- 1 Prologue: The Elder Gods vs. The Titans vs. The One Being
- 2 The Ruling Reign of Onaga
- 3 The Future Prophecies
- 4 Shinnok and the First Earthrealm War
- 5 The Terror Reign of Shao Kahn
- 6 The Mortal Kombat Tournament
- 7 The Second Earthrealm War: Shinnok's Vengeful Return
- 8 The formation of the Deadly Alliance
- 9 The Dragon King Returns
- 10 Armageddon: The End is Here
- 11 Return to the Past with Consequences
- 12 25 Years Later: What Would Become of the Future?
- 13 The Past and Present Collides in the Future
- 14 References
Prologue: The Elder Gods vs. The Titans vs. The One Being
Long ago at the beginning of time, there existed only the Titans, the Elder Gods and the One Being. The One Being gained his power by draining it from the Elder Gods and consuming them in the process. Eventually the Titans and the Elder Gods set aside their differences and launched their attack on the One Being to save themselves. In the end, the Elder Gods created six weapons called the Kamidogu. When they used the weapons, the One Being split into many pieces, although its consciousness survived. The Kamidogu became lost in six different pieces of the One Being. Eventually, these pieces became the realms, and life began to grow inside them. There were six main realms: Earthrealm, Netherrealm, Outworld, Orderrealm (Seido), Chaosrealm, and Edenia, each with a representative Kamidogu which held the essence of each realm. In addition to these, several other more minor realms were created as well.
At some point after this, the Titans and the Elder Gods disputed over how life should evolve and how to keep the realms in balance and to prevent the One Being's return. The Titans, led by Kronika, the Keeper of Time, believe that the realms and their denizens should follow paths made for them. The Elder Gods, however, speaking from experience of the One Being's consumption of them, knowing what it's like to exist for someone else's gain, believed that the realms should follow their own paths and shape their own destinies.
Eventually, war breaks out between the Titans and the Elder Gods over the fate of the realms. As the war continued, Kronika had already started to create the timeline of the realms in her image. But, due to mortals following the purposes and paths she bestowed upon them, her frustration grew and her sanity faded. Soon, became clear to the Elder Gods that Kronika had to be stopped in order for their vision of the realms to come true. Though the fighting was fierce, Kronika was defeated and driving out back into her keep, where she would remain their until the actions of a thunder god. The fate of the Titans after the war remains unknown.
The Ruling Reign of Onaga
At some unknown point in history, long after the creation of the realms, there existed an ancient race of reptilian beings which were the one of the first and strongest races to be born yet called Dragons. They were perceived by many to be the children of the Elder Gods themselves. True to the fact that there were traits that the Dragons and Elder Gods shared like when the truest form the Elder Gods, which are the form of dragons, were displayed. High regard was held up for Dragons. Soon allegiances were found between the Dragons and the Gods with the allegiance between the dragons Orin and Caro and the Edenian God, Argus being one of the best known of them.
In the realm of Outworld, however, a wind of change had arrived. Dragons once inhabited that realm but for some reasons unknown, left Outworld. But one amongst them decided to stay and to master his powers so he could rule the lands. This was Onaga the Dragon King. Onaga became the first Emperor of Outworld, uniting an otherwise divided realm.
The Outworld before Onaga's time was divided into countless, squabbling kingdoms who lived in constant war with each other. The most notable that still exists is the Shokan Kingdom of Kuatan. The endless war between the kingdoms of Outworld was mostly due to the scheming of the Kafallah Warlocks, who were the most powerful sorcerers of Outworld’s antiquity. By influencing the kingdoms of Outworld and shaping the reigns of the kings, their true agenda came closer to realization: The Netherrealm's Conquest of Outworld.
Soon, their secret was reveled and the Kafallah Warlocks were wiped out. But the Netherrealm army had already arrived. Onaga, in his campaign of unification, led the Outworld in the fight against the Netherrealm and won.
With the aid of his close allies, one being the Z'ankarian Empire, Onaga began to conquer other realms, merging them to add that realm's power to Outworld and expand his ever-growing empire. Onaga's secret to victory was his undefeatable and seemingly invincible army. Onaga's heart gave him the ability to raise the dead, allowing him to revive his dead soldiers continuously. However, Onaga wished for immortality; using the last dragon egg, his followers formed a spell that would transfer his soul into the tiny dragon inside and with it, be granted eternal life. In order to understand why he wished to do so when he's already a dragon, it would probably be best to look at the dragon race itself.
When the first dragons, the spawn of the Elder Gods descended down into the realms, they still obtained the immortality, immense sizes and incomprehensible powers they had while in the heavens. However, over the millions of years, as each generation of dragons was born, it soon became clear that dragons had begun to become part of the mortal realms and that realms became part of them. With each generation, their size shrinks, their power weakened and their immortality faded. So, Onaga was from the latest generation of dragons who have not inherited the power of eternal life and the Elder God-like aspects that the eldest generations had and that the dragon egg that was used for the spell contained the embryo of a dragon from the eldest generations. If the spell had been complete, Onaga would have been reborn in the body of an Elder Dragon.
It was at this point originally, the Elder Gods chose Onaga's former trusted advisor, Shao Kahn to become the protector of Outworld but like Shinnok after him, he too fell into greed and the lust for power, a coup d'état was in effect orchestrated by Kahn. However, Kahn, who did not like sharing power, soon poisoned Onaga, and took control of Outworld for himself. Unlike Onaga, he was unable to rule his domain as a united realm.
