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The Mortal Kombat Saga

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The Fall of Shinnok

At the beginning of time, there were the elder gods and the minor gods.  Shinnok had two sons; Rayden and Shao Kahn.  As a test, he made them battle each other to see who the stronger one was. Rayden came out on top and Shao Kahn dissapeared from the scene for quite a while. After the earth realm was formed, the elder god Shinnok gave in to greed and false illusions of power; he decided to take the earth for himself, to rule over it with unmatched power. In order to enter the earth realm without the intervention of the other elder gods, he created a sacred amulet that could only be created once.... 


Upon entering the earth realm, Shinnok was faced by a young god who was appointed to defend the realm -- Rayden, god of thunder and his own son. Destructive battles raged between Shinnok and Rayden, plunging the planet into centuries of darkness. Rayden rose victorious... and with the help of the true elder gods, he banished Shinnok into the Netherealm. After the great
darkness that covered the land, humans were called together to create a massive temple in the Himalayan Mountains. It was to house the sacred amulet and 

keep it from falling into the wrong hands. Rayden appointed four guards to protect the amulet, each representing one of the four elements that make up the earth realm: Wind, Earth, Water, and Fire. Known by many names,these are the four elemental gods who are necessary in balancing the earth's forces but can be extremely destructive to the earth's inhabitants... As long as the Amulet remains in the earth realm,

out of Shinnok's reach, Shinnok would be trapped in his confines in the Netherealm. Over the centuries, the stories and legends that were passed on from generation to generation, eventually died in man's unrecorded prehistory; these events were undocumented other than a single map, the Sacred Map of Elements.This map tells of the great battle between Shinnok and Rayden and shows the way to the massive temple in the Himalayas. When the fallen elder god Shinnok arrived in the Netherealm, it was ruled by Lucifer; or better known as Satan. The dregs of hell tortured and tormented Shinnok for thousands of years...
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The Fall of Edenia

A civilized realm known as Edenia was once a living planet similar to the earth. A peaceful, quiet planet it was ruled by King Jerrod and Queen Sindel. Edenia used a fighting tournament to defend itself against invaders just like the earth does now. But

Shao Kahn

the dark emperor known as Shao Kahn managed to successfully invade Edenia and take the life of Jerrod, just shortly after the birth of Princess Kitana. Kahn then sapped the realm's energies, causing Edenia to become a large wasteland known as The Outworld. Shao Khan took Sindel as his queen and Kitana as his step-daughter, the realm would remain in this condition until Kahn's reign over it would end. The thought of serving Shao Kahn eventually drove Queen Sindel to madness, thus committed suicide at a young age. Kahn was enraged by this. He
withheld her soul from moving on to a higher existence and used it as a token for his victory over Jerrod, as well as a constant reminder of his power to Princess Kitana.

Over the years, Princess Kitana was trained as a personal assassin for Shao Kahn, working alongside her friend, Jade. Another of the many assassins trained to serve Shao Kahn was Rain, the son of a general in Edenia's army who was killed by Kahn during his invasion. Shao Kahn's next target was the realm of earth. The rise of Shinnok in the Netherealm later in the millennia, a free roaming sorcerer named

Quan Chi approached Shinnok, aware of his suffering for those thousands of years in the Netherealm. Quan Chi agreed that he would free Shinnok from his confines and

Quan Chi

assist him in defeating Lucifer, in exchange for power and the position to rule at Shinnok's side when he escapes the Netherealm entirely. The two waged a war against Lucifer and his minions, it lasted for centuries following. But eventually, it came to an end as Shinnok defeated Lucifer and took his seat as the new ruler of the Netherealm. But unlike the Outworld, the Netherealm has never been a living planet --
Shinnok had nothing to rule over but a desolate wasteland of fire and brimstone, inhabited by grotesque demons. So he decided to create a physical world, he transformed the demons into as human a form as possible, and tried his best to emulate the realm he wanted so badly: earth... But the Netherealm was and always will be a dead world, only with its true form being hidden by its new ruler. Shinnok gave Quan Chi the position of arch-sorcerer to rule at his side in the now-expanded Netherealm, for freeing him and helping defeat Lucifer's forces. If Shinnok could escape from the Netherealm entirely, they could rule over a much larger territory, but the only way that could happen is if Shinnok regained possession of the amulet.
Shaolin Temples

