Exit Tom, Enter Drakkon

Disclaimer: I do not own the Power Rangers. All characters are the property of the current copyright holders, likely Saban Brands. This is a fan work and no profit is being made from it.


Author’s note: This story takes place just after Tommy leaves his clone in the past in Return of the Green Ranger Part 3. In my series I usually keep what happened to Tom the same ie he stays out of the way for a few hundred years and then reenters the Rangers’ lives as Samoht Revilo. This time around I thought I’d explore an idea I had in another story about Tom staying evil and going on to become a more powerful villain named Lord Drakkon. This story is of course inspired by reading Boom Studios’ series Shattered Grid although parts of it were originally posted as part of a story I wrote called At the Toss of a Coin.
Just some in universe notes for this series. I decided that in order for things to work this series has to adopt a few things from the 1995 movie universe. Zordon has a physical body that can be brought into the Command Center and is not just a transmission from another dimension. Also the Rangers of the timeline that Tom originated in wear armour as opposed to spandex.

Exit Tom, Enter Drakkon

Angel Grove, Reality: 206.005.005.009


Colonial Times / The Past

…Green Ranger gently pushed Tommy’s hand away.

“There’s no place for me there. Let me stay here where I can do some good for a change.”

“He’s always welcome to join… my regiment,” the Redcoat Captain announced. Was he some ancestor of Skull or did he just have a strong resemblance? Tommy couldn’t decide.

The kind gesture was met with cheers and approval from the crowd. It seemed that a witch could be welcome in their society, providing he saved them from a pack of rat monsters first.

Green Ranger looked down at his armour, tapping the golden chest shield. “I don’t think I’ll be needing this is anymore.”

Tommy didn’t want to leave his clone in the past, especially if he lacked the ability to defend himself. But he knew that if his mind was made up there was little he could do. He sighed and pressed the wand to the Green Ranger’s body.

“Well, if your mind’s made up…”

A surge of green energy flooded over the clone’s body and was seemingly sucked into the skull-head of the wand, leaving behind a young man dressed in a green coloured colonial style suit!

“There you go. I wish you nothing but luck, my friend.”

His clone nodded as he made his way into the crowd, shaking hands with his fellow citizens as they welcomed him to their township.

“I hope everything works out for you. Hey, I’ll never forget ya!”

Tom stopped and turned back. “You don’t have much of a choice. I’m a part of you!”

“I don’t know if the history books are ready for this!” Tommy chuckled.

Tom raised his hand and snapped his fingers, summoning a black felt three-rimmed hat to form out of green energy. He placed it on his head and continued to smile as he walked off into the crowd, ignoring the gasps of surprise.

“Take care, buddy,” White Ranger said before activating the wand and warping back home, hoping Tom would be okay.


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Future Errors, Past Mistakes

Disclaimer: I do not own the Power Rangers. They belong to the current copyright owners.


Author’s Note: This is the second prologue in Shattered Grid. Not a great deal of action in this piece, just setting a few plot points in motion. There is an extended Author’s Note for this chapter.

Shattered Grid: Future Errors, Past Mistakes

Reality: 206.005.005.009


The Future

When humanity mastered time travel the first thing they did was outlaw its use. Not really… the first thing they did was conduct countless experiments resulting in unimaginable damage to recorded history that took decades to put right mostly because they had no idea whether they were reverting an actual change or just making things a little nicer for those involved. It was only at the moment they realised that they were changing things with no understanding of the side effects such changes could have that they realised how dangerous time travel could be and outlawed its use.

Of course, nobody believed that just making a law would ever be enough. Just because somebody was told not to do something did not mean they wouldn’t look for ways to do it without being noticed. Whether it was the husband that wanted to sneak back a few years and prevent his wife from leaving, the distraught parent that wanted to save their child from an accident or some rogue state that was determined to change the outcome of an uprising that ended a regime. Those that made the laws were enlightened enough to understand that for every selfish desire to go back and change history for themselves, there were dozens more who saw the opportunity as a way of improving the lives of those around them.

And so, Time Force had been created. It was a small agency of just over a thousand operatives, charged with the duty of preventing time travel by putting certain technology and those knowledgeable enough to create it, out of harm’s way. As their mission progressed they realised that the only way to know if time travel had been used to alter history was to have an accurate record of how events should have progressed. And so, the agency set up to prevent time travel, sought to journey back in time to monitor the correct progression of history. At some stage it was pointed out that the probes they were using were the same design as the technology that had been discovered leading to the creation of time travel in the first place. It was agreed that those that were aware of that little secret would never reveal it.

The probes that had not ended up under massive mud slides only to be exposed millions of years later during a great disaster, provided the base information needed to create an official history. Stored on crystals that were immune to changes caused by temporal divergence, the encoded data allowed Time Force to build an accurate record of all events from the time of the dinosaurs up until the start of their research. With technology to decode the crystals and computers to cross-reference those events with more traditional records, they could detect changes in the ‘official’ history of Earth and take steps to correct it.

