Hotaru is a general from the realm of
Seido, or Orderrealm,
and devotes himself to preserving law and order at any cost. So much so
that he could be described as a zealot. The name Hotaru is
Japanese for firefly. This is reflected in his outfit which has the appearance
of an insect's exoskeleton. His special attacks evoke a firefly's glow
and power of flight.
At one point, Hotaru
had ventured into Outworld to confront Shao
Kahn's Tarkatan armies laying siege to the city of Lei Chen. Years
later, however, those same forces would be under the command of Onaga
(the Dragon King). Believing that this newly resurrected ruler would bring
order to the universe, he helps Onaga's hordes in their attacks and pursues
those who would stand against them, such as Sub-Zero.
At the time of Deception, Hotaru has set out to bring the Lin Kuei Grandmaster
to justice before Onaga.
He is, however, unaware
that a bounty has been placed on his own head. In the past, Hotaru had
served as a guardsman for Dairou while he was incarcerated. Dairou
now is under contract to murder Hotaru.