Samantha was 90 minutes into her watch on the communications panel when a signal came in. "Doctor! Zordon! Alpha! We've got something!"
The Doctor rushed over to the panel where Sam was and traced the signal to North Valley. "Alpha you had better bring Carter and Kathy here." The little android followed the Doctor's command and rushed to get them. After a few minutes Carter, Kathy and Nathan ran into the main chamber and over to the communications console where Samantha was.
"What's going on?" Carter asked.
"We've just got a signal on one of the frequencies you provided for us," Samantha said. "It's focused in the town of North Valley."
"North Valley? That's where Zhane, Karone and Doubledealer are supposed to be," Carter said in disbelief.
"And that's not all," Alpha added. "I'm detecting a structure about ten miles outside North Valley's city limits. It's one I am unfamiliar with." Alpha called up the image on the viewer and an overhead image of Digitropolis appeared.
"What is that?" Kathy asked.
"I'm afraid I do not know Kathy," Zordon said. "But for right now it's not a threat. There is only minimal signs of life inside. When the moment presents itself we shall send a team to investigate further. For now however we must make contact with Carter's friends."
Alpha nodded and Carter got ready to speak on the mike as Alpha moved to establish contact.
Doubledealer stood awaiting the completion of the linkup of Syd's laptop to Doubledealer's mainframe. The entry point to Doubledealer's main computer was almost established when a signal came through on his communicator.
"Doubledealer, Zhane, Karone, this is Carter. Do you read me? Over?" Carter's voice came in loud and clear.
Zhane was the first to answer the signal. "Hey Carter. Zhane here. What's up?"
Carter proceeded to give the run down of what had happened so far. "We've run into some dry wells concerning the matrix. Also, Dana and Ken haven't checked back in yet."
Samantha then realized something. "Wait, you said there were others of your team right?" Carter nodded.
"I think we might have met one of them," Samantha continued. "Did he ride a motorcycle, wear a lot of black, and blow a lot of wind?" Carter couldn't help but chuckle at Samantha's description but he did nod yes.
Samantha continued nonetheless. "I'm afraid he may have been taken. We went to one of the sites you had to search I think. I know Samoht told us that they had found some sort of object of power there and his employers made off with it."
"Who were these employers?" Carter asked with concern. Samantha answered that they were from the Ranitime Corporation.
"And what about Ken? What happened to him?" Samantha answered that an Aquaitian named Zanzibar appeared and took him after he was momentarily blinded.
"Guys did you hear that?" Carter asked.
"Yeah Carter we did. Wait for our signal and we'll head straight for your signal," Karone answered. "Right now however we're in the middle of something."
Carter looked confused. "What are you guys doing?" he asked over the comm.
"Something stupid," Doubledealer answered. "We'll be in touch." The comm board clicked off leaving Carter facing static. "This is so not good!" Kathy answered.
An idea then came to Carter. "Alpha can you call up a scan of those sites I mentioned earlier?"
"Of course Carter," Alpha answered and the image of probable matrix sightings was on screen. "Okay now the matrix was found here right?" Carter pointed to the area near Stonehenge.
"If that's what the object was then yes," was Samantha's answer. Carter then pointed to where Dana was supposed to search. "This is where Dana was supposed to be searching. Do you guys know anything about that?"
"Ai, yi, yi, yi, yi! That's the location of the main campus at Arcadia Academy. A school that the Rani owns and runs!"
The Doctor sighed at the mention of the Rani. Carter, curious about who the Rani was asked the Doctor that very question.
"The Rani is a time lord, much like myself. Except she is not overly concerned with conquest as most renegades are. She prefers to deal in biochemestry and genetic research."
"And she firmly believes the ends justify the means in her 'experiments'," Samantha added. "Some you may not want to know about."
Alpha then interrupted again. "Oh my goodness Ai, yi, yi, yi, yi! I've run a scan of those matrix energy signals provided, and I've just seen readings at Arcadia spike up."
"That can only mean one thing," Zordon said. "That the matrix you are searching for Carter is at Arcadia Academy."
Carter looked over the results. "What would the Rani be doing with the matrix, Ken and Dana?"
Samantha cast a look towards Carter. "You may not want to know."
Syd was almost finished with the connections to Doubledealer's mainframe when Tanker came up from behind her. "How's it going Syd?"
