Author's Notes

WHOO HOO! Ladies and gentlemen, I have successfully completed the first ever Scorpion story that didn't succumb to the flake out of an author! With nearly thirty signed reviews and over a thousand hits, Spectre In The Flame marks my most successful complete fan fiction. I couldn't have done it without all the support from my readers, and I think I'll start by thanking my beloved reviewers.

Major Mike Powell III, dude, your reviews were what I wait for whenever I post another chapter! I really appreciate your support and I dug the shit out of that Mortal Kombat: Unleashed fic of yours! You kick all holy ass, my friend, and I salute you! Semper-Fy! Carry on!

Chan Yoruyamatiha, I'm honored that you reviewed my fic. You don't have to worry about how you give a review, for it's the thought that counts, and I appreciate every review you sent.

Riddlebox Baby, I'm very happy you thought my story intrigued you, even though you are not a big Scorpion fan. I appreciate the review!

SilentNinja, being my first reviewer of the story I had to add you to this list! I could tell that you've done your homework on Scorpion's storyline from your first review, and if I can impress anybody who knows about Scorpion's background then I have definitely accomplished something! Thank you so much!

Ok, now that the thanks are out of the way, it's time to discuss certain areas of the story. First off, we go into why I chose Scorpion and why I ended the story where I did.

I have always been a fan of Scorpion throughout the years I've been playing Mortal Kombat. I would go out after school to the nearest arcade just to play Mortal Kombat for hours at a time. Even the place of my work had an arcade with a Mortal Kombat game, of which I would spend my breaks playing.

The more and more I got into the game, I wanted to really get to know the story behind it. The first character I got hooked to was not actually Scorpion. I started checking out Liu Kang because he was the Bruce Lee tribute and I was always a fan of the deceased Martial Artist.

After a while of checking out the Champion, I started to wander into the Netherealm a little bit. At last, I was hooked on Scorpion's storyline about vengeance and torment. Scorpion's bio had such a dramatic impact on me that I would spend a majority of my time playing as him and begging others to be Sub-Zero. From his Spear move to his "Toasty!" fatality, I would put other MK players to shame with Scorpion and his near unbeatable array of moves.

When MK4 came out, I was not at all worried about the 3D graphics overpowering the quality of the game. I caught on to the game very fast and continued to kick ass! I was actually impressed with the game, but I didn't understand some of the background of the newer characters, i.e. Quan Chi. What I didn't know was that there was a game called Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero out for the Nintendo 64. I never got a chance to actually play the game, for I heard that it was a little mediocre for a Mortal Kombat game. However, I looked into it regardless.

The part that intrigued me the most was that Scorpion's storyline played an important role in this newer game. I looked into how Scorpion died in the game and how he attacked Sub-Zero in the Netherealm. I also realized that Scorpion's involvement with Quan Chi had to do with MK Mythologies. When I beat Mortal Kombat 4 with Scorpion and witnessed his ending, I prayed for that ending to be considered cannon in the game series. When I first rented Deadly Alliance and watched the opening movie, I jumped from my seat knowing that Scorpion had indeed brought Quan Chi to the Netherealm.

As the game series progressed with the 3D games, I started to worry about the future for Mortal Kombat. It wasn't that I didn't like the new games (Deadly Alliance and Deception). I loved the new fighting system the games had to offer. My big concern was the story. Deception in particular was rather unsatisfying as far as the story. With Quan Chi dead, Scorpion no longer has the thirst for vengeance. His involvement with the Elder Gods also lead me to disappointment.

So with all of that in mind, I decided to end my story with MK4. I also ended it that way as a tribute to the arcade games. I still, to this day, go to arcades any chance I get in search of Mortal Kombat games to play.

Now we go into the Ninjas.

I did my best to include all the ninjas in the games to my story, being that I have always been a fan of ninja characters. It's one of the reasons I quit playing Street Fighter, a fighting game I used to play before I was introduced to Mortal Kombat 1. I wanted all the ninjas to play some kind of role in the story, with the exception of Human Smoke and Chameleon. Those two did not make an appearance because they played very small roles throughout the arcade series.

Scorpion. The man, the bad ass, the big cheese, the HNIC (head ninja in charge)! Scorpion is, obviously, the main character of the story. Throughout the games of Mortal Kombat, Scorpion has always been the favorite of many fans of the game series and was usually the strongest of the ninja bunch. He is the ultimate bad ass of Mortal Kombat, without a doubt.

Sub-Zero. Though Sub-Zero is not actually a ninja (being that there is a difference between ninjas and Lin Kuei), he nonetheless plays an important role in the story. The name Sub-Zero is given to the eldest member of the family (from father to eldest son, for example). Therefore, at the time of his death, Sub-Zero's name was given to his younger brother. Sub-Zero belongs to an ancient race known as Cryomancers, giving him the ability to control ice and freezing temperatures. Sub-Zero is seen throughout most of the story, being that if it had not been for the Lin Kuei warrior, Scorpion would not have become the Hellspawn Spectre he is now.

Reptile. The mysterious Saurian makes his appearances throughout the story as a repulsive creature loyal to Shao Kahn. He plays the role of the spectator in Mortal Kombat 1, as well as Shang Tsung's body guard. He is thought to be a mindless monster to most who actually meet him, but he is, in reality, an intelligent fighter who uses any opportunity to his advantage. Indeed, Reptile is one of Mortal Kombat's deadliest ninjas.

Ermac. When you look at it, Ermac's storyline is not that different from Scorpion. Now granted, Ermac was created by Shao Kahn with a legion of souls Kahn had stolen prior to the Earth Realm invasion while Scorpion BECAME the Spectre on account of his impure lust for revenge. However, both Scorpion and Ermac are somewhat controlled by another, as in the case Shao Kahn controls Ermac directly while Scorpion is lead into conclusions from the deception of Quan Chi. Being that the two have a little in common with each other, I decided to give Ermac the spotlight for a chapter.

Rain. This guy was my least favorite of the ninjas. When I checked out his background, I quickly referred to Rain as being the weasel of the ninjas. The truth is, Rain is a coward. When Shao Kahn invaded the realm of Edenia, he merged it with Outworld. During that time, the evil Emperor took in many Edenian slaves. Those who refused to serve him were executed for treason. Among those poor souls were the members of Rain's family. Kahn sparred Rain's life, under the condition that he work for him. Fearing for his life, Rain took the job, disgracing the memory of his dead relatives. To illustrate my hatred for Rain's cowardice, I composed a scene where Rain gets his ass handed to him by Scorpion.

Noob Saibot. As many found out in the game Deception, Noob Saibot is in fact a Wraith of the Netherealm created by Quan Chi at the moment of the elder Sub-Zero's death. Throughout the games, Scorpion doesn't really get involved with Noob Saibot, of which kind of disappointed me being that the Wraith is in fact Sub-Zero's older brother. Though I didn't give the Wraith any dialogue or a fight scene against Scorpion, I decided to let Scorpion be drawn to him in a way as if the Spectre had met the Wraith before.

Now we go into Scorpion's character traits.

To a lot of people, Scorpion would appear to be a mindless zombie obsessed with one thought and one thought only: revenge. Contrary to belief, Scorpion is in fact a very proud and noble warrior. He doesn't kill without reason and he does have respect for life. His impure thoughts of vengeance were the only reason why Hanzo Hasashi was sent to the Netherealm in the first place. When that happened, the man vanished and Scorpion took his place. Scorpion is the anti-hero of Mortal Kombat. He takes no sides in the struggles of others and he is not controlled by Shinnok like other evil souls in the Netherealm are. If you took a trip to the Netherealm and met with a soul controlled by Shinnok, the lost soul would attack you with intent to kill. If you met with Scorpion, he would most likely ignore you or warn you not to get in his way.

In the first Mortal Kombat, Scorpion plays the role of the avenger, as well as the executioner. Sub-Zero the elder killed Scorpion in cold blood two years before the first tournament, which proved to be his undoing. The elder Sub-Zero has always been proclaimed as a cold man with very little moral judgment. As such, he pays for his crimes with his life by the resurrected Spectre.

