The Razorverse - MK1 Script Outline
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The Razorverse - MK1 Script Outline
09/10/2011 03:19 PM EST
I suppose I should start by explaining what this is.

As most already know, I'm a big fan of the old MK timeline, before the reboot, and always wanted to see the story play out consistent to established canon in an actual narrative, a desire which MK9 obviously did not fulfill what with the changed timeline and rushing through all three games in only a few hours.

I've also been working for a long time on a series of fan art, redesigns of the costumes from MK1 and 2...(which you can find here)...and I plan on eventually working my way through the whole series up to Armageddon.

Over time, as I've worked on these designs, I've come up with story ideas to go with them, and I got inspired to actually write out the story of "my" MK universe, game by game, with the intention of developing the characters, expanding their stories, making sure the tournaments followed an actual logical bracket, even explaining origins and powers and the purposes of all the fighting arenas and crazy little details like that.

I considered doing this as a full fan-fic, whether novelization-style, or in the form of movie or video game story mode scripts, or even as a webcomic for a brief time back when Mick-Lucifer was making his. But it became clear over time that that would be far too time consuming and I'm not very good at writing dialogue anyway, I'm a far better idea man and editor than I am a true writer. So instead, I decided I'd do it in the form of outlines, a scene-by-scene summary that would be a quicker and easier read, and provide a roadmap for anyone else interested in writing a whole novelization or script or whatever.

