Jesus Christ, man, what took you so long, I’ve been texting you for-”

“Oh, hey DJ, one sec.” He hopped down a couple stairs while kneeing a politician upside the head. “OK, go.”

“What the fuck is going on? It’s like the world is ending...and I got my morpher back...”

Junior slapped a senator on the forehead to knock him down the stairs. “Oh, Max didn’t text you?”

“Huh?”

“The world is in fact ending, and we did, in fact, get our morphers back.”

“What are you-”

“Oh, hold on, I still have Kev and Steph on the other line.”

“What the-”

Junior flipped over the railing while kicking a politician’s face. “Hey Kev, sorry about that. Guess what? DJ got his morpher back too. Not sure where mine- oh, there it is.”

A light of blue energy appeared. Junior smiled and grabbed the light while spinning forward with side-kick, bashing a senator’s chest. The light wrapped around his wrist, forming his Rescue Morpher.

“What do you say?” he asked into his phone. “Class reunion? At Corinith? Great, see you at 7.”

He hung up and threw his phone at a politician’s face.

In different parts of the country, but united yet again, the four friends armed their morphers and called out.

“Lightspeed! Rescue!”



***

Somewhere, Earth

Tommy’s vision blurred into focus. He climbed to his feet, his body and soul aching-- yes, he could actually feel his soul and spirit, an odd sensation, to say the least, like skin beneath skin beneath skin.

He lifted his right hand and noticed his morpher. It looked like his Dino Buckler, but more golden. He didn’t know how, but he realized, this morpher, freshly Forged within the Astral Plane, contained all his Ranger powers. A Master Morpher.

He smiled. “I did it…”

He breathed a sigh of relief and thrust the morpher forward. “Chakra ignite!”

Power and flame washed over him as he morphed into the Red Dragon Ranger.

Then he remembered. The Hell Child’s death, the release of the dead universes-- whatever that even meant-- broke the Final Seal to the Dark One’s prison.

That meant…

Dragon Ranger looked up.

The Dark One’s face filled the sky, the entire sky, for as far as the Ranger could see. It looked like a massive curtain of black fire, featureless except for two eyes larger than suns, burning red and hot just above the horizon.

The Red Ranger took a step back. Fear gripped his spine and nearly forced him to his knees. He felt terror as he had never known. His heart pounded in his chest, and his limbs numbed.

Quietly, he whispered. “Dear god…”

---To be continued...Chapter 10

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Nice pickup of the Master Morpher.

That was very nicely done Ryu.
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I'm liking everyone's cameos, getting their powers back. Something about it just seems... too easy.

Also, I liked the Master Morpher add in. Please tell me that was one of those happy coincidences that happen. Like, you had this all set up, had the Master Morpher, and they just happened to use the same term.
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Green1 wrote: View Post

I'm liking everyone's cameos, getting their powers back. Something about it just seems... too easy.

Also, I liked the Master Morpher add in. Please tell me that was one of those happy coincidences that happen. Like, you had this all set up, had the Master Morpher, and they just happened to use the same term.
To be honest if it was the case of saw it on the show and thought this would be a good way to get around choosing which power to use, I'd say good call.

Yes it did seem a bit to easy until I read it through again. Then I realised that all through that chapter things seemed to be getting a little bit of momentum for the good guys to maybe turn things around. Then you read the ending as Tommy's brain catches up to what just happened and you realise it was all for nothing.
The Dark One is free and as Tommy showed at the end, morphers or not, just that presence is enough to bring their strongest to their knees. The world is still ending and tere's little to be done.
I am assuming the morphers that Gokai uses were forged at the same time as the Master Morpher, but only have their default connection to the Power.
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Another good chapter! Really wondering how this is all going to end: obviously the heroes will lose and all will fall into ruin, but how? Are the Legendary powers active yet? Have alternate universe and timeline Rangers been pulled in? So many questions

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Unrelated: Simon's clothes.

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This was great. It was nice seeing the rangers getting their powers back again and using a master morpher was a nice touch. I get more and more excited every timer I see you posted a chapter. Great job as always!!!!!
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So what happens to those power not taken up by their former users, or those whose users are dead?
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ShadowRanger wrote: View Post

Nice pickup of the Master Morpher.

That was very nicely done Ryu.
Thanks, that was perfect timing!


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I'm liking everyone's cameos, getting their powers back. Something about it just seems... too easy.

Also, I liked the Master Morpher add in. Please tell me that was one of those happy coincidences that happen. Like, you had this all set up, had the Master Morpher, and they just happened to use the same term.
Tommy would disagree that making all this happen was easy. He had to go through all that stuff on the Astral Plane. Stuff and things and such!

As for the Master Morpher, I didn't call it that originally but had to when I saw it on the 25th anniversary episode. It was like...destiny! Always did plan to have them be able to switch back-and-forth between Ranger forms, though. In fact, in the scene where Jason got his powers back, I originally had him morphing from Tyranno Ranger to Ninja Red and leaping to the rooftops.


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To be honest if it was the case of saw it on the show and thought this would be a good way to get around choosing which power to use, I'd say good call.

Yes it did seem a bit to easy until I read it through again. Then I realised that all through that chapter things seemed to be getting a little bit of momentum for the good guys to maybe turn things around. Then you read the ending as Tommy's brain catches up to what just happened and you realise it was all for nothing.
The Dark One is free and as Tommy showed at the end, morphers or not, just that presence is enough to bring their strongest to their knees. The world is still ending and tere's little to be done.
I am assuming the morphers that Gokai uses were forged at the same time as the Master Morpher, but only have their default connection to the Power.
Thanks, Shadow!

The Gokai morphers don't exist yet. (Well...technically, the Gokai Rangers are outside of time and space, watching this all unfold through time shards and such. But in the time period they are watching, and you are reading, no Gokai morphers).


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Another good chapter! Really wondering how this is all going to end: obviously the heroes will lose and all will fall into ruin, but how? Are the Legendary powers active yet? Have alternate universe and timeline Rangers been pulled in? So many questions

I have a mental image in the back of my mind, but I can't quite figure out what it is. I'm almost having vibes similar to Femto from Berserk. Then again, that isn't quite right either, so I'll have to keep searching for what I'm imagining.

https://www.sideshowtoy.com/wp-conte...re-9036471.jpg
Answers soon! ...ish.

Nice picture! I like it, some similarities to the guy SuperselfieRed posted. Maybe I could combine the two. I wish I could draw!!

