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The Hylden Lord, also alternatively known as the Dark Entity, the Unspoken, the Sarafan Lord, Hash'ak'gik or the Hylden General, is the primary antagonist of both Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain and Blood Omen 2, and a major antagonist in Legacy of Kain: Defiance. Initially introduced in Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain as the malevolent force in control of Mortanius, his true identity, ambitions and motives against the Circle of Nine are further explored throughout successive installments.

As the leader of the militant Hylden trapped within the Demon Realm by the original Circle of Nine, the Hylden Lord orchestrated the murder of Ariel in an effort to topple the Pillars of Nosgoth, thereby attaining both freedom and vengeance. Following a major temporal paradox created by Raziel and Kain in Soul Reaver 2, the Hylden Lord succeeded in escaping into the Material Realm, reviving the Sarafan and attempting to conquer Nosgoth entirely. However, he was slain by Kain at the Hylden City before his plan could reach its fruition.

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"Did it not occur to you that perhaps my cause, and not yours, is the cause of right? Of justice? That your ambition to rule this world is but the youthful craving of a petty noble who has gained too much power, but never enough."
―The Sarafan Lord[src]

Wiki-Icon-BO1 Calculated RepercussionsEdit

"You thought yourself a king when in fact you were a pawn! You have served me well, Kain."
―The Dark Entity[src]
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The Dark Entity murders Ariel through the body of Mortanius.

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The corruption of the Pillars of Nosgoth.

In the first timeline, long prior to the Blood Omen era, the enigmatic Dark Entity - bent on destroying the Pillars of Nosgoth - utilized human possession to seduce the Pillar Guardians Mortanius and Azimuth to his cause in Avernus. Attached to the name Hash'ak'gik, he and his followers attracted a considerable number of worshippers in their travels.[BO1-C9][1] Over many years, the cult blossomed and spread, and the Dark Entity managed to possess Mortanius himself.[1][2] Mortanius' seduction provided him the opportunity he sought; in an "expertly calculated" move, he murdered the Balance Guardian, Ariel, through Mortanius' body.[2][BO1-C1][SR2-C2]

The Mind Guardian Nupraptor, Ariel's lover, soon found her corpse, and - "wracked with grief and tormented by suspicions of treachery" - plunged into madness, and turned his powers against his fellow Pillar Guardians. His mental onslaught drove the entire Circle to irrevocable insanity, and invoked the corruption of the Pillars.[SR2-C2][BO1-C3] Over the ensuing thirty years, the Dark Entity maintained his hold over Mortanius, though his control was not unhindered - sometimes, Mortanius was able to assert his own shattered will.[2][3]

"In constant conflict" with his possessor, Mortanius struggled to redeem himself for "inviting" these dark forces and enabling the Pillars to be compromised.[2] During one of these periods of respite, Mortanius hired assassins to murder the human nobleman Kain, and subsequently revived him as a powerful vampire, in a desperate bid to purge the Circle of its corrupt members.[BO1-C1][BO1-C11] Defying the Dark Entity's will, Mortanius guided Kain in a quest to slaughter the mad sorcerers and restore their Pillars, seeking to ensure that a new Circle of Nine could rise to replace the old.[BO1]

Wiki-Icon-BO1 Narrow VisionEdit

"Indeed. Such narrow vision. Don’t you see? My silencing of Ariel, and its calculated repercussions, is but the first act in my theatre of Grand Guignol. Of which you are the tragic ”hero.”"
―The Dark Entity[src]

Kain gleaned little information regarding the forces behind the Pillars' corruption during his quest, finding only a few references to the Cult of Hash'ak'gik in the Library of Willendorf and Hash'ak'gik's altar in Avernus Cathedral.[4][5] After witnessing the execution of Vorador and killing Moebius, Kain was summoned to the Pillars for a final confrontation with Mortanius.[6] When Kain defeated the Necromancer, the Dark Entity emerged, transforming Mortanius' body into a demonic form and chastising Kain on his role.[7]

The Unspoken regarded Kain as "a king when in fact [he was] a pawn", and claimed his "silencing of Ariel, and its calculated repercussions, [was] but the first act in [his] theatre of Grand Guignol" in which Kain was the "tragic hero".[7] Angered at these taunts, Kain battled and destroyed the transformed body of Mortanius, but the Dark Entity itself was far beyond his reach. Moments later, Kain would play right into his hands by refusing to sacrifice himself to restore the Pillars, thus instigating their collapse.[8]

Wiki-Icon-SR2 The Backwaters of Passing TimeEdit

"No. You were utterly destroyed. So easily. Your name was drowned in the backwaters of passing time. All your plans were set alight, and seared to smoke and ashes."
―The Sarafan Lord[src]

Despite the destruction of his vessel in the Material Realm, the Dark Entity's plans remained unfettered. Through the chain of events instigated by the Collapse of the Pillars, Kain and his lieutenant, Raziel, embarked on a pursuit through Nosgoth's various eras in an attempt to alter history and prevent the irreconcilable dilemma Kain had been presented with after Mortanius' death.[9] During his travels in the second and third timelines, Raziel uncovered various murals depicting two ancient races who battled for dominion of Nosgoth; the architects of the Pillars had condemned and banished a mysterious "enemy race" in aeons past.[10][11][12][13]

Kain, meanwhile, was aware of "malevolent forces [...] being marshaled to eliminate [him]" and Raziel, but did not yet realize the true nature of his adversaries.[14] In the Sarafan era of the third timeline, Raziel witnessed the death of Janos Audron at the hands of his former self.[15] Enraged and thirsting for revenge, Raziel pursued the Sarafan Warrior Inquisitors south across Nosgoth, but was impeded by "demonic pests" who frequently teleported across his path and taunted him on his attempts to change his destiny - "minions of the unseen forces that had hoped to control [him]".[16][17][18]

Raziel suspected the Demons were the ''tangible expression of their displeasure", and presumed they were "unleashed as the penalty for [his] disobedience".[16] Upon slaying his former self, Raziel realized his fate to enter the Reaver blade; as his soul was drained into the sword, Kain emerged and tore the Reaver from the wraith's body, postponing Raziel's destiny and altering history.[19] As the future reshuffled itself before his eyes, however, Kain realized his folly: in sparing Raziel and triggering such a monumental alteration to history, Kain had altered the course of his own destiny as well.[20]

Wiki-Icon-DEF The Dreaded UnspokenEdit

"Poetic justice, to topple the foundations of the Pillars from within. We shall have our revenge, in full measure, and for all time."
―The Hylden Lord[src]
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Through Mortanius, Raziel encountered the Dark Entity in Avernus following the third paradox.

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The Entity insisted the Hylden would prevail, with or without Raziel's collaboration.

