Showdown With Kain

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Chapter 11
Showdown With Kain
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver chapters
Raziel and Kain prepare to battle.
Game Icon-SR1.png Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
Protagonist Raziel
Objective • Defeat Kain
Setpieces Playable:
• The Chronoplast
Cutscenes only:
• The Sarafan Stronghold
Eras • The Soul Reaver era
• The pre-Blood Omen era
Timeline • The second timeline
Objects • None
Abilities • None
Bosses • Kain
Preceded by Icon-SR1.png Oracle's Cave (chapter)
Followed by Wiki-Icon-SR2.png Prologue
"Destiny is a game, is it not? And now you await my latest move..."
―Kain — Listen (file info)[src]

Chapter 11: Showdown With Kain is the eleventh and final 'level', or chapter, of Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. It is preceded by Oracle's Cave (chapter), and chronicles Raziel's battle with Kain in Moebius's Chronoplast chamber. The chapter concludes the game, and is followed by a recapitulating introduction cinematic in Soul Reaver 2, which immediately leads into A Reaver in Time.


Exploring the Oracle's Cave, Raziel finds a large underground area with three switches and opens a large door leading to a long-winding hallway, following it downward. In several places, there are four winged beings depicted on the walls. Raziel also finds out that this path is littered with what appears to be Chronoplast portals, showing the past, present and possibly the future. The first image shows Raziel´s arrival in this horrible age of decay. The second one depicts the shattering of the Soul Reaver and Raziel cannot believe that all of this has been actually foretold. The third image shows him discovering the Sarafan Tomb, which indicates Kain knew all along he will discover the truth. The next image depicts Raziel striking down Ariel with the Soul Reaver, something Raziel cannot comprehend at the time and disregards it as Kain´s manipulations. The fifth image depicts Raziel facing Kain in Kain´s Mountain Sanctuary and Raziel feels that the imminent conflict is very nigh. The last image depicts Raziel standing on an edge high above, with an ominous red and black Soul Reaver. Raziel questions these apparitions and wonders if they oan actually depict any future events. After the last image Raziel finds the Chronoplast Warp Gate and activates it. Then he opens the doors with Moebius´ face and finds out that Kain was waiting on him this whole time.

Raziel enters a large room, decorated with strange mechanism on its walls on each of the three floors. The atmosphere of the room is eerie, the room being cold blue and purple and notices a copula with stars above his head.

Kain suddenly steps out of the shadow across the room and mocks Raziel, saying he took too long to get here and murder all of his brothers. Raziel counters this by saying if he had no trouble casting him into the Abyss. Kain reveals he was counting on Raziel´s righteous indignation and Raziel cannot believe that all of these events were actually staged by Kain. Kain explains that he spent a lot of time studying the flow of time and knows that their fates are predetermined. Raziel is still bothered by the revelation that he was a Sarafan priest and asks why did Kain plunder the Sarafan Tomb in order to recruit his Lieutenants. Kain responds with a laughter, saying who else could serve him better than his greatest enemy. Raziel, disconnected from his vampire heritage after being betrayed and seeing that vampires are abbominations, regards his resurrection as a vampire a disgrace to his once noble intentions as a human, to which Kain responds that the Sarafan were no different from vampires, striving only for world domination. Tired of all of Kain´s games, Raziel challenges Kain into the last fight.

Kain appears at first in the lowest part of the chamber and after Raziel successfully hits him with the Soul Reaver, Kain activates one of the clock mechanisms which in turn awaken the large planet mechanism on the roof and Kain retreats to higher floor. After Kain is hit third time, the planet mechanism is fully operational and a starry portal activates. Wounded and having no other chance of escape, Kain remarks that Raziel almost got him but that it does not end right here and steps through the portal. Raziel runs after Kain but is stopped by the Elder God, warning him that once he enters the portal, he will be beyond Elder´s influence. Reckless and fueled by rage towards Kain, Raziel jumps into the portal, blindly throwing himself into the currents of time. He finds out that Moebius greets him on the otherside, surprisingly still alive and addressing him as pawn and messiah.



Players (in order of appearance)

Showdown With Kain

The Oracle's Cave: the Chronoplast

In the depths of Moebius's time-streaming apparatus, Raziel discovers a series of portals displaying scenes of past and apparently future events. As he descends, passing these various scenes, he reflects on the images confronting him. The images in the portals imply that the events he's experienced – and those still to come – have all been predestined.
The first portal shows Raziel reviving in the Underworld, after being executed by Kain:

My arrival in this miserable age...
What trickery is this?

