"We are hurtling toward our destinies, Raziel. What you feel is the pull of history rushing to meet us. This is where history and destiny collide."
―Kain[src]

A timeline (historical timeline), in the Legacy of Kain series, was an iteration of Nosgoth's full chronological history, or time-stream. The concept of fatalism is a reality in the metaphysics of Nosgoth; with the exception of Raziel, its inhabitants did not possess free will, and their futures were predestined. Time was therefore usually immutable, but it could be altered by historical paradoxes, when a Reaver-convergence took place.

If two incarnations of the Soul Reaver met in time and space, "a temporal distortion powerful enough to derail history" could be the result. When such a paradox blocked the time continuum, forcing Nosgoth's history to reshuffle itself to accommodate the contradiction, the current timeline effectively died, and a new one was spawned. Four distinct timelines have been observed in the Legacy of Kain series, each one subtly or significantly different to the last, and each remembered by both Kain and Moebius.

Nosgoth's temporal logic[edit | edit source]

Time travel model[edit | edit source]

Main article: Time
Main article: Time-stream

The pull of history attempts to force Raziel into slaying Kain.

The time travel model utilized in the Legacy of Kain fiction was conclusively developed and explored in Soul Reaver 2, and borrows from Terry Gilliam's 1995 film 12 Monkeys (which adheres to the Novikov self-consistency principle), but is slightly different: it includes a loophole. Series developers Amy Hennig, Jennifer Fernández, Richard Lemarchand and Kyle Mannerberg outlined its core principle as "you can't go back in time and change history because you didn't".[1] Hennig's full interpretation of the concept was described in an interview:

"Is it impossible to escape preordained fate? And it's interesting to layer this quesiton into a time travel story. This is really the whole crux of the time travel concept - can you change history or not? And if so, what does it mean to change history - in terms of being responsible for the repercussions? I did some research into time travel fiction, in preparation for Soul Reaver 2. For me, the most interesting approach in time travel stories is summed up with the statement: 'you can't go back in time and change history because you didn't'. That's my favorite way of looking at it. If you do go back - then you did go back. Which means that time travel is ultimately a journey of epiphanies, where the protagonist realizes the role that he already played in history. Of course, Blood Omen established that history can in fact be changed - and we'll be respecting this precedent in Soul Reaver 2."
―Amy Hennig[2]

Series producer Andrew Bennett described it as follows:

"Initially, Raziel naively believes that history is fragile and may be altered easily. He gradually comes to understand, however, that there's a 'conservation of reality' at work, and that history is essentially immutable--that it requires a kind of 'temporal wildcard' to change its course. Raziel ultimately realizes that his comprehension of Nosgoth's multilayered, twisted past is much more limited than he initially believed. He also discovers that he continues to be manipulated by others who understand Nosgoth's history--and the nature of time--better than he does."
―Andrew Bennett[3]

Nosgoth's time continuum was extremely rigid and resilient, and did not normally allow for the introduction of paradoxes: the map of each individual's destiny was fully outlined and immutable, accommodating for time travel events and preventing contradictions.[Soul Reaver 2/5] Even to characters who knew the future and were aware that "free will is an illusion", resisting history was usually an impossibility: they did not possess the intrinsic free will necessary to defy "the rules of fate and predetermined events".[Soul Reaver 2/1][4] This theory of predestination was a fundamental, indiscriminate constant, and applied to almost all entities within the Material, Spectral and Demon Realms alike.[4]

Altering history[edit | edit source]

Main article: Paradoxes
Main article: Reaver-convergence

Kain and William battle with two incarnations of the Soul Reaver.

The only "unbound creature" within Nosgoth was the wraith, Raziel, who could make choices freely, unhindered by the predestination others were subject to.[Soul Reaver 2/5][Defiance/11][Defiance/12][5] Only vague descriptions as to why he was singular in this regard were afforded: his free will was usually attributed to "his remaking into the world" at the hands of the Elder God, and his resultant liberation from the Wheel of Fate.[1][4][Defiance/11] It may also have been connected to his destiny to become the captive, soul-devouring entity within the Soul Reaver, and to later wield a future incarnation of his own soul - the Wraith Blade; the meeting and constant presence of two incarnations of the same soul-devouring entity, crucial to the timeline, in close proximity - and the very possibility that one might attempt to devour the other - may have contributed to his unique exemption.[Soul Reaver 2/Epilogue]

On the rare occasions where two incarnations of Raziel's soul met, in either the forms of the Soul Reaver or the Wraith Blade, a Reaver-convergence was the result: "reality itself" would tangibly warp and bend slightly, creating a sense of vertigo, or displacement.[Soul Reaver 2/5][Soul Reaver 2/Epilogue][6][Soul Reaver 2/1] At such points, there was a window of opportunity in which it was possible to create a paradox, potentially sufficient enough to derail history and rewrite the timeline.[Soul Reaver 2/5][Soul Reaver 2/Epilogue][Blood Omen/11] Kain analogized these junctures to the flipping of a two-sided coin: "suppose you throw a coin enough times... suppose one day, it lands on its edge".[Soul Reaver 2/1]

Only relatively slight diversions could be triggered; most major events remained constant in Nosgoth between each timeline. If a paradox blocked the time continuum, history would always follow "the path of least resistance while admitting only the slightest alterations". Defying the force of history was always a dangerous gamble - "if events [could not] be reshuffled to accommodate the change", the irritants responsible for the contradiction would simply be expelled from the time-stream.[Soul Reaver 2/5] Such a fatal paradox did not overtly happen in the Legacy of Kain series, but the concept served as a looming danger which Kain and Raziel were forced to acknowledge and remain wary of.[Soul Reaver 2/5][Soul Reaver 2/Epilogue]

Parallel timelines[edit | edit source]

Kain's memories are reshuffled as the continuum of history is derailed.

