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Mortal Kombat 11 Introduces a Threat Greater Than the Elder Gods

From the moment Mortal Kombat 11 introduced Kronika, it became clear the concept of the Elder Gods had been tweaked. If they had to intervene, they'd usually meet with Raiden, but as we'd come to see, Kronika was a totally independent authority figure as the Keeper of Time.

But while the game's story mode doesn't fully flesh out what lies above the Elder Gods and if any more beings like Kronika exist, we get some clarification thanks to the fan-favorite hellspawn ninja, Scorpion.

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The mystique surrounding Kronika is well maintained, especially when her daughter, Cetrion, an Elder God, turns on her own council and slaughters Raiden's bosses. But apart from this, and Kronika being confirmed as Shinnok's mother, the veil isn't fully lifted.

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All we can do is assume that Kronika predates these demigods the franchise introduced us to in Mortal Kombat II, and that she's the last of her kind. After all, no one else aids Kronika -- it's just her, Cetrion, her temporal general Geras and a bunch of Revenants: Liu Kang, Kitana, Jade and Kung Lao.

But upon beating the individual game mode with Scorpion, the truth comes to light, as we find out Kronika belongs to an ancient body called the Titans. It turns out they're the creators, or parents, so to speak, of these Elder Gods.

When Hanzo Hasashi gains access to the Sands of Time, he does his best to not revert to his wraith life as Scorpion. Instead, he tries to build a better universe for all the realms, hoping to bring about a reality where Quan Chi didn't murder his family and trick him into becoming a demonic weapon. However, as he pursues this perfect ending, "timecrafting" relentlessly, Hanzo figures out via the Sands that puppet masters exist above the Elder Gods, pulling strings.

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Upon discovering Kronika wasn't alone, Hanzo embarks on a journey, left with no choice but to rely on his Scorpion persona. This leads to him discovering the existence of Titans, hidden on a mystical plane just like Kronika's Isle. This changes the very foundation of the franchise because we've all heard Raiden's constant harping about the Elder Gods being the ultimate deities, but here, it's clear the Titans are the true gods of the Mortal Kombat universe.

They've been using the Elder Gods and all the realms as pawns, although Scorpion doesn't know why. His main ambition is to now figure out why they've been manipulating people across every timeline, vowing to hunt them down until everything's exposed. Hopefully at some point we learn more about their intentions and why no one helped Kronika on her quest, but as it stands, she too may have been part of some bigger endgame.

This could pave the way for the Titans to return to claim their dominion now that the Elder Gods and Kronika have been eradicated, and the Fire God Liu Kang is reshaping history. With the slate wiped clean, we don't even know if the Fire God's destiny is actually part of the Titans' running the show. All we know is they can be killed, as seen when the Fire God killed Kronika, and when Scorpion used his temporal powers to slaughter a Titan.

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It remains to be seen how the Titans tie also into the One Being, who was introduced as the progenitor of all realms in Mortal Kombat: Deception. Even in MKX, the One Being was considered the creator of everything, including the Elder Gods, so speculation is rampant if the Titans are a retcon or part of the One Being's history. Only time will tell, but one thing's for sure, as much as MK11 leans into a new future, there are some old skeletons in the crypt that need to be addressed.

Mortal Kombat 11 is developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive. It is currently available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.

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