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At the beginning of time, there existed only the One Being and the Elder Gods. The One Being fed off the existence of the Elder Gods. Eventually, they overwhelmed the One Being and captured his consciousnesses and then asborbing into their six Kamidogus. Each sacred Kamidogu was used to create six realms: Earthrealm, Outworld, Edenia, Orderrealm, Chaosrealm and Netherrealm. All the other many realms alongside the six unique worlds were ruled and inhabited by many unique species as the universe came into being.
Shinnok, one of the Elder Gods, developed a lust for power. He wanted to control Earthrealm but was forbidden to enter it. By using his Sacred Amulet, Shinnok was able to weaken Earthrealm's barriers. He then entered the realm and tried to seize control of it.
Lord Raiden, thunder God and the Protector of Earthrealm, found out and attempted to stop Shinnok. They battled each other which resulted in a massive conflict. The other Elder Gods discovered what happened and aided Raiden against their former brother. They stripped Shinnok of his power and status before banishing him to the Netherrealm.
For millions of years, Shinnok was tortured in the Netherrealm. He was at the constant mercy of the Neterrealm's ruler, the dark creature Lucifer.
Quan Chi, a powerful sorcerer skilled in the art of necromancy, traveled through other dimensions, but later returned to his homeworld, the Netherrealm itself, where he met Shinnok. By working together, they were able to overthrow Lucifer. Shinnok became the new ruler of the Netherrealm.
What became of the ancient demon Lucifer remains uncertain.
- One of the backwards dialogues in Mortal Kombat: Deception's Konquest Mode stated that Lucifer is part of the same race of beings as the tyrannical Outworld emperor Shao Kahn and the noble Earthrealm deity Lord Raiden, which would make him a God and "Protector" of the Netherrealm.