Tanya is dead?
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02/15/2019 12:01 PM EST

In the most recent Kombat Kast with the Jade reveal, one of the hosts shared a snippet of lore about Jade. He stated that Jade, as an assassin, has been able to kill without actually getting her hands dirty. As an example, he stated that Jade assassinated Tanya by spraying her with Tarkatan essence, leading her to be torn apart by a tarkatan horde.

To me, this sounds like it will genuinely be part of the lore, and that Tanya is indeed dead. While there are multiple timelines in this story where she could theoretically still be alive, this points to Tanya being excluded from this game in my opinion.

I would not be surprised if Tanya was excluded given that there are so few roster spaces left that aren't known, and that she was already relegated to DLC in the previous game. However, I do feel like it would be kind of mean to have her killed off in between games like that. I am not much of a Tanya fan, but she did have a pretty decent following and she did seem pretty important in her debut appearance.

What I would have done would be to leave her alive as a side character and prepare to have her on the base roster in a future game. Given how vocal some fans are about Tanya, I would actually have considered maybe having her as DLC again for MK11 even though NRS usually doesn't do that.

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See also; MK11 Valentine's Kombat Kast to Reveal Female Fighter 02/18/2019 01:37 AM EST
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02/15/2019 12:19 PM EST
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That was Jade's arcade ending in Deception

Even if Tanya is dead, it doesn't really matter, she'll just walk out of hell again at some point.

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02/15/2019 12:35 PM EST
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That was Jade's arcade ending in Deception

Even if Tanya is dead, it doesn't really matter, she'll just walk out of hell again at some point.

Ahhhhh you're right! Jeeze I guess it's been a long time since I've checked the Deception lore. I suppose Tanya still does have a chance then; thank goodness that isn't the route they're going here.

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02/15/2019 12:42 PM EST

Yeah they were probably just using that as an example of killing without using her bare hands. At least one would hope.

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02/15/2019 01:39 PM EST

Yes. In Kombat Kast 2, it was said in the part where they said some of Jades lore that Jade killed Tanya.

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02/15/2019 07:52 PM EST

Yeah in Deception. Different timeline. Hasn't happened in this one.

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02/16/2019 07:41 AM EST

I always got the impression that Jade’s Deception ending was non canon.

I did like their rivalry though.

In this timeline, Tanya is actually fighting to free Edenia, she hasn’t betrayed it. So I don’t see why they would have a rivalry now. I was really hoping Tanya would make it on the base roster in this game. I was hoping she was going to make it on the base roster in MKX too. with it being the MK4 of the new time line, but I was glad to see her still in the story and playable as DLC.

For this game I wanted, Kitana, Jade, Tanya, Rain, and Sindel.

I hope Kitana and Rain are on the main roster and I’d really like Tanya and Sindel to at least be in story mode. I’ve read people say there will be no NPCs, which doesn’t make sense because what about the revenants that now serve Kitana and Liu Kang? They should at least get story mode cameos, especially Sindel.

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02/16/2019 08:09 AM EST

There will not be “fightable NPCs”.. so more than likely there will be characters that we know in the story mode who are not playable.

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02/16/2019 09:22 AM EST

Yeah +1 for pretty sure that ending was never canon, even in the old timeline.

She returned (along with everyone else) seemingly alive and well in Armageddon, so if that Deception ending did happen... she brushed it off pretty quickly.

ALTHOUGH! (This is the Marvel/X-Men Geek in me coming out now)... since the new game is seemingly solidifying the Mortal Kombat canon as a multiverse, we could theoretically from this point on consider every arcade ending that didn't materialize in the main canon its own separate fork on a branching timeline, and thus a separate timeline. So while the events aren't canon to the prime reality, they're still canon to the overall MK Multiverse on the whole. (This is what comic book nerds do.)

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02/16/2019 10:18 AM EST
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Yeah +1 for pretty sure that ending was never canon, even in the old timeline.

She returned (along with everyone else) seemingly alive and well in Armageddon, so if that Deception ending did happen... she brushed it off pretty quickly.

ALTHOUGH! (This is the Marvel/X-Men Geek in me coming out now)... since the new game is seemingly solidifying the Mortal Kombat canon as a multiverse, we could theoretically from this point on consider every arcade ending that didn't materialize in the main canon its own separate fork on a branching timeline, and thus a separate timeline. So while the events aren't canon to the prime reality, they're still canon to the overall MK Multiverse on the whole. (This is what comic book nerds do.)

Gotta love multiverse theory being added to things so that somewhere literally anything is possible including every zany "what if?" scenarios. Much neater and safer than Time Travel which is always written from a "don't EVER try it" perspective because well if you think about it you really really shouldn't. Just go multiverse. It's less of a headache and doesn't usually result in the permanent space-time rift collapse destroying an entire reality because one dude does something he should have been smart enough to not do, lol.

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02/16/2019 02:41 PM EST
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Yeah +1 for pretty sure that ending was never canon, even in the old timeline.

She returned (along with everyone else) seemingly alive and well in Armageddon, so if that Deception ending did happen... she brushed it off pretty quickly.

ALTHOUGH! (This is the Marvel/X-Men Geek in me coming out now)... since the new game is seemingly solidifying the Mortal Kombat canon as a multiverse, we could theoretically from this point on consider every arcade ending that didn't materialize in the main canon its own separate fork on a branching timeline, and thus a separate timeline. So while the events aren't canon to the prime reality, they're still canon to the overall MK Multiverse on the whole. (This is what comic book nerds do.)

