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The Emperor's own domain is a huge granite palace with a giant skull structure which represents Shao Kahn's helmet atop its tower.
HistoryShao Kahn reigns from there as his tyranny upon the inhabitants of Outworld continues.
It once appeared and emerged within one of the cities of Earthrealm during Shao Kahn's invasion. When Shao Kahn was defeated by Liu Kang and his friends, the fortress began to release massive amounts of energy that consisted of the souls that had been captured by Shao Kahn's forces. The fortress rushed into the portal in the Earth's sky and returned to Outworld. This signaled the end of Shao Kahn's invasion of Earthrealm.
Taven, the Edenian demi-god, entered Shao Kahn's fortress in Outworld during his pursuit of his mad brother Daegon who murdered their parents and the demon sorcerer Quan Chi who attacked Taven's dragon Orin.
Appearances in other media
Shao Kahn's Fortress (sometimes referred to as Shao Kahn's Palace) made its appearance in the series Mortal Kombat: Conquest. The Emperor's imperial palace sits on a mountain top in a mountainous region in Outworld. It has a appearance of an Asian-styled castle with two eerie claw-like towers each next to the fortress, it has a skull-like feature attached on the citadel's tall tower where the Konqueror's throne room is located.
The Konqueror has another fortress (Shao Kahn's Castle, but also once referred to as the Black Tower reminscing the Evil Tower) in the animated series Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm including its final episode "Overthrown" as a decadent, towering castle with a claw-like visage in Outworld.
Shao Kahn's Fortress made one more appearance in the second Mortal Kombat film Mortal Kombat: Annihilation but in a different form: a giant dome-like palace with a horned visage, sitting on the top of a mountain and it is still located in the realm of Outworld. It is there during Shao Kahn's invasion of Earthrealm and before the final battle between Liu Kang and his fellow warriors against the Emperor and his generals.
- It was sometimes called the "Shao Kahn Tower", "Shao Kahn's Tower", the "Shao Kahn Palace", or the "Shao Kahn Castle".