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Debt of the Dragon
Episode 7
Writer: Sean Catherine Derek Director: Jim Johnston
An ancient underworld organization threatens to overrun Zhu Zin
unless Taja, Siro and Kung Lao can stop them.

To make extra money, Taja (series regular Kristanna Loken) opens a bazaar
in the trading post's courtyard. One night as she's closing up, Jola (guest star
Andreea Radutoiu) and her body guards force their way into the courtyard and
demand that Taja, Siro (series regular Daniel Bernhardt) and Kung Lao (series
regular Paolo Montalban) vacate the premises.

According to the intruders, the trading post is theirs, owed to them by the
Baron to cover a gambling debt. When they won't surrender the post, Taja,
Siro and Kung Lao are attacked by Jola and her co-horts. As the fight
intensifies, Jola's brother, Kebral (guest star Greg Vaughan), arrives and
demands that Jola stop the fight and leave. Kung Lao, Siro and Taja
mistakenly think that Kebral has put an end to this nonsense when he
ominously states that they will be back to take possession of the trading post.

It turns out that Jola and Kebral are members of The Black Dragon, an
underworld organization known for its deviousness. The Black Dragon is a
familial organization led by Bannak (guest star Dave Corey), who opposes
Jola's use of force and agrees with Kebral that there are other ways to
intimidate, extort and exploit.

Siro knows of The Black Dragon and their ways--he wants to strike back at
the organization and show them that they will not be able to prey on him, Taja
or Kung Lao. Kung Loa is opposed to any use of violence against The Black
Dragon and asks Siro to restrain himself.

Concurrently, Jola is furious that the men in her family have sided against her
and seeks out Shang Tsung (series regular Bruce Locke) in the Cobalt Mines.
It turns out that Jola and Shang Tsung have had dealings before and were
once lovers. In the Cobalt Mines, Jola begs Shang Tsung to return to her the
powers of the Dragon--forces that her family once used to control and destroy
their enemies. Over generations, the powers surged out of control and the
family turned away from them as they became too dangerous. Jola seeks the
powers to settle the score with her family and anyone else who gets in her

True to their word, The Black Dragon begins a campaign of terror against Kung
Lao, Siro and Taja by killing one of the Temple's monks and hanging his body
on the wall of the trading post. Affixed to the monk's body is a note that says
one more shall die each day the threesome resists The Black Dragon. Against
the counsel of Kung Lao, Siro begins a retaliatory crusade of his own.

When Bannak turns up dead, The Black Dragon assumes it's the work of Siro.
Unbeknownst to everyone, it is Jola who killed Bannak. Later in the Cobalt
Mines, Jola makes a deal with Shang Tsung for the powers of The Dragon.

With her new powers of darkness, Jola visits the trading post with the intent to
kill Kung Lao and settle her debt with Shang Tsung. What she's not counting
on is the unified front presented by Taja, Siro and Kung Lao. Despite the fact
the her new powers have made her a fierce fighter with the ability to throw
flames from her palms, Jola is pulled back to Outworld by Shang Tsung just
as Kung Lao is about to finish her. Telling her she's failed him, Shang Tsung
intends to keep Jola in the Cobalt Mines where he will train her in the use of
the powers.

For the time being, the trading post and Zhu Zin are free from the reign of The
Black Dragon.