Here's a little bonus treat for everyone before I get started on the finale
The Story of Jinhai's Life and Origins
Jinhai was born in Outworld, but is half-Edenian as his Outworld mother had married and conceived him with the male ambassador of Edenia at that time. Jinhai's mother was captured by Shao Kahn for her beauty, as the emperor planned to make the reluctant woman the primary sex slave of Shao Kahn's, but she was able to escape to the realm of Edenia one day after hearing about it. There she met her soon-to-be lover and husband, and the two quickly fell in love and had Jinhai. Unfortunately, Jinhai's mother was killed by Shao Kahn for her betrayal and his father was slayed as well by Shao Kahn (the latter also claimed the former's soul) during the merging of Edenia, and Jinhai was left alone young until he met an Edenian refugee at the time named Tanya, and the two grew up together in Outworld. The two protected each other from Shao Kahn and the Outworld menace and learned how to fend for themselves by growing stronger physically, making their own food and weapons and being wise to the outside world. At one point later in their lives, they even became full-fledged lovers. The two had been through everything together, surviving and holding their own as nomadic Outworld rebels for years to come, with no forseeable end.
Conflict started to arise between the two however when Tanya started to show interest in learning black magic, witnessing them first-hand in their various battles with Shadow Priests. She grew tired of constantly being on the run fighting against Shao Kahn's minions, developed a lust for power and set her eyes on claiming the throne of the emperor, and brought this up to Jinhai, wanting him to share the power with her. Jinhai rejected this offer, saying that he was content with his lifestyle as a rebel and saw it as going against their code of honor to learn something as dishonorable and shady as black magic. This resulted in a heated argument between the two, ending when Jinhai stormed off on his own to find materials for new weapons.
Tanya was alone for a long while while Jinhai was away, sitting in deep thought when Shao Kahn suddenly appeared before her. Her beauty caught the eye of Shao Kahn, who offered Tanya a chance to be one of his personal assassins. Shao Kahn ignored her decline of the offer and attacked her, not willing to take no for an answer. She tried to fight back but was easily overpowered by the emperor's strength, rendering her unconscious. Shao Kahn then opened up a portal and took Tanya with him.
Shao Kahn then arrived with her at his fortress and threw her body into a dungeon. When she woke up the next day, he let himself into the dungeon, beating her and forcing himself upon her. Because of this, Tanya finally gave in to Kahn and accepted his offer. He then backed off and walked away, leaving her in the dungeon but telling her that he would be back for her later.
Beaten, bruised, naked and raped, Tanya cried and called out for Jinhai, hoping that he would rescue her. Despite the argument they had, she still loved him dearly, and planned to betray Shao Kahn as soon as she came in contact with her. Meanwhile, Jinhai himself comes back to see Tanya missing. Worried, he searches all over for Tanya, asking nearby villagers and looking everywhere he possibly could for her. He finally gave up searching for her weeks later, coming to the conclusion that she was either dead or had abandoned him already, one fateful day when he met a beautiful Outworld woman named Fei Yen while wandering, who was looking for new recruits for the Edenian Resistance. Heartbroken and with no one else to turn to, Jinhai accepted and went with Fei Yen.
Over the years of his service in the resistance force, Fei Yen and Jinhai had learned a lot about each other and grew extremely close as a result, Fei Yen even allowing Jinhai to move in with her at the village of Sun Do. Eventually Fei Yen slowly but surely won Jinhai's heart and the two became lovers. Jinhai could not resist the graceful and lovely figure of her one night as he lost himself within her beautiful curves and united with her as one; the two had finally made love. This resulted in the conception of Li Mei, their first and only child together. This also led to the two to finally wed and make their relationship permanent. Jinhai and Fei Yen happily raised their daughter during her early childhood while serving in the resistance force.
Tanya herself was still working for Shao Kahn at this point. One day Tanya had been sent to deliver a message to Fei Yen, that Shao Kahn personally invited her to do battle with him at his colosseum. Telling her that she lived in Sun Do, Tanya traveled her to inform Fei of the message. Meanwhile, Jinhai along with Li Mei are outside playing. Tanya noticed the two and walked towards them, asking them if they knew where Fei was currently. Jinhai, holding and smiling Li Mei up in the air, was about halfway through his sentence of telling Tanya that she is in the house when he looked at her, his smile giving way to a look of shock when he noticed that it was Tanya standing right in front of him...
Tanya reacted the same way, faintly calling out his name in disbelief that she had finally met up with him. She then asked where he's been all these years. Jinhai sets Li Mei down and told her that the he could ask the same thing, considering the fact that he didn't know what happened to her, that he didn't know whether she died or betrayed him. He said that he searched for her for days on end and still couldn't find her. Tanya then walked up to Jinhai and hugged him, explaining everything to him that happened since they last met. Jinhai tells her how sorry that all happened for her and that he shouldn't have left her alone the way he did. Tanya forgives him, saying that she has been waiting for this day and that is simply grateful that she found him again. She goes on to ask who Li Mei, the little girl, was standing by him. He tells her that it is her daughter, and that he had gotten married over the years and had a child.
Tanya had planned to reignite the old flame the two had so many years ago, so she did not take the revelation very well. She dropped down to her knees and started to cry. Jinhai, alarmed, asked her what's wrong and tried to comfort her. She looks up at Jinhai and simply responds did you forget about us, and all the time that we spent together. Jinhai, still trying to console her, responds no, and that he always remembered the good times they had while keeping her in his prayers. She then yells at him, asking why did he betray her then by letting someone steal him from her. He responds that although he is sad that things had to end the way they did, he still had to move on with his life and find happiness for his own self, and that he couldn't wait for you forever. Tanya, angered at his response, stands up and slaps him hard, telling him how ungrateful that he is and that she sacrificed everything to be with him and waited for the day to finally reunite with Jinhai, only to find out he crushed her heart with his selfish desires. Li Mei yelled at her to not hit her father again, Tanya told her to be quiet and stay in a child's place. Jinhai told her that not to talk to his daughter like that; he then yells at her that although he enjoyed the time he spent on her, in the end, he moved on and so should she. He drove home the point when he said that as his lifetime friend, she should be supportive of him and his new relationship instead of accusing him of betraying her and clinging on to the past.
Tanya could not believe anything that was being said to her, and didn't know how to respond. Jinhai tells her that whatever business she has with Fei Yen, handle it now and leave their presence as she is not welcome there. Tanya looked at him scornfully for a couple of moments, chuckled and then walked off to talk with Fei Yen when he yelled at her again to leave.
After making sure she left, Jinhai hugged Li Mei, apologizing to her about what just happened. Meanwhile, while walking, Tanya thought to herself that if she couldn't have him, no one else could, and decided that Fei Yen should pay a visit to the Elder Gods...
500 years later, before Jinhai's murder at the hands of Reiko, Jinhai realized the inner strength of Li Mei and her potential during the embrace they they shared back at the village, and decided to have her train with Master Bo Rai Cho, a friend of his that he meant during his days of service in the Edenian Resistance, to become stronger in order to liberate Outworld of Shao Kahn's rule. He also decided that, to redeem himself, he would fight against Shang Tsung while leaving his daughter in her care. Jinhai had lived a life of shame after the death of his beloved wife, and that fighting against his enemies, regardless of whether he lived or died, would be the way to atone for siding with the enemy. His spirit free of the weight of the guilt that he brought himself, Jinhai decided to have one last moment with his daughter, Li Mei, before going off to face his uncertain fate.
That moment in particular? Reliving his older days of running through the woods with Li Mei as a child.