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This is a full transcript of Legacy of Kain: Defiance, adapted from Tenaya's original transcript at Nosgothic Realm, and the text from the in-game subtitles feature. Scene descriptions remain unaltered.

Legacy of Kain: Defiance's chapters are delineated by the points in the story in which player control switches from Kain to Raziel, and vice versa. The chapter names used at the Legacy of Kain Wiki originate from the supplementary Prima Guide, Prima's Official Strategy Guide - Legacy of Kain: Defiance.

Please note that there is no corresponding audio attached to the text of this transcript, as there are currently no known means of extracting the sound data from Legacy of Kain: Defiance.

Contents

Transcript[edit | edit source]

Players (in order of appearance)[edit | edit source]

Chapter 1: Infiltrate the Stronghold


Dark Chronicle: Prologue[edit | edit source]

Kain (V. O.): Given the choice – whether to rule a corrupt and failing empire or to challenge the Fates for another throw, a better throw, against one's destiny – what was a king to do?
[A stream of memories leading up to the present flows past:
The vampire, Raziel, Kain's right-hand lieutenant, spreads his newly grown wings... Kain tears the wings from Raziel's back, and orders his other lieutenants to throw him into the Lake of the Dead... Raziel burns until there is nothing left but a husk of tissue and bone, yet is revived... He hunts Kain down, but is unable to complete his revenge before Kain escapes through a portal leading to another time... In the past Raziel learns that things are much more complicated than they seem. The quest for vengeance gives way to a quest for knowledge and freedom – one that he shares with Kain.]
Kain (V. O.): But does one ever truly have a choice? One can only match, move by move, the machinations of Fate, and thus defy the tyrannous stars.
[The camera pans down from the sky, and we see that it is snowing. It is just before dawn – the moon is still visible, hanging low over the horizon. The battlements of the Sarafan fortress are silhouetted in the foreground. A flock of bats swarms in, framed by the full moon. They coalesce to form the dark shape of a heroically-proportioned man – this is KAIN, not yet fully visible as he's backlit by the moon. He drops down from the battlements, moving stealthily through a stone tunnel, still lit from behind.]
Kain (V. O.): And so I returned to the sanctuary of my enemy – the fortress of the Sarafan brotherhood, deemed impossible for any man to penetrate.
[Kain approaches a portcullis and pool of light. A lone Sarafan guard is standing on the other side of the gate. Kain dematerializes into a cloud of mist, phasing smoothly and silently through the gate, just behind the unsuspecting guard. As he emerges into the pool of light, we see his features for the first time. He effortlessly snaps the sentry's neck, and bites into his throat, holding the sagging body.]
Kain (V. O.): ...impossible for any man.
[Kain drains the victim, and lets the body fall to the ground as he wipes his mouth and looks offscreen toward his next goal. He continues to move along a narrow walkway.]
Kain (V. O.): Deep within these walls, my prey awaited: Moebius the Time Streamer, deceiver and eternal gamester, using living beings as his pawns.
[As Kain nears a corner, we hear the voices of Sarafan warriors returning from patrol, approaching along an adjacent bridge. Kain leans into the wall for cover, and turns his head to listen.]
Sarafan Guard 1: In the end, we rooted out an entire nest of the fiends.
Sarafan Guard 2: But we had swept that area already.
Sarafan Guard 1: Not well enough. But no matter – we purged every last one of that brood with fire. May their souls now rest.
[In the foreground, Kain sneers in disgust.]
Sarafan Guard 2: Lord Moebius will be pleased.
[In the distance, a heavy door opens and closes. Kain moves from the shadows.]
Kain (V. O.): It was time for Moebius to answer a few questions. I hoped, for his sake, to find him in a forthcoming mood.


Dialogue: The Sarafan Stronghold[edit | edit source]

[Kain drops down from a window, into the Stronghold's dungeon beside a human prisoner. As he approaches, the prisoner sees him and begins to panic –]
Captive: Help me! Help me!
[Kain approaches the terrified prisoner and gently passes his hand before the human's face –]
Kain: Shhh...
Captive: Oh please, no...
[Kain leans toward the prisoner, anticipating the meal –]
Kain (V. O.): From time to time it is necessary to feed. And the unusual event of a feast prepared by the Sarafan must be savored.
[Kain shatters a crumbling wall with the Reaver and steps through the new passage.]
Archer: What was that?
[Kain pulls the man off of the bridge above him using telekinesis, and flings him upon a metal spike jutting out of the wall. He then walks out into the room, finding a canal running through its center.]
Kain (V. O.): The touch of water was like acid to a vampire. I had to find another way to pass.
[Kain approaches a magical barrier.]
Kain (V. O.): This passage undoubtedly led to the Time Streamer. My prey was nearly in my grasp. But the door had been sealed by a blessed barrier. As I approached, the Reaver resonated in response. Perhaps its dark sorcery could dispel these holy barriers.
[Kain takes a swipe at the barrier with his sword, only to be repelled.]
Kain (V. O.): As I suspected, the Reaver was not yet powerful enough to shatter these barriers. But there was something to this...
[As Kain enters the stronghold's chapel, a portcullis slams down. He pushes against it with his foot.]
Kain (V. O.): Locked. What a love of doors these pathetic humans have.
[He nears an artifact on a pedestal that is suspiciously unguarded. Heeding the signs of a trap, he dematerializes into his mist form, jumps back, and draws the Reaver. A Sarafan archer on a balcony above takes notice of him.]
Sarafan: Huh? Vampire!
[Kain defeats the Sarafan, and returns his attention to the artifact.]
Kain (V. O.): This emblem was unmistakably of Vampire origin, and designed to enhance the Reaver's power. But this coincidence seemed too convenient; Moebius clearly meant for me to find it.
[As he claims the emblem, he hears doors open and armored footsteps rapidly approaching. A number of Sarafan clamor into the chapel to surround him, shouting threats and orders.]
Sarafan 1: Sound the alarm!
Sarafan 2: Vampire!
Sarafan 3: Don't let him escape!
[Kain walks calmly into their midst as they close in to surround him. He regards them coolly, without even drawing his weapon yet.]
Sarafan 4: Surround him!
Sarafan 1: Surrender, fiend, and we will promise you an easy death.
Kain: I could promise you the same, but it would be a lie.
[After defeating the Sarafan, Kain approaches another magical barrier.]
Kain (V. O.): This barrier had a curious resonating effect on the Reaver.
[Approaching a door that is of a different design than the others in the Stronghold:]
Kain (V. O.): This door had been equipped with a singular lock, requiring an unusual key. Somehow I would find it.


Dark Chronicle: Moebius gains the upper hand[edit | edit source]

[Kain confronts Moebius in his hidden chamber. As he nears the chamber's entrance, we begin to hear Moebius's voice, indistinctly. Kain silently draws the Reaver, and moves toward the chamber.]
Moebius: Yes... I understand...
[Moebius stands before a shimmering, mysterious pool at the center of the room, holding an arcane staff in one hand.]
Moebius: ...it will be done... the stage is set...
[With a satisfied expression, he cuts his eyes in Kain's direction.]
Moebius: You needn't linger in the shadows, Kain.
(with hostility)
It has been a long time, hasn't it?
Kain: No banter, Moebius. You know why I'm here.
Moebius: Yes... Raziel. You sought to introduce your own pawn into this game, and now he's been swept from the board.
Kain: By your hand, I suspect. Where is he?
Moebius: Perhaps you should ask "when"?
(chuckles darkly)
How humiliating it must be for you to come begging at my doorstep for answers.
[Kain narrows his eyes and advances on Moebius angrily.]
Kain: Enough wordplay –
Moebius: Don't threaten me, Kain –
[Moebius calmly summons his scepter's power, and the globe flares with menacing light. Kain collapses in shock, clutching at his chest, as the Reaver slips from his fingers and he sinks to the floor, incapacitated.]
Kain: (gasping in agony)
Moebius: – you see, I have the upper hand.
[He regards Kain with amusement.]
Moebius: How remarkable that the great Kain should succumb to the scepter's power like any common vampire.
[Moebius crouches next to Kain to address him more directly.]
Moebius: Still so arrogant after all these years – thinking you've devised some brilliant plan. You know nothing. You have read the signs but missed their meaning. You believe you are that myth of Vampire prophecy – the Scion of Balance – and that Raziel holds the key to fulfilling your destiny.
[Kain glares furiously at Moebius, while fighting to overcome this paralysis.]
Moebius: But your messianic delusions have blinded you to Raziel's true nature. You have no idea what you've unleashed.
[Moebius straightens up and looks down at Kain. Kain reaches uselessly for the Reaver.]
Moebius: There was a time when you might have heeded wise counsel when it was offered. Now, your vanity has made you witless. You will have to learn the truth for yourself.
[He shoves the Reaver back toward Kain with his foot.]
Moebius: You'll be needing this.
[Moebius moves unhurriedly toward the exit while he speaks, and opens the door.]
Moebius: Your strength will return after I have departed. But by then, you will have more urgent concerns than pursuing me. Perhaps, when we next meet, you will have learned a little humility.
[Moebius deactivates the scepter and exits, closing the door behind him. Kain grasps the Reaver and rises unsteadily to his feet. As he stands, we see a number of Shades peel out of the shadows of the chamber and surround Kain.]
Kain (V. O.): These strange creatures seemed to manifest from the very shadows...


Dialogue: The Sarafan Stronghold[edit | edit source]

[Kain defeats the shades.]
Kain (V. O.): Moebius's attempt at stopping me was not one of his better efforts. When I found him, it would be my turn to offer a few surprises.



Chapter 2: Escape from the Elder God Chamber


Dark Chronicle: Raziel in the Underworld[edit | edit source]

[The camera descends into Moebius's mysterious pool, with a sort of action-wipe to convey the passage of time and distance. As the scene clears, Raziel is revealed in the depths of the Underworld, kneeling before the Elder God in defeat and exhaustion. Raziel is starving, suffering. But he won't submit. The disembodied voice of the Elder God fills the chamber – his tone is paternalistic and patronizing, with an underlying threat. Didactic and patient, but with wrath just beneath the surface.]
Elder God: Surrender, Raziel. Abandon this petty rebellion. It was I who made you. Your life had played out, and in my grace, I spared you. You are my reaper of souls. You have no other purpose, no higher destiny – just this. Accept your calling, Raziel. Let go of these vain hopes. Relinquish your will, and feed.
[From his kneeling position, Raziel glares up at the Elder God, his eyes flashing defiantly. This is our first close shot of Raziel.]
Raziel: No.
Elder God: What do you profit from this defiance?
Raziel: There's some grim satisfaction in infuriating you.
Elder God: My patience is eternal, Raziel. How many eons can you bear to languish here?
[Raziel bows his head, exhausted and weak from hunger.]
Elder God: The Wheel of Fate must turn; all are redeemed in the cleansing agony of birth, death and rebirth. This is the Engine of life – the purifying rhythm of the universe – to which all souls are irresistibly drawn. Yours is a necessary and noble function, Raziel.
Raziel: Enough of your sermonizing – are you trying to bore me into submission? Why must this game go on? We both know what you are. You're no better than the vampires you so despise – a voracious parasite cloaking its appetite in a shroud of righteousness. I refuse to do your will.
Elder God: I can see into your heart, Raziel. It is not your will, but cowardice that keeps you here.
Raziel: (steely, almost a statement)
How so?
Elder God: You know what fate awaits you when you leave the underworld. That phantom weapon you bear is a constant reminder, isn't it? The Sword is waiting for you out there somewhere, and you tarry so as not to meet it.
[The Elder God knows he has struck a nerve.]
Raziel (V. O.): I could not deny it. As long as I lingered here, defying my captor, I was able to postpone what I feared was my inevitable doom: to become the ravenous spirit imprisoned in the Reaver blade. But that sentence was no worse than the stalemate I now endured. Better to face one's destiny than cower from it.
Elder God: Harvester of souls I created you, and to this function, my angel of death, you will return.
[Raziel interrupts, frustrated and disillusioned –]
Raziel: Enough. Yes. I submit.
Elder God: Very good. Indulge your hunger.
[A soul materializes in front of the kneeling Raziel, looking frightened and lost. Weakly, Raziel opens his cowl and draws the soul in. Raziel gasps as the soul is devoured – it has a joltingly powerful effect on him. At the same time, the Elder God too responds with great satisfaction. The souls Raziel devours are siphoned to sustain him.]
Elder God: Yes... embrace your calling, Raziel. You will find that, just as defiance has its price, so obedience has its rewards.
[A patch of the Elder's tentacles uncoil, revealing an exit from the chamber. Raziel stands slowly to his feet, finally regaining his strength after so long. He looks hatefully up at the mass of the Elder God.]
Raziel: And submission is not always what it seems.


