He was defeated.
He returned to the Outworld a failure, facing execution at the hands of Shao Kahn, supreme ruler
of the Outworld, the Astral Planes of Shokan and the surrounding kingdoms. With the apparent
death of Goro, his fate seemed sealed. But Tsung told Kahn of his plan for revenge, a plot so
evil and twisted even Kahn was persuaded to grant him one final opportunity to redeem himself. He
cleverly lured his adversaries to the bizarre Outworld where they would face a new challenge--a
tournament hosted by Shao Kahn himself.
For centuries Earth has used Mortal Kombat to defend itself against the Outworld's Emperor, Shao Kahn. But Kahn grows frustrated by failed attempts to take Earth through Tournament battle. He enacts a plan which began 10,000 years ago. During that time Shao Kahn had a Queen. Her name was Sindel, and her early death was unexpected. Kahn's Shadow Priests, led by Shang Tsung, made it so Sindel's spirit would someday be reborn: not on the Outworld, but on the Earth Realm itself. This evil act gives Shao Kahn the power to step through the dimensional gates and reclaim his Queen, thus enabling him to finally seize the Earth Realm. Upon breaching the portal into Earth, Shao Kahn slowly transforms the planet into a part of the Outworld. He strips the Earth of all human life: claiming every soul as his own. But there are souls which Kahn cannot take. These souls belong to the Warriors chosen to represent Earth in a new Mortal Kombat. The remaining humans are scattered throughout the planet. Shao Kahn sends an army of fierce Outworld Warriors to find and eliminate them. Some of Earth's Warriors survive the attacks. Most do not, but the remaining few hold the one chance at saving all of human kind.