History Videogame / LegacyOfKain

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*HalfwayPlotSwitch: Overall, Blood Omen, Soul Reaver, and the first act of Soul Reaver 2 focus on Kain or Raziel's revenge against their wrongdoers. [[spoiler: After Raziel refuses to kill Kain, a new timeline is created then Soul Reaver 2, Blood Omen 2 and Defiance focus on the war against the Elder God and the invasion of the Hylden.]]
**In a specific game, Blood Omen 2, the first half Chapter 1-6 is set inside the City of Meridian and about Kain's revenge on vampires who betrayed him. The second half Chapter 7-11 is set in the outside world and the otherworldy, forsaken areas such as the Eternal Prison and the [[spoiler: Hylden City. The plot then focuses on stopping the Hylden General opening the portal to the demon realm.]]
20th Nov '16 6:45:26 PM Grobi
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-->'''Sarafan Raziel:''' You're a righteous fiend, aren't you?\\
'''Wraith Raziel:''' Apparently I am...
* AndIMustScream: Raziel's five hundred years of torment in the Abyss after his execution, his imprisonment between ''Soul Reaver 2'' and ''Defiance'', and [[spoiler:his ultimate fate when he allows himself to be trapped in the Soul Reaver]]. [[spoiler:The Elder God]] threatens Kain with this in ''Defiance'' by burying him in the Vampire Citadel.

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-->'''Sarafan Raziel:''' -->'''Sarafan!Raziel:''' You're a righteous fiend, aren't you?\\
'''Wraith Raziel:''' '''Wraith!Raziel:''' Apparently I am...
* AndIMustScream: AndIMustScream:
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Raziel's five hundred years of torment in the Abyss after his execution, his imprisonment between ''Soul Reaver 2'' and ''Defiance'', and [[spoiler:his ultimate fate when he allows himself to be trapped in the Soul Reaver]]. [[spoiler:The Elder God]] threatens Kain with this in ''Defiance'' by burying him in the Vampire Citadel.



** [[spoiler:Janos']] ultimate fate, as of ''Blood Omen 2''? Trapped in the Demon Realm. Before that, there was his possession, his imprisonment, and devolution into "the Beast".

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** [[spoiler:Janos']] [[spoiler:Janos Audron's]] ultimate fate, as of ''Blood Omen 2''? Trapped in the Demon Realm. Before that, there was his possession, his imprisonment, and devolution into "the Beast".



* BonusDungeon: The Lost City in the first ''Blood Omen''. Located where many players probably won't look, can only be entered during a full moon (which lasts for seven and a half minutes and occurs once every two hours or so of real time), full of traps and tough enemies, contains tons of loot, and is completely optional.
** Human Citadel in the ''Soul Reaver'' again in a place where you have no need to go. There's also 'the Lighthouse' and the ruins of Nupraptor's Retreat.
* BookEnds: Soul Reaver begins and ends with Raziel meeting Kain, with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJs5PF0Uz10 Ozar Midrashim]] playing in the background.
** Soul Reaver 2 begins and ends in the Sarafan Stronghold.

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* BonusDungeon: BonusDungeon:
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The Lost City in the first ''Blood Omen''. Located where many players probably won't look, can only be entered during a full moon (which lasts for seven and a half minutes and occurs once every two hours or so of real time), full of traps and tough enemies, contains tons of loot, and is completely optional.
** Human Citadel in the ''Soul Reaver'' Reaver'', again in a place where you have no need to go. There's also 'the Lighthouse' and the ruins of Nupraptor's Retreat.
* BookEnds: Soul Reaver BookEnds:
** ''Soul Reaver''
begins and ends with Raziel meeting Kain, with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJs5PF0Uz10 Ozar Midrashim]] playing in the background.
** Soul ''Soul Reaver 2 2'' begins and ends in the Sarafan Stronghold.



* BrokenPedestal: Raziel and [[spoiler:the Sarafan, who he initially believed were noble defenders of humanity before finding out they were brutal KnightTemplar butchers. And most of all, ''himself'' after Sarafan Raziel kills Janos Audron.]]

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* BrokenPedestal: Raziel and [[spoiler:the Sarafan, who he initially believed were noble defenders of humanity before finding out they were brutal KnightTemplar butchers. And most of all, ''himself'' after Sarafan Raziel Sarafan!Raziel kills Janos Audron.]]



*** It's glossed over early on that Nosgothic vampires are vulnerable to certain sound frequencies in ''Soul Reaver,'' where Raziel can gain a sound attack and the Silenced Cathedral was originally intended to play a deadly tune to kill vampires. [[spoiler:In ''Defiance'', Turel has grown so powerful that he's immune to Raziel's standard weapons, so he rings a series of giant gongs to hurt him.]]

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*** ** It's glossed over early on that Nosgothic vampires are vulnerable to certain sound frequencies in ''Soul Reaver,'' Reaver'', where Raziel can gain a sound attack and the Silenced Cathedral was originally intended to play a deadly tune to kill vampires. [[spoiler:In ''Defiance'', Turel has grown so powerful that he's immune to Raziel's standard weapons, so he rings a series of giant gongs to hurt him.]]



* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: IGN had a hilariously bad case of this whenever they wrote previews of ''Soul Reaver,'' referring to Raziel as Kain, the Soul Reaver as a LaserBlade, series producer Amy Hennig as Amy '''B'''ennig, etc.



** Interestingly, the games show a steady and subtle evolution in the world due to the pillar's corruption, which only grows with time. By the time of Blood Omen (30 years after the corruption) the world is world is dark and scary, but humans still live and thrive. By the time of Blood Omen 2 the world is a wasteland where the humans still live in somewhat civilized society, but are oppressed by the new Sarafan Order and the ecosystem is dying or is hellishly mutated. By the time of Soul Reaver however, the world is a post apocalyptic hell hole of a wasteland where recorded history has ended, humanity as been reduced to a single secluded citadel and vampiric civilizacion as been confined to scavenger feral vampires and the isolated vampire lieutenants. Soul Reaver 2 shows the variations of the time periods in detail.

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** Interestingly, the games show a steady and subtle evolution in the world due to the pillar's corruption, which only grows with time. By the time of Blood Omen (30 years after the corruption) the world is world is dark and scary, but humans still live and thrive. By the time of Blood Omen 2 the world is a wasteland where the humans still live in somewhat civilized society, but are oppressed by the new Sarafan Order and the ecosystem is dying or is hellishly mutated. By the time of Soul Reaver however, the world is a post apocalyptic hell hole of a wasteland where recorded history has ended, humanity as been reduced to a single secluded citadel and vampiric civilizacion civilization as been confined to scavenger feral vampires and the isolated vampire lieutenants. Soul Reaver 2 shows the variations of the time periods in detail.



* DecapitationPresentation: In ''Blood Omen'', this is done to the executed [[spoiler:Vorador]]. [[spoiler:Moebius]], who was in charge of it, takes this trope up a notch by leaving the head in the hand of a statue of himself in the same pose, which is seen in ''Soul Reaver 2'' about a hundred years later.

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* DecapitationPresentation: DecapitationPresentation:
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In ''Blood Omen'', this is done to the executed [[spoiler:Vorador]]. [[spoiler:Moebius]], who was in charge of it, takes this trope up a notch by leaving the head in the hand of a statue of himself in the same pose, which is seen in ''Soul Reaver 2'' about a hundred years later.



* ElementalPowers: Raziel gets these. In the first ''Soul Reaver'', he just had the Fire add-on. In the second, he gets Dark, Light, Air, and Fire Reavers through elemental forges, but his wraith-blade can only hold one charge at a time. In ''Defiance'', the array goes Dark, Light, Fire, Air, Water, Earth, and [[InfinityPlusOneElement Spirit]] and he can always switch between any of them at will while in the Material Realm.
** Kain's ''Defiance'' Reaver add-ons also have Fire and Lightning elements, in addition to the more esoteric Balance, [[FlashStep Dimension]], and [[TimeStandsStill Time]] modes. It was intended for Fire and Lightning to be called Conflict and Energy--Balance, Conflict, Energy, Dimension, and Time make up five of the nine [[CosmicKeystone Pillars of Nosgoth]].
** Conflict is a better definition, since its magic allows you to [[EnemyCivilWar turn the stricken enemies against each other]].

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* ElementalPowers: ElementalPowers:
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Raziel gets these. In the first ''Soul Reaver'', he just had the Fire add-on. In the second, he gets Dark, Light, Air, and Fire Reavers through elemental forges, but his wraith-blade can only hold one charge at a time. In ''Defiance'', the array goes Dark, Light, Fire, Air, Water, Earth, and [[InfinityPlusOneElement Spirit]] and he can always switch between any of them at will while in the Material Realm.
** Kain's ''Defiance'' Reaver add-ons also have Fire and Lightning elements, in addition to the more esoteric Balance, [[FlashStep Dimension]], and [[TimeStandsStill Time]] modes. It was intended for Fire and Lightning to be called Conflict and Energy--Balance, Energy -- Balance, Conflict, Energy, Dimension, and Time make up five of the nine [[CosmicKeystone Pillars of Nosgoth]].
** Conflict is a better definition, since its magic allows you to [[EnemyCivilWar turn the stricken enemies against each other]].
Nosgoth]].



** When Raziel meets his human self during a trip to the past, he's more put off by the revelation of [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble his own involvement in...his own past]] than scared. Human Raziel doesn't recognize his own future self, believing him to be just another vampire and is angry but not scared.

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** When Raziel meets his human self during a trip to the past, he's more put off by the revelation of [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble his own involvement in... his own past]] than scared. Human Raziel doesn't recognize his own future self, believing him to be just another vampire and is angry but not scared.



* GambitPileup: Raziel is the only guy who doesn't have [[GambitRoulette a needlessly complicated plan to screw over everyone else]]. Mostly because he's acting as an UnwittingPawn for every creature in existence.
** In Raziel's own words, "What game is this, where every player on the board claims the same pawn?"

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* GambitPileup: Raziel is the only guy who doesn't ''doesn't'' have [[GambitRoulette a needlessly complicated plan to screw over everyone else]]. Mostly because he's acting as an UnwittingPawn for every creature in existence.
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existence. In Raziel's own words, "What words:
-->"What
game is this, where every player on the board claims the same pawn?"



