My ode to my second favourite Mortal Kombat ninja girl and that all too short period where Beth Phoenix turned the Glam Slam into a submission hold. My love affair with XNALara continues, so I've also provided an accompanying pose and multiple angles because I couldn't pick just one :) (I'm not sure if you need it, but my photobucket password is: ryonani) Jade - The Cost Of Loyalty “Bring forth the prisoner!” The sound of Shao Kahn’s booming voice brought a flurry of activity in the throne room. Several guards moved to open the gigantic doors. The Edenian warrior Jade was forcefully escorted in, bound by chains. She did not look worried. After all, her capture meant that her childhood friend Kitana had escaped. Shao Kahn, on the other hand, was furious. Jade was forced to kneel before the throne. She looked up at the emperor defiantly. “Torture me all you want, I won’t tell you a thing. Kitana is realms away, out of your reach.” Shao Kahn’s eyes flared with rage. Then, for a moment, his expression softened. “Foolish woman. I have no interest in wasting time tracking down my daughter. I know her well. I’m sure she’s plotting some kind of rebellion, gathering the forces of some primitive realm to war against me. That ridiculous notion shall be crushed in due time.” “Kitana is free.” “Ha! Indeed. Your loyalty to the princess is commendable, but you betrayed your emperor and that...that will never be tolerated. Your deeds have a cost, Jade.” “Take my soul and I will poison you from within.” “I have taken countless souls in my time. For this indiscretion, perhaps a more...tactile demonstration is in order. Remove her chains.” The servants hesitated. “Master?” “Do it! There is nowhere for her to go.” At their master’s command, Jade’s chains were unlocked. In a flash, she had disarmed a nearby guard, taking his poleaxe. With the lethal weapon in hand, she lunged at Shao Kahn intending to take his head off. His arm became a blur and the poleaxe was swiftly rent into pieces. His other hand shot out grasping her by the throat, catching her before her toes touched the ground. He choke slammed her onto the stone steps. Her crumpled body slid down the stairs. Shao Kahn reached down and grabbed her ankle. He roughly hauled her up to the throne, her face and chest smacking against the stone. She pushed herself up to her elbows, but Shao Kahn planted his foot on her back and flattened her. “I know many ways to inflict suffering, but there is one that I have not used in centuries. It is called the ‘Tarkatan Vice’ and it will be my pleasure to share it with you.” Shao Kahn started by lifting Jade’s legs straight in the air. Then, he pushed down on the ankles, bending her feet towards her body. Already, Jade could feel the joints in her knees straining but she refused to cry out. He let go of her ankles, and her legs reflectively sprang back into his body, where they were trapped against him. With the victim secured, Shao Kahn snatched her up by her uniform and hair. With stunning speed, he slapped his hands together around her jaw and fastened his fingers. Jade’s teeth clenched tightly together as Shao Kahn applied a vicious squeeze to her face. For a moment, the Tarkatan Vice seemed bearable, but it had only just begun. With everything in place, Shao Kahn began to compress Jade, bringing the two halves of her body together in horrifying fashion. “Scream for me,” he bellowed, but Jade hung on, not giving in. As he flexed his giant arms, Jade was absolutely mangled. Every second brought her closer to complete devastation as the Vice grew tighter and tighter. Still not screaming, she conceded to a reluctant moaning, but this only made Shao Kahn constrict further. Her hands, which had been clawing desperately at his fingers, grew numb and her arms were like weights. They drooped down, occasionally stirring as the crippling force surged through her body. Jade’s neck started creaking loudly. The sound of her bones scraping together left even Shao Kahn’s most sadistic soldiers in awe of their master’s cruelty. Finally, Jade could resist no longer and she let out a spine chilling howl. Her resolve was broken and various pained shrieks flew from her lips. Shao Kahn was delighted. He paused to address the court. “Let this be a lesson to all of you. To cross the emperor is to earn his wrath!” “Mercy! Please! Mercy, my lord! I beg...I beg!” Jade’s garbled pleas were like music to the emperor. The immortal Shao Kahn could not remember the last time he was this satisfied and he did not relinquish the hold. Word was sent out to all Outworlders, demanding their presence in the throne room. All would be witness to how easily their all-powerful emperor could shatter the will of a once proud and precious jewel. Days went by and Jade faded in and out of consciousness, each time awakening to the same nightmare. Having lived for millennia, Shao Kahn was a patient man and there was no telling when – or if – this ordeal would ever end.