- "Welcome, stranger. To the most prosperous land in all of Nosgoth."
The Land of the Nemesis was first seen as Kain sought out Elzevir . The Land was bordered by a large Colossus like statue of the Nemesis. If Kain attempted to enter he found that the Nemesis troops were massing in tents behind a devastated Stahlberg . It is possible to enter the castle of The Nemesis using a cave to the far left of the map, near a moon cave, which allows Kain to travel behind the walls and gain entrance to the castle-you cannot kill King William however and most of the castle doors are locked.
When Kain returned to Willendorf with Dollmaker'sDoll he attempted to use the Army of the Last Hope to defend Nosgoth against the Legions of the Nemesis, this ignited the Battle of the Last Stand, which took place in the nearby Plains of Blood . With the Army of Hope defeated, Kain escaped using The Time Streaming Device and found himself 50 years in the past. Realising that he had an opportunity to wipe out the Nemesis before he became a tyrant, Kain travelled to the Land of The Nemesis.
Arriving at the borders of the Land of the Nemesis, Kain discovered the Nemesis statue only half-built. In this time there was less opposition from guards and Kain was able to enter The stronghold of William the Just. Deep inside the Castle, Kain was able to view (from a distance) Moebius having a conversation with William, encouraging him to be supicious of and strike out against his enemies. Moebius also gave William a supply of Weapons and warned him of a vampire assassin. Shortly afterward Kain confronts William and find curiously that he is armed with a Soul Reaver of his own, which breaks in the battle. Kain is able to kill William causing a Soul Reaver Paradox and changing history, with William the Just dying a martyred saint rather than a tyrant. When he defeats William, Kain finds a Time Streaming Device in Williams chambers and uses it to return to his own time, escaping William's guards.
Kain finds himself in his native time in a rundown and abandoned castle, there are a few vampire hunters to deal with, but nothing like the organisation of William's soldiers. Kain exits the Castle to find the Nemesis statue collapsed and Stahlberg restored, presumably indicating how Kain has changed history for the better. However south of Stahlberg, Kain finds out the true cost of his time-travelling; as William's death has united his subjects and all humans in a genocidal hatred of vampires; allowing the creation of Vampire hunters and, with Vorador 's Death by Moebius' guillotine leaving Kain as the last surviving vampire in Nosgoth.
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- As Willendorf is symbolised by a Lion, so the Land of the Nemesis has its own symbol, which is shown in late games to be the Rose - hence the Red and spiky imagery. The Land of the Nemesis is presumably not it's given name, but it is only referred to as such in-game and no other name for it is given (even in the past before The Nemesis came to be.)
- Ariel mentions that the Nemesis has conquered many cities, but only Stahlberg is seen. We have no idea where thes cities were, but given the location of the Land of The Nemesis, it is likely these were settlements in the North and East of Nogoth that have yet to be visited in any of the games and do not yet appear on any maps. Cut dialogue uncovered in 2012 implies that a settlement called Weirstein was intended to be placed in this area and was conquered by the Nemesis.
- Moebius is seen to give Kain some weaponry here, it is likely that this was part of his manipulations, The Soul Reaver is part of this shipment, it is possible that the Time Streaming Device is as well. Later on when Kain confronts Moebius, he gets Moebius to admit to creating the Nemesis, by convincing him of his enemies hostility. Given later debates on the nature of time travel, it would seem that the Nemesis may have been destined to happen and Kain always had to return to battle William here- all that changed was the result of the battle between William and Kain - it may be that in the 'original' timeline that Kain's failed attempt at his life cause William to become the Nemesis. Similarly because time has changed, it is unknown now what caused Kain to go back in time in the first place as he has nothing to change in the 'second timeline'.
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