The Future Prophecies
At an unknown time after Onaga's death, as Shao Kahn now commanded the armies of Outworld and carried the legacy of attacking other realms, the Edenian protector-God, Argus, and his sorceress-wife, Delia, had two children: Taven and Daegon. Argus also had a third son due to an elicit affair from his first wife, a mortal woman named Amara, whom later became the traitor and an arrogant fighting Prince of Edenia named Rain, making him, Taven, and Daegon brothers. They fought alongside their father and the dragons Orin and Caro, repelling an attempted invasion by Shao Kahn.
At the time, there were an endless prophecies of the future which Delia frequently had visions and premonitions of. One of the events was the Prophecy of Armageddon. She predicted that the Mortal Kombat warriors would one day grow too powerful and numerous and if left unchecked, their intensifying Kombat would bring upon the destruction of all the realms, bringing about the Apocalypse. The Elder Gods demanded that a safeguard be put in place in order to prevent this from happening, one that would make use of the kombatants' insatiable blood lust. Like moths to a flame, they would be drawn there to battle. They left this task to Argus and his wife. Delia also foresaw that the climax would take place at a crater within the Edenian Southlands. For this reason, Argus had a pyramid constructed underground at this crater, while Delia created a Fire-Spawn known as Blaze. Blaze would contain the power needed to stop the Mortal Kombat warriors.
While Argus wanted all of the warriors destroyed, Delia wished a more merciful approach; stripping the warriors of their powers. They decided that they would put their two children in competition, and whichever one defeated Blaze would be gifted with the power to become the new protector of Edenia. On their way to confronting Blaze, each brother would have to retrieve a sword from one of their father's temples, and a suit of armor from one of their mother's temples, both in Earthrealm. One suit of armor would mean that all of the Mortal Kombat warriors were destroyed, the other would mean that they were stripped of their power. In effect, this would be like a coin toss between Argus and Delia, to decide which outcome would be achieved. But what neither Argus and Delia did not know, was that a third option was in effect. If it lands on the edge, meaning that neither the Mortal Kombat warriors would be stripped of their special abilities or would be destroyed, it would only strengthen them resulting the failure of the the quest.
Argus initiated the plan to save the realms is to have the two brothers to be summoned to Argus' temple in Edenia, where they were ambushed and placed in stasis. They were both placed within the mountains somewhere in Earthrealm, with a Dragon to watch over them. The Golden Dragon, Orin, watched over Taven, whilst the Red Dragon Caro watched over Daegon. When Blaze gave the signal, the Dragons would wake their protegee from stasis to begin the quest unaware that the real purpose of the quest was to test their sons's true nature, while Rain on the other hand would later serve the resistance but be denied command and join forces with Shao Kahn.
Shinnok and the First Earthrealm War
As the Elder Gods watched over the realms, governing the realms with untold wisdom; one such Elder God, known as Shinnok, like Shao Kahn in Outworld gave into greed and illusion of ultimate power and wanted the realm of Earth for himself; however, the Elder Gods had appointed the God of Thunder known as Raiden to protect Earth. Having profited of Blaze's enslaving by the holy men who remained faithful to Onaga, Shinnok masterfully tricked the dragon Caro into thinking the signal had been sounded and convinced the awoken Daegon that his parents (Argus and Delia) were against him. Daegon killed both his parents weakening Edenia and leaving it in a state of anarchy, which allowed Shao Kahn to invade it without a Protector God opposing him.
Shinnok, with the aid of other, like minded Elder Gods like his cousin, Malebolgia, then turned his attention towards Earthrealm, whose Jinsei could grant him the power to become invincible. The war between Shinnok and Raiden was fierce, as a result of the conflict sent Earth to its near destruction and plunging it into centuries of darkness. The Elder Gods were unaware of Shinnok's treachery until Raiden discovered that Shinnok's power was linked to his mystical amulet. It allowed him to weaken the borders of a realm and therefore enter the realm without challenge, interference and keeping the Elder Gods at bay. The Elder Gods angered at the news, and Raiden, given the choice whether to destroy the allied Saurian civilization or risk handing over Earthrealm to Shinnok, chose the former and stripped Shinnok of the amulet before, with the aid of Elder Gods, banishing the fallen Elder God to the Netherrealm. The Saurian survivors received compensation from the Elder Gods a new home in the free realm of Zaterra. However, some of the Saurians decided to take refuge in the Hollow Earth instead and so the Saurian Race was divided. The Saurians who ventured to Zaterra would rebuild their civilization until they too became a target to Shao Kahn's Empire while the Saurians of the Hollow Earth endure without interference.
The exact date of the devastating war on Earthrealm is unknown, but interpretations vary from around 65 million years ago in the end of the Cretaceous–Paleogene period, the most likely date, coinciding with the K-T event, which is when the dinosaurs became extinct, to around 8.000 years BC, coinciding with the Flood Mythsin Mesopotamian, Babylonian, Christian, Hindu and many more civilizations' myths and also coinciding with the date of the Edenian War, 10.000 years ago. as well as, potentially, the destruction of Atlantis, Lemuria, Mu, Hypberborea and the end of the Antediluvian Age of Earthrealm as a whole.
Whether it's known as Hell, Hades, Gehenna or Pluto, the Netherrealm has existed since the beginning of time and has had many names, as it has always had the same purpose: to act as the final home of those who have done wrong. When Shinnok awoke in the Netherealm, he found himself under attack by Lucifer, the leader of the fiery realm. Lucifer used the souls of those whom Shinnok himself had banished to the Netherealm to attack the Elder God. Shinnok was quickly beaten and found himself in the depths of Hell for eternity.