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This was great. It was nice seeing the rangers getting their powers back again and using a master morpher was a nice touch. I get more and more excited every timer I see you posted a chapter. Great job as always!!!!!
HEY! Nice to hear from you again, and glad the excitement is still happening.

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So what happens to those power not taken up by their former users, or those whose users are dead?
They are floating, just hanging out in the Command Chamber. Seriously, actually had that stated in a scene that I ended up cutting. Tommy originally woke up in the Command Chamber after all his Astral Plane stuff, and the powers were there.
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Another good chapter! Really wondering how this is all going to end: obviously the heroes will lose and all will fall into ruin, but how? Are the Legendary powers active yet? Have alternate universe and timeline Rangers been pulled in? So many questions



I have a mental image in the back of my mind, but I can't quite figure out what it is. I'm almost having vibes similar to Femto from Berserk. Then again, that isn't quite right either, so I'll have to keep searching for what I'm imagining.

https://www.sideshowtoy.com/wp-conte...re-9036471.jpg
You know when I first looked at that image it didn't seem right because it looked more like a mutated Jetman or Gao Eagle. Then I looked again and remembered Simon's Hurricanger animal and suddenly it fit a lot better. There's something not quite right but it works. Maybe something about the head not quite right.
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You know when I first looked at that image it didn't seem right because it looked more like a mutated Jetman or Gao Eagle. Then I looked again and remembered Simon's Hurricanger animal and suddenly it fit a lot better. There's something not quite right but it works. Maybe something about the head not quite right.
Good observation. It'll work itself out.

Anyway, 15 pages into next chapter and still going. It's a freaking monster.
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Forgot to comment on the last few chapters cx sorta like how I used to forget to thank my mom for making me food if it was something really good. I've just been stuffing my face with your work, anxiously awaiting the next plate. The plot has really picked up from what was originally a pretty slow burn.

One thing I've been thinking about for awhile. A bit of momentum is lost with the knowledge that everyone fails, but the journey has been great. That does get me wondering though. In the future, when everything is said and done, will you retroactively put this where it belongs chronologically? I feel like it'll have more bite. Then again the mystery of the war is encoded into the D.N.A of the first arc, so that would lose some of its zest if you did that.
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Forgot to comment on the last few chapters cx sorta like how I used to forget to thank my mom for making me food if it was something really good. I've just been stuffing my face with your work, anxiously awaiting the next plate. The plot has really picked up from what was originally a pretty slow burn.

One thing I've been thinking about for awhile. A bit of momentum is lost with the knowledge that everyone fails, but the journey has been great. That does get me wondering though. In the future, when everything is said and done, will you retroactively put this where it belongs chronologically? I feel like it'll have more bite. Then again the mystery of the war is encoded into the D.N.A of the first arc, so that would lose some of its zest if you did that.
Heya! Thanks, and no apologies needed. I'm actually polishing the next chapter now and grabbing some pics for it. It's 30 pages.

As for where these chapters will go, I do want to keep The End starting right after the Gokai chapters. I'll get them on the site eventually. You'll see why, hopefully, after a few more chapters-ish.
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Heya! Thanks, and no apologies needed. I'm actually polishing the next chapter now and grabbing some pics for it. It's 30 pages.

As for where these chapters will go, I do want to keep The End starting right after the Gokai chapters. I'll get them on the site eventually. You'll see why, hopefully, after a few more chapters-ish.
They'll get on there a lot quicker if you'd just make up your mind id they should be part of the third series or their own series.

Edit: Actually, don't worry about it. I've decided what to do so the chapters will be added to the site shortly.

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Chapter 10: War! Reinforcements

Beyond all space and time

Reality shattered, leaving shards of time and space in an endless void of chaos and madness. Within the void, the Ultimate Power Rangers gathered to learn the secrets of the End of All. Using Ranger Keys, they unlocked Time Shards to slowly unravel the history of existence's downfall.

The Shards revealed this story.


***

Somewhere, Earth


The Dark One’s face filled the sky, the entire sky, for as far as the Red Ranger could see. It looked like a massive curtain of black fire, featureless except for two eyes larger than suns, burning red and hot just above the horizon.

The Red Ranger took a step back. Fear gripped his spine and nearly forced him to his knees. He felt terror as he had never known. His heart pounded in his chest, and his limbs numbed.

Quietly, he whispered. “Dear god…”

Spiritual pressure rumbled through the sky, earth and time. Massive chunks of land broke from the ground and started to rise, crackling with strands of dark energy.

Dragon Ranger didn’t know what to do, but knew he had to act.

He grasped his Thunder Gem and raised his sword into the sky.

“Red Dragon, arise!”

The Red Dragon Thunderzord swooped across the landscape, roaring with power, as if in defiance of the odds before him.

Dragon Ranger leapt onto the zord and leaned forward. Red Dragon snapped its tail and shot through the air, flying towards the horizon. Towards the Dark One.

***

Demon City

Long, a Forsaken, grew giant. His dragon form towered over Demon City with multiple heads. Golden scales covered his body.



Below, Jungle Fury Red, Jungle Fury Blue, and Jungle Fury Yellow ran from the ruins of the temple Long destroyed. Their former enemies, Black Lion and Green Chameleon, followed.

Yellow Cheetah tightened her hands into fists. “We’ve got to take him down.”

Red Tiger nodded. He looked to Black Lion and Green Chameleon. “Jarrod...Camille...we could use some help.”

Black Lion said nothing. He merely looked towards the giant villain, and nodded.

The three Rangers slapped their right fists against their left palms, igniting their auras.

“Geki Beasts, emerge!” They thrust their hands and fired waves of energy shaped like their animal spirits. The spirits expanded and grew giant.

The Rangers leapt through the air and entered their Geki Beasts, which solidified and formed zords: Geki Tiger, Geki Cheetah, and Geki Jaguar.

“Geki Beasts unite!” they shouted. “Jungle Fury Fusion!”

The three zords shifted shape and combined to form a Megazord.

“Jungle Pride Megazord!” the Rangers shouted. “Geki Touja!”



Geki Touja pounced with a flying kick. But Long breathed golden fire that swatted the Megazord from the air.

The Megazord crashed and skid backward, kicking up pieces of rock and debris-- which floated instead of falling back down.

“What’s happening?” Red Tiger asked.

Pieces of ground tore from Demon City and started to rise, floating in midair like little islands.