Awestruck and horrified as memories bloomed and died behind his eyes, Kain lamented that he had "walked right into their trap".[21] The chain of events engendered by the third paradox had been orchestrated by the Dark Entity himself, and would ultimately lead to the release of the Hylden, the "enemy race" he belonged to.[22] In the Blood Omen era of this new timeline, Raziel had several encounters with the Hylden he commanded - the Revenants - who used possession to cross from the Demon Realm and control the bodies of living hosts in the physical world.[23]

On discovering murals in the Avernus Catacombs, Raziel realized that he was the Adversary - a messiah destined to bring about the release and victory of the Hylden race.[24] There, he also discovered that the Blood God of Avernus Cathedral, Hash'ak'gik, was in fact Turel, one of Kain's Vampire "sons" from the Soul Reaver era.[25] Pulling Turel "from the future back to the bowels of Avernus Cathedral" through Azimuth, the Hylden Lord had utilized his new captive as a "dark god", inciting fearful worship and forming the Cult of Hash'ak'gik.[1][26]

Hoping to take advantage of Raziel's free will and ensure the resurrection of Janos, the Hylden Lord still asserted control over Mortanius.[22][27] As Raziel questioned Mortanius regarding the Heart of Darkness, the Hylden Lord took control of his body, gloating that he no-longer required Raziel's co-operation.[28] He claimed that "with or without [him] - [the Hylden would] prevail", and acknowledged the poetic justice in seducing the Circle of Nine from within.[28] The Hylden Lord assured Raziel that he would "soon have a stronger vessel".[29] Mortanius then shirked off the Hylden's control, teleporting away; this event would shortly coincide with his death, and the Dark Entity's fateful confrontation with the fledgling Kain at the Pillars.[30]

Wiki-Icon-DEF Freedom and VengeanceEdit

"Ah, Raziel, we meet again. You have played your part flawlessly. It is gratifying to attain both freedom and vengeance in a single stroke."
―The Hylden Lord[src]
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The Hylden Lord emerged once more, triumphant at last, following Raziel's resurrection of Janos Audron.[31] After Raziel had obtained the Spirit Reaver in the Vampire Citadel, he and Janos were thrown backwards by the sudden, apocalyptic blast of the Pillars' collapse from afar; the younger Kain had just defeated the Dark Entity and refused the sacrifice, as in the first timeline.[8][32] However, the rift generated by the collapse of the Pillar of Balance was sufficient for him to "breach through the dimensions" and take control of a new host - Janos.[8][33] Reveling in his victory, the Hylden Lord mocked that Raziel had "played [his] part flawlessly" in providing "an incorruptible vessel".[22][34]

The Hylden required the blood of their Ancient Vampire enemies to escape the Demon Realm, and Raziel's free will had provided it.[1][35] Janos struggled against the Hylden Lord, but failed to shake off his possession; aware of the wraith's defiance, the Hylden claimed that "willing or not, [Raziel] had provided the instrument of [their] victory", and that "the seduction of the Circle and possession of Mortanius; Ariel's murder; the corruption and collapse of the Pillars: all orchestrated as a prelude to this moment".[22][36] The Hylden Lord knew Raziel had "murdered the Scion of Balance" to get the Heart of Darkness, and therefore felt secure in his exultation.[22]

Spurred on by Janos' urgings to stop the Hylden plan, Raziel challenged the Hylden leader, vowing to destroy Janos if necessary.[37][38] Though initially incredulous and damning Raziel as a "deluded ghoul", the Hylden Lord agreed to indulge his foe.[38] The two battled, with Raziel apparently victorious, delivering what appeared to be a killing blow.[39] However, Raziel hesitated in finishing Janos, affording the furious Hylden Lord to recoup and unleash a barrage of electrifying energy upon his enemy.[40][41] Utterly destroying Raziel's physical form, he flew away - again triumphant - in Janos' body, concluding that "now it is finished. And thus a new epoch has its beginning".[41][42]

Wiki-Icon-BO2 The Cause of RightEdit

"Bathe them in fire. Let them learn as they writhe in the flames and their bones dissolve, the futility of their actions. The vampire, and all of his kind, shall be razed from the land."
―The Sarafan Lord[src]
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Using the possessed Janos to open the Hylden Gate, the Hylden Lord was able to enter the Material Realm with his natural body and set about restoring the Hylden to power.[1][43] From his headquarters in the Hylden City in the Great Southern Sea, he planned to use the Device - an ancient Hylden superweapon beneath Meridian powered by a creature named the Mass - to destroy all non-Hylden life in Nosgoth.[44] Imprisoning Janos to power the Device, the Hylden Lord drained his ancient enemy of blood to feed and perpetuate the Mass.[35]

Disguising his demonic features behind a golden armor and helm, the Hylden Lord learned of the long-dead brotherhood of the Sarafan.[43] Capitalizing on the humans' fear, he chose to revive its purpose - the destruction of the Vampires - by establishing a revived Sarafan order. Many humans flocked to join, and soon the Order had become a power in its own right.[43] The Hylden General became known as the enigmatic Sarafan Lord, bringing with him Glyph magic to assist his human underlings in their crusade against Kain's vampire army, which was, slowly but surely, encroaching southward towards Meridian.[45][46]

When Kain's army attempted to take the city, the Sarafan Lord was ready; he had in his possession the Nexus Stone, an artifact which rendered its user impervious to the power of the Soul Reaver.[47] In addition, he had secretly conspired with one of Kain's associates, Sebastian, to arrange "an ambush that cost [Kain] the war".[48] Kain's champion, Magnus, attempted to assassinate the Hylden leader, but failed, and was banished to the hellish Eternal Prison to suffer for his pride.[49] In the battle of Meridian, Kain's forces were routed by the ambush, and he and the Sarafan Lord became locked in direct combat.[50] Unable to use the power of the Soul Reaver against his foe, Kain was defeated by the Sarafan Lord, and knocked off a cliff to his apparent death.[51]

Wiki-Icon-BO2 A New, Glorious AgeEdit

"Do you think the game is over? Do you think it will end with me? Have you not wondered why so many of your trusted henchman, time and again, bend their knees before me, accept me as their lord, and join their cause to mine?"
―The Sarafan Lord[src]

The Sarafan Lord claimed the Soul Reaver for his own, and, in the years that followed, the Sarafan Order grew to control much of Nosgoth in an autocratical fashion.[52] Under his tyrannical rule, the Sarafan Lord reduced the Vampires to a small resistance movement - the Cabal - in Meridian.[53] Meanwhile, under the pretense of providing heat, light and power to Meridian's citizens, the Glyphwrights under his command carried out the next phase of the Hylden's plans, building a network capable of projecting the mental energies of the Mass and thereby completing the Device.[54][55]