In the second Mortal Kombat game, Scorpion plays the role of the merciful. Upon realizing that the man who entered the second tournament was in fact the younger brother of the man Scorpion killed, he chose to spare Sub-Zero's life and give him a mark symbolizing the vow he made not to harm the Lin Kuei warrior. I made the decision to have Scorpion give Sub-Zero the scar over his right eye instead of one of the cyborg ninjas of MK3. My reason in doing so was to give Scorpion more of an ancient warrior characteristic, as it was not uncommon to mark vows with blood or scars in ancient times.

In Ultimate MK3, Scorpion plays the role of the martyr. The idea of having Scorpion sacrificing himself to give Liu Kang and his warriors enough time to defeat Shao Kahn was my idea from the beginning. I always wanted to see Scorpion do something so bold for the good guys, because Scorpion has never been a direct bad guy. The thing about Scorpion is that he can never be "killed," only his physical form in realms other than the Netherealm can be defeated and cease to function. Though the warriors of Earth Realm would pay their respects for the fallen Spectre, Scorpion continued to exist as an everlasting Hellspawn Spectre.

In Mortal Kombat 4, Scorpion plays many roles, including the avenger, the merciful and even the traitorous. Quan Chi's involvement with Scorpion actually began before the death of Hanzo Hasashi (Quan Chi hired Scorpion to find the map in the Shaolin Temple in MK Mythologies) and his involvement lasted until the end of MK4. It was in fact Quan Chi who tormented Scorpion and taught him the ways of the Spectre, therefore we come to the realization that the flaming face Scorpion met when he was a captive in the Prison of Souls was in fact Quan Chi. After Scorpion atones for the crimes against the people of Edenia as well as the dishonorable ambush on Liu Kang, Scorpion seeks out Sub-Zero the younger based on Quan Chi's lies. Therefore, he plays the role of the traitor, then the merciful, then the avenger.

The story ends with Quan Chi trapped in the fifth plane of the Netherealm with Scorpion and the reader is lead to believe that the sorcerer is tormented for the rest of eternity by his own creation. I thought this ending really helped to support the horrifying nature of Scorpion's story throughout the game's series. As it turned out, the story retained its horror genre and leaves the reader wanting more its gruesome nature.

Now I would like to take this time to give a shout out to my influences.

First on my list is, without a doubt, XiahouDun84. This fan fiction writer is my all time favorite Mortal Kombat writer on this site. His ever famous life story about Kitana drove me to writing about Mortal Kombat to begin with. Once I read that, I knew I would one day compose a story based on one of the characters of the game series. I actually waited for him to take on Scorpion's story (his profile states that one of his future projects will be about the famous Spectre), but being that he hasn't updated his current working progress in months, I decided to go where he had not ventured. In no way was I planning on stealing his thunder, but I just couldn't wait any longer. XiahouDun84, thank you for creating such great works of literature.

Shadaloo, your fanfic about the great battle between Scorpion and Sub-Zero was another great influence on making this fic. I can't tell you hw many times I've read that story. I hope that if you are reading this, that you are impressed with my work and could offer any advice for the future. Thank you very much.

My father. Dad, your involvement in my fic has meant the worlds to me. I know that this line of literature may seem mediocre compared to published works, but I am very glad that you got involved like you did. I love you man.

I would like to thank Ed Boon for creating such an amazing video game. Eddie, you are the ambassador of ass kickery! All the members of Midway who helped to create Mortal Kombat and its sequels, you guys deserve the world!

Lastly, I want to thank all my readers! I am so appreciated of the fact that you guys like my story and I hope you will stick around for the future! I've still got more stories on the way, so keep an eye out on my profile. You never know what you may find!

Well guys, this is where I say good-bye, for now. I will return once again. And for all you fans out there who are wandering what the future holds for the Onion Man, well, The only thing for sure about Onion Man Chive is nothing's for sure. Check ya later!

-Onion Man Chive