Parallel or "forked" versions of history did not exist in Nosgoth - only the current iteration of history was considered "real". If a historical paradox occurred and a timeline was derailed, the derailed timeline was considered to be "dead", and could never be revisited. Timelines did not split or actively co-exist, and a new one could only be spawned if the current one was subject to a paradox and derailed.[4][7]

Previous variations of history which were dead, however, are still considered part of Legacy of Kain's continuity; certain individuals retained full memories of previous timelines. As evinced throughout Soul Reaver 2, Kain remembered all four timelines observed in the Legacy of Kain series, likely because he was present at the point of the three paradoxes observed. When a paradox occurred, all of his old memories and experiences up to that point remained intact in his mind, but were also "shuffled aside by the newer memories that reflect the altered course of history". Kain was aware of four variations of his own past as of Legacy of Kain: Defiance.[4][Soul Reaver 2/5][Soul Reaver 2/5][Soul Reaver 2/Epilogue]

Raziel, who was similarly present and conscious at two of the paradoxes, was also aware of the alterations which concerned him.[Soul Reaver 2/5][Defiance/2] Moebius (and, presumably, other Time Guardians) inherently knew if, and exactly how, history had reshuffled itself, even when he was not present during a paradox; the only entity whose actions he could not account for was Raziel.[Soul Reaver 2/5][Defiance/3] However, all other individuals within Nosgoth who were not present at the heart of the paradoxes - including even the Elder God - appeared to be ignorant of the changes in the time-stream, and never demonstrated the same knowledge of alterations to their destinies.[Blood Omen][Soul Reaver 2][Defiance]

Observed timelines[edit | edit source]

Nosgoth's history was altered three times throughout the Legacy of Kain games. As such, four timelines have been observed in the series, two or more being explored in both Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain and Soul Reaver 2. They are not formally named in official sources, and can only be identified by the order in which they came to exist.

Eras[edit | edit source]

Following the precedent set by the official timeline included with Soul Reaver 2, Nosgoth's timelines can be divided into six witnessed eras, progressing in descending chronological order:

  1. The era before Nosgoth's recorded history, spanning thousands of years;
  2. Nosgoth's early history, spanning roughly 450 years;
  3. The history preceding Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, or pre-Blood Omen era, spanning roughly 50 years;
  4. The events of Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, or Blood Omen era, spanning less than a single year, and officially concluding with the collapse of the Pillars;
  5. The era following Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, or post-Blood Omen era, spanning roughly 500 years, and officially concluding with the raising of the lieutenants;
  6. and the events of Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, or Soul Reaver era, spanning at least 1500 years.

The full span of known history in Nosgoth comprises a minimum of 5500 years, judging from comments made by Janos Audron in Soul Reaver 2 and Blood Omen 2.[Soul Reaver 2/8][Blood Omen 2/9]

It is known that Nosgoth has a recognized epoch, but it cannot be properly integrated with a timeline from the limited information available. In Blood Omen 2, a building in Meridian's Lower City is accompanied by a sign reading "Hill House est. 1246". This is the only time a reference date has been presented in the series, and it is unknown where the year 1246 should be positioned in relation to the games, or how it corresponds to the timeline as a whole.[Blood Omen 2/3]

In Legacy of Kain: Defiance, the Hylden Lord declares that the collapse of the Pillars signifies the beginning of a new epoch, but this event takes place only 400 years before Hill House is encountered in Blood Omen 2 - far too soon to relate to the year 0 under the Hill House sign's reckoning.[Defiance/11]

Chronology of the series[edit | edit source]

These tabs allow the known events of each timeline to be viewed and compared in descending chronological order. They are accompanied by a default "narrative order" setting, which omits unseen details to outline only the witnessed actions of Kain and Raziel in the order the narrative of the series presents them, rather than as a historical chronology. The icons of the games and comics function as tooltips; when hovered over, they indicate which chapter of which game, or which comic, a given event can be observed in.

Almost all significant time-spans in the Legacy of Kain series consist of round numbers, usually presented as rough approximations (in terms of years, decades and centuries), so all numerical dates are caveated with a tilde (~), meaning "approximately".


Narrative order

Narrative order[edit | edit source]

Main article: Timelines/Narrative

Chronology of the Legacy of Kain narrative

Wiki-Icon-BO1.png Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain[edit | edit source]


    • Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, Chapter 1: Welcome to Hell » The corruption of the Pillars: Nupraptor, Ariel's lover, finds her corpse and realises that Mortanius was responsible for her death. Overwhelmed with grief and suspicions of treachery, Nupraptor plunges into madness, unleashing a psychic onslaught directed at the entire Circle of Nine. Throughout all Nosgoth, the minds of the sensitive and intellectual are blasted by waves of hatred. The Circle is permanently left mentally corrupted, and the Pillars physically crack and corrode.[8][10][Blood Omen/2]


  • Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, Chapter 9: Ottmar's Daughter » (Time-traveling backwards ~50 years) Using his time-streaming device, Kain escapes from the Battle of the Last Stand in the events of Blood Omen, emerging here, nearly 50 years in the past.[8][Blood Omen/10]



    • Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, Chapter 10: Stranded in Time »» Kain succeeds in slaying William, and drinks his Blood. Kain's Soul Reaver breaks William's in the battle. After being discovered as the assassin, Kain finds a second time-streaming device, and returns to his own time in the Blood Omen era.[8][Blood Omen/10][Soul Reaver 2/5][11]
  • Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, Chapter 11: The Vampire Purges »» (Time-traveling forwards ~50 years, returning to Kain's present day) Having killed William the Just, Kain returns to the Blood Omen era to find that his own actions enabled the renewed vampire purge headed by Moebius. Traveling south of Stahlberg, he watches as Moebius's mob publicly executes Vorador, the last vampire in Nosgoth (besides Kain).[8][Soul Reaver 2/5][Blood Omen/11]


Wiki-Icon-SR1.png Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver[edit | edit source]



Wiki-Icon-SR2.png Soul Reaver 2[edit | edit source]

  • Soul Reaver 2, Prologue »» Raziel reaches the heart of the Chronoplast complex, where Kain awaits. He battles, but fails to defeat, Kain, who activates the Chronoplast's portal, and passes through to the pre-Blood Omen era. Raziel follows.[8][Soul Reaver 2/Prologue]


    • Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 1: A Reaver in Time »» In William's chapel, Raziel discovers the broken Soul Reaver, causing a Reaver-convergence. The Wraith Blade leeches Raziel's soul energy to restore the damaged physical sword. Raziel threatens Moebius with the Soul Reaver, but stays his hand, and leaves the reconstituted weapon behind.[Soul Reaver 2/1]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 1: A Reaver in Time »» Before leaving the Stronghold to meet Kain at the Pillars, Raziel encounters a mural recording the life of Janos Audron, demonizing him as a predator who terrorized Uschtenheim's population.[Soul Reaver 2/1]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 2: Decision at the Pillars »» The corruption of the Pillars: Nupraptor, Ariel's lover, finds her corpse and realises that Mortanius was responsible for her death. Overwhelmed with grief and suspicions of treachery, Nupraptor plunges into madness, unleashing a psychic onslaught directed at the entire Circle of Nine. Throughout all Nosgoth, the minds of the sensitive and intellectual are blasted by waves of hatred. The Circle is permanently left mentally corrupted, and the Pillars physically crack and corrode.[8][10][Blood Omen/2] Raziel and the Elder Kain both witness this event from the Pillars' clearing.[Soul Reaver 2/2]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 2: Decision at the Pillars »» Using the Wraith Blade, Raziel unlocks the Subterranean Pillars Chamber for the first time in centuries, and discovers the Ancient vampires' murals within. He meets the Elder God again, who insists that he destroy Kain and the vampires.[Soul Reaver 2/2][Soul Reaver 2/2]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 3: Through the Swamp »» In the swamp, Raziel solves the Dark Forge to obtain the Dark Reaver, and meets Vorador. They discuss the vampire purges, the corruption of the Pillars, the Reaver, and Janos Audron.[Soul Reaver 2/2][Soul Reaver 2/3]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 4: The Light Forge »» On his return journey to the Stronghold, Raziel begins to denounce the Elder God. He solves the Light Forge, and obtains the Light Reaver.[Soul Reaver 2/3][Soul Reaver 2/4]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 5: A Fateful Meeting »» The second paradox: At William's chapel, Raziel meets the Elder Kain, and takes up the Soul Reaver. A Reaver-convergence begins. Here, Raziel is destined to murder Kain.[Soul Reaver 2/5]


  • »»» (Time-traveling forwards ~130 years) Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 5: A Fateful Meeting Raziel emerges from the pre-Blood Omen era, arriving in the Sarafan Stronghold. He discovers a statue commemorating Moebius, holding aloft the severed head of Vorador.[Soul Reaver 2/5]


  • »»» Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 7: On to the Past (Time-traveling backwards ~600 years) The wraith Raziel emerges from the post-Blood Omen era, and travels to Janos Audron's Retreat. He blazes a trail through the Retreat to its balcony summit.[Soul Reaver 2/7][Soul Reaver 2/8]


    • »»» Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 8: Vampire Interview Raziel scales the Retreat, and meets Janos for the first time. They discuss the history of Nosgoth, and Janos tries to present Raziel with the physical Reaver.[Soul Reaver 2/8]
    • »»» Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 8: Vampire Interview The Sarafan commanders reach Janos's chamber. Janos teleports the wraith Raziel to the Fire Forge before confronting the Sarafan. As they battle, Raziel solves the forge and obtains the Fire Reaver.[Soul Reaver 2/8]
    • »»» Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 9: Blade of Vengeance Janos Audron is murdered by the Sarafan Raziel, who extracts his heart, the Heart of Darkness. As the Retreat collapses, Dumah retrieves the Reaver, and the commanders flee back to the Sarafan Stronghold. The wraith Raziel chases them south across Nosgoth, determined to avenge Janos.[11][Soul Reaver 2/1][Blood Omen/Miscellaneous][Soul Reaver 2/9]
    • »»» Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 9: Blade of Vengeance "Unseen forces" unleash Demons against the wraith Raziel to impede his progress. In the Subterranean Pillars Chamber, Raziel meets the Elder God, who proclaims him a failure.[Soul Reaver 2/9]
    • »»» Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 9: Blade of Vengeance The wraith Raziel returns to the Stronghold, and discovers the Reaver, laid out for him in an antechamber. Moebius and Malek confront him, and Moebius's Staff disables the Wraith Blade, forcing Raziel to wield the physical Reaver. He prepares to fight Malek, but is distracted by sounds of another disturbance nearby.[Soul Reaver 2/9]
    • »»» Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 9: Blade of Vengeance The slaughter of the Circle: Vorador fights back against the human Circle of Nine for their sponsorship of the Sarafan and the murder of Janos, infiltrating the Sarafan Stronghold and killing the Balance, Dimension, Energy, Mind, Nature and States Guardians. Malek attempts to rush to the Circle's protection, but is delayed by Moebius's instruction to keep Raziel at bay. Malek and Moebius trap Raziel, and Malek runs to confront Vorador, but is too late. Vorador defeats and humiliates him in combat.[Blood Omen/5][Blood Omen/6][11][Soul Reaver 2/1][Soul Reaver 2/9]
    • »»» Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 9: Blade of Vengeance Forced to proceed through the Stronghold, the wraith Raziel uses the Reaver to systematically slay Melchiah, Zephon, Rahab, Dumah and Turel respectively.[Soul Reaver 2/9]
    • »»» Soul Reaver 2, Epilogue Raziel confronts and kills his former, Sarafan self with the Reaver in the Chapter House.[Soul Reaver 2/Epilogue]
    • »»» Soul Reaver 2, Epilogue The third paradox: The Wraith Blade returns, embracing the Reaver, and exerts its own will, turning on Raziel. Raziel is impaled on the Reaver, his soul being drawn into the physical weapon. A Reaver-convergence begins.[Soul Reaver 2/Epilogue]


Wiki-Icon-BO2.png Blood Omen 2[edit | edit source]

  • »»»» (Narrative moves forward ~500 years) Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 1: Welcome to Meridian The collapse of the Pillars: Ariel finally informs the younger Kain that he is the Balance Guardian, and he is left with a choice: sacrifice himself to restore the Pillar of Balance and Nosgoth, or refuse the sacrifice and trigger the Pillars' total collapse. Kain chooses the latter option, electing to rule Nosgoth in its damnation.[8][11][Blood Omen/12][Soul Reaver/1][Soul Reaver/2][Soul Reaver/6] Janos and Raziel witness this event from the Vampire Citadel, and the resulting rift enables the Hylden Lord to possess Janos.[Defiance/12]
  • »»»» (~200 years later) Blood Omen 2, Chapter 1: Welcome to Meridian Kain wakes from his long hibernation in the Slums of Meridian, and meets Umah. Umah introduces him to life in Nosgoth under Sarafan rule. They become separated, and Kain is left to travel through the Smuggler's Den.[Blood Omen 2/1]