* GameBreakingBug: In ''Soul Reaver 2'', it's possible to get locked in the Dark Reaver Forge -- the exit door will just refuse to open, rendering the player unable to leave under normal means. It '''is''' possible to get oneself killed and resurrect at the checkpoint right outside the door (missing the cutscene that triggers when Raziel leaves the Forge as a result)... provided one avoided the checkpoint ''inside'' the Forge. If not, well, [[UnwinnableByMistake oops]].

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* GameBreakingBug: GameBreakingBug:
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In ''Soul Reaver 2'', it's possible to get locked in the Dark Reaver Forge -- the exit door will just refuse to open, rendering the player unable to leave under normal means. It '''is''' possible to get oneself killed and resurrect at the checkpoint right outside the door (missing the cutscene that triggers when Raziel leaves the Forge as a result)... provided one avoided the checkpoint ''inside'' the Forge. If not, well, [[UnwinnableByMistake oops]].



* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Happens in ''Defiance''. [[spoiler:In order to travel between locations, Kain transforms into a flight of bats and takes off. However, as numerous cutscenes from the ''Soul Reaver'' games and the last cutscene from ''Defiance'' would attest, he could have simply just teleported, but that wouldn't have [[RuleofCool looked as cool]]. Also, it's probably meant as a CallBack to the original ''Blood Omen'', where that was his main mode of long range transportation.]] It was suggested by WordOfGod around ''Soul Reaver's'' release that Kain doesn't actually teleport, he's capable of moving to the spectral realm for brief periods. Since time doesn't move there, this lets him move around the Spectral Realm to where he wants to go, then come back without time passing in the physical world, thus giving the appearance of teleportation. Considering that he doesn't ever go into the spectral realm in ''Defiance'', though, this explanation probably doesn't apply anymore.
** Kain did not actually have a hundred Hearts of Darkness regardless of the player being able to collect them as consumable items in ''Blood Omen.'' The consumable items are merely symbolic of the heart's power. This is actually WordOfGod, in response to the fandom half-jokingly asking the developers about it.

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* GameplayAndStorySegregation: GameplayAndStorySegregation:
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Happens in ''Defiance''. [[spoiler:In order to travel between locations, Kain transforms into a flight of bats and takes off. However, as numerous cutscenes from the ''Soul Reaver'' games and the last cutscene from ''Defiance'' would attest, he could have simply just teleported, but that wouldn't have [[RuleofCool looked as cool]]. Also, it's probably meant as a CallBack to the original ''Blood Omen'', where that was his main mode of long range transportation.]] It was suggested by WordOfGod around ''Soul Reaver's'' release that Kain doesn't actually teleport, he's capable of moving to the spectral realm for brief periods. Since time doesn't move there, this lets him move around the Spectral Realm to where he wants to go, then come back without time passing in the physical world, thus giving the appearance of teleportation. Considering that he doesn't ever go into the spectral realm in ''Defiance'', though, this explanation probably doesn't apply anymore.
** Kain did not actually have a hundred Hearts of Darkness regardless of the player being able to collect them as consumable items in ''Blood Omen.'' Omen''. The consumable items are merely symbolic of the heart's power. This is actually WordOfGod, in response to the fandom half-jokingly asking the developers about it.power.



* AGodAmI: In the canon ending for ''Blood Omen'',
-->'''Kain:''' [[spoiler:Once I embraced my powers, I realized Vorador was correct. We are gods -- dark gods -- and it is our duty to thin the herd.]]
** Plus his speech at the end of ''Soul Reaver'':

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* AGodAmI: AGodAmI:
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In the canon ending for ''Blood Omen'',
-->'''Kain:''' --->'''Kain:''' [[spoiler:Once I embraced my powers, I realized Vorador was correct. We are gods -- dark gods -- and it is our duty to thin the herd.]]
** Plus his Kain's speech at the end of ''Soul Reaver'':



** [[spoiler:Turel]] also declares himself to be a god, greater even than Kain, in ''Defiance,'' similar to Dumah in ''Soul Reaver.'' It's not hollow boasting; Raziel can't hurt either of them with the Soul Reaver, ostensibly the strongest weapon in the setting, and has to resort to exploiting the weaknesses of Nosgothic vampires on large scales.
*** Raziel can't hurt any of the clan leaders with the Soul Reaver. Kain will actually laugh if struck with it.

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** [[spoiler:Turel]] also declares himself to be a god, greater even than Kain, in ''Defiance,'' ''Defiance'', similar to Dumah in ''Soul Reaver.'' It's not hollow boasting; Raziel can't hurt either of them with the Soul Reaver, ostensibly the strongest weapon in the setting, and has to resort to exploiting the weaknesses of Nosgothic vampires on large scales.
*** Raziel can't hurt any of the clan leaders with the Soul Reaver. Kain will actually laugh if struck with it.
scales.



* {{Homage}}: Look at Zephon in ''Soul Reaver'' and tell us he isn't modeled after [[Film/{{Aliens}} the Queen.]]

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* {{Homage}}: {{Homage}}:
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Look at Zephon in ''Soul Reaver'' and tell us he isn't modeled after [[Film/{{Aliens}} the Queen.]]



* HumansAreBastards: Ariel and [[spoiler:Mortanius in between being possessed by the Hylden Lord]] are pretty much the only good humans in the series. The other important humans are [[TheChessmaster Moebius]], [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity The Circle of Nine]], and [[KnightTemplar The Sarafan]].

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* HumansAreBastards: HumansAreBastards:
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Ariel and [[spoiler:Mortanius in between in-between being possessed by the Hylden Lord]] are pretty much the only good humans in the series. The other important humans are [[TheChessmaster Moebius]], [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity The Circle of Nine]], and [[KnightTemplar The Sarafan]].



* IDieFree: When you subject him to his own people-grinder, Melchiah seems to be at least a little bit happy that he doesn't have to live in his festering corpse-pile of a body anymore. [[spoiler: Turel is similarly glad to no longer live as a deranged prisoner driven to self-aggrandizing insanity by a host of Hylden possessing him and incredible hunger, relying on the occasional blood offering to keep him alive.]]

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* IDieFree: IDieFree:
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When you subject him to his own people-grinder, Melchiah seems to be at least a little bit happy that he doesn't have to live in his festering corpse-pile of a body anymore. [[spoiler: Turel is similarly glad to no longer live as a deranged prisoner driven to self-aggrandizing insanity by a host of Hylden possessing him and incredible hunger, relying on the occasional blood offering to keep him alive.]]



* IronicEcho: "As your agent, I am beyond death."

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* IronicEcho: IronicEcho:
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"As your agent, I am beyond death."



* IWasQuiteALooker: Raziel was ''gorgeous'' as a vampire and not bad at all as a human. In ''[=SR2=]'', he references his wraith appearance as grotesque repeatedly.

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* IWasQuiteALooker: IWasQuiteALooker:
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Raziel was ''gorgeous'' as a vampire and not bad at all as a human. In ''[=SR2=]'', he references his wraith appearance as grotesque repeatedly.



* MsFanservice: This was [[TheScrappy Umah's]] purpose. Oddly, some concept art depicts her wearing a flowing robe rather than the close-fitting gear she sports in the final game.

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* MsFanservice: MsFanservice:
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This was [[TheScrappy Umah's]] Umah's purpose. Oddly, some concept art depicts her wearing a flowing robe rather than the close-fitting gear she sports in the final game.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: So the boy king William the Just grows up to be a tyrant called the Nemesis. Kain's solution: kill King William before he ever becomes the Nemesis. The downside? Moebius planned for it and makes William out to be a martyr now, and the resulting crusade is the reason why vampires are almost extinct.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: NiceJobBreakingItHero:
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So the boy king William the Just grows up to be a tyrant called the Nemesis. Kain's solution: kill King William before he ever becomes the Nemesis. The downside? Moebius planned for it and [[DontCreateAMartyr makes William out to be a martyr now, now]], and the resulting crusade is the reason why vampires are almost extinct.



*** "My god! [[spoiler: The Hylden!]] We walked right into their trap..."

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*** "My god! [[spoiler: The Hylden!]] We ** And, of course, Kain's OhCrap moment at the end of ''Soul Reaver 2''. "We walked right into their trap..."", indeed.



-->[[spoiler:'''Kain:''' The part of me that staff once affected is no longer in its place... but you already knew that, didn't you? [[DeadpanSnarker I always was considered heartless.]]]]
* NotSoDifferent: [[MagnificentBastard Kain]] has the following [[BreakingSpeech to say on the subject]]: "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, [[spoiler:who better to serve me than those whose passion transcends all notions of good and evil?]]" and shortly thereafter, he adds: "You think the [[KnightTemplar Sarafan]] were noble, altruistic? Don't be simple. Their agenda was [[TakeOverTheWorld the same as ours]]."

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-->[[spoiler:'''Kain:''' The part of me that staff once affected is no longer in its place... but you already knew that, didn't you? [[DeadpanSnarker I always was considered heartless.]]]]
* NotSoDifferent: NotSoDifferent:
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[[MagnificentBastard Kain]] has the following [[BreakingSpeech to say on the subject]]: "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, [[spoiler:who better to serve me than those whose passion transcends all notions of good and evil?]]" and shortly thereafter, he adds: "You think the [[KnightTemplar Sarafan]] were noble, altruistic? Don't be simple. Their agenda was [[TakeOverTheWorld the same as ours]]."



* OhCrap: The expression on Moebius' face when he realises that [[spoiler:Kain survived having his heart ripped out]] is ''priceless''.

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* OhCrap: OhCrap:
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The expression on Moebius' face when he realises that [[spoiler:Kain survived having his heart ripped out]] is ''priceless''.



* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Nosgoth vampires are, among other things, killed by ''water'' (related to certain frequently overlooked vampire myths), can be harmed by soundwaves, and, in regards to Kain's progeny, tend to devolve into mutant monstrosities over time. Some vampires demonstrate a level of immunity to sunlight, and the need to rest in coffins regularly is absent. Impalement with any instrument will kill them regardless of whether or not it's made of wood. Also, their origins are definitely not [[{{Precursors}} the usual...]]
** An internal example as well, as there are three different types of vampires within the series: The Ancients who were transformed into vampires by the curse of the Hylden (Janos); the humans turned into Vampires by the Ancients (Vorador), and Kain and the vampires he and his lieutenants sired. Each type demonstrates very different powers and mannerisms. Furthermore in ''Soul Reaver'', each vampire tribe has undergone divergent evolution over the centuries.

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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: OurVampiresAreDifferent:
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Nosgoth vampires are, among other things, killed by ''water'' (related to certain frequently overlooked vampire myths), can be harmed by soundwaves, and, in regards to Kain's progeny, tend to devolve into mutant monstrosities over time. Some vampires demonstrate a level of immunity to sunlight, and the need to rest in coffins regularly is absent. Impalement with any instrument will kill them regardless of whether or not it's made of wood. Also, their origins are definitely not [[{{Precursors}} the usual...]]
** An internal example as well, as there are three different types of vampires within the series: The Ancients who were transformed into vampires by the curse of the Hylden (Janos); (Janos), the humans turned into Vampires by the Ancients (Vorador), and Kain and the vampires he and his lieutenants sired. Each type demonstrates very different powers and mannerisms. Furthermore in ''Soul Reaver'', each vampire tribe has undergone divergent evolution over the centuries.



** [[FridgeLogic Since Blood Omen 2 is an alternate continuity, it could be that it ''is'' the capitol of the new world.]]



** ''Blood Omen'': indoor [=NPCs=] respawn as ghosts. Aside from being slower and weaker, their attacks only [[ManaBurn lower]] your ManaMeter, and their now-blue blood replenishes it. Outdoor [=NPCs=] respawn normally when you leave the map. That includes Kain's killers, and he may even repeat his monologue...
* {{Retcon}}: Technically, all the {{Foreshadowing}} and anything in ChekhovsArmory that comes from ''Blood Omen.'' When Crystal Dynamics ganked the series from Silicon Knights, they didn't take any of their ideas for a sequel and started ''Soul Reaver'' from scratch. However, they still managed to make it work. The one ContinuitySnarl in it all is the "future Kain" Moebius summons to attack Kain -- WordOfGod says it was just an illusion Moebius conjured to psych Kain out.

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** ''Blood Omen'': indoor Indoor [=NPCs=] respawn as ghosts. Aside from being slower and weaker, their attacks only [[ManaBurn lower]] your ManaMeter, and their now-blue blood replenishes it. Outdoor [=NPCs=] respawn normally when you leave the map. That includes Kain's killers, and he may even repeat his monologue...
* {{Retcon}}: {{Retcon}}:
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Technically, all the {{Foreshadowing}} and anything in ChekhovsArmory that comes from ''Blood Omen.'' When Crystal Dynamics ganked the series from Silicon Knights, they didn't take any of their ideas for a sequel and started ''Soul Reaver'' from scratch. However, they still managed to make it work. The one ContinuitySnarl in it all is the "future Kain" Moebius summons to attack Kain -- WordOfGod says it was just an illusion Moebius conjured to psych Kain out.



* TheReveal: ''Soul Reaver 2'''s ending [[spoiler:(Raziel ''is'' the Reaver)]], and an important plot point in ''Defiance'' [[spoiler:(the Heart of Darkness is ''inside Kain'')]]. Then again, [[spoiler:Kain was known to be in possession of the Heart in the first ''Blood Omen'']]

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* TheReveal: TheReveal:
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''Soul Reaver 2'''s ending [[spoiler:(Raziel ''is'' the Reaver)]], and an important plot point in ''Defiance'' [[spoiler:(the Heart of Darkness is ''inside Kain'')]]. Then again, [[spoiler:Kain was known to be in possession of the Heart in the first ''Blood Omen'']]



** And again in ''Soul Reaver 2'' during the sequence in which [[spoiler:Sarafan Raziel kills Janos]]

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** And again in ''Soul Reaver 2'' during the sequence in which [[spoiler:Sarafan Raziel [[spoiler:Sarafan!Raziel kills Janos]]



* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The first ''Blood Omen'' begins like this before moving onto the larger plot, and the entirety of ''Soul Reaver'' is driven by Raziel's quest for revenge against Kain.

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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: RoaringRampageOfRevenge:
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The first ''Blood Omen'' begins like this before moving onto the larger plot, and the entirety of ''Soul Reaver'' is driven by Raziel's quest for revenge against Kain.



* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: It zig-zags. A good general view is, however, the story gets more idealistic as it veers into Type 2 of the Trope above. You'll also notice Kain is incredibly cynical and fatalistic in the ''Blood Omen'' games and seems to be in ''Soul Reaver'', but he starts to show signs of fighting back when he gives his TakeAThirdOption speech at the beginning of ''Soul Reaver 2''. Raziel is always idealistic, but that doesn't make good things happen until ''Defiance''. A noticed trend is that Raziel acts for the right reasons and does the wrong thing, Kain acts for the wrong reason and does the right thing. [[spoiler: Ends up as EarnYourHappyEnding if you accept the ending of]]''[[spoiler:Defiance]]''[[spoiler:but not so much if you still think there's NoEnding]].

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: It zig-zags. A good general view is, however, the story gets more idealistic as it veers into Type 2 of the Trope above. You'll also notice Kain is incredibly cynical and fatalistic in the ''Blood Omen'' games and seems to be in ''Soul Reaver'', but he starts to show signs of fighting back when he gives his TakeAThirdOption speech at the beginning of ''Soul Reaver 2''. Raziel is always idealistic, but that doesn't make good things happen until ''Defiance''. A noticed trend is that Raziel acts for the right reasons and does the wrong thing, Kain acts for the wrong reason and does the right thing. [[spoiler: Ends up as EarnYourHappyEnding if you accept the ending of]]''[[spoiler:Defiance]]''[[spoiler:but of ''Defiance'' but not so much if you still think there's NoEnding]].



* SummonMagic: Used in-game by some enemies. In the story as well as the game, this and teleportation are the speciality of the guardian of dimension, the planer Azimuth, as well as some of her subordinates. Not content with summoning creatures from other worlds, she takes a time-streaming device from [[TimeMaster Moebius, the guardian of time]], in order to summon creatures from other eras, [[spoiler: such as Turel]] in ''Defiance''.
** ''Soul Reaver 2'' begins with Moebius re-routing Raziel from one time machine to another, and what he says ("'Where am I?' is the usual question,") suggests that he has summoned people many times. While fighting Kain in ''Blood Omen'' he "calls the puppets of the past, present and ages yet to come": a Sarafan, a contemporary vampire hunter and someone that looks like Kain, [[spoiler:but is [[WordOfGod confirmed]] to have been an illusion]].

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* SummonMagic: SummonMagic:
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Used in-game by some enemies. In the story as well as the game, this and teleportation are the speciality of the guardian of dimension, the planer Azimuth, as well as some of her subordinates. Not content with summoning creatures from other worlds, she takes a time-streaming device from [[TimeMaster Moebius, the guardian of time]], in order to summon creatures from other eras, [[spoiler: such as Turel]] in ''Defiance''.
** ''Soul Reaver 2'' begins with Moebius re-routing Raziel from one time machine to another, and what he says ("'Where am I?' is the usual question,") question.") suggests that he has summoned people many times. While fighting Kain in ''Blood Omen'' he "calls the puppets of the past, present and ages yet to come": a Sarafan, a contemporary vampire hunter and someone that looks like Kain, [[spoiler:but is [[WordOfGod confirmed]] confirmed to have been an illusion]].



* VampireBitesSuck: In most of the games, it's established that Kain needs warm blood (usually from a living body) to survive, restore his health and become stronger. But since embracing an enemy to drain their blood in combat is impractical, Kain ''telekinetically pulls the blood from a wounded enemy to his mouth at twenty paces''. He's even able to drain ''multiple enemies at once''; in ''Defiance,'' while ''airborne''. Comes complete with slurping sounds. In ''Blood Omen'' he had some variations on doing it manually, [[spoiler:notably a powerful spell that would drain and kill everything on the screen instantly, and a suit of armor "wrought with the blood of noblemen" that would drain blood automatically for him]]. When he does go for the usual bite-to-the-neck, he's brutal to the point you can hear bones grinding.

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* VampireBitesSuck: In most of the games, it's established that Kain needs warm blood (usually from a living body) to survive, restore his health and become stronger. But since embracing an enemy to drain their blood in combat is impractical, Kain ''telekinetically pulls the blood from a wounded enemy to his mouth at twenty paces''. He's even able to drain ''multiple enemies at once''; once'' in ''Defiance,'' while ''airborne''. Comes complete with slurping sounds. In ''Blood Omen'' he had some variations on doing it manually, [[spoiler:notably a powerful spell that would drain and kill everything on the screen instantly, and a suit of armor "wrought with the blood of noblemen" that would drain blood automatically for him]]. When he does go for the usual bite-to-the-neck, he's brutal to the point you can hear bones grinding.



** ''Soul Reaver'': "The blade is vanquished. So it unfolds...and we are a step closer to our destinies."

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** ''Soul Reaver'': "The blade is vanquished. So it unfolds... and we are a step closer to our destinies."
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-->'''Sarafan Tomb Guardian''': Your insults will do nothing to blunt the agonies of your demise!\\
'''Raziel''': Kain killed me once. Behold the result. I have no more to fear from ''you''.

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-->'''Sarafan Tomb Guardian''': Guardian:''' Your insults will do nothing to blunt the agonies of your demise!\\
'''Raziel''': '''Raziel:''' Kain killed me once. Behold the result. I have no more to fear from ''you''.



--->'''Kain:''' ''(picking up the first "Heart of Darkness" consumable item)'' Reputed to have been [[{{Foreshadowing}} ripped from the chest]] of the greatest vampire to have ever existed, Janos Audron, the Heart of Darkness [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration restores vampiric unlife.]] Life is precious, Janos discovered -- as it was torn throbbing and bleeding from his own body.
--->'''Kain:''' ''(entering Uschtenheim)'' In my travels, I learned much about the legend of Janos Audron. Here, in this quaint pastoral village of Uschtenheim, that [[HeroWithBadPublicity dark enemy was born.]] [[WrittenByTheVictors Janos preyed upon its peasants until he was finally hunted down and executed.]]

