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The Hylden City is a playable location featured in Blood Omen 2. The city was a Hylden stronghold, based on what appeared to be an island chain, some distance across the Great Southern Sea from Meridian. The Living End (chapter) takes place entirely in the Hylden City.

Layout and AppearanceEdit

The Hylden City was a large Hylden fortress seen in Blood Omen 2. It was inhabited by and acted as a base of sorts for the post-banishment Hylden in Nosgoth's Material Realm for centuries after the Pillars' collapse. Kain first learnt of the existence of the Hylden City from Janos in Chapter 9:the Device.[1] Stowing on board a Sarafan supply ship from the Wharves, Kain travelled to the Hylden City,[2] attempting to deactivate the Shield Device and destroy the Hylden Gate. The Hylden City consisted of a large entrance building which led to an elevator down to the 'Main Square,' which was a large courtyard filled with water with many walkways for traversing the square[BO2]. Around the square were buildings for the Shield Generator and the Hylden Gate Entranceway. Kain used the walkways and buildings around the side of the square to reach and board the Floating vehicle, which he used to cross the main square and reach the Shield Generator building.[3]

Defeating the Shield Guardian and destroying the Shield Generator, Kain enabled Janos and Vorador to Teleport to the Hylden City[4] (but after a brief encounter with the Sarafan Lord, both were incapacitated). Janos Teleported Kain to the Hylden Gate entranceway which led to another elevator down and out to the Hylden Gate building itself, a domed building on a pier jutting out into the sea[BO2].

see also Sarafan Lord (boss).

The Shield GeneratorEdit

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The Main Shield Generator technology

The Shield Generator, also known as a Ward Generator, is a piece of Hylden technology, seen in Blood Omen 2. It was a large Ovoid-shaped metallic object, which had several 'spikes' coming from it, which rapidly rotated whilst in use. The object apparently served to create a "magical shield"[5] which isolated the Hylden from general discovery, by preventing teleportation to the Hylden City.


Kain was first told of the 'Shield Generator' in Chapter 9:the Device, when, after the destruction of the Device, Janos claimed that the Hylden's next plan would be an invasion of Nosgoth from their base in the Hylden City using the Hylden Gate. Janos planned to teleport the Cabal to the Hylden City, but was prevented by the "shield of magic" produced by the Shield Generator.[5][6] Instead, Kain and Umah were sent to the Wharves inBetrayal (chapter), in an attempt to board a ship headed to the Hylden City. Once arrived they would be able to physically shut down the Shield Generator, enabling the Cabal to join them.[7][8]


In Chapter 11: The Hylden City, Kain (minus the now deceased Umah ) made it to the Hylden City and infiltrating the complex, he was able to learn of the location of the Hylden Gate and the Shield Generator from two Slaves in the main square of the city.[9] Making his way around the outer buildings, Kain was able to enter the 'shuttle bay' of a Floating vehicle carrying cargo, where he hid himself in the transport headed for the Shield Generator. Once across the other side, Kain emerged, finding the large Shield Generator suspended from the ceiling and protected by the seemingly indestructible the Shield Guardian . Activating several nearby Glyph seals with Telekinesis caused the supports holding up the generator to collapse, dropping the generator on the guardian, burying both in rubble and allowing Janos and Vorador to teleport to the Hylden City.[BO2][10]

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The Building Housing the Shield Generator

NotesEdit

  • Though the technology is referred to on several occasions by Janos as a "shield of magic".,[5][7]Vorador gives what may be a more correct title for the shield when he arrives, calling it a "Ward Barrier" [10]- possibly suggesting a connection to Ward Gates. Prima's Official Blood Omen 2 Guide also suggest this connection, simply calling the shield a "Ward Gate"[11]

NotesEdit

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    Hylden City concept art

    The Blood Omen 2 Prima Guide repeatedly refers to the Hylden City as the "Hylden Gate" and titles the last Chapter as "Chapter 11:The Hylden Gate:The Living End";[12] this is probably a reference to an earlier build of the game (as seen throughout the Blood Omen 2 Prima Guide and hinted at in many Prima Guides), as both the chapter and location are called the "Hylden City" in the finished game[BO2].
  • The exact age and origin of the Hylden City is not conclusively discussed. In Chapter 9:the Device, Janos suggests that the Sarafan Lord "created a base in this world, the Hylden City"[1] (this would explain similarity in some architecture with the Sarafan Keep); it is possible however, that the Sarafan Lord simply chose to re-inhabit an older Hylden stronghold rather than construct an entirely new one. Either way, the city was old and incredibly run-down by the time of Blood Omen 2, with many of the walkways and bridges across the city broken or missing altogether, several rooms flooded[BO2], and with dialogue suggesting that little of the machinery in the city still functioned (including several doorways).[3]
  • The Hylden City has no specific usage of the usual Glyph magic network throughout the level (it's likely it would have been left out of the Glyph magic network due to the intended use of the Device); instead, the Hylden City seems to feature the usage of a kind of raw 'Glyph energy' with several instances of green glowing 'liquid' and green glowing symbols and devices apparently providing power. As with the Glyph magic in the Industrial Quarter, there seems to be a link between the Glyph energy and water; the Hylden also employ several 'force fields' (in place of Ward gates) which appear to be composed of water[BO2].
  • The water level around much of the Hylden City (presumably all the Great Southern Sea) appears to vary around the city: Kain arrives at sea level, descends several levels in an elevator, arrives at the 'main square' (which is at the water's level), and seems to descend slightly more before arriving at the Hylden Gate Building, which is again at sea level. Given that once he entered the 'Hylden Gate building' Kain again descended using an elevator, it would appear that the main portal area was in fact under the water's level[BO2].
  • Hylden scientists are shown throughout the Hylden City along with evidence of dissection, perhaps indicating an interest in the anatomy of Nosgoth's creatures. As with the Device, several Human Slaves are shown in pods[BO2].
  • A set of Murals throughout the Hylden City depicts the apparently fair appearance of the Ancient Hylden [BO2].

