What if Edenia didnt exist?
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What if Edenia didnt exist?
06/24/2014 06:24 AM EST
I've been reading some old topics lately, and having caught up somewhat on peoples' complaints on post-MK3 Kitana and Edenia being boring and whatnot, I was curious as to wonder if the series and Kitana might've actually benefited if Edenia was never retconned to be its own realm and stayed as just another name for Outworld like it was implied before MK4. A positive I could see with this is the fact that Outworld is dark, troubled realm of not just societal turmoil, but I imagine the essence of the realm is corrupted too due to its inhospitable, dark, barren landscape; it was once a realm of nobility, but now it is seen as a warmongering, barbaric kingdom that has imperialised and enslaved countless civilisations that would act as a outward representation of Kitana's sins that she hopes and struggles to redeem instead of getting to lead a perfect, beautiful realm that almost acts as a metaphorical cleaned slate for her character's past and image. A negative would be that it would probably make the Dragon King story line impossible.

Thoughts? Could the story that we know (besides Armageddon) still work at all without Edenia?
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RE: What if Edenia didnt exist?
06/24/2014 11:41 AM EST
Given that MK4 was before the retcon and depicted Edenia-as-Outworld ruled by Sindel and Kitana as a peaceful place, I think things would've gone the same direction, we'd still have a "boring" Edenia, but no Outworld instead of both.

And assuming they could find away to make the Dragon King's story work in a canon where the guy who ruled before Kahn was already established to be Jerrod, you'd have three games (in a row!) where Sindel gets invaded and kicked out of her throne instead of just two (MK4 and Deception) because the Deadly Alliance would've had to attack her instead of Kahn.
Things are probably better with the retcon. Edenia really isn't as bad off as people think. I mean, it just needed to be more plot-centric, have more main characters/villains of its own. And then Armageddon gave us Argus, Delia, Taven, Daegon, and Blaze's origin. I know they're not popular, but they did make Edenia the main realm for a game. That's enough for me.
I just wish Sindel/Kitana/Jade had ever actually been IN Armageddon Konquest and interacted with these people.
There's also an element of "people think Edenia's boring just because it's a GOOD GUY world", and that's just kind of shortsighted. Thinking good is boring is and darkness is cool is, like, an edgy rebellious teenager thing. If Earth was the ONLY realm in the entire vastness of the universe that was green and blue and peaceful instead of a shithole villain headquarters, that wouldn't be very believable.
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RE: What if Edenia didnt exist?
06/26/2014 07:43 AM EST
Actually, it seems Edenia has been its own realm since MK3.

It is specified that Shao Kahn took Edenia from Sindel and Jerrod, but there is no mention that Outworld was once Edenia.

With that, I say the series would probably not be as good. Having both Edenia and Outworld as separate realms puts things into a much better persepective. A merger explains a lot more than a mere conquering, especially considering the preexistence of various species in Outworld.

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