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Force Glyph is an optional chapter of Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver which deals with Raziel's discovery of the Force Glyph Altar and gaining of the Force Glyph spell. Exploration and discovery of the area is entirely up to the player and is not required to progress the story.


At some point after defeating Melchiah and gaining the Phasing through gates ability, Raziel returns to the Necropolis and uses the new ability to pass a grate in the underwater area beneath the cove. In the passage beyond he discovers the Force Glyph Altar and after completing its puzzle he gains the Force Glyph.[Soul Reaver][Soul Reaver/Force]


The Necropolis[]

Accessing the small cove area of the Necropolis - either by following the sloping passage back down from the main descending crypt, by using the high curving passages from the main lake, or even by following the underwater passage from beneath the lake - Raziel could discover two grates in the area below the waterline of the cove. One in the west covered a small alcove containing a health upgrade, but the one in the north led further on and by using the Phasing through gates ability, Raziel could pass through the northern grate and into the Force Glyph Altar.[Soul Reaver][Soul Reaver/Force]

The Force Glyph Altar[]

The passage beyond the northern grate led up a slope and above the waterline to a small chamber within with a distinctive shape and a prominent stone face embedded in the wall flanked by Force symbols. Three obelisks stood in the center of the room in triangular formation with a brain mural on the floor between them and each pillar was topped by a part of the force symbol.[Soul Reaver][Soul Reaver/Force]

By pushing each obelisk in turn they would topple over and their symbols aligned over the brain pattern to create the full Force symbol on the floor. This caused the eyes of the stone face to open and a beam of bright light shot out and hit the force symbol, manifesting the Force Glyph.[Soul Reaver][Soul Reaver/Force]

Following completion of the altar an Eldritch recharge will appear in front of the altar and if this is Raziel's first Glyph, Eldritch energy will begin to appear in the environment.[Soul Reaver][Soul Reaver/Force]


  • Raziel could potentially have gained access to the Force Glyph for the duration of the game. However the ability does not carry over to Soul Reaver 2, which may indicate that he loses them or never canonically obtains them.[Soul Reaver][Soul Reaver/Force][Soul Reaver 2]


In the Soul Reaver alphas, the Force Glyph altar is positioned in a different location with the glyph appearing to be gained much later in the game. Rather than being found beneath the cove in the Necropolis, the Force glyph altar is instead positioned in a passage at the end of the boat area of the Drowned Abbey. The altar is notably underwater meaning that projectiles are required to complete the puzzle - this functionality is missing from the retail version where projectiles are ineffective.[1][2][3][Soul Reaver][Soul Reaver/Force]



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