TRMK Exclusive:
The Complete MORTAL KOMBAT Storyline
Reference Guide

by Frank Chan

Revision 1.0
December 7th, 2002

Revision History & Preface
IntroductionIntroduction (cont.)
Chapter 0: The Pre-MK1 EraChapter 0: The Pre-MK1 Era (cont.)
Chapter 1: Mortal KombatChapter 2: Mortal Kombat II
Chapter 3: Mortal Kombat 3Chapter 3: Mortal Kombat 3 (cont.)
Chapter 4: Mortal Kombat 4Chapter 5: MK: Deadly Alliance
Chapter 5: MK: Deadly Alliance (cont.)

Chapter 3: Mortal Kombat 3

These are the events that took place during the timeframe of Mortal Kombat 3, the third MK fighting game, as well as the two upgraded versions of the game: Ultimate MK3 and MK Trilogy (both of which provide extra elaborations on what happen in the latter part of the MK3 storyline.) While the majority of it is from those three games themselves, some of it was contributed by elaborations in later games making references to what is supposed to have happened during it.

3-1: Shao Kahn Invades Earth Realm

3-1-1. Shinnok was nearly finished with the process of Sindel's resurrection. Once Sindel is resurrected, she will have no memory of her true history with Shao Kahn (0-4-2a), and will be awakened with evil intent as part of the deal with Shinnok (0-6-4). With so many of the Earth's warriors still in the Outworld, Shao Kahn decided it was time to enact his true intentions: his long-planned invasion of the Earth realm (0-6-4). In response, the elder gods chose a lineup of Earth's warriors to defend the Earth realm. Upon the invasion, the elder gods could protect their souls from Kahn, but not their lives.

3-1-1a. Major Jackson "Jax" Briggs and Lt. Sonya Blade urgently returned to the United States and reported the recent events to the American government. After supplying them with details on the Outworld emporer's plans to invade the Earth, the two were thought to have gone insane. They were left with no choice but to prepare independently for the invasion. Jax equipped himself with bionic arms.

3-1-1b. Liu Kang returned to the Earth realm with Johnny Cage and Kung Lao. Together, they prepared to defend their home against the coming invasion.

3-1-1c. Sub-Zero and Smoke returned to Lin Kuei headquarters and found that other members of the clan were being automated. The Lin Kuei were building cybernetic Ninja warriors to take the place of their human services. The first units to be finished were "Cyrax" (Unit LK-4D4) and "Sektor" (Unit LK-9T9). Sub-Zero and Smoke, however, refused to be automated. They attempted escape and at least Sub-Zero succeeded, but Smoke was captured by the clan and turned into a cybernetic assassin with only a fraction of his true self left in him. Sub-Zero went on to prepare for the coming invasion. He removed his mask to signify that he had quit the Lin Kuei clan, and he joined the other defenders of Earth realm. The Lin Kuei sent both Cyrax and Sektor on a mission to assassinate Sub-Zero.

3-1-2. A large portal opened in the Earth's sky and panic filled the streets. Shao Kahn entered the Earth realm, merged it with the Outworld, and took the souls of Earth's inhabitants. Earth was slowly turning into a part of the Outworld. Aware that chosen warriors would survive the initial attack (3-1-1), Kahn proceeded to send out extermination squads to eliminate the survivors.

3-1-2a. Motaro, a member of the Centaur race (0-1-4b), was assigned to lead the extermination squads. Johnny Cage was one of their many victims.

3-1-2b. Shang Tsung remained in his position as Kahn's lead sorcerer and continued to aid his emporer.

3-1-2c. Kano, having escaped capture by Sonya and Jax again (2-1-2b), remained in the Outworld and struck a deal with Shao Kahn: in exchange for sparing his life, Kano would teach the emperor's forces to use Earth weapons.

3-1-2d. Sheeva, a female member of the Shokan race (0-1-4a), was appointed to serve as the resurrected Queen Sindel's personal protector. Motaro's position as leader of the attack, however, caused Sheeva to grow suspicious of Kahn's loyalty toward her race.

3-1-3. After the attacks of the extermination squads, only eight chosen warriors remained: Sub-Zero, Major Jackson "Jax" Briggs, Lt. Sonya Blade, Liu Kang, Kung Lao, as well as three fighters who were not involved in the events prior to the invasion: Curtis Stryker, Kabal, and Nightwolf.

3-1-3a. Curtis Stryker was an American riot cop who was working on the night of the invasion.

3-1-3b. Kabal, once a member of the Black Dragon (0-5-4), suffered severe beatings by the extermination squads and survived only with the aid of an artificial respirator.

3-1-3c. Nightwolf was a Native American historian, and preserver of his people's traditions. He used the magic of his shaman to protect his tribe's sacred land during the invasion.

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