Long breathed fire that smashed through several islands; they exploded and rained debris against the Megazord. Chunks of concrete and stone bashed Geki Touja, knocking it backward.

Below, Black Lion and Green Chameleon watched. They felt the ground shake as if in pain, and the air mist as if weeping.

“Do you feel this power?” Black Lion asked. “The Rangers are outmatched.”

“Let them die,” Green Chameleon said.

“Perhaps,” Black Lion said. “But for now...we need their strength.”

Black Lion and Green Chameleon slapped their right fists against their left palms. Their auras ignited with dark energy.

“Rin Beasts, emerge!” They thrust their hands and fired waves of energy shaped like their animal spirits. The spirits expanded and grew giant.

The two warriors leapt through the air and entered their Geki Beasts, which solidified and formed zords: Rin Lion and Rin Chameleon.



“Alright, Jarrod!” Red Tiger shouted from his cockpit. “I knew you’d come through!”

The heroes slapped their right fists against their left palms.

“Jungle Beasts, unite!” they shouted. “Geki-Rin Fusion!”

Black Lion and Green Chameleon leapt through the air, shifted shape, and formed armor that wrapped around the Jungle Pride Megazord. The head of the Black Lion formed the chest piece, and the head of the Green Chameleon formed an attachment on the Megazord’s left arm.

“Jungle Fury Megazord!” they shouted, joined in the central cockpit. “Geki-Rin Touja!”



Long roared and started to charge. But a spiritual pressure erupted, driving the monster to his knees. He flashed with golden power and reverted back to his human form. He kept his head low, shivering with fear.

“Great Lord...” he whispered. “Oh Dark One…”

***

Brajira dragged Troy by the shirt. He tossed the fallen ranger at Xanathor’s feet.

“Here,” he said. “That’s the last of them.”

Xanathor looked at all five members of the Seraph team, scattered across the dirt. “You didn’t kill them...”

“No,” Brajira said. “I want them alive to see my New Creation. And then dead, just as their Earth becomes the new Hell.”

“We are out of time,” Xanathor said, his voice rumbling as he looked into the black sky. “The Dark One is free. I can feel his pull...dragging all of existence into his dark domain.”

Brajira bowed low, pretending to serve. “I will hasten our plans. With the Enetron Matrices now in our clutches, nothing can stop us from forging a New Creation.”

“And elevating a New Pantheon,” Xanathor said. “Let the old gods tremble.”

***

Corinith City

Demons possessed an army of Megazords.

The RPM Rangers’ High Octane Megazord, ValveMax Megazord, and Mach Megazord.



The Digi Rangers’ Go-Buster Megazord and Buster-Hercules Megazord.



And the Bio-Beast Rangers’ Bio-Mech Megazord and Bio-Mech Battlezord.



The robos stood in front of the Enetron Matrix like silent, ominous guardians.

The Titan Rangers and Samurai Rangers entered the city and steered their zords to a halt.

“That’s not at all creepy,” Samurai Green said sarcastically.

The Black Overdrive Ranger scoffed over the comm-line. “Scared?”

“Uh, yeah, it’s an army of evil Megazords,” Samurai Green said.

Titan Red grasped his controls. But they refused to move. “Rangers, can you-”

His console sparked, as did the consoles of the other Titan Rangers. Their zords throttled out of control, crashing against one another.

The Samurai team retained control of their zords, more mystical than mechanical.

“Titan Red, what’s going on?” Samurai Red asked.

“Something’s trying to control us,” Titan Red answered. “Just like those Megazords.”

Ahead, the possessed Megazords started to move, their eyes ebbing with the color of midnight.

Samurai Red cursed beneath his breath. “This is not going to be pleasant…”

He swiped his morpher to write the kanji symbol for “combine” above his control pedestal.

“Origami assemble!” he shouted. “Samurai fusion!”

The five Samurai-zords shifted shape and combined, and the Rangers joined in a central cockpit.

“Samurai Megazord!” the Rangers shouted. “Shinkenou!”



The High Octane Megazord charged with a burst of speed and swung its saber. The Samurai Megazord parried, barely; the impact sent the robo stumbling.

Explosions bashed the Samurai Megazord from behind. Shinkenou turned to see the Mach Megazord hovering in midair. The possessed Megazord fired missiles and energy blasts, hammering the Samurai Megazord with massive bursts of spark and fire.

The blasts forced Shinkenou backward, rocking the Rangers within their cockpit.

The Go-Buster Megazord moved in and lifted its prong weapon. The prongs emitted an energy field that suspended the Samurai Megazord in place.

The Bio-Mech Megazord and ValveMax Megazord moved in from behind. The Bio-Mech Megazord fired a beam of energy from the lion on its chest. And the ValveMax Megazord fired bursts of energy from its right arm cannon.

The blasts smashed the Samurai Megazord with bursts of spark, flame, and smoke.

“We need backup!” Samurai Pink said.

“Anthony, where are you?” Samurai Red asked.

“Coming!” Samurai Gold said over the comms.

The Clawzord scurried across the streets.

“Clawzord!” Samurai Gold shouted. “Rise up!”

The Clawzord shifted shape and assumed its humanoid warrior form. “Claw Battlezord! Daikaiou!”



Daikaiou charged to assist the Samurai team. But the Bio-Mech Battlezord tackled the Claw Battlezord aside. The possessed zord swung volleys of punches, bashing the Claw’s armor with bursts of spark, forcing the zord back a step with each strike.

Samurai Green cursed beneath his breath. “Not helpful, Anthony! Not helpful!”

Meanwhile, the Overdrive Rangers struggled to regain control of their zords. Titan Red glanced at the Tracker to the right of his control wheel. Maybe they needed a boost?

The Red Overdrive Ranger pressed the “robo” key on his tracker: “FUSION SYSTEM, ON!”

He pressed the numerical keys for the individual zords.

“DUMP!”

“GYRO!”

“SPEED!”

“DOZER!”

“SUB!”

He swiped the tracker’s wheel, sparking a charge: “TITAN FORMATION!”

The five zords revved with power, fighting against the threat of possession. The Rangers took control long enough to assemble their zords into a giant robo.

“DriveMax Megazord!” the Rangers called out. “Titan Robo!”



The High-Octane Megazord grabbed the Titan Robo from the right. And the Buster-Hercules Megazord grabbed the Titan Robo from the left.

