Meridian Cathedral

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Meridian Cathedral
The exterior of Meridian Cathedral
The exterior of Meridian Cathedral
Introduced in Wiki-Icon-BO2.pngBlood Omen 2 (2002)
Architects unknown Humans
Ownership Bishop of Meridian, Sarafan Priests
Status intact (as of post-Blood Omen era)
Features Graveyard and crypts, Bishop's private quarters, stained glass windows and roof, alcove sculptures
Inhabitants Bishop of Meridian, Sarafan Priests
Appearances Wiki-Icon-BO2.png

The Cathedral, presumably more formally Meridian Cathedral, was a building featured in Blood Omen 2 in Chapter 4: the Upper City , it was arguably the focal point for the Human religion of all of Meridian .

Meridian Cathedral was a large prominent building in the Upper City,[1] it had many ornate stained glass windows though none of them were symbolic (unlike others in the Legacy of Kain series). The private chambers of the Cathedral were luxuriously decorated with red velvet and gold[BO2].[2] The main chamber of the Cathedral was clad in stone and had several sculptures in the walls and pillars. It also had an altar and several pews in the lower levels. The main chamber also had a second level, with a balcony overlooking the lower level. Two bells mounted in the upper level could be rung with levers in side alcoves on the lower level. Beside the Cathedral was a graveyard area containing several crypts and an entrance to the Cathedral[BO2].

When Kain travelled to the Upper City seeking the Bishop of Meridian he began the chapter at a gondola station a short distance away from the Cathedral.[1][3] Kain was forced to return to the Cathedral [4] after finding from the Bishop's Butler at the Bishop's Manor that the Bishop had fled to the Cathedral to avoid the Sarafan.[5][6] Kain returned to the Cathedral and found the Bishop of Meridian in the private quarters,[2][7] under Marcus' control.[8] seeking to kill Marcus, Kain chased Marcus out across the rooftops and back to the Cathedral's stained glass ceiling, where they both fell through the roof.[6][9] Marcus' Boss battle then took place at the Cathedral[10][11][BO2].

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  • Merdian Cathedral is only named as "The Cathedral" in sources, however it would presumably be known more widely throughout Nosgoth as "Meridian Catherdal". The fact the Bishop's formal title is the "Bishop of Meridian" may also suggest this title for the Catherdal.
  • When Kain first passes the main doors of the Catherdal, bells and chanting can be heard coming form inside the Cathedral, they cannot be heard in Kain's second pass by the Cathedral (because of the background music) but they can be heard in Marcus' Boss Battle, if Kain is positioned close to the main entrance. The Cathedral's bells are vital to defeating Marcus, but they are mounted in the centre of the Cathedral and not by the doors[BO2].
  • The alcoves that contain the bells levers contain two interesting sculptures (on opposite sides) one contains a winged humanoid, whilst the other has a set of crested humanoids;this is perhaps more evidence of Human religion in Nosgoth being influenced by the Elder Wars . Indeed the sculpture with the winged being (a possible nod to the Ancient vampires) is seen in the opening video in Kain's headquarters[BO2]. As with many other Blood Omen 2 artworks, these have been adapted from real-world pieces - with the winged sculpture appearing on the Column of Antoninus Pius in Rome, Italy.
  • Nearby the outside of Cathedral, Kain can pass two Thugs discussing an Aristocrat, who, believing his wife was having an affair, met the thug in the Red Raven to organise her lover's death. After following her, the Thug realised that she was not having an affair, but praying to a Priest at the Cathedral for her son, who had "run off". It is implied that the thug murdered the Priest at the Cathedral and returned to the Upper City with his accomplice to rob the Aristocrat couple.[12]
  • In the graveyard area, one crypt notably involves a puzzle (called "Wall Switches" in thePrima Guide) which requires three 'walls' to be pushed to open the passage to the Bishop's private quarters - the three walls pushed bear Kain's symbol, those untouched bear the symbol of the Sarafan Order. In addition, there are also several Kain symbols in fire at the heart of this crypt[BO2].

