We are returned! Death to the False Emperor!
Really appreciate that @Swindle very nice of you to say. I'm not gonna lie, this isn't my favourite aspect of the lore either but I wanted this to be a complete, thorough history. When we get to MKM and MK1, I find it really ramps upMy “like “ is for Charybdis’ excellent work consolidating this history.
That said, this is where the MK lore totally loses me. I find that this story direction destroys the original essence of what MK is, and I hope that MK11 find a new way to bring this story around.
This is exactly what I wanted to achieve with this series. I love the lore passionately but I've found a lot of it to be written either badly (no offence), done in ubiquitous Youtube videos (a format I've never seen done well outside of Oculus Imperia for 40K) or written with an expectation of prior knowledge. Plus, it can be a monolithic thing to get into (the entirety of my write ups total over 30000 words). So I wanted to make this accessible, available and most importantly enjoyable for people to read. I've always been decent at writing so I thought I'd use that. Hopefully in two months you won't find it quite so hokeyNice job on the series. I normally roll my eyes at MK "lore" because it just sounds like hokey ninja mumbo jumbo to me, but the write ups are fun to read.
The vast majority, yes. I consider in game content and in game content only the 'primary sources', the lore around which we have to fit everything else. Other stuff, like endings or strategy guides etc, I consider secondary. A lot of my complaints with other MK lore repositories, naming no names, is they'll recite things that cannot be traced to the a source. A particular example that stands out to me is a Youtube channel, I can't remember which, that claimed Tremor was intended to be in MK3. He wasn't. Now, my series isn't a metahistory, it's an in-universe history, but I promise that everything in my series can be verified in the games (I hope haha).Is this all from in game content?
The games cover their respective stories but a huge amount of the lore comes from Konquest snippets in Deception and Deadly Alliance or Krypt Descriptions. As such, it takes some divining to get through it. For instance, in the first chapter, I noted that Kahn is likely the god of war. That can't be backed up in game but it's an observation (that I don't claim solely to be my own, I've others like Razor and TMK make it too) that Shao is canonically a former Outworld Protector God, that Outworld is a realm of war and that Shao is canonically noted to draw power from battle.We don’t have sources beyond tweets or hints or lines of dialogue in Konquest for most things, so I’ll cover by saying something like “according to legend”. This essentially means, “this is true I just can’t back it up in game”. Where we have conflicting information, I’ll mention both. I’ll also take some very minor dramatic liberties and knit together things which aren’t necessarily done so explicitly or provide a little helpful flavour text but nothing that in anyway affects the story.
Daegon wakes up directly after the end of the events in this write up. Caro wakes him up after he looses psychic contact with Blaze when Blaze is captured and enslaved by Onaga priests.Wait...soo, you end the story without Daegon waking up and killing his father? I thought the canon says "he woke up shortly after being entombed" cause Shao Kahn and Edenia are already at War when Argus and Delia are talking in that balcony scene and Taven recalls during the konquest mode, after he frees Caro, that his family and the dragons have been pushing back Shao Kahn for years.
Yes. Either this, but this would mean that the other dragon, Orin, has been a REAAALLLY patient dragon even though he lost the psychic contact with Blaze 10k years ago. Or...Shinnok and Daegon had a father-son kind of relation and a mental connection or Shinnok slipped him some kind of tracker so he could find his burial location and trick Caro into losing contact with Blaze and wake him up.Daegon wakes up directly after the end of the events in this write up. Caro wakes him up after he looses psychic contact with Blaze when Blaze is captured and enslaved by Onaga priests.
Yes, Orin is hella patient. I mean, it was his job to wait. Caro f***** up.Yes. Either this, but this would mean that the other dragon, Orin, has been a REAAALLLY patient dragon even though he lost the psychic contact with Blaze 10k years ago.
Shinnok and Daegon didn't have a father son relationship (as far as I know), it was a quid-pro-quo scenario. Daegon wanted the power his father "promised" him, and Shinnok wanted to use Daegon to get that power as well. Shinnok's plan in MKA was like a fail safe. A back up plan to get revenge on the EGs.Or...Shinnok and Daegon had a father-son kind of relation and a mental connection...
Shinnok played no part in Caro's mistake according to the current lore....or Shinnok slipped him some kind of tracker so he could find his burial location and trick Caro into losing contact with Blaze and wake him up.
I always took it that Shinnok tried to take Earthrealm before Edenia fell, but yeah, it could have been after; or even simultaneously... WAIT! No it couldn't!This would make the Shao Kahn assault on King Jerrod's forces (together with Rain's betrayal of the Edenian Resistance) and the Shinnok assault on Earthrealm rather simulaneous. It would make a heck of a preques series!
Reptile's people, the Saurians, descended from the Dino's, and that was that civilization that was destroyed by Raiden and Shinnok's war. I always assumed that their battle happened millions of years ago, but it really could have only happened "thousands" of years ago.dinosaurs???
I never knew much about the MK lore at all, but now I'm really confused
huh. thanks! I always just assumed reptile was from OutworldReptile's people, the Saurians, descended from the Dino's, and that was that civilization that was destroyed by Raiden and Shinnok's war. I always assumed that their battle happen millions of years ago, but is really could have only happened "thousands" of years ago.
Reptile (technically) you could say is from Outworld, but his race originated on Earth.huh. thanks! I always just assumed reptile was from Outworld
Shinnok and Daegon didn't have a father son relationship (as far as I know),
I actually have an explanation for this. You know how Raiden sent his message to himself back in time during the first tournament and all the history up until then is supposed to be the same as in the original timeline though the biggest error in MK9 was Mileena not being around when Kitana grew up?Anyway, Mileena was thought to have ALWAYS been there for years with Kitana, training with her, competing with her, interacting with her as a sister
Kitana's MK9 bio states that Kahn was dissatisfied with her because she wasn't bloodthirsty enough. Kahn always wanted Kitana to be more like Mileena would become.I actually have an explanation for this. You know how Raiden sent his message to himself back in time during the first tournament and all the history up until then is supposed to be the same as in the original timeline though the biggest error in MK9 was Mileena not being around when Kitana grew up?
Well, Mileena is a clone. And no matter how Shang Tsung made her, she'd always be evil if grown by Shao Kahn. What if...Kitana had killed the original Millena clone when she discovered the truth? Only to find her mind manipulated and memory erased again into serving Shao kahn. And then Shang Tsung worked on the process of creating a clone...again.
There really is no reason for why a Mileena clone shouldn't have existed before. When you look at the scene where Kitana goes to the Flesh Pits to investigate...it's kind of fishy...Jade knows something, as if she's aware they're making clones of Kitana there. Why would Jade know this if it hadn't happened before? And Jade knows that if Kitana screws up "one more time" Shao Kahn would not forgive her anymore. Where did this screwing up thing started? Has she done something before against Shao Kahn? Maybe, if she killed her half-tarkatan sister original Mileena clone and got "only punished with a brainwashing" for it.
10k years is a long time. Just create 1 clone after these 10k years in the exact time the Earthrealm tournament is taking place is super awkward! Yes, Shao Kahn is overjoined when Shang Tsung brings him the news that he's done it, but it never says it's the first time they've done it. Maybe he just had enough of Kitana. He raised her as his daughter and abstained from killing her every time she rose against him, yet it happens over and over. His patience has run out.
Don't know if I'm grasping at straws here, but it would be a perfectly logical explanation for me.