Streams of demon smoke splashed against the Megazord, penetrating its armor and crackling with digital code. The zord shuddered and ejected the Titan Rangers, throwing them from the cockpit with bursts of spark.

The High-Octane Megazord and Buster-Hercules Megazord released their grip.

The DriveMax Megazord stumbled forward. Its eyes glowed black, demon possessed.

***

INET equipped dozens of soldiers with generic Rider Gears, calling them Riot Troopers. Demons possessed those too.



The corrupt Riot Troopers patrolled the streets of Corinith, searching for any survivors of the initial assault.

After a crushing defeat, Corinith’s Ranger teams split up to keep the wave of villains contained, and ultimately, find and destroy the source of their possession.

Near the Enetron Matrix, Red Falcon and Digi Red fought back-to-back.

A Riot Trooper slashed Digi Red to the ground. The Rider leapt towards the fallen Ranger and chopped. But Red Falcon stepped in, blocked the blow, and kicked the Rider backward.

“You suck,” Red Falcon said to Digi Red. He spun and slashed a Rider to the ground. “Seriously, you are so bad at this.”

Blasts slammed against Red Falcon, hurling him backward.

He hit the ground and skid backward. “Son of a-”

When he looked up, he saw his attackers: Kamen Rider Kaixa, alongside Kamen Rider Delta. Demons possessed both Rider gears.



Red Falcon used his sword for balance and climbed to his feet. He sighed. “You people exhaust me.”

***

Nearby, the Titan Rangers had crashed to the streets, having been ejected by their Megazord. Riot Troopers scrambled to attack them as soon as they hit the ground.

Titan Red climbed to his feet just in time to flip a Trooper and side-kick a second attacker.

Riders armed their daggers and slashed Titan Yellow and Titan Blue.

The Black Overdrive Ranger armed his hammer and bashed a soldier’s faceplate.

Titan Pink armed her blaster and fired, striking Troopers with bursts of spark.

From above, two blurs leapt to the scene. They slammed against the Troopers with kicks, punches, and slashes, moving faster than the villains could counter. The attackers skid to a halt, and the Overdrive team recognized them: RPM Gold and RPM Silver.

The two Rangers armed their daggers. “Rocket Daggers!” They flipped their weapons’ No. 2 switches. “Ice Mode!”

They slashed through streaks of frozen energy, emitting mist that solidified into a wall of ice.

“That should hopefully-”

“-buy us some time-”

“-to regroup-”

From behind, the Gold and Silver Digi Rangers leapt to the scene.

“Not for long, though,” Digi Gold said. “There’s another wave heading towards the Matrix. They’re really protecting that thing…”

Titan Black tilted his head at the sight of the four Rangers. “Are you guys teaming up based on colors or something?”

“What?” Digi Gold asked. “No…” He looked to RPM Gold. “...at least not on purpose.”

Titan Pink ignored the exchange. “What’s going on here?”

“The short version?” Digi Gold asked. “Demons can possess machines now. They took over the Enetron Matrix, and possessed our zords. The Riot Riders too.”

The ice wall shattered.

Kamen Rider Drive, demon-possessed, bashed past RPM Gold and RPM Silver, hammering them backward.



***

Azmodai’s Mansion

Dark forests surrounded Azmodai’s latest mansion.

The Hurricane Power Rangers-- Lauren, Hunter, Blake, Justin, Rachel and Kou-- hid among the trees. With them stood R.J., Jungle Fury Violet, Dom, Jungle Fury White, and Samuel, Simon Kaden’s younger brother and wielder of the Garo armor. Samuel had two of his fellow Hellfire Knights with him-- Stefan, Knight Gaia, and Grayson, Knight Zoro.

Blake stuck to the shadows. He looked ahead, to where demon-possessed men and women guarded the perimeter.

“It’s a trap. Do I even need to say it’s a trap at this point?” Blake asked. “Because it’s a trap.”

“But is it a trap?” Kou asked.

“May be a trap,” Justin said.

“Guys, guys, hold on,” Lauren said. “This could be a trap.”

Blake sighed. “I hate you all.”

Dom arced an eyebrow. “Are you guys always like this?”

Justin shrugged. “For the most part.”

Hunter stared at them, his face serious. “We’re not here to make jokes. Focus.”

R.J. nodded in agreement. “OK. How do we get in…?”

“Looks like they have every entrance covered,” Hunter said. “Doors. Windows. Balconies…”

“Maybe-” R.J. started to say, but his vision twisted, as did the vision of the others.

Suddenly, space warped, and they found themselves in the middle of the mansion’s ballroom, massive and lavishly decorated.

They expected to face Azmodai, but instead, they faced Graendal, one of the Forsaken. She sat on a lush chair, leaning back while resting her legs on a servant's back.

“Hello, dear Rangers,” she said. “How nice of you to visit.”

The heroes snapped into fighting stances.

Justin glanced at Blake. “Hey Blake?”

“Don’t say it,” Blake said.

“You know what I’m thinking?”

“Don’t say it.”

“I’m thinking this was a trap.”

Blake sighed. “I’m so turning evil again when this is over.”

***

Demon City

Bolts of energy shot from the sky like lightning, striking Long, imbuing him with power. The Forsaken laughed, tilting back his head as the power of Nightmare filled his veins.

The three Jungle Fury Rangers, Black Lion, and Green Chameleon watched from their cockpit.

“Long…” Black Lion growled.

Suddenly, drips of the Dark One’s evil rained from the skies, splattering across the ruins of Angel Grove. The droplets moved like oil and flowed together, rising to form humanoid shapes covered in black armor, so dark, it almost seemed to glow with the color of midnight.

The Specters of the Dark One’s evil formed an army, fueled by his essence, his energy, known as the True Power. They looked humanoid with Greek-style plates of armor so dark they almost seemed to glow with the color of midnight. Some plates of armor had appendages, and others had wings of metal. Beneath the armor, their skin looked tar black.

Four of the Specters pulsed with black energy and grew giant, surrounding the Jungle Fury Megazord. The creatures went by the names of Worm Raimi, Deep Niobe, Gorgon Ochs, and Minotaurus Godon.

“Four of them?” Red Tiger shouted.

“It’s more than that, look,” Yellow Cheetah said, her gaze towards the streets below. “They’re everywhere.”

The four Specters charged to attack, closing in on the Jungle Fury Megazord.

“We need some elbow room,” Red Tiger said. “Fierce Slash!”

