‘Soon everyone will feel my power…I will have my revenge!’ Raiden stands at the portal and calls out Kahn. Kahn appears and tells Raiden that he will bow to him, Raiden replies never and steps through the portal to a dimensional gateway between realms. Raiden tells Kahn to stay back, Kahn tells Raiden that he can’t stop him and that enemies will fall. Meanwhile Zhu Zin is feeling the third aftershock of an ‘earthquake’ and the trading post is a mess.

Taja discovers Kung Lao’s MK Champion Medal, before complaining about the heat and spooky coloured sky. Lao is still searching for Raiden when he meets Kitana who tells him that both worlds are in great danger as Kahn is going to strike and wants Lao to meet her at the temple. In Zaterran, Reptile is fuming that Vorpax has chosen Tsung when Kiri convinces him that Tsung is only here mate and that an alliance between the two races is still possible and thus so is saving their realm and people. Kahn announces to Raiden that he has only one traitor, Raiden says that Reptile is not the only one and that Kahn is alone with only a few worthless pawns to which Kahn replies that if you play your pawns correctly you can still win the game.

As Reptile is heading for a meeting with his generals, Shadow Priests appear. Kiri spits acid at one, only to see him catch it in his hand with no effect; Reptile attempts to become invisible only to be stopped by the priest. A fight breaks out with Reptile no match for the priest, after they snap Reptile’s neck they travel towards Kiri. Kahn announces that he has other traitors too, Kitana, and despite his feelings, all sins must be answered for. Meanwhile, the Earth Warriors arrive at the temple and see Kitana there. But before she can say anything Shadow Priests arrive, placing a force field around Earth Warriors as they battle Kitana. She throws her fans at two of them and as they remove the fans from their faces, they disappear. As one priest gains the upper hand and raises her body into the air, the other two appear holding her in position as the lead priest produces one of her fans and slashes her with it before disappearing. Kung Lao suggests that they seek the help of the immortal, Omegis.

Vorpax meets with Quan Chi on his request only to be questioned about the presence of Tsung at her camp. She tells him that she is using Tsung as a tool due to her needing to mate with an Earth Warrior, once she finishes Quan Chi can kill him before assuming role as sorcerer in her army. Raiden is surprised by Kahn’s plan of lashing out at all enemies real or imagined, and says that he should have destroyed him when they last battled long ago. Kahn tells him that it was a flaw, and that Raiden is a coward and not much of an enemy. Descending down a stairwell in his palace, Quan Chi tells Siann that once he kills Tsung and Vorpax kills Kahn, he will be free to travel wherever he wants and Siann can kill Vorpax. In the dining room, Chi removes a lid to find the decapitated head of Cilene (a new slave) on a plate. He is furious, but distracted by the arrival of Shadow Priests.

They fight, and losing the battle Chi tries to teleport away only to have a priest trap him in the cobalt. Siann is beaten and thrown against a rock when a priest produces a sword and slashes them. Tsung and Vorpax mates after which Vorpax commands that the bed be removed and burned; then hearing the sounds of someone teleporting she thinks Quan Chi has come to kill Tsung. Turning around she sees that they are Kahn’s Shadow Priests who leap into the air and kill her.

Kahn tells Raiden that only one traitor remains, just one; and it crosses to Tsung’s throne room in Vorpax’s camp. Shadow Priests appear and attack him; the battle is close when Tsung attempts to steal the soul of the priest. Weakening as the priest’s soul is leaving his body, the priest uses sorcery to return the soul to his body, weakening Tsung before the fellow priests leap into the air to make the kill.

Kahn begins to question the validity of the decree of the Elder Gods saying that it was something Raiden created to keep Kahn out and that nothing will happen to him if he steps through the portal. Meanwhile, surprised at the Earth Warriors desire to fight in the battle they have no hope of winning, Omegis uses her sorcery to unseal the entrance to Shakka. Lao asks her to join them, but she is intent on bringing an end to her immortality and returns to her camp, pursued by a shadow priest. Raiden wanting to protect the Earth so fiercely saying that he wasn’t always like that surprises Kahn, and he also reveals that he has been studying Raiden’s three mortals and plans to exploit their weaknesses of caring, compassion, and friendship by making them think that the city is their final hope, Raiden was bait. As the warriors approach the portal, Raiden tells them to stay back and that the priests are going to kill them. The warriors try to fight only to be set upon by about twenty priests crowding in from all sides. Furious Raiden challenges Kahn to a fight; it is a fierce fight with swords and war mallets, with Raiden proving the more powerful of the two. It is a fierce battle but with Raiden just about to kill Kahn he discovers that he has lost his powers. Kahn begins laughing and tells Raiden that by fighting he was given enough time to transport Raiden, his friends, and the city to Outworld. Raiden attempts to strike Kahn but doesn’t even cause him to flinch.

In Kahn’s throne room, a beaten Raiden is brought before the Emperor as Kahn displays his gifts. Opening the treasure box, he produces Reptile’s mask, Quan Chi’s blades, Shang Tsung’s vest, Queen Vorpax’s robe, Kitana’s fan, Siro’s dagger, Taja’s metal finger protector, and Kung Lao’s shirt, proclaiming them all dead. He then forces Raiden to bow to him as the Emperor of the combined realms as he leads his extermination squads on a worldwide assault.


