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This is a full transcript of Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. Since no official dialogue script for Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver has ever been released by Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Interactive or Square Enix Europe, it has been adapted from Tenaya's original transcript at Nosgothic Realm.

Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver is not formally divided into chapters in-game. Eschewing the guidelines used in the supplementary Prima Guide, Prima's Official Strategy Guide - Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, the Legacy of Kain Wiki chooses to use the chapter names and definitions as presented in the Nosgothic Realm transcript, for reasons of practicality.

Omitted and featuring on separate pages are miscellaneous dialogue (non-linear events which cannot be attributed to specific chapters), and cut dialogue.

Profile[edit source]

Source[edit source]

Vampire Scourge[edit source]

Introduction[edit source]

RAZIEL (V. O.)
Kain is deified. The Clans tell tales of Him. Few know the truth. He was mortal once, as were we all. However, His contempt for humanity drove him to create me, and my brethren.
I am Raziel, first-born of His lieutenants. I stood with Kain and my brethren at the dawn of the empire. I have served Him a millennium.


RAZIEL (V. O.)
Over time, we became less human and more... divine. Kain would enter the state of change and emerge with a new gift.
Some years after the master, our evolution would follow.
Until I had the honor of surpassing my lord.
For my transgression, I earned a new kind of reward... agony.


RAZIEL (V. O.)
There was only one possible outcome – my eternal damnation.
I, Raziel, was to suffer the fate of traitors and weaklings – to burn forever in the bowels of the Lake of the Dead.


KAIN
Cast him in.


RAZIEL (V. O.)
Tumbling, burning with white-hot fire, I plunged into the depths of the Abyss. Unspeakable pain... relentless agony... time ceased to exist... only this torture... and a deepening hatred of the hypocrisy that damned me to this hell.


RAZIEL (V. O.)
An eternity passed, and my torment receded, bringing me back from the precipice of madness.
The descent had destroyed me... and yet I lived.


ELDER GOD
Raziel...
You are worthy.


Underworld (chapter)[edit source]

The Underworld[edit source]

ELDER GOD
I know you, Raziel. You are worthy.


RAZIEL
What madness is this? What pitiful form is this that I have come to inhabit? Death would be a release, next to this travesty.


ELDER GOD
You did not survive the Abyss, Raziel. I have only spared you from total dissolution.


RAZIEL
I would choose oblivion over this existence!


ELDER GOD
The choice is not yours.


RAZIEL
I am destroyed!


ELDER GOD
You are reborn.


ELDER GOD
The birth of one of Kain's abominations traps the essence of life. It is this soul that animates the corpse you 'lived' in. And that Raziel, is the demise of Nosgoth. There is no balance. The souls of the dead remain trapped. I can not spin them in the wheel of fate. They can not complete their destinies.
Redeem yourself. Or if you prefer, avenge yourself. Settle your dispute with Kain. Destroy Him and your brethren. Free their souls and let the wheel of fate churn again. Use your hatred to reave their souls... I can make it possible. Become my soul reaver, my angel of death...
And thus, Raziel's quest for vengeance begins...
Raziel learns about the Warp Gates:
ELDER GOD
These gates twist space, laying a path across great spans.
As Raziel is exiting the Warp Gate chamber he falters from weakness, leaning on a pillar to catch himself.
ELDER GOD
You are weak – you must feed.
RAZIEL
The old hunger has left me; I have no desire for blood.
ELDER GOD
You are changed. Your blood-thirst is replaced by a deeper need – you have become a devourer of souls.
To sustain your strength, you must hunt the lost spirits of the Underworld, and consume the souls of your enemies.


Raziel comes to a chasm, apparently impassable:


ELDER GOD
Your wings, though ruined, are not without purpose. Take hold of them as you leap, and they will carry you across this chasm.


Raziel spies a small pack of Sluagh from a safe distance; they are hunting and devouring the souls that Raziel needs to sustain his strength. His first encounter with spectral creatures.


RAZIEL
What scabrous wretches are these?