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--->'''Kain:''' -->'''Kain:''' ''(picking up the first "Heart of Darkness" consumable item)'' Reputed to have been [[{{Foreshadowing}} ripped from the chest]] of the greatest vampire to have ever existed, Janos Audron, the Heart of Darkness [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration restores vampiric unlife.]] Life is precious, Janos discovered -- as it was torn throbbing and bleeding from his own body.
--->'''Kain:''' -->'''Kain:''' ''(entering Uschtenheim)'' In my travels, I learned much about the legend of Janos Audron. Here, in this quaint pastoral village of Uschtenheim, that [[HeroWithBadPublicity dark enemy was born.]] [[WrittenByTheVictors Janos preyed upon its peasants until he was finally hunted down and executed.]]



--->Mortanius: Come to me, my undead son! Make haste to the Pillars! The stage is set for the GrandFinale! You will have your vengeance!

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--->Mortanius: --->'''Mortanius:''' Come to me, my undead son! Make haste to the Pillars! The stage is set for the GrandFinale! You will have your vengeance!



--->'''Raziel:''' Why must this game go on? We both know what you are. You're no better than the vampires you so despise! A voracious parasite cloaking its appetite in a shroud of righteousness!

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--->'''Raziel:''' -->'''Raziel:''' Why must this game go on? We both know what you are. You're no better than the vampires you so despise! A voracious parasite cloaking its appetite in a shroud of righteousness!



* IWasQuiteALooker: Raziel was ''gorgeous'' as a vampire and not bad at all as a human. In [=SR2=], he references his wraith appearance as grotesque repeatedly.

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* IWasQuiteALooker: Raziel was ''gorgeous'' as a vampire and not bad at all as a human. In [=SR2=], ''[=SR2=]'', he references his wraith appearance as grotesque repeatedly.



* MooksButNoBosses: For some reason, ''Soul Reaver 2'' is the only one of the five games that doesn't have any real boss fight, even though you spend much more time fighting {{Mook}}s (sometimes [[BossInMookClothing pretty tough ones]]) than in [=SR1=].

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* MooksButNoBosses: For some reason, ''Soul Reaver 2'' is the only one of the five games that doesn't have any real boss fight, even though you spend much more time fighting {{Mook}}s (sometimes [[BossInMookClothing pretty tough ones]]) than in [=SR1=].''[=SR1=]''.



* NoSidepathsNoExplorationNoFreedom: While ''Soul Reaver'' was a {{Metroidvania}} (even with having [[WhatCouldHaveBeen a good quarter of its content axed before release]]), ''Soul Reaver 2'' drops this aspect completely, becoming a totally linear game with no secret areas or items whatsoever: there are no more glyphs and the lifebar upgrades automatically. This is part of what makes it very short. ''Defiance'' brings back a bit of exploration but nowhere near as much as SR1.

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* NoSidepathsNoExplorationNoFreedom: While ''Soul Reaver'' was a {{Metroidvania}} (even with having [[WhatCouldHaveBeen a good quarter of its content axed before release]]), ''Soul Reaver 2'' drops this aspect completely, becoming a totally linear game with no secret areas or items whatsoever: there are no more glyphs and the lifebar upgrades automatically. This is part of what makes it very short. ''Defiance'' brings back a bit of exploration but nowhere near as much as SR1.''[=SR1=]''.



-->[[spoiler:'''Kain:''' The part of me that staff once affected is no longer in its place... but you already knew that, didn't you? I always was considered heartless!]]

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-->[[spoiler:'''Kain:''' The part of me that staff once affected is no longer in its place... but you already knew that, didn't you? [[DeadpanSnarker I always was considered heartless!]]heartless.]]]]



--> My god... [[spoiler:the Hylden]]! We walked right into their trap...

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--> My --->My god... [[spoiler:the Hylden]]! We walked right into their trap...



* PayEvilUntoEvil: [[spoiler:[[{{Necromancer}} Mortanius]] turned Kain into a vampire to set him upon the insane/evil circle of nine and purge them.]]
--> '''Anarcrothe''': [[spoiler:You betrayed us, Mortanius! You had Kain killed and turned him into a monster! You set him upon us!]]

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* PayEvilUntoEvil: [[spoiler:[[{{Necromancer}} Mortanius]] turned Kain into a vampire to set him upon the insane/evil insane / evil circle of nine and purge them.]]
--> '''Anarcrothe''': -->'''Anarcrothe:''' [[spoiler:You betrayed us, Mortanius! You had Kain killed and turned him into a monster! You set him upon us!]]



-->Kain: Now, at last, the masks had fallen away. The strings of the puppets had become visible, and the hands of the prime mover exposed. Most ironic of all was the last gift that Raziel had given me: More powerful than the sword that now held his soul, more acute even than the vision his sacrifice had accorded me. [[SchiffOneLiner The first, bitter taste of that terrible illusion - hope.]]

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-->Kain: -->'''Kain:''' Now, at last, the masks had fallen away. The strings of the puppets had become visible, and the hands of the prime mover exposed. Most ironic of all was the last gift that Raziel had given me: More powerful than the sword that now held his soul, more acute even than the vision his sacrifice had accorded me. [[SchiffOneLiner The first, bitter taste of that terrible illusion - hope.]]
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*** Raziel can't hurt any of the clan leaders with the Soul Reaver. Kain will actually laugh it off if hit with it.

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*** Raziel can't hurt any of the clan leaders with the Soul Reaver. Kain will actually laugh it off if hit struck with it.



* IHateYouVampireDad: Initially Raziel just hates Kain for executing him. Later, he hates Kain for making him a vampire [[spoiler:after discovering that he used to be a Sarafan warrior priest when he lived]].
** Later [[spoiler:he gets over being a Sarafan Inquisitor by finding them to be the KnightTemplar cult of butchers they were, but still continues to hate Kain because hating Kain has literally been driving him for the past subjective millennia.]]

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* IHateYouVampireDad: Initially Raziel just hates Kain for executing him. Later, he hates Kain for making him a vampire [[spoiler:after discovering that he used to be a Sarafan warrior priest when he lived]].
** Later
lived]]. Later, [[spoiler:he gets over being a the Sarafan Inquisitor by finding discovering them to be the a KnightTemplar cult of butchers they were, butchers, but still continues to hate hates Kain because hating Kain has literally been his driving him emotion for the past subjective millennia.millennium.]]



* KissOfTheVampire: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. It even leaves VampireBitesSuck in the dust, though in ''Defiance'' it's an option if the target is close enough. In most of the games, it is established that Kain needs warm blood, usually from a still living body, to survive, restore his health and become stronger. But since an embrace is a bit impractical during combat, not to mention slow, Kain fixes this by ''telekinetically pulling the blood from a wounded enemy to his mouth at twenty paces''. Kain is even able to drain ''multiple enemies at once''; in ''Defiance,'' while ''airborne''. Comes complete with slurping sounds. In ''Blood Omen'' he had some variations on doing it manually, [[spoiler:notably a powerful spell that would drain and kill everything on the screen instantly, and a suit of armor "wrought from the flesh of Noblemen" that would drain blood automatically for him.]]
** Played straight with The Seer in ''Blood Omen 2''.

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* KissOfTheVampire: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. It even leaves VampireBitesSuck in The sole example is when the dust, though in ''Defiance'' it's an option if the target is close enough. In most of the games, it is established that Seer offers Kain needs warm blood, usually from a still living body, to survive, restore his health and become stronger. But since an embrace is a bit impractical during combat, not to mention slow, Kain fixes this by ''telekinetically pulling the her blood from a wounded enemy to his mouth at twenty paces''. Kain is even able to drain ''multiple enemies at once''; in ''Defiance,'' while ''airborne''. Comes complete with slurping sounds. In ''Blood Omen'' he had some variations on doing it manually, [[spoiler:notably a powerful spell that would drain and kill everything on the screen instantly, and a suit of armor "wrought from the flesh of Noblemen" that would drain blood automatically for him.]]
** Played straight with The Seer
in ''Blood Omen 2''.2''. The rest of the time, the vampires are very messy eaters.



** An internal example as well, as there are three different types of vampires within the series: The Ancients who were transformed into vampires by the curse of the Hylden (Janos); the humans turned into Vampires by the Ancients (Vorador), and Kain and the vampires he and his lieutenants sired. Each type demonstrates very different powers and mannerisms. Furthermore in ''Soul Reaver'', each Vampire tribe has undergone divergent evolution over the centuries.

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** An internal example as well, as there are three different types of vampires within the series: The Ancients who were transformed into vampires by the curse of the Hylden (Janos); the humans turned into Vampires by the Ancients (Vorador), and Kain and the vampires he and his lieutenants sired. Each type demonstrates very different powers and mannerisms. Furthermore in ''Soul Reaver'', each Vampire vampire tribe has undergone divergent evolution over the centuries.



* PlotTumor: The Soul Reaver starts off as just a weapon in Kain's arsenal in ''Blood Omen'', but later games, not surprisingly given its name being a TitleDrop for two of them, expand its role into a SwordOfPlotAdvancement. Time travel as well. While in ''Blood Omen'', it only shows up with Moebuis' manipulation of Kain, ''Soul Reaver 2'' makes it major part of the series.

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* PlotTumor: The Soul Reaver starts off as just a weapon in Kain's arsenal in ''Blood Omen'', but later games, not surprisingly given its name being a TitleDrop for two of them, expand its role into a SwordOfPlotAdvancement. Time travel as well. While in ''Blood Omen'', it only shows up with Moebuis' Moebius' manipulation of Kain, ''Soul Reaver 2'' makes it major part of the series.



* PsychopathicManChild: Elzevir the Dollmaker from the original ''Blood Omen'' was a particularly disturbing version of this. Even Kain is disturbed by him.

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* PsychopathicManChild: Elzevir the Dollmaker from the original ''Blood Omen'' was a particularly disturbing version of this. Even Kain is disturbed by him.finds him disturbing.



** Vorador's slaughter of the circle, Raziel's slaughter of the Sarafan inquisitors [[spoiler:(including himself)]], and the whole of ''Blood Omen 2''.