It is no illusion, Raziel, but a glimpse into the currents of Time itself.

A second portal displays Raziel's discovery of the Tomb of Sarafan, and his origins –

Impossible – this must be one of Kain's deceptions...

A third portal shows the Soul Reaver being shattered during the confrontation between Kain and Raziel (as Kain prepares to destroy Raziel with the blade) –

These apparitions torment me... has this all been foretold?

The next portal shows Raziel confronting Kain at some future time, in an unfamiliar setting –

My mind reels with conflict... does Kain await me moments from now, or in some century yet to come?

Another portal shows Raziel striking Ariel down with the Soul Reaver (an event which has not yet occurred) –

This cannot be! What madness does this scene portend? Kain must think me credulous, to suffer these lies...

A final portal shows Raziel armed with an enhanced Soul Reaver, its blade writhing with intertwined black and red energies –

Is this phantasm a conjuration of my mind, or an echo of future events?

After having worked his way down into the depths of Moebius's complex, he comes across the "heart" of Moebius's time-streaming device – the Chronoplast room. Kain reveals himself, stepping out from the shadows of the room.

At last.
I must say I'm disappointed in your progress. I imagined you would be here sooner.
Tell me – did it trouble you to murder your brothers?

Did it trouble you when you ordered me into the Abyss?

No – I had faith in you. In your ability to hate. In your self-righteous indignation.

Lies. You cannot have foreseen all of this.

Eternity is relentless, Raziel.
When I first stole into this chamber, centuries ago, I did not fathom the true power of knowledge.
To know the future, Raziel – to see its paths and streams tracing out into the infinite...
As a man, I could never have contained such forbidden truths.
But each of us is so much more than we once were.
Gazing out across the planes of possibility, do you not feel with all your soul how we have become like gods?
And as such, are we not indivisible? As long as a single one of us stands, we are legion...
That is why, when I must sacrifice my children to the void, I can do so with a clear heart...

Very poetic, Kain – but in the end, you offer no more than a convenient rationalization for your crimes.

These chambers offer insight for those patient enough to look – in your haste to find me, perhaps you have not gazed deeply enough.
Our futures are predestined –
Moebius foretold mine a millennium ago. We each play out the parts fate has written for us.
We are compelled ineluctably down pre-ordained paths.
Free will is an illusion.

Raziel responds by changing the subject –

I have been to the Tomb of Sarafan, Kain.
Your dirty secret is exposed.
How could you transform a Sarafan priest into a vampire?

How could I not?
One must keep his friends close, Raziel – and his enemies even closer.
Can you grasp the absurd beauty of the paradox? We are the same – Sarafan and vampire. With our holy wars... our obsession with Nosgoth's domination...
Who better to serve me than those whose passion transcends all notions of good and evil?

I will not applaud your clever blasphemy.
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!

You may have uncovered your past, but you know nothing of it. You think the Sarafan were noble, altruistic?
Don't be simple.
Their agenda was the same as ours.

You are lost in a maze of moral relativism, Kain.
These apparitions and portents... what game are you playing now?

Destiny is a game, is it not? And now you await my latest move...

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

Have you returned to embrace your destiny, Raziel?

After Raziel lands his third and final Soul Reaver attack, Kain throws the final switch, and materializes in front of the star portal on the upper floor of the Chronoplast. Visibly exhausted, he addresses Raziel –

You nearly had me, Raziel...
But this is not where – or how – it ends. Fate promises more twists before this drama unfolds completely.


As he finishes speaking, he turns and runs through the star portal. As Raziel prepares to follow Kain through the portal and into the void of the unknown, the Elder God's disembodied voice admonishes him:

Be warned, Raziel – once you cross this threshold, you are beyond my influence...

After Raziel steps through the portal, he comes to a mysterious room with an infinity sigil on the floor – Raziel steps into the pool of light in the middle of the room. A moment later, Moebius steps out of the darkness, addressing Raziel by name.

Redeemer and destroyer.
Pawn and messiah.
Welcome, time-spanned soul.
Welcome... to your destiny.

Where Time is but a Loop,
A Loose Stitch
in the Universal Cloth,
A Streamer might Seize
upon a Chance, a Fatal slip –
And plunge the Fate
of Planets into Chaos...




See also


Preceded by:
Icon-SR1.png Oracle's Cave (chapter)
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver chapters
Icon-SR1.png Chapter 11: Showdown With Kain
Followed by:
Wiki-Icon-SR2.png Prologue
The Legacy of Kain series