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Game Script by Minty Fresh Death
Version: 1.00 | Updated: 06/06/15
Mortal Kombat X Game Script Guide Version 1.00 Completed on 06/06/15. Written by Minty Fresh Death ************************************************* (1) TABLE OF CONTENTS ************************************************* (1) Table of Contents (2) Introduction (2A) Version Updates (2B) Preface and Legalities (3) The Game Script (3A) Navigation (3B) General Information (3C) Intro (3D) Chapter 1: Johnny Cage (3E) Chapter 2: Kotal Kahn (3F) Chapter 3: Sub-Zero (3G) Chapter 4: Kung Jin (3H) Chapter 5: Sonya Blade (3I) Chapter 6: D'Vorah (3J) Chapter 7: Takeda Takahashi (3K) Chapter 8: Jax (3L) Chapter 9: Scorpion (3M) Chapter 10: Raiden (3N) Chapter 11: Jacqui Briggs (3O) Chapter 12: Cassie Cage (4) Frequently Asked Questions (5) The Final Word (Thanks Section) ************************************************* (2) INTRODUCTION ************************************************* -------------------- (2A) VERSION UPDATES -------------------- 1.00 - The very first version. Updates to come. Maybe. :D --------------------------- (2B) PREFACE AND LEGALITIES --------------------------- Yo there. After feeling bored one Sunday night (which differs from my usual story of all the FAQs I've ever written in that it wasn't a Tuesday this time) I decided to write up a guide to the game script for the latest game in Netherrealm Studio's Mortal Kombat series, titled... Mortal Kombat X. My reasoning for this is born out of an appreciation for the effort the game designers went to in order to produce quite possibly the second greatest story for a fighting game ever written. And yes, I said "second greatest". Much as I enjoyed this story, I don't think it's QUITE as engaging the story for MK9. :) This version of the Mortal Kombat X Game Script (Version 1.00) is exclusive to GameFAQs. You are not allowed to post any version of this guide on any other websites without my given permission. My e-mail is under "The Final Word" section if you wish to contact me. You also may not copy any of the things you see in any version of this guide and stick it into your own. You are also not allowed to plaguerise any versions of this guide (don't steal the information and type it up in your own way) and you are not allowed to use it in any way to gain profit. This guide is not property of WB Games or Netherrealm Studios and is not written or supported by them. All trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned by their respective trademark and copyright holders. Copyright 2015 by Dan Gallagher, AKA Minty Fresh Death. ************************************************* (3) THE GAME SCRIPT ************************************************* -------------------- (3A) NAVIGATION -------------------- As you may have already seen in the contents page, all of the chapters contained in this script are numbered. If you want to zip to a chapter, highlight the number/letter combination of your chapter from the contents page, right click your mouse and select the "Copy" option, click the "Edit" tab at the top of your browser and select "Find". Once you have the small window up, right click and select "Paste", then finally select "Find Next" to go to your desired location. Alternatively, you may have a "Find" option as a magnifying glass icon in the top left of your browser. Copy your text, then select the tab next to the icon, then "Find on this page" and paste it into the window and click "Next". Simple enough, really. ------------------------ (3B) GENERAL INFORMATION ------------------------ Thanks to this game having a linear story path (flashbacks notwithstanding), everything written is presented in chronological order - chronological at least with what appears on screen. As this guide is intended to accurately decipt the script of Mortal Kombat X, the text will at points contain strong language and describe scenes of a graphic nature. As such, anyone easily offended by such things should proceed with caution. Although if you're under 18 years of age, I'm going to presume that you're ok with such things, seeing as you've played the game while ignoring the rating given to it. A few cutscenes within the game detail quick time events. These are noted by the phrase [QUICK TIME CUTSCENE BEGINS] whenever one starts, and [QUICK TIME CUTSCENE ENDS] when they finish. This guide details the best possible outcome that the player can achieve (in other words, they hit all the cues flawlessly). Later versions of this guide may or may not include the variations where you fail them. In game fights are represented by a paragraph that always begins "They fight." followed by a brief description of who overpowers who and defeats them. Any specific descriptions of a brawl (ie "Scorpion grabs Sub-Zero") should be considered part of a cutscene rather than an in-game fight. Being from the UK, I check my spelling from the Oxford Dictionary, so any spellings you see here which may seem incorrect are most likely consistent with English rather than American (ie "colour" instead of "color".) Of course, if I have spelled something wrong here in English, feel free to e-mail me to point it out. But don't bother if I've spelt a word that normally begins with "c" with a "k", for obvious reasons. :) For those who've played the game with subtitles on, you may notice some differences in this script compared with the subtitles you read in-game, which outside of the UK / US spelling differences mostly occurs in dealing with punctuation. This was a deliberate move on my part, in order to more accurately convey what is being spoken and shown. This is strictly my opinion, which you are welcome to agree or disagree with. If you really wanna talk with me about it, shoot me an e-mail. When speaking, characters are denoted by either their first names, or by their alias if that is what they are better known as (so Hanzo Hasashi will be denoted by "Scorpion", but Johnny Cage by "Johnny"). Generally, if a character's name exceeds more than 9 letters, I will refer to them their first name only when they speak. In description, their name may switch. For easy reference, here is a brief (but not exclusive) list of character's real names and / or aliases (nicknames not included for the sake of my sanity). Scorpion - Hanzo Hasashi Sub-Zero - Kuai Liang Johnny Cage - John Carlton Cassie Cage - Cassandra Carlton Takeda - Takahashi Takeda Kenshi - Takahashi Kenshi Kotal Kahn - Ko'atal / Buluc Jax - Jackson Briggs Jacqui - Jacqueline Briggs Reptile - Syzoth ---------- (3C) INTRO ---------- The scene opens in a cave adorned with stone statues. The camera pans down to show various human-like figures, who are in fact the Elder Gods. Johnny Cage begins a narration. JOHNNY: Millions of years ago, Shinnok, one of the Elder Gods, turned on his fellow deities and invaded the Earthrealm. The camera finishes it's pan down, revealing Shinnok cowering before five of the Elder Gods, who's statues tower over him. The scene cuts to a shot of a chain, and the camera pans up to show Shinnok imprisoned in them amongst stone deciptions of hellish scenery. JOHNNY: Raiden and the Elder Gods stopped Shinnok. Locked him up in the Netherrealm. The shot fades into another, a slow pan over a stone warhammer that reveals Outworld's most notorious emperor. JOHNNY: Others followed in Shinnok's footsteps, like Outworld's emperor Shao Kahn, who was obsessed with conquering Earthrealm. Cut to a shot of a Raiden statue, poised to fight, with the Mortal Kombat's iconic dragon logo behind him. On opposite sides of the logo stand statues of Goro and Shang Tsung. JOHNNY: So Raiden convinced the Elder Gods to inact the Mortal Kombat tournament as a way to even the odds... give Earthrealm a chance. The camera pans past Raiden to center on the logo itself, then it fades into a shot of Kano dueling Sonya, before circling around a deciption of Johnny facing three Tarkatans at once. JOHNNY: For generations, Shao Kahn followed the Elder Gods' rules. The war moved to the arena, where he sent his toughest fighters to challenge Raiden's greatest defenders in Mortal Kombat. The camera pans over to Liu Kang punching a hole in Shao Kahn's chest, with background noise of the fight sounding out over Johnny's narration. JOHNNY: Two years ago, we beat him. In the background noise, Liu Kang's final blow of the bout is heard, as is Shao Kahn's death scream. JOHNNY: But Shao Kahn wasn't ready to lose. Cut to another shot of statues, this one showing Tarkatans attacking Earthrealm's military forces. The screams and sounds of slaughter are once again heard in the background. JOHNNY: He violated the rules of Mortal Kombat and invaded Earthrealm. Fade in to a deciption of some of the fallen bodies of the Forces of Light - Liu Kang, Kitana, Kung Lao and Jax laying broken on the ground. JOHNNY: Most of Earth's defenders - our friends - were killed. Turned into evil undead warriors. Fade into the statue of Shao Kahn, now ensnared and being bitten by dragon serpents - the Elder Gods in corporeal form. His mighty warhammer falls to his side and out of frame. The statue begins to crumble into pieces. JOHNNY: Despite the odds, we stopped Shao Kahn's invasion. As punishment, the Elder Gods destroyed him. As the camera pans up to his face, we hear one last cry of defeat from Kahn as his statue completely falls apart. The camera cuts to and circles around another statue, this one holding a familiar looking amulet with an emerald at it's centre. JOHNNY: We thought the long nightmare was over. But it turns out that Shinnok had been manipulating events. The camera finishes panning up to Shinnok's face, and also shows a statue of Quan Chi over his shoulder. JOHNNY: Shao Kahn's invasion, his death... all part of Shinnok's plan to escape the Netherrealm and resume his war on the Elder Gods. The camera slowly zooms into Shinnok's face, and the statue's eyes begin to glow with an unholy fire, turning from red to yellow and finally white. As they do so, the screen fades to white as well. It fades into an Earthrealm city in Japan devestated by war. A dead soldier falls on his front, an ugly gaping hole where his face should be. Others run past his body, and suddenly a large flying beast that resembles a gargoyle grabs one of these soldiers, lifts him into the air and drops him. Another soldier is tackled into the concrete by a demon moving almost too fast to see. Several other soldiers meet the same fate. One soldier pauses long enough to open fire at the flying beasts with his assault rifle. He gains nothing for his efforts except the ire of one beast who lands on a nearby overturned car. As he turns to it, the hellbeast lets out an unholy roar of terror and grabs the now-screaming soldier by his head, tearing it off his body. As the beast drops his head from it's toes and roams the evening sky, it is shot by high-powered bullets from a helicopter's gatling gun. The monster squeals and falls dead to the ground below as several helicopters fly towards the screen. The camera switches to follow one of them. ---------------------------- (3D) CHAPTER 1: JOHNNY CAGE ---------------------------- Inside the helicopter, Sonya Blade is co-piloting. The movie star of the title chapter walks up to her seat and leans on both it and the seat of the pilot's, staring into the world beyond the windscreen. (AUTHOR'S NOTE: Unless specified otherwise, all dialogue during this scene is spoken through the headsets that each character is wearing.) PILOT: Destination dead ahead. JOHNNY: Set 'er down nice and easy for me. PILOT: Don't I always? JOHNNY: If by "always" you mean "not once". They both share a chuckle at this comment. Cage looks over to Sonya. JOHNNY: Major? Sonya looks to him, then rises from her seat. She strides to the back of the helicopter where six other soldiers are taking their seats. Also among them is the blind swordsman known only as Kenshi, who remains standing. Johnny looks on in admiration as Sonya walks up to her men. She turns round and flashes him a smile, and he walks up to join them. SONYA: Alright, you have the rendezvous coordinates. Far edge of the forest. From there, we access the portal to Raiden's sky temple. JOHNNY: Where there's an angry former Elder God and his devils waiting for us. One soldier seated among them doesn't appear to quite believe what he's hearing (or what's happening around him). SOLDIER: Gods, portals, flying demons... JOHNNY: (Looking at Kenshi) Blind guys with magic swords... Kenshi turns in his direction at this. KENSHI: The world has changed. For the worse if we do not expel Shinnok from Raiden's temple. He means to poison Earthrealm's life force - the Jinsei. SONYA: And we're not gonna let that happen. JOHNNY: Kenshi and I appreciate the Major allowing us to join you. We're happy to help kick Shinnok's bony ass back to the Netherrealm. The muffled sound of explosions outside of the helicopter gets everyone's attention. Johnny, Sonya and Kenshi race back to the front of the chopper in time to witness one of the helicopters in front of theirs catch fire. Sonya quickly takes the co-pilot seat again. As a fireball races to the left of their chopper, the helicopter on fire crashes into the ground, utterly destroying it. Another fireball explodes on the side of another chopper in front of them. JOHNNY: (To the pilot) You gotta land this thing! As the second chopper on fire crashes and explodes, the windshield suddenly shatters as a kunai attached to a chain bursts through and impales itself in the face of the pilot. JOHNNY: Shit! (AUTHOR'S NOTE: All dialogue from this point on is spoken normally.) The pilot barely has time to let out a cry of agony before he is dragged back through the windshield, breaking it apart on his side. In the co-pilot's seat, Sonya desperately tries to keep the helicopter from crashing. As Cage looks on in concern, a sound at the back of the chopper grabs his and Kenshi's attention. As they turn around, the soldiers also look up to find someone else standing right in front of them, as if he'd just teleported there. That person is the ninja spectre known as Scorpion. Before the soldiers can react, Scorpion kicks two of them in the chest, then knocks out the one in front of him with a straight right hand. He elbows the one behind him for another one hit knockout, then draws his sword in the same motion and decapitates the next two soldiers in front of him. The hellspawn buries his sword in the face of the fifth soldier, then draws his second sword and backhands it through the belly of the sixth soldier. He slips the two swords back into their sheaths as the final two soldiers fall dead, all in the space of about six seconds. As Johnny and Kenshi start forward, Scorpion throws a fireball that catches Kenshi dead center and hurls him back against Sonya's seat, knocking him out of the fight for the time being. [QUICK TIME CUTSCENE BEGINS] Scorpion hurls his chained kunai straight at Johnny. SCORPION: GET OVER HERE! Johnny catches the kunai and brings it level to his face, eyeing it up. JOHNNY: Damn, I'm good! Johnny launches into a Shadow Kick, catching Scorpion in the chest and almost sending him out of the back of the helicopter. He gives the chain a good tug, dragging Scorpion back towards him, where Cage grabs him and slams him against both sides of the chopper. Scorpion recovers quickly and throws a right hand at Johnny. He blocks it, parries two more of Scorpion's strikes, dodges a sidekick and smashes into the back of the ninja's head with a superman punch. Scorpion pulls out an unchained kunai and charges in at Cage, who just barely manages to block the wraith's forearms and avoid being stabbed. Cage desperately struggles, but he is forced to the floor by the undead power of Scorpion. Moments from death, Johnny finds the strength to shove Scorpion's arms away, then he kicks the ninja away from him. As Scorpion staggers back, Kenshi lunges at him and tackles him out of the open side door of the chopper. Scorpion manages to latch on to the side handle, with Kenshi desperately hanging on to his leg. As Johnny lies on the floor of the chopper, he notices another person has just entered. As he rolls to his knees, he gets a good look at who it is; it is Sub-Zero. Or more specifically; the undead Kuai Liang, no longer a cybernetic husk, but a revenant under the control of Quan Chi. The two soldiers knocked out by Scorpion earlier awaken in time to see Sub-Zero before them. They both try to punch him, but he blocks their attacks, freezes their heads and then smashes them together, shattering them into blood, ice and bone. Sub-Zero throws the headless corpse of one of them at Johnny, who manages to avoid it by dropping into his split-legged stance. Another soldier's decapitated head (one who had it chopped off by Scorpion earlier) rolls in front of Cage, who quickly knocks it out of the helicopter. JOHNNY: Eugh, nasty! Sub-Zero creates his signature ice blade and charges at the movie star. Johnny manages to catch the blade in his hands and shatter it. He hits Sub-Zero with his backflip-kick, knocking the revenant against the ceiling. As he lands, Sub-Zero blocks a follow up kick and throws a punch and a low sweep, both of which Cage avoids. As Sub-Zero blocks more kicks and punches from Cage, the scene cuts to Scorpion and Kenshi, still hanging on the chopper's side. Scorpion finally kicks Kenshi off him, but the swordsman manages to stab his weapon into the side of the helicopter. It glows as it cuts through the chopper's side, but finally sticks before Kenshi is hurled to his death. Back in the chopper, Johnny blocks several punches from Sub-Zero before catching him with a right cross. As he staggers away, Johnny suddenly senses someone behind him. Sure enough, Scorpion is standing right there. He promptly elbows the ninja in the face, ducks another strike from Sub-Zero by doing the splits, and this time follows through by punching the revenant right between his legs. JOHNNY: Bring it! As Sub-Zero recoils in pain, Johnny grabs his and Scorpion's heads and bashes them together. The former Lin Kuei stumbles back, and is bathed in a telekenetic glow. He is then violently hurled backwards through the chopper's back door, curtosey of Kenshi. Noticing Kenshi is also holding Scorpion still with his telekenesis, Johnny grabs the spectre and punches him out of the side door. Scorpion grabs onto the ladder with his kunai and starts climbing back into the helicopter. Johnny, having had enough at this point, readies himself as the ninja climbs back in. JOHNNY: No! Cage lunges at Scorpion and tackles him out of the helicopter, falling out himself in the process. [QUICK TIME CUTSCENE ENDS] They free fall for a few moments, with Cage intending to smash Scorpion into the pavement. At the last second, the ninja spectre teleports away in a flash of hellfire, leaving Johnny to crash hard into the pavement. Despite Sonya's best efforts, the helicopter crashes into the ground a few moments later, carving out a large portion of the road. Sonya smacks her head and loses consciousness, but the chopper has not suffered enough damage to explode just yet. Johnny picks himself up off the sidewalk. Miraculously, he hasn't broken any bones in the fall. He struggles to his feet and starts towards the chopper, but is stopped by Scorpion teleporting into his path. He jumps back into a fighting stance. SCORPION: The end is near. JOHNNY: Getting a little ahead of yourself, aren't ya? They fight. Even after the vicious melee in the helicopter, Johnny Cage demonstrates he isn't one of the major defenders of the Earthrealm by being a mere movie star. He takes the fight to the ninja spectre and leaves him unconscious on the ground. JOHNNY: Gotta get back to the chopper. As Sonya starts to wake up, Johnny rushes over to the downed vehicle. JOHNNY: Sonya! Get outta there-- He is suddenly struck in the back by a beam of ice and frozen. The beam doesn't completely freeze him, but he visibly struggles to move as the undead Sub-Zero walks up to him, again preparing his ice blade. Johnny spots a crowbar on the ground nearby and the freeze effect wears off just in time for him to avoid a finishing swipe from the former Lin Kuei. Johnny dodges another swipe and grabs the crowbar, using it to parry two more strikes before sweeping Sub-Zero's legs out from under him with the crowbar. He drops it and backs up to his feet, with Sub-Zero rising shortly after. JOHNNY: Whoo! THAT was unpleasently cold! They fight. While many would struggle fighting a foe so powerful as Sub-Zero, Johnny proves more than ready to take him down. After a fierce battle, Cage leaves the revenant down for the count. JOHNNY: I liked it better when we fought on the same side. Johnny finally makes it to the helicopter, where Kenshi is helping Sonya down from it. Johnny assists her. JOHNNY: You okay? Sonya nods her consent. KENSHI: We fared better than the men. JOHNNY: Add 'em to the list of things Shinnok'll answer for. After a moments silence, the three of them race off together. The scene cuts to the courtyard of the Sky Temple. As a thunderstorm pours down, a massive army of Netherrealm demons - different to the flying beasts seen earlier - are completely massacring the monks who live there. Only two fighters remain standing - the gods known as Raiden and Fujin, who launch into battle stances. The demon army charges at them. Raiden zaps several with his electricity blast, while Fujin traps several more in a cyclone and hurls them over the edge of a bottomless cliff. While he admires his handiwork, a demon charges and grapples him, biting into his face. Fujin fights back by punching and elbowing the demon in the face, before throwing him off the edge as well. Another demon lands behind him and gets a roundhouse kick in the face for it's troubles. Fujin then looks to the heavens as he realises that several more Netherrealm demons - like the flying ones seen earlier - are descending on them. More demons land behind him, but Fujin is saved from one by Raiden impaling it through the head with his polearm. He and Fujin go back to back, fighting off the demons with their bladed staves. One demon manages to bite into Raiden's arm and eats an electric fist soonafter. Raiden impales it on the edge of his weapon and is tackled across the courtyard by a flying demon. The creature stands upright and roars in victory... before being bisected from behind by Fujin and his poleaxe. Fujin helps Raiden back to his feet. FUJIN: Raiden! We must re-fortify the portal's defenses below! RAIDEN: No, Fujin. It is too late. The Netherrealm army is far from finished. Innumerable demons slowly walk towards the gods of thunder and wind. One in particular gets closer and roars to the skies - and a green flaming skull bursts through it's chest. Fujin and Raiden avoid the projectile as the creature falls dead, showing the one who killed it. The army has now stopped it's advance, and given a respectable distance to the sorcerer who commands them. He proudly walks towards the two gods, revealing his distinctive pale facial features. QUAN CHI: The mighty gods of Earthrealm. RAIDEN: You befoul these hallowed grounds, Quan Chi! Begone! QUAN CHI: Surely you are pleased to see your friends... Quan Chi looks to his left. Before him stand the undead forms of Kurtis Stryker, Sindel and Kabal. QUAN CHI: You abandoned them to their deaths. I returned them to life. RAIDEN: A life worse than death! QUAN CHI: One you will soon share, and my lord himself shall witness your fall. The three revenants charge at the gods. The scene cuts to a campfire on the edge of a forest. A few demons are stockpiling the corpses of the fallen monks here. Johnny, Sonya, Kenshi and two squads of Special Forces soldiers sneak up to the site, crouching behind cover. Johnny looks out to the scene, and his eyes widen in shock. He not only sees the undead Smoke in his ninja garb, but another revenant, this one with his cybernetic arms looking as corrupted as the rest of his features. JAX: So he's done his job? SMOKE: I expect him soon. JOHNNY: (whispering) Jax... Sonya also looks crestfallen at seeing her former commanding officer, but she looks over to Kenshi, who nods at her unspoken order. As they rise from cover, a portal opens behind them. More Netherrealm demons appear, and leading them is an undead native-american carrying two corrupted red tomahawks. KENSHI: Nightwolf! The former Earthrealm defender raises a tomahawk to the sky. As red lightning shoots into it, he roars in attack and charges the Special Forces with his demons in tow. Kenshi leads a squad into battle as Johnny's squad provide covering fire. The fighting is quickly noticed by the other two revenants. JAX: There! He runs into the battle. Sonya turns and charges toward him as well, engaging in close kombat. In the melee, Nightwolf and Kenshi parry each other's blades as Smoke teleports directly into the middle of the Special Forces. He kicks a soldier in the chest, sending him sprawling. He wrenches the rifle out of another soldier's hands, then punches and elbows him in the stomach, taking him down. He kicks the rifle out of another soldier's hands and punches him down. Johnny springs into action with a