This is a list of characters and associated tropes from Legacy of Kain. Characters who span multiple installments and play important roles in the overarcing plot are listed under "Main Characters." Other characters are listed in the folder for the game they first appeared in.
"Given the choice; whether to rule a corrupt and failing Empire, or to challenge the fates for another throw, a better throw, against one's destiny...What was a king to do?"
Voiced by Simon Templeman
The titular character and the guy who the series revolves around. Not always the main protagonist though. Was killed as a nobleman and revived as a vampire, and when he came to revel in his new powers he decided to conquer the world. When he discovered the destiny that had been set up for him though, he decided to play a game of Gambit Roulette to try and Take a Third Option between the choice of ruling a dying world or dying himself to save it. In his arrogance though, he failed to realize that Screwing Destiny isn't as simple as he'd hoped.
Raziel: "Kain is deified. The clans tell tales of him, few know the truth — he was mortal once, as were we all."
Anti-Hero / Anti-Villain: Zigzags either way. He's trying to save the world from destruction and demonic invasion, but he's trying to save it so he can conquer it with a vampire army. On the positive side, he is not without the capacity for mercy, values his allies and considers some of them friends, and has some lines he still won't cross. On the negative side, he's a remorseless mass-murderer, is very arrogant and self-righteous, and will turn his back on the noble path if it's more advantageous to do otherwise. In any other franchise, Kain would be a straight villain, but in the Black and Grey Morality of this one, he's the guy to root for because his enemies are worse.
Badass: Telekinesis, shapeshifting, magic, levitation, teleportation, swordplay skills, a wealth of Stock Superpowers including strength, speed, reflexes, and senses. Kain is about the textbook definition of the classical vampire overlord.
Badass Boast: Kain's self confidence is pretty much impossible to undermine. He treats any enemy like an insect that will soon be squished under his boot. Even if they are clearly a lot stronger then he is. For a sample, here's his Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu? moment, though a major spoiler.
"False god! Thisis the end! The final turn of your wheel!"
Badass Cape: His iconic attire for the series as picture involves a sash with his clan emblem round over his chest and draping over the shoulder.
Like a Badass out of Hell: Pseudo-invoking of Type II in Blood Omen, when he's shown trapped in a Hell dimension until Mortanius ropes him into service. Invokes a Type I in Defiance when he's banished to the dimension of the Hylden, which conveniently looks like the same place as he was sent in Blood Omen.
Break the Haughty: Set up a couple times, but ultimately subverted — even when Kain's plans blow up in his face, his arrogance is unshaken, and he sets out to find out what went wrong and how to correct it. As such, he isn't shown to dwell on failures and generally continues on with his usual behaviour. However, Moebius's Batman Gambit of using the death of William the Just to enact a vampire genocide thanks to Kain likely shattered what limited idealism he had in the early days of the series.
The Chessmaster: Very much so. Spending centuries with access to a time machine certainly helps him predict and plan the various results he wants, but even so, Kain is damn good at this.
Xanatos Speed Chess: However, it only works so far as averting Raziel's fate — once that's been done and the timeline is changed, Kain is at a loss for what has changed and has to scramble to find answers and try to keep playing his gambits.
The Chosen One: As Defiance reveals, Kain was prophesied to be the Scion of Balance, who would wield the Soul Reaver to destroy the Elder God and free Nosgoth from his control.
Cool Sword: Wields the material Soul Reaver (also known as just "The Reaver"), which encompasses the following:
Ancestral Weapon: As of Defiance, the Soul Reaver Kain wields in the Blood Omen games was originally used by his future self further in the past, making both versions of the weapon this to the other in a sense.
Elemental Powers: Acquires them in Defiance with the Balance Emblem, though they're not as traditional as Raziel's: Fire, Dimension, Lightning, Time, and Spirit (The latter of which he acquires upon the Reaver absorbing Raziel's soul in the game's climax, transferring the Spirit element from the spectral Soul Reaver to the material version.)
This one also applies to Havoc & Malice, the axes he dual wielded in the original Blood Omen.
Power Glows: Takes on an aura when fully charged in Defiance, the type of aura depending on the elemental power equipped. Fire, of course, makes it a Flaming Sword.
Reforged Blade: Ironically, it was Kain himself who broke it, breaking William the Just's past version of the sword with his own Soul Reaver that was repaired between the two incidents.
Sword of Plot Advancement: For reasons that are obscenely complex to explain, the short of it is that the fate of the world hinges on the Soul Reaver, who uses it, and how it is empowered.
Soul Cutting Blade: Zigzagged. Represented in Blood Omen by dealing a One-Hit KO to enemies as long as Kain has enough mana, except on bosses who just take a lot of damage. In Blood Omen 2 he only has access to the Soul Reaver for the final battle, but he does reave the villain's soul. And in Defiance the Reaver he wields is a past version of the sword that doesn't have this ability yet.
Cosmic Lottery Winner: It's a bit fuzzy on exactly why having his heart torn out and being banished to a Hell dimension doesn't kill him. There's been a Hand Wave about it having to do with his nature as the Scion of Balance, but that's it.
There's a discussion about this on the WMG page.
Cosmic Plaything: The series is all about Kain fighting back against people trying to make him this because the fate of the world hinges on his actions and his destiny being fulfilled or not. The problem for Kain is they know he's fighting back, which is why almost everyone in the series, past or present, wants him dead because he's too hard to manipulate (like say, Raziel). This fact is lampshaded by Raziel several times when he notes that people are lining up to tell him Kain has to die, and he knows there must be a bigger reason for it than they let on.
Dark Messiah: He provides the page quote even. Kain's destiny is to Save The World, but he's still a right bastard while doing it. His refusal to become a martyr to save the world at the end of Blood Omen is a perfect example — while it turned out to be the right thing to do because of the Hylden, Kain's refusal at the time was mostly because he wanted to find a way to save the world without having to resort to sacrificing himself, and in the meantime the world suffered for his decision.
Magic Knight: He has straight magic in Blood Omen, but in later games sticks to his telekinetic and vampiric powers more.
Mega Manning: Absorbs power from his former lieutenants in Blood Omen 2.
Mercy Kill: Kain's pulled these off a few times. Though generally a sadist, he doesn't seem to have a taste for prolonged torture, preferring quick (if extremely painful and messy) deaths. Notably shown when he killed Nupraptor's servant girl in Blood Omen and Magnus in Blood Omen 2.