I just finished the MK1 one, and I share that with you now. Note that I proofread it in kind of a hurry and I'm sure I'll keep going over it and finding typos and refining things over time. I'm also happy to answer any questions or justify any of my ideas.
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Open on 500 years ago, when the monks of the Shaolin Temple hosted the Mortal Kombat tournament.
It's set in an ancient version of the Wu Shi Academy. The background looks the same, but the canvas hanging over a giant pit hasn't been built yet. Instead, it's set up more like the Courtyard arena with a flat surface for fighting and an audience of monks – except there are three thrones up on the dais. Old Shang Tsung sits in one and two other judges, Shaolin elders, sit in the others.
To one side of the battleground stands the Great Kung Lao. He's bald and wears a red headband and the "title belt" from Liu Kang's MKvsDCU costume, a visual cue that at this time, he is the reigning champion of the tournament. What's most notable about him is, like in Kung Lao's MK3 ending, he's surprisingly tall and imposing. With his physique, it's not hard to see how he became the champ.
In the background, we hear the voice of Shang Tsung, giving one of his excessively grand speeches (and I do mean excessive. Think Paul Bettany's character in "A Knight's Tale", I'm imagining him going on and on about how he met "the noble Prince of Kuatan" when he "heroically" pardoned him from a life of imprisonment in the Cobalt Mines of Shokan, how Shang repaid the favor by personally taking him on as a protege in the art of Kombat, and that sort of thing. Note that he never mentions "Outworld", though, as though the challenger could simply be the foreign prince of a small, obscure country somewhere on Earth). His voice is slightly distant and indistinct, though, as the audience is meant to focus on the roar of the crowd, the atmosphere, etc. Shang introducing the challenger is part of the ambiance.
From a doorway across the ring, the opponent steps out of the shadows, though we can't make it out at first. The camera slowly starts at his feet, which are partially hidden by the billowing cape around his body. As it pans up, the cape parts and we see his arms as he cracks the knuckles on his three-fingered hands...continuing to his second set of arms as he cracks those knuckles too...finally to his face, at which point it becomes abundantly clear, this guy ain't human.
As Prince Goro discards the cape completely and steps into the circle, and he and Kung Lao stand face-to-face and stare each other down, we see that as huge as GKL is, Goro still towers over him by at least a foot.
Fight: Great Kung Lao vs. Goro – Ancient Wu Shi Courtyard
The battle ends with a scene of Goro catching GKL in some helpless position with his bottom arms and beating him with his top arms until he slumps to his knees. Shang exclaims "Finish him!" and as Goro reaches in, grabs him by the headband, and goes for the final blow, the camera cuts to a closeup on Great Kung Lao's face and zooms in on one of his eyes as it goes wide and the screen suddenly flashes red like a blood splatter.
A slow zoom back out reveals that the eye we are looking at no longer belongs to the face of GKL, it's one of Liu Kang's eyes and the previous scene was a dream he was having, the end of which startled him awake.
Liu is sitting in meditation position on the floor of a small dojo, well-furnished and warmly decorated (and stocked with a liquor cabinet because it's also Bo' Rai Cho's home.) Across from him on the floor sits Master Cho, sipping sake. He notices Liu's sudden snap out of his trance and Liu, sensing that the tournament is near and his training is complete, simply responds "It's time."
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An establishing shot reveals that we are now at the hidden compound of the Lin Kuei clan: the ruins of an ancient Mongolian castle in Northern China.
Inside, Sub-Zero discusses being invited to the tournament with his brother Kuai Liang, a.k.a. Tundra. Bi-Han tells his bro he's not certain if he should accept, as he's tired of sorcerers and fighting for other people's "causes" and whatnot, but Kuai protests. Outworld will conquer Earth if they don't win, yada yada, how can he not care? Their conversation is casually interrupted by the approach of (human-)Sektor, who says (with a hint of jealousy in his tone) that his father, the Grandmaster, wishes to see Sub-Zero. Before leaving, Subby casually points out that there's probably lots of work for an assassin in a place like Outworld, so if they get taken over, the emperor is just another potential client. Kuai can't believe his brother's attitude and storms off.
Bi-Han prepares to enter the Grandmaster's chamber but stops at the door for a moment, recalling the last words Raiden spoke to him at the end of MK Mythologies, about the evil in his soul and how it's not too late to change.
Inside the chamber, the Grandmaster informs Sub-Zero of a client who wants Shang Tsung assassinated, offering a hefty sum. Bi-Han muses to himself that with that much money, he could retire from the clan and live the rest of his days in peace. Sub-Zero decides he'll accept the invitation to Mortal Kombat after all, as it's the only chance he'll have to get close to Shang.
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Hanzo Hasashi sits in a prison cell on what a subtitle informs us is the First Plane of the Netherealm. It's a dank, bare metallic room with a giant wall fan spinning in the background, producing a monotonous whirring noise. Behind it, a landscape of fire, brimstone, and pillars made of skeletons can be seen and the wails of the tortured occasionally cry out.
Scorpion is wearing the Shirai Ryu robes he died in, but his appearance is cracked, wounded, bloody, the colors of his body desaturated (sorta like the zombies in MK9). He's just a dead soul awaiting judgment in this lonely purgatory.
His cell door opens and the backlit silhouette of a bald man in baggy clothes with giant spikes on his shoulders (Quan Chi obviously, but intended to be mysterious and not fully revealed) dismisses the two generic Brothers of the Shadow guarding the cell.
Scorpion recognizes him, but doesn't seem to think much of him and refers to him only as "Necromancer", and the way he says it sounds like an insult. The necromancer starts reminding Hanzo why he's there, just to get him riled up. "Sub-Zero killed you while you begged for mercy, you died without honor", etc...but then he tells Scorpion something he doesn't know yet: that his life is not all the Lin Kuei took from him.
He tosses a flower at Scorpion's feet, a red rose, burnt and ashen. Scorpion immediately recognizes what it represents: his wife always wears one in her hair. The necromancer explains that after Hanzo's death, they attacked the village of the Shirai Ryu and left none alive, Sub-Zero personally killing Hanzo's wife and son. Scorpion is all distraught and enraged, and in his vulnerable emotional state, The necromancer offers him a deal. Quan wants Sub-Zero dead too (for betraying him in Mythologies), so he offers Scorpion the chance to live again, to be reborn as a "spectre" and wield a power that can defeat Sub-Zero's, in order to kill this mutual enemy.
Scorpion makes a vow that his soul will not rest in peace until he has avenged the deaths of his family and clan. (the wording has to be specific, this vow is a verbal contract and his motivation, to be explored in the sequels.)
A second silhouette walks up behind the necromancer, a robed man with a devil horns-shaped crown and two glowing green eyes (Shinnok, but once again, kept hidden and mysterious). The two of them raise their hands in unison and chant some shit and a big magic circle with intricate patterns and symbols appears beneath Scorpion's feet. A giant column of flame shoots up out of it, burning Scorpion's body down to just a skeleton, then replacing his clothes and skin with a more Hell-themed version of his ninja outfit. The last thing to grow back is the mask and face over his skull, and his famous blank white eyes snap open for the first time.
The last thing the necromancer tells Scorpion is that he's made arrangements: Sub-Zero will be attending the MK tournament. (Implying that Quan is secretly the one who put the hit out on Shang, just to get Sub to attend.) When he does, Scorpion will be there to kill him.
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Next we see the inside of an abandoned factory. Prototype Cyberninja parts sit on the assembly lines (stuff that could double both as a crude Cyrax helmet and Kabal's future mask, like in MK Legacy). In a back room, Kano and his top lieutenants are sitting around a table playing poker. Around the table are a guy with a ponytail in khakis and a sleeveless trenchcoat (Kabal), a guy in a brown leather vest and cowboy hat (Jarek), and a brown-skinned girl in a pink tracksuit (Tasia - for the purposes of my universe, "MK: Special Forces" didn't happen but the characters do exist). At the door, standing guard and looking all "strong, silent type" is a tall, bulky man dressed in black and brown with his face wrapped like a ninja. (Tremor).
As they play, they discuss business. Kano's men complain about how the gang is falling apart because the SF keeps raiding their hideouts and capturing their best men. The feds always seem to know exactly where they're hiding and what they're up to, and Jarek suspects a mole and a fight almost breaks out between him and Kabal, as neither trusts the other.
Kano calms them down with news that he's working on a huge arms deal with a very rich old man named Shang Tsung. The old man owns his own private island off the coast of China, and Kano's due to meet up with him there in a few days to close the deal. And when it's done, not only will the Black Dragon have more money than they know what to do with, but Tsung has even offered to rid them of the Special Forces.
Slowly sneaking through the factory, we see soldiers getting into position for a raid. Sonya, Jax, and their intel agent, Chinese Military-Policeman Hsu Hao (Personality Note: Hsu Hao's artificial heart robs him of all emotion, leaving him cold and robotic.) are each at different entrances and radio some strategy back and forth, but Sonya's attitude is basically "fuck it, I'm tired of waiting" and she barges in alone, starting a firefight and forcing Jax to scramble his men in after her.
Tasia is the first to try to escape out the back, but the second she opens the door, a giant laser beam flash-fries her gruesomely, revealing Hsu Hao standing there, the light of his bionic chestpiece dying down. Surprised by the sudden kill, Jax yells that they're supposed to be taking them alive, but Sonya bitterly disagrees.
At Kano's order, Tremor lays down a big quake that allows the remaining BDs to escape, but Sonya refuses to let them get away and charges through the chaos to tackle the nearest one she can reach - Kabal - to the ground.
When the rubble dies down, Jax radios their status back to his contact at base, a woman named Gemini. He and Hsu Hao examine the parts in the factory and Jax notes these are the stolen bionics they were looking for, complimenting Hsu Hao on locating the place. But there's not enough here, it looks like a shipment already went through - probably, Hsu Hao notes, to the black market doctor who did his artificial heart and Kano's eye.
Jax is about to interrogate Kabal and find out where Kano's headed, but it looks like Sonya already has, and she's taken off ahead of them.
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Cut to a Johnny Cage biography TV show. A video package quickly summarizes his career, from being serious martial artist "John Carlton" in his youth, winning tournaments and making a name for himself, to becoming "Johnny Cage" and getting into Hong Kong films with cheesy names like "Gist of My Fist", to becoming famous in America and adopting his goofy, egocentric personality (hinting that in the early days, he was much more serious about his talents and maybe even that he was more spiritual about chi and stuff, but it could've been bad for his image the way Scientology has ruined Tom Cruise's, so he deliberately puts on the shallow jokester persona we know him for), to finally winning serious awards with the blockbuster "Sudden Violence".
Johnny's big claim to fame was apparently that his films were always "realistic", doing his own stunts and practical effects and such. The package ends, cutting to an interview scene, as the reporter starts to ask about how his newer pics are bombing and critics and audiences have started attacking him for "overusing slow-motion and CGI", and it's revealed that the interview is actually being filmed right now, as Cage gets pissed and ends it, getting out of his chair and storming off the set.
His agent or publicist or whatever follows him out of the studio trying to cool him down, but he protests, all mad that "I AM the special effects!" but he can't show people that because the general public wouldn't be able to handle a guy shooting fireworks out of his hands in the real world, or he promised some old master in Tibet that he'd never reveal the ancient secrets of kung fu that were passed down to him, or some excuse like that. Whichever works best.
Johnny decides he needs something new to revitalize his image and restore his legitimacy. Conveniently, Shang or a messenger character walks up right about then to invite him to the tournament, which after some back and forth, he accepts, thinking "that's it, if I go back on the competitive circuit, that'll show people I'm still for real!"
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Liu Kang returns to the Shaolin Temple and asks for permission to represent the Order of Light in the tournament. Kung Lao is also petitioning, and head monk Master Wu informs them that Shang Tsung's invitation will only allow one Shaolin representative to enter, so a difficult choice must be made.
Kung Lao and an entourage of White Lotus members supporting him argue that he has been more devoted to his training, they think that Liu left them to go off and become a hermit because he doesn't have the heart for it. Liu explains that he left to seek out and train with the legendary master who taught GKL. Some of the monks are awed, others actually think Bo' Rai Cho is just a myth or couldn't possibly still be alive after 500 years...but then the Drunken Master comes forward in person to confirm Liu's claim and vouch for him, silencing all doubters but one. Bo's entrance should somewhat resemble/homage Chris Lambert-Raiden's first appearance in the movie...though less bowing and worship since he's not a god, more like just respect and awe at a living legend. In this instance, Kung Lao would be in Robin Shou-Liu's shoes as the young unbeliever who needs to be put in his place.
Wu explains that there is only one way to determine who stands a better chance of victory: a Qualifying Round. Liu and Kung must fight one another to prove who the better fighter is and decide who will go.
