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    Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 
    Flashback Guide by evlsandman
    Current Version: 3
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    Contents
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    I. Introduction
     
    II. Purpose of the Guide
    
    III. Comparisons between the games
    
    IV. Flashback References
    
    V. How events played out in the previous two games
    
    VI. My thoughts on Voradorís appearance in Blood Omen
    2
    
    VII. Legacy of Kain: Defiance
    
    VIII. Copyright
    
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    Revisions to the guide
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    2/4/03- At long last I got around to revising this
    guide. I long since finished Blood Omen 2 and was
    looking to add some items from that game. So along
    with adding flashback references to Blood Omen 2. I
    added a play through of Blood Omen 2. I also added
    extra gaming sites hosting this guide to the list.
    
    4/8/02- I added comments on Blood Omen 2 in the
    Comparisons between games section. Also added is a
    commentary on Voradorís appearance in Blood Omen 2.
    Aside from this corrected some comments in other
    sections. And added gaming sites that feature my
    flashback guide in their Legacy of Kain sections.
    
    7/16/03- Added another gaming site. Included section
    discussing Legacy of Kain: Defiance. Added credit from
    flash point concerning the Hylden. 
    
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    I. Introduction
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    This is the first time I am doing this so please donít
    be too harsh when criticizing it. Soul Reaver 2 was
    for many that have played Soul Reaver a long awaited
    game. Like many, I was a little ticked with the ĎTo Be
    Continuedí thrown at me at the end of the game. Even
    though they take up where we left off at the beginning
    of SR 2. They cut out parts of the speech when Raziel
    chased Kain into the Oracleís Cave. I enjoyed the game
    despite the few technical glitches. And while playing
    through this game I felt the need to do a guide that
    explained how the makers bridged the story lines of
    Blood Omen, and Soul Reaver to bring some type of
    conclusion to the series. And possibly start a new
    story line. Those who played to the end of SR 2 know
    what Iím talking about. 
    
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    II. Purpose of the Guide
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    Just like someone made a flashback guide for Chrono
    Cross and Chrono Trigger. I thought I would attempt to
    pull the same stunt. So that those who never played
    Blood Omen, and or Soul Reaver can still follow the
    story line that is established in SR 2. This guide is
    only useful to people who are currently playing
    through the story line established in Soul Reaver 2.
    Also those who are familiar with the Legacy of Kain
    Series. I will not be making a complete chronological
    history. The timeline set up in SR 2 does a good
    enough job with it. This is not a guide with a walk
    through or boss strategies. I will be making
    comparisons with the games and discussing what happens
    during the play through. 
    
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    III. Comparisons between the games
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    As is common knowledge Blood Omen is where the Legacy
    of Kain series started. And is continued in the Soul
    Reaver series. Blood Omen 2 is a side story continuing
    Kainís story line before the events in Soul Reaver. I
    havenít played it yet. If Blood Omen 2 brings any
    events to light that werenít already established I
    will either update this FAQ or do a new one in the
    Blood Omen 2 section.
    
    Blood Omen
    
    The graphics are dated and the loading times take some
    patience. But still a good game. The cut scenes were
    like mini movies. They are like the Full Motion
    Videoís in Role Playing Games. The voice acting was
    decent, but only when dealing with the story line.
    Casual conversations were very limited. After that
    game the only conversations that happened in the
    series were in cut scenes. There was no battle system
    like the oneís tweaked around with in the Soul Reaver
    series. You couldnít dodge or defend yourself so the
    Repel spell was probably used a lot by gamers. 
    
    Soul Reaver
    
    The graphics were improved a great deal and this was
    the first 3D game in the series. Blood Omen was a 2D
    game that looked like the old Metal Gear games on
    Classic NES. The sound went well with the mood of the
    game. The voice acting was more dramatic which grabbed
    you to a degree in the game. The puzzles were more
    challenging than the switches used in Blood Omen. The
    battle system kept random encounters interesting.
    There were a few weaknesses in the game however. Even
    though the game continued the story line established
    in Blood Omen. They didnít answer any open questions
    about what happened at the end of the game. The story
    was very fragmented and safe to say alienated fans of
    Blood Omen looking for answers to the previous game.
    Also the game had a battle system. But there was very
    little reason to use it after awhile. You can fight
    characters without being too creative. For example I
    didnít need to dodge much in a fight. I wailed away at
    the guy and usually killed him. 
    
    Soul Reaver 2
    
    The graphics were just a more detailed version of the
    original Soul Reaver that was on Playstation. I think
    because some people waited for the Dreamcast version
    of the original SR, the company decided to move the
    series to Playstation 2. Anyway sound was as decent as
    the original SR. The voice acting was as good as the
    original SR. But this time around Raziel showed more
    depth of character. Before his actions were
    predictable. But in SR 2 you see him trying decide
    where he is going more. In SR 1 it was Raziel being
    told by the Elder God where to go and who to hunt
    down. And if you missed something in the cut scenes of
    SR 2 you were able to review the events just like in
    Blood Omen. But it was a scripted form of the cut
    scene.  
    
