Shinnok was banished to the Neatherealm by Rayden. Upon entering the Realm, he found himself immediately under attach by its then ruler Lucifer, as well as those souls he was personally responsible for banishing when he was an Elder God. Locked and shackled, Shinnok was helpless against his attackers. He would exist, tortured and tormented by the dregs of hell for thousands of years. Until he met Quan Chi.