"Just... about... there," she said as she connected the last wire to Doubledealer's main computer. The laptop came on line and she then called up the Servo program.
"Okay, Sam you ready?" Syd asked. Sam nodded that he was.
"You guys ready?" she called up to Zhane, Karone and Doubledealer. Zhane and Karone said they were but Doubledealer said, "Ah I'm not ready but let's get this over with."
Sam Collins brought up his Samurizer and the whole squad said their rallying call. "LET'S SAMURIZE GUYS!". Sam turned into a ball of energy that headed straight into the laptop computer. Once inside a suit of armor appeared around him as well as a portal that seemed to link into Doubledealer's computer.
Sam Collins, now Servo, flew through the portal straight into Doubledealer's system. When he arrived he activated his growth program and increased his size. Looking around Servo asked, "All right where are the buds?"
"Follow conduit A-47. It leads to the reproduction circuitry." Servo followed the conduit and came to an area that seemed so dark and powerless.
"Well what do you expect? This process is seldom used," was Doubledealer's remark. After a few minutes the budding circuitry reactivated as if coming out of a long sleep. Servo looked to the center of the chamber to see a series of molecules forming and swarming around each other.
"All right Servo step into the center of the molecules and allow them to fuse with your program," Servo followed the instructions and allowed the molecules ot merge with him. Upon contact Servo felt the power of the bud fill within him as he changed. His body erupted like it was on fire as the old Servo seemed to be burning away and a new Servo seemed to be recreating in it's place.
Servo seemed to be growing larger and larger as he felt his form going forward still screaming in pain though, despite his cries being mixed in with Doubledealer's cries as Servo moved forward towards rebirth.
One molecule however remained behind however inside Doubledealer and made it's way out another area of his onboard system. Usually it would have been forgotten but there were plans for this microbe and others like it.
The Syber Squad looked up as something erupted from Doubledealer's chest. A ball of matter and energy struggled to get loose from it's parent transformer and when it was sucessful set down on the ground as it's new form solidified.
After a few moments the process was complete and Servo's new body was complete. He stood as tall as Doubledealer, if not an foot or two taller, wearing a red and silver colored robot body, and his head seemed to be the same as the original Servo's, but with the exception of the faceplate covering his mouth that was where the similarities ended.
Servo's new body seemed a lot more squared than rounded. A red triangle started from his shoulders going all the way down to his waist. His forearms also having the same color of red with the rest of his body colored in silver, except for the legs which were colored black. The tiger symbol of the Cybertrons showing on the center of his chest.
"Good bye old Servo, hello new Servo!" he said. The Syber Squad shouted their approval with a rally of cheers going from "All right!" to "Cool!" to a "All right budding process!" from Amp. This got him a few stares.
But Servo was not yet done. Using his new sensors he tracked the swarm molecule trying to escape Doubledealer but Servo managed to catch it with his grid energy and bring it into his new operating system.
"All right. Time to reformat this puppy." Servo then turned his program inside and modified the transformation properties inside. Soon the process was complete and the transforming program was all set.
"All right. Power down!" Servo said and he shrunk back down to human size and changed back into the form of Sam Collins. Syd and everyone gave him hugs and pats on the back.
"I'd say that was a sucessful test," Syd said. Everyone agreed. Then a clearing of the throat from Doubledealer interrupted the merriment.
"Ahem! Do you mind? Some of us have things to do," he called out. The Squad nodded and Sam brought up his new Cyberizer and transformed back into Servo. Tanker then stepped forward ready to be next.
"The conduits are open, and the molecules are swarming," Syd said giving Tanker the low down.
"All right then. LET'S KICK SOME GIGABUTT!!" Tanker called out as he was the next to be sent through the process. The budding energies filled his form as well as his form was the next to be expelled from Doubledealer. He too landed nearby and Servo caught the molecule escaping from the latest change. Servo reformatted it and downloaded the new microbe into Tanker's new body. Now he too was able to change back into human form.
Unlike Servo however Tanker's new Cybertron body was all blue with only the face showing the slightest difference in color, next to the red Cybertron symbols on his shoulders, as the face stood out white. It also had a brawnish, squared impression as if Tanker stood ready to plow through anything in his way.
"Okay guys we're next," Syd said to Amp and Lucky as they made ready to enter the computer. Syd stood in the center while Amp stood off to the left and Lucky to the right.