Another legendary prophecy unbeknownst to the Elder Gods was the return of the One Being. It was decreed that if one were to obtain all six Kamidogu and the Sacred Amulet, they would be granted ultimate power in fusing all the 7 weapons into one, and bring about the destruction of the realms. Raiden, in order to prevent this from happening, created a massive temple deep within the mountains of Asia to house the amulet, and appointed four guardians to serve as protectors of the amulet. Each of these guardians represented one of the elements of which the realm was comprised: Wind (Fujin), Earth, Water, and Fire. As long as the amulet remained on Earth hopefully in safe hands, Shinnok would remain trapped in the Netherrealm.
For untold years, the former Elder God Shinnok laid in torment from Lucifer in the Netherrealm, until he stumbled across a mysterious sorcerer by the name of Quan Chi. He was once an Oni from the Netherrealm, transforming his appearance upon learning sorcery, even gaining the power to travel throughout all of the planes of reality without detection from any of the Gods.
Quan Chi told Shinnok that he would help him escape from his prison and defeat Lucifer if Shinnok accepted his proposal; power and the right to rule at Shinnok's side. Shinnok agreed in desperation, made Quan Chi an Arch-Sorcerer, and the two waged a war in the Netherrealm that lasted for centuries. They eventually beat Lucifer and took control of the Netherrealm. Shinnok was now the ruler of the dead realm, but wasn't content with his conquest. The Netherealm is nothing more than fire and brimstone, and he only rules over the grotesque demons that inhabit the realm. However, Shinnok wanted more than what he already had, and what Shinnok wants, Quan Chi must make some arrangements to ensure that their plans come to fruition.
The Terror Reign of Shao Kahn
Shao Kahn, like Onaga before him, sought to expand his empire and his power through conquests of other realms. When he took over the throne, he set out to eliminate those loyal to the old order of Onaga. Promising peace, he lured the high council of the Z'ankarian Empire, one of the key allies to Onaga, to a meeting at Dragon Mountain. There, he killed them all.
He then began to attacked and conquered many smaller realms, slowly building up power over thousands of years. Eventually, he built up enough strength to conquer every realm equal to Outworld's size, and gain even greater power beyond any mortal imaginings.
Soon, he laid eyes upon the lush and fertile realm of Edenia. To take over Edenia, Kahn had to win the sacred tournament established by the Elder Gods themselves once held every generation known as Mortal Kombat. If he succeeded, it allowed him to merge the two realms.
Despite the Edenian warriors' best efforts, Outworld won 10 consecutive Mortal Kombat tournaments and Edenia's blue skies were ripped apart as the portals began to open.
Taven and his brother fought alongside their father and the dragons Orin and Caro, repelling an attempted invasion by Shao Kahn in the realm of Edenia. Taven and his brother Daegon were put to sleep by their father, Argus, who intended to send his sons in a quest to save the realms from Armageddon. They were sent to Earthrealm, encased in stone to protect them from harm and assigned two guardians by the name of Orin and Caro. Shortly afterwards, Daegon was mistakenly awoken too early by Blaze and Shinnok took advantage of his jealousy towards his brother by making him kill his mother and father, Lady Delia and Argus, with the god-slaying weapons that were meant for his and his brother's quest. With Protector God Argus dead and Taven and the dragons in Earthrealm, Shao Kahn's armies invaded Edenia and could not be stopped.
Kahn annihilated the ruler of Edenia, King Jerrod, took his wife Sindel as his queen, and adopted her daughter Kitana as his own. After Sindel convinced Shao Khan of her daughter's worth, Kitana was trained to join his personal guard, and as an assassin. Sindel, however, seeing the effects of Shao Kahn's reign on the Edenians, and knowing that Earthrealm, Edenia's closest jeweled ally would become his next target for imperial domination, chose to commit suicide in order to create a magical ward preventing Shao Kahn to step foot in Earthrealm and claim that realm as well. But Shao Kahn, not willing to let his beloved queen go so easily, held her soul in Outworld, thus stopping her transition to the afterlife.
The Mortal Kombat Tournament
A few millennia had passed, now with Edenia conquered and other various realms added to the Outworld empire, Shao Kahn turned his attention to the conquest of Earthrealm, in which many considered to be a jewel. Shao Kahn sent Shang Tsung to establish the sacred tournament as a competition between his armies and Earthrealm. The prize for the winner of Mortal Kombat would be that the champion would not age for 50 years until the next tournament. Kahn would only be allowed to take Earthrealm if he won ten of these tournaments in a row. Raiden rallied the best fighters of Earth into the White Lotus Society, a group established to discern a champion every 50 years to defend Earth in the tournament. The Great Kung Lao was one such warrior defeating Shang Tsung and becoming Grand Champion. Lao out of mercy spared the sorcerer, but this would be his undoing as Lao only kept the title for one generation before eventually falling to Shang Tsung's then-new secret weapon, a Shokan prince named Goro. Goro quickly dispatched and killed Lao, winning that and the continuing 8 tournaments, giving the Outworld warriors nine consecutive victories.
Imprisoned in death for centuries after his betrayal by Shao Kahn, the angered Dragon King learned of Shao Kahn's treachery, infuriating him, so then he secretly worked to revive his physical body. By transferring his essence into an apparition, he appeared to Shujinko, a very promising warrior who was set to be the chosen Earthrealm kombatant in an upcoming Mortal Kombat tournament. Claiming to be an emissary of the Elder Gods named Damashi, he tricked Shujinko into embarking on a quest to obtain the Kamidogu from the various realms and placing them in the Nexus, a special location created between the realms to ease the travel of the Champion of the Elder Gods.
