Ultimate Legacy: Recap

 

Reality shattered, leaving shards of time and space. The Ultimate Power Rangers journeyed through the 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 to Tartarus.

 

Ultimate Legacy: Chapter Fifteen

The Flying Ghost Ship

 

The Gates of Tartarus burst open with waves of unholy energy. The power surged across the Amazon’s island like a storm, unleashing massive destruction.

 

The rangers and Amazons stabbed the ground and gripped their swords to keep their balance.

 

Mat cursed beneath his breath. “Well, this is lovely!” he shouted over the roar of the storm. “Great place for an island getaway!”

 

“What’s happening?!” Kym shouted.

 

“Your foes have destroyed the Gates of Tartarus, the only thing protecting our home from the wrath of the Remnants!” Lauren shouted.

 

“Remnants?!” Kira asked.

 

“Shadows of evil from the Land Before Now!”

 

The winds died down, just as comets of energy battered the shores, revealing armies of cyclops creatures and Hecatonchires, morbid monsters with dozens of hands and heads.

 

Lauren pulled her sword free and stepped into a battle stance. “Sisters! The time to attack is now! Secure our lands, and drive these beasts back into Tartarus!”

 

Her sword ignited with power, and she leapt at the monsters with the speed and force of a cannonball. She smashed through several cyclops and slashed through Hecatonchires, scattering their limbs.

 

Lauren’s Amazons joined her, shields bashing, swords swinging, spraying ichor across the entire beach.

 

Tyler and the rangers regrouped, watching as the Amazons battled the monsters.

 

Seth looked to his leader. “Do we help them?”

 

Tyler shrugged. “It’s not like we have other plans.” He armed his Power Saber. “Come on.”

 

The rangers charged to attack, slashing and bashing their way through the creatures that covered the beach. Tyler twirled his way past a trio of cyclops creatures and made his way closer to Lauren.

 

The ranger and Amazon moved back-to-back, parrying and slashing every creature that moved in close.

 

“Hey,” Tyler said.

 

Lauren sighed, slashing upside a cyclops. “You’re a strange boy.”

 

“I get that a lot.” Tyler slashed through the arms of a multi-limbed creature.

 

Lauren spun and swung her sword, hacking the head from a monster. “We need to move to the Gates of Tartarus. If we don’t repair the damage, and reseal the Gates, this evil will spread and devour everything.”

 

Tyler kicked a cyclops upside the head. “Lead the way.”

 

Lauren swung her blade and moved farther inland, as Tyler followed. Several monstrosities tried to stop them, but the teens struck fast, carving their way into the Amazon jungle.

 

“Not bad,” Lauren said with an upward slash. “It seems not all men are totally useless.”

 

“We have our moments.” Tyler jump-kicked a cyclops upside the head.

 

Eventually, the two teens moved towards the shattered gates of Tartarus, torn to smoking piles of scrap within the side of a mountain. 

 

Lauren knitted her brows with concern. “We’ll have to enter the pit. And re-seal it at the source.”

 

She didn’t wait for a reply. She leapt through the entrance, and Tyler followed. They landed in a massive cavern that led downward. The cavern ceiling extended so high, it basically vanished into the shadows.

 

“How far down?” Tyler asked.

 

“I do not know,” Lauren said. “No one has ever ventured into the gates and returned.”

 

Suddenly, the entire cavern rumbled, and stones glowed with fiery energy. Ahead, a massive giant, the size of a Megazord, pulled himself from the rocks and roared with an outpouring of power.

 

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“A God Remnant…” Lauren practically hissed.

 

Tyler arced an eyebrow. “God Remnant?”

 

“The most powerful echoes from the Land Before Now,” Lauren said.

 

The villain straightened, smoke billowing from its massive form.

 

“I am Cronus!” he shouted. “The God of Time! I am released! And now…”

 

He shuddered. “What…What is this place?!” His booming voice shook the island. “What happened to my…domain?!”

 

He reached his hand towards Lauren and Tyler. His palm shimmered with distortions. “What have you…?!

 

His body shattered, scattering fiery ash throughout the tunnel. The God Remnant’s energy crackled and dissipated, casting the cavern back into darkness.

