Kain's Family Crest was a heraldic design associated with Kain's human heritage and his family background. Ultimately one such artifact was used as a quest item by Raziel in Legacy of Kain: Defiance where he found the item at Kain's grave within his mausoleum in the Cemetery and used it to unlock a sealed door and open the way to the Light Forge.


Kain's Family crest was a heraldic design and a quest item discovered by Raziel in Legacy of Kain: Defiance. As he explored the Cemetery in the Blood Omen era, Raziel eventually gained access to a building he soon discovered was Kain's Mausoleum. Within the building, many of the walls were decorated with a distinctive emblem and at the far end of the main chamber of the mausoelum a sealed doorway was marked with a similar symbol. In a chamber nearby, Raziel found the grave of the human Kain with part of the emblem - the central shield - laying on the floor in front of the sarcophagus.

Following the path of the young vampire Kain's escape from the tomb, Raziel made his way back to the main chamber where he was able to place the shield in the space on the emblem door and thus open the door.


  • The design of Kain's family crest is used decoratively throughout Kain's Mausoleum perhaps suggesting that the mausoleum was a private burial site for Kain's family and hints they may have been responsible for his burial, assuming they survived the Plague in Coorhagen. A fuller version is often seen, with the artifact representing the central shield of the heraldic crest and a new helmet, wings and armor flourishes added to the standard.[BO1][BO1-C2][DEF][DEF-C4][1]
  • Kain's full family crest
  • Kain's clan symbol
  • The Scion of Balance mural
  • The full version of Kain's family crest bears a remarkable similarity to his later clan symbol and it may be that the symbol Kain used was ultimately based upon his family crest, whilst real world terms it was probably an intentional callback by developers to the symbols used since Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. Another callback to the Kain symbol would appear later in the game as Kain's depiction as the Scion of Balance in the ancient murals within the Spirit Forge also resembles the Kain symbol. In-universe this may be something of a prophetic foretelling by the ancients.[DEF][DEF-C4][2][SR1][DEF][DEF-C12][DEF-C13]



  1. Icon-DCab A few questions at DCabDesign (by Paradoks), post #6 (by Daniel Cabuco)
  2. Wiki-Icon-DC The Scion of Balance at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)