Wiki-Icon-DEF.png Legacy of Kain: Defiance[edit | edit source]

  • »»»» (Narrative moves backwards ~900 years, returning to the Elder Kain) Now armed with the unimbued Reaver, the Elder Kain searches for Raziel. Reflecting on his own history, he slaughters a number of Sarafan troops in a field near the Stronghold, and begins his infiltration of the building.[Defiance comic][15]


  • »»»» Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 2: Escape from the Elder God Chamber (Narrative switches forward ~500 years, following Raziel) Raziel tricks the Elder God, and escapes the Underworld. In recompense, the Elder God retracts all planar portals in Nosgoth. Raziel begins to explore the Cemetery in the Spectral Realm, learns how to possess corpses, and battles the Elder's Archons.[Defiance/2]
  • »»»» Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 3: Pursue Moebius (Switching back to the Elder Kain) Kain finds the Flame fragment, and pursues Moebius to his tower. He interrogates Moebius to discern Raziel's location. Moebius advises him that Raziel is dangerous, and tells him to go west of the Pillars for evidence.[Defiance/3]
  • »»»» Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 8: Find Vorador (Switching back to Raziel) Raziel reaches the mansion, and searches for Vorador. He makes use of a teleporter to return to the Citadel, where he defeats the original States and Death Guardians, and obtains the Water Reaver. He meets Vorador in the crypt, who shows him Janos's body, and directs him to Avernus Cathedral.[Defiance/8]
  • »»»» Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 9: Open the Spirit Forge Chamber (Switching back to the Elder Kain) Continuing, Kain finds murals depicting the human revolt, and two possible outcomes to the champions' battle. He obtains the Time fragment, and uses the complete Balance Emblem to unlock a chamber at the heart of the Citadel, where he meets the oracle of the ancient vampires (the Elder God). Purporting to assist him in stopping Raziel, the Elder transports Kain to the Blood Omen era.[Defiance/9]


    • »»»» Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 11: Stop Raziel The Elder Kain emerges from Nosgoth's early history in the Vampire Citadel. He travels to Avernus Cathedral, and meets Raziel. Raziel, galvanized by Hylden souls and believing he is the Hylden champion, insists on fighting the Elder Kain.[Defiance/11]
    • »»»» Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 12: Battle Kain Raziel defeats the Elder Kain, ripping the Heart of Darkness from his chest, and blasting him through a dimensional rift into the Demon Realm. Shocked - in disbelief at his own actions - Raziel returns to Vorador's Mansion.[Defiance/12][4]
    • »»»» Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 12: Battle Kain At the Mansion, Raziel meets Moebius, who congratulates him on the Elder Kain's death, and charges his mercenaries to attack Raziel. Moebius teleports away to oversee Vorador's execution.[Defiance/12]
    • »»»» Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 12: Battle Kain Using the Heart of Darkness and his own soul energy, Raziel resurrects Janos Audron. Janos conveys them both to the Vampire Citadel, and directs Raziel to the Spirit Forge. Raziel thwarts the Elder God's attempts to extinguish the Forge, and solves it. The Forge summons the soul of Ariel (presumably from the events of Soul Reaver) and those of Nosgoth's other deceased Balance Guardians. Raziel consumes the souls, obtaining the Spirit Reaver.[1][Defiance/12]
    • »»»» Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 12: Battle Kain The collapse of the Pillars: Ariel finally informs the younger Kain that he is the Balance Guardian, and he is left with a choice: sacrifice himself to restore the Pillar of Balance and Nosgoth, or refuse the sacrifice and trigger the Pillars' total collapse. Kain chooses the latter option, electing to rule Nosgoth in its damnation.[8][11][Blood Omen/12][Soul Reaver/1][Soul Reaver/2][Soul Reaver/6] Janos and Raziel witness this event from the Vampire Citadel, and the resulting rift enables the Hylden Lord to possess Janos.[Defiance/12]
    • »»»» Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 12: Battle Kain Through Janos's body, the Hylden Lord battles and destroys Raziel. He departs the Vampire Citadel to open the Hylden Gate. Raziel re-materializes within the Spirit Forge, again trapped in the Spectral Realm under the Elder God's auspices.[5][Defiance/12]
    • »»»» Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 13: Return to the Guardian Citadel Heartless, but still alive (unbeknownst to Raziel and his enemies), the Elder Kain awakens in the Demon Realm, and is taunted by the Hylden. He kills several demons, and uses a rift to return to the Material Realm.[Defiance/13]
    • »»»» Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 13: Return to the Guardian Citadel The Elder Kain slays Moebius in the Vampire Citadel's Spirit Forge, whose soul is then finally consumed by Raziel in the Spectral Realm. Raziel realizes that he himself was both the vampire and Hylden champions. Possessing Moebius's corpse, he enters the Material Realm, and tricks Kain into impaling him on the Reaver blade.[5][Defiance/13]
    • »»»» Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 13: Return to the Guardian Citadel Raziel reveals himself to Kain, and uses the Wraith Blade to heal Kain's soul of Nupraptor's corruption, ending the cycle of his own destiny. The Reaver completely consumes Raziel. Now imbued with his soul-devouring essence, it is henceforth known as the Soul Reaver.[4][Defiance/13]
    • »»»» Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 13: Return to the Guardian Citadel The Purification of Kain: Now cognizant of the Elder God, Kain battles it. The Elder God topples the Spirit Forge in an attempt to destroy Kain, but fails. The Elder Kain gazes out at Nosgoth and the wreckage of the Pillars, contemplating Raziel's sacrifice and his newfound hope.[Defiance/13]

Annotations[edit | edit source]

  1. No direct informations is given in game for the length of time Raziel was imprisoned in the Abyss, however in deleted dialogue, the Elder God is directly questioned by Raziel on the subject and responds "A millennium, or a moment? We who stand outside the rim of time dwell not in past or future ages; there is only the now" - perhaps suggesting a figure close to a thousand years. Subsequently a Blood Omen 2 developer interview suggested that the main gameplay events of that title occurred "1600 years before Raziel emerges from the void to begin LOK:SR" - indirectly implying that Raziel was in the Abyss for 500 years. The developers of Nosgoth have since indicated that the cut dialogue is more valid figure for the time-frame and the that the true figure is closer to 1000 years than 500.

