In the realm of Outworld,
Motaro's race of Centaurians had come into conflict with the Shokan. Shao
Kahn, Emperor of Outworld, had begun to favor the Centaurians over
the Shokan, and had been punishing the latter, aiding the Centaurians in
the defeat and subjugation of the Shokan race. When Kahn formed special
extermination squads to eliminate the chosen warriors of Earthrealm during
his invasion, Motaro was appointed to head this elite group of savage warriors.
Blade's defeat of Kano during the events of
Mortal Kombat Trilogy had resulted in the Black Dragon member being thrown
from a skyscraper to the streets below. Motaro recovered the severely injured
Kano, and brought him back to Shao Kahn's fortress. After reviving him
with magic, Motaro then imprisoned the criminal so that he could later
be punished by Kahn for failing to defeat Sonya. It is at this point that
Motaro was assaulted and supposedly killed by Sheeva.
However, he returns in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, but since then the Centaurs
have been put under a curse by the Shokan, turning him and the rest of
his race into bipedal Minotaurs.