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|“||Victory is still at hand. The Hourglass is nearly ready.||„|
|~ Lady Kronika about the Hourglass.|
The Hourglass, also known as Kronika's Hourglass and Hourglass, is a powerful time-warping relic belonged to Lady Kronika, the Keeper of Time and Architect of History, and also a member of an obcure group of powerful immortal creatures called the Titans who predated the Elder Gods including Lord Shinnok and Lady Cetrion. It is an important major plot element in the videogame Mortal Kombat 11 and it is one of many well-known objects in the Mortal Kombat universe.
Appearing as a giant, ornate silver hourglass, this artifact of immense power is the focal point of Kronika's ability and even dominion over time and history for eons. The Hourglass allows her to alter time and space itself, plan or alter the course of history, or even bring those in the past to the present.
To safeguard it, the artifact is protected by Kronika and her forces in the very heart of her personal Keep on the Isle of Kronika itself.
A testament of the Hourglass' power is its creation of countless timelines while in the hands of Kronika, all in the name of seeking out order and balance through all realms. Whenever the course of history begins to go not in a direction she pleases, in specific cases the scales between good and evil go out of sync and lose balance, Kronika begins gathering as much power as she can before turning back the Sands of Time within the Hourglass itself to wipe out the current timeline and begin again. The device can also bring forth younger versions of people from the past and even ensuring both doppelganger of the same person to exist and occupy the same space at the same time. Should the person in question happened to be an immortal god however, his present-day self would instantly cease to exist; this happened to Dark Raiden who crumbles into sand as result of the presence of his past, uncorrupted self brought to the present.
Following Kronika's destruction, the Hourglass fell into the custody of Liu Kang and Kitana so its powers will never again be abused.