flying kick. Smoke blocks this and several more roundhouse kicks from Cage, before connecting with a back kick that knocks the movie star to the ground. JOHNNY: Smoke... SMOKE: Smoke is dead. I am Enenra. Elsewhere in the melee, Sonya ducks some swings from Jax's cybernetic arms, but gets kicked in the leg, dropping her to her knees. Jax then kicks her full in the face, knocking her over. Johnny gets the upper hand over Smoke by punching him twice in the face and laying him out with a crescent kick. The movie star looks over to see Jax advancing on Sonya. JAX: This is your last mission, Sonya. Johnny intervenes just in time by tackling Jax to the ground. They both roll to their feet in fighting stances. JOHNNY: The real Jax wouldn't punch his best friend! JAX: Johnny Cage. Killing you will be a pleasure. They fight. Despite fighting a warrior augmented by both sorcery and cybernetics, Johnny Cage manages to dig deep and take the fight to the former Jackson Briggs. After a tough battle, Johnny eventually leaves Jax unconscious on the ground. JOHNNY: We're gonna fix you someday... With Jax down, Johnny picks up an assault rifle and catches up with Sonya and the rest of the Special Forces, who are falling back into a cave. JOHNNY: Well, nice seeing them again. Sonya begins to say something, but only lets out an unhappy sigh. Johnny puts a hand on her shoulder. JOHNNY: Sonya... that's not him. After a moment, Sonya nods and regains her composure. The two of them run into the cave. While Sonya stops to confer with one of her men, Johnny races up to Kenshi, who is following his glowing sword Sento across a wall. JOHNNY: That the elevator? KENSHI: (In a deadpan tone) Yes. The elevator. He continues walking with the sword in front of him. KENSHI: Sento contains the souls of my ancestors. They guide me. Johnny looks back to the cave entrance as a rumbling sound is heard from outside. JOHNNY: Could they hurry the hell up? He runs back to the mouth of the cave. Some soldiers near the entrance are shooting at an unseen force of what can only be Netherrealm reinforcements. Kenshi eventually stops at part of the wall and chants something in Japanese. The wall lights up with kanji lettering in response. As Johnny turns around, he sees the hidden portal open up before him. JOHNNY: Goin' up! SONYA: (To her men) Fall back. Now! As the soldiers race to the portal, Sonya stops for a moment with Johnny. JOHNNY: Go on. She runs into the portal. Cage addresses two soldiers who run up to him at the cave mouth. JOHNNY: You guys stay here. Close the door. One soldier takes out a block of explosives from his satchel and passes it to his comrade. As they rush back to the entrance, Johnny runs into the portal, teleporting into the unknown. The scene cuts to an underground cavern beneath the Sky Temple. Raiden and Fujin are shooting electrical and wind blasts at the revenants pursing them, but are gradually being forced backwards by them. Quan Chi strides just behind his undead puppets, letting off an evil laugh as he does so. Though Raiden and Fujin successfully down the revenants, two cloudly shadows shaped like large hands begin to glide toward them. As the shadows encircle them both, Raiden realises what they are and jumps back with Fujin in the nick of time, as the shadows form into skeletal hands that clasp the air where they were standing just before. The gigantic hands unfold to present the fallen Elder God known as Shinnok. SHINNOK: You see it now, Raiden... Your legacy. You poison their hearts with hope. RAIDEN: And what do you offer? The same as you did millenia ago, when you betrayed your fellow Elder Gods and attacked Earthrealm! We stopped you then, imprisoned you in the Netherrealm! We will do so again! SHINNOK: Remove the shadow from the light, the shadow grows. The legacy of life is death, Raiden. My followers accept this and live on. They fight for me. As the shadow clouds come around Shinnok, the revenants and Quan Chi charge into battle. Kabal buries his hookswords into Raiden's shoulders and places a foot in his chest, trying to tear his arms clean off his body. Raiden grabs the weapons and charges them with lightning, electrocuting Kabal. He follows through with a crescent kick, causing Kabal to backflip from the force and crash hard on his front. Quan Chi charges in, and Raiden avoids his kicks and punches, managing to strike him in the kidney, then the face, before kicking him in the stomach and punching him away. The sorcerer rallies and summons a snake-like skeleton with a human skull, which he shoots toward Raiden. The skull latches onto Raiden's face with it's teeth, then wraps it's body around him. With the thunder god incapacitated, Quan Chi uppercuts him on the chin, sending Raiden to the floor. Fujin knocks the former oni aside with a jump kick, then narrowly ducks a baton swipe from Stryker. He blocks another swipe, then lands a combination of punches that downs the revenant. Before he can close in, Sindel grabs him and unleashes a banshee scream point blank into his ear. The vibrations threaten to liquify Fujin's head, but in the nick of time Raiden grabs Sindel and electrocutes her head, rendering her unconscious. As Raiden nods to Fujin, they both ready themselves for Shinnok's onslaught. The fallen Elder God now holds his amulet, which he uses to nonchalently blast Raiden and Fujin, sending them crashing through the wall behind them. As the stone entrance crumbles at their impact, Raiden and Fujin are both on the floor at Shinnok's mercy. Before them all is the Jinsei - a mysterious glowing blue energy that is Earthrealm's life force. FUJIN: You'll not touch the Jinsei! SHINNOK: Oh, I will, and all of Earthrealm will learn the truth... of death! He sends out another blast from his amulet. This one drags both the Earthrealm gods towards Shinnok. They are rendered helpless as the amulet seems poised to imprison them in it for eternity. But just before Raiden's hand touches the amulet, Shinnok is kicked in the back by Johnny Cage, sending the amulet from his grasp and breaking the spell. The amulet clatters to the ground a good distance away from Shinnok, who faceplants on the chamber floor. Johnny strides cockily into the chamber, Sonya and Kenshi by his side. JOHNNY: Oh, sorry ma'am! Didn't see ya there! Shinnok brings himself up to his knees. SHINNOK: Miserable wretch! Insignificant speck of feculant scum! How DARE you! He lets loose a magical blast that knocks Kenshi to the floor unconscious. Raiden spots the amulet as he and Fujin get to their feet, and he then locks eyes with Shinnok. SHINNOK: That is mine! Raiden looses a lightning bolt, but Shinnok catches it in a magic blast and shoots out a corrupted red form of the bolt that strikes Fujin and knocks him out. Sonya fires off an entire clip of ammunition from her assault rifle at Shinnok, who effortlessly creates a shield that deflects the bullets. She throws the gun aside. SONYA: Ready? JOHNNY: As always. They both charge Shinnok and engage in hand to hand kombat. Shinnok easily blocks and dodges their attacks, kicking them both in the stomach with the same leg in a motion impossible for a human. With them doubled over, he jumps up in a split kick that catches them both in the face. Sonya is knocked out of the fight, but Cage recovers quickly and charges in with more punches, all effortlessly blocked by Shinnok with one hand while he isn't even facing Johnny. Shinnok goes on the attack and strikes Johnny with a roundhouse kick, but Cage weathers it and lashes out with a kick to the side that staggers Shinnok. As he recovers, Shinnok levitates Johnny into the air with his magic and hurls him across the chamber. Johnny hits hard against the wall and is knocked out of the fight too. Sonya and Raiden both charge for the amulet, but Shinnok holds his hand out, charged with red energy. The amulet blasts the two of them as they come close, knocking them away. Shinnok then blasts Sonya with a red lightning bolt, leaving her writhing on the chamber floor. Johnny rises in time to witness this. SHINNOK: She will be the first to join me. As he readies for a finishing blast with both hands, Johnny charges in, glowing green with his latent superpowers as he does so. JOHNNY: No! In slow motion, Shinnok blasts out his magic as Sonya raises one hand in desperation. Johnny dives in front of the blast, fully absorbing it. He them, to the amazement of both Sonya and Shinnok, rolls to his knees and rises without impediment, still glowing with green energy. JOHNNY: I'm not sure what just happened to me... The green glow fades as Johnny circles Shinnok, ready to fight. JOHNNY: ...but I am sure of this: You don't even THINK of hurting her! They fight. Johnny gives the fight of his life against the fallen Elder God. Try as he may, Shinnok is unable to overcome him, and after a vicious brawl he is left on the ground by the movie star. JOHNNY: You really are a fallen Elder God. Shinnok slowly rises to his feet, clearly weakened by Cage's assault. Nonetheless, he gets into a kombat stance as Johnny glows green once more, ready for battle. Raiden gets to one knee as this unfolds. RAIDEN: Johnny Cage! The amulet! The amulet is by Johnny's feet. With Shinnok briefly unable to conjure up more magic, Johnny steps on it and flicks it backwards, right into Raiden's hand. SHINNOK: No! Johnny dodges aside as Raiden activates the amulet. The blast from it hits Shinnok just as he manages to fire off some magic from his hands. Despite his struggling, there is nothing Shinnok can do as he is slowly but surely dragged towards his amulet. SHINNOK: NO! With one final cry of anguish, Shinnok is sucked into his amulet. As Raiden pants in exhaustion, Johnny lowers his stance and allows himself a moment of triumph. JOHNNY: Enjoy the new digs, Gramps. Hearing Sonya stir, Johnny rushes to her side. JOHNNY: Sonya? SONYA: Johnny... did we...? JOHNNY: Yeah. We got 'im. Sonya manages one last look of relief before falling unconscious in Johnny's arms. Raiden walks up to them, holding the amulet. RAIDEN: Remain here. The chamber's properties will heal Sonya Blade in short order. Kenshi and Fujin run up to Raiden. KENSHI; Quan Chi and the others; they're gone. A surge of power within the chamber overwhelmed my senses. FUJIN: We can deal with Quan Chi later, Kenshi. RAIDEN: We've netted a bigger prize this day. KENSHI: Shinnok's Amulet... He holds his hand toward it, telekinetically feeling it's properties. KENSHI: ...and within it... JOHNNY: Ol' Fishface himself. FUJIN: Let us take the amulet to the Elder Gods. RAIDEN: They cannot destroy it. No one can. FUJIN: They might offer counsel. Shinnok can never escape. Raiden wordlessly offers his consent and the two gods leave the chamber. Kenshi is left with Johnny, who is still holding Sonya. He is smiling and at peace, unlike Kenshi, who is still clearly concerned with the events that just occurred. KENSHI: The war is not over. Quan Chi has escaped. Why are you smiling? JOHNNY: She called me "Johnny". The scene fades into Johnny Cage, now with greyed hair. The caption "Twenty Years Later" reads on the bottom right of the screen. Johnny is talking in what appears to be a high tech communications room with four younger fighters; his daughter Cassie, Jax's daughter Jacqui, a Shaolin by the name of Kung Jin and Takahashi Takeda from the Shirai Ryu. JOHNNY: Raiden told me later that I'm descended from some Mediterranean war cult. He pauses to snort in derision. JOHNNY: "Bred as warriors for the gods." I've never been able to re-summon that green halo. Raiden thinks it was triggered when I saw a loved one about to die. Kung Jin seems to view the tale with some skepticism. He looks over to Cassie, who has her back to him and is concentrating on the computer before her. KUNG JIN: How 'bout you, Cassie? Can you summon anything like that? Or did it skip a generation? TAKEDA: Take it easy, Jin. CASSIE: We didn't need a halo in Darfur - or Iran, or Kurdistan. Did we, Jacqui? JACQUI: Nope, we didn't. Shaolin monks ever send you there, Jin? KUNG JIN: I've seen plenty of action; Takeda and I both. Stuff that'd blow your Special Forces minds-- CASSIE: Fu-- Before Jin can continue, and before Cassie can interject with an expletive laden reply, Johnny stands back up to defuse the situation, addressing everyone as he does so. JOHNNY: At ease. You're all here because you deserve to be. You're beautiful and unique snowflakes. Everyone sits in silent disbelief at what they just heard. With the tension gone, Johnny continues. JOHNNY: Now, as I'm sure you're unaware - judging from the lack of gift cards - today is our team's six week anniversary. Secretary Blake says he's pleased with our progress. KUNG JIN: You could spit in his hair and he'd be "pleased with our progress". JACQUI: He was smart enough to have Mister Cage put this team together. TAKEDA: I'm glad the Shirai Ryu chose me to join. New places... He looks over to Jacqui. TAKEDA: ...new faces. Jacqui closes her eyes briefly and tries not to stare at Takeda, who sits where he is still smiling at her. JOHNNY: As the secretary pointed out, us older folks are gonna retire someday, so it's time for your generation to step up. Shaolin, Shirai Ryu, S-F. Together. For your team's first mission, you're going to the Lin Kuei Temple. Kung Jin and Takeda share a meaningful look. JOHNNY: We haven't heard from the Grandmaster in a while, so we need to make sure he's still on our side; that he's got our backs if things flare up again with Outworld. You need to bring him in, but don't be surprised if Sub-Zero's not willing to cooperate. CASSIE: Why be worried about Outworld? I thought Kotal Kahn respected the Reiko Accords? JOHNNY: He does, but he's facing a civil war. The rebels win, those accords will be history. --------------------------- (3E) CHAPTER 2: KOTAL KAHN --------------------------- The scene fades into the desert skyline of the capital city of Z'unkahran in Outworld. It pans down to the city buildings, and finally the streets, where a battalion of Kotal Kahn's warriors march through, along with the Outworld equivalent of oxen dragging a large carriage. Leading the march are the wandering mercenary Erron Black and the living amalgamation of souls known only as Ermac. The scene cuts to the inside of the carriage, and our first sight of Outworlds latest emperor; the Osh-Tekk warrior Kotal Kahn. KOTAL: Twenty million. The camera cuts to who he is speaking with; the Earthrealm mercenary Kano, leader of the Black Dragon. Sitting beside him is D'Vorah, Kotal's lieutenant from Kytinn. KANO: Emperor, what's the expression? "S' not worth the dirt on my shoe"? D'VORAH: Kotal Kahn has always bargained with you fairly, Kano. KANO: Sure, sure. I'm just sayin'; upgraded weapons, my intel - and poof! The long Outworld civil war - done. Might be nice to kick back a bit, eh? KOTAL: You know Mileena's location. KANO: And 'er whole rebel army. S'gotta be worth at least fifty. KOTAL: I must attack her. Immediately. End this conflict. As you say... Kano looks over to the rooftops through the carriage windows. He spots the former empress Mileena running over them, accompanied by the Edenian demi-god Rain. KOTAL: ...it drains us. Kano refocuses his attention on Kotal. KANO: Right. Do we have a deal? The driver of Kotal's cart suddenly calls a halt, bringing the carriage to a stop. D'Vorah immediately checks the window. KOTAL: What is it, D'Vorah? D'VORAH: The emperor should not be concerned. Accident ahead. This One will clear it. As she exits the carriage, the scene cuts to the reason behind the halt. Two massive carts of stacked crates block the roadway. Kotal's soldiers move to heave them aside as D'Vorah walks up to them. D'VORAH: Make way for Kotal Kahn! Move! On the rooftops, Mileena and Rain spy on the proceedings, accompanied by the treacherous Edenian Tanya and several Tarkatans. TANYA: The Tarkatans are in position. We await your order. MILEENA: It is given, dearest Tanya. Tanya sneaks off with several Tarkatans in tow. RAIN: Stopping a carriage is nothing. Killing an emperor-- MILEENA: FALSE emperor! RAIN: --requires power. Power you have, Mileena. And won't use. Mileena begrudgingly pulls out what Rain is referring to - Shinnok's Amulet. MILEENA: It pains me to use it, Rain. I need more time. The usurper's excursion came too soon. RAIN: The rain falls when it may. MILEENA: No matter - if Kano does what I paid him to do. Back at the cart pile up, Ermac is telekinectically moving the crates, while Kotal's soldiers still struggle with the carts themselves. D'VORAH: Now! Do it! More soldiers walk over to help. Inside the carriage, Kotal Kahn waits impatiently and silenty with Kano, who seems to be staring him down to pass the time. A shout outside the carriage attracts Kotal's attention, and he turns to see an entire army of Tarkatan warriors madly rushing down a back alley directly at his forces. Outworld civilians scatter at the rush, but Kotal's forces rush in to intercept them. At the same time, more Tarkatans rush in from an alley on the opposite side of the carriage, forcing the soldiers to divide up to fight them off. Seeing the army approach, D'Vorah, Ermac and Erron Black charge into the foray. Ermac ducks a blade swipe from a Tarkatan, telekinetically lifts him into the air and viciously bends him backwards, snapping his spine, before blasting his corpse into another Tarkatan. Erron Black shoots a charging Tarkatan in the face with his revolver, killing him instantly. He turns and blocks a swipe from another, before putting his gun directly into the mutant's mouth and pulling the trigger. As that one falls dead, Erron is tackled by a third, knocking his hat off in the process. Two of Kotal's soldiers gang up to stab a Tarkatan to death, while another mutant slashes a soldier across the chest with his arm blades, killing him. That Tarkatan spots D'Vorah and charges her along with two more of his comrades. As they approach, D'Vorah extends two of her hidden appendages, brutally stabbing the mutants to death before they can get in range of her. She pauses to take a breath, and as she does she spots even more Tarkatans charging into the melee. Inside the carriage, Kotal Kahn watches all of this with barely contained fury. He curses in untranslated Osh-Tekk. [QUICK TIME CUTSCENE BEGINS] Kano cunningly strokes his beard. KANO: You said a mouthful... He reaches behind him and pulls out one of his knives. He stabs downwards at Kotal, who blocks it with a forearm and punches Kano across the face. Kano tries another downward stab with both arms this time. Kotal catches his wrists and pushes them away. Kotal pushes Kano down, grabs his cybernetic heart and lays in several measured punches, before delivering a headbutt that fractures Kano's skull (according to the X-Ray vision that pops up). Kano rallies and grabs Kotal by the shoulders. They struggle for a moment and Kano throws Kotal down. He tries to fry the Outworld emperor with his laser eye, but Kotal blocks the beam with a forearm and grabs Kano with his other hand, plunging his thumb directly into the mercenaries eye. Kano screams in pain, but miraculously isn't blinded by the ordeal. Kotal kicks him away, grabs him and throws him into the carriage side. Kano destroys one of the carriage window frames with his face. He tries to fight back with a double axe-handle smash, but Kotal blocks it, punches him in the stomach twice, then grabs him and throws him to the other side of the carriage. This time, both Kano and Kotal crash through the carriage door to the outside. [QUICK TIME CUTSCENE ENDS] While on the ground, Kotal punches Kano repeatedly, but Kano catches his hand and throws Kotal aside. They both roll to their feet in fighting stances. KOTAL: You wound me, Kano. Your offer of aid was but wind and air?! KANO: Keep yer fifty million. Mileena's giving me twice that to take you out! They fight. While Kano's fighting strength and cybernetic enhancements have only grown in the years he's lived, Kotal Kahn's life experiences far outshine his. The Outworld emperor lives up to his title by beating Kano into the ground. KOTAL: You're not worth the dirt on my shoe. As Kano tries to struggle back to his feet, Kotal pulls out his ceremonial dagger. Pinning Kano to the ground with his boot, the Kahn plunges the spiked weapon square into Kano's back. He withdraws it and prepares to slit Kano's throat. Despite Kano trying to block the dagger, Kotal gradually overpowers him, but he is suddenly struck by a fireball that knocks him to the ground. The one who threw it - Tanya - leaps gracefully from the carriage she perched on and lands on the ground. The two circle each other in fighting stances. KOTAL: You are the Edenian, Tanya. TANYA: I'm pleased you remember me, Ko'atal. She curtseys mockingly and throws a burst of fire. Kotal catches it in his palm and his arm begins to charge with energy. KOTAL: I will never forget those who freed Mileena. He throws the burst back at Tanya, forcing her to cancel her spell. She pulls out a pair of kama (miniature scythes). TANYA: She vowed to create a free Edenia - something you refuse to do. Kotal swings the dagger at her. She blocks it with both her kama. KOTAL: A united Outworld stands strong against it's enemies. TANYA: It will never be united under your rule. They break off their clinch. KOTAL: Your rebellion is all that prevents it. They fight. Tanya's speed and magical prowess prove to be little match for the strength and power of the Osh-Tekk warrior. After a swift and fierce battle, Kotal leaves Tanya on the floor unconscious and beaten. KOTAL: You are a fool to trust Mileena. A Tarkatan warrior charges straight at Kotal following the battle. Kotal blocks a blade swipe, elbows the mutant in the stomach, sweeps his leg and knees him in the face, knocking him out. He grabs the arm of another Tarkatan charging him, punches him in the side and face, then sweeps his legs with his arm, taking him down. As the Kahn searches the battle, he spots Mileena on the rooftops. KOTAL: She tasks me... for the last time. His body glows with fire and he teleports to the roof where Mileena is. He approaches her, Rain and the three Tarkatans with them with his shoulder ornaments (a pair of hooks) drawn for kombat. KOTAL: Mileena. MILEENA: Kano was to kill you, miserable snake! She barks out an untranslated order in the Tarkatan language. One of them charges and gets an arm sliced off for his efforts, followed by a slash through the heart. The second Tarkatan leaps into the fray with a kick, but Kotal grabs his foot and and slices his leg off at the knee. As he drops, the final Tarkatan rushes toward him, only to take several slashes from the hooks, dying when one is embedded into his torso, and the other into the side of his head. Kotal snaps his neck with the last strike and leaves the hooks in his corpse, kicking it away. Mileena charges at him, screaming. She throws a spinkick that Kotal blocks, follows with several more kicks that are blocked or dodged, before landing a punch across his face. The Kahn replies with two face-punches of his own and then lifts his hand to the sky, absorbing a ray of sunlight. With an untranslated chant, he blasts Mileena with this ray, sending her crashing through the rooftop wall and down to the street below. Kotal looks over to Rain. KOTAL: Another Edenian. The supposed half-god. Rain replies by trapping Kotal in a water bubble, suspending him in the air. RAIN: I am a son of Argus. I was not merely declared a god by befuddled commoners, Buluc. Kotal glows with sunlight once more and bursts the water bubble he is in. KOTAL: Surely Mileena suspects your true intentions, son of Argus. He charges at Rain, who disappears in a flash of water. The Kahn stops short of the rooftop edge, but is unaware that Rain teleported behind him. Rain leaps in the air and dropkicks Kotal in the back, sending him off the rooftop to the street below. He lands hard on his front. As he struggles to his feet, Rain teleports to the street to meet him in kombat. RAIN: My "intentions" are to teach you the difference between pretension and godhood. They fight. In spite of being a half-god, Rain's arrogance gets the better of him in the fight with the determined Kotal Kahn, who's sun-based strength manages to see him through the melee. Eventually Rain is left beaten on the ground by Kotal's hand. KOTAL: That should silence you. As Rain struggles to his knees, Erron Black runs up to the Outworld emperor. Kotal gives a silent nod to Erron, which is returned. Black walks up to Rain. ERRON: You won't touch him again. He kicks Rain square in the face, knocking him onto his back. As Rain tries to recover, Erron puts his boot on Rain's throat and levels his revolver square at Rain's nose. Before he can pull the trigger, a sai flies out of nowhere and impales Black's hand, forcing him to drop the revolver. MILEENA: But I will. Mileena turns to face off against Kotal. Rain teleports away while Erron backs off as well. MILEENA: As the heir to my father Shao Kahn, I, Mileena, Kahnum of Outworld, order your execution! They fight. As vicious and desperate of a fighter as Mileena is, not even her magic and skill is a match for the Osh-Tekk warrior known as Kotal Kahn. After a brutal