 

“Well…that was anti-climactic,” Tyler said.

 

Lauren shook her head. “I don’t understand.”

 

“He was the Remnant of the God of Time,” Tyler said. “But time is broken. Now, so is he.”

 

“You speak in riddles,” Lauren said.

 

Tyler sighed. Few people understood the nature of their existence after the Shattering. “It’s pretty straight forward. The Land Before Now…Space-Time…it shattered. We’re living in the mess that’s left — until that disappears too.”

 

Lauren narrowed her eyes, annoyed. “Do you plan to help me reseal the gates, or not?”

 

“Of course,” Tyler said, giving up his explanation. “Lead the way.”

 

***

 

They moved deeper into the cavern, and stopped when they saw a massive distortion of time and space. The thrashing sphere of power hovered in the center of the hollowed-out cavern, churning with dark energy.

 

“There…” Lauren said. “The Heart of Tartarus.”

 

Tyler tilted his head. Through the time distortion, he saw brief glimpses of other worlds — hell dimensions and underworlds.

 

“It’s more than just Tartarus,” Tyler said.

 

The distortion rippled, as if responding to the presence of the two rangers.

 

Suddenly, the distortion burst open like a wormhole. A black ship burst through the portal and floated through the cavern, tearing apart its ceiling and walls. The ship looked ghostly, with bones and a skull for a masthead.

 

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Tyler and Lauren dove for cover as the cavern collapsed around them.

 

“Ultimate transform!” He morphed and grabbed a Ranger Key. “Lightspeed Rescue!”

 

 

He shifted into Rescue Red, grabbed Lauren, and jumped. Fire and smoke exploded around them, with tendrils of energy that thrashed like whips of lightning.

 

The Red Ranger jumped across falling debris as he tried to make it back to the surface. Rescue Red snapped a grappling rope that latched onto the opening of the cavern, and then reeled himself and Lauren upward to safety.

 

They leapt clear of the cavern just before it collapsed completely, with a final shockwave of fiery distortion power.

 

Lauren coughed through the smoke as she looked upward, to where the ghost ship entered the skies.

 

“What sort of evil is this…?”

 

“The only kind there is,” Rescue Red said. “The bad kind.”

 

Suddenly, the entire island rumbled. The land blurred in and out of focus, while blowing away like dust in the wind.

 

“Tyler!” Kym shouted as she and the others ran towards their leader. They zigged and zagged while avoiding rippling waves of distortion, unraveling the entire landscape.

 

Lauren knitted her brow. “My sisters…?”

 

“They’re gone,” Kira said. “Vanished…”

 

Kym laid a hand on Lauren’s shoulder. “I’m so sorry.”

 

“We can be sorry later,” Rescue Red said. He looked towards the Ghost Ship. “We need off this island. And that’s the only way.”

 

“The big scary ghost ship?” Mat asked.

 

The island shook and nearly blasted apart, reminding the rangers they had little time. Seth, Mat, Kira, and Kym flipped open their morphers.

 

“Ultimate Transform!” They morphed and armed their Rescue Task Force Keys. “Lightspeed Rescue!”

 

Lauren grabbed hold of Tyler’s arm. “I’m coming with you. That ship…it destroyed my home. My people.”

 

The island tore apart with bursts of distortion energy, hurling the Rangers and Lauren into the air. The Rangers snapped their grappling ropes, which latched onto the ship and reeled them inside of the vessel.

 

Behind the ship, the island rubble disintegrated into nothingness.

 

***

 

The Rangers and Lauren collapsed to the deck of the ghost ship. The impact knocked them from their armor with bursts of light.

 

Mat sighed as they climbed to their feet. “We better get a Time Shard out of this.” He looked to Lauren. “You wouldn’t happen to have a Grand Power on you, would you? Samurai? Hurricane? We’ll take either.”

 

Kira elbowed his ribs. “Not now, Mat.”

 

The teens took a moment to look around the interior of the ghost ship, and for the first time, appreciated its size. The ship could hold a crew of Megazords. Its dark corridors extended endlessly in every direction, supported by webs of steel girders.

 

“What is this place?” Seth asked.

 

“It came from Tartarus,” Lauren said. “That makes it evil.”