Fight: Liu Kang vs. Kung Lao – Wu Shi Academy
Liu Kang wins. As the finish, he reveals the most powerful technique that Bo' Rai Cho taught him: the Dragon Kick.
Kung Lao angsts a bit that he will not be able to honor his ancestor, but Wu reminds him that the life of the Champion is one of eternal battle and sacrifice: you never age and can never stop defending the title until you die. Liu is best suited to carry that burden precisely because he does not covet it.
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Cut to a pier in the middle of the night, where many dangerous looking men stand around with luggage, awaiting their ride to Shang Tsung's island. Subtitle: Chai Wan Bay, Hong Kong.
Johnny's limo pulls up and he says goodbye to his agent and secretary, both of whom are suspicious about this mystery tourney nobody's ever heard of and don't think he should go but he assures them it's on the level and he'll be back in a week, safe and sound. To prove it, he points out a pro fighter he recognizes, a famous kickboxing champion named Nimbus Terrafaux. He leaves his little entourage behind to chat with the champ, who teases Johnny about how long it's been since he was actively competing.
The Nethership emerges from the mist all spooky-like and docks at the pier. A few Masked Guards march down the ramp to make sure no uninvited passengers board. Cage and Nimbus watch this whole spectacle, a bit awed.
A group from the Order of Light accompanies Liu to the dock. The Shaolin NPCs board the Nethership to witness the tournament (they'll be the audience in the Courtyard arena), but Liu and Kung say their goodbyes here, Kung teasingly promising to return to the White Lotus Society and train even harder, so that one day he'll be able to beat Liu. As Liu walks up the ramp, he jokes back something like "Maybe you'll get your chance at the next one. When you're...oh, about 70?"
In private, Cage and Nimbus agree about how weird the gig is, what with no pro associations sponsoring or even having heard of it and the secluded island and the spooky boat ride at midnight. They figure the host is just an eccentric old man with an enthusiasm for the martial arts, and at least there'll be prize money. Then they trade friendly jabs back and forth about which of them is going to win as they board the boat.
In a quiet corner of the dock, a Masked Guard suddenly gets pulled behind some crates and there are sounds of a brief struggle. A moment later, what looks like the same guard, except with Kung Lao's hat on his back, walks back out and boards the boat. (The guard with the hat should be visible, but not obvious, in several scenes throughout from this point on - like an easter egg hunt.)
As the Nethership starts to pull out of the dock and set sail, there's suddenly an explosion on the pier. Kano runs out of the flames and leaps onto the ship to escape a hail of gunfire. Sonya chases after him but stops at the water and radios Gemini for a ride to tail it. When the speedboat pulls up, Jax is aboard, looking all disapproving. He climbs up to the dock and says he won't let her have it unless she agrees to take some men with her for backup.
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Aboard the boat, Kano seems to have already made friends with some of the more thuggish competitors and they are trying to bully Johnny Cage, assuming that he's just a celebrity and not much of a fighter. Nimbus comes to his defense, suggesting the others back off and allow them to brawl it out one-on-one, allowing Cage to surprise Kano with a sucker-Shadow Kick. The crowd "oohs" and circles around to watch them duke it out. Liu Kang looks over at the Masked Guards to see if they're going to stop the brawl, but they seem completely uninterested.
Fight: Johnny Cage vs. Kano – Nethership Deck
With Kano knocked on his ass, Liu gets between them and breaks it up before things get any more heated, warning Johnny it would be wise to watch both his back and his mouth, as little men out to make a name for themselves like Kano will be common at Shang Tsung's tournament.
Sub-Zero sits perched atop the roof of the ship's cabin, watching the others below in privacy – or so he thinks. Scorpion suddenly appears behind him and grabs him up. Sub's all like "it can't be, you're dead!" and Scorpion explains he's come back for revenge. He's all "I could kill you now...but unlike you, I fight with honor. We'll settle this in the tournament" before vanishing in a puff of flame, leaving Sub-Zero to brood over his warning.
Raiden is also on the boat. He's dressed MK movie-esque, like a dirty hobo. His white robe and shawl are raggedy, his long, silver hair is loose, and he wears the coolie hat tipped low so people can't see his glowing eyes. He's pulling the Yoda-in-Empire-Strikes-Back act, pretending to be a nobody as he and Cage strike up a seemingly idle conversation wherein he's secretly trying to judge Johnny's personality.
Observing from a distance, Liu Kang can sense something about this beggar that makes him suspicious or seems somehow familiar, but he's not sure what. (Liu's never actually met his Thunder God before. Gods aren't supposed to interact much with mortals or control their destinies, after all.)
At the end, we briefly see the Nethership from the perspective of Sonya's motorboat as she and her team follow along quietly. It's far enough behind that they can see it, but the Nethership can't spot them in its spooky trail of fog.
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The next day, the Nethership arrives at the island. There's a brief scene of the warriors disembarking the boat and being led to the palace area by Shang's Masked Guards.
Johnny looks around the island and is extremely displeased to find there's no camera crew or press, wondering how a secret competition on a secret island is supposed to help his reputation. Tsung creeps up on him in his sorcerous way and assures him something ominous sounding like "don't worry, Johnny Cage. This tournament marks a great moment in history. What you're about to be a part of will be remembered forever..." or something like that, and then floats on by.
Not sure what that's supposed to mean, Cage walks on, commenting to himself that at least the other fighters will be able to vouch for him when he beats them, to which Liu Kang bitterly responds "if they make it out alive". Cage rolls his eyes at how Liu's always so serious or such a downer. "I mean come on, it's just another karate tournament, right? ...Right?!"
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That night, Shang holds a mighty banquet in his Throne Room. Around the room, some of the more rowdy and competitive tournament entrants are enjoying themselves by challenging each other to arm wrestling or board/brick breaking contests (just like the "Test Your Might" minigame), but everyone is hushed when Shang steps up to the throne and speechifies about the great honor of the tournament and whatnot.
Liu, Johnny, and Nimbus make friendly conversation as they look over their competition. Offended by Shang Tsung's speech, Kang tells the others of how his temple used to host the tournament, but a long time ago, Tsung took control of it by assassinating and outliving the other judges, and has corrupted the rules of the once-sacred competition. Liu then tells them the legend of Tsung's own hand-picked fighter, the reigning champ Prince Goro. "They say his people are half-man, half-dragon", etc. Cage laughs the whole thing off, disbelieving the idea of a monster with four arms.
Raiden tries to talk to Kano to pull his "judging the worth of each Earthling" bit, but the gangster rudely brushes off what he thinks is a creepy homeless guy trying to chat him up.
Next, Raiden approaches Sub-Zero who is off standing in a corner with his arms crossed, keeping to himself rather than sitting at a table enjoying the feast. Bi-Han gives him a "what are YOU doing here?"-type response, relating back to their last meeting in Mythologies, but they are interrupted by Shang, who tells Subbie that he personally invited Raiden and that the thunder god's no danger because he had to become mortal to enter, so not to be worried. Shang also casually reveals just before hovering away that he's known all along that Sub-Zero came to kill him and he's not concerned at all. Raiden's goodbye to Subbie includes a passing warning about Scorpion and how he may pay for his past mistakes.
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Cut to a short scene on the beach. Sonya's crew park their little boat on a secluded shore, only to be caught by the Masked Guards, led by Shang himself. Caught by surprise, they are stripped of their guns and taken prisoner at spear-point. Tsung makes the claim that on his island, nothing escapes his notice, and says something mysterious sounding directly to Sonya like "So glad you finally made it. We've been expecting you."
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The next morning, the fighters assemble in The Courtyard. First, Shang tells them about how the tournament is private and intruders will not be tolerated. The guards drag Sonya in and Shang brings up her capture, and how she must win the tournament or her band of tresspassers will be executed, before they release her to join the crowd of fighters. Our heroes are not pleased with their host's ruthlessness (though Johnny's mostly just distracted by her looks) but Kano outright applauds, clapping and chuckling.
Next he gives his "let the tournament begin" speech, introducing and hyping up the reigning champion: "honored Prince of Kuatan, General of Outworld's Armies, undefeated for 500 years", etc. Insert appropriate awe from the regular humanfolk at Goro's 4-armed monster-ness here as he enters the Courtyard to stand beside Shang. Cage in particular has a WTF moment, while Liu gives him an "I told you so" before being called to the center of the arena, as Shang allows the Shaolin representative the honor of kicking off the tournament with the first fight.
As Liu leaves, Raiden walks up and gives Johnny the "Yup, the supernatural is real" speech, mentioning Cage's own chi powers with something witty and insulting in the Lambert style like "Oh what, you didn't think you were special, did you?" Then he explains the war between Earth and Outworld. Mystical realms in other dimensions, the Elder Gods created the tournament so we'd have a fair chance to defend ourselves, they have to win ten in a row to invade and they've won nine, etc. (Note: I rather like the idea from the movie that no one ever speaks Shao Kahn's name until he's introduced in MK2, everyone just refers to him as "The Emperor". I like how ominous and mysterious it makes him seem.)
Cut back to the fight, which is about to begin.
Fight: Liu Kang vs. Generic Human NPC – The Courtyard
Liu wins and at the end of the match, Shang of course calls for the "Finish Him!" but Liu explains how he is Shaolin and will never give in to the corruption Shang has brought to the tournament and how when he beats him, he'll return it to his temple's hands. Shang is all like "That's very noble of you. Unfortunately..." and gives some excuse for one of the guards to stab the other guy dead so Shang can steal his soul, showing his power in front of the murmuring crowd of fighters.
Back in the audience, Johnny asks Raiden why, if the tournament is Earth vs. Outworld, the bracket has humans fighting other humans. Raiden first flippantly comments that with a 500 year undefeated streak, Goro is the only fighter their side even needs, the Emperor is shrewd and sending any more would be a waste of good soldiers. Then he explains that the purpose of the bracket is to determine who Earth's best fighter is so the realms can go champion vs. champion in the finals. Johnny complains "So that means Mongo up there only has to fight once, but whoever goes up against him has to go through like ten matches first? Seems a little unfair." Raiden makes a sarcastic remark about how of course it's unfair, it's Shang Tsung's tournament.
(The purpose of this conversation is to give a logical explanation why Outworld characters like Baraka, Kitana, etc. absolutely do not and will not show up during MK1, keeping the roster the same as in the old canon.)
Finally, Cage is called to be in the next match and walks up to the platform.
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What follows next is a montage of the characters fighting several generic martial artist NPCs, showing off all their various special moves, and in the cases of the more ruthless characters like Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Kano, and even Sonya, some Fatalities as well. Also, several opponents who're spared when they lose are again shown killed by Shang or his guards so their souls can be stolen. And not always immediately after the fight. A few of the warriors are just limping down a hall of Shang's palace after their match when they are jumped by something invisible or shadows on the wall show them being bitten to death by a bald figure with claws and a huge, toothy mouth. (The first hints of Reptile's presence and his habit of snacking on the losers.)
(The main purpose of the montage is so we can skip through the early rounds of the tournament and get down to the final 7, where the main characters meet each other in the bracket.)
The last fight of the montage has Raiden in the Courtyard ring, busting out teleports and small shocks to toy with his opponent in a bored "one hand behind his back" way, while constantly berating him and being sarcastic and pessimistic about how pitiful "Earthrealm's greatest warriors" are. At the end of the fight, knowing that if he spares this warrior, Shang will only kill him and take his soul, Raiden quietly says something like "I'm sorry, but it's better this way" and makes it a quick death, turning his opponent to dust in a flash, SNES-style. Flawless Victory.
After he wins and steps down, Liu walks up, finally aware/astonished that his people's thunder god is real, and attending the tournament in disguise, and asks him what he's doing there. "Tsung invited me, I took a mortal form," etc. leads first to a brief argument about whether or not Raiden has faith in the humans to win the tournament, and felt the need to fight for them. Raiden assures Liu that he's mainly just testing the other fighters, judging their worth, and that he does have faith in...some of them. (He is vague, as though Liu might not be the only potential winner.)
Then Liu mentions his teacher, who trains others because he can't enter the tournament himself, Bo' Rai Cho - because he was born in Outworld, his wins would count for Outworld. Here, we get Shang's backstory explained out loud as Liu says the temple elders always told him Shang was human and betrayed Earthrealm, so how come he can fight for Outworld? Raiden explains that Shang indeed once did fight for Earth a thousand years ago, but he only did so to gain the prize of eternal youth, and at first, he lost - disqualified for cheating. He's so afraid of aging and dying that he sold his own soul to The Emperor in order to learn the dark arts, steal souls, and prolong his life. Then he returned to the tournament and with his new powers nearly won 10 in a row of his own until Great Kung Lao stopped him. In summary, he can fight for Outworld because his soul is Outworld property.