Dialogue: The Underworld[edit | edit source]

[Raziel reaches a cavernous chamber with treacherous drops –]
Raziel (V. O.): Below me swirled an ominous-looking mist. I knew that if I fell, it would mean my peril.
[The exit is on the other side of the room. When Raziel approaches it, the Elder God's tentacles close the passage off.]
Raziel (V. O.): Do you believe your worthiness is so easily proved? Your way is sealed until you have offered further evidence of your obedience.
[Six blazing eyes appear over the barrier, and six souls manifest throughout the cavern. Raziel looks around, seeing the set-up. Disgusted, he acknowledges that he understands –]
Raziel: (disgusted)
I must feed you before I depart this place.
Elder God: You must feed yourself, Raziel.
Raziel: (mocking)
"The Wheel must turn..."
Elder God: (patronizing)
Ah – now you understand.
[Raziel reaps all six souls.]
Elder God: You may go, but remember – you are mine. You can no more escape from me than you can escape yourself.
[Raziel approaches the exit of the next room. Again, the Elder God’s tentacles reach out and seal off the passage.]
Elder God: (laughter)
[Raziel stops. From behind him comes a slithering, hissing sound. Sluagh begin to peel out of the cracks of the room, advancing on Raziel.]
Raziel: You want this room cleared of its vermin.
Elder God: If you wish to leave it.
Raziel: (sarcastically)
Your will be done.
Elder God: My good servant.
[When all the Sluagh are destroyed, the doorway opens once more.]
Elder God: You see? Obedience brings prompt rewards.
[Raziel enters a tall cavern, in which a broken ledge spirals up to the top. He begins to inch his way toward the first gap in the ledge.]
Elder God: Where do you think you’re going, little soul?
[The lethal mist below glows brightly, and begins to rise.
Raziel races up the vertical shaft out of the underworld, pursued by the Elder God, who calls out to him:]
Elder God: You can't escape!
Elder God: Run faster!
Elder God: Raziel...
Elder God: Embrace your destiny.
Elder God: You will never escape.
Elder God: Clever, Raziel. Clever, indeed.
Elder God: (laughter)
Elder God: I've endured your game long enough.
Elder God: I grow tired of this, Raziel.
[As the terrain crumbles around Raziel, he makes a last desperate leap for an overhang, and pulls himself up out of the shaft. And just in time – as Raziel leaps into the chamber above, the Elder God's tentacles grasp for him and topple a massive slab of masonry. Amidst the chaos, Elder God cries out as he strains to stop Raziel –]
Elder God: No!
[The slab falls, sealing off the opening to the lower shaft. Raziel stops and regains his composure –]
Raziel (V. O.): Clearly my escape had not been anticipated, or my 'benevolent' master would not have expended such efforts to prevent me from going. And if my departure displeased him, then that was a victory, however small, for me.


Dialogue: The Cemetery[edit | edit source]

[Approaching the bottom of a shaft leading up to the surface of the ethereal water:]
Raziel (V. O.): In the spectral realm, water is as thin as air, putting this opening far beyond my reach. But once I found my way into the material world, I might to able to swim up there...
[Raziel climbs up onto a platform and encounters a closed door.]
Raziel (V. O.): This door would only open when fitted with an appropriate artifact. But to use such an object, I would first have to find my way back into the material realm.
[Raziel enters the upper tomb chamber:]
Raziel (V. O.): At last, I discovered a conduit into the material realm. I would finally escape the spirit world, and take one step farther from my tormentor...
[As Raziel nears it, the planar portal begins to vanish.]
Elder God: (laughter)
Did you think to receive the same favors after your rebellion as before? No, Raziel. I have no need for you to enter the physical world, so no conduit will be granted. You serve me adequately as a wraith, and a wraith you will remain.
[Raziel stands before the dissipating portal and looks around the room in anger.]
Raziel (V. O.): So my restraints had not been removed, only loosened. I would not be held prisoner in the spectral realm – there had to be another way.
[Raziel phases through the tomb's gated window and drops down into the open courtyard. Several souls hover among the graves here. One of them ascends toward the sky. As Raziel watches, nightmarish figures swoop in like sharks from outside the courtyard, homing in on the fleeing souls like blood in the water. They devour the souls, whose light is extinguished.]
Raziel (V. O.): As I emerged, I was granted a vision of what I would become, if I did not escape the spectral realm. For these too were agents of my master, hunting the lost souls that struggled to escape the endless twilight of the underworld.
[When Raziel defeats the Archons, the combat barriers are dissolved.]
Raziel (V. O.): My master's plan for me was ominously clear. Like these mindless hunters, I existed only to fuel him with souls, siphoning their energy to feed him and his Wheel of Fate. I had to break these bonds, while I still possessed my own will.



Chapter 3: Pursue Moebius


Dialogue: The Sarafan Stronghold[edit | edit source]

[Approaching the door through which Moebius exited, Kain discovers an emblem embedded in its surface.]
Kain (V. O.): This artifact seemed as though it was made for that unusual lock. Now the door could be opened.
[Approaching the statue of Malek in the courtyard:]
Kain (V. O.): (snidely)
Malek, the great Sarafan warrior. I had met him before. His sword and shield seemed to have gone astray.
[Kain approaches a portcullis – on the other side, a Sarafan guard stands with his back to the gate. Misting silently through the portcullis, Kain grabs the guard from behind – his arm around the guard's throat, and his head over the guard's shoulder. The soldier gasps and freezes as Kain questions him in hypnotic intimacy.]
Kain (V. O.): Tell me – where can I find your master?
[The Sarafan guard struggles and whimpers in terror.]
Kain (V. O.): Quickly – Moebius is – ?
Sarafan Guard: ...in the tower...
[The guard raises a shaking hand to indicate the tower visible just beyond the battlements.]
Kain (V. O.): Good.
[Kain breaks the guard's neck and lets the body fall.]
[Kain comes across two other statues of Malek, one holding a shield, the other a sword.]
Kain (V. O.): Malek's missing shield. I hated to restore his dignity, but I would need to return this to his monument before I could progress.
Kain (V. O.): Malek's sword belonged in his right hand. However distasteful this errand was, I would return it to its proper place.
Kain (V. O.): The way to the tower now lay open before me. I looked forward to finding Moebius, and resuming our conversation.
[Kain acquires another Reaver-enhancing artifact.]
Kain (V. O.): Curious. This artifact, joined with the relic I discovered earlier, appeared to be but one fragment of a larger emblem. This shard was endowed with elemental Fire, enhancing both the Reaver and my telekinetic powers.


Dark Chronicle: Kain settles the score[edit | edit source]

[Kain pauses at the tower door and leans in to it, as though listening – or sensing – to see if Moebius is inside. Satisfied, he steps back and kicks the door in. He's chosen not to have the Reaver drawn this time.]
Moebius: Here you are at last. I see you found a fragment of the Balance Emblem. This will be of even further use to you – if you can find the other three. Now, shall we – ?
[Kain uses his telekinetic powers to rip the staff from Moebius's hand and send it flying harmlessly into a corner of the room. Moebius doesn't look especially surprised.]
Kain: Yes. Let us continue our conversation –
[With another gesture, he fluidly lifts Moebius telekinetically off his feet, "holding" him by the throat.]
Kain: – but on a somewhat different footing. Now, what do you have to tell me, Moebius?
Moebius: (a little strangled)
You cannot kill me. We both know that this is not how – or when – I die.
Kain: Death is not the only possible outcome.
[Kain flexes his hand slightly, and Moebius's body contorts in pain.]
Moebius: Your delusions of fulfilling the Vampires' foolish prophecies have badly distorted your judgment. And Raziel is not what you think.
Kain: You dare imagine what I think?
[Still using telekinesis, Kain throws Moebius roughly against the wall.]
Moebius: So you prevented Raziel's soul from entering the Reaver. Do you believe for a moment that by this you have averted your fate? Or his? Or that of Nosgoth itself? Your manipulations are pathetic.
Kain: Yet Raziel retains his free will. And that's what frightens you, isn't it, Moebius. You cannot see his path, and so you cannot control it.
Moebius: And neither can you. Yes, Raziel is shrouded from us, but we see the ripples of his potential actions. And every path he might choose leads to the same outcome: he will kill you, Kain. In sparing Raziel, you have written your own death sentence.
[Kain gives Moebius a final shove against the floor for good measure, and releases him.]
Kain: You still have not answered the question I came to ask – where is Raziel?
[Moebius regains his footing, and rubs his throat.]
Moebius: He is not, in a true sense, here. Not now.
Kain: Don't try my patience, Moebius. What have you done with him?
Moebius: He is contained. In time, it may be safe to release him. His destiny must be completed – he will enter the sword. But until that time he is dangerous – far more dangerous than you could understand.
Kain: And your incontrovertible evidence?
Moebius: The answers are plain if you know where to look. Go west of the Pillars – there you will find a testament written in stone.
[Moebius vanishes.]
Kain (V. O.): But stones, too, can lie.


Dialogue: The Sarafan Stronghold[edit | edit source]

[Kain goes out onto the balcony. The Pillar vista is before him.]
Kain (V. O.): The Pillars of Nosgoth stood pristine against the horizon. To the west I would find the enlightenment Moebius felt I lacked.



Chapter 4: Find the Path to the Pillars


Dialogue: The Cemetery[edit | edit source]

Raziel (V. O.): There had to be a way to escape the spirit world, without the help my master was pleased to deny me. Only in the material realm would I have a chance to seek my destiny – or change it.
[Raziel comes upon the sealed gate to the Pillars vista.]
Raziel (V. O.): An ancient gate, sealed by the powers of Light and Darkness, barred the way to the Pillars beyond. To depart this place and continue my journey, I would have to find the means to open it.
[Raziel drops down into the mausoleum's entrance chamber. He approaches one of the central caskets.]
Raziel (V. O.): In this crypt, I discovered ethereal gases rising from the moldering corpse within. As I neared, I felt a distinct spiritual pull – and the closer I approached, the more that pull intensified...
[Raziel gathers himself, projecting his energy down into the site where the corpse-gasses are rising. This first attempt is tentative and awkward. The room morphs from spectral to material, and the animated corpse rises grotesquely from its grave. Raziel staggers for a moment, then tears the corpse's flesh away, to reveal his own form beneath.]
Raziel (V. O.): In the end, it was not difficult. I projected myself down into that tomb and found myself reborn into the material world. It was a loathsome vessel – but with an effort of will, that too could change.
[Raziel approaches a doorway with gargoyle heads mounted on both sides of it.]
Raziel (V. O.): These gargoyles quickened as I drew near, triggering the door to close. I would need to find some means of approaching the door without being observed.
[As Raziel exits the mausoleum, he is immediately confronted with the material reality of the cemetery – it is patrolled by vampire hunters. A group of them are gathered around a campfire. Raziel approaches close enough to overhear their discussion.]
Male Vampire Hunter: – she says she won't go near the place.
Female Vampire Hunter: I tell you the Pillars are haunted.
Male Vampire Hunter: Haunted!
Female Vampire Hunter: I heard a woman's voice, talking and moaning – and there was no one there.
Male Vampire Hunter: How many vampires have you killed? And you can't face down one ghost?
Raziel (V. O.): I knew who these were: vampire hunters, scouring the countryside, destroying what had once been my kind.
[He steps out of hiding. One of the vampire hunters sees him and scrambles to her feet.]
Female Vampire Hunter: My god – what is that? A vampire? Or a demon?
Male Vampire Hunter: Where?
Raziel: Here.
[The others get up.]
Female Vampire Hunter: Get him!
Male Vampire Hunter: Quickly! No mercy!
[Raziel defeats the vampire hunters.]
Raziel (V. O.): These were Moebius's hunters – mercenaries enlisted in his crusade to exterminate the vampires. His insignia was unmistakable... But this meant I'd been captive in the underworld for centuries. I had lost five hundred years.
[Raziel turns and looks up at the Pillars, visible above the horizon.]
Raziel (V. O.): Then I knew what ghost it was that haunted the Pillars – Ariel, the specter of the murdered Balance Guardian. Perhaps she could provide the answers I sought. But first I would have to find a way out of this cemetery...
[Foreshadowing high Dark and Light Temples:]
Raziel (V. O.): This temple's facade hinted at some ancient Vampire origin – for it bore the sign of the Reaver, and was marked with the elemental symbol of Light. The mystery of the Reaver might be answered within... but this edifice was too high for me to reach.
Raziel (V. O.): Another temple, this one marked with the elemental symbol of Darkness. This edifice, like the other one, was too high for me to reach.
[As Raziel re-enters the crypt where he discovered the phantom planar portal, a number of Revenants begin bursting out of the floor and walls, their eyes burning with green fire. Simultaneously, magical green barriers appear over Raziel's exits, trapping him within the room.]
Hylden 1: Raziel...
Hylden 2: Raziel...
Hylden 1: Fallen hero...
Hylden 3: Renegade and traitor...
Raziel: What is this? How do you know me?
Hylden 1: Raziel, what are you?
Hylden 4: Why should any know your name?
Hylden 2: You are nothing...
Raziel (V. O.): It seemed my method of entering the physical realm was not altogether original. But where had these beings come from?
[Raziel fights and defeats the Revenants.]
[Raziel comes across a door sealed with the Darkness symbol.]
Raziel (V. O.): The Reaver did not seem to activate this orb. I had to find the means to enhance the blade further.
[Raziel sees the Light Forge facade.]
Raziel (V. O.): This edifice, marked with the elemental Light symbol, was clearly much older than the ruins in the rest of the cemetery. The door was far too high to reach. And to open it, it seemed the Reaver would need to be imbued with the power of Darkness. Clearly I had more to accomplish before I could discover what lay within.
[Approaching a stone monument that must be climbed to reach the cliff above:]
Raziel (V. O.): Perhaps in the spectral realm this would no longer prove an obstacle.
[In an ancient chamber, Raziel finds and is able to activate a portal.]
Raziel (V. O.): As I stepped through, I felt a sense of displacement, as some arcane sorcery transported me away.


