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Before Nosgoth's recorded history
Historical era
Defiance-Texture-VampireCitadel-Mural-TheRaisingOfThePillars
A fourth timeline mural in the Vampire Citadel depicting the creation of the Pillars of Nosgoth.
Succeeded by Nosgoth's early history
Duration • Millennia
Events • The Vampire-Hylden war
• The Genesis of the Pillars
• The summoning of the Guardians
• The forging of the Reaver
• The human revolt
"This era is of no further use to me. You will operate this device to provide me passage. I want to see the world in a simpler time - before the Sarafan began their crusade."
―Raziel[src]

The era before Nosgoth's recorded history is the earliest known period in Nosgoth's time-stream, spanning several thousand years before the Sarafan came into being. It is most notably characterized as the point at which the Pillars of Nosgoth, the Circle of Nine, and the Soul Reaver came into existence. This era has not been visited in the Legacy of Kain series, but some of its events are either described or depicted in murals seen in Soul Reaver 2, Blood Omen 2, and Legacy of Kain: Defiance.

OverviewEdit

This era was considered a time of antiquity within Nosgoth; Raziel referred to it as "a simpler time", prior to humanity's dominion, and long prior to the events which would result in the land's spiritual decay.[1]

Later timelines revealed that it was nevertheless dominated by strife: the Ancient Vampires and the Hylden had waged an all-out war during this period, each side unleashing a devastating punishment upon the other before its end.[2][3]

Most of the prophecies which defined Kain and Raziel's journeys were formulated in this era, and two elements pivotal to Nosgoth's future - the Pillars of Nosgoth and the Reaver blade - came into being.[4]

EventsEdit

Initial known events and information (first timeline)Edit

  • The Genesis of the Pillars: The nine Pillars of Nosgoth are erected, and are intrinsically tied to the spiritual and physical health of all Nosgoth.[4][5]

Second timeline information and alterationsEdit

  • The raising of the Pillars: The ancient vampires erect the nine Pillars of Nosgoth to banish their enemies. The Pillars are intrinsically tied to the spiritual and physical health of all Nosgoth.[4][5][10] The ancient vampires construct the Subterranean Pillars Chamber.[8]
  • The ancient vampires are somehow afflicted with a predatory blood-thirst.[8]
  • The summoning of the Guardians: The first Pillar Guardians are assembled, forming the Circle of Nine. The nine original Guardians swear to protect, represent and serve their individual Pillars. When a Guardian dies, the Pillars cull a successor, destined from birth to fulfill their role.[4][5][6]
  • ("Thousands of years" before the pre-Blood Omen era) Presumably, the Dark and Light Forges are constructed by the ancient vampires. They are sealed and forbidden to all but the prophesied bearer of the Reaver.[8][9][10]
  • The ancient vampires' civilization crumbles. Their bloodline trickles away, until Janos Audron is left the sole surviving member of his original race.[13][14]

Third timeline information and alterationsEdit

  • At an indeterminate point in this era, an ancient, primitive cult commences its worship of the Elder God, building a statue representative of the god beneath the Swamp.[7]
  • The Vampire-Hylden war: The ancient vampires battle an inhuman enemy race in an apocalyptic war for domination of Nosgoth.[8][9][10]
  • The raising of the Pillars: The ancient vampires erect the nine Pillars of Nosgoth to banish their enemies. The Pillars are intrinsically tied to the spiritual and physical health of all Nosgoth.[4][5][10] The ancient vampires construct the Subterranean Pillars Chamber.[8]
  • The summoning of the Guardians: The first Pillar Guardians are assembled, forming the Circle of Nine. The nine original Guardians swear to protect, represent and serve their individual Pillars. When a Guardian dies, the Pillars cull a successor, destined from birth to fulfill their role.[4][5][6]
  • Janos Audron significantly grows in renown. In future eras, he will become known as "the greatest vampire to have ever existed".[4][5][11]
  • The forging of the Reaver: The Reaver is forged.[4][5][annotation 1] Janos Audron is summoned to act as an honorary tenth Guardian - the keeper of the Reaver blade.[16]
  • ("Thousands of years" before the pre-Blood Omen era) Presumably, the Air, Dark and Light Forges are constructed by the ancient vampires. They are sealed and forbidden to all but the prophesied bearer of the Reaver.[8][9][10][15] The aeries which will become Janos Audron's Retreat are also presumably constructed.[17]
  • The ancient vampires' civilization crumbles. Their bloodline trickles away, until Janos Audron is left the sole surviving member of his original race.[13][14] The original members of the Circle of Nine die out. The humans of Nosgoth prosper, and eventually seize guardianship of the Pillars from the vampires.[18][19]
  • (Over further thousands of years subsequent to the ancient vampires' near-extinction) Over the millennia, Janos Audron continues to guard the Reaver alone, awaiting the arrival of the prophesied vampire messiah.[16]

Fourth timeline information and alterationsEdit

  • At an indeterminate point in this era, an ancient, primitive cult commences its worship of the Elder God, building a statue representative of the god beneath the Swamp.[7]
  • At an indeterminate point in this era, the Hylden give the primitive, cave-dwelling humans of Nosgoth "all that they [have]" (presumably, advancements in cultural and intellectual sophistication).[20]
  • The ancient vampires, considered god-like and dominant over Nosgoth, ascribe to the doctrine of the Elder God, devoutly worshipping the Wheel of Fate.[21][22]
    • The Hylden oppose the Elder God, and refuse to submit to the Wheel.[23]
  • (Duration of ~1000 years) The Vampire-Hylden war: The ancient vampires declare war upon the Hylden in their god's name, battling their foes in an apocalyptic conflict for domination of Nosgoth.[8][9][10][21]
  • The raising of the Pillars: The ancient vampires banish the Hylden race to the Demon Realm, and erect the nine Pillars of Nosgoth to secure this Binding. The Pillars are intrinsically tied to the spiritual and physical health of all Nosgoth.[4][5][10][29] The ancient vampires construct the Subterranean Pillars Chamber.[8]
    • The summoning of the Guardians: The first Pillar Guardians are assembled at the Vampire Citadel, forming the Circle of Nine. The nine original Guardians swear to protect, represent and serve their individual Pillars. When a Guardian dies, the Pillars cull a successor, destined from birth to fulfill their role.[4][5][6]
    • Defeated, the Hylden unleash a final retaliation against the ancient vampires, afflicting them with the blood curse.[15][30] Sterile and immortal, the ancient vampires are divorced from their god and the Wheel of Fate, and are plunged into despair. Many are driven to madness, and resort to suicide.[22][30][31]
  • Janos Audron significantly grows in renown. In future eras, he will become known as "the greatest vampire to have ever existed".[4][5][11]
  • Vorador is born.[32]
  • The forging of the Reaver: At the behest of Janos Audron, Vorador forges the Reaver blade.[4][5][32] Janos Audron is summoned to act as an honorary tenth Guardian - the keeper of the Reaver blade.[16]
    • Vorador is sired as a vampire by Janos Audron, and becomes the first human in Nosgoth to whom the blood curse is passed.[5][12][33] The curse is subsequently passed to more humans, in an attempt to prolong the vampires' bloodline and secure the Binding.[31]
  • ("Thousands of years" before the pre-Blood Omen era) Presumably, the Air, Dark and Light Forges are constructed by the ancient vampires. They are sealed and forbidden to all but the prophesied bearer of the Reaver.[8][9][10][15] The aeries which will become Janos Audron's Retreat are also presumably constructed.[17]
  • Over time, the ancient vampires begin to die out. As the members of the Circle of Nine perish, they are entombed in the Vampire Citadel.[DEF] The Pillars begin to summon human Guardians. The ancient vampires begin to routinely abduct and adopt the human Guardians, turning them into vampires as they come of age.[34]
    • Moebius and Mortanius are born. They are abducted by the vampires, and schooled in the prophecies of the Scion of Balance and the champions.[34][35]
    • In the Vampire Citadel, the Elder God speaks to Moebius for the first time. Moebius begins his secret worship of the Elder, and obtains his staff.[36]
    • The human revolt: Through Moebius, the Elder God orchestrates a rebellion among the young human Guardians in defiance of their vampire masters. Moebius and Mortanius lead the revolt. Victorious, the Guardians of the human race claim full ownership of the Pillars.[34][35][36]
  • The seminal events of vampire history are recorded in murals throughout the Vampire Citadel.[DEF]
  • The ancient vampires' civilization crumbles. Their bloodline trickles away, until Janos Audron is left the sole surviving member of his original race.[13][14] Humanity prospers as the vampires dwindle.[19]
  • (Over further thousands of years subsequent to the ancient vampires' near-extinction) Over the millennia, Janos Audron continues to guard the Reaver alone, awaiting the arrival of the prophesied vampire messiah.[16]

ProgressionEdit

NotesEdit

GalleryEdit

AppearancesEdit

AnnotationsEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 The version of the Nosgoth timeline released with September 2000's Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine, slightly incongruous with the one released with Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2, is the only source before Legacy of Kain: Defiance to indicate when Vorador originated; it suggests that he was born after the forging of the Reaver, contrary to the later (fourth timeline) revelation that Vorador was its original swordsmith. This is likely a retcon, but in the absence of an official clarification, this article reconciles these sources with the presumption that the order of events given in OPM may have been historically valid before the fourth timeline, and was simply reshuffled by the third paradox at the end of Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Wiki-Icon-SR2 Raziel: "Come now, Moebius - you’re a cunning serpent... you’ll piece it together, I imagine." // ~Raziel shoves Moebius and brandishes the Reaver to usher him into the chamber.~ // Raziel: "This era is of no further use to me. You will operate this device to provide me passage. I want to see the world in a simpler time – before the Sarafan began their crusade." Crystal Dynamics. Soul Reaver 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (October 31, 2001) Transcript.
  2. Wiki-Icon-DEF Raziel: "Throughout these ruins I found murals depicting the seminal events of Vampire history. These scenes commemorated a great war between the Ancient Vampires and their rivals. In triumph, they banished their adversaries from the world, and raised the Pillars as the lock that binds them." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  3. Wiki-Icon-DEF Raziel: "In their defeat, the Vampires’ enemy retaliated with a terrible curse – afflicting the Vampires with a bloodthirst that turned their once-noble race into ravenous predators. This curse plunged the Vampires into despair, and apparently drove many to madness and self-annihilation. What was it that so devastated them that they were driven to suicide?" Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 Wiki-Icon-DC Soul Reaver 2: Historical Timeline at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 5.18 Icon-NR GLoK Interviews with Amy Hennig at Nosgothic Realm (by Raziel Fan), post #5 (by RazielFan)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Wiki-Icon-BO1 Kain: "The book spoke of the birth of the Circle. The Circle served the Pillars, protectorates to the strange power that gives life to our land. At the unlikely death of a member, the Circle remains broken for a time, until the Pillars can cull a worthy successor." Silicon Knights / Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. (Crystal Dynamics). PlayStation. (November 15, 1996) Transcript.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Icon-Eidos Chris@Crystal's Greatest Hits at the Eidos Forums (by Divine Shadow)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 8.9 Wiki-Icon-SR2 Raziel: "As I entered the chamber, I sensed that it had been sealed for hundreds – perhaps thousands – of years. And while this room was clearly built when the Pillars were erected, I knew that no human hand could have shaped this place – and that perhaps it had never been seen by human eyes. The surrounding murals depicted a winged race, their features so like my own but beautiful, where mine were grotesque... and angelic, while mine were demonic. I tried to decipher these images... a great war, but with combatants like none I had ever seen... the Pillars, raised by this winged race, who thus defeated their adversaries... the winged beings again, writhing in agony, apparently afflicted with the same blood-thirst I had so recently suffered... And throughout the chamber, inscribed everywhere, images of the Reaver itself. Was this what Kain had urged me to discover? I wondered..." Crystal Dynamics. Soul Reaver 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (October 31, 2001) Transcript.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Wiki-Icon-SR2 Raziel: "Throughout this ancient shrine, murals depicted the winged race, and the apocalyptic war against their mysterious – and equally inhuman – adversaries. These winged beings, it seemed, were not only the architects of the Pillars but of this enigmatic place, as well. And just as in the Pillars chamber, this shrine was adorned throughout with imagery of the Reaver – depicted with the reverence of a holy icon." Crystal Dynamics. Soul Reaver 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (October 31, 2001) Transcript.