References (narrative order)[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Wiki-Icon-TLW.png Question and Answer with Jen, Richard, and Kyle at The Lost Worlds (by Ben Lincoln)
  2. Wiki-Icon-NR.png GLoK Interviews with Amy Hennig at Nosgothic Realm (by Raziel Fan), post #4 (by RazielFan)
  3. Icon-GS.png Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 Feature Preview at GameSpot (by Miguel Lopez), page 2
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Icon-Eidos.png Answers to questions from the Defiance team at the Eidos forums (by Chris@Crystal)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 Wiki-Icon-TLW.png Question and Answer with Amy Hennig at The Lost Worlds (by Ben Lincoln)
  6. Wiki-Icon-DC.png Miscellaneous Questions & Answers at SK: The Complete Guide To Legacy of Kain (archived at Dark Chronicle)
  7. Wiki-Icon-DC.png Moebius' Museum at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 8.12 8.13 8.14 8.15 8.16 8.17 8.18 8.19 8.20 8.21 8.22 8.23 8.24 8.25 8.26 8.27 8.28 8.29 Wiki-Icon-DC.png Soul Reaver 2: Historical Timeline at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Wiki-Icon-DC.png Miscellaneous Questions & Answers at SK: The Complete Guide To Legacy of Kain (archived at Dark Chronicle)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Wiki-Icon-DC.png The Players at SK: The Complete Guide To Legacy of Kain (archived at Dark Chronicle)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 11.8 11.9 Wiki-Icon-NR.png GLoK Interviews with Amy Hennig at Nosgothic Realm (by Raziel Fan), post #5 (by RazielFan)
  12. Icon-GS.png Blood Omen 2 Q&A at GameSpot (by Sam Newman)
  13. Wiki-Icon-DC.png Bloodomen 2 (Story) (archived at Dark Chronicle)
  14. Wiki-Icon-DC.png Blood Omen 2: Background Story at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)
  15. Defiance Sarafan Warrior at spectraljin.com (by Daniel Cabuco)

First timeline

First timeline[edit | edit source]

Main article: Timelines/First

Wiki-Icon-BO1.png Known events in the first timeline

Before Nosgoth's recorded history[edit | edit source]

(Accountable span of several millennia)

Nosgoth's early history[edit | edit source]

(Span of ~450 years)

  • At an indeterminate point before or during this era, an unknown seer predicts the future rise of the Legions of the Nemesis.[3]
  • Nosgoth's vampire population increases, incurring the attention of the Circle.[1][Blood Omen/6]
  • Dumah, Melchiah, Rahab, Raziel, Turel and Zephon join the Sarafan, and are trained to be devoutly loyal to the Circle of Nine.[1][Blood Omen/5]
  • The vampire purge: The Sarafan wage war on Nosgoth's vampires. Malek leads the brotherhood to many victories, killing thousands of the vampire race. Several of Vorador's friends, lovers and vampire children are slain, but he and Janos Audron elude their attacks.[1][3][Blood Omen/5][Blood Omen/6]
  • (Long before ~450) The Sarafan disband, and their crusade ceases.[1]

Pre-Blood Omen era[edit | edit source]

(Span of ~50 years)

  • (~0-40) Moebius continues to conspire with William, resulting in the creation of the prophesied fanatical and ruthless Legions of the Nemesis. William becomes known as the Nemesis, an unstoppable tyrant destined to bring about the end of civilization. Over time, many cities, including Stahlberg, fall to the Legions on their gradual march from the north.[Blood Omen/9][3]
  • Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, Chapter 1: Welcome to Hell (~20) Possessing Mortanius's body, the Dark Entity murders Ariel. Kain, her successor as Guardian of Balance, is born to an aristocratic family.[1][8]
    • Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, Chapter 1: Welcome to Hell The corruption of the Pillars: Nupraptor, Ariel's lover, finds her corpse and realises that Mortanius was responsible for her death. Overwhelmed with grief and suspicions of treachery, Nupraptor plunges into madness, unleashing a psychic onslaught directed at the entire Circle of Nine. Throughout all Nosgoth, the minds of the sensitive and intellectual are blasted by waves of hatred. The Circle is permanently left mentally corrupted, and the Pillars physically crack and corrode.[1][3][Blood Omen/2]
  • Ariel's specter begins to haunt the Pillars of Nosgoth.[8]
  • The insane and deranged Guardians unleash their powers against Nosgoth, with malicious intent. Anarcrothe, Bane and DeJoule create the Dark Eden. Azimuth begins indiscriminately summoning malevolent demons and creatures in numerous cities, leaving the populace at their mercy. Nupraptor practices self-mutilation, sewing his own eyes and lips shut, and terrorizes pilgrims who journey to his retreat near Vasserbünde.[3][9][10][Blood Omen/7][Blood Omen/3]
  • King Ottmar of Willendorf holds a contest to celebrate his daughter's birthday, offering a royal favor to the creator of the finest doll in the realm. Among hundreds of submissions, Elzevir the Dollmaker's entry is proclaimed the winner. Elzevir takes a lock of the Princess' hair in payment.[Blood Omen/9]

Blood Omen era[edit | edit source]

(Span of ~1 year)

  • Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, Chapter 9: Ottmar's Daughter The Battle of the Last Stand: Led by Ottmar and Kain, the Army of the Last Hope meets the Legions of the Nemesis in battle. The Legions are victorious, decimating the Army of Hope, killing Ottmar and cornering Kain. Kain retreats by activating the time-streaming device, and is propelled 50 years backward in time to the pre-Blood Omen era.[1][Blood Omen/9][Blood Omen/10]

(No later events in this timeline are covered in the series.)

