Raising of the lieutenants
The raising of the lieutenants was an event first mentioned in Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. It marked the close of Nosgoth's post-Blood Omen era, and the advent of the Soul Reaver era. Five centuries after the collapse of the Pillars, the last vampire and Guardian of the Pillar of Balance – Kain – decided to recruit a cadre with which to conquer the human-dominated land.
Plundering the Tomb of the Sarafan, Kain found the corpses of the Sarafan warrior inquisitors, and resurrected them as his vampire sons. The six fledgling lieutenants, oblivious of their human pasts, assisted him in destroying the major human kingdoms, raising clans of their own. The end result was Kain's empire, which continued to dominate Nosgoth for many centuries.
- Category: Events (History)
- Introduced in: N/A
- Preceded by: The death of the Hylden Lord
- Followed by: The holy war
- Era: The post-Blood Omen era
- Duration: Approximately decades
- Factions: Kain's empire (the Council, the Dumahim, the Melchahim, the Rahabim, the Razielim, the Turelim, and the Zephonim)
- Individuals: Kain (emperor), Raziel, Turel, Dumah, Rahab, Zephon, and Melchiah (lieutenants)
- Locations: The Pillars of Nosgoth, the Tomb of the Sarafan
- Mentioned in:
The Twilight of Purgatory
- "I found the Tomb of Sarafan, Kain.
How could you profane a priest by turning him into a vampire?"
Five centuries after his original quest in the Blood Omen era, Kain – "appreciating the irony of his decision" to damn the world – "set his capital in the ruins of the Pillars of Nosgoth and began his conquest of the world", with the Pillar of Balance serving as the base of his throne.[SR2-C9] The land was still dominated by mortals, and Kain remained the last surviving vampire.[BO1-C11][SR2-C2][DEF-Comic] Thus, allies would be necessary to overthrow the "corrupt human world" and restore the "natural order".[DEF-Comic]
Kain previously considered himself incapable of creating new vampires.[BO2-C3] However, he discovered an unconventional means of siring offspring as his powers steadily accumulated. With this ability in tow, he decided to indulge in a well-calculated "blasphemous, private joke".[SR2-C9]
Galvanized by his "contempt for mankind", "Kain raided the ancient tomb of the Sarafan, a fanatical order of warrior-priests once sworn to eradicate the vampires plaguing Nosgoth".[SR1-Comic] Within, he found the corpses of six warrior inquisitors who led the brotherhood in Nosgoth's early history, all "well-entombed" and hence "spared the corruption of the grave".[SR2-C1][SR1-C6] By breathing a small portion of his soul into a corpse, he could draw that creature's original soul back into its body, revivifying it as a fledgling vampire.
"Dipping into the underworld, Kain snared six souls and thus birthed his lieutenants" – he resurrected the six inquisitors, Raziel, Turel, Dumah, Rahab, Zephon, and Melchiah, in respective succession, "going from crypt to crypt".[SR2-C9][SR1-C6][SR1-C1][SR1-C3] The martyrs arose, transformed but alive once more, as "his favored sons".[SR1-C6]
Obsession with Nosgoth's Domination
- "How could I not?
One must keep his friends close, Raziel – and his enemies even closer."
Those revived earlier proved to be stronger: Raziel enjoyed favor as the "first-born", whereas Melchiah "was made last, and therefore received the poorest portion of Kain's gift".[SR1-C1][SR1-C3] All six had been "too long dead to remember much of their human lives; they [were] ignorant of their Sarafan roots", and of Kain's premediated irony. The Tomb itself, and the evidence within, became "impenetrably sealed".[SR1-C6]
As Kain's young empire grew, each of the former inquisitors – now the vampire lieutenants of what would become known as the Council – proceeded to recruit legions of their own and "pillage" the land. By ""turning" the corpses of their human victims to do their bidding", they raised the Razielim, Turelim, Dumahim, Rahabim, Zephonim, and Melchahim clans, all answerable to Kain.[SR1]
United, the new vampire race engaged in war to subjugate Nosgoth's major human kingdoms and vampire hunters. It proved "inevitable" that the kingdoms fell, and, "within a hundred years, humanity had been thoroughly domesticated".[SR1-Comic] The vampire hunters subsisted: "there remained some feral humans scattered across the hinterlands, clinging to their hopeless holy war to rid Nosgoth of 'the vampire scourge'. They were tolerated. They made existence for the fledglings more challenging".[SR1] Kain's lieutenants continued to build the empire over the ensuing centuries, thoroughly unaware they had become "the very thing they so despised" as humans.
Following his execution and resurrection, Raziel eventually discovered the "dirty secret". Bent on revenge against Kain and the vampires, he slaughtered Melchiah and Zephon, then proceeded to the Tomb of the Sarafan, whose "mysteries lay exposed".
Their Hopeless Holy War
- "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!"
Later in his quest, Raziel traveled back in time to Nosgoth's early history, seeking the ancient vampire, Janos Audron. After Janos was killed by the Sarafan warrior inquisitors, Raziel – in a vengeful effort to recover Janos's Heart – pursued them to the Sarafan Stronghold, and killed all six with the Reaver during the simultaneous slaughter of the Circle, including his former self. He realized "how he himself slaughtered the Sarafan lieutenants, and was his own murderer, and how he thus became the catalyst not only of Kain's future empire, but of his own dark destiny".
- "My former brethren Dumah and Rahab confronted me next – this all seemed so elegantly choreographed.
Exhilarated by the Reaver, I was drunk with revelations...
I could finally appreciate the delicious irony of Kain's blasphemous, private joke – and I reveled as I colluded with him across the centuries.
For it was I who put these bastards in their tomb – thus providing the corpses for Kain to raise as his vampire sons a millennium from now."
- ―Raziel — Listen (file info)[src]
The raising of the lieutenants was first explored in the second timeline, and it endured into the third and fourth timelines. It is uncertain whether or not it occurred in the first timeline. Its events were not significantly altered, if even altered at all, by the second or third paradoxes.
The raising itself occurred "roughly" 500 years after the collapse of the Pillars. In the fourth timeline, this equated to a point "roughly a century" after the death of the Hylden Lord. The subsequent war between the vampires and the major human kingdoms lasted 100 years, and ended with the vampires' victory circa 600 years after the Pillars' collapse.
- Kain's empire:
- Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver comic (mentioned only)
- Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver (mentioned only)
- Soul Reaver 2 (mentioned only)
- Legacy of Kain: Defiance comic (mentioned only)
- Legacy of Kain: Defiance (mentioned only)
- Fourth timeline
- Kain's empire
- Major human kingdoms
- Second timeline
- Soul Reaver era
- Third timeline
- Vampire hunters
- Defiance: Background Story at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn).
- Soul Reaver: Background Story at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn).
- Soul Reaver 2: Background Story at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn).
- Soul Reaver 2: Historical Timeline at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn).
- Soul Reaver 2: Historical Timeline at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)
- GLoK Interviews with Amy Hennig at Nosgothic Realm (by Raziel Fan), post #5 (by RazielFan)
- Soul Reaver: Background Story at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)
- Soul Reaver 2: Background Story at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)
- About Kain's Empire at DCabDesign (by Cradlis), post #2 (by Daniel Cabuco)
- Warp's answers from Amy at the Square Enix Forums (by blincoln)
- The Vampires Of LOK at DCabDesign (by majinkura), post #18 (by Daniel Cabuco)
- Dumah at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)
- Rahab at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)
- Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver manual (US version). Crystal Dynamics. (Eidos Interactive). (August 16, 1999) Download.
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