The Megazord’s upper body spun like a drill, swinging its blade, slashing the Specters with massive bursts of spark.

Worm Raimi snapped seven tendrils that wrapped around the Megazord, pulling it aside, and holding it in place.

“What are those things?” Yellow Cheetah asked.

“Best not to ask,” Blue Jaguar said.

The tendrils tightened, nearly snapping the Megazord’s armor.

The Rangers fell to their knees. Red Tiger rolled his hands into fists; he refused to collapse.

“It’s time for some serious back-up,” he said as he and his teammates climbed to their feet.

They slapped their right fists against their left palms.

“Geki Beasts, emerge!” They thrust their hands and fired auras shaped like animal spirits, which solidified into zords: Geki Gorilla, Geki Gazelle, and Geki Penguin.

“Geki Beasts unite!” the Rangers shouted. “Jungle Master Fusion!”

The zords combined to form a second Megazord. Red Ranger leapt from Geki Touja into the second Megazord’s cockpit. “Jungle Master Megazord!” he shouted. “Geki Fire!”



Minotaurus Godon charged like a comet.

The Specter rammed Geki Fire, hurling the Megazord backward. The Megazord crashed and skid across the ground, whipped back into the air, and fell into a deep crater that crackled with dark energy.

***

The Army of the True Cross moved on Demon City. Exorcists-- spell-casting Arias, sword-wielding Knights, and gun-toting Dragoons-- marched behind the lead battalion.

At their head stood Arthur Angel Paladin of the True Cross, and holder of the Kamen Rider Cross powers.

One of the Knights, Shura, moved away from the group. She walked across the scene of Xanathor and Brajira’s battle, and saw the members of the Seraph team, strewn about and unconscious.

“I need an Aria!” she shouted as she ran to their side.

An Aria came and used spells and magick to heal the rangers, waking them up.

“What...just happened?” Troy asked, his voice even and face void of any emotion.

“Oh my god!” Jake said. “Troy’s dead! No wait, that’s just Troy.”

“You’re Rangers, right?” Shura asked.

Noah nodded. “We are. Seraph Rangers. Saint Task Force”

Shura nodded. “Good.” She pointed towards the distance, where the Jungle Fury team’s Megazords battled the Specters. “Then you can help with our giant problem.”

“Whoa…” Jake said. “That’s a giant giant problem.”

Gia rolled her eyes. “I swear to god, Jake.”

Troy grabbed his morpher. “Let’s get back to the fight.”

They spread out and slid their morphing cards into their Totem Morphers.

“Seraph Summon!” They snapped their morphers shut, triggering waves of energy that morphed them into their armor.

The five Rangers leapt into the distance and landed on a pile of rubble, closer to the battle.

“Summon Totem Zords!” the Rangers shouted. They slid their zord cards into their morphers, which spoke the command: “SUMMON ZORDS.”

Their Totem Headers flew through the air and took shape, forming zords. The Seraph Rangers jumped into their cockpits.

“Totem Zords assemble!” the Rangers shouted. “Gosei Fusion!” Seraph Red slid his Gosei Great card into his morpher: “SUMMON MEGAZORD”

The zords flew through the air and combined, forming a single Megazord.

“Totem Megazord!” the Rangers shouted. “Gosei Great!”



***

Simon Kaden walked from the rubble of the temple Long destroyed. Nearby, he saw Long in his human form on his knees, trembling with fear and crackling with dark energy. He heard the sounds of the Seraph Rangers and Jungle Fury Rangers battle the giant Specters.

None of it mattered, he realized. In the back of his mind, the Final Secret screamed, having been revealed by Tommy on the Astral Plane while Simon watched, through the power of the three Tablets.

The former ranger looked up. The sky looked black. The Dark One, finally free, gripping the world, and the universe, and dragging both into the Dark Astral Plane.

Simon reached out with his empathic senses and touched the Dark One. Ice-cold fear shot through his body and dropped him to his knees. Grief balled in his throat, nearly choking him. His heart thundered in his chest with waves of dizziness and numbness. He vomited black ichor, and screamed with tears.

His breakdown caught the attention of Kamen Rider TheBee, regrouping with several ZECT Troopers after the battle against Xanathor and several of his Worms.



“Well, well…” TheBee said. “It’s my lucky day. Simon Kaden. No. 1 on INET’s Most Wanted List. Or maybe it’s No. 2? OK, there’s no list, but if there was, you’d be right there on-”

Simon shot to his feet and stabbed TheBee through the chest. He tore off the Rider’s Zector and crushed it, shattering the Rider’s armor with bursts of spark and energy, sizzling like lightning.

Simon twisted his blade, pushing it deeper into Marx’s chest, until the Rider gasped his final breath and died.

The remaining ZECT Troopers dropped their guns and ran.

Simon lifted his hand and tightened his fist. The troopers exploded into pieces of flesh, bone and blood.

The former ranger collapsed to his knees. He looked up, towards the Dark One, and narrowed his eyes.

***

Gosei Great charged at the Worm Raimi Specter.

“Dragon Sword!”

The Megazord armed its sword and slashed the Worm Specter with bursts of spark, bashing him aside. The blow knocked the villain’s tendrils away from Geki-Rin Touja, freeing the Jungle Fury Megazord.

Gosei Great hopped backward and landed alongside Geki-Rin Touja.

A Specter, the Deep Niobe, lifted its hand, summoning crimson fog that washed across the landscape. The fog seeped into the Megazords, dropping them to their knees as explosions sparked against their armor.

The poison seeped into both cockpits, weakening the Rangers.

“What is that?” Seraph Pink shouted.

“It reeks!” Seraph Black shouted.

In Geki-Rin Touja’s cockpit, Jungle Fury Blue and Jungle Fury Yellow slapped their right fists against the left palms.

Geki Waza! Dai Gan Gan Ken!

The Megazord extended its arms and spun its upper body like a tornado, blowing the poison clear.

The Specters didn’t give the Megazords a chance to counterattack. Gorgon Ochs extended stalks from his helmet, which opened fire with a barrage of energy beams.

Blasts smashed the two Megazords, sparking against armor and ripping through the landscape.

The Gosei Great Megazord shifted its stance and started to launch its Header Attack. But Minotaurus Godon charged in, back-fisted Geki-Rin Touja off its feet, and slammed Gosei Great backward.

***

Xanathor walked towards his temple, a black spire that extended into the skies.

