Wiki-Icon-SR2 Known events in the third timeline

Before Nosgoth's recorded historyEdit

(Accountable span of several millennia; minimum of 3000 years)[annotation 1]

  • Janos Audron significantly grows in renown, and ultimately becomes known as "the greatest vampire to have ever existed".[2][3][BO1-Misc]
  • The ancient vampires' civilization crumbles. Their bloodline trickles away, until Janos Audron is left the sole surviving member of his original race.[SR2-C3][SR2-C3][SR2-C8] The original members of the Circle of Nine die out. The humans of Nosgoth prosper, and eventually seize guardianship of the Pillars from the vampires.[SR2-C8]
  • (Over further thousands of years subsequent to the ancient vampires' near-extinction) Over the millennia, Janos Audron continues to guard the Reaver alone, awaiting the arrival of the prophesied vampire messiah.[SR2-C8]

Nosgoth's early historyEdit

(Span of ~450 years)

  • Nosgoth's vampire population increases, incurring the attention of the Circle.[2][BO1-C6]
  • Dumah, Melchiah, Rahab, Raziel, Turel and Zephon join the Sarafan, and are trained to be devoutly loyal to the Circle of Nine.[2][SR1-C6][BO1-C5]
    • The Elder Kain also emerges from the post-Blood Omen era.[SR2-C10]
    • Dumah, Melchiah, Raziel, Turel and Zephon silently pursue the wraith Raziel as he progresses.[SR2-C8]
    • Wiki-Icon-SR2 Raziel scales the Retreat, and meets Janos for the first time. They discuss the history of Nosgoth, and Janos tries to present Raziel with the physical Reaver.[SR2-C8]
    • Wiki-Icon-SR2 The Sarafan commanders reach Janos's chamber. Janos teleports the wraith Raziel to the Fire Forge before confronting the Sarafan. As they battle, Raziel solves the forge and obtains the Fire Reaver.[SR2-C8]
    • Wiki-Icon-SR2 Janos Audron is murdered by the Sarafan Raziel, who extracts his heart, the Heart of Darkness. As the Retreat collapses, Dumah retrieves the Reaver, and the commanders flee back to the Sarafan Stronghold. The wraith Raziel chases them south across Nosgoth, determined to avenge Janos.[3][9][SR2-C9][SR2-C1]
    • Wiki-Icon-SR2 "Unseen forces" unleash Demons against the wraith Raziel to impede his progress. In the Subterranean Pillars Chamber, Raziel meets the Elder God, who proclaims him a failure.[SR2-C9]
    • Moebius retrieves his staff and the Reaver from the commanders, and - aware of impending events - co-ordinates an ambush against the wraith Raziel. He dispatches the commanders, unaware of Raziel's identity, throughout the Stronghold to prepare for battle against him.[SR2-C9][SR2-C9]
    • Wiki-Icon-SR2 The wraith Raziel returns to the Stronghold, and discovers the Reaver, laid out for him in an antechamber. Moebius and Malek confront him, and Moebius's Staff disables the Wraith Blade, forcing Raziel to wield the physical Reaver. He prepares to fight Malek, but is distracted by sounds of another disturbance nearby.[SR2-C9]
    • Wiki-Icon-SR2 The slaughter of the Circle: Vorador fights back against the human Circle of Nine for their sponsorship of the Sarafan and the murder of Janos, infiltrating the Sarafan Stronghold and killing the Balance, Dimension, Energy, Mind, Nature and States Guardians. Malek attempts to rush to the Circle's protection, but is delayed by Moebius's instruction to keep Raziel at bay. Malek and Moebius trap Raziel, and Malek runs to confront Vorador, but is too late. Vorador defeats and humiliates him in combat.[3][BO1-C5][BO1-C6][SR2-C9][SR2-C1]
    • Six new Guardians are born (variously Anarcrothe, Ariel, Azimuth, Bane, DeJoule and Nupraptor, or unseen predecessors to them).[3][BO1-C9][BO1-C5]
    • Wiki-Icon-SR2 Forced to proceed through the Stronghold, the wraith Raziel uses the Reaver to systematically slay Melchiah, Zephon, Rahab, Dumah and Turel respectively.[SR2-C9]
    • Wiki-Icon-SR2 Raziel confronts and kills his former, Sarafan self with the Reaver in the Chapter House.[SR2-C10]
    • Wiki-Icon-SR2 The third paradox: The Wraith Blade returns, embracing the Reaver, and exerts its own will, turning on Raziel. Raziel is impaled on the Reaver, his soul being drawn into the physical weapon. A Reaver-convergence begins.[SR2-C10]
    • The Reaver completely consumes the wraith Raziel. Now imbued with his soul-devouring essence, it is henceforth known as the Soul Reaver.
  • In Avernus Cathedral, Mortanius punishes Malek for his failure, fusing Malek's soul to a suit of magical armor. Malek is condemned to serve as the unliving Ward of the Circle.[3][BO1-C5][BO1-C1][6]
  • (Long before ~450) The Sarafan disband, and their crusade ceases.[2][SR1-C1]