    Blood Omen 2
    
    Yeah this should timeline wise be ahead of Soul
    Reaver. But it came out after Soul Reaver 2. I only
    played the PS2 version because I donít have an Xbox.
    Graphic wise itís the same as Soul Reaver 2. And
    apparently the same technical problems follow in this
    game too. Despite the numerous freeze ups it was a
    decent game. It followed the journey of Kain. His
    quest to conquer Nosgoth is halted by a new army of
    Sarafan. Like Soul Reaver 2 the battle system was
    tweaked. My main disappointment with the battle system
    was that Iím a bad guy. I should have had some nastier
    moves. My enemies ducked me too easily and I was only
    able to kick when they were down after they were near
    dying. Otherwise it was a decent game in the series.
    The only other problems besides the freeze ups and the
    battle system would be Voradorís appearance and worse
    Janos Audronís. And given this was a side story some
    people may be angered at how Ďshortí the game is. At
    best you probably will clock in around 20 hours.
    Lastly in both sequels SR 2 and BO 2 there is little
    reason to replay the game. In BO and SR you had bonus
    areas to find. Here there is nothing you might want to
    replay to look for. Itís too straight forward for both
    games. 
    
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    IV. Flashback
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    Prologue: Flash Point- Soul Reaver
    
    Of course this had to be the starting point. This was
    what we were hit with at the end of Soul Reaver before
    the big ĎTo be continuedí. The conversation was longer
    in the original game before Raziel and Kain fought.
    But this was a condensed version where they focused on
    mostly what Soul Reaver 2 was going to deal with. The
    plot and events of SR 1 was discussed between Kain and
    Raziel at the end of the Soul Reaver game too.
    
    Kain and Moebius: Flash Point- Blood Omen
    
    In what will probably be the most repeated part of
    this guide. Kain after losing the fight with Malek is
    told by Ariel to seek out the Oracle. The Oracle turns
    out to be none other than Moebius the Time Streamer.
    Raziel mentions Kainís encounter with Moebius at the
    end of Soul Reaver. Kain who was already on his quest
    to hunt down the remaining circle sought answers to
    how to defeat Malek. Which was to seek the vampire
    Voradorís help. Moebius before giving Kain answers to
    how to defeat Malek. Goes on to mention the legions of
    the Nemesis and that King Ottmar and his army were the
    only ones who could defeat them. But needed to help
    the Kingís daughter. Itís because of this meeting that
    Kain after seeing who Moebius was feels his entire
    journey was manipulated. In what is listed as one of
    the secrets in the game (see Secrets Guide for Blood
    Omen at GameFAQís), you find there was a meeting with
    Moebius and William the Just that Kain stumbles upon
    inside the castle. After returning to his own time.
    Kain witnesses Voradorís execution and has to fight
    off a mob sent by Moebius. Kain then recognizes
    Moebius as the Oracle that laid out the quest for him.
    After fighting off the mob, Kain with Moebius at his
    mercy gets the guy to admit to manipulating time and
    turning William the Just into the Nemesis. Moebius as
    usual has some clever comments to say. And after
    allowing him to say a few words Kain beheads him (I
    played back that cut scene several times).
    
    Dark Chronicle: Flash Point- Blood Omen
    
    One of the favorite features Iím glad to see back is
    the Dark Chronicle. It is similar to Dark Diary in
    Blood Omen. The only difference here is that in Dark
    Chronicle you see the script of the cut scene. In Dark
    Diary you see the entire video clip.
    
    Sarafan: Flash Point- Blood Omen and Soul Reaver
    
    This was a minor part of both games. Thankfully we get
    to finally see who these people really were in Soul
    Reaver 2. In Blood Omen we find them killing Vampires.
    When Kain meets Moebius. The manipulative bum mentions
    Malek being the last of the Sarafan. And lastly in
    Blood Omen when Kain meets Vorador, Vorador talks
    about fighting Malek. In Soul Reaver we find that
    Raziel was a Sarafan. And in the final part of the
    game Kain makes a statement about them. That is
    detailed in the prologue.
    
    Heart of Darkness: Flash Point- Blood Omen
    
    This was one of the first objects you encountered in
    Blood Omen. This is how you refilled Kainís blood and
    revived him. In Soul Reaver you had no problems with
    death because Raziel canít die. If you knew the Blood
    Refill code for Blood Omen you hardly used the Heart
    of Darkness unless it was to revive Kain. Just as
    explain in Soul Reaver 2 the story is pretty much the
    same here just probably a more detailed description of
    Janos Audron.
    
    Save Points: Flash Point- Blood Omen
    
    Unlike in Soul Reaver where you could save at any
    time. In Blood Omen you had to find a save point. And
    the design is pretty much the same in Blood Omen and
    Soul Reaver 2. But in Blood Omen the color was red.
    
    The Pillars of Nosgoth: Flash Point- Blood Omen
    
    The story is explained about the origin of Pillars.
    But in Blood Omen you got to get familiar with the
    pillars. There were nine. With the Balance pillar at
    the center. The other pillars were: Mind, Energy,
    Nature, Conflict, Dimension, Time, States, and Death.
    
    The pillars corruption: Flash Point- Blood Omen
    
    In the opening scene of Blood Omen we see Ariel
    murdered. Shortly afterwards the Pillars are decaying.
    As Kain visits the Pillars for the first time he finds
    Ariel haunting them. He wants to be cured of his
    vampire Ďcurseí and it is here where Kainís quest to
    exterminate the remaining Circle of Nine begins. When
    Raziel meets up with Kain at Soul Reaver 2 the Pillars
    are still healthy. Kain explains how the pillars were
    corrupted and how he was supposed to be the Balance
    Guardian. 
    