fight, Mileena is knocked to the ground by the Kahn. KOTAL: There will be an execution this day. The Tarkatan forces have now been routed, and several of Kotal's warriors surround Mileena, who manages to get to her feet. She tries to flee but cannot see a way out. KOTAL: You will atone for your dissent, Mileena. Your blood will make right. He begins to absorb more sunlight into his palm. KOTAL: Up the stair path... to the fire's edge! As he shoots off a ray of sunlight, Mileena pulls out Shinnok's Amulet and fires it off. The two rays of magic collide in midair and struggle against one another until Kotal is forced to break his attack. The trapping magic is shot off in all directions, engulfing three of his soldiers who are instantly teleported into the amulet. The effect visibly scars Mileena's arm, and she cries out in pain as the magic halts, falling to the ground unconscious. Rain suddenly teleports into the fray, grabs Mileena and disappears again with her in tow. Kotal remains on one knee, visibly struggling to get to his feet. D'Vorah helps him up, but he puts a hand to his head, still dizzy. D'VORAH: What did my emperor see? KOTAL: A mere cub... grown to be a jaguar. He says nothing more, but looks to where Mileena was for a moment, before walking off. The scene cuts to a shot of the Lin Kuei temple, viewed through a high tech computer monitor. Various statistics outline the screen. CASSIE: Once we hit the drop-point, we split up. The scene moves back into the S-F control room, with everyone seen earlier (Johnny, Cassie, Jacqui, Takeda and Kung Jin) still present. CASSIE: Jacqui and I will come in from the south. You two from the west. JACQUI: Rendezvous here. The north entrance. JIN: Then what? A simple pick up and go? CASSIE: We bag 'im if he resists. TAKEDA: Resistance might be more possible than you think. CASSIE: Don't sweat it. It comes to that, Sub-Zero won't know what hit him. ------------------------- (3F) CHAPTER 3: SUB-ZERO ------------------------- The scene cuts to the Lin Kuei temple. Two members of the clan, outfitted in blue light armour complete with a sword on the back, rush up the gigantic staircase. Sitting on the throne of the Grandmaster is Kuai Liang - better known as Sub-Zero - now fully restored to life. His whitened eyes take in the two Lin Kuei, who put their hands together and bow their heads before him in respect. LIN KUEI #1: The forward defenses stand down as you command, Grandmaster. LIN KUEI #2: It is confirmed. Four intruders. The Grandmaster smiles in response. SUB-ZERO: It is time to entertain our guests. The scene cuts to just outside of the Lin Kuei temple, panning down from the giant statue of the first Lin Kuei Grandmaster to the temple's entrance. In the midst of the light snow falling down, Team S-F have all reached the rendezvous point and wait to the side of the entrance staircase. CASSIE: All right, I've got point. (To Takeda) You and Jin, that side. Both of them exchange a glance. Takeda's face is unreadable, but Kung Jin clearly doesn't agree with the command. CASSIE: Move! Both of them obey and slip over to the other side of the staircase. CASSIE: (To Jackie) Ready? Jacqui nods her consent, but just as Cassie turns to the entrance, the temple doors open up. She hastily backs up as Sub-Zero and four Lin Kuei students exit the temple, walking down to the grounds just before them. They stop before the statue of the First Grandmaster and kneel in meditation. Jin motions with his head to move in. Cassie mouths "Not yet" to him in response. After a moment, Jin chooses to ignore the command and stomps out of his hiding place. CASSIE: Dammit, Jin! All three of them quickly follow as Jin points to Sub-Zero. KUNG JIN: You. I need to s-- Cassie lightly hits him on the back, grabbing his attention. Sub-Zero speaks to them without ever lifting his head from his meditation. SUB-ZERO: You are not welcome here. State your intentions. Jin decides to let Cassie do the talking, and she steps forward. CASSIE: Grandmaster. We need you to come with us. My name is Sergeant-- The Lin Kuei with Sub-Zero bark out a command in Chinese. Reinforcements flood in from seemingly nowhere, surrounding Team S-F and outnumbering them about 5 to 1. Sub-Zero stands up from his meditation. SUB-ZERO: You demand my cooperation. Yet you are cut off. Surrounded. What will you do? CASSIE: My father always spoke highly of you, Sub-Zero. He wants to talk. SUB-ZERO: Talking. Always his first choice. KUNG JIN: Okay, let's try pummeling. (To Team S-F) Now! CASSIE: Wait! It's far too late for waiting. Jin charges into a line of Lin Kuei as Sub-Zero rushes in and takes a swing at Cassie. As Takeda and Jacqui begin fighting as well, Cassie barely ducks out of the way in time and only just gets an arm up to block a left swing. Sub-Zero knees her in the side and blocks two kicks from her in response. He steps back from a wild right swing and headbutts Cassie, before throwing her to the ground. She comes up in a roll and pulls out her sidearm, but Sub-Zero freezes it with a quick ice ball, rendering it useless. Cassie goes into a fighting stance. SUB-ZERO: Cassandra Cage. You lead this group, but they do not follow. What would your mother do? CASSIE: Stop wasting time and take you down. They fight. As youthful and determined a fighter as Cassie is, Sub-Zero is leagues ahead of her with his strength, experience and powers. After a fierce battle, he leaves her defeated on the ground. SUB-ZERO: You are more like your mother than you think. Takeda charges at Sub-Zero from behind and launches into a spinkick (with multiple spins). Sub-Zero blocks the attack and throws several punches that Takeda blocks, but he eventually lands one. Takeda fights back with several more kicks, all blocked. On the final kick, Sub-Zero covers himself with ice as Takeda lands on him with a spinning downwards kick, seemingly shattering him into ice shards. After Takeda spends a moment looking around, Sub-Zero resurfaces behind him and dropkicks him in the back. The Lin Kuei Grandmaster kips up to his feet as Takeda struggles to his. SUB-ZERO: Your powers should have revealed my intention, Takahashi Takeda. No doubt Kenshi taught you how to use them. TAKEDA: My father taught me a lot, Grandmaster. SUB-ZERO: Let us see. They fight. Even with his agility and lasher whips, the Shirai Ryu ninja proves to be little match for the Lin Kuei Grandmaster. It's not long before Takeda is facedown on the ground, defeated. SUB-ZERO: You are not your father. Not yet. From behind, Jacqui attempts to punch Sub-Zero in the back of his head, but he anticipates her attack and sweeps her legs with his arm. Jacqui turns her fall into a cartwheel and lands on her feet. JACQUI: Dammit. SUB-ZERO: You announced your arrival, Jacqueline Briggs. JACQUI: Specialist Briggs. SUB-ZERO: Yes. Military decorum is important to your family. Jacqui takes several swings at Sub-Zero, one of them managing to hit him in his side. She lands another in his stomach and a superman punch to his face, staggering him a few steps backwards. JACQUI: If you know my father, you know me. Thought you and he were friends. SUB-ZERO: Our histories share a dark chapter. They fight. Despite her only augmentation being her powered gauntlets, Jacqui proves to be a tough fighter. However, Sub-Zero's experience, strength and ice powers see him through the fight and he knocks Jacqui to the ground. SUB-ZERO: Do not judge yourself harshly, Specialist Briggs. Jacqui suddenly whirls to her feet and lands a spinkick across Sub-Zero's face. She lands a right hand and then a roundhouse kick, taking the Grandmaster to one knee, stunned. A Lin Kuei ninja charges her with a sword, forcing her to block his attacks and disengage from the fight. Elsewhere on the temple grounds, Kung Jin throws a Lin Kuei to the ground, blocks a sword strike from another, grabs his arms and judo throws him down too. Seeing Sub-Zero on one knee, Jin charges in with a straight kick, but Sub-Zero suddenly stands up and blocks it and a follow up kick. The Grandmaster ducks under one of Jin's jump spinning kicks and charges in with several punches. Jin blocks most, but one in the chest and another in the face tag him. He staggers back from the onslaught and magically readies his bow-staff. KUNG JIN: A feint. Bravo. SUB-ZERO: Kung Jin. You should rally your companions rather than mock your superiors. KUNG JIN: I'll remember that - in case I ever meet one. They fight. Jin's arrogance prove to be his undoing, for in spite of his skill in battle, Sub-Zero's endurance is far too strong and his powers are far greater. In short order, Jin is lying on his back in the snow. SUB-ZERO: False bravado does not suit you. By now, the Lin Kuei have successfully subdued Cassie, Jacqui and Takeda, and have them on their knees with their hands tied behind them. Kung Jin is soon bound and put with them in the same manner. Sub-Zero walks over to Team S-F. TAKEDA: Any ideas? CASSIE: Sub Zero, let's talk. SUB-ZERO: That opportunity has passed. KUNG JIN: Got a new plan, Cage? JACQUI: You could'a followed the old one, Jin. CASSIE: (To Sub-Zero) You're gonna catch hell if you kill us. Sub-Zero considers this for a moment. SUB-ZERO: ...Yes. I suppose so. He calls out to one of the Lin Kuei in Chinese. The assassin cuts the ropes that bind Team S-F, and the Lin Kuei walk back into the temple. CASSIE: That worked? A whistle catches Team S-F's attention as they rise to their feet. Standing on the staircase to the temple is Johnny Cage, who salutes them with a pointed finger. JACQUI: This was all a... a-- SUB-ZERO: A training exercise. CASSIE: Damn. I shoulda seen it. SUB-ZERO: You and your friends show much promise, Cassandra Cage. But until you function as one, you will fall short. Back on their plane and in their command centre, Team S-F begin dressing their outfits and pride. Cassie walks in, making sure to shoulder bump Jin as she passes. Johnny follows behind her. JOHNNY: So other than that you enjoyed your visit. CASSIE: The Lin Kuei shredded us. KUNG JIN: You, maybe. JACQUI: I see plenty of frozen bootprints on your ass, too. JOHNNY: C'mon now, you're all winners in my book. This does nothing to encourage Team S-F, who continue to look downcast. Johnny's phone begins to vibrate in his back pocket and he takes it out. He takes one look at the screen and becomes deadly serious. JOHNNY: New orders. From General Blade. He walks over to the computer and types something in. He reads the screen for more info. JOHNNY: Priority One: Outworlders. Here in Earthrealm... TAKEDA: An invasion? JACQUI: Couldn't be. She notices Johnny is silent. So does Jin. KUNG JIN: You're not afraid are you, Mister Cage? JOHNNY: Outworlders, I can handle... The scene cuts to Team S-F's plane touching down at a refugee camp policed by the Special Forces. The blind swordsman Kenshi - aged and graying as well - walks over to the plane. The scene cuts to a few minutes later, after Johnny and Team S-F have disembarked from the plane. JOHNNY: So when did they show up? KENSHI: The portal opened by the docks a few hours ago. Nearly five thousand in all. Refugees from the Outworld civil war. JOHNNY: Must be bad if they risked coming to Earthrealm. KENSHI: (To Kung Jin) After you. As Jin, Cassie, Jacqui and Johnny all walk into one of the command tents, Kenshi stops Takeda and puts a hand on his shoulder. KENSHI: (Telepathically) Do not dwell on your encounter with the Lin Kuei, son. Takeda sighs out loud. TAKEDA: (Telepathically) Kinda hard not to. They both walk into the command tent. Admist all of the Special Forces soldiers at various monitors, Raiden stands over a beautiful young woman, who despite looking vaguely Asian is no doubt from Outworld. She is seating and nursing a hot drink as Kenshi and Takeda walk over. General Sonya Blade - looking startingly young for almost fifty - turns when she sees them approaching. SONYA: Thanks, Kenshi. Could you and Mister Cage join us? She perches on the side of a nearby table near the woman. Cassie begins to walk over as well, and Sonya addresses her while barely looking in her direction. SONYA: Sergeant Cage, you and your team as you were. She turns away. Cassie is clearly annoyed by this, and shares a glance with her father. At his silent request, she does as she's told. RAIDEN: This is Li Mei. She seeks asylum for her people in Earthrealm. LI MEI: Our village, Sun Do, was the epicentre of a fierce battle. We barely escaped with our lives. JOHNNY: Such is war. A moment of silence passes. JOHNNY: I mean, no offense, but... you Outworlders kinda live for that, right? LI MEI: This was different. The rebels, Mileena, had a weapon unlike anything... Entire battalions, erased. It was not honourable. Not kombat. RAIDEN: Tell me more about the weapon. LI MEI: A talisman. Gold, with a centre jewel. Mileena wields it's crimson energy without precision. CASSIE: Well, that's good then-- SONYA: Not now, Sergeant Cage. Cassie looks downcast as Li Mei continues. LI MEI: It is enough that she possesses it. It turns the tide in her favor. The emperor grows desperate. And those caught in the middle... pay the price. RAIDEN: If this talisman is what I suspect it to be, we may all pay a price. KUNG JIN: We talking about Shinnok's Amulet? SONYA: (To Raiden) Can't be. The base, the vault, your wardings? S-F, Shaolin, no way anyone can get past all that. RAIDEN: I must be certain. He leaves the tent. Johnny breaks the silence. JOHNNY: Well, this is cozy. Sonya says nothing, but glares at him with an annoyed expression. Li Mei notices the tension between them and tries to cool it off. LI MEI: (To Johnny) You remind me of an Earthrealmer who crossed over with us. He also found humour in everything. JOHNNY: Handsome guy, right? The joke is seemingly lost on Li Mei. LI MEI: He was an Earthrealmer. One of his eyes... glowed red. At this, Johnny and Sonya realise exactly who she means. KUNG JIN: (To Jacqui) Who does she mean? Jacqui shrugs in response. SONYA: Kenshi, continue with Li Mei. I'm going to the refugee camp. Gotta get to him before he finds a way out. She starts walking outside. Johnny falls in with her. JOHNNY: I'll come with. Sonya stops at once and addresses Johnny directly. SONYA: Go get an update on camp security from Colonel Flagg. JOHNNY: Why? SONYA: Because then you won't be here. Cassie looks more outraged than her father does and starts forward. Johnny motions for her to stand down and then leaves the tent without another word. Sonya watches him as he leaves, and doesn't look away until Cassie addresses her. CASSIE: Are we with you? SONYA: No. I need to confirm with Kotal Kahn that Li Mei's story is true. You and your team are going to Outworld. She turns around and leaves the tent without another word. ------------------------- (3G) CHAPTER 4: KUNG JIN ------------------------- The scene cuts to Outworld's capital, Z'unkahran. Team S-F are walking through the crowded streets of Outworlders going about their normal business. JACQUI: I dunno, I expected the sky to be purple or something. KUNG JIN: Don't believe everything you see online. CASSIE: And what makes you an expert? KUNG JIN: The Shaolin archives. I studied a lot about Outworld. CASSIE: No substitute for experience. KUNG JIN: So what makes you our leader? The two of them stop walking and stare one another down. Takeda intercedes before anything else happens. TAKEDA: Guys, let's stick to the mission? Cassie breaks off the staredown and walks off. Jin smiles to himself and follows along with Takeda and Jacqui. CASSIE: Li Mei has to be telling the truth. JACQUI: An invasion would violate the Reiko Accords. KUNG JIN: 'Cause you can always trust an Outworlder... TAKEDA: But if Outworld's our ally, why didn't they help us during the Netherrealm war? Against Quan Chi and his team of... KUNG JIN: Revenants? Like Jacqui's dad? Jacqui stops dead at this remark. JACQUI: Asshole! Jin turns round, addressing everyone as he does so. KUNG JIN: It's not an alliance. Non-agression pact. Outworld is not our ally. A new voice cuts through the air, and Team S-F find themselves surrounded by several of Kotal Kahn's soldiers. The one speaking stands out the most in his gunslinger attire. ERRON: A point you might make with more subtlety, given your surroundings. Now state your business. Including a reason why we shouldn't kill you. Takeda puts his hand to his head, telepathically reading Erron Black's mind. TAKEDA: I can read you. You're not from Outworld. ERRON: I'm from Earthrealm - like you - but my employer, Kotal Kahn is from Outworld. So now I'm from Outworld. State your business. CASSIE: We're emissaries. We need to talk to Kotal Kahn. She pulls something out of her back pocket. CASSIE: Here, we have Raiden's official seal. Black looks at it for a moment. ERRON: I can buy one of those at that stall right over there. KUNG JIN: Look, you can arrest us, even kill us, but if we're telling the truth, you probably get a pay cut - or worse. You take us to the Kahn, I'll tell 'im you took us down. Maybe get you a bonus. You can't lose. Erron considers this new offer for a moment longer than he did Cassie's. ERRON: Follow me. He walks off. Team S-F follow with the soldiers close by. Jin flashes another smile at Cassie. They walk into the main plaza of the marketplace, where a crowd has gathered to watch a public event. A soldier on a raised platform addresses all present, reading from a scroll. SOLDIER: "In these times of war, we are required to view every resource as a weapon for our Emperor to use at his discretion." The scene cuts to a closer view. A man has been bound in the stocks, and two soldiers pull him out and restrain him. SOLDIER: "To take without his leave is to steal from the hand of Kotal Kahn himself." Kung Jin stops to take in the scene, with mounting horror clear on his face. SOLDIER: "Therefore, having been found guilty of theft, you shall be put to death." THIEF: I was hungry! He is slammed onto a headsman's block. SOLDIER: Your sentence will be carried out... immediately! Jin turns to Erron. KUNG JIN: Death? For petty theft? ERRON: Remember where you are. Defiantly, Jin pushes his way through the crowd. CASSIE: Jin? Erron pulls out a revolver, intending to shoot Kung Jin in the back. Cassie grabs his arm and throws him down, causing the shot to go wide. Takeda and Jacqui begin fighting the soldiers as well. On the platform, a soldier holds a macuahuitl - an Aztec (or in this universe, Osh-Tekk) spiked war club - over the thief's head. As he prepares to swing it downward, an arrow pierces his shoulder, sending him down in pain. Jin puts down his bow-staff and charges in. Three soldiers pull their swords and meet him in kombat. Kung Jin easily blocks the first's attacks with his staff and hits him in the side of his helmet. Jin hits another strike to his stomach and knocks him down with a bash to the back of his head. He blocks two strikes from the second soldier and sends him sprawling with a staff hit to the face, then repeats the motion to the third soldier before he can even finish his attack. Behind him, other Outworld citizens begin attacking the soldiers as well. Elsewhere, Erron blocks a high kick and a punches from Cassie, and she blocks two of his attempts to shoot her and ducks a pistol whip. He counters another strike from her by bashing her in the forehead with his revolver and dashes off from the fight while she's stunned. The soldiers now have a full scale riot on their hands. One is tackled off the platform by an Outworld citizen, while a second is pushed off by another citizen, allowing Jin to run up and free the thief from his binds. KUNG JIN: Get outta here! Go! The citizen helps the grateful thief to his feet. Jin turns round and walks off the platform, coming face to face with Erron Black. ERRON: I knew I shouldn't have listened to you. KUNG JIN: A lesson in trust... from a mercenary. ERRON: Here's another learning opportunity. They fight. As deadly and pragmatic a fighter as Erron Black is, Kung Jin exhibits equal skill and speed with his own weapons. After a hard fought battle, the Shaolin student leaves the mercenary flat on his back. KUNG JIN: I'm a quick learner. The soldiers surrounding the rest of Team S-F are quickly defeated. A loud deep roar attracts Jacqui's attention, and several thumping footsteps catch the attention of everyone else as well. They look up in horror at what is approaching, but Jin steels himself as he hears a young girl calling out threats in the Outworld tongue. The gigantic hooded brute Torr walks into the plaza, and on his back is his rider, the diminutive Ferra. She gives off an evil cackle as they take in the scene. FERRA: Let's play, Torr! Torr roars in response and starts forward. Team S-F get into fighting stances. CASSIE: You couldn't just ask for a pony like every other girl? Kung Jin nocks an arrow into his bow-staff. KUNG JIN: The archives never mentioned symbiotes. [QUICK TIME CUTSCENE BEGINS] At Ferra's battle cry, Torr charges forward. Cassie, Jacqui and Takeda run to meet them, while Jin aims his bow-staff. Jacqui ducks a right swing from Torr and tries to punch him, but Torr easily blocks her attempts. As Torr grabs Jackie and hoists her over his head, Jin fires off an arrow that hits him in the shoulder, causing him to drop Jacqui before he can slam her into the ground. Torr pulls the arrow out and charges forward, but Takeda runs into his path. He blocks a fist from Torr, who blocks his attacks and grabs his leg, throwing him to the ground while Jin prepares another shot. The brute bashes Takeda with both his fists while he's down, but Jin hits him with another arrow in the shoulder before he can repeat the motion. Once more Torr pulls the arrow out and charges forward. Cassie tries to hit him with a Shadow kick, but Torr catches her leg. FERRA: Break her face! Torr complies by punching Cassie square in her face with his free fist. He picks her up by the shoulders and hoists her over his head, eye level with Ferra, who brandishes the claws on her hands. FERRA: Ferra cut you! This time, Jin shoots his arrow at Ferra, catching her in the shoulder and knocking her off Torr's back. Torr throws down Cassie and runs in to meet Kung Jin in kombat. Ferra quickly rights herself and jumps right back on Torr's back. [QUICK TIME CUTSCENE ENDS] FERRA: You here make trouble, Skinny? She barks off a growl. FERRA: Trouble make you! Torr roars in compliance. They fight. Ferra/Torr prove to be unlike any opponent Kung Jin has ever faced, with the hulking giant and depraved dwarf fighting in tandem with amazing effect. Nonetheless, Jin's speed, training and endurance all pay off in the end and after a long hard brawl he leaves Torr defeated on the ground, on top of Ferra. KUNG JIN: Love to learn more about ya. Too bad you're insane. As Ferra struggles to pull herself out from under Torr's unconscious body, Jin rushes over to the rest of Team S-F, who are picking themselves back up. KUNG JIN: You guys all right? They say nothing in response, but a cry across the plaza grabs their attention. More soldiers - far more than they can take on - dash towards them. Once they are surrounded, the Kytinn D'Vorah strolls up to Team S-F. D'VORAH: The Earthrealmers, yes? This One must learn more of your diplomatic techniques. CASSIE: We're here to see Kotal Kahn. General Blade's-- D'VORAH: You interfere with Outworld matters. The penalty is death. CASSIE: I'm sensing a theme. D'VORAH: But as we honour the Reiko accords, we will consult the emperor. You will await him here. She walks off, leaving Team S-F surrounded by the soldiers. Cassie turns to Jin. CASSIE: You wanna take this opportunity to tell us what the fuckshit you were thinking?! TAKEDA: I gotta wonder why you'd risk interrealm war for a bread thief. KUNG JIN: Because not all thieves are irredeemable. The scene fades into an enclosed shrine. The words "Five Years Ago" appear at the bottom of the screen. The doors to the shrine are opened by Kung Jin, wearing the shrouded clothes of a thief. He looks around the shrine, which has paintings of many of Earthrealms greatest heroes framed on the walls. Jin stops at two of the paintings - of the Shaolin's finest, Kung Lao and Liu Kang. Jin looks regretful at what he is going to do, but nonetheless steels himself and picks up a jade statue on a table below the paintings, small enough to hold in one hand. After pausing another moment to contemplate his actions, he grips the statue tightly and flees the shrine. An exterior shot reveals that Jin is fleeing from the Sky Temple. He makes it to the outside courtyard and pauses to admire the statue. As he walks away, he fails to spot Raiden standing behind him. RAIDEN: It has more sentimental than monetary value. Jin stops dead at his words. RAIDEN: Nevertheless, I would prefer you did not steal it. KUNG JIN: It's a family heirloom. One that shouldn't have been given to you! The statue disappears from Jin's hand in a flash of lightning, and reappears in Raiden's. RAIDEN: Your family honoured me with this memento of your cousin Lao. After his death. KUNG JIN: A death you caused! You made him fight Shao Kahn, then stood there while that bastard snapped his neck! RAIDEN: You go too far, Kung Jin. KUNG JIN: No... Not far enough. They fight. Kung Jin