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Wiki-Icon-BO2 Janos: "He has created a base in this world, the Hylden City, across the sea. There he has opened a Gate to bring his kind into our world. My plan was to teleport us to the Hylden City, and launch a final assault on the Sarafan Lord, but now I find there is some kind of shield of magic that prevents me. If we are to fight them, that shield must be destroyed."//Kain: "Vorador, where is the Hylden City? Have any of your spies brought you this knowledge?"//Vorador: "Umah, what do you know of this?"//Umah: "There has been, in the past months, enormous activity at the Wharves. Warships and freighters, loading and unloading in great secrecy. The few of our people who have infiltrated the area, and returned alive, have told me that the ships all seem to take the same course out of the harbor, but we do not know their destination."//Janos: (to Kain)"It must be the Hylden City. Why else would there be such interest at this time? You must take a ship to the city at once. There, you must find and deactivate the shield, so whatever forces we can bring may come to your aid, and close the Gate for all time." Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  2. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Vorador: "Kain, you must unleash the demon out of its cage. Then use the empty cage to smuggle yourself onto the ship. Kain, be careful…" Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wiki-Icon-BO2 Kain: "I must find the mechanism these creatures use to hide their presence in this city."//Female Human: "He can show you. Go on."//Male Human: "It is there, my lord – that building. I’ve heard them talking. The device you seek is within."//Kain: "I thank you. Now tell me, what is that?"(indicating Floating Container)//Male Human: "That is the only way to get within. The doors to the building no longer function."//Female Human: "Like so much of this place."//Kain: "And that one there?"(indicating Hylden Gate 'entrance building')//Male Human: "We don’t know."//Female Human: "But our stories tell us, that is where the demons first appeared in our world"//Kain: "Stories? How long have your kind been in this place?"//Female Human: "We have been here forever. Our oldest fables tell us that our gods abandoned us here."//Male Human: "There are others like us–new ones–soft ones. The demons bring them here from other places to work. They tell other stories."//Female Human: "They had no knowledge of the arrival of the demons. We had to tell them."//Kain: "Enough. Be silent. That building surely leads to the Gate, but first, I must destroy the device." (V/O:)"How long had the Hylden held a foothold here, while we, unsuspecting, fought and triumphed in our own petty wars above?" Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  4. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Vorador: (Whispers)"Kain, the Hylden City's defenses have been broached. Janos can no longer sense a Ward barrier."//Kain: "My doing. I have shut down their foul magics, at least for a time."//Vorador: "Then we are ready to help you. Janos is casting a spell that will bring us to you in moments."//Kain: "Excellent."//Vorador: "I look forward to thanking you, in person for saving Umah's life."//Kain: "…Yes, of course." Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Wiki-Icon-BO2 Janos: "My plan was to teleport us to the Hylden City, and launch a final assault on the Sarafan Lord, but now I find there is some kind of shield of magic that prevents me. If we are to fight them, that shield must be destroyed." Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  6. Icon-Prima"Back in sanctuary, Janos, Vorador, Umah and Kain discuss their options. They cannot launch an assault on the Hylden gate connecting the two worlds until its protective shield is deactivated in the wharves area. Begrudgingly, Kain takes Umah with him on this final task." Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Blood Omen 2 (2002). Page 78. ISBN 0-7615-3774-0
  7. 7.0 7.1 Wiki-Icon-BO2 Janos: "It must be the Hylden City. Why else would there be such interest at this time? You must take a ship to the city at once. There, you must find and deactivate the shield, so whatever forces we can bring may come to your aid, and close the Gate for all time." Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  8. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002).
  9. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Kain: "I must find the mechanism these creatures use to hide their presence in this city."//Female Human: "He can show you. Go on."//Male Human: "It is there, my lord – that building. I’ve heard them talking. The device you seek is within."//Kain: "I thank you. Now tell me, what is that?"(indicating Floating Container)//Male Human: "That is the only way to get within. The doors to the building no longer function."//Female Human: "Like so much of this place." Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Wiki-Icon-BO2 ~Kain is within the Hylden City and has just shut off a large Ward Generator. He receives a Whisper from Vorador:~ Vorador: (Whispers) "Kain, the Hylden City's defenses have been broached. Janos can no longer sense a Ward barrier."//Kain: "My doing. I have shut down their foul magics, at least for a time."//Vorador: "Then we are ready to help you. Janos is casting a spell that will bring us to you in moments." Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Icon-Prima"~Looks like you've found the shield generator. Unfortunately, its guardian has found you!~"//"~Quickly select your Telekinesis and use it on the Glyph Seal right in front of you. The glass barrier will protect you from the enemy's shots, but only temporarily. As soon as you've unlocked the seal, run left or right to the next one; it doesn't matter which direction you take.~"//"~Use your Telekinesis on the next Glyph Seal while standing behind the barrier. Continue along the edge of the room until you've unlocked the final two Seals. When the last Seal is broken, the machinery will collapse, destroying the Ward Gate protecting the Hylden Gate.~" Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Blood Omen 2(2002). Page 93. ISBN 0-7615-3774-0
  12. Icon-PrimaChapter 11:The Hylden Gate:The Living End "This is it! A final showdown with the Sarafan Lord himself! But first you'll have to locate and deactivate the Shield Generator that hides the Hylden's presence, allowing your vampire armies to launch their assault. The gate is populated mainly by the Hylden themselves, but be on the lookout for ferocious forms of Demons" Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Blood Omen 2(2002). Page 86. ISBN 0-7615-3774-0

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