Earth. Early in the 21st Century. Much has changed since the last Mortal Kombat. A universe which was once balanced by a system based on honour and tradition is now governed by chaos and deceit. Dark forces from sinister realms have begun invading Earth. The only warriors who could possibly meet this challenge are the Defenders of the Realm. Kombat Begins Again!! While the MKs are battling Cyrax and Sketor, they are joined by Sub-zero. This triggers memories and self-doubt in Liu Kang, and mistrust for the ice-ninja in Sonya and others. When Headquarters is attacked, Sub-Zero must prove where his loyalties really fall. The Swords of Ilkan!! Sonya is feeling overwhelmed by the endless fighting and the lack of any other females to relate to. Sonya tries to get close to the illusive Kitana, who is faced with a painful part of her past when they travel to a realm ruled by a ruthless Amazon-like warrior. Familiar Red!! Nightwolf repeatedly sends the MKs to 'rips' that don't appear to exist. They begin to think his computer skills are shot. Finally Nightwolf discovers that it's a clever ruse, which Kano is behind. Discovering Kano is still alive triggers intense feelings in Sonya, feelings that she failed her old partner. Abandoned!! Feeling overwhelmed by the endless fighting and the need for a real life, Jax considers quitting the team. While he is away, the Emperor Shao Kahn is easily able to capture the MK. As the story unfolds, Jax comes to realise that no matter where he goes he needs to find balance between his needs and his duty.