Quan Chi went on to spend centuries making attempts at acquiring the Map of Elements, with one failure after another. The Shaolin temples discovered the sacred Map of Elements and kept it hidden within their temples in China, only a select few knew of the map's existence and the story it told, including a Shaolin monk named Kung Lao.

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The Mortal Kombat Tournament

Soon after Shao Kahn's takeover of the Outworld, an order of the wisest men in the far east received visions of the dark emperor. In order to prevent such an invasion on the earth, they created their own tournament. The tournament was known as Mortal Kombat, hosted by the Shaolin temples -- warriors from around the world are invited to compete in it, once every generation. But if Outworld warriors win 10 tournaments in a row, Shao Kahn would be allowed to enter the earth and do with it as he pleases.
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The First Rise and Defeat of Shang Tsung Shang Tsung

Shang Tsung, an earth-born servant of Shao Kahn, soon gained the championship of

Kung Lao

Mortal Kombat. In order to please the emperor, he not only took the lives of his opponents, but their souls as well. After repeated victories in the tournaments to follow, Tsung became over confident before reaching ten victories. Tsung's over confidence proved to be his un-doing as he was defeated by Kung Lao, representing the Shaolin temples.
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The Lin Kuei Clan For centuries

In the north eastern parts of China existed a secret clan of assassins and thieves
Lin Kuei Grandmaster known as The Lin Kuei, thriving on the evil intentions of those who would pay for their services. Its warriors are humans with special skills and abilities, chosen at birth to be raised apart from the workings of day to day civilization, stripped of their former lives and only the clan knows of their existence. Their abilities are passed on from
generation to generation and honed throughout the experiences in their lives. A fifth

generation Lin Kuei warrior, known by the name of Sub-Zero, once had a normal life in America. He lived there with his mother, father, brother and sister.. Eventually, the two sons were found spotted by the Lin Kuei clan and they  brought them to China; their mother, father and

sister were never seen or heard from again. The older son would soon use the name of Sub-Zero.
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The Ninja During Japan's feudal period

When a renegade Japanese-born Lin Kuei warrior named Takeda returned to his homeland, he offered his services to various lords and generals; many of his skills and techniques were soon copied and learned throughout Japan, eventually "evolving" into the art of Ninjitsu. Unlike the Lin Kuei, the art of Ninjitsu involves the use of weapons and magic's that can be mastered by any human with enough practice. The Ninja never existed as a single collected clan, but rather worked as a loosely connected spy network made up of several small clans; the first Ninja clan was the Shirai Ryu, founded by Takeda himself, making them instant foes of the Lin Kuei and


Takeda a target for assassination. The Reign of Terror Soon came with the mysterious death of one of the three Mortal Kombat tournament masters. Shang Tsung returned, prematurely aged and weakened for his previous failure, and brought the half-human dragon, Goro, a member of the Shokan (a race of four-armed creatures from the Outworld) along with him... Together, they were
to unbalance the furies and tip the scales of order toward chaos. In a brutal battle, Goro defeated Kung Lao and became the new Mortal Kombat champion. Shang
Shang Tsung

Tsung took Lao's soul, retaining the former-champion's thoughts and memories, he took control of the Mortal Kombat tournament; it was the beginning an era that alienated the Shaolin from their own tournament... Goro retained his title for nine generations, leaving the earth one last opportunity to defend itself against an Outworld invasion. All it needed was one earth warrior who could defeat Goro and break the Outworld's streak... Free Roaming Sorcerers Bargain Shang Tsung discovered the location of the sacred Map of Elements through Kung Lao's thoughts and memories.