Before the events of the next Mortal Kombat tournament, Shang Tsung unknowingly made a deal with Quan Chi, on Shinnok's behalf and he accepted the arrangement. The deal was that if Quan Chi can help Shang Tsung's Shadow Priests in the proposed resurrection of Sindel if Shao Kahn's plan to merge Earthrealm with Outworld through the tournament has backfired, Shang Tsung in return can give the sorcerer the information on where Shinnok's Amulet is located. Quan Chi had recruited Sub-Zero the Elder to before helping him in retrieving the ancient amulet after Sub-Zero and Scorpion, who was a rival clansman of the Lin Kuei, the Shirai Ryu and the same man Sub-Zero killed years before, as an insurance in case Sub-Zero failed were to obtain the map which contains the Temple of Elements from the Shaolin Temples. Sub Zero proceeded to venture through Earthrealm, defeating the gods of Wind, Earth, Water, and Fire and was about to obtain the amulet. Quan Chi obtained the amulet first and explained it's true purpose. After Quan Chi returned to the Netherrealm later to give the fake amulet to Shinnok, whilst he kept the original for himself, Raiden then confronted the Lin Kuei warrior and revealed to him his mistake by allowing Quan Chi to possess the amulet. Reluctantly, Sub-Zero then proceeded to enter the portal to the Netherrealm and retrieve the amulet from Shinnok. Sub-Zero was successful in his mission and preserved the peace of all reality for the time being. Somehow, that task caught Shang Tsung's attention and he was invited to compete in the upcoming Mortal Kombat Tournament, with secret orders from the Lin Kuei Grandmaster, which was to assassinate Shang Tsung and win.
Two years later, Earth rallied some of its best fighters in order to win the tenth tournament and preserve Earthrealm's freedom. Amongst the established warriors were Liu Kang, Sonya Blade, and Johnny Cage. With the help of Raiden, the Earthrealm warriors were victorious and Liu Kang became the new champion of Mortal Kombat, resetting Outworld's counter to 0. Scorpion and Sub-Zero fought each other again. In the end, however, Scorpion slew Sub-Zero in retribution for his own death by Sub-Zero the Elder's Hands. Thus sending his soul into the 5th darkest plane of the Netherrealm and turned him into Noob Saibot.
Despite Shang Tsung being unable to deal with his failure in the last Mortal Kombat Tournament, Shao Kahn ordered the Tarkatan horde to attack the Wu Shi Academy. The Tarkatan horde raided and killed most of Liu Kang's fellow monks, including his Shaolin Masters, sending a direct message to Raiden and the Earthrealm warriors. This enraged Liu Kang enough to follow them into Outworld. He was not alone. Kung Lao, Johnny Cage, and Major Jackson Briggs, who was in search of his missing subordinate, Sonya Blade, were also following right behind Liu Kang into the realm seeking revenge, and to compete in the next Mortal Kombat tournament at the same time. But unbeknownst to Raiden and the Earthrealm warriors, the tournament in Outworld was a diversionary trap set by the Emperor in an attempt to break the rules set forth by the Elder Gods themselves Kitana had forewarned. In rescuing Sonya, Shao Kahn's scheme was thwarted and the Earthrealm warriors prevailed, with Liu Kang defeating Shang Tsung and the emperor, Shao Kahn. However, Kahn responded by resurrecting Queen Sindel on Earth and stepping across the dimensional portal gates to claim her, thus successfully merging it with Outworld, starting the Battle of Earthrealm. At one point, prior to the Earthrealm invasion, Shao Kahn attempted to merge Outworld with the Netherrealm, but the backfiring problem for the emperor was that the former "demon" and member of the Brotherhood of Shadow, Ashrah had slain most of his Netherrealm allies, which allowed Scorpion to roam the Earth. The Earthrealm warriors rallied themselves for the first time in a battle, and upon Shao Kahn's defeat the second time by the shaolin monk Liu Kang, the threat to Earthrealm was over for now. Escaping back into Outworld, the emperor was severely wounded, weakened, and defeated. But most importantly, Edenia was freed from Outworld and returned to a whole realm for the first time since Kahn conquered Edenia so many years ago. Shao Kahn's final attempt to conquer Earthrealm has failed once again.
The Second Earthrealm War: Shinnok's Vengeful Return
During his time in the Netherrealm, Shinnok rallied an army of allies to help him avenge his losses. With the help of his disguises and his allies in Earthrealm (Noob Saibot) and Outworld/Edenia (Tanya), Shinnok escaped to the newly restored Edenia, setting the stage eventually for returning to the heavens. Shinnok proceeded to kidnap Queen Sindel and Princess Kitana in the process of ruling with an Iron Fist as much as he could in his takeover of Edenia for the second time, (the first time was Shao Kahn) as part of his scheme to launch his declared attack on the Heavens as an audacious act of vengeance, including murdering several of the Elder Gods and many of the lesser gods like Raiden as his prime target, for his suffering in the Netherrealm for millions of years ago and to finally end the war once and for all.