Although I also think that Jade's ending wasn't canon, the fact that Tanya came back for Armageddon doesn't really mean much. Hsu Hao, Sheeva and Motaro were dead and returned, with no explanations given.

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02/17/2019 12:31 AM EST
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Yeah +1 for pretty sure that ending was never canon, even in the old timeline.

She returned (along with everyone else) seemingly alive and well in Armageddon, so if that Deception ending did happen... she brushed it off pretty quickly.

ALTHOUGH! (This is the Marvel/X-Men Geek in me coming out now)... since the new game is seemingly solidifying the Mortal Kombat canon as a multiverse, we could theoretically from this point on consider every arcade ending that didn't materialize in the main canon its own separate fork on a branching timeline, and thus a separate timeline. So while the events aren't canon to the prime reality, they're still canon to the overall MK Multiverse on the whole. (This is what comic book nerds do.)

Although I also think that Jade's ending wasn't canon, the fact that Tanya came back for Armageddon doesn't really mean much. Hsu Hao, Sheeva and Motaro were dead and returned, with no explanations given.

I've always written any unexplained dead villains returning in Armageddon off as having been enlisted by the forces of evil from the Netherrealm and simply strolling out a portal with them.

We know that both the forces of good & evil have knowledge of the pyramid prize, and prep for it beforehand. We see Onaga, Kahn, Quan Chi & Shang Tsung flat out holding a board meeting of evil to discuss it, before heading through a portal to Edenia shortly after Quan Chi says, "Our allies are waiting" implying the forces of evil were already prepped, gathered & waiting to go.

At the very least we know Onaga was in the Netherrealm after Deception but prior to Armageddon, and as his bio details, Shinnok struck a bargain with him, and conjured a portal allowing him to escape, re-awaken in his own body and join Quan Chi's alliance of evil.

I always presumed if the forces of darkness had the power to do this for one character, they had the power to do it for all the baddies. Especially since Shinnok was ultimately the one orchestrating the alliance, and he's the head honcho in badguy hell. I realize it's a bit of a stretch to think they'd care enough about Hsu Hao or Sheeva to go to the trouble for them... but... it's the best excuse we've got, lol. And presumably they wanted all hands on deck.

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02/17/2019 01:18 AM EST
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Keep Hsu Hao's Khan Klap, Chest laser, and M. Bison head stomp. Make his bouncing projectile tech, a detonatable bomb. Normally it trips them if not set off, but it can be detonated for a popup. Give him some command grabs to reference his style was wrestling.

Nitara is not just a blood gimmick, let her fight using her klaws/nails in her melee to reference her old styles. Maybe attack with her wings in spinning slashes/slices, aerial moves.

Other users years ago questioned if Jade & Tanya were sisters. With Jade's family giving her to Shao Kahn as tribute, this could be the case. Maybe Tanya is jealous of how much closer she is to real power. Maybe Tanya is bored with the aristocratic or diplomatic luxuries, kinda like Mai from Avatar the last Airbender. Tanya, and Mileena being opposite Jade, and Kitana.

I agree about the multiverse. I've been wanting to ask for over a week if Kronika means that every kharakters ending from every MK are technically canon now, and how this would affect discussions.

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02/17/2019 07:05 AM EST
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Yeah in Deception. Different timeline. Hasn't happened in this one.

So I guess after 15 years we now have it that Jade's Deception ending was canon?

Not that it mattered because everyone strode out of hell immediately after Deception.

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Yeah in Deception. Different timeline. Hasn't happened in this one.

So I guess after 15 years we now have it that Jade's Deception ending was canon?

Not that it mattered because everyone strode out of hell immediately after Deception.

I don't think he was implying the ending was canon, I think he was just making an offhanded & unimportant remark that it was a thing that once happened, in one of many little nooks and crannies of this games often changing and contradictory story where things are at times canon, non-canon and semi-canon all at once.

Mileena once made Scorpion a teddy bear in one of those little pockets too, but I'm not going to assume it was canon just because they might bring it up in a Kombat Kast someday.

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02/18/2019 12:07 AM EST

I agree with the statement above, I think he just referenced the ending to showcase that Jade does have some cunning prowess as an assassin. Even though it isn't canon, it does exemplify a canon skillset that the character posesses.

I just didn't realize that the statement was from an old arcade ending at the time

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Yeah in Deception. Different timeline. Hasn't happened in this one.

So I guess after 15 years we now have it that Jade's Deception ending was canon?

Not that it mattered because everyone strode out of hell immediately after Deception.

I don't think he was implying the ending was canon, I think he was just making an offhanded & unimportant remark that it was a thing that once happened, in one of many little nooks and crannies of this games often changing and contradictory story where things are at times canon, non-canon and semi-canon all at once.

Mileena once made Scorpion a teddy bear in one of those little pockets too, but I'm not going to assume it was canon just because they might bring it up in a Kombat Kast someday.

Like I said it's not like it matters at this point; or that it even mattered after Deception anyway because whatever deaths did occur were instantly remedied by Shinnok. And on top of that you know, new timeline; mostly everyone died in the old one.

Just having a bit of fun.

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Although I also think that Jade's ending wasn't canon, the fact that Tanya came back for Armageddon doesn't really mean much. Hsu Hao, Sheeva and Motaro were dead and returned, with no explanations given.

Shinnok, being the Lord of Hell, brought them back. Doh.

