Abyss

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The Abyss
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver area
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The Abyss as it appears in Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver.
Introduced in Icon-SR1.png Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver (1999)
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Tumbling, burning with white hot fire, I plunged into the depths of the Abyss. Unspeakable pain... Relentless agony... Time ceased to exist... Only this torture... and a deepening hatred of the hypocrisy that damned me to this hell.
- Raziel

The Abyss was a massive whirlpool in the middle of the Lake of the Dead, possibly upon the site where the Lost City once stood. At the bottom of the Abyss, the Elder God lay in wait for the time when Raziel would be delivered to him. It is unknown what caused the creation of the Abyss or the disappearance of the Lost City, however, it is known that a connection exists between the two.

During the reign of Kain's empire, vampires were executed by being cast into the Abyss as water painfully burned and was ultimately fatal to vampires. This punishment was apparently reserved for traitors and weaklings, however after Raziel surpasses Kain's own evolution by developing a pair of bat-like wings, Kain; seemingly out of jealous rage; ripped the bones out of Raziel's wings and ordered him to be cast into the Abyss and subjected him to this. It was an extremely painful and horrible death for a vampire. The Abyss tortured and tormented Raziel for five hundred years, dissolving his flesh and leaving him as a wraith, monstrously deformed from his previous appearance.

The Elder God or at least part of it resides at the bottom of the Abyss and claims to be responsible for Raziel's resurrection. It is here that Raziel returns if he is too greatly wounded to maintain his Physical and Spectral Form.

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  • In earlier drafts of the Soul Reaver storyline, the Abyss was originally located in the Lake of Lost Souls rather than the Lake of the Dead.

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