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Cut to Sonya trying to find some privacy outside the Palace Gates to radio for help when Johnny casually strolls up and attempts to flirt. She tells him to get lost (to which he's like "Fine, I've got a match coming up anyway! Just thought you might like to watch the show" before walking off) as she's busy trying to call her superior officer for backup, but Jax can't find the island on the charts OR by satellite, it doesn't seem to exist. She tells him she's standing on it, just home in on her signal, and he says he's a few days out and will get there as soon as he can. She decides she can't wait that long, she'll try and break her team free herself.
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The usual suspects except for Sonya are gathered back at the courtyard for the next battle. Johnny steps up to face his friend Nimbus and there's some playful banter between them as both are treating this as a friendly spar and looking forward to seeing who the better fighter is.
Fight: Johnny Cage vs. Nimbus Terrafaux – The Courtyard
When Cage wins, the guards move in to kill Nimbus like they have all the other losers so far. Cage protests and tries to stop them, but he is held off at spear-point and forced to watch his friend murdered so Tsung can consume his soul. He tries to say something to Tsung, but he's so mad that for once, Johnny Cage of all people is at a loss for words, all he can do is turn around and storm off in a rage. Liu wants to stop and comfort him, but Raiden insists that they let him go and work out his feelings on his own.
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Come nightfall, Sonya sneaks into the dungeon but Shang is waiting when she arrives and forces an impromptu tournament match on her...
Fight: Kano vs. Sonya – Goro's Lair
Stronger and more ruthless, Kano comes out on top. (If he lost now, then the next time he and Sonya fight, where's the drama? You gotta give her something to shoot for come their rematch in MK3, make the hero the underdog going in.)
With her eliminated from the tournament and pretty battered, Kano holds Sonya back and forces her to watch as her team is executed by the Masked Guards and Shang steals their souls. Before Kano can then finish her himself, however, Johnny Cage arrives to her aid. Shang allows Cage and Kano to fight since they were next up in the bracket anyway. Kano says he's gonna finish what he started on the boat, to which Cage just rubs the fact that he won on the boat in Kano's face.
Fight: Johnny Cage vs. Kano – Goro's Lair
Cage ends the fight with some brutal Red Shadow moves, taking out all his anger and frustration on Kano and really laying him out. He considers finishing it too, pulling back a glowing green fist like he's gonna knock his head clean off with it, but then he looks over at Sonya, decides it's not worth it, and leaves him lying to instead help her get somewhere safe to rest.
Shang just kind of sneers in disappointment at Kano's unconscious body and leaves rather than having him killed like everyone else who's lost so far, as if to suggest he doesn't even want Kano's soul, it's not good enough for him. Instead, he has Kano thrown in the dungeon.
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The next day, Sonya, Liu, Cage, and Raiden have gathered as a group for the first time in the most peaceful and private area of the island, the Warrior Shrine. Liu looks over the statues, admiring one of Great Kung Lao, and comments that they have a shrine just like this back at the Order of Light, but Shang's is considerably creepier as it already contains statues of every one of them. Cage stares at his and Sonya sarcastically remarks about him admiring his own likeness, but he doesn't seem to be in the mood. Sonya seems to be starting to warm up to Cage, though still angry/depressed at losing her team. For his part, Johnny is much more serious about the tournament now after how his match with Nimbus ended. That both feel vulnerable and share the pain of loss right now helps form a bond between them.
Raiden lifts Sonya's spirits by explaining that even though she lost, she wouldn't have ended up at this tournament if she wasn't destined to be there and she's just as much one of Earthrealm's greatest fighters as the rest of them, with a hidden power of her own, she just needs to find it.
Liu and Raiden start training Sonya how to harness her chi. In particular, Liu showing her how to make fire like he does. After some false starts and difficulty concentrating, she calms down and with enough encouragement, manages to form a small flame in her palm and make it float around and explode, giving origin to the Kiss of Death. (The point here being to finally explain where the fuck Sonya got special moves. Though, at least for my purposes, her Pink Rings come from a USSF sonic weapon worn on her wrist.)
Their training is interrupted when the fighters are called to assemble for the next round of the tournament. On their way out, Sonya asks Liu to show her how to do his Bike Kick later.
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Everyone who's left gathers to witness the next fight at the Pit arena. They stand on either side of the bridge as Tsung orders the next two competitors to step out into the middle - Raiden and Sub-Zero. Cage complains about how unfair and dangerous it is to have people fight on such a narrow space. Raiden points out before walking off to fight that he and Subbie are both dangerous to Shang and he placed the fight here on purpose, hoping the pit will claim them both and kill two birds with one stone.
Raiden pesters Bi-Han about how he hasn't changed a bit and he saw such potential in him but he hasn't lived up to it, etc. while Sub-Zero retorts with stuff like he's loyal to the clan and loyalty is a virtue. He's tired of his soul being judged by others who think they're so high and mighty. He wouldn't take it from Quan Chi and he won't take it from Raiden, he's beaten gods before and he'll beat him too.
Fight: Raiden vs. Sub-Zero – The Pit
In the end, Raiden's more passive/evasive fighting style, dodging and teleporting out of danger, trips a frustrated Sub-Zero up and he finds himself hanging off the bridge, holding on for his life. Shang calls for the finish.
Raiden instead grabs Bi-Han's hand, who tells Raiden that he did what Raiden asked before and stopped a great evil, and he came here to kill Shang Tsung, which would rid the realms of another evil, and if that's not enough to redeem him, then he should just let him fall. Raiden refuses at first but Sub covers his hand in ice so he'll slip out of Raiden's grasp. The thunder god closes his eyes, nods, and lets it happen (but without seeming sad, as there was a hidden meaning he gleaned from Sub's words).
As Sub-Zero falls into the Pit, he freezes over completely and what hits the bottom is just a statue that shatters to bits. Tsung is skeptical but declares Fatality and everyone starts filing out of the arena. Everyone except Scorpion, who walks to the middle of the bridge and looks down, narrowing his eyes. He can sense Sub-Zero is still alive...and the camera pans down to reveal that indeed, the blue ninja is hiding out of sight under the bridge, clinging to one of the pillars.
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The next scene takes place in the Warrior Shrine. Liu Kang is there alone, staring at the statue of Great Kung Lao again as Raiden walks up and joins him. They talk about how distasteful all this death has been and how much Shang has damaged the name and spirit of the tournament. Raiden expresses his regret for the lives he's taken, but points out there are fates worse than death...and that some men deserve to die. He asks what Liu will do if he faces Shang Tsung, will he have the strength to take a life? Liu argues how can killing be a strength and isn't it better to honor the Shaolin way? Raiden points out that if he spares him, Shang's evil will live to return another day. Liu still has doubts about what the right thing to do is.
Their conversation is broken up by the approach of more warriors, led by Shang. Next in the bracket, Liu Kang must face Scorpion, who's clearly competing half-heartedly as his whole reason for entering is now gone.
Raiden, who of course wishes to make an ally/hero/potential winner out of every Earth warrior, tries to explain to Scorpion that there's more ways to find peace than just revenge. His family is waiting for him up in the Heavens, perhaps he could redeem his soul and earn a place there one day if he tried. Scorpion is skeptical, but seems to be considering it. He wonders aloud - Isn't it too late for him? Can a soul that's already been judged indeed repent and earn its way out of the Netherealm after death? Has reincarnation perhaps provided him a second chance?
Fight: Liu Kang vs. Scorpion – Warrior Shrine
Liu wins and after the fight, Scorpion climbs back to his feet and enraged by defeat, basically shoves it all back in the Thunder God's face by claiming that he's seen through Raiden's words, he knows who the Thunder God truly favors, always giving advice to Liu Kang...and to Sub-Zero! He's clearly on the Lin Kuei's side, but Sub-Zero deserves no favor, he has no honor, he's a cold-blooded murderer, his death would be justice, and "you can't protect him anymore."
Scorpion then casually pushes aside some Masked Guards (who're acting like they might attack him with their spears so Shang can have his soul) as if they're of absolutely no threat to him, and walks away rather than teleporting. For him, the tournament is over, but he won't yet leave – he has unfinished business.
Afterward, Shang announces that next, Liu Kang faces Raiden, which shocks him a bit as he wonders how he can defeat his own deity.
Fight: Liu Kang vs. Raiden – Warrior Shrine.
After testing him with various attacks both physical and verbal, Raiden ultimately concedes at the end of the fight to Kang, as though giving him his personal endorsement to win the tournament, perhaps even throwing in the line "You are the Chosen One" since he has literally chosen him. Tsung is displeased to see a forfeit instead of a true finish, but grants it nonetheless, amused that the powerful thunder god no longer wishes to provide a challenge, teasing that perhaps he's ready to just give in and let Outworld have Earth.
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After being eliminated from the tournament and with most thinking him dead, Sub-Zero is free to try to carry out his assassination mission on Shang another way – by sneaking thru an entrance to Goro's Lair at the bottom of the Pit. However, as he sneaks from pillar to pillar, he spots movement – something is down there in the dark with him. We the audience briefly see the creature clearly – Reptile, in his true, green-skinned form with his mask off, feasting on a corpse among the spikes, but the moment he notices Sub-Zero, the green ninja turns invisible.
Not sure if what he glanced was even real or just his imagination, Sub-Zero puts his guard up and decides to press on, but when he gets to the gate to Goro's Lair, he's struck by a surprise attack. Even when Reptile finally reveals himself, his "human" camouflage is now up.
Fight: Reptile vs. Sub-Zero - Pit Bottom
Reptile wins. With his life in danger, Sub-Zero makes some sort of distraction (perhaps frightening Reptile away with an exploding ice clone) to cover his escape. Limping along, he runs into Raiden again, who sarcastically compliments him on his talent for cheating death. Sub's all "What the hell was that thing?", to which Raiden summarizes the origin story of Shang's secret bodyguard, commenting on the tragedy that Reptile doesn't even realize Shang and the Emperor are the ones driving what little is left of his race extinct through harsh slavery.
Raiden then points out that killing Shang won't redeem Bi-Han's soul because he's doing it for selfish reasons. Sub then admits that Raiden's words at the end of MKMSZ got to him after all and he intends to use the money from the job to retire and live out the rest of his life somewhere quiet and peaceful. As they part again, Raiden speaks with hope for Bi-Han's future (which will seem darkly ironic to anyone who knows what's coming).
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Cut to Goro's Lair, where Shang, Goro, and Kano who's still sitting in one of the cells, are having some sort of conversation until Reptile arrives and informs Shang that the Lin Kuei yet lives but he fought him off. Reptile is basically looking for some sort of approval from his "master", but Shang doesn't seem to care at all, while Goro points out that Reptile has actually failed because he let him escape and that if he were Shokan, he'd throw himself upon a sword to restore his honor or something like that.
The main purpose of the scene is to give more screentime and character development to the villains and show their personalities at this point: Kano is belligerent and respects none of them despite their power and especially hates being jailed. Goro is all about his warrior culture and personal pride, but as a prince, also acts a bit spoiled and entitled. He especially resents Kano constantly disrespecting him. Reptile is meek and submissive but with a bitter and resentful edge, and Shang is getting angry and desperate out of fear of Liu Kang but trying to hide it and appear aloof and aristocratic.
Similarities to the Goro/Kano dinner scene from the movie are obvious, as the discussion becomes about how the heroes are too close to victory and Goro doesn't fear Liu Kang. He could even point out the red headband in his possession, his trophy from killing the Great Kung Lao. Shang would then berate him for overconfidence.
Goro and Kano need to not get along – even more than they did in the film, based on the fact that Kano has become a prisoner and Goro is essentially his guard. Perhaps this could be called back on way down the road in MK3 or DA when Kano has become Kahn's general, a position that currently belongs to Goro.
The end result of the scene is Shang deciding that Kang must be eliminated before he can make it to the final round. Reptile begs to be the one to kill him, but Shang says no, he needs someone who will not fail and instead introduces the Emperor's most trusted and most powerful assassin. Out from the shadows steps Ermac.
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Back in the Warrior Shrine, Liu is peacefully meditating beneath the Great Kung Lao statue, seeing flashes of his vision of GKL vs. Goro again.