    Elder God: Flash Point- Soul Reaver
    
    Whether or not you played Soul Reaver you donít miss
    much about the Elder God. He is in the trailer for SR
    1 in the Bonus Materials section of the SR 2 game.
    Anyway the Elder God chooses Raziel to go hunt down
    Kain. And at times gives insight to what is going on
    in the game or where to go next. Usually it was who
    had to be hunted down next. What I wished wasnít left
    out in the prologue to SR 2 was the Elderís warning.
    Before Raziel chases Kain through the portal he
    pauses, because the Elder God warns Raziel he will be
    beyond the Elderís reach. But they cover that well
    when Raziel meets up with the Elder God in SR 2 and
    states he thought he was rid of the Elder.
    
    The images in the Reaver shrines: Flash Point- Blood
    Omen 2
    
    This didnít make sense until a replay of both SR 2 and
    BO 2. Raziel comes across images of winged beings. An
    ancient race of vampires in a major battle. This is
    the battle between vampires and the Hylden. During the
    final battle between Kain and the Sarafan Lord(which
    we find are the Hylden in disguise) in BO 2, Janos
    Audron appears. And Janos and the Sarafan Lord speak
    about the battle between the winged vampires and the
    Hylden. 
    
    Vorador: Flash Point- Blood Omen
    
    Vorador when you first meet him is murdering members
    of the Circle of Nine. The members appear powerless
    because they are unable to use magic. After six are
    killed Vorador defeats Malek in battle and leaves.
    Advised by the Oracle (Moebius) Kain seeks Voradorís
    help in defeating Malek who is a stumbling block for
    his quest. Vorador advises Kain not to meddle in human
    affairs but Kain of course doesnít listen. Vorador
    then gives Kain a ring that will summon him to help
    out in battles. RPG fans may consider this to be the
    closest to a summon spell/ element in the game.
    Unfortunately Vorador is beheaded when Kain changed
    history by a bloodthirsty mob. Despite being the last
    person you wanted to pick a fight with he is easy
    going when he isnít looking for a fight. That is why
    when he meets Raziel he is relaxed at first then gets
    serious afterwards.
    
    King Ottmar: Flash Point- Blood Omen
    
    In what could be called a side quest. Kain needed King
    Ottmarís army to fight the legions of the Nemesis. But
    Kain had to find a mysterious doll that left the
    princess lifeless. The King wouldnít do anything until
    his daughter was restored. After Kain killed the Doll
    maker and got the doll that paralyzed the princess.
    Kain was able to get the Kingís help in battle. The
    army was unfortunately defeated and Kain was left
    alone to fight the legions of the Nemesis.
    
    Kain vs. William the Just Ďa.k.a. the Nemesisí: Flash
    Point- Blood Omen
    
    To escape the legions of the Nemesis Kain using the
    time streaming device went back in time. He realized
    he could possibly change history by killing William
    before the King becomes the Nemesis. As he makes his
    way through the castle he over hears a conversation
    between Moebius and William. The battle was exactly as
    Kain describes in SR 2. At that time Kain already
    found the Reaver and interesting enough William had
    one. But given there wasnít a battle system when Blood
    Omen came out. Itís a safe bet most of the gamers used
    the Repel spell and Flame Sword. And of course Kain
    realized after he got back he was manipulated. He saw
    the Oracle and now recognized him as the Moebius the
    Time Streamer.
    
    Moebiusí statue: Flash Point- Blood Omen
    
    This is somewhat off. The statue of Moebius holding
    the severed head of Vorador is sort of true. He
    directed the executioner to use the guillotine on
    Vorador. But it was the executioner who triumphantly
    raised Voradorís head exclaiming that the vampire
    menace was over. Then Moebius would fire up the crowd
    and sick them on Kain. Kain discovering that Moebius
    was the Oracle follows this. And then after running
    through the traps killed Moebius.
    
    Arielís Lament: Flash Point- Blood Omen and Soul
    Reaver
    
    For those who played SR know Raziel and Ariel were
    allies. And in Blood Omen there was a similar
    relationship with Kain and Ariel. Already known was
    her murder and Kain supposed to be her successor. But
    the conversation between Raziel and Ariel was about
    the events of Blood Omen. When Kain meet Ariel she was
    talking about how her lover Nupraptor went mad. And
    that was the first member Kain went after. After
    defeating eight of the members. Kain was then given
    the monumental decision. As we all know he chose to
    rule the world as lord of the vampires. For the record
    the members were defeated in this order:
    Nupraptor(Pillar of the Mind), Dejoule(Pillar of
    Energy), Bane( Pillar of Nature), Malek (Pillar of
    Conflict), Azimuth (Pillar of Dimension), Moebius
    (Pillar of Time), Anacrothe (Pillar of States),
    Mortanius (Pillar of Death).
    
    Ustenheim: Flash Point- Blood Omen
    
    This was a town Kain journeyed through in Blood Omen.
    There wasnít much purpose for it in the game except
    for exploring and getting items. Kain explains that
    Janos Audron haunted the place until he was hunted
    down. The details are explained the same way by Raziel
    in SR 2. But Raziel is looking to find out the truth
    so he wonders if Janos was really as evil as claimed
    by history.
    