The 7 released bios for Armageddon are like 3 times longer than a normal one and cover pretty much everything. Jarek even says Quan Chi "healed" him. Whether he was dead or just injured, Quan Chi and Shinnok could bring back a lot of evil souls from the Netherrealm.

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02/18/2019 09:28 AM EST
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Yeah in Deception. Different timeline. Hasn't happened in this one.

So I guess after 15 years we now have it that Jade's Deception ending was canon?

Not that it mattered because everyone strode out of hell immediately after Deception.

I don't think he was implying the ending was canon, I think he was just making an offhanded & unimportant remark that it was a thing that once happened, in one of many little nooks and crannies of this games often changing and contradictory story where things are at times canon, non-canon and semi-canon all at once.

Mileena once made Scorpion a teddy bear in one of those little pockets too, but I'm not going to assume it was canon just because they might bring it up in a Kombat Kast someday.

Like I said it's not like it matters at this point; or that it even mattered after Deception anyway because whatever deaths did occur were instantly remedied by Shinnok. And on top of that you know, new timeline; mostly everyone died in the old one.

Just having a bit of fun.

All of this pretty much. Canon? Non-Canon? Armageddon f'd up any sense of continuity or plot SO hard just to get everyone back for a collection game that it didn't even matter any more. They really had no choice but to hit reset afterwards from a writing perspective.

But yeah it's not like Mileena having a crush on Scorpion got brought up again in MKX so probably just a bit of fun, lol.

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Yeah in Deception. Different timeline. Hasn't happened in this one.

So I guess after 15 years we now have it that Jade's Deception ending was canon?

Not that it mattered because everyone strode out of hell immediately after Deception.

I don't think he was implying the ending was canon, I think he was just making an offhanded & unimportant remark that it was a thing that once happened, in one of many little nooks and crannies of this games often changing and contradictory story where things are at times canon, non-canon and semi-canon all at once.

Mileena once made Scorpion a teddy bear in one of those little pockets too, but I'm not going to assume it was canon just because they might bring it up in a Kombat Kast someday.

Like I said it's not like it matters at this point; or that it even mattered after Deception anyway because whatever deaths did occur were instantly remedied by Shinnok. And on top of that you know, new timeline; mostly everyone died in the old one.

Just having a bit of fun.

All of this pretty much. Canon? Non-Canon? Armageddon f'd up any sense of continuity or plot SO hard just to get everyone back for a collection game that it didn't even matter any more. They really had no choice but to hit reset afterwards from a writing perspective.

But yeah it's not like Mileena having a crush on Scorpion got brought up again in MKX so probably just a bit of fun, lol.

You know at this point I wonder if Armageddon was an idea born out of desperation from a dying Midway which was then thrust upon the MK team.

Armageddon is just such a colossal passionless fuck up that I can't believe it was actual a product of love from NRS.

Like really think about it. The last two games from Midway involving MK at this point were banking on gimmicks.

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02/18/2019 01:18 PM EST
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All of this pretty much. Canon? Non-Canon? Armageddon f'd up any sense of continuity or plot

How did Armageddon f' up? You sound like you can;t follow a simple story. It was exactly the same as revenants being brought back. Jeez.....

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Oh, I can easily follow it. I'll let your simple-minded attempt to troll or insult or whatever childishness you intended slide for now. On to the more important part: UNDERSTANDING how everyone came back doesn't change the WHY. Why would Shinnok or Quan Chi or ANYONE else even bring back all of those deceased characters but NOT under their control. Revenants made TOTAL sense. Undead slave army. ALL of their SKILLS with NONE of their WILL. Classic Necromancer move! Only Havik's goals would be benefited by bringing everyone back but not as a slave army. But wait for the most part we don't actually know HOW the bulk of the characters returned or WHY. We ASSUME that's what happened because that is what the reason was for the return of dead characters in MK3-4. Except in those cases those raised by Shinnok/Quan Chi were forced to SERVE them not just go about their merry way. In Armageddon, most characters didn't even get a BIO or explanation because the game was huge, rushed, and incomplete. The simple fact is that MOST of the writing for Armageddon was nearly universally received as completely disappointing rubbish. It was embarrassing and NRS knew it as much as they know that most of the 3D era was NOT their best work because of Midway's decline. @Onaga put it best. NRS probably got pressured into rushing the game too much and tried to make the most of it but ended up being awful except for a few highlights. Overall though the good and bad parts are overshadowed by it just being largely forgettable. I can tell you almost anything of MK lore off the top of my head but my brain seems to really want to block most of the Armageddon BIOS/ENDINGS for me so I know that's definitely not NRS's best work, lol. Love or hate other story decisions they've made (as terribly inconsistent as they are mind you) but at least those of us that care about writing and plot will REMEMBER it!

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Rain bio:

"The Edenian race is descended from the gods. That is the reason for our longevity, our nobility, and our strength. But I am more than a distant relation to the deities of old. I am a direct descendant of Argus himself. Only recently have I discovered my royal heritage. Quan Chi, an emissary of Shinnok, revealed to me that I am entitled to great power — and control of Edenia. My father hid my identity for fear it would complicate his plans for succession. He favored his sons Daegon and Taven and groomed them to one day replace him as Protector of Edenia. But he foolishly tied this plan to a quest to save the realms from Armageddon, leaving open an opportunity for me to seize the power that is rightfully mine. Though it seems the Forces of Light seek to steal the prize from me, Quan Chi has made plans to assure my victory. He and his allies will help fend off the Forces of Light as I make my way to Blaze. But before this final battle, I must ensure that Taven and Daegon cannot challenge my ascension. I will finish them both before they complete their quest."

