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Freeport
Nosgoth human settlement
Blood Omen 2 unseen location
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Freeport (west) as depicted in Blood Omen 2.
Introduced in • N/A (unseen location)
Architects • Probably humans
Ownership • Humans
Kain's vampire army
• The Sarafan (post-Blood Omen era)
Status Wiki-Icon-BO2 Uncertain
Depicted in Wiki-Icon-BO2

Freeport was a Nosgoth human settlement in the post-Blood Omen era, seen only in Blood Omen 2. It was ostensibly one of the larger cities in southern Nosgoth, and acted as a theater of conflict in the vampire-Sarafan war.

RoleEdit

During his conquest of Nosgoth with his vampire army, roughly two centuries after the collapse of the Pillars, Kain perused a map of the southern region of the land. Alongside other landmarks, Freeport featured on this chart, and the trail of annexation which Kain plotted led the vampire army through its confines. After passing through Ziegsturhl and Provance, the vampires veered west to seize Freeport, before continuing southeast to challenge their Sarafan adversaries at Meridian.[1][2]

The later fate of Freeport in the post-Blood Omen era was uncertain, but, following Kain's defeat at the hands of the Hylden Lord and the routing of the vampire army in the battle of Meridian, it was presumably recaptured by the Sarafan – if it still stood.[1]

By the Soul Reaver era, Freeport had apparently been destroyed in the wake of Kain's empire, as the Human Citadel was regarded as housing the "few humans that still [existed]" in that time period.[3]

DesignEdit

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The vampire army's approach toward Freeport.

Though depicted only in a map, Freeport was portrayed as a coastal settlement, bordered by the Great Southern Sea on the west. It lay south of the Lake of Tears, west of Provance, and southwest of the Pillars of Nosgoth. Judging from the map, it was a walled city, partially surrounded by mountains.[1][2]

By appearances, Freeport seemed to be much bigger than Ziegsturhl, and larger than Provance, but not as expansive as Meridian.[1]

The map portrayed Freeport as home to a bay, with a nearby lone building situated on a rocky peninsula just southwest of the city. Illustrations in the surrounding sea may have implied heavy shipping use, or many shipwrecks, in the adjacent waters.[1]

BackgroundEdit

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This article or section is written from a real world perspective. Not all, if any, of its content is to be considered a constituent part of the Legacy of Kain canon and universe.

Freeport, like Provance, is a settlement introduced in Blood Omen 2, but never actually seen, explored, or mentioned beyond its image on the map in the game's introductory cinematic.[1][2][4]

Much like other locations in Nosgoth's southern regions, Freeport was added to the Legacy of Kain series by the developers of Blood Omen 2, as opposed to the other Crystal Dynamics team led by Amy Hennig:[5][6][7]

"Mostly the locations themselves came from the needs of the design team. To create some fairly new locations that fit better with our needs in Blood Omen 2, we elected to move down the map of Nosgoth into some unexplored areas in the southern regions of Nosgoth."

Several real-world places known as Freeport exist. The name itself tends to relate to the concept of the free port (porto franco), a trading zone with relaxed jurisdiction or political autonomy.

NotesEdit

  • In Blood Omen 2's introduction cinematic, overlaid images of Faustus killing humans appear as the trail of Kain's conquest passes through Freeport on the map behind. This may insinuate that Faustus partook in the siege at Freeport. Similar imagery corresponds to Marcus and Ziegsturhl.[1]

AppearancesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Wiki-Icon-BO2 Blood Omen 2 - Chapter 1: Welcome to Meridian. Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Wiki-Icon-DC Freeport and Provance at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Walter)
  3. Icon-SR1 Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver manual (US version). Crystal Dynamics. (Eidos Interactive). (August 16, 1999) Download.
  4. Icon-NR Maps (Blood Omen 2) at Nosgothic Realm (by Tenaya and Daniel Von Stein)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Blood Omen 2 Designer Diary #1 at GameSpot, page 1 (by Steve Ross)
  6. Legacy of Kain: Defiance Designer Diary #1 at GameSpot, page 1 (by Richard Lemarchand)
  7. Icon-DCab Blood Omen 2 at DCabDesign (by Divine Shadow), post #2 (by Daniel Cabuco)

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