Mind over Matter: As of Defiance, telekinesis seems to be the most-used power in his magical repertoire.
Multi-Melee Master: Kain has demonstrated skilled use of a large variety of weapons; in Blood Omen he carried three different swords(one of which was on fire and the other was the SoulReaver ), a mace, and a pair of axes. In Blood Omen 2 he used a variety of disposable, breakable weapons. However, he's never been shown using ranged weapons, only using magic at a distance; indeed, he admits to having fairly poor aim.
Noble Demon: Not as noble as Raziel, but Kain does have a sense of honor and morality, however loose and skewed it may be due to the circumstances he finds himself in.
Pet the Dog: Now and then Kain does show altruism and kindness without any selfish motives behind the act. He sees Raziel as a valued ally or even friend and really does want to save him from his fate, and he seems to have affection for Umah, commenting she was at least brave to try and confront the Sarafan alone, and if she hadn't betrayed him she could have been his queen. In Blood Omen 2, he performs a Mercy Kill on Magnus, ending his centuries of torment and comforting him that he was a loyal lieutenant and the cause he fought for is not lost.
Moebius: You have seen my plan, vampire, as I've seen your destiny. The future says you die! Kain: But I am dead... (chops Moebius' head off) as are you.
Psychotic Smirk: He unleashes an epic one shortly before killing Moebius for the second time.
Red and Black and Evil All Over: Many of his outfits in the Blood Omen games, as well as his iconic image in the Soul Reaver games and Defiance, namely black leather pants and a red cape tied over his chest.
Removed Achilles Heel: In Defiance, Raziel tearing the Heart of Darkness from Kain's chest has the handy side-effect of making him immune to Moebius' vampire-weakening sceptre.
Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Is a firm believer in this. Should anyone betray him, there's no way back for them. Umah learned that the hard way, when he killed her as she was half-dead and begging to save her. As Kain himself says, "Cowards and traitors deserve no second thought, only their complete annihilation."
Scars Are Forever: It's not easily visible, but he still has the scar on his torso from being assassinated as a human. It gets healed in Defiance.
Sociopathic Hero: Sure, he's saving the world, but in the meantime, Kain has absolutely no problems with slicing up anyone in his way, be they extra-dimensional demons, Sarafan knights, or just innocent civilians going down the wrong alley at night. That evil laugh mentioned above? Perhaps most terrifying when heard as he was about to feed... on helpless prisoners chained to walls who were begging him for help.
Sophisticated as Hell: When he first sees the Elder God, after five games of spouting all kinds of Shakespearean dialogue, the only thing he can say is "What in the hell?!"
The Fatalist: He's taking a huge gamble on his plan, so he's spent centuries gazing into the time stream to decide the best way to go about executing it. Thus, he knows how a lot of things are meant to be.
White Hair, Black Heart: His transformation into a vampire turned his hair white, and thus his transformation from an unpleasant nobleman to a wicked vampire overlord begins.
Vampire Monarch: Emperor of the clans, progenitor of all vampires post-Blood Omen era (the Continuity Snarl of Vorador in Blood Omen 2 not withstanding). and ruler of Nosgoth (for a time, anyway).
Villains Never Lie: Leaving aside the question of whether he is truly a "villain", this trope holds true with Kain. He tells ambiguous half-truths and makes vague hints, but the only time in an entire series full of Gambit Pileups (a lot of which he instigates) that he directly lies is when he promises mercy to a beaten Sebastian in Blood Omen 2, and even then, when his victim tells Kain openly that he doesn't believe him, Kain makes no attempt to perpetuate the falsehood, and freely admits that he intends to kill him.
Interestingly though in that situation, Kain had more or less killed Sebastianalready. After Kain's offer of mercy and Sebastian's accusation of lying, Kain makes no further move to finish him off as he's already dying of the injuries sustained in the boss fight.
There have even been times when telling the truth has a very good chance of working against him, yet he's been truthful anyway. Admittedly, this is more a case of his ego stopping him treating anyone has a true threat rather than a moral choice, but for whatever reason he remains very honest.
Villain Protagonist: Kain is The Protagonist, and does have some good traits, but he is by no stretch of the imagination The Hero. When the series shifts to Raziel's point of view in the Soul Reaver games and parts of Defiance, Kain is treated as a villain while still having the same goals and personality as when players control him.
The other protagonist of the series besides Kain, he was Kain's right-hand man in his vampire empire, until he grew wings before Kain. Kain had him tossed into the Lake of the Dead to burn forever, but he was saved by the Elder God, deformed but given new life and a chance to avenge himself. However, Kain instead led Raziel on a trip through Nosgoth's bloody and complex history to make him see the bigger picture and the grander destinies they both deserve. Raziel discovers he has free will and so he alone has the power to change history, and in doing so he could bring about the doom of Nosgoth, or its salvation, and everyone knows it and is trying to sway him into helping them more than their enemies — and unfortunately, he often falls for it.
And I Must Scream: First, he gets cast into the Lake of the Dead and burns for several centuries until the Elder God plucks him from the time stream, then between Soul Reaver 2 and Defiance he spends a few more centuries as the Elder God's prisoner. According to the Elder God this is the best he can do—Raziel's nature as his agent means he's physically incapable of dying, so he settles for keeping Raziel weak and immobilized. Raziel's fate to be drawn into the Soul Reaver may be considered this, the series doesn't make it clear if the "Raziel" spirit in the Reaver has full sentience or not.
It is implied that the "Raziel" spirit in the Reaver is not fully sentient, and is this way because he was dragged into it kicking and screaming, in the knowledge that he is doomed and everything he's strived for has only helped his enemies, in addition to the And I Must Scream nature of the prison. It is possible that Raziel's willing sacrifice with the knowledge that he is finally striking a definite blow against his nemesis will allow him to keep his sanity.
Anti-Hero: He's fundamentally good, but is not above morally questionable acts depending on the circumstances. He's also willing to kill whoever he needs to that gets in his way, but unlike Kain who relishes combat Raziel takes no pleasure from it and stays his hand on occasion. However, Raziel is simply too naive and doesn't understand the true nature of Nosgoth's Gambit Pileup for most of the series. This leads to a habit of helping villains without realizing it, which in tandem with his initially selfish motivations (i.e. revenge), keeps him from being considered a true hero.
Badass: Though not quite as much as Kain, Raziel is still very awesome, and in Defiance is able to defeat Kain in one-on-one combat.
