Rahab was the fourth of Kain's vampire lieutenants, the clan leader of the Rahabim, and a member of the Council. He appeared in Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Soul Reaver 2, and the Legacy of Kain: Defiance comic.
Rahab and his brethren – Raziel, Turel, Dumah, Zephon, and Melchiah – served Kain for a millennium. In the centuries after Raziel's execution, Rahab and his brood devolved into monstrous forms, adapting to become immune to the destructive effects of water. After his resurrection, Raziel confronted Rahab in the Drowned Abbey, and devoured his soul, earning the ability to swim.
Raziel unearthed the secrets of his past – how he and his brothers were, in life, the Sarafan commanders sworn to eradicate the vampires plaguing Nosgoth, their long-dead corpses raised by Kain in an act of calculated blasphemy. Swept back into Nosgoth's early history, Raziel himself slaughtered the Sarafan Rahab and his brethren, providing the corpses for Kain to raise as his vampire "sons."
Profile[edit | edit source]
- "Rahab. You have adapted well to your environment, for one so maladjusted..."
- ―Raziel — Listen (file info)[src]
- "Do not mock me, Raziel. You, of all of us, should respect the power bestowed by a limitation overcome."
- ―Rahab — Listen (file info)[src]
Vampire Unlife[edit | edit source]
When Kain discovered a method of creating Vampires for himself, he raised the six Sarafan martyrs to serve as his Vampire sons; breathing part of his Soul into them to 'snare their souls' and reanimate their corpses (but keeping them ignorant of their previous Human lives); Rahab was likely the fourth of the six to be raised. Presumably following Kain's method, each of his new lieutenants raised their own vampires, giving birth to the vampire clans (with Rahab raising the Rahabim) and providing Kain with an army with which to conquer Nosgoth. In Kain's New Empire, Rahab was one of the members of the council which ruled Nosgoth, with Kain their only master.
Rahab served Kain and the council for roughly a thousand years and over the centuries Rahab gained many new gifts along with his 'evolution', developing basic 'gills' and gradually beginning to develop an immunity to the traditional Nosgothic Vampires weakness to water. Rahab was present at the council meeting where Raziel revealed his wings and he also witnessed Raziel's execution at The Abyss.
Vampire Unlife (Evolved)[edit | edit source]
Over time, Nosgoth slowly became a wastleland, Kain's Empire declined and the clans scattered, with Rahab (and the Rahabim) becoming amphibious and overcoming their weakness to water; they learned to swim and retreated to their territory in the half-submerged Drowned Abbey. Rahab himself would eventually devolve into a shark-like sea creature. But the clan's immunity to water would come at a cost of an extreme sensitivity to sunlight.
When Raziel returned five centuries later, he passed through the Tomb of the Sarafan and using the Telekinetic Force Projectile he was able to enter the Drowned Abbey. Carefully negotiating the waterways (which would still have dissolved Raziel's own Material manifestation), Raziel made his way through the Drowned Abbey and assailed by the 'cobra-like' Rahabim, Raziel was eventually able to locate Rahab's chambers. Raziel confronted his 'younger brother' with the revelation that they had once been Sarafan, but Rahab was unconcerned, believing Kain had "saved [them]... from [them]selves". Rahab confirmed his loyalty to Kain and that he still spoke with their master; indeed Kain had already warned Rahab of Raziel's return.
Raziel fought Rahab, attempting to remain on one of several platforms as Rahab shot projectiles at Raziel to knock him into the water. Eventually Raziel was able to exploit Rahab's weakness to sunlight, using the Telekinetic Force Projectile to destroy all of the stained glass windows in Rahab's chamber and allowing the sunlight to stream into Rahab's Chamber, killing him (see also Rahab (boss)). With Rahab's death, Raziel was able to consume his Soul; gaining the swimming ability and preventing Raziel's Material manifestation from being dissolved by water.
Human Life[edit | edit source]
Rahab was born as a Human at some point in Nosgoth's early history. He would go on to join the Sarafan, eventually reaching the highly respected rank of Sarafan commander. Despite being one of the order's elite, Rahab was not involved in the assassination of Janos Audron, which was carried out by at Janos Audron's aerie by the Human Sarafan commanders Raziel, Turel, Dumah, Zephon and Melchiah (the group having been led to Janos by a time travelling Wraith Raziel from the events of Soul Reaver). Tearing out the Heart of Darkness from Janos' chest and taking the Reaver blade, the Sarafan retreated to their stronghold.
Janos' murder had dire consequences for Rahab, as the Wraith Raziel followed the commanders back to the Sarafan Stronghold to avenge Janos' death and reclaim the Heart of Darkness, attacking the Stronghold at the same time as Vorador's legendary attack on the circle (at the same location and with the same motivation). In the chaos, WraithRaziel was able to recover The Reaver and shortly afterward Rahab confronted the Wraith Raziel, along with his brother Dumah, in the 'Sanctuary' area of the stronghold, telling Raziel that (to reach the Heart of Darkness) "You'll have to get through us first". As The Reaver had made him virtually invincible, Raziel was able to easily kill Rahab (along with Dumah), see also Rahab and Dumah. Rahab was entombed with the other 'martyr' Sarafan commanders for a millennium in the Tomb of the Sarafan.
