Kabal was a member
of the Black Dragon, until Shao
Kahn's invasion took Earthrealm by storm, and Kabal's soul was spared:
he was a chosen warrior, destined to fight against Shao Kahn. Surviving
an attack from Kahn's extermination squads horribly mutilated, he was kept
alive by artificial respirators and an unbroken will to fight. The events
of Shao Kahn's invasion had profoundly changed Kabal; he left behind his
life of crime with the Black Dragon and vowed to become a force for good;
at least for a time.
Between the events
of Mortal Kombat Trilogy and Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, Kabal was
wounded severely in battle by Mavado, a leading
member of the Red Dragon hoping to wipe out the Black Dragon. Mavado then
took Kabal's trademark hookswords as a trophy.
visited Kabal at the brink of death and restored him, and then instructed
him to bring back the Black Dragon as a force of anarchy and decay. In
spite of his previous experiences fighting alongside his Earthrealm comrades
against Shao Kahn's hordes and his vow to help put an end to crime and
injustice, he followed Havik's instructions seemingly without hesitation.
It is believed he trained with Havik for some years, before going back
to Earthrealm and killing Mavado, taking back his hookswords. He then also
recruited Kira and Kobra.
The three of them joined Havik on Outworld for the events of Mortal Kombat:
In the new Mortal Kombat storyline, Kabal is Stryker's
police partner. In this alternative timeline, Kabal gets burned alive by Kintaro.
Afterwards, Kabal was dragged into Outworld and was brought back to life by Kano
and Shang Tsung.