Like a Badass out of Hell: Type II and later a Type I, he begins as a loyal servant to the Elder God but comes to rebel against him, and in Defiance fights his way out of the Elder God's realm.
Scarf of Asskicking: While Kain wears his clan sash as a cape, Raziel wraps his around his face and torso like a cowl to conceal the fact he's missing a jawbone as a result of his burning.
Body Horror: After being tossed into the Abyss, Raziel is little more than a blue walking skeleton and has no lower jaw.
Cosmic Plaything: By virtue of possibly being the one being in existence who truly has free will, everyone tries to manipulate him into helping them, mostly all at the same time.
Cape Wings: Sort of. He did have bat-like wings, but Kain tearing the bones out and a few hundred years burning in water (which is acidic to most vampires) left them as dead flaps of skin. They act like a cape, and Raziel can hold them up with his hands to catch wind and glide with them.
Cool Sword: Wields the spectral Soul Reaver to Kain's material Soul Reaver, which encompasses the following:
Ancestral Weapon: Inherited from Kain when he broke the material Soul Reaver striking down Raziel, and forged by the Ancient Vampires who-knows-how-long-ago apparently for Raziel all along.
Art Evolution: In the Soul Reaver games the sword is a simple blade of energy emerging from Raziel's hand. In Defiance the Soul Reaver is instead a complete spectral sword with crossguards and a hilt that Raziel holds. This was the intended design all along, but graphical limitations of the time prevented it.
Blade Below the Shoulder: As described above, originally the Soul Reaver was a blade of energy he conjured from his palm.
Empathic Weapon: In Soul Reaver 2, Raziel awakens a parasitic intelligence within the blade, granting it a semi-sentience and causing it to act of its own accord at times. Turns out this entity is Raziel's future self, when he goes back in time and is absorbed into the material Soul Reaver.
Laser Blade: Technically made of spiritual energy, but visually the effect is the same.
Deadpan Snarker: He definitely begins to pick up Kain's wit as the series goes on.
"Ah, my ancient 'benefactor'... And I dared to hope we had parted ways forever. Your silence was refreshing, while it lasted. No doubt you have a conveniently inexpressible reason for your presence here?"
Deuteragonist: To Kain's Protagonist — the fact that Kain's name is in the series title proves the series is his story, but Raziel is clearly the secondary protagonist. And if not for the last half hour of Defiance, one could argue Raziel is the true protagonist with Kain as a Decoy Protagonist.
Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: In Defiance, Raziel in no uncertain terms lets the Elder God know repeatedly he is quite over the gratitude of his revival.
Raziel: I should have known I'd find you here. Elder God: Here and everywhere, now and always. I am the Wheel and its turning, I am the circle of life and death. Raziel: And I am beginning to think the Vampires committed suicide only to escape your voice.
Doomed Protagonist: Unless he wants to undo history with dozens of paradoxes, eventually Raziel has to merge with the Soul Reaver whether he wants to or not. According to Word of God however, he eventually subverts this with Defiance, as the wraith blade Raziel holds is released into Kain to purify his sight during his Heroic Sacrifice, freeing Raziel's future self at last.
Dull Surprise: When he meets Kain in Avernus Cathedral in Defiance, he flat-out says that he's not surprised to run into him.
Fallen Angel: A recurring motif connected to him, particularly with him being thrown into the Lake of the Dead and rising as the Elder God's servant to hunt the vampires. The Elder God even directly refers to him as "my angel of death" a few times.
Faustian Rebellion: When he discovers more about what the Elder God really is, he stops serving him willingly. The Elder God and Raziel discuss that because of the way he was revived, the Elder God actually can't kill Raziel, he can only weaken him to keep him contained, and when Raziel is moving on his own the Elder God's only method to keep him in line is his Combat Tentacles.
Heroic BSOD: Has a brief one in Soul Reaver 2 when he discovers that it was his Sarafan self who murdered Janos, and again when he discovers that the Soul Reaver is actually his own soul, sucked into the blade and trapped there for millennia.
Ham-to-Ham Combat: While decidedly less hammy than Kain, the two shared some hammy moments in Soul Reaver.
It's Personal: His rivalry with Kain is centered on Kain casting him into oblivion and disfiguring him for a relatively petty act of treason.
I Was Quite a Looker: While he doesn't dwell on it too much, Raziel does often lament his current visage is a big step down from how he looked in life. Of course, this might be less about how handsome he once was and more about the fact that he used to have a stomach and a jawbone.
Knight Templar: Raziel has a natural urge to behave like he's entirely justified and in the right, and his enemies are entirely wrong, regardless of what causes or motives are involved. His sarafan and vampire selves were exactly the same, only working for different sides. It's only after he becomes a soul eater that Raziel learns to see the other viewpoints and understand the Black and Grey Morality that permeates the series.
Sarafan!Raziel: "You're a righteous fiend, aren't you?" Raziel: "Apparently I am."
Kain also lampshades this at the end of Soul Reaver.
Kain: "Did it trouble you to murder your brothers?" Raziel: "Did it trouble you when you ordered me into the abyss?" Kain: "No. But I had faith in you. In your ability to hate, in your self-righteous indignation."
Magic Knight: Not as much as Kain though—he was at the height of his magical prowess in Soul Reaver when he could find glyphs that gave him access to magic attacks. The Glyph system and the abilities Raziel got from them were dropped in the next game, and the only magical powers or equivalent that Raziel was left with were his telekinetic skills and the powers of the Soul Reaver itself, which he cannot use on his own.
Meaningful Name: The Archangel Raziel is known as the Keeper of Secrets and Angel of Mysteries, and is associated with the Sephira Chokmah, for wisdom. Appropriately, Raziel is often compared to a dark angel due to his grotesque appearance, and his discovery of Nosgoth's bloody history and how he handles the information are the crucible on which the plot comes to turn.
Mega Manning: As he kills his brothers he absorbs their souls and powers.
In Defiance, he unlocks new powers for the Reaver by feeding it the souls of former Pillar Guardians.
Muscles Are Meaningless: According to the Elder God, even though Raziel's more or less a skeleton, his physical strength is greater as a wraith than it was as a vampire. Indeed, he's able to push and pull big stone blocks and overpower vampires with ease.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: So many times. Killing Kain most prominently, not to mention giving the Sarafan access to Janos' lair to kill him, and reviving Janos later to give the Hylden Lord the vessel he needs for his plans.