Fujin and Raiden escaped to Earthrealm, where they rallied the Earthrealm warriors to assist them and the Elder Gods in the secondary Earthrealm conflict. But unlike the last one against Shao Kahn following the aforementioned Mortal Kombat Tournament and the Outworld Invasion, this time, they are up against Shinnok and his minions in the Netherrealm Invasion. Thus, the Second Earthrealm War begins. And after a long arduous battle between the Fallen Elder God and Earthrealm's champion of Mortal Kombat, the war came to an end as Liu Kang prevailed once again, defeating Shinnok, and emerging victorious in saving both Earthrealm and Edenia, leading to Shinnok's re-banishment to the Netherrealm, along with the sorcerer Quan Chi when he was about to do the same to Scorpion where he was believed to have been killed. However, It was revealed to Scorpion by Sub-Zero, that it was the sorcerer who was the true mastermind in hiring the Lin Kuei, behind the death of his family and clan the whole time. Scorpion was sent to the Netherrealm along with him, and thus the ninja spectre was on a manhunt for the sorcerer. This time he is out for vengeance, and in which he vowed not only to protect the future Lin Kuei warrior of Good as atonement for killing his brother once more, but to kill Quan Chi for the death of his family and his clan. After Shinnok's defeat, the Elder Gods appointed Raiden an Elder God. Raiden then in turn, appointed Fujin as the new protector of Earthrealm.
The formation of the Deadly Alliance
While in and escaping from the Netherrealm using a secret portal returning to Outworld, supposedly regaining his dark strength once more, Quan Chi discovers much information about its past, via unlocking the secret of the ancient runestone, including the existence of the Dragon King's seemingly immortal army. He approached Shang Tsung with an offer to join forces, Thus forming The Deadly Alliance. Quan Chi established a Soulnado in Shang Tsung's fortress with the agreement that Shang Tsung would use some of the souls to animate the army. Together with their combined strengths, they planned to overpower their two foes who could one day prevent their total domination of ruling the realms. Their first target, was Shao Kahn. Previously, Shao Kahn was humiliated of his consecutive defeats and setbacks at Outworld, with most of his subordinates abandoning him. This only made him easier for his elimination. They first approached in a feigning allegiance to the Emperor and attacked him, seemingly killing him in his weakened state. However, unbeknownst to the Deadly Alliance, It was later revealed that the Shao Kahn they killed was a clone, and the real Shao Kahn had escaped death once again and would begin scheming to reclaim his throne. Then they traveled to Earthrealm via a mystical portal to double-team and kill their next target, the only one who could possibly stop them, Earthrealm's Mightiest Warrior and Champion of Mortal Kombat, Liu Kang.
In order to protect Earthrealm once again, Raiden, in disgust, in protest, and defiance of the Elder Gods' wishes, forfeited his seat as an Elder God and rallied the Earthrealm soldiers to stop this impending threat. Also included in the battle were newcomers Li Mei and Nitara. Nitara's realm, Vaeternus, had been merged into Outworld against her will, whereas Li Mei was trying to free her land of Sun Do from The Deadly Alliance. Others joined the fight as well, including the newly restored Cyrax (now working for the U.S. Special Forces Unit with Jax and Sonya), as well as Kenshi, a warrior who had been blinded by Shang Tsung's treachery and like Scorpion, who sought revenge. Unfortunately, these heroes were unable to stop the Deadly Alliance, as the two sorcerers overcame all foes, with Kung Lao and Princess Kitana trying to avenge Liu Kang's death. Shang Tsung defeating Kung Lao and Quan Chi defeating Princess Kitana and destroying the majority of the opposition,with most dead or fleeing and managing to put their plan to near success.
The Dragon King Returns
It had taken Shujinko years to complete the quest Damashi had given to him but finally Shujinko had collected the sixth and final Kamidogu from Edenia. Shujinko placed the Edenian Kamidogu on the altar in the Nexus with the other five. After the Kamidogu had been collected, the egg Onaga was imprisoned in hatched; the Dragon King resumed his physical form by merging with the ninja Reptile. Back in the Nexus, Shujinko began to wonder why the six Kamidogu were not transported to the Elder Gods as he had been told, it is then Onaga emerged in the Nexus to confront Shujinko revealing him to be the avatar Damashi all along. Onaga reveals his true plan of obtaining ultimate control over all that exists once he claims Shinnok's amulet, currently in possession of the sorcerer Quan Chi, while using Damashi to manipulate him 41 years ago. Shujinko escapes from Onaga into the Earthrealm portal and blamed himself for all the events following his return.
Meanwhile, Raiden (with his allies laying dead on the entrance of Shang Tsung's Palace), faced the Deadly Alliance on his own. Despite managing to hold his own for a time, he was ultimately defeated by their combined power. With their victory in hand, Shang Tsung and Quan Chi quickly turned on each other, each looking to grab all the power for themselves mainly for the reason that Tsung wanted Chi's amulet. Quan Chi emerged victorious, but the Sorcerer's victory was short lived, as the Dragon King returned to Outworld, attempting to retrieve Shinnok's amulet. Quan Chi proceeded to try to stop him, and the quickly recovering Shang Tsung and Raiden aided as well, forming an impromptu alliance against the greater threat. This attack was successful in the short run, but quickly the Dragon King quickly was making his advance towards them. Realizing that they were unable to defeat the Dragon King even with their combined power, Raiden released all of his godly essence to a practically nuke like explosion, destroying the temple and its surroundings, sacrificing his life. Unfortunately this sacrifice was in vain as the explosion had little to no effect on the revived former ruler of Outworld who was now in possession of Shinnok's amulet which had been held by Quan Chi.
