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Sarafan Archers were a Sarafan variant enemy class that were encountered by Kain in Legacy of Kain: Defiance. Among the lowest ranked of the Sarafan classes, they utilized a "long range arrow attack" and were seen in Kain's early chapters in Nosgoth's early history at the Sarafan Stronghold and the Pillars of Nosgoth.


Sarafan Archers were troops of the Sarafan faction, encountered by Kain in Nosgoth's early history at the start of Defiance. In contrast to their brethren Sarafan Archers often kept their distance from Kain and attacked from the back of a group, attacking using bows and shooting arrows that were on fire. Their uniform consisted of metallic looking armor with violet or dark blue/purple clothing underneath. Sarafan Archers were weaker than other Sarafan troops, but their ranged arrow attack could be a major nuisance, especially in mass battles, hence Sarafan Archers were of a high priority in combat - best attacked first or after the spell casting Inquisitors, but before Zealots, Templars and Crusaders.[Defiance][Defiance/1][Defiance/3][Defiance/5][Defiance strategy guide]

Sarafan Archers were among the first enemies engaged by Kain, being encountered in the chapter Infiltrate the Stronghold as Kain investigated the Sarafan Stronghold in Nosgoth's early history and came across a group guarding the Main battlements.[Defiance][Defiance/1][Defiance/3][Defiance/5][Defiance strategy guide]

Like many of the Sarafan classes in Defiance, Sarafan Archers could be 'enhanced' by the spells of Sarafan Inquisitors.[Defiance][Defiance strategy guide]


" For Defiance we added Aikido style pants and color coding for the Sarafan.
It supposed to be a few years after SR2, so I evolved the armor from Roman to Crusader style armor"
―Daniel Cabuco[1]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Icon-DCab.png"Sarafan Crusader Notes" on Daniel Cabuco's online portfolio (Archived Notes at 'Legacy of Kain Wiki: Sources')