References (first timeline)[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 Wiki-Icon-DC.png Soul Reaver 2: Historical Timeline at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)
  2. The Pillars at the Soul Reaver 2 official site
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 Wiki-Icon-DC.png The Players at SK: The Complete Guide To Legacy of Kain (archived at Dark Chronicle)
  4. Icon-Eidos.png Warp's answers from Amy at the Eidos Forums (by Blincoln)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Icon-Eidos.png Chris@Crystal's Greatest Hits at the Eidos Forums (by Divine Shadow)
  6. Icon-IGN.png Interview With a Vampire: Blood Omen 2 at IGN (by Douglass C. Perry)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Icon-DCab.png Some questions about SR2 Sarafan at DCabDesign (by Lexy), post #3 (by Daniel Cabuco)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Wiki-Icon-DC.png Miscellaneous Questions & Answers at SK: The Complete Guide To Legacy of Kain (archived at Dark Chronicle)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Wiki-Icon-DC.png Legacy of Kain: The Plot at SK: The Complete Guide To Legacy of Kain (archived at Dark Chronicle)
  10. 10.0 10.1 Wiki-Icon-DC.png Soul Reaver 2: Background Story at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)

Second timeline

Second timeline[edit | edit source]

Main article: Timelines/Second

Wiki-Icon-BO1.pngWiki-Icon-SR1.pngWiki-Icon-SR2.png Known events in the second timeline

Before Nosgoth's recorded history[edit | edit source]

(Accountable span of several millennia; minimum of 3000 years)[annotation 1]

  • The ancient vampires' civilization crumbles. Their bloodline trickles away, until Janos Audron is left the sole surviving member of his original race.[Soul Reaver 2/3][Soul Reaver 2/3]

Nosgoth's early history[edit | edit source]

(Span of ~450 years)

  • Nosgoth's vampire population increases, incurring the attention of the Circle.[2][Blood Omen/6]

Pre-Blood Omen era[edit | edit source]

(Span of ~50 years)

  • Devastated by William's murder, the people of William's realm swear a vengeful covenant to their fallen king, promising to eradicate Nosgoth's vampires once and for all.[Blood Omen/Miscellaneous]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 1: A Reaver in Time Moebius snatches Raziel from the time-stream, and conveys him to the time-streaming chamber in the Sarafan Stronghold. Moebius attempts to fuel Raziel's hatred for Kain and the vampires.[Soul Reaver 2/1]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 1: A Reaver in Time In William's chapel, Raziel discovers the broken Soul Reaver, causing a Reaver-convergence. The Wraith Blade leeches Raziel's soul energy to restore the damaged physical sword. Raziel threatens Moebius with the Soul Reaver, but stays his hand, and leaves the reconstituted weapon behind.[Soul Reaver 2/1]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 1: A Reaver in Time Before leaving the Stronghold to meet Kain at the Pillars, Raziel encounters a mural recording the life of Janos Audron, demonizing him as a predator who terrorized Uschtenheim's population.[Soul Reaver 2/1]
    • Possessing Mortanius's body, the Dark Entity murders Ariel. Kain, her successor as Guardian of Balance, is born to an aristocratic family.[2][3][8]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 2: Decision at the Pillars The corruption of the Pillars: Nupraptor, Ariel's lover, finds her corpse and realises that Mortanius was responsible for her death. Overwhelmed with grief and suspicions of treachery, Nupraptor plunges into madness, unleashing a psychic onslaught directed at the entire Circle of Nine. Throughout all Nosgoth, the minds of the sensitive and intellectual are blasted by waves of hatred. The Circle is permanently left mentally corrupted, and the Pillars physically crack and corrode.[2][5][Blood Omen/2] Raziel and the Elder Kain both witness this event from the Pillars' clearing.[Soul Reaver 2/2]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 2: Decision at the Pillars Using the Wraith Blade, Raziel unlocks the Subterranean Pillars Chamber for the first time in centuries, and discovers the ancient vampires' murals within. He meets the Elder God again, who insists that he destroy Kain and the vampires.[Soul Reaver 2/2][Soul Reaver 2/2]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 3: Through the Swamp In the Swamp, Raziel solves the Dark Forge to obtain the Dark Reaver, and meets Vorador. They discuss the vampire purges, the corruption of the Pillars, the Reaver, and Janos Audron.[Soul Reaver 2/3][Soul Reaver 2/2]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 4: The Light Forge On his return journey to the Stronghold, Raziel begins to denounce the Elder God. He solves the Light Forge, and obtains the Light Reaver.[Soul Reaver 2/3][Soul Reaver 2/4]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 5: A Fateful Meeting The second paradox: At William's chapel, Raziel meets the Elder Kain, and takes up the Soul Reaver. A Reaver-convergence begins. Here, Raziel is destined to murder Kain.[Soul Reaver 2/5]
    • Raziel kills the Elder Kain with the Soul Reaver at the chapel, and history proceeds as normal.
  • The insane and deranged Guardians unleash their powers against Nosgoth, with malicious intent. Anarcrothe, Bane and DeJoule create the Dark Eden. Azimuth begins indiscriminately summoning malevolent demons and creatures in numerous cities, leaving the populace at their mercy. Nupraptor practices self-mutilation, sewing his own eyes and lips shut, and terrorizes pilgrims who journey to his retreat near Vasserbünde.[3][5][9][10][Blood Omen/7][Blood Omen/3]
  • King Ottmar of Willendorf holds a contest to celebrate his daughter's birthday, offering a royal favor to the creator of the finest doll in the realm. Among hundreds of submissions, Elzevir the Dollmaker's entry is proclaimed the winner. Elzevir takes a lock of the Princess' hair in payment.[Blood Omen/9][11]
  • By now, the vampire race has been devastated by the crusades of Moebius's mercenary army, and Vorador is among the last survivors of his kind.[Blood Omen/11]
  • (~50) Kain departs Coorhagen, embarking on a journey across Nosgoth.[3][10]

Blood Omen era[edit | edit source]

(Span of ~1 year)

  • (~0) In the Underworld, Mortanius offers Kain the opportunity to avenge himself. Kain hastily accepts, and is reborn as a vampire.[2][3][Blood Omen/1]

Post-Blood Omen era[edit | edit source]

(Span of ~500 years)

Soul Reaver era[edit | edit source]

(Accountable span of ~2000 years)[annotation 3]

