Lightning demons (SR2)

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Lightning Demons
Soul Reaver 2 enemiesDemon variants
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Soul Reaver 2 Lightning Demon
Introduced in Wiki-Icon-SR2.png Soul Reaver 2 (2001)
Race SR2-Enemy-Demon-ConceptA.jpg Demon
Aliases Gray Demons
Territories Sarafan Stronghold, Mountains, Air Forge
Weapons none; electric pincer arms
Abilities Overhead Chop, Crack of Lightning, electricity attacks
Vulnerabilities sidesteps, heavy crouch strikes
Soul? yes
Plane Material Realm, Spectral Realm (originating in Demon Realm)
Appearances Wiki-Icon-SR2.png

Lightning Demons, also known as Gray Demons were a Demon variant enemy encountered by Raziel in the Post-Blood Omen and Early History eras of Soul Reaver 2.

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Lightning Demons were hostile creatures native to the Demon Dimension. They were tall and thin, with grey or brown bodies. In place of arms they had large pinchers that conducted a blue electricity, as well as two large horns and several smaller spikes which appeared to conduct electricity[SR2].

Lightning demons demons were dangerous close-range enemies. They could use electricity offensively in melee attacks, utilising several powerful chop and swipes using their pincers, including a devastating 'lifting shock' special attack. They were very fast, often attacked in groups and were defensively skilled (particularly against lunges), though they were vulnerable to sidesteps and heavy crouching strikes.[1][2].Like all the demons Raziel fought in Soul Reaver 2, Lightning demons could follow him into the spectral realm and could also create combat barriers to prevent him escaping[1][3][4][1][2]

Raziel first encountered Lightning demons in the Demon-infested Sarafan Stronghold shortly after he emerged from its Time-streaming chamber in the Post-Blood Omen era. They would frequently be encountered throughout that era, particularly in the Mountains, though some were encountered in the Air Forge[SR2]. When Raziel continued his quest into Nosgoth's early history, Lightning demons were among the Demon enemies that appeared (apparently 'transported' from the Post-Blood Omen era[5]) to taunt and confront Raziel as he attempted to return to the Sarafan Stronghold[6]; again they confronted him in the Mountains[SR2].

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  • Lightning Demons are referred to as such in the Prima Guide[1] and other sources and as "demonbb" in game files[SR2] and as "Gray Demon" in scripts[6] and the former official website.[4] Other behind the scenes information combines both titles as "Gray Lightning demon".[7]
  • Many demons variants in Soul Reaver 2 share similarities with their Blood Omen counterparts; Lightning demons notably have a similar color and similar lightning/electricity association as the Lightning spitters seen in Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain[BO1]; though it is unclear if the Soul Reaver 2 demons were intended as re-interpretations of Blood Omen's demons or simply different demon races. A similar Lightning Demon variant was included in Legacy of Kain: Defiance, appearing with a subtly darker color-scheme and new attacks[DEF]. It is ultimately unclear if these similar variants were intended to be the same Demon sub-species (with differing artistic interpretations, or perhaps at different stages in its life-cycle) or if they were different sub-species altogether.
  • Lightning demons, like other demon enemies, are presumably native to the Demon Realm and affiliated with the Hylden.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Icon-Prima.png Prima Games / Demian Linn and David Hodgson. Prima's Official Soul Reaver 2 Guide. (2001)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bestiary: GameFAQs. Soul Reaver 2 FAQ/Walkthrough/Soul Reaver 2|Online (by Celtic Wolf).
  3. Wiki-Icon-SR2.png Soul Reaver 2 manual. Crystal Dynamics. (Eidos Interactive). (October 31, 2001) Download.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Wiki-Icon-SR2.png Gray Demon: Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 (Eidos Interactive). (2001) Gray Demon at the Official Soul Reaver 2 site (preserved at Dark Chronicle)
  5. Wiki-Icon-SR2.png (~Raziel is trapped between two energy barriers. Two purple demons teleport in and drop down before Raziel.~) Purple Demon: "We have been expecting you, little Raziel."//Raziel (VO): "So, these demonic pests were not merely the product of Nosgoth’s corrupted future – for here they were, hurdling back over five centuries to pursue me. These creatures, I suspected, were minions of the unseen forces that had hoped to control me. This was the tangible expression of their displeasure – these demons were unleashed as the penalty for my disobedience." Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (October 31, 2001) Transcript.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Wiki-Icon-SR2.png (~Raziel’s path is once again blocked by energy barriers. Two grey demons teleport in and drop down right beside Raziel.~) Gray Demon 1: "Do you really think you can save Nosgoth?"//Gray Demon 2: "Let me enlighten you, poor Raziel…" Crystal Dynamics. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (October 31, 2001) Transcript.
  7. Icon-DCab.png Gray Lightning Demon at Spectraljin.com archives (by Daniel Cabuco), Archived at Legacy of Kain Wiki