 

A deep laughter echoed from the shadows. “Tartarus? Tartarus is but a fragment of my power…”

 

Girders folded and expanded as the corridor widened, forming a massive chamber. The rear wall opened to reveal a skull-shaped portal, and next to the portal stood a figure covered head–to-toe in dark armor. His face looked like a jagged skull, with ice-blue eye sockets.

 

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The villain carried a massive broadsword that ebbed with icy runes. He scoffed with disgust. “I can smell the stench of Ranger energies on each of you.”

 

“We’ll be glad to get out of your way,” Tyler said.

 

The monster laughed. “There is no escaping my ship. Do you know what this vessel is? It is death. It carries the fragments of souls defeated by Ranger teams before the Shattering.”

 

Surprised, Tyler arced an eyebrow. “You’re smart enough to know what the Shattering is?

 

“I know far more than you, children,” the villain said. “You see, before time, Hell began as a pocket dimension for the planet Hades. But it grew into so much more. It transformed into a hellscape forged by the consciousness and beliefs of mortals across the cosmos. Hell took so many forms for so many souls-”

 

Tyler sighed, uninterested. “Please stop talking.”

 

“Not until you fear me…”

 

“Then we’re going to be here a while.”

 

The monster grumbled. “Do you know who I am? I rose from the splinters of Hell’s various forms, and I used the remnants of Hades to craft this ship. It’s a vessel of the damned from when space-time existed. And I am its captain. Given form by the Shattered Damned: I…am Los Dark.”

 

“Los…Los Dark?” Mat asked. “Seriously, that’s the name you’re going with? 

 

“Enough mocking!” Los Dark slapped the skull portal, which flared with dark light.

 

The portal’s mouth opened wide and ebbed with mist, creating a vortex that sucked the rangers inside. The energy snagged Lauren, but she managed to brace herself in time by grabbing onto a girder.

 

With a wail of torment, the portal closed.

 

Los Dark lowered his hand and laughed at the frightened Amazon. “Even after the end of all time and space, the forces of death remain strong.”

 

***

 

The rangers fell into a hellish pocket dimension within the ship. Slowly, they climbed to their feet and looked up to see a skull-shaped cloud, the portal that dropped them.

 

“Well…That’s far,” Mat said.

 

The others ignored him. Instead, they looked out upon the landscape, a twisted patchwork of various Hell realms. Mountains of ice meshed with lakes of blood and rivers of lava. The streams flowed through fields of dead grass, and wound through mazes of black stone.

 

Kym crossed her arms over her chest and shivered, despite the heat. “What is this place?”

 

“I’m thinking ‘Hell’ maybe?” Mat said.

 

“A fragment of Hell,” Seth said. “We’re still in the ship.”

 

Screams echoed from the darkness and drew closer. The voices sounded angry, hungry for vengeance.

 

Mist flowed across the ground, swirled, and rose to form an army of grunts from the Rangers’ history: Anglers, Aurgettos, Batlings, Cogs, Craterites, Dorodoro, Golems, Grinders, Junk Droids, Karths, Kelzaks, Krows, Krybots, Kyonshi, Mecha-clones, Nanashi, Piranhatrons, Quantrons, Rinshi, Rock Soldiers, Triptoids, Vivix, Voids, Yattato, and others.

 

Mat tilted his head. “What are the robot grunts doing here? They’re robots…”

 

Tyler flipped open his morpher. “Best not to think about it too much.”

 

The teens armed their Ultimate Ranger Keys.

 

“It’s morphin’ time!” Tyler shouted. Together they called out: “Ultimate Transform!”

 

They inserted their Ranger Keys into their morphers, which called out: “POOOOOWER RANGERS!”

 

They morphed into their Ranger forms and charged to attack.

 

The Red Ranger hopped through the front lines and attacked. He kicked and chopped his way through grunts, ghosts from the legacy he inherited. His blade cut through flesh with splatters of ichor, tore through armor and metal, and cut through the bodies of demons with bursts of spark.

 

The other Rangers split up and forced the grunts to scatter, smashing the soldier with kicks, blasting them backward and slashing them to the ground.