Dialogue: The Vampire Citadel's Dark Forge[edit | edit source]

[Raziel arrives in the Dark-themed area of the Guardian Citadel.]
Raziel (V. O.): This was clearly some ancient ruin of the Vampire civilization. Perhaps here I would finally decipher the riddle of my destiny.


Dark Chronicle: Mural: The raising of the Pillars[edit | edit source]

Raziel (V. O.): Throughout these ruins I found murals depicting the seminal events of Vampire history. These scenes commemorated a great war between the Ancient Vampires and their rivals. In triumph, they banished their adversaries from the world, and raised the Pillars as the lock that binds them.


Dark Chronicle: Mural: The Vampires' prophesied hero[edit | edit source]

Raziel (V. O.): The image of the Reaver was inscribed throughout this place, always depicted with reverence. The Vampires' holy weapon was destined to be borne by their prophesied hero, for whom it was forged. But if this was my destiny, why had the Reaver tried to consume me?


Dark Chronicle: Mural: The summoning of the Guardians[edit | edit source]

Raziel (V. O.): This scene depicted the appointment of the original Vampire guardians. Each summoned to serve when the Pillars were raised. Each Guardian is aligned to the principle of the Pillar he serves, and the Balance Guardian is the axis of them all.


Dialogue: The Vampire Citadel's Dark Forge[edit | edit source]

Raziel (V. O.): At last it was done: the Reaver was forged with Darkness. As I felt this new power coursing within the wraith blade, I knew that now the Light temple would open to me.


Dialogue: The Cemetery[edit | edit source]

[Raziel returns to the cemetery and enters a passage that has been made accessible by imbuing the Reaver with Darkness.]
Raziel (V. O.): Against all odds, I had stumbled into Kain's own mausoleum. This seemed an unlikely coincidence...


Dialogue: The Vampire Citadel's Light Forge[edit | edit source]

[Raziel steps through another portal.]
Raziel (V. O.): Again I experienced that odd sense of displacement, as I was transported to the Vampire ruin once more...
But this chamber was different than the first.


Dark Chronicle: Mural: The blood curse[edit | edit source]

Raziel (V. O.): In their defeat, the Vampires' enemy retaliated with a terrible curse – afflicting the Vampires with a bloodthirst that turned their once-noble race into ravenous predators. This curse plunged the Vampires into despair, and apparently drove many to madness and self-annihilation. What was it that so devastated them that they were driven to suicide?


Dialogue: The Vampire Citadel's Light Forge[edit | edit source]

Raziel (V. O.): I had succeeded – the Reaver was forged with the power of Light. And now my way was clear: I would seek out Ariel at the Pillars and see if she could enlighten me.


Dialogue: The Cemetery[edit | edit source]

Raziel (V. O.): I had the means now to depart the cemetery. I only needed to find the gate that would send me on my way.
Raziel (V. O.): At last, the gate yielded to the powers of Light and Darkness, with which the Reaver had been forged. The way to the Pillars was open.



Chapter 5: Reveal the Guardian Citadel


Dialogue: The Pillars of Nosgoth[edit | edit source]

[Kain arrives at the Pillars.]
Kain (V. O.): How strange to see this place long before my birth... centuries before the corruption set in that would poison the land, and put me on the treacherous path I still followed. In the future, these edifices would be condemned to darkness and decay. I would cause their fall, and build my empire upon their ruins. Was it still possible that with the right knowledge, the right moves, I might one day see Nosgoth restored, the Pillars pure once more? My answer – according to Moebius – lay somewhere to the west of this place. I could restore the world, perhaps. But never again could I give Nosgoth back her innocence.
[Kain arrives at the dead-end that currently lies west of the Pillars.]
Kain (V. O.): My path ended here, offering only this empty vista. Was this another of Moebius's little jokes? ...or a puzzle for which I had not yet found the answer?
[There is a stone etching near the dead end:]
Kain (V. O.): This symbol seemed familiar. Perhaps I needed to recover another fragment of the Balance emblem before I could proceed.
[Kain acquires the second Reaver Enhancement.]
Kain (V. O.): Another fragment of the Balance Emblem, this one endowed with the properties of Dimension. Perhaps this would reveal the mystery that lay west of the Pillars... if Moebius spoke the truth, and there was indeed something there to find.
[Using the second shard of the Balance Emblem, Kain is able to open the path to, and reveal, the Guardian Citadel.]
Kain (V. O.): The mists that shrouded this lake miraculously now cleared away, revealing an ancient citadel. So Moebius had not lied. Or perhaps this was simply another of the Time Streamer's illusions, meant to slow my true endeavor.



Chapter 6: Find the Location of Vorador's Mansion


Dialogue: The Pillars of Nosgoth[edit | edit source]

[Raziel arrives on the path to the Pillars.]
Raziel (V. O.): The vampire hunters – brazen as they were – feared to walk these paths. I knew one spirit haunted this place... perhaps there were others, as well.
[Raziel approaches the sconces that trigger the gate to the Pillars to open.]
Raziel (V. O.): These smoldering sconces seemed as though they would ignite, if only I had a fire source.


Dark Chronicle: Mural: The forging of the Reaver[edit | edit source]

Raziel (V. O.): I sought to unravel the mystery of my fate, and in this image lay my first clue. For this scene depicted the forging of the Reaver – the weapon destined to become my prison – and I recognized its maker. The years had changed him, but this was unmistakably the vampire, Vorador – and in this era, he still lived. If I could reach him before Moebius' mob hunted him down, he would provide the answers I sought.


Dark Chronicle: Mural: The dark gift is passed[edit | edit source]

Raziel (V. O.): These images chronicled Vorador's creation. As I already knew, he had not been born a vampire, but had been turned by the infamous Janos Audron. But this mural suggested that Vorador's origins were even more significant – apparently, he was the first human to whom the dark gift had been passed. This was the Vampires' desperate bid to preserve their bloodline... for their enemies had cursed them not only with blood-thirst, but with sterility as well.


Dialogue: The Vampire Citadel's Fire Forge[edit | edit source]

[Raziel discovers a vessel, like the one from which he imbued the Reaver with Light and Darkness, that lacks a magical flame.]
Raziel (V. O.): This spirit vessel was not yet activated. Perhaps there was some means for me to awaken it...
[Raziel enters a chamber of the citadel containing a sarcophagus, and adorned with the symbol for Nature.]
Raziel (V. O.): I was met by the specter of the Nature Guardian, monstrously deformed since its death centuries ago.
Nature Guardian: Rejoice, creature, for today your spirit will return to the One...
[The Nature Guardian attacks.]
[When Raziel defeats the first Guardian spirit, he may return to the spirit vessel.]
Raziel (V. O.): Apparently a single soul was not enough to activate this spirit vessel. Perhaps another specter was lurking around here somewhere...
[Raziel confronts the specter of the Conflict Guardian.]
Conflict Guardian: Eternity weighs heavily...
Raziel (V. O.): I have a solution.
Conflict Guardian: I bear it in atonement... but your moment of existence has passed. Come – and be released...
[The battle begins.]
[Raziel heads for the spirit vessel after both Guardian spirits have been defeated and trapped within it.]
Raziel (V. O.): The spirit vessel would not respond in the spectral realm. I had to return to the physical world to use it.
[Raziel acquires the Fire Reaver:]
Raziel (V. O.): As the Reaver absorbed the souls of the Nature and Conflict Guardians, it was imbued with the elemental power of Fire with which their principles were aligned. I was now equipped to reach the Pillars.


Dark Chronicle: Ariel, specter of the Balance Guardian[edit | edit source]

[Raziel approaches the Pillars for the first time.]
Raziel (V. O.): Once again I beheld the Pillars of Nosgoth – crumbling in decay now, following the corruption of the Circle. Here I would find Ariel, the specter of the murdered Balance Guardian – and the last pure, undefiled member of the Guardian Circle. Bound here upon her death, she was doomed to haunt these Pillars until her successor fulfilled his terrible duty, and Balance was restored.
[The specter of Ariel manifests. In this time, Ariel has a commanding presence, even though she is insubstantial. Her voice has a somewhat ethereal and detached quality. She approaches Raziel with suspicion.]
Ariel: What manner of creature approaches?
Raziel: I know you well, Ariel – though you do not yet know me.
Ariel: I have no time for riddles, strange one.
Raziel: All you have is time. I have come to seek your guidance –
[Ariel interrupts.]
Ariel: I counsel only one man, and you are not he. But you will know him soon. The contagion of your kind is coming to an end.
Raziel: My kind? What exactly do you think I am?
Ariel: Your name shall remain 'Unspoken', as decreed by our ancestors. You serve the one who so brutally took my life and set this tragedy in motion. But even now, hope is at work. Balance will be restored, and your kind will be expelled forever.
Raziel: You have pinned your hopes on Kain. He will disappoint you.
Ariel: What can you know of Kain?
Raziel: More than you could ever fathom.
Ariel: He will do what he must when the time comes.
Raziel: By choosing his own death? A sacrifice for the world? You don't know Kain very well.
Ariel: I know what he is called to do. My faith sustains me.
Raziel: Is it faith, or fear? You know that if Kain refuses the sacrifice, you will never leave here. And you begin to suspect...
[Ariel interrupts and turns away from him.]
Ariel: I will not hear your poison, fiend.
Raziel: Grant me the answers I require, and I will leave you to your pathetic delusions.
[Ariel turns back to Raziel, impatient but willing to listen.]
Ariel: Ask, then.
Raziel: I seek the vampire Vorador.
[Ariel is grimly amused.]
Ariel: To kill him, perhaps? Or to join him in death? But for Kain, he is the last of his kind. Moebius's mob has done its work.
Raziel: My reasons are my own.
[Ariel gestures to the east.]
Ariel: His refuge lies in the heart of the black forest.
[Raziel turns to go, then stops and looks back at Ariel as she speaks again.]
Ariel: And may you molder there together until the end comes.
[Ariel drafts backward into the Pillars as she dissipates. Raziel turns back toward the eastern path, and gameplay resumes.]


Dialogue: The Pillars of Nosgoth[edit | edit source]

Raziel (V. O.): This seemed to be attuned to the elemental principle of air.


Dialogue: The Vampire Citadel's Air Forge[edit | edit source]

Raziel (V. O.): I was transported to yet another ancient Vampire chamber – this one apparently aligned with the elemental power of Air.


Dark Chronicle: Mural: The champion of the adversary race[edit | edit source]

Raziel (V. O.): These murals had suffered some damage. Once again I recognized the Vampires' hero, but this scene revealed something new... For here they had also depicted his destined adversary, now partially obscured, who seemed to bear a flaming sword.


Dialogue: The Vampire Citadel's Air Forge[edit | edit source]

[Raziel is confronted by the specter of the Mind Guardian.]
Mind Guardian: In winning all, we lost all... In winning what we thought mattered, we lost what truly mattered... But for you, there is a chance.
Raziel: What chance is that?
Mind Guardian: The bliss of death. I offer it.
Raziel: But I do not accept.
[They launch into battle.]
[Raziel confronts the spirit of the Dimension Guardian.]
Dimension Guardian: You too share the curse – submit and be released...
Raziel: Never.
[They launch into battle.]
[Raziel acquires the Air Reaver.]
Raziel: As the Reaver absorbed the souls of the Mind and Dimension Guardians, it was imbued with the elemental power of Air with which their principles were aligned.


Dialogue: The Pillars of Nosgoth[edit | edit source]

[Raziel reaches the vista leading to Vorador's mansion.]
Raziel (V. O.): With the Reaver endowed with the elemental power of Air, the way to Vorador's refuge lay open at last. If the old vampire still lived, he alone could tell me how to escape the terrible destiny charted for me when the Reaver was forged.
[Raziel approaches the sconces that trigger the gate to the Pillars to open.]
Raziel (V. O.): Vorador's refuge was hidden deep within the black forest. I hoped to find him before Moebius's cutthroats did.



