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The story of Mortal Kombat – The deadly alliance is formed and Armageddon begins

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Welcome to part 3 of our look back at the story of Mortal Kombat! If you missed the first part, here’s a link to it for you, as well as the second part. The story continues, as a Deadly Alliance wreaks havoc, an ancient threat is reborn and Armageddon finally begins.

Earthrealm goes to war once again

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Devastated after the invasion of Outworld and having lost millions of lives in the soulnados that ravaged the planet, Earthrealm was weaker than ever before. Seeking to finally conquer the most desirable of realms, Shinnok once again began plotting from deep inside the bowels of the Netherrealm. With his allies Noob Saibot and the Edenian traitor Tanya, Shinnok’s first act was to pounce on a vulnerable Edenia.

Kidnapping princess Kitana and Queen Sindel, Shinnok used the resources of Edenia to attack the Elder Gods, killing several of them in the process. With his vengeance carving a bloody path through numerous gods, only Raiden could stop Shinnok from finally taking over all the realms after having spent millions of years suffering within the hellish confines of the Netherrealm.

Allying with the wind god Fujin, Raiden began gathering Earthrealm’s warriors for a final push against Shinnok in the second Earthrealm War. Eventually pushing back against the fallen Elder God and his minions, Liu Kang would deliver the fatal blow that would send the foul deity back to hell. Banished but not of danger, Shinnok and Quan Chi would face the rest of eternity in a desperate bid for survival as the truth of the Shirai Ryu massacre became known to Scorpion.

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Vowing to spend eternity hunting the pair down, Quan Chi and Shinnok would know no rest as long as Scorpion’s vengeful flames still burned. Meanwhile, Raiden would leave Earthrealm in the hands of Fujin, as the lord of thunder found himself elevated to the position of Elder God after the war had finished.

The Deadly Alliance is formed

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Eventually escaping Scorpion’s wrath through the use of a secret portal to Outworld, Quan Chi began work on a scheme of his own to control all the realms. Learning of Onaga’s immortal army, Quan Chi joined forces with Shang Tsung and together the two formed the Deadly Alliance. Striking hard and fast, the deadly duo attacked their two greatest foes: Shao Kahn would fall before their might, but this was merely a clone that the pair killed as the real Outworld Emperor watched on from the shadows.

Liu Kang would not be so lucky, as the Mortal Kombat champion was no match for their dark powers.  Shocked at the news of Kang’s death, Raiden abandoned his position as Elder God and formed a new alliance of Earthrealm warriors to fight back against Chi and Tsung. The soul-sucking sorceror had created a new Soulnado in his fortress with which the Dragon King’s lifeless army could be reanimated, and warriors from across the realms were needed to fight back against the Deadly Alliance.

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It was all for naught. Jax Briggs, Johnny Cage, Kung Lao, Sonya Blade and Kitana all died in the final battle, Sub Zero was betrayed by his pupil Frost and only Raiden stood in the way of their combined might. The undead army of Onaga was on the verge of being reactivated, but little did Quan Chi and Shang Tsung know that even their grand schemes were about to be eclipsed by a greater and more ancient force…

Onaga reborn

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Millenia before the Deadly Alliance was formed, a potential Mortal Kombat champion by the name of Shujinko was tasked with an epic quest to collect the six Kamidogou, by the god Damashi. Spending decades collecting the sacred items, Shujinko soon discovered that he had been tricked by a shade of Onaga, who had deceived Shujinko into gathering the items that would allow him to be reborn through a combination of a mystical egg that his soul had been imprisoned in, and the body of the Saurian shinobi Reptile.

In the present, that rebirth was happening. Having successfully defeated Raiden and his warriors, Shang Tsung and Quan Chi would turn on each other and attempt to take ultimate power. Quan Chi won the fight, but it was at this moment in time when Onaga returned. A true dragon, this hulking and almost unstoppable warrior-king’s presence was so terrifying, that the Deadly Alliance and Raiden formed a partnership to push him back.

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Outmatched by Onaga, Raiden attempted to stop the dragon by unleashing all of his godly energy in a single blast. When the dust had cleared, the Deadly Alliance and Raiden were no more. Onaga stood triumphant in the debris, clutching Shinnok’s mighty amulet. Raiden would eventually reconstitute himself in Earthrealm, but his essence had been tainted with Onaga’s evil.

Deciding that Earth needed a more proactive Thunder God, this darker incarnation of Raiden knew no limits. He punished Shujinko for his efforts, resurrected Liu Kang as a mindless undead enforcer and gathered Earthrealm’s champions once again for a new war. Onaga on the other hand, resurrected fallen warriors wherever possible, recruited the Tarkatan horde to his side and began work on fusing the Kamidogu together so that he could achieve omnipotence.

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In a war that almost destroyed Earthrealm, Shujinko would deliver the killing blow to Onaga. Using his ability to absorb the power of those around him, Shujinko took the combined fighting power of every kombatant present and merged them into an attack that would shatter the Kamidogu. Now mortal, Onaga would be finished off by Nightwolf as the warrior shaman trapped the soul of the dragon king in the Netherrealm.

The battle of Armageddon

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By the time that Onaga’s threat had passed, the realms were in devastating disarray. Too many powerful warriors existed, and Edenia’s ultimate weapon, Blaze, was ready to be set loose. A conflict was inevitable, as the Sons of Argus found themselves embroiled in a bloody gae of deceit that had been millennia in the making. Taven and Daegon would eventually clash.

Taven’s victory was short-lived, as the ancient super-weapon created by Argus awoke. A gigantic pyramid arose from the ground, Blaze stood atop it and dozens of Mortal Kombat warriors had assembled in an effort to have their greatest wish granted by the powerful being. The final conflict between light and dark that would decide the fate of the universe, dozens of warriors would die until only two remained:

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Shao Kahn, and Raiden.

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Outgunned and weakened from his journey to a foreign realm, Raiden was no match for the empowered Outworld conqueror who planned to take all the realms. In a final effort to avert catastrophe, Raiden used his final remnants of energy to send a message back to his younger self in the past, just before Kahn’s hammer dealt the final fatal blow. A new era, was ready to begin.

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Last Updated: April 23, 2019


  1. Time for a reboot!


  2. Geoffrey Tim

    April 23, 2019 at 15:34

    This is where MK really went off the rails for me. And then yeah, we got the REBOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT


    • Admiral Chief Hype Train

      April 23, 2019 at 15:56

      At least it is a better game than Street Fighter


  3. Original Heretic

    April 23, 2019 at 21:43

    Whoever came up with these stories was on something.


  4. Humantouch

    April 24, 2019 at 07:54

    Love it hate it, we all grew up with Mortal Kombat.


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