Pre-Blood Omen eraEdit

</small>(Span of ~50 years)

  • Moebius attempts to rally the villagers loyal to William, and secures an audience with the king.[BO1-C10]
    • Kain travels to William's kingdom, intending to kill William on advice from the Oracle (Moebius).[SR2-C1]
    • In the stronghold of William the Just, Kain watches as Moebius provides William with the Soul Reaver and other weapons, and warns William of a vampire sent to slay him.[BO1-C10]
    • The first paradox: Kain attempts to slay William in battle. Both combatants are armed with incarnations of the Soul Reaver.[SR2-C5][BO1-C10]
    • Kain succeeds in slaying William, and drinks his blood. Kain's Soul Reaver breaks William's in the battle. After being discovered as the assassin, Kain finds a second time-streaming device, and returns to his own time in the Blood Omen era.[2][3][SR2-C5][BO1-C10]
  • Devastated by William's murder, the people of William's realm swear a vengeful covenant to their fallen king, promising to eradicate Nosgoth's vampires once and for all.[9]
    • Eventually, most of Nosgoth's human citizens ascribe to the same genocidal hatred of vampires.[2][SR2-C1][BO1-C11]
    • Moebius snatches Raziel from the time-stream, and conveys him to the time-streaming chamber in the Sarafan Stronghold. Moebius attempts to fuel Raziel's hatred for Kain and the vampires.[SR2-C1]
    • In William's chapel, Raziel discovers the broken Soul Reaver, causing a Reaver-convergence. The Wraith Blade leeches Raziel's soul energy to restore the damaged physical sword. Raziel threatens Moebius with the Soul Reaver, but stays his hand, and leaves the reconstituted weapon behind.[SR2-C1]
    • Before leaving the Stronghold to meet Kain at the Pillars, Raziel encounters a mural recording the life of Janos Audron, demonizing him as a predator who terrorized Uschtenheim's population.[SR2-C1]
    • Possessing Mortanius's body, the Dark Entity murders Ariel. Kain, her successor as Guardian of Balance, is born to an aristocratic family.[2][3][10]
    • The corruption of the Pillars: Nupraptor, Ariel's lover, finds her corpse and realises that Mortanius was responsible for her death. Overwhelmed with grief and suspicions of treachery, Nupraptor plunges into madness, unleashing a psychic onslaught directed at the entire Circle of Nine. Throughout all Nosgoth, the minds of the sensitive and intellectual are blasted by waves of hatred. The Circle is permanently left mentally corrupted, and the Pillars physically crack and corrode.[2][5][BO1-C2] Raziel and the Elder Kain both witness this event from the Pillars' clearing.[SR2-C2]
    • Using the Wraith Blade, Raziel unlocks the Subterranean Pillars Chamber for the first time in centuries, and discovers the ancient vampires' murals within. He meets the Elder God again, who insists that he destroy Kain and the vampires.[SR2-C2][SR2-C2]
    • In the Swamp, Raziel solves the Dark Forge to obtain the Dark Reaver, and meets Vorador. They discuss the vampire purges, the corruption of the Pillars, the Reaver, and Janos Audron.[SR2-C3][SR2-C2]
    • On his return journey to the Stronghold, Raziel begins to denounce the Elder God. He solves the Light Forge, and obtains the Light Reaver.[SR2-C3]
    • The second paradox: At William's chapel, Raziel meets the Elder Kain, and takes up the Soul Reaver.[SR2-C5]
    • Wiki-Icon-SR2 Describing the first timeline and the story of the Nemesis, Kain convinces Raziel not to kill him. The pull of history almost forces Raziel to impale Kain, but he succeeds in narrowly diverting the Reaver's course, instead fracturing William's sarcophagus.[SR2-C5]
    • Wiki-Icon-SR2 Raziel surprises Moebius in the Circle's gathering-room, and forces him to operate the second time-streaming chamber, intending to travel back to a time before the Sarafan vampire purge began. Moebius deceives Raziel, sending him forward to the post-Blood Omen era instead.[SR2-C5]
    • The Elder Kain pursues Raziel to the post-Blood Omen era.[SR2-C5]
  • The insane and deranged Guardians unleash their powers against Nosgoth, with malicious intent. Anarcrothe, Bane and DeJoule create the Dark Eden. Azimuth begins indiscriminately summoning malevolent demons and creatures in numerous cities, leaving the populace at their mercy. Nupraptor practices self-mutilation, sewing his own eyes and lips shut, and terrorizes pilgrims who journey to his retreat near Vasserbünde.[3][5][11][12][BO1-C7][BO1-C3]
  • King Ottmar of Willendorf holds a contest to celebrate his daughter's birthday, offering a royal favor to the creator of the finest doll in the realm. Among hundreds of submissions, Elzevir the Dollmaker's entry is proclaimed the winner. Elzevir takes a lock of the Princess' hair in payment.[BO1-C9][13]
  • By now, the vampire race has been devastated by the crusades of Moebius's mercenary army, and Vorador is among the last survivors of his kind.[BO1-C11]
  • (~50) Kain departs Coorhagen, embarking on a journey across Nosgoth.[3][12]