Noble Demon: While Kain is only in it for himself, Raziel really does want to do the right thing, he just doesn't see the larger scheme of things and so doesn't know that "the right thing to do" is a very hard term to define in this series.
Not So Different: Killed and revived to take vengeance on his murderers via a Deal with the Devil, forced to do morally unpleasant things for a greater good, prone to manipulation by others, prone to being very self-righteous — for all their differences, Raziel and Kain are very much the same. Kain lampshades to Raziel that if he would just learn to trust Kain, he'd understand they could be allies, since in his opinion they work for the same causes.
Prophecy Twist: Throughout Defiance Raziel and Kain both find murals depicting two champions locked in combat to decide the fate of Nosgoth, but the murals variably depict either of them victorious. Raziel presumes the two champions are him and Kain, though he's uncertain which is which. According to Word of God, it's much more complex than that — Raziel is both champions. He is the champion of the Hylden by way of reviving Janos and giving them the vessel they need to break the seal on their dimension, and he is the champion of the Ancients by allowing Kain to kill him and receive the empowered Soul Reaver needed to fight the Elder God. The murals show either champion victorious because Raziel allows himself to die to serve the greater good, perishing and triumphing with the same action.
Roaring Rampage of Revenge: A majority of his quest during the games, though he develops other motives eventually. Goes on a smaller-scale one at the end of Soul Reaver 2 against the Sarafan when they kill Janos.
Spanner in the Works: By virtue of possibly being the one creature in all existence who can Screw Destiny. Double Subverted since this simultaneously makes him the guy who can ultimately screw with everyone else's evil manipluations, but at the same time makes him the one guy to be the subject of said evil manipulations as everyone but him realizes this. Ironically, despite this power, he is the character in the game most likely to angst about how he seems to have no control over his own fate and finds himself manipulated at every turn.
The Unchosen One: As Moebius and The Elder God point out to him in Defiance, despite Raziel's belief he's The Chosen One, that title belongs to Kain. Raziel isn't the savior of Nosgoth, he's the guy who can make it right/screw it up for the real thing.
The Unintelligible: Defied. Though Raziel has no lower jaw to speak of, he is still capable of perfect speech. Amy Hennig has given a Hand Wave this as a result of "very supple throat muscles."
Unwitting Pawn: Ho boy, where to start. Pretty much everything Raziel ever does up until his sacrifice at the end of Defiance helps further the plans of someone else in ways he doesn't realize until it's too late. And even with that act marked in the spoiler tag, he's still submitting to the will of someone else and going along with their plan, he's just doing it willingly now.
Villain Protagonist: In the later parts of Defiance. The player knows that reviving Janos is a terrible idea, but Raziel does not and pursues his goal regardless of warnings from Kain. And ultimately and inevitably, it backfires and causes the events of Blood Omen 2.
Wrong Genre Savvy: By the time Defiance rolls around, Raziel has wizened up and realizes everyone is going to try and manipulate him for their own ends. However, when Kain tries to play it straight and tell Raziel the truth, Raziel assumes it's just more manipulations and refuses to trust him.
Your Soul Is Mine: Raziel devours souls to sustain himself. In Soul Reaver 2 the Soul Reaver itself will devour the souls of enemies Raziel fights with it, ultimately leaving nothing for him to snack on for healing if he deals the final blow with the sword. Furthermore, if he lets it get too worked up, it'll start to suck the life out of him instead.
Moebius the Time-Streamer
"Poor, deluded Raziel... did you somehow imagine you had the guile to change history on me? I’m the Time-Streamer: I knew your every intention before you did, you imbecile."
Voiced by Richard Doyle
One of the Circle of Nine and a central antagonist, he controls time and thus can travel though time and see the past and future. He manipulated Kain in Blood Omen to further his agenda to exterminate all vampires, but was killed. He reappears later in the series, where it's revealed he had plans for Kain and Raziel in place that transcend his death.
Back from the Dead: Got revived in Defiance about ten minutes after he died during the events of Blood Omen. He got to enjoy his second chance for all of another ten minutes before he found out Kain had also invoked this trope.
Didn't See That Coming: As Kain delights in pointing out, Moebius definitely didn't expect him to survive his battle with Raziel in Defiance. Doubly effective because not only is Moebius The Chessmaster, he can also see the future.
Evil All Along: Though Kain initially believed that he was driven to villainy by Nupraptor's telekinetic attack on the Circle, it's shown throughout the series that he was a manipulative bastard waaay before then.
Freudian Excuse: Kain discovers the reason for his hatred of vampires over the course of Defiance: When he was a child, he was kidnapped by vampires who knew he was to become the Guardian of Time, and wanted to turn him into a vampire so he would be better suited to his duties.
Kryptonite Factor: His staff can subdue vampires with a wave. Even Kain and Janos can't resist its powers.
Works in reverse too—though he has other powers he's definitely not a fighter, and he's pretty helpless if his staff doesn't work.
Magic Staff: His signature staff can subdue vampires. It also has the power to subdue Raziel's spectral Soul Reaver, being that it's formed from Raziel's former-vampiric soul.
Manipulative Bastard: Oh yes. He has definite advantages in this regard (what with being The Omniscient time-streamer and all), but his ability to play Raziel, who is Immune to Fate, shows that his more conventional manipulative abilities are still pretty impressive.
Non-Linear Character: At any one point, the Moebius you're seeing could easily be the Moebius from another time period. He appears in Soul Reaver 2 and Defiance at times when he's technically supposed to be dead. Word of God said that the Continuity Snarl in Defiance when he appears at Vorador's mansion when he should have been killed by the Blood Omen-era Kain by then, was just Moebius jumping ahead in time briefly to taunt Raziel before he went back to face his death.
Obfuscating Stupidity: Invoked when Raziel first meets him. He doesn't buy it and Moebius quickly drops the act and laughs in his face. However he still hides his true role in the events of the series, and it isn't until Defiance that he lets everyone see just how powerful and in-control he really is.
The Omniscient: He can see through time, backward and forward, at will, so he not only knows all that has and will happen, but any time the timeline changes you can be sure he already knows exactly what's changed by the time Kain or Raziel find him next, and will know better than them.
Not So Omniscient After All: However, his sight is not completely foolproof. He can't see Raziel's future or what he'll do because he has free will — he can see the ripples in time from the potential actions Raziel might take if he chooses to, but they're liable to change any time so all he can do is manipulate Raziel into making the choice he wants him to take and hope he falls for it. And come the end of Defiance he doesn't foresee Kain's return either. Kain lampshades this trope when he realizes it for himself.