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** Vorador's slaughter of the circle, Raziel's slaughter of the Sarafan inquisitors [[spoiler:(including himself)]], [[spoiler:including himself as a human]], and the whole of ''Blood Omen 2''.



* SanDimasTime: In ''Defiance'', Kain is told by the Oracle of the vampires [[spoiler: really the elder god]] that Raziel is five hundred years ahead of him in the timeline, and that he's looking to reclaim the heart of darkness to raise Janos. Kain acts with a sense of urgency, but really, being immortal, he should be able to simply wait around for five hundred years to go stop Raziel rather than jumping into a time portal opened by a being he knows and outright states can't be trusted.
** In all fairness to Kain, five hundred years is a heck of a long time to wait, and he was already hyped up trying to reach Raziel by searching the temple. Suddenly being told that his quarry was five hundred years ahead of him after fighting through the temple and being given a straight road to Raziel? Less patience, more action!

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* SanDimasTime: In ''Defiance'', Kain is told by the Oracle of the vampires [[spoiler: really [[spoiler:really the elder god]] that Raziel is five hundred years ahead of him in the timeline, and that he's looking to reclaim the heart of darkness to raise Janos. Kain acts with a sense of urgency, but really, being immortal, he should be able to simply wait around for five hundred years to go stop Raziel rather than jumping into a time portal opened by a being he knows and outright states can't immediately mistrusted. However, it can possibly be trusted.
** In all fairness to Kain, five hundred years is a heck of a long time to wait, and he was already hyped up trying to reach Raziel
excused by searching him deciding in the temple. Suddenly being told that his quarry was five hundred years ahead heat of him after fighting through the temple and being given a straight road to Raziel? Less patience, more action!moment.



* ShutUpHannibal: Considering how good the villains are at being just SO smugly shelf-assured about everything they do, it's amazingly satisfying to put them in their places. Raziel in ''Soul Reaver 2'' mocking Moebius after refusing to kill Kain as he was 'ordained' to, Kain 'continuing the conversation' with Moebius in ''Defiance''. As pointed out in BreakingSpeech, comes at the end of ''Defiance''. Kain tries one against the Hylden Lord, but in a rare moment it's a LameComeback and his words actually did get to Kain.

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* ShutUpHannibal: Considering how good smugly self-assured the villains are at being just SO smugly shelf-assured about everything they do, it's amazingly satisfying to put them in their places. Raziel in ''Soul Reaver 2'' mocking Moebius after refusing to kill Kain as he was 'ordained' to, Kain 'continuing the conversation' with Moebius in ''Defiance''. As pointed out in BreakingSpeech, comes at the end of ''Defiance''. Kain tries one against the Hylden Lord, but in a rare moment it's a LameComeback and his words actually did get to Kain.



* SpikesOfVillainy: The entire Army of the Nemesis, including [[TinTyrant the Nemesis himself]], formerly known as William the Just. Kain adopts some of these as well.

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* SpikesOfVillainy: The entire Army of the Nemesis, including [[TinTyrant the Nemesis himself]], formerly known as William the Just. Kain adopts some of these as well.



* UnexpectedGameplayChange: A meta example. ''Blood Omen'' was a top-down adventure RPG similar to Zelda--you explored towns and dungeons, you had equipment and spells you accessed in a menu, you could speak to people, etc. ''Soul Reaver'' turned the gameplay on its head with a third-person over-the-shoulder action-adventure game with no towns, no interactions with [=NPCs=] beyond killing them or not, a wide-open sandbox world you could explore freely, and no equipment save for the weapons you found laying around. ''Soul Reaver 2'' then kept the third-person perspective and no equipment traits while having more NPC conversations and more linear plot and gameplay progression. From there, ''Blood Omen 2'' and ''Defiance'' mostly stuck to ''Soul Reaver 2's'' formula, with ''Blood Omen 2'' placing a greater emphasis on combat over puzzles and platforming.

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* UnexpectedGameplayChange: A meta example. ''Blood Omen'' was a top-down adventure RPG similar to Zelda--you Zelda -- you explored towns and dungeons, you had equipment and spells you accessed in a menu, you could speak to people, etc. ''Soul Reaver'' turned the gameplay on its head with a third-person over-the-shoulder action-adventure game with no towns, no interactions with [=NPCs=] beyond killing them or not, a wide-open sandbox world you could explore freely, and no equipment save for the weapons you found laying around. ''Soul Reaver 2'' then kept the third-person perspective and no equipment traits while having more NPC conversations and more linear plot and gameplay progression. From there, ''Blood Omen 2'' and ''Defiance'' mostly stuck to ''Soul Reaver 2's'' formula, with ''Blood Omen 2'' placing a greater emphasis on combat over puzzles and platforming.



* VampireVords: Mostly averted, though Janos Audron plays it straight.

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* VampireBitesSuck: In most of the games, it's established that Kain needs warm blood (usually from a living body) to survive, restore his health and become stronger. But since embracing an enemy to drain their blood in combat is impractical, Kain ''telekinetically pulls the blood from a wounded enemy to his mouth at twenty paces''. He's even able to drain ''multiple enemies at once''; in ''Defiance,'' while ''airborne''. Comes complete with slurping sounds. In ''Blood Omen'' he had some variations on doing it manually, [[spoiler:notably a powerful spell that would drain and kill everything on the screen instantly, and a suit of armor "wrought with the blood of noblemen" that would drain blood automatically for him]]. When he does go for the usual bite-to-the-neck, he's brutal to the point you can hear bones grinding.
* VampireVords: Mostly averted, though Janos Audron plays it straight.straight, possibly because he is very old.
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* TitleDrop: In Soul Reaver it's, "Become my soul reaver. My angel of death." In Soul Reaver 2, the Elder God tells Raziel, "You are always and will always be my soul reaver." During the final battle in Defiance, [[spoiler:the Elder God]] says, "This defiance is pointless."

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* TitleDrop: In Soul Reaver it's, it's "Become my soul reaver. My angel of death." In Soul Reaver 2, the Elder God tells Raziel, "You are always and will always be my soul reaver." During the final battle in Defiance, [[spoiler:the Elder God]] says, "This defiance is pointless."



** Played with an interesting twist in ''Soul Reaver''. There is a city of humans that can be navigated at one point, complete with vampire hunters who will attack you, at first. If you choose to kill them, they keep attacking you, and the villagers flee in terror. If you ignore them, not only will they help you kill the vampires, but the villagers will kneel down and praise you, allowing you to nibble at their souls for a snack.

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** Played with an interesting twist in ''Soul Reaver''. There is a city of humans that can be navigated at one point, complete with vampire hunters who will attack you, at first. If you choose to kill them, they keep attacking you, and the villagers flee in terror. If you ignore them, not only will they help you kill the vampires, but the villagers will kneel down and praise you, allowing you to nibble at non-fatally "sip" from their souls for a snack.souls.



* VillainProtagonist: In the first game, Kain has no vested interest in restoring Nosgoth beyond finding a cure for his own vampirism, and certainly thinks nothing of murdering its inhabitants in cold blood. And he's ''still'' better than the "good guys" (the Sarafan and the Circle of Nine). About the only thing Kain does for actual good reasons (kill William to prevent him becoming the Nemesis) [[NiceJobBreakingItHero backfires immensely]].

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* VillainProtagonist: In the first game, Kain has no vested interest in restoring Nosgoth beyond finding a cure for his own vampirism, and certainly thinks nothing of murdering its inhabitants in cold for their delicious blood. And he's ''still'' better than the "good guys" (the Sarafan and the Circle of Nine). About the only thing Kain does for actual good reasons (kill William to prevent him becoming the Nemesis) [[NiceJobBreakingItHero backfires immensely]].



** From ''Defiance'': [[spoiler:regarding the Heart of Darkness, "Kain has it?" ''(shocked silence)'' "It is ''in'' Kain!"]]

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** From ''Defiance'': [[spoiler:regarding the Heart of Darkness, "Kain has it?" it? ''(shocked silence)'' "It It is ''in'' Kain!"]]
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** Kain in ''Blood Omen'' displays the ability to transform into a wolf, which he never displays again. It's particularly odd as his exposition implies the abilities are common among vampires, no other vampire seen in the series ever uses them after the first game either.

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** Kain in ''Blood Omen'' displays the ability to transform into a wolf, which he never displays again. It's particularly odd as his exposition implies the abilities are common among vampires, no other vampire seen in the series ever uses them after the first game either.game.



--> René Auberjonois: ''(turns script page, sees giant speech)'' Uugh.
--> Michael Bell: I've just been waiting for him to see that page.
--> René Auberjonois: I need a break to call my agent.
--> Michael Bell: He wants to get paid by the word now.

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--> René Auberjonois: -->'''René Auberjonois:''' ''(turns script page, sees giant speech)'' Uugh.
--> Michael Bell: -->'''Michael Bell:''' I've just been waiting for him to see that page.
--> René Auberjonois: -->'''René Auberjonois:''' I need a break to call my agent.
--> Michael Bell: -->'''Michael Bell:''' He wants to get paid by the word now.
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An action video game series depicting the dark, gothic world of Nosgoth and its rather [[OurVampiresAreDifferent unique vampires]]. The series follows badass {{Anti Hero}}es, [[NameOfCain Kain]] and Raziel. Kain is a [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent]] SociopathicHero interested in conquering Nosgoth with a vampire army. Raziel is Kain's right-hand vampire who he has killed and turned into a wraith, and sets about trying to kill Kain to avenge himself. It turns out Raziel has the power to ScrewDestiny, and from there we get into time travel. Thus, from ''Soul Reaver'' on, all the main characters, including Kain, take turns playing GambitRoulette with [[CosmicPlaything Raziel as the ball]], hoping to [[UnwittingPawn trick him]] into changing history to make things better for them. Along the way, there's a ProphecyTwist or two, loads of {{Magnificent Bastard}}s, [[FloweryElizabethanEnglish faux-Shakespearan dialogue]], and many chances for [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential video game cruelty]] as you decide how to dispatch {{Mook}}s in the most fun and gruesome ways you can think of.