 

The Ultimate Blue Ranger slashed through the grunts of the Gorma, Orgs, Gedoushuu and Vyram. He somersaulted across the ground, rolled to his feet, and opened fire on Zompacs, Rinshi and Nanashi.

 

The Pink Ranger slashed through Yattato, Craterites and Triptoids. She twirled and slashed a Batling to the ground, chopped a Grinder off its feet, and swung upward, slashing a Triptoid off its feet with bursts of spark.

 

The Ultimate Yellow Ranger armed her blaster and opened fire. Bullets tore through Karths, Vivix, and Piranhatrons with massive bursts of spark.

 

Nearby, the Ultimate Green Ranger blasted past rock soldiers, golems, Batlings, and Karths.

 

He somersaulted, rolled into a crouched position, and opened fire on a group of Dorodoro and Kyonshi. The blasts tore through their bodies, whipping them backward.

 

The Green Ranger climbed to his feet and regrouped with his teammates. They watched as the grunts shuffled backward, retreating.

 

“Retreating already?” The Red Ranger said.

 

“No!” a Nanashi shouted. “We do not retreat! Let us show you our true power!”

 

“You should have done that to start with,” the Red Ranger said.

 

The Nanashi slapped his right fist against his left palm. “Soldiers of evil, assemble!”

 

The grunts piled on top of each other. Their bodies ebbed and rippled with power as they fused into a singular monster: Gattai Sentoin.

 

Combined Combatant

 

The creature lashed out with dozens of arms that thrashed like tentacles. The Rangers armed their Power Sabers and parried the blows with bursts of spark. They spun and swung their weapons, striking the arms before they could land a blow.

 

The Red Ranger armed his Power Blaster and fired; bullets sparked against the monster, sending him staggering backward.

 

The Green Ranger and Yellow Ranger spun past the monster while swinging their swords, sparking on impact. The Yellow Ranger fired her blaster at near-point-blank-range. Bullets sparked on impact and knocked the monster off balance.

 

The Blue Ranger and Pink Ranger charged with sword slashes and kicks, hurling the monster backward.

 

The Red Ranger stepped back and held his sword casually over his shoulder. “Even combined, a grunt’s a grunt.”

 

He flipped open his buckler and pulled out a Ranger Key, and the others did the same.

 

“Let’s! Morph-in!” They inserted their keys into their morphers: “DIIIIIIIGI RANGERS!”

 

They morphed into the Digi Rangers: Kym became Digi Silver, Mat morphed into Digi Gold, Tyler shifted into Digi Red, Seth transformed into Digi Blue, and Kira became Digi Yellow.

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The Rangers stood in formation and armed their group cannon. The weapon whined with power.

 

“Digi Bazooka!” the Rangers shouted. The weapon spoke the command: “IT’S TIME FOR: FINAL BUSTER!”

 

“Ready, go!” The Rangers triggered the weapon, which fired a twirling force of digital energy.

 

The blast punctured through the monster, and he exploded into individual grunts that ripped to pieces.

 

The shockwave opened a tear in the pocket dimension. Shaped like a black skull, the tear widened and formed a vortex that grabbed hold of the Rangers and pulled them inside, hurling them into another pocket dimension.

 

The impact knocked them back into their Ultimate Ranger forms.

 

Slowly, they climbed to their feet and noticed a landscape torn in half — half the area looked like a pristine city, and the other half looked like a city torn apart, with fiery rubble, debris, and crimson skies.

 

Demons climbed from the rubble, hissed with delight, and stalked towards the Rangers. They looked monstrous, with various power sets, and they all belonged to the Saima — villains of the Lightspeed Rangers before the Shattering.

 

The Green Ranger sighed. “This is going to take a while.”

 

They armed a set of Ranger Keys. “Lightspeed! Rescue!” They inserted the Keys into their morphers: “LIIIIIIIIGHTSPEED RANGERS!”

 

They transformed into the Rescue Task Force Lightspeed Rangers. Mat became Rescue Green, Kira became Rescue Yellow, Tyler became Rescue Red, Kym became Rescue Pink, and Seth morphed into Rescue Blue.

 

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“V-Lancers!” the Red Ranger shouted as they armed their bladed staffs.

 

They swung their staffs into fighting positions and charged to attack.

