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The Dark Scripture was an item used by Raziel in Legacy of Kain: Defiance. Discovered in the balconies above Avernus Cathedral, the scripture was a book collected by Raziel in the chapter Seek Mortanius. Ultimately it was placed on the main altar of the Cathedral where it opened a portal leading to the Avernus Catacombs.


When Raziel proceeded to Avernus Cathedral in the chapter Seek Mortanius of Defiance he was soon able to discover a warp to the Earth forge where he could forge the Earth Reaver. This enhancement allowed Raziel to summon Earth platforms from an Earth plinth in the center of the Cathedral, allowing him to jump upwards to reach the balcony level above Avernus Cathedral where Raziel found the Dark Scripture held by two statues.[Defiance][Defiance/10][Defiance strategy guide]

Visually the dark scripture was a book bound in a maroon leathery material scripture with a golden rune symbol on the cover and golden spiked corner bindings.[Defiance][Defiance/10]

Taking the Dark Scripture back down to the to the main altar of the cathedral below and placing it there, Raziel was able to open a portal that led to the Avernus Catacombs.[Defiance][Defiance/10][Defiance strategy guide] The Scripture remained in place for the duration of the game, visible on Raziel's return, throughout Raziel and Kain's battle and upon Kain's return in Return to the Guardian Citadel.[Defiance][Defiance/10][Defiance/11][Defiance/12][Defiance/13][Defiance strategy guide]


"As the handsome coffin hides the putrefying corpse within, the great Cathedral of Avernus seemed to hold its own secrets, hidden in the catacombs beneath its vaulted chambers. Was this the source of the corruption that infected Nosgoth? Vorador had hinted at something more."
  • The Dark Scripture is explicitly named as such in the inventory and its name is reiterated in the official guide. In game files the Dark Scripture is labelled as "av_altarkey". A corresponding 'lock' texture labelled as "av_altarlock" is included in files but consists mainly of effects and does not include the altar itself which is counted as part of the environment. Curiously the 'lock' textures also include an image which appears to be the cut Blue Chalice.[Defiance][Defiance/10][Defiance/11][Defiance/12]


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  1. Wiki-Icon-DC.pngLovecraft's Diary at Dark Chronicle
  2. Wiki-Icon-NR.pngA secret??? at the Nosgothic Realm Defiance Forums (by snake) (archived at Tapatalk)
  3. Icon-Eidos.pngSPOILER - Hidden message discovered at the Eidos Forums (by Lucent) (archived at Wayback Machine)
  4. Icon-Eidos.pngIs there an archaeologist in the house? at the Eidos Forums (by soothsayer) (archived at Wayback Machine)
  5. Wiki-Icon-TLW.png The Artifact 1a Room at The Lost Worlds (by Ben Lincoln)