By the time of Kain's return - some 200 years after his defeat[56] - the Glyph magic network was nearly complete, and Kain's former lieutenants Sebastian, Marcus and Faustus had pledged allegiance to the Sarafan Lord.[57][58][59] Lusting for vengeance, Kain was eager to destroy his old enemy, boasting that he would "have him dead within the hour".[60] The Sarafan Lord quickly became aware of Kain's revival, but did not encounter the Vampire again in person until Kain encountered him after rescuing Umah from the Sarafan Keep.[61]

With the Soul Reaver, the Sarafan Lord easily overpowered Kain, and attempted to strike him down.[62] Coldly incensed that his victim still lived, he admonished that Kain's fantasies of killing him "were quenched in blood long ago", and that Kain's death was fated at his hands.[62][63] Preparing to destroy Kain, he uttered that "however long you delay, you will come to me, for your end."[64] Umah, however, teleported herself and Kain away to Sanctuary before the "demon of filth" could slay them.[65]

Wiki-Icon-BO2 The Charlatan EmperorEdit

"It matters not. The Gate remains open, and even as we speak, my army, the likes of which this soft world has never seen, prepares to enter. Nosgoth is still mine for the taking."
―The Sarafan Lord[src]

The Sarafan Lord had utilized the Nexus Stone in his attempts to complete the Device, drawing upon its power to summon a portal in the Main Factory of the Industrial Quarter leading deep beneath Meridian.[66] Kain seized the Stone, destroying the factory; the Sarafan Lord was next seen leading a contingent of Sarafan troops in the Canyons, apparently anticipating the meeting between Kain and the Seer.[67][68] At the Seer's Cottage, he ordered several Sarafan Archers to set the house ablaze; he believed that "this world [would] be made pure by [his] hand".[69]

Having not directly encountered Kain since the Main Factory's destruction, the Sarafan Lord remained unaware that his enemies possessed the Nexus Stone.[70] As Kain continued into the Device, he learned much more of his nemesis's identity and history from Janos Audron, learning of the Sarafan Lord's true nature as a "Hylden General".[71] With the blood of the Builder, Kain destroyed the Device and freed Janos.[35] Later, when he traveled to the Hylden City, he was immediately confronted by the Sarafan Lord - appropriately unmasked - who again attempted to strike him down.[72]

The Sarafan Lord was shocked to discover Kain possessed the Nexus Stone, but dismissed his enemy's bravado and unveiled his next move; he planned to bring forth his army from the Demon Realm.[70][73] Once Kain had deactivated the Shield Generator, allowing Vorador and Janos to teleport into the City, the Sarafan Lord attacked again, incapacitating Kain's allies with Reaver bolts.[74] He was, however, taken aback by Kain's tenacity when the Vampire surprised him above the Hylden Gate, and the two exchanged insults before battling.[75]

Wiki-Icon-BO2 Reckoning DayEdit

"It was justice for our banishment from the world. You see what it has made of our fair race."
―The Sarafan Lord[src]

Arguing that his endeavor was "the cause of right", the Sarafan Lord denied Kain's belief that Umah had been his spy.[76][77] He fired Reaver Bolts at Kain, attempting to knock him into the vortex below the Gate, but - with an effective stalemate - emphasized that "while [Kain bore] the stone to shield [his] life, [he could not] use it to destroy the Gate".[78] He insisted that his "waiting game" would succeed, and that "as long as [he had] not lost, in time, [he was] sure to win".[78] He was taken aback, however, when Kain elected to drop the Stone into the Gate, giving up his protection but foiling the Hylden leader's gambit.[79]

Aware that he was soon to perish, the Hylden General unleashed his full furor on Kain, attempting to destroy the Vampire with the Soul Reaver.[80] Repeatedly using his powers to immolate the General, Kain forced his opponent to drop the Soul Reaver; Janos then intervened, teleporting into the fray.[81][82] The General and Janos seethed at one another, debating the morality of the Vampire-Hylden war, with Janos predicating that the Hylden had "taken [his] true form at last".[83]

The ancient enemies grappled, but the Hylden prevailed; he cast Janos into the Demon Realm below, "a prisoner – for all time".[84] As they fought, Kain reclaimed the Soul Reaver and proceeded to finish his now-unarmed foe.[85] Without the Nexus Stone or the Soul Reaver, the Hylden General was no match for Kain. Dying as the Hylden Gate imploded behind him, the General admitted defeat, but, before being dispatched with the Soul Reaver, pledged that the Hylden would one day return.[86]

"You have won the battle….but the war….between your kind and mine…will never end. Our banishment…in the demon dimension…also ensures our immortality….one day…we will shall return…."
―The Hylden Lord[src]

CharacterEdit

DevelopmentEdit

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A commemorative mural of the battle of Meridian, featuring the Hylden Lord.

The Hylden Lord, as he is known in Legacy of Kain: Defiance, is a composite of two characters who were originally imagined as separate. In Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, the Dark Entity, also referred to as the Unspoken or Hash'ak'gik, appeared at the end of the story, revealing itself as a "vague", malevolent being who had apparently possessed Mortanius, and was the one truly responsible for murdering Ariel. Silicon Knights' official FAQ - The Complete Guide To Legacy of Kain - clarified that "Mortanius is in constant conflict against "The Unspoken" who is inside him. Mortanius' goal was to correct the imbalance he has caused by murdering Ariel, while under the Dark Entity's control. Kain was created to destroy the old circle so a new one could rise to replace it. As the game progresses, some of Mortanius's actions are his own, some are him being controlled". The FAQ also indicated that Hash'ak'gik was this being's true name, and stated that his "ultimate plan [was] to directly or indirectly kill all the other members of the circle, leaving himself a virtual god". The Dark Entity character, and his relationship with Mortanius, was apparently added in a late revision to the storyline; earlier drafts of the plot involved Mortanius killing Ariel of his own volition, with no reference to external forces.

While one team in Crystal Dynamics completed Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, a second team was formed to develop Blood Omen 2. This team's writers conceived the antagonistic character of the Sarafan Lord as a new enemy, and developed the Hylden race, hoping to "create an adversary worthy of Kain" - in this game, he was designed by Steve Ross. However, the plot which the Blood Omen 2 developers had created clashed heavily with the Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver crew's plans. To reconcile the stories, Amy Hennig used Soul Reaver 2 to expand on the time travel mythology introduced in Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, framing Blood Omen 2 as part of an alternate historical timeline, orchestrated by the Hylden, and created by Kain and Raziel's actions. In an interview following Soul Reaver 2's release, she wrote: "The entity who confronts and speaks to Kain at the end of BO:LoK is indeed the being alternately known as "the Unspoken," the "Dark Entity" and "Hash'ak'gik". But does the deformation of Mortanius' flesh that it uses to manifest represent its true form ? ... that question is still open to speculation..."