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An action video game series depicting the dark, gothic world of Nosgoth and its rather [[OurVampiresAreDifferent unique vampires]]. The series follows badass {{Anti Hero}}es, [[NameOfCain Kain]] and Raziel. Kain is a [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent]] SociopathicHero interested in conquering Nosgoth with a vampire army. Raziel is Kain's right-hand vampire who he has killed and turned into a wraith, and sets about trying to kill Kain to avenge himself. It turns out Raziel has the power to ScrewDestiny, and from there we get into time travel. Thus, from ''Soul Reaver'' on, all the main characters, including Kain, take turns playing GambitRoulette with [[CosmicPlaything Raziel as the ball]], hoping to [[UnwittingPawn trick him]] into changing history to make things better for them. Along the way, there's a ProphecyTwist or two, loads of {{Magnificent Bastard}}s, [[FloweryElizabethanEnglish faux-Shakespearan dialogue]], and many chances for [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential video game cruelty]] as you decide how to dispatch {{Mook}}s in the most fun and gruesome ways you can think of.



-->'''Sarafan Raziel:''' "You're a righteous fiend, aren't you?"\\
'''Wraith Raziel:''' "Apparently I am..."

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-->'''Sarafan Raziel:''' "You're You're a righteous fiend, aren't you?"\\
you?\\
'''Wraith Raziel:''' "Apparently Apparently I am..."



** From the Outtakes of Soul Reaver 2: "LOOK AT THIS BLACK HEART! HOW STILL IT BEATS!... or maybe 'How it still beats'?"

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** From the Outtakes of Soul Reaver 2: "LOOK LOOK AT THIS BLACK HEART! HOW STILL IT BEATS!... or maybe 'How it still beats'?"beats'?



* CameBackWrong: Resurrection doesn't ''ever'' look pretty in this series.
** Except maybe flesh-and-blood vampire Raziel. It almost seems like Kain killed him for being too pretty.

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* CameBackWrong: Resurrection doesn't ''ever'' look pretty in this series.
** Except
series, except maybe flesh-and-blood vampire Raziel.Raziel's return as a vampire. It almost seems like Kain killed him for being too pretty.



--->'''Kain:''' ''[Picking up the first "Heart of Darkness" consumable item] Reputed to have been [[{{Foreshadowing}} ripped from the chest]] of the greatest vampire to have ever existed, Janos Audron, the Heart of Darkness [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration restores vampiric unlife.]] Life is precious, Janos discovered -- as it was torn throbbing and bleeding from his own body.
--->'''Kain:''' ''[Entering Uschtenheim] In my travels, I learned much about the legend of Janos Audron. Here, in this quaint pastoral village of Uschtenheim, that [[HeroWithBadPublicity dark enemy was born.]] [[WrittenByTheVictors Janos preyed upon its peasants until he was finally hunted down and executed.]]

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--->'''Kain:''' ''[Picking ''(picking up the first "Heart of Darkness" consumable item] item)'' Reputed to have been [[{{Foreshadowing}} ripped from the chest]] of the greatest vampire to have ever existed, Janos Audron, the Heart of Darkness [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration restores vampiric unlife.]] Life is precious, Janos discovered -- as it was torn throbbing and bleeding from his own body.
--->'''Kain:''' ''[Entering Uschtenheim] ''(entering Uschtenheim)'' In my travels, I learned much about the legend of Janos Audron. Here, in this quaint pastoral village of Uschtenheim, that [[HeroWithBadPublicity dark enemy was born.]] [[WrittenByTheVictors Janos preyed upon its peasants until he was finally hunted down and executed.]]



* ContinuityNod: Oh so many. Thanks to time travel, the protagonists frequently revisit familiar locations, so there's plenty of chances for these and few of them are wasted.

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* ContinuityNod: Oh so many. Thanks to time travel, the protagonists frequently revisit familiar locations, so there's plenty of chances for these and few of them are wasted.



* CrapsackWorld: In the first game, at least -- civilization has decayed beyond this point in the sequels, rendering them effectively AfterTheEnd (time jumps notwithstanding). In ''Soul Reaver'', the world has basically become a desolate wasteland, with the vampires being a scourge of mindless beasts and the humans being confined to a lonely fortress.
** By the ending of ''Defiance'', however, there seems to be a tiny bit of hope. At least for [[spoiler:the vampires]], anyways.

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* CrapsackWorld: In the first game, at least -- civilization has decayed beyond this point in the sequels, rendering them effectively AfterTheEnd (time jumps notwithstanding). In ''Soul Reaver'', the world has basically become a desolate wasteland, with the vampires being a scourge of mindless beasts and the humans being confined to a lonely fortress.
** By the ending of ''Defiance'', however, there seems to be a tiny bit of hope. At least for [[spoiler:the vampires]], anyways.vampires]].



* EpiphanicPrison: [[spoiler:All of Nosgoth is essentially this thanks to the Wheel of Fate--The Elder God controls everyone's destiny by controlling their souls. Only Raziel is aware of what he truly is, and only a few more people even know the Elder God exists.]]

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* EpiphanicPrison: [[spoiler:All of Nosgoth is essentially this thanks to the Wheel of Fate--The Fate -- The Elder God controls everyone's destiny by controlling their souls. Only Raziel is aware of what he truly is, and only a few more people even know the Elder God exists.]]



** Played straight when Raziel realizes who the soul in the Soul Reaver is, [[spoiler:him]].

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** Played straight when Raziel realizes who the soul in the Soul Reaver is, [[spoiler:him]].is. [[spoiler:It's him]].



* GambitRoulette: The plot. '''ALL''' of it, and almost every character is in on the fun, or at least... ''thinks'' he/she is...[[spoiler: Each person pulling the strings knows '''exactly''' what is going to happen as a result. The time paradoxes and resulting complications are the exceptions, and they are well lampshaded as such.]]
* GameBreakingBug: In ''Soul Reaver 2'', it's possible to get locked in the Dark Reaver Forge -- the exit door will just refuse to open, rendering the player unable to leave under normal means. It '''is''' possible to get oneself killed and resurrect at the checkpoint right outside the door (missing the cutscene that triggers when Raziel leaves the Forge as a result)... provided one avoided the checkpoint '''inside''' the Forge. If not, well, [[UnwinnableByMistake oops]].

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* GambitRoulette: The plot. '''ALL''' '''All''' of it, and almost every character is in on the fun, or at least... ''thinks'' he/she is...[[spoiler: Each [[spoiler:Each person pulling the strings knows '''exactly''' what is going to happen as a result. The time paradoxes and resulting complications are the exceptions, and they are well lampshaded as such.]]
* GameBreakingBug: In ''Soul Reaver 2'', it's possible to get locked in the Dark Reaver Forge -- the exit door will just refuse to open, rendering the player unable to leave under normal means. It '''is''' possible to get oneself killed and resurrect at the checkpoint right outside the door (missing the cutscene that triggers when Raziel leaves the Forge as a result)... provided one avoided the checkpoint '''inside''' ''inside'' the Forge. If not, well, [[UnwinnableByMistake oops]].



-->'''Kain:''' [[spoiler: "Once I embraced my powers, I realized Vorador was correct. We are gods-- dark gods-- and it is our duty to thin the herd."]]

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-->'''Kain:''' [[spoiler: "Once [[spoiler:Once I embraced my powers, I realized Vorador was correct. We are gods-- gods -- dark gods-- gods -- and it is our duty to thin the herd."]]]]



--->'''Kain:''' "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?'''"

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--->'''Kain:''' "As 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?'''"''gods?''



* GoddamnedBats: The sluagh. Loud and prone to pile-ups, they only cause a relatively small amount of damage. Even ''in universe'' they basically amount to cockroaches (Raziel routinely refers to them as "pests".)

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* GoddamnedBats: The sluagh. Loud and prone to pile-ups, they only cause a relatively small amount of damage. Even ''in universe'' they basically amount to cockroaches (Raziel routinely refers to them as "pests".)"pests").



--> '''Richard Doyle:''' "Well done, faithful servant. And now, I have an execution to see to."\\
'''Michael Bell:''' *flips Doyle the finger* "'Faithful servant' ''this''. Spin on ''this'', Moebius."

--> '''Simon Templeman:''' "I still think Tony [Jay, aka the Elder God] should be doing this in costume..."

--> '''Michael Bell:''' "The enemy race had a champion of their own, with flaming eyes and a fiery sword... yes, and a tiara, and full-length sequined gloves with 'f***-me' heels... It was ''Drag Reaver'', a whole new series!"

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--> '''Richard Doyle:''' "Well Well done, faithful servant. And now, I have an execution to see to."\\
\\
'''Michael Bell:''' *flips ''(flips Doyle the finger* "'Faithful finger)'' 'Faithful servant' ''this''. Spin on ''this'', Moebius."

Moebius.

--> '''Simon Templeman:''' "I I still think Tony [Jay, aka the Elder God] should be doing this in costume..."

costume...

--> '''Michael Bell:''' "The The enemy race had a champion of their own, with flaming eyes and a fiery sword... yes, and a tiara, and full-length sequined sequinned gloves with 'f***-me' heels... It was ''Drag Reaver'', a whole new series!"series!



** Kain's line in ''Blood Omen'' ("Alas, poor Nupraptor – I knew him well. Well, not really.") is the famous--and often misquoted--line from Shakespeare's ''Hamlet'' ("Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio.") and both lines are spoken when the protagonist obtains the head/skull of Nupraptor/Yorick.

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** Kain's line in ''Blood Omen'' ("Alas, poor Nupraptor – I knew him well. Well, not really.") is the famous--and famous (and often misquoted--line misquoted) line from Shakespeare's ''Hamlet'' ("Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio.") and both lines are spoken when the protagonist obtains the head/skull of Nupraptor/Yorick.



** [[spoiler: Ariel receives a well deserved end from Raziel when she appears at the end of Defiance. While her appearance is not entirely explained, it seems that every soul of a former Balance guardian is summoned to the final forge to be absorbed into the Reaver blade. The girl has been betrayed by one she trusted, watched her lover go mad and corrupt the whole world, been betrayed by her replacement as a balance guardian, and has had a literal front row seat to Kain's empire as the world died. Her final words to Raziel reflect that along with a new found enlightenment- "Release me, Raziel. The soul reaver has the power. Release us all..."]]

