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Moebius' Mercenary Army
Recurring Faction
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The banner of the Mercenary Army.
Introduced in Wiki-Icon-BO1Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain (1996)
Timelines Second timeline and onward
Foundation Pre-Blood Omen era
Dissolution Blood Omen era
Status Inactive (as of the Blood Omen era)
Leaders Moebius
Headquarters Sarafan Stronghold
Territories Sarafan Stronghold
Pillars of Nosgoth
Uschtenheim
Stahlberg
Land of the Nemesis
Enemies Vampires
Appearances Wiki-Icon-BO1Wiki-Icon-SR2Icon-Defiance
"In merely a decade, Moebius’s cutthroat citizen army has nearly accomplished what the Sarafan could not."
Vorador[src]

Moebius's Mercenary Army, also known as Moebius's Peoples Army, Moebius's Vampire Hunters or simply Vampire Hunters, were a vampire hunting faction in Nosgoth's Pre- and Blood Omen eras in the second and later timelines. Led by Moebius, the order was founded in the Pre-Blood Omen era after Kain's murder of King William the Just (orchestrated by Moebius) changed history causing William's grief-stricken subjects to develop a genocidal hatred of Vampires. Fifty years after its foundation the execution of Vorador, last of the eras vampires left the vampire race virtually extinct, with unique vampire Kain the last survivor of the species. After the death of Moebius and extermination of the vampires, the hunters adapted to new threats, becoming Demon hunters.

History Edit

OriginsEdit

"The Nemesis never becomes the Nemesis; William dies a martyred saint. I, the vampire assassin, become the author of my own species’ extinction. And Moebius profits from it all. I destroyed a tyrant only to create one far worse."
Kain[src]

Moebius's Army had its roots in the time-manipulations of Moebius and Kain in the Pre-Blood Omen era. In the First timeline, Kain would witness the rise of the Legions of the Nemesis who would come to dominate Nosgoth, as Moebius's corrupting influence turned the young boy-king William the Just into the tyrant 'the Nemesis'.[1] Years later, having experienced the final victory of the Nemesis, Kain was transported fifty years into the past [2][3][4] and presented with the opportunity to alter history, unaware he was being manipulated by Moebius.[1]

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Seeking to assassinate the young-boy king before he became the Nemesis, Kain traveled to the Stronghold of William the Just and confronted William, shortly after a meeting with Moebius. With both Kain and William armed with the Soul Reaver blade[BO1], a paradox was created, allowing Kain to change history and murder William before his time.[1] Confident he had thwarted Moebius's plans, Kain returned to the present, ignorant of the true scale of the changes he had made.[5]

Moebius took advantage of Kain's reckless act and with William dying as a martyred saint, he was able to galvanize William's grief-stricken citizens into a genocidal hatred of vampires. Backed by popular support, Moebius organized a new vampire purge, raising an army of hired mercenaries to hunt down the vampires.[1][6]

Later HistoryEdit

"In my absence, the estate had been overrun by Moebius's soldiers. I hoped that they had not yet found the entrance to the crypt, or discovered the body of Janos. Of Vorador, there was no sign. "
Raziel[src]

By the time Raziel arrived in the Pre-Blood Omen era a few years after William's death, Moebius's hunters, though somewhat disorganized, had become a major force in Nosgoth and their vampire purges had begun to have a devastating effect on vampire populations.[7][8][9] The mercenaries lionized the legendary crusades of the Sarafan and William's martyrdom and had taken control of the former Sarafan Stronghold,[10] which was appropriately decorated it with chapels dedicated to the fallen martyrs of the past.[11][12][13][14][15] Apparently assisted by technology that immobilized the vampires[16] (such as Moebius's Staff[17]) the army was acknowledged (by elder vampire Vorador) as already close to accomplishing the complete extinction of the vampires and eclipsing their predecessors.[18]

The height of the order would occur in the Blood Omen era fifty years after William's death and by this time the victory of the hunters was nearly complete, with few vampires remaining. When Kain returned from his excursion into the past changing history, he was soon assailed by Vampire hunters and began to grasp that something was amiss.[19][20][21] Following the sound of cheers and the scent of vampire blood,[20][22] Kain came across a crowd of citizens gathered to watch as the last of the eras vampires, Vorador, was guillotined.[23][24][25]

Recognizing Moebius as 'the Oracle' who had led part of his journey, Kain realized that he had manipulated all along and that his murder of William had provided the catalyst Moebius required to ignite a genocidal hatred of vampires.[26] Identified by Moebius as the last vampire,[23] Kain angrily fought his way through the crowd and vampire hunters to reach and confront Moebius[BO1].[27] After killing Moebius's Champion (and apparently confronting figures from other times)[BO1],[27] Kain was able to dispatch the time-streamer himself, beheading him as Vorador had been.[28] With their leader dead and the vampires reduced to a single individual, the vampire hunting crusades of Moebius army would effectively cease at this point, although the organisation itself would continue to exist and adapt for some time afterward.[29][30][31]

LegacyEdit

"If I had any doubts about the era I now occupied, this grotesque tableau certainly eliminated them. For here was Moebius – long since murdered by Kain – lionized and beatified as the martyred leader of his bloodthirsty crusade. And if I required further evidence, I needed only to behold the gruesome trophy Moebius held aloft: the severed head of Vorador, the final triumphant kill of Moebius’s cutthroat mob. His execution marked the annihilation of the vampires."
―Raziel[src]

By far the most significant impact of Moebius's hunters would be on the vampire populations,[32][33] as with the death of Vorador, the Vampire generation of the era would be wiped out completely, leaving unique vampire Kain as the only survivor of the entire species.[1][34] This fact would apparently continue to motivate Kain and the preservation of his species would be cited as a reason for Kain's rejection of the Sacrifice at the Pillars of Nosgoth, which caused their collapse.[34] Ultimately Kain would remain the only vampire in Nosgoth for some time, eventually raising his own vampire progeny and giving rise to a new generation of vampires five centuries later in the second and third timelines[SR1]; though Vorador's resurrection in the fourth timeline would entail with it a revival of the vampire race within two centuries (the fourth timeline would also see the resurrection of Janos Audron, who would remain a Hylden captive until the late-Post-Blood Omen era)[BO2][DEF].