Ermac sneaks up and tries to smash Liu with a giant pillar, demonstrating his incredible telekinesis, but Liu senses it, his eyes snap open and he dodges in time. As they square off, Liu's all like "who...what are you?"
"We were like you once. We were the Emperor's greatest enemies. Now our souls are one. Now we serve him. Now we are Ermac."
As the ninja moves in for the kill, a Masked Guard suddenly jumps him and ditches his robes, revealing himself to be Kung Lao. Unfazed, Ermac takes them both on, making one of his "we are many"-type comments about how he's not the one who's outnumbered.
Fight: Liu Kang and Kung Lao vs. Ermac – Warrior Shrine
After a hard-fought battle, they chase the ninja off. Liu is all "WTF are you doing here?" Kung doesn't have faith in Liu, doesn't think he can do it on his own, needs someone to watch his back. As far as he's concerned, this attack proves he's right, that assassin would've won if he wasn't there. They argue. In an attempt to explain why it's he that gets to fight in the tournament, robbing Kung Lao of the chance to avenge his ancestor, Liu tells Kung about his visions, which shocks him.
Raiden walks up and says that's curious, if he's seeing the past through GKL's eyes, he must be communing with GKL's spirit. Kung Lao's all like "but that's impossible, my ancestor's spirit is gone, it never passed on to the afterlife, Shang Tsung stole it after Goro killed him." Raiden explains that the souls Tsung consumes are not lost forever, they are still inside him, and when he dies, they will all be released. Kung Lao thinks it's a cry for help then, that GKL wants Liu to free him, to kill Shang. Liu's not so sure. He says it feels more like a warning.
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We're back in the Courtyard early the next morning for the final round of the tournament. Raiden gives both men some words of encouragement as they prepare to face each other, but Johnny thinks it's pretty obvious Raiden expects Liu to win and jokingly insists "I'm the star of this picture...but don't worry, Liu. You've been a good sidekick. I'll make your last scene look good."
Fight: Liu Kang vs. Johnny Cage – The Courtyard
Liu wins, though the fight is not an easy one. It's important to show that Johnny earned making it this far. Shang doesn't even bother calling for the finish, knowing Liu won't take it. He instead subtly gestures to his guards and they sidle towards Cage as if moving in for an attack, but Raiden and Sonya step in to protect him and Shang calls them off, looking disappointed and somewhat bored about it.
Shang stands up and gives some grand declaration about how Liu Kang has proven himself Earthrealm's strongest warrior...but the tournament is not yet over. One final challenge remains. Now he must face the true champion of Mortal Kombat: Goro!
Then a trap door in the center of the Courtyard snaps open and Kang falls unceremoniously into Goro's Lair.
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Goro's Lair is depicted like a labyrinth Kang must find his way through to reach Goro himself. Small blue Oni occasionally skitter around in the background, their yellow eyes glowing in the darkness, but while their sounds and movements catch Liu's attention and keep him on his toes, none dare approach for a fight.
The disembodied sound of Shang's voice will inform Liu that before he can face the Champion of Mortal Kombat, he must pass a series of tests to prove he is truly worthy. Kang complains about this being against the rules, but Shang reminds him that he makes the rules.
(Note: The purpose of this scene is to work the Endurance and "Mirror Match" rounds of the original game into the plot. It also makes for a good chance though to show Shang using his position to cheat and make winning hard for the hero.)
In each dungeon chamber he wanders into, Liu is confronted by a pair of apparitions. They look like people he is close to and try to demoralize him and make him doubt himself. but he overcomes them knowing this is just Shang Tsung casting illusions and everything they say are lies and tricks. In the first room, they're his parents and tell him they abandoned him and gave him away to the monks on purpose because they didn't want him. He dismisses this because he knows they died when he was little and walks right past them, into the next room.
In here, they appear as the Great Kung Lao and Bo' Rai Cho and tell him his training is worthless, it wasn't good enough to beat Goro before, it won't be now either. He'll show them otherwise.
Fight: Liu Kang vs. GKL and Bo' Rai Cho – Goro's Lair
After he defeats them and enters another room, he sees Raiden and Kung Lao. They tell him he was the wrong choice, Kung should be in the tournament, not him. He doesn't even want it, how could he deny his best friend his lifelong dream? Liu realizes they're not really there, they're more of Shang's illusions, and fights to prove he deserves to be there.
Fight: Liu Kang vs. Raiden and Kung Lao – Goro's Lair
In the next room, he is met by Johnny and Sonya, who tell him he's going to fail, to let them down. They're his friends, they trusted him, he's their only hope, and they're going to die on this island and he won't be able to save them. They angrilly attack.
Fight: Liu Kang vs. Johnny Cage and Sonya – Goro's Lair
Looking down at the defeated fakes, Liu sarcastically comments that Shang must be running out of ideas, because that last attempt wasn't even convincing. He walks into the next room and, ironically, finds a copy of himself (albeit all dark-skinned and evil looking.) Mirror Liu's taunts cut the deepest, as they come from his own head, his true fears.
We learn that Liu hates fighting, always has, he's a pacifist at heart, and he's afraid that makes him weak. He's afraid of Goro because if GKL couldn't beat him, how can he? He's afraid of winning because it'll mean he'll never be allowed to stop fighting, having to defend the title again and again until eventually someone kills him. He's afraid he'll outlive all his friends and be alone forever. (The last one is important because it'll help justify his romantic interest in Kitana in the sequel.)
Fight: Liu Kang vs. Mirror Liu – Goro's Lair
As the wounded copy stumbles back, nearly finished, he says that most of all, Liu is afraid to take a life, because even if he's ridding the realms of a great evil like Shang Tsung...if he can justify doing it once, he can justify it again. And again. And what if it comes too easily, feels too good to stop holding back? What if he can't stop himself? Liu peacefully holds out an open palm...and decides to find out, suddenly setting it alight with his chi and surprising the clone with a flaming "One Inch Punch" straight through its chest.
Shang's disembodied voice laughs in the background and proudly declares the Fatality, his approval causing Liu to frown in shame. He holds his dark self close as it sinks to the ground, asking how could he? Liu quietly replies something to the effect of "You are just an illusion...my reflection, through a broken mirror. My fear, my hatred, my self-doubt...a man's greatest enemies always lie within. And now that I've destroyed you, I have no desire to ever do that again. Thank you, it was a most generous gift." Then he lets the dead body go and walks with determination into the next room as it magically fades away.
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Finally, Liu finds the room which bears Goro's throne, but Goro is not sitting in it. Before Goro steps into frame, it should be clear that Liu is nervous here. He genuinely fears facing the Shokan. Regardless, when the monster slowly walks up behind him, so tall Liu's head is only level with his chest, and Liu hears the breathing, feels it down the back of his neck, realizing he's there, Liu takes a moment to calm himself and puffs up a bit, sticking out his jaw and acting brave before turning around.
He and Goro exchange some words about Liu's "when you killed the Great Kung Lao, you corrupted everything the tournament stands for" Shaolin sense of justice vs. Goro's "he died a glorious death in battle...and so will you" Shokan sense of honor before they have at it.
Fight: Liu Kang vs. Goro – Goro's Lair
Liu wins, of course. The key to HOW he wins, however, is when he realizes the meaning of his GKL visions: Goro fights much the same way he did in the vision, so Liu can predict his moves, allowing him to nimbly dodge blows and slip out of grapples. Even so, the fight is grueling and comes close, but at the end, tired and beaten, Goro drops panting to one knee and asks to be killed as that is the Shokan way. But Liu basically says "no, that would be the easy way out. You will live with the shame of this defeat" instead and knocks him out.
Since there was no audience, Liu takes proof of his victory by taking GKL's red headband from Goro's unconscious body.
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In the Throne Room, all eyes are on the doorway to the dungeon, tension mounting over who will emerge the winner. Shang sits in his throne with the MKvsDCU title belt across his lap. Finally, Liu walks up the steps and emerges from the darkness, wearing the famous headband on his own head for the first time, and the heroes all breathe a collective sigh of relief. Shang is enraged, tosses the belt aside instead of giving it to Liu, and declares to Raiden that Earthrealm may have won the tournament, but there's no rule that says he must let them leave the island alive. He commands the Masked Guards to attack.
Liu Kang, however, is determined to face Shang himself and take back control of the tournament for the Shaolin. Liu chases after Shang while the others hold off their attackers. As Reptile attempts to stop Liu, Kung Lao gets in his way, cheering Liu on to go after Shang and finish it, showing that he's no longer bitter about who gets to be champ and has full support for his friend.
A dazed Goro stumbles in during the chaos and Sonya and Johnny become targets of his fury. Kano walks out as well, however, free from his cell, and targets Goro for revenge at having kept him locked up.
Sub-Zero reappears and attempts to fight his way through the guards to reach Shang and finish his mission, but Scorpion stops him outside the palace, saying the only reason he stuck around this long was he knew Subby was still alive and was just waiting for him to show his face again. Enraged that they never got the chance to face each other in the tournament, Scorpion refuses to leave before he's had his revenge.
Raiden protests, pleading with Scorpion to remember his honor and that more killing won't bring his family back. Scorpion yells at the thunder god to stay out of this, Subby can't hide behind him this time. Raiden can't physically intervene anyway as he's now fighting the Masked Guards all by himself - and he wouldn't anyway. He sadly agrees that men, not gods, must decide their own destinies.
Fight: Scorpion vs. Sub-Zero - Palace Gates
The last of the Masked Guard lie defeated at Raiden's feet, leaving him to watch helplessly as Sub-Zero is reduced to a blackened corpse by Scorpion's Toasty Fatality.
Scorpion looks down at his own peeled-off face in his hand and says he's finally avenged his family and clan, but somehow the victory still feels hollow, before engulfing himself in flames and slowly burning away as well, leaving nothing behind but floating embers. Raiden regretfully eulogizes that Subbie died before he could atone for his sins, then he teleports away.
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Shang has made it to the Warrior Shrine where Ermac is speaking to him. Ermac senses Liu coming and tells Shang that the eyes of the Elder Gods are upon the champion, "we" can no longer fight Shang's battles for him, particularly since the tournament is over and he has already failed the Emperor. He stands aside for Kang.
Shang responds that the tournament is not over just yet. If Liu Kang wishes to face the Grandmaster, then he must be willing to put the championship on the line. Liu Kang agrees and challenges Shang Tsung to Final Kombat.
Fight: Liu Kang vs. Shang Tsung - Warrior Shrine
At the end, Liu's attacks hit so hard that after each one, Shang reflexively morphs into a different character (like when you beat him in MK1 or during the opening cinema of MKSM) until finally Liu sends Shang skidding across the ground and unable to stand back up with the flying Dragon Kick, the move Bo' Rai Cho taught him.
Shang, defiant to the last, gasps out a final call to "go ahead...finish me." Liu looks like he's genuinely considering doing so...but at the last minute lowers his shaking fist and quietly declares "I grant Mercy." He declares Shang's hold on the tournament over and demands he leave this realm and never return. A golden light shines down from the heavens, representing the Elder Gods acknowleding Liu as MK champion (and granting him the prize of not aging).
In desperation and spite, Shang casts a spell that causes an earthquake and disappears into the wreckage. Ermac and Kang share a glance at each other, a sort of mutual respect/kindred spirits nod in passing (hinting to the fact they'll be allies one day in Deception). Then Ermac turns and leaves as well, returning to Outworld.
Raiden and Kung Lao both run up to Kang. Raiden reports that Scorpion and Sub-Zero are dead, and Shang is commanding his island to collapse into Outworld. Liu and Kung must quickly return to the Nethership and help their fellow monks get aboard safely, while he goes back to save the other survivors.
As they part ways, Liu hangs back for just a moment, his attention drawn to the Warrior Shrine statue of the Great Kung Lao...as the earthquake shakes it to pieces. We can perhaps see Liu's regret at not killing Shang and freeing the souls he stole, until Kung Lao comes back into frame to put a hand on his arm and get his attention and they finally take off.
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Cage, Kano, and Sonya are still fighting Goro, having somehow brawled all the way from the Palace to The Pit when the earthquake starts and the bridge starts crumbling apart. Kano and Goro fall in, seeming to disappear down a bottomless, smoke-obscured chasm, leaving it only implied whether or not they hit the spikes at the bottom. Cage grabs the edge of the bridge with one hand and Sonya with the other. He tries desperately to pull her up and they share some touching words, but she slips out of his grip and falls in. The stone breaks under Cage's hand and he starts falling in too, when suddenly a flying Raiden catches his hand.
As Raiden and Johnny fly toward the dock, an explosion erupts behind them and the fire moves too fast, it's going to swallow them up. Raiden tells Cage to brace himself as they disappear in the plume of flame. As the fire rushes at the screen, the audience's POV snaps to black.
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THE END
(Or should that be "To Be Continued"?)
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RE: The Razorverse - MK1 Script Outline
09/10/2011 04:09 PM EST
....wow...