Kain: Is there a crack in your omniscience after all, Moebius?
Smug Snake: He is eternally confident and in-control, and tosses out a lot of smirks and sneers at Kain and Raziel. Mildly subverted in that this never bites him in the ass, he's just that good at what he does. And when he finally meets his end at Kain's hands in Defiance, it's due to something no one thought possible.
Squishy Wizard: Without his anti-vampire stick, he's not much of a threat, to say the least.
Raziel: This blade has instilled fear in the heart of creatures much more… *finger pokes Moebius* sturdy than you.
Time Master: His entire shtick, having the title of "Timestreamer" and all.
Unwitting Pawn: He was just the Elder God's tool with which to marginalize the vampires, once he's done that the Elder God has no problems letting him die.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: If we're to believe the murals Raziel finds, the humans were dominated by the vampires before Moebius led his rebellion, so for a while being a human in Nosgoth got a lot better thanks to him. He led that rebellion in the first place because he thought the Elder God was a genuine god, and believed his decree that vampires were a plague on Nosgoth that needed to be wiped out. as Raziel lampshades, when Moebius finds out he's been serving an Eldritch Abomination all this time, he realizes to his horror how wrong he's been.
An ancient entity dwelling in Nosgoth's underground, he controls the Wheel of Fate, which controls the destinies and souls of all of Nosgoth. As such he naturally despises the immortal vampires, and revived Raziel as a wraith to wipe them out and allow the Wheel to turn freely. After Raziel begins pursuing Kain through time and comes to doubt if Kain needs to die, the Elder God tries to sway him back to this path.
A God Am I: Presents himself as one. And the Ancients worshiped him as one too, as does Moebius.
Ambiguously Evil: Raziel doesn't fully trust him in Soul Reaver, but given that he's offering him a chance at resurrection and vengeance and helps him in his path for the latter, how can he say no? Turns out he was right to be suspicious.
God Is Evil: Ambiguous since it is hinted that the Elder God may not be a god, but instead a very, very powerful Eldritch Abomination. However, since all other "gods" in the series are also shown to be some variation of demonic creature, and Nosgoth is a Crapsack World, a genuine god being an Eldritch Abomination fits right in.
Hellish Pupils: Not only slitted, but shaped like an infinity symbol in Defiance.
Hidden Villain: Until the end of Defiance, only Raziel has ever seen his true form.
The Man Behind the Man: To almost everyone. Even if the Hylden are his enemies, it was the Elder God's actions that set them on the path to becoming secondary antagonists with him.
Non-Linear Character: Raziel is quite surprised when he travels back in time and the Elder God calls to him by name. See next trope.
The Omniscient: Being that he seems to control the concept of fate itself, he likely exists outside the boundaries of the normal spacetime continuum.
Puny Humans: While "human" isn't apt for most of the people he talks to, in general he doesn't think too high of much anyone.
While fighting Kain: "Pathetic creature."
Walking Spoiler: His real hand in the events of the series completely turn the plot on its head.
Wild Mass Guessing: An in-universe example—Raziel suggests the Elder God isn't a true god but just a powerful entity presenting himself as one, and also wonders if it was really the Elder God who revived him, or if it was another force that did it and the Elder God just took credit for it to win Raziel's allegiance. Both theories are entirely possible, and Word of God says they would have explored them in future games that never came to light, but in the canon it's unknown what the truth is.
"Rest...? A body is needed for sleep. Flesh and bones are required to recline. No, child, all I may do is watch, and remember, ceaselessly conscious as this wretched world’s history unfurls. Ghastly past, insufferable future, are they one and the same...? Am I always here?"
Voiced by Anna Gunn
Kain's predecessor as the Guardian of Balance in the Circle of Nine, her death sparked the circle's corruption and the events of the first game. The corruption of the Circle binds her spirit to the Pillars, and she will haunt them until the Pillars are restored — namely, until Kain dies. Thus she's pretty much condemned for eternity, and she knows it.
Break the Cutie: Not only did she have a terrible death, but she ended up with this after, too. See below.
Morality Chain: Her death is what caused her lover Nupraptor to go insane and corrupt the Circle of Nine.
Spirit Advisor: For Kain in Blood Omen and Raziel in Soul Reaver. Briefly revisits the role for Raziel in Defiance, but having a different idea of what he is compared to her future self, she just aids him so he'll leave her alone.
What the Hell, Hero?: Gets one from Raziel when he points out that she caused Nupraptor to be among Kain's first victims and deceived him into doing her bidding.
"Centuries of persecution have taught me well. Five hundred years ago, our race was nearly exterminated by the fanatical crusades of the Sarafan. And now the same sick drama unfolds again: in merely a decade, Moebius’s cutthroat citizen army has nearly accomplished what the Sarafan could not. Vampires meddling in the affairs of men... Look where it has brought us."
Voiced by Paul Lukather
A high-ranking Vampire and the first human to be "blessed" with the dark gift from the Ancients. He's the one who forged the Soul Reaver for Janos Audron, though he doesn't know its true purpose. He prefers to remain absent from human affairs, as he considers them nothing but trouble, and fully embraces the idea that the vampires are superior beings. In Blood Omen 2 he leads the vampire resistance against the Sarafan.
Bald of Awesome: He's certainly a powerful fighter, though rarely shown in combat on-screen. Moebius remarks when his vampire hunters capture him in Defiance that the deed came with a high cost paid in blood.
Back from the Dead: They never fully explain why he's alive in Blood Omen 2: chronologically his death during the events of Blood Omen still happens, as Defiance takes the time to demonstrate. Defiance was supposed to explain it, with some cut content indicating Kain (present version) would have revived him, but it was left out.
Young!Kain's threat to Vorador near the end of Blood Omen 2 "Do you wish to return to the grave, old friend?" could imply that Kain as a fledgeling vampire somehow resurrected Vorador after dooming the pillars, or it might not, it's very ambiguous.
Badass Boast: Vorador gets one in Blood Omen when he meets Kain for the first time.
"After slaughtering six of the sheep, I defeated their pathetic little shepherd Malek..."
"Strange, isn’t it Kain? That one cannot quite accept that which sustains him: you in your death and me in mine. But death cannot reign in a world without life... and soon you will find the quest ahead of you is yours and yours alone."