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Icon-Prima.png "A Question of Faith" - "Disguised as a nobleman to blend in with the populace, Kain takes a gondola to the Upper City. The Cathedral is clearly visible as the city's most impressive landmark, but you won't be able to just waltz inside to speak with the Bishop. The Sarafan Lord has imposed a curfew, and the numerous Sarafan Guards patrolling the area are looking for you. It is likely that Kain will also encounter more traitorous vampires aligned with the Sarafan." Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Blood Omen 2(2002).Page 32.ISBN 0-7615-3774-0
  2. 2.0 2.1 Icon-Prima.png "Open the door and walk through the checkpoint. From the opulent look of things, this must be the Bishop's quarters. Sure enough, as you head down the red carpet, you'll come face to face with the Bishop of Meridian himself." Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Blood Omen 2(2002).Page 38.ISBN 0-7615-3774-0
  3. Icon-Eidos.png Still on Maps Thread at the Eidos Forums (by Shrykull)
  4. Icon-Prima.png "Find the Bishop of Meridian at the Cathedral." - "The Bishop knows of a secret passage to the Sarafan Keep where Umah is being held. Time is of the essence, as she is scheduled to be executed." Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Blood Omen 2(2002).Page 32.ISBN 0-7615-3774-0
  5. Wiki-Icon-BO2.png Kain: "Yes, you will. Tell me where to find the Bishop."//Butler: "I can't – I mean, I don't know –"//Kain: "Shall I ease your mind and tell you I am sent by Vorador for the vampire resistance? Or shall I simply tear out your throat and continue my search? I leave the decision to you."//Butler: "The Cathedral – he fled there. He thought he would be safe."Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Icon-Prima.png "When the battle ends, feast on the Knight's blood and feel free to take his axe. The Bishop's butler then appears and tells Kain that his master has fled to the Cathedral. He shows you the tunnel that leads back outside right in front of a checkpoint." Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Blood Omen 2(2002).Page 37.ISBN 0-7615-3774-0 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Prima-BishopFlees" defined multiple times with different content
  7. Wiki-Icon-BO2.png Kain battles his way through the Cathedral and reaches the Private Quarters. The room is darkly lit except for a throne that is surrounded by burning candles. A man in priest's robes stands at attention, staring forward. Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  8. Wiki-Icon-BO2.png Marcus: "You are too late, Kain. He is entirely in my power."//Kain: "Release him, and I may spare your life"//Marcus: "I hold the cards now, Kain. Surrender yourself to me, or I will kill him"//Kain: "What do I care for the life of some mortal? But the thought of killing you at last entices me. Tell me, Marcus. Do you truly believe you can stop me?"//Marcus: "Stay back! You cannot win. The Bishop will tell you nothing while he remains under my power. And you will never catch me!"Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  9. Wiki-Icon-BO2.png Kain has chased Marcus through the city and back to the Cathedral roof. They have both fallen through the roof. Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
  10. Icon-Prima.pngObjective 2: Defeat Marcus to free the Bishop from his mind control. "The Bishop isn't going to be able to tell you anything in his current state of mind. Unless you defeat Marcus, the old man will remain forever silent." Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Blood Omen 2 (2002). Page 38-39. ISBN 0-7615-3774-0
  11. Icon-Prima.pngBoss Strategies: Marcus Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Blood Omen 2 (2002). Page 4. ISBN 0-7615-3774-0
  12. Wiki-Icon-BO2.png Thug 1: "So this fella taps me on the shoulder."//Thug 2: "Right there, in the Red Raven?"//Thug 1: "That’s right. But I could tell he didn’t belong there. Nice hands, he had, and that look in his eye like he reads too much."//Thug 2: "Oh, a swell, was he?"//Thug 1: "That’s right. And he tells me, he’ll give me a tenner if I follow his wife for an evening, and kill the man she meets. Heh, and guess who it was?"//Thug 2: "Who?"//Thug 1: "A priest at the cathedral. She was going there every night to pray for her son who’s run off somewhere."//Thug 2: "Whoa, what did you do?"//Thug 1: "What ya think? What I’d been paid to do. I’m not one to spit at a tenner."//Thug 2: "Is it time yet?"//Thug 1: "No, wait till that light up there goes out. The gentry never think. They invite you to their house and, what, do they think you just go away after that?"//Thug 2: "And there’s lots of silver, you say? And the woman has jewels?"//Thug 1: "Hidden in the same place. Can you believe it?!"//Thug 1: "Well, we’ll just have to teach them a lesson about that. They should thank us for it." Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.