    Demons in the future: Flash Point- Blood Omen 2
    
    Ok what am I talking about? These creatures the
    mysterious Ďtheyí you keep hearing about are possibly
    the evolved Hylden. Kain meets up with them for the
    first time in Blood Omen 2 while battling a new form
    of Sarafan, which was the Hylden in disguise. The huge
    demons usually have some green or blue aura around
    them. The same is said for the creatures Kain fights
    in Blood Omen 2. This was brought to my attention from
    Kryptic Angel awhile back.
    
    KrypticAngel@aol.com sent:
    The last thing I wanted to share with you is about the
    demons in SR 2. I agree with your take on the horned
    ones. For the sake of thoroughness I thought I'd add
    my thoughts on how the other 3 types of demons relate
    to the whole since you didn't mention them. The way I
    see it the other 3 are a part of the Hyldan race we
    are introduced to in BO 2. My reason for thinking this
    stems from the green mist spewing from the gas demons.
    Resembles the green aura of the Sarafan lords head
    also the green energy barriers that show up when your
    jumped resembles the Glyph barriers used by the
    Hyldan/Sarafan through out BO 2.
    
    
    Janos Audron: Flash Point- Blood Omen
    
    Janos Audron like the Sarafan was only talked about in
    Blood Omen. We never see him in the game. Janos was
    used to explain the Heart of Darkness. This is his
    first and depending on the story lines that follow,
    only living appearance in the Soul Reaver series.
    
    Impaled vampires: Flash Point- Blood Omen
    
    In the final stages of SR 2 Raziel runs into vampires
    impaled and left hanging. This was the beginning of
    Blood Omen. The Sarafan killed many vampires this way
    and left them to die. The scene was more epic in
    appearance in Blood Omen. It was shown in a big field.
    Here in SR 2 the killed are scattered all over the
    place. This description is about the ones scene with a
    single stake driven through the back. Not the multiple
    ones seen done by Moebiusí army in the beginning of SR
    2.
    
    The horned demons that fight Raziel: Flash Point-
    possibly Blood Omen
    
    I say possibly, because the Dark Entity that possesses
    Mortanius and kills Ariel looks similar to the horned
    demons in SR 2. Kain fights the Entity last after
    defeating Mortanius. Interesting enough the horned
    demons that challenge Raziel more at the end of SR 2
    taunt him with his destiny too. And the Dark Entity
    does the same with Kain.
    
    People crying out for Malek: Flash Point- Blood Omen
    
    For those who played Blood Omen. You finally found out
    what took so long for Malek to help the Circle being
    attacked by Vorador. Moebius had Malek with him the
    whole time and didnít let the guy help the poor
    victims. As Vorador killed six of them Malek was seen
    running and arrived too late. In failing to protect
    the Circle he was sentenced to be fused into a magical
    suit of armor. And serve the circle as their
    protector. Vorador kills Malek in Blood Omen when Kain
    summons help.
    
    Raziel vs. the Sarafan/ Kainís lieutenants: Flash
    Point- Soul Reaver
    
    The narration here was self explanatory in the game.
    In order of appearance Raziel faced and defeated his
    Sarafan brothers/ Kainís Lieutenants. The lieuenants
    were: Melchiah, Zephon, Rahab, Dumah, and Turel. Turel
    never appeared in Soul Reaver. But in the tomb of
    Sarafan his name is listed. This was where Raziel
    found out he was a Sarafan. I guess the horned
    vampires that shot projectiles in SR 1 were Turelís
    descendants. 
    
    Hylden: Flash Point- Blood Omen 2
    
    The cliffhanger of Soul Reaver 2 is Kainís look of
    horror about a particular group called the Hylden. We
    get our first look at them in Blood Omen 2. These
    beings take over Nosgoth as the Sarafan. Kain
    eventually defeats them. But before the Sarafan Lord
    dies he states they will be back. And that Kain would
    not live long enough to stop them a second time. That
    part is apparently true since Kain is not around in
    Nosgothís terrible future. 
    
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    V. How the previous games played out prior to Soul
    Reaver 2
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    Blood Omen
    
    You see the Sarafan impaling the vampires and leaving
    them to hang in a huge field. Vorador attacks the
    Circle killing six of them. The members appear
    powerless as Vorador just creams them. All the while
    they are calling for Malek. Malek is seen running but
    he arrives to late and loses the fight to Vorador.
    Vorador doesnít kill Malek but leaves him. Mortanius
    punishes Malek by having Malekís soul fused to a suit
    of armor. And sentences him to an eternity of
    protecting the Circle. Ariel is murdered and shortly
    afterward the pillars become corrupted. 
    
    Kain is ordered to leave a bar and is refused another
    drink from the Bartender. Kain leaves and is ambushed
    by soldiers. After being subdued one of them impales
    Kain in the back. Hovering near death in the
    underworld Kain awakens still hungering for revenge.
    Mortanius removes the sword impaled in Kain and turns
    him into a vampire to exact revenge. After awakening
    in his tomb as a vampire Kain finds the soldiers that
    killed him and exacts his revenge. He believes his
    journey is ended but Mortanius directs him to seek out
    the pillars.
    
    Kain meets Ariel for the first time at the pillars and
    at first warns her to stay away from him.  She
    promises that he will be cured if he goes on a quest
    to restore balance to the pillars by hunting down the
    remaining members of the circle. The first her lover
    Nupraptor. Just before Kain faces off with Nupraptor,
    Malek stands in his way. But Nupraptor orders Malek
    away. After killing Nupraptor, Kain went after Malek.
    Kain is forced to retreat when Malek unleashes an
    impenetrable spell. Kain seeks Arielís advice on how
    to defeat Malek. Ariel directs him to the Oracle.
    
