- "Thirty years hence, I am presented with a dilemma – let’s call it a two-sided coin.
If the coin falls one way, I sacrifice myself and thus restore the Pillars.
But as the last surviving vampire in Nosgoth, this would mean the annihilation of our species. Moebius made sure of that.
If the coin lands on the reverse, I refuse the sacrifice and thus doom the Pillars to an eternity of collapse.
Either way, the game is rigged."
The Sacrifice is a concept referring to Kain's obligation to die or take his own life in order to restore the Pillars of Nosgoth, and hence the world. As the last surviving Pillar Guardian and member of the Circle of Nine upon his defeat of the Dark Entity, Kain was presented with a dilemma; either sacrifice himself to restore the Pillar of Balance, or choose to live on but invoke the irrevocable Collapse of the Pillars. Kain chose to live, resulting in the Pillars' fall and the eventual creation of Kain's empire. Questions on the ethics and integrity of Kain's decision are frequently returned to throughout the course of the Legacy of Kain series.
- This article is about the recurring term. For the ability used by the Prophets in Nosgoth, see Sacrifice (Nosgoth).