Blood Omen eraEdit

(Span of ~1 year)

  • (During, or shortly before, ~0) Azimuth begins summoning and unleashing demons on Avernus, setting the city on fire. Trade from Avernus to Vasserbünde ceases.[5][9][BO1-C8]
  • (~0) In the Underworld, Mortanius offers Kain the opportunity to avenge himself. Kain hastily accepts, and is reborn as a vampire.[2][3][BO1-C1]

Post-Blood Omen eraEdit

(Span of ~500 years)

  • (~0) Embracing his vampirism, Kain rejoices, establishing a throne at the ruined Pillar of Balance.[2][3][BO1-C12][SR1-C2]
  • (~100) Wiki-Icon-SR2 Raziel emerges from the pre-Blood Omen era, arriving in the Sarafan Stronghold. He discovers a statue commemorating Moebius, holding aloft the severed head of Vorador.[SR2-C5]
    • Wiki-Icon-SR2 After discovering Moebius's statue, Raziel encounters and taunts an illusion conjured by Moebius - posing as his martyred spirit - intended to influence Raziel into destroying Kain.[SR2-C10][15]
    • Wiki-Icon-SR2 Raziel encounters the specter of Ariel at the Pillars of Nosgoth, who laments Kain's decision, and her own fate. He challenges her regarding the integrity of the Circle.[SR2-C5]
    • Wiki-Icon-SR2 Passing north through the Subterranean Pillars Chamber, Raziel finds that the Elder God has physically thrived since the Pillars' collapse. He and the Elder acrimoniously debate Kain's survival and its repercussions.[SR2-C5]
    • The Elder Kain of the pre-Blood Omen era, spared by Raziel in this timeline, emerges in the past and pursues Raziel.[SR2-C5]
    • Wiki-Icon-SR2 After speaking with Ariel, Raziel encounters the Elder Kain outside the ruins of Janos Audron's Retreat, who discusses the nature of time, paradoxes and the malevolent forces subverting their destinies before departing.[SR2-C5]
    • Wiki-Icon-SR2 Raziel obtains the Air Reaver from the Air Forge.[SR2-C6]
    • Wiki-Icon-SR2 Using the time-streaming chamber in the Swamp, Raziel travels back in time to Nosgoth's early history, hoping to meet Janos Audron.[SR2-C7]
  • (~500) The raising of the lieutenants: Kain infiltrates the Tomb of the Sarafan, raising the six Sarafan commanders to act as his vampire lieutenants. Raziel, Turel, Dumah, Rahab, Zephon and Melchiah are reborn in respective order.[2][3][SR1-C6]