 

Rescue Blue swung his lancer through streaks of blue power, slashing through monsters with bursts of spark.

 

Meanwhile, the Red Ranger leapt at the lead monster. The Ranger swung his blade through a V-shaped pattern, streaking with energy, slashing the monster with bursts of spark.

 

He side-kicked another monster, turned, and swung upward, slashing a monster with bursts of spark.

 

The monster collapsed to its knees; secondary explosions tore through its body, ripping the creature apart.

 

“Frail,” Rescue Red said as he swung his lancer into a defensive position.

 

The Rangers regrouped. “Hit them at once,” the Red Ranger said. “V-Lancers, Blaster Mode.”

 

The Rangers switched their lancers into rifles and aimed forward. “V-Lancers! Specter Blast!”

 

They fired beams of energy that combined into a V-shaped pulse. The pulse reverberated and blasted through the monsters with massive bursts of spark and flame.

 

The shockwave hurled the Rangers off their feet — and blasted them into another pocket dimension within the ship. They crashed onto a street, and the impact knocked them out of their armor. 

 

The teens climbed to their feet. When they looked up, they saw Agent Aburera walk towards them along with a group of Krybots.

 

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The villains walked across what looked like an ancient, abandoned city, paved with the souls of the dead.

 

Tyler sighed. “These guys are stubborn…”

 

Aburera crossed his arms over his chest. “We can keep this up for eternity. After all, we have more than 16-hundred souls of monsters defeated by Rangers.”

 

“That’s it?” Tyler asked, unimpressed.

 

Aburera thrust his gauntlet and opened fire. Bullets sparked around the teens as they dashed aside and dove for cover.

 

They crouched behind a pile of rubble. Tyler and Seth armed their Power Blasters and returned fire. Bullets sparked through Krybots, but the grunts continued their advance.

 

Seth cursed beneath his breath. “This is bad.”

 

Tyler glanced towards the skull-shaped portal in the sky. “We have to get back to Los Dark.”

 

Mat scoffed. “Please don’t use his name.”

 

“Suggestions?” Kira asked, ignoring Mat.

 

Tyler smirked. “Always. You think you can hold off these guys?”

 

Seth nodded. “What do you have in mind?”

 

“If I can get through that portal, then I can shut it down from the source. No more portal, no more pocket dimensions.”

 

“You make everything sound so simple, don’t you?” Mat asked.

 

“Sounds like a plan,” Seth said. “We’ll cover you…”

 

Seth, Mat, Kira and Kym armed their morphers, moved from cover, and charged towards the villains.

 

“Ultimate Transform!” They morphed into their armor and armed a set of Ranger Keys. “SPD! Emergency!”

 

They inserted their Keys into their morphers: “DEEEEEECA RANGERS!”

 

Mat morphed into DECA Green, Kira morphed into DECA Yellow, Kym transformed into DECA Pink, and Seth morphed into DECA Blue.

 

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The Rangers and grunts crashed into each other. DECA Blue armed his D-Baton and slashed his way through grunts, weapon sparking on impact.

 

He twisted a Krybot aside and kicked another grunt upside the head. “Go, Tyler!”

 

Tyler dashed from cover. “Ultimate Transform!” He morphed and armed a Ranger Key. “Suit up!”

 

He inserted his Key into his morpher: “AEEEEEERO RANGERS!”

 

Tyler morphed into the Red Jet Force Ranger, snapped open his wings, and leapt into the air.

 

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The Red Ranger flew upward and passed through the dark, skull-shaped portal.

 

***

 

Los Dark looked down upon Lauren, her hands bound. “Your Ranger friends are long dead by now. And you will soon follow. But first, I wish to…study you, and this angelic power within your soul.”

 

Lauren narrowed her eyes. “I’m no angel.”

 

She pounced with a flying kick. But Los Dark grabbed her leg, swung her overhead, and slammed her against the deck. The impact knocked her into unconsciousness.

 

Los Dark stalked towards the fallen Amazon. “Perhaps I will finish you off sooner than planned.”

 

He lifted his blade to deliver a killing blow. But before he could, the skull portal flared behind him.