ELDER GOD
Sluagh, the scavengers of the Underworld. Their feral hunger has claimed countless souls – spirits who now shall never find their rest.


The Sanctuary of the Clans[edit source]

Raziel encounters a material-plane portal for the first time.


ELDER GOD
These portals are your conduit between the spectral and material realms. With their aid, you may gather matter and will yourself to become manifest in the physical world.
This is taxing, however – your strength must first be fully restored.
You require no conduit to return to this plane – you may abandon your physical body at any time.


After Raziel uses a material-plane portal for the first time:


ELDER GOD
Sustain your strength to prolong your manifestation in the physical world. If you fail to feed, or absorb too many wounds, this fragile matter will dissolve.


As soon as Raziel steps into the next hallway, he stops abruptly as he realizes there is water below him. He stands at the edge and looks down, as the Elder God instructs him:


ELDER GOD
You are young yet, Raziel – you still retain many of your vampiric weaknesses. Immersion in water, while not fatal, will dissolve your physical body, forcing your return to the spirit world.


ELDER GOD
Be aware that in the spectral realm, water has neither heft nor lift. It stands as thin as air.


Raziel first sees the devolved vampires of this new Nosgoth.


RAZIEL
What are these creatures?


ELDER GOD
Do you not recognize them? They are the children of your brother, Dumah.


RAZIEL
That's impossible – these foul, scuttling beasts could not be kin of our high blood.


ELDER GOD
Do you suppose that time stood still for you, Raziel? Much has changed since you passed from the world of men.


Raziel establishes the rules of combat:


RAZIEL
I knew my opponents' weaknesses, having suffered them myself. Physical wounds are fleeting – a vampire's immortal flesh begins to close as soon as it is cleaved.
Vampires need only fear those wounds that impale, or inflame. Water scorches like acid, and fledglings are devastated by sunlight's touch.
I would have to modify my tactics to suit my foes.


When Raziel has dispatched his first vampire soul:


ELDER GOD
Unfettered from the flesh, a creature's soul fades swiftly into the spectral realm. Draw it in quickly, Raziel, or you will be compelled to follow.


After Raziel has destroyed the two vampires, he approaches a large stone block which, by its size, appears immovable.


ELDER GOD
Your physical prowess surpasses what you knew in life. Even massive obstacles can be moved effortlessly.


As Raziel enters the courtyard from the tunnel he stops, dumbstruck:


RAZIEL (V. O.)
My God...


RAZIEL (V. O.)
The Sanctuary of the Clans, reduced to ruin...
Beyond these walls lay the Pillars of Nosgoth, the seat of Kain's empire. How humble it now appeared, collapsing into the dust of its former magnificence. And yet I had only just emerged...
In the instant between my execution and resurrection, centuries had apparently passed...


The ground shakes violently; Raziel is nearly knocked off his feet.


ELDER GOD
This world is wracked with cataclysms – the earth strains to shrug off the pestilence of Kain's parasitic empire.


ELDER GOD
The fate of this world was preordained in an instant, by a solitary man. Unwilling to martyr himself to restore Nosgoth's balance, Kain condemned the world to the decay you see. In that moment, the unraveling began... now it is nearly played out. Nosgoth teeters on the brink of collapse – its fragile balance cannot hold.
Raziel pulls uselessly at the large metal doors of the Sanctuary, which are impassably sealed. He stops and scans the building's facade for a possible breach.
RAZIEL (V. O.)
The doors of the Sanctuary were immovable, either barred from the inside or rusted shut. I would need to find another means of entry.

The Lake of the Dead: the Abyss[edit source]

Raziel walks onto the main platform and to the edge, then peers down into the Vortex below.
RAZIEL (V. O.)
This, at least, had remained constant. The endlessly swirling vortex of the Abyss. My tomb, and the womb of my rebirth.
He rises, surveying his surroundings.


RAZIEL (V. O.)
Though much of Nosgoth's landscape had changed, these cliffs gave me my bearings. My clan territory was to the west – I was anxious to see how my descendants had fared during the centuries of my absence.