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For the humans of Nosgoth, the crusades of Moebius's hunters engendered much popular support in its brief existence, though the brutal methods of the army seems to have caused much suffering to the humans as well as the vampires. The army was noted as "a ruthless persecution" that also targeted "social deviants" and "unusual and unfamiliar people" with them often referred to as a cut-throat mob. The army was also highlighted as "sleazy vicious and driven by greed rather than ideology",[35] with the group typically portrayed as enthusiastic and skilled fighters, but somewhat disorganized and tactically unaware.[7][8][9][35] The crusades of Moebius's hunters would be marked into the Post-Blood Omen era with a statue of Moebius holding aloft Vorador's severed head in the ruined Sarafan Stronghold.[36]

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The three Human Demon hunter variants

In the aftermath of the Collapse of the Pillars in the Blood Omen era, the boundaries between dimensions were weakened and Demons began to penetrate into the Spectral and Material Realms.[37][38] With thevampires virtually wiped out, the now-leaderless mercenaries of Moebius's army saw the demons as a greater threat and began to adapt to combat and actively hunt them, becoming Demon hunters by the time Raziel visited the Post-Blood Omen era, a century after the collapse[SR2].[29][30][31]

RoleEdit

Wiki-Icon-BO1Blood Omen: Legacy of KainEdit

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Kain observes William's meeting with Moebius

Moebius's Mercenary Army and its origins first appeared in the final stages of Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain as Kain investigated the manipulations of Time Guardian Moebius. Following several enigmatic hints (including by Moebius himself disguised as the 'Oracle',[39] but against the counsel of Vorador [40]), Kain became involved in a sub-quest to rouse Ottmar to defend Willendorf against the Legions of the Nemesis[BO1]. Witnessing the final victory of the Nemesis at the Battle of the Last Stand,[41] Kain was transported by a time-streaming device to a period in Nosgoth's past when 'the Nemesis' was still the boy-king William the Just.[2][3][4] Realizing that Moebius had corrupted the young boy-king, Kain seized his chance to murder William, changing history (With both combatants armed with the Soul Reaver blade)[BO1]. After murdering William, Kain returned to the Blood Omen era, believing he had thwarted Moebius's plans.[5]

When Kain returned to the present in the final stages of Blood Omen the Vampire Hunters were his main enemies and his first clue that something was amiss with the new timeline.[19][20][21] The hunters themselves were quick and skilled fighters, but seemed less organised [BO1].[42] As Kain discovered the fallen Nemesis Colossus and heard the tales of the villagers of Stahlberg[43] he realized that his murder of William had ignited the citizens' genocidal hatred of vampires.[44]

Following the sounds of cheers and smelling outpourings of vampire blood,[20][22] Kain traveled to a fortress south of Stahlberg and came upon the final victory of Moebius's hunters as a crowd of angry peasants cheered on the execution of Vorador, the last of the eras vampires.[23] After Vorador was beheaded, Moebius pointed Kain out to the crowd as the last of the vampires.[23] Realizing that he had been manipulated by Moebius all along,[26] Kain angrily battled to reach Moebius. After defeating the villagers, Kain would be confronted by several of the vampire hunters and later Moebius would summon a significantly more powerful vampire hunter as a representative of the present.[27] Regardless of their interference, Kain was able to kill Moebius, rendering the vampire hunters leaderless.[28]

Wiki-Icon-SR2 Soul Reaver 2Edit

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Moebius's hunters would return in Soul Reaver 2 as Raziel arrived in the hunter-inhabited Sarafan Stronghold in the Pre-Blood Omen era,[10] (thirty years before Kain's quest in Blood Omen). Examining the stronghold Raziel discovered much iconography related to his former Sarafan heritage[11][12][13][14] as well as a chapel dedicated to William's martyrdom as the catalyst of the vampire hunters' crusade.[15] The Vampire Hunters would be the first and most basic of the enemies encountered by Raziel[SR2], and as with their Blood Omen incarnation, although trained, they were typically less organised and less powerful enemies.[7][8][9][45]

The hunters would continue to attack Raziel as he ventured out of the Stronghold, but coming across the remains of the hunters victims he would quickly recognize the crusade as a "ruthless persecution".[46][47] Meeting with the vampire Vorador in the swamp[SR2], Raziel was able to uncover the vampire perspective Moebius hunts and Vorador acknowledged they had "nearly accomplished what the Sarafan could not". Vorador was already resigned to his fate - apparently greatly effected by the original Sarafan crusades and regarding the renewed vampire purge as a "sick drama" brought on by "Vampires meddling in the affairs of men".[18]

As Raziel traveled to the future of the Post-Blood Omen era, he found evidence of the end of Moebius's crusade, discovering in the ruins of the Sarafan Stronghold a statue of Moebius holding aloft the head of Vorador, memorializing the final kill of Moebius's crusade (appropriately placed next to the chapel dedicated to William)[SR2].[36] In this era, Raziel could also encounter the 'descendants' of the People's Army, the Demon hunters, who had adapted to combat the prevalent threat of Demons in the era.[29][30][31]

Icon-DefianceLegacy of Kain: DefianceEdit

The Merecenary army returned at the height of their purges in Legacy of Kain: Defiance and when Raziel found his way to the Material Realm in the Cemetery, the presence of Moebius's hunters was enough for him to realize the era he now inhabited.[48][49][50] Moebius's mercenaries would be the most prevalent of the enemies encountered by Raziel in human areas and as in previous appearances, they were skilled and enthusiastic, but lacked discipline and organization (especially when compared to the tactical awareness of their Sarafan predecessors)[DEF].[35][51]

With Raziel's journey once again leading to Vorador, Raziel met Ariel at the Pillars, who opined that " Moebius's mob [had] done its work.", but directed Raziel to Vorador's Mansion.[52] Racing to beat the mercenaries to Vorador,[53] Raziel arrived at the mansion but in stark contrast to the populated mansion observed in Blood Omen[BO1], Raziel found the estate abandoned[54] (save a few statue and revenant enemies[DEF]). When Raziel met with Vorador he found the old vampire apparently waiting for Raziel and Moebius's hunters to arrive.[55] Though resigned to his fate,[56] Vorador offered Raziel a chance to redeem himself by finding the Heart of Darkness and reviving Janos Audron, seeing it as their last hope.[57]

By the time Raziel returned however, Vorador's estate had been overrun with Vampire hunters, including Moebius himself,[58] and the old vampire captured, though not without a "considerable price in blood".[59][60] As Moebius left to attend to Vorador's execution, the vampire hunters continued to impede Raziel's progress by demolishing parts of the mansion[DEF]. Eventually Raziel was able to reach the undiscovered crypt of Janos and used the heart to resurrect Janos[61] ensuring that at least one other vampire would survive the purges of Moebius's hunters;[62] though he would soon be possessed by the Hylden Lord and used to further the Hylden plans[63][DEF].

Membership and ForcesEdit

Leadership and Unique ForcesEdit

Moebius is the only known leader of the Mercenary Army, however significant known individuals in the army include Vorador's executioner[23] and the champion summoned by Moebius to represent "the present" in his boss battle[27] - a particularly skilled vampire hunter with health and power far surpassing the ordinary troops.[42]

TroopsEdit

The troops of Moebius's people's army encountered by protagonists varied between games, maintaining their 'enthusiastic' and undisciplined style throughout. When they were first encountered in Blood Omen, Kain would face hunters armed with sickles, stakes, torches and water balloons; apparently targeting vampire weaknesses [42][64][BO1]. The Vampire Hunters in Soul Reaver 2, in the earlier Post-Blood Omen era had much less refined attacking methods, combining pikemen[65] and swordsmen,[66] with ranged-attacking cannoneers[45][67] and long-range alert attack dogs [68][69][70](with similar methods that utilized by other 'hunter' factions in that game)[SR2]. Defiance's return to the Blood Omen era saw the hunters adapted to a variety of different roles[DEF] including mid-range mercenaries,[71] kick-attacking ascetics,[72] ranged-attacking pillagers,[73] heavy-attacking juggernauts[74] and spell-casting sorceresses.[75]