soon realises he is outmatched, as the Thunder God takes little damage from his onslaught. Even when he manages to knock Raiden to the ground, he knows fighting him is in vain. KUNG JIN: Just let me go. Jin walks away, despondent, only to find Raiden teleporting directly into his path, completely uninjured from the brief fight. RAIDEN: Blood of Kung Lao, descendant of the Great Kung Lao... a common thief. Did you think you could walk unimpeded into my temple and walk out again... without my complicity? KUNG JIN: You wanted me to attack you. Why? RAIDEN: To release your anger. Make you amenable to reason. Jin hangs his head, unable to meet Raiden's eyes. KUNG JIN: And make me feel like shit. RAIDEN: Self-loathing has always been an unfortunate part of your makeup. There lies ahead a brighter path. One that will truly honor your ancestors. He puts a hand on Jin's shoulder. RAIDEN: One that is worthy of you. Go to the Wu Shi Academy. Join the Shaolin, like Kung Lao before you. Raiden takes his hand from Jin's shoulder. Jin turns away from him, still downcast. KUNG JIN: I can't. They won't... accept-- RAIDEN: They care only about what is in your heart. Not whom your heart desires. KUNG JIN: It's too late for me. Raiden holds out the statue for Jin. He takes it. RAIDEN: It is never too late, Kung Jin. Jin finally looks into his eyes, and lights up with determinaton. Back in Outworld, Kotal Kahn has his back to Cassie Cage in contemplation. D'Vorah, Erron Black, Ferra/Torr and Kotal's soldiers still have Team S-F surrounded. He turns back round and walks toward Cassie. KOTAL: Your news of refugees is troubling. Their exodus to Earthrealm was not known to me. He turns away and walks onto the platform. KOTAL: I do know this: I invited no guests from Earthrealm. Certainly none who would disrupt the execution of justice. He places a hand on the stocks that the thief was formerly in. KOTAL: How do I know you are not allied with Mileena? Perhaps her newfound power has earned her new friends? CASSIE: Friends? No. No! We're not even sure that's Shinnok's Amulet that she has-- KOTAL: She employs Shinnok's Amulet against me?! The very item Earthrealm swore would be safe in it's care?! When Outworld was offered no participation-- Realising that negotations are taking a turn for the worse, Kung Jin starts foward. CASSIE: We were under attack, not Outworld-- Jin steps in front of Cassie and interjects. KUNG JIN: Kotal Kahn... The Fire that Burns the Sun. We are here because we share your concerns about the missing item. We intend no ill against your rule. KOTAL: At least one Earthrealmer can forge words like silver. But I recall an Earthrealm expression: "There is more honour among thieves than diplomats." KUNG JIN: I've had the questionable fortune to be both, Emperor. But I'm telling you the truth. KOTAL: You are allied with Mileena. (To D'Vorah) You may carry out your sentence. KUNG JIN: Kotal Kahn, under Outworld law, I claim the right of defense... by kombat. TAKEDA: What? JACQUI: You're gonna fight... a duel? KUNG JIN: To absolve us of all accusations. (To Kotal) Denying the request brings dishonour upon the accuser. KOTAL: You know much of Outworld. He steps down from the platform. D'VORAH: Know also: The duel ends in death. Jin steps into a fighting stance as Kotal does the same. KOTAL: You have won nothing. Merely a few more seconds of breath. They fight. The battle proves to be one of the toughest of Kung Jin's life. Facing down an Osh-Tekk warrior at full strength is no easy feat, and it takes all of Jin's speed and skill in battle to hang in there. After what seems like a lifetime, Jin finally powers through Kotal's strength and leaves him down on the ground, defeated. KUNG JIN: And now, Emperor? Breathing heavily, Kotal cannot find the strength to rise again. KOTAL: The charges against you are void. I say to all that Earthrealm means Outworld no harm. D'Vorah looks shocked at these words. Team S-F can barely believe it either. Kotal gets to his knees, but rises no further. KOTAL: Now kill me. Be done with it. CASSIE: You're not actually gonna...? Jin steps closer to Kotal. KUNG JIN: Instead of your life, I claim your service. Kotal looks up in surprise. KUNG JIN: If Mileena does have the amulet, we can get it from her more easily if we work togther. The Kahn rises to his feet. D'Vorah walks up to him. D'VORAH: Emperor, they cannot be trusted-- KOTAL: D'Vorah, can you not perceive? I am indebted to them. He holds out his arm, and Jin clasps it at the elbow. Kotal returns the hand (or arm) shake. KUNG JIN: You honour us, Kotal Kahn. Our gratitude is wide like the ocean. Kotal says nothing, but frowns at the words. CASSIE: I'll talk to General Blade. Tell her about our new... arrangement. ---------------------------- (3H) CHAPTER 5: SONYA BLADE ---------------------------- Back at the refugee camp, Sonya walks through with her phone to her ear. A squad of S-F soldiers walks just behind her. SONYA: Thanks for the heads up, Sergeant. Stay with Kotal Kahn. We'll figure out next steps once I've got Kano locked down. CASSIE: (Over the phone) Yes ma'am. Cage out. Sonya stops and looks out to the Outworld refugees. SONYA: He's still here. I can feel it. As she continues through the camp, she comes across two of her medics carrying a bodybag on a stretcher. SONYA: Report. MEDIC: One of the refugees. Found her near the north perimeter. Sonya unzips the bag. It contains a young Outworld woman who looks far plainer than Li Mei. Further detracting from her looks is her slashed throat, and adding insult to injury, her tongue is sticking out through the open slit in her neck. SONYA: That's one of Kano's "neckties". Her composure briefly drops, but she steels herself in short order and zips the bodybag back up. SONYA: (To the medics) Inform Li Mei. Tell her we're investigating. The medics walk off with the bodybag. Sonya pulls out a talisman that acts as a communicator. An image of Raiden is projected on it. SONYA: Raiden, what'd you find? RAIDEN: Shinnok's Amulet has been stolen. Replaced by an exquisite duplicate. SONYA: Damn it. On the projection, Raiden looks to his left. RAIDEN: Something is wrong. I will speak to you once I-- The projection fizzles out. SONYA: Raiden? Raiden! After a moment of contemplation, she puts the talisman in her back pocket while whirling around to address her soldiers. SONYA: Lieutenant, I need you to take a team to Fort Charles. Check in with Raiden and report back. The soldiers march off. Johnny Cage chooses this moment to stroll up to Sonya. JOHNNY: What's goin' on? SONYA: What's your update from Colonel Flagg? JOHNNY: He said, "Why're you bothering me?" and I said, "Because my ex-wife is a pain in the--" She holds a hand up to stop Johnny and turns, walking away from him. Johnny is quick to follow and intercept her. JOHNNY: Where you goin'? You can't just walk away. I'm in this too. SONYA: Not my decision. Thank your buddy, Secretary Blake. JOHNNY: THIS is what split us up in the first place. You disappear in your work. Never time for me and Cassie. SONYA: I had responsibilities. Sorry you couldn't be the centre of attention. Johnny bites back his retort, and delivers a carefully measured response. JOHNNY: There was a time when you cared more about your family than your job... General. He walks off. Sonya continues in the direction she was going. The scene cuts from there to a castle in the Netherrealm. The words "Twenty Years Ago - Quan Chi's Fortress" appear at the bottom of the screen. Sonya and Johnny have reached the bottom of a large staircase, with a few S-F soldiers in tow. While the soldiers have automatic rifles as firearms, Johnny and Sonya are only using pistols. JOHNNY: Nope, no evil sorcerers in here. SONYA: Would you get serious? JOHNNY: Quan Chi needs to clean up his man-cave. SONYA: S'cleaner than yours. JOHNNY: You're comparing me to Quan Chi? SONYA: Only in terms of cleanliness. They continue further onto the bottom floor. A gigantic pool of dark fluid is the centrepiece of this area, complete with large jars containing embryos of failed experiments. Books and bottles filled with unknown substances dot the area, which is lit only by dark candles. Johnny and Sonya walk over to the pool. JOHNNY: What's this? He kneels down as if to touch it. SONYA: I wouldn't do that. JOHNNY: Ah, come on, where's your sense of-- As he touches it, the pool turns blood red and begins to swirl around, like a whirlpool. JOHNNY: ...adventure. The fluid begins to rise at the centre, where the red is fullest. A portal opens before them, prompting Sonya and Johnny to raise their pistols. Quan Chi exits from it, with Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Jax in tow. QUAN CHI: You wish for adventure? You shall have it. The soldiers run up and aim their weapons. SONYA: Fire! They, Sonya and Johnny cut loose. Quan Chi chants in the Netherrealm tongue and conjures up a wall of green skulls that block all the bullets from hitting him and his revenants. As they stop firing, Sub-Zero shoots off an ice blast that freezes the soldiers solid. QUAN CHI: I have no need of your soldiers. But you and Mister Cage will serve me well - once you are dead. All four of them charge into battle. Sub-Zero and Jax go for Johnny, leaving Sonya with Scorpion and Quan Chi. She blocks their attacks and kicks Scorpion away, then kicks Quan Chi in the midsection and knocks him down with an axe-kick. Johnny kicks Jax away, lands a solid punch across Sub-Zero's face before downing him with a roundhouse kick. He backflips away from Jax's attacks as Sonya rushes towards Scorpion with some punches. He blocks them all and lands one of his on Sonya, but she punches him right back, kicks him in the stomach and smashes him across the face with a forearm. He staggers back, but doesn't fall. SONYA: Dunno when to quit, do ya? They fight. As formidable a foe as the hellspawn ninja is, Sonya's training and advanced weaponary keep her in the fight long enough for her to take the battle to Scorpion. After a fierce brawl, she leaves him unconscious on the floor. SONYA: Not as tough as you look. Sonya begins fighting with Sub-Zero next. She blocks several of his strikes, but eventually she gets elbowed in the face. She ducks under a roundhouse kick and fights back with a superman punch as Sub-Zero turns round, but he blocks it. Johnny meanwhile continues to fight with Jax. He takes a kick to the side, but strikes the revenant in the face with a superman punch. He follows through with a clothesline, slamming Jax to the ground by his neck. From a seated position, Johnny pounds Jax in the face once more, knocking him out. Cage lets of a brief laugh of triumph before rushing over to Sonya. She manages to punch Sub-Zero twice in the face and knocks him down with a spinkick to the stomach just as Johnny makes it to her. They nod together and walk toward Quan Chi, who's picking himself off the floor. Unbeknownst to them, Jax wakes up and rises to his feet. Sonya and Johnny both get into fighting stances SONYA: Quan Chi, you've lost. QUAN CHI: A delay, Miss Blade. The inevitable still beckons. Jax manages to sneak up on Johnny and he plunges a dagger into Johnny's back so fiercely that it ends up bursting through his chest with a massive spout of blood. SONYA: Johnny! As she turns to try and help, Quan Chi punches Sonya across the face, staggering her backwards. Jax pulls out the dagger and Johnny crumples to the floor, still breathing. The dark fluids of the pool begin to rise in a crimson red whirlpool. A creature of Netherrealm flesh begins to emerge from the pool - and this creature is the undead image of Johnny Cage, slowly being given form. Sonya blocks several strikes from Quan Chi before punching him in the stomach and kneeing him in the face. She follows through with a right hand strike that sends the sorcerer down to the floor out cold. Desperately, she rushes over to the dying Johnny, who is writhing on the floor as he continues to lose blood. JAX: You won't be dead for long. Sonya grapples Jax around the waist and throws him to the ground. He rises and gets into a fighting stance. SONYA: This will not happen! They fight. Fueled by desperation and heroic willpower, Sonya battles with a determination like never before. It proves just enough to defeat the undead Jax and leave him out on the ground. SONYA: I'm sorry, Jax. She rushes over to Johnny's side. He's still alive, but barely. SONYA: I'll get you out of here. You'll be fine. JOHNNY: Dunno. Blood's... s'posed to be... on the inside... The revenant of Johnny is gradually rising from the pool of sorcery, constantly being enriched by it's magicks. A flash of lightning strikes in the fortress, and the God of Thunder teleports into the fray. SONYA: Raiden! RAIDEN: I must reverse his spell. Raiden begins chanting in an ancient tongue, lightning coarsing through his hands as he does so. He shoots it at the forming revenant. The lightning begins blasting the magicks away, and the creature begins to descend back into the liquid it was spawned from. SONYA: It's working! Quan Chi, however, has risen to his feet in the midst of all this. QUAN CHI: You cannot save him. He fires off a flaming skull at Raiden. It catches him in the chest and disrupts his attack. Immediately, the revenant Johnny begins to rise from the pool again. QUAN CHI: You're weak, Thunder God. Johnny Cage is mine. SONYA: No. He's MINE. (To Raiden) Save him! Sonya walks toward Quan Chi. SONYA: I've got this son of a bitch! They fight. Her desperation now replaced with anger, Sonya beats the living tar out of Quan Chi. Completely taken aback, the Netherrealm sorcerer can do little against her furious assault, and in short order he's soon down on the ground on all fours, defeated at her hands. SONYA: That wasn't even CLOSE to what you deserve. As Quan Chi gasps for breath, Sonya looks over to Raiden. The revenant of Johnny is still being blasted down by the Thunder God, but it refuses to finally sink down into the dark fluid. RAIDEN: Sonya Blade! The link with Quan Chi is not completely severed! SONYA: Not a problem. [QUICK TIME CUTSCENE BEGINS] As Quan Chi looks up into her eyes, Sonya methodically and repeatedly punches him in the face. After several blows, she cuts loose with a knee to the chin that garners an X-Ray shot of his lower jaw being pulverised, complete with several teeth flying out of his mouth. He falls flat on his back and weakly raises a hand upwards. Sonya has none of it and slaps the hand away, before repeatedly stomping on his head. Finally, she walks over to his lower body and carefully parts his legs. QUAN CHI: No! His plea is ignored. Sonya delivers one final stomp to his Netherrealm jewels, making sure to give them a good twist with her boot. The pain is finally enough to render Quan Chi unconscious. [QUICK TIME CUTSCENE ENDS] With Quan Chi down, Raiden is finally able to blast the half-formed revenant back down into the flesh pool. It explodes with a demonic fury, it's energies passing through the entire area of the fortress. Sub-Zero, Scorpion and Jax are all caught by the blast, and the effect it has on them is startling - their flesh is restored to a normal hue, and their eyes no longer glow with a yellow-white light. Sonya is amazed at what she sees; they are all restored to their human forms. Raiden kneels over Johnny and begins another chant. He directs his energy (a blue light, not his regular lightning blasts) at Johnny's torso wound. Sonya walks over to them. RAIDEN: The others are restored to the living. By coupling Quan Chi's dark magicks to my own, I was able to restore their souls. He finishes his healing spell on Johnny. Sonya bends over his body, her hands on his chest. SONYA: Is he gonna make it? JOHNNY: Haven't I told you? He's a god. Johnny sits up, much to Sonya's delight. SONYA: You scared the shit outta me. JOHNNY: And they said I couldn't do horror films. The flash of a portal illuminates both of their faces briefly. They turn around to find Quan Chi has escaped through one. SONYA: He's gone?! How did he--? JOHNNY: We gotta go after him. He tries to rise fully, even though he's still groggy, but Sonya stops him. SONYA: He can wait. Right now we need to get you and the others back to Earthrealm. She puts a hand on his shoulder. Johnny stops arguing, and they both share smiles at one another. The scene cuts back to the present day refugee camp. Several of the Outworld refugees are waiting in line. REFUGEE: Why is it taking so long? An S-F soldier sat at a table is taking everyone's names. SOLDIER: Name? REFUGEE #2: Re'em Adu Kaire. SOLDIER: Thanks. All right, second line on your left. Li Mei, Sonya and Kenshi are overseeing all of the refugees being screened. LI MEI: (To Sonya) You seem to know this "Kano" intimately. SONYA: Not the word I'd use, but yes. I chased him for years until he escaped to Outworld after Shinnok's invasion. KENSHI: Why would he return now? SONYA: All that matters is he's... She trails off as she spots the same Outworld woman who was in the bodybag earlier, now not sporting Kano's "necktie". A brief flickure on the holographic face confirms her suspicions; it's Kano in a high-tech disguise. SONYA: ...caught. Gotcha. She discreetly thumbs over to Kenshi, who moves off to the side. Sonya walks directly toward the disguised Kano. Seeing her coming, he cuts away from the line he's in, but is intercepted by Kenshi. KENSHI: Are you lost? He turns around, but Sonya bars his way. Seeing that there's nowhere to run, Kano disengages his disguise and reveals himself, causing several refugees to backpedal in shock. KANO: 'Ello, love! Been a while! SONYA: Not long enough. She opens up a call on her communicator. SONYA: This is General Blade. I need MPs to my location immediately. KANO: Aww, let's keep this between friends. A trade! Info for freedom. She gets into a fighting stance. SONYA: I don't negotiate with scumbags. KANO: Well then, if mother won't play nice, maybe daughter will. SONYA: If you ever-- KANO: Back off, and all's well. Piss me off, and Cassie's gonna meet Uncle Kano. SONYA: I swear to God I'll kill you! They fight. Kano proves to be every bit as tough as he was in all of his previous fights with Sonya, and that's not even counting all of the cybernetics he's upgraded his body with. But Sonya has tricks of her own she brings to the forefront, and after an epic battle, she once again manages to leave Kano down and defeated. SONYA: No. I'm not done with you. She strides over to Kano and knocks him flat on his back with a kick to the face. She then mounts him and punches him twice in the face, before wrapping her hands around his throat. Kano is unable to pry her arms away. KANO: Alright! Alright! Get off me! Sonya is in no mood to stop, even with Kano gasping for breath. Johnny pushes his way through the crowd JOHNNY: Sonya, ease up! He tries to grab her, but she pushes him away and keeps on strangling Kano. KANO: You kill me... never find... amulet! The MPs arrive as well, and point their guns directly at Sonya. Johnny immediately motions for them to stop. They do, but keep their guns trained on her. Johnny desperately looks over to his ex-wife. JOHNNY: Sonya, we need that info. She ignores him. Kano's gasps become more and more desperate. JOHNNY: Sonya... don't make this another thing you'll regret. She growls angrily, but it looks like Johnny finally got through to her. She let's go and Kano drops back to the ground, taking in deep breaths of air. SONYA: Talk! ------------------------ (3I) CHAPTER 6: D'VORAH ------------------------ The scene cuts to Outworld. Takeda and Jin climb up the stairs of Kotal Kahn's palace to meet with Jacqui and Cassie. Cassie is speaking with Sonya over her communication piece, next to a large table which seems to where Kotal Kahn and his advisors would meet to discuss affairs. CASSIE: The Kuatan Jungle? SONYA: With at least two divisions of Tarkatans. They're on the move constantly to avoid detection. Jacqui checks something on her communications device, which appears to be a map of sorts. JACQUI: That's not far. Maybe two hundred kilometres. SONYA: You know what to do. CASSIE: Yes ma'am. SONYA: Good luck. Blade out. Kotal Kahn and D'Vorah walk up to Team S-F from the other side of the table. KOTAL: You have new information? From Earthrealm? CASSIE: Kano talked. Gave us the details on Mileena's location. She has the amulet, but she's got a lot of protection. KOTAL: We will strike immediately. D'VORAH: Perhaps a two-pronged approach. The army will engage Mileena - distract her - while This One retrieves the amulet. CASSIE: Not alone. "This One's" coming with. D'VORAH: Stealth is of the essence. CASSIE: Did you not hear me? D'VORAH: You may assist in the main strike-- KOTAL: D'Vorah. We will grant their request and I will finally be rid of Mileena. D'Vorah doesn't look too happy at Kotal for this decision, but she says nothing to him. The scene cuts to D'Vorah letting a large maggot run across her hand. The caption "Five Years Ago" reads in the bottom left of the screen. As the maggot continues it's course, the camera pans out to show that the scene is set in D'Vorah's apartment, and seated on two stools are Kotal Kahn (without his blue warpaint) and Reptile. D'Vorah remains standing and facing away from them, though she has a stool of her own. D'VORAH: This One understands your logic, but does not reach the same conclusion. She lets the maggot back down into the eggsack it lives in before turning to face them. D'VORAH: Like others, This One is not pleased with Mileena as Kahnum. But it is not clear your coup will succeed. KOTAL: That is why I invited our Zaterran friend. REPTILE: Listen, and join us. I know things about Mileena. Her troubled rule will fall in the telling - and pave the way for Ko'atal. D'VORAH: What would you know that would cause-- The doors to the apartment are forced open. The three turn to face eight Tarkatans who quickly surround them. Mileena walks in a moment later, flanked by both Ermac and the general of the Tarkatans, Baraka. MILEENA: (To Ermac and Baraka) Ah, there they are. Three of your fellow councillors, whispering like handmaidens. About what, I wonder? KOTAL: If only you would hear our counsel. As war with Netherrealm looms, I have urged detente with Earthrealm. MILEENA: And I'VE told you I would sooner die than treat with my father's murderers! KOTAL: You refuse practical solutions to credible threats. You endanger the realm. MILEENA: And sedition does not? Speak your last, before I have your tongue. Reptile growls and steps forward, pointing an accusing finger at her. REPTILE: You are not Shao Kahn's true heir! She is a construct; formed in Shang Tsung's Flesh Pits. I saw this. Your best claim to the throne is moot. MILEENA: How dare you! I succeed Shao Kahn by his decree! KOTAL: Succeed him you have. But Outworld demands new leadership. MILEENA: From you? Osh-Tekk fool! (To Baraka) Kill him! Baraka obediently lunges forward, but his attempted stab is blocked by D'Vorah. D'VORAH: This One serves Mileena no longer! She punches Baraka across the face. The Tarkatans spring to attack, but Ko'atal and Reptile have little trouble fending them off. MILEENA: (To Ermac and the Tarkatans) You will defend your Empress! ERMAC: Our creator, Shao Kahn, is dead. We will serve whom we choose. Mileena screams in fury as Ermac attacks, blocking his strikes as best as she can. A Tarkatan lunges at Kotal with a flying kick, but the Osh-Tekk grabs his leg and slams him into the floor. Reptile kicks another mutant in the stomach and knees him in the face, before ducking a blade swipe from a third who's leapt up on one of the stools. He throws a kick that misses, but forces the Tarkatan to leap off. D'Vorah has now extended her spider-like limbs to kombat Baraka. She parries his blade swipes, pushes him back with the limbs and charges forward, tackling him off the balcony of the apartment. As they fall, D'Vorah opens up her wings and flies into the air, while Baraka crashes hard onto the market place below. Bystanders immediately scatter from the area. Baraka picks himself painfully off the ground while D'Vorah gracefully lands. D'VORAH: Still you follow Mileena? BARAKA: Shao Kahn conquered my realm. I owe him my loyalty. I honour his will. They fight. As vicious and deadly as Baraka is, he proves to be outmatched when facing for D'Vorah, who's attack range and powers far outshine his. After a short but fierce battle, Baraka is left staggering on his feet, dazed and helpless. [QUICK TIME CUTSCENE BEGINS] D'Vorah looks back to her department and spots Ko'atal walking up to the balcony. He looks over to Baraka and gives her the thumbs down - the cue to finish him. In response, D'Vorah extends two of her spider limbs and stabs Baraka through the face and chest, impaling his brain and heart on them both. She pulls her limbs back to her, takes the organs in both her regular hands and slams them together, destroying them in a shower of blood and gore. Baraka's corpse falls backward and remains as food for the flies, and D'Vorah extends her wings and flies back to her apartment. [QUICK TIME CUTSCENE ENDS] As D'Vorah returns, Ermac and Reptile have Mileena restrained, though still growling in anger. The other Tarkatans are either