“Hey!” a voice shouted from behind.

The villain looked to see Nat, leader of the DECA Rangers, standing alone.

The ranger narrowed his eyes and rolled his hands into fists. “We weren’t done…”

Xanathor seemed taken aback by the ranger’s audacity. “You? Alone? Your powers come from a toy badge you carry in your pocket. My powers are the powers of a god.”

Nat grabbed his morpher. “Is that a challenge?”

“It’s a death sentence. Yours.”

Nat snapped into his transformation stance. “SPD! Emergency!”

Energy flashed around him as he morphed into DECA Red.

He aimed his D-Magnums, charged forward, and opened fire, bullets striking Xanathor’s armor with bursts of spark.

***

Kamen Rider Kabuto and Kamen Rider Gattack stood in the bulky armor of their Masked Forms.



A wave of Worms swarmed towards them. Gattack grabbed his shoulder cannons, and Kabuto aimed his blaster; they opened fire, blasting through the Worms with massive bursts of spark and flame, ripping them to pieces.

Slowly, another wave of Worms stalked through the smoke and ashes.

Gattack cursed beneath his breath. “There’s no end to them.”

The two Riders flipped their bucklers.

“Cast off.”

“Cast off!”

Their bulky armor shot off their bodies, revealing their slender Rider Forms.

“CHANGE BEETLE.”



“CHANGE STAG BEETLE.”



Two Worms molted, emerging as Geophilidae Worms.



The Riders shifted stances. “Clock up.” They slapped the sides of their belts: “CLOCK UP”

Their powers distorted time and space, so they moved at hyper-speeds. They shot towards the Worms, and the monsters shot back.

A Geophilidae Worm swiped its tendrils at Kamen Rider Kabuto. With ease, Kabuto dodged and landed a volley of punches against the creature.

The Rider dodged another swing, and round-kicked the Geophilidae, sending the creature staggering backward.

Nearby, Kamen Rider Gattack jump-kicked a Geophilidae, dodged its counter-strike, and round-kicked its side. They circled around one another; Gattack swung a trio of punches that bashed the monster’s chest.

The Riders and monsters exchanged blows as they circled around the floor, appearing as a blur to the outside world. But to them, they moved so fast, time seemed to slow to a near-stop.

Kabuto and Gattack activated their bucklers’ attack codes: “ONE, TWO, THREE.”

“Rider Kick.”

“Rider Kick!”

They flipped their bucklers, which crackled with energy. Kabuto snapped around with a reverse crescent kick, and Gattack hopped towards his opponent with a scissor kick.

The energized kicks smashed through the monsters with massive bursts of spark. The creatures collapsed, and secondary explosions tore them to shreds, just before they exploded with bursts of flame that incinerated their bodies into ash.

“CLOCK OVER.”

***

Xanathor pommeled DECA Red’s faceplate, knocking him to the ground. The villain lifted his foot and stomped towards the Ranger’s head. But DECA Red managed to roll away just in time.

The Red Ranger flipped open his morpher. “SWAT Mode, on!” Energy flashed around him as he morphed into his SWAT armor. The Red Ranger powered up again. “Battlizer!”



His Battlizer armor snapped around his body and formed a long-rifle. He leapt into the air and aimed downward.

“Battlizer! Fire Drive!” He triggered a massive bolt of golden energy that shot towards Xanathor.

Xanathor extended his hand and caught the blast. He magnified its power and hurled it back at the Red Ranger.

The blast slammed DECA Red with bursts of spark and strands of electricity that hurled him from the air.

The Red Ranger crashed and tumbled across the ground, skidding and slamming against pieces of rubble and debris.

Saying nothing, Xanathor turned back towards his palace.

Suddenly, the palace started to crumble into chunks of stone and dirt that floated into the dark skies. The villain scowled. The Dark One’s power was spreading faster than expected.

Xanathor lifted his arm and tightened his fist. His gauntlet glowed with icy energy, summoning a pillar of ice and stone that rose towards the skies. Frozen stairs sprouted from the spire and wrapped around it.

Xanathor started to climb up the stairway, to ascend to the top of the pillar, and then, to ascend into a New Godhood, to become the lord of a New Pantheon.

“Hey dickbag!” a voice shouted.

Xanathor looked down to see Kamen Rider SaSword.



“Little Rider…” Xanathor grumbled. “Have you come to taste death?”

“Tasted it already, needs salt,” SaSword said. “Here’s the thing. You ruined my life. I thought I was human...but I’m not. I’m a Worm. One of the creatures you made. You sent us out from Demon City. You gave us the drive to kill. You turned us into monsters. Now...I don’t belong anywhere. Not here, too human, even for a freak. And not out there either. The other Riders don’t trust me, never will.”

“Pathetic ant,” Xanathor said. “Look above you. The Dark One is free. This world has already fallen into darkness. Your people, monster and human alike, are doomed.”

“Don’t care much about that,” SaSword said, twisting his grip on his saber. “I just want to kick your ass.”

He leaped to attack.

***

The Jungle Master Megazord climbed from the crater and back onto the streets. Ahead, Geki-Rin Touja and Gosei Great battled the four giant Specters.

“Ok…” Red Tiger breathed deep. “You can do this…”

Geki Fire charged and bashed two of the Specters, knocking them aside. Geki-Rin Touja and Gosei Great stood side-by-side and each slashed outward, striking the other two Specters with bursts of spark.

A Specter kicked Geki-Rin Touja, hurling the Megazord into the air. The other three Specters smashed Geki Fire and Gosei Great with volleys of punches and kicks.

Geki-Rin Touja crashed hard and skid backward. The impact knocked Rin Lion and Rin Chameleon from the Megazord. The two zords crashed and tumbled, dissipating into energy.

Black Lion and Green Chameleon crashed to the ground.

The Worm Specter looked down and stabbed one of its tendrils towards the fallen warriors.

“Look out!” Green Chameleon climbed to her feet and pushed Black Lion clear.

The tendril smashed Green Chameleon, knocking her backward.

***

Nearby, Brajira floated into the air. His wings spread and flared with light, nearly blinding the Rangers within their cockpit, and distracting the giant Specters.

“You have already lost!” the dark angel shouted. “Your world is covered in darkness! The universe is covered in darkness! The only hope is my New Creation! I am the savior of your race, and all the races!”