Raziel's Clan Territory (chapter)[edit source]

Raziel's clan territory[edit source]

Raziel discovers that his clan has apparently been wiped out – the city that they once occupied is desolate, clearly abandoned for centuries...


RAZIEL (V. O.)
Utter desolation. My once-proud kin, wiped from this world like excrement from a boot.


RAZIEL (V. O.)
I knew the hand that wrought this deed...


Exploring the western ruins of his clan territory, he spies a band of creatures that he has not yet encountered. He watches from a safe perch.


VILLAGER
No! Please!


They murder the human villager, and perch over their fresh kill, gnawing on it.


RAZIEL (V. O.)
I didn't recognize these flayed wracks of flesh. Their scent was vampiric, but they gnawed upon their victim's carcass like dogs.


Necropolis (chapter)[edit source]

The Necropolis[edit source]

Seeing the ransacked graves and crypts, Raziel realizes that the Melchahim have robbed the graves of the Necropolis to recruit new vampires.
After encountering the decayed, ghoulish Melchahim, and after having recognized Melchiah's clan symbols scrawled throughout the Necropolis, Raziel realizes that these zombie-like creatures are actually the children of his former brother, Melchiah.


RAZIEL (V. O.)
This charnel house bore the unmistakable marks of Melchiah's clan. To what depths had our dynasty plummeted, if these ghouls were the descendants of my high-born brother? Were they so debased as to recruit fledglings from the desiccated corpses here interred?


Raziel comes upon an engraving of Melchiah in his near-human form. This is a towering, heroic monument – contrasted with the scuttling, devolved Melchahim just beyond the next gate.


RAZIEL (V. O.)
My brother, Melchiah, was made last, and therefore received the poorest portion of Kain's gift. Although immortal, his soul could not sustain the flesh, which retained much of its previous human frailty. This weakness, it seemed, was passed on to his offspring. Their fragile skins barely contained the underlying decay.


The Necropolis: Melchiah's lair[edit source]

RAZIEL
Show yourself, creature!


MELCHIAH
Do you not recognize me, brother? Am I so changed?


RAZIEL
Melchiah?


MELCHIAH
Yesss, brother.
You should have stayed where the master sent you, Raziel. You will find Nosgoth less pleasant than you remember.


RAZIEL
What has become of my clan? Answer me, little brother, or I will beat an answer from your horrid lips.


MELCHIAH
Everyone is afraid, sibling. You awake to a world of fear. These times of change are so... unsettling.
Do you think I feel no revulsion for this form? Do you believe for a moment that our Lord would risk his empire upon an upstart inheritance?


RAZIEL
Enough riddles – what are you saying?!


MELCHIAH
You are the last... to die...


If Raziel is defeated in the battle, then upon his return:


MELCHIAH
Welcome, brother...


As soon as Melchiah is trapped in the center cage, Raziel holds his hand on the switch, ready to pull it, and asks:


RAZIEL
Tell me, Melchiah – where can I find Kain?


MELCHIAH
The master is beyond your reach, Raziel.
He makes himself known when He sees fit – not when commanded.


Raziel pulls the switch:


MELCHIAH
(scream)


MELCHIAH
(dies in agony)
I am released...


The impact of devouring Melchiah's soul knocks Raziel to his knees. He's exhausted; sparks of energy flicker over his body.


ELDER GOD
You have done well, Raziel.


RAZIEL
Am I reduced to this? A ghoul? A fratricide?


ELDER GOD
Elevated, Raziel, not reduced. Consuming Melchiah's soul has endowed you with a new gift.
(referring to the iron bars that block Raziel's exit)
Insubstantial barriers such as these are no impediment to you in the spectral realm. Will yourself to pass through, and you shall.


The Necropolis[edit source]

As Raziel exits the Necropolis:


ELDER GOD
With Melchiah's gift, your way is opened. Return to the seat of Kain's ill-omened empire – its sterile silence has secrets yet to unveil.