 

Aero Red flashed through the portal and slashed past Los Dark. The Ranger twisted through midair, landed in a crouch, and shifted into a defensive posture to protect Lauren.

 

“That portal of yours is annoying,” the Red Jet Force Ranger said.

 

Los Dark grumbled. “How did you escape my Hell fragments?”

 

The Red Ranger shifted into his Ultimate Red Ranger form and held his Power Saber over his shoulder.

 

“Do you want an explanation, or do you want a fight?”

 

The villain laughed, a low, rumbling sound that shook the cave. “You will regret your taunt.”

 

Los Dark lunged, swinging his sword like a massive axe. The Red Ranger moved back as he dodged and parried, metal clanging against metal.

 

The Red Ranger rolled across the floor to gain distance. But when he rose to his feet, he immediately found himself on the defensive. The Ranger parried a flurry of sword swings, then grabbed the monster’s arm.

 

The Red Ranger pushed the monster across the deck. They kept hold of each other, each trying to gain the upper hand. 

 

Los Dark lifted the Red Ranger off his feet. But before the monster could toss his opponent, the Red Ranger flipped free while kicking Los Dark upside the head.

 

The Red Ranger landed and lunged with a flurry of sword swings. Los Dark dodged and parried, but the Red Ranger continued to press forward, staying on the offensive.

 

Los Dark countered with a wide swing; the Red Ranger jumped over the weapon and kicked Los Dark, using his foothold to flip backward.

 

The Red Ranger landed, and Los Dark stepped into a defensive stance.

 

The monster shifted his grip on his massive blade. “You’re a fool if you think that you, alone, can stop me.”

 

“I may look alone…but my teammates and I are always fighting together.”

 

“Cheeky brat.” Los Dark armed his gun and fired.

 

Bullets sparked around the Red Ranger as he dove and rolled for cover. He leapt onto the girders, flipped back to the deck, and somersaulted towards a pile of crates, bullets exploding around him.

 

The Red Ranger armed his Power Blaster and fired, bullets sparking against the monster as he side-stepped behind a column. They exchanged blasts, bullets tearing across the interior of the ship.

 

The Ranger fired another volley of rounds, distracting Los Dark, and then dashed towards the skull portal.

 

“No!” Los Dark shouted.

 

The villain leapt in front of the portal and slashed the Ranger off his feet with a massive burst of spark. The Red Ranger crashed onto the deck, rolled into a crouched stance, and opened fire.

 

Los Dark lifted the flat of his blade, blocking the bullets.

 

The villain lunged and slashed.

 

The Red Ranger dodged and leapt over the monster. They slashed and clashed blades, leaning against one another. 

 

The Red Ranger bashed his forehead against Los Dark’s face, sending the monster staggering backward.

 

The Red Ranger pressed forward with sword swings and round-kicks. Los Dark blocked and leapt onto the girders. The Red Ranger followed, and the opponents clashed swords with bursts of spark.

 

Los Dark bashed the Red Ranger off his feet. But the Ranger opened fire while hurling through the air. His bullets blasted Los Dark with bursts of spark.

 

The Red Ranger landed, crouched, and leapt at Los Dark with a flying side-kick. Los Dark blocked the kick and slashed the Ranger to the deck.

 

***

 

Nearby, Lauren stirred awake. Her vision blurred into focus, and she saw the Red Ranger battle Los Dark. She recognized him as she hadn’t before: Tyler. Tommy’s son. But wasn’t he…dead?

 

The thought choked her with grief.

 

Lauren rolled her hands into fists and snapped off her bindings. She summoned her kata with a burst of Holy light.

 

“Tyler, with me. You can’t fight him like that and win,” she said.

 

“I’m open to suggestions.” The Red Ranger ducked beneath a sword swing.

 

“Power down your armor.”

 

He kicked Los Dark. “I’m open to better suggestions.”

 

“Trust me,” Lauren said. “With my Holy power, and your flames of creation, we can stop him.”

 

“My flames of — what?” 

 

“You hold the power of creation itself. Phoenix Fire runs through your veins.”

 

The Red Ranger stepped back and powered down his armor. “You’re not making much sense.”

 

“Nothing makes sense anymore. Nothing…”

 

Lauren twirled her sword. She flooded the weapon with holy energy from the One Power, and the blade glowed with a golden hue.