NotesEdit

  • Both the Legions of the Nemesis and Moebius's mercenary army may arguably have their roots (in different timelines) in a speech given by Moebius to William's subjects shortly before William's death in Blood Omen, in which Moebius roused the citizens against an unspecified "evil".[3] The scene implies that part of the inspiration for the scene (and arguably the similar imagery seen along with the Legions of the Nemesis and Moebius's Army) was the Nuremberg Rallies. Silicon Knights Guide also mentions this inspiration, including with it themes of Fascism (Nazism) and describing Moebius as "Hitler-esque".[76]
  • The symbol of Moebius's Mercenary Army is an hourglass defaced with an eye and a torch[BO1][SR2][DEF]. Within Blood Omen, this would appear to be a reference to Moebius's Pillar Token (and apparent source of his power), Moebius's Hourglass[BO1],[77] as well as the design on the Pillar of Time[BO1][SR2][DEF]. Later games would seem to imply that the 'eye' symbol may be representative of the Elder God[SR1][SR2][DEF]. The symbol itself is described by Raziel as "unmistakable".[49]
  • Moebius's hunters appear to have greatly revered the crusades of the legendary Sarafan, with the army re-inhabiting the former Sarafan Stronghold [10] and lionizing their predecessors[11][12][13][14] (as well as William the Just[15]) in idolized depictions. Moebius even comments that they "strive to honor the memory of the Sarafan" with their crusade.[10] The demon hunters were also notably connected with Moebius's mercenary army; described as their "descendants",[29][30][31] bearing similar disorganised tactics and a symbol that seemed to be a simplified, hand-drawn version of the symbol of the mercenary army (worn about the waist of the hunters - The symbol is noticeably less obviously displayed than those of the other hunter factions)[SR2]
  • Given the laws of Nosgoth's time-stream, it would appear that Moebius's army effectively substituted for the Legions of the Nemesis in the First timeline (also made up of William's subjects).[78]
  • The presence of Moebius's hunters has apparent effect on the populace of Vorador's Mansion in the Blood Omen era, as When Kain passes through the mansion in the First timeline it is populated with several enemies[BO1], including three discreet 'vampire bride' variants;[79] When the mansion is revisited in the Fourth timeline however, Raziel finds it virtually abandoned, apart from Vorador himself (and various 'animated' enemies)[DEF].
  • There are some discrepancies in the timing of the events of the order. In Blood Omen Kain's murder of William is acknowledged as fifty years before the Blood Omen era;[3][4][6][25][64] however several Soul Reaver 2 sources indicate that the Pre-Blood Omen era Raziel arrives in at the start of that game, explicitly set thirty years before the Blood Omen era, is only a decade after William's murder (for a total of forty years between William's murder and the Blood Omen era).[7][18] The original Blood Omen scripts also refers to the forty year figure.[80] Vorador's execution also seems to have subtle changes, with it implied in Blood Omen (with Kain hearing several cheers and smelling vampire blood at each) that Vorador's is not the only Vampire execution that took place at the event;[20][22] whilst in Defiance, Vorador openly acknowledges himself as "the last of my kind" prior to his capture by Moebius's troops.[56] It is unclear these discrepancies are retcons or subtle time-stream changes.

AppearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Wiki-Icon-SR2 Kain: "Except... then how do we explain William, here? The beloved boy-king turned tyrant. In my youth, I witnessed William’s rise to power, and his transformation into the ‘Nemesis’ who laid waste to Nosgoth."//Raziel: "Keep your distance, Kain."//Kain: "Years later, I stumble upon a chance to journey back in history, unaware that the entire affair has been carefully orchestrated by Moebius. In my wisdom, I seize this opportunity to murder the young king before he can ravage Nosgoth...and thereby provide the catalyst Moebius needs to ignite a genocidal war against our race."//Raziel: "I warn you – no further!"//Kain: ""This one reckless act unravels the skein of history. The Nemesis never becomes the Nemesis; William dies a martyred saint. I, the vampire assassin, become the author of my own species’ extinction. And Moebius profits from it all. I destroyed a tyrant only to create one far worse." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation. (August 16, 1999) Transcript.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wiki-Icon-BO1 (~Kain uses the Time Streaming Device to escape battle:~)Kain VO: "At once, the battlefield was gone. Where the ground was caked with blood and dirt, there was lush greenery. Where chaos reigned only moments before, this damning calm prevailed. Alas, it seemed I was stranded here - the Time Streaming Device lay in pieces at my feet." Silicon Knights / Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. (Crystal Dynamics). PlayStation. (November 15, 1996) Transcript.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Wiki-Icon-BO1 (~Kain battles a man-at-arms, and reads his mind as he lays dying. He sees Moebius standing at the top of a flight of stairs lined with armoured troops and burning braziers, addressing a crowd of peasants. The scene is reminiscent of the Nuremburg rallies with towering banners and finery of the Nosgoth of 50 years ago.~)Moebius: "Would you stand idle as vermin destroyed your crops?"//Crowd: (shouting)"No!"//Moebius: "As your house burned?"//Crowd: "No! No!"//Moebius: "Will you allow this evil to continue?"//Crowd: "No! No!"//Moebius: "Will the wickedness end?"//Crowd: "It must!"//Moebius: "Do you believe?"//Crowd: "Yes! Yes! Yes!" (~Moebius gesticulates madly. Seen through the fire of a nearby brazier, he appears to stand amidst the flames, seemingly as a creature of Hell, himself, the flickering flames heightening the evilness of his character.~)Moebius: "Then take me to your king, so that I can prepare you for the onslaught!" Silicon Knights / Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. (Crystal Dynamics). PlayStation. (November 15, 1996) Transcript.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Wiki-Icon-BO1 Kain VO: "Ah, so it seemed I was in the land of William the Just, fifty years before the battle I had just escaped would take place." Silicon Knights / Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. (Crystal Dynamics). PlayStation. (November 15, 1996) Transcript.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Wiki-Icon-BO1 Kain VO: "With William the Just dead, Moebius’ plans have been thwarted. His pawn was removed from the game." Silicon Knights / Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. (Crystal Dynamics). PlayStation. (November 15, 1996) Transcript.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Wiki-Icon-SR2Icon-DefianceIcon-Prima Fragile History: "Against the counsel of the ancient vampire Vorador, Kain found himself embroiled in human events, caught in a bloody battle between Ottmar’s Army of Hope and the ruthlessly advancing armies of the Nemesis, from the north. As the tide of the battle turned, Kain used his only means of escape - the time-streaming device, which swept him nearly 50 years back into Nosgoth’s past.//Hoping to alter the course of Nosgoth’s history, Kain assassinated the young King William the Just, who would become the diabolic tyrant known as the Nemesis. After sating himself on his victim’s blood, Kain returned to the present – only to discover that his murder of the beloved King had ignited a genocidal war against vampires, led by the Time-Streamer Moebius, himself.//Upon his return, Kain witnessed the future that he had wrought – and the final, triumphant act of Moebius’s cold-blooded mob. Vorador, the last of the era’s vampires, is guillotined and his head held aloft for a cheering, bloodthirsty crowd – leaving Kain the sole surviving vampire in Nosgoth." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 manual. pg11-12 (Eidos Interactive). (2001) Download./Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance manual. pg10 (Eidos Interactive). (November 11, 2003) Download./Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Legacy of Kain: Defiance (2003). Page 4. ISBN 0-7615-4467-4.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Wiki-Icon-SR2 Moebius's Vampire Hunters: "Upon emerging from the Chronoplast time portal, Raziel discovers he has been transported nearly two thousand years into Nosgoth’s past, to a time roughly 30 years before Kain’s resurrection as a vampire... but a decade after Kain’s own ill-fated journey into Nosgoth’s history, and his assassination of William the Just.//This is the era of Moebius’s genocidal vampire purge, and these hunters are the soldiers of his mercenary army. Because the crusade is still in its infancy, Moebius’s forces are more of a cutthroat militia than an orderly army - but what they lack in organization they more than make up for in zealous brutality." Crystal Dynamics (Eidos Interactive)(2001). Vampire Hunters at the Official Soul Reaver 2 site (preserved at Dark Chronicle)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Icon-Prima Bestiary: Vampire Hunters: "These warriors are the mainstays of Moebius's trained army, sworn to eradicate Vampires from Nosgoth. They exist after the time of the Sarafan Warriors." Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2(2001).Page 17.ISBN 0-7615-3237-4
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Icon-Prima Know the Foe: Vampire Hunters: "Vampire Hunters come in three varieties-swordsmen, pikemen and cannoneers.//Swordsmen wield a heavy, two handed blade, and they inflict more damage of the three, though their attacks are slow. Their stronger attack is an overhead chop; sidestep these strikes and counter.//Pikemen are quick and can hit you from longer range. The wide, sweeping attacks they sometimes execute make sidestepping difficult-instead, keep your distance and close with a lunge attack and then a combo.//Cannoneers attack from long-range with their cannons. They frequently appear with pikemen and swordsmen, providing support. Theri cannons are easy to dodge, so rush in close and attack. Cannoneers don't last more than a few Reaver strikes." Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 (2001). Page 22. ISBN 0-7615-3237-4
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Wiki-Icon-SR2 Raziel: "Are we within the Stronghold of the Sarafan priesthood?"//Moebius: "Yes, but the glorious days of the Sarafan have long since passed, I’m afraid. This is a more... cynical and indecorous age. My mercenary army now inhabits this stronghold – we strive to honor the memory of the Sarafan with our own humble crusade." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation. (August 16, 1999) Transcript.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Wiki-Icon-SR2 Raziel VO: "So this was the legendary Janos Audron – reputed to have been the most ancient and diabolical vampire to have ever existed. According to folklore, he lived high in the cliffs of Nosgoth’s northern mountains, and preyed mercilessly on the defenseless villagers below. His reign of terror ended when the Sarafan finally hunted him down and tore his throbbing heart from his still-living body. This relic came to be known as the ‘Heart of Darkness’, and was supposedly imbued with the power to restore vampiric ‘unlife’. The Sarafan therefore guarded it carefully, lest the Heart fall into the hands of their enemies. But I wondered – could Janos Audron truly have been as monstrous as depicted here? Or was this merely artistic license by the Sarafan, who sought to lionize themselves by demonizing their darkest enemy?" Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation. (August 16, 1999) Transcript.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Wiki-Icon-SR2 Raziel VO: "Strange, how my history came full circle... This chapel, I realized, was a memorial to my former Sarafan brethren and myself... all of us martyred here, and then so cruelly profaned by Kain when he imposed his ‘gift’ on our noble corpses." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation. (August 16, 1999) Transcript.