    • The vampires begin to destroy Nosgoth's major human kingdoms. Vampire hunters rise to counter their menace.[12]
    • At an indeterminate point during or after its construction, the vampires (chiefly Zephon and the Zephonim) slaughter the Cathedral's inhabitants and take it for their own.[Soul Reaver/6][Soul Reaver/7]
  • Growing increasingly bored over time, Kain and the lieutenants pit the lesser vampires of the empire against each other for their own amusement. The Council is formally founded.[12]
    • Kain's descendants utilize the Abyss as an execution ground for traitors and weaklings in their society.[Soul Reaver/1]
  • ("Centuries" before ~2000, and most likely before ~1000)[annotation 3] Dumah and the Dumahim retreat into Nosgoth's northern wilderness. The mountain stronghold which will later become known as the Ruined City is constructed, and becomes home to the Dumahim.[Soul Reaver/12][Soul Reaver/13]
  • (~1000) While feeding on a female, Raziel suddenly realizes his captive is not human. She reveals herself to be a construct of the elder gods, and tells Raziel of his imminent destiny to be destroyed in the Abyss and reborn to exact revenge on Kain. Raziel slaughters the construct and burns her remains.[Soul Reaver comic]
    • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Chapter 1: Prologue Kain and the Council meet at the Sanctuary of the Clans. Raziel reveals his wings, which are brutally ripped from his body by Kain.[2][3][Soul Reaver/1]
    • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Chapter 1: Prologue Raziel's execution: The members of the Council travel to the Lake of the Dead, where, on Kain's orders, Dumah and Turel cast Raziel into the Abyss. Turel assumes Raziel's former position as the empire's second-in-command.[2][Soul Reaver/1][Soul Reaver manual (UK)]
    • Nosgoth, backstoryKain abandons his empire searching for a way to restore Nosgoth. The leaderless empire fragments as the Vampire clans turn on each other.
  • (By "Centuries" after ~1000)Nosgoth, backstory The Razielim, heavily persecuted by the other clans evolve wings, but quickly begin to devolve.
    • Nosgoth, backstoryThe humans seize their opportunity to strike back and attempt to free their race from vampire rule. Cities are rebuilt, skills are relearned and humanity progresses to the point where it becomes a potent threat, launching a devastating attack on the empire itself.
    • Nosgoth, backstoryRealizing the threat they are faced with, the warring vampire clans band together once again and a new War for Nosgoth begins...
  • Whether eradicated by Kain or absented for other reasons, Raziel's clan ostensibly disappears from Nosgoth. Raziel's Clan Territory becomes derelict.[Soul Reaver/3]
  • Nosgoth is increasingly wracked by cataclysms as a result of the Pillars' destruction and the vampires' practices, and its landscape becomes significantly warped over time. As part of these upheavals, the Abbey is drowned by deluges, and the Tomb of the Sarafan is exposed and becomes accessible.[Soul Reaver/2][Soul Reaver/9][Soul Reaver/10]
  • Kain's surviving lieutenants and their clans continue to devolve. They become practically unrecognizable as the centuries pass.[Soul Reaver/1][Soul Reaver/2]
    • Becoming increasingly ghoul-like to their own displeasure, Melchiah and the Melchahim relocate to the Necropolis, and begin replenishing their ranks from the long-dead corpses therein.[Soul Reaver/4]
    • Becoming increasingly spider-like, Zephon's body gradually becomes one with the Silenced Cathedral.[Soul Reaver/8]
    • Becoming increasingly piscatorial, Rahab and the Rahabim gradually overcome their natural vulnerability to water, gaining the ability to swim. They retreat from the surface to dwell in the Drowned Abbey.[Soul Reaver/10][Soul Reaver/11]
  • Rahab is personally informed by Kain that he is destined to die at Raziel's hands.[Soul Reaver/11]
  • (During, or shortly before, ~2000)[annotation 3] Vampire hunters attack the Silenced Cathedral, and are repelled by the Zephonim. One makes it to Zephon's lair with a flamethrower, but is severed in half by Zephon.[Soul Reaver/8]
  • (~2000)[annotation 3] Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Chapter 1: Prologue After suffering relentless agony in the Abyss, Raziel is resurrected as a wraith by the Elder God. Now the Elder's symbiotic agent, he is obliged to destroy Kain and his brethren in his quest for vengeance.[2][Soul Reaver/1][13]
    • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Chapter 2: The New Nosgoth Guided out of the Underworld by the Elder God, Raziel explores the wasteland of Nosgoth. Beyond the Sanctuary of the Clans and the Abyss, he is enraged to discover his clan territory desolate, his clan apparently dead.[Soul Reaver/2][Soul Reaver/3]
    • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Chapter 3: Necropolis Witnessing Melchahim murdering a human, Raziel pervades the Necropolis, and reaches Melchiah's lair. He kills Melchiah and devours his soul, attaining the ability to phase through gates.[Soul Reaver/5]
    • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Chapter 4: The Pillars At the Elder God's urging, Raziel infiltrates the Sanctuary of the Clans, and encounters Kain awaiting him at the Pillars of Nosgoth. They battle, and Kain strikes Raziel with the Soul Reaver. The Soul Reaver shatters on impact. Satisfied at this outcome, Kain departs.[2][Soul Reaver/6]
    • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Chapter 4: The Pillars Raziel succumbs to his wounds and slips into the Spectral Realm, where he inextricably bonds with the spirit liberated from the Soul Reaver - the Wraith Blade. He meets Ariel, who agrees to conspire with him in ensuring Kain's destruction.[2][Soul Reaver/6]
    • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Chapter 5: Silenced Cathedral Raziel ascends the Silenced Cathedral and reaches Zephon's lair. Using the deceased vampire hunter's flamethrower and Zephon's eggs, he immolates Zephon. By consuming Zephon's soul, he gains the ability to scale walls.[Soul Reaver/7][Soul Reaver/8]
    • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Chapter 6: Tomb of the Sarafan Raziel infiltrates the Tomb of the Sarafan, and rediscovers the Council's forgotten heritage as the former leaders of the Sarafan brotherhood. Beneath the Tomb, he destroys the Tomb Guardian and obtains the telekinetic force projectile ability.[Soul Reaver/9]
    • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Chapter 7: Drowned Abbey In the Drowned Abbey, Raziel makes use of sunlight to destroy Rahab, and gains the ability to swim from devouring his brother's soul.[Soul Reaver/10][Soul Reaver/11]
    • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Chapter 8: Ruined City Raziel reaches Dumah's throne room, and pulls the stakes from Dumah's chest, reviving him. Luring Dumah to a Furnace, Raziel destroys him and devours his soul, attaining the constrict ability.[Soul Reaver/12][Soul Reaver/13]
    • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Chapter 9: The Oracle's Cave In pursuit of Kain, Raziel journeys through the Oracle's Cave and into the Chronoplast. He witnesses his own recent past and potential future in the Chronoplast visions.[Soul Reaver/14][Soul Reaver/15]
    • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Chapter 10: KainSoul Reaver 2, Prologue Raziel reaches the heart of the Chronoplast complex, where Kain awaits. He battles, but fails to defeat, Kain, who activates the Chronoplast's portal, and passes through to the pre-Blood Omen era. Raziel follows.[2][Soul Reaver 2/Prologue][Soul Reaver/15]