Soul Reaver eraEdit

</small>(Accountable span of ~2000 years)[annotation 3]

    • The vampires begin to destroy Nosgoth's major human kingdoms. Vampire hunters rise to counter their menace.[16]
  • ("Centuries" before ~2000)[annotation 3] In defiance of Kain's empire, human architects construct what will become the Silenced Cathedral, in hopes of wiping out the vampire race by blasting a deadly hymn across Nosgoth.[SR1-C5]
    • At an indeterminate point during or after its construction, the vampires (chiefly Zephon and the Zephonim) slaughter the Cathedral's inhabitants and take it for their own.[SR1-C4][SR1-C5]
  • (~100) By now, the vampires consider humanity "tamed" and "thoroughly domesticated". At an indeterminate point, the Abbey and the City become two of the last vestiges of safety for the human race in Nosgoth.[16][SR1-C5][SR1-Misc]
  • Growing increasingly bored over time, Kain and the lieutenants pit the lesser vampires of the empire against each other for their own amusement. The Council is formally founded.[16]
    • Kain's descendants utilize the Abyss as an execution ground for traitors and weaklings in their society.[SR1-C1]
  • ("Centuries" before ~2000, and most likely before ~1000)[annotation 3] Dumah and the Dumahim retreat into Nosgoth's northern wilderness. The mountain stronghold which will later become known as the Ruined City is constructed, and becomes home to the Dumahim.[SR1-C7][SR1-C8]
  • At an indeterminate point, Raziel and his clan establish a stronghold which serves as their clan territory.[SR1-C2]
  • (~1000) While feeding on a female, Raziel suddenly realizes his captive is not human. She reveals herself to be a construct of the elder gods, and tells Raziel of his imminent destiny to be destroyed in the Abyss and reborn to exact revenge on Kain. Raziel slaughters the construct and burns her remains.[SR1-Comic]
    • Kain and the Council meet at the Sanctuary of the Clans. Raziel reveals his wings, which are brutally ripped from his body by Kain.[2][3][SR1-C1][15]
    • Raziel's execution: The members of the Council travel to the Lake of the Dead, where, on Kain's orders, Dumah and Turel cast Raziel into the Abyss. Turel assumes Raziel's former position as the empire's second-in-command.[2][SR1-C1][15][18]
    • Kain abandons his empire searching for a way to restore Nosgoth. The leaderless empire fragments as the Vampire clans turn on each other.
  • (By "Centuries" after ~1000) The Razielim, heavily persecuted by the other clans evolve wings, but quickly begin to devolve.
    • The humans seize their opportunity to strike back and attempt to free their race from vampire rule. Cities are rebuilt, skills are relearned and humanity progresses to the point where it becomes a potent threat, launching a devastating attack on the empire itself.
    • Realizing the threat they are faced with, the warring vampire clans band together once again and a new War for Nosgoth begins...
  • Whether eradicated by Kain or absented for other reasons, Raziel's clan ostensibly disappears from Nosgoth. Raziel's Clan Territory becomes derelict.[SR1-C2][SR1-C3]
  • Nosgoth is increasingly wracked by cataclysms as a result of the Pillars' destruction and the vampires' practices, and its landscape becomes significantly warped over time. As part of these upheavals, the Abbey is drowned by deluges, and the Tomb of the Sarafan is exposed and becomes accessible.[SR1-C6][SR1-C2][SR1-C7]
  • Kain's surviving lieutenants and their clans continue to devolve. They become practically unrecognizable as the centuries pass.[SR1-C1][SR1-C2]
