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Chapter 1: The Slums: Welcome to Meridian was the first level of Blood Omen 2 . It followed Kain from his reawakening in the opening video, through the Slums, until he gained entry to the Smuggler's Den in Chapter 2.

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Kain awakened from a dream of the Vampire-Sarafan war, discovering he had been revived by the vampire resistance, the Cabal (represented by Umah), in a building in the Slums. After a short conversation, Umah took Kain to regain his strength.

The majority of the level was taken up by Umah 's tutorial, which taught Kain about the Whisper, Basic Jumping, Floating, Feeding, Blood, Lore, Basic Combat and Kain's Fury and Mist Dark Gifts and also Kain would also encounter his first Ward gates, Glyph magic and Glyphwrights .

Kain would later be separated from Umah by a Ward Gate and Sarafan Glyph Guard, which forced Kain to seek out a Cabal Contact at the Grand Hotel to open the way to the Smuggler's Den and Chapter 2 . Kain would be followed into The Den by Faustus[BO2].

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<tabview> Legacy of Kain Wiki/None selected (transcript)|None selected Chapter 1: Welcome to Meridian/Cinematic 1 - Prologue|Cinematic 1 - Prologue Chapter 1: Welcome to Meridian/Training and Gameplay|Training and Gameplay Chapter 1: Welcome to Meridian/Cinematic 2 - Separated|Cinematic 2 - Separated Chapter 1: Welcome to Meridian/Cinematic 3 - The Grand Hotel|Cinematic 3 - The Grand Hotel Chapter 1: Welcome to Meridian/NPC Dialogue|NPC Dialogue </tabview>

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  • Throughout the Level, there are several areas (behind gates or on high platforms) that Kain cannot access; some appear to rely on later Dark Gifts, that Kain has not yet gained [BO2]- these are likely part of the removed Bonus mode from Blood Omen 2, that would have allowed Kain to re-explore levels with a full Dark Gift list as well as full Blood, full Lore and the incredibly powerful Iron Armor and Soul Reaver combination. (still accessible with cheats ).[1]
  • This level is the first to feature Kain's One Shoulder Costume, previously seen in promotional material and the opening videos[BO2] (which suggests he has been wearing it for at least 200 years since his defeat to the Sarafan Lord[2] - Early videos even depicted Kain walking away from the Collapse of the Pillars [at the conclusion of Blood Omen, 400 years previously] in the 'One Shoulder' Costume - which was eventually corrected and changed to the Iron Armor and Soul Reaver combination).[3]
  • Chapter One also features the first detailed glimpses of Meridian's written language - it is as yet unnamed and not universally translated, but appears to be made up of parts of English, French and some Eastern European languages (notably seen in Chapter 1 is the News-stand labelled 'Gospikon' )[BO2]

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Preceded by:
Wiki-Icon-SR2.png Epilogue
Blood Omen 2 chapters
Wiki-Icon-BO2.png Chapter 1: Welcome to Meridian
Followed by:
Wiki-Icon-BO2.png Creatures of the Night
The Legacy of Kain series