Legacy of Kain: Defiance resolved the mystery, with Hennig merging the characters of the Dark Entity and the Sarafan Lord into one - the Hylden Lord - and revealing that the Hylden could possess their enemies. Though this relationship was not intended by the writers of Blood Omen 2, it correlates to the overall story (both the Dark Entity and the Sarafan Lord sought to topple the Pillars to further their agenda). The fact that the Dark Entity, the Sarafan Lord and the Hylden Lord are all one and the same is suggested, but never clearly stated, within the games; it was instead confirmed by Hennig following the release of Legacy of Kain: Defiance, who explained that "the actual [Hash'ak'gik] entity is a leader among the Hylden, who has his own agenda. In Defiance, he possesses Janos. In Blood Omen, he uses the transformed body of Mortanius as a vessel. In Blood Omen 2, he appears as the Hylden Lord (AKA Sarafan Lord)". Although Silicon Knights indicated that Hash'ak'gik is another name for the Dark Entity, Crystal Dynamics' re-interpretation of the series' lore means that this is not necessarily true; in Legacy of Kain: Defiance, the name Hash'ak'gik is instead revealed as being simply a "name the human worshippers use for their god" (Turel), and script directions exclusively dub the character the "Hylden Lord". Although Hash'ak'gik may be the Hylden Lord's true name, Crystal Dynamics have not supported this idea.

Despite his death in Blood Omen 2, series artist Daniel Cabuco revealed that the Hylden Lord may have returned in a major role in Legacy of Kain: The Dark Prophecy, the cancelled sequel to Legacy of Kain: Defiance:

"We had a ton of reconciliation to do. We were going to put a lot in DP.. but didn't get the chance. The Hylden Lord, having the Soul Reaver for a time, could change history if he could get it in proximity of another Reaver.. or Raziel. Think about that motivation for a second, and you'll see how powerful the Hylden Lord's ambition was. But we didn't get a chance to really explore it further."
―Daniel Cabuco

AppearanceEdit

The Sarafan Lord wears a luxurious golden armor fitted with the sarafan emblem and a purple cape. During the first half of the game, The Sarafan Lord wears a golden helmet in order to hide his demonic facial features. During chapter 7, the canyons, he attacks the seer's cottage with the helmet still equipped, but his eyes no longer glow. The next confrontaion occurs at the arrival of the hylden city, and he no longer wears his helmet since the island is inhabited by fellow hylden. He regains his glowing green eyes and has the same facial features as any other hylden. (this of course excludes the seer, due to the fact that she was never imprisoned and devolved). The Sarafan Lord's voice is also noticeably lower and less raspy than other hylden, and his golden body armor never changes through the game.

PersonalityEdit

The Sarafan Lord has your basic personalitely of a king, always striving for more. He seems very loyal to his race, and every part of his plan is dedicated to the enrichment of power to the hylden. He seems to care nothing of humans and vampires alike, as he uses the sarafan warriors to defend him and the hylden to power the device. The hylden city is maintained by human slaves, and the device is targeted at both vampires and humans. He seems to only care about the hylden and cherished the Reaver Blade as a trophy, he also has a great deal of pride due to that he previously defeated Kain before the time of the game.

Hylden Lord is driven by three goals: gaining revenge on Vampires, freeing his race from Demon Realm, and make it flourish in Nosgoth. He will stop at nothing to accomplish his objectives, showing a Machiavellistic methods of action. He can act from the shadows, manipulating and possessing several beings and also openly stand to fight if situation demands it. Hylden Lord deeply cares about his race, never striving for personal gains, focused only on greater goal. He believes his cause to be a "cause of right", explaining and justfying his actions even to mortal enemies. We could say that Sarafan Lord is indeed right, because the great war was started by Ancients who tried to impose their religious beliefs on Hylden and finally banished them from Nosgoth by raising Pillar. Curse and immortality was a last desperate effort to punish Ancients for their fanaticism. 

It is unknown what kind of person he was before banishment (if he was at least born during/before the ancient war) but it can be sure that existence in Demon Realm was taking its toll on whole race, devolving their appearance and minds. This could also attribute to their attitude and actions they committed to accomplish their objectives.

PowersEdit

The Sarafan Lord has the unique ability to teleport at will, and very quickly, during combat. He also, for the most part of the game, wields the Soul Reaver. This allows him to cast reaver bolts and excel in combat efficiently. He also has the ability to create combos entirely of yellow power moves, followed by the casual red power move. He shows extreme stamina and health, as neither the immolate dark gift nor the Soul Reaver itself can kill him in a single use. As shown during the intro of Blood Omen 2, the Hylden Lord possesses the power to fire bolts of lightning. Like most Hylden, he also has the power to possess other beings. While possessing Janos Audron, he could perform telekinesis and summon yellow tornadoes.

EtymologyEdit

NotesEdit

The Hylden Lord has several different titles throughout the seires which has led to some confusion over his identity:

  • He is known primarily as "The Dark Entity" or "The Unspoken" in Blood Omen stage directions and was heavlily implied to be the dark god "Hash'ak'gik"; the latter two of these terms subtly change meaning in later games,under development of Crystal Dynamics, which reinterpreted "The Unspoken" to refer to the Hylden race in general. "Hash'ak'gik", the dark god worshipped in Avernus, was revealed in Defiance to be Turel, possessed by several Hylden (without the participation of the Hylden Lord).
  • In Blood Omen 2, he is known as "The Sarafan Lord" (and later "The Hylden General"), which led fans to believe he was a new enemy; only with developments in Defiance (and developer interviews) did it become clear the "The Sarafan Lord" and "The Dark Entity" were one and the same. It is unclear however, if Kain was ever aware of this fact. He is also called "SLord" in Blood Omen 2 debug messages.
  • Defiance filled in the continuity, referring to him as the "Hylden Lord" (harking back to both the "Sarafan Lord" and "Hylden General" titles) but also showing his actions as those of "The Dark Entity". As noted above, Defiance cast doubt on the validity of the terms "The Unspoken" and "Hash'ak'gik" to refer to him.

The age of the Hylden Lord is not conclusively discussed in the series; though comments by Janos that the Builder is "far older" than the Sarafan Lord may suggest that he was not present in the Elder Wars and was 'born' in the Demon Realm.

In Blood Omen 2, The Sarafan Lord is still unaware of Kain's return until Chapter 5:The Sarafan Keep, despite several Sarafan traitor Vampires mentioning "rumours" of Kain's return (and with both Sebastian and Faustus having met Kain, then had clear opportunities to inform the Sarafan Lord; Faustus himself claims that the Sarafan Lord told him of Kain's revival).