    • Becoming increasingly ghoul-like to their own displeasure, Melchiah and the Melchahim relocate to the Necropolis, and begin replenishing their ranks from the long-dead corpses therein.[SR1-C3]
    • Becoming increasingly spider-like, Zephon's body gradually becomes one with the Silenced Cathedral.[SR1-C5]
    • Becoming increasingly piscatorial, Rahab and the Rahabim gradually overcome their natural vulnerability to water, gaining the ability to swim. They retreat from the surface to dwell in the Drowned Abbey.[SR1-C7]
  • ("Centuries" before ~2000, but after ~1000)[annotation 3] The vampire hunters launch a successful surprise attack on Dumah's mountain stronghold, decimating the Dumahim, and slaying Dumah himself.[SR1-C8]
    • Leaderless, the few surviving Dumahim are reduced to roving scavengers.[SR1-C8]
  • Rahab is personally informed by Kain that he is destined to die at Raziel's hands.[SR1-C7]
  • (During, or shortly before, ~2000)[annotation 3] Vampire hunters attack the Silenced Cathedral, and are repelled by the Zephonim. One makes it to Zephon's lair with a flamethrower, but is severed in half by Zephon.[SR1-C5]
  • (~2000)[annotation 3] After suffering relentless agony in the Abyss, Raziel is resurrected as a wraith by the Elder God. Now the Elder's symbiotic agent, he is obliged to destroy Kain and his brethren in his quest for vengeance.[2][SR1-C1][15][19]
    • Guided out of the Underworld by the Elder God, Raziel explores the wasteland of Nosgoth. Beyond the Sanctuary of the Clans and the Abyss, he is enraged to discover his clan territory desolate, his clan apparently dead.[SR1-C2][15]
    • Witnessing Melchahim murdering a human, Raziel pervades the Necropolis, and reaches Melchiah's lair. He kills Melchiah and devours his soul, attaining the ability to phase through gates.[SR1-C2][15][SR1-C3]
    • At the Elder God's urging, Raziel infiltrates the Sanctuary of the Clans, and encounters Kain awaiting him at the Pillars of Nosgoth. They battle, and Kain strikes Raziel with the Soul Reaver. The Soul Reaver shatters on impact. Satisfied at this outcome, Kain departs.[2][15][SR1-C4]
    • Raziel succumbs to his wounds and slips into the Spectral Realm, where he inextricably bonds with the spirit liberated from the Soul Reaver - the Wraith Blade. He meets Ariel, who agrees to conspire with him in ensuring Kain's destruction.[2][15][SR1-C4]
    • Raziel ascends the Silenced Cathedral and reaches Zephon's lair. Using the deceased vampire hunter's flamethrower and Zephon's eggs, he immolates Zephon. By consuming Zephon's soul, he gains the ability to scale walls.[15][SR1-C5]
    • Raziel infiltrates the Tomb of the Sarafan, and rediscovers the Council's forgotten heritage as the former leaders of the Sarafan brotherhood. Beneath the Tomb, he destroys the Tomb Guardian and obtains the telekinetic force projectile ability.[SR1-C6][15]
    • In the Drowned Abbey, Raziel makes use of sunlight to destroy Rahab, and gains the ability to swim from devouring his brother's soul.[15][SR1-C7]
    • Raziel reaches Dumah's throne room, and pulls the stakes from Dumah's chest, reviving him. Luring Dumah to a Furnace, Raziel destroys him and devours his soul, attaining the constrict ability.[15][SR1-C8]
    • In pursuit of Kain, Raziel journeys through the Oracle's Cave and into the Chronoplast. He witnesses his own recent past and potential future in the Chronoplast visions.[15][SR1-C9]
    • Raziel reaches the heart of the Chronoplast complex, where Kain awaits. He battles, but fails to defeat, Kain, who activates the Chronoplast's portal, and passes through to the pre-Blood Omen era. Raziel follows.[2][SR2-C0][15][SR1-10]

