ASHES OF THE PHOENIX
written by Victar, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Victar's Archive: http://www.victarfanfics.com
May 20, 1997
It's over, folks.
I present you with the final installment of Ashes of the Phoenix. It has been a pleasure to
write, but it has also been very difficult work. In this past year and a half, the characters have
become an integral part of my life. I would like to dedicate this novel to a South African person I
knew as "The Limit," who loved my work but died in a hit-and-run accident before I reached
I'd also like to give thanks to Phil Stroffolino, who got me some Tekken 2 Japanese mook books
to use as reference long before any strategy guides reached US shelves, and Bladerunner, whose
assistance with Mandarin Chinese phrases and plot/characterization details in general has been
invaluable. And finally, thank you, my readers. If it weren't for your interest, I doubt I'd have had
the motivation or the discipline to finish the story in five years, let alone a year and a half.
Finally, I have something to ask. Almost inevitably, whenever I posted a chapter, the next day I
would see an error that I missed - in grammar, or in foreign language, or maybe even a gaff in
continuity. I've fixed these errors in my own copies, though let it be noted that I've never made
any major changes or rewrites. To those of you who display Ashes of the Phoenix or
The Coming of Winter at a web site, or who wish to keep a copy for your own records, I
ask that you contact me by e-mail so that I may send you the corrected chapters.
My best wishes to you all,
Ashes of the Phoenix takes place in the same continuity as my other five MK
The Spinning Blade
The Dragon's Jaws
The Most Necessary Evil
The Blood On My Hands
The Coming of Winter
and two of John Evans' MK fanfics
Til Death Do Us Part
You can get any or all this stuff from my web page at
BTW, constructive criticism, foreign language corrections, opinions, suggestions, etc. on my
fanfics are always enthusiastically welcome. Heck, even if you don't like it, just take a
moment to tell me why, and I promise to e-mail you a thank-you note for your time.
What Has Gone Before
Six months after Shao Kahn brought an end to civilization as we know it, only a handful of
survivors are free from his curse. The Chosen Ones lead the fight to resist the Kahn's tyranny. In
this changing Earth, most humans are frozen in time as the Kahn collects their souls one by one.
Natural life is dying out, the need for food or drink is gone, and most wounds heal within a few
minutes to a few days, if they don't kill you first.
DRAMATIS PERSONAE for Ch.
[Brackets] enclose rough approximations of the pronounciations
of non-English names. Video games that characters are from are listed in vermillion, after their ethnicity/nationality.
A "+" denotes video game & other famous characters who do not make a personal appearance in
Ashes of the Phoenix.
The Forces of Light and Their
Catsclaw: sergeant of the 34th platoon,
sorcerer, also facilitator of the alliance between the 34th platoon and Chief Thunder's warriors.
Native American. Mortal Kombat*
+Claudia Silva: spirit of the rain forests(?).
Brazilian. Knuckle Heads
Dark Mane: name of Kazuya's prisoner.
Galgo [gahl-goh]: former name of Kabal.
+The Great Kung Lao [kuhng lahoh]: legendary
ancestor of Kung Lao. Chinese. Mortal Kombat*
+Princess Jade: the twin sister of Princess
Kitana. Outworld. Mortal Kombat
+King Jerrod: former ruler of Outworld,
deceased. Outworld. Mortal Kombat*
Kabal [kah-bahl]: Chosen One, former member of the Black Dragons.
Hispanic-American. Mortal Kombat
Kate, Congden: soldiers of the 34th platoon.
Major Jackson "Jax" Briggs: Chosen One,
U.S. Special Forces member enhanced with bionic arms, commanding officer of Lieutenant Sonya
Blade. African-American. Mortal Kombat
+Johnny Cage: John Carleton, Chosen One
and martial-arts movie star, deceased. American. Mortal
Jun Kazama [june
kah-zah-mah]: natural ecologist and healer/sorceress. Japanese, also part Korean & part
Ainu in heritage. Tekken 2
+Princess Kitana: Shao Kahn's adopted
daughter, rightful heir to the throne of Outworld. Outworld. Mortal
Kung Lao [kuhng
lahoh]: Chosen One, Shaolin monk, member of the White Lotus Society, warrior-mage.
Iberian-Chinese. Mortal Kombat
Kurtis Stryker: Chosen One, police officer.
American. Mortal Kombat
Lei Wulong [lay
woo-long]: Detective of the Hong Kong police department, afflicted with a terrible curse.
Hong Kong Chinese. Tekken 2
Liu Kang [loo
kayng]: Chosen One, Shaolin monk, grand champion of the White Lotus Society,
warrior-mage, were-dragon, also Shang Tsung's most hated enemy. Chinese. Mortal Kombat
Michelle Chang [chayng]: warrior-mage. Half Native American, half Chinese. Tekken 2
Nightwolf: Chosen One, Sanctuary's head
sorcerer, also a werewolf. Native American. Mortal Kombat
Paco, Sal, Zeke, & Pete: soldiers of the 34th
Raiden [rye-den]: god of thunder, protector of Earth and the souls of his
Chosen Ones. Japanese god. Mortal Kombat
Raven of the Bright River: wise-woman,
overseer of the Nation's domestic affairs, Chief Thunder's wife. Native American.
