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Twisted Truth
Episode 13
Writer: Steve Hattman/Derek Director: Chip Chalmer
Shao Kahn uses the evil Vorpax (series regular Tracy Douglas) to keep
Kung Lao (series regular Paolo Montalban) from recruiting a fellow
Mortal Kombat warrior to defend Earth Realm.

A traveler, Tomas (guest star Alex Walters), arrives in Zhu Zin and tells Kung
Lao (series regular Paolo Montalban) and Taja (series regular Kristanna
Loken) that he wants to join their cause defending Earth Realm. He tells them
that he was supposed to compete in the Mortal Kombat tournament which
Kung Lao won, but he was trapped in his village by an avalanche.

When Siro (series regular Daniel Bernhardt) returns to the post and meets
Tomas he is immediately skeptical--and a bit threatened. When Siro
challenges Tomas to a "training match," Tomas ends up being the better
fighter and actually hurting Siro. Siro's not the only one Tomas is having an
effect on--Taja is seriously falling for the guy.

Around the same time Tomas arrived in Zhu Zin, a barmaid at the tavern (who
Siro had feelings for) was murdered. A few days later a second barmaid was
also killed. Kung Lao and Siro set out to investigate the murders and avenge
their friends' deaths. The only evidence they find at the crime scene is a man's
bracelet. When they take it back to the trading post, Taja reveals it is very
similar to one she had bought for Tomas the day before. When Kung Lao and
Siro ask to see Tomas' bracelet he cannot find it.

The "evidence" against Tomas grows: Siro saw him washing up in the
courtyard late the night of the second murder and he has scratches on his
chest (as though he had struggled with woman) that he can't explain. Tomas
swears he's being framed and sets out to clear his name.

Kung Loa, in a quandary, seeks counsel from Rayden (series regular Jeffrey
Meek). Rayden tells Kung Loa that as a fighter he must follow his instincts
about Tomas.

Traveling outside the city, Tomas hears a woman being attacked and rushes
to her aid. It turns out the "victim" is Vorpax (series regular Tracy Douglas)
setting a cleverly designed trap to make it appear as though Tomas was
attacking her. When he goes to help her, her "attacker" disappears, Vorpax
tears her own clothing and starts screaming that she's being attacked. When
a crowd of villagers appears, Vorpax tells them of Tomas' attack and suggests
that he's also responsible for the murder of the two barmaids.

Following the incident in the woods, a group of villagers returns Tomas to the
trading post and demands justice. Kung Lao says that he will take
responsibility for Tomas.

Back in OutWorld, Shao Kahn is quite pleased that Vorpax's plan has gone
so well. It turns out that Tomas is, in fact, who he says he is and if he joined
forces with Kung Loa, they could present a formidable front against Shao
Kahn--hence Tomas must be destroyed by turning Kung Loa against him.

Tomas continues to defend his innocence and when Kung Lao and Siro will
not change their minds, Tomas says he's leaving. Kung Lao tells him he
cannot leave as he's under house arrest--and this begins a brutal fight. Taja is
able to interrupt the fight just as the two warriors are about to kill each other.

His plan temporarily foiled, Shao Kahn sends in the warrior/creature, Reptile,
to finish them off. Just as Reptile sprays a shower of deadly acid toward Kung
Lao, Siro and Taja, Tomas jumps in front of them to take the hit. Tomas is
killed instantly and Reptile disappears back to OutWorld, his job done.