dead or unconscious. D'VORAH: Baraka is dead. Your last ally has left you. Mileena falls silent at these words. Ko'atal takes one of his bloodied shoulder sickles and lifts Mileena's chin with it. KOTAL: (To Reptile) Take her away. The Zaterran does as he is commanded. Ermac watches him and Mileena leave the apartment, and then turns to face Kotal and D'Vorah. ERMAC: We would serve the new ruler of Outworld. D'VORAH: Then you serve... Kotal Kahn. Kotal nods at her. Both she and Ermac kneel at Kotal's feet, and he looks satisfied at their fealty. The scene cuts back to the present day, in the Kuatan jungle. Various tents are set up, with Tarkatans running between them. Cassie and D'Vorah sneak into the makeshift campsite. They crouch behind some crates and barrels, while the sounds of battle between two armies is heard close by. D'Vorah leans in close to Cassie, eyeing something in the distance. D'VORAH: There. She is looking at a large tent a few yards away from their hiding spot. Rain walks out of it, accompanied by a Tarkatan. He says something and the Tarkatan rushes off. D'Vorah sneaks out of cover and Cassie follows. Rain turns to see them both approaching, Cassie drawing her pistols and flanking him from one side, while D'Vorah apporaches from the other side. RAIN: (To D'Vorah) Here to surrender, traitor? D'VORAH: You would speak of treason? This One knows you desire the throne. Why serve Mileena? RAIN: I advise her. Stealing the amulet was my genius. It kills her a bit each time she uses it. D'VORAH: As both sides diminish, you fill the void. RAIN: Exactly my plan. While Rain is speaking, Tanya sneaks up from behind on Cassie and grabs her. As they struggle, Rain charges at D'Vorah with a running knee, catching her on the chin. He grabs her arm, pulls her in and punches her in the face. She staggers back into a fighting stance. RAIN: A shame you will not see it's fruition. They fight. With his power over water and lightning alike, the Edenian half-god proves to be a difficult fight for D'Vorah. Nonetheless, her own powers and fighting prowess prove to be too much for him, and he is soon left unconscious at her feet. D'VORAH: Your schemes end here. The scene pans over to Tanya, who has now straddled Cassie and is pummelling her in the face. As D'Vorah approaches, Tanya stops her attack. D'Vorah pauses for a moment, but turns toward the tent. Tanya stops her by launching a fireball, just missing her by a few inches. TANYA: Leaving without your friend, D'Vorah? She stands up and walks toward her. TANYA: Your people believe we avoided your island out of respect for your solitary nature. We just didn't like you. D'VORAH: The Kytinn do prefer solitude - which I will achieve momentarily. They fight. Despite being well versed in both magic and kombat, the Edenian soon finds herself being overpowered by D'Vorah, who's control over insects proves to be the decisive factor in the fight. It's not long after that Tanya falls unconscious next to Rain. D'VORAH: Now two Edenians will die. She approaches the two of them and extends her spider limbs from her back, but Cassie - now back on her feet - has other ideas. CASSIE: I know you said you weren't friends, but you're not killing them. Head's fine, by the way. D'Vorah is clearly annoyed, but retracts her limbs. D'VORAH: Very well. Let us go. They enter the tent. Inside is a locked chest. Cassie attemps to open the lock. D'VORAH: Step aside. She does so. D'Vorah puts her hand to the lock. A horde of tiny insects no bigger than ants seemingly spawn from her hand and pour into the lock to devour it from the inside. CASSIE: That... is really disturbing. A shout from outside the tent catches their attention. MILEENA: D'Vorah! She stalks into the tent. Cassie draws her pistol, but D'Vorah barks out an attack in the Kytinn language. Her stomach splits open at the same time, pouring out a swarm of flying insects that cloud over Mileena. Growling, she backs out of the tent, trying to fend the swarm off with her hands. D'Vorah silently motions to Cassie to stay and guard the chest, before walking out of the tent to confront Mileena. D'VORAH: This One knew you would not stray far from the amulet. MILEENA: You took my throne. Now you wish to steal my means of reclaiming it?! D'VORAH: Neither was meant for you! MILEENA: WHO ARE YOU TO SAY?! I will take something of yours - your LIFE! They fight. As vicious and skilled a fighter as Mileena is, even she is not a match for D'Vorah's mastery over all things insect. The battle proves to be long and brutal, but in the end the Kytinn is victorious. D'VORAH: This One will enjoy your death. The scene cuts to some time later, in another tent complete with Osh-Tekk inspired decorations and a large throne styled in the same manner. Kotal Kahn steps up to the throne and sits in it. D'Vorah stands to the left of the throne, while Mileena is on her knees before them both. The battle was evidently won by Kotal's forces, as Team S-F are also present in the tent behind Mileena. MILEENA: Enough of your prattle. Finish me, that I may join my father. KOTAL: You do not deserve death by an emperor's hand. Instead I give the honour to my worthy First Minister. He looks over to D'Vorah, who smiles in anticipation. She strolls up to Mileena, grabs her by both cheeks and - much to Mileena's surprise - kisses her full on the lips. However, the outside of Mileena's mouth - still framed by her Tarkatan features - shows the full story, as insects begin falling out through her enlarged teeth. D'Vorah's minions begin eating Mileena's face from inside her mouth, much to the disgust of Team S-F. The process only takes a few seconds. By the time D'Vorah lets Mileena go, her face is already a bloody mess. She manages to scream out a last cry of pain and agony, but by then her eyes, hair and the skin on her head is completely gone, consumed by the insects. She falls to the floor, writhing and gurgling as the insects continue to devour the flesh on her skull, even bursting through her stomach as well. A few seconds later, her body is completely still, with pools of blood rising from her head and abdomen. D'Vorah looks over to Team S-F with an eerie smile on her face before turning back to her position at Kotal's side. KOTAL: The rebellion is over. CASSIE: Well, thanks for that. (To Jacqui) I know I'll never eat again. Jacqui says nothing. Cassie looks back to Kotal, Shinnok's Amulet in her hand. CASSIE: With your leave, we're gonna head back to Earthrealm. Put the amulet back where it belongs. Kotal motions with his right hand, which glows with a dark blue light. Team S-F suddenly find themselves restrained at the waist, with their arms pinned to their sides, by the same blue light that has surrounded them each. CASSIE: The hell are you doing?! Kotal stands up and walks toward her. KOTAL: Earthrealm cannot be trusted to protect the amulet. It will remain with me. He takes the amulet from her. KUNG JIN: The Reiko Accords require that you-- KOTAL: The Accords no longer concern me. But you may prove useful - when Raiden comes for this. Two of Kotal's soldiers take Team S-F by the shoulders, escorting them out of the tent. Kotal looks at the amulet in his hand, and behind him D'Vorah also looks to it. The scene cuts to D'Vorah, now outside the tent and somewhere in the jungle. D'VORAH: This One deceived them. A nearby tree obstructs the view of the person she is speaking with. D'VORAH: The amulet is in Kotal Kahn's possession. UNKNOWN: You can retrieve it? D'VORAH: He trusts no one else to transport it. UNKNOWN: Keeping you close to the Outworld throne these many years has proven most fortunate, D'Vorah. The speaker finally shows himself. He is protecting himself through the magical equivalent of a hologram, but it's clear to all who it is - the Netherrealm sorcerer Quan Chi. QUAN CHI: They never suspected one of their own to be a disciple of our lord. D'VORAH: This One lives to serve Shinnok. QUAN CHI: You have done well. Now bring it to me. D'VORAH: Without delay, Quan Chi. The scene cuts to the Netherrealm. Quan Chi has his eyes closed, and ghostly green mists project around his head. As he opens his eyes, the mist disapates. He walks over to where a group of hell-horses (creatures with the body of a horse, the head of a ram and feet and horns that glow white hot at the base) are standing. Mounted on the hell-horses are three of Quan Chi's remaining revenants; Sindel, Kitana and Liu Kang. Kung Lao stands nearby another horse, holding it by it's reins. KUNG LAO: Master. Quan Chi mounts his hell-horse, as does Kung Lao. LIU KANG: What news from Outworld? QUAN CHI: Shinnok will soon be freed. We make for my fortress. They gallop off. The scene cuts back to the Outworld Kove. Two of Kotal Kahn's soldiers hold a treasure chest between them, carrying it down the docks. D'Vorah walks in front of them. With a sly smile on her face, she slowly stops and turns to face them. SOLDIER #1: Is there a problem? D'VORAH: Two problems. She sprays them both in the face with yellow resin generated from her hands. The venom in the spray overwhelms the soldiers and kills them within seconds. D'Vorah then breaks into the chest and retrieves Shinnok's Amulet, grinning wickedly as she does so. She stands back up and exits the Kove. The scene fades from there into a large barn in Earthrealm, focusing on an old red tractor. Jackson Briggs - now in a farmer's outfit, but with his cybernetic arms clearly visible - walks over to the tractor with a screwdriver in hand. He begins to work away on the tractor's motor when Sonya walks in to the barn. SONYA: Your wife told me I'd find you in here. Jax doesn't take his eyes off the tractor. JAX: You and Vera have a nice chat? SONYA: Always. Jax says nothing and walks over to the barn's toolbench. Sonya walks toward the tractor to get a better look SONYA: Is that a National? I haven't seen one this-- JAX: You didn't come to here to discuss farm implements. He walks back to the tractor, still not looking at Sonya. SONYA: All right. I'll cut to the chase. I need your help. JAX: My help? SONYA: I know. I don't have any right to-- JAX: You knew what I wanted. SONYA: Jacqui volunteered. She came to me. Jax says nothing for a moment, and then lets out a long sigh. JAX: I know. SONYA: Listen, I get why you didn't want Jacqui joining S-F. Why you retired. I mean, if I had to live with memories of being one of Quan Chi's thugs? I would've eaten a gun a long time ago. JAX: Well, you know Vera. He finally turns to look at her. JAX: She never would've allowed that. Sonya actually gives a chuckle at this comment. JAX: So what is it you need help with? The Outworld refugees? SONYA: Worse. Shinnok's Amulet. Mileena has it. JAX: Damn. SONYA: And we've gotten word from Sareena that Quan Chi has resurfaced in the Netherrealm. JAX: He shows his face after twenty-five years... just as Shinnok's Amulet is in play. That's not a coincidence. SONYA: That's why I need you. You're Quan Chi expertise. We wouldn't reactive your commission. You'd be an observer. Jax looks to be considering the offer, but his face suddenly turns into a frown as he spots Johnny Cage walking up to them both. JAX: Cage. JOHNNY: Jax. SONYA: What is it? JOHNNY: Just wanted to see if maybe-- JAX: You could help close the deal? Yeah, because that worked out so well last time. JOHNNY: Can't blame a guy for trying. Sonya does her level best to ignore Johnny and get Jax back on track. SONYA: We need you, Jax. Help me capture Quan Chi. None of us is safe if he gets near that amulet. Jax says nothing for a few moments, but finally relents. JAX: So where's Jacqui in all this? SONYA: Outworld. With Cassie's team recovering the amulet. Jax lets out a loud sigh. JOHNNY: She'll be fine. We expect to hear "mission accomplished" from them soon. Jax looks unconvinced. The scene cuts to what appears to be a brig on the lower decks of a docked ship. Inside each of the cells are Team S-F. Jacqui examines her cell, looking for a way out. Cassie tries forcing the door of her cell open to no success. Kung Jin meditates. Takeda sits on the bench in his cell, one hand on his temple. JACQUI: So what'chu guys think? They gonna kill us? TAKEDA: They would've done it by now. KUNG JIN: Unless Kotal Kahn's planning on having us as "guests" at the Koliseum. Cassie rattles the bars on the cell door, to no avail. She sighs in frustraion. CASSIE: Well, if they don't kill us, my mother will. Me, at least. TAKEDA: Tough being the general's daughter? CASSIE: You have no idea. KUNG JIN: I do. My great-whatever grandfather took down Shang Tsung. Saved Earthrealm. How often do you think that comes up at family gatherings? CASSIE: That was six hundred years ago. KUNG JIN: And yet you'd think it happened yesterday. JACQUI: No pressure there. CASSIE: I've trained all my life... can fight my way out of (nearly) anything... but I still feel like a second-rate Cage. TAKEDA: At least you grew up with people expecting things from you. JACQUI: I thought you and your dad were best friends? He gets up and walks toward the cell door, leaning on the bars. TAKEDA: Now. He was a no-show for a long time. JACQUI: I can relate. KUNG JIN: What was that like growing up? Having an ex-revenant father? TAKEDA: Jin! KUNG JIN: No, I'm asking! Couldn't have been easy. JACQUI: ...He was just a BIT over-protective. When I joined S-F, Mister Cage insisted on being the one to tell my dad. He thought it'd go over smoother. Cassie chuckles at this. CASSIE: I'll never forget that day. My dad came home with a broken jaw. They all share brief chuckles at that comment. After a moment's silence, they hear footsteps from above deck. A silhouette appears at the hatch of the deck, and the sound of keys jingling is unmistakable. TAKEDA: All right, I got this. CASSIE: You've got what, exactly? TAKEDA: Trust me. The hatch is opened. One of Kotal Kahn's soldiers enters the deck with a bucket full of bread loafs. He stops once he reaches the end of the staircase. SOLDIER: Away from the bars! Team S-F comply with the order. The soldier tosses the bread loaves to each of them in turn. When he gets to Takeda, he notices the Shirai Ryu in his telepathic stance and steps in for a closer look. Takeda has his eyes closed in concentration, until they suddenly snap open. The soldier groans and tries to clutch his head, but falls unconscious before he can. Takeda leans through the bars and grabs the keys on his waistbelt. He unlocks the door to his cell, then follows by unlocking the doors on his friends cells. JACQUI: How'd you do that? TAKEDA: I overloaded his senses. Only works at short range. JACQUI: Being the son of a telepath has it's perks. TAKEDA: I didn't use to think so. Jacqui looks over to Jin, who shrugs his shoulders. Team S-F all exit the brig. -------------------------------- (3J) CHAPTER 7: TAKEDA TAKAHASHI -------------------------------- The scene cuts to the abandoned city previously seen in Chapter 1. The words "Five Years Ago" are displayed at the bottom of the screen. Takeda walks through the devestated remains of the once vibrant metropolis, outfitted in the yellow garb of the Shirai Ryu. He warily scans his surroundings, but there are no signs of life throughout the entire urban wasteland. He approaches the edge of a building, taking cover next to it. As he peeks around the corner, a chained kunai impales itself into the concrete inches from his head. Scorpion - now fully human, and better known as Hanzo Hasashi - pulls his weapon back into his grasp. Hanzo is noticeably wearing ninja garb that is much looser looking than his previous outfit when he was a spectre. Takeda charges at him with a scissors kick, but the two strikes are blocked easily by Scorpion. He throws several more kicks, but Scorpion evades them all. The former wraith goes on the offensive with several punches, two of which Takeda isn't quick enough to block. He takes them full in the face. Takeda rallies and jumps into a spinkick. Hanzo avoids the kick, but Takeda grabs one of his holstered swords from his back. It takes the Shirai Ryu master a few moments - and a double take - before he realises what Takeda did. When he does, he pulls out the other sword and readies himself. The two ninjas engage in a swordfight, each parrying the other's swipes at lightning quick speed. After Hanzo dodges a swipe at his waist, Takeda throws his sword directly at his master's sword-hand. Scorpion blocks the attack and sends the stolen sword soaring skywards, but that gives Takeda the opening to charge forward and jump-kick his master square in the face. Hasashi falls down hard, and Takahashi catches the falling sword. He swings it downward, but stops it an inch from his master's neck. For a moment he does nothing but give his mentor a knowing look. TAKEDA: Yield. Hanzo flashes a brief smile. SCORPION: Well done. He lightly pushes the sword away and offers his hand. Takeda accepts it and pulls him to his feet. SCORPION: You are now Chujin. He places a hand on his chest and bows. Takeda bows in response and offers him back his sword. TAKEDA: You honour me, Master Hasashi. Scorpion takes the blade back and holsters it. TAKEDA: Now that I'm Chujin, how will I serve the clan? SCORPION: Your future does not lie with the Shirai Ryu. TAKEDA: But... the clan's my family. Scorpion turns away, but continues speaking. SCORPION: When I took you in, I promised your father-- TAKEDA: I don't have a father. A new voice catches Takeda's attention. KENSHI: Yes you do. One who's proud of you. A Chujin in record time. The blind swordsman bows to Takeda, but the younger man looks furious rather than happy. TAKEDA: (To Scorpion) You knew he was coming? You said nothing?! SCORPION: Knowing this would be your reaction, yes. Takeda moves forward, ready to attack his father. SCORPION: Takeda! Your father is not your enemy. The younger Takahashi remains unconvinced, and he addresses the elder Takahashi directly. TAKEDA: Ten years. No visits, nothing. You abandoned me. KENSHI: I did not abandon you-- TAKEDA: I was eight! My mother had just died! NOW you come back? Think you can jump right in as the proud dad? KENSHI: Son, I-- He tries to touch Takeda's shoulder, but finds his hand angrily slapped away. TAKEDA: To hell with you! I am not your son! They fight. Reluctant to fight his own flesh and blood, Kenshi is soon at the disadvantage against the newly minted Chujin. After a brief melee, he is soon down on the ground thanks to his son. TAKEDA: Now get up! I wanna knock you down again! As Kenshi is rising, Takeda moves in to strike him again. SCORPION: Takeda, CEASE! At his master's voice, Takeda stops in mid-strike. SCORPION: Kenshi did not abandon you. He brought you here for your protection. TAKEDA: Protection from what?! SCORPION: From those who murdered your mother. TAKEDA: She... she died in an accident! KENSHI: That is the story I asked Master Hasashi to tell you. He stands to his feet. KENSHI: But in truth, your mother was killed by Red Dragon assassins. I was the target. Suchin was the victim. Takeda growls in fury and lunges forward, grabbing Kenshi by his outfit. TAKEDA: Son of a bitch! It was your fault! He makes no move to strike him, though. Scorpion slowly steps forward. SCORPION: Your father has devoted his life to fighting animals like the Red Dragon. It is they who are without honour. Takeda lets his father go and walks away, taking a moment to collect his emotions. Beneath his anger, pain is clearly visible on his face. TAKEDA: You shouldn't have hidden the truth. KENSHI: You would have gone after your mother's killers unprepared. I could not risk that. Takeda says nothing, but slowly processes the information he's being told. KENSHI: Master Hasashi has perfected your fighting skills. His next words echo in Takeda's head, rather than being spoken aloud. KENSHI: (Telepathically) Now it is time to complete your training. Takeda instinctively puts his hand to his head, in the stance he will later adopt when putting his own telepathic skills to use. TAKEDA: How-- how did you do that? KENSHI: (Telepathically) We are telepaths. A family gift. TAKEDA: I can read minds? KENSHI: (Telepathically) Through training, we will determine your full abilities. He reverts to speaking his next words. KENSHI: And then we will hunt down the Red Dragon. Together. He puts a hand on Takeda's shoulder. This time it is not slapped away. The scene cuts back to the present day. Team S-F take cover behind the side of the docked ship they were kept prisoner in. They spot Reptile, Ermac and Erron Black looking over the bodies of the soldiers killed by D'Vorah earlier. REPTILE: This is D'Vorah's work. ERRON: No argument there. Only she could create wounds like these. TAKEDA: (To Cassie) That D'Vorah's full of surprises. ERRON: Question is, is she working with anyone else? Reptile sniffs the air and straightens up, seemingly catching a scent. He turns to face the docked ship. Erron notices and stands up as well. ERRON: What is it? Team S-F duck back down behind cover. TAKEDA: Damn. He's made us. CASSIE: Okay guys, standard diamond formation. Takeda, you're on point. Jacqui, bring up the rear. Kung Jin, air cover. Jin pulls an arrow from his quiver. KUNG JIN: You got it. On the dock, Reptile confirms his suspicions. REPTILE: The Earthrealmers! D'Vorah freed them! Takeda, Cassie and Jacqui charge out of cover. As the Outworlders get into a fighting stance, Kung Jin lets loose an arrow that hits at their feet, unleashing a cloud of blue gas into the air. Team S-F move in as they struggle to catch their breath. [QUICK TIME CUTSCENE BEGINS] Jacqui charges down Erron Black and Cassie engages Ermac. Takeda runs up to Reptile and issues a challenge in Japanese. Reptile growls in response and turns invisible. Takeda looks around in anticipation, and finds Reptile directly in front of him, readying a punch. Takeda lands one of his own before it connects, staggering the Zaterran and turning him invisible again. As Takeda looks around for Reptile, the lizardman is briefly outlined as he sneaks round Takeda's back. He comes at him from his right side with another punch, but Takeda blocks it and lands two hits of his own. Reptile is forced to back away and turn invisible once more. As Takeda looks over the docks for his unseen foe, he notices a nearby barrel move and fall into the water. He puts two fingers to his temple and - remembering Sub-Zero's training from earlier - realises that it was a distraction. He turns around to spot Reptile attacking him from behind. Takeda once again blocks his strike and throws a punch that catches Reptile in the kidney. He follows with a face strike and kicks him in the chest, sending him sprawling and turning invisible yet again. Takeda holds his telepath stance yet again this time, and closes his eyes in concentration. As Reptile charges him from behind, Takeda turns and throws a fist that catches the Zaterran square on the forehead. He falls down and turns invisible for a fifth time. As Takeda once again puts two fingers to his temple and closes his eyes, Reptile uncloaks a good few steps away from him and throws out his extendable tongue. Takeda catches it without even looking, then pulls Reptile in and punches him thrice in the face, staggering him back. [QUICK TIME CUTSCENE ENDS] They fight. Already weakened by Takeda's defense, Reptile finds himself at the disadvantage against the Shirai Ryu's fighting techniques and advanced weaponary. It isn't long until the Zaterrean lies defeated on the docks. TAKEDA: One down. Two to go. Kung Jin has moved up and is now taking on Erron Black. He isn't faring too well, as Erron kicks him in the side and then kicks his legs out from under him. As Jin falls, Erron slams a fist into his abdomen, leaving him reeling on the ground in pain. Black aims his revolver at Kung Jin's head, but Takeda uses his whips to grab Erron by the ankles, dragging him off his feet. Takeda turns in the opposite direction and gives the whips a hard tug, sending Black flying over his head and through the staircase to the docked ship, demolishing it completely. With Erron down for the moment, Takeda runs over to Jin and helps him back to his feet. KUNG JIN: When we get back, you're teaching me that. TAKEDA: Deal. Go help with Ermac. I've got this. Behind them, Erron kips up to his feet and charges Takeda. The ninja turns around and tries to slide tackle Black, but the outlaw vaults over him, coming down into a roll to his feet. Takeda also spins back to his feet. ERRON: Think you can handle me alone? You're either brave or foolish. They fight. Takeda proves his bravery twice over through his speed and skill, and takes the battle right to the mercenary. After a hard fought battle, Takeda leaves Black as unconscious as he did Reptile. TAKEDA: Brave or foolish, I'm alive. Over at the end of the docks, Ermac has been keeping the rest of Team S-F at bay easily enough. He faceplants Kung Jin with a telekenetic slam, blasts Jacqui right down the docks with a burst of soul energy and caps it off by deflecting Cassie's gun from her hand, before levitating her into the air. Before Ermac can finish her, Takeda grapples him in a sleeper hold, breaking the energies keeping Cassie in the air. She falls unconscious, and Ermac is unable to bring his powers