Soul Reaver (chapter)

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With Melchiah´s gift, Raziel returns to the Sanctuary of the Clans. By phasing through the gate, Raziel gets inside the Sanctuary. He passes a former courtyard with double pools and stays in spectral to phase through all the gates on his way to the Pillars.

Once there, he shifts back to the material realm and opens door leading to the inner chamber. As he steps through, the door suddenly closes and Raziel hears a familiar voice. Kain, is waiting for him at the Pillars and is not surprised by Raziel´s ruined appearance. Raziel questions what happened to his clan, to which Kain exclaims it his right to undo what he brought to life. Furious, Raziel accuses Kain of genocide. However, Kain is not moved by this and instead explains the hard choices he was forced to make, which influenced the outcome of the whole world. Seeing how his empire failed, Kain capitulates and challenges Raziel for a fight. He equips the Soul Reaver, sword cursed to steal the souls of its enemies, and teleports across the room.

Raziel tries to keep up and manages to hit him with his claws three times. Angered, Kain disables Raziel with his bolt of energy and leaves him helpless in front of him. Knowing what would come next, Raziel shields his head from the upcoming impact of the blade. Kain flings the Reaver against Raziel and it shatters into pieces. Satisfied with the outcome as he would anticipate such outcome, Kain teleports away laughing. Too weak to maintain his physical form, Raziel involuntarily slips to the spectral realm. Surprised that he survived that the blade shattered, Raziel now finds the soul of the blade released from its corporeal prison and takes it. The Soul Reaver and reaver of souls bond together and the Soul Reaver now manifests from Raziel´s hand. The Elder tells Raziel the Soul Reaver will now sustain Raziel´s physical form indefinitely if he is at full health.

Curious at what is happening, the ghost of Ariel reveals itself. Raziel and Ariel forge an alliance based on their hatred towards Kain. Ariel offers Raziel her advice that he should visit the Silenced Cathedral to the East. Raziel then departs the Sanctuary and on his way out, the voice of the Elder God speaks to him, revealing that his brother Zephon is located in the East.

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Soul Reaver (chapter)[edit | edit source]

The Sanctuary of the Clans: the Pillars of Nosgoth[edit | edit source]

Raziel stumbles upon his first encounter with Kain inside the now dilapidated and abandoned Pillars; he does not know that Kain will be waiting for him there. As Raziel enters the room, Kain is leaning casually on his former throne, the Soul Reaver strapped to his back. He has clearly been waiting for Raziel...



The Abyss has been unkind.

Kain rises and begins to approach Raziel, casually but menacingly.

I am your creation, Kain – now, as before. You criticize your own work.
What have you done with my clan, degenerate? You have no right –

What I have made, I can also destroy, child.

Damn you, Kain! You are not God! This act of genocide is unconscionable!

Conscience...? You dare to speak to me of conscience? Only when you have felt the full gravity of choice should you dare to question my judgment!
Your life's span is a flicker compared to the mass of doubt and regret that I have borne since Mortanius first turned me from the light...
To know that the fate of the world hangs dependent on the advisedness of my every deed – can you even begin to conceive what action you would take, in my position?

I would choose integrity, Kain.


Look around you, Raziel – see what has become of our empire. Witness the end of an age. The clans, scattered to the corners of Nosgoth...
This place has outlasted its usefulness – as have you.

As Kain utters this last line, he draws the Soul Reaver from its scabbard; its energy leaps to life.

The Soul Reaver, Kain's ancient blade – older than any of us, and a thousand times more deadly.
The legends claimed that the blade was possessed, and thrived by devouring the souls of its victims.
For all our bravado, we knew what it meant when Kain drew the Soul Reaver in anger – it meant you were dead.

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

My wayward son returns...

The combat ends when the Soul Reaver is destroyed –


The blade is vanquished. So it unfolds... and we are a step closer to our destinies.


When Raziel drops back into spectral, he discovers that the Soul Reaver – now a wraith blade – is hovering there.

I swore I saw a glint of satisfaction in Kain's eye when the Soul Reaver was destroyed. I did not understand the game that Kain was playing. But I knew the finishing move.

Raziel reaches out and grasps the sword. The blade flares to life, its energy melding with Raziel's.

From this moment and ever afterward, you and this blade are inextricably bound. Soul Reaver and reaver of souls, your destinies are intertwined.
By destroying the sword, you have liberated it from its corporeal prison, and restored it to its true form – a wraith blade, its energy unbound. No longer a physical blade, it can only manifest itself in the material realm when your strength is fully restored. Once manifest, it will sustain you.

After Raziel grasps the sword, a spirit appears, drifting toward him from behind the Pillars.

What are you, little soul? Another of Kain's creatures, come to taunt this bound specter?

I did not intend to disturb your rest.

Rest...? A body is needed for sleep...
Flesh and bones are required to recline. No, child, all I may do is watch, and remember, ceaselessly conscious as this wretched world's history unfurls. Ghastly past, insufferable future, are they one and the same...? Am I always here?

How have you come to haunt these Pillars?

Kain refused the sacrifice. The Pillar of Balance, corrupted to its core, stands as a monument to his blind ambition.
Now these pillars serve only to bind me here – my prison and eternal home, thanks to the avarice of your master, Kain...

That bastard can claim no allegiance from me.

Then we share a common foe, Raziel. Return here when you have need. Ariel remembers what others have forgotten...

The Sanctuary of the Clans[edit | edit source]

As Raziel exits the Sanctuary of the Clans, the Elder God offers the following guidance:

Your brother Zephon's keep lies far to the east, beyond the ruins that greeted your first exit from the Underworld.
He and his brood have cocooned themselves in a derelict cathedral, having murdered its human guardians.

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Preceded by:
Icon-SR1.png Necropolis (chapter)
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver chapters
Icon-SR1.png Chapter 5: Soul Reaver
Followed by:
Icon-SR1.png The Silenced Cathedral (chapter)
The Legacy of Kain series