Legacy of Kain Wiki:Nosgoth/Naphtha
Naphtha was used to fuel the pyrotechnics of the Alchemists in the mid-Soul Reaver era and War for Nosgoth seen in Nosgoth. Inert when stored, it could be a tremendously powerful and devastating weapon when excited, producing deadly "liquid fire" which caused major damage to Humans and Vampires alike.
Originally, the developments that led to the discovery of Naphtha were pioneered by a group of Melchahim Vampire alchemists after their self-imposed exile across the Great Southern Sea for inadvertently poisoning human breeding stock.
In their exile the vampires continued their experiments in a secret laboratory, oblivious to the vampire civil war in Nosgoth's heartlands, until eventually the vampire Laderic was able to make a breakthrough and create Naphtha. Intending to use it to strike against his enemies, Laderic kept the discovery secret.
Before Laderic could make use of the weapon however, he was attacked and killed by close human slave Elustra, who had feigned madness for decades and got close enough to allow her to understand and recover the substance and use it against him. Killing the Vampires and humans alike, Elustra burnt the facility to the ground with Naphtha she discovered.
When she was found by her fellow human nomads, Elustra was glorified by the humans as a saviour and attracted many followers. Elustra dedicated her life to the last human known to have knowledge of the power of alchemy, Anarcrothe and thus created the red sisters of Anacrothe and the first human Alchemists in centuries, who now used Naphtha as fuel for their weapons.
- Naphtha was only introduced in Nosgoth, though given its associations it is possible that the weapons of the flamethrower wielding Vampire hunters in Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver were also powered by Naphtha.
- In many languages in the real world, Naphtha is a word for any of a number of flammable liquids containing hydo-carbons, as such oil, petrol and coal tar which all contain the substance. Ultimately naphtha was also used for a number of weapon technologies including several varieties of grenade and is the root of the word "napalm".