Voiced by Tony Jay (Blood Omen)/ Alistair Duncan (Defiance)
The Guardian of Death in the Circle of Nine, he's the one who revived Kain as a vampire in Blood Omen. Kain eventually finds out he's also the one who killed Ariel and caused the Circle's corruption. Defiance reveals he helped Moebius overthrow the vampires and some time later became a vessel for Hash'ak'gik to corrupt the Circle and loosen the shackles on the Hylden. His resurrection of Kain is his attempt to set the prophecy of the Scion of Balance going and put things right.
The Archmage: Mortanius was considered by most to be the most powerful magic wielder in Nosgoth at the time of the corruption of the Pillars.
The Atoner: Mortanius, having unwillingly murdered Ariel, spends most of the first game trying to repair the damage this has caused. It's also revealed that he's atoning for an even bigger misdeed- helping Moebius overthrow the vampires and removing the Pillars from vampire ownership- by his resurrection of Kain as the Scion of Balance
Batman Gambit: Once he figured out the Vampires were supposed to be the ones in charge and Moebius' rebellion was in error, he revived Kain since he knew Kain was supposed to be The Chosen One, and hoped for the best.
Dark Is Not Evil: Mortanius' Necromancy is a perfectly natural form of magic tied with the Pillar of Death; also, demonic possession aside, Mortanius himself is actually one of the nobler characters in the series.
Do Not Go Gentle: He freely admits prior to his battle with Kain that he has embraced his fate to die at Kain's hands. Doesn't mean he's gonna go down without a fight.
Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: In Defiance, it's revealed that under his mask, he's mostly human in appearance except for his unhealthily pale skin- which would be an Undeathly Pallor if Mortanius hadn't still been alive at the time.
Expressive Mask: His skeletal "face," in the first game is actually a mask- a very convincing one at that.
The Other Darrin: Initially voiced by Tony Jay in Blood Omen, leading to some Wild Mass Guessing regarding the Elder God's identity when Jay went on to voice that character instead. His actor was changed in Defiance, to avoid confusion.
Prophet Eyes: Both his mask and his true self show blank white eyes.
"Embrace your destiny, Raziel. You must reclaim the Reaver—it was forged for you and you alone...Without it, there is no hope."
Voiced by Rene Auberjonois
The last Ancient Vampire and one of the highest-ranking of them, he is Vorador's sire and the one who commissioned the forging of the Soul Reaver. This also makes him the only person who understands its true purpose and thus the key to many mysteries. It was his heart, torn out and preserved as a dark relic by the Sarafan when they killed him, that revived Kain as a Vampire way back in Blood Omen. Not a large concern, until Defiance comes around and Raziel seeks a way to revive Janos...
Anti-Hero: Janos is probably the only character in the series who is unambiguously good and is always portrayed as helpful, gentle, and wise. However, he's still a servant of the Elder God with the rest of his race, even if he doesn't realize it, which potentially casts a shadow on everything he does.
Mr. Exposition: Though pretty much every character in the series can qualify for this (it's a very dialogue-heavy series), Janos deserves special mention as this is his purpose in-game. Raziel goes through hell to seek him out and later to restore his heart and bring him back to life just so that Janos can tell him what the heck is going on. When watching a cutscene featuring Janos, be prepared for a very long history lesson.
Religious Bruiser: He prefers not to fight, but he can when needed. And like the rest of the Ancients, he is a devout follower of their God.
Team Dad: Treats everyone, including Kain in Blood Omen 2, in a gentle and paternal manner.
Token Good Teammate: Between Nosgoth being a Crapsack World and the series running on Black and Gray Morality, Janos is probably the only character that is truly "good" through and through. He has no hidden agenda, he doesn't manipulate anyone, he has no selfish or self-serving motivation or goal, whenever he's on screen he's polite and affable, and he plays it straight when Raziel demands answers from him. It says something that in a series where most recurring characters are varying degrees of Magnificent Bastards, Janos is not.
Hash'ak'gik a.k.a. the Dark Entity, the Hylden Lord, and the Sarafan Lord
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"Don't you see? My silencing of Ariel and its calculated repercussions is but the first act in my theater of Grand Guignol, of which you are the tragic hero. Play on, little vampire, play on..."
The main antagonist of the original game, he possessed Mortanius and murdered Ariel with the intent to destroy the Pillars of Nosgoth. His existence was revisited in later games, revealing he was a much more important character than Kain suspected at the time, and his plans were not limited to just the Circle.
Batman Gambit: As Kain realizes when he saves Raziel at the end of Soul Reaver 2, Hash was banking on Kain doing this so Raziel would eventually revive Janos, giving him the vessel he needed to open the gate to the Hylden realm.
Big Bad Ensemble: With Moebius and by proxy the Elder God. Most of the conflicts Kain and Raziel face throughout the series trace back to one of them, and while we never see them come into conflict during the games, the backstory establishes that the two are enemies and are directly opposed to each other. The end of Defiance has Moebius addressing that now that Kain and Raziel have been dealt with, it's time to turn attention to the Hylden.
Hijacked by Ganon: Retroactively hijacks Blood Omen 2. Blood Omen 2 came out and named the villain "the Hylden General" aka the Sarafan Lord, but it wasn't until Defiance that it was revealed that he was the Dark Entity/Hash'ak'gik from the first game.
Body Surf: He's possessed Mortanius, Janos, and has likely used other vessels when needed.
Breaking Speech: Gives a good one to Kain at the end of Blood Omen 2. Even though Kain follows with a Shut Up, Hannibal!, it's not a particularly convincing one, and the player is left thinking that Kain was trying to avoid facing the fact that his enemy was right.
I Have Many Names: Though he's nice enough to share one with Turel, who also goes by "Hash'ak'gik".
Knight Templar: The war between the Ancients and the Hylden was started by the former, and only because the Hylden refused to submit to the Elder God's control. Hash is entirely justified in wanting to wipe the vampires out and free his people. He could be an outright Hero Antagonist except that, much like Kain, he has no regard for any humans caught up in his plans.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: His victory over Raziel in Defiance weakens Raziel enough for the Elder God to reign Raziel in and trap him in his realm again, thereby setting the stage for Raziel to have his epiphany moment and grant Kain the empowered Soul Reaver.
Not So Different: In Blood Omen 2the rule of the Sarafan under him is just as bad as the rule of Kain's empire in Soul Reaver. Noted by Umah, who asks outright how Kain's empire will be any different from the Sarafan, and by Hash himself.