to Takeda while grappled. TAKEDA: Let's see what's worth learning in there. He slams a palm onto Ermac's forehead. Takeda only holds it there a couple of moments before he cries out in pain and reels backward, clutching his head and letting go of Ermac. TAKEDA: So many minds... trapped inside... ERMAC: We exist to serve. Bound by Shao Kahn's magic. TAKEDA: The chaos... the voices... ERMAC: We are many. You are one. Your abilities pale before us. They fight. The battle proves to be one of the toughest challenges Takeda has ever faced, for Ermac was hardly weakened by the onslaught of Team S-F and Takeda himself is still disorientated after trying to read his mind. Nonetheless, the Shirai Ryu Chujin steps up to the task and fights with all he has. At the end it proves to be just enough to defeat the many souled warrior. TAKEDA: I think I've had enough of Outworld. Takeda walks over to his teammates, who have just finished picking themselves off the docks. JACQUI: I'm starting to get why my dad retired. CASSIE: We have to find D'Vorah. Get the amulet. KUNG JIN: Let's go. They won't be out long. They depart. The scene cuts to Kotal Kahn's palace. Reptile, Erron and Ermac are all either seated or standing around the table, with the Kahn pacing nearby. KOTAL: D'Vorah? And the Earthrealmers? ERRON: She stole the amulet, then helped them escape. REPTILE: She betrayed us to the Thunder God. Kotal shakes his head in disappointment. KOTAL: You wound me, D'Vorah. He turns to his lieutenants. KOTAL: Prepare the legions. We go to Earthrealm. We will wrest back the amulet from that devil Raiden. The scene cuts to the Kuatan jungle, where Team S-F have now reached. Takeda is speaking to Kenshi through his communicator. TAKEDA: We're all in one piece. No one seems to be tailing us. KENSHI: Have you been able to determine where D'Vorah was headed? TAKEDA: We think she's headed for the Sea of Blood. Another voice is heard over the communicator. JAX: Damn! JACQUI: Dad? JAX: She's coming here. To Quan Chi. There's a secret portal near the Sea of Blood. Quan Chi had it built when we were gettin' ready to invade Outworld. CASSIE: Great. JACQUI: Dad, what are you doing? Why are you in the Netherrealm? The scene cuts to the Netherrealm. Jax is walking along the Krossroads with Kenshi and a squad of Special Forces soldiers, speaking into the communicator. JAX: Well, now who's being overprotective? ------------------- (3K) CHAPTER 8: JAX ------------------- JACQUI: I know you think you have things to make up for, but-- JAX: I'm doing this for Sonya. She's family. JACQUI: That's why I'm worried. JAX: I'll be fine. You stay safe, y'hear? JACQUI: You stay safe too. I love you. Briggs out. JAX: Briggs out. He switches off the communicator. KENSHI: Feeling better? Or worse? JAX: Not sure. Maybe both. Kenshi chuckles and places a hand on Jax's shoulder. KENSHI: They'll be fine. JAX: Question is, will I be? They walk over the Krossroad's bridge to the landscape before it. Several soldiers have set up a perimeter behind cover, facing outward into the hellish landscape beyond. KENSHI: We have good crossfire position. But why is it Quan Chi travels by conventional means? They walk over to another person - one of the Netherrealms' more known denziens - for their answer. SAREENA: He seems unable to fully use his magic. He's weaker than when I was... in his service. JAX: Sareena's dead on. He doesn't have Shinnok as a power source. He's still Quan Chi, though. Kenshi nods at this. The three of them take up a position behind some rocks as cover. KENSHI: I realise you agreed to guide and observe. But you are welcome to assume any role you wish. JAX: I'm too rusty. I don't wanna jeopardise the mission. Kenshi silenty accepts this. Sareena looks into the distance beyond their cover. SAREENA: He approaches. The soldiers around them ready their assault rifles. Jax and Kenshi crouch with Sareena behind cover, Jax with a growing dread visible on his face. The scene cuts over to the hell-horses galloping toward the ambush at full speed. Quan Chi leads the group. All of the available soldiers take cover and aim their weapons directly at the approaching horde. Accompanying Quan Chi are Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Kitana, Sindel, Kabal, Stryker and Nightwolf. Kenshi waits a few moments before giving his command. KENSHI: Now! The soldiers open fire. They don't score any immediate hits, but the barrage is enough to spooks the hell-mounts. They rear up on their hind legs and refuse to go forward. One soldier aims his gun and shoots a hell-horse on it's shoulder, causing it to rear up and throw Kung Lao from his saddle. Seeing this, Sindel and Kitana both jump off their mounts and take cover. Jax notices this, looking very concerned. Sindel shoots off a blast of purple magic from her palm that hits a soldier near Jax. He falls to the ground, either unconscious or dead. Stryker aims a pistol from his mount and fires, blowing a hole through the skull of another soldier. A bullet fired from another soldier clips Quan Chi's mount in the neck. It drops dead, falling on it's master's leg in the process. Liu Kang immediately dismounts from his hell-horse to assist Quan Chi. Two more soldiers shoot at Kabal's horse, and he responds to their poor aim by charging them. As the horse approaches, Kabal pulls his hookswords from their sheaths, readies one in his hand and decapitates a soldier as he gallops past. Kenshi comes out of cover to assist, and Jax realises that the skirmish is going to end badly. JAX: Shit... As Kabal takes the head off another soldier, Kenshi pulls out Sento and yells out in Japanese, loosing off a telekenetic push that shoves Kabal off his mount. As he rushes in to engage Kabal, Liu Kang finishes pulling Quan Chi's leg out from under the hell-horse carcass. Several soldiers run up to engage them, and Kang lets loose one of his fireballs - which now looks more like a black hole encased with dark red energy. The fireball lands dead centre of the soldiers, exploding into flames and roasting them instantly. With the way now clear, Liu Kang takes his master by the arm and escorts him through the ambush, with Kung Lao following close by them. They rush past Jax's hiding spot, not noticing him as they move towards the Krossroads. Realising that no one else can stop them, Jax takes a second to ready himself and stands up from behind cover, charging after them. Kung Lao turns around and spots Jax approaching, and moves to intercept him. KUNG LAO: Do not interfere, Jackson Briggs. Go back into hiding. JAX: Hiding. I guess I have been. They fight. Kung Lao proves to have lost none of his speed and skill in undeath and the battle is a difficult one for Jax to go through. But his strength and power have not left him, and his cybernetic arms are as reliable as they always were. After a fierce melee, Jax manages to overpower the former Shaolin monk and leave him unconscious. JAX: That knocked some of my rust off. On the other side of the Krossroads, Liu Kang and Quan Chi have taken cover behind a large rock. More S-F soldiers shoot their assault rifles at them, not hitting but forcing them to stay in cover. Liu Kang shoots off a dark fireball that kills one, but the others keep steady... until Liu Kang shoots another fireball that immolates them both. With the soldiers dead, Kang motions to his master and they make a break for it. Hot on their heels, Jax scoops up an assault rifle. He takes aim, but a banshee scream and the purple soundwaves it produces - curtosey of Sindel - knock him not just off his feet, but into a roll that takes him right off the Krossroads bridge. Jax only stops himself from plummeting into the lava below by grabbing the edge of the bridge with one hand. Sindel walks over to where he hangs on, laughing with glee. She stomps on the hand, trying to force Jax to let go. He hangs on but his metal fingers are strained by the action, especially when Sindel grinds her heel in. She rears her foot back for another stomp, but at the last moment Jax lunges up, grabbing her by the ankle. Taken off balance, Sindel is dragged off the edge of the bridge along with Jax. Instinctively, she whips her hair out and manages to latch it on to the giant rock seen earlier. The effort stops them both from falling into the lava. Jax keeps a death-grip on Sindel's legs, preventing her from kicking him off. With no choice - and an increasing pressure on her neck - Sindel draws herself back onto the bridge by her hair, taking Jax up with her. As Sindel's hair loosens itself from the rock, they both quickly get to their feet, Jax in a fighting stance, Sindel with her arms open and ready to hug him, bizarrely enough. SINDEL: Welcome home, Jackson Briggs. JAX: This hell is not my home. SINDEL: Then why be fool enough to return? JAX: I got a family to protect. SINDEL: Quan Chi reunited me with my family. He will do the same for you. They fight. Facing off against the woman who killed him is yet another giant challenge for Jackson Briggs, but whatever power Sindel possessed in life has been considerably weakened by her years in the Netherrealm. As such, Jax is able to fend off Sindel's attacks and take the fight directly to her, which ends with her down and defeated at his hands. JAX: Quan Chi's not helping you. Behind Jax on the ambush spot before the bridge, Kenshi is engaged with Sento against Kabal's hookswords, and Sareena is fighting Kitana. She throws two roundhouse kicks that Kitana evades and blocks a fan strike, but takes a punch across the face. She staggers back and tries to reason with Kitana. SAREENA: It is possible to escape Quan Chi, Kitana. I can aid you as Bi-Han aided me. KITANA: You became too familiar with Bi-Han. Allowed emotion to corrupt you. SAREENA: Emotion freed me! She punches Kitana in the face. Kitana swipes low with her bladed fans, but Sareena backflips to avoid them. She throws a crescent kick that Kitana catches, but lashes out with an enziguri kick with her other leg, sending the former Edenian sprawling. Sareena kips up as Kitana gets back to her feet, but she takes a moment too long and eats a flying kick to the chest from the revenant that knocks her out. Kitana stands over her unconscious frame and prepares to finish her, but Jax calls out to her as she readies her fans. JAX: I don't understand, Kitana. I mean, I hate the things I did here. But you enjoy being a revenant! Kitana steps away from Sareena and into Jax's path. KITANA: It suits me. I am a victim no longer. She charges at Jax and somersaults over him. Jax turns around quickly and staggers her with a right hook. She falls back into a fighting stance. JAX: Yeah, I know what you mean, but this ain't the way to assert yourself. They fight. Once more, Jax finds himself taking on an enemy with speed and skill superior to his own, but with his confidence restored in his previous bouts, Jax allows his strength to truly shine through here. It isn't long before Kitana also finds herself in the same condition as Sindel and Kung Lao; unconscious. JAX: I gotta believe there's hope for you. Jax turns around to the ambush site and assesses the situation. The S-F troops have repelled the rest of the revenants, but many are dead and those who've survived look in need of hospital beds. Jax walks over to Kenshi and Sareena. Kenshi is resting near a rock, and Sareena is crouched near a badly injured soldier who's helmet looks like charcoal. JAX: Mother o' God... KENSHI: We've lost many. The rest are wounded. JAX: And our "friends"? SAREENA: The tide turned against them. They fled. JAX: How you two doin'? KENSHI: I'm fine. As he says this, he staggers. There's a large wound on his right leg that has gone straight through his armor to the flesh below. JAX: That's what I thought. He turns around toward the Krossroads. SAREENA: Where are you going? JAX: Gonna bag me a sorcerer. KENSHI: Alone? SAREENA: You'll be killed! JAX: Wouldn't be the first time. He walks down the bridge. The scene cuts to Quan Chi's fortress. Liu Kang stands over Quan Chi, who is seated on a throne. LIU KANG: In your weakened state, is it possible for you to release Shinnok? QUAN CHI: I am more than capable. LIU KANG: And D'Vorah? Are you certain she is capable? QUAN CHI: She WILL bring the amulet to me. JAX: And I'll be waiting for her. Liu Kang turns around at the new arrival. QUAN CHI: Jackson Briggs. A pleasant surprise. JAX: Nothin' pleasent about it. [QUICK TIME CUTSCENE BEGINS] As Jax approaches, Liu Kang gets into his fighting stance. LIU KANG: So you return to Raiden? The fools follow fools. He throws a dark fireball. Jax sidesteps it and walks forward. JAX: Raiden did his best. He saved Earthrealm! Liu Kang charges up another fireball. LIU KANG: HE MURDERED ME! Liu Kang throws it, but Jax ducks the projectile and continues forward. JAX: That isn't true! Liu Kang throws another fireball. Jax dodges this one as well. LIU KANG: You were not there! He stole EVERYTHING from me! Once more, Kang throws a fireball. Jax doesn't bother dodging this one; he bats it away with his mechanical arms. He's now reached Liu Kang, much to Quan Chi's surprise. LIU KANG: You do not deserve to rejoin us. Jax only chuckles at this. Liu Kang throws two last fireballs, but each one is knocked away by Jax, who pounds his fist into his palm, ready for battle. [QUICK TIME CUTSCENE ENDS] LIU KANG: Instead you will learn... there are worse things than death. They fight. The battle proves to be one of the toughest of Jax's life. The former Champion of Mortal Kombat has all of the speed, strength, stamina and skill he had when he was alive, and he's every bit the fighter he was when he defeated Shao Kahn. But Jax's own skill and courage give him the strength he needs to keep fighting, and even though the fight is close, Jax manages to take Liu Kang down. JAX: I wish I could help you, Liu Kang. With no more bodies to help him, Quan Chi rises as Jax approaches, seemingly to reason with him. QUAN CHI: Jax, there is no need for hostil-- JAX: Just stop talking! He punctuates his point by uppercutting Quan Chi square in the mouth. The sorcerer is thrown high into the air and crashes into a wall of skulls. He slumps down, KO'ed in one hit. JAX: S'good to be back. He switches on his communicator. JAX: Kenshi. I got 'im. KENSHI: Excellent work. JAX: I'm staying here. D'Vorah's on her way. You need to get Quan Chi to Sonya. She'll make 'im spill his guts. ------------------------ (3L) CHAPTER 9: SCORPION ------------------------ The scene cuts to the refugee camp. Quan Chi is now in handcuffs and chaines, being escorted by Kenshi and Johnny Cage. They drag him into an open shipping container. KENSHI: Sit. Quan Chi is forced down on a chair. Two soldiers cuff his legs together in chains as well. JOHNNY: I'm guessing it's not your first time in cuffs. What's your safeword? Quan Chi gives Johnny a death glare in response. Smiling to himself, Johnny exits the container, followed by Kenshi and the soldiers. The doors are slammed shut. The moment they are, a slight smirk comes to his face. Over this scene, we hear Sonya speaking. SONYA: Advise Secretary Blake that Quan Chi is in custody. We'll be moving him to the super-max facility at Fort Charles within the hour. The scene cuts to Johnny and Kenshi walking up to Sonya, who is relaying the orders to one of her soldiers. SOLDIER: Yes ma'am. As they approach, Sonya turns to face them. SONYA: You two stand guard. Prisoner transfer will be here in twenty. JOHNNY: Oh, NOW she trusts me to babysit. Outside of narrowing her eyes at Johnny, Sonya doesn't respond to the bait. She instead puts her communicator to her ear. SONYA: Cage, report. Cassie's voice is heard on the other line. CASSIE: We haven't caught up to D'Vorah. We had her tracked to the Makeba Cliffs, but then her trail went cold. SONYA: Damn. The scene switches to begind some shipping containers. Unseen to the soldiers or refugees, several ninjas creep in and hide behind some crates. CASSIE: Jacqui thinks D'Vorah's unique physiology may allow us to pinpoint her location. She's retooling her smart-comm to track D'Vorah's pheromones. The lead ninja holds one hand in the air as he crouches down. His subordinates stop and take cover by him. SONYA: How long? SCORPION: On my command only. Wound. Do not kill. CASSIE: She has to write the code. We're looking at... two hours? SONYA: Sergeant, your team doesn't have two hours. We need her found immediately! JOHNNY: Sonya! She turns to look at him. He tilts his head and nods angrily. Sonya sighs and takes a moment to calm down before she resumes talking. SONYA: Cassie, I appreciate what you're trying to do, but there isn't time. Bring your team back here, we need to re-group and re-deploy. CASSIE: Yes ma'am. Sonya hangs up. JOHNNY: They're doing their best. SONYA: I know. Kenshi looks into the middle distance and - despite his blindness - notices someone approaching. KENSHI: General. We have a visitor. Sonya and Johnny turn to see Hanzo Hasashi approaching them in full ninja garb. SONYA: You two are friends, right? He tell you he was coming? KENSHI: Nothing. Sonya walks up to Hanzo, who bows before her. SCORPION: General. SONYA: Master Hasashi. I hadn't received word you were coming. Behind Sonya, several of her soldiers walk closer to the two of them, guns idle in their hands. SCORPION: I will have Quan Chi. SONYA: We have things under control. You can-- SCORPION: He must die. SONYA: Raiden needs him. Without Quan Chi we can't restore Liu Kand and the other revenants. You'd leave them trapped? Like you were? SCORPION: Only Quan Chi concerns me. He motions to walk past her. Sonya puts a hand on his shoulder. Kenshi pulls out Sento from it's sheath and Johnny walks forward, ready to fight. Several soldiers surround Hasashi and point their weapons directly at him. SONYA: Don't do this, Hanzo. I'll put you down. SCORPION: Then we are at an impasse. He holds up two fingers and calls out a command to attack in Japanese. The Shirai Ryu ninjas charge out from behind cover and engage the soldiers. Hanzo bats away Sonya's hand and punches her in the face. He blocks her attacks, but takes a roundhouse kick to the face. He retalitates with a right cross that strikes her across the cheek. SCORPION: Quan Chi is mine. They fight. Despite no longer being a wraith, Hanzo is still capable of tapping into his hellish powers, and he brings these to full bear against the General of the Special Forces. Combined with his own fighting skill and prowess, it isn't long before Sonya is overwhelmed and knocked unconscious. SCORPION: I wish you no harm, General Blade. Two of the Shirai Ryu drag Sonya away. Hanzo walks over to the shipping container holding Quan Chi. His ninjas have successfully restrained the guards on post there. However, Kenshi sneaks up behind Scorpion and unleashes a telekenetic shockwave from Sento, slamming Hasashi into the container doors. Kenshi then levitates him into the air. KENSHI: Call off your men, Hanzo! Hanzo remains calm in spite of his incapacitation. SCORPION: If you value our friendship, you will give me Quan Chi. In response, Kenshi throws Scorpion across the campsite. He smashes hard into the side of a humvee. He looks up to see Kenshi charging at him and throws his chained kunai, which Kenshi slides to evade. As Kenshi rises, Hanzo tackles him, knocking the sword from his grasp. Kenshi pushes him off and they both roll to their feet. SCORPION: Withdraw. Without Sento you are vulnerable. Johnny Cage takes this moment to tackle the ninja from the side. [QUICK TIME CUTSCENE BEGINS] Hanzo pushes Johnny away from him, but the movie star comes back with a backhand. Hanzo evades it, blocks several more blows from Johnny and catches him on the chin with a palm strike. Johnny comes in again with a right hook. Hanzo once again blocks the blow and several more that follow, landing a jump kick that catches Cage in the chest and staggers him backwards. Johnny takes a moment to get back into a fighting stance, and Hanzo follows suit. Johnny tries landing a strike to the kidney this time, but Hanzo intercepts it. Again, Hasashi fends off multiple punches from Cage before grabbing his leg off a failed kick, sweeping the other out from under him. Johnny pounds the ground with a fist in frustration and stands up once more. [QUICK TIME CUTSCENE ENDS] JOHNNY: Just like old times! They fight. Johnny Cage has lost none of his fighting skill over the years, but the youthful agility he possessed in his earlier bout against the ninja has not fared so well. The fight is intense and close, but in the end it is Hanzo Hasashi who proves the victor this time around. SCORPION: Only Quan Chi's death will abate my anger. With Cage down, Scorpion turns back to the shipping container. Kenshi is still down on one knee, but he tries to reason with him. KENSHI: Hanzo, no! You've earned great trust for the Shirai Ryu. Do not squander it by murdering a withered sorcerer! SCORPION: That withered sorcerer is the architect of my suffering. A ninja grabs Kenshi and restrains him as Hanzo continues toward the container. The scene cuts to an outside table on a snowy mountaintop, complete with two bowls and a kettle. The caption "Five Years Ago - Lin Kuei Temple" reads at the bottom of the screen. Hanzo Hasashi walks toward the table, eyeing it suspiciously. He turns around at the sound of someone approaching - who turns out to be Kuai Liang. Hanzo says nothing, but does not look pleased to see him approach. SUB-ZERO: Master Hasashi. I am grateful that you've come. He bows before Hanzo. SCORPION: Speak your mind. I do not wish to linger here. Kuai motions toward the table. When Hanzo does not move, he walks around him and kneels by it. SUB-ZERO: You re-establish the Shirai-Ryu as I reform the Lin Kuei. We both seek to shed our clans' dark pasts. Dedicate them to Earthrealm's protection. He puts some flavouring inside the two bowls. SUB-ZERO: Our common purpose gives us a chance to end old rivalries. To start anew. SCORPION: You'll confess what you've long denied? That your clan's hands are soaked in Shirai-Ryu blood? In the blood of my family? SUB-ZERO: ...Our honour is indeed stained. Please. Sit. Hanzo finally complies with the request. SUB-ZERO: After you and I were freed from Quan Chi's control, I sought out my clan. I had hoped rebellion from within would have quashed the Grandmaster's plans. Kuai pours the water from the kettle into the bowls. SUB-ZERO: But Sektor had realised his father's vision. The Lin Kuei had benn fully cyberized. I pledged to kill Sektor and his followers. Re-form the Lin Kuei and restore our honour. SCORPION: I am not interested in Lin Kuei politics, Sub-Zero. SUB-ZERO: When I finally killed Sektor, I discovered the Lin Kuei had not sacrificed it's honour with the Cyber Initiative. We had abandoned it long before. Liang passes Hasashi the prepared bowl of soup. Before he can take it, Hanzo hears the sound of an ice attack being prepared. He dodges in the nick of time, and an ice blast destroys the table. Hanzo rolls to his feet to see a female Lin Kuei - who uses ice powers just like Sub-Zero - walking toward him with the intent to fight. FROST: There will be no peace, Scorpion! SCORPION: Frost! (To Sub-Zero) The Lin Kuei are still without honour! He charges Frost, blocks two strikes from her, punches her in the face and downs her with a roundhouse kick. SUB-ZERO: Master Hasashi, wait! SCORPION: For what? More treachery? I will have your head! They fight. As has been the case with their many fights before, Scorpion and Sub-Zero are equally matched in skill, strength, speed and powers. However, Hanzo Hasashi takes the advantage with his opponent's reluctance to fight. After a back and forth exchange, the Shirai-Ryu knocks the Lin Kuei to the floor. SCORPION: Our story ends here, Sub-Zero. He pulls one of his ninjato from his back and prepares to decapitate Kuai Liang. However, Frost charges him once again, this time brandishing an ice dagger. As Hanzo turns to kill her instead, an ice blast from Sub-Zero freezes her solid. Scorpion turns around in confusion to find Sub-Zero standing once more. SCORPION: What is this?! SUB-ZERO: I did not bring you here for treachery. Frost is strong, but lacks judgment. She cannot see the wisdom of peace. I will deal with her. Hanzo is still suspicious at this words, but he does consider them. The scene cuts to inside the temple. Hanzo and Kuai walk up into the main chamber together, Hanzo having put his sword back in its sheath. SCORPION: You spoke of the Lin Kuei's lost honour. SUB-ZERO: For years, I had thought you had unfairly blamed the Lin Kuei for the deaths of your family and clan. They stop by a table. The cybernetic arm and head of Sektor lie on it, both hooked up to some sort of battery. SUB-ZERO: But Sektor's cyber-preserved memories revealed the truth. He presses a button on Sektor's arm. From a projected light it reveals a hologram of Quan Chi. QUAN CHI: The Lin Kuei need to abide their agreements, Sektor. The Grandmaster gave Shinnok his word. Sektor's recorded voice replies in response. SEKTOR: Shinnok's currency is lies. As is yours. QUAN CHI: Payment is due. I exterminated the Shirai-Ryu as promised. SEKTOR: Hanzo Hasashi lives. He's your spectre, Scorpion. QUAN