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** [[spoiler: Ariel receives a well deserved longed-for end from Raziel when she appears at the end of Defiance.''Defiance''. While her appearance is not entirely explained, it seems that every soul of a former Balance guardian is summoned to the final forge to be absorbed into the Reaver blade. The girl has been betrayed by one she trusted, watched her lover go mad and corrupt the whole world, been betrayed by her replacement as a balance guardian, and has had a literal front row seat to Kain's empire as the world died. Her final words to Raziel reflect that along with a new found enlightenment- new-found enlightenment -- "Release me, Raziel. The soul reaver has the power. Release us all..."]]



** Later [[spoiler:he gets over being a Sarafan Inquisitor by finding them to be the KnightTemplar cult of butchers they were, but still continues to hate Kain to a less severe extent as its literally what's been driving him for the last millennia of time he has experienced since his rebirth as a wraith.]]

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** Later [[spoiler:he gets over being a Sarafan Inquisitor by finding them to be the KnightTemplar cult of butchers they were, but still continues to hate Kain to a less severe extent as its because hating Kain has literally what's been driving him for the last millennia of time he has experienced since his rebirth as a wraith.past subjective millennia.]]



* IWasQuiteALooker: Raziel was GORGEOUS as a vampire and not bad as a human. In [=SR2=], he references his wraith appearance as grotesque repeatedly.

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* IWasQuiteALooker: Raziel was GORGEOUS ''gorgeous'' as a vampire and not bad at all as a human. In [=SR2=], he references his wraith appearance as grotesque repeatedly.



* JacobMarleyApparel: Seems to be the standard, with most of the exceptions falling under GameplayAndStorySegregation. ''Defiance'' takes this farther with Raziel and the revenants: Although far from standard, they both enter the material realm by possessing corpses and altering them to be (more or less) like them; Raziel still carries what little is left of his clothing, while the revenants materialize large swords.

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* JacobMarleyApparel: Seems to be the standard, with most of the exceptions falling under GameplayAndStorySegregation. ''Defiance'' takes this farther with Raziel and the revenants: Although revenants; although far from standard, they both enter the material realm by possessing corpses and altering them to be (more or less) like them; Raziel still carries what little is left of his clothing, while the revenants materialize large swords.



--> René Auberjonois: *turns script page, sees giant speech** Uugh.

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--> René Auberjonois: *turns ''(turns script page, sees giant speech** speech)'' Uugh.



** As the games progressed, the neckline on Ariel's dress got lower and her [[http://lparchive.org/Legacy-of-Kain-Blood-Omen/Update%202/Kain_0017.jpg breasts]] [[http://lparchive.org/Legacy-of-Kain-Blood-Omen/Update%2018/future-46.jpg got]] [[http://lparchive.org/Legacy-of-Kain-Blood-Omen/Update%2027/L6mov-23.jpg bigger]]. However, given that [[{{FacialHorror}} half her freaking]] [[{{TwoFaced}} face is torn off]] and the remaing half [[{{UncannyValley}} looks kinda zombie-like sometimes]], YMMV on this one.

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** As the games progressed, the neckline on Ariel's dress got lower and her [[http://lparchive.org/Legacy-of-Kain-Blood-Omen/Update%202/Kain_0017.jpg breasts]] [[http://lparchive.org/Legacy-of-Kain-Blood-Omen/Update%2018/future-46.jpg got]] [[http://lparchive.org/Legacy-of-Kain-Blood-Omen/Update%2027/L6mov-23.jpg bigger]]. However, given that [[{{FacialHorror}} half her freaking]] [[{{TwoFaced}} face is torn off]] and the remaing remaining half [[{{UncannyValley}} looks kinda zombie-like sometimes]], YMMV on this one.



* NoOntologicalInertia: [[AvertedTrope Averted]], but [[InvokedTrope Invoked]]: [[spoiler: When Raziel meets Janos Audron for the first time, they discuss why the Sarafan pursue Janos so intensely - "[[WrongGenreSavvy The Sarafan have this foolish notion that destroying me will somehow topple our entire bloodline]]. Thankfully, we are not that fragile."]]

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* NoOntologicalInertia: [[AvertedTrope Averted]], but [[InvokedTrope Invoked]]: [[spoiler: When Raziel meets Janos Audron for the first time, they discuss why the Sarafan pursue Janos so intensely - -- "[[WrongGenreSavvy The Sarafan have this foolish notion that destroying me will somehow topple our entire bloodline]]. Thankfully, we are not that fragile."]]



* NotSoDifferent: [[MagnificentBastard Kain]] has the following [[BreakingSpeech to say on the subject]]: "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, [[spoiler:who better to serve me than those whose passion transcends all notions of good and evil?]]" and shortly thereafter, he adds: "You think the [[KnightTemplar Sarafan]] were noble, altruistic? Don’t be simple. Their agenda was [[TakeOverTheWorld the same as ours]]."
** Raziel's opinion of the Elder God is that it is no different from the vampires it so dispises; a voracious parasite with delusions of righteousness.

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* NotSoDifferent: [[MagnificentBastard Kain]] has the following [[BreakingSpeech to say on the subject]]: "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, [[spoiler:who better to serve me than those whose passion transcends all notions of good and evil?]]" and shortly thereafter, he adds: "You think the [[KnightTemplar Sarafan]] were noble, altruistic? Don’t Don't be simple. Their agenda was [[TakeOverTheWorld the same as ours]]."
** Raziel's opinion of the Elder God is that it is no different from the vampires it so dispises; despises: a voracious parasite with delusions of righteousness.



--> '''Anarcrothe''': [[spoiler:''You betrayed us, Mortanius! You had Kain killed and turned him into a monster! You set him upon us!'']]
* PhlebotinumBomb: A few. The Device in ''Blood Omen 2'' was [[spoiler: a Hylden weapon which would have killed all living things in Nosgoth except their race]]. The Pillars of Nosgoth were raised [[spoiler: by the Ancient Vampires to banish the Hylden race and seal them in the Demon Realm]]. The purest example is the Silenced Cathedral in ''Soul Reaver'', originally designed by humans to kill all vampires in Nosgoth during the era of Kain's empire (they were vulnerable to sound). The vampires killed the humans, and kept the cathedral silent - hence its name - [[WhatCouldHaveBeen but the original ending of ''Soul Reaver'' would have had Raziel using it against them]].

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--> '''Anarcrothe''': [[spoiler:''You [[spoiler:You betrayed us, Mortanius! You had Kain killed and turned him into a monster! You set him upon us!'']]
us!]]
* PhlebotinumBomb: A few. The Device in ''Blood Omen 2'' was [[spoiler: a Hylden weapon which would have killed all living things in Nosgoth except their race]]. The Pillars of Nosgoth were raised [[spoiler: by the Ancient Vampires to banish the Hylden race and seal them in the Demon Realm]]. The purest example is the Silenced Cathedral in ''Soul Reaver'', originally designed by humans to kill all vampires in Nosgoth during the era of Kain's empire (they were vulnerable to sound). The vampires killed the humans, and kept the cathedral silent - -- hence its name - -- [[WhatCouldHaveBeen but the original ending of ''Soul Reaver'' would have had Raziel using it against them]].



** ''Blood Omen'': indoor [=NPCs=] respawn as ghosts; Aside from being slower and weaker, their attacks only [[ManaBurn lower]] your ManaMeter, and their now-blue blood replenishes it. Outdoor [=NPCs=] respawn normally when you leave the map. That includes Kain's killers, and he may even repeat his monologue...

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** ''Blood Omen'': indoor [=NPCs=] respawn as ghosts; ghosts. Aside from being slower and weaker, their attacks only [[ManaBurn lower]] your ManaMeter, and their now-blue blood replenishes it. Outdoor [=NPCs=] respawn normally when you leave the map. That includes Kain's killers, and he may even repeat his monologue...



** In all fairness to Kain though, five hundred years is a heck of a long time to wait, and he was already hyped up trying to reach Raziel by searching the temple. Suddenly being told that his quarry was five hundred years ahead of him after fighting through the temple and being given a straight road to Raziel? Less patience, more action!

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** In all fairness to Kain though, Kain, five hundred years is a heck of a long time to wait, and he was already hyped up trying to reach Raziel by searching the temple. Suddenly being told that his quarry was five hundred years ahead of him after fighting through the temple and being given a straight road to Raziel? Less patience, more action!



-->Kain: Now, at last, the masks had fallen away. The strings of the puppets had become visible, and the hands of the prime mover exposed. Most ironic of all was the last gift that Raziel had given me: More powerful than the sword that now held his soul, more acute even than the vision his sacrifice had accorded me. [[SchiffOneLiner The first, bitter taste of that terrible illusion - Hope.]]

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-->Kain: Now, at last, the masks had fallen away. The strings of the puppets had become visible, and the hands of the prime mover exposed. Most ironic of all was the last gift that Raziel had given me: More powerful than the sword that now held his soul, more acute even than the vision his sacrifice had accorded me. [[SchiffOneLiner The first, bitter taste of that terrible illusion - Hope.hope.]]



* SophisticatedAsHell: Sort of. After spending five games speaking in eloquent, faux-Shakespearian dialogue, Kain's reaction upon seeing [[spoiler:the Elder God]] at the end of ''Defiance'' is simply, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEQVULC9PwA "What in the hell...']]
* SpannerInTheWorks: Raziel full-stop. [[spoiler:Kain turns into one at the end of ''Defiance''. Who would've thought that getting your heart ripped out wouldn't kill you?]].

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* SophisticatedAsHell: Sort of. After spending five games speaking in eloquent, faux-Shakespearian dialogue, Kain's reaction upon seeing [[spoiler:the Elder God]] at the end of ''Defiance'' is simply, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEQVULC9PwA "What in the hell...']]
?"]]
* SpannerInTheWorks: Raziel full-stop. [[spoiler:Kain turns into one at the end of ''Defiance''. Who would've thought that getting your heart ripped out wouldn't kill you?]].you?]]