Soul Reaver (chapter)[edit source]

The Sanctuary of the Clans: the Pillars of Nosgoth[edit source]

Raziel stumbles upon his first encounter with Kain inside the now dilapidated and abandoned Pillars; he does not know that Kain will be waiting for him there. As Raziel enters the room, Kain is leaning casually on his former throne, the Soul Reaver strapped to his back. He has clearly been waiting for Raziel...


KAIN
Raziel.


RAZIEL
Kain!


KAIN
The Abyss has been unkind.


Kain rises and begins to approach Raziel, casually but menacingly.


RAZIEL
I am your creation, Kain – now, as before. You criticize your own work.
What have you done with my clan, degenerate? You have no right –


KAIN
What I have made, I can also destroy, child.


RAZIEL
Damn you, Kain! You are not God! This act of genocide is unconscionable!


KAIN
Conscience...? You dare to speak to me of conscience? Only when you have felt the full gravity of choice should you dare to question my judgment!
Your life's span is a flicker compared to the mass of doubt and regret that I have borne since Mortanius first turned me from the light...
To know that the fate of the world hangs dependent on the advisedness of my every deed – can you even begin to conceive what action you would take, in my position?


RAZIEL
I would choose integrity, Kain.


KAIN
(laughter)


KAIN
Look around you, Raziel – see what has become of our empire. Witness the end of an age. The clans, scattered to the corners of Nosgoth...
This place has outlasted its usefulness – as have you.


As Kain utters this last line, he draws the Soul Reaver from its scabbard; its energy leaps to life.


RAZIEL (V. O.)
The Soul Reaver, Kain's ancient blade – older than any of us, and a thousand times more deadly.
The legends claimed that the blade was possessed, and thrived by devouring the souls of its victims.
For all our bravado, we knew what it meant when Kain drew the Soul Reaver in anger – it meant you were dead.


If Raziel is defeated in the battle, then upon his return:


KAIN
My wayward son returns...


The combat ends when the Soul Reaver is destroyed –


KAIN
Ah!


KAIN
The blade is vanquished. So it unfolds... and we are a step closer to our destinies.


KAIN
(laughter)


When Raziel drops back into spectral, he discovers that the Soul Reaver – now a wraith blade – is hovering there.


RAZIEL (V. O.)
I swore I saw a glint of satisfaction in Kain's eye when the Soul Reaver was destroyed. I did not understand the game that Kain was playing. But I knew the finishing move.


Raziel reaches out and grasps the sword. The blade flares to life, its energy melding with Raziel's.


ELDER GOD
From this moment and ever afterward, you and this blade are inextricably bound. Soul Reaver and reaver of souls, your destinies are intertwined.
By destroying the sword, you have liberated it from its corporeal prison, and restored it to its true form – a wraith blade, its energy unbound. No longer a physical blade, it can only manifest itself in the material realm when your strength is fully restored. Once manifest, it will sustain you.


After Raziel grasps the sword, a spirit appears, drifting toward him from behind the Pillars.


ARIEL
What are you, little soul? Another of Kain's creatures, come to taunt this bound specter?


RAZIEL
I did not intend to disturb your rest.


ARIEL
Rest...? A body is needed for sleep...
Flesh and bones are required to recline. No, child, all I may do is watch, and remember, ceaselessly conscious as this wretched world's history unfurls. Ghastly past, insufferable future, are they one and the same...? Am I always here?


RAZIEL
How have you come to haunt these Pillars?


ARIEL
Kain refused the sacrifice. The Pillar of Balance, corrupted to its core, stands as a monument to his blind ambition.
Now these pillars serve only to bind me here – my prison and eternal home, thanks to the avarice of your master, Kain...


RAZIEL
That bastard can claim no allegiance from me.


ARIEL
Then we share a common foe, Raziel. Return here when you have need. Ariel remembers what others have forgotten...


The Sanctuary of the Clans[edit source]

As Raziel exits the Sanctuary of the Clans, the Elder God offers the following guidance:


ELDER GOD
Your brother Zephon's keep lies far to the east, beyond the ruins that greeted your first exit from the Underworld.
He and his brood have cocooned themselves in a derelict cathedral, having murdered its human guardians.


