Shinnok was banished to the Neatherealm by Rayden. Upon entering the Realm, he found himself immediately under attach by its then ruler Lucifer, as well as those souls he was personally responsible for banishing when he was an Elder God. Locked and shackled, Shinnok was helpless against his attackers. He would exist, tortured and tormented by the dregs of hell for thousands of years. Until he met Quan Chi. Quanchi is a sorcerer and can travel the various planes of reality without detection from the gods. Aware of Shinnok's dilemma, Quanchi made the fallen god an offer and free him from his confines and assist him in defeating Lucifer in exchange for power and the ability to rule at his side. Shinnok agrees and the two waged a war in the netherealm that lasted for centuries and took his seat as the new ruler supreme of the dead Realm. The Realm was a desolate wasteland of fire and brimstone inhabited by grotesque demons . So, he decided to create a physical world, trying his best to emulate the realm he wanted so badly... earth. He took the demons of his Realm and transformed them into as human a form as possible.