Welcome to Outworld
The Outworld you know of is a cruel and wicked place ruled by an emperor who became more ruthless than his former master. But the Outworld that I know is a place of solitude and friends of all kinds. Some will be true to you, and others will put on a fake smile. Could the Earthrealm really be a better place?
Kitana was looking over her balcony, which gave her a full view of Outworld's small towns. It had been Fourteen Years since Edenia merged with Outworld. Every day, the 16-year old Kitana continues to reflect on the events of that faithful week all those years ago.
"Why do you always give those speeches every morning when you look outside your balcony?" Jade asked.
"Hm." Kitana smirked. "You wouldn't understand Jade. You weren't around," she whispered to herself."
Jade had just walked into Kitana's room. Every morning, she must accompany both Kitana and Tanya to make sure they start their schedules on time. They must wake up and meet in the dining room for breakfast. Jade escorts Kitana through the halls and into the Dining Room. As Kitana sits at the round table with other diplomats (which included Tanya, Tanya's father, the representative, and Shao Kahn) Jade offers to assist them with anything they desire.
"Jade, I think you're done here. I'm feeling excellent today, so I want you to take the day off. That's an order," Kahn decided. Jade was a bit contempt.
"I'll do as you ask, but Emperor please don't treat me better than the others just because I'm friends with Kitana," She requested.
"It's not just her; you're a friend to all of us. The reason I need you to take so many breaks is because you're too young to be overworked like the others. And you are the hardest working servant. I value that. Now GO!" Jade bows and leaves the room. As she closes the door, the diplomats start talking business.
"So, we have a crisis on our hands," The Ambassador started. "The Saurian race is still alive, the Shokan are still vulnerable to extinction, and we still need to win one more tournament to take Earthrealm. We need to choose our warriors carefully."
"I have a list of candidates who I think are worthy of the positions. Any suggestions?" Kahn asked.
"I would suggest Baraka. I mean, he is the best Tarkatan in Outworld," the Representative requested.
"Rain sounds like a good choice. He is courageous, and he wants to join the Tournament anyway," the Ambassador requested.
"Ha, I think he's over his head. It's impossible for him to beat the forces of Earthrealm as young as he is," Tanya said with a snobby attitude. Kitana took advantage of her envy.
"Oh? Are you jealous at the fact that Rain's able to travel there but not you?"
"As if! I'm just worried that we'd be sitting around bored for the next 500 years if he screws up," Tanya retorted.
"Tanya, please behave like a lady," the Ambassador whispered.
"Father you know it's true." Tanya shouted.
"Emperor, I think we should really keep them out of our meetings," the Representative stated in frustration. Kitana gives her an evil glare, and she becomes startled. "Uh...never mind. Carry on."
"Anyways, I say we should call in the Shirai Ryu Clan. They have been rebuilding rapidly lately. And one of their members seemed rather...interesting," Kitana stated.
"Then it's settled! You have the Shirai Ryu, the Lin Kuei agreed to help, and so did the Black Dragon and we have...Rain. Also, Reptile's our new champion," Tanya sarcastically stated.
"But that means we only have three Outworld participants, the rest are from Earthrealm," The Ambassador stated.
"Then send me! I really want to go! Why won't you let me join? I would've done it if we were back in Edenia!" Tanya shouted.
"I like your dedication, but Earthrealm is way too difficult for you. If you would've kept your standards lower when we conquered the other realm yesterday, you could have joined," Kahn responded. Tanya was infuriated.
"Listen Emperor…" Tanya began. However, she and the others were interrupted by the sudden appearance of a young teenager who walks into the diner. How she bypassed the guards, none of them knew. The young teenage girl was clad in purplish summer clothing.
"Look here Outworld Scum! I demand that you release my realm this instant!" she shouted.
"Who are you?" asked the representative.
"Young girl, do you even know what you're getting yourself into?" Shao Kahn asked while keeping his cool. "Your realm has just lost the most important tournament of their life to my weaker warriors, the Locust clan. Do you really believe you can make a difference by challenging me?"
"That's right! I know about those thugs and I attacked them and won. I'm pretty sure I can handle you too!" the young girl shouted.
"You probably just threw a pebble at them and ran," Kitana snickered.
"NOT TRUE!" the girl shouted even louder. "I struck one of the guys with my bare hand and escaped the scene."