(Total span of at least ~6000 years)[annotation 1][annotation 3]

Annotations[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Janos Audron reveals in Blood Omen 2 that the Vampire-Hylden war lasted at least 1000 years, and states in Soul Reaver 2 that, ever since his race died out, he had been guarding the Reaver alone for "thousands of years" (minimum of 2000), accumulating to a minimum 3000 year span for the era before Nosgoth's recorded history. The remaining eras add up to roughly 3000 years. If both of Janos's estimates also apply to other timelines, this results in a calculable minimum total of 6000 accountable years of Nosgothic history.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Vorador's birth and turning is positioned after the forging of the Reaver in the version of Nosgoth's chronology released with September 2000's Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine (covering the second timeline), despite the Legacy of Kain: Defiance (fourth timeline) revelation that Vorador himself forged the Reaver. Defiance production materials also refer to this.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 No direct informations is given in game for the length of time Raziel was imprisoned in the Abyss, however in deleted dialogue, the Elder God is directly questioned by Raziel on the subject and responds "A millennium, or a moment? We who stand outside the rim of time dwell not in past or future ages; there is only the now" - perhaps suggesting a figure close to a thousand years. Subsequently a Blood Omen 2 developer interview suggested that the main gameplay events of that title occurred "1600 years before Raziel emerges from the void to begin LOK:SR" - indirectly implying that Raziel was in the Abyss for 500 years. The developers of Nosgoth have since indicated that the cut dialogue is the more valid figure for the time-frame and that the true figure is closer to 1000 years than 500.

References (second timeline)[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Icon-Eidos.png Chris@Crystal's Greatest Hits at the Eidos Forums (by Divine Shadow)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 2.30 2.31 2.32 2.33 2.34 2.35 2.36 2.37 2.38 2.39 2.40 2.41 2.42 Wiki-Icon-DC.png Soul Reaver 2: Historical Timeline at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 3.23 3.24 3.25 3.26 3.27 3.28 3.29 3.30 3.31 3.32 3.33 3.34 3.35 3.36 3.37 3.38 3.39 3.40 3.41 Wiki-Icon-NR.png GLoK Interviews with Amy Hennig at Nosgothic Realm (by Raziel Fan), post #5 (by RazielFan)
  4. The Pillars at the Soul Reaver 2 official site
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Wiki-Icon-DC.png The Players at SK: The Complete Guide To Legacy of Kain (archived at Dark Chronicle)
  6. Icon-IGN.png Interview With a Vampire: Blood Omen 2 at IGN (by Douglass C. Perry)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Icon-DCab.png Some questions about SR2 Sarafan at DCabDesign (by Lexy), post #3 (by Daniel Cabuco)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Wiki-Icon-DC.png Miscellaneous Questions & Answers at SK: The Complete Guide To Legacy of Kain (archived at Dark Chronicle)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Wiki-Icon-DC.png Legacy of Kain: The Plot at SK: The Complete Guide To Legacy of Kain (archived at Dark Chronicle)
  10. 10.0 10.1 Wiki-Icon-DC.png Soul Reaver 2: Background Story at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)
  11. 11.0 11.1 Icon-Eidos.png Warp's answers from Amy at the Eidos Forums (by blincoln)
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 Wiki-Icon-DC.png Soul Reaver: Background Story at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)
  13. Icon-GS.png Blood Omen 2 Q&A at GameSpot (by Sam Newman)

Third timeline

Third timeline[edit | edit source]

Main article: Timelines/Third

Wiki-Icon-SR2.png Known events in the third timeline

Before Nosgoth's recorded history[edit | edit source]

(Accountable span of several millennia; minimum of 3000 years)[annotation 1]

  • The ancient vampires' civilization crumbles. Their bloodline trickles away, until Janos Audron is left the sole surviving member of his original race.[Soul Reaver 2/3][Soul Reaver 2/3][Soul Reaver 2/8] The original members of the Circle of Nine die out. The humans of Nosgoth prosper, and eventually seize guardianship of the Pillars from the vampires.[Soul Reaver 2/8]
  • (Over further thousands of years subsequent to the ancient vampires' near-extinction) Over the millennia, Janos Audron continues to guard the Reaver alone, awaiting the arrival of the prophesied vampire messiah.[Soul Reaver 2/8]

Nosgoth's early history[edit | edit source]

(Span of ~450 years)

  • Nosgoth's vampire population increases, incurring the attention of the Circle.[2][Blood Omen/6]
    • The Elder Kain also emerges from the post-Blood Omen era.[Soul Reaver 2/Epilogue]
    • Dumah, Melchiah, Raziel, Turel and Zephon silently pursue the wraith Raziel as he progresses.[Soul Reaver 2/8]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 8: Vampire Interview Raziel scales the Retreat, and meets Janos for the first time. They discuss the history of Nosgoth, and Janos tries to present Raziel with the physical Reaver.[Soul Reaver 2/8]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 8: Vampire Interview The Sarafan commanders reach Janos's chamber. Janos teleports the wraith Raziel to the Fire Forge before confronting the Sarafan. As they battle, Raziel solves the forge and obtains the Fire Reaver.[Soul Reaver 2/8]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 9: Blade of Vengeance Janos Audron is murdered by the Sarafan Raziel, who extracts his heart, the Heart of Darkness. As the Retreat collapses, Dumah retrieves the Reaver, and the commanders flee back to the Sarafan Stronghold. The wraith Raziel chases them south across Nosgoth, determined to avenge Janos.[3][Blood Omen/Miscellaneous][Soul Reaver 2/9][Soul Reaver 2/1]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 9: Blade of Vengeance "Unseen forces" unleash Demons against the wraith Raziel to impede his progress. In the Subterranean Pillars Chamber, Raziel meets the Elder God, who proclaims him a failure.[Soul Reaver 2/9]
    • Moebius retrieves his staff and the Reