Mortal Kombat Game Guide

X. ENDINGS
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The following endings are from Ladder Mode.  As they contain spoilers you
are READING AT YOUR OWN RISK!  The Mortal Kombat Compendium is not 
responsible for trauma or physical destruction done to your gaming system
as a result of disliking what happens to your favorite Kombatant.


Baraka
------

Shokan and Centaur alike were enraged that Baraka, Shao Kahn's 
trusted enforcer,

had turned on their master and killed him just as Earthrealm was within 
their grasp.
But their anger turned to admiration as the lifeless body of Shao 
Kahn transformed into that of the treacherous sorcerer Shang Tsung.
Shang had attempted to claim the realm for himself by posing as 
Shao Kahn. The deception had not fooled Baraka.
He had recognized Shang Tsung's scent and torn out his throat.
With Earthrealm finally in Shao Kahn's control, Baraka's loyalty 
and bold action were rewarded.
Tarkatans replaced the Centaur as the emperor's Favored Race.


Cyrax
-----

Though he had pledged his life to the Lin Kuei, Cyrax left the clan 
to help the Earthrealm heroes

 turn back Shao Kahn's invasion.
For this act of desertion, he was marked for termination by the new 
Grand Master--Sektor.
Surrounded and severely outnumbered, Cyrax prepared to meet his 
fate when Raiden came to his aid.
With him were 100 Shaolin monks.
The Lin Kuei were defeated, though Sektor was not counted among 
the dead.
Cyrax was offered sanctuary at the Wu Shi Academy, where he has 
begun a new life as an honorable warrior for peace.


Ermac
-----

With Shao Kahn dead, Ermac was no longer bound to him.
Anarchy erupted within Ermac

as the many warrior souls that comprised his being struggled for 
dominance.
Only one had the strength of will to quiet the chaos.
The conflict resolved, Ermac returned to Outworld, determined to 
reunite with his past.
Queen Sindel and Princess Kitana were shocked to learn the truth:
that trapped among the many spirits within Ermac was their husband 
and father, King Jerrod.
Though he would never be the Jerrod they once knew, Ermac would 
forever serve and protect his queen and the Edenian people.


Jade
----

Shao Kahn was defeated, but the intense battle rendered Jade 
unconscious.
She slipped into a dream-like state and found herself walking in 
an unknown realm.

As she explored, her surroundings shifted and changed.
Jade approached a lone figure who stood in the distance--a shimmering 
woman. She did not reveal her name, but spoke with an air of regal authority.
Through the minds of countless mortals, the woman had been 
watching events as they unfolded over the centuries.
She informed Jade that Shao Kahn's death was an outcome that must 
be re-imagined.
Jade was defenseless as the woman possessed her body and emerged 
in the waking world.


Jax
---

After the invasion was thwarted, many of Jax's allies had seemingly 
disappeared, leaving him to clean up the mess on his own.

He searched for Shao Kahn's remaining forces utilizing a new 
cyber-scanner designed to remotely access worldwide databases.
Navigating its virtual reality interface, Jax inadvertently 
accessed Kano's brain through his optical laser implant.
Their minds linked, Jax virtually battled Kano. Finally he captured 
and quarantined Kano's consciousness within the Special Forces mainframe.
A dangerous criminal had finally been neutralized.


Johnny Cage
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As the last remnants of Shao Kahn disintegrated, Johnny felt 
strange, as if he had lost control of his body.

Suddenly, powerful energy burst forth, destroying everything around him.
Johnny sought the aid of Raiden and Nightwolf, but their efforts did 
nothing to stop these random spasms of destruction.
Desperate, Raiden transported Johnny to Seido, the Realm of Order, 
where he could be taught to control his power.
Johnny Cage will transform into a warrior powerful beyond mortal 
imagining.


Kabal
-----

Victory over Shao Kahn came with a heavy price. Kabal's respirator 
was badly damaged
and if it was not repaired soon, he would surely die.

Desperate, he tracked down Kano and forced from him the identity of 
the cyberneticist who developed Kano's eye laser.
The good doctor was not easy to find, but he was more than eager to 
help-for a price. Now Kabal is rebuilt.
He is better than he was before. Stronger. Faster. He will need to 
be in order to repay his debt.


Kano
----

Kano made a fortune selling arms to Shao Kahn and used the profits 
to upgrade his cybernetics.

The added connectivity of his eye implant gave him unparalleled access 
to global communications.
Using his mind, he navigated the databases of banks, law enforcement 
agencies and other networks.
But his activities left him vulnerable to hackers.
Jax infiltrated Kano's mind and trapped his consciousness in the 
Special Forces mainframe.
It wasn't long, however, until Kano managed to free himself.
His consciousness spread like a virus throughout the Special 
Forces network of automated weaponry.
Kano has become a one-man army.


Kitana
------

Kitana had ended Shao Kahn's life for his betrayal. She had 
discovered the truth about Mileena...

but rather than slay her as well, she took pity on her half-sister.
She offered Mileena a home within the Edenian aristocracy. She was, 
after all, of royal blood.
Mileena cautiously accepted her sister's invitation.
With Mileena and Jade at her side, Kitana formed a fighting force 
dedicated to bringing justice to the realms.
Never again would a warlord arise to create such terror.