The Silenced Cathedral (chapter)[edit source]

The Silenced Cathedral[edit source]

RAZIEL (V. O.)
Once a testament to mankind's defiance of Kain's empire, this towering cathedral now stood derelict, the humans who worshipped here, centuries dead. Its architects conceived this tower as a holy weapon against the vampire menace, a colossal instrument of brass and stone. The cathedral's pipes, once tuned to blast a deadly hymn, now stood silent, and these vacant spaces whistled their impotence.


The Silenced Cathedral: Zephon's lair[edit source]

Raziel reaches Zephon's lair and confronts him:


ZEPHON
The prodigal son...
There is no returning for you, Raziel.


RAZIEL
Zephon, your visage becomes you. It's an appropriate reflection of your soul...


ZEPHON
...and you are not His handsome Raziel anymore. His precious first-born son, turned betrayer.
You have missed so many changes, little Raziel. Look around you. See how the humans' weapon of destruction has become my home...
Indeed, my body. A cocoon of brick and granite from which to watch a pupating world...


RAZIEL
A crevice in which to cower, only scuttling from the shadows to devour a victim already ensnared in your cowardly trap. But you've made the mistake of leaving me unbound, and it is you who must succumb to my will.


ZEPHON
Will... instinct... reflex action... the insect mind finds little difference.
I warn you, brother – as my stature has grown, so it is matched by my appetite.
Step forward, morsel...


If Raziel is defeated in the battle, then upon his return:


ZEPHON
Come to test me again, brother? I grow weary of your meddling.


After defeating Zephon and devouring his soul:


ZEPHON
????


ZEPHON
(scream)


ELDER GOD
Consuming Zephon's apostate soul has bestowed on you a new gift. Like his vampire spawn, you are able to scale certain walls which are otherwise impassable – but only in the physical realm. In the spirit world, these insubstantial edifices will not support you.


The Silenced Cathedral[edit source]

Exiting Zephon's chamber:


ELDER GOD
In the mountains beyond the Pillars, Nosgoth's cataclysms have exposed an ancient crime. Endowed with Zephon's soul, you may now progress where your path was hitherto impeded.


Tomb of Sarafan (chapter)[edit source]

The Tomb of the Sarafan[edit source]

RAZIEL (V. O.)
The ancient tomb of the Sarafan, once impenetrably sealed...
Now, ravaged by Nosgoth's upheavals, its mysteries lay exposed.
In the time of Vorador, centuries before Kain was made, the Sarafan warrior priests waged a merciless war against the vampire tribes of Nosgoth. Emboldened by righteousness, they committed unspeakable and indiscriminate acts of violence – massacring fledglings and ancients alike, they decimated entire bloodlines in mere decades. Now their husks lay here – murderers enshrined.


As Raziel steps into the ancient hallway leading to the Sarafan tomb, the Elder God warns:


ELDER GOD
Take heed, Raziel. A forgotten history lies within. Know thyself – though it may destroy you...


Having discovered a twisting passageway, Raziel makes his way into the depths of the tomb. The passage apparently dead-ends, blocked by a massive stone that seals the tomb. The stone is no impediment to Raziel, and he easily pulls it free.


RAZIEL (V. O.)
As I pulled the stone free, a sigh of sepulchral air escaped the inner chamber.
I was not prepared for what lay beyond this threshold...


RAZIEL (V. O.)
These crypts... defiled caskets of Sarafan saints... bearing my brothers' names...
And my own...


RAZIEL (V. O.)
The irony of Kain's blasphemous act rushed in on me with the crushing force of revelation...
Were my hands not as bloody as these? Worse, I had spilled the blood of my brothers – these very comrades whose tombs lay ravaged before me.


ELDER GOD
Yes, Raziel – you were Sarafan... born of the same force that all but destroyed your race.


ELDER GOD
Before the dawn of the Empire, you were chosen.
Kain – Nosgoth's solitary, self-declared monarch – plundered this tomb and raised you from these crypts. Breathing his vampiric gift into your defiled corpses, he resurrected you as his favored sons.


