At the beginning of Blood Omen 2, Kain awoke in a building in the Slums, looked after by the Cabal Vampire Umah. With Kain having lost much of his powers and abilities from Blood Omen, Umah used the narrow, darkened and Sarafan-neglected streets of the Slums to train Kain (during this 'tutorial', Umah would teach Kain about the Whisper, Basic Jumping, Floating, Feeding, Blood, Lore, Basic Combat and Kain's Fury and Mist Dark Gifts) progressing through the Slums, Kain would also encounter his first Ward Gate, Glyph magic and glyph wrights [Blood Omen 2].
Travelling towards Sanctuary (in The Lower City), Kain and Umah were split up when, shortly after passing the Slums Marketplace, they ran into a Sarafan Glyph guards who activated a Ward Gate, preventing access across the bridge to the Lower City and separating the two Vampires. Umah led the guard away, advising Kain to meet a Human Cabal Contact at the Grand Hotel, who would lead Kain to the Smuggler's Den where he would be able to find the Smuggler's Tunnel and a hidden entrance to the Lower City. As Kain left the Slums the Cabal Contact was killed by the hiding Faustus, who followed Kain to the Smuggler's Den[Blood Omen 2].
The Grand Hotel
In Chapter 1 of Blood Omen 2, Kain was separated from Umah by a Glyph guard and a Ward Gate . Knowing that Kain would have to make his way to Sanctuary in the Lower City, Umah sent for several Cabal contacts to direct Kain through the Smuggler's Den and the Smuggler's Tunnel. Kain met the first of these contacts at the Grand Hotel at the end of the Slums.
The Grand Hotel was a tall building resembling early skyscrapers, it had a large double staircase and a small fountain outside, perhaps indicative of a better standard of living than the rest of the Slums. The hotel was apparently 'protected' by two large gates that may have served to keep the undesirables of the area away[Blood Omen 2].
- The tall skyscraper-style Grand Hotel is more evidence for the advancements in technology that the Sarafan have brought to Nosgoth. The top of the building is not shown in the video where the hotel is seen, but Kain clearly angles his head as if looking at a very tall building[Blood Omen 2].
- The Grand Hotel seems oddly out of place sandwiched between the Slums and the Smuggler's Den. It's grand appearance and apparent minor fortifications may mean that, like much of the slums, the Hotel has probably seen better days[Blood Omen 2].
- It is unknown who the Hotel would cater for, but it's existence may be evidence that travel (through trade or tourism) may have become more popular as technology increased, just as it did in the real world.
- The Slums are (according to Umah) the oldest part of Meridian, but only the Sarafan Keep is present in the map showing the Era following Blood Omen rise of Kain's vampire army in the Blood Omen 2 introduction FMV; perhaps suggesting that the Slums were not the oldest part of Meridian per se, but the first development of oridnary human settlement around the existing fortress.
- Later era following Blood Omen maps suggest that The Slums are located on an island (along with the Smuggler's Den) separated from the main city by a body of water, which could only be traversed by bridge (or the secret Smuggler's Tunnel). Dialogue from the Slums residents suggest the Sarafan frequently close off access to the Lower City at night.
- Parts of the Blood Omen 2 opening video (that were not 'flashbacks') were set in a building which was likely in the Slums.
- The Slums, as suggested by their name, are the most run-down area of Meridian, with poor housing and "squalid" conditions. As with 'traditional' real-world slums it appears that the Slums were the oldest part of the city of Meridian that apparently deteriorated as dwellers moved on to different, or newer parts of the city (such as the Upper and Lower Cities). The Slums do feature a diverse variety of locations[Blood Omen 2], perhaps backing up the Slums status as the heart of old Meridian. Kain comes across Docks, Canals, Sewers, A Cemetery and a Town Square/Marketplace and the Grand Hotel, all of which have 'seen better days', indeed most of the doorways seen in the Slums are boarded up[Blood Omen 2].
- The Slums features several recurring Industrial themes, notably, the level begins near a Lighthouse and features several times in the background a set of 'Smokestacks', both of which may hark back to Soul Reaver . The Slums also features numerous factory-style buildings. Although it is the 'lowest level' of the city of Meridian, there are signs of the advanced industrial/Glyph Magic technology around; the Slums features Cranes working along its docks and within the level there are four large 'boilers' apparently powered by Glyph magic, one of which is knocked over. Several of the blocked off houses notably contain 'Glyph lights'[Blood Omen 2].
