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The Drowned Abbey
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver area
Abbey
The Drowned Abbey as it appears in Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver.
Introduced in Icon-SR1 Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver (1999)
Architects Humans
Ownership • The vampire hunters (in the early Soul Reaver era)
• The Rahabim (in the later Soul Reaver era)
Status • Intact (in the Soul Reaver era)
Features • The Fire Forge
• The Rahabim warp gate
Inhabitants Rahab
Adult Rahabim
Fledgling Rahabim
Sluagh
Vampire wraiths
Equipment • The Fire Reaver
Abilities Swimming
Items Eldritch energy power-ups (1)
Health power-ups (1)
Appearances Icon-SR1
"Once a sanctuary against the vampire menace, this abbey has been drowned by the deluge spilling from this wounded land. Your brother Rahab and his brood, devastated even by the feeble rays of Nosgoth’s sun, overcame their vulnerability to water and retreated from the surface. Now they haunt these ruins, and glide in the darkness of its stagnant depths."
―The Elder God — Listen (file info)[src]

The Drowned Abbey was Rahab 's clan territory in Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. As it's name suggests, it was once an Abbey that had become flooded with water from rain and nearby rivers. The Rahabim, having overcome their vulnerability to water, inhabited these murky waters and the inner chambers of these edifices.

One chamber led, through an underwater tunnel, back to Raziel's territory.

NotesEdit

The Drowned Abbey appears to be decorated with sun/moon imagery.

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The figures beside the stained-glass windows on the outside of Rahab's chamber appear to depict Turelim, possibly hinting that this was once their territory and they had abandoned it once it became flooded. This may further be supported by the fact that the windows (which were part of the mechanism for killing Rahab), could only be broken with a telekinetic blast - an ability which was naturally unique to Turel's clan as the Rahabim likely fired bolts of compressed water instead.

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In one of the beta versions of the game, a drowned Turelim is seen in one of the chambers. This may be debatable further evidence as to the theory that the Drowned abbey was originally Turel's territory and was later taken over by the Rahabim after it was flooded.

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Series Artist Daniel Cabuco later elaborated on the background of the Abbey:

"yes those are Turelim designs in the Abbey. We had implied that there were 'turf wars' between clans where areas claimed by one group were invaded/supplanted by another. In this case the Rahabim flooded areas they wanted to claim, and forced Turelim out of the area. The Turelim took the area from the humans who designed the chapel of light, and in turn the Rahabim took it from them.
Look for signs of clans exchanging hands. :)
We left the boat an ambiguous area and hand't really worked out if it was human or Rahabim.
The relationship of the clan leaders was complex, with each vying for favor with Kain, dominance over the others, and using alliances where necessary to strengthen position. Zephon and Rahab could very well have been allies, with Zephon constantly scheming and creating webs of lies, and Rahab seeing through some of it, yet knowing he was better off playing along as an ally until he didn't need Zephon. Remember the bretheren were allies for many many decades, so their relationship was always in flux, ebbing and flowing in power over time. "
—Daniel Cabuco[1]
"Rahab was a confidant, and knowing his clan's territory was secure, he likewise knew that he could not hold any territory away from water. He held back as well, letting the main conflict with the Turelim and Dumahim play out, as well as keeping a healthy eye on the Melchiahim. The secrets he holds proving useful for his Rahabim ambushers. He also sought to expand his territory by flooding areas with dams, lockes, and destroying dikes. "
—Daniel Cabuco[1]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Icon-DCab The Clan Leaders at DCabDesign (by Onatu), post #2 (by Daniel Cabuco)

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