Shao Kahn made him a free roaming sorcerer for devising a plan that could almost assure the Outworld's success. About ten years before the time of the new tournament, Shang Tsung struck a deal with Quan Chi: in exchange for the location of the map, Shinnok was to take Sindel's soul, taint it with evil, and reincarnate it on the Earth realm itself. Giving Shao Kahn the ability step through the dimensional gates between the earth and Outworld in order to reclaim his queen It would take over a decade for Shinnok to accomplish this. In doing so, Kahn could overtake the Earth, and bar Rayden and the Elder Gods from intervening, whether Goro wins his 10th victory or not in Mortal Kombat... But Kahn knew, the plan could only be activated, a thousand years after it was created.

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Scorpion and Sub-Zero
- Also see the mythologies section -

What Shang Tsung failed to tell Quan Chi was the fact that the amulet was being guarded by the four elemental gods. The mere existence of these guards made it impossible for Quan Chi to enter the temple where the amulet rests, but if he could get a human to enter, one who could perhaps defeat the elements...

The first Sub-Zero (the oldest of two brothers (who would both once use the name of Sub-Zero) learned of his abilities as a young adult -- the ability to harness the element of cold. The Lin Kuei's Grandmasters knew his skills had the ability to develop much faster than those of other Lin Kuei clan members.  

Among his first missions as a Lin Kuei warrior, Sub-Zero was to steal the sacred Map of Elements from the Shaolin Temples in the heart of China.Quan Chi realized the fact that he was one of the only humans with the ability to defeat the elements. 


Takeda managed to elude assassination by the Lin Kuei until his elder years, when his life came to an end not from a vicious battle, but from a poison Scorpion, send by Shang Tsung,  holding the soul of a former member of the Shirai Ryu named Hanzo Hasashi (code name Scorpion). Scorpion took over his body, altered his flesh and soul in that of pure evil, and got onto Takeda's latest mission.
He was to also, travel into the heart of China, home of the Lin Kuei and location of the Shaolin temples where he was also to steal the sacred Map of Elements to serve Quan Chi. Sub-Zero and Scorpion both arrived at the Shaolin temples and soon confronted each other. Scorpion was killed in the confrontation and Sub-Zero returned to Lin Kuei headquarters with the sacred Map of Elements, suspicious of Quan Chi for retaining the services of a Shirai Ryu ninja. Sub-Zero was then to go on

a mission through the temple that housed the amulet. Scorpion was given a chance by his demons to return to life in order to avenge the death of his family and clan but in doing so, he would lose his memory of his wife and child forever. He chose to return, to kill the murderer of his family and clan which he thought was Sub-Zero. Meanwhile Sub-Zero managed to defeated the elements just as Quan Chi had foreseen. Quan Chi got the amulet and Rayden was enraged,

 he sent Sub-Zero into the Netherealm itself to regain the amulet back before Shinnok uses it to enter the earth realm. Sub-Zero managed to get the amulet
The Sacred Amulet back into the hands of Rayden and thus so he prevented the destructive battles between Shinnok and Rayden from being faught once again, at least for the time being... He arrived back in Lin Kuei headquarters, and was then to compete in Mortal Kombat, once again under the command of Shang Tsung. He boarded the boat to Shang Tsung's uncharted island. Scorpion, in the
form of a reincarnated specter, soon learned of Sub-Zero's intentions and followed the Lin Kuei warrior onto the boat...

The Kombat Begins
ew earth warriors were also chosen for this new tournament. Among the top competitors were Johnny cage, Kano, Liu Kang, Sub-Zero, Hanzo (reincarnated by Quan Chi as Scoprion), and Sonya Blade. From this point on, the new Mortal Kombat tournaments took place as described in the Games and Movies of Mortal Kombat (These storylines can be viewed on this site, within the other Storyline sections).
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