The Omniscient: Possibly. He clearly knows a huge amount about time manipulation, and is able to play Kain, Raziel, and the Elder God to his own ends perfectly, which would make him a king among Magnificent Bastards if he accomplished all this without some extensive foreknowledge.
Xanatos Gambit: Through Mortanius, it orchestrated the events of Blood Omen in the hopes of destroying the pillars. Specifically, the pillars would collapse if either the Scion of Balance remains corrupted, or if there are no vampires left to sustain the barrier between worlds. By ensuring that the corrupted Scion of Balance was also the last vampire in the world, the pillars would fall regardless of whether Kain lived or died.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He is arguably this. A person spending countless centuries imprisoned in a hell dimension that twists its inhabitants and inexorably makes them mad, banished there for defending himself against crusading oppressors who are ultimately serving a parasitic abomination, could be excused for being a bit angry when he comes out. Targeting the now-innocent generations of humans in addition to the vampires with The Device might be a result of rage carried over from the war of the ancients spurred by the demon realm's madness, as the humans sided with the ancient vampires in that war.
Introduced in Blood Omen
Nupraptor The Mentalist
"Come, Kain... come share my pain..."
The Guardian of Mind in the Circle of Nine, Nupraptor went mad when he found that his lover Ariel had been murdered; with his psychic powers, he went about spreading his insanity to the rest of the Circle, kicking off the events of the first game.
The Empath: According to the Silicon Knights FAQ, Nupraptor is "hypersensitive to peoples' emotions and thoughts" and was more than a little unstable due to this- even before Ariel's death.
Walking Wasteland: according to both deleted lines and the Silicon Knights character biographies, Dejoule's powers have grown to the point that her presence can blister the skin and sterilize the cells of anybody standing too close to her- hence the reason why she wears an insulating cloak.
"It is not often that a man sees his own corpse: it is a sobering experience. But I am far less interested in my own corpse than I am in yours..."
The Guardian of Conflict in the Circle of Nine, and the official bodyguard of the other members. After his failure to protect the Circle of Nine from Vorador's attack, Malek was punished by having his body destroyed and his soul bound to a suit of magical armour, condemning him to the post of Defender of the Nine for all eternity. In Soul Reaver 2, it is discovered he only failed to protect the rest of the Circle because Moebius stopped him from doing so; given that Moebius went on to be one of the people who sentenced him to eternal imprisonment within the armour, this makes him quite The Woobie.
On a more one sided note, to Kain. With the exception of Moebius, Kain never held a grudge like he held a grudge against Malek, defacing his(never used) tomb centuries after his death. This is likely because Malek is the only foe Kain faces in the series that he was never able to personally defeat. For his part, Malek's hatred was too firmly rooted on Vorador to care that much for Kain.
Dead Guy on Display: In the throne room of his fortress, he's left a rotting corpse "holding court." However, contrary to the quote, the body doesn't actually belong to Malek.
There's some confusion on that; there are two bodies in Blood Omen that are said to belong to Malek, one under Avernus where he was executed and one in his fortress. Both are identified as his in the strategy guide, and word of god has never cleared it up.
Well, the one under Avernus is just the skeleton. Possibly the one in his fortress is the rest of him.
The Dragon: Served as the Dragon to the Circle during their crusade against the vampires. Was dragon his feet during Vorador's assault on the circle Thanks to Moebius, and Kain was Genre Savvy enough to go after him early on.
Genius Bruiser: He might not be the most tactically-sound mind in the Circle, but he did manage to construct a number of machines built to recycle and fuse the souls of dead warriors into suits of armour.
Hopeless Boss Fight: Kain cannot kill him personally because Malek simply reassembles himself, and eventually creates an Advancing Wall of Doom. All you can do is keep up the attack long enough for the exit to appear.
Spikes of Villainy: His armies, along with their creepy red armor. The Nemesis himself is extra-spiky.
Vocal Dissonance: One of the few characters who shouldn't have been voiced by Tony Jay. As the Nemesis, perhaps, but not the polite, unsure boy we see.
Elzevir the Dollmaker
An accomplished toymaker and minor magician. During the backstory, he took part in a contest to produce a doll worthy of the Princess of Willendorf's birthday and won; as a reward, he requested a lock of the princess's hair- which he received. Shortly afterwards, the princess fell into a coma, and Elzevir ended up becoming one of Kain's targets in his mission to rally Willendorf against the Nemesis.
You Do NOT Want To Know: It's probably for the best that we never find out just what he wanted with the princess' soul. Even Kain seems pretty creeped out by it.
Introduced in Soul Reaver
"Do you not recognize me, brother? Am I so changed?"
One of Raziel's brothers, he was the last to be resurrected by Kain, and having the least of his power, still suffers from decay. Thus, on top of having to drink blood, he has to skin the corpses for hides to replace his own festering skin; by the time Raziel emerges from the Abyss, this practice has degenerated into incorporating entire bodies into his own, transforming Melchiah into a hulking mass of corpses and mangled organs. Even his fingers are actually severed limbs grafted onto the ends of his arms.
Puzzle Boss: Raziel has to lure him under spiked gates to impale him.
Sliding Scale of Undead Regeneration: Due to being the youngest and weakest of Kain's sons, his body is afflicted with decay, and he and his clanmates must graft the skins of their victims onto their own bodies in order to prolong their immortality.
"See how the humans’ weapon of destruction has become my home- indeed, my body. A cocoon of brick and granite from which to watch a pupating world..."
Another of Raziel's brothers, his offspring have mutated into arachnid-like creatures capable of climbing walls and wrapping their prey in cocoons for later meals. Zephon himself has grown more massive and more insectoid, to the point that he resembles a thinly-veiled version of the Alien Queen.
All Webbed Up: the Zephonim's victims generally end up like this.
Tennis Boss: Though not in the usual sense of direct deflecting—he spits out eggs that Raziel has to pick up, light on fire and throw back at him.
The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: "Will... instinct... reflex action... the insect mind finds little difference. I warn you, brother, as my stature has grown, so it is matched by my appetite..."
Womb Level: The uppermost levels of the Silenced Cathedral have become a part of his body.
"You, of all of us, should respect the power bestowed by a limitation overcome."
One of Raziel's brothers, he and his brood have become aquatic creatures and overcame the vampire weakness to water. While his spawn are amphibious, Rahab himself has metamorphosed into a merman rather reminiscent of a shark.