Three giant stakes fell from the skies and stabbed into the ground, summoned by Brajira’s power. The stakes glowed with energy, siphoning the power of each Enetron Matrix across the globe.

The Enetron Matrices could warp the very fabric of reality. Brajira called upon that power.

Invisible waves of energy ebbed from the spires and converged on Xanathor, as he battled Kamen Rider SaSword.

The villain’s column of black ice started to expand, growing into a mountain of ice and stone that rivaled the height and scope of Mount Olympus.

SaSword started to tumble down the mountainside. Xanathor leaned down, lifted the Rider by the neck and squeezed.

Explosions sparked against Xanathor.

He looked down to see DECA Shadow, DECA Break, Seraph Knight, Kamen Rider Kabuto and Kamen Rider Gattack scrambling up the mountainside to attack.

***

Corinth City


Dr. K finally managed to open a comm-line with the Ranger teams in Corinith.

“I have them,” she said.

The other lead techs-- Miss Fairweather and Colynn-- breathed sighs of relief.

“Finally,” Miss Fairweather said.

Dr. K arced an eyebrow. “Is that commentary on my competence and speed?”

“Wha-” Miss. Fairweather actually stammered, a rarity. “Wha- I- no, of course not.”

“Good,” Dr. K. said. She turned her attention back to the communications channel. “Rangers, this is Dr. K. The corrupt coding that’s infiltrating the circuitry in Corinith isn’t just infecting the Enetron Matrix. It’s coming from the Matrix. You need to stop the code at its source.”

***

“Yeah we’ll get right to that.”

Red Falcon twirled his blade, parrying the strong and powerful slashes of Kamen Rider Kaixa. Each blow sparked on impact and forced the Red Ranger back several steps.

“Ya know-”

Swords clanged.

“I-”

Clanged again. And again.

“Can you just-”

Red Falcon blocked a high blow and low slash.

“I’m trying to be witty here!” He countered with a wide slash the Rider blocked.

Blue Dolphin and Yellow Lion fought nearby, as did Green Rhino and Black Bison. Other Ranger teams-- Overdrive, RPM, Digi Rangers-- joined the fray too, having regrouped only to face a bottleneck of enemy troops.

Kamen Rider Drive, also possessed, pressed the attack. Supercharged with speed, he charged and moved low, kicking the legs out from beneath RPM Black and RPM Green.

The Rider dashed to his right and pommeled RPM Red and RPM Yellow with volleys of hyper-speed punches, hurling them through the air. They crashed and skid across the war-torn street.

RPM Ranger Blue shot at Drive like a bullet. But the Rider spin-kicked the Ranger aside, whipping him through the air.

Nearby, Kamen Rider Delta closed in on the Digi team.

The possessed Rider placed a clip on his blaster, which spoke the command: “EXCEED CHARGE”

The blaster charged and hummed with power. Delta triggered an energy burst that splashed against the Digi Rangers, forming a cone of white energy.

Kamen Rider Delta somersaulted through the air with a flying side-kick, shooting through the cone. He streaked with power; his kick smashed the Rangers with massive bursts of spark, hurling them backward.

Suddenly, explosions sparked around the possessed Riders, clearing a path. The Rangers looked up to see the source of the attack: The Time Flier.

The three Time Force Rangers leapt from the Flier and landed with their backs to the villains. They snapped around one-by-one.

“Time Red!”

“Blue!”

“Pink!”

They thrust their badges. “Time Rangers.”

Red Falcon sighed. “You don’t have to introduce yourselves, just fight. Christ...”

“Don’t be a smart-ass,” Time Blue said.

“Get to the Matrix,” Time Red said to the younger teams. “We’ll hold the line.”

***

The three Time Rangers attacked.

Time Red armed his Chrono Sabers, slashing through Riot Troopers with bursts of spark, moving so fast he appeared as a blur. He leapt into the air and charged his weapons.

“Time Strike!”

His blades energized with red light. He swung one blade horizontally and one vertically, each through a streak of red power. The slashes tore through Riot Troopers with bursts of spark, hurling them backward and knocking them out of their armor with flashes of light.

The Pink Time Ranger armed her cannon weapon.

“Vol Sniper!”

She triggered bursts of pink energy, aiming for the Riot Troopers’ belt bucklers. The blasts tore through bucklers, shattering the possessed gears and armor.

Time Blue combined his swords into a double-bladed weapon. “Chrono Sabers!”

He slashed through streaks of power, hacking Riot Troopers with bursts of spark.

The three Time Rangers regrouped. Before they could attack again, the earth shook. They stopped in their tracks; they notices pieces of earth tear from the streets and start to float.

“That can’t be good,” Time Blue said.

Time Red tightened his fists. “It’s the Dark One…Tommy was right.”

Waves of distortion washed across Corinith, knocking down soldiers of allied and evil forces alike.

Before the city ripped apart, a massive dome of energy surrounded it, keeping it contained, for now. The source of the dome, Tranza, who floated in midair.

The villain landed, standing arrogantly with his arms crossed over his chest.

“Your dimension has always been frail,” he taunted as the Riot Troopers and possessed Riders started to regroup, recovering from the waves of distortion that had assaulted the city. “It’s time to make something new from this boil you call a home.”

The Time Rangers recognized him from the Silver Guardians’ files.

“Aren’t you supposed to be brain dead?” Time Pink asked.

“That’s what your precious-”

Sonic booms sounded from above. Tranza looked up and narrowed his eyes, recognizing the sound.

“Jet Force…”

The Aero Rangers’ zords flew overhead. Jet Force jumped from their zords, dove through the air, and snapped open their wings, gliding downward.

They landed and snapped into fighting stances.

“Red Hawk!”

“Black Condor!”

“Yellow Owl!”

“White Swan!”

“Blue Swallow!”

“Jet Task Force!” the Red Ranger shouted. Together they called out: “Aero Rangers!”



***

Demon City

The giant Specters surrounded Geki Fire, Geki Touja and Gosei Great. They pommeled the Megazords, blows sparking on impact.

Worm Raimi wrapped his tendrils around the Megazords; his companions fired energy blasts, peppering the Megazords’ armor with massive bursts of spark.

The Worm Specter used his tendrils to lift the Megazords and hurl them through the air. They crashed and skid, smashing through massive piles of rubble and debris, secondary explosions sparking against armor.

Suddenly, a growl shook the streets, vibrating through the air with intense sound and spiritual pressure.