"PUMP UP THE POWER!!!"
"THREE FOR A DOLLAR!!!"
Three flashes entered the computer and went through the budding apparatus coming out of Doubledealer the same way Servo and Tanker had. Again Servo captured the swarm molecules and reformatted them before putting them in their new systems.
Syd looked at her new Cybertron body. It wasn't as tall as Servo's, and probably not as strong, but it was sleek and styled and on her chest frame and legs she could make out the silouettes fo flames. "Wow I must be a sports car or something."
Amp looked at his Cybertron frame. Like Tanker's it was more squared than rounded and his legs seemed to be big and shaped like a truck hatchback's. He also had a purple color to his robot frame which seemed kind of weird, but then Amp was a space cadet.
Lucky's body was also squared in it's shape and not as tall as Servo's and Tanker's but it looked more rugged than the other bodies. Lucky saw four-wheel-drive tires mounted on his shoulders and legs and his body coated in a green color. He thought he had an idea what his Cybertron body could do and couldn't wait to try it out.
"Okay guys. I know we're all just dying to see how these bodies rock!" Servo had said. "So let's put them through their paces. TRANSFORM!!!"
The new Cybertrons transformed their bodies to their vehicle modes. Servo transformed into a vehicle that looked a lot like a combination sports-car/semi reminiscent of the vehicle mode Rodimus Prime had. Tanker transformed into a blue 18-wheeled tanker truck that looked like it could run down anything that got in his way.
Syd's vehicle mode was that of a yellow sports car reminiscent of a Ferrari. And the flames on her hood and side only emphasized the sexy exterior. Amp transformed into a purple hatchback pickup truck which didn't look all that impressive, but the purple color reflected his weirdness well. Lucky transformed into a green 4x4 jeep that looked like it belonged on the beach carrying a bunch of surfers.
"Woohoo this is so cool!" Syd hollared revving her engine.
"You said it Syd," Tanker said. "What do you say we take ourselves out for a test drive?"
"Fine with me!" Servo said. "CYBERTRONS ROLL OUT!!!" and with Servo leading the convoy the new Superhuman Cybertron Syber Squad took to the highway leaving Doubledealer, Zhane and Karone behind. Zhane and Karone jumped from the engine compartments and transformed back to human mode upon landing.
"How do you like that huh?" Zhane said. "We give them new bodies and powers and they don't even give us a thank you."
"Now come on Zhane. Don't be upset," Karone coddled Zhane. "I'm sure they'll thank us later."
"In the meantime I'm drained. Perhaps you two could find something to eat so I can recharge?" Doubledealer said. Using the budding process took a lot out of a Transformer, especially if it was done five times.
A car then came down the street and stopped at the Collins' house. A pizza delivery guy came out and asked if this was the address where twenty pizzas with the works were to be delivered. Zhane and Karone both had hungry looks in their eyes and nodded making the pizza delivery boy nervous. The giant robot standing behind them didn't ease the tension he was feeling either.
"Okay that will be $215. 17. With tax," the delivery boy said. Zhane and Karone looked at the delivery boy as if saying "You've got to be kidding!"
The Queen of the Crown looked in as she watched the girl in pink strapped to the gurney thrashing about like a madwoman. The Queen smiled at the sight knowing that the thrashing Dana was doing was a sign that the virus was working and that her body was changing accordingly.
The readouts on the monitor also said the same thing. They showed Dana's body temperature dropping, as well as two new hearts growing inside her while her human heart was shriviling up an dying. Also apparent on the readouts were the lindos gene which served the time lords with their regenerative powers. Dana was clearly changing into a time lord. The queen smiled as she looked on. A jewel in her hand. Soon the mind of Dana Mitchell would be hers, and the Rani would have Dana's body to regenerate in.
Dana however felt like her whole body was tingling and on fire at the same time. She knew that she was changing into something, and she didn't know what but that wasn't important now. What was important was getting out and getting help. She looked down at the communicator between spasms wondering if it was still sending out the distress beacon. It was.
Why aren't the guys here by now? , she thought. Doesn't the beacon have enough power? Subconsciously Dana wished that the beacon would be able to put out a stronger signal. Strangely enough, while no one noticed the Matrix of Spirit shone a little brighter.