* StrongerWithAge: Vampires "evolve" over time, occasionally entering a cocoon-like state and emerging changed; typically stronger and with new abilities, as well as less human. But Kain's [[spoiler:spiritual and mental corruption]] caused his descendents to eventually degenerate. It's implied that a vampire's evolution conforms to his personality; Vorador's chin horns used to be a similar beard, human Rahab's armor had a sea horse painted on it, and Raziel told Zephon the latter's final form is a true representation of his soul. It's revealed in ''Soul Reaver 2'' that some changes, like the typical three-fingered hands, are [[spoiler:the turned vampires becoming more like the originals]].
* SummonMagic: Used in-game by some enemies. In the story as well as the game, this and teleportation are the speciality of the guardian of dimension, the planer Azimuth, as well as some of her subordinates. Not content with summoning creatures from other worlds, she takes a time-streaming device from [[TimeMaster Moebius, the guardian of time]], in order to summon creatures from other eras, [[spoiler: such as Turel]] in ''defiance''.
** ''Soul Reaver 2'' begins with Moebius re-routing Raziel from one time machine to another, and what he says (" "Where am I?" Is the usual question ") suggests that he has summoned people many times. While fighting Kain in ''Blood Omen'' he "calls the puppets of the past, present and ages yet to come": A Sarafan, a contemporary vampire hunter and someone that looks like Kain, [[spoiler:but is [[WordOfGod confirmed]] to have been an illusion]].
* SundialWaypoint: One of the puzzles in Soul Reaver relies on this. In a twist, it requires you to do a typical mirror puzzle to get the beam where you need, then obscure it - which allows you to walk the shadow across a chasm.

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* StrongerWithAge: Vampires "evolve" over time, occasionally entering a cocoon-like state and emerging changed; typically stronger and with new abilities, as well as less human. But Kain's [[spoiler:spiritual and mental corruption]] caused his descendents descendants to eventually degenerate. It's implied that a vampire's evolution conforms to his personality; Vorador's chin horns used to be a similar beard, human Rahab's armor had a sea horse seahorse painted on it, and Raziel told Zephon the latter's final form is a true representation of his soul. It's revealed in ''Soul Reaver 2'' that some changes, like the typical three-fingered hands, are [[spoiler:the turned vampires becoming more like the originals]].
* SummonMagic: Used in-game by some enemies. In the story as well as the game, this and teleportation are the speciality of the guardian of dimension, the planer Azimuth, as well as some of her subordinates. Not content with summoning creatures from other worlds, she takes a time-streaming device from [[TimeMaster Moebius, the guardian of time]], in order to summon creatures from other eras, [[spoiler: such as Turel]] in ''defiance''.
''Defiance''.
** ''Soul Reaver 2'' begins with Moebius re-routing Raziel from one time machine to another, and what he says (" "Where ("'Where am I?" Is I?' is the usual question ") question,") suggests that he has summoned people many times. While fighting Kain in ''Blood Omen'' he "calls the puppets of the past, present and ages yet to come": A a Sarafan, a contemporary vampire hunter and someone that looks like Kain, [[spoiler:but is [[WordOfGod confirmed]] to have been an illusion]].
* SundialWaypoint: One of the puzzles in Soul Reaver relies on this. In a twist, it requires you to do a typical mirror puzzle to get the beam where you need, then obscure it - -- which allows you to walk the shadow across a chasm.



* TakeAThirdOption: One was taken by Kain, it required four more games to conclude his choice.

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* TakeAThirdOption: One was taken by Kain, it Kain. It required four more games to conclude his choice.



* TitleDrop: In Soul Reaver it's "Become my soul reaver. My angel of death." In Soul Reaver 2, the Elder God tells Raziel "You are always and will always be my soul reaver." During the final battle in Defiance, [[spoiler:the Elder God]] says, "This defiance is pointless."

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* TitleDrop: In Soul Reaver it's it's, "Become my soul reaver. My angel of death." In Soul Reaver 2, the Elder God tells Raziel Raziel, "You are always and will always be my soul reaver." During the final battle in Defiance, [[spoiler:the Elder God]] says, "This defiance is pointless."



* VideogameCrueltyPotential: Part of the fun of the series is the ability to kill enemies in a variety of gruesome ways by using your powers and the environment to your advantage. You can pick up and throw enemies into wall-spikes, fires or bottomless pits, do any of the three with your telekinesis, or just cut them to shreds with your weapon before impaling or decapitating them. ''Defiance'' also added on the ability to use telekinesis in more creative ways, leading to you being able to inflict {{Rasputinian Death}}s on enemies--use TK to pull an enemy towards you, sword combo, knock him into the air, leap after him, sword combo, TK blast to knock him into a wall spike.

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* VideogameCrueltyPotential: Part of the fun of the series is the ability to kill enemies in a variety of gruesome ways by using your powers and the environment to your advantage. You can pick up and throw enemies into wall-spikes, fires or bottomless pits, do any of the three with your telekinesis, or just cut them to shreds with your weapon before impaling or decapitating them. ''Defiance'' also added on the ability to use telekinesis in more creative ways, leading to you being able to inflict {{Rasputinian Death}}s on enemies--use enemies -- use TK to pull an enemy towards you, sword combo, knock him into the air, leap after him, sword combo, TK blast to knock him into a wall spike.



*** In ''Defiance'' you come across more prisoners chained up in the first few levels, and you're free to slash them to bits with the Soul Reaver. Heck, they're so weak already you can feed from them while they're still alive and save time. Even Kain notes it would be a shame to waste a free meal...

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*** ** In ''Defiance'' you come across more prisoners chained up in the first few levels, and you're free to slash them to bits with the Soul Reaver. Heck, they're so weak already you can feed from them while they're still alive and save time. Even Kain notes it would be a shame to waste a free meal...



** ''Soul Reaver 2'': [[spoiler: "The Reaver was never forged to be a soul-stealing weapon... the ravenous, soul-devouring entity trapped in the blade was... and always had been... ME."]]

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** ''Soul Reaver 2'': [[spoiler: "The Reaver was never forged to be a soul-stealing weapon... the ravenous, soul-devouring entity trapped in the blade was... and always had been... ME.''me''."]]



** From ''Defiance'': [[spoiler:''(regarding the Heart of Darkness)'' "Kain has it?" *shocked silence* "It is IN Kain!"]]

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** From ''Defiance'': [[spoiler:''(regarding [[spoiler:regarding the Heart of Darkness)'' Darkness, "Kain has it?" *shocked silence* ''(shocked silence)'' "It is IN ''in'' Kain!"]]



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Played with--after Janos Audron [[spoiler: is possessed by the Hylden Lord in]] ''Defiance,'' we never see him again... because he flies off to be in the events of ''Blood Omen 2,'' which was released before ''Defiance.''

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Played with--after with -- after Janos Audron [[spoiler: is possessed by the Hylden Lord in]] ''Defiance,'' we never see him again... because he flies off to be in the events of ''Blood Omen 2,'' which was released before ''Defiance.''



* WindowsOfTheSoul: "I swore I saw a glint of satisfaction in Kain's eye when the Soul Reaver was destroyed"

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* WindowsOfTheSoul: "I swore I saw a glint of satisfaction in Kain's eye when the Soul Reaver was destroyed"destroyed."



* YouCantFightFate: This trope and ScrewDestiny are [[ZigZaggingTrope Played with, inverted, subverted, pinned to the ground and shot repeatedly in the head.]] To go in-depth, no, you can't fight fate. YouAlreadyChangedThePast and created a StableTimeLoop in the process, but even if you know this, you're powerless to change it. However, the events of the series center around the main characters finding and exploiting loopholes in these rules, so only ''normally'' YouCantFightFate. But if you have the ability to time travel, know your history, and are [[ManipulativeBastard good at manipulating people]], eventually you'll find a way. It just so happens that most of the main characters have those abilities, and the only one that doesn't ''is'' one of the loopholes the rest are exploiting. The other catch is that even if you do find a way to change history and defy fate, [[ButterflyOfDoom you'll create a ripple effect throughout history]] that can change things you didn't anticipate, and in this series things usually change for the worse, since history hates being tempered with.

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* YouCantFightFate: This trope and ScrewDestiny are [[ZigZaggingTrope Played with, inverted, subverted, pinned to the ground and shot repeatedly in the head.]] To go in-depth, in-depth: no, you can't fight fate. YouAlreadyChangedThePast and created a StableTimeLoop in the process, but even if you know this, you're powerless to change it. However, the events of the series center around the main characters finding and exploiting loopholes in these rules, so only ''normally'' YouCantFightFate. But if you have the ability to time travel, know your history, and are [[ManipulativeBastard good at manipulating people]], eventually you'll find a way. It just so happens that most of the main characters have those abilities, and the only one that doesn't ''is'' one of the loopholes the rest are exploiting. The other catch is that even if you do find a way to change history and defy fate, [[ButterflyOfDoom you'll create a ripple effect throughout history]] that can change things you didn't anticipate, and in this series things usually change for the worse, since history hates being tempered with.
23rd Oct '16 9:21:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* SoulEating: Raziel is a vampire whose blood-hunger is replaced by soul-hunger.
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* AmnesiacDissonance: Happens to Raziel twice. First, he discovers that in life he was a Sarafan vampire hunter, and immediately starts aspiring to that legacy. In Soul Reaver 2 he has the opportunity to meet his past human self and quickly discovers he was far more monstrous as a human KnightTemplar than he ever was as a vampire or a wraith.

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* AmnesiacDissonance: Happens to Raziel twice. First, he discovers that in life he was a Sarafan vampire hunter, and immediately starts aspiring to that legacy. In Soul ''Soul Reaver 2 2'' he has the opportunity to meet his past human self and quickly discovers he was far more monstrous as a human KnightTemplar than he ever was as a vampire or a wraith.
14th Sep '16 6:55:03 PM WillKeaton
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In 2015, [[http://www.gamespot.com/articles/new-legacy-of-kain-on-ps4-xbox-one-and-pc-has-5050/1100-6432040/ a sequel was "confirmed as "50/50""]].

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In 2015, the odds of there being [[http://www.gamespot.com/articles/new-legacy-of-kain-on-ps4-xbox-one-and-pc-has-5050/1100-6432040/ a sequel was "confirmed as "50/50""]].
"50/50.""]]
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