In Blood Omen 2A female NPC at 'Southgate Tram Station' in Chapter 3: The Lower City, is heard trying to gain access to the Sarafan Keep to pay her debts to "The Chancellor" - though the real-world meaning of 'chancellor' varies; it could be taken as a 'human title' of the Sarafan Lord.

The idea of the Dark Entity being sealed away in thedemon world as punishment for his rebellion may be an allusion to Satan and the rebel angels being exiled from Heaven as punishment for their rebellion. However, it is uncertain whether or not this was intended.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Wiki-Icon-TLW Question and Answer with Amy Hennig at The Lost Worlds (by Ben Lincoln)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Wiki-Icon-DC Miscellaneous Questions & Answers at SK: The Complete Guide To Legacy of Kain (archived at Dark Chronicle)
  3. The Legacy of Kain: Defiance fankit: Bios at Legacy of Kain.net (by Lee Davies)
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  5. Wiki-Icon-BO1 ~ "And Hash’ak’gik spoke unto the world, and all who heard trembled. "Bring me your first born, and shed their blood upon the altar of the world, so I might take nourishment from them. Do this without question, or suffer my wrath for eternity." And its will was done." ~ Silicon Knights / Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. (Crystal Dynamics). PlayStation. (November 15, 1996) Transcript.
  6. Wiki-Icon-BO1 Mortanius: "Well done, Kain. Ah, Moebius did so love playing the trickster’s part. His guise as the Oracle served his schemes well. Pity with all his plots he failed to plan for you. Come to me, my undead son. Make haste to the Pillars; the stage is set for the grand finale. You will have your vengeance." Silicon Knights / Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. (Crystal Dynamics). PlayStation. (November 15, 1996) Transcript.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Wiki-Icon-BO1 The Unspoken: "You thought yourself a king when in fact you were a pawn! You have served me well, Kain." // Kain: "I serve no one!" // The Unspoken: "Indeed. Such narrow vision. Don’t you see? My silencing of Ariel, and its calculated repercussions, is but the first act in my theatre of Grand Guignol. Of which you are the tragic ”hero.”" // ~ Angered, Kain screams as he attacks. ~ // Kain: "Vae Victus!" Silicon Knights / Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. (Crystal Dynamics). PlayStation. (November 15, 1996) Transcript.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Wiki-Icon-SR1 Ariel: "Kain refused the sacrifice. The Pillar of Balance, corrupted to its core, stands as a monument to his blind ambition. Now these pillars serve only to bind me here -- my prison and eternal home, thanks to the avarice of your master, Kain..." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation. (August 16, 1999) Transcript.
  9. Wiki-Icon-SR2 Kain: "There’s a third option - a monumental secret, hidden in your very presence here. But it’s a secret you have to discover for yourself. Unearth your destiny, Raziel. It’s all laid out for you here." // Raziel: "You said it yourself, Kain – there are only two sides to your coin." // Kain: "Apparently so. But suppose you throw a coin enough times... suppose one day, it lands on its edge." Crystal Dynamics. Soul Reaver 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (October 31, 2001) Transcript.
  10. Wiki-Icon-SR2 Raziel: "The surrounding murals depicted a winged race, their features so like my own but beautiful, where mine were grotesque... and angelic, while mine were demonic. I tried to decipher these images... a great war, but with combatants like none I had ever seen... the Pillars, raised by this winged race, who thus defeated their adversaries... the winged beings again, writhing in agony, apparently afflicted with the same blood-thirst I had so recently suffered... And throughout the chamber, inscribed everywhere, images of the Reaver itself." Crystal Dynamics. Soul Reaver 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (October 31, 2001) Transcript.
  11. Wiki-Icon-SR2 Raziel: "Throughout this ancient shrine, murals depicted the winged race, and the apocalyptic war against their mysterious – and equally inhuman – adversaries. These winged beings, it seemed, were not only the architects of the Pillars but of this enigmatic place, as well. And just as in the Pillars chamber, this shrine was adorned throughout with imagery of the Reaver – depicted with the reverence of a holy icon." Crystal Dynamics. Soul Reaver 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (October 31, 2001) Transcript.
  12. Wiki-Icon-SR2 Raziel: "These murals left no room for doubt – these winged creatures were indeed the architects of the Pillars. And while the images were difficult to decipher, the Pillars appeared to banish or diminish their enemies somehow..." Crystal Dynamics. Soul Reaver 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (October 31, 2001) Transcript.
  13. Wiki-Icon-SR2 Raziel: "The scenes I discovered here were unambiguous... This race of winged beings – the architects of the Pillars, and the creators of the Reaver – were Nosgoth’s first vampires. Their blood-thirst appeared to be a curse, inflicted upon them by their vanquished enemies. These images confirmed the truths that Kain had divulged to me, but I had been too incredulous to accept." Crystal Dynamics. Soul Reaver 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (October 31, 2001) Transcript.
  14. Wiki-Icon-SR2 Kain: "I knew you’d see through them, Raziel. Janos is indeed the key to your destiny, but you’ll need to find your own way back into Nosgoth’s past. Make no mistake though, Raziel – you and I are now in great danger. We are irritants here – malevolent forces are being marshaled to eliminate us." Crystal Dynamics. Soul Reaver 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (October 31, 2001) Transcript.
  15. Wiki-Icon-SR2 ~ Raziel prepares to leap into the fray, and then is frozen – as the head inquisitor turns, raising the heart, Raziel gets a good look at his face. And realizes that he has just watched himself – his former, Sarafan self – murder Janos. The two incarnations of Raziel lock eyes on each other – blue Raziel gaping in horror at recognizing his former self, and Sarafan Raziel strangely haunted by something in this demonic figure, but not knowing what. As Janos begins to die, a tremor shakes the Retreat. The chamber rocks with the impact, and begins to collapse under the strain. ~ Crystal Dynamics. Soul Reaver 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (October 31, 2001) Transcript.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Wiki-Icon-SR2 Purple Demon: "We have been expecting you, little Raziel." // Raziel: "So, these demonic pests were not merely the product of Nosgoth’s corrupted future – for here they were, hurdling back over five centuries to pursue me. These creatures, I suspected, were minions of the unseen forces that had hoped to control me. This was the tangible expression of their displeasure – these demons were unleashed as the penalty for my disobedience." Crystal Dynamics. Soul Reaver 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (October 31, 2001) Transcript.
  17. Wiki-Icon-SR2 ~ Raziel’s path is once again blocked by energy barriers. Two gray demons teleport in and drop down right beside Raziel. ~ // Gray Demon 1: "Do you really think you can save Nosgoth?" // Gray Demon 2: "Let me enlighten you, poor Raziel…" Crystal Dynamics. Soul Reaver 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (October 31, 2001) Transcript.
  18. Wiki-Icon-SR2 ~ As Raziel runs past the Pillars, and numerous corpses of the Sarafans' vampire victims, three black demons rise from the ground to surround him. ~ // Black Demon 1: "He thinks he can change his destiny." // Black Demon 2: "What a fool." Crystal Dynamics. Soul Reaver 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (October 31, 2001) Transcript.
