The Dark Chronicle, also known as the Dark Diary, is a plot summary available in Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, Soul Reaver 2 and Legacy of Kain: Defiance which recaps the major scenes of each game through transcript or cutscene.
- Category: Recurring Terms
- Introduced in: Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain (1996)
- Related Articles: Bonus materials, Bonus mode
The feature first appeared in Blood Omen as the "Dark Diary" which could be selected from the main menu or the in game pause menu. The Dark Diary divided the plot into sixteen of the most significant cutscenes of the game. Once the feature was selected, a slideshow of still images of the currently completed chapters would be displayed - each one representing a cutscene which would play upon selection of the appropriate image.[BO1]
No plot summary feature was available in Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver[SR1], however Soul Reaver 2, would return to the feature, now titled as the "Dark Chronicle". This divided the Soul Reaver 2 story into twenty-one chapters summarizing the plot of the game. The Dark Chronicle was accessible either through the main menu, pause menu or the Bonus materials section and contains a list of unlocked chapters, each of which would display a transcript for each one. New chapters were unlocked through gameplay progress.[SR2]
The feature was absent from Blood Omen 2[BO2] but returned again in Legacy of Kain: Defiance. This time, the plot was divided into forty-one of the significant chapters of the game. The Dark Chronicle could be selected from the main menu or the pause menu and listed these chapters with each providing a link to the appropriate cutscene. Again chapters would be unlocked through game progression and could be viewed at any time after the completion of that part of the game.[DEF]
In Nosgoth's early history several member of the Circle of Nine are planning the movements of the Sarafan in their gathering room when they are interrupted by the appearance of the vampire Vorador who proceeds to slaughter the group. The circle's protector Malek, arrives too late to save them and is defeated by Vorador.
OPERATION OF MAXIMUM
IMPORTANCE: THE INITIATION
OF A NEW AEON. WHEN IT BECOMES
NECESSARY TO UTTER A WORD
THE WHOLE PLANET MUST BE
BATHED IN BLOOD..."
|[Lit in the unholy glow of a distant sunset and burning pyres, a man (a vampire) is being hoisted into the air, impaled on a high wooden stake by two armored warriors. As we pull away, we see other vampire corpses impaled, littering the countryside as armored warriors walk amongst them.|
The camera continues to zoom out.
We see the above scene contained within a pool of water, nested in the middle of a large, circular table with Celtic-style knots and arcane symbols carved into it. Around the table are a cluster of wizards/magi, both male and female, young and old. The room is dimly lit, but we can make out what they are wearing. They appear to be watching the events in the magic pool quite intently.
The camera continues to zoom out.
Suddenly a door swings open, flooding the room with blinding light. Pan out, we see Vorador.
A jagged sword rips through one of the wizards, with an assorted flesh ripping foley, and the gutted corpse is thrown sideways.]
|Wizard:||(amidst bloodcurdling screams)|
|[Vorador appears from behind the falling/thrown corpse, wielding the bloodstained jagged sword. He throws a variety of spells at the nearby wizards.|
One is killed by an Energy Bolt.]
|[Vorador throws a Flay spell at the wizard, and we see her flesh blasted from her bloody bones.]|
|[Vorador laughs darkly as he corners the last remaining wizard in the chamber. The wizard tries to cast a spell, but is panicking.]|
|[We see, and hear the sound of, an approaching man in armor, rushing along stone tiled floors.]|
Call your dogs!
They can feast on your corpses!
|[The wizard is hit by a Blood Gout spell – the projectile hits the victim, forcing a stream of blood to be jettisoned from the body, and it gets "sucked" into Vorador's open mouth. He then dodges sideways.|
Cut to Malek rushing in through the doorway, ax drawn, to behold a silent chamber that is vacant except for the carnage. Vorador materializes behind him, and strikes a blow to the back of his head.
Cut to a dark chamber, lit only by candle flame. Arcane runes and symbols of power are drawn onto the floor. Bound in the center of the chamber a man is stripped naked; scars adorn his body. On the ground before him is an empty suit of armor, propped up on a stand, giving it the impression that it has some form inside it.]
|Mortanius:||For failing the Circle, Malek of the Sarafan, you are hereby damned.|
|[Effects of Malek's spirit being fused into his armor.]|
|Mortanius:||The pleasures of the flesh are no longer yours. You have but one purpose, damned one; you will serve us for eternity.|
|[Fade to black.|
A shadow is cast against a wall, moving slowly, but with purpose. We see Ariel by the wall; she turns and sees a distinctive, but unknown, shape silhouetted against a light, raising a cruel knife. Ariel's scream penetrates the darkness.
Cut to black.
A pillar is seen darkening. Fractures crawl across its surface.]
In the Blood Omen era, the nobleman Kain awakens from his death in underworld still impaled upon the sword of his assassin and chained above a fiery pit. The Death Guardian Mortanius appears, removes the sword and releases him, symbolically offering Kain the sword as a token of revenge. Kain takes the sword - accepting the offer - and is transformed into a vampire.[BO1][BO1-C1]
|[Fade from black.|
The Underworld – populated by lost souls that howl within the abyss. Their shapes twist and writhe in their fiery oblivion. Through this ghostly burning land, the Necromancer Mortanius strides as its master.
Kain is strung up between two posts, transfixed with a sword. He struggles incessantly, as if trying to deny his fate.]
|Kain (V. O.):||Vae victis – suffering to the conquered. Ironic that now I was the one suffering. Not anything as pedestrian as physical pain. Rather the cruel jab of impotent anger – the hunger for revenge.|
I didn't care if I was in Heaven or Hell – all I wanted was to kill my assassins.
|[Mortanius grasps the sword and twists it painfully free – Kain winces.|
Kain's bonds are released and he steps free.
He looks toward the abyss before him, staring contemplatively into the yawning fire, then turns towards Mortanius.]
|Kain (V. O.):||Sometimes you get what you wish for.|
The Necromancer Mortanius offered me a chance for vengeance. And like a fool, I jumped at his offer without considering the cost.
Nothing is free.
|[Mortanius offers the transfixion sword to Kain.|
Kain steps forward and grasps the sword.]
|Kain (V. O.):||(tiredly, with pain)|
Not even revenge.
|[Coruscating magic ripples across Kain's body, transforming his white armor to black, living skin to dead vampiric flesh.|
Kain's eyes open.]
You will have the blood you hunger for...
|[Kain walks through the fire.|
Fire wipe to black.]
Kain arrives at the Pillars of Nosgoth and meets the specter of the former Balance Guardian, Ariel. Ariel explains the how her death at the hands of a traitor drove her lover - Mind Guardian Nupraptor - insane and caused the Corruption of the Pillars. Cryptically offering Kain "peace" from his curse she sends him on a quest to restore the pillars.[BO1][BO1-C2]
|[The Pillars at night; wind blows eerily between the solemn sentinels of marble and other indescribable materials. Moonlight plays of the surfaces, lending the scene an eerie blue cast. The figure of a comely woman appears amidst the Pillars, talking to herself it seems.|
Establishing shot from Kain's point of view.
Long shot of Ariel disappearing behind a Pillar.
The camera follows her around the Pillar while she talks.]
|Ariel:||Nupraptor, your madness has shattered our dreams and blinded you...|
|Kain:||Keep your distance or I'll send you back to Hell, spirit!|
|Ariel:||There is nothing left of me to fear vampire. I am only a shadow of my former self... Ariel – the Balance of the Circle of Nine. Even so, I can provide the answers you seek.|
|Kain:||I seek only a cure.|
|Ariel:||There is no cure for death. Only release. You must destroy the sorcery that is now poisoning Nosgoth.|
Only then will you realize peace.
The Nine of the Protectors of Hope were sworn to use their powers to preserve our world. Now these pillars have been corrupted by a traitor.
|[Ariel turns toward the camera to reveal her ravaged face. Flesh has been ripped away to reveal the naked bone beneath.]|
|Ariel:||My murder at the hands of this beast drove my love Nupraptor mad.|
Now he spreads misery and pain among the Circle, crumbling the very foundation of Nosgoth. You must restore balance. You must right the Pillars of Nosgoth.
|[A "hallucination" of Nupraptor sewing his eyes shut floats, semi-transparent in the moonlit air.]|
I care not for the fate of this world.
Then for yourself Kain...
Beware the Unspoken...
|[Ariel fades to total transparency as her voice fades.]|
Having failed to defeat Malek, Kain meets with the mysterious Oracle within the Oracle's Cave to find how to defeat him. The Oracle initially gives Kain only riddles regarding King Ottmar of Willendorf before he relents and tells Kain of Vorador's victory over Malek and its consequences several centuries earlier. The Oracle directs Kain to the Termogent Forest, where Vorador's Mansion awaits and tells him to follow the Ignis Fatuus to find it.[BO1][BO1-C5]
|[Kain enters a large cavern through a winding tunnel. Inside the cavern a small old man stands by a roaring fire, cooking something in a huge pot. He looks up as Kain enters.]|
|Oracle:||A nobleman? Seeking wisdom? Death has taught you well.|
|Kain:||Enough philosophy – I seek answers.|
|Oracle:||Answers indeed. I have them all if you have the questions.|
And what are the questions for these answers?
|[The oracle throws something into the fire. The smoke reveals a great army marching across the land.]|
|Oracle:||King Ottmar – the only hope to defeat the Legions of the Nemesis.|
King Ottmar paralyzed by his princess' malaise.
King Ottmar the useless.
Pray good sir, what are the questions?
A pox upon your tricks and babble, old man! Answer me this: Who is Malek and how can I defeat him?
All in time sirrah. Yes, time. Unless you master it – it will master you.
And now it's time for your answer:
|[The oracle throws flame powder into the fire.|
Display of images.]
|Oracle:||Malek – defender of the Nine and last of the Sarafan sorcerer-priests. His vanity led to the slaughter of the Circle at the hands of the vampire Vorador. For his failing, his spirit was fused to a hellish set of magical armor. He has allowed no member of the Circle to fall since.|
|Kain:||What of this Vorador?|
|Oracle:||Follow the glow of the Ignis Fatuus to the Termogent Forest.|
|Oracle:||The Ignis Fatuus lights the path to Hell, nobleman. Your path.|
Time Kain. Next time...
|[The oracle disappears.]|
Kain meets the vampire Vorador in his mansion who offers Kain a different perspective - his vampirism is not a curse but a gift and they were 'dark gods' to the mortals. Vorador recounts his Slaughter of the Circle and his defeat of Malek, warning Kain not to meddle in human affairs. Finally Vorador offers Kain a ring to summon him when needed.[BO1][BO1-C6]
|[Interior. Vorador's lair. The room is dimly lit by candles.|
The camera peers across the length of a long, polished dining table, with the vampire Vorador at the other end, highlighted by candle flame. Vorador is holding two finely crafted goblets.]
|Kain (V. O.):||In the bowels of that black forest I found something worse than Hell. A vision of what I was becoming...|
|Vorador:||It's not often I see one of our own, especially one as young and foolish as yourself. Nonetheless, drink. Drink deep and indulge your gift.|
|[Kain reluctantly accepts the goblet. Camera pans across the room. We see subtle evidence as to where the blood came from; a dripping human corpse is suspended upside down above a basin on the table.]|
|Kain (V. O.):||Gift? Pah! Vorador thought my curse a blessing. That we were gods and that mortals offered their blood as sacrifice so that we could enjoy our supernatural powers. And somewhere deep inside my new self I knew he was right. That mortal dreams were prayers. Prayers to us – begging for our power.|
I pondered this as the decadent old fool prattled on about his past; a boorish account of how he defeated Malek of the Sarafan and took his vengeance upon the Circle of Nine for supporting the Sarafan's holy war to exterminate us...
|Vorador:||After slaughtering six of the sheep I defeated their pathetic little shepherd – Malek. Since then our kind has not bothered with the cattle, except to feed. And I suggest you do the same.|
Meddling with the affairs of man can do us no good. Sarafan witchhunts are much too tedious to concern ourselves with. Am I understood Kain?
|[Kain acknowledges only very slightly.]|
|Vorador:||Good. Take this ring. If you ever need assistance it will summon me. Despite your youthful arrogance, you amuse me, Kain – it would be such a pity to lose you to the Abyss.|
Now be gone!
|[Vorador turns his back on Kain.]|
Kain confronts Pillar Guardians Bane, DeJoule and Anarcrothe at Dark Eden, but Anarcrothe summons Malek and flees. In retaliation, Kain summons Vorador and the two old adversaries resume the battle from centuries before. Kain gives chase to the escaping Band and Dejoule, while Vordaor finishes Malek.[BO1][BO1-C7]
|[Interior Dark Eden Castle main hall, Malek and Vorador fight as Kain, Bane and DeJoule (cloaked) watch.]|
|Malek:||Vengeance! Vengeance for my eternity of suffering!|
|Vorador:||Whelp! As if you knew what eternity was! Grovel before your true master.|
Never! I'll hack you from crotch to gizzard and feed what's left to your brides...
|[Kain gives pursuit to the fleeing sorcerers. A fierce battle ensues between Malek and Vorador.]|
Kain travels to Willendorf Castle, seeking to enlist the help of Ottmar and his Army of the Last Hope in defeating the Legions of the Nemesis that threaten Nosgoth. He finds Ottmar deep in mourning for his daughter whose soul has been stolen by Elzevir the Dollmaker. Kain decides to hunt for the dollmaker to win favor with Ottmar.[BO1][BO1-C9]
|[A hall resplendent with the colors of Nosgoth heraldry, lined by the heavily-armored elite knights of the king's personal guard.]|
|Kain (V. O.):||The court of King Ottmar; shades of my former existence. Proud and self-absorbed, surrounded by all the finery of the realm. Secure in their ignorance. As I walked among them I smirked thinking of the carnage that would befall them at the hands of the Legions of the Nemesis... the glorious flames, the inevitable rape and pillage.|
|[A courtier stops Kain by raising his hand.]|
Out of my way peasant! The stench of the fields hangs over you like a pall!
|Courtier:||The King sees no one! He is in mourning for the princess!|
He'll be in mourning for his kingdom soon. And he'll mourn for you even sooner if you don't get out of my way!
|[Kain pushes past the courtier.]|
|Kain (V. O.):||And so I won my audience, such as it was, with Ottmar. He cared not of the invading armies from the North. Only of the plight of his child.|
A birthday present. To celebrate her birthday I declared a contest. Whoever created the finest doll in the realm would be granted a royal favor. Hundreds of dolls were brought, but the winner was obvious. Elzevir, the Dollmaker, created a toy of such beauty that all were captivated by it. And all he would take in payment was a lock of her hair.
Soon after she became like this; a lifeless puppet. Whoever restores her to her former self shall have this kingdom!
|[Kain smirks and stalks off.]|
|Kain (V. O.):||Thus my hunt for the Dollmaker began.|
Having restored the Princess of Willendorf, Kain, Ottmar and his Army of the Last Hope stand ready to meet the advancing Legions of the Nemesis at the Battle of the Last Stand. Ottmar gives a rousing speech to his troops as they prepare to defend Nosgoth from the advancing horde.[BO1][BO1-C9]
|[The battlefield is choked with roiling fog. Horns sound. We zoom through mist past brief views of the approaching troops toward a hill. Ottmar, elevated, gives his orders to his troops.]|
|Ottmar:||(in commanding, rousing speech mode)|
The scourge of Nosgoth is upon us, friends! We shall die today as heroes, lest we live tomorrow as slaves!
Ready thine arms!
|[Ottmar waves his baton and the armies charge forth.]|
Having been sent back to the Pre-Blood Omen era, Kain reads the mind of a man-at-arms and witnesses a speech made by Time Guardian Moebius attempting to stir the hatred of the citizens of the Land of the Nemesis. Kain discovers the involvement of Moebius in the ascension of King William the Just - who would one day lead the Legions of the Nemesis.[BO1][BO1-C10]
|[Kain battles a man-at-arms, and reads his mind as he lays dying.|
Moebius commands a crowd of peasants with a mind-influencing speech. The scene is reminiscent of the Nuremberg Rallies with towering banners and finery of the Nosgoth of 50 years ago. Moebius stands at the top of a flight of stairs lined with armored troops and burning braziers.]
|Moebius:||Would you stand idle as vermin destroyed your crops?|
|Moebius:||As your house burned?|
|Moebius:||Will you allow this evil to continue?|
|Moebius:||Will the wickedness end?|
|Moebius:||Do you believe?|
|Crowd:||Yes! Yes! Yes!|
|[Shot of Moebius gesticulating madly; seen through the fire of a nearby brazier, he appears to stand amidst the flames themselves, seemingly as a creature of Hell, himself.|
Moebius is lit by the flickering flames, heightening the evilness of his character.]
|Moebius:||Then take me to your king, so that I can prepare you for the onslaught!|
Having killed William the Just with the Soul Reaver to prevent the rise of the Legions of the Nemesis and returned to the Blood Omen era, Kain discovers that the whole affair has been a trap orchestrated by Moebius who has used the grief of the citizens of Nosgoth to build a mercenary army to hunt down and destroy the Vampires. Kain witnesses the execution of Vorador before Moebius identifies him as the last vampire and sets the crowd upon him.[BO1][BO1-C11]
|[Exterior – on a bright grassy knoll, a crowd has gathered to witness the death of the last of vampire kind. The proceedings take place on a raised scaffold, so all eyes can witness this momentous event. Vorador looks up from the guillotine once.|
Cheer from the crowd as Vorador's head is lopped off, and held high by the executioner.]
|Leader:||We are free of this unholy scourge!|
|Moebius:||Not yet, my friend.|
Would you be free of a plague if only one city was cleansed?
|Moebius:||Would you spare one wolf in the pack that has devastated your herd?|
|Moebius:||Then let us destroy them all!|
|Moebius:||He is the last!|
|[Moebius points at Kain.]|
Having recognised Moebius as 'the Oracle' and fought off the crowd, Kains defeats Moebius and confronts the dying Time Guardian, making him admit to going back in time and admit to altering the past to turn William the Just into 'the Nemesis'. Moebius promises Kain's death and Kain responds by beheading him.[BO1][BO1-C11]
|[Kain defeats Moebius in combat:]|
|Kain:||Ironic. By going back in time, and altering the past, you turned William the Just into the Nemesis.|
|[Moebius lies on the ground, cowering.]|
|Moebius:||(croaking and wincing, filled with hate and madness)|
Aye – you have seen my plan, vampire, as I have seen your destiny. The future says you die!
|Kain:||But I am dead...|
|[Kain beheads Moebius.]|
|Kain:||As are you!|
Summoned by Mortanius, Kain returns to the Pillars of Nosgoth to witness a confrontation between the Death Guardian and States Guardian Anarcrothe. Kain observes silently from behind the pillars as the two debate their roles and duties. Anacrothe issues and ultimatum the Mortanius must "stand with us or die" and a battle ensues with Mortanius easily victorious. Kain emerges at the end of the battle and Mortanius welcomes his oncoming fate, advising Kain that one more will need to be killed after and beckoning Kain to finish him.[BO1][BO1-C11]
|[Anarcrothe and Mortanius talk at the site of the Pillars of Nosgoth. As Kain returns to the Pillars, he discovers Mortanius and Anarcrothe arguing. It is night and the moon illuminates the scene.|
As Anarcrothe and Mortanius continue their conversation, Kain hides behind a Pillar to listen.]
|Anarcrothe:||You betrayed us Mortanius!|
You had Kain killed and turned him into a monster. You set him upon us!
|Mortanius:||It had to be. Nupraptor's insanity poisoned all of our minds. The Circle had failed in its sworn duties. It had to be destroyed.|
|Anarcrothe:||(madly, frantically and somewhat confused)|
Failed our duties? Idiot! The Circle exists for us, we don't exist for it! Our powers will save or damn Nosgoth at our whim! Stand with us, Mortanius, or die!
|Mortanius:||Then I shall die!|
|[A magical battle ensues, with Mortanius the victor.|
Anarcrothe lies on the ground with a broken spine, dying, gurgling his death rattle.
|Kain:||If the Circle is to be destroyed, you have to die as well, Necromancer. I admire your cunning, but you will not escape your fate.|
|Mortanius:||Nay, I will embrace it. But my death will leave one more to take, princeling. Finish me!|
|[Kain and Mortanius battle.]|
Having killed the final guardian, Mortanius, Kain is now confronted by the Dark Entity who had possessed Mortanius and used his body to murder Ariel. The Dark Entity promises that the fall of the pillars is only the "first act" of his plans. Enraged, Kain battles the Dark Entity. [BO1][BO1-C11]
|[There is a cracking sound, as the Dark Entity crushes Mortanius' mind and psyche.|
His form is slowly twisted.]
|The Unspoken:||(in what's left of Mortanius' body; evil laughter)|
You thought yourself a king when in fact you were a pawn! You have served me well, Kain.
I serve no one!
|The Unspoken:||(with sarcasm and malignancy)|
Indeed. Such narrow vision. Don't you see? My silencing of Ariel, and its calculated repercussions, is but the first act in my theater of Grand Guignol. Of which you are the tragic "hero".
Play on, little vampire, play on...
|[Angered, Kain screams as he attacks.]|
Having defeated the Dark Entity, Kain stands alone and Ariel appears, all of the pillars save for the Pillar of Balance have been restored and Kain finally realizes that he is the Balance Guardian, born to replace Ariel and corrupted from birth - only with his death can the Pillars of Nosgoth be restored. Ariel offers Kain the final choice - to heal or damn the world.[BO1][BO1-C12]
|[Kain defeats the Dark Entity, and stands at the juncture of the Pillars, about to choose his fate. Ariel appears. Nosgoth has almost been restored to its former glory. Only the Pillar of Balance remains corrupted.]|
|Kain (V. O.):||I am the last Pillar. The only survivor of the Circle of Nine.|
At my whim the world will be healed or damned.
At my whim.
Canon Ending: Kain chooses to self preservation and damns the pillars and Nosgoth itself. Sitting in the debris after the Collapse of the Pillars, Kain reflects that Vorador was correct - they are dark gods who must "thin the herd" [BO1][BO1-C12]
|[If Kain chooses to damn the world:|
Kain sits upon a throne of bones, sloppily drinking blood from a goblet.]
|Kain (V. O.):||Once I embraced my powers I realized that Vorador was correct. We are Gods – dark gods – and it is our duty to thin the herd.|
|[If Kain chooses to heal the world:|
Bright sunlit fields and trees, with overcast, turbulent somber sky.]
|Ariel:||In his life he was unknown. A petty noble.|
In death he was unknown.
Yet by choosing oblivion he restored Balance to the land.
Shades cast no shadows.
Having defeated his borthers (except Turel) Raziel confronts Kain in the Chronoplast beneath the Oracle's Cave. They debate Kain's beliefs on Fate and Free will and the morality of Kain's resurrection of Sarafan saints to serve him in his empire. After a brief scuffle, Kain escapes through a time portal and Raziel follows, being met by Moebius on the other side.[SR1][SR1-C11][SR2][SR2-C0]