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Sarafan Warrior Swordsmen were troops of the Sarafan faction, encountered by Raziel in Nosgoth's early history at the climax of Soul Reaver 2. They were clothed in a red tunic or chain mail and wore golden trimmed armor and helmets as well as purple gloves and knee-pads. They wielded Long Swords with a Sarafan symbol at the hilt[Soul Reaver 2].
Sarafan Swordsmen were the short range fighters of the Sarafan, excelling in close-quarters combat. They were ruthless and skilled enemies, though slower and with less range than their Pikemen allies, they were arguably more powerful with a range of deadly sword attacks. Swordsmen were often assisted in combat by long-range Sorceresses.[Soul Reaver 2 manual][Soul Reaver 2 strategy guide (Prima)]
Sarafan Swordsmen were encountered only in Nosgoth's early history, shortly after Raziel emerged from the Time streaming chamber in the Swamp. They were first seen along with other Sarafan troops in the Mountains and in nearby Uschtenheim. They would later be fought in the Swamp, nearby the Pillars and Shrine area and at the Sarafan Stronghold[Soul Reaver 2].
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- Though explicitly hunting Vampires, Sarafan enemies will notably attack Demons if confronted with them.[Soul Reaver 2]
- Sarafan Warrior Swordsmen were comparable to the close-range fighters of the other 'hunter' factions in Soul Reaver 2, (the Vampire hunter swordsmen of Vampire hunters in the history preceding Blood Omen, and the Demon hunter swordsmen of the Demon hunters in the Era following Blood Omen), though the Sarafan swordsmen were notably superior to their counterparts in almost all respects.[Soul Reaver 2 strategy guide (Prima)]
- Three of the final Sarafan commander bosses (Zephon, Rahab and Raziel) were armed with Sarafan Swords, making their move-set also comparable to the Sarafan Swordsmen; though the commanders had health, attack power and defensive capabilities far surpassing their minor comrades[Soul Reaver 2].
- Along with the Sarafan Warrior Pikemen, Kain fights Sarafan Warrior Swordsmen in the Defiance Comic where they are armed with a plainer Sword lacking the Sarafan symbol[Defiance comic]. Despite this, The Sarafan Swordsmen do not appear in Legacy of Kain: Defiance, with the similarly armed claymore wielding Sarafan templars appearing instead.[Defiance].
- The Sarafan Warriors of Soul Reaver 2 wear armor reminiscent of real-world Roman military clothing. With Defiance's Sarafan chapters taking place some years later, the armor of the Sarafan classes was evolved to a more Crusader-like style for that game.
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- Sarafan Warriors: Crystal Dynamics. (Eidos Interactive). (2001) Sarafan Warriors at the Official Soul Reaver 2 site (preserved at Dark Chronicle)
- Bestiary: GameFAQs. Soul Reaver 2 FAQ/Walkthrough/Soul Reaver 2|Online (by Celtic Wolf).
- "Sarafan Crusader Notes" on Daniel Cabuco's online portfolio
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