And then the beacon seemed to get an incredible jolt of power as Dana's morpher sent out a stronger signal.
"Hey we've got something here!" Samantha called out. Carter rushed on over to see what Samantha was talking about.
"That's Dana's distress signal," Carter said. "But it's emmiting a lot of power. The reading is off the scale!"
"I believe that the matrix that you seek Carter is what is aiding your friend's distress call," The Doctor added. "There are two signals being emmited from that signal. One is that of the matrix that you seek. The other seems to be a crude signal much like that of your ranger powers, except in a pink hue."
"We'd better contact Doubledealer. Kathy said. Tell him to get here ASAP."
"Call forth the other rangers Alpha," Zordon ordered. "Also, bring our guests in on this as well."
"Right Zordon," Alpha said then Zordon turned to the Doctor. "I trust that fluid link problem has been taken care of old friend?" Zordon asked with a touch of humor. Carter and Kathy looked on confused while Nathan smiled lopsidedly having an idea what Zordon and the Doctor were up to.
"Wouldn't you know it? But I just happened to have an extra fluid link in the TARDIS ready to be installed." The Doctor reached into his coat pocket and took out the second fluid link, as well as a spool of string, a bag of jelly babies, and an old yo-yo.
"Perhaps you should install it then old friend," Zordon said with a smile. "You never know when we'll be needing the teleporter." The Doctor nodded and went under the teleport console and installed the new link.
Carter and Kathy just shook their heads and went back to getting in contact with Doubledealer.
Two of Zanzibar's Horror Guards carried off Keen from the ring while Ken himself hobbled out escorted by the Motley Crew. Biilly looked down at the ring along with the Rani and asked, "Inconclusive?"
Rani nodded and said, "Inconclusive." When the ring was cleared a group of young people walked into the central area while Rani, Biilly and Zanzibar looked down. Zanzibar noticed the resemblance the young people had to the rangers and asked, "Replicas?
Biilly nodded and said "Replicas." Jaason however was none too pleased with being called, especially since the last job where they had energy for new powers only to lose it and a new hero group form thanks to the traitorous Tyler (Toommy) Oliver.
"This had bettr be real good Biilly," Jaason had said. Clearly he was in no mood to deal with Biilly again.
"Oh it's good Jaason. It's real good." Biilly then started to make his sales pitch.
"I've formed an alliance with this gentleman Zanzibar here to provide us with powers and a means to destroy the Power Rangers once and for all," Biilly had said.
"Ho, hum! We've heard this before," Kiim said brushing off Biilly's claims. "Can't you think of anything original?"
"How about to destroy not only this world's power rangers, but EVERY POWER RANGER IN EXISTANCE!!!" Zanzibar shouted then he proceeded to wave his hands in the air and all the Psycho Rangers were lifted off the ground in an act if levitation, and were grasping their throats as if something was choking them all to death. The Psychos were writhing in pain trying to get their next breath as Zanzibar continued to hold them in place. "Wow, they really radiate evil don't they?" Zanzibar asked. Biilly nodded proud of the work he had done with them even though they could be rebellious at times.
"It truly is delicious evil isn't it?" Zanzibar smiled as he fed on the Psycho Ranger's evil thus feeding Zanzibar's power. In essence, The Psychos were being done in by their own darkness despite that the power was coming from Zanzibar's own hand.
Biilly, deciding that the Psychos have had enough asked Zanzibar if he could release the Psychos. zanzibar sighed and said "Okay," before shutting off the power and sending the Psychos crashing down onto the ground. Biilly then put his right leg forward on the balcony wall and looked down at Jaason and his crew smugly.
"Now then Jaason. Shall we talk business?" Jaason looked up and decided that it would be best to hear what pitch Biilly had to make.
Zhane and Karone sat on the porch steps wolfing down the last slices of pizza. Elizabeth Collins walked out to the porch to see the Powermaster humans eat, and was immediately grossed out.
"Ugh! You guys are disgusting!" she said making a gross out face. "Just wait till my brother comes home." Elizabeth walked back into the Collins house as Zhane and Karone continued to scarf down the last slices.
Doubledealer sat sulking. He hated having to pay for fuel out of his credit account, but he figured he'd have to get used to it. The roar of car engines came down the street as Doubledealer saw the new Cybertrons driving on in.
