The Sacrifice
Recurring term
The Sacrifice as shown in Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain.
Classification • Gameplay
• Storyline
Introduced in Wiki-Icon-BO1 Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain (1996)
Appearances Wiki-Icon-BO1Wiki-Icon-BO2 • (DEFC) • Wiki-Icon-DEF
Related articles Collapse of the Pillars
Corruption of the Pillars
Pillar of Balance
Pillars of Nosgoth
"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."

The Sacrifice is a concept referring to Kain's obligation to die or take his own life in order to restore the Pillars of Nosgoth, and hence the world. As the last surviving Pillar Guardian and member of the Circle of Nine upon his defeat of the Dark Entity, Kain was presented with a dilemma; either sacrifice himself to restore the Pillar of Balance (but permanently destroy the entire race of Vampires in the process), or choose to live on but invoke the irrevocable Collapse of the Pillars. Kain chose to live, resulting in the Pillars' fall and the eventual creation of Kain's empire. Questions on the ethics and integrity of Kain's decision are frequently returned to throughout the course of the Legacy of Kain series.

In Blood Omen, it is up to player to choose the ending (the cinematic will vary depending on the choice). If sacrifice is chosen, Ariel will narrate on this, stating that the world has been redeemed. If sacrifice is rejected, Kain himself will narrate the ending, sitting among the ruins of the Pillars with the chalice of blood.