Jarek bio:

What was done to me by the Special Forces could only be described as brutality. But that's fine. I can take it. What angered me was that somehow Jax found me. I'd covered my trail, kept to the shadows. But still I was routed out.

Jax dropped me into a ravine, assuming that would be the end of me. It would have been if I hadn't thrust my weapon into the cliff wall to slow my descent. I was badly injured, so I went into hiding. My rumored death would be the ultimate camouflage as I regained my strength.

Obsessed with thoughts of revenge, I traveled all over the realms looking for ancient texts that would show me a fatality worthy of my betrayer. But my injuries made perfecting these new techniques a very painful task. My frustration turned into rage and I no longer cared who had sold me out. I would kill them all — a sentiment Quan Chi apparently shared.

Quan Chi recognized the carnage I had left behind as I practiced my new fatalities on the good people of the realms. He was impressed and offered to help me increase their power and effectiveness. All I needed do was fight beside the Forces of Darkness in Edenia. The means of enhancing my fatalities would reveal itself, and all my enemies would be there for the slaughter. Soon I'll have revenge. The time will come to finish them all.

Fujin bio:

"It is unclear to me what has caused the transformation in our friend and ally Raiden. I have conversed with gods from other realms about the possible reasons for his madness. Rumors abound that he may have sacrificed himself to defeat Onaga. But if that were true, his energies would have dispersed and then reformed in Earthrealm. His spirit would have been reborn, having no memories of the past. He would have become a new god of thunder, neither good nor evil. Yet this new Raiden is dark, acting with a clear goal to defend the realm, but with the ruthlessness of Shao Kahn. What is more troubling is the enforcer he commands. Liu Kang's corpse has been reanimated and is selectively slaying many for reasons unknown. Kung Lao and I have joined forces to confront our former allies. If a way cannot be found to save Raiden and Liu Kang, I fear we will have no choice but to finish them.

When I first reunited with Kung Lao he informed me of a gathering called together by Johnny Cage. At the meeting, Johnny Cage described his encounter with Shinnok, the fallen Elder God thought to have been defeated years ago. I doubted his story. It seems unlikely that Johnny Cage would have psychic powers, and even less likely that he could have defeated Shinnok single-handed. But others present brought forth further evidence that something epic was taking shape. Most interesting was Kenshi's mention of the brothers Taven and Daegon. I knew them well ages ago. When they went missing, I questioned Argus. He would not speak of their whereabouts, but stated that they would bring about a new world. At the time I did not understand what he meant. But now it is becoming clear to me that whatever Argus planned is being corrupted by evil. As the others embark on this journey to defeat Blaze, I must intercept Taven and Daegon to hinder their progress and determine the true purpose of the quest. I only hope I am not too late."

Nightwolf bio:

"After imprisoning Onaga's corrupt soul, I was released from the Netherrealm. I passed through the spirit world before emerging in Earthrealm, surrounded by a pack of wolves, my spirit guides. I had only faint memories of that brief journey... or did it last an eternity?

The Ancients spoke to me of a coming storm that would pit the warriors of the realms against each other in an epic battle. But most disturbing of all was a warning that a hidden evil was manipulating these warriors, forcing them to participate.

My visions were seemingly made real when, at a gathering of the Forces of Light, Johnny Cage revealed that Shinnok had returned, and that the fallen Elder God was assembling the Forces of Darkness once more. I agreed to help Johnny Cage and join his fight.

At the summit, Kitana approached me. I was amazed to find that she was accompanied by the spirit of Liu Kang. The bond between them was strong; thus she was able to keep his energies intact until a way to reunite his body and soul could be found. There was not much I could do to help until I achieved a much higher level of shamanic power. I transferred the bond from Kitana to myself and accepted my role as Liu Kang's new spiritual anchor. Perhaps this unknown power sought by the Forces of Darkness could be the key to helping Liu Kang find peace."

Johnny Cage bio:

"It used to be, when there was a threat to Earthrealm, that Raiden would rally the Forces of Light to face the enemy in Mortal Kombat. Somehow he could always discover the truth behind the deception. I was one of his allies and fought with him against the Forces of Darkness. In those early days Liu Kang was the point man, he was the star. The rest of us played supporting roles, clearing the way so he could take on the main threat.

But times have changed. Raiden has abandoned us. He's become darker, using more ruthless ways to keep the "peace." And Liu Kang was killed. Though his spirit is still around to help us, eventually he'll pass on into the Heavens. It seems like we have no clear leader. We're just not the fighting force we once were. We're scattered all over the realms. Maybe it's because there hasn't been a real threat since we took care of the Dragon King, I don't know. But I can't help but feel uneasy about the future. I used to think, "What if there's a new threat? Who's gonna lead us?" With Raiden gone, how would we even tell when something bad is about to happen?

The answer came soon enough. I started having visions of someone we had defeated years ago: I saw the Fallen Elder God Shinnok plotting something and I decided to find out what. In my visions I could see Shinnok in different locations, conjuring these communication portals to give orders, which I couldn't quite understand, to his minions. I followed him, finding each place I saw in my visions, and always there was evidence that he had in fact been there. My visions weren't dreams after all. Shinnok was back!