Boss Arena Idiocy: A rather magnificent subversion—Rahab's territory is a flood abbey, and both his lair and the passage to it are also flooded. If Raziel couldn't shift to the Spectral Realm where water is insubstantial, he wouldn't even be able to get to Rahab's lair. And once you do get there, the only dry land are small pillars where he can easily knock you back into the water, forcing Raziel to shift back to the Spectral Realm.
Played straight in other ways though. If you have an aversion to sunlight, it might be considered unwise to make your lair in a room full of shatterable windows.
"The centuries in limbo have honed my strength. Not even Kain is my equal."
One of Raziel's brothers, and along with Turel one of the two who actually threw Raziel into the Abyss. By the time he is encounted, he has been impaled, trapping his soul in limbo. The centuries like this have transformed him into a wraith, able to exist and act in both realms at once and making him stronger than ever. Ironically, his offspring were scattered and disorganized when he was finally defeated by an army of humans, and serve as the main Mooks of the game, easily killed in two or three hits.
Advancing Boss of Doom: Even shifting into the Spectral Realm doesn't grant an escape, because he can move through both realms now.
Meaningful Name: Dumah is the angel of "the stillness/silence of death", reflecting Dumah's trapping in limbo due to his impalement.
Only Mostly Dead: His killers didn't really kill him, they just trapped him in limbo by impaling his body. Removing the spears allows his soul to return to his body.
Overly-Long Tongue: His offspring sport long tongues capable of draining the blood from victims.
Small Name, Big Ego: It's mentioned that Dumah's own arrogance was what let the humans stake him in the first place. After being revived, he claims that the time spent in Limbo have honed his strength to the point that he is now more powerful than Kain himself.
Useless Useful Spell: The Constrict power Raziel gets for defeating him—there's a good reason why this is the one power Raziel doesn't retain in later games. It lets you bind enemies in place by running a circle around them, but to do this you're both letting the enemy attack you while you run, and you're relying on them letting you complete the binding in which case they're already holding still anyway. Its only practical purpose is to solve puzzles.
The Usual Adversaries: Not Dumah himself, but his vampire offspring serve this purpose. Since he was destroyed, his clan scattered throughout Nosgoth and are thus the most common enemies Raziel fights; they can be found not just in Dumah's old territory, but also in Raziel's, as well as around Kain's fortress and near the Sarafan stronghold, and other miscellaneous encounters. In fact, in and near Dumah's haunt is more or less the last place you run into them.
"Yes. I am changed. I have become a God. Greater than you ever were, Raziel. You were never a God. Greater even than Kain!"
The final brother and the strongest for sure, he has telekinetic abilities surpassing Kain's own. He is spared Raziel's vengeance in Soul Reaver, but returns later in the series.
A God Am I: Considers himself one, since he has a cult dedicated to worshipping him. Considering he is forced to be worshipped and is a prisoner against his will, however, this could be self-depreciation.
Boss Arena Idiocy: The giant gongs- though this may have been the Cult's way of keeping him under control.
Large and in Charge: Aside from the Elder God, Turel is probably the largest boss in the series. His vampire offspiring are also the tallest and most dangerous regular enemies in Soul Reaver 1, pretty much serving as Elite Mooks, with the first one you meet actually being a mini-boss fight.
Left Hanging: The exact means and reason of how and why he was pulled back in time to the Blood Omen era was going to be covered in a future game. Word of God has since explained it was Azimuth who pulled him back, using a time-streaming device of Moebius's. The intent was for him to be a host for the Hylden Lord, but he was too large and hard to control so they left him in the basement of Avernus and used him to invoke fear and reverence to the Hylden Lord among the humans.
Sanity Slippage: He shows some shades of this. Centuries of imprisonment and being worshiped as an idol haven't done wonders for his mental state.
Serendipity Writes The Plot: He was supposed to be included in Soul Reaver, Dummied Out locations and dialogue make it clear that Raziel would have eventually gone after him. However, the team was out of time so Turel was cut without mention, and later games made his absence from Soul Reaver a plot point.
Super Senses: In just about every form except for sight - he's almost blind. Note that he first recognizes Raziel by scent, despite Raziel possessing a random corpse at the time; apparently, his sense of smell is so powerful he can smell people's souls.
Wham Line: When he first appears you probably have no idea who or what he is, you just know he recognizes Raziel somehow. And then Raziel mutters his name, and suddenly the scene takes an interesting turn.
Introduced in Blood Omen 2
A member of the Vampire resistance, she is Kain's contact and assists him when she can.
The Mole: Kain believes this towards the end of Blood Omen 2, but it is never revealed if this is true or not.
Morality Pet: Seemed to be becoming Kain's, thanks to the Ship Tease. This makes the manner of her death all the more shocking. Kain's forcing her to acknowledge his dominance before killing her anyway is one of his few Kick the Dog moments in the series.
Also possibly for Vorador, since he seems to treat her more as a daughter than as the sex toys most of his female companions were in Blood Omen. His reaction to Kain killing her is the only time in the series he is seen to lose control and show strong emotion.
Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: She swipes the Nexus Stone from Kain, and is mortally wounded by Sarafan guards afterwards. While she lays bleeding out and begging Kain for help, Kain proceeds to take the Nexus Stone back and kill her himself.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: She steals the Nexus Stone from Kain because she fears when he returns to power, he'll become the same type of Evil Overlord the Sarafan are, to vampire and human alike. It's hard not to understand or even agree with her concerns.
Wake-Up Call Boss: If you haven't figured out how to block attacks and use your Dark Gift powers yet, prepare to suffer.
I hold the cards now, Kain. Surrender yourself to me, or I will kill him.
One of Kain's former lieutenants, Kain apparently tried to kill him. Marcus claims it was because Kain feared his growing powers, but of course Kain denies this. However, Kain nonetheless has trouble shaking off Marcus's mental powers at first, and seems hesitant to fight him. Considering how eager Kain is to flatten other enemies, Marcus could well be right.
I failed you. I tried to kill him. Even now, I cannot remember how he defeated me. I was struck down, helpless at his feet, and then through his foul magic, he took my mind and transported me here to this... hellhole.''
Kain's final lieutenant, he ran away before the climactic battle between Kain and the Sarafan to side with the Sarafan. Or so Kain assumes. Actually Magnus snuck away to try and assassinate the Sarafan Lord, and was caught and thrown into an extra-dimensional prison. When Kain finds him he's lost his mind.