Necropolis (chapter)

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At the border of Raziel´s territory a downpour starts and Raziel finds two creatures feeding on a freshly killed human. After recognizing them as vampires, he glides down and kills them. Then goes through a metal gate engraved with Melchiah´s symbol and realizes when seeing more banners, that the Melchahim clan retreated to the Necropolis and has been using husks of long dead humans to increase their numbers. In the upper part of the cemetery, Raziel finds a mural depicting his brother Melchiah. He remarks upon the fact that Melchiah received his gift last and thus could not sustain his vampiric essence, with his flesh constantly rotting. This weakness was past onto his offspring as well, making them prey on humans not only for blood, but also their skin.

Going through the back gate of the cemetery, Raziel finds a lake and uses the collapsed pillars to get across to the other bank with a Burial House on its edge. Raziel traverses through the House and he meets a vampire wraith for the first time. Once he solves several puzzles, he emerges on the upper ledge of the lake area again, where he pushes down a block which enables him to reach previously high ledge. That leads him into a tunnel into the second part of the lake area. Raziel enters into a long tunnel which is towering over the lake and finds a large room with drills on the sides, a platform endowed with Melchiah´s symbol in the centre and an elevator in the back. By using the elevator, he descends to the lower part of the room and activates the drills, which in turn makes the platform lower. By burning the four supporting pillars, the platform ultimately falls down and reveals a hidden tunnel.

This tunnel descends deep underground and once at the end, Raziel emerges in a circular room with a cage in the middle. Immediately after stepping through, bars lower behind Raziel, trapping him in. He cautiously advances further in the dark room and hears a strange growl from its back. Alerted, he demands the creature uncover itself, which turns out to be none other than Melchiah himself. Resembling nothing what Raziel remembers him like as a Lieutenant, Melchiah became a monstrous creature with no legs and his body consistingly of quickly rotting bodies of his victims. Aware of his horrid transformation, Melchiah tells Raziel that he should have stayed where he was sent rather than coming back to this wretched world. However, Raziel seeks only the answer as to what happened to his clan and Melchiah replies that he is indeed the last one before attacking him.

The battle ensues and Raziel realizes that Melchiah can phases himself through gates so he is not safe anywhere in the room. Raziel cunningly uses the side chambers to lure Melchiah in and weaken him by crushing him with spikes. After he does this twice, it unlocks the masher switch and also weakens Melchiah. Once Melchiah phases through to the middle cage after this, he cannot phase again. Using this opportunity, Raziel activates the masher as which slowly descends, gives Raziel the last chance to ask for Kain´s whereabouts. Melchiah replies he is at a place he sees fit before being crushed under the masher. With his soul released, Raziel absorbs it into himself but is not pleased by the fratricide he just committed. The Elder corrects him and tells him that he gained a valuable gift. He can now will himself through gates in the spectral realm, just like his deceased brother. Armed with this ability, Raziel´s next goal is to infiltrate the Sanctuary of the Clans.

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The Necropolis[edit | 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.

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.

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 | edit source]

Show yourself, creature!

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


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

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

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?

Enough riddles – what are you saying?!

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

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

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:

Tell me, Melchiah – where can I find Kain?

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

Raziel pulls the switch:


(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.

You have done well, Raziel.

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

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 | edit source]

As Raziel exits the Necropolis:

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.

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Preceded by:
Icon-SR1.png Raziel's Clan Territory (chapter)
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver chapters
Icon-SR1.png Chapter 4: Necropolis
Followed by:
Icon-SR1.png Soul Reaver (chapter)
The Legacy of Kain series