  19. Wiki-Icon-SR2 ~ Out of strength, Raziel surrenders his will. As he nears the brink of oblivion, a fluttering distortion tangibly begins, and Raziel approaches a dawning revelation – ~ // Raziel: "And then... a growing sense of vertigo, and the familiar displacement – the paradoxical moment when my twinned soul hovered both outside and inside the Reaver blade... This was the instant – the glimmer of temporal distortion – Kain had been counting on all along. This was the edge of the coin – the minute flicker of probability upon which Kain had gambled everything." // ~ This is the split-second temporal distortion that Kain has risked everything for. Kain lunges forward – and with a massive, history-defying effort, tears the Reaver from Raziel's chest. ~ Crystal Dynamics. Soul Reaver 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (October 31, 2001) Transcript.
  20. Wiki-Icon-SR2 ~ The room begins to warp around them. As the future strains to reshuffle itself, a look of horror slowly dawns on Kain's face, and he realizes he may have just made a terrible mistake. Raziel begins to rise weakly. ~ // Raziel: "Behind Kain’s eyes, I could see new memories blooming and dying, as history labored to reshuffle itself around this monumental obstruction... And I could see by the dawning horror on his face that perhaps we had strained history too far this time... that by trying to alter my fate, he may have introduced a fatal paradox." // ~ Then the reshuffling begins to settle, as history finds its new course. But the horror on Kain’s face remains, as he realizes what price has been paid to restore Raziel’s future. ~ Crystal Dynamics. Soul Reaver 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (October 31, 2001) Transcript.
  21. Wiki-Icon-SR2 Kain: "My god... the Hylden... we walked right into their trap..." // ~ Then, with a sudden realization, Kain tries to warn Raziel – ~ // Kain: "Raziel! Janos must stay dead!" Crystal Dynamics. Soul Reaver 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (October 31, 2001) Transcript.
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 Wiki-Icon-DEF Hylden Lord: "You pathetic creature - you haven't got a clue. The seduction of the Circle and possession of Mortanius; Ariel's murder; the corruption and collapse of the Pillars: all orchestrated as a prelude to this moment. We sought an incorruptible vessel, and you provided one. We required the blood of our ancient enemy, and you delivered Janos Audron - having first been lured to the Heart of Darkness. Best of all, you murdered the Scion of Balance to get it. We've already won." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  23. Wiki-Icon-DEF ~ As Raziel re-enters the crypt where he discovered the phantom planar portal, a number of Revenants begin bursting out of the floor and walls, their eyes burning with green fire. Simultaneously, magical green barriers appear over Raziel's exits, trapping him within the room. ~ Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  24. Wiki-Icon-DEF Raziel: "The banished race foretold a hero who would deliver them from their oppressors, and destroy the shackles of the Vampires’ tyrannous god. The same hero that bore the flaming sword. What game was this, where every player on the board claimed the same pawn?" // ~ The Elder God's voice fills Raziel's head. ~ // Elder God: "So, Raziel... your true nature is finally revealed. You were never the Vampires' savior - it is to the Hylden race you belong. And when Kain realizes this, what do you think he will do?..." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  25. Wiki-Icon-DEF ~ Raziel has been surmising throughout the previous exchange that this might be his final brother, inexplicably here, in this pit. Still, he can hardly believe it when Turel reveals himself -- ~ // Raziel: "...Turel." // Turel: "Turel. Yes. That was my name then."' Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  26. Icon-Eidos Answers to questions from the Defiance team at the Eidos Forums (by Chris@Crystal)
  27. Wiki-Icon-DEF ~ Mortanius convulses as he feels himself becoming possessed. He fights it -- ~ // Mortanius: "No. No -- not now --"' // ~ Mortanius recovers himself. His cynical smile returns. ~ Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  28. 28.0 28.1 Wiki-Icon-DEF Hylden Lord: "This vessel speaks truly - you are indeed overdue. But it no longer matters in the least. With or without you - we will prevail." // Raziel: "So I finally meet the 'Unspoken' - nestled in the heart of the Circle itself. Ironic."' // Hylden Lord: "Poetic justice, to topple the foundations of the Pillars from within. We shall have our revenge, in full measure, and for all time."' ~ Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  29. Wiki-Icon-DEF Hylden Lord: "This one grows weak. But we will soon have a stronger vessel. The long-awaited hour approaches - our release is at hand -- "' ~ Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  30. Wiki-Icon-DEF ~ Mortanius returns with a groan. ~ // Mortanius: "Ah... I must -- finish it. Now --"' // ~ Mortanius resumes his death-mask and employs the magic of the circle to teleport away to the Pillars, where he will meet the young Kain, and die. Raziel is left alone in the chamber, in shock at what he's just discovered. ~ Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  31. Wiki-Icon-DEF ~ Raziel angrily raises his fist and begins to bring it down hard on Janos’ corpse, but stops himself, and instead merely places his hand over the wound in Janos’ chest. A jolt of energy passes through Raziel into the body. The Reaver's power flows down Raziel's arm into Janos' chest. Janos' eyes fly open. His body buckles and comes to life. He reaches out and clutches Raziel’s arm with his nearest hand. Raziel's energy is leeched into Janos, and the wound in Janos' chest begins to heal. Janos gasps as though surfacing from a very deep and terrifying place. Raziel breaks away from Janos, and backs up apprehensively. Janos rises suddenly, looking down at his chest and clasping his heart. ~ ~ Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  32. Wiki-Icon-DEF Raziel: "We had arrived at that cataclysmic moment, when a younger Kain faced his fateful dilemma as Balance Guardian. Choosing self-preservation over sacrifice, he doomed the Pillars to eternal ruin."' ~ Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  33. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Kain: "The Sarafan Lord. It was he that broke through. But how?" // Janos Audron: "Now we come to your part in this story. When you chose to destroy the Pillar of Balance, you caused a rift throughout the world, sufficient to breach through the dimensions." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  34. Wiki-Icon-DEF Hylden Lord: "Ah, Raziel, we meet again. You have played your part flawlessly. It is gratifying to attain both freedom and vengeance in a single stroke. "' Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 Wiki-Icon-BO2 Janos Audron: "Not dead, but imprisoned in this place. My blood was needed to power the device, and feed the Mass within. Starved of blood and sapped of life, I devolved into that horrible creature. The moment you poisoned the Mass, I felt my strength return. That which is divine cannot be wholly suppressed." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  36. Wiki-Icon-DEF Hylden Lord: "This one is strong... good. My next move requires a more durable host. Mortals are such fragile vessels. Willing or not, you have provided the instrument of our victory."' Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  37. Wiki-Icon-DEF Janos Audron: "Raziel, you must not allow them to carry out their plan. Kill me, and you end it now."' Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  38. 38.0 38.1 Wiki-Icon-DEF Hylden Lord: "You deluded ghoul. Do you so wish to die a martyr for the Vampires' lost cause?"' // Raziel: "You're not leaving this chamber. I will destroy Janos if I have to."' // Hylden Lord: "Very well then, I'll indulge you..."' Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  39. Wiki-Icon-DEF ~ They battle. Raziel delivers what appears to be a killing blow, sending the Hylden Lord in Janos' body to the ground. Raziel stands over the broken body, and for a moment, Janos' eyes clear -- ~ Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  40. Wiki-Icon-DEF ~ Raziel hesitates, unwilling to destroy Janos. The Hylden Lord, not fully dispelled, seizes the moment to regain possession of Janos. He rapidly gets to Janos' feet, blazing with fury over his near-defeat. ~ Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  41. 