Abby had to admit she didn't know that piece of lore about the stars, but wasn't sure if she was never told or if she had forgotten about it. Before she could say anything about it the Asian guy also entered the place and introduced himself as Shotaro which earned him some critic from the other guy who didn't seem to trust the place. Abby could see where he was coming from but didn't fully agree with him "I don't think this is a trap, they would have made this place a lot easier to find if it was one."
On the other hand that didn't mean they should take unnecessary risks. "Still it might be a good idea if we all walk back to back so that no one can sneak up behind us."
Shotaro resisted the urge to roll his eyes at Cory's statement "Of course it's suspicious that no one's here to greet us I'm not completely ignorant to the situation I'm just trying to get to know my future teammates I hope you don't find that objectionable "he said
Cory nodded to Abby's suggestion then looked over to Shotaru "I'm Cory... and quite frankly I'm more concerned with why we're here and no one is-"
He was cut off by the sound of whirring and hard foot steps. Cory spun around and saw a group of robotic like creatures rushing over to them.
"I don't think this is the welcome committee we wanted..."
A Narabot swung it's Blade at Cory as he ducked under and delivered a kick to it's chest staggering it back a bit before he rolled under a follow up swing. He popped up and gave it a kick to the back dropping it on it's face. "Eyah!" He battle cried as he got back into fighting stance.
Meanwhile Isaiah and Master Ikamashi watched from inside the dojo on the computer screens as the Narabots initiated battle with the potential New Rangers.
"Let's see if they got what it takes!" Isaiah smirked.
"Will they be alright?" Takashi asked his student.
"Yeah totally. I've programmed them with modified settings opposite their original programming. They're in spar mode right now... er... wait..." he looked closer as he noticed they were using their blades and not just hands. "Oh... oh this could be bad..."
Before Abby had the change to introduce herself to Corey and Shotaro a bunch of robots showed up and attacked. Corey impressively managed to take one down while Abby wondered what to do. she didn't have much time to think to do as one of the Narabots got its blade a bit to close to her head. Luckily she was just barely able to block it with her Star.
Figuring those robots had to be after the Ikamashi Ninja Stars she wondered if her Star could act as a distraction. As soon as the robot pulled its weapon back Abby threw her Star in the air and sure enough the robot seemed to briefly look away from her.
Using her chance she kicked the robot's legs out from under it causing it too fall onto the ground. She barely managed to catch her Star though it was clear that she nearly messed up because she fumbled a bit. Not wanting to robot to get back she stood on it's back hoping her weight was enough to keep it down and trusting the other two to watch her tried to steal it's weapon so she could use it herself.
Shotaro barely have a second to react as one of the Nara bots swung its blade close to his head reacting instinctively he threw up a light shield and the blade bounced harmlessly off it he then threw a light infused punch at the robot and took his fighting position as he blew a hole through the robot's torso he quickly blocked two more blades and formed a light construct sword and cut down two more Nara bots with it as the sword quickly dissipated in a shower of light then back flipped and hit another Nara bot with a tornado kick decapitating it
"We should fight back to back that way they can't separate us!" Shotaro yelled hoping his teammates would agree with him
Cory side stepped a slash from a bot and gave a high kick to another. Watching as Shotaru was utilizing some light constructs. He scoffed a bit before backing up a bit his back to the others. The idea wasn't a bad one he admitted to himself.
The Narabots were closing in however. Granted there were only a handful left but he'd be lying if the pressure wasn't starting to get to him. So many machines who were unlike humans in the sense that they didn't get tired or feel fatigue.
While Abby was struggling to steal "her" Narabot's weapon Corey and Shotaro were doing much better. Shotaro eventually got the idea to get back to back again which she had to admit was clever. Before she could get close enough to do so the robot she was standing on managed to get up. As she fell though she finally managed to disarm it.
Still having her hands full meant she couldn't regain her balance and she ended up falling. While she recovered pretty quickly and managed to roll out of the way of another sword and closer to her allies her opponent got a few kicks in.
Eventually she reached the others and got in position still carrying both her Star and the stolen sword. "Focus on the disarmed one, he should be the weakest offensively speaking."
