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The Stone Keep
Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain location
BO1-Map0001-Sect33-LakeOfTheDeadEast
The exterior of the Stone Keep on the shores of the Lake of the Dead in Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain.
Introduced in Wiki-Icon-BO1 Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain (1996)
Architects • Unknown
Ownership • Unknown
Status • Intact (Blood Omen era, first timeline)
• Unknown, presumably destroyed (later eras, other timelines)
Inhabitants Barkeeps (ghosts) (4)
Chained humans (2)
Miners (2)
Liches (4)
Shadow spots (2)
Wenches (ghosts) (4)
Zombies (2)
Artifacts Energy bank artifacts (2)
Heart of darkness artifacts (2)
Blood vials (1)
Rune triangles (1)
Magic spheres (1, blue)
Spells BO1-Icon-Form-MistForm Mist Form
Appearances Wiki-Icon-BO1

The Stone Keep also known as the Mist Form Dungeon was a 'dungeon' area featured in Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain which contained the Mist Form ability. The keep consisted of a stone tower located on the northern banks of the Lake of the Dead.

RoleEdit

The Stone Keep was a stone tower which was encountered by Kain in the Blood Omen era of Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. Shortly after meeting with 'The Oracle' in the Oracle's Cave in the chapter Find the Oracle, Kain travelled southward to the Termogent Forest in the Vorador's Mansion chapter, intending to infiltrate Vorador's Mansion and confer with the elder vampire. On his way south his path was impeded by the waters of the Lake of the Dead and it became necessary for Kain to find a method to cross it without taking damage.[BO1][BO1-C5][BO1-C6][1]

Nearby Kain found the Stone Keep, its entrance blocked by a tree. Using the axes to chop it down, Kain entered the structure discovered an indoor dungeon within. Much of the interior of the structure was partially ruined and flooded with murky water, but shortly after entering Kain discovered the Mist Form card atop a floor mural of the ability and nearby he found a save altar for him to use. Unfortunately upon entering the door locked behind him and forced him to push on through flooded rooms to the end of the passage, allowing him to test the Mist abilities such as drifting over Water, passing through Permeable barriers avoiding enemies, his invulnerability to physical attacks (and vulnerability to magical ones), as well as discovering the hazards of Vortexes. In the final room Kain discovered a teleporter pad to return to the initial room of the structure which now allowed him to exit the building.[BO1][BO1-C6][1]

After gaining Mist from the Stone Keep, Kain was able to use the ability from then on, notably using it initially to cross the Lake of the Dead and the Termogent Forest swamp and to enter the nearby keeps containing further dungeons.[BO1][BO1-C6][1]

NotesEdit

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The reworked initial area of the keep upon Kain's return

  • The initial area of the Stone Keep that Kain returns to after using the teleporter appears to be a different area to the one he departed from. The end area notably has an extra area of the room where the return pad appears that was not present before. The room still links up with the outside world the same, but the doors to the rest of the keep are completely barred, preventing access to the areas inside the keep and forcing Kain to exit. Despite these differences the map still interprets the area as the same tile as before ("Map 0022 Sect 50"), presumably meaning the extra area was merely obscured - indeed lighting for the area can be seen on the 'plain' version of the tile.[BO1][BO1-C6]
  • A blood vial and a Rune triangle can be seen in an area beneath the main rooms as Kain passes through the Stone keep. These can be collected by using Mist Form to pass through a set of cracks below the Energy bank artifacts in the previous room.[BO1][BO1-C6]
  • Interestingly, the furthest area of the keep contains all regular human enemies (specifically Barkeeps and Wenches) but in exclusively ghost states. This along with the presence of several apparent gravestones in the room may suggest the keep was at one time a mausoleum of sorts before being abandoned to the rising waters of the nearby the Lake of the Dead.[BO1][BO1-C6]

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