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Vorador's crows on the Dark Forge balcony

"From the moment of my arrival, I had the constant and palpable sensation of being watched. Someone, it seemed, was keenly interested in my presence here."
―Raziel — Listen (file info)[src]

Vorador's Crows, also known simply as Crows, were a set of mysterious birds which observed Raziel in the early chapters of Soul Reaver 2. They ultimately seemed to be 'agents' of the vampire Vorador.

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Vorador's Crows when they are first seen by Raziel

After Raziel left the Sarafan Stronghold and explored Nosgoth in the Pre-Blood Omen era in the early chapters of Soul Reaver 2 he was silently observed by a number of small groups of crows. When Raziel approached any of the crows they would appear as though taking off before vanishing into a green wispy energy. Noting a grouping nearby the Pillars of Nosgoth, Raziel commented on the "palpable sensation of being watched" they gave him, deducing that someone was "keenly interested in [his] presence".[SR2][SR2-C1][SR2-C2]

After being observed by the vanishing crows for some time, Raziel eventually made his way to the Swamp where upon hearing a disturbance among the crows he was able to spot a vampire watching him from a balcony along with the crows - with both disappearing into green smoke. Raziel was able to quickly identify the mysterious observer as Vorador. It seemed that Vorador had used crows to keep surveillance on Nosgoth - and more particularly Raziel - this was all but confirmed a short while later as Raziel left the Dark Forge and conversed with Vorador, who admitted to watching Raziel since he left the Stronghold.[SR2][SR2-C3]

Vorador's crows would continue to watch Raziel as he explored Nosgoth in the Pre-Blood Omen era. They would be absent from the Post-Blood Omen era but were seen again in Nosgoth's early history.[SR2][SR2-C3][SR2-C5][SR2-C7][SR2-C9] Later titles did not explicitly feature a return of the concept although regular crows were seen on occasion.[BO2][DEF]

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  • Vorador is spotted by Raziel among the crows
  • The crows are never named in official sources and the original scripts of Soul Reaver 2 make no reference whatsoever to their presence, only mentioning that Raziel "senses he is being watched" and "sees Vorador silently watching him". The only sources to mention them are transcripts of the retail version of the game which mention the "crows" disturbed by Vorador on the Dark forge balcony. Potentially this implies that the crows were not initially intended to be present in the title and were only added to as a manifestation of Raziel's sense of "being watched".[SR2][SR2-C2][SR2-C3]
  • With no direct references to the crows, there are also no direct references made to the link between Vorador and the crows, however a number of factors suggest they are his agents or otherwise related: They are the sole focus of the camera when Raziel mentions he is being watched, with the observer later revealed to be Vorador; Crows are present from soon after Raziel leaves the Sarafan Stronghold (initially watching from the cliffs above the path before appearing in and beside the pathway), with Vorador later claiming to have been watching Raziel from this point; When approached the crows unnaturally disappear into a green mist virtually identical to that used by Vorador when teleporting; and ultimately when Vorador is discovered he is found watching Raziel among a group of crows. Contributing to this is Vorador's use of crow symbols.[SR2][SR2-C1][SR2-C2][SR2-C3][DEF]
  • Vanishing effects of the crows and their master
  • Early vanishing effects in Soul Reaver 2
  • Crows in Defiance
  • Crows in Defiance
  • Pre-release screenshots appear to show some changes relating to the crows. Soul Reaver 2 pre-release screenshots show different effects for the crows vanishing with a brighter, 'glowing' effect used - this was changed to a more 'misty' dissipating effect for the retail version. Defiance pre-release screenshots show crows in several shots around Vorador's Mansion, presumably meaning that the crows were intended to reappear in Defiance, however none are present in the retail version.

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  1. Icon-DCab Vorador's symbol at DCabDesign (by Voradors), post #2 (by Daniel Cabuco)
  2. Icon-TAD Hide the marmosets in Legacy of Kain: Defiance?! at The Ancient's Den (by Raina Audron/Daniel Cabuco)

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