"Really? She calls running away 'escaping the scene?" Kitana thought to herself. Jade ran into the diner with her mystical Bo staff and her battle attire.
"Shao Kahn, forgive me for allowing her to intrude. I prepared myself as fast as I could," Jade said as she focused solely on the girl.
"Let me fight someone; anyone you want to send my way! If I win, I want you to let my people go!" the girl demanded.
"No one is going to risk our vic—"
"I accept your challenge!" Tanya shouted. Everyone looked at her in horror. They know that accepting the challenge meant that the battle is set in place under the Elder Lords' decree.
"You idiot!" Shao Kahn shouted at Tanya. He sighed as he realized that it was too late to complain. "Fine…young girl, what is your name?" he asked.
"My name is Li Mei! My father is from Outworld and my mother was from my realm. I don't like the fact that you enslaved them, so I'm going to make you end their suffering one way or another," she said.
"Then you're going to die like the rest of your people." Tanya began to summon up a powerful fire spell and prepared to attack Li Mei. However, she gets blindsided by Kitana who throws her bladed fans at Tanya and pins her to the nearby wall by her clothing.
"I'm not going to let YOU be the reason Outworld's victory is jeopardized," Kitana stated calmly.
"Hey, let me down!" Tanya's voice fell on deaf ears. Jade readied her staff as she prepared to face Li Mei.
"Stand down, Jade. I think we can be rational about this," Kitana stated.
"What do you mean rational, princess?" Li Mei asked.
"Trust me, Li Mei; I know exactly how you feel. However, we need those people to help us build more towns in Outworld. If you don't mind, maybe we can find remnants from another realm to help you all with the process. If we can do that, your people can have less of a burden."
"Why would I want you to put someone else in our misery?" she asked.
"Think about it like this…they aren't your people," Kitana answered. Li Mei disliked her response.
"I refuse to live a life as a servant," Li Mei stated. Jade's facial expression changed.
"You don't have to. You said you're a half-breed Outworld descendant; therefore, you're automatically a free citizen. We can make this happen with your people, but they need a place to live first, which is the reason they need to finish building the already half completed houses. Afterwards, they'd be considered working citizens. If you agree to those terms and cancel the challenge, I can assure you that your people won't get mistreated," Kitana requested. Shao Kahn and the other board members were quite impressed. Li Mei was not.
"I'd rather us be separated," Li Mei responded. She ran towards Kitana prepared to ultimately attack her. Jade snapped back into reality and prepared to pull out her tri-boomerang. However, when Li Mei came close to Kitana, she gets tricked by Kitana's fake out kick. When she rises back up from the ground and attempts to go back to Kitana, she gets struck by Kitana's pretty kick. This time, she stays down.
"I win," Kitana stated.
"What are you waiting for Kitana? FINISH HER!" the representative shouted. She stood up from his chair due to her excitement. Kitana looked at her then returned her attention to Li Mei, who realizes she was knocked out.
"Sure thing, representative," she responds. She commands her bladed fans back to her hands and raised them in the air. Li Mei looked as if she was about to piss her pants as she prepared for the worst. Kitana hopped in the air and tossed them in the representative's direction. Once they reach the sides of her head, Kitana teleports behind her with both fans in her hands.
"You're fired," Kitana whispered in her ear. She then decapitates the representative's head with her fan, ultimately killing her. Li Mei looked on in horror. Kitana grabs a nearby rag and cleans her fans. "I think we're done here. The next time you see your father, tell him we have a new position open." Kitana stated.
"Not trying to be…aggressive, but are we allowed to…adjourn?" The Ambassador asked. Kitana looked his way and he seemed to jump a bit. Kitana chuckled.
"I'm just messing with you. I say we should," she declared. Shao Kahn agreed.
"We shall adjourn this meeting. The next meeting will be five days from now," Shao Kahn said. Everyone left the diner passing by Li Mei with envy in their eyes. Kitana, Li Mei, and Kahn were the only people left in the diner. Kitana walks by Li Mei and offers her a hand. Although she was reluctant at first, Li Mei accepted her hand and rose from the ground.
"I'm sorry to say, but the deal is off now," Kitana stated regretfully. Li Mei nodded slightly.
"Oh yeah, I almost forgot to say it," Shao Kahn randomly spouted.
"Kitana Wins. FATALITY!"
End of Chapter 1
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