Sometime later Raiden's essence, now corrupted from his encounter with Onaga and tainted with Onaga's dark magic, gathered again in the Earthrealm. He had now became furious with the way Earthrealm's inhabitants had treated their own realm, almost always taking their protection for granted. He became even more enraged when he learned that Shujinko had foolishly unleashed the Dragon King by attaining the Kamidogu of various realms for him. Raiden, with his patience exhausted, decided he was going to punish those who placed Earthrealm in harm's way, including brutalizing and slaying those that would threaten the realm, starting with Shujinko him for his errors, but Shujinko was able to escape and survive, Raiden then turned his attention towards Liu Kang's corpse.
Desecrating Liu Kang's tomb and removing his body from its grave, Raiden took it to an underground temple that belonged to an ancient sect of necromancers called the Houan, whom he had destroyed centuries earlier after Shinnok's imprisonment and defeat eons ago. Binding Kang's body with enchanted shackles the Houan had used to control their revived undead, Raiden spoke the enchantments etched into the temple's walls infusing it with a thunderclap of lightning and reviving his friend. The corpse of Liu Kang was now the enforcer of Raiden's will, and he sent it on a mission to wreak havoc on those he believed did harm to Earthrealm.
Onaga revived the previously deceased Earth warriors as his pawns and used them and a newly-forged alliance with the Tarkatan horde preventing Edenia's army from interfering with his plans while he searched for the spells that would allow him to fuse the Kamidogu together and grant him supreme power. However, just as he was about to do so Shujinko rallied the remaining warriors and turned against him and in a moment absorbed their combined fighting power. Empowered beyond the Dragon King's own expectations, Shujinko shattered each of the six Kamidogu, the source of his invulnerability. Weakened and in defeat Onaga attempted to retreat only to vanish into thin air. As it turned out, Nightwolf carried, traversed, ventured, and absorbed all the sins and traveled deep within the Netherrealm itself. Using a method of knowledge passed down to him by his forefathers called the 'Sin Eater', Nightwolf drew a binding symbol on the ground and chanted the ancient words that drew the spirit of the Dragon King. When the spirit of the Dragon King appeared before him, knowing that he had carried the burden long enough, Nightwolf released all the sins of his people into the mystic symbol, and their weight bound Onaga to the Netherrealm, thus freeing Earthrealm from the corruption that he had harboured for so long.
Armageddon: The End is Here
It was during the time of the Dragon King's conquest of the realm, The Prophecy predicted by Delia was fulfilled. However, as Caro mistook the loss of Blaze's contact (possibly when he was kidnapped in order to watch over the Dragon King's eggs) as the signal to begin the race, as a result of Shinnok's act of misdirection, Daegon had mistakenly been awakened centuries early.
He discovered what the aim of the quest was, and became obsessed with the power which would be granted to him. Daegon set up the Red Dragon clan (to represent the Red Dragon that awoke him) and enslaved Caro in order to use him to create portals.
The Red Dragon's primary aim was to find Blaze and to assassinate Taven set by his brother Daegon in order to claim the prize for himself, although they were also a powerful crime organization. When Taven was finally awoken at the correct time, during Onaga's return, he was constantly ambushed by Red Dragon warriors. Eventually, Taven made his way to his father's temple, only to find the weapon that was meant to be there had been stolen. As he finally made his way to his mother's temple, which was now occupied by the Lin Kuei, he managed to find the suit of armor that had been placed for him. During this time, Quan Chi assembled the other Evil warlords, including Shao Kahn, Shinnok, Onaga and Shang Tsung. Quan Chi had managed to find out about the power that Blaze contained, and the power that would be passed as a gift to the one who defeated him. In the process of discovering this, Quan Chi killed Orin, Taven's protector Dragon. The Forces of Darkness united in order to claim this power, whilst the Forces of Light united either in order to stop evil, or claim the power for themselves, thus culminated in the Battle of Armageddon.
Just as Delia had predicted, at the crater within the Edenian ruins, The defining prophesied conflict came to a head. As Taven made his way to these ruins, he encountered Blaze who revealed the true nature of this quest: to either use the power to destroy all of the Mortal Kombat warriors, or simply strip them of their power. Daegon not only revealed that it was he who had killed their parents over the prize, with the very weapons their father Argus created to be used to fight against Blaze (as it became apparent that Daegon was the one who had stolen Taven's sword), he also told Taven that Shinnok warned him that their parents made the decision to assist Taven and not Daegon, in which he was envious of. As the Sons of Argus fought within the ruins with tremendous ferocity, Taven was victorious at a huge terrible cost. As this happened, the warriors clashing within the crater were suddenly stopped as the huge pyramid placed by Argus millennia earlier rose from the ground, with Blaze, now empowered and huge in size, waiting at the top. The warriors began to make their way to the top, fighting amongst themselves and turning on each other in order to claim the prize. With Daegon defeated, Taven took his sword and made his way into the crater himself, in order to defeat Blaze. However, in the end, It was not Taven who defeated Blaze as he was destined in order to prevent Armageddon to the shock of all the kombatants themselves, It was none other than the supreme ruler of Outworld, Shao Kahn.
Return to the Past with Consequences
After The Battle of Armageddon ended (while the Kombatants from both sides are dead), left Raiden and Shao Kahn, the only two survivors. Defeated and about to be dealt the final blow, Raiden used his last attempt to cast a spell on his amulet, now shattered, to contact his past self and quote "He Must Win!" before he was killed.