In my last vision, I clearly heard Shinnok say the next place he was going to contact his minion from was Shang Tsung's island fortress. That place has played a big part in the fight between good and evil. It seemed fitting that I would confront Shinnok there.

When he finally showed up, I watched him for a while, to try to get some idea as to what he was planning. Was I surprised to see that the "minion" in the portal was Quan Chi! Shinnok ordered him to gather the Forces of Darkness and retake Shao Kahn's fortress in Outworld. When he dismissed the sorcerer, I approached Shinnok. He was startled and immediately conjured up a skeleton hand to trap me. I jumped out of the way and followed with a Shadow Kick to the chest. I pummeled him, and he never regained his composure. The coward escaped in a cloud of smoke... a teleport of some kind, I suppose.

I seem to have discovered the next great threat to Earthrealm. Now I need to find the others. I'll need their help if I'm going to defeat Shinnok's forces. The fate of Earthrealm depends on me."

Kenshi bio:

"With Shang Tsung rumored dead, I had no further need of the Special Forces. And although I had an ally in Sub-Zero, I had no desire to join the Lin Kuei. I returned to Earthrealm, content to be a lone warrior once again. Guided by my ancestors' sword, I hunted the wicked, slaying those who would threaten the meek. In the dark, my blindness was an advantage. I struck unseen and toppled many criminal organizations from the safety of the night.

As I fought against the underworld, I intercepted encrypted communications to Mavado from a secretive clan known as the Red Dragon. The messages revealed an elaborate plan designed to ensnare one man: an Edenian half-god named Taven. The Red Dragon were in a frenzy, and it seemed as though something very important was underway. Before I could determine the location of the Red Dragon base, however, I was met by a former ally, Johnny Cage. He believed that the fallen Elder God Shinnok had resurfaced and wanted to gather the Forces of Light to discuss a battle plan. I refused the invitation, not wanting to get involved in yet another pointless melee between "good" and "evil". I had my own agenda: bring down the Red Dragon and finish Mavado.

Alone in the Botan Jungle, stalking Red Dragon scouts, I was overwhelmed by an intense psychic scream. I became aware of Taven and Daegon and their quest to slay the fire elemental, Blaze. My sword also heard the scream and pleaded with me to ally with the Forces of Light once more. I had received insight from my blade before, but this time it seemed drawn to kombat. It was as if I could feel the sword pulling me towards some epic clash.

I will not deny its cry for blood. Though Johnny Cage is gather the Forces of Light, I will be the one to take them into battle. The lone warrior will become a leader of many."

Shujinko bio:

"Onaga was defeated. I had absorbed the fighting styles of scores of warriors and unleashed an assault on the Dragon King, purging his soul from this existence. His body collapsed – but after a moment of horrific cracking and twisting, it was the lifeless shape of Reptile that lay before me.

For a time I was revered as a hero. The people of Outworld accepted me wholeheartedly as the defender of their realm. But their respect and gratitude were misplaced, for it was I who allowed Onaga to return. I played the role of champion to help inspire this war–ravaged land, but I did not feel worthy of their admiration.

Some time later, word came to me that Princess Kitana requested my presence at Shao Kahn's fortress. Edenian forces had flushed out Reiko's elite guard, the last remnants of the old empire, and she wished to celebrate the occasion with the "Hero of Outworld" at her side.

What gave me pause was that when Kitana and I parted ways after the fall of Onaga, she had expressed a desire to help Liu Kang's disembodied spirit. Therefore, I thought she had left for Earthrealm. Perhaps she had completed her quest and returned sooner than expected — or quite possibly this invitation had not come from Kitana at all!

I am not as naïve as I once was. I have had much experience with deception. It could be that a new threat is emerging in my adopted home. If I were to uncover a plot to destabilize the realm and fend off a potential coup, I truly would have earned the respect of the people of Outworld — and redeemed myself in my own eyes."

Khameleon bio:

"Shao Kahn... He destroyed the realm of Zaterra — my home. My kind is all but extinct; I believe the only survivors are Reptile and myself. I have spent a lifetime hidden from view, searching for a way to kill the emperor for what he did to my world. It seemed I had been given my chance when Reptile agreed to join forces and slay him — but once again Reptile fell under Shao Kahn's influence and turned against me. I barely escaped with my life.

For a long time I had given up hope. It seemed that Shao Kahn was invincible. His allies served and protected him, and those who fought against him only seemed to make him stronger. It was as if he fed on kombat itself. I wandered the realms aimlessly, uncertain of what could be done to stop him.

During my journeys, camouflaged to conceal my presence, I learned from a gathering of warriors that a great weapon would present itself in Edenia. The victor of some skirmish would be granted immense power — like that of a god. More alarming was the mention that Shao Kahn himself sought this power.

The emperor will not acquire it. I will find this weapon and use it to punish Shao Kahn and those who have served him. He will suffer greatly for destroying the Raptors."

Shnag Tsung bio:

"In an instant, Raiden's blast destroyed us all! Our souls intertwined, we did battle in the ether. But I was drawn away by a magic more powerful than death. My essence returned to Outworld, where I found myself face to face with Shao Kahn!

He was alive! Quan Chi and I had slain him in his fortress -- or so we thought. Yet here he stood. At his side was the Shokan prince, Goro! My ghostly visage startled them at first, but Shao Kahn knew what had transpired.

Long ago I had pledged my soul to the emperor. That pledge was binding even beyond death. But if he were to die, so too would those who served him. At the time I believed it to be merely another empty vow, yet here I am. My soul has returned from beyond to rejoin Shao Kahn.

He had need of me. But I required a host body in which my soul could reside. At the flesh pits, he forged for me a new body. It was weak and grotesque to behold, but it functioned well enough. I craved mortal souls to heal and fortify my new flesh. I found more than enough at a place all too familiar to me: the village where Li Mei was born. I consumed each peasant's life force as Shao Kahn and Goro slew them one by one. I was renewed!

Shao Kahn then commanded me to aid him in an assault on occupying Edenian forces, in an effort to retake his stronghold. United once more, Shao Kahn, Goro and I laid waste to all who stood in our way! In a flurry of brute strength and magic, we forced our way up to the throne room. The door was reinforced by some magical spell, but it was no match for our combined might. With a final swing of Shao Kahn's hammer, the door was breached, and Shao Kahn was Emperor of Outworld once more.

Though I am bound to him eternally, an opportunity has arisen that might give me the means to free myself. It seems Quan Chi has also survived death, and he has brought word from Shinnok of a plan to take a mighty power for the Forces of Darkness. If I claim that prize for myself, I could sever my bond with Shao Kahn! Until that time, I will continue to play my role as his servant and redirect any suspicions he may have of betrayal to others within our new dark alliance. Once I have the power and I am free of Shao Kahn, I will finish him and finally take the throne of Outworld for myself!"

Raiden bio:

"No longer will I entrust the safety of Earthrealm to the free will of mankind. The time has come to take matters into my own hands

Centuries ago I defeated an ancient sect of necromancers, the Houan. Though their members subsequently were scattered to the winds, their ancient underground temple still existed, abandoned and unused for ages. On the stone walls within were etched enchantments that would revive the dead. Strewn about were the enchanted chains of binding the Houan would use to control their undead.

I laid the corpse of Liu Kang on a ceremonial altar and bound it with the shackles. Reciting the unholy enchantments, I brought to life the body of my former ally and infused it with a thunderclap of lightning. The corpse of Liu Kang would be no mere zombie; it would serve as my ultimate enforcer. Satisfied, I then set free this abomination to wreak havoc on those who have done harm to Earthrealm.

Though I tried to conceal my activities, my use of the dark energies did not go unnoticed. Shinnok appeared before me and proposed an alliance. He would help secure the protection of Earthrealm in return for my aid in some undisclosed plot. I am no fool. I know well the treachery of this former Elder God. I accepted his offer and will complete this task, but only to discover his true objective. Until then, I will use Shinnok to serve my own ends."

Sonya bio:

"For a long time my objective was to hunt down and eliminate the rogue clans of the criminal underworld. Kano, a member of the Black Dragon, had been a particular thorn in my side. I was close to capturing him, but once I heard about Shang Tsung's Mortal Kombat tournament, protecting Earthrealm from invasion became my sole priority. Once Onaga was stopped, it seemed the threat was eliminated. I could resume my mission against the Black Dragon and Red Dragon clans.

Jax and I came back from Outworld only to find ourselves fighting a different kind of invasion: one from inside our own realm. While we were gone the cybernetic ninja faction known as the Tekunin had grown in number and threatened the stability of civilization. My attention was fixed on this new ninja clan; I was forced to focus all of our resources on defeating them.

The Tekunin leader, Sektor, seemed to have connections with hostile entities from beyond our world, blatantly violating Earthream law. I needed to uncover his plans and stop him. We had one chance: Intel revealed that Sektor was aboard a warship somewhere over the Botan jungle. The Special Forces attacked and brought down the ship. Jax led a ground team to look for survivors, but he's still MIA and, I'm afraid to say, most likely captured by the Tekunin.

For days Jax's cybernetic bio-sensors indicated that he was alive, yet the readings were abnormal. His life signs were stronger, but there were changes in his brainwave patterns. Eventually his signal was lost and we have no way of knowing if he's alive or dead.

We may have crippled the Tekunin, but they will regroup. I need to find out who they were working with from outside Earthrealm. The idea that these rogue groups are conspiring with outside agents is alarming and underlines the importance of eliminating them once and for all. I have to find some way to shut them down."

Mileena bio:

"Outworld was MINE! Posing as the Edenian wench Kitana, I gained command of her army and with it took control of Shao Kahn's fortress — all in the name of "peace." I had planned to continue my charade until the Edenian forces could be corrupted enough to follow me as Mileena, the true conqueror of Outworld. But my plans were foiled when the fortress was attacked — Shao Kahn had returned!

And he was not alone! As I watched the initial assault from the safety of the imperial balcony, I recognized the two warriors who aided him: Goro, Prince of the Shokan, and Shang Tsung, wretched Sorcerer of Darkness – my creator. They crushed all who defended the stronghold.

I hid in the throne room and commanded the Edenian mages to cast a defensive ward upon the main door. It was of no use. Their magic was nothing compared to the might of Shao Kahn. He shattered the door and strode in as confidently as ever.

As he stood before me, the two mages rushed to defend their princess, positioning themselves between Shao Kahn and myself. What a surprise it must have been when their own "princess" stabbed them from behind. They fell limp to the floor. Shao Kahn paused, momentarily confused. Removing my veil, I knelt before him, "Welcome home, my master."

Shao Kahn accepted my surrender and later ordered me to capture the Earthrealm warrior known as Shujinko. He was to be used as a bargaining chip to help forge an alliance with Onaga, the former ruler of Outworld.