Rock: warrior, descendant of the legendary
Rock of centuries past. Native American. Soul Edge
Seung Mina [sung
mee-nah]: nurse, initiate of the Order of Light, descendant of the legendary Seung Mina of
centuries past. Korean. Soul Edge
Lieutenant Sonya Blade: Chosen One, U.S.
Special Forces member, commander of the 34th platoon, also Kano's most hated enemy.
American. Mortal Kombat
Sparky: second lieutenant of the 34th
platoon. American. Mortal Kombat*
Sub-Zero: Chosen One, scientist, renegade
Lin Kuei, younger brother and successor to the Sub-Zero who participated in Shang Tsung's first
Tournament. Chinese. Mortal Kombat
T. Hawk: warrior and wrestler. Native
American. Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo
Officer Takeshi Fujioka [tah-kay-shee foo-jee-oh-kah]: Detective of the International Criminal
Police Organization. Japanese. Knuckle Heads
Chief Thunder: elected leader and protector
of the Nation, also an accomplished sorcerer. Native American. Killer
Thunderbolt: warrior, Chief Thunder's son.
Wang Jinrey [wahng jihn-ray]: prophet, old friend of
Kazuya's grandfather. Chinese. Tekken 2
Wolf Hawkfield: warrior and wrestler.
Canadian Native American. Virtua Fighter 2
+Master Wu [woo]: revered Shaolin abbot of the White Lotus Society, teacher of
Liu Kang and Kung Lao, deceased. Chinese. Mortal Kombat*
*Sparky, Catsclaw, the Great Kung Lao, and Master Wu are not playable/fightable characters in
the Mortal Kombat games, but you can read about them in the MK1 komic book by John Tobias.
King Jerrod is not playable/fightable, but he is from the MK3 storyline.
The Forces of Darkness and Their
Commander Baek Doo San [behk doh sahn]: a.k.a. "Killing Hawk," employee of the
Mishima syndicate. Korean. Tekken 2
+Major General Baraka: mutant warlord of
the Shao Kahn. Outworld. Mortal Kombat
Captain Bruce Irvin: "Nightmare Impact,"
employee of the Mishima syndicate. Thai-African-American. Tekken
Ganryu [gahn-roo]: employee of the Mishima syndicate, Kazuya's chief
bodyguard, formerly a sumo wrestler. Japanese. Tekken 2
Ishida, Kimura [ee-shee-dah, kee-moo-rah]: employees of the Mishima syndicate,
Kazuya's bodyguards. Japanese.
Jack-2: a production line of android killing
machines, designed by Doctor Boskonovitch. Tekken 2
+Kano [kay-noh]: supreme crimelord of the Black Dragons, Lieutenant Sonya
Blade's most hated enemy. Wanted in 35 countries. Mortal
Kazuya Mishima [kah-zoo-yah mee-shee-mah]: master sorcerer, son of Heihachi
Mishima, current President and CEO of the Mishima syndicate, current King of the Iron Fist
Tournament. Japanese. Tekken 2
Kuma [koo-mah]: a big freakin' mad bear. Formerly Heihachi Mishima's pet,
now property of the Mishima syndicate. North American wildlife. Tekken
Lee Chaolan [lee
chow-lahn]: a.k.a. "silver haired devil," adopted son of Heihachi
Mishima, current vice-president of the Mishima syndicate. Chinese (born in Canton), raised in
Japan. Tekken 2
Mori [moh-ree]: employee of the Mishima syndicate, animal keeper.
+General Motaro [moh-tah-roh]: Centaurian warlord of the Shao Kahn. Outworld.
Major General Ouro [ow-roh]: Centaurian warlord of the Shao Kahn. Outworld.
Noob Saibot: Once a renegade Lin Kuei,
now a slave of the Shao Kahn. Nationality unknown, presumably Chinese. Mortal Kombat
Reptile: lone survivor of the Earth's
reptilian race of saurians. From the Green Hell. Mortal Kombat
Shang Tsung [shahng soong]: shape-changing demon sorcerer, close collaborator of
the Shao Kahn. Was once Chinese, is no longer human. Mortal
Shao Kahn [shahoh kahn]: Entropy personified, the source of the Evil that devours
the Earth. Origin unknown. Mortal Kombat
Shimada [shee-mah-dah]: employee of the Mishima syndicate, jailer, torturer.
Queen Sindel: the Shao Kahn's bride, and
the key to his occupation of the Earth. Outworld. Mortal
Alex: an evolved descendant of Troodon (a
type of dinosaur). Australian wildlife. Tekken 2
Alphonse, Lorenzo, Andrea: members of
Kurtis Stryker's riot patrol.
