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Glyph Seals
Gameplay Terms • Environment
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A Glyph Seal in Blood Omen 2
Introduced in Wiki-Icon-BO2 Blood Omen 2 (2002)
Appearances Wiki-Icon-BO2
Related articles Telekinesis, Switches, TK switches
Glyph Seals, also known as Telekinesis (TK) Switches, were wall mounted devices that controlled and activated several Glyph magic applications. They were seen throughout Blood Omen 2, where Kain used the Dark Gift Telekinesis to activate them.

Kain first encountered a Glyph Seal when he visited the Seer in her Seer's Cottage in Chapter 7:The Canyons. The Seer directed Kain to the Device, but first showed him an image of a Glyph Seal, telling Kain that he would see the symbol several times and the first symbol he saw would mark the location of the Device.[1]

The Seer allowed Kain to drink her blood and gain the Dark Gift Telekinesis before teleporting him to the Device's enclosure.[2] The first Glyph Seal, once activated, removed the Device's fake Human facade, uncovering the Hylden architecture underneath and allowing Kain entry to the Device.[3][BO2]

Throughout the remaining levels, Kain found and activated many Glyph Seals, they were often used as an ingredient of puzzles; having functions such as opening doors and powering Glyph magic networks. Typically when activated the four 'prongs' of the seals would retract and the circular design would rotate 180 degrees before both parts returned to their original position and their mechanisms were engaged[BO2].

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The Seer demonstrating the Glyph Seal symbol

NotesEdit

  • the Seer claims that no Human can use these devices,[1] despite several Humans being shown through the series with telekinesis-like powers, though none of these is alive in the post-Blood Omen era.
  • Glyph Seals are presumably of Hylden origin, as they are seen throughout the Device and Hylden City and share the 'green glow' that is often indicative of Hylden involvement. The Seals presence in the Eternal Prison is more problematic to explain, as the origins of the Prison are not elaborated upon[BO2].
  • The Glyph Seals are only called a "sign"[1] or a "symbol"[2] by the Seer. They are simply called "Seals" in the in-game prompt (given outside the Device in Chapter 7)[3] and "Glyph Seals"[4] in the Prima Guide; some sources name them as "TK Switch[es]"[5]
  • In Defiance, a similar mechanism, named as "TK switches" are used to much the same effect, though these are differently designed and likely to have a different origin than the Glyph seals seen in Blood Omen 2[DEF].

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wiki-Icon-BO2 Seer: "The entrance to the Device lies in the heart of the city itself, under the very noses of the aristocracy. You will know the building by this sign:"She raises her hand again, and an image of the TK switch appears before them.Seer:"You will see this more than once, but the first one will show you the entrance to the Device. No human can operate it. But a vampire could." Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wiki-Icon-BO2 Seer: "Agh! Good, yes, drink, my dark prince. Feel my powers coursing through your veins. You can manipulate objects already by sheer will alone. But as you were taught, you can only use this ability at close range. By drinking my blood, you will be granted the gift of Telekinesis. You will be able to manipulate objects at a great distance. And, you will be able to activate this symbol, and enter the Device." Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wiki-Icon-BO2"Hold 'Dark Gift Menu' and select Telekinesis. Press 'Use Dark Gift' to target Enemy or Seal. Press 'Use Dark Gift' again to activate." Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002).
  4. Icon-Prima "The Telekinesis gift is similar to Charm. After selecting and activating it, use the left stick to move the circular cursor to the desired target. Unlike Charm, Telekinesis works primarily on inanimate objects, such as the green Glyph Seals which act as locks." Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Blood Omen 2(2002).Page 61 onwards.ISBN 0-7615-3774-0
  5. Icon-NR Seer: "The entrance to the Device lies in the heart of the city itself, under the very noses of the aristocracy. You will know the building by this sign:"She raises her hand again, and an image of the TK switch appears before them.Seer:"You will see this more than once, but the first one will show you the entrance to the Device. No human can operate it. But a vampire could." Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Nosgothic Realm Transcript.

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