CHI: I created Scorpion from Hasashi's soul AFTER he died. We observed the agreement. SEKTOR: The letter, not the spirit. You are owed nothing. The hologram fades. Hanzo's face now shows pure horror at the words he just heard. SCORPION: Harumi... Satoshi... He bows his head forward in shame. SUB-ZERO: Had I known of my clan's complicity in the Shirai-Ryu's extinction, our history would be different. SCORPION: I killed your brother because I thought... he-- SUB-ZERO: Quan Chi is responsible for Bi-Han's death. A newfound determination enters Scorpion's eyes and he raises his head. SCORPION: Sektor was wrong. There is a debt to be paid - and Quan Chi will pay it. He puts a hand to his chest in a salute. Kuai Liang returns the salute with his hands clasped together. The two former rivals bow to one another. The scene cuts back to the refugee camp. Quan Chi has been dragged out of the container by two Shirai-Ryu. They throw him to the ground before Hanzo Hasashi. Johnny, Sonya and Kenshi watch all of this from on their knees, restrained by the ninjas who have successfully defeated their forces. SCORPION: (To his men) Unbind him. One of them undoes the chains on Quan Chi. The sorcerer remains on his knees. QUAN CHI: Scorpion, we can-- Hanzo backfists him in the face, knocking him to the ground. SCORPION: MY NAME IS HANZO HASASHI!! He grabs Quan Chi by the scruff of his neck. SCORPION: You killed my wife! My son! And then you burrowed your way into my head! Misdirected my VENGEANCE! COST ME MY ONE CHANCE TO HAVE THEM RESTORED! QUAN CHI: Your family... I-- Scorpion hauls him to his feet, roaring in rage. SCORPION: Quiet, sorcerer! Nothing can help you now! They fight. At his weakest and without any help forthcoming, Quan Chi suffers the beating of his life. Nothing he can do subsides the rage of Hanzo Hasashi, who relentlessly pounds him again and again and again. The one sided battle ends with Quan Chi facedown in the dirt. SCORPION: At last, you feel my pain. As Quan Chi struggles to rise, Hanzo kicks him in the face, knocking him on his back. Hanzo slams Quan Chi's head into the ground and then punches him some more. SONYA: Scorpion, stop! A portal opens before them. Hanzo looks up and spots D'Vorah approaching. D'VORAH: Quan Chi! Hanzo rushes her with his sword at the ready. D'Vorah parries his blows with her stingers. He manages to cut off one of them with his sword, but as he tries an overhead chop, she stabs him in the chest with the other stinger, bringing him down to one knee. D'Vorah rushes to Quan Chi's side. QUAN CHI: Amulet... D'Vorah pulls it out, but a chained kunai impales Quan Chi through the chest before he can take it. SCORPION: GET OVER HERE! The sorcerer is dragged back to Hanzo's side. D'VORAH: No! Hanzo yanks Quan Chi by the chain imbedded in him to a seated position. He's still barely alive though, and holds his hands towards the amulet, chanting a dark spell in a Netherrealm tongue. In slow motion, D'Vorah throws the amulet to his outstretched arms, while Hanzo brings his ninjato down towards his neck. Just before the blade cuts into him, Quan Chi finishes the chant and grabs the amulet. An instant later, his head is sliced clean off his shoulders. SCORPION: Blood for blood. Your debt is paid. He throws down the headless corpse. Shinnok's Amulet rolls to a stop on the ground... and erupts with dark purple energy and hellish fire. Shinnok's form is faintly visible within the energies. JOHNNY: Oh shit. SONYA: (To the ninjas) Free us! Now! They realise the situation has gone to hell and comply. The amulet finally stops dispelling energy, and it's owner picks it off the ground in triumph. D'VORAH: Shinnok. Behind Shinnok, Scorpion roars in anger and swings his ninjato at him. The fallen Elder God turns around and blasts him with the amulet's magic, knocking him unconscious. Johnny, Sonya, Kenshi and the Shirai-Ryu ninjas charge at him next, and all receive the same treatment. SHINNOK: How small they are. D'Vorah walks up to him and bows. D'VORAH: This One greets Lord Shinnok. SHINNOK: Quan Chi chose his servants well. He was wise to restore me in Earthrealm, behind their defenses. D'VORAH: Quan Chi deceived them. Allowed himself to be captured. He knew they would bring him here. They look toward the sorcerer's dead body. SHINNOK: A pity he did not live to see his work completed. Johnny Cage starts to wake up, groaning as he does so. Shinnok turns to him. SHINNOK: There will be no surprises from you, Mister Cage. (To D'Vorah) Bring him. Another portal opens, bringing forth the revenants Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Kitana, Sindel and Smoke. They stop before Shinnok and bow to him. LIU KANG: Praise be to Lord Shinnok. SHINNOK: Let us be on our way. LIU KANG: There is an Earthrealm force in Netherrealm. SHINNOK: I am aware. They will be neutralised. He and his followers leave through a portal. Once it closes, Sonya begins to awaken. Team S-F arrive through a portal of their own as she tries to sit up. CASSIE: Oh, shit! She rushes over to Sonya, while Kung Jin rushes to Scorpion and Takeda and Jacqui run to Kenshi. CASSIE: Mom! She takes Sonya by the shoulders. CASSIE: Where's Dad? SONYA: Shinnok... CASSIE: Mom, mom, where'd they go? Sonya passes out again. CASSIE: Mom?! It is Hanzo Hasashi who answers her. SCORPION: Your father... Shinnok's prisoner... at the Sky Temple. ----------------------- (3M) CHAPTER 10: RAIDEN ----------------------- The scene cuts to the Sky Temple. An old warrior - recognisable as the native Outworlder Bo'Rai Cho - sits on a bench outside of the main temple doors. While he's waiting, he opens a hip flask and drinks from it. A few moments later, Raiden teleports next to the doors. BO'RAI CHO: Raiden! Raiden, my old friend! He walks up to Raiden and shakes his hand. RAIDEN: Master Bo'Rai Cho. I am pleased to see you. It has been many years. BO'RAI CHO: Too long, yes, too long. We old warriors need to stick together, eh? RAIDEN: Most certainly. I presume recent circumstances precipitate your arrival? BO'RAI CHO: Yes, yes. I'm concerned that Shinnok may return. I've been trying to contact you. I feared the worst. They walk into the temple. RAIDEN: When Kano misappropriated Shinnok's Amulet, he left behind a snare. Disabling it required that I travel to many strange realms. I must retire to the Jinsei Chamber. Regain my strength. The scene cuts to the two of them walking in the underground tunnels leading to the Jinsei Chamber. BO'RAI CHO: You are close to recovering it, then? Shinnok's Amulet? RAIDEN: I do not know. Disabling Kano's snare demanded my full attention. Once I am rejuvenated, I will confer with General Blade. BO'RAI CHO: If only we could have destroyed Shinnok during the last war. If only he were mortal. They reach the chamber. Raiden charges his hand with lightning, but does not release. Instead, the chamber doors respond with the Japanese incantation on them lighting up and they open. The two of them take a moment to bask in the cool light of the Jinsei before walking in to the chamber. BO'RAI CHO: Such beauty. Like gazing upon the Elder Gods themselves. RAIDEN: I hold out hope that we can turn this crisis to our advantage. BO'RAI CHO: How so? RAIDEN: Quan Chi's magic binds the souls of many we hold dear. Capture him, and we can force him to release them. BO'RAI CHO: Liu Kang and Kung Lao restored? I suppose it is possible. RAIDEN: As long as Quan Chi lives. He hangs his head down for a moment, before looking up into Bo'Rai Cho's face. RAIDEN: I've long regretted losing our comrades' souls to Netherrealm's evil. Kung Lao and Liu Kang... they were like sons. I would move the Heavens to bring them back into the light. The scene cuts to the Outworld Kove. The caption "Outworld - Twenty Five Years Ago" reads at the bottom left of the screen. On the docks, Shaolin monks are being loaded onto a waiting ship by Tarkatans. Raiden crouches behind cover with Kung Lao and Liu Kang, looking obviously more youthful and not undead. KUNG LAO: It is as Master Bo'Rai Cho said. The Shaolin masters are aboard that ship. LIU KANG: Bo'Rai Cho said two ships. RAIDEN: The other has disembarked. We need to determine it's location. KUNG LAO: They will talk. I will see to it. LIU KANG: No extraordinary means, Kung Lao. KUNG LAO: They raided the Wu Shi Academy! Killed Master Wen! RAIDEN: Even with Tarkatans, there are boundaries we do not cross. KUNG LAO: Yes, Lord Raiden. LIU KANG: I still cannot believe Shao Kahn would order such a brazen attack. RAIDEN: It demonstrated Earthrealm's vulnerability. Shao Kahn knew we would have no choice but to agree to a new tournament. KUNG LAO: Liu Kang defeated Shang Tsung. He will beat Shao Kahn. RAIDEN: In good time, Kung Lao. First we free the Shaolin. They get out of cover and make for the docks. Over on those same docks, a Tarkatan punches a bound monk down to his knees. Behind them, another Tarkatan smashes a monk in the face and drags him forward. D'Vorah walks behind them, stopping to talk to Baraka, who leads this force. D'VORAH: All are aboard? This One leaves with the tide. BARAKA: We are ready. D'VORAH: Shao Kahn demands the hostages be unharmed. BARAKA: Their wounds are not fatal. D'VORAH: I would hope, Baraka. For your sake. RAIDEN: For yours as well. D'Vorah and Baraka turn to face Raiden, walking toward them with Liu Kang and Kung Lao behind him. RAIDEN: If you harm them, you answer to me. Baraka orders his soldiers to attack in the Tarkatan tongue. They charge toward the Earthrealmers. Raiden ducks under a blade swipe from a Tarkatan and punches him twice in the face, knocking him from the docks. Kung Lao punches another in the stomach and throws him off, before hitting another in the face with a roundhouse kick that sends him splashing into the river. As Kung Lao runs his fingers across his razor sharp hat, Liu Kang charges in with a flying kick on another Tarkatan that knocks him across the docks, unconscious from the hit. Raiden punches and kicks two more Tarkatans into the water and approaches D'Vorah and Baraka in a fighting stance. D'VORAH: (To Baraka) Tarkatans are beaten so easily? Baraka growls in anger. He charges Raiden, just as several more of his species charge in from behind. Liu Kang and Kung Lao decide to engage them, leaving Baraka to Raiden. He ducks a punch from the Tarkatan leader, blocks a kick and catches his arm off a failed elbow. When Baraka extends his blade, Raiden pushes it away, then blocks an elbow smash from his other arm. Baraka manages to knee Raiden in the stomach and punch him in the face, but the Thunder God dodges a stab attempt, slaps Baraka's arm away and dissipates into thin air with a crackle of electricity. Raiden reappears to Baraka's side and punches him in the face. Baraka tries a backward slice that is dodged, and then tries to impale Raiden with both his arm blades. Raiden blocks the attack, grabs Baraka's arms and electrocutes him, sending him staggering back. Raiden barks out a threat in Baraka's own Tarkatan language. BARAKA: Empty threats, Raiden. You will not see the tournament! They fight. Despite being a vicious brawler equipped with arm blades and a battle rage that knows no fear, Baraka is not able to stand against the God of Thunder. The battle is fierce, but it ends with the Tarkatan facedown on the docks amongst his kinsmen. RAIDEN: You will return to the Wastes with no prize. He walks toward the docked ship. Liu Kang and Kung Lao are still fighting the Tarkatan horde behind him. RAIDEN: (To D'Vorah) Step aside. D'Vorah replies with two swift punches. Raiden blocks them both, ducks a third and hits D'Vorah in the face with a punch of his own. He throws another, but D'Vorah ducks this one and punches him in the stomach. She follows through with two more punches to the face and tries a kick. Raiden blocks it, dodges one of her stingers and teleports away when she fires off all four at him. He reappears behind her. D'Vorah is quick to react, and yells out a chant in the Kytinn tongue, unleashing a swarm of insects from her belly. Raiden summons lightning from the heavens that strikes the ground between him and D'Vorah, disintegrating all the insects that pour out of her. They both break off their attacks and regard one another. D'VORAH: Such power. What are you, Raiden? RAIDEN: I am of truth and light. I protect Earthrealm. D'VORAH: This One cares not for Earthrealm and worships no gods. They fight. In spite of her unique powers and fighting skill, not even D'Vorah is a match for Earthrealm's protector. While she puts up a determined effort, she is unable to overcome Raiden's godhood and is eventually knocked unconscious. RAIDEN: When a god speaks, heed him. By now, Liu Kang and Kung Lao have now defeated the Tarkatans. The Shaolin monks approach the Thunder God. KUNG LAO: They were not so vexing. All sneers and growls. RAIDEN: Let us free those aboard this vessel. Then you will find the second ship. KUNG LAO: Where will you go, Lord Raiden? RAIDEN: The tournament beings soon. Join me as soon as you are able. They walk toward the ship. LIU KANG: We will succeed, Lord Raiden. RAIDEN: Of that I am certain. The scene fades in to Raiden in the present day, embathed inside the Jinsei itself. He remains hovering in the depths of the blue light for several moments, until the chamber itself begins shaking and rocks fall from the ceiling. Realising something is wrong, Raiden looks up to the roof and spots Bo'Rai Cho desperately reaching toward him from a hole created in the ceiling. Behind him, laughter is heard and Cho is dragged away as quickly as he appeared. RAIDEN: Bo'Rai Cho! In the Sky Temple courtyard, Bo'Rai Cho is thrown to the ground and blasted by the magic from Shinnok's Amulet, causing him to cry out in agony. Raiden runs out into the courtyard, and soon finds himself surrounded by the revenants Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Kitana, Sindel and Smoke. D'Vorah stands next to Shinnok, holding Johnny Cage captive. SHINNOK: Yet another of your allies falls to me. When he dies, I will claim his soul. RAIDEN: You know not his power. His soul cannot be subjugated. Shinnok and D'Vorah walk into the temple, D'Vorah dragging Cage along for the ride. LIU KANG: Shall we kill him, Lord Shinnok? Shinnok turns around to his minions, smiling at this question. SHINNOK: Not yet. He will bear witness as I conquer his realm. Then I will imprison him as he did me. He turns back toward the temple and walks in. RAIDEN: I would not boast of victory prematurely. SHINNOK: I have already won, Raiden. The temple doors are closed behind Shinnok, leaving Raiden with the revenants. They circle him and lightly push him, goading him to attack. He eventually fires out with a kick that forces them back. Smoke attacks, but Raiden blocks a punch and kick from him and knocks him back with a knee to his chin. He blocks a punch from Kitana and electrocutes her face. This leaves him open to Liu Kang, who punches him in the face from the side. Kang follows through with his bicycle kick, knocking Raiden to the ground. As he gets to his knees, Kung Lao pummels his face with his fists. As Raiden falls, Lao kicks him in the face, and Liu Kang jumps on his back as he rolls over onto his stomach. Kang, Lao, Kitana and Sindel all mercilessly kick Raiden while he is down, while Smoke recovers and stands back to his feet. Beaten to the ground, Raiden can do nothing as Kung Lao picks him up and wraps him in a sleeper hold. The other revenants watch with glee as Raiden chokes and struggles for breath. Even in a nearly helpless state though, the Thunder God manages to charge up with electricity once more and fights free. Kung Lao realises something is wrong and breaks the sleeper. He leaps up and grabs a roof section of the temple in the nick of time, as Raiden cuts loose with a lightning attack directed through the ground. The other revenants are caught by the attack and rendered unconscious. Kung Lao jumps back down as Raiden stands back up and puts on his hat. RAIDEN: Kung Lao, desist! The former monk runs his fingers across his hat in response. KUNG LAO: I serve Shinnok and the Netherrealm. RAIDEN: Because Shao Kahn murdered you! Lao points his finger at Raiden. KUNG LAO: Something YOU allowed to happen! I will not be so passive in your demise! They fight. Raiden discovers to his dismay that Kung Lao has lost none of the speed and skill that carried him to victory many times in life. But even with that and the beating he suffered against him earlier, Raiden is still the God of Thunder and he proves it by taking the fight to Kung Lao. After an exhausting battle, Raiden leaves the revenant unconscious. RAIDEN: You deserved a better fate. Almost immediately following the fight, Liu Kang runs up behind Raiden and rabbit-punches him in the back of his head. Raiden still has the awareness to block an elbow strike, and he manages to kick Kang in the stomach. He blocks two more strikes from Liu Kang and kicks him in the side, ducks another punch, but takes a barrage of blows to the sternum. Raiden rallies with an overhead strike, but Kang catches both his arms. For a moment, the two kombatants struggle to break the other's grip. Liu breaks first - to pummel Raiden in the side repeatedly. He then lands a right hook that staggers the Thunder God, then a roundhouse kick that takes him to his knees. Raiden struggles back to his feet, clearly not at his best. RAIDEN: This is not your destiny, Liu Kang. LIU KANG: More visions, Raiden? Do you still see the future? RAIDEN: The visions are gone, but I know what should be. LIU KANG: I was put here by your hand. RAIDEN: An accident, which haunts me to this day! Liu Kang considers this for a second, but launches into a charging punch. Raiden teleports behind him and hits a rabbit-punch of his own. He pummels Kang in the side, blocks several counter-attacks, lands two punches in his stomach and a final spin kick to his abdomen that knocks him away. The former Mortal Kombat Champion struggles to his feet. LIU KANG: I should thank you. You freed me. The Elder Gods you blindly serve? I will help Shinnok end their rule! They fight. The battle proves to be one of the toughest the Thunder God has ever endured. Weakened from his recent ordeals, Raiden struggles greatly against the one man who has fought him to the same limits as Shao Kahn once did. Even though he takes several serious blows in the melee, Raiden hurls every last bit of his strength against the revenant Liu Kang... and just barely manages to defeat him. RAIDEN: I regret our paths have led here. As he turns toward the temple, Raiden grimaces in pain. His various wounds have caught up with him, including a serious one in his right side. Nonetheless, he bravely walks into the temple. The scene cuts to inside the Jinsei chamber. D'Vorah is spraying another noxious liquid from her mouth onto Johnny Cage. This particular liquid acts as a cocoon that Johnny has become completely trapped in. Behind them, Shinnok has walked onto the floating rocks surrounding the Jinsei itself. He slowly reaches a hand into it and gives an estatic smile as the magic from his hand begins to corrupt the Jinsei, turning it from a light blue hue to a viscous red. Raiden manages to reach the chamber, even though walking is clearly paining him. RAIDEN: You will not defile the Jinsei, Shinnok! As Raiden approaches, Shinnok nonchalently raises his hand. A skeletal palm is summoned and it grasps Raiden firmly, knocking his hat from his head and crushing his bones. Raiden screams in agony, and those screams are only amplified as Shinnok clenches his fist, causing the skeletal hand to crush Raiden further, flowing with the dark energies of Shinnok as it does so. Each time the grip hardens, the magicks scorch Raiden's body, blackening his clothing and skin. SHINNOK: We have battled for eons, Raiden. Now finally, it ends. Shinnok fully floats into the Jinsei. He spends a few moments absorbing it's essence before roaring out loud, changing it's colour from blue to fully red. The red cloud of corrupted Jinsei bursts through the roof of the Sky Temple, reaching out to the clouds above and corrupting them with their blood red hue. Over at the Lin Kuei Temple, Sub-Zero rushes out to find the corruption spreading just over the mountaintops beyond. It takes less than a few seconds before the clouds above the temple are enveloped as well. He watches it all with dismay. In the refugee camp, the Outworlders and Special Forces soldiers all rush for cover as the corrupted clouds spread towards them like wildfire. Inside the corrupted Jinsei, Shinnok breaths it in, slowly turning into another being before the awed eyes of D'Vorah. His voice deepens and his laughter turns more demonic. His face swells into that of a hellish skull with horns where his ears should be, no visible nose save a point of light, and that same white light enimates from his eyes and throat. His hands sport three enlarged claws instead of five fingers, his skin tone changes from porcelain white to charcoaled grey, and yellow scars of light adorn his now muscled form, the biggest going vertically down the center of his chest to where his amulet resides - in his abdomen. He has now become as corrupted as the Jinsei. SHINNOK: Yes... Tremble before me, Elder Gods, as I absorb Earthrealm's power. Even though he is barely alive at this point, Raiden still finds words to speak that go unheard by the corrupted ruler of the Netherrealm. RAIDEN: No, Shinnok. Even now... others come to defeat you. ------------------------------ (3N) CHAPTER 11: JACQUI BRIGGS ------------------------------ The scene cuts to Team S-F at the cockpit of their plane, currently in the air and heading towards the Sky Temple. Jacqui and Takeda are in the pilot's seats, with Cassie and Jin at the computer screens just behind them. CASSIE: We land in fifteen minutes. We'll enter the Sky Temple from the terrestrial entrance. TAKEDA: Why not go straight there? KUNG JIN: It exists in a different quantum state, slightly out of phase from our reality. It can't be reached by conventional means. Takeda breaths out a heavy sigh, which Jacqui notices. JACQUI: What? TAKEDA: It's just us. No one's coming to help. We either pull this off or-- CASSIE: We WILL get it done. Warning buzzers sound off through the plane. Before it looms the clouds that have been corrupted by the Jinsei. Cassie and Jin get out of their seats for a closer look. KUNG JIN: By the... what is that?! TAKEDA: Dunno. But it's headed right for us. KUNG JIN: Elder Gods have mercy. As the cloud looms closer, it produces turbulence that rocks the plane. JACQUI: Buckle up, people! I gotta put her down. Cassie and Jin race back to their seats. The scene cuts to the forest near the temple. Jacqui has landed the plane without crashing, and Team S-F have exited without issue. The corrupted light from the clouds above them has given the forest a distinctly red hue. JACQUI: Looks like the temple entrance is fifteen clicks that way. She points off to the distance. TAKEDA: A moonlight walk in the woods. Another time, it'd be relaxing. JACQUI: I wouldn't have pegged you for outdoorsy. TAKEDA: My mother and I lived near a forest a lot like this. Really takes me back. Jacqui smiles at this - it's quite clear she's warming up to Takeda's charm. JACQUI: After we wrap this up, we should go. He looks at her and smiles back. They spend a brief moment staring warmly at one another, before looking over to Cassie and Jin standing on one of the plane wings, reparing the motor. Cassie slams down her tools in frustration. CASSIE: Fuck me! We're grounded. That shockwave fried the leads. JACQUI: Then let's get going. We're almost outta time. A portal opens up behind them. Kotal Kahn emerges, flanked by Erron Black, Ermac, Ferra/Torr, Reptile and several of his soldiers. KUNG JIN: What are they doing here? JACQUI: Looking for the amulet, I bet. TAKEDA: We have to tell them about Shinnok. Call a truce. Kotal spots Team S-F and does not look happy to see them. He points in their direction with his macuahuitl and addresses his soldiers. KOTAL: Bring them to me! His soldiers roar out battle cries and charge forward. CASSIE: Or not. JACQUI: The woods! C'mon! They flee. The scene cuts to Kotal's forces walking through the woods, searching for their prey. Cassie and Jacqui hide behind two large trees as the search party walks past. FERRA: They quiet. Sneaky. KOTAL: Ermac? ERMAC: We sense them. But the forest teems with souls. REPTILE: Yes... So close. Explosions suddenly rock the forest around Kotal's forces, throwing them into disarray. Two trees fall down, crushing several soldiers beneath them. Cassie chucks some grenades at the trees, Kung Jin shoots their bases with arrows and Jacqui uses her gauntlets to shoot plasma blasts at the tree bases. The end result is the trees continuing to fall on Kotal's forces. One of Cassie's grenades lands at Reptile's feet. He notices and leaps up into the air, just narrowly avoiding the explosion. The fallen trees catch fire, giving Kotal's forces more issues to contend with. Ferra shrieks in fear at the flames. KOTAL: Divine fire and earth! He looks over the battlefield and spots Kung Jin shooting off arrows. Meanwhile, Reptile scurries high up a tree and