The Tomb of the Sarafan: the Tomb Guardian's room[edit source]

TOMB GUARDIAN
Heretic! You shall not pass...


RAZIEL
Such loyalty... to one who has you guarding this outpost like a chained dog. Do you prosper on the scraps he casts you?


TOMB GUARDIAN
Your insults will do nothing to blunt the agonies of your demise.


RAZIEL
Kain killed me once – behold the result. I have no more to fear from you.


After Raziel defeats the Tomb Guardian, and receives the Force projectile ability:


ELDER GOD
This relic has infused you with the power to compress and manipulate space. As your symbiotic weapon, the Soul Reaver is also thus enhanced. You may focus and project an orb of kinetic energy to strike objects that are otherwise beyond your reach.


The Drowned Abbey (chapter)[edit source]

The Drowned Abbey[edit source]

When Raziel discovers the courtyard of the Drowned Abbey, the Elder God offers the following information:


ELDER GOD
Once a sanctuary against the vampire menace, this abbey has been drowned by the deluge spilling from this wounded land. Your brother Rahab and his brood, devastated even by the feeble rays of Nosgoth's sun, overcame their vulnerability to water and retreated from the surface. Now they haunt these ruins, and glide in the darkness of its stagnant depths.


The Drowned Abbey: Rahab's lair[edit source]

Raziel finds Rahab at the center of the drowned abbey, nestled in the chapter house in the center of the courtyard.


RAHAB
Raziel.


RAZIEL
Rahab. You have adapted well to your environment, for one so maladjusted...


RAHAB
Do not mock me, Raziel. You, of all of us, should respect the power bestowed by a limitation overcome.


RAHAB
Kain said you would come.


RAZIEL
You speak with the murderer?


RAHAB
You would do well to mind your blasphemous tongue.


RAZIEL
What more did he tell you?


RAHAB
That you would destroy me.


RAZIEL
I will, indeed. But tell me, before I tear your soul from its moorings, do you know what we were before Kain spawned us?


RAHAB
Human.


RAZIEL
Sarafan, Rahab. The antithesis of all we ever believed.


RAHAB
Does it matter? We were lost. He saved us.


RAZIEL
Saved us? From what?


RAHAB
From ourselves.


If Raziel is defeated in the battle, then upon his return:


RAHAB
Raziel returns – do you still think you can best me?


When Rahab is destroyed:


RAHAB
I am undone!


ELDER GOD
Infused with Rahab's soul, you have overcome your former vulnerability to water’s touch. Immersion in water will no longer dissolve your physical body, enabling you to swim to areas heretofore beyond your reach.


The Drowned Abbey[edit source]

As Raziel exits Rahab's chapter house, the Elder God offers the following information:


ELDER GOD
Centuries past, your brother Dumah retreated with his clan into Nosgoth's northern wilderness. Empowered by the gift of Rahab's soul, seek out his mountain stronghold. But tread carefully – these frozen wastes have mysteries yet to disclose.


Ruined City of the Dumahim (chapter)[edit source]

The Ruined City[edit source]

Upon arriving, Raziel is shocked to discover that Dumah's citadel, like his, is a ghost town – there are long-dead vampire corpses scattered everywhere, impaled and burned, and the walls of Dumah's city have been torched.


RAZIEL (V. O.)
This city once teemed with the life of my kind. Could it be that other clans had suffered the same fate as mine?
In his madness, could Kain spare none of his brood?


ELDER GOD
It was not Kain, but Dumah's own arrogance that brought the downfall of his clan. These are human weapons, Raziel – believing themselves invincible, Dumah and his offspring failed to see an attack coming from the least likely assailants...
Complacent in their arrogance, they were taken by surprise, allowing the human vampire hunters to decimate their ranks with little resistance. The few that escaped have been reduced to scavengers.


The Ruined City: Dumah's throne room[edit source]

After working his way through the city, Raziel finally steps into Dumah's throne room. The corpse of Dumah slouches on its throne, impaled by multiple spears.


RAZIEL (V. O.)
My brother, Dumah – a powerful warrior, in life. He would have burned with shame, to have me find him here like a stuck pig.