- The Cabal Contact in the Slums is known as "Dimitri" in some scripts.
- The Slums appear to have the most areas that can be explored with Bonus mode; with the area featuring several rooftops, balconies and areas that can only be accessed with the later Dark Gifts provided by the Bonus Mode. As with other Bonus mode extras, there are no particular rewards to these areas beyond exploration. Later levels noticeably feature less obvious 'Bonus Mode' rewards[Blood Omen 2].
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- Welcome to Meridian
- Blood Omen 2 Prologue Script at Nosgothic Realm
- Chapter 1: The Slums - "Welcome to Meridian" Script at Nosgothic Realm
- Blood Omen 2 Prologue Script at Dark Chronicle
- Chapter 1: The Slums - "Welcome to Meridian" Script at Dark Chronicle
- Conversations In Nosgoth - Chapter One at Dark Chronicle
- (~Kain emerges from the tower into the first street of the Slums. After proceeding down the street a short ways, Umah's disembodied voice suddenly speaks to him.~). Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
- (~Kain sees Umah standing on a ledge above him.~) Umah: "Welcome to the Slums, Kain. We are in the oldest and most decrepit part of the city, where few people dare to come. A perfect place to train you."//Kain: "Train me? Do you take me for a dog?"//Umah: "Your memory has been shattered, and your body has lain dormant for two hundred years. What skills you had must be recovered before you can be of any use to the Cabal. You must learn to fight, and to survive." Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
- Umah: "Ahead is the market where the common dregs of Meridian engage in their filthy commerce. Beyond the market is the bridge that leads to the Lower City. Make your way east to the bridge. I shall meet you there." Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
- Umah: "Kain – this way."(~Umah runs forward past an inactive Ward Gate that spans the bridge entrance. She runs near a guard who has his back to her. The guard's armor suddenly glows. This is a Glyph Guard. He swings around and shouts~)//Glyph Guard: "Vampire! Here! Close the gate!" (~The Ward Gate comes to life. Kain runs against it and is thrown backwards. The Guard goes after Umah. Umah leaps out of his way, calling to Kain.~) Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
- Umah: "Go to the Grand Hotel, in the Slums. A contact will meet you there – he will tell you where to go." Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript. Cite error: Invalid
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- Umah: "Kain – you must find a way to reach the Lower City. The Smuggler’s Tunnel will take you there." Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
- (Stage Directions) After navigating through the Slums, Kain comes to the Grand Hotel and finds a contact of the resistance, Dimitri. He is standing beside a lever to a closed gate. Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
- Dimitri: "Wait – tell Umah that I helped you. Please. She promised me the Dark Gift, if I did as she asked. You'll tell her, won't you?"//Kain: "I'm certain Umah will give you all that you deserve."(~Once Kain is gone, the stalker pounces upon the human contact, striking him down, and killing him.~) Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
- "Walk under the gate and through the open gate at the other end of the tunnel. A cinema sequence will play, showing Kain meeting up with a human Cabal agent. The spy tells Kain that he is near the Smuggler's Den.//Unbeknownst to the two of them, someone is watching their meeting. Just as Kain leaves, a mysterious figure emerges from the shadows and deals a fatal blow to the Cabal agent." Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Blood Omen 2(2002). Page 15. ISBN 0-7615-3774-0
- Blood Omen 2 Maps at Nosgothic Realm.
- First Man: "Closed off? The whole of the lower city? How am I to get home tonight?"//Second Man: "It’s just as I told you."//First Man: "My Agnes will have my head."//Second Man://"I couldn’t get home the last time they did this. I had no place to sleep. And then I was picked up and fined for being on the street at night. "//First Man: "They can’t do that!"//Second Man: "But they do. We better find a bed for the night."//First Man: "Agnes is not going to believe me." Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
- Umah: "Welcome to one of the “glories” of our fair city, the Smuggler's Den. As squalid as you found the Slums, you will find this place even more offensive. Rogues and thieves rule the streets, and of course the Sarafan too have their own dealings here. You may expect small help from the inhabitants, and more trouble." Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
- Umah: "Then let me show you the future. You have been asleep for two hundred years. In that time, this is what has become of Nosgoth."//(~Kain approaches Umah, and we see a beautiful panorama of the Slums, and some of the City~). Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
- Nosgothic Realm Transcript.
- Dimitri: "We hate the Sarafan, we humans. The things they do, it's not right, not natural. If your kind can bring them down, I'll help you, I will." Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.