Ancient Greece knew no more bloodthirsty a warrior than Kratos, who for a time was the God of War. Mortal once more, Kratos withdrew from the ages-old clash between men and gods. But his solitude was broken when he was ripped through space and time. As the madness subsided, Kratos found himself in present-day Outworld, kneeling before Shao Kahn. To ensure his victory in Mortal Kombat, the emperor had invoked an ancient ritual, sacrificing the souls of his vanguard to summon and enslave the most powerful warrior of all time. But the spell alone could not contain Kratos, who soon regained his free will. Enraged by Shao Kahn's arrogance, Kratos vowed to rip the warlord's spine from his body. The God of War had returned to battle.
Shao Kahn was dead. The God of War had prevailed.
The spell that had summoned him began to reverse itself.
As he slowly faded from this place and time,
Kratos was approached by Raiden and Fujin.
Though he did not count them among his enemies, Kratos had never been beloved by these gods.
He prepared for kombat.
To his surprise, they bowed to him, a show of respect he had not seen from an immortal in many an age.
Raiden explained that though his motives were not pure, Kratos had saved Earthrealm.
He was owed a debt of gratitude.
As he returned to his own world, Kratos nodded silently.
Their change of heart would perhaps prove useful one day.
A debt of gratitude is often dearly paid.