If Raziel goes into the Spectral plane before resurrecting Dumah, he encounters his spirit haunting the throne room:


DUMAH
Come to save my soul, prodigal brother?


RAZIEL
Not to save it, but to take it. Your only salvation is release.


After Raziel has revived Dumah:


DUMAH
Unbound at last... I thank you, brother.


RAZIEL
Your thanks are premature, Dumah. I have not forgotten whose hands bore me into the Abyss.


DUMAH
The centuries in limbo have honed my strength. Not even Kain is my equal.


RAZIEL
Even the strongest vampire is vulnerable.


DUMAH
We shall test your thesis, Raziel.


RAZIEL
My blood-thirst has been superseded by an even darker hunger. I will consume your soul before this day is done.


If Raziel is defeated in the battle, then upon his return:


DUMAH
You are persistent, Raziel.


The Ruined City: the Furnace[edit source]

Upon Dumah's defeat, and as Raziel receives his soul:


DUMAH
????!


DUMAH
Haaaaaaa!


DUMAH
????


ELDER GOD
Consuming Dumah's soul empowers you to wind a constricting band of spectral energy around your enemies. This energy manifests itself in both the spectral and material realms – and in the physical world, it can be employed to manipulate otherwise immovable objects.


The Ruined City[edit source]

After Raziel defeats Dumah, before advancing to the Oracle's Cave, he receives the following clue:


ELDER GOD
In the furthermost canyon of Nosgoth's frozen wastes, the hushed silences embrace an ancient enigma. In the bowels of this labyrinth, your master awaits...


Oracle's Cave (chapter)[edit source]

The Oracle's Cave[edit source]

Raziel discovers the long-hidden entrance to the Oracle's chamber:


RAZIEL (V. O.)
The Oracle's Cave, where Kain's first fateful meeting with Moebius occurred.
Moebius played the role of a doddering soothsayer, stirring his pot of visions while dispensing enigmatic predictions to gullible visitors. Underneath the facade was Moebius the Time Streamer, sorcerer of the Circle of Nine – a ruthless manipulator with the power to bend time. Since his murder at Kain's hands centuries ago, these caves have stood vacant... though, like Moebius himself, they are rumored to be only a facade for a much larger, more elaborate complex...


RAZIEL (V. O.)
I sensed that Kain was here... and at that moment, I would have plumbed the depths of hell to find him.


Once inside, Raziel comes upon a statue of Moebius, the Time Streamer – as he regards it, he reflects:


RAZIEL (V. O.)
This, I deduced, must be the man himself – the Time Streamer, Moebius. He seemed not at all the impressive figure I had imagined from Kain's boasted exploits. And yet, even this cold image radiated a certain undeniable power...


Showdown With Kain[edit source]

The Oracle's Cave: the Chronoplast[edit source]

In the depths of Moebius's time-streaming apparatus, Raziel discovers a series of portals displaying scenes of past and apparently future events. As he descends, passing these various scenes, he reflects on the images confronting him. The images in the portals imply that the events he's experienced – and those still to come – have all been predestined.
The first portal shows Raziel reviving in the Underworld, after being executed by Kain:


RAZIEL
My arrival in this miserable age...
What trickery is this?


ELDER GOD
It is no illusion, Raziel, but a glimpse into the currents of Time itself.


A second portal displays Raziel's discovery of the Tomb of Sarafan, and his origins –


RAZIEL
Impossible – this must be one of Kain's deceptions...


A third portal shows the Soul Reaver being shattered during the confrontation between Kain and Raziel (as Kain prepares to destroy Raziel with the blade) –


RAZIEL
These apparitions torment me... has this all been foretold?


The next portal shows Raziel confronting Kain at some future time, in an unfamiliar setting –


RAZIEL
My mind reels with conflict... does Kain await me moments from now, or in some century yet to come?


Another portal shows Raziel striking Ariel down with the Soul Reaver (an event which has not yet occurred) –


RAZIEL
This cannot be! What madness does this scene portend? Kain must think me credulous, to suffer these lies...