I sent the fool an invitation, hoping to utilize his arrogance and pride by acknowledging his heroic deeds. The ruse worked; soon he was at the main gate. Reiko's men, dressed in the armor of slain Edenian soldiers, led him directly to the throne room where he was confronted by the new Dark Alliance. I did battle with him as Shao Kahn commanded, defeating him with surprising ease. He was then cast into the dungeon, where he will remain until Onaga arrives.

I do not relish serving Shao Kahn. I am destined for greater things. An entire realm was once in the palm of my hands — and I will not rest until I regain that status! Though it will be impossible to rule Outworld now that Shao Kahn has returned, there are other realms ripe for the taking. Edenia will be mine!"

Ashrah bio:

"After slaying countless demons with the kriss I discovered in the Netherrealm, my soul was no longer corrupt and I transcended that hell. I emerged in an unfamiliar realm at the feet of celestial beings who glowed with blinding light. They explained to me that the kriss is a tool, able to transform its finder into a warrior powerful enough to purify the world. I am their chosen one, the ascending demon they were searching for.

Awestruck by their celestial beauty, I surrendered myself to the beings’ will. My purpose in the cosmos was never more clear: I would do what they asked of me and consume the darkness, bringing peace to the realms. By doing so I would also achieve absolute purification - I would join them as an angel of light!

The celestials had brought me here, a realm of darkness known as Vaeternus, to begin my crusade against a cunning vampire race. The vile creatures feed off the blood of their prey and spread their corruption unhindered throughout the realms. Seductive and powerful is their dark magic, but it would not save them from the purity of my holy kriss.

And so I hunted them. With each vampire I "pacified" the sword crackled with holy light. I felt as though the blade and I were both growing stronger. Our strength was not enough, however, as one female vampire bested me and escaped to Edenia. Slaying her has become my focus. If I can gain power enough to defeat Nitara, nothing will prevent my ascension!"

Nitara bio:

"The realm of Vaeternus had regained independence from Shao Kahn. I was revered for my part in the victory. The restructuring of our civilization was well underway; soon we would regain our former majesty. Unfortunately our honor was not all that had returned from ages past....

Reports of genocide raced throughout the restored Moroi Empire. Many vampires had been slain; none had yet survived an attack to describe the assailants. I set forth to uncover the truth. Examining the wounds of the dead, I came to the disheartening conclusion that these murders were not the work of a band of assassins. The victims had fallen to the blade known as Datusha, the bane of the Moroi. The ancient kriss had found a new wielder. It had returned for vampire blood.

Though Datusha's origin has been lost to history, its purpose is clear: It lives to kill as many vampires as it can. We are a powerful race; there are few who threaten our immortality. It has been speculated by the Elders that the sword itself may be our one "natural" predator.

The accursed blade finds a wielder and corrupts them into believing they are slaying for some higher purpose. In the past it has chosen a vampire as its puppet. The last was Kahil Grigesh. Though he was driven mad by the power of the sword, he was strong enough to eventually overcome its mind control. To atone for slaying his fellow vampires, he took the sword into the Netherrealm, where he committed hara-kiri, imprisoning Datusha in Hell.

It was believed that the sword would never find another vampire wielder in that desolate place. Safe from slaughter, our numbers had exceeded those of any recorded era. But with Datusha's return, vampires were being rapidly driven to extinction. Something needed to be done!

The Elders researched ancient vampire texts, hoping to find some means of defeating the blade. An obscure Edenian prophecy they found might hold the key. It describes a force of great power concealed in a crater there. I was commanded to find this power and use it against our foe.

As I made for Edenia, I came upon a massacre. The bodies of my vampire kin lay everywhere. Amidst the carnage stood a woman in white wielding the unholy kriss. Enraged, I did battle with her -- but she was too powerful. I broke away, luring her out of Vaeternus as I escaped.

As long as her attention is fixed on me, the vampire nation will be safe. I must draw Ashrah closer to the crater and use the Edenian weapon against her. This may be our only hope of eliminating the blade once and for all. May the Moroi Live Eternal!"

Sareena bio:

"I was given asylum by the Lin Kuei in gratitude for aiding Sub-Zero in the Netherrealm years ago. I swore to uphold the laws of the clan and protect it from any outside threat. My allegiance was strong, but Sub-Zero felt I still had much to prove before the clan would fully accept me.

He entrusted me with a small metallic object that would guide me and grant me access to the hidden Lin Kuei temple. He ordered me to wait for him there as he departed for the Netherrealm. Instead, I followed him -- I could not bring myself to allow him to come to harm. But the realm's essence began twisting my soul, and I had second thoughts about disobeying him.

When he was attacked by Noob Saibot and Smoke, however, it seemed I had made the right decision. I leapt from hiding and prevented Noob from killing Sub-Zero. With the sides now even, we soundly defeated Noob and Smoke. They escaped to parts unknown, but not before rendering Sub-Zero unconscious.

The intense fight and the influence of the Netherrealm's dark energies caused me to lose control of my human apperance, and I reverted to my demonic form. When Sub-Zero regained consciousness, he was confused and attacked me. To avoid harming him, I fled to the depths of the Netherrealm. There I was ambushed by Noob, Smoke, and my former master, Quan Chi. The sorcerer knew of my allegiance to Sub-Zero and demanded to know the location of the Lin Kuei temple. At first I refused, holding to my oath. But Quan Chi's influence is great. He cast his dark sorcery upon me, returning me to my human form and showing me my true nature. I am not a being of Light. I am a demon of the Netherrealm, a servant of Quan Chi. I will follow him to whatever end. I surrendered the object given to me by Sub-Zero. He was a fool to have trusted me."