As the number of criminals harbouring time travel technology was reduced, Time Force turned its attention to cleaning up those instances where history deviated from its true course. Teams of operatives were trained to conduct limited time travel into the past to correct such deviations, either with a polite word and a gentle push in the right direction or more aggressive action. In extreme cases the complete remove of a person or persons from history was authorised, so long as their removal did not cause a greater deviation. Many of Earth’s conspiracy theories could be traced to the actions of Time Force and its agents, although after the assassination of a president, their rules of engagement were revised so that such extreme intervention became a rare event.

Captain Braxton was an analyst charged with the critical task of deciding when a deviation warranted intervention and when to allow such things to play out in the knowledge that history was very robust and would often re-establish if normal course if given time. The report before him should have been a difficult choice on his part. A man had been transported back in time to a point where he was many generations removed from his eventual birth. His presence had been noted by the citizens of his new home due to the exciting stories surrounding his arrival. His name had been noted and he was the subject of gossip and conversations in nearby towns.

Braxton was aware of the case rulings on such events: rumours and gossip would eventually give way to exaggerated stories and disbelief; so long as the subject made no attempt to deliberately change events that they were aware of, there was absolutely no need to do more than monitor the situation. At that point Braxton should have made a note on the file and returned it to the review folder to be looked at again at predetermined intervals. Instead he had chosen to mark the incident as high priority and had then authorised a small ‘cleanse team’ to journey to the period in question and remove the time traveller and those that had been corrupted by his presence.

Time Team Zeta had been dispatched to locate and remove the time traveller from history. They had also been instructed to remove those most likely to speak of his presence in their community. They had been equipped with the means to destroy the township if they need to. When the bodies were eventually recovered it was revealed that they had encountered Tom Oliver upon their arrival. Tom had not been prepared to accept their story and having perceived them as a threat, had attacked them.

The fate of Time Team Zeta remained a mystery for many years during which time Braxton was demoted for causing the greatest deviation ever recorded and placing Time Force’s very existence in jeopardy. Following the recovery of three bodies it was determined that Tom Oliver had absconded with Time Force technology and one of its officers. The question was where had they gone and just how much damage could one rogue time traveller cause?


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How to Steal a World

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Shattered Grid: How to steal a world

Angel Grove, Drakkon’s Reality (Reality: 206.005.005.328)

Lord Drakkon ruled the world. That was not a boast; it was a fact. Since his emergence during early part of the 1990’s, the nations of the world had gradually handed him control over the planet, until only a few countries had remained that opposed his position. And at that point standing against the man who ruled much of the planet meant those nations were not around for long. In less than a decade, Lord Drakkon had managed to conquer the Earth and yet if asked many would declare him a saviour and certainly not a mass murderer.

Except if the natives were asked, they would never be able to state when his conquest began. Many could remember the sketchy details of forcible regime change in a few small countries – for many of the larger news organisations had been wiped out during the chaos of the war with Rita Repulsa-, but if pressed they would add that Lord Drakkon had been the ruler of the planet by that time and such skirmishes were irrelevant. It seemed that everybody who was old enough could recall the day Rita Repulsa had launched an assault on the Earth but could not recall how Lord Drakkon had ended up as its ruler.

In fact, the story did start with Rita Repulsa, or rather a person that claimed to be Rita Repulsa. She announced her presence to the world just hours before Lord Drakkon had emerged as their saviour. Many could recall the terror they felt as her Putty Patrollers stormed through the streets in every city of the world as monstrous creatures claimed the planet on her behalf. The Earth was taken by surprise and its military had fought back but had found most of their weapons ineffective.

Then Lord Drakkon had appeared on the television and radio channels to assure the people that help was at hand. His team of Power Rangers led the fight against Rita’s monsters, starting in the town of Angel Grove. As the Rangers fought town by town, city by city to release Rita’s stranglehold, Lord Drakkon was there to bring the world together as a united force. The Power Rangers made it look easy as they tore their way through multitudes of Putties, making it clear that Lord Drakkon could do something most leaders were unable to do: protect those under his care. The people flocked to support him and politicians desperate to save their positions sought to ingratiate themselves. The United States in recognition of his contribution to freeing their country, allowed him to retain sovereign control of Angel Grove and some surrounding territory as a base of operations for the duration of the war.

As his Rangers fought, they gathered soldiers and civilians to their side. Many who fought at their side failed to return from battle, but the Rangers triumphed and those that died were remembered as heroes. Lord Drakkon often remembered their bravery while explaining his actions in the years that followed. It took time to chase Rita’s forces from the planet, but eventually they were driven back, although Lord Drakkon continuously updated his allies on new attacks mounted by Rita that were often so devastating that only the Rangers emerged unscathed.

Soon after Rita’s initial invasion had ended, some nations started to reconsider their alliance with Drakkon. Questions were raised about where he had come from and the nature of his Power Rangers. Drakkon calmly answered their questions although very little was revealed. He made it clear that those that wanted to go their own way and turn down his offer of protection were welcome to do so and expressed his horror when some of those countries were targeted by Rita. It proved to those watching that it was safer align themselves with Lord Drakkon even if returning to his side robbed them of some ability to govern themselves.

