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The Pillar of Conflict
A Pillar of Nosgoth
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The Pillar of Conflict as it appears in Soul Reaver 2.
Introduced in Wiki-Icon-BO1 Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain (1996)
Guardians • The original Conflict Guardian
Malek
Pillar token Malek's Helmet
Restored • 2nd-4th, after Malek's death
Appearances Wiki-Icon-BO1Icon-SR1Wiki-Icon-SR2Wiki-Icon-BO2Icon-DefianceComicIcon-Defiance
"The Pillar of Conflict, protected by the Paladin, Malek."
―Kain — Listen (file info)[src]

The Pillar of Conflict is one of the nine Pillars of Nosgoth, and the third pillar from the west on the dais. Attuned to the property of Conflict, it was preserved by various guardians before coming under the protection of the Human Guardian Malek, and was eventually sundered in the Collapse of the Pillars following his final death. Its pillar token was Malek's Helmet. The Pillar appears throughout the entirety of the Legacy of Kain series.

RoleEdit

As one of the Pillars of Nosgoth, the Pillar of Conflict appeared throughout the Legacy of Kain series, debuting in Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. The Pillar was present along with its peers in the Pillars of Nosgoth areas of Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, Legacy of Kain Soul Reaver, Soul Reaver 2 and Legacy of Kain: Defiance and could be revisited in all titles after its initial appearance.[BO1][BO1-C2][SR1][SR1-C5][SR2][SR2-C2][DEF][DEF-C5] The Pillar could also briefly be seen in the Blood Omen 2 introduction and was featured in illustrations in comics.[BO2][BO2-C1][1][DEF-Comic]

Constructed in the period Before Nosgoth's recorded history, the Pillar of Conflict was served by Conflict Guardian Malek from Nosgoth's early history and was corrupted in the pre-Blood Omen era when Ariel was murdered by the Dark Entity. Upon finding her corpse, her lover - the Guardian of the Pillar of the Mind, Nupraptor - was driven mad by grief and unleashed a frenzy of mental energy, which drove all of his fellow Guardians insane and simultaneously corrupted their Pillars. [BO1-C1][BO1-C2][BO1-C3][SR2-C2]

The Pillar of Conflict could be the second, third or fourth of the Pillars to be restored during Kain's initial quest. It was briefly returned to normal when Kain offered Malek's Helmet to it, following the defeat of the Dark Eden triad and Vorador's final dispatching of Malek's wraith.[BO1-C7] Some time later after the restoration of the other pillars, Kain chose to refuse the Sacrifice and triggered the Collapse of the Pillars. Now rotten to its core, the festering stump of the Pillar of Conflict was all that remained, alongside its eight counterparts. Lasting in this state into the late Soul Reaver era the pillar would be visited by Raziel in pursuit of his vendetta against Kain and he too would return to gather advice from Ariel.[BO1-C12][SR1-C4]

As Raziel and Kain traveled through time in Soul Reaver 2 and Defiance they would encounter the pillar several more times in different states in different eras - pristine in Nosgoth's early history and the Pre-Blood Omen eras,[SR2-C2][SR2-C7][SR2-C9][DEF-C5] corrupted in the Pre-Blood Omen and Blood Omen eras,[SR2-C2][SR2-C3][DEF-C6][DEF-C12] and collapsed in the Blood Omen and Post-Blood Omen eras.[SR2-C5][SR2-C7][DEF-C12][DEF-C13] Ultimately it was revealed that the Pillar of Conflict - like its peers - was constructed by the Ancient Vampires to bind the banishment of their enemies, the Hylden race, into the Demon Realm.[SR2-C2][SR2-C4][DEF-C4] It was originally guarded by an Ancient Vampire - the original Conflict Guardian[DEF-C6] - and its creation marked the close of the Vampire-Hylden war.[SR2-C2][SR2-C3][SR2-C4][DEF-C4]

NotesEdit

  • In Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, the Pillar of Conflict was decorated with crossed-swords motif (similar to the icon for Inspire Hate) set against a red background.[BO1] In Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, this was replaced with a simple faded red-colored band.[SR1] Further games have depicted the Pillar with a red-colored band and the Conflict symbol, introduced in Soul Reaver 2.[SR2][DEF] Explaining the changes, series art director Daniel Cabuco commented: "The symbol designs themselves from Blood Omen 1 were pretty craptastic wallpapers. I don't believe they served the intention of making the pillars look serious and powerful. So we designed symbols, just like we did for the clans, the runes, and everything else that was important. There's not that much of a story other than all of us looking at each other as we went over the original designs and saying 'Seriously?! We can't move forward with these as originals.. no way!'"[2] One instance of what may be an alternative symbol is seen in Soul Reaver 2's Light Forge.[SR2][SR2-C4]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Icon-Eidos Eidos Interactive / Patrick Dowling. Das Offizielle Lösungsbuch - Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. (1999)
  2. Icon-DCab Pillars of Nosgoth areas at DCabDesign (by Bazielim), post #2 (by Daniel Cabuco)
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