    Kain meets the Oracle not knowing that he is in fact
    Moebius. The Oracle talks about King Ottmar the only
    hope to defeat the legions of the Nemesis. But wonít
    do a thing until his daughter is restored to life.
    Kain impatiently demands to know who is Malek and how
    to defeat him. The Oracle would explain who Malek is
    and that to seek Voradorís help. After this the Oracle
    would disappear.
    
    Kain journeys through a treacherous land to find
    Vorador. Vorador is delighted to see another vampire
    but states that Kain is young and foolish. After
    telling Kain of his victory over the Circle of Nine
    and defeating Malek. Vorador advises Kain on staying
    out of human affairs. But if he needed help to use
    Voradorís ring. It will summon Vorador to help Kain in
    a fix. Kain takes Voradorís help but doesnít heed
    Voradorís warning. 
    
    Kain corners Bane and Dejoule only to have Malek block
    his path. Kain summons Voradorís help. Kain chased and
    fought Bane and Dejoule while Vorador dealt with
    Malek. With Malek out of the way the rest of the
    circle would be easy pickings. Azimuth was hunted down
    next. While in the cathedral searching for Azimuth,
    Kain finds the Soul Reaver. Kain journeyís to the
    court of King Ottmar with the disguise of a nobleman,
    and decides to help the King track down the Doll
    maker. 
    
    After hunting down the Doll maker and retrieving the
    doll Kain encounters the soldiers of the Nemesis. When
    Kain returns with the doll to the King. The King
    offers his kingdom to Kain. But Kain refuses and asks
    to lead an army against the Legions of the Nemesis.
    While in battle morale drops when the King is killed
    in battle. Finally Kain is left alone to fight the
    huge numbers of the Nemesis. Kain uses the Time
    Streaming device and goes back in time before the days
    of the Nemesis. After he realizes he is in the past he
    attempts to change history by killing William the
    Just. As he makes his way through the castle he over
    hears Moebius and William the Just speaking to each
    other. Moebius was already there seeking to talk to
    the King and as we find out the two have met(this
    meeting is listed in the 100 secrets guide of the
    Blood Omen section at GameFAQís).
    
    Kain meets William and the two fight. Interesting
    enough William has a reaver too. After Kain kills
    William he finds his way back to his own time. Kain
    realizes things have change and as he makes his way
    out of the castle. He over hears a bloodthirsty crowd
    from a distance. Kain arrives to see a crowd gathered
    for an execution at the guillotine. Kain notices the
    Oracle motioning for the executioner to kill a
    condemned Vorador. After the executioner announces
    Vorador is dead the Oracle fires up the crowded then
    motions for them to kill Kain. 
    
    Kain wipes out the mob then gets a closer look at the
    Oracle which turns out to be Moebius the Time
    Streamer. Kain begins wondering how much of his
    journey was manipulated by Moebius. After facing three
    traps set by Moebius, Kain gets Moebius to admit going
    back in time to turn William the Just into the
    Nemesis. Then beheads Moebius.  Kain returns to the
    pillars and overhears Anacrothe and Mortanius talking.
    Anacrothe questions Mortanius having Kain killed and
    turned into a vampire. The disagreement turns into a
    battle with Mortanius killing Anacrothe. Kain emerges
    from behind one of the pillars and challenges
    Mortanius. Mortanius warns that he may die but there
    is one more Kain would have to take for the journey to
    end.
    
    As Kain fights Mortanius he ponders who is next. After
    defeating Mortanius the Dark Entity emerges and
    challenges Kain to a fight. After some taunting Kain
    is fired up to take the guy down. After Kain defeats
    the Dark Entity, Ariel presents Kain with the decision
    as whether to save the world by sacrifice or rule it
    as lord of the vampires. Bad ending continues in Soul
    Reaver. The bad ending features Kain toasting his
    victory sitting on the Pillars as his throne. The
    Ďgoodí ending Kain sacrifices himself. And Ariel in
    some form of Eulogy announces Kainís sacrifice
    restored balance to the land.
    
    Blood Omen 2
    
    It is roughly 400 years after the events of Blood
    Omen. Kain is leading an army to conquer Nosgoth. All
    is going well and only one city remains the town of
    Meridian. But as the army moves to attack the Sarafan
    fight back. In the climax Kain faces the Sarafan Lord
    and loses. The battle concludes with Kain being
    stripped of the Soul Reaver and falling of a cliff to
    his apparent death. 
    
    It is now about two hundred years. Kain awakens in the
    town of Meridian with little memory. Umah greets him
    and begins bringing Kain up to speed on what has
    happened. After telling him who defeated him and that
    the Sarafan rule with an Iron fist. Kain is recruited
    by Umah to fight alongside the resistance group called
    the Cabal. Along with reluctantly agreeing to go after
    the Sarafan to get back his stolen Soul Reaver, he
    looks forward to facing the traitorous vampires. Kain
    knows he only retained two Dark Gifts and will be able
    to gain more in defeating other traitorous
    vampires(like Raziel did in Soul Reaver 1). He only
    has the Mist form and Fury.
    
    As Umah shows Kain around the city they are separated.
    Umah tells Kain to look for a way to the Cabalís
    headquarters. As Kain makes his way to the location.
    He is followed by someone who is apparently a vampire.
    
    He has to find a ĎSmugglers Tunnelí.
    