Kung Lao
--------

Kung Lao had avenged his ancestor's death and saved Earthrealm 
from Shao Kahn's brutality.

In quiet reflection with Raiden at the grave of the Great Kung Lao, 
he touched the modest stone marker.
Images of past events, moments of someone else's life, flashed 
through his mind, concluding with a lost battle against Goro.
Raiden theorized that Kung Lao had unlocked memories of his past 
life.
The Kung Lao that stood before Raiden was in fact the reincarnation 
of the Great Kung Lao, who had been defeated by Goro 500 years ago.
He had accomplished in the present what he could not in the past.


Liu Kang
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Having defeated Shao Kahn, Liu Kang believed he was the only one 
capable of defending Earthrealm against outside threats.

During the invasion Raiden had been more burden than ally. Brazenly he 
demanded the Elder Gods grant him the thunder god's status.
In a one-match Mortal Kombat tournament, Liu Kang defeated his 
former friend and mentor.
Liu Kang's request was granted.
He was made a god-the new Protector of Earthrealm.


Mileena
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Mileena killed the emperor in a fit of deranged fury.

But she was unaware that her victory resulted from Shang Tsung's 
designs.
He had imbued Mileena with the ability to drain Shao Kahn's dark 
magic, rendering him vulnerable.
Now Shang Tsung was ready to execute the next phase of his plan: 
murder Mileena and take Shao Kahn's power for himself.
But Mileena instinctively wielded her new dark power against the 
sorcerer. Shang Tsung's end came quickly.
Mileena absorbed his soul, multiplying her strength.
She then set out to claim an even bigger prize: the soul of a 
thunder god.


Nightwolf
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It took all of Nightwolf's power to destroy Shao Kahn.
His spirit guide, the wolf, had aided him in the battle, but in 
the aftermath its presence was no longer felt.

Nightwolf returned to his home, seeking the elders' help in 
reconnecting to the spirit world.
During their ritual, his wolf returned to him--changed. Shao Kahn 
had tethered his soul to the wolf spirit in order to cheat death.
Now corrupted with Shao Kahn's evil, Nightwolf has transformed 
into his Animality, his bite converting his victims into subservient 
lycanthropes.
Through Nightwolf, Shao Kahn will conquer Earthrealm one mortal at a 
time.


Noob
----

Quan Chi should never have resurrected Noob Saibot. Nor should he 
have enhanced his power to defeat Shao Kahn.

The revenant he created had broken free of his control.
Noob had secretly formed an "understanding" with a cleric from the 
realm of Chaos and opened for him a portal to the Netherrealm.
Shinnok, Quan Chi and the Brotherhood of Shadow were unprepared as 
the forces of Chaos overwhelmed them, leaving the Underworld severely 
weakened.
Satisfied with his work, the cleric, Havik, returned to the realm of 
Chaos.
Noob Saibot remained to seize control of the Netherrealm.


Quan chi
--------

Having finally brought about Shao Kahn's demise, Quan Chi was then 
tasked with growing

the ranks of the Brotherhood of Shadow.
Many warriors had perished in Outworld's invasion of Earthrealm.
Quan Chi stole their souls and remade them to serve his master, the 
fallen Elder God.
The task completed, Shinnok repaid Quan Chi's service by ordering his 
execution, thereby eliminating a possible challenger to his rule.
Quan Chi had anticipated this act of treachery, however, and resurrected 
Shao Kahn--the ultimate phantom warrior.
With Shao Kahn as his enforcer, Quan Chi struck down the Brotherhood of 
Shadow and Shinnok.
Quan Chi forgives betrayal from no one. Not even a god.


Raiden
------

Shao Kahn was gone, but the scars of the merging of realms remained.

Remnants of the invasion force roamed freely and had to be dealt with. 
But Earthrealm is vast and Raiden is but one being.
He recruited four warriors, one for each direction of the wind, and 
divided his soul, placing one part in each of them.
Through these new heroes Raiden can kombat the forces of darkness 
in four places at once.


Reptile
-------

Having defeated Shao Kahn, Reptile was feared by all.

He forced Shang Tsung to regenerate his Raptor race.
The process took agonizing months, but soon Reptile heard the snarls 
of young broodlings throughout the Flesh Pits.
Eventually Shang Tsung had created an army of Raptor warriors bred 
to serve Reptile.
They stormed the realm, killing any Tarkatan, Shokan or Centaur 
who opposed Reptile's rule.
The intoxicating feeling of reuniting with his people blinded 
Reptile to the suffering of his former comrades.
Reptile was home once more.


Scorpion
--------

Shao Kahn's death did nothing to relieve Scorpion's pain.
The loss of his kin still weighed heavily upon him.

For reasons he could neither explain nor understand,
he was drawn to the home of the Shirai Ryu.
Standing amid the rubble in solemn contemplation,
Scorpion was visited by apparitions of his fallen comrades,
who revealed the true mastermind behind their brutal deaths.
Enraged, he returned to the Netherrealm.
As the spirits of his kin immobilized Quan Chi,
Scorpion slew him,
finally avenging their deaths.