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 10.8 Wiki-Icon-SR2 Raziel: "These murals left no room for doubt – these winged creatures were indeed the architects of the Pillars. And while the images were difficult to decipher, the Pillars appeared to banish or diminish their enemies somehow..." Crystal Dynamics. Soul Reaver 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (October 31, 2001) Transcript.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Wiki-Icon-BO1 Kain: "Reputed to have been ripped from the chest of the greatest vampire to have ever existed, Janos Audron, the Heart of Darkness restores vampiric unlife. Life is precious, Janos discovered - as it was torn throbbing and bleeding from his own body." Silicon Knights / Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. (Crystal Dynamics). PlayStation. (November 15, 1996) Transcript.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Wiki-Icon-SR2 Vorador: "Janos Audron – the Reaver Guardian, the last of the Ancients, and my maker – was murdered by the Sarafan nearly five centuries ago. He alone would have the answers you seek, but his secrets died with him. I don’t know how you’ve come even this far without his guidance – or without the Reaver, stolen these 500 years ago by the Sarafan. " Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (October 31, 2001) Transcript.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Wiki-Icon-SR2 Raziel: "What am I to make of these secrets I’ve uncovered, then? The depictions of the winged race, the Pillars, and the Reaver?" // ~Vorador turns back to Raziel as he responds –~ // Vorador: "Fairy tales, boy. The delusions of an ancient culture, clinging to hope long after the world had discarded them. Their bloodline trickled away, until only one of the Ancients remained – sustained solely by obligation and his unfaltering faith in the old prophesies." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (October 31, 2001) Transcript.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Wiki-Icon-SR2 Elder God: "Ah, my wayward child returns..." // Raziel: "Having unearthed more than you’d like, I suspect. What am I to make of these ruins that litter the land, and these images here in this chamber?" // Vorador: "Merely the deceits of a failed civilization. You are being misled, Raziel. This Ancient race hoped to manipulate the future with these scrawled misdirections. You must tread carefully. There are dark forces at work in this world, bent on subverting your true destiny." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (October 31, 2001) Transcript.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Wiki-Icon-SR2 Raziel: "The scenes I discovered here were unambiguous... This race of winged beings – the architects of the Pillars, and the creators of the Reaver – were Nosgoth’s first vampires. Their blood-thirst appeared to be a curse, inflicted upon them by their vanquished enemies. These images confirmed the truths that Kain had divulged to me, but I had been too incredulous to accept." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (October 31, 2001) Transcript.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Wiki-Icon-SR2 Janos Audron: "For thousands of years, I have waited... alone here, losing faith..." // ~(pauses)~ // Janos Audron: "At the time of the Binding, nine guardians were called to serve the Pillars. And I was summoned as the tenth guardian – the keeper of the Reaver, the weapon of our salvation. Over time, our race died out. Until I alone remained... sustained only by my obligation to you, and by my guardianship of the blade." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (October 31, 2001) Transcript.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Wiki-Icon-SR2 Raziel: "This edifice was clearly not crafted by human architects. As the figure beneath the balcony silently attested, these were the aeries of winged beings. Undoubtedly, I stood before the mountain refuge of the legendary Janos Audron – but the entire sanctuary lay in ruin, collapsed under the force of some ancient cataclysm. As I suspected, the Time-Streamer’s deception ensured that I was centuries too late to unearth anything of consequence here." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (October 31, 2001) Transcript.
  18. Wiki-Icon-SR2 Raziel: "And the other nine? Why did their guardianship not sustain them?" // ~Janos considers for a moment, then responds wistfully –~ // Janos Audron: "I don’t know." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (October 31, 2001) Transcript.
