- "Vorador has told me all your stories, Kain. He said that you would stop at nothing to achieve your great ambition: absolute power. And when you control Nosgoth, are we to believe that you would let us vampires live, and "do what we wish?" We are the only ones who could stand in your way. No, you will have to hunt us down and kill us, and how is that different from the rule of the Sarafan Lord?"
Kain's vampire army was a faction first depicted after the third paradox at the end of Soul Reaver 2, which created the fourth timeline. With this timeline's resurrection of Vorador in the era following Blood Omen, Kain was able to avail of the elder vampire's skills, utilizing him to raise a new generation of vampires to conquer the land of Nosgoth. This new vampire army's campaign ultimately came to an end at Meridian, where Kain was defeated in battle by the Sarafan.
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The Vampire Army did not exist prior to the climactic paradox which led to the resurrection of Vorador. Events in the third timeline subtly imply that it could not have been raised until at least 100 years after the collapse of the Pillars; Raziel witnesses a statue of Moebius holding what appears to be Vorador's head, aloft, in the Sarafan Stronghold. As history allows only slight alterations to the timeline upon a paradox, it seems possible that Vorador was not raised until after this time period.
The details of Vorador's resurrection have not yet been explored in the series, but were planned to be covered in Legacy of Kain: Defiance. After he was raised, he entered an alliance with the younger Kain, siring a new race of Vampires to serve as his troops. Fuelled by his ambition to conquer Nosgoth, Kain was impeded by the revived Sarafan Order headquartered in Meridian. Seeking to combat this threat, Kain led his armies southwards, passing through Ziegsturhl, Provance and Freeport before meeting the Sarafan in battle outside the capital, some 200 years after the fall of the Pillars of Nosgoth.
Unfortunately, Kain's chance at victory was crippled by two misfortunes. His right-hand general, Sebastian, betrayed the army to the Sarafan Lord, selling himself to the enemy and arranging an ambush that destroyed the majority of his former allies. Additionally, Kain's champion Magnus - seeking to end the war prematurely - departed the camp in an attempt to assassinate the Sarafan Lord. The attempt failed, and Magnus was transported to the Eternal Prison, his disappearance causing his allies to assume him a traitor to their cause.
Equipped with the Nexus Stone, the Sarafan Lord was immune to the destructive power of the Soul Reaver wielded by Kain. He struck Kain down in single combat, claiming the Reaver for himself and securing the elimination of the Vampire Army once and for all. Following its destruction, Vorador would reinvent the legion in the form of an underground resistance movement known as the Cabal, which Kain would comply with 200 years after his defeat, on his reawakening in Meridian.
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Kain and Vorador personally led the Vampire Army, while notable legionnaires of the new generation sired by Vorador or his descendants included Faustus, Magnus and Sebastian. Umah was also created by Vorador, but it is uncertain whether she was alive during the period in which the Army existed.
Development[edit | edit source]
The symbol displayed on the banner of the Vampire Army originally appeared as Kain's clan symbol from his empire in Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver[Soul Reaver], designed by Daniel Cabuco. The symbol's crown is representative of Kain's arrogance, while its fangs signify his vampiric nature.
Kain's soldiers and guards shown in the introduction all appear to utilize the character model unique to Sebastian in the game itself. There are multiple "copies" of Sebastian visible in Kain's castle and in the foreground of the army during the battle[Blood Omen 2].
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- Interestingly, Marcus, Sebastian and Magnus are all shown alongside Kain immediately prior to his combat with the Sarafan Lord in Blood Omen 2's intro. Marcus is also depicted slaughtering villagers in Ziegsturhl[Blood Omen 2]. However, their presence is contradicted by their anecdotes later in the game; Marcus was never allied to Kain, Sebastian openly betrayed the army by orchestrating a decisive Sarafan ambush before the final conflict, and Magnus had been defeated by the Sarafan Lord the night prior to the battle. Based on this evidence, Vorador and Faustus are the only named members of the army who may reasonably have fought alongside him in the final onslaught.
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References[edit | edit source]
- My Visit to Crystal Dynamics at The Lost Worlds (by Ben Lincoln)
- Kain: "History is irredeemable. Drop a stone into a rushing river – the current simply courses around it and flows on as if the obstruction were never there. You and I are pebbles, Raziel, and have even less hope of disrupting the time-stream. The continuum of history is simply too strong, too resilient." Crystal Dynamics. Soul Reaver 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (October 31, 2001) Transcript.
- The Resurrection of Vorador at The Lost Worlds (by Ben Lincoln).
- Kain: "They thought once before they had destroyed us. Yet you proved them wrong. You created a new race, something I could never do, and from that race, I had my army." Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
- "In A World..." Blood Omen 2 manual. pg9. Crystal Dynamics (Eidos Interactive). (2002) Download
- Kain: "Your master knows his days are numbered. I might have spared your life by asking that you join me, but I learned that lesson two hundred years ago. You arranged the ambush that destroyed my army. You sold yourself to our enemy." Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
- Magnus: "Sire, no. I wanted only to serve you. I thought, in my pride, I would strike a blow that would end the war. I went to kill the Sarafan Lord, alone. I was your champion." // Kain: "You never returned." // Magnus: "I failed you. I tried to kill him. Even now I cannot remember how he defeated me. I was stuck down, helpless at his feet. And then through his foul magic he took my mind, and transported me here, to this hellhole." Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
- Vorador: "One who wears the Stone cannot be harmed by the Soul Reaver." // Kain: "And is this but a legend, to be proved false at the fatal moment?" // Vorador: "Oh no, no legend at all. It has been proven. The Sarafan Lord wore the stone when he defeated you, two hundred years ago." Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
- Kain: "It was Faustus. One of the legionnaires of my army of vampires. An indifferent soldier, but now, a traitor to our race." Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
- Vorador: "It is settled. I will prepare our forces for the final attack. Go well, my child." Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
- Kain Symbol (by Daniel Cabuco)
- Marcus: "You feared my growing powers. You knew they would one day surpass yours. Is that why you begged me to fight at your side, when you waged war upon Nosgoth?" (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.