- "Consuming Dumah’s soul empowers you to wind a constricting band of spectral energy around your enemies. This energy manifests itself in both the spectral and material realms - and in the physical world, it can be employed to manipulate otherwise immovable objects."
- ―Elder God — Listen (file info)[src]
Constricting, also known simply as Constrict, was an ability which appeared only in Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. The ability allowed Raziel to wind a band of constricting energy around a subject which could damage and incapacitate enemies and rotate certain objects. The ability was originally gained when Raziel defeated and consumed the soul of his brother Dumah.
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Constricting was an earned ability featured in Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver and was first developed by Dumah as a vampire in the events of Soul Reaver. Using the ability Dumah was able to quickly run around his opponents in either realm, drawing a wisp of spectral energy behind him which would solidify and tighten, squeezing and damaging his enemies.[Soul Reaver][Soul Reaver/13]
When Raziel traveled to Ash Village in chapter Ruined City of the Dumahim in Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, he found Dumah slain and impaled upon large stakes, with his soul lingering in the Spectral Realm.[Soul Reaver/12][Soul Reaver/13] Removing the stakes, Raziel was able to able to revive Dumah who warned Raziel that "the centuries in limbo [had] honed [his] strength" before engaging Raziel in combat. After defeating Dumah by luring him into the Furnace Room Raziel was able to consume his soul, gaining the ability for himself.[Soul Reaver][Soul Reaver/13][Soul Reaver strategy guide (Prima)].
Once gained, Raziel could use the ability in either realm by running in a circle around an object or enemy, with a band being generated after the first circuit and a constricting ring appearing after the second circuit. Constrict could be used on enemies in either realm and would usually result in spectral entities being heavily damaged, vampires being reduced to a stunned state and humans being killed outright. The ability could also be used on objects in the Material Realm and was primarily used for rotating special Constrict objects - such as dials - which were often specifically marked with circular patterns on the floor beneath them.[Soul Reaver][Soul Reaver manual (US)][Soul Reaver manual (UK)][Soul Reaver strategy guide (Prima)]
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Constricted enemies are immediately reduced to a stunned/damaged state (low-level humans are killed). Constrictable objects can be turned using the constrict ability - e.g., a gear can be turned; a sundial rotated; a lens turned to point a specific direction. Constrictable objects can be rotated clockwise or counter-clockwise, depending on the direction Raziel runs when he constricts them.
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- Constrict is notably named using two different variants of the same term. The US manual refers to the ability as "Constricting".[Soul Reaver manual (US)] In contrast the UK manual and Prima guide refer to the ability as "Constrict".[Soul Reaver manual (UK)][Soul Reaver strategy guide (Prima)] An in game prompt seen in Ash Village also uses "Constrict", as do Debug menus.[Soul Reaver][Soul Reaver/13]
- Whereas the other abilities Raziel gains are originally developed as part of the Pupating and Evolution of their patriarchs, the constrict ability is of unclear development.[Soul Reaver] Dumah's claims when facing Raziel, the Elder God's description of the ability and the visual similarity to the 'Draining Leash' used by Vampire wraiths suggest that the ability may have instead been a development of the wraith abilities Dumah gained through his extended stay in the Spectral Realm.[Soul Reaver][Soul Reaver/13]
- in the Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver alpha Constrict is much more sensitive than its retail counterpart and this means that Raziel frequently leaves blue trail behind him - even when constrict is not being used or has not been gained.
- Although it cannot usually be used through the course of the game, Constrict can be activated at any time through the use of cheats and Debug menus. These confirm that the ability has no effect on bosses.[Soul Reaver]
- The constrict ability is not used in Soul Reaver 2 onward where it is apparently superseded by Raziel's ability to manually rotate objects. Though it does not appear directly, the ability was mentioned several times in pre-release interviews and materials, and is a part of the game code.[Soul Reaver 2] As such, the ability is present in game files and appears in the debug menu, where it is activated as part of normal gameplay but does not have any effects. It is perhaps probable that the controls of constrict were deemed overly awkward and replaced with a simpler rotational mechanism, while the behind the scenes code was maintained but disabled to prevent unforeseen issues resulting from its removal. Hacking can allow constrict to be enabled properly but it is arguably less useful than its predecessor due to the pace of combat.[Soul Reaver 2]
See also[edit | edit source]
- Constrict objects
- Rotatable and movable objects
- Dumah (Soul Reaver boss)
- Soul Reaver: Earned Abilities at Dark Chronicle (by Ardeth Silvereni).
References[edit | edit source]
- November 24, 2001 snapshot of Soul Reaver Playstation (PSone) Cheat Codes in ABSOLUTE PLAYSTATION ( PSX, PS, PS1 ) - Soul Reaver at ABSOLUTE PLAYSTATION
- 'To Be Kaintinued', Electronic Gaming Magazine, August 2000 (Issue 13.8) (by Crispin Boyer/Amy Hennig) (archived at the Square Enix Forums)