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Wiki-Icon-SR2 Raziel VO: "For the first time, I beheld the image of my Sarafan self, memorialized here among my fallen comrades. It tortured me to see how noble and pure I had been – and what a vile phantasm I had become. And a profound sense of injury – of loss and betrayal – welled up in me, so overwhelming I could barely contain it. All I wanted at this moment was to find Kain, and destroy him." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation. (August 16, 1999) Transcript.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Wiki-Icon-SR2 Raziel: "Is this the vampire Vorador?"//Moebius: "Yes, the scourge of the Circle. The most depraved and decadent example of his whole degenerate race. He slaughtered six of my fellow Guardians as they cowered, defenseless, in this room."//Raziel: "And you somehow survived this massacre?"//Moebius: "I, and two others. The Circle was devastated; only we three were spared." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation. (August 16, 1999) Transcript.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Wiki-Icon-SR2(~Raziel crosses the threshold of the chapel, and sees the stained-glass window memorializing William’s murder at the hands of a demonized vampire, Kain. Both are armed with the Soul Reaver. He sees the sarcophagus of William at the end of the chapel.~) Raziel VO: "So this was the tomb of the beloved King William the Just – beatified here as the martyr and catalyst of Moebius’s crusade. I was reminded of Kain’s journey as a fledgling vampire – How Moebius coerced him to travel back in history and assassinate William, thus igniting a genocidal hatred of vampires among the citizens of Nosgoth."//(~Raziel proceeds into the chapel and stands before the sarcophagus, which he realizes now serves as an altar – for here, clutched loosely in the hands of William’s effigy, is the Soul Reaver, its blade broken in two.~)"And here I discovered the source of the displacement – the Soul Reaver itself, laid out like a holy relic... And broken, apparently in the battle between William and Kain." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation. (August 16, 1999) Transcript.
  16. Wiki-Icon-DC SK: The Complete Guide To Legacy of Kain - Misc Q&A - Questions About Plot (by Silicon Knights)(preserved at Dark Chronicle)
  17. Wiki-Icon-SR2 (~Raziel feels the power of the Reaver returning, after being disabled by Moebius’s staff~)Raziel VO: "Away from the influence of Moebius’s cursed staff, I could feel the strength of the Soul Reaver slowly returning. If that orb was as debilitating to vampires as it was to the blade, it gave Moebius a powerful advantage over his enemies. I finally understood how Moebius’s crusade could decimate the vampires so successfully. If he could immobilize his enemies, they were at his mercy.//But why, I wondered, would the staff have any effect on the Reaver?" Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation. (August 16, 1999) Transcript.
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Wiki-Icon-SR2 Raziel: "I would expect better than meek capitulation from you."//Vorador: "Five hundred years ago, our race was nearly exterminated by the fanatical crusades of the Sarafan. And now the same sick drama unfolds again. In merely a decade, Moebius’s cutthroat citizen army has nearly accomplished what the Sarafan could not.Vampires meddling in the affairs of men...Look where it has brought us." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation. (August 16, 1999) Transcript.
  19. 19.0 19.1 Wiki-Icon-BO1 (~Encountering the vampire hunters:~) Kain VO: "I make no pretense to justify my killing. Yet these vampire hunters would cloak their bloodlust beneath a veil of righteousness. Hypocrites! They would make themselves judge and jury. Very well, then. Let us see how they take to my role as executioner." Silicon Knights / Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. (Crystal Dynamics). PlayStation. (November 15, 1996) Transcript.
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 Wiki-Icon-BO1 (~Exiting the now-ruined stronghold:~) Kain VO: "I found myself once more in the Nosgoth I knew. The carnage from battle was gone. Yet there was something amiss. From the distance, I heard cries and a breeze from the south carried with it the faint odor of vampire blood." Silicon Knights / Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. (Crystal Dynamics). PlayStation. (November 15, 1996) Transcript.
  21. 21.0 21.1 Wiki-Icon-DC SK: The Complete Guide To Legacy of Kain - The Plot - The New Nosgoth (by Silicon Knights)(preserved at Dark Chronicle)
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Wiki-Icon-BO1 (~Leaving Stahlberg:~) Kain VO: "As I wandered about more, the shrieking and cheering became more apparent and defined. There was some sort of gathering to the south; for with each cheer I smelled an outpour of blood." Silicon Knights / Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. (Crystal Dynamics). PlayStation. (November 15, 1996) Transcript.
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 Wiki-Icon-BO1 (~On a bright grassy knoll, a crowd has gathered to witness the death of the last of vampire kind. The proceedings take place on a raise scaffold, so all eyes can witness this momentous event. Vorador looks up from the guillotine once. The crowd cheers as Vorador’s head is lopped off, and held high by the executioner.~) Executioner: "We are free of this unholy scourge!"//Moebius: "Not yet, my friend. Would you be free of a plague if only one city was cleansed?"//Crowd: (cheering)"No! No!"//Moebius: "Would you spare one wolf in the pack that has devastated your herd?"//Crowd: "No!"//Moebius: "Then let us destroy them all!"//Crowd: "Yeesss!"//Moebius: "He is the last!"(~Moebius points at Kain.~)"Destroy him!" Silicon Knights / Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. (Crystal Dynamics). PlayStation. (November 15, 1996) Transcript.
  24. Icon-Prima Vorador: "The most ancient and powerful (/One of the most important) of Nosgoth’s surviving vampires, Vorador has seen his kind oppressed and persecuted throughout history, and has come to regard humans as little more than brutish cattle. During the time of the Sarafan crusade, Vorador infiltrated their stronghold and took his revenge on the Circle for their sponsorship of the vampire purge. After slaughtering six of the Guardians, Vorador retreated from the world in disillusionment and renounced the affairs of mankind. Nearly five centuries later, however, Kain’s’ ill-fated assassination of William the Just re-ignited the human’s genocidal hatred of vampires. This reckless act ultimately led to the annihilation of the vampires, and Vorador was eventually captured and executed by Moebius and his mercenary army of vampire hunters." Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 (2001). Page 7. ISBN 0-7615-3237-4/Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Legacy of Kain: Defiance (2003). Page 9. ISBN 0-7615-4467-4.
  25. 25.0 25.1 Icon-Prima Moebius: ~"Moebius played a pivotal role in Kain’s journey as a fledgling vampire, initially masquerading as a frail and harmless old soothsayer known as the Oracle. In this guise, he choreographed Kain’s every step, leading him to discover one of Moebius’ time-streaming devices, and ultimately embroiling him in a fateful battle between Ottmar’s Army of Hope and the advancing Legions of Nemesis, from the north. Cornered in this losing battle, Kain used his only means to escape—the time-streaming device that he had so conveniently discovered—and found himself hurled nearly 50 years back in history. Hoping to alter the course of Nosgoth’s future, Kain assassinated the young King William the Just, who was destined to become the vicious tyrant known as the Nemesis. His task accomplished, Kain returned to present-day Nosgoth—and realized too late that he had been Moebius’ pawn all along. For his murder of the beloved young king had triggered a genocidal crusade against the vampires of Nosgoth, led by the Time-Streamer Moebius, himself. Kain took his revenge on the Time Guardian—beheading him as a fitting retribution for the countless vampires he had guillotined—but the damage had already been done. Moebius’ brutal crusade had wiped out the vampire races, leaving Kain not only the last surviving vampire in Nosgoth, but the unwitting catalyst of his own species’ extinction."~ Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 (2001). Page 6. ISBN 0-7615-3237-4/Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Legacy of Kain: Defiance (2003). Page 8. ISBN 0-7615-4467-4.
  26. 26.0 26.1 Wiki-Icon-BO1Kain VO: "I had been betrayed. In my haste, I had not realized it before. That sigil on his forehead. The Oracle of Nosgoth was in fact the Time Streamer Moebius. And I had followed his advice!//How much of my quest was of his design? Willendorf? The Battle of the Last Stand? William the Just? Was this the trap he had fashioned for me?" Silicon Knights / Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. (Crystal Dynamics). PlayStation. (November 15, 1996) Transcript.