 

Tyler armed his Power Saber. He ignited his chi and tried to channel the energy into his weapon. But nothing happened.

 

Lauren grabbed his arm. “Typical male.”

 

She grabbed hold of his power, the white-hot flames of the Phoenix Force that once possessed his mother, Kimberly Hart, before the Shattering of time and space. Lauren felt that energy burn through her veins as she channeled it into her blade, mixing with her holy energy.

 

“Divine Phoenix!”

 

Lauren swung her sword through a streak of power, igniting a wave of golden energy that splashed through Los Dark with massive bursts of spark and light.

 

The creature howled with pain and collapsed to his knees. Shadow hissed from his wounds, which ripped across his body.

 

Behind the villain, the skull portal exploded, shooting the Power Rangers back into the chamber. Still in their DECA forms, they crashed and skid across the deck.

 

DECA Green groaned as he pushed himself to his feet. “Is it over? Tell me it’s over.”

 

They powered down their armor with flashes of light.

 

Injured, Los Dark gagged shadowy blood as he climbed to his feet.

 

“Shouldn’t have powered down yet,” Tyler said to his teammates as he armed his morpher.

 

“It’s morphin’ time!” he shouted. Together they called out: “Ultimate Transform!”

 

They inserted their Ranger Keys into their morphers, which called out: “POOOOOWER RANGERS!”

 

They morphed into their Ranger forms and snapped into their fighting poses.

 

“Ultimate Red Ranger!”

 

“Ultimate Blue Ranger!”

 

“Ultimate Green Ranger!”

 

“Ultimate Yellow Ranger!”

 

“Ultimate Pink Ranger!”

 

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

 

The Red Ranger flipped open his buckler and pulled out his Ultimate Red Ranger Key and his Tyranno Ranger Key. He slid the keys into his blaster and saber.

 

“Let’s make this showy.”

 

The other Rangers slid their keys into their blasters and sabers. The weapons pulsed with energy: “FIIIIIIIINAL WAAAAAAAVE!”

 

They triggered bullets of energy and swung their swords, firing blades of power. The blades splashed against the bullets, forming energy waves shaped like the original Power Rangers: Tyranno Ranger Red, Mammoth Ranger Black, Tricera Ranger Blue, Tiger Ranger Yellow, and Ptera Ranger Pink.

 

The blasts tore through Los Dark, and he exploded into shadow.

 

But the shadow seeped into the deck and walls, ebbing within the ship.

 

“Not yet…” the villain’s voice echoed through the interior of the vessel. “Not yet!”

 

The ship shook, nearly knocking the Rangers off their feet. The deck and bulkheads cracked, splitting the lower decks open to the outside, within with the shattered space of the former universe.

 

A massive robo rose from the shadows of the deck. The robo looked nearly identical to the Ultimate Megazord, only black, with a dark eye-patch and black cape. Los Dark laughed from within the Dark Megazord.

 

The Green Ranger sighed. “Cute,” he said sarcastically. “Really cute.”

 

Suddenly, blasts exploded against the Dark Megazord with bursts of spark. The Rangers looked to see their vessel, the Legacy Galleon, fly through the maelstrom.

 

“Our ship!” the Pink Ranger shouted with excited.

 

“Rangers!” Navi called through their commlines. “I found you!”

 

“Good work, bird,” the Red Ranger said.

 

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

 

The Red Ranger flipped open his morpher and pressed a series of command codes: “LEEEEEGACY GALLEON!”

 

The Legacy Galleon flew closer to the ghost ship 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 space and combined into a massive robo.

 

“Ultimate Megazord!” the Rangers shouted.

 

The Ultimate Megazord armed its sabers and landed on the ghost ship’s mast. The robo looked down upon its dark counterpart.

 

“Nice pirate-look,” the Green Ranger said. “Talk about copyright infringement...”

 

The Dark Megazord grabbed onto a chain and severed its latch. The chain zipped upward, carrying the Dark Megazord, which flipped and landed on the mast.

 

The Dark Megazord lunged, and the Ultimate Megazord countered. The robos clashed blades with bursts of spark. The Dark Megazord used its hook to parry, and swung its saber to slash.