(Total span of at least ~6000 years)[annotation 1][annotation 3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Janos Audron reveals in Blood Omen 2 that the Vampire-Hylden war lasted at least 1000 years, and states in Soul Reaver 2 that, ever since his race died out, he had been guarding the Reaver alone for "thousands of years" (minimum of 2000), accumulating to a minimum 3000 year span for the era before Nosgoth's recorded history. The remaining eras add up to roughly 3000 years. If both of Janos's estimates also apply to other timelines, this results in a calculable minimum total of 6000 accountable years of Nosgothic history.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Vorador's birth and turning is positioned after the forging of the Reaver in the version of Nosgoth's chronology released with September 2000's Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine (covering the second timeline), despite the Legacy of Kain: Defiance (fourth timeline) revelation that Vorador himself forged the Reaver. Defiance production materials also refer to this.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 No direct informations is given in game for the length of time Raziel was imprisoned in the Abyss, however in deleted dialogue, the Elder God is directly questioned by Raziel on the subject and responds "A millennium, or a moment? We who stand outside the rim of time dwell not in past or future ages; there is only the now" - perhaps suggesting a figure close to a thousand years. Subsequently a Blood Omen 2 developer interview suggested that the main gameplay events of that title occurred "1600 years before Raziel emerges from the void to begin LOK:SR" - indirectly implying that Raziel was in the Abyss for 500 years. The developers of Nosgoth have since indicated that the cut dialogue is the more valid figure for the time-frame and that the true figure is closer to 1000 years than 500

References (third timeline)Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Icon-Eidos Chris@Crystal's Greatest Hits at the Eidos Forums (by Divine Shadow)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 2.30 2.31 2.32 2.33 2.34 2.35 2.36 2.37 2.38 2.39 2.40 2.41 Wiki-Icon-DC Soul Reaver 2: Historical Timeline at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 3.23 3.24 3.25 3.26 3.27 3.28 3.29 3.30 3.31 3.32 3.33 3.34 3.35 3.36 3.37 3.38 3.39 3.40 Icon-NR GLoK Interviews with Amy Hennig at Nosgothic Realm (by Raziel Fan), post #5 (by RazielFan)
  4. The Pillars at the Soul Reaver 2 official site
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Wiki-Icon-DC The Players at SK: The Complete Guide To Legacy of Kain (archived at Dark Chronicle)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Icon-Prima Prima Games / Ian Osborne. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain: Official Game Secrets. (1996)
  7. Icon-IGN Interview With a Vampire: Blood Omen 2 at IGN (by Douglass C. Perry)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Icon-DCab Some questions about SR2 Sarafan at DCabDesign (by Lexy), post #3 (by Daniel Cabuco)
  9. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named BO1-Misc
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Wiki-Icon-DC Miscellaneous Questions & Answers at SK: The Complete Guide To Legacy of Kain (archived at Dark Chronicle)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Wiki-Icon-DC Legacy of Kain: The Plot at SK: The Complete Guide To Legacy of Kain (archived at Dark Chronicle)
  12. 12.0 12.1 Wiki-Icon-DC Soul Reaver 2: Background Story at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)
  13. 13.0 13.1 Icon-Eidos Warp's answers from Amy at the Eidos Forums (by blincoln)
  14. 14.0 14.1 Wiki-Icon-SR2 Soul Reaver 2 manual. Crystal Dynamics. (Eidos Interactive). (October 31, 2001) Download.
  15. 15.00 15.01 15.02 15.03 15.04 15.05 15.06 15.07 15.08 15.09 15.10 15.11 15.12 15.13 Wiki-Icon-TLW Question and Answer with Jen, Richard, and Kyle at The Lost Worlds (by Ben Lincoln)
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 Wiki-Icon-DC Soul Reaver: Background Story at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)
  17. Wiki-Icon-SR1 Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver manual (US version). Crystal Dynamics. (Eidos Interactive). (August 16, 1999) Download.
  18. Wiki-Icon-SR1 Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver manual (UK version). Crystal Dynamics. (Eidos Interactive). (August 16, 1999) Download.
  19. Icon-GS Blood Omen 2 Q&A at GameSpot (by Sam Newman)