Chapter 7: Explore the Citadel


Dialogue: The Vampire Citadel[edit | edit source]

[Kain arrives in the council chamber via bat-flight. He resumes his natural form, and looks about himself.]
Kain (V. O.): And so I arrived at the citadel of my Vampire ancestors, long abandoned since their extinction eons ago. Perhaps it still held the wisdom of its creators. Here Moebius said I would find proof that Raziel was not what I thought he was – or hoped he would be. But in sending me here Moebius had done me an unexpected – or perhaps an unwitting – service. For it was my destiny, not Raziel's – my role as Scion of Balance – whose secrets I was here to discover.


Dark Chronicle: Mural: The fall of the Vampire hero[edit | edit source]

Kain (V. O.): Here, no doubt, was the evidence Moebius wished me to have... For the Vampires had prophesied not one, but two champions – one destined to be Nosgoth's redeemer, the other, its destroyer. The Vampires' hero wielded the Reaver, forged for this very purpose. His opponent was clearly the hero of their adversaries – the Hylden – and brandished a flaming sword. The foretold outcome was unambiguous: the Vampire hero would fall.


Dialogue: The Vampire Citadel[edit | edit source]

[Kain discovers a sealed door.]
Kain (V. O.): This door was clearly significant; the answers I sought surely lay within. But to unlock the chamber, the Balance Emblem had to be fully restored.
[Kain comes across another sealed door.]
Kain (V. O.): The Reaver required some additional enhancement before this door could be opened.
[Kain enters a room housing large statues, similar to one that had come to life, and attacked him earlier.]
Kain (V. O.): These statues were singularly inanimate. I knew better than to assume they would always remain so.
[Kain discovers the third shard of the Balance Emblem.]
Kain (V. O.): The third fragment of the Balance Emblem endowed the Reaver with the elemental power of Lightning.
[Kain uses the third shard of the Balance Emblem to progress.]
Kain (V. O.): A new area of the Vampire citadel lay open to me. I still had much to discover.



Chapter 8: Find Vorador


Dialogue: Vorador's Mansion[edit | edit source]

[Raziel arrives at the Mansion.]
Raziel (V. O.): Nestled deep in the black forest, Vorador had once held court over a private kingdom, as decadent as it was depraved. Now, all was still. I hoped I had not arrived too late...
[Raziel enters a room occupied by a large fountain.]
Raziel (V. O.): This pool seemed related to the portals which had transported me into the Vampire ruins – but its surface was disturbed by the spouting of these gargoyles.
Raziel (V. O.): These gargoyles were effigies of the Vampires' enemies. In the corresponding murals they were impaled by heroic Vampire warriors. Perhaps this was a clue...
[Raziel discovers another mural in an adjacent passage.]
Raziel (V. O.): This mural was similar to one I had seen before in the fountain room.
[Raziel approaches a doorway with gargoyle heads mounted on both sides of it.]
Raziel (V. O.): These gargoyles quickened as I drew near, triggering the door to close. I would need to find some means of approaching the door without being observed.
[Raziel discovers another mural in an adjacent passage.]
Raziel (V. O.): This mural was similar to one I had seen before in the fountain room.
[Raziel approaches a tomb in the graveyard behind the mansion.]
Raziel (V. O.): This mysterious chamber was clearly significant. Perhaps I would find the elusive Vorador within.
[Raziel attempts to light the smoldering braziers that stand before the tomb.]
Raziel (V. O.): The braziers were all lit, but still the door remained sealed. Perhaps I had ignited too many...
[Raziel finds statues of Ancient Vampires in Vorador's living room and dining room.]
Raziel (V. O.): This statue appeared to be the same hero I had seen depicted in the fountain room. This had to be significant.
[Raziel solves a puzzle.]
Raziel (V. O.): This was indeed the Vampire warrior depicted in the fountain room – for here was the hero's weapon. This could be the key to solving the riddle of the fountain...
[Raziel comes across a sealed door, on which is painted a winged, blue-skinned Vampire whose face is a skull.]
Raziel (V. O.): This door clearly required some artifact before it would open.
[Raziel returns to the mural in the passage adjacent to the fountain room.]
Raziel (V. O.): These murals were attuned somehow to those in the fountain room – for this wall too had shattered.
[Raziel discovers a new passage behind one of the shattered murals. It leads to an artifact.]
Raziel (V. O.): Perhaps this arcane emblem would unlock the sealed door in the crypt.
[Raziel returns the artifact to the sealed door.]
Raziel (V. O.): Hm. The artifact I had was not sufficient. There was clearly still a missing piece of this puzzle.
[Raziel follows another new passage created by a shattered mural and finds another artifact.]
Raziel (V. O.): Ah, here was the second piece of the emblem. Now undoubtedly the crypt door could be opened.
[The crypt door leads to another statue of an Ancient Vampire holding a spear.]
Raziel (V. O.): With this third and final weapon, the mystery of the fountain would be solved.


Dark Chronicle: Mural: Raziel recognizes the adversary hero[edit | edit source]

Raziel (V. O.): Here the images were unadulterated, and their meaning ominously clear... The Vampire hero, the bearer of the Reaver blade, was confronted by an adversary worthy of his powers. The enemy race, long banished, had an adversary of their own – with flaming eyes and a fiery sword.
(Raziel manifests the wraith-blade, and his eyes flame.)
The resemblance I bore to the adversary mocked all my hopes. Had Kain been the Vampire hero of prophecy all along? Did he suspect what I was? For if I was this foretold adversary, then Moebius was right, and had always been right – I was destined to fight Kain and destroy him... or be destroyed. What part did free will play in any of this?...


Dialogue: The Vampire Citadel's Water Forge[edit | edit source]

[Raziel confronts the States and Death Guardians.]
Death Guardian: Your deliverance is at hand – in Death is your release.
States Guardian: This state is merely atonement...
[Raziel defeats the Guardians and returns to the material realm.]
Raziel (V. O.): This spirit vessel was shielded by layers of occult energy. There had to be some means to dispel this barrier...
[Raziel kills the Vampire Guardian spirits.]
Raziel (V. O.): Once more the Reaver absorbed the spirits of the former Vampire Guardians, and thus was imbued with the elemental power of Water. Perhaps now I could enter that mysterious crypt at the end of the garden.


Dark Chronicle: The vampire Vorador[edit | edit source]

[Raziel opens the sealed entrance of the crypt and enters cautiously. He finds Vorador waiting for him inside, slouched upon the ruins of some sepulchral throne, and lit only by the dim candlelight of this dark tomb. Vorador regards Raziel without surprise, as though he's been waiting for Raziel here. He has a sword of unique design in his hand – and although his posture is relaxed, he looks as though he could spring into action at any moment.
As Raziel steps forward, Vorador eyes him with steely suspicion.]
Vorador: So... our wretched little savior returns... Come to join the last pathetic battle of the vampire race? But on which side, I wonder...
Raziel: I've not come to fight you, Vorador.
[When Raziel approaches, Vorador – still sitting – brings the point of the sword up to his throat. The move is supernaturally swift, and reveals that Vorador is a master swordsman.]
Vorador: (coldly; correcting him)
You don't know why you're here.
Raziel: I know this much: that you are the author of my fate – and as such, only you can rewrite it.
Vorador: (laughs mirthlessly)
You give me too much credit.
Raziel: You forged the Reaver – I have seen the evidence.
Vorador: (suspiciously)
I was its maker, yes.
Raziel: Then you know its purpose.
Vorador: No – only the scraps of prophecy my master shared with me.
Raziel: And do these scraps explain why you would forge a weapon to imprison your savior?
[Vorador stands now, and brings the sword back up to Raziel's chest.]
Vorador: Ah, well then... it seems we have our answer. You've chosen your path.
Raziel: (angry)
I have chosen nothing. I've been deceived at every turn.
[Vorador looks at him thoughtfully, but says nothing.]
Raziel: You seem to know what I am. Tell me.
Vorador: I thought I did, once. But now all the prophecies have failed. The Pillars are corrupted... I am the last of my kind... and when Moebius's hunters find me, it will have all been for nothing.
Raziel: You've forgotten about Kain.
Vorador: (contemplating)
Ah yes, Kain... I fear he shoulders a greater burden than he realizes.
(then, to Raziel)
I cannot help you – even if I was inclined to. I crafted the Reaver blade, but only at the behest of my sire, Janos Audron. What sorcery he and the others laid upon the sword afterward, I cannot say.
Raziel: Janos tried to give me the Reaver before he died. He said that it was forged for me... but what did he mean? As my weapon, or my prison?
Vorador: Perhaps you should ask him yourself.
Raziel: Janos is here?
Vorador: In a manner of speaking.
[Vorador presses a series of panels, which opens a secret door in the crypt. He ushers Raziel into a small chamber, and steps aside as Raziel realizes what's ensconced here. An elaborate bier stands in the center of the room, surrounded by flickering candles – upon the bier lays the body of Janos Audron.
As Raziel approaches the body, Vorador stands back and speaks.]
Vorador: The greatest of us all – the father of our race. The Sarafan tore the heart from his living body five centuries ago.
[Raziel steps up to the dais to see the body more closely.]
Raziel: But there's no sign of decay – how is this possible after all these years?
Vorador: Somewhere, the Heart still beats. And while it does, the body will remain preserved. If his Heart could be restored, Janos might yet be raised.
Raziel: And you haven't tried to recover it, in all these years?
Vorador: Many times... but our enemies hid the Heart too well. It was taken as a trophy to Avernus Cathedral centuries ago, where they christened it 'the Heart of Darkness.' Believing that it embodies the essence of our dark gift, they hid the Heart away, lest it fall into the wrong hands. Our hands.
[Raziel steps back down from the dais to face Vorador.]
Vorador: Redeem yourself – you may be our last hope. Perhaps you alone can find the Heart, if it is meant to be found. If Janos can be resurrected, he will have all the answers you require.
[Vorador reaches into his robe and withdraws the key to the library exit, offering it to Raziel.]
Vorador: This key will open your way to Avernus. But be advised, there are dark sorceries at work in the cathedral. You must be on your guard.
[Vorador then vanishes in a cloud of mist, leaving Raziel standing alone in the chamber.]


Dark Chronicle: Vorador's last counsel[edit | edit source]

[Raziel enters the library, and finds Vorador at the guard railing, starring down at the room below.]
Vorador: Avernus is in flames... and with it, our hopes may evaporate.
Vorador: How can I find the Heart in the midst of such chaos?
[Vorador turns to Raziel –]
Vorador: You must act quickly. But beware – an ancient evil dwells within, long Unspoken among our kind. Undoubtedly this is the source of the corruption that infects the Circle. If you are to succeed, you must resist its influence.
[Vorador dissipates into mist, once more leaving Raziel alone in the room.]



Chapter 9: Open the Spirit Forge Chamber


Dark Chronicle: Mural: The human Guardians revolt[edit | edit source]

Kain (V. O.): This history, in part, I knew already... How, as the Vampires began to die out, the Pillars summoned human Guardians to fulfill their roles. It seemed the ancient Vampires had adopted – and, when necessary, abducted – the human Guardians, and made vampires of them when they came of age. Until the humans rebelled against their masters... And here I made a surprising discovery: it was Moebius the Time Streamer, and Mortanius, Guardian of Death, who led the bloody revolt. Now I understood why Moebius hated me so intensely. I was the first vampire Guardian in all these centuries – and he knew what my coming signified... or perhaps I reminded him of all he had forsaken.


Dialogue: The Vampire Citadel[edit | edit source]

Kain: The orb that once opened this portal had been destroyed. To power it, I would need to find a substitute.


Dark Chronicle: Mural: Redeemer and Destroyer[edit | edit source]

Kain (V. O.): I was confronted again with depictions of the Vampires' champion, the bearer of the Reaver blade. And here too was his Hylden adversary, with blazing eyes, brandishing a flaming sword. Two heroes locked in combat which only one would survive. But which one? These murals prophesied two possible outcomes. I didn't know what Moebius was trying to concoct, but this all seemed too convenient...


Dialogue: The Vampire Citadel[edit | edit source]

[Kain acquires the last Reaver enhancement.]
Kain (V. O.): With this fourth and final fragment, the Balance Emblem was complete. I now had the means to unseal the mysterious chamber at the heart of the Citadel.