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RE: The Razorverse - MK1 Script Outline
09/10/2011 09:21 PM EST
Pretty amazing, but I have a question about Kabal in the MK3 time.

How are you going to have him get his scars?

Based on his previous looks and the MK3 attract screens, I figured he was attacked by the extermination squad by meeting the wrong end of those spears and maybe even trampled to an extent.
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09/10/2011 10:27 PM EST
This is as good as I could've hoped MK1 could be.
I can say this is the best telling of MK1 I ever seen.
Plus I'm very much a fan of all the small details and throwbacks. (Mirror Match return, LK taking GKL's headband, Bi-Han trying to kill Shang and retire)
I'm looking forward to the following.
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RE: The Razorverse - MK1 Script Outline
09/10/2011 11:21 PM EST
SWEET! It makes sense that you'd be behind this, with you sort of being MKO's unofficial historian. Have you ever read ProudNintendoFan's novelizations? They're somewhat of similar to this one, but I do like your additional explainations. One thing I noticed was when you were saying how Shang Tsung's soul became property of Outworld and that's why his victories count for Outworld. But wouldn't that also mean that Scorpion's soul became property of the NetherRealm so if he won it would only count for NetherRealm? Other than that, this whole outline is great.

I was also sort of working on my own Mortal Kombat reboot for almost the same reason you're doing this (because the MK9 story wasn't really good enough). It's pretty a retelling of MK1 but slightly more realistic and a few events changing. I don't know if it will ever get done, but If it does, I'd probably do MK2 and MK3 as well, with some events changing and probably leading up to some significant differences during MK4-MKD with Armageddon not really happening at all.