Development[edit | edit source]
Development[edit | edit source]
In the alphas and early beta version of Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Rahab's character model was noticeably different to its final incarnation - his head is more fishlike, and his body adopts a more greenish hue. This version of Rahab is also seen in the initial "Whos's Who" section of the Prima guide, but changes to his retail depiction by the "Drowned abbey" section of the main walkthrough.[Soul Reaver strategy guide (Prima)]
The Human Sarafan commander Rahab featured in Soul Reaver 2, like some of his other brothers, shared some similarities to the Vampire he would become; Rahab's armor was decorated with seahorses and he had a blue colour scheme.
In 2013 series artist Daniel Cabuco created new artwork of Rahab showing him first evolving his trademark gills along with further extrapolation of Rahab's vampire development and his overcoming of the traditional vampire weakness to water:
So I imagine he'd start draining blood while exposing himself to water more and more. Casting Kain's water breathing and protection spells so often that they'd weave themselves into his being. Taking one of Kain's gifts and turning it into his entire being.. Kain could only resist water temporarily.. but what if Rahab could actually ADAPT to it! He'd be so powerful and valuable.. he and his kind could go places others never could.. not even Raziel! That kind of motivation and jealousy strikes true with me.
So he'd burn and heal, drink blood and immerse.. perhaps doing so at the same time (Telekinetically drinking) until the image I painted happened: The gills.. the GILLS! They symbolize his newfound power, one that he would present to Kain in court, to drive the others into jealousy and supplication to him. He'd move up the chain of value.. become Kain's favored for that decade.. maybe that century!
The pain didn't matter.. only success."
Appearance[edit | edit source]
in Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, vampire Rahab was of lightly fit build and as tall as raziel, his hair was in a short ponytail. He had scaly bluish skin with gills on his neck (likely due to a result of his adaption to water). He had bright blue eyes with the standard empire equipment with a dark blue cape with the Rahabim symbol.
in his devolved form, he was a fast and agile sea creature resembling a humanoid fish man with bright red eyes, sharp fangs, and a long sharp fin running down his spine to the end of his tail. His skin is scaly and sickley gray with green and blue hues.
In Soul Reaver 2, Rahab is portrayed on a mural in the chapter house of the Sarafan stronghold. He is portrayed as having black hair in a ponytail with a blue garb, along with seahorses on his chestplate, and ironically wields a Sarafan trident. His helmet has large horns curving upwards. He wears grey, guilded armor with medium-sized triangular pauldrons decorated with runes and the symbol that would later become his clan symbol.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Rahab in his vampire unlife was quite composed and calm headed individual. In his devolved state he was much more like his Sarafan counterpart being dutiful and confident yet with a sense of brotherly pride in his voice. He was not surprised by the fact that he was a Sarafan in his former life and viewed his resurrection as a vampire as an act of redemption.
Powers[edit | edit source]
Etymology[edit | edit source]
During the development of Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Rahab had the codename "Aluka" or "Aluka Boss", Aluka being Hebrew for "leech"; a term that has been used to describe mythical vampires in general. In biblical mythology, "Rahab" was "prince of the primordial sea".
Rahab was also the name of a prostitute in the Bible, but that does not entail that Eidos used this as a building block for Rahab's character.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- The Vampire Rahab and his clan, the Rahabim, were able to shoot a kind of projectile at Raziel, but these seemed to be different to the Telekinetic projectiles used by the Turelim (and Raziel himself); It has been suggested that given their aquatic nature the Rahabim may, in essence, 'spit' water at opponents in a manner used by several species of predatory fish.
- Rahab's position as fourth of the six commanders is not explicitly confirmed, presumably either he of his brother Dumah could be third, but video-game convention (in boss order) as well as Dumah physically dragging Raziel to the Abyss (along with Turel ) may imply Dumah's seniority over Rahab.
- Some time before he killed Rahab, Raziel had learnt of he and Rahab's shared heritage as Sarafan commanders, when he breached the Tomb of the Sarafan. Raziel initially held Sarafan in high regard, but began to turn against them in Soul Reaver 2 eventually going back in time and killing both his original Human self and the original Human Rahab; This ultimately means Raziel is responsible for both of Rahab's deaths.
- In the history preceding Blood Omen, the Human Rahab is memorialized along with his Sarafan commander brothers in the 'Chapter House' of the Sarafan Stronghold.
- In Soul Reaver 2, when Rahab dies, The Reaver, in its blood-drinking state, can be seen to consume his Blood. It does not consume his Soul however (which quickly rises away); Raziel recognizing that The Reaver is not consuming souls ultimately leads to his epiphany at the climax of Soul Reaver 2.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
See also[edit | edit source]
- Rahab (Soul Reaver boss)
- Rahab (Soul Reaver 2 boss)
- Rahab at Wikipedia.
- Rahab at Dark Chronicle (by Ardeth Silvereni).
References[edit | edit source]
- Soul Reaver Beta - Rahab Encounter at YouTube (by Raina Audron)
- Lt. Rahab Painting at DCabDesign (by Daniel Cabuco), post #4 (by Daniel Cabuco)
Browse[edit | edit source]