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The Hash'ak'gik cult
Nosgoth faction
SR1-Icon-Symbol-Turel
Turel/Hash'ak'gik's symbol as it appears in Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver.
Introduced in Wiki-Icon-BO1 Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain (1996)
Foundation Before Nosgoth's recorded history or Nosgoth's early history
Dissolution • The Blood Omen era
Status • Inactive? (as of the post-Blood Omen era)
Sub-factions • The cenobites
Leaders • The Hylden Lord
Mortanius
Azimuth
Turel
Forces Cenobite acolytes
Cenobite summoners
Headquarters • The Avernus Catacombs, Avernus
Territories Avernus
Allies • The post-banishment Hylden
Enemies • The Ancient Vampires
• The Circle of Nine
Appearances Wiki-Icon-BO1Icon-Defiance
"The book spoke of the birth of the Circle. The Circle served the Pillars, protectorates to the strange power that gives life to our land. At the unlikely death of a member, the Circle remains broken for a time, until the Pillars can cull a worthy successor.
I came upon another book of interest buried deep amongst the library's tomes. It spoke of a small cult that existed in Nosgoth, ages past. Wherever they traveled strange tales of human possession would follow. Little is known of the god they worshipped.
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―Kain — Listen (file info)[src]

The Hash'ak'gik cult was a secret sect of humans who venerated the dark god Hash'ak'gik in the ages up to the Blood Omen era. Unbeknownst to its members, the cult was merely an elaborate facade masterminded by the Hylden, who sought to trigger the fall of the Pillars of Nosgoth and thereby escape the Binding. It largely operated from Avernus in the Blood Omen era, and was orchestrated by the Hylden Lord from the Demon Realm.

The Hylden maintained their front by possessing their human, Material Realm followers, including members of the Circle of Nine - Azimuth and Mortanius. The "deity" referred to as Hash'ak'gik was, in fact, Turel, a vampire summoned from the Soul Reaver era, who was similarly possessed to intimidate and control disciples. As a Hylden vector, the cult represented a pivotal component in the plan towards the corruption, and, ultimately, the collapse of the Pillars.

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