    Eventually he finds his way to the main location after
    numerous twists and turns and comes face to face with
    Faustus. Faustus was at one point one of Kainís allies
    but is now an enemy. After a meeting of the minds they
    fight and Kain receives the Jump ability. He proceeds
    to the Smugglerís Tunnel. While making his way to the
    Cabal he runs into Sebastian. But instead of fighting
    the two chase for the moment over the city rooftops.
    Then go their separate ways.
    
    Kain isnít far from his destination and the meeting of
    the leader of the Cabal. Finally he comes face to face
    with the leader of the Cabal. And itís none other than
    a former acquaintance from Blood Omen, Vorador! The
    two spend the moment getting reacquainted and Kain
    asks why Vorador didnít create another army like he
    did some time ago. Vorador explains it takes time and
    energy to do that and he doesnít have the energy to
    pull that off again. After a moment a solider comes in
    beat up and says that Umah was captured.
    
    Vorador tells Kain there is an ally that they can
    contact in the city that would know how to get to
    Umah. But no vampire can get around without being
    seen. But Kain using his disguise form(attained from
    Blood Omen) can get around easily. Kain while making
    his way through the city runs into Marcus. Like
    Faustus there is history between Kain and Marcus.
    After an exchange of words the two race against each
    other to reach the bishop. 
    
    Marcus using Charm manipulates people to attack and
    halt Kainís advance. Eventually Kain gets to the
    Cathedral and is too late because Marcus has control
    over the bishop. With this Kain chases after Marcus
    and after battling it out Kain gains the ability to
    control peopleís minds. After a conversation with the
    bishop Kain heads off towards the Sarafan Keep in an
    effort to free Umah.
    
    Kain makes his way through the Keep and finally finds
    Umah. She is trapped and will not give Kain any
    information until she is freed. After being freed Kain
    sees for the first time since their battle the Sarafan
    Lord. But Umah has the two teleported away from harm
    and meets up with Vorador. It is here that Kain finds
    out how the Sarafan Lord defeated him. Using the Nexus
    stone the Sarafan Lord was able to make Kainís ability
    to wield the Soul Reaver ineffective. In order to
    defeat the Sarafan Lord Kain would need to find this
    item.
    
    Kain makes his way to the Industrial Quarter in hopes
    of finding the Nexus Stone. He comes face to face
    eventually with Sebastian. Sebastian has history with
    Kain. He betrayed Kainís army and cost Kain the war
    with the Sarafan. Before killing Sebastian Kain finds
    out about the ties between the Nexus Stone and the
    portal. The portal leads to a device under Meridian.
    After battling it out Kain attains the Nexus Stone but
    doesnít escape the exploding complex unharmed. 
    
    Kain recovers at the Sanctuary. And discusses with
    Vorador what happened. But Vorador is not clear on the
    details. He however knows of someone who does. Kain is
    now sent to find the Seer. But he has to find a secret
    way out of the City. After meeting the Seer he learns
    more of the device. But the Sarafan Lord has followed
    Kain and attacks the house. Kain drinks the Seerís
    blood and gains the ability of Telekinesis. He is then
    teleported to the machine. Unfortunately he doesnít
    have the ability to destroy the device. The beast
    tells of one who can help Kain. Kain journeys to the
    Eternal Prison.
    
    There he finds the Ďbuilderí and learns more of the
    device. It requires pure blood and a channel to work.
    Kain realizes that there was a network in place. The
    Glyphís that surrounded the city of Meridian can be
    used to channel the energy to wipe everyone out. But
    if Kain used the Ďbuildersí blood it will be made
    ineffective. The Builder is of an ancient race and
    their blood is the only way to poison the machine
    making it ineffective. After obtaining that Kainís
    escape from the prison is blocked by Magnus. After
    fighting Kain finds this is Magnus his right hand man
    who fought well by his side. But Magnus thought he
    could actually defeat the Sarafan alone and lost,
    being sent to the Eternal Prison. Kain releases Magnus
    from his torment and gains the Immolation ability.
    
    Kain returns to the area he met the beast and descends
    into the Device to find the mass and destroy it. After
    destroying the mass he finds the beast transformed
    into none other than Janos Audron. Janos explains that
    he was not dead but imprisoned there. An even more
    extended history about vampires is stated here.
    Apparently they werenít originally the predators that
    now walk the land. And Janos was a part of the
    original battle between vampires and Hylden.
    
    In the battle the vampires were able to banish the
    Hylden from the world. But when Kain made his
    monumental decision at the end of Blood Omen. It
    caused a rift that was good enough for the Sarafan
    Lord to escape back into this dimension. But the gate
    that the Sarafan Lord came through can be destroyed
    sending the Hylden back away from this dimension. 
    
    After reuniting with Vorador and Umah they decide to
    find a way into the Hylden City. But the place is
    shielded and in order to launch an attack the shields
    have to be taken out. Kain decides to go and suddenly
    Umah jumps to go with him. This despite her sounding
    distrustful of Kainís doings early on. And being weak
    from imprisonment.
    
    But before Kain can go through the Wharves that lead
    into the Hylden City. Umah steals the Nexus Stone from
    Kain. She feels that Kainís rule would be no better
    than the Sarafan. And runs off. After venturing
    further into the area Kain finds Umah wounded from a
    battle with the knights. He knows she is near dying
    and takes the Nexus stone from her. Then states she
    should have never betrayed him and kills her. Then
    steals away on the boat that will take him to the
    Hylden City.
    