 

Each blow forced the Ultimate Megazord further backward. The Megazord spun around the blades for cover; but the dark Megazord slashed the robo off its feet.

 

The Ultimate Megazord fell and grasped the mast to keep from plummeting. But the Dark Megazord slashed downward, knocking the Megazord loose, sending the robo plummeting towards the deck.

 

The Megazord slashed through the sail to control its decent, and then flipped through the air, jumping from mast to mast.

 

The Dark Megazord hooked onto a chain and slid downward; both robos landed on the deck.

 

The Rangers spun their control wheels, commanding their Megazord to charge. The Dark Megazord returned the charge, dashing and hopping across the deck.

 

The evil robo jumped and landed with a sword chop with the Ultimate Megazord blocked. The two robos pulled backward and slashed, swords clanging and sparking on impact.

 

The Dark Megazord fired an eye beam that blasted the Ultimate Megazord off its feet. The Megazord twirled out of control, but managed to grab hold of a chain.

 

The Megazord swung on the chain, and the Dark Megazord opened fire on the robo. Cannonballs exploded across the ship with massive bursts of spark and flame.

 

The Ultimate Megazord flipped from the chain, grabbed hold of another chain, and swung towards the other side of the ship.

 

Dark Megazord kept blasting, its cannon bursts tearing through the hull of the ghost ship. The ship screeched as it tilted, secondary explosions tearing through its hull.

 

Los Dark growled with anger. The Dark Megazord opened its chest port, which revealed a chain cannon of torpedoes.

 

“Your power is nothing!” Los Dark shouted. “I am infinite! I am-”

 

“Ranger Keys, set!” the Red Ranger shouted as he and his teammates inserted different keys into their control wheel, unlocking several Grand Powers.

 

“Mystic Dragon!”

 

“Patrol Striker!”

 

“Gao Lion!”

 

“Red Tiger!”

 

The four zords burst from the Ultimate Megazord and shot towards the Dark Megazord.

 

The Dark Megazord opened fire with torpedoes that ebbed with violet energy. The zords of the Grand Powers swerved around the blasts and struck; they blasted, bashed and clawed the Dark Megazord with massive bursts of spark. The evil robo leaked shadow like blood as its armor tore into pieces.

 

“Rest in peace,” the Red Ranger said as he leaned against the control wheel.

 

The Grand Power zords ebbed with light and shot through the Dark Megazord, puncturing the robo with massive bursts of spark and flame.

 

Secondary explosions ripped through the ghost ship, which exploded with the force of a supernova.

 

The Ultimate Megazord, in Mystic Dragon mode, flew through the blast and into the shattered remnants of space.

 

***

 

The Legacy Galleon sailed through the fragments of time and space. Lauren, having escaped to the galleon before the destruction of the ghost ship, stood at a view port and looked outside, her face grim.

 

Seth walked towards her. “Lauren…we’re heading back towards the location of your island. But you should know—”

 

She shook her head. “I don’t care if you say it’s gone. I need to see it for myself.”

 

Seth nodded, not wanting to press the issue. “Fair enough…”

 

He started to walk away, but Lauren stopped him. “Seth…I remember. Before the Shattering…”

 

“What about it?” he asked.

 

She shook her head. “I’m not sure how to explain it. Or if it was really me. Or some other me…”

 

“What do you mean?” Seth asked.

 

“We both have the power of angels in our bloodlines. A connection,” she said.

 

Seth smirked. “Are you about to tell me you’re my sister?”

 

“No, of course not,” she said. “But the power you have…and the power Tyler has…is important.”

 

“Tyler?” Seth asked.

 

“You have to protect him,” Lauren said. “You can’t let him die…”

 

Suddenly, a light flashed within Seth’s jacket. He pulled out his Samurai Blue Key, which pulsed with energy.

 

The other teens joined him in the crew hold. They had their Samurai Keys, which also flashed with energy. 

 

“The Samurai Rangers’ Grand Power…” Seth said.

 

A Time Shard appeared in the center of the room.

 

Tyler smirked and stepped towards it. “Well, we have some time to kill…Let’s unlock the show. Anyone remember where we left off?”

 

To be continued…Chapter 16