  19. 19.0 19.1 Wiki-Icon-SR2 Janos Audron: "As our race dwindled, the humans prospered. I have watched, over the centuries, as our history faded into myth, and finally receded altogether. The humans have forgotten us entirely, and claimed the Pillars for themselves - wholly ignorant of their true purpose. To them, I am merely a devil; the origin of their vampire ‘plague’." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (October 31, 2001) Transcript.
  20. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Human Slave: "It’s not possible! I beg you!" // Hylden Scientist: "When you were but hairless apes cowering in caves, we gave you all that you had. And now, we take it back." // Human Slave: "No!" Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  21. 21.0 21.1 Wiki-Icon-BO2 Janos Audron: "You must delve further back into history, Kain, to know the truth of our heritage. Long ago, and long before I first walked the earth, vampires were god-like, and our kind ruled the land. But we were opposed by another race, similar to ours in power, but different in method and intention. The wars between us flamed for a thousand years. But we prevailed at last, and we banished our enemies from the face of the earth by powerful magic, sealing them into another plane of existence." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  22. 22.0 22.1 Wiki-Icon-DEF Raziel: "I had seen this symbol throughout these ruins. I should have realized what it was they worshipped. Now there was no question. For this scene depicted the ancient Vampires’ torment and despair as their curse cast them from the Wheel of Fate. So this was the god whose abandonment had driven them to madness and suicide. Finally I understood – it was not their blood-thirst, but their immortality that was the true nature of their enemies’ curse. The wisest, strongest, most noble race – gulled by the voice of that old parasite. But I had seen him – and whatever he was, he was no god." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  23. 23.0 23.1 Wiki-Icon-DEF Raziel: "History is written by the victors. Beneath the vaults of Avernus I discovered scenes that told a familiar story, but from a very different point of view. This was the work of the enemy race, and revealed what the Vampire histories had conveniently omitted – how the noble Vampires, god-ridden and righteous, had started the wars that would destroy both races – victor and vanquished alike. Their adversaries opposed the Vampires’ god, and refused to submit to the Wheel of Fate. For this they were banished. I now understood the poetic irony of their curse. And my resemblance to the Vampires’ enemy no longer seemed so accidental." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  24. Wiki-Icon-DEF Raziel: "Where have you brought me?" // Janos Audron: "We are within the ancient citadel of the Vampire race, long ago defiled and abandoned. This fortress endured through centuries of war against our great enemy -" // Raziel: "- the Hylden." // ~Janos is a little surprised to hear Raziel speak the forbidden name, but he continues.~ // Janos Audron: "Yes. From this chamber we witnessed the summoning of the Pillars, and the banishment of our adversaries from the land." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  25. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Builder: "Yes, yes... The Device was built as a weapon, eons ago when two races warred with each other for dominance of Nosgoth. It houses an ancient creature, whose very mind is capable of killing any living thing with but a thought. The Device was to channel the mental energy of this creature, and direct it onto Nosgoth. It would attune the creature’s mind to kill all living creatures except for my race. Before it could be completed, however, I was imprisoned here, and the rest of my race was banished to another, far more terrible, realm." // Kain: "So this Device was never finished. And yet the creature still lives within it?" // Builder: "It was dubbed “The Mass.” It is eternal and deadly, yet harmless without a channel for its mind. We never completed the weapon. We needed a way to send its energy out of the Device and into the land itself. We needed a conduit spread all throughout the cities, a network, if you will. Once this network was created, the Device would channel the mental energy of the Mass, and send death upon our enemies." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  26. Wiki-Icon-DEF Mortanius: "Ah, now you think of that. But as I told you, you are too late. The Heart has served its function. I have used it to set prophecy in motion. I created the champion foretold by my masters, who is destined to be your destroyer. The Scion of Balance will save Nosgoth -- the Pillars will return to vampire guardianship as intended, and your race will be cast down forever." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  27. Wiki-Icon-DEF Raziel: "The image of the Reaver was inscribed throughout this place, always depicted with reverence. The Vampires’ holy weapon was destined to be borne by their prophesied hero, for whom it was forged. But if this was my destiny, why had the Reaver tried to consume me?" Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  28. Wiki-Icon-DEF Raziel: "The banished race foretold a hero who would deliver them from their oppressors, and destroy the shackles of the Vampires’ tyrannous god. The same hero that bore the flaming sword. What game was this, where every player on the board claimed the same pawn?" Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  29. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Sarafan Lord: "What could be more righteous than to take our revenge and your freedom from the same source? Tortured eons of suffering are too good for you, Vampire." // Janos Audron: "But not for you, Hylden, who has dared to set a corrupting foot upon this world after your banishment! Return to the demon dimension in which you belong!" Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  30. 30.0 30.1 Wiki-Icon-BO2 Janos Audron: "By what right did you lay on us the curse that drove us from the light, and made us predators of human kind?" // Sarafan Lord: "It was justice for our banishment from the world. You see what it has made of our fair race." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  31. 31.0 31.1 Wiki-Icon-DEF Raziel: "And yet you passed the curse on." // Janos Audron: "It was a necessary evil. Our immortality banished us from God's grace - He turned His sight from us, and fell silent. Many took their own lives, unable to bear the separation from our God." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  32. 32.0 32.1 Wiki-Icon-DEF Raziel: "I sought to unravel the mystery of my fate, and in this image lay my first clue. For this scene depicted the forging of the Reaver - the weapon destined to become my prison - and I recognized its maker. The years had changed him, but this was unmistakably the vampire, Vorador – and in this era, he still lived. If I could reach him before Moebius’ mob hunted him down, he would provide the answers I sought." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  33. Wiki-Icon-DEF Raziel: "These images chronicled Vorador’s creation. As I already knew, he had not been born a vampire, but had been turned by the infamous Janos Audron. But this mural suggested that Vorador’s origins were even more significant – apparently, he was the first human to whom the dark gift had been passed. This was the Vampires’ desperate bid to preserve their bloodline... for their enemies had cursed them not only with blood-thirst, but with sterility as well." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 Wiki-Icon-DEF Kain: "This history, in part, I knew already... How, as the Vampires began to die out, the Pillars summoned human Guardians to fulfill their roles. It seemed the ancient Vampires had adopted – and, when necessary, abducted – the human Guardians, and made vampires of them when they came of age. Until the humans rebelled against their masters... And here I made a surprising discovery: it was Moebius the Time Streamer, and Mortanius, Guardian of Death, who led the bloody revolt. Now I understood why Moebius hated me so intensely. I was the first vampire Guardian in all these centuries – and he knew what my coming signified... or perhaps I reminded him of all he had forsaken." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  35. 35.0 35.1 Wiki-Icon-DEF Mortanius: "How else? I refused at first to believe the ancient myths. I thought the vampires were simply a plague upon mankind, a pestilence we had to control. But they were right, and we were wrong to overthrow them - Moebius and I. We didn't understand what it was the Pillars were holding back. I have made my atonement. I will continue to make it to the end, which will be soon, now. But I know - Kain will set it right, he will restore Balance --" Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  36. 36.0 36.1 Wiki-Icon-TLW Question and Answer with Amy Hennig at The Lost Worlds (by Ben Lincoln)
Preceded by:
None
(beginning of known history)
Nosgoth's historical eras
Before Nosgoth's recorded history
Millennia
Followed by:
Nosgoth's early history
~ 450 years

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