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The Howling Heartstone was an artifact used by Raziel in Legacy of Kain: Defiance. It was discovered by Raziel and could be found nearby the Pillars of Nosgoth in the sixth chapter Find the Location of Vorador's Mansion. The item ultimately activated the warp gate leading to the Air forge.


The Howling Heartstone was a quest item in Legacy of Kain: Defiance. It was utilized by Raziel in the chapter Find the Location of Vorador's Mansion as he explored the Pillars area during the events of Blood Omen.

Finding the sealed Air forge outer chamber among the ruins nearby the Lake of Tears/Vampire Citadel vista, Raziel was able to breach the outer chamber using the Light Reaver and discovered a chamber marked with the Air elemental symbol on the floor with an empty stand in the middle along with two horizontal jets of air and a unique circular plinth with a notable hole.[Defiance][Defiance/6][Defiance strategy guide]

Howling Heartstone (Air Reaver Forge).jpg

By using the Blocks and Telekinesis mechanisms around the edge of the room, Raziel could block both air jets simultaneously, forcing the air to shoot up through the middle plinth, providing an updraft which shot Raziel upto a high ledge around the outside of the room. On the center of the ledge Raziel discovered a pedestal containing the Howling Heartstone.[Defiance][Defiance/6][Defiance strategy guide]

The artifact itself was a burgundy stone resembling a heart with arteries, veins, atria and ventricles - albeit with three distinct 'chambers' compared to the usual two halves. The heart was decorated with a number of black mark or holes, giving it a perforated appearance.[Defiance][Defiance/6]

Returning the heartstone to the stand in the center of the room, and unblocking the side jets allowed the air to flow through the heartstone, which activated the nearby warp gate which led to the Air forge within the Vampire Citadel.[Defiance][Defiance/6][Defiance strategy guide]


The Howling Heartstone in the inventory

  • The Howling Heartstone is explicitly named as such in the inventory and its name is reiterated in the official guide.[Defiance][Defiance/5][Defiance strategy guide] The artifact is presumably named for its heart-like appearance and the 'howling' sound of Air passing through it.
  • Game files list the item as "pillars_airartifact_d" or "pillars_airartifactkey" and the accompanying lock as "pillars_airartifactlock". Texture files reveal that the heartstone has a transparent light symbol within.[Defiance]

The Howling Heartstone in the artifact room


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