"Cybertrons transform!" Servo called out as his team transformed back to their robot modes. Then they all said "Power Down!" and changed back to human form just in time to see pizza boxes strew all over the place and Zhane and Karone stuffing the last slices of works pizza in their faces.
Sam looked at them both and his jaw looked like it was ready to hit the floor as did the rest of the Syber Squad. "You ate all of that?" Sam said.
"Hey I paid for it!" Doubledealer said. "Don't harp on them!."
"Sorry!" Zhane said with his mouthfull before swallowing. "We didn't know how long you would be gone and the budding process took a lot of Doubledealer's power. He needed a recharge bad."
"Yeah!" Karone said. Her mouth still full of pizza too.
Sam just shook his head trying not to think about what pigs Zhane and Karone were. May I never get a Powermaster component myself. , he thought before turning to happier thoughts. "Well anyway, we just gave our new Cybertron forms a test drive, and they were GREAT!"
The rest of the Syber Squad shared Sam's enthusiasm from the robot modes to the vehicle modes to the special features put in, but before they could say what they were Doubledealer interrupted.
"Hey guys I've just got a call. Carter says they've got a teleporter running and we're all going to meet where he's at. So let's get going."
Zhane looked at Sam and asked "You want to come too?"
The rest of the Syber Squad nodded and Zhane and Karone transformed back into engines and hooked up to Doubledealer again. When Doubledealer felt the power rush again he then said it was okay to teleport.
"There are also five humans here with us," Doubledealer said. "They can help us with matrix recovery. Teleport them as well."
Carter acknowledged and Doubledealer and the Syber Squad teleported of the front of Sam's driveway to Power Mountain.
Since Doubledealer was too big to fit in the main chamber Zhane and Karone disengeged from him and walked into the main chamber. The Syber Squad stood off to one side of the room as Dax, the rangers, Troopers, Rogues, Beetleborgs, and Outsiders walked into the main chamber.
Jessica however gave Zhane and Karone dirty looks and they wondered what her problem was. "Do I have something on my lip?" Karone asked Zhane thinking she had an anchovie on her. Zhane shook his head no and just went back to looking at Jessica's icy stare.
Rocky however cast a look at Jessica and whispered, "Hey, put the daggar eyes away will you?"
"I can't help it," Jessica said. "The more I see those two with that robot outside the more I think of my sister Josie." Jessica thought sadly about her sister, and fellow computer genius Josie Beller, trapped in a wheelchair because of a robot. She had no idea what the Syber Squad could do and for the moment the Syber Squad decided that their new powers were probably not a good thing to share right now due to the icy stares Zhane and Karone were receiving from her.
"Well right now these guys are on our side and they need our help. So please check your hard feelings at the door and let's focus on the job at hand," Rocky muttered to Jessica.
Zordon then started to address all the assembled forces of good in the room. "My friends. We are facing a great crisis at this time. The Rani has secured the Matrix of Spirit as well as two rangers from another realm and is holding them at the main campus at Arcadia Academy."
The mention of Arcadia Academy brought some murmurs and hushed breaths from the crowd. Especially, from the VR Troopers, Beetleborgs, and Syber Squad who knew the suffering they felt at the hands of Arcadia Academy, and the Outsiders for knowing what evil the place was capable of producing.
"But that's not all," the Doctor then added his voice to the mix. "We have picked up many teleport signals entering the area. It's a good bet that the Rani has made alliances with other beings looking to further her power."
Kaitlin struggled to get the sentence out. "Is the Queen of the Crown one of the evils there? Can you tell?"
The Doctor sighed before answering. "Nothing certain. But it is possible that the Queen is there." Zordon and the Doctor took a moment to explain to the Troopers and Beetleborgs that they knew about the problems they had with the Queen, but they did leave out HOW they knew. A look at the Syber Squad said that they too had problems with the queen as well.
"I know I can't order you to go into this battle," the Doctor said giving a speech to all those assembled. "The people we're asking you to rescue are people you don't even know. The object of power you need to retrieve, one you've never heard of. But trust me when I say that this mission is necessary. The matrix that Carter and his friends need to retrieve is one in a chain of great power that can be used to either save the universe or destroy it. And with an assembly of evil gathering in the same place where the matrix is would not be a good thing for not only the universe, but many other dimensions as well. If we do not help Carter and his friends get back the matrix then the consequences would be most dire."