Dark Chronicle: The Oracle of the ancient Vampires[edit | edit source]

[Using the Balance Emblem, Kain is finally able to open the mysterious chamber at the heart of the Citadel. A still pool dominates the center of the room – Kain glances into it, as he walks slowly around the room, surveying the architecture. Murals cover the walls, depicting the Vampires' fall from grace.]
Kain (V. O.): For my ancient ancestors, the dark gift was clearly a curse, damning them to a kind of spiritual purgatory. But why were they compelled to seal this chamber so securely? Perhaps the lock was not meant to keep intruders out, but to imprison something within...
[As Kain inspects the chamber, we see the oracular pool slowly coming to life. The surface begins to undulate. Kain notices this as he speaks his final line, and draws the Reaver defensively. A disembodied voice fills the chamber. We recognize this as the Elder God's voice though with a more benevolent tone, but Kain has never heard this voice before.]
Elder God: Kain... Scion of Balance. Savior of Nosgoth.
Kain: (suspiciously)
What is this?
Elder God: Your arrival is foretold... The Fates have willed it.
Kain: (distrustfully)
Is that so.
Elder God: I am the Oracle of your ancestors. I can provide the answers you require...
[Kain doesn't respond. He stares distrustfully at the pool. The oracle continues –]
Elder God: You needn't speak; I know your mind. You seek knowledge of your creature, Raziel... this I can offer, if you will look.
[The surface of the pool ripples and then stills, showing an image of Raziel standing over Janos Audron's body. Kain stops reluctantly, and looks skeptically into the pool.]
Elder God: He has found the body of Janos Audron...
[The surface of the pool ripples and then stills, showing an image of Raziel standing over Janos Audron's body. Kain stops reluctantly, and looks skeptically into the pool.]
Elder God: He has found the body of Janos Audron...
[The pool ripples again to show an image of Avernus Cathedral in flames.]
Elder God: He journeys now to Avernus Cathedral to seek the Heart of Darkness. You know what this means...
[Kain looks concerned. This is exactly what he feared, but he doesn't believe he can trust this entity.]
Kain: And why would I trust your prophecies?
Elder God: These events are already written, just as you feared. But there is still time; he can be stopped.
[Kain shakes his head –]
Kain: If Avernus is in flames, Raziel is five centuries beyond my reach.
Elder God: I may aid you in this regard as well...
[The surface of the pool transforms into a portal.]
Elder God: This portal will transport you in time to the very hour that Raziel arrives in Avernus.
[Kain hesitates.]
Elder God: This task is yours to carry out... since it was you who made him what he is.
When you are ready, you may pass through.
Kain (V. O.): I knew of course that this 'oracle' was not to be trusted. But in the end, what choice did I have?


Dark Chronicle: The final admonition of the Oracle[edit | edit source]

[Kain steps through the portal, which swallows him up – when he steps back out the other side, it is 500 years in the future.]
Kain (V. O.): This peculiar sensation was familiar to me, and the chamber did indeed appear altered by time... In this regard, at least, the oracle seemed to have been truthful.
Elder God: I have delivered you faithfully to the very hour you desire. You know what must be done, Kain. There is only one way to prevent Raziel from doing great harm.
Kain: He is not my enemy.
Elder God: (ominously)
But you are his...
[The pool goes still and returns to its previous state. The Oracle has left the building.]


Dialogue: The Vampire Citadel[edit | edit source]

[Kain discovers the Avernus vista.]
Kain (V. O.): From this vantage point I could see the city of Avernus in flames. The oracle had indeed brought me to the time it promised. It might also be true, then, that Raziel was already there, seeking the Heart of Darkness. If so, he had to be stopped. I could not allow Janos to be raised.



Chapter 10: Seek Mortanius


Dialogue: Avernus Cathedral[edit | edit source]

Raziel (V. O.): Somewhere in this great Cathedral, the Heart of Darkness lay concealed. The city outside was in chaos, and the Cathedral would not be immune for long. During such times, buried secrets were often suddenly revealed – or lost forever.


Dark Chronicle: Mural: The Wheel of Fate[edit | edit source]

Raziel (V. O.): I had seen this symbol throughout these ruins. I should have realized what it was they worshipped. Now there was no question. For this scene depicted the ancient Vampires' torment and despair as their curse cast them from the Wheel of Fate. So this was the god whose abandonment had driven them to madness and suicide. Finally I understood – it was not their blood-thirst, but their immortality that was the true nature of their enemies' curse. The wisest, strongest, most noble race – gulled by the voice of that old parasite. But I had seen him – and whatever he was, he was no god.


Dialogue: The Vampire Citadel's Earth Forge[edit | edit source]

[Raziel confronts the ancient Vampire Energy and Time Guardians.]
Energy Guardian: All upon the Wheel are blessed...
Time Guardian: Rejoice in the turning of the Wheel...
Energy Guardian: It does turn, though we cannot see it...
Raziel: Your Wheel is a lie.
Energy Guardian: You will turn the Wheel...
Time Guardian: Come...
Energy Guardian: Die...
[Raziel defeats the Guardians and returns to the material realm.]
Raziel (V. O.): This spirit vessel was shielded by layers of occult energy. There had to be some means to dispel this barrier...
[Raziel acquires the Earth Reaver.]
Raziel (V. O.): As the Reaver absorbed the souls of the original Energy and Time Guardians, it was imbued with the elemental power of Earth with which their principles were aligned.


Dialogue: Avernus Cathedral[edit | edit source]

[Raziel finds a tome of Dark Scripture within the Cathedral. Upon returning it to the cathedral's main altar, the building physically begins to warp, becoming dark and malevolent. A portal manifests in the center of the room.]
Raziel (V. O.): As the handsome coffin hides the putrefying corpse within, the great Cathedral of Avernus seemed to hold its own secrets, hidden in the catacombs beneath its vaulted chambers. Was this the source of the corruption that infected Nosgoth? Vorador had hinted at something more.


Dark Chronicle: Mural: History is written by the victors[edit | edit source]

Raziel (V. O.): History is written by the victors. Beneath the vaults of Avernus I discovered scenes that told a familiar story, but from a very different point of view. This was the work of the enemy race, and revealed what the Vampire histories had conveniently omitted – how the noble Vampires, god-ridden and righteous, had started the wars that would destroy both races – victor and vanquished alike. Their adversaries opposed the Vampires' god, and refused to submit to the Wheel of Fate. For this they were banished. I now understood the poetic irony of their curse. And my resemblance to the Vampires' enemy no longer seemed so accidental.


Dark Chronicle: Mural: The Hylden messiah[edit | edit source]

Raziel (V. O.): The banished race foretold a hero who would deliver them from their oppressors, and destroy the shackles of the Vampires' tyrannous god. The same hero that bore the flaming sword. What game was this, where every player on the board claimed the same pawn?
[The Elder God's voice fills Raziel's head.]
Elder God: So, Raziel... your true nature is finally revealed. You were never the Vampires' savior – it is to the Hylden race you belong. And when Kain realizes this, what do you think he will do?...


Dark Chronicle: Dark rites in the Avernus catacombs[edit | edit source]

[Raziel begins to hear chanting and liturgy – not so far from here, a dark ritual is taking place.]
worshippers: Hash'ak'gik! Hash'ak'gik! Hash'ak'gik!
Mortanius: Great Hash'ak'gik, we hear you.
worshippers: We tremble and we obey.
Mortanius: We offer this sacrifice upon the altar of the world.
worshippers: The blood of our first born do we sacrifice to you.
[There is a pause while the officiant performs the sacrifice off-screen. Raziel moves from the darkness of the passage into the open altar area of the Avernus catacombs.]
Raziel (V. O.): In the depths of Avernus Cathedral I stumbled upon a bloody ritual. Was this the source of the corruption that had overtaken the city?
[He sees Mortanius officiating at the sacrifice. Some worshippers are visible, but most of the crowd is hidden from sight.]
Mortanius: May this blood nourish you for all eternity.
worshippers: Avert your wrath from us, great God.
Mortanius: The wrath of Hash'ak'gik has once more been averted. Depart now, as ever, in his service.
worshippers: We tremble, and we obey. Praise to Hash'ak'gik, and ever praise!
worshippers: Hash'ak'gik! Hash'ak'gik! Hash'ak'gik!


Dark Chronicle: Reunion[edit | edit source]

[From his position near the edge of the pit, Raziel glances down to see if he can see what's below.]
Raziel (V. O.): What was it that these deluded humans worshipped with such fervor? Was this the dreaded 'Unspoken' that Vorador had warned me about?
[Suddenly, Raziel is seized by some invisible force. Raziel tries to resist, but he is pulled inescapably to the edge, and down into the pit. Raziel lands in nightmarish darkness – even in the gloom he can see that the pit is littered with the bones of hundreds of sacrifices, and encrusted with their blood. As he recovers himself, and his eyes adjust to the darkness, we hear the heavy footsteps of some large beast moving closer.]
Raziel (V. O.): Whatever so-called god inhabited this hideous pit – I was about to meet it.
[A large shape begins to shuffle out of the darkness toward Raziel. As the god of the pit moves into the light, we see its horrible features for the first time. It is massive and monstrous, moving slowly toward Raziel on disturbingly-jointed limbs, and smelling the air with its horrible snout.
At the edge of the pit, Raziel sidesteps stealthily, to move away from the creature's path. Its ears twitch in response, as if he hears even this small sound, and he adjusts to track Raziel. Raziel stops when he realizes the creature can hear him.
Turel continues to approach as he speaks.]
Turel: I smell no blood...
[With every booming step, the floor shakes. He addresses his worshippers in anger, looking up out of the pit toward the altar and walkways above.]
Turel: Throat cut first, blood gouting, then it falls into the pit... The sacrifice is rejected. You will know my wrath –
[It's apparent that the beast is almost completely blind, relying almost solely on its acute hearing and sense of smell. The monster approaches Raziel until they are face to face, Raziel dwarfed by its massive size. The beast sniffs at Raziel curiously –]
Turel: Not possible. No. It could not be –
[Raziel summons the wraith blade.]
Raziel: Stand away, monster.
Turel: No. That voice – not possible. I know that voice... but he fell. The abyss, he ended there.
[Raziel grows increasingly suspicious –]
Raziel: I did not fall into the abyss.
Turel: Oh, it remembers that, does it?
Raziel: I was thrown in, by my own brethren.
Turel: I heard what you did to them... And now you have found me at last.
[Raziel has been surmising throughout the previous exchange that this might be his final brother, inexplicably here, in this pit. Still, he can hardly believe it when Turel reveals himself –]
Raziel: ...Turel.
Turel: (laughs)
Turel. Yes. That was my name then.
Raziel: The others were grotesque, but –
Turel: (proudly)
Yes – I am changed. I have become a god. Greater than you ever were, Raziel. You were never a god. Greater even than Kain!
Raziel: It is to you that these humans offer their blood sacrifices?
Turel: (imitating/mocking the worshippers)
"Hash'ak'gik...Hash'ak'gik..." Yes.
Raziel: But how did this happen?...
Turel: I was summoned. There was darkness, and great hunger. And then I was... found.
Raziel: Why do you stay in this terrible place?
Turel: Why stay? Would I remain if I could get out? While they hound me and tear at me and –
[Turel suddenly convulses, and Raziel recognizes the familiar behavior of a creature possessed by the unseen enemies that have been hounding his every step. Raziel raises the wraith blade as Turel becomes possessed.]
Hylden 1: The hour is at hand.
Hylden 2: As it was foretold.
Raziel: Turel?
Hylden 3: We use his voice to command the disciples above.
Hylden 2: We demand offerings to keep the host alive.
Hylden 1: He has been a durable vessel, but he can take us no further.
[Turel strains to fight possession. The Hylden continue more urgently. They're losing control of Turel –]
Turel: You must prevail. The champion of our enemy draws near.
[Turel fights off his possessors.]
Turel: No! I must have blood –
Bring me blood, or feel the wrath of your god. You – yours – yes – it will strengthen me against them –
Raziel: (steely)
What are you doing?
Turel: No -- no more questions. No more worship. Time to run – time to scream – time to die...
[A battle ensues.]


Dark Chronicle: The Death of Turel[edit | edit source]

[When Raziel is victorious, Turel flails in agony, and then collapses, dying. Raziel approaches and stands before him. Turel "looks" at Raziel almost with satisfaction, urging him –]
Turel: Yes, now...
Hylden 1: Go - speed your endeavor –
Hylden 2: Face him – and kill him –
Hylden 1: Destroy the Binding at last...
Hylden 3: We shall all be...
[The Hylden appear to lose their grip on Turel as he dies; the green fire fades from his eyes, and he reaches out toward Raziel –]
Turel: Free...
[Turel dies, and his soul energy flies out of him, into Raziel. Raziel is blasted by the energy as it streams into him. Hylden energy flows out of Turel and into Raziel as well. This energy hits Raziel differently, and he reacts as he absorbs it, doubling over. As he straightens up, his eyes briefly burn with green fire, then fade back to normal.]


Dark Chronicle: Mortanius's redemption[edit | edit source]

[Mortanius stands in the center of an arcane magical circle, similar to the one at the Pillars, but darker in intention. His back is to Raziel. He speaks as though addressing someone far away, through telepathic sorcery.]
Mortanius: Come to me, my undead son. Make haste to the Pillars – the stage is set for the grand finale. You will have your vengeance.
[The symbols fade, and Mortanius crumples slightly, as though exhausted.]
Raziel: Mortanius.
[Mortanius turns, removing the deaths-head mask he wears as the Guardian of Death, and confronts Raziel. He looks at Raziel with suspicious interest. Strangely, he has a satisfied smile on his face.]
Mortanius: So you have come out into the open, at last – the Binding must be fragile indeed. But you will find you are too late.
Raziel: (sarcastic)
What am I too late for this time?
[Mortanius convulses as he feels himself becoming possessed. He fights it –]
Mortanius: (as though speaking to the entity)
No. No – not now –
[Mortanius recovers himself. His cynical smile returns.]
Mortanius: You are too late for the victory you sought. I have beaten you after all.
Raziel: You have mistaken my identity.
Mortanius: Have I? You forget who schooled me in the ancient prophecies –
[Mortanius is possessed again suddenly. He fights it, but this time he loses.]
Possessed Mortanius: (convulses, then speaks)
This vessel speaks truly – you are indeed overdue. But it no longer matters in the least. With or without you – we will prevail.
Raziel (V. O.): So I finally meet the 'Unspoken' – and here it is, nestled in the heart of the Circle itself. Ironic.
Possessed Mortanius: (laughs softly)
Poetic justice, to topple the foundations of the Pillars from within. We shall have our revenge, in full measure, and for all time.
[Mortanius fights back, almost dislodging him. The Possessed Mortanius pauses.]
Possessed Mortanius: Ah... this one has little strength left. One must not break him –
[Mortanius returns to himself, and staggers backward onto a seat. Breathing hard, he smiles grimly at Raziel.]
Mortanius: (short, grim laugh)
Your kind does not like to lose.
[Raziel presses on with some urgency given Mortanius's current condition.]
Raziel: I seek the Heart of Darkness.
Mortanius: Ah, now you think of that. But as I told you, you are too late. The Heart has served its function. I have used it to set prophecy in motion. I created the champion foretold by my masters, who is destined to be your destroyer. The Scion of Balance will save Nosgoth – the Pillars will return to vampire guardianship as intended, and your race will be cast down forever.
Raziel: Kain. You used the Heart of Darkness to create Kain.
Mortanius: How else? I refused at first to believe the ancient myths. I thought the vampires were simply a plague upon mankind, a pestilence we had to control. But they were right, and we were wrong to overthrow them – Moebius and I. We didn't understand what it was the Pillars were holding back. I have made my atonement. I will continue to make it to the end, which will be soon, now. But I know – Kain will set it right, he will restore Balance –
[He fights against possession again.]
Mortanius: And none too soon. My enemy is growing stronger.
Raziel: Where is the Heart of Darkness now? Did you destroy it?
Mortanius: (laughs softly)
You still don't understand, do you. You cannot make use of it as long as Kain guards it with his life.
Raziel: (confused)
Kain – has it?
(then, realizing)
It is in Kain!
Mortanius: Check and mate. This deed will redeem first me and then all Nosgoth. It must, it – unh –
[He is possessed again.]
Possessed Mortanius: This one grows weak. But we will soon have a stronger vessel. The long-awaited hour approaches – our release is at hand –
[Mortanius returns with a groan.]
Mortanius: Ah... I must – finish it. Now
[Mortanius resumes his death-mask and employs the magic of the circle to teleport away to the Pillars, where he will meet the young Kain, and die. Raziel is left alone in the chamber, in shock at what he's just discovered.]



Chapter 11: Stop Raziel


Dark Chronicle: Two heroes collide[edit | edit source]

[Kain arrives at the entrance of the Cathedral. He is immediately confronted by Raziel, whose eyes periodically glow green.]
Raziel: Kain. Why is this no surprise?
Kain: Because our destinies run together, Raziel, like two rivers that have met and can never be distinct again. At your every fatal turn, you will find me.
Raziel: And the free will you said was mine, what has become of that?
Kain: You still have it. And that has everything to do with my presence here now.
Raziel: It was your machinations that set my destiny in motion. The coin you tossed has struck the earth. Now you must abide by its outcome.
Kain: The coin is still turning, Raziel. To reach the resolution we both can live with, that will best serve our futures, Janos Audron must not be raised.
Raziel: Because you do not wish it? Is my free will to be exercised only when it accords with your whim?
Kain: There is much more at stake in this than you know.
Raziel: Yes, and it is Janos who has the answers I desire.
Kain: You must trust me, Raziel. Our intentions – for Nosgoth, for our futures – are not so diverse.
Raziel: I must trust you – or?
Kain: I have not come here to threaten you, Raziel.
Raziel: You say that, while you hold in your hand the instrument of my doom?
[Kain 'sheathes' his sword so that his hands are empty.]
Kain: I saved you from the Reaver once. I have no intention of imprisoning you within the blade.
Raziel: At least not until the moment it serves your plans to do so.
Kain: You are not the only one at risk. I may carry the instrument of your destruction, but I, too, have taken a chance in coming here. Or haven't you realized – you bear the only weapon that can kill me.
[Raziel summons the wraith blade.]
Raziel: Then you know what I am – and who you are?
Kain: I believe I do.
Raziel: And still you think you can move me about like your pawn. Think again, Kain.
[Raziel feints at him. Kain dodges.]
Kain: Take heed, Raziel.
Raziel: Why? If we are who we are, then are we not destined to fight to the death, to decide the fate of Nosgoth?
Kain: Don't be a fool. I will not fight you.
Raziel: And that will be the prophesied heroes' battle? I win, because you will not fight me?
[Raziel feints at him again, a little more seriously this time.]
Raziel: The mighty Kain, Scion of Balance, would-be savior of Nosgoth, surrenders before the final battle even begins –
[He goes to strike again, but Kain pushes him off.]
Kain: Very well, if this will make you see reason –


Dark Chronicle: A deadly confrontation[edit | edit source]

[They fight. Kain beats Raziel to a point where he is at a momentary disadvantage, and Kain has a chance to reason with him. Kain holds the Reaver on him, to keep him still.]
Kain: (angrily)
Now – you will listen to me. The Heart of Darkness must remain undiscovered. Great harm will come of its use.
Raziel: (realizing)
You don't know where it is, do you?
Kain: No –
Raziel: – you never looked for it.
Kain: (growing impatient)
It doesn't matter, Raziel. Listen to me – you must understand that every creature is bound to one predestined path. We are all shackled –
Raziel: – to the Wheel of Fate. Believe me, I know that even better than you do.
[Kain ignores Raziel's interruption and continues his thought –]
Kain: All but one. Because of your re-making, you are the one unbound creature, the one among us all that truly has free will. You have a choice, Raziel –
Raziel: Which I'm sure I must make at your direction. Your pawn has reached the end of the board, Kain. And now my powers may even surpass yours. How ironic if the creature that you made should prove your own undoing. Now – we finish this. Once and for all.



Chapter 12: Battle Kain


Dark Chronicle: The Heart of Darkness[edit | edit source]

[Raziel attacks Kain. Eventually he is able to get in a slash at Kain's chest with the wraith blade. Unable to push Raziel back any longer, Kain reaches up to grasp Raziel's arm to prevent the blow of his sword. Holding on to Raziel's arm, Raziel's soul begins to drain out of him and through Kain, to reach the material Reaver. They are both astonished. Raziel gasps in pain.]
Raziel: You...
Kain: No – Raziel –
Raziel: (in horror and rage)
Vae victis –
Kain: I didn't –
[His words are cut off, as Raziel plunges his left hand into Kain's chest – breaking Kain's grasp, and aborting his soul's absorption into the Reaver – and pulls out Kain's heart: the Heart of Darkness. He holds it up to Kain. Kain emits a hollow wheeze.]
Raziel: 'Woe to the conquered' – I have found the Heart of Darkness. And you – go to oblivion.
[With his new telekinetic powers, Raziel blasts Kain backward – he is swallowed up into a dimensional rift, and disappears. Raziel staggers backward, the Heart in one hand, the wraith-blade in the other. This was a reflexive act – even he can't quite believe what he's just done. He breathes heavily as the rush of adrenaline fades.]
Raziel (V. O.): Kain was gone. The madness of this place had somehow fueled my rage, and as it subsided I felt no elation, no sense of victory. Only a calm certainty that we had once again walked blindly into our enemies' trap. I couldn't be sure whether Kain had truly intended to destroy me – and now it appeared I would never know.


Dark Chronicle: Moebius gloats over his triumph[edit | edit source]

[Raziel enters the library from the eastern door. Moebius stands at the balcony, surrounded by his mercenaries.]
Raziel (V. O.): In my absence, the estate had been overrun by Moebius's soldiers. I hoped that they had not yet found the entrance to the crypt, or discovered the body of Janos. Of Vorador, there was no sign.
Moebius: Raziel – the conquering hero. I understand we are to offer congratulations. Kain, at last, is dead.
Raziel: I suppose you expect similar congratulations on the death of Vorador? Or has he eluded you?
[Moebius throws Vorador's sword at Raziel's feet.]
Moebius: We have him. But not without a considerable price in blood.
Raziel: That will have pleased him.
Moebius: Let it sustain him until his head is off, and every vampire in Nosgoth at last is dead.
Raziel: And will that knowledge sustain you? You too are going to your death.
Moebius: For a true servant of the one God, death is never bitter. I will go – again at peace with the knowledge that I have played my small part in our master's plans. Kain is at last destroyed, and you have carried out the deed. Which hero do you think you are now? The vampire savior? Or the other one? Have you realized yet that it didn't matter to us which one either of you thought you were, so long as the result was the same in the end? And now, Kain is dead. Really, I cannot thank you enough.
Raziel: So this has all been arranged, every step of the way. And Kain thought I truly had free will.
Moebius: Oh, but you do. And there's the greatest triumph of all, to have compelled the one player who could choose into doing exactly what we required. Well done, faithful servant. And now – I have an execution to see to.
[With a gesture, Moebius unleashes his vampire hunters upon Raziel, and exits.]


Dark Chronicle: The resurrection of Janos Audron[edit | edit source]

[Standing once again before Janos's lifeless body, Raziel produces the Heart of Darkness and contemplates for a moment –]
Raziel (V. O.): This relic had come at so high a cost – my blood offering for the answers I sought from this enigmatic corpse. It was the price of my freedom, for which Kain had paid with his life.
[Raziel places the Heart of Darkness into Janos's chest cavity. Nothing happens.]
Raziel (V. O.): Had I journeyed so far, and forsaken so much, only to have it end like this?
[Raziel angrily raises his fist and begins to bring it down hard on Janos's corpse, but stops himself, and instead merely places his hand over the wound in Janos's chest. A jolt of energy passes through Raziel into the body. The Reaver's power flows down Raziel's arm into Janos's chest. Janos's eyes fly open. His body buckles and comes to life. He reaches out and clutches Raziel's arm with his nearest hand. Raziel's energy is leeched into Janos, and the wound in Janos's chest begins to heal. Janos gasps as though surfacing from a very deep and terrifying place. Raziel breaks away from Janos, and backs up apprehensively. Janos rises suddenly, looking down at his chest and clasping his heart.]
Janos Audron: (hoarsely)
I remember –
[Janos looks intensely at Raziel as he slides off of the burial slab and stands unsteadily.]
Janos Audron: – Raziel, the heir of prophecy... You came for the Reaver – just before the Sarafan found me...
[Janos touches his chest at the memory of his murder. Raziel regards him with suspicion. His tone here is flat, deadened – after killing Kain, and realizing the Hylden prophecy, Raziel is empty and disillusioned.]
Raziel: You've been entombed here for five centuries. Your murderers are long dead.
Janos Audron: (in disbelief)
Five hundred years? And Vorador –
Raziel: (interrupting)
– also dead.
[Janos looks stricken.]
Raziel: Your bloodline is erased. The age of the vampires is coming to an end.
[Janos is alarmed, trying to take all this in.]
Janos Audron: Then we must waste no time –
[Janos begins to step forward. Raziel interrupts again –]
Raziel: I'm not who you think I am. Nor is this a benevolent act. I have questions that apparently you alone can answer.
Janos Audron: (growing concerned)
Raziel, there are forces in this world that will strive to deceive you and pervert your destiny. But you must believe – your arrival foretells the salvation of the Vampire race.
[Impatiently, Raziel cuts right to the heart of the question –]
Raziel: Why then would the Vampires devise a weapon to consume and imprison their savior?
[Janos is taken aback, confused by this revelation –]
Janos Audron: No – that cannot be...
[Raziel continues, with controlled hostility –]
Raziel: While the blade yet exists, I am drawn inexorably toward my doom. It was you who bound me to this fate. Only you can release me.
Janos Audron: Raziel, you have been misled – you are ordained by prophecy to wield the Reaver.
[Janos adopts a romantically far-off expression.]
Raziel: And so I do – though not quite as you'd envisioned.
[Raziel summons the wraith-blade and brandishes it before Janos, who regards this new revelation with astonishment. Janos gasps softly and studies Raziel intently, as if seeing him for the first time. Standing there, he does appear to be the Hylden hero, with his blazing eyes and fiery sword. Janos appears to be approaching a kind of epiphany. He thinks aloud, as though repeating an ominous scrap of prophecy –]
Janos Audron: Redeemer and destroyer...
[This is not the first time Raziel has heard these words – his eyes flare with distrust. Janos continues, thinking aloud –]
Janos Audron: ...is it possible? Did I misread all the signs?
[Janos addresses him with a new urgency –]
Janos Audron: It seems your destiny is more labyrinthian than I had imagined. You must trust me, Raziel – we may have very little time. I will convey you to the place where your answers lie.


Dark Chronicle: Return to the Vampire Citadel[edit | edit source]

[Janos reaches out and grasps Raziel's shoulders with both hands. They are transported into the ruins of the ancient Vampire Guardians' council chamber – the remains of its windows look out onto the Nosgoth landscape, and the Pillars beyond. Raziel breaks from Janos's grip and takes a distrustful step backward, looking around the room. He hasn't been here before, but he recognizes this as ancient Vampire architecture.]
Raziel: Where have you brought me?
Janos Audron: We are within the ancient citadel of the Vampire race, long ago defiled and abandoned. This fortress endured through centuries of war against our great enemy –
Raziel: – the Hylden.
[Janos is a little surprised to hear Raziel speak the forbidden name, but he continues.]
Janos Audron: Yes. From this chamber we witnessed the summoning of the Pillars, and the banishment of our adversaries from the land.
[Janos turns toward the ruined windows, and sees the corrupted Pillars for the first time.]
Janos Audron: This is a dire omen...
The Binding is in peril – the hour of prophecy is at hand.
Raziel: It's too late. The Pillars are already damned.
Janos Audron: As long as a single one of us stands, there is still hope. The Pillars must not remain under human guardianship. They are not competent to serve.
Raziel: Why then did you allow the Pillars to fall into human hands?
Janos Audron: Raziel, there is no time –
Raziel: – I want answers. The world can end this instant, for all I care.
[Janos acquiesces.]
Janos Audron: Very well. The Hylden cursed us as they fell, afflicting our race with a predatory blood-thirst. But with this transformation came our enemies' true revenge: immortality.
Raziel: They liberated you from the Wheel of Fate.
[Janos corrects him –]
Janos Audron: They imprisoned our souls in this flesh, expelling us from the purifying cycle of death and rebirth.
[Raziel reacts in disgust – this sounds a bit too familiar.]
Raziel: And yet you passed the curse on.
Janos Audron: It was a necessary evil. Our immortality banished us from God's grace – He turned His sight from us, and fell silent. Many took their own lives, unable to bear the separation from our God.
Raziel: (distrustfully)
Not you, though.
Janos Audron: Curse or blessing, it is the price we pay to keep the Hylden banished from the land. To sustain the Binding, we had to preserve our bloodline. And so we passed the dark gift to the human successors of our fallen Guardians. They rebelled, inevitably, refusing the curse and seizing the Pillars as their own.
And so we come to our present dilemma. While mankind governs the Pillars, the Binding decays. The Hylden strain against the barriers of their prison, scratching to gain a foothold back into this world.
Raziel: And what does all this mean to me?
Janos Audron: We stand at the threshold of a new aeon, Raziel, and you are the fulcrum upon which our destiny turns. Beneath this room lies our innermost sanctum –
[Janos gazes blankly for a moment, as if sensing something.]
Janos Audron: (concerned)
– the outer chamber has been opened. It appears events are already in motion.
[Janos removes a golden torque from around his neck, and gives it to Raziel. We see that the ring forms the symbol of the ouroboros – the head of the golden snake devouring its own tail.]
Janos Audron: This token is the key to the mysteries you seek. I cannot accompany you; you must face this trial alone. If you prevail, you will have your answers.
Raziel: And if I fail the test?
Janos Audron: (forebodingly)
Then you will not return.
[Janos takes a step backward and dematerializes, teleporting himself out of the room.]


Dialogue: The Vampire Citadel[edit | edit source]

[Using the ouroboros key Janos gave him, Raziel enters the Spirit Forge beneath the Citadel. To his dismay, he finds the entire chamber infested with the mass of the Elder God.]
Raziel: I should have known I'd find you here.
Elder God: Here and everywhere...
Now and always. I am the Wheel and its turning; I am the Circle of life and death.
Raziel: – and I am beginning to think the Vampires committed suicide only to escape your voice.
Elder God: Do not forego my favor with your impertinence, Raziel. You have finally fulfilled your purpose. I am pleased.
Raziel: What are you trying to obliterate here, then? What is it about me that has you so afraid?
Elder God: (dark laughter)
Your fate is trivial, Raziel.
[The camera centers on an image of the Scion of Balance – an image unmistakably representing Kain as the Vampires' savior figure.]
Elder God: It was Kain's destiny that mattered all along.
[The Elder wraps his tentacles over the spout of the Spirit Forge's ethereal flame, barring Raziel from it.]
Raziel (V. O.): My master seemed keen to extinguish the purifying fire of the Spirit Forge. Perhaps the Reaver would loosen his grip.


Dark Chronicle: The transformation of the Reaver[edit | edit source]

[Raziel solves the Spirit Forge. Ariel manifests before him, her disfigurement undone.]
Ariel: It is accomplished. The Forge summons the spirit of every Balance Guardian to itself, for this final purpose.
Raziel: Ariel? You?
Ariel: Yes, Raziel – yet I am much more than I was. The veil is lifted from my sight. My spirit, united with the souls of my predecessors, is drawn here now for the final baptism of the blade. To restore Balance, the sword must be rendered pure by Spirit. Release me, Raziel – the Soul Reaver has the power. Release us all. For this we were called.
[With his left hand, Raziel reaches out toward the pure white fire that surrounds Ariel's spirit. The energy flows to him and through his body, into the wraith blade in his right hand. The Soul Reaver is imbued with splendid, transfiguring flames, as Ariel's spirit is consumed.]
Ariel: You have done well, Raziel. But there is one more trial for you to bear. You must unite that which has been set asunder... only then will the Scion of Balance be armed for his true endeavor. Only then...
[Ariel's voice fades, and the Citadel trembles loudly.]
Raziel (V. O.): The Reaver now blazed with purifying flame. But far from being enlightened, I found myself entangled in an even greater web of mysteries. What had Janos expected me to learn? And what of Ariel's cryptic message? If the sword was endowed for the Scion of Balance – for Kain – and he was now dead, what hope remained? I needed to find Janos, and soon. I dreaded to think what these ominous rumblings might portend.


Dark Chronicle: The Pillars topple[edit | edit source]

[Raziel returns to Janos in the Council Chamber. Janos stands by the ruined windows, looking anxiously out at the vista of the Pillars.]
Raziel: Janos! What is this?!
Janos Audron: (alarmed)
The Binding is failing – all is lost.
[The Citadel trembles again as the catastrophe approaches. Raziel looks out upon this portentous scene.]
Raziel (V. O.): We had arrived at that cataclysmic moment, when a younger Kain faced his fateful dilemma as Balance Guardian. Choosing self-preservation over sacrifice, he doomed the Pillars to eternal ruin.
[Hurriedly, Janos turns to Raziel –]
Janos Audron: Raziel, there may yet be hope. There is One who will be called; you must seek the Scion of Balance –
[Janos's words are cut off as a huge tremor blasts the Citadel. Janos turns back to the Pillars, and we see them begin to shatter and fall –]
Janos Audron: Dear god...
[– followed by another, massive blast. The scene is apocalyptic. The collapse of the Pillars creates a dimensional rift that spreads across the land. A blast wave radiates out from the falling Pillars, tearing across the landscape. Raziel recoils, and Janos stiffens as the blast strikes the Citadel. As Janos recovers, he is changed. His body is now inhabited by a different entity – the same being Raziel encountered before, when Mortanius was possessed. The Hylden Lord turns to Raziel, grinning.]
Hylden Lord: Ah, Raziel, we meet again. You have played your part flawlessly. It is gratifying to attain both freedom and vengeance in a single stroke.
[The Hylden Lord convulses slightly, and Janos struggles to break through –]
Janos Audron: (with an effort)
No – you can not...
[His head jerks, and the Hylden Lord is back in control.]
Hylden Lord: This one is strong... good. My next move requires a more durable host. Mortals are such fragile vessels. Willing or not, you have provided the instrument of our victory.
[Raziel summons the wraith blade, now blazing with power after its baptism in the Spirit Forge.]
Raziel: (threatening)
I wouldn't celebrate just yet.
Hylden Lord: You pathetic creature – you haven't got a clue. The seduction of the Circle and possession of Mortanius; Ariel's murder; the corruption and collapse of the Pillars: all orchestrated as a prelude to this moment. We sought an incorruptible vessel, and you provided one. We required the blood of our ancient enemy, and you delivered Janos Audron – having first been lured to the Heart of Darkness. Best of all, you murdered the Scion of Balance to get it. We've already won.
[The Hylden Lord convulses again, and Janos breaks through, fighting for control –]
Janos Audron: (urgently)
Raziel, you must not allow them to carry out their plan. Kill me, and you end it now.
[Another spasm –]
Hylden Lord: (disgusted)
Suicidal, like the rest of them. Know your place, Raziel. The true hero plays his role, and then steps aside.
[The Hylden Lord makes to leave the chamber, but Raziel blocks him, flourishing the wraith blade.]
Hylden Lord: (laughter)
You deluded ghoul. Do you so wish to die a martyr for the Vampires' lost cause?
Raziel: You're not leaving this chamber. I will destroy Janos if I have to.
Hylden Lord: Very well then, I'll indulge you...


Dark Chronicle: The triumph of the Hylden Lord[edit | edit source]

[They battle. Raziel delivers what appears to be a killing blow, sending the Hylden Lord in Janos's body to the ground. Raziel stands over the broken body, and for a moment, Janos's eyes clear –]
Janos Audron: Raziel... Finish it – before he returns...
[Raziel hesitates, unwilling to destroy Janos. The Hylden Lord, not fully dispelled, seizes the moment to regain possession of Janos. He rapidly gets to Janos's feet, blazing with fury over his near-defeat.]
Hylden Lord: You should have listened to him.
[The Hylden Lord unleashes a barrage of electrifying energy from his fingertips, blasting Raziel helplessly backward. Raziel crumples, and the Hylden Lord advances, redoubling his attack. Raziel screams in agony. When the Hylden Lord finally relents, Raziel lies helpless, nearly destroyed. The Hylden Lord steps back, recovering his breath as he regains his composure.]
Hylden Lord: Now it is finished. And thus a new epoch has its beginning.
[The Hylden Lord flies away in Janos's body, and Raziel sinks into the spectral realm.]


Dark Chronicle: No escape[edit | edit source]

[Raziel finds himself back in the Spirit Forge, once more at the foot of the Elder God.]
Elder God: Do you see? However far you stray, you will always return to me. Surrender, Raziel.
Raziel: (furious, defiant)
Never!
[Raziel strikes out at the Elder God with the wraith blade, again and again.]
Elder God: (laughing with satisfaction)
Your efforts are wasted, Raziel. That weapon you bear, however endowed, remains only a wraith blade. It cannot touch me.
[Raziel relents, exhausted. He scans the chamber, looking for a way out, but finding none.]
Raziel: I will not be your prisoner –
Elder God: You have no choice. Your task is fulfilled. Kain has been cleared from the board, and this chamber made ready for my more malleable servants. There is nothing more for you to do.
Raziel: I refuse to bend my will –
Elder God: – it has always been my will you satisfy, never your own.
Raziel: (with controlled rage)
You parasitic fraud – you're forced to imprison me because I possess free will –
Elder God: – you possess nothing.
[The Elder God dismisses Raziel's tirade, and continues with his pronouncement.]
Elder God: As you are undying, your soul cannot be returned to the Wheel – but it may console you to abide here in eternity with me.
[The Elder God's tone then changes –]
Elder God: Moebius, my good servant, I call you to the place of our first meeting. Return to me here...
[The scene fades with Raziel still trapped in the bowels of the Spirit Forge, at the mercy of the Elder God.]