In the events of the first tournament, the Raiden from that era appears with Liu Kang in the Mortal Kombat tournament hosted by Shang Tsung, now possessing visions of the events from his future self when his amulet cracked. After the first two rounds of the tournament, with Johnny Cage defeating both Reptile and Baraka, Raiden and Liu Kang met with Cage and explained to him the reason and purpose of Mortal Kombat, which he does not believe. Cage then finds Sonya Blade (whom Cage had flirted with earlier) while she was contacting the Special Forces, and he offers to help her out. Initially hostile, Sonya warms up to Cage after he saves her from the Black Dragon mercenary, Kano, during which time Cage begins to understand the truth in Raiden's words. Later, Sonya rescues Jax with assistance from Raiden. The Thunder God then explains to the four Earthrealm warriors his visions and what they foretell.
Later, Raiden receives more future visions whereby he sees the ninja spectre Scorpion killing Sub-Zero and a new warrior forming (now known as Noob Saibot). Raiden confronts Scorpion and requests he spare Sub-Zero's life, offering to ask the Elder Gods to restore his clan, the Shirai Ryu, back to the mortal realm. this causes Scorpion to accept the request. In Shang Tsung's Throne room, Scorpion later confronts Sub-Zero, (after fighting Sektor and Cyrax), battled him in The Netherrealm and there defeated Sub-Zero. Scorpion then honors Raiden's request not to kill him, until Quan Chi appears and shows Scorpion visions of Lin Kuei forces attacking the Shirai Ryu clan and Sub-Zero killing his wife and child. This enraged Scorpion, causing him to ignore his deal with Raiden, and killing Sub-Zero. He returns to the Throne Room in regret holding the burned skull of Sub-Zero and disappears enraged. Cyrax is later contracted by Shang Tsung to kill Johnny Cage, but is rebuffed by Raiden for doing so. Cyrax defeats Cage in their match, but honors Raiden's wish and lets him live. Cyrax is confronted by Sektor regarding the interaction, but defeats him in a brawl.
Meanwhile, Kitana attempts to kill Liu Kang, but is defeated and spared. Later, Kang then defeats Ermac, Scorpion, Quan Chi, Goro and Shang Tsung in the tournament. However, despite their short-lived victory, Raiden's amulet cracks further. Disappointed with Outworld's defeat, Shao Kahn orders Shang Tsung's execution, but relents after being given the proposal of holding a second tournament in Outworld. During the events of the tournament, Kitana learns of her true past, while Jax, Cage, and Raiden attempt to rescue Sonya. Along the way, Sub-Zero's younger brother and Smoke infiltrate Outworld to learn of the original Sub-Zero's fate, while Ermac maims Jax. However, due to Raiden's assistance of Smoke, Sub-Zero instead undergoes cybernetic transformation, inadvertently altering the timeline. Raiden attempts to substitute Kung Lao as the champion of the next tournament, only for Lao to be killed by Kahn after defeating Kintaro, leaving Kang to be the champion of Mortal Kombat two times in a row.
Despite Kang's seemingly fatal victory over Kahn, the latter launches an invasion of Earth. Among the response teams would be riot cops Kabal and Kurtis Stryker. Stryker and Kabal manage to defeat Kintaro, Mileena, and Reptile, but Kabal suffers severe burns from Kintaro. Meanwhile, after defeating Ermac (unbeknownst to Stryker that Kabal disappeared), he was recruited by Nightwolf to aid Raiden in defending Earth. However, it was revealed that Kabal has been recovered by Kano only to escape from Outworld. After defeating Sub-Zero (now a cyborg), fending off Sheeva, and assisting Smoke in helping him, both join Raiden's defenders, composed of Liu Kang, Sonya Blade, Johnny Cage, Kitana, Cyber Sub-Zero (his humanity having been restored), Jax (now with cybernetic arms), Jade, Smoke, Nightwolf and Stryker. Sub-Zero confronts Sektor and retrieves intelligence from his databanks.
Sub-Zero learns that Quan Chi was sacrificing Earthrealm's souls to merge Outworld with Earthrealm, and confronts his older brother (now Noob Saibot), allowing Nightwolf to halt Quan Chi's ritual. However, the interference causes Shao Kahn's forces to assault the headquarters of the Earthrealm warriors, where everyone (except for Johnny Cage, Sonya Blade, Raiden, and Liu Kang surviving the ambush), are killed by Sindel, with Nightwolf sacrificing himself to kill the empress.
During these events, Raiden travels to the Netherealm to try to convince Quan Chi to join him against Shao Kahn, offering the souls of all the fallen Earthrealm warriors in exchange for his help. However, Quan Chi reveals that he already has these souls as part of Shao Kahn's agreement with him. Quan Chi then summons these souls and pits them against Raiden. Raiden successfully defeats six of the reanimated souls when Quan Chi remarks at how Shao Kahn has already won, on hearing this statement Raiden realizes that Shao Kahn has to win because by conceding to Shao Kahn the Elder Gods would intervene and punish Shao Kahn for merging realms without having won 10 consecutive Mortal Kombat tournaments. Raiden returns to Earthrealm and explains his plan to Liu Kang, however, Kang, delusional with grief mistrust Raiden and goes to face Shao Kahn. Raiden, knowing that if Kang wins Armageddon will ensue, attempts to stop Kang, fighting and defeating Kang. However, Kang refuses to back down from his goal. Raiden inadvertently kills Kang while trying to stop him from fighting Shao Kahn. That was an even greater mistake that the Thunder God would regret for the rest of his life. Raiden loses to Kahn voluntarily, only for the Elder Gods to intervene and grant him tremendous power. Raiden defeats Kahn who is attacked by the Elder Gods and is taken away for punishment, and vows to rebuild Earthrealm with Sonya Blade and Johnny Cage, the last remaining Earthrealm fighters. Worse, even though Raiden had indeed stopped Shao Kahn from merging Earthrealm with Outworld, he would unknowingly suspect that Armageddon could still happen, and that still altered the timeleine. However, Quan Chi and Shinnok decide to use the chaos to their advantage to make their plan successful in order to claim both Earthrealm and Outworld in the name of the Netherrealm for themselves.