A final portal shows Raziel armed with an enhanced Soul Reaver, its blade writhing with intertwined black and red energies –


RAZIEL
Is this phantasm a conjuration of my mind, or an echo of future events?


After having worked his way down into the depths of Moebius's complex, he comes across the "heart" of Moebius's time-streaming device – the Chronoplast room. Kain reveals himself, stepping out from the shadows of the room.


KAIN
At last.
I must say I'm disappointed in your progress. I imagined you would be here sooner.
Tell me – did it trouble you to murder your brothers?


RAZIEL
Did it trouble you when you ordered me into the Abyss?


KAIN
No – I had faith in you. In your ability to hate. In your self-righteous indignation.


RAZIEL
Lies. You cannot have foreseen all of this.


KAIN
Eternity is relentless, Raziel.
When I first stole into this chamber, centuries ago, I did not fathom the true power of knowledge.
To know the future, Raziel – to see its paths and streams tracing out into the infinite...
As a man, I could never have contained such forbidden truths.
But each of us is so much more than we once were.
Gazing out across the planes of possibility, do you not feel with all your soul how we have become like gods?
And as such, are we not indivisible? As long as a single one of us stands, we are legion...
That is why, when I must sacrifice my children to the void, I can do so with a clear heart...


RAZIEL
Very poetic, Kain – but in the end, you offer no more than a convenient rationalization for your crimes.


KAIN
These chambers offer insight for those patient enough to look – in your haste to find me, perhaps you have not gazed deeply enough.
Our futures are predestined –
Moebius foretold mine a millennium ago. We each play out the parts fate has written for us.
We are compelled ineluctably down pre-ordained paths.
Free will is an illusion.


Raziel responds by changing the subject –


RAZIEL
I have been to the Tomb of Sarafan, Kain.
Your dirty secret is exposed.
How could you transform a Sarafan priest into a vampire?


KAIN
How could I not?
One must keep his friends close, Raziel – and his enemies even closer.
Can you grasp the absurd beauty of the paradox? We are the same – Sarafan and vampire. With our holy wars... our obsession with Nosgoth's domination...
Who better to serve me than those whose passion transcends all notions of good and evil?


RAZIEL
I will not applaud your clever blasphemy.
The Sarafan were saviors, defending Nosgoth from the corruption that we represent.
My eyes are opened, Kain – I find no nobility in the unlife you rudely forced on my unwilling corpse!


KAIN
You may have uncovered your past, but you know nothing of it. You think the Sarafan were noble, altruistic?
Don't be simple.
Their agenda was the same as ours.


RAZIEL
You are lost in a maze of moral relativism, Kain.
These apparitions and portents... what game are you playing now?


KAIN
Destiny is a game, is it not? And now you await my latest move...


If Raziel is defeated in the battle, then upon his return:


KAIN
Have you returned to embrace your destiny, Raziel?


After Raziel lands his third and final Soul Reaver attack, Kain throws the final switch, and materializes in front of the star portal on the upper floor of the Chronoplast. Visibly exhausted, he addresses Raziel –


KAIN
You nearly had me, Raziel...
But this is not where – or how – it ends. Fate promises more twists before this drama unfolds completely.


KAIN
(laughter)


As he finishes speaking, he turns and runs through the star portal. As Raziel prepares to follow Kain through the portal and into the void of the unknown, the Elder God's disembodied voice admonishes him:


ELDER GOD
Be warned, Raziel – once you cross this threshold, you are beyond my influence...


After Raziel steps through the portal, he comes to a mysterious room with an infinity sigil on the floor – Raziel steps into the pool of light in the middle of the room. A moment later, Moebius steps out of the darkness, addressing Raziel by name.


MOEBIUS
Raziel...
Redeemer and destroyer.
Pawn and messiah.
Welcome, time-spanned soul.
Welcome... to your destiny.


MOEBIUS
Where Time is but a Loop,
A Loose Stitch
in the Universal Cloth,
A Streamer might Seize
upon a Chance, a Fatal slip –
And plunge the Fate
of Planets into Chaos...

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