spots Jacqui. She has her back to him and continues to shoot plasma bolts at Kotal's forces. REPTILE: I see you... Takeda runs up to Jacqui and spots Reptile. TAKEDA: Jacqui, look out! His warning comes too late. Reptile leaps from the tree and lands on Jacqui, pinning her to the ground. Takeda charges towards him, but Reptile notices and spits a glob of acid into his face. Takeda screams in agony and clasps his face in his hands as the acid burns into it. Reptile turns back to Jacqui, who is still struggling in his grip. He raises one claw to smash her face in, but Jacqui rallies and punches him in the chest. She follows up with a headbutt and throws Reptile off her. They both rise to their feet. JACQUI: You hurt him, you answer to me! They fight. While the Zaterrean's speed and fighting abilities are not trivial threats, Jacqui fights with a rage that he is unable to overcome. Utilising her specialised gauntlets to their full potential, she unleashes a beatdown on Reptile that does not stop until he is unconscious at her feet. JACQUI: Go crawl back under your rock, Reptile. With Reptile down, Jacqui rushes back to Takeda, who's still trying to wipe his face with his hands. JACQUI: Stop! You need water. She produces an emergency hip flask. JACQUI: Lean your head back. He does so and she pours the water onto his face. It does the job of clearing his eyes. JACQUI: Can you see? TAKEDA: Yeah, yeah. It's fuzzy, but-- She pours more water on his face. JACQUI: Better? The scene switches to show from Takeda's perspective. The blurry visage clears up quickly into a close up of Jacqui's face. TAKEDA: Beautiful. As the scene shifts from his perspective, their tender moment is interrupted by Ermac - levitating a considerable distance above ground level - uprooting the tree that Takeda was resting by. JACQUI: Hold that thought. They flee just as Ermac brings the tree down where they were standing. He flies after them, shooting blasts of soul energy as Takeda and Jacqui dodge as best they can. After a while, it seems like they manage to outrun him - but then they come face to face with Kotal Kahn and his soldiers. Ermac soon floats into view behind them. TAKEDA: Lady's choice. JACQUI: I've got Ermac. As Takeda rushes Kotal, Jacqui charges at Ermac. She shoots off a plasma bolt that hits Ermac to no effect. In response, he telekenetically lifts her into the air and slams her into a tree. She struggles to rise as Ermac floats down to ground level. ERMAC: You are spawn of Jackson Briggs. JACQUI: And damn proud of it! I know what you did to him. ERMAC: We took your father's arms. We will take all of you. They fight. The battle proves to be one of the toughest of Jacqui's life, as Ermac brings the power of a thousand souls to bear against her. But hardened by resolve and the will to avenge her father's maiming, Jacqui takes the fight to the Outworld construct. After a fierce battle, she manages to emerge victorious against Ermac. JACQUI: That was for you, Dad. As Jacqui rushes back to where Takeda is fighting Kotal, Ferra/Torr jumps into her path. Ferra laughs and Torr roars, taking a massive swing at her with his meaty fists. Jacqui dodges two swipes and barely escapes as Torr almost pounds her into the ground. He manages to grab Jacqui and lift her into the air with both his hands round her waist. FERRA: Squeeze, squeeze, Torr! Torr complies, and Jacqui's bulletproof vest begins to crunch under the strength in his hands. FERRA: Your eyes, so bright. She readies the metal claws on her wrist. FERRA: Gonna carve 'em out! She slowly brings the claws towards Jacqui's face. In the nick of time, Jacqui's gauntlets finish charging up. She unleashes a plasma blast that rocks Torr backwards, letting her loose of his grip. He doesn't fall though, and neither does Ferra. FERRA: Trickery! Deceit! Jacqui shoots off a plasma bolt, but it isn't charged and doesn't faze Torr. He throws two more meaty punches that Jacqui barely avoids. She gets into a fighting stance. JACQUI: No more tricks. Just a straight up beatdown. They fight. The sheer power and brutality of Ferra/Torr force Jacqui to use all of her kickboxing skill to avoid their mighty attacks. She proves to be up to the challenge, and with the help of her charged gauntlets she lands multiple blows on the two Outworlders. After a long brawl, they eventually fall unconscious at her feet. JACQUI: Two for one. I'll take it. Back with the rest of Team S-F, Kung Jin blocks the sword of a charging soldier with his staff, and Cassie kicks him in the side, staggering him long enough for Jin to put an arrow through his brain. He swings his staff around just in time to parry a sword blow from another soldier trying to cut down Cassie, allowing her to kick him in the stomach and smash her knee into his face, knocking him out. A third soldier charges Jin, who again blocks the sword strike with his staff-bow. Cassie punches the soldier in the kidney twice and knocks him down with a right cross, and Jin swings his staff-bow around and fires an arrow straight through the head of a fourth soldier, causing him to backflip from the force. Meanwhile, Takeda is still fighting Kotal Kahn one on one. He smashes Kotal in the face with a right hand, but the Osh-Tekk kicks him in the stomach, forcing him back. Takeda holds back for a moment, allowing Kotal a chance to speak. KOTAL: We know D'Vorah is here. Where is the amulet? TAKEDA: Kotal Kahn, the situation has changed-- KOTAL: Do not fling your spittle at me. He charges at Takeda and attacks. Takeda blocks his punches, but takes a kick to the chest that knocks him down. He rolls to his feet and fires off one of his whips, ensnaring Kotal by the wrist. Kotal merely takes a firm grip on the whip and pulls, whirling Takeda around him. Takeda manages to stay on his feet, but is forced to retract the whip. Jacqui runs up to them both. JACQUI: You tell 'im? TAKEDA: Not yet! JACQUI: He needs to kno-- TAKEDA: Busy! KOTAL: I will kill you both. JACQUI: Shinnok's been freed. He's at Raiden's Sky Temple. He's already infected Earthrealm's life force. She gestures to the sky. Kotal looks up at the red clouds and realises the truth of her words. KOTAL: The heavens boil... Earthrealm is lost! JACQUI: Not if we hang together! Kotal draws his macuahuitl from the scabbard on his back and readies it for kombat. KOTAL: I will appease Shinnok. Bring him your heads. Gain time to bolster Outworld's defenses. He swings the weapon at Takeda, who barely ducks in time. Kotal backhands it towards Jacqui, who blocks with her gauntlets. Kotal holsters the macahuitl as Takeda throws a punch that he blocks, before he punches him in the kidney and kicks him in the ankle, knocking him to the ground. As Takeda rises, Ferra/Torr charges straight towards him. Takeda ducks under Torr's attempted grab, but the behemoth slaps away his follow up kick. While Takeda fights Ferra/Torr, Jacqui now goes up against Kotal Kahn alone. She deflects one of the Kahn's punches and one of his roundhouse kicks with her gauntlet, and shoots off a blast of plasma that stuns him for a moment. JACQUI: You need to help us, Kotal Kahn! KOTAL: It is too late for Earthrealm. Shinnok is now it's master. They fight. With both kombatants fueled with desperation for their realms, the battle proves to be a long and hard one for Jacqui. The Emperor of Outworld brings everything he has to the fight, and Jacqui only barely manages to defend against it. Calling up on her last reserves, she throws everything she has right back at Kotal Kahn and amazingly manages to defeat him. JACQUI: You should'a been with us. Kotal rises to his feet, growling impatiently. Erron Black steps in, flanked by soldiers, and aims one of his revolvers right at her. ERRON: That's enough. Kotal's forces slowly back Jacqui, Cassie and Jin towards each other in a clear part of the forest. Cassie tries to shoot her pistol, but she's out of bullets. She holsters the gun and readies her fists. CASSIE: Fuck me! Ferra/Torr stomps back into the fray, with Takeda's bound body in Torr's arms. Torr lifts him up and throws him toward the clearing. He lands hard as Ferra laughs, and Jacqui helps him to his feet. Team S-F are now completely surrounded on all sides, and have all backed into one another. JACQUI: Don't know about you guys, but I'm living the dream. TAKEDA: You have odd dreams. KOTAL: Chattel. You die tonight. He calls to his soldiers in the Outworld tongue and they begin to close in. Ferra/Torr charge forward... and are frozen solid by an ice blast. More blasts follow, freezing the soldiers who come too close to Team S-F. Sub-Zero walks into the clearing, flanked by his Lin Kuei disciples. The warriors charge into battle without hesistation, forcing Kotal's forces to engage them. Team S-F break free and make a run for it, stopping as Sub-Zero walks towards them. SUB-ZERO: You stood together against formidable odds. Lesser warriors would not have fared so well. CASSIE: Thanks, Grandmaster. SUB-ZERO: I will remain here to push Kotal Kahn back to Outworld. Proceed to the Sky Temple. Earthrealm's fate lies with you. They head off as Sub-Zero walks toward the battle. ---------------------------- (3O) CHAPTER 12: CASSIE CAGE ---------------------------- The scene cuts to the Sky Temple. Team S-F creep up behind a wall overlooking a crevice as D'Vorah speaks with Liu Kang, Kitana and Sindel. D'VORAH: Lord Shinnok is nearly finished. Soon the Jinsei's corruption will be irreversable. KITANA: The invasion can then proceed. Raiden and his allies will be unable to offer resistance. Kung Jin missteps, and some stones crumble under his feet and fall into the crevice below them. Takeda and Cassie stop Jin from falling. LIU KANG: Once the realm falls, our path to victory will be clear. Advise Lord Shinnok that the Oni and Orochi are ready. At his command, we'll unleash them on Earthrealm. D'Vorah nods and walks into the Sky Temple. Kung Lao and Smoke walk up to the rest of the revenants. LIU KANG: Have you found Raiden's portal to the Heavens? KUNG LAO: Yes, but his wards protect it. We can't break through. Team S-F peer over the wall at the revenants. KITANA: That is unacceptable. After Earthrealm is destroyed, we must complete Lord Shinnok's vengeance; invade the Heavens and destroy the Elder Gods. LIU KANG: (To Kung Lao and Smoke) Come. The three male revenants walk off. TAKEDA: Make war on the Heavens?! If Shinnok can take down the Elder Gods-- JACQUI: End of the universe. Got it. KUNG JIN: Kung Lao... to see him like this... CASSIE: We'll all be hangin' 'round the Netherrealm water cooler if we don't pull this off. C'mon. As they creep along the wall, a rock comes loose from where Takeda puts his foot. Unlike Kung Jin before him, the rest of Team S-F are unable to catch him and he falls, just barely grabbing into the crevice edge in time. JACQUI: Takeda! She reaches her hand for Takeda to grab. Sindel and Kitana notice the noise. Realising they've been spotted, Cassie motions to Jin and they spring out of cover, running forward and engaging in kombat. Kung Jin swings his staff at Kitana as Cassie fends off Sindel's strikes. Kitana gets through Jin's staff swings, punches him in the stomach and kicks him in the face as he bends over, staggering him. Cassie punches Sindel, who blocks two more strikes from her and sends her reeling with a punch of her own. Cassie begins to retreat as Sindel advances on her. SINDEL: Has your mother ever told you what I did to her friends? Killed them all in the blink of an eye. CASSIE: And your own daughter. You proud of that? SINDEL: We are bonded in death. You will join us and I will give you a proper upbringing! They fight. Without the magic of Shang Tsung and his consumed souls in Sindel's body, she is unable to bring up the same power and strength that killed so many of Earthrealm's warriors. That is why she finds herself unable to take down Cassie so easily and that allows the leader of Team S-F to rally and beat her down, eventually leaving her unconscious on the ground. CASSIE: Nice offer, Mommy Dearest, but I'll pass. Jacqui is still trying to reach down and pull Takeda up from a sticky end at the bottom of the crevice the Sky Temple rests on. They both strain to reach each other's outstretched hand. Takeda suddenly loses his grip and falls... but Jacqui leans down and grabs his hand in the nick of time. Both of them struggle for a few moments, but eventually Jacqui pulls Takeda back up. TAKEDA: I owe you one. She pats him on the shoulder. JACQUI: I'll remember that. Kung Jin yells out as he is flung backwards, crashing into the large gong in the temple courtyard. He passes out from the collision. As Kitana moves in to finish him, Cassie calls out to her. CASSIE: Back off, princess! KITANA: You think mere words can stop me? Kitana turns as she spots Takeda and Jacqui running toward her. The three of them surround the revenant. CASSIE: Thanks for the assist. JACQUI: Any time. TAKEDA: Tick tock, ladies. Kitana blocks strikes from Cassie and Jacqui with her fans, kicking Cassie away at the same time she punches Jacqui backward. Takeda lands two punches across her face, but she blocks a third and counters with a roundhouse kick that staggers him. She then levitates him and Jacqui into the air with her fan-nado attack and chucks of her fans into his abdomen. She follows up on Jacqui by throwing her remaining fan into her shoulder. With them both down, Kitana recalls both fans to her and twirls them around, turning to face Cassie. CASSIE: No! KITANA: You wish to die first? So be it. They fight. Kitana proves to be a huge test for Cassie, as her speed and skill in battle matches and surpasses the young Earthrealmer. However, Cassie shows that she has tricks of her own up her sleeve, and these allow her to remain in the fight and take it to the revenant. After a fierce battle, Cassie manages to emerge victorious. CASSIE: You're not killing anyone. As Kung Jin pulls himself to a seated position, Cassie rushes over to Takeda. CASSIE: (To Jin) Help Jacqui! Realising the situation is dire, Jin does as he's told for once. Cassie helps Takeda to his feet. He's favouring his abdomen, which is bloodied up from Kitana's fan. CASSIE: Messed you up pretty bad. TAKEDA: Ugh, great bedside manner. I can fight. Cassie puts his arm around her shoulder to support him. They walk over to Jin and Jacqui, who's sitting down and favouring her shoulder. CASSIE: Jacqui? JACQUI: It's nothing. Just like Kurdistan. Team S-F hear someone call out in Chinese. They turn to spot Liu Kang, Kung Lao and Smoke rushing toward them. TAKEDA: (To Cassie and Jin) You two go. Jacqui and I'll handle them. CASSIE: What? JACQUI: We'll just slow you down. KUNG JIN: Forget it! Cassie realises the truth in their words. She looks to them and pulls out her pistols. CASSIE: Damn it. Keep your heads down. I'll see you on the other side. She nods to Jin and they take off into the Temple. The scene cuts to Shinnok in the Jinsei Chamber. He has now completely corrupted it with his presence. Raiden is still trapped in the skeleton hand, barely conscious. D'Vorah is with the cocooned Johnny Cage, watching as her insects slowly eat into his face. D'VORAH: They taste your flesh. Burrow deep. Inside you they will grow. Gnaw your innards. Johnny is still fully conscious during this horrific ordeal, but he refuses to cry out in pain. Cassie and Jin rush into the Jinsei Chamber. KUNG JIN: By the gods! CASSIE: DAD! D'Vorah turns around at their voices and engages them in kombat. She blocks a kick from Jin and a punch from Cassie, kicking her in the stomach and forcing her backward. She blocks a punch from Jin and extends one of her stingers, stabbing him in the chest. She coldcocks him with her fist and ducks a right hand from Cassie. Once more, D'Vorah launches her stinger, but Cassie catches the appendage. She blocks D'Vorah's strikes as best she can, but is forced backward by a punch to the face. D'VORAH: First father, then daughter. Will they taste the same? They fight. Under normal circumstances, the fighting prowess and powers of D'Vorah would have been too much for Cassie to handle alone. But now the daughter of Johnny Cage fights with an aggression and strength unknown to her before. She relentlessly pummells the Kytinn, not stopping until she is well and truly unconscious at her feet. CASSIE: You're the bug? I'm the windshield. Outside in the Sky Temple courtyard, Takeda is fending off attacks from Sindel and Kitana as best he can, while Jacqui is busy fighting off Liu Kang, Kung Lao and Smoke. Takeda catches a break by punching Sindel backwards, but Jacqui gets pummelled by Liu Kang and Smoke. Kitana lays into Takeda with some punches and Sindel hits him with a roundhouse kick as Jacqui manages to uppercut Liu Kang. Back in the Jinsei Chamber, the insects burrowing into Johnny's face have all died once D'Vorah fell unconscious. He looks up to find his daughter trying to free him from the cocoon. JOHNNY: Hey... Punkin... CASSIE: I'm a little old for "Punkin". The cocoon proves to be tough for Cassie to open, but she still goes at it. JOHNNY: No... Get... Shinnok. CASSIE: But-- JOHNNY: I love you. He falls silent and his eyes close. CASSIE: Dad? Before she can check if Johnny has died, the corrupted form of Shinnok descends from the Jinsei onto the chamber floor itself, looking toward her. SHINNOK: So you are the issue of Johnny Cage. Fitting that I exterminate his entire line. Cassie's fear at the sight of the fallen Elder God is quickly replaced by determination and resolve. CASSIE: You want him, you're gonna go through me. As Shinnok strides towards her, Cassie lets rip with several punches that he effortlessly blocks. One slips through, but it doesn't faze him. She throws a supergirl punch, but only hurts her hand when she punches his skull. Shinnok throws a light jab that almost floors Cassie before grabbing her by the throat and lifting her into the air. He throws a measured punch to her face that sends her flying across the chamber, just barely conscious. SHINNOK: Yes, that's better. Watch, Miss Cage, as I rend your father's flesh. He summons magic into his palm and blasts Johnny square in the face with a red beam of power. This time, Johnny is unable to keep from screaming in pain. Cassie looks up and struggles to her knees as Shinnok breaks off the spell. SHINNOK: This is what awaits those who defy me: excruciating, exquisite death. He blasts Johnny again in the face with his magic, prompting more screams from him. Cassie gets back to her feet and charges forward. CASSIE: You son of a BITCH! As she runs at Shinnok, the same green energy that surrounded her father twenty-five years ago envelops her as well. As Shinnok blasts her with his magic instead, she puts up her hands to block it. Like Johnny before her, the magic has no effect and she throws off the blast. She takes a moment to look at the glow on her body. CASSIE: Holy shit, it does run in the family! SHINNOK: Your father's power will not save you. You cannot hope to survive! They fight. The battle is truly epic, with neither the enpowered Cassie or Shinnok getting any clear advantage for the majority of it. For what seems like an age, the daughter of Johnny Cage and the fallen Elder God fight with everything they have, but eventually Cassie Cage gains an advantage and with one final assault, she knocks Shinnok to the ground. CASSIE: You got Caged. As Shinnok rises, Cassie throws a knee that he blocks, but hits a kick that connects to his stomach. She follows through with a punch to his abdomen, an overhead punch to his head, a low roundhouse kick to his crotch and a knee to his face, staggering him. With a battle cry, Cassie lands one more punch to Shinnok's face and finishes him off with a somersaulting kick that leaves the fallen Elder God knocked out for the count. With Shinnok defeated, the green glow of power surrounding Cassie fades out. Kung Jin picks himself off the floor and walks over to her, noting that Shinnok is out like a lightbulb. KUNG JIN: That you? Nice. RAIDEN: Cassandra Cage... Raiden is still imprisoned by the skeleton hand, which has since blackened slightly with Shinnok's defeat. Cassie and Jin run up to him. RAIDEN: Put me... in the Jinsei. CASSIE: What? KUNG JIN: But you're-- it-- it'll kill you! RAIDEN: Must... be... cleansed. Hurry. Together, Cassie and Jin support Raiden and walk him onto the floating rocks leading up to the Jinsei. He floats into the corrupted Jinsei and starts chanting in Japanese. His arms charge up with lightning that envelops his body. As Cassie and Jin look on with concern, he blasts Shinnok in the chest with a lightning bolt, lifting his unconscious form into the air. The lightning acts as a conduit, and Raiden begins to absorb the corrupted essence of Shinnok into his own body. He begins to grimace in pain, but does not stop the spell. Shinnok's demonic form is eventually restored to his original self, still unconscious and now no longer holding his amulet. With the power gone from Shinnok, Raiden cries out once more and blue essence expells itself from his body, back into the Jinsei. The chamber is completely filled with white light, so bright the entire screen whites out. Outside of the Sky Temple, the revenants have been unable to beat Jacqui and Takeda. Everyone stops fighting as the corrupted cloud pouring out of the Jinsei Chamber dissipates, and the clouds above it begin to lose their blood red hue. LIU KANG: (To the revenants) We must withdraw. Jacqui and Takeda look to the sky, smiles on their faces as sunlight breaks through once again. They only notice too late that a portal opens up that takes the revenants back to the Netherrealm. Nonetheless, this does nothing to their current joyous mood. Takeda puts a hand on Jacqui, and they both walk over to the temple, sitting down near the giant statue of Raiden, completely exhausted. TAKEDA: That moonlight walk... can it wait? JACQUI: No walks. Poolside. Umbrella drinks. He puts his hand on Jacqui's. TAKEDA: Deal. They look at each other and smile, and Jacqui rests her head on Takeda's shoulder. Back in the Jinsei Chamber, the lifeforce of Earthrealm is back to it's regular blue hue. Cassie Cage and Kung Jin both hold Raiden up and walk him back to the chamber floor. Raiden has fallen motionless from the ordeal and they set him down as gently as they can. CASSIE: Is he alive? KUNG JIN: Barely. I'll help him. Help your father. Cassie runs back to Johnny, still cocooned but alive. He smiles as he spots her. JOHNNY: And to think... I was worried when you started dating. CASSIE: Afraid I'd come home with someone like you? JOHNNY: Funny, beautiful, saves the world. My work here is done. SONYA: This way! In here! Sonya arrives in the chamber, flanked by Special Forces soldiers. SONYA: (To her men) Isolate Shinnok and D'Vorah. And get the medic! She runs up to Cassie and Johnny, finally looking at her ex-husband with concern. SONYA: We'll fix you up. Help is on the way. JOHNNY: You shoulda seen Cass. Wiped the floor with Shinnok. SONYA: I believe it. And you... you did a great job with your team, Johnny. JOHNNY: You hear that, Cass? She called me "Johnny". CASSIE: I thought she might. As the Cage family smile at one another, the camera pans up to the Jinsei, restored to all it's former glory. Cut to black. The final scene - partway through the credits - opens in the Netherrealm. Raiden stands in the throne room of a gigantic fortress, but it's not the Raiden we've seen earlier. He wears darker attire, his skin tone is darker, his eyes glow yellow instead of blue and most tellingly of all, Shinnok's Amulet is now worn on his chest. Who he is speaking to is not shown. RAIDEN: Too long have I allowed Earthrealm to endure the horrors of war. Time and again we've defeated our enemies. But we've exacted no retribution. Demanded no remuneration. What have we gained for our mercy? More intrigue. More senseless violence. As the new rulers of the Netherrealm, heed me. No longer will I simply defend Earthrealm. I will seek out and destroy all who threaten it. No mercy will be shown. No quarter given. He opens up a satchel that he has been carrying and throws out the contents. It is the severed head of Shinnok - still alive and in terrible pain. RAIDEN: Shinnok was an Elder God. Impossible to kill. There are fates worse than death. He teleports out of the fortress. The camera pans around the decapitated head of Shinnok to the people Raiden was speaking to - Liu Kang and Kitana, the Emperor and Empress of the Netherrealm. They both regard the head in silence. Cut to black. ************************************************* (4) FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ************************************************* Coming whenever anyone decides to ask me some questions. :D ************************************************* (5) THE FINAL WORD ************************************************* Well, writing this Game Script Guide took a lot longer than I thought it would, but that always seems to be the case with my FAQs as well. :) Feedback is welcome provided you can write in good English. My e-mail address, as it has now stood for 12 years now, is firstname.lastname@example.org. 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