When Shao Kahn makes a failed attempt at stealing the souls which occupy Earth's
hell, Scorpion is able to escape from the nether region. Free to roam the Earth once
more, Scorpion holds allegiance with no one. He's a wild card in Earth's struggle
against the Outworld.
Scorpion is inadvertently released from his damnation in hell when Kahn's plan to
overtake that realm goes away. Free to roam earth, Scorpion is enlisted by the
Emperor to aid him and his quest to destroy the chosen warriors. But his alliance to
Shao Kahn falters when he discovers one of the chosen warriors to be Sub-Zero.
Scorpion was vowed to protect the former ninja as restitution for killing his brother.
Shao Kahn finds himself the victim of his own scheme as Scorpion is forced to turn
against him. He destroys the Emperor and the earth is returned to normal. Scorpion
finds himself once again roaming the pits of hell only to one day rise again.