41.0 41.1 Wiki-Icon-DEF ~ The Hylden Lord unleashes a barrage of electrifying energy from his fingertips, blasting Raziel helplessly backward. Raziel crumples, and the Hylden Lord advances, redoubling his attack. Raziel screams in agony. When the Hylden Lord finally relents, Raziel lies helpless, nearly destroyed. The Hylden Lord steps back, recovering his breath as he regains his composure. ~ Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  42. Wiki-Icon-DEF Hylden Lord: "Now it is finished. And thus a new epoch has its beginning."' // ~ The Hylden Lord flies away in Janos’ body, and Raziel sinks into the spectral realm. ~ Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  43. 43.0 43.1 43.2 Wiki-Icon-BO2 Janos Audron: "They were, Kain. But several centuries ago, one of the Hylden was able to return to our world. He then used his magic to draw other Hylden through, but had not yet the power to begin a full invasion. He required an army, here, and humans to drain of energy. He learned of a legendary order whose purpose was to purge the world of vampires long ago. He revived this order,and the Sarafan were born again." // Kain: "The Sarafan Lord. It was he that broke through. But how?" Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  44. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Builder: "Yes, yes… The Device was built as a weapon, eons ago when two races warred with each other for dominance of Nosgoth. It houses an ancient creature, who’s very mind is capable of killing any living thing with but a thought. The Device was to channel the mental energy of this creature, and direct it onto Nosgoth. It would attune the creature’s mind to kill all living creatures except for my race. Before it could be completed, however, I was imprisoned here, and the rest of my race was banished to another, far more terrible, realm." // Kain: "So this Device was never finished. And yet the creature still lives within it?" // Builder: "It was dubbed “The Mass.” It is eternal and deadly, yet harmless without a channel for it’s mind. We never completed the weapon. We needed a way to send its energy out of the Device and into the land itself. We needed a conduit spread all throughout the cities, a network, if you will. Once this network was created, the Device would channel the mental energy of the Mass, and send death upon our enemies." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  45. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Umah: "You were a great general, commanding an army of vampires, but the powers you opposed were too strong for you. You were struck down, your armies defeated, scattered and destroyed. Everyone believed you to be dead." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  46. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Umah: "The Sarafan, an army of fanatical humans sworn to eradicate all vampires from the world. A new leader brought them together and, wielding a new kind of magic, deadly to our kind, was able to destroy your army and kill most of the vampires. You were defeated in mortal combat by this leader, the Sarafan Lord. But that is not the end of the story. Under the guise of protecting the land from the vampire menace, the Sarafan seized control of all of Nosgoth, and their rule is not kind. For two hundred years, the Sarafan have enslaved the humans under their iron rule, and hunted down and destroyed every vampire they could find." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  47. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Vorador: "One who wears the Stone cannot be harmed by the Soul Reaver." // Vorador: "And is this but a legend, to be proved false at the fatal moment?" // Vorador: "Oh no, no legend at all. It has been proven. The Sarafan Lord wore the stone when he defeated you, two hundred years ago." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  48. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Kain: "Your master knows his days are numbered. I might have spared your life by asking that you join me, but I learned that lesson two hundred years ago. You arranged the ambush that destroyed my army. You sold yourself to our enemy." // Sebastian: "I dealt the blow that cost you the war. Glorious, was it not? So many killed, so quickly. And all my doing." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  49. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Magnus: "Sire, no. I wanted only to serve you. I thought, in my pride, I would strike a blow that would end the war. I went to kill the Sarafan Lord, alone. I was your champion." // Kain: "You never returned." // Magnus: "I failed you. I tried to kill him. Even now I cannot remember how he defeated me. I was stuck down, helpless at his feet. And then through his foul magic he took my mind, and transported me here, to this hellhole. But what of you, Sire? I heard that you were dead." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  50. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002)
  51. Wiki-Icon-DC Blood Omen 2: Background Story at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)
  52. Wiki-Icon-BO2 ~ The Sarafan Lord looks down on Kain and Umah. He slowly draws out the Soul Reaver. ~ // Sarafan Lord: "What living soul disturbs my order? What creature dares shed the blood of my servants?" // Kain: "He had the sword! Soul Reaver, the prize I had won a lifetime ago, was in his foul possession." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  53. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Umah: "We are the Cabal, the vampire resistance. We work to undermine the Sarafan at every turn. But we are losing. With the new magic they employ, the Glyph Magic, they are able to find us and kill us. Our numbers are dwindling. Without help, we will not survive. We need you, Kain." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  54. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Woman: "He calls it ‘glyph energy’. He’s lit the whole upstairs with it, now. It’s a wonderful light, so gentle and bright. I like it meself, but the girls near left in a body." // Man: "I’ve seen glyph lights, but not in a gentleman’s house." // Woman: "But he won them over in a minute the day he got the glyph energy to heat his bathwater for him. That’s right, we carry the cans up cold now, and he’s got the water hot in a twinkling. The girls are alright with it now." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  55. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Kain: "You say a network? Placed like a web throughout a city?" // Builder: "We never completed the network. We never used the Device." // Kain: "But the Sarafan Lord will. The Glyphs! He is using the Glyphs to channel the Mass, to wipe out the city, humans and vampires alike! That must be his plan!" Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  56. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Sarafan Lord: "The evil warlord who controls Nosgoth's capital city, Meridian. It was he who resurrected the Sarafan armies and defeated Kain." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2 manual. pg10 (Eidos Interactive). (2002) Download.
  57. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Sebastian: "Did you think I would serve, while you ruled Nosgoth? You, and not I? The Sarafan Lord knows how to value me. I am to rule by his side, and achieve what you never could." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  58. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Marcus: "When the Sarafan proved victorious, I knew that my destiny lay with the Sarafan Lord. I offered myself to the winning side." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  59. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Faustus: "What is our kind? In serving the Sarafan, I have protection, I have power. And who better to hunt down a vampire than a more powerful vampire? History is written by the winners, Kain. That is my kind." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  60. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Kain: "I care not for any dangers. They will fear me, do you hear? Tell me where to find the Sarafan Lord. I'll have him buried within the hour." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  61. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Faustus: "A fleeting setback. Our Lord knows of your presence. He beat you before, and he will bury you now." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  62. 62.0 62.1 Wiki-Icon-BO2 ~Kain lunges at the Sarafan Lord. The Sarafan Lord blasts Kain midair with the Soul Reaver, sending him sprawling to the ground.~ // Sarafan Lord: "Your death is fated at my hands. How many times must I teach you that lesson?" Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  63. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Sarafan Lord: "You dare dream of killing me? That fantasy was quenched in blood long ago when I defeated you. And yet you have learned nothing. Such a pathetic creature. Dare you to challenge me again?" Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  64. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Sarafan Lord: "I am your fate, Kain. Now and forever. However long you delay, you will come to me, for your end." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  65. Wiki-Icon-BO2 ~ Umah casts her spell. He blasts at them again. The blast travels through them as they teleport away. ~ Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  66. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Sebastian: "I'll tell you, so that I may see your face when you learn – you are powerless – you cannot win – your death is inevitable. The Nexus Stone's portal leads to an ancient Device, deep underground, that will spell your destruction, Kain. A new reign will begin in Nosgoth." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  67. Wiki-Icon-BO2 ~ Kain takes the Berserk ability from Sebastian, then approaches the Nexus Stone. He rips it from its housing. The Portal suddenly closes, ripping machinery and starting a chain reaction of explosions. The room begins to fall apart around him. Kain runs towards the window, and leaps out as the room explodes. Everything goes black. ~ Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  68. Wiki-Icon-BO2 ~ The camera cuts to outside the Seer’s house. We see the Sarafan Lord and several Sarafan archers perched nearby. ~ Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  69. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Sarafan Lord: "Bathe them in fire. Let them learn as they writhe in the flames and their bones dissolve, the futility of their actions. The vampire, and all of his kind, shall be razed from the land." // ~He levels the Soul Reaver at the Seer's house and fires off a blast of energy.~ // Sarafan Lord: "This world will be made pure by my hand." // ~The Sarafan Lord gives a signal, and the archers launch a volley of fire arrows that rain down onto the house, setting it alight.~ Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  70. 70.0 70.1 Wiki-Icon-BO2 ~The Sarafan Lord strikes Kain with the Soul Reaver. The blade is deflected by a magic shield, created by the Nexus Stone. The Sarafan Lord draws back, surprised.~ // Sarafan Lord: "The Nexus Stone!" Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  71. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Janos Audron: "The ancient history I will convey to you in a better hour, should any of us be so fortunate as to reach such a time. For this moment you must believe me when I tell you, your enemy – our great enemy, the Sarafan Lord, – is one of a people that come from another world. His plan, beyond all others, is to bring this enemy race back into this world, from which my kind, in another age, once banished them. He must be prevented, or all our kind will perish." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  72. Wiki-Icon-BO2 ~ Kain departs from the ship and begins to approach the Hylden City. Before him we see a flash of magic, and the Sarafan Lord steps forth. (He is no longer wearing his helm, and his face is now fully visible.) Kain steps closer. ~ Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  73. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Sarafan Lord: "It matters not. The Gate remains open, and even as we speak, my army, the likes of which this soft world has never seen, prepares to enter. Nosgoth is still mine for the taking." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  74. Wiki-Icon-BO2 ~A blast shoots forth that cleaves through Vorador’s chest.~ // Vorador: "Aaagh!!" // ~Janos whips around, eyes blazing. He, too, is blasted to the ground.~ // Janos Audron: "Aaagh!!" // ~The Sarafan Lord is suddenly present with the Soul Reaver raised.~ Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  75. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Sarafan Lord: "I confess, I did not expect to find you here, at the heart of my endeavor. You are, indeed, a more capable adversary than I had thought possible." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  76. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Sarafan Lord: "Did it not occur to you that perhaps my cause, and not yours, is the cause of right? Of justice? That your ambition to rule this world is but the youthful craving of a petty noble who has gained too much power, but never enough." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  77. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Sarafan Lord: "Umah? I have no spy called Umah." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  78. 78.0 78.1 Wiki-Icon-BO2 Sarafan Lord: "Do you still believe you can prevail? While you posses the Nexus Stone, my sword cannot slay you. But while you bear the stone to shield your life, you cannot use it to destroy the Gate. Stalemate, Kain. And mine is the waiting game. As long as I have not lost, in time, I am sure to win." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  79. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Kain: "But I have not yet made my choice –" // ~Kain takes the Nexus Stone, and hurtles it into the Gate. The Gate proceeds, ever so slowly, to implode.~ // Sarafan Lord: "No – No – No –" Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  80. Wiki-Icon-BO2 ~He now attacks "Kain" with the Soul Reaver at close range.~ Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  81. Wiki-Icon-BO2 ~Kain blocks the Sarafan Lord’s attacks and casts immolate on him.~ Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  82. Wiki-Icon-BO2 ~The battle sends the Reaver sprawling. All at once, Janos Audron teleports into the fray. The Sarafan Lord turns on him.~ Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  83. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Sarafan Lord: "What could be more righteous than to take our revenge and your freedom from the same source? Tortured eons of suffering are too good for you, Vampire." // Janos Audron: "But not for you, Hylden, who has dared to set a corrupting foot upon this world after your banishment! Return to the demon dimension in which you belong!" // Sarafan Lord: "And by what right, cursed one, did you send my kind to that place of evil?" // Janos Audron: "By what right did you lay on us the curse that drove us from the light, and made us predators of human kind?" // Sarafan Lord: "It was justice for our banishment from the world. You see what it has made of our fair race." // Janos Audron: "I see you have taken your true form at last." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  84. Wiki-Icon-BO2 Sarafan Lord: "I sentence you to the hell of your own making. A prisoner – for all time!" // ~ The Sarafan Lord casts Janos into the Gate. ~ Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  85. Wiki-Icon-BO2 ~ Kain picks up the sword. The Sarafan Lord picks up Janos bodily. ~ Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  86. Wiki-Icon-BO2 ~ The Hylden Gate implodes further. The Sarafan Lord lies dying. Kain leans on his sword. ~ // Sarafan Lord: "You have won the battle….but the war….between your kind and mine…will never end. Our banishment…in the demon dimension…also ensures our immortality….one day…we will shall return…." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.

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