"The Gift continued to evolve. Over time, we became less human and more... Divine. Kain would enter the state of change, and emerge with a new gift. Some years after the master, our evolution would follow. Until I had the honor of surpassing my lord."
—Raziel, Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver.note
The Master is as old as any vampire on record. There's no telling how powerful he'll be if he reaches the surface.
— Giles, Buffy the Vampire Slayer