Sektor
------

Sektor had dedicated his life to the Lin Kuei. His victories had 
brought

honor to his father, the Grand Master.
He had proven himself worthy.
It was time to replace his father.
In a bold attack, Sektor smashed through a company of Lin Kuei 
guards as he pushed toward the Grand Master's chamber.
There he found his father waiting. The Grand Master warned him that 
wearing the Dragon Medallion brought much power, but at a cost.
Sektor ignored the warning and slew his father, whose soul burst 
from his body and flew into the medallion.
He had finally seized control of the Lin Kuei.


Shang Tsung
-----------

Shang Tsung voraciously consumed Shao Kahn's soul, absorbing his 
immense power.

Overwhelmed by his newfound sorcery, he fled to Outworld.
Moments before suicide, Shang Tsung was visited by Bo' Rai Cho.
The mentor of warriors offered to teach him to control the dark 
magic, but for a special purpose: Liu Kang had become a god.
The power had corrupted him, transforming him into a tyrant. He 
needed to be stopped.
After rigorous training, Shang Tsung mastered the one technique 
that could finish Liu Kang.
Vengeance would finally be his.


Sheeva
------
Sheeva had recognized the signs. Her people were out of favor and 
in decline.
The Centaur would soon dominate Shao Kahn's forces while the

Shokan would move inexorably toward extinction.
Sheeva's act of defiance, her murder of Shao Kahn, made possible a 
new home for her people among the mortals of Earthrealm--
a world free of both Tarkatan and Centaur.
With cooperation from world leaders, Sheeva secured for the Shokan 
the continent of Australia.
In return, they would protect Earthrealm from future invasions.
For her leadership Sheeva was exalted--the most honorable Shokan 
in their proud history.


Sindel
------

The spell that bewitched Queen Sindel had been broken.
She did battle with Shao Kahn and slew him-

punishment for the suffering he brought upon her and millions of 
others throughout the realms.
She dissolved the sorcery that bound Edenia with Outworld and began 
restoring her realm to its former glory.
The many races of Outworld were impressed. Not only had Sindel 
defeated Shao Kahn, but she had shown great leadership in chaotic times.
They willingly offered her their allegiance.
Under Sindel's governance, the realms of Edenia and Outworld 
remain merged in spirit.


Smoke
-----

Shao Kahn's violent death shook the very core of Smoke's being and 
dislodged his earliest memories.

Tomas Vrbada was only a boy when he was abducted by an obscure cult 
and sacrificed to a demon.
Burned alive, he returned to the mortal realm as an enenra, a 
creature of smoke and vapor.
His captors were helpless against his shapeless form as he lashed 
out with rage, killing them all.
His murder avenged, he returned to his human form, remembering 
nothing of his former life.
Now aware of his true identity, Smoke understands he is no mere 
assassin.
His destiny has been revealed.


Sonya
-----

The loss of friends and allies during the battle with Shao Kahn 
took its toll on Sonya Blade's sanity.

She left the Special Forces and went into seclusion to cope with her 
grief.
But her solitude was brief as she found herself regularly visited 
by an apparition who claimed to be her missing father.
With her father as a guide, Sonya embarked on a mission to 
exterminate what remained of Shao Kahn's army.


Stryker
-------

Despite telling the world that he was simply doing his job, 
Stryker was made a hero for saving Earth from invasion.

He received both the key to city and the Congressional Medal of Freedom. 
Press and paparazzi hounded his every move
His biography spent a year on the best-seller lists. Stryker action 
figures flew off the shelves and into every young boy's hand.
But when approached by Hollywood for the rights to his story, 
Stryker put his foot down.
Never would he allow himself to be portrayed by Johnny Cage.


Subzero
-------
After the victory over Shao Kahn, Sub-Zero learned from Raiden the 
truth:

that the Lin Kuei were ultimately responsible for the deaths of both 
Sub-Zero's and Scorpion's families.  Enraged, Sub-Zero offered Scorpion 
a chance to share in his quest for vengeance.
With the might of fire and ice combined, they were a storm of vengeful 
fury as they cut down their foes. Once justice had been done...
... Sub-Zero and Scorpion disappeared into legend, emerging from obscurity 
only to avenge the innocent. The forces of darkness will never stop 
this Deadly Alliance.


Kratos
------
Shao Kahn was dead. The God of War had prevailed.
The spell that had summoned him began to reverse itself.

As he slowly faded from this place and time, Kratos was approached by Raiden 
and Fujin. Though he did not count them among his enemies, Kratos had never 
been beloved by these gods.
He prepared for kombat. To his surprise, they bowed to him, a show of respect 
he had not seen from an immortal in many an age.
Raiden explained that though his motives were not pure, Kratos had saved 
Earthrealm.He was owed a debt of gratitude.  As he returned to his own world, 
Kratos nodded silently.  Their change of heart would perhaps prove useful 
one day. A debt of gratitude is often dearly paid.


Cyber Sub-Zero
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There is currently no dialogue to go with Cyber Sub-Zero's ending, but
in the end Shao Kahn's soul cheats death by taking control of Cyber Sub-Zero's
body.