Anyways, this is a really good outline. I always like seeing other interpretations of the classic games, especially from someone who makes sure to go through it very thouroughly and still makes sure it works.
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RE: The Razorverse - MK1 Script Outline
09/11/2011 03:35 AM EST
It's certainly a great read, taking things from the movie, the first game, Legacy, Shaolin Monks, possibly stuff from the new MK9's first segment, like Scorpion displaying a really hollow sense of victory. Of course the best part is that Raiden has an actual personality, and it's the dry sense of humor from the movie and cartoon.

If dialog's your problem perhaps I can help?
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RE: The Razorverse - MK1 Script Outline
09/11/2011 05:15 AM EST
daryui Wrote:
but I have a question about Kabal in the MK3 time.

How are you going to have him get his scars?

Based on his previous looks and the MK3 attract screens, I figured he was attacked by the extermination squad by meeting the wrong end of those spears and maybe even trampled to an extent.


I kinda like the burned-like-Freddy-Krueger bit from MK9, but not by Kintaro. I'm thinking about a Centaur or Tarkatan with a flamethrower, to put further use to the whole "Kano supplied the extermination squads with Earth weapons" thing, because if Kano's partially responsible for what happens to him, him leaving the Black Dragon to become a good guy will make even more sense. It wouldn't be just that one thing, though, Kabal will be ambushed by a whole horde of guys slashing and stabbing and whatnot and he'll go down swinging, unlike in MK9 where he doesn't really get to do anything and then bam, he's on the ground screaming. "Extermination Squad" does have the word "squad" in it, after all.

johnny1up Wrote:
But wouldn't that also mean that Scorpion's soul became property of the NetherRealm so if he won it would only count for NetherRealm?


The simplest way to explain it is Shang literally belongs to the ruler of Outworld, but Scorpion doesn't belong to anyone. He was born on Earthrealm, thus he is of Earthrealm, even in death. He is not Quan Chi's henchman or his property like in MK9, Quan just gave him a gift of power and set him loose because he knew he could count on him to kill the target. If Quan could control Scorp in any way, then Scorp being able to turn on him in MK4 and DA wouldn't have happened at all, would it?

SmokeNc-017 Wrote:
possibly stuff from the new MK9's first segment, like Scorpion displaying a really hollow sense of victory.


Well there are some MK9 inspirations, but Scorp not being satisfied with killing Bi-Han was already in my head before then. After all, in MK2 he's going to find out that it hasn't made a difference, he still can't rest in peace.
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RE: The Razorverse - MK1 Script Outline
09/11/2011 08:55 AM EST
this is just perfect. I love how you put in the mirror match and johnny making it almost to the end. I also really enjoyed your idea of raiden and bi han fighting. perfect... just perfect.
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RE: The Razorverse - MK1 Script Outline
09/11/2011 09:10 AM EST
Just for fun, here's the actual tourney bracket.

It was the first thing I did before I started writing, since I had to make sure the story structure stayed true to the logic of a tournament, while also making it so the characters got fights that continued the story by being personal, i.e. Had to have a Sonya/Kano fight but Kano had to fight Cage too to settle their boat brawl from the MK1 comic, Raiden had to fight both of the guys he's trying to mentor the most - Sub-Zero and Liu, Scorpion and Sub couldn't be allowed to meet in the bracket because their fight had to come at the end, etc. It actually came together surprisingly easily.

Making one for MK2 is gonna be a bitch 'cause there's way less canon-established character feuds and interactions in that one, and an uneven number of characters. I may have more of the tournament happen off-screen in that one since the bulk of the plot is really about what's going on behind the scenes, like Kitana betraying her father and the villains using the tourney as a distraction while they rez Sindel.
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09/12/2011 03:12 AM EST
That's much better than what happened to him in MK9.

One more question, how does Skarlett fit into this? Or is she nonexistant?
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09/12/2011 03:55 AM EST
I'd like to work her into MK2, though I'm not quite sure how yet. I'd definitely want to give her more backstory than just "Kahn made a female Ermac out of blood and told her to spy on Quan Chi", but the tricky part is her and Jade have the exact same role: ninja girl who spies on shit and doesn't compete, so how do I give them different shit to do.

Same with Blaze and Hornbuckle as well, but the complicated part of that is that their presence on the Pit 2 is actually a plothole, Onaga's holy men are supposed to have captured him like hundreds of years ago.
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09/12/2011 10:04 PM EST
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I'd like to work her into MK2, though I'm not quite sure how yet. I'd definitely want to give her more backstory than just "Kahn made a female Ermac out of blood and told her to spy on Quan Chi", but the tricky part is her and Jade have the exact same role: ninja girl who spies on shit and doesn't compete, so how do I give them different shit to do.

Same with Blaze and Hornbuckle as well, but the complicated part of that is that their presence on the Pit 2 is actually a plothole, Onaga's holy men are supposed to have captured him like hundreds of years ago.


For Blaze and Hornbuckle, I made a lame excuse sometime ago, about the second brigde can show what happened in the past to some people. Perhaps a side effect of their battle?
That idea ventures way into fanfic terrtory, though..

As for Skarlet, I guess she could be used as a competitor, to hide the fact she could be spying on the outsiders. There's not that much for her to work with, imo...
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09/14/2011 05:08 PM EST
This is amazing...Just amazing...I hope,one day this is done in comics.

I want to note very smart references to:

1) Ermac and Liu Kang bond (though I am curious how are you gonna write Ermac off for MK2,because he wasn't there,right?)