Onaga bio:

"I had nearly regained my throne as Emperor of Outworld when my plans were undone. My pawn Shujinko had grown more powerful than I ever anticipated. Rallying warriors to his cause, he absorbed their fighting abilities and shattered the six Kamidogu, rendering me vulnerable. Only the amulet I had retrieved from the sorcerer Quan Chi gave me protection.

But as Shujinko landed his final blow, an outside force simultaneously ensnared my soul and expelled me from my host body. I found myself bound to a rune in the Netherrealm. I languished there until I was found by Shinnok, a fallen Elder God. Like me he was trapped in that accursed place, denied domination of the realms by lesser beings. Shinnok offered me a chance at revenge: I would regain my rightful place as ruler of Outworld in return for my unquestioned servitude. I bow to no one, but I considered his offer.

Shinnok was nearing his ascension from the Netherrealm, but he feared another defeat -- either by his enemies or his allies. He would emerge unchallenged if they were all eliminated. To achieve this, he needed an Edenian half-god named Daegon to defeat a fire elemental. The godlike energy Daegon would receive from that victory would bring about this slaughter. However, many other warriors also sought that power. Should Daegon fail, should some other warrior defeat Blaze, Shinnok's plans would go unfulfilled.

Shinnok was most concerned with Shao Kahn, my most hated enemy. He proposed that I feign reluctance, but join Quan Chi's new alliance in order to stay close to the traitor. I would then follow him to the final battleground and prevent him from reaching Blaze. When Daegon finally won the prize, the kombatants would all be slain and I would be given Outworld to rule once more. As an added incentive, Shujinko, languishing in Shao Kahn's dungeon, would be mine to do with as I pleased.

I did not trust this fallen Elder God. I suspected treachery. If all went as he had planned, I would most likely be among the dead. But I accepted his offer in order to free myself from that accursed Netherrealm. Satisfied, Shinnok conjured a portal and spoke through it. He then raised his hands and clenched his fists. With a demonic shout, my soul was freed from the binding symbol and I was released from the Netherrealm. I awoke in my original body, covered in dragon's blood. Before me stood Shang Tsung, Quan Chi, and my hated enemy, Shao Kahn.

I will pose as Shinnok's pawn and join Quan Chi's alliance. Shao Kahn will never reach Blaze. But I would be a fool to allow Daegon victory. Once I have slain the fire elemental and have taken the prize for myself, I will have Shinnok's head. Onaga serves NO ONE!"

Blaze bio:

"My initial quest was interrupted when I was forced to guard a dragon egg for many years. When I awoke from enslavement, I felt altered in some way. Though I understood the reason I was created, I sensed that something was fundamentally wrong.

Casting my uncertainty aside, I returned to my given task. I searched the realms to find a concentration of warriors with the ability to tap into the forces that bind the realms. What I discovered alarmed me! The number of kombatants had grown since I last walked among them. I also learned that Onaga, the former ruler of Outworld, had somehow been resurrected. I could feel the strain upon the realms and concluded that the time had come: I would awaken the brothers and begin the second phase of the quest.

In Earthrealm, atop the temple of Argus, I let loose a psychic scream, the signal to the dragons to awaken the sons of Edenia. Shortly thereafter I searched for the brothers to monitor their progress. It seems that Daegon was awakened centuries too early and is under the influence of some evil emanating from the Netherrealm. I must further assess this situation by traveling to that realm. It seems my task has been interrupted once again. I was not created to interfere, but the time may come when I will have to intercept the brothers to help insure my quest concludes as Argus and Delia planned."

I ask you to find me an MK game where the bios make up for more text and information than that, even if you divide it by the number of characters in the game.

So, if after that wall of text+ the intro+ the konquest mode (cause the ones who didn't have bios or weren't referenced in someone else's bio WERE SEEN IN KONQUEST MODE), you still didn't understand the story, it's your fault mate. Don't try to make it the game's fault. And I am not trying to insult you, just to make you understand that you weren't paying attention or just maybe didn't play the entire game (story mode?)

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02/18/2019 07:04 PM EST

Ah. You were probably confused by my use of the phrase "sense of" in my post. I'm sorry for the misunderstanding. I know English (ESPECIALLY the bastardized English we use in America) can actually be a very misleading and stupid language for well even us native speakers and your flag says you are Italian. I didn't mean "sense of" as to mean it was difficult to understand. I used it, somewhat erroneously as we Americans are oft to do, to denote a lack of "quality". As in them not having the "good sense" to realize the story was flaming hot garbage, lol. Just like I didn't have the "good sense" to choose my wording better which as a writer myself (albeit an amateur hobbyist writer far from a pro)I should have been more careful and not used such unclear, easily misinterpreted language. My bad. I should have simply said the story was rushed and poorly implemented.

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02/20/2019 04:26 AM EST

This is why I don’t understand where the story is going? Steve’s lore on both characters so far have been based on pre-mk9 before the timeline was altered by Raiden. It doesn’t explain why Kabal is BD again, or why Steve mentioned Jade killed Tanya from the old timeline

'Your soul is MINE!' *everything crossed for Reiko*