Chapter 13: Return to the Guardian Citadel


Dark Chronicle: Kain awakes in the demon realm[edit | edit source]

[Kain lies sprawled on his back in an unfamiliar chamber, his chest bloodied, the Reaver fallen at his side. He appears to be dead. Suddenly his eyes fly open and he gasps once more into life, reflexively clutching at his heart. He sits up, holding his hand over the place where his heart used to be, feeling nothing. He brings his bloodied hand away, looks at it, and looks down at his chest.]
Kain (V. O.): I awoke to find myself in a shadowy realm. A disquieting stillness lay where my heart had been – the heart that had belonged to Janos Audron all along. How was it possible that I still lived?
[Tentatively, he begins to rise, and then hears disembodied voices in the ether of the demon realm. Suspicious, he retrieves the Reaver from the ground and looks around his surroundings.]
Hylden 1: You are still fair of form, vampire...
Hylden 2: That will go first...
Hylden 3: This realm will render you hideous...
Hylden 2: You will go mad, and will not know it...
Kain: What is this place?
Hylden 1: Do you not think of this place every day, vampire?
Hylden 3: Or are we truly forgotten.
Hylden 2: We were forgotten...
Hylden 1: This is the exile into which we were driven –
Hylden 3: But soon now, soon we will be free...
Hylden 2: We will be free.
[Suddenly, a number of demons rip into the scene, and attack Kain.]


Dialogue: The Avernus Catacombs[edit | edit source]

[Upon defeating them, a portal manifests, leading back to the sacrificial pit in the catacombs beneath Avernus Cathedral.]
Kain (V. O.): I felt strongly drawn – compelled, even – not to linger here, but to go to the Vampire Citadel, at once.


Dialogue: The Vampire Citadel[edit | edit source]

[Kain arrives at the Citadel via bat-flight. Here he sees that the Pillars have fallen.]
Kain (V. O.): I knew what ominous hour this was in Nosgoth's history. For here was the event that had shaped my entire existence... I had cast my fate, refusing the sacrifice, damning the Pillars, and founding my doomed empire upon their ruins. I would raise the Sarafan priests to be my closest lieutenants, and would one day cast the strongest of them, my servant Raziel, into the abyss – dealing one last hand to play against Fate. But in the end, had it made any difference? Had I misread the signs, as Moebius told me? In my arrogance, had I missed my cast at destiny?


Dark Chronicle: Vengeance and sacrifice[edit | edit source]

[Kain enters the Spirit Forge silently and finds Moebius there, his back to Kain, communing with the Elder God. He appears to be talking to himself, as the Elder God is not visible to Kain. Kain smiles and advances, drawing the Reaver from his back.]
Moebius: ... the Hylden are merely an inconvenient consequence. They will be dealt with in time. It's a small price to pay for Kain's death.
Kain: You're a bit premature.
[At the sound of Kain's voice, Moebius whirls around, genuinely frightened and surprised. He turns to see Kain standing before him, the wound in his chest still visible, and the Reaver in his hand.]
Moebius: Kain!?
Kain: Is there a crack in your omniscience after all, Moebius?
[Moebius flourishes his scepter at Kain, and the orb flashes as before. Kain hesitates, not sure himself what might happen next. The scepter has no effect on Kain this time. Moebius flourishes it again – again with no effect. Kain glances down at the wound in his chest, where the heart used to be – Moebius's eyes also go to Kain's chest, realizing now. Kain looks back up at Moebius with a grim smile.]
Kain: First your omniscience, and now your powers. You are slipping badly.
[Moebius takes a step back.]
Moebius: This is not possible...
[Kain steps forward and knocks the staff from Moebius's hand, which he then pulls into his bloodied chest.]
Kain: The part of me that staff affected is no longer in its place.
[The staff falls from Moebius's other hand.]
Kain: But you already knew that, didn't you.
[Moebius yanks his arm away, and takes a step back.]
Kain: I always was considered heartless. And now, Moebius, it is time.
[Moebius backs up, but he has nowhere to go.]
Moebius: To kill me? Again? Your only solution, for every problem: kill –
Kain: This is not a debate. You see, this time, you have nothing that I want.
[He impales Moebius with the Reaver.]
Moebius: (laughing, though clearly in pain)
You think this will matter?...
[Moebius grasps Kain's arm and draws himself up the blade until they are face to face. Moebius spits his words hatefully at Kain, triumphant and grinning despite his obvious agony.]
Moebius: ...I serve One who has power over life and death.
Kain: Then go to him.
[Kain withdraws the Reaver sharply.
Moebius gasps in pain, drops to his knees, and sinks to the floor, dying.]
Moebius: I am His obedient... His devoted servant... Soon, all pain will fade, and my master will bring me life once more.
[Moebius dies.
Moebius arrives in the spectral realm. The terrain shifts slightly around him as he rises, a spirit now – and we realize once again that this is not the chamber Raziel sees. There is no evidence of the infesting mass of the Elder God that only Raziel can see. The spirit of Moebius stands and addresses the chamber –]
Moebius: Master, my apologies, a momentary oversight. Somehow Kain still lives, and has unexpectedly dispatched me. Make use of your good servant, and –
[As Moebius speaks, we can see Raziel – also in the spectral realm – approaching from behind, armed with the newly-transformed wraith-blade. Moebius doesn't know he's there. Raziel impales him with the wraith-blade, cutting him off mid-sentence, and holds the blade there as he speaks in an intimate snarl over Moebius's shoulder.]
Raziel: Go to your master, then. I release you to the Wheel.
[When the purified wraith-blade enters Moebius, it transforms him. We see the room change around them, as the veil is lifted from Moebius's sight. Moebius – with the wraith-blade still in him – sees the horror of the Elder God at last. Moebius's expression changes from confidence to horror – Raziel sees this transformation, and understands.]
Moebius: (horrified)
Ohh... god – no ...
Raziel: (intimate menace)
Do you see it now? The monster that you served? Is this what you imagined when you worshipped it?
Moebius: (in horror)
No...
Raziel: And in that knowledge, go – and feed it. I release you.
[Mirroring Kain's recent act, Raziel pulls the wraith-blade from Moebius – then, opening his cowl, he devours Moebius's soul, thus delivering him to the Elder God.
Raziel looks defiantly up at the Elder God, having destroyed his long-lived and loyal servant.]
Elder God: (laughs menacingly)
Your petty actions are irrelevant, Raziel. Moebius was a good servant, but he was of no further use. His long life had run its course. You see? – even when you rebel, you are doing my will.
Raziel: Perhaps, but something has changed, hasn't it? You didn't foresee Kain's return.
[The Elder God dismisses Raziel's statement –]
Elder God: You have both traced your paths along the Wheel – this is where the journey ends.
Raziel: You haven't the means to kill either one of us.
Elder God: Ah, but you can be stopped. And you will come to understand how oblivion can be a mercy.
[The citadel trembles as the Elder God pulls at its very foundations.]
Elder God: You and Kain will spend eternity buried here together, praying for the merciful release of a death that will never come.
[The citadel trembles again, more violently this time, and even in the spectral realm, bits of rock and masonry begin to fall.]
Raziel (V. O.): But I was armed with newfound knowledge, and it burned within me...
Janos Audron (V. O.): ....redeemer and destroyer...
Raziel (V. O.): Moebius had never seen his master until the Soul Reaver purified his sight. Even the ancient Vampires had no idea what it was they so righteously worshipped.
Ariel (V. O.): ....you must unite what has been set asunder...
Raziel (V. O.): All the conflict and strife throughout history, all the fear and hatred, served but one purpose – to keep my master's Wheel turning. All souls were prisoners, trapped in the pointless round of existence, leading distracted, blunted lives until death returned them – always in ignorance – to the Wheel.
Kain (V. O.): ...the coin is still turning...
Raziel (V. O.): But what hope had there been? One cannot fight the unseen.
Ariel (V. O.): ...only then will the Scion of Balance be armed for his true endeavor...
[With ominous finality, the Elder God speaks to Raziel for the last time –]
Elder God: Despair, Raziel. There is no escape.
Raziel (V. O.): It was then I knew what I had to do. I alone could end this.
[In the material realm, Moebius's corpse suddenly comes alive again. Kain turns as he sees Moebius rising behind him.]
Moebius (actually Raziel): Kain...
[Kain reflexively brings up the Reaver and impales Moebius through the chest once again.]
Kain: Do you so enjoy death –
[Moebius responds strangely, with satisfaction –]
Moebius (actually Raziel): Yes...
[Then Moebius transforms, and Kain sees that it's Raziel impaled on the blade – just as Raziel's soul begins to leech into the Reaver.]
Kain: Raziel? – No –
[Kain tries to pull away, but Raziel takes hold of Kain's arm so that he can't.]
Raziel: Yes – this is how...
Kain: –No, Raziel!
[Kain resists, but Raziel pulls himself farther onto the blade –]
Raziel: The Soul Reaver – pure of all corruption – this is what it is for. This is what I am for –
[– and puts his right hand over Kain's wounded chest. We see the purifying energy of the Spirit Reaver pass through Raziel and into Kain at this point, and we see the wound heal.]
Raziel: The two become one – both Soul Reavers – together – and the Scion of Balance is healed. And I – am not your enemy – not your destroyer – I am, as before, your right hand. Your sword.
[Kain resists, but more weakly –]
Kain: No, Raziel – this can't be the way...
Raziel: And now you will see – the true enemy –
[Raziel fades as his soul is consumed completely, passing into what is now, finally, the Soul Reaver.]
Kain: Raziel –
Kain (V. O.): And it was then – I saw.
[Kain staggers backward, still shocked at Raziel's sacrifice, and trying to comprehend the monstrosity that has just been revealed to him. The citadel trembles, and the Elder God's voice booms within the chamber –]
Elder God: So... I am revealed to you at last.
Kain: What in the hell...
Elder God: (a little stridently)
I am the origin of Life... the devourer of Death. I am the hub of the Wheel, the purifying cycle to which all souls must be drawn.
Kain (V. O.): Had I condemned Raziel to this nightmare when I cast him into the abyss?
[The Citadel quakes, causing architecture to topple, and rubble to fall into the pit.]
Elder God: You may ponder the futility of your ambitions as you spend a deathless eternity beneath a mountain of rubble.
[The Citadel rocks again, causing more debris to fall.]
Elder God: You and your Soul Reaver will go equally mad as the eons pass. The Citadel of the apostates will become your living tomb.
[The Elder God moves, and the Citadel trembles again. Stone and masonry begin to tumble down. Kain looks around the room, realizing what's going on, but stands his ground, flourishing the now-transformed Soul Reaver.]
Kain: Your words are heartening –
[He slashes at the Elder God with the Soul Reaver, causing spectacular damage. The Elder God shrieks as the spirit energy that is his lifeblood flows out. He has never been injured like this before.]
Kain: – for you would not fear us unless we could truly do you harm.
[Kain slashes again, severing the Elder God's nearest tentacle and causing him to recoil again in terror and pain.]
Elder God: No! You are nothing!
Kain: False god –
[Kain strikes out again, once more causing the Elder God tremendous damage.]
Kain: – this is the end – the final turn of your Wheel.


Dialogue: The Vampire Citadel[edit | edit source]

[The Elder randomly calls out the following lines as it battles Kain:]
Elder God: You will never break from the Wheel of Fate.
Elder God: (laughter)
Elder God: Submit to my will...
Elder God: You will never defeat me, Kain.
Elder God: Feed the Wheel.
Elder God: I have endured your game long enough!
Elder God: You will never escape!
Elder God: This is futile.
Elder God: I will bury you.
Elder God: Pathetic creature!
Elder God: This defiance is pointless.
Elder God: Surrender Kain.
Elder God: Your sacrifice has been made in vain, Raziel.
Elder God: I will crush you, vampire!
Elder God: Your broken body will be buried here for all eternity.
Elder God: That almost hurt.
Elder God: Enough!
Elder God: This cannot be!
Elder God: You cannot defeat me.
Elder God: No!
Elder God: Nooo! This cannot be!


Dark Chronicle: The fall of the ancient god[edit | edit source]

[Kain defeats the Elder God, causing it to flail in fury and agony. Kain teleports himself out of the pit.]
Elder God: You cannot destroy me, Kain – I am the Engine of Life itself. The Wheel will turn... The plague of your kind will be purged from this world... And on that inevitable day, your wretched, stagnant soul will finally be mine.
Kain: In the meantime, you'd best burrow deep.
[Kain steps free from the chamber just as the walls around him begin to collapse.]


Dark Chronicle: Epilogue[edit | edit source]

[Kain enters the Citadel Council Chamber, overlooking the Nosgoth landscape and the smoldering wreck of the Pillars in the distance.]
Kain (V. O.): Now, at last, the masks had fallen away. The strings of the puppets had become visible, and the hands of the prime mover exposed. Most ironic of all was the last gift that Raziel had given me, more powerful than the sword that now held his soul, more acute even than the vision his sacrifice had accorded me – the first bitter taste of that terrible illusion: Hope.


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