    Kain encounters the Sarafan Lord who tries to destroy
    Kain. But realizes it wonít be easy since Kain has the
    Nexus Stone. He leaves Kain. Kain finds and destroys
    the shielding device. Vorador and Janos teleport to
    Kainís locations. Vorador expecting to see Umah is
    shocked not to find her there. Kain questions Vorador
    why Umah betrayed him and if it was under Voradorís
    orders.
    
    Just then the Sarafan Lord appears and attacks Vorador
    and Janos. Vorador is seriously wounded and Janos
    attends to him. But not before teleporting Kain. Kain
    finally comes face to face with the Sarafan Lord. An
    argument starts where Kain brings up the vampire
    spies. And finds that Umah was not the Sarafan Lordís
    spies. After a brief struggle the Sarafan Lord
    declares the battle a stalemate. He canít defeat Kain
    while Kain has the Nexus Stone. But the portal remains
    open for the Hylden to come through. Kain decides to
    throw the stone into the portal which disrupts to
    portal. 
    
    The battle continues and Janos Audron appears. During
    the interruption the Sarafan Lord drops the Soul
    Reaver and Kain picks it up. This happens just as
    Janos is tossed into the abyss. Minus the Soul Reaver
    the Sarafan Lord says he will still finish Kain. But
    Kain defeats the Sarafan Lord. While laying near death
    the Sarafan Lord states that Kain  may have won but
    the Hylden will return again. Kain states he will
    destroy them again should they return. As he leaves he
    finishes the Sarafan Lord after he declares that Kain
    wouldnít live long enough to hold off their return.
    While walking away Kain ponders Umahís comments during
    her betrayal. What type of rule would it be under
    Kain? Kain declares she should have trusted him. Now
    as he rejoices in his victory he knows the war is far
    from over. He has to defeat the remaining Sarafan
    still lingering about. Then his rule will finally be
    established. And finally he will have conquered
    Nosgoth.
    
    Soul Reaver
    
    Kainís empire is established and thriving. His
    lieutenants appear before him. Raziel appears before
    Kain and as he kneels shows his latest gifts a new set
    of wings. Kain surprised to see this goes to Raziel
    and rips the new wings on Razielís back. Then orders
    Raziel thrown into the lake.
    
    Raziel falls in agony for a long time until he is
    delivered to the doorstep of the Elder God. The Elder
    God gives Raziel a chance at revenge on Kain. Raziel
    agrees to go forward and kill Kain. As he journeys out
    of the underworld into the material he sees much has
    changed since his Ďdeath sentenceí. The world is a
    wasteland. He sees the Sanctuary of the Clans in ruins
    but still unable to enter it.
    
    He journeys to his Clanís territory only to find it
    has been wiped out. As he continues to explore his
    territory Raziel enters Melchiahís territory. After a
    battle with Melchiah, Raziel receives the Pass through
    ability. With this ability Raziel is able to enter the
    Sanctuary of the Clans.
    
    Raziel enters the Sanctuary of the Clans and meets
    Kain armed with the Soul Reaver blade. Raziel angered
    by his Clanís demise argues with Kain about his
    actions. At the end of the fight Kain tries to hit
    Raziel with the Soul Reaver blade. But the Soul Reaver
    shatters over Razielís head and the wraith blade
    appears. Kain vanishes and through Razielís narrative
    you find out Kain is pleased by the appearance of the
    wraith blade. Shortly afterwards after Raziel touches
    the wraith blade it bonds to Razielís arm. Ariel
    appears before Raziel and after a conversation they
    become allies.
    
    Raziel armed with the Soul Reaver wraith blade is able
    to enter the Cathedral. After battling spider vampires
    and making his way to the top of the Cathedral. Raziel
    meets Zephon. After defeating Zephon, Raziel receives
    the Wall climbing ability. Now able to scale walls
    Raziel returns the Sanctuary of the Clans. Scaling the
    walls Raziel makes his way to the Tomb of Sarafan. The
    Elder warns Raziel that he is about to see some
    unsettling information. 
    
    Raziel enters the tomb reflecting on what the Serafan
    priests were in life. Then as he enters the tomb he
    sees his name among the members entombed. The names
    listed were Raziel, Melchiah, Zephon, Turel, Rahab,
    Dumah, and Malek. When making his way out Raziel
    encounters a Tomb Guardian. After the battle Raziel
    receives the projectile ability. Armed with this
    ability Raziel makes his way to Rahabís territory.
    After battling several water vampires. Raziel
    encounters Rahab. After exposing Rahab to sunlight
    Raziel receives the swimming ability. 
    
    Armed with this ability Raziel can reach the final
    areas in his pursuit of Kain. Raziel enters Dumahís
    territory and finds little resistance. Dumahís area
    was whipped out by vampire hunters. After finding
    Dumah near dead. Raziel removes the spears that were
    impaled into Dumah. Dumah shows his gratitude by
    challenging Raziel to a fight. Dumah appears
    invincible even if the glyph spells available. But
    after luring Dumah into the furnace room and setting
    him on fire Dumah is defeated. Raziel receives the
    constricting ability. This is only ability not used in
    Soul Reaver 2. Now with all the lieutenants defeated
    Raziel is now free to pursue Kain. 
    