Balance of Power

The search for Shao Kahn’s traitor is heating up with a General of his army being interrogated to the point of torture by a shadow priest. Kahn enters accompanied by Reiko and forces him to confess even though he has no idea of what the charges are. Reiko argues with the treatment saying that he has fought alongside this man countless times and that he can not be the traitor, Kahn tells Reiko that nothing is certain, and not even Reiko can be trusted before fatally stabbing the tortured general with his sword. The torture room of Kahn’s palace and an Edenian warrior who is one of Kitana’s guards is being questioned regarding the claims of treachery.

After the shadow priest makes a threat against the man’s life, he breaks free and challenges the priest to a fight. Fast and furious, the warrior is no match for the priest as the hot coals burn his face before his body is kicked into a chair that has a blade protruding from it from earlier in the fight, he has died his noble death. At Kreeya’s camp Vorpax confronts the Empress about the recent number of deaths in their losing war against Outworld. After Kreeya threatens her, she takes a dozen warriors to the trading post to strike an agreement with the Earth Warriors. Her request is quite simple; kill Kreeya. She tells them that once this is done, her race will leave for their home world and not return. Siro and Taja immediately agree, and after much deliberation so does Kung Lao. In Shao Kahn’s throne room, a shadow priest meets with Kahn saying that the search for a traitor is a waste, and so by killing another shadow priest with Kahn’s sword, the priest creates a link that will allow Kahn to actually hear the traitor confess his treachery so that no more lives will be wasted. Kahn orders each of his servants to bow down and swear allegiance to him, Reiko does so, as does Reptile, however with a certain amount of trepidation. At the trading post Vorpax and Kung Lao enact their plan, fooling Kreeya.

Thinking that Kung Lao is alone and in a weakened state, Kreeya enters only to be confronted by the three earth warriors. As Vorpax and her warriors slam the door closed behind her, trapping her inside, a fight erupts. It is long and fast and Kung Lao is injured in the process. After Siro delivers the blow that levels her, Vorpax enters plunging a sword into her empresses’ back. This seems to set off some strange reaction as something is happening to Vorpax. At Kreeya’s camp, Taja watches as Vorpax receives the Empresses’ powers and assumes the position of queen.

As Taja returns to the trading post to warn Kung Lao, Vorpax searches for Shang Tsung and chooses him as her mate. Tsung agrees to it, but only if Kung Lao is killed. Taja informs Siro and Kung Lao on the latest turn of events and together with Siro, she goes off in search of the hives. After discovering that Reptile and Reiko are not the traitors, Kahn departs his throne room leaving his sword leaning against his throne under the close watch of his guards. Making the most of the opportunity, Kiri appears from spying on the emperor and steals the sword, allowing Reptile to confront Vorpax on the control of the Earth Realm. Once he sees that Vorpax has chosen Tsung, a fight erupts. It is a brutal fight that Tsung wins, but only just. Once he had discovered his sword he had been stolen, Kahn became furious, vowing that he will have his revenge.


The Essence

Kung Lao is called upon to protect the Essence of Edenia, the Edenian race’s only hope of ever escaping the treachery of Outworld. It is learned that the Essence of Edenia has been smuggled to the Earth Realm by the warrior Daahraan (guest star Hank Stone). Thought to have been destroyed, the Essence is all the Edenian race has left after their Realm was overrun by Shao Kahn. The Essence provides Edenians with the hope that they may rise again–precisely why Shao Kahn wants to destroy it once and for all. When Princess Kitana (guest star Dara Tomanovich), Kahn’s stepdaughter and herself a vanquished Edenian, hears of the Essence and Daahraan, she and her lifelong friend, Qali (guest star supermodel Roshumba Williams), set forth to retrieve the Essence. Since their intent for the Essence is in direct opposition to Shao Kahn’s, this is literally a life-or-death mission. Shang Tsung (series regular Bruce Locke) also wants to get his hands on the Essence in order to get back into Shao Kahn’s favor. He dispatches Vorpax (series regular Tracy Douglas) to follow Kitana and Qali. Kitana convinces Kung Lao (series regular Paolo Montalban) to go with her to meet Daahraan. When they get to the warrior, they find that he is dying, having been brutally attacked. As Kung Lao tries to help him, he utters his dying words–that Kitana is Shao Kahn’s stepdaughter. Kung Lao is incensed and goes after Kitana, not knowing two important facts about her: She is not an agent of her stepfather’s evil, but an Edenian trying to protect her race, and she is a fierce warrior with special powers including a pair of fans that act as both a shield and a weapon. Once Kung Lao learns of Kitana’s true mission, he agrees to help her by hiding the Essence somewhere in the Earth Realm. A series of double-crosses (some well-intended, some not) leads Qali, Vorpax and Kung Lao to a face-off over the Essence. In the middle of this, Shang Tsung appears (having temporarily left the Cobalt Mines), grabs the pouch containing the essence and escapes back to Outworld with Vorpax close behind. Kitana is despondent when she learns that Shang Tsung made off with the Essence. What she does not know, is that the pouch Shang Tsung has is a decoy and Kung Lao had successfully managed to protect the Essence, thereby preserving the hope of the Edenian people.