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Groundlings
Soul Reaver 2 enemiesDemon variants
SR2-Enemy-GroundlingDemon-Close
A Groundling in SR2
Introduced in Wiki-Icon-SR2Soul Reaver 2 (2001)
Race SR2-Enemy-Demon-ConceptA Demon
Aliases Demon Spawn,
Small Demons
Eras Post-Blood Omen era (native), Nosgoth's early history
Territories Pillars, Mountains, Uschtenheim
Weapons none
Abilities Jumping/biting attack
Vulnerabilities low health
Soul? yes
Plane Material Realm, Spectral Realm (originating in Demon Realm)
Appearances Wiki-Icon-SR2

Groundlings, also known as Demon Spawn or Small Demons, were a small Demon variant enemy created by Fire Demons in Soul Reaver 2.

RoleEdit

Groundlings were small red-skinned demons, they were limbless, with their only features being a spiked tail and a head with a large mouth and several fang-like teeth. Groundlings were spawned by Fire demons when Raziel was at longer ranges, apparently from some markings on their navel.[SR2]

Groundlings were perhaps the weakest of the enemies encountered by Raziel in Soul Reaver 2, with little attacking power by themselves, though their association with the powerful Fire demons potentially made them a dangerous pest. They were incredibly quick using their tails to propel themselves along the ground in a 'slithering' motion. Once within range, they would 'stand up' on their tails and jump at Raziel in a biting attack (or simply 'roar' if they were unable to attack). Though incredibly quick, Groundlings were fragile, requiring only a single strike to kill and feed on their souls[1][2][SR2].Like all demons Raziel fought in Soul Reaver 2, they could follow him to the Spectral Realm.[3][1][2][SR2]

Groundlings were among the rarest of the enemy classes in Soul Reaver 2, with their appearance only occasionally triggered when facing Fire demons at the appropriate range. They could first be encountered, along with the first Fire demon at the Pillars in the Post-Blood Omen era and could also be encountered along with the Fire demon appearances in the Mountains and Uschtenheim[SR2].

NotesEdit

  • Groundlings are referred to as "demonaa" in game files[SR2].
  • Like other Demon variants, Fire Demons were presumably native to the Demon Realm and affiliated with the Hylden.
  • Groundlings are also referred to as "demon spawn" and "demon larvae"[1] in sources, which (along with their spawning method) heavily suggests that they are the young of the Fire demon subspecies. Accordingly, they share some similarities with the larval stages of many real-world species, including a large appetite (they are noted to "feed" on Raziel in the Prima Guide[1]). This is the only occasion in the series that the birth of a life-form has been seen, and the only time 'children' have featured since the appearances of William and the Princess of Willendorf in Blood Omen[BO1].
  • Daniel Cabuco's former online portfolio refers to the Groundlings as "Small Demons" and depicts a much more elaborate method of attacking Raziel - with a 'swarm' of groundlings 'ganging up' and immobilizing Raziel in preparation from a fire attack from the parent Fire Demon.[4] Multiple groundlings would seem unlikely to achieve in the final game with Fire demons apparently only being able to produce one Groundling each, though pre-release screenshots show this to have been technically possible in at least one previous build of the game[SR2].

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ReferencesEdit

  1. Icon-Prima Prima Games / Demian Linn and David Hodgson. Prima's Official Soul Reaver 2 Guide. (2001)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bestiary: GameFAQs. Soul Reaver 2 FAQ/Walkthrough/Soul Reaver 2|Online (by Celtic Wolf).
  3. Wiki-Icon-SR2 Soul Reaver 2 manual. Crystal Dynamics. (Eidos Interactive). (October 31, 2001) Download.
  4. Icon-DCab Small demon/Small demon gang-up at Spectraljin.com archives (by Daniel Cabuco), Archived at Legacy of Kain Wiki
  5. "Wiki-Icon-DCGroundlings at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)

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