Then Rita unleashed her Green Ranger and the world watched as Drakkon’s team of heroes were forced to fight one of their own. Eventually his team prevailed and Drakkon was able to announce that the Green Ranger had been terminated. He expressed his regret that due to the Green Ranger’s hit-and-run style of fighting, several world leaders and valuable military staff had been slaughtered and offered his full support to those nations that had suffered as they tried to rebuild.

It was clearly out of regret that Lord Drakkon made his next announcement. It was during a packed summit to discuss the losses suffered during the Green Ranger’s rampage and how best to defend themselves against her forces that he offered to share his technology with them. He presented them with the concept of the Ranger Sentries, uniting soldiers from across the planet with technology like that used by the Power Rangers. All he required in return was an agreement that when on assignment, those that stepped up for the role would be under his command. A desperate world was only too happy to accept and as a special gesture Drakkon allowed some of those newly assigned Ranger Sentries to stand guard over their leaders.

For the next few months Drakkon led the world’s Ranger Sentries against Rita Repulsa’s forces, although due to secrecy none of those involved could speak of their encounters with the enemy. In fact, part of the oath they needed to take before assuming their new role prevented them from giving away any details of their encounters, although Lord Drakkon and a few selected spokesmen did recount some of their adventures. As the number of Ranger Sentries increased, Lord Drakkon offered more and more of them to act as personal security for world leaders and important places. The public recognised the greatness of the mysterious lord who gave them so much without asking for any reward.

Then came the reckoning. Doomsday: the day when Rita Repulse sent what remained of her devastated forces against the planet. Ranger Sentries fought against overwhelming odds as the Power Rangers struggled against a massive metal monster named Cyclopsis. Although the people of Earth triumphed that day, many Ranger Sentries fell in battle, devastating the world’s military, nations were devastated with entire cities obliterated, and world leaders who had bravely decided to stand their ground instead of accepting Lord Drakkon’s offer of a place in his bunker, were slain; it was a personal loss for Lord Drakkon too as it seemed that Rita had discovered his bunker and had made a personal appearance to destroy it and all those within. It was at that location that Rita and Lord Drakkon had fought. Rita had lost and was destroyed, ending the threat.

In the aftermath the protection and guidance of Lord Drakkon had never been more important. Rita’s final offensive had wrecked so much of the planet’s infrastructure that the world risked plunging into chaos. Lord Drakkon offered his guidance and leadership until the nations of the world had recovered enough to resume control of their own destinies. The wounded nations of the world agreed, granting him a position of supreme power with his Ranger Sentries, now loyal to the point that they would die for him, to enforce order. The war with Rita had lasted less than two years, but recovery seemed to take forever.

Even with Rita gone some of her monsters continued to surface, attacking seemingly random locations and killing thousands before disappearing again. It seemed that just when a country was on the brink of recovery, their luck would run out and disaster would strike. After a personal investigation, Lord Drakkon discovered evidence that somebody was aiding the monsters by using magic to summon them. His only option given the possibility that people were willingly or unwittingly aiding the enemy, was to clamp down on groups he deemed likely to do so. With the Ranger Sentries acting as enforcers he outlawed several organisations, announcing his fears that they were involved as justification. A desperate world accepted what he said without question.

It was toward the end of the century, after Lord Drakkon’s purge of those that had aided Rita’s forces, that the world approached something akin to its former state. Some nations even talked of reclaiming their independence despite Lord Drakkon’s appeals for caution. When evidence emerged that suggested those nations had been infiltrated by Rita’s agents, Lord Drakkon was forced to deny their request to leave his world union and sought to replace their governments. That led to a series of unfortunate confrontations where Lord Drakkon was face with no alternative and sent his Ranger Sentries to dismantle Rita’s puppet regimes. The fighting was often brutal as Lord Drakkon later revealed that those acting on Rita’s behalf fought to their deaths.


Angel Grove, Drakkon’s Reality,

One year later and the world was a much better place. Lord Drakkon had as promised handed back day-to-day control of the world’s nations to their own governments. Admittedly those governments were for a time led by his appointees, but the world was not yet ready for the chaos caused by elections and free choice. The Ranger Sentries had helped to bring order to the streets and to direct the labour forces needed to rebuild. Their presence along with the harsh penalties made necessary by such desperate times had reduced crime and the compulsory purchase of all land and possessions by the state had led to a massive redistribution of wealth. While some complained about the lack of freedom in the new world, most were just happy that they had lived through the purges of the previous year.

The five original Power Rangers were constantly seen around the world, although they no longer took part in active assignments and rarely spoke. They were joined on occasion by what Drakkon claimed was a new Green Ranger using the powers that Rita had once corrupted. Many remembered the magnificent sight of the six Rangers united with Lord Drakkon, who had been wearing his own unique Ranger armour, as he explained that to create the Ranger Sentries, his Power Rangers had had to give up most of their power. It was for the greater good that they had made such a sacrifice, so how could the population not make the same level of sacrifice when asked?

The people loved Drakkon as the hero that had saved them from Rita Repulsa, yet they loathed him for the regime that had stolen their freedom and the purges that took away their friends and families. Yet love him or loathe him, they were in awe of his power and had seen what happened to those that dared to speak out against him. And so, they obeyed out of fear and a lack of choice.


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