Kain's empire was a vampire-ruled faction which rose to power in Nosgoth during the post-Blood Omen era. It was conceived by Kain, the vampire Guardian of the Pillar of Balance and last survivor of the Circle of Nine, in stark defiance of the human machinations he fell victim to in his youth. He ruled alongside his six lieutenants, who formed the Council. Over the centuries, the empire's boundaries expanded to encompass the majority of Nosgoth.
After Kain resurrected the six Sarafan warrior inquisitors as vampires, each lieutenant began to turn vampires of their own, which assembled into clans. Within a century, the clans had subjugated Nosgoth's humans, and began shaping the land to suit their purposes over the ensuing millennium. By the Soul Reaver era, decay had fully set in, and Kain began to forsake his empire, instead exploring other means to "challenge the Fates".
Kain's empire played a major role in the multiplayer spin-off Nosgoth set in the Soul Reaver era. Kain and his empire were mentioned extensively in background materials relating the lore of Nosgothand it was ultimately backed up that Kain was treated with god-like reverence among the vampires, but had allowed the empire its 'intrigues' - tolerating rivalries and even assassinations, but forbidding outright warfare among the clans.[NOS][NOS-Official] Nosgoth also suggested that Kain had vanished in the wake of Raziel's execution, implying that he had travelled forward in time to meet with Raziel upon his resurrection - and this had caused a break-down of order within the empire, leading to a Vampire civil war that almost wiped out the Razielim and ultimately gave way to the War for Nosgoth as the Humans of the era rallied and became a resurgent threat, forcing the clans to band together or risk annihilation.[NOS][NOS-Official]
Membership and hierarchyEdit
Kain resurrected six Sarafan warrior priests (Raziel, Turel, Dumah, Rahab, Zephon, and Melchiah) as vampire lieutenants, whom he viewed primarily as a way to achieve his ultimate destiny. Their exact duties are never stated, however.
- Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver comic
- Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
- Soul Reaver 2 (mentioned only)
- Legacy of Kain: Defiance comic
- Legacy of Kain: Defiance (mentioned only)