The Guardian of the Pillar of Time, or Time Guardian, referred to the individuals summoned to represent and serve the Pillar of Time, one of the Pillars of Nosgoth. All Guardians belonged to the oligarchy of sorcerers known as the Circle of Nine.

The Guardians of Time held dominion over past and future, and controlled time travel.[Blood Omen/11] Their role granted them the power to bend time, and forecast or manipulate Nosgoth's history. Time Guardians were afforded "a certain level of omniscience," and kept the flowing currents and shifting movements of the time-stream in check.[Soul Reaver 2/1][Defiance strategy guide]

Though Time Guardians themselves made further appearances, the term "Time Guardian" itself was mentioned only in Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, Soul Reaver 2, and Legacy of Kain: Defiance.


"My role as Time Guardian affords me a certain level of omniscience, Raziel.
No, you don't kill me. That honor belongs to your maker, Kain, some thirty years from now."
―Moebius — Listen (file info)[src]


Only two Guardians protected the Pillar of Time during its existence: the Original Time Guardian, an ancient Vampire; and Moebius the Time Streamer, a human.[Defiance/10][Blood Omen/9]

The original Time Guardian was appointed to serve at the summoning of the Guardians.[Defiance/4] Upon her death, the Pillar of Time culled her successor, Moebius, from the populace. He and Mortanius, the Death Guardian, were among the first human Guardians in Nosgoth's history.[Blood Omen/9] Moebius remained incumbent until the corruption and collapse of the Pillars, after which no new Guardians could be born to assume the vacant role.[Blood Omen/11][Soul Reaver 2/2]


The Chronoplast, built by Moebius, symbolized Time Guardianship.

All Guardians were destined to serve their respective Pillar for their lifetime, and were granted longevity and extraordinary powers in return. Time Guardians were granted the unique power to bend time and manipulate history.

Each individual Guardian was linked to their Pillar by a Pillar token.[Blood Omen/3] Moebius's Hourglass bound him to the Pillar of Time. The artifact "was the focus of his Time Streaming magic," and "allowed him to sift through the sands of time, giving him dominion over past and future." In the events of Blood Omen, after killing Moebius, Kain – the Balance Guardian – was able to briefly restore the corrupt Pillar of Time by returning the Hourglass.[Blood Omen/11][Blood Omen/Miscellaneous]

The principle of Time governed the elemental power of Earth together with its sister principle, Energy. The original Time and Energy Guardians were entombed in the Vampire Citadel's Earth Forge, and their specters presided over the Forge until the Blood Omen era. Raziel defeated both, and absorbed their souls with the Wraith Blade to acquire the Earth Reaver.[Defiance/10]

Moebius created the Chronoplast – a giant time machine – and other Time-streaming chambers and devices to travel to various eras of history.[OPM-SR2-Funk][Soul Reaver 2 manual] The Chronoplast enabled advanced minds to see the time-stream. However, only the Time Guardian could take in its weavings without prohibitive difficulty; normal men would go mad.

The Time Guardians' knowledge of past and future was, to an extent, subjective. Both the original Time Guardian and Moebius knew of the prophecies of the Scion of Balance, the Vampire champion, and the Hylden champion, but their interpretations of events differed.


The Time Guardian has different time-related abilities beyond understanding the flow of time, between Them:

Behind the scenes

Soul Reaver 2's designers considered including a Time Glyph spell for Raziel – alongside eight other Glyphs representing the Pillars – but abandoned the idea during production.[EGM-SR2-Kaintinued][1] The Time Glyph may have emulated one or more of the Time Guardian's powers, and was perhaps related to the Time Reaver which subsequently appeared in Defiance.[1][Defiance]

Defiance revealed that Moebius was resurrected by the Elder God shortly after the collapse of the Pillars.[Defiance/13][TLW-Amy] This incident calls the duration of his tenure into question. Having been revived after his token was returned, he was unique among Guardians; it is unclear whether his link to the Pillars persisted into his brief second life. Dark Chronicle's Ardeth Silvereni noted that the loss of his Time Guardianship may explain "the crack in [his] omniscience" at the end of Defiance"why he didn't foresee Kain's survival."[Defiance/13][2] Series art director Daniel Cabuco, however, attributed this to Kain's momentary banishment to the Demon Realm: "a place neither the Elder or Moebius could see into. Since he blipped off their radar, they assumed he was dead and didn't look for him. They had a hard time keeping track of him in the first place."

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Wiki-Icon-TLW.png The Pillar Glyphs at The Lost Worlds (by Ben Lincoln)
  2. Wiki-Icon-DC.png Legacy of Kain: All Pillar Guardians at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)


Preceded by:
The Guardian of Time
The original Guardian of Time
Before Nosgoth's recorded history
Followed by:
Moebius the Time Streamer
(next known successor)
Preceded by:
The original Guardian of Time
The Guardian of Time
Moebius the Time Streamer
Before Nosgoth's recorded historyBlood Omen era
Followed by:
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