Provance was a southerly Nosgoth human settlement, introduced in Blood Omen 2. It was shown on maps in the era following Blood Omen of the Fourth timeline and featured as a battleground for Kain's vampire army in the vampire-Sarafan war. It was subsequently featured as a playable location in Nosgoth, taking place in the mid-events of Soul Reaver of the Second timeline, where it was a theater of conflict in the War for Nosgoth.
When Kain commanded the conquest of the land with his vampire army in the era following Blood Omen, roughly two centuries after the collapse of the Pillars, he viewed a map in his castle with Vorador which depicted the southern regions of Nosgoth. The town of Provance was one of many landmarks included on the geography. Kain led the vampires south through Ziegsturhl before advancing to Provance – slaughtering humans in their wake – then west through Freeport, and finally southeast to Meridian, where they fought the Sarafan in the battle of Meridian, before the Sarafan Keep.[Blood Omen 2/1]
What became of Provance after the defeat of the vampire army was not divulged. However, the Hylden Lord and the Sarafan may have recaptured it: "the Sarafan seized control of all of Nosgoth" within the ensuing two hundred years.[Blood Omen 2/1]
Provance was known to have continued to exist into events of Soul Reaver and made its playable debut in Nosgoth in this time as one of the first playable areas. Background lore indicated that in the early Soul Reaver era as the Major human kingdoms fell, it was considered a "strategic prize" situated in a "defendable enclave" between mountains and rivers at the border of vampire-controlled land around the Pillars of Nosgoth and Nachtholm and the human cities further south. As Kain's empire moved to capture the southern cities, the residents and defenders of Provance were left cut-off with no supplies and with little choice but to abandon the town to the vampires. Initially the town was used to "process supplies and prisoners." and satiate the "hedonistic" appetites of the vampires on the front lines, but as time progressed it became increasingly isolated from Kain's court at the Pillars and was slowly deserted by the vampires too.
As the humans began to return in the shadow of the Vampire civil war in the mid-Soul Reaver era, they soon occupied Provance again, once more recognizing its strategic importance in defense of the settlements further south. No major battles were seen at Provance, however both sides waged a brutal guerrilla war to control the town and the land around it.
As of the later Soul Reaver era observed in Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Provance had presumably been leveled or destroyed. In the time of Kain's empire, the Human Citadel housed the "few humans that still [existed]".[Soul Reaver manual (US)]
In the map, Provance lay on the southwestern edge of the Great Southern Lake. It sat south of the Pillars of Nosgoth, between Ziegsturhl and Meridian. It seemed that Provance was enclosed by a mountain chain to the east, the same chain bordering Meridian and the Sarafan Keep, and was shielded by several rivers that flowed from the Lake.[Blood Omen 2/1]
Provance dwarfed the nearby town of Ziegsturhl in terms of size, but, in turn, was dwarfed by the larger southern cities of Freeport and Meridian.[Blood Omen 2/1]
Provance and Freeport are both introduced in Blood Omen 2, but never actually seen, explored, or mentioned in that title beyond its image on the map in the game's introductory cinematic.[Blood Omen 2/1]
Provance, Freeport, Meridian, and most of the other locations in Nosgoth's southern regions were added to the lore of the Legacy of Kain series by the Blood Omen 2 development team, not the other Crystal Dynamics team led by Amy Hennig:
In the real world, Provence is a region in southeast France. The possible misspelling of Provence/Provance is in line with the pseudo-German town names used in Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain.[Blood Omen] All other writing reminiscent of the French language in Nosgoth primarily occurs within Meridian in Blood Omen 2.[Blood Omen 2/1][Blood Omen 2/3]
- In Nosgoth background story, Provance is noted to be "a stronghold against both the Vampires and marauding Human bandits who prey on the unwary" - perhaps hinting at the similar attacks observed by Kain in the nearby Canyons in Blood Omen 2.
- Provance's involvement with the Vampire-Sarafan war and later involvement with the War for Nosgoth occur on different timelines - with Blood Omen 2's events taking place in the Fourth timeline and Nosgoth's taking place in the Second timeline - and so the two histories cannot be definitively reconciled. Presumably as Kain's vampire army and the revived Sarafan Order are products of the Third paradox, they cannot have met in Provance in the Second timeline :- on the other hand as the events of the events of Soul Reaver have not been subject to change due to Paradoxes, it is possible that Provance's capture by Kain's empire at the fall of the Major human kingdoms and subsequent recapture by the Humans did occur in the Fourth timeline.
- 'Provance - Home to Raiders and Rebels' at the Nosgoth official blog(preserved at Tales of Nosgoth/Nosgothic Realm)
- Freeport and Provance at Dark Chronicle (by Ardeth Silvereni).
- Maps (Blood Omen 2) at Nosgothic Realm (by Tenaya and Daniel Von Stein).
- Freeport and Provance at Dark Chronicle (by Ardeth Silvereni)
- Maps (Blood Omen 2) at Nosgothic Realm (by Tenaya and Daniel Von Stein)
- Blood Omen 2 Designer Diary #1 at GameSpot, page 1 (by Steve Ross)
- Legacy of Kain: Defiance Designer Diary #1 at GameSpot, page 1 (by Richard Lemarchand)
- Blood Omen 2 at DCabDesign (by Divine Shadow), post #2 (by Daniel Cabuco)