The Rangers glanced into the distance. Through their viewports, they saw the Red Galaxy Ranger standing on top of his Star Beast.

The other four Star Beasts stepped into view, each ridden by one of the Galaxy Rangers.



The mighty Taurozord also stomped onto the scene, ridden by the Magna Defender, KuroKishi.

Galaxy Red ebbed with fiery power; the same flames washed across his zord. He thrust his hands. “Mane of Flame!”

Ginga Lion breathed a stream of fire, washing across the giant Specters with massive bursts of spark and pushing them backward, block-by-block, as secondary explosions scorched their armor.

The Jungle Fury team watched from their cockpit. Red Tiger opened his eyes wide beneath his helmet. He practically stuttered. “That’s...that’s…”

“The Galaxy Rangers!” Blue Jaguar shouted. “No way!”

Galaxy Red lifted his Kiba Dagger into the air. “Zord Transform!”

Energy shot from the air, struck the Rangers’ Kiba Daggers, and washed across their Star Beasts. The animals morphed into powerful suits of armor, becoming Galactazords.



The Rangers dropped into their cockpits.

Galaxy Red placed a hand over his console.

“Star Beast Fusion!” he shouted. “Gingaiou!”

The zords rushed forward. They shifted shape and combined, forming a massive Megazord.

“Galaxy Megazord!” the Rangers shouted. “Gingaiou!”



The four Specters charged to attack, hulking monstrosities fueled by the energy and essence of the Dark One. Butt he Galaxy team didn’t flinch.

“Galaxy Megazord Saber!” Galaxy Red shouted. “Blazing Slash!”

The sword energized and swung through a rapid volley of slashes, tearing through the Specters’ armor with massive bursts of spark and sending them staggering.

The Seraph and Jungle Fury teams moved to help their predecessors, willing Gosei Great, Geki Fire and Geki Touja to get back on their feet.

Seraph Red slid a card into his morpher and snapped it shut: “SUMMON VICTORY CHARGE”

“Victory charge!” the Seraph Rangers shouted. “Seraph Strike!”

Red Tiger slapped his right fist against his left palm within Geki Fire. “Geki Waza! Gan Gan Nakkuru Otoshi!”

Yellow Cheetah and Blue Jaguar slapped their right fists against their left palms. “Geki Waza! Dai Gan Gan Kyaku!”

Gosei Great energized its sword and slashed through a streak of power. Geki Fire spun its arms, energizing its fists with fire. And Geki Touja leapt through the air with a spinning drop kick, spinning its lower body like a drill.

The attacks slammed the Specters with massive bursts of spark; secondary explosions ripped through their armor as they staggered backward.

Galaxy Red crossed his fist over his chest. “Shine! Lights of Orion!”

The Rangers powered up into their golden-trimmed armor, powered by the Lights of Orion. The green gem on Galaxy Red’s armband pulsed with power that washed across the entire Megazord.

“Galaxy Megazord!” he shouted. “Power-up Mode!”



Golden light washed along the blade, enveloping the saber with light.

“Galaxy Megazord Saber!” Galaxy Red shouted. “Ginga Dai Juo Kiri!”

The saber slashed through a streak of power, ripping the Specters in half. Their bodies exploded with bursts of spark and fire, vaporizing the monsters into mist.

***

Earth?

Red Dragon dove into darkness, waves of black tinted with the darkest shades of purple and violet. The wave of black, the essence of the Dark One himself, smashed the Dragon Ranger off his zord.

He flailed through the air as secondary explosions sparked against his armor.

He heard rumbling like thunder. The sound felt like a blender mincing his brain, and sandpaper scraping the insides of his skull.

The Dragon Ranger floated to a stop in the midst of the darkness, which crackled with the occasional burst of violet lightning.

DRAGON RANGER, the Dark One’s voice rumbled in the Red Ranger’s mind, like a roaring furnace, but also like a whispering snake. I WATCHED YOU…FOR SO LONG…

“From your prison,” the Red Ranger said. “Where you belong.”

The Dark One’s spiritual pressure intensified, nearly crushing the Red Rangers skull. He screamed as pain shot through his body.

I COULD CRUSH THIS ENTIRE PLANET WITH A THOUGHT. DO YOU THINK I FEAR YOU?

Dragon Ranger bit past the pain. “I don’t really care what you fear. I-” His breath caught in his throat. His vision blurred. “I-”

YOU HAVE LOST.

YOU ARE ALONE. AND YOU HAVE FAILED. YOUR WORLD IS COVERED IN DARKNESS. EVEN NOW, IT IS PULLED INTO MY DARK DOMAIN. THE DARK ASTRAL PLANE, THE REALM OF NIGHTMARE AND DESPAIR.

The Red Ranger grit his teeth. “Will...stop...you…”

THERE IS NOTHING TO STOP. IT IS DONE. WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE WHAT THE WORLD WILL BECOME? HOW I WILL RESHAPE THIS FRAIL EXISTENCE YOU CALL CREATION?

WATCH…

---To be continued...

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Old September 15th, 2018, 05:02 AM #136
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In honor of Batman Day I will be skipping an update this weekend. Because it's Batman's day. Because he's Batman.

Really though I just want to sit on my ass and watch the DC Universe app all day.
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Ryuranger wrote: View Post

In honor of Batman Day I will be skipping an update this weekend. Because it's Batman's day. Because he's Batman.

Really though I just want to sit on my ass and watch the DC Universe app all day.
How is that app? I was thinking about getting it myself but these things usually have a bunch of bugs the first few months their out so I was waiting for reviews. Great last chapter by the way.
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How is that app? I was thinking about getting it myself but these things usually have a bunch of bugs the first few months their out so I was waiting for reviews. Great last chapter by the way.
It is a little buggy but the streaming goes smoothly and the comic reader is good. It's mostly interface and log-in issues. I have it on Roku and an android tablet. Watched some Batman the Animated Series, Lois and Clark the New Adventures of Superman, read the Death in the Family storyline from Batman for, surprisingly, the first time. Also watched today's DC Daily. Watching the Dark Knight Returns now.
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Real temptation to write a story based on UPR featuring elements from Zi-o called Build a Better Dragon.
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Sorry for the delay, Batman Day turned into Batman Weeks. And I had to finish Spider-Man on PS4. And Iron Fist Season 2 on Netflix. You know...important stuff.

Here is a preview for the next chapter, it's almost done and blatantly rips off from the Wheel of Time:

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