"Thanks for the advice" Shotaro said forming a light rope and snagging the disarmed Nara bot around the wrist whipping it around and throwing it into the other Nara bots knocking a few of them down like bowling pins he then formed two light knives and threw them like daggers piercing two more of the robots in the shoulders before they dissipated
"How are you two holding up?" He asked his teammates grateful that they took his advice to fight back to back as they formed a small circle around the remaining Nara bots
"Nothing I can't handle Mr. Lightshow." Cory snap kicked another Bot dropping it as he weaved another strike knocking it down with an elbow strike.
The Bots suddenly froze up and ceased moving. Cory raised an eyebrow as the attacks stopped and a sliding door from the Dojo swung open. Isaiah came running out towards the group rushing to the disassembled Narabot. "Geez! I knew you guys were going to take em down but this is next level!" He said eyeing Shotaru then examining the dummy bot for further damages.
Then another man came out, an older Gentleman with a long white beard donning a red and white robe riddled with symbols. On the chest was the same symbol on the wall from the Alley. The Ikamashi Clan symbol.
Takashi walked with a sense of authority. Cory recognizing the symbol and who this man was immediately got on a knee and bowed his head. "Sensei..." he said respectfully.
"I'm fine for now, at least." Abby had no intention of going down without a fight also had no illusions about her own fighting skills compared to Shotaro and Cory. She tried to come up with something to at least take one of the robots down when they all suddenly stopped moving and two strangers one of which seemingly being a member of the Ikamashi Clan revealed themselves.
While Abby was glad to see the robots shut down she wasn't just gonna pay respect to a total stranger who as far as she knew sent those robots after them the way Cory did. "Are you two responsible for those tin cans attacking us without warning?!"
Shotaro looked puzzled as the Nara robots suddenly stopped functioning he then saw two people come rushing out of the dojo one began attending to the robots and the other was a much older gentleman Shotaro presumed was the head of the Ikamashi clan
He then realized that this must have been a test of their fighting prowess and teamwork abilities Shotaro thought they did rather well with the former and failed spectacularly at the latter and much like Abby he was pissed off that they decided to test them without any warning still Shotaro thought of his mother and what she would say if she were here right now she would want Shotaro to be respectful at least so he gave a polite bow and recited the normal clan greeting "I am Shotaro of the Hikari clan it is an honor to meet you Ikamashi-san
Cory side eyed Abby shaking his head a bit to himself as Takashi raised his hand to him as if to say it was fine. "Understandable concern... to not have any would be foolish. I am Takashi Ikamashi... creator of the Shinobi Striker Stars... the last of the Ikamashi... a pleasure to meet you three..."
Isaiah tossed a screw to the side rubbing his temples. "Well at least they have the fighting ability. Yes this was a test. Sensei here wanted to be more traditional... balancing on bamboo poles... blindfold stuff... but I figured actual threat training was more appropriate."
He dusted his hands off bowing to the three. "I'm Isaiah." He grinned. "And if you follow me we can further explain why you three are here... though I'm sure you all have a general idea." He said pointing to the Glowing stars that suddenly began to float up and fly towards Takashi who greeted them as if they were actual beings. He turned to go towards the Dojo as the stars followed.
Meanwhile in Space
Zonbu paced as his soldiers all knelt waiting for his orders. "So Baku... let's prepare to attack this Angel Grove City... I want to draw Ikamashi out... without his team of Rangers we can put an end to this war once and for all."
Baku nodded as he bowed to his master. "The Narabots are ready and also my Lord I have recruited a warrior.. his skills are impressive and he is looking to be a general in your army! I present Grazer!"[/purple]
"Master Zonbu! I am here to serve! Consider the City yours already Master!"
"Do not fail me Grazer... and there may be a place for you here..."
Grazer bowed as he and Dozens of Narabots hopped through a portal and vanished.
As the red ninja star floated away from Shotaro he decided to follow the head of the Ikamashi clan and Isaiah into the dojo motioning Abby and Corey to follow him silently "Ikamashi-san shortly before I came here I felt a disturbance in the Universal Morphing Grid does that mean that these ninja stars are tools to help us fight the Nara clan?" He asked
While she was ignoring Corey's side eye Abby had to admit the the whole training thing made sense since she knew enough to guess the Nara clan was back, but she still didn't like how all started without warning. Any way she decided to look past it and treat Takashi Ikamashi and Isaiah the same way she did everyone given how the Stars reacted to them.
As the group followed the two newcomers she finally realized she was the only one who had yet to introduce herself and fixed it though not before Shotara revealed that she was not the only one who suspected trouble was coming. "I'm Abbey Gonokami by the way, sorry for the late introduction."