25 Years Later: What Would Become of the Future?
This is where Mortal Kombat X begins...
A few years following Shao Kahn's defeat, Shinnok escapes the Netherrealm and launches an invasion of Earthrealm. Shinnok personally goes to Raiden's Sky Temple with the intent to poison the Jinsei, the life force of Earthrealm. Shinnok nearly imprisons Raiden and Fujin within his amulet, only for Johnny Cage to intervene and knock the amulet from his hands. Shinnok incapacitates Cage's companions, Kenshi and Sonya Blade, but Johnny manages to hold off the former Elder God and pass the amulet over to Raiden. The tables turned, Raiden imprisons Shinnok within his own amulet. At Fujin's recommendation, the two gods take the amulet to the Elder Gods, seeking their guidance.
Soon after, Johnny and Sonya travel to Quan Chi's fortress in the Netherrealm, hoping to take down the necromancer and his revenants before they can cause any more trouble. In the fight against Quan Chi, Scorpion, and the revenants of Jax and Sub-Zero (now returned to a human form), Cage is stabbed, and Quan Chi begins summoning a revenant as his soul leaves his body. Sonya manages to defeat Quan Chi, however, and Raiden is able to reverse Quan Chi's spell, saving not only Johnny Cage, but also returning Sub-Zero, Jax, and even Scorpion to life.
In the years that follow, Johnny and Sonya marry and have a daughter, Cassie, and later divorce. Scorpion revives the Shirai Ryu clan while mentoring Kenshi's son Takeda, and Sub-Zero becomes the new Grandmaster of the Lin Kuei after killing Sektor.
Twenty years after Shinnok's defeat, Johnny Cage assembles a team of fighters composed of Cassie, Jax's daughter Jacqui, Takeda, and Kung Lao's cousin Kung Jin. After undergoing a training exercise with Sub-Zero, they are deployed to Outworld to resolve a civil war between former empress Mileena, who has obtained Shinnok's amulet, and Outworld's current emperor Kotal Kahn, with whom Earthrealm has a peace treaty. On Earthrealm, Sonya captures Kano and forces him to reveal where Mileena is keeping the amulet. Armed with this information, Cassie's team aids Kotal in recovering Shinnok's amulet and capturing Mileena. After executing Mileena, Kotal decides to keep the amulet in Outworld's hands, and takes Cassie and her friends hostage to prevent Raiden from retaliating. Kotal's second-in-command D'Vorah, who is revealed as a double agent for Quan Chi, steals the amulet. Cassie and her team escape captivity, and inform Sonya of D'Vorah's intentions.
Jax and Kenshi, aided by Sareena, lead an assault on the Netherrealm and manage to capture a weakened Quan Chi, who is brought back to Earthrealm and held at a refugee camp. Scorpion, having learned from Sub-Zero the truth of Quan Chi's involvement in the deaths of his family and clan, infiltrates the refugee camp alongside his clan with the intent of assassinating Quan Chi, defeating Kenshi, Johnny and Sonya in the process. As Scorpion prepares to kill Quan Chi, D'Vorah arrives with the amulet. Quan Chi manages to finish a spell moments before being beheaded by Scorpion, releasing Shinnok from captivity. Weakened by the Shirai Ryu's previous attack, Johnny is taken prisoner by Shinnok and D'Vorah. With the aid of Quan Chi's revenants, Shinnok and D'Vorah assault the Sky Temple, where they subdue Raiden. Shinnok then enters the Jinsei and corrupts it, transforming himself into a powerful demon in the process.
Cassie's team pursues Shinnok, only to be intercepted by Kotal Kahn and his army. They tell him about Shinnok's return and Kotal decides to kill them, hoping to appease Shinnok and buy time to bolster Outworld's defenses. Sub-Zero and his Lin Kuei comrades appear just in time to repel the Outworld forces. At the Sky Temple, Jacqui and Takeda occupy the revenants, while Cassie and Jin enter the Jinsei chamber. There, Cassie defeats D'Vorah and Shinnok, and rescues her father. A grievously-wounded Raiden then purifies the Jinsei, stripping Shinnok of his powers and forcing the revenants to withdraw. Sonya and her soldiers arrive, and the Cage family reunites.
Some time later, the revenants Liu Kang and Kitana are revealed to have assumed leadership of the Netherrealm in Shinnok's absence. Raiden, hinted to have been corrupted in the process of purifying the Jinsei as a final warning, presents them with Shinnok's severed, yet still living head tells them that they will face "fates worse than death" if they threaten Earthrealm.
There are several timeline errors within MKX itself:
- Following Shinnok's defeat, the story jumps forward twenty years, though Jax's chapter (within the same general time frame) has Jax say that it's been twenty-five years since then.
- Johnny Cage's narration at the beginning states that Shao Kahn's defeat at the second tournament occurred two years prior to Shinnok's escape from the Netherrealm. Combined with the twenty years that passed between Shinnok's defeat and the events of the main story, this would put a twenty-two year gap between the two games. However, a flashback in Raiden's chapter indicates that the second tournament occurred twenty-five years ago.
The Past and Present Collides in the Future
- Main article: Mortal Kombat 11's Story Mode
- https://twitter.com/K0MB4T/status/372539721937080320 John Vogel confirmed Shao Kahn defeated Blaze