Zordon then spoke. "This mission will be very dangerous. So I ask for volunteers."
The Morphin Rangers wasted no time stepping forward. Nor did the Zeo Rangers. The Doctor flashed a smile at Samantha, proud of her for the courage she was showing.
The Outsiders also stepped forward never ones to pass up a good fight. Masked Rider then joined with the Outsiders stepping forward as well.
Lillith, fully recovered stepped forward along with Unia. She waved for Heather to stay back as if saying that she wasn't ready for what was to come. Carter also stepped forward, along with Kathy and Nathan.
Zhane and Karone also stepped forward. "Since Doubledealer can't be inside with us, we're speaking for him. We'll go."
Jessica cast a look that was still icy, but had a measure of grudging respect and admiration towards the two Powermaster components. Soon all eyes turned to the Troopers, the Syber Squad, and the Beetleborgs.
Drew, Jo and Roland looked at each other then at Josh who nodded at his three friends saying that it was okay. The three young kids stepped forward saying that they were going. The VR Troopers shared a look amongst themselves and nodded as they too stepped forward.
The Syber Squad shared looks with each other united by commaraderie and new power. Knowing the possibilities and risks they too stepped forward.
"Excellent!" Zordon said. "I am proud of all of you. You are willing to brave incredible odds for all that is good. You are all true heroes." The assembled heroes smiled at Zordon's words and silently thanked him for the compliment.
"One moment please," Kathy said going up to the Troopers, Beetleborgs, and Syber Squad. "I know you have been greatly hurt by the Queen of the Crown, and you all realize that you may have to face her again." All the heroes nodded.
"But there may be a way for you to help defeat her. All of you form a circle and hold hands." The Troopers, Beetleborgs and Syber Squad did so and Kathy joined in the circle taking Ryan's and Drew's hands.
"Open your minds and open your hearts to one another," Kathy told the assembled. "Share your pain and gain strength from the sharing." The heroes in the circle did so as the others stood and watched. Then as quickly as it started the circle broke and the heroes all stood smiling as if a great weight has been lifted.
"If the Queen of the Crown shows up. We have a way of dealing with her now," Kathy said with a smile of confidence. Alpha then came up and said to her "Your motorcycle has been teleported to the designated co-ordinates."
"Thank you Alpha," Kathy said. "Teleport Ken's too. When he's free he's going to want his ride."
"Already done," Alpha said then Zordon spoke again to all the assembled heroes. "Good luck my friends, and may the power portect you!"
"All right!" Tommy called out with Jason finishing the sentence. "IT'S MORPHING TIME!"
"WHITE RANGER POWER!"
"BLACK RANGER POWER!"
"PINK RANGER POWER!"
"BLUE RANGER POWER!"
"YELLOW RANGER POWER!"
"RED RANGER POWER!"
"PURPLE RANGER POWER!"
"GREEN RANGER POWER"
"BROWN RANGER POWER!"
"ZEO RANGER I-PINK"
"ZEO RANGER II-YELLOW!"
"ZEO RANGER III-BLUE!"
"ZEO RANGER IV-GREEN!"
"ZEO RANGER V-RED!"
"ZEO RANGER VI-PURPLE!"
"ZEO RANGER VII-SILVER!"
"ZEO RANGER VIII-BLACK!"
"ZEO RANGER IX-WHITE!"
"ZEO RANGER X-GOLD!"
"ZEO RANGER POWER!"
"ZEO SHADOW POWER!"
"ZEO PSI POWER!"
"ZEO PHOENIX POWER!"
"ZEO PUNK POWER!"
"ZEO BLADE POWER!"
"ZEO KNIGHT POWER!"
"TRANSFORM! ENGINES ON!"
"POWER OF NIGHT SHOW YOUR LIGHT!"
"TROOPER TRANSFORM! WE ARE VR!"
"DATA BONDERS! INPUT CARD! BEETLEBLAST!"
The Syber Squad teleported out when they gave their call. "LET'S CYBERNIZE GUYS!"
"LET'S KICK SOME GIGABUTT!"
"PUMP UP THE POWER!"
"WITH A CHERRY ON TOP!"
With only a minor glance from Silver Zeo under her helmet to the Cybertrons the heroes teleported from Power Mountain ready for combat at Arcadia Academy.