The Angel: Pistias Sophia, enforcer of the
Divine Sanctions, and a presence that living beings justly fear. Transcends all mortal dimensions.
Chih, Hsieh, Jiao [chih, see-eh, jee-ahoh]: members of the Hong Kong police department.
Hong Kong Chinese.
+Chun Li [choon
lee]: renowned detective of the I.C.P.O. Chinese. Street Fighter
+Dionysus [die-oh-nigh-sus]: Greek god of wine.
Heihachi Mishima [hay-hah-chee mee-shee-mah]: father of Kazuya Mishima, adoptive
father of Lee Chaolan, former President and CEO of the Mishima syndicate, former King of the
Iron Fist Tournament. Japanese. Tekken 2
+Henry Rollins: famous popular culture
rock star, of sorts...
Hu, Qiao [hoo,
zhee-ahoh]: members of the Hong Kong police department. Hong Kong Chinese.
+Jackie Chan: famous Hong Kong action
movie star. Go see Drunken Master II, New Fist of Fury, or Supercop.
Hong Kong Chinese. He's got his own PSX, NES, and arcade video
+Jinpachi Mishima [jeen-pah-chee mee-shee-mah]: father of Heihachi Mishima,
grandfather of Kazuya Mishima, good friend of Wang Jinrey, deceased. Japanese. Tekken 2**
José, Daniel, María:
of the Black Dragons organization, close friends of Galgo, deceased. Hispanic-American.
Mick: pimp. Hong Kong Chinese.
+Perry Mason: famous fictional
+Roger: boxing kangaroo. Australian
wildlife. Tekken 2
Schultz: soldier under Sonya's command.
"Skull-tattoo": friend of Mick. Hong Kong
General Steverns: Major Jackson Briggs'
Tieh [tee-eh]: call girl. Hong Kong Chinese.
"Tiger-earring": friend of Mick. Hong Kong
**Doctor Boskonovitch [bohs-coh-noh-vich]: slave of the Mishima syndicate, designer
of the Jack-2 android production line. Tekken 2
Yue Cheong [you-eh jee-ong]: Detective of the Hong Kong police department, Lei
Wulong's partner. Hong Kong Chinese.
**Jinpachi Mishima and Doctor Boskonovitch are not a playable/fightable characters in Tekken 2,
but they are from Namco's storyline about the game.
Places, Organizations, etc.
Black Dragons: international criminal
organization. Kano is its supreme boss.
Centaurians: a race of nearly invulnerable,
half-humanoid half-horse monsters.
Cosmic Furies: interstellar forces whose
harmony protected the Earth from the Shao
Kahn for millennia.
Council of Elders: a branch of the Nation's
Divine Sanctions: a cosmic celestial
agreement stipulating, among other Laws, that no god shall interfere in another god's realm.
Edenia: the former name of the
Forbidden Scrolls: ancient texts of the
White Lotus Society, about the mystic secrets of shape-changing, lycanthropy, etc. Once known
as the Scrolls of Flux.
I.C.P.O: International Council of Police
Iron Fist Tournament: a blood-sport fighting
competition, hosted by the Mishima syndicate.
Lin Kuei [lihn
cue]: a secret society of assassins, based in China.
Mishima syndicate: corporate conglomerate
with a robotic private militia. Kazuya Mishima is its current President and CEO.
Mother Realm: an ancient name for the
The Nation: Sanctuary's governing body, a
self-sufficient nation-state composed of refugees & warriors from various Native American
New Era: the glorious future that Kazuya
envisions for the Earth.
Outworld: a world that the Shao Kahn has
conquered and razed.
Project Loki: Doctor Boskonovitch's
Project Titan: Sub-Zero's highly
experimental invention, attuned to the biorhythms of Major Jackson Briggs.
Sanctuary: the sacred lands of Chief
Thunder's tribe, and the Chosen Ones' last bastion.
Shokan [show-kahn]: the Outworld's greatest city; also, a race of four-armed
34th platoon: once Lieutenant Sonya
Blade's unit of 38 men, it has since been expanded to encompass as many soldiers as she and Jax
could rescue from the Apocalypse.
White Lotus Society: a secret Shaolin
society devoted to the forces of Light, all but exterminated by Shang Tsung and the Shao Kahn.
Also called the Order of Light.
White Lotus Temple: home to the White
Lotus Society, transported by sorcery from the Honan Province to Sanctuary. Also called the
Temple of Light.
Lei is a master of Chinese martial arts, also a detective
in the Hong
Kong international police force. He is investigating the death of his partner, who the authorities
claim died in a mysterious airplane accident. Lei learns that his partner was fighting with someone
when the plane went down, and he believes that this man is now working for Kazuya. So Lei
travels to the second Rave War tournament for some answers, and to bring Kazuya to
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