    Kain is hidden in the Oracleís Cave. Raziel makes his
    way into the Cave and finds a number of items that has
    him reflecting on Moebius the Time Streamer. Before
    Raziel enters the room Kain was in. He comes across a
    number of time portals. Some show current events. Some
    show events yet to come. And some disturbing events
    that may also happen. As Raziel wonders what the
    images he sees mean. The Elder tells Raziel that these
    time windows are a glimpse into future events. 
    
    Finally Raziel confronts Kain. The whole story of
    events in the game is revealed. Plus a glimpse into
    what possible events would happen in Soul Reaver 2.
    Raziel as in Soul Reaver 2 confronts Kain about the
    Sarafan. Just as in the prologue the conversation is
    the same. But they donít fight until the end of the
    conversation. Not during the conversation like in Soul
    Reaver 2. During the fight Kain activates the time
    streaming device and escapes from Raziel. Just as
    Raziel is about to enter the portal the Elder warns
    Raziel. Raziel is told he will be beyond the reach of
    the Elder if he enters the portal. After Raziel
    entered the portal he is met by Moebius and the famous
    ĎTo Be Continuedí ending. The story continues in Soul
    Reaver 2.
    
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    VI. My thoughts on Voradorís appearance in Blood Omen
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    Given I made mention that Vorador dies before the end
    of Blood Omen. It was quite interesting to see Vorador
    alive in Blood Omen 2. This almost makes me out to be
    a liar. But trust me the dude is beheaded at the
    Guillotine in Blood Omen before Kain pursues Moebius.
    And I have noticed that to be a major topic on the
    message boards at GameFAQs. 
    
    One question that shouldnít need to be answered was :
    Why people werenít mad at Voradorís appearance in Soul
    Reaver 2? That is because Raziel meets Vorador years
    before his death at the hands of Moebius.
    
    I donít think Vorador was brought back for money. The
    Legacy of Kain series doesnít need help to sell games.
    Itís like Final Fantasy guaranteed to sell copies. I
    mention this because a number of replies talk about it
    being the companyís ploy to make money by having an
    unexplained dead character make an appearance in a
    sequel. But before a war starts let me say that is
    your opinion and many are good reasons. But here is my
    take on the controversial topic. 
    
    Now in Blood Omen Kain enters Voradorís Mansion
    seeking the old vampires help. Are you with me so far?
    Now when I think about the comments Kain says about
    Vorador it made me draw the following conclusions.
    When they first met Kain still detests being a
    vampire. And when he finds Vorador he remarks: Vorador
    was a vision of what he was becoming. Vorador who is
    sitting casually and drinking invites Kain to have a
    drink with him. Vorador welcomes Kain to come and
    indulge his gifts(as a vampire). Kain is surprised
    that Vorador calls the vampire Ďcurseí a Ďblessingí.
    And that Vampires are gods. In the Ďbadí ending Kain
    is found in full agreement with Vorador about being a
    vampire. 
    
    Okay so what? But look at the characters. In Blood
    Omen Kain was a Ďanti heroí. He becomes a full-blown
    villain at the end of the game. I made it a point to
    mention the encounters with Kain and Vorador before
    sharing my theory. Kain apparently saw Vorador as the
    image of what he was going to become as a vampire.
    
    Now when you see Vorador in Blood Omen 2. His reasons
    for being alive arenít explained. But that is easily
    dismissed as Kain using the Heart of Darkness to
    revive Vorador. But as far as my current play through
    Vorador serves as a guide for part of the game. And it
    appears that the two may have had an alliance to
    conquer Nosgoth. This is because Kain asks Vorador why
    he didnít create another army. Vorador says it takes a
    lot of energy to do that. Vorador doesnít have the
    energy to do it again. Has anyone forgotten Razielís
    explanation of how Kain created the lieutenants and
    that the last one(Melchiah) received the poorest of
    Kainís gifts. And Blood Omen 2 takes place before Kain
    creates his lieutenants.
    
    
    
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    VII. Legacy of Kain Defiance
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    I was asked what I thought about LoK: Defiance
    recently. This is a good idea. As long as they plan it
    right. In Soul Reaver 2 it would have been nice to see
    what Kain was up to all that time he wasnít talking to
    Raziel. They appear to be making the game continue
    right after the cliffhanger in SR 2. They can actually
    do exactly what was done in Devil May Cry 2 with the
    two playable characters. Honestly the action got dull
    halfway through both Legacy of Kain sequels. If they
    cut the length of the game right and keep the story
    fresh along the way. This will be a sure hit. Soul
    Reaver 2 was too short. And Blood Omen 2 was longer
    than it should have been in certain areas. The puzzles
    made the game longer than it should have been. Also
    interesting background music will be appreciated. I
    found myself turning off the sound at one point
    because it became tired.
    
    
    
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    VIII. Copyright
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    This GameFAQ is copyright 2002 evlsandman(Sandy
    Burrell). This FAQ is for personal use only. This
    guide can be used on other gaming websites that have
    Soul Reaver 2 sections along with the Legacy of Kain
    series. The gaming websites looking to use my GameFAQ
    may contact me at the current email address: 
    
    evlsandman@yahoo.com 
    
    This FAQ can not be altered from itís current form.
    The FAQ must also contain itís current text. I may do
    alterations to the FAQ later on that is why I say
    Ďcurrentí. I will also do updates where the gaming
    sites the FAQ can be found will be listed.
    
    This guide not only appears on GameFAQís. But can be
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