2) Headband of GKL passing to Liu Kang

3 Liu Kang's visions of GKL vs Goro as an indication to free GKL and basis for future accusations of Kung Lao to Liu Kang not finishing Shang Tsung,which leads to slaughter of Shaolin Temples.

In one word,you were able to take the best from MK1 game,MK1 official comics,MK 2011,MK Legacy,MK Shaolin Monks and even MK Special Forces and Mythologies, and make it all work in one,while not fucking up the main canon. Wow,just WOW dude! grin
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09/14/2011 08:48 PM EST
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This is amazing...Just amazing...I hope,one day this is done in comics.

I want to note very smart references to:

1) Ermac and Liu Kang bond (though I am curious how are you gonna write Ermac off for MK2,because he wasn't there,right?)

2) Headband of GKL passing to Liu Kang

3 Liu Kang's visions of GKL vs Goro as an indication to free GKL and basis for future accusations of Kung Lao to Liu Kang not finishing Shang Tsung,which leads to slaughter of Shaolin Temples.

In one word,you were able to take the best from MK1 game,MK1 official comics,MK 2011,MK Legacy,MK Shaolin Monks and even MK Special Forces and Mythologies, and make it all work in one,while not fucking up the main canon. Wow,just WOW dude! grin


Agree.

I really liked how you brought up Nimbus Terrafaux into this, giving Johnny more of a reason to be at the Tournament (watching him get killed right before him was painful, in a good way) and making him more serious.

Loved the Labyrinth, Ermac-Liu Kang bond ideas and Jarek and Raiden's vision you have of him.

Guess that's Razor for ya. Great job, man. I applaud you.


And I expect to see more...wink
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09/14/2011 08:49 PM EST
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(though I am curious how are you gonna write Ermac off for MK2,because he wasn't there,right?)


Well, simply put, Kahn has so many soldiers, he doesn't need every one for every mission. Ermac just won't be entered into the tournament. That doesn't mean him or other Outworld characters won't at least have small cameos, though. I have a bit part for Rain, for instance, I felt it important to address his relationship with Kitana...or rather, show how she deals with being around an Edenian traitor, trying to pretend not to hate him, during the period of time where she knows all about her true origin while pretending not to and to still be loyal to Kahn.
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09/14/2011 08:56 PM EST
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Noobsmoke92 Wrote:
(though I am curious how are you gonna write Ermac off for MK2,because he wasn't there,right?)


Well, simply put, Kahn has so many soldiers, he doesn't need every one for every mission. Ermac just won't be entered into the tournament. That doesn't mean him or other Outworld characters won't at least have small cameos, though. I have a bit part for Rain, for instance, I felt it important to address his relationship with Kitana...or rather, show how she deals with being around an Edenian traitor, trying to pretend not to hate him, during the period of time where she knows all about her true origin while pretending not to and to still be loyal to Kahn.


Or have Ermac go Kai-like sort of during MK2, wandering the realms and connecting with somebody besides the Emperor's allies.
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09/15/2011 04:48 AM EST
There wouldn't be much point to that, the character doesn't really have a will of his own until Deadly Alliance, he only does as he's ordered.
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09/15/2011 12:33 PM EST
True. I forgot that this script is not Reboot-themed, though minor aspects were added.
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09/15/2011 02:24 PM EST
What about this Ermac/Jerrod stuff? Will we see it in your universe? Because I think, for Liu Kang to persuade Ermac free the souls of Earth heroes from Onaga (MK Deception) there should be one more motivation...I mean,Ermac already decided to be good guy etc,but Jerrod knowing Kitana is in danger can push Ermac into the battle and make him much more interesting character-wise...There are lots of possibilities.
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09/15/2011 02:47 PM EST
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What about this Ermac/Jerrod stuff? Will we see it in your universe?


I'm not sure if there's any real way to work it in until I get to Deception, or even past Armageddon and start writing my own "what if it didn't end in everybody dying?" fan-fic sequels to keep the series going...but I DO consider any origin from MK9 that does not contradict the old timeline to be canon.

One of Ermac's souls is Jerrod, Smoke is an Enenra, Johnny Cage's ancestors were a cult to the Greek Gods, Kintaro is from an underprivileged caste, etc.

Kabal, however, will not be a cop because MK3 implied him to be a Black Dragon all the way up until the invasion and becoming a chosen one is what sets him on the path of good. Hsu Hao is the mole, not Kano, Mileena will have been raised as Kitana's sister, Sheeva doesn't guard prisoners, she's Sindel's bodyguard in MK3, etc.
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09/15/2011 03:12 PM EST
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I'm not sure if there's any real way to work it in until I get to Deception, or even past Armageddon and start writing my own "what if it didn't end in everybody dying?" fan-fic sequels to keep the series going...but I DO consider any origin from MK9 that does not contradict the old timeline to be canon.

I've been working on a post MKA roster where most of the characters in it lived from Armageddon, though, about half of them died.

And I plan on making one with most of the characters dying and it's mostly new characters..
One of Ermac's souls is Jerrod, Smoke is an Enenra, Johnny Cage's ancestors were a cult to the Greek Gods, Kintaro is from an underprivileged caste, etc.


Eh, that Jerrod angle doesn't sit right with me for some reason. I still say Ermac is just Outworld souls.
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09/15/2011 04:28 PM EST
I've always seen Ermac as the souls of all of Kahn's most powerful past opponents, which he stole when he brought them down. They are all from Outworld in the sense that the realms they're from became part of Outworld, but they'd all assuredly be opposition he killed while conquering realms or rebels and dissidents.
I never thought about it until MK9 brought it up, but that would logically include the king he had to kill in battle to conquer Edenia. It was one of those "brilliant and should've been obvious in hindsight" moments to me, like when they revealed Noob is the Elder Sub-Zero.
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09/17/2011 12:09 AM EST
RazorsEdge701 Wrote:
I never thought about it until MK9 brought it up, but that would logically include the king he had to kill in battle to conquer Edenia. It was one of those "brilliant and should've been obvious in hindsight" moments to me.

It's not that obvious when you think about it, since we're never told when Ermac was created (he could've been a very old creation, or one that Shao Kahn constantly built on when he accumulated more souls with each conquest), while the Sub-Zero/Noob Saibot angle can be played easily since when one died, the other came into being, and neither were in the same game to create any problems.
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09/17/2011 05:23 AM EST
Ermac is made of Outworld warriors Kahn has killed and stolen the souls of - rebels, dissidents, opposition to his conquests.

Since most, if not all, of the rebels we know about in Outworld ARE Edenian, the idea that Ermac is older than the conquering of Edenia never would've occurred to me and doesn't strike me as making much sense.

The idea that Ermac was "built in installments" or can gain more souls as he goes doesn't sit right with me either. Because then you're just giving him Shang and Kahn's power. Two soul stealers is enough.
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09/17/2011 05:52 AM EST
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Ermac is made of Outworld warriors Kahn has killed and stolen the souls of - rebels, dissidents, opposition to his conquests.
Since the main rebel faction we know about in Outworld IS Edenian, the idea that Ermac is older than the conquering of Edenia never would've occurred to me and doesn't strike me as making much sense.
The idea that Ermac was "built in installments" or can gain more souls as he goes doesn't sit right with me either. Because then you're just giving him Shang and Kahn's power. Two soul stealers is enough.

Just because they're the one we've heard about the most doesn't mean they were the only ones. Shao Kahn conquered other realms that we're aware of, like Zaterra and Vaeternus. Raptors were enslaved and driven to extinction, and the Vampires were still around and kicking, sucking blood in other realms when the sun wasn't too bright, with Nitara actively looking for a way to separate her realm from Outworld. Maybe she operated by herself, or maybe it was part of a bigger plan. In any case, I'm sure any other realm Shao Kahn beat in Mortal Kombat probably had its own batch of people willing to fight for freedom, and it'd be weird for me to assume that Ermac's only formed from a single rebellion. It's not an implausible idea, but I find it unlikely only because it would give Ermac a lot more depth if he has a true legion of souls within him, consisting of millions of lives from different worlds, not just one.
As for the "built in installments," that was more along the lines that he can gain power when given more souls by Shao Kahn, not him stealing them directly. It's not that farfetched, considering Skarlet, made from the blood of conquered warriors, gains strength from more blood. Why wouldn't Shao Kahn want to charge up another of his warriors, but keep him on a short leash (Skarlet's only a last resort and kept in chains to keep her from going crazy and from becoming stronger)? It makes sense that Ermac could get stronger with more souls, but can't take the souls himself, since he'd be competing with his masters and superiors, making him a threat to Shao Kahn.
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