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 Wiki-Icon-BO1(~Moebius taunts Kain:~)Moebius: "The people will not rest until Nosgoth is purged of your kind."//Moebius: "We will send you back to the grave whence you came, vampire!"//Moebius: "I have seen the future, Kain. You are not in it!"//Moebius: "Let us call upon the puppets from the past!"//Moebius: "From the present!"//Moebius: "And from ages yet to come..." Silicon Knights / Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. (Crystal Dynamics). PlayStation. (November 15, 1996) Transcript.
  28. 28.0 28.1 Wiki-Icon-BO1(~Kain defeats Moebius in combat:~)Kain: "Ironic. By going back in time, and altering the past, you turned William the Just into the Nemesis."//(~Moebius lies on the ground, cowering.~)Moebius: (croaking and wincing, filled with hate and madness)"Aye - you have seen my plan, vampire, as I have seen your destiny. The future says you die!"//Kain: "But I am dead..."//(~Kain beheads Moebius.~)Kain: "As are you!" Silicon Knights / Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. (Crystal Dynamics). PlayStation. (November 15, 1996) Transcript.
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 Wiki-Icon-SR2 Demon Hunters: "With the vampire threat exterminated, Moebius's mercenary army evolved and turned their attention to the Demons now menacing Nosgoth. These Hunters are more skilled and aggressive than their ancestors.//As with Vampire Hunters, the swordsmen tend to be slower, but more powerful;the pikemen are swift but not as strong; and the cannoneers are formidable from a distance, but have limited close-range fighting ability." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 manual. pg35 (Eidos Interactive). (2001) Download.
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 Wiki-Icon-DCDemon Hunters at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn).
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 31.3 Icon-Prima Know the Foe: Demon Hunters: "These warriors turned from vampire hunting to Demon hunting as Nosgoth fell into decline and Demons began entering the Material Plane. Demon hunters behave like their Vampire Hunter predecessors in combat, and they come in sword-, axe-, and cannon -wielding varieties. They can take and dish out more punishment than Vampire Hunters and are smart enough to block certain attacks" Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2(2001).Page 50.ISBN 0-7615-3237-4
  32. Icon-Prima Vampires: "Nosgoth's vampires are a dying breed, mercilessly persecuted by the Sarafan and the Vampire Hunters. Raziel encounters only a handful of vampires during his travels, and though they're curious about him, they don't consider him a threat." Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2(2001). Page 20. ISBN 0-7615-3237-4
  33. Wiki-Icon-SR2 Vampires: "In the historical eras that Raziel visits, he discovers that Nosgoth's early vampires were persecuted and eventually hunted to extinction. Out of self-preservation, the vampires have retreated from the world, and Raziel therefore encounters few of their kind." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 manual. pg34 (Eidos Interactive). (2001) Download.
  34. 34.0 34.1 Wiki-Icon-SR2 Kain: "Thirty years hence, I am presented with a dilemma – let’s call it a two-sided coin. If the coin falls one way, I sacrifice myself and thus restore the Pillars. But as the last surviving vampire in Nosgoth, this would mean the annihilation of our species. Moebius made sure of that. If the coin lands on the reverse, I refuse the sacrifice and thus doom the Pillars to an eternity of collapse. Either way, the game is rigged." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation. (August 16, 1999) Transcript.
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 Icon-Prima Vampire Hunters: "In the days of Moebius’ genocidal reign over Nosgoth, freelance Vampire Hunters replaced the Sarafan as the scourge of the blood-sucking menace. Sleazy, vicious and driven by greed rather than ideology, these lone wolves wander the land in small packs, bringing brutal ends to the lives of any unfortunate Vampires they happen across. They typically claim grisly trophies as proof of their success. They consider all unusual and unfamiliar people guilty until proven innocent and are not reluctant to murder social deviants on the slight chance of terminating another night-stalker. Vampire Hunters are enthusiastic and skilled fighters, but undisciplined. They never fight in the tight strategic formations of their Sarafan predecessors, preferring small groups with little organizational structure." Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Legacy of Kain: Defiance (2003). Page 98. ISBN 0-7615-4467-4.
  36. 36.0 36.1 Wiki-Icon-SR2(~Raziel sees memorials commemorating Moebius’s murder at Kain’s hands, and the climax of the vampire purge – Vorador’s execution~) Raziel VO: "If I had any doubts about the era I now occupied, this grotesque tableau certainly eliminated them. For here was Moebius – long since murdered by Kain – lionized and beatified as the martyred leader of his bloodthirsty crusade. And if I required further evidence, I needed only to behold the gruesome trophy Moebius held aloft: the severed head of Vorador, the final triumphant kill of Moebius’s cutthroat mob. His execution marked the annihilation of the vampires. Far from channeling me into Nosgoth’s past, Moebius had propelled me over a century into its ghastly future." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation. (August 16, 1999) Transcript.
  37. Wiki-Icon-SR2 Demons: "The Demons plaguing Nosgoth are able to rip through from the Demon Realm into the physical world at will. As the spiritual health of the land declines, the barriers between the Realms are weakened, and become more easily permeable.//Raziel has to contend with several forms of Demon, each armed with its own distinctive attacks, and will often find himself ambushed and trapped by impassable Demon barriers which force him into combat. Demons are also able to shift between Material and Spectral at will, and can thus pursue Raziel from one plane to the next." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 manual. pg35 (Eidos Interactive). (2001) Download.
  38. Icon-Prima Bestiary: Demons: "As the spiritual health of Nosgoth declines, Demons penetrate the Material and Spectral Planes. They can phase in at any time, often creating barriers to prevent Raziel from fleeing. Furthermore, they are relentless in their attacks, even following Raziel into the Spectral Plane. Demons attack in numbers and are the most dangerous foe Raziel faces-though a powered-up Reaver is still more than a match for any Demon." Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2(2001).Page 19.ISBN 0-7615-3237-4
  39. Wiki-Icon-BO1 (~Kain enters a large cavern through a winding tunnel. Inside the cavern a small old man stands by a roaring fire, cooking something in a huge pot. He looks up as Kain enters~)Oracle: "A nobleman? Seeking wisdom? Death has taught you well."//Kain: "Enough philosophy - I seek answers."//Oracle: "Answers indeed. I have them all if you have the questions. And what are the questions for these answers?"//(~The oracle throws something into the fire. The smoke reveals a great army marching across the land.~)Oracle: "King Ottmar - the only hope to defeat the legions of the Nemesis.King Ottmar paralyzed by his princess’ malaise. King Ottmar the useless. Pray good sir, what are the questions?" Silicon Knights / Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. (Crystal Dynamics). PlayStation. (November 15, 1996) Transcript.
  40. Wiki-Icon-BO1 Kain: "Gift? Pah! Vorador thought my curse a blessing. That we were gods and that mortals offered their blood as sacrifice so that we could enjoy our supernatural powers. And somewhere deep inside my new self I knew he was right. That mortal dreams were prayers. Prayers to us - begging for our power. I pondered this as the decadent old fool prattled on about his past; a boorish account of how he defeated Malek of the Sarafan and took his vengeance upon the Circle of Nine for supporting the Sarafan’s holy war to exterminate us..." // Vorador: "After slaughtering six of the sheep I defeated their pathetic little shepherd - Malek. Since then our kind has not bothered with the cattle, except to feed. And I suggest you do the same. Meddling with the affairs of man can do us no good. Sarafan witchhunts are much too tedious to concern ourselves with. Am I understood Kain?" Silicon Knights / Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. (Crystal Dynamics). PlayStation. (November 15, 1996) Transcript.
  41. Wiki-Icon-BO1 Kain VO: "The tide turned with Ottmar’s death. I watched as the remaining survivors of the Armies of Hope fled to the safety of the forest. The battle had decided its victor; the fate of Nosgoth now lay in the Nemesis’ hands." Silicon Knights / Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. (Crystal Dynamics). PlayStation. (November 15, 1996) Transcript.
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 Icon-Omnicide Enemies - Fighters at the Blood Omnicide site
  43. Wiki-Icon-BO1 Stahlberg - in the "New Nosgoth"//Villager: "The hunt is over. Vampires will plague us no more!"//Villager: "We've captured their champion. Ah, there'll be a feast tonight!"//Villager: "Peace at last! Since the vampires slaughtered our great king William the Just, we have had no rest!"//Villager: "Fifty years, we sought to fulfill our promise to our fallen king. And now, our covenant comes to pass."//Villager: "When can we truly live in peace? When will the vampires be gone?"' Silicon Knights / Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. (Crystal Dynamics). PlayStation. (November 15, 1996) Transcript.
  44. Wiki-Icon-BO1 (~Discovering the large statue of William the Just, also ruined:~) Kain VO: "‘Twould seem the folly fell upon my own shoulders. With their sainted King William dead by my hand, the people of the land were consumed by a hunger all their own - for vampire blood." Silicon Knights / Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. (Crystal Dynamics). PlayStation. (November 15, 1996) Transcript.
  45. 45.0 45.1 Wiki-Icon-SR2 Vampire Hunters: "These are the soldiers of Moebius's mercenary army. Swordsmen are slower than their comrades, but more formidable. Pikemen are swift, but their attacks are not as powerful, Cannoneers can be fearsome from a distance, but have only limited close-range fighting ability." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 manual. pg34 (Eidos Interactive). (2001) Download.
  46. Wiki-Icon-SR2 Raziel VO: "These vampires had nothing in common with the deranged jackals I left behind in Kain’s derelict empire – they seemed to retain much of their former humanity. In this era, vampires were clearly not the uncontested predators we had been... these creatures were hunted mercilessly, and oppressed. And while I still believed that vampirism was a plague, and had to be wiped out, there was nothing noble or righteous in this crusade – this was simply ruthless persecution." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation. (August 16, 1999) Transcript.
  47. Wiki-Icon-SR2 Raziel VO: "For all the butchery of Moebius’s crusade, this massacre was somehow more chilling... The killing fields of the Sarafan betrayed a kind of orderly ruthlessness – the cold-blooded righteousness of the true believer." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation. (August 16, 1999) Transcript.
  48. Icon-Defiance (~As Raziel exits the mausoleum, he is immediately confronted with the material reality of the cemetery - it is patrolled by vampire hunters. A group of them are gathered around a campfire. Raziel approaches close enough to overhear their discussion.~) Male Vampire Hunter: "-she says she won't go near the place."//Female Vampire Hunter: "I tell you the Pillars are haunted."//Male Vampire Hunter: "Haunted!"//Female Vampire Hunter: "I heard a woman's voice, talking and moaning - and there was no one there."//Male Vampire Hunter: "How many vampires have you killed? And you can't face down one ghost?"//Raziel VO: "I knew who these were: vampire hunters, scouring the countryside, destroying what had once been my kind."(~He steps out of hiding. One of the vampire hunters sees him and scrambles to her feet.~)//Female Vampire Hunter: "My god - what is that? A vampire? Or a demon?"//Male Vampire Hunter: "Where?"//Raziel: "Here."(~The others get up.~)//Female Vampire Hunter: "Get him!"//Male Vampire Hunter: "Quickly! No mercy!" Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  49. 49.0 49.1 Icon-Defiance (~Raziel defeats the vampire hunters.~) Raziel: "These were Moebius's hunters - mercenaries enlisted in his crusade to exterminate the vampires. His insignia was unmistakable... But this meant I'd been captive in the underworld for centuries. I had lost five hundred years."//(~Raziel turns and looks up at the Pillars, visible above the horizon.~)Raziel: "Then I knew what ghost it was that haunted the Pillars - Ariel, the specter of the murdered Balance Guardian. Perhaps she could provide the answers I sought. But first I would have to find a way out of this cemetery..." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  50. Icon-Defiance (~Raziel arrives on the path to the Pillars.~) Raziel: "The vampire hunters - brazen as they were - feared to walk these paths. I knew one spirit haunted this place... perhaps there were others, as well." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  51. Icon-Prima Vampire Hunters: Strategy "Like the other groups, the key is to assign priority to the spell casters. Your next goal should be the projectile lobbing pests. These enemies try to stay out of range but close in on them and take them out. While it may be hard to avoid the large Juggernaut it is easier to take him out once your Reaver is charger with Light or Air. Use the other enemies for fodder and then easily take out the Juggernaut by blinding or spinning him around. Also, he has very low endurance and will eventually become weak enough to kill with simple repeating slashes. The Mercenary will try to use its range to their advantage, so dodge to the side and let them have it."//Fatalized: Yes (Juggernaut has no Fatal)//Thrown: Lift, Acquire, Force, Last Combo//TK Throw: Yes//TK Slow: No//Possessable: Yes//Burnable: Yes//Encountered by: Kain/Raziel//Plane: Material" Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Legacy of Kain: Defiance (2003). Page 95. ISBN 0-7615-4467-4.
  52. Icon-DefianceRaziel: "I seek the vampire Vorador."//Ariel: "To kill him, perhaps? Or to join him in death? But for Kain, he is the last of his kind. Moebius's mob has done its work."//Raziel: "My reasons are my own. Ariel gestures to the east."//Ariel: "His refuge lies in the heart of the black forest."(~Raziel turns to go, then stops and looks back at Ariel as she speaks again.~)//Ariel: "And may you molder there together until the end comes." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  53. Icon-DefianceRaziel: "With the Reaver endowed with the elemental power of Air, the way to Vorador's refuge lay open at last. If the old vampire still lived, he alone could tell me how to escape the terrible destiny charted for me when the Reaver was forged."//Raziel: "Vorador's refuge was hidden deep within the black forest. I hoped to find him before Moebius's cutthroats did." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  54. Icon-Defiance(~Raziel arrives at the Mansion.~)Raziel: "Nestled deep in the black forest, Vorador had once held court over a private kingdom, as decadent as it was depraved. Now, all was still. I hoped I had not arrived too late..." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  55. Icon-Defiance(~Raziel opens the sealed entrance of the crypt and enters cautiously. He finds Vorador waiting for him inside, slouched upon the ruins of some sepulchral throne, and lit only by the dim candlelight of this dark tomb. Vorador regards Raziel without surprise, as though he's been waiting for Raziel here. He has a sword of unique design in his hand - and although his posture is relaxed, he looks as though he could spring into action at any moment.~) Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  56. 56.0 56.1 Icon-DefianceRaziel: "You seem to know what I am. Tell me."//Vorador: "I thought I did, once. But now all the prophecies have failed. The Pillars are corrupted... I am the last of my kind...and when Moebius's hunters find me, it will have all been for nothing."//Raziel: "You've forgotten about Kain."//Vorador: "Ah yes, Kain... I fear he shoulders a greater burden than he realizes." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  57. Icon-DefianceVorador: "Redeem yourself - you may be our last hope. Perhaps you alone can find the Heart, if it is meant to be found. If Janos can be resurrected, he will have all the answers you require." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  58. Icon-Defiance(~Raziel enters the library from the eastern door. Moebius stands at the balcony, surrounded by his mercenaries.~)Raziel VO: "In my absence, the estate had been overrun by Moebius's soldiers. I hoped that they had not yet found the entrance to the crypt, or discovered the body of Janos. Of Vorador, there was no sign." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  59. Icon-DefianceMoebius: "Raziel - the conquering hero. I understand we are to offer congratulations. Kain, at last, is dead."//Raziel: "I suppose you expect similar congratulations on the death of Vorador? Or has he eluded you?"//(~Moebius throws Vorador's sword at Raziel's feet.~)Moebius: "We have him. But not without a considerable price in blood."//Raziel: "That will have pleased him."//Moebius: "Let it sustain him until his head is off, and every vampire in Nosgoth at last is dead."//Raziel: "And will that knowledge sustain you? You too are going to your death."//Moebius: "For a true servant of the one God, death is never bitter. I will go - again at peace with the knowledge that I have played my small part in our master's plans. Kain is at last destroyed, and you have carried out the deed. Which hero do you think you are now? The vampire savior? Or the other one? Have you realized yet that it didn't matter to us which one either of you thought you were, so long as the result was the same in the end? And now, Kain is dead. Really, I cannot thank you enough." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  60. Icon-DefianceRaziel: "So this has all been arranged, every step of the way. And Kain thought I truly had free will."//Moebius: "Oh, but you do. And there's the greatest triumph of all, to have compelled the one player who could choose into doing exactly what we required. Well done, faithful servant. And now - I have an execution to see to."(~With a gesture, Moebius unleashes his vampire hunters upon Raziel, and exits.~) Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  61. Icon-Defiance(~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.
  62. Icon-DefianceRaziel: "You've been entombed here for five centuries. Your murderers are long dead."//Janos: "Five hundred years? And Vorador-"//Raziel: "-also dead."//Raziel: "Your bloodline is erased. The age of the vampires is coming to an end."//Janos: "Then we must waste no time -" Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Defiance. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (November 11, 2003) Transcript.
  63. Icon-Defiance 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.
  64. 64.0 64.1 Icon-Prima ~"a new enemy to face: the Vampire Hunter. Your slaying of William the Just 50 years ago did more than destroy the Legion of the Nemesis - it also turned the pouplation against vampires. Your sword arm cannot yet rest yet. In fact, Vampire Hunters are quick and deadly."~ Prima Games / Ian Osborne. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain: Official Game Secrets (1996). Page 122. ISBN 0-7615-0363-3
  65. Icon-Prima Bestiary: Vampire Hunters: Pikemen: "The halberd-wielding Hunters are quick and strike from relatively long range. Dodge and counter, or lunge in quickly and attack from close quarters."//Strengths: "Long range, wide attack arc often results in Raziel being hit even if he sidesteps."//Weaknesses: "They're vulnerable to lunge attacks and crouching [power] strikes." Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2(2001). Page 17. ISBN 0-7615-3237-4
  66. Icon-Prima Bestiary: Vampire Hunters: Swordsmen: "Some Hunters are armed with large, heavy swords. These warriors inflict more damage than their halberd-wielding brethren, but their attacks are slower and have shorter range. Dash in and hack with the Reaver, or dodge their slow strikes and make them pay."//Strengths: "They have a good attack strength and a powerful overhead slash."//Weaknesses: "With lesser range than Pikeman, they're easily sidestepped and vulnerable to crouching [power] strikes." Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2(2001). Page 17. ISBN 0-7615-3237-4
  67. Icon-Prima Bestiary: Vampire Hunters: Cannoneers: "Cannoneers rarely appear alone; they usually support more conventional melee units. Cannoneers hang back and attack from a long-range with projectiles - run past the halberd and sword hunters and kill the cannoneers first. In hand-to-hand combat, they're almost helpless."//Strengths: "They have long-range projectile attacks."//Weaknesses: "Their melee combat attacks do very little damage, and they're easy to kill with just a few hits." Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2(2001). Page 17. ISBN 0-7615-3237-4
  68. Wiki-Icon-SR2 Attack Dogs: "Both the Vampire Hunters and their descendants, the Demon Hunters, use attack dogs which they've outfitted with cruel-looking weapons. Dogs are able to sense Raziel from longer range than most enemies." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 manual. pg34 (Eidos Interactive). (2001) Download.
  69. Icon-Prima Bestiary: Vampire Hunters: Attack Dogs: "Vampire Hunters have trained attack dogs to assist them in flushing out the undead. Man's best friend may not translate into Vampire's worst enemy, but these dogs are a nuisance. They'll spot Raziel from a greater distance than any human can. Standard attacks dispatch a dog. They have souls, too."//Strenghts: "They have a long line-of-sight, and are fast."//Weaknesses: "They're easy to kill and inflict little damage." Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2(2001).Page 17.ISBN 0-7615-3237-4
  70. Icon-Prima Know the Foe: Attack Dogs: "These trained killers help hunters sniff out vampires. Attack Dogs notice you before their handlers do and rush in to assault. A few swift kicks should take care of them." Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2(2001).Page 27.ISBN 0-7615-3237-4
  71. Icon-Prima Vampire Hunter Mercenary: Description: " Mercenary Vampire Hunters are almost always female, and fight with a long-bladed staff. This weapon allows them to inflict a crushing blow from a distance. They will use the extended reach of their weapons to keep a healthy distance between themselves and their prey." Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Legacy of Kain: Defiance (2003). Page 98. ISBN 0-7615-4467-4.
  72. Icon-Prima Vampire Hunter Ascetic: Description: "The Ascetic Vampire Hunter has a unique fighting style using only his feet. When hit, he becomes enraged, attacking with a flurry of powerful kick attacks." Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Legacy of Kain: Defiance (2003). Page 98. ISBN 0-7615-4467-4.
  73. Icon-Prima Vampire Hunter Pillager: Description: " The Pillagers are quick, mobile support fighters, who like to stand in the back of a battle and lob projectile firebombs at their enemies. They can also roll into combat range for a quick melee attack when their comrades have fallen." Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Legacy of Kain: Defiance (2003). Page 98. ISBN 0-7615-4467-4.
  74. Icon-Prima Vampire Hunter Juggernaut: Description: " The Juggernaut Vampire Hunter is a giant-sized human wielding a massive sledgehammer. When he is attacked, he immediately counters with a crushing blow of his hammer, the momentum of which makes it nearly unstoppable. The Juggernaut’s greatest weakness is being forced into an extended fight. He will grow slower and weaker as he takes damage, eventually becoming so tired that he lacks the energy for a counterattack." Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Legacy of Kain: Defiance (2003). Page 98. ISBN 0-7615-4467-4.
  75. Icon-Prima Vampire Hunter Sorceress: Description: "Vampire Hunter Sorceresses are able to cast powerful fireball attacks at their opponents. When enemies comes close, Sorceresses have the ability to either teleport away from them or use a radial blast attack to knock their opponents off their feet. For defense, Sorceresses have the ability to cast a protective glyph shield around themselves. These floating runes will absorb all damage until they are destroyed. In addition to these combat abilities, Sorceresses are able to support their comrades with spells, which enhance their abilities, including://•Amplify Damage: Displayed as a red lightening bolt on the weapon, this causes attacks to do more damage in combat.//•Regeneration: The Sorceress has the ability to heal groups of allies. This appears as a gathering yellow glow around the affected ally.//•TK Shield: Protects one ally from the mental TK powers of his prey with this shield spell. It appears as a violet glow around the affected ally." Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Legacy of Kain: Defiance (2003). Page 98. ISBN 0-7615-4467-4.
  76. Wiki-Icon-DC SK: The Complete Guide To Legacy of Kain - Themes - Act13 Nuremburg (by Silicon Knights)(preserved at Dark Chronicle)
  77. Wiki-Icon-BO1Kain VO: "Moebius' Hourglass: I knew that Moebius’ hourglass was the focus of his Time Streaming magic. Farewell, sorcerer, the sands of time have ceased to flow for you.//The Hourglass of Moebius allowed him to sift through the sands of time, giving him dominion over past and future." Silicon Knights / Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. (Crystal Dynamics). PlayStation. (November 15, 1996) Transcript.
  78. Wiki-Icon-SR2 Kain: "You must understand, Raziel – we haven’t unwritten history, we’ve merely rewritten it. The future flows around our petty actions, finding the path of least resistance while admitting only the slightest alterations. This is the reshuffling you felt, when you refused to kill me. And remember, Raziel, we are irritants in this regard, as well – history will not allow the introduction of a paradox." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (October 31, 2001) Transcript.
  79. Icon-Omnicide Enemies - Undead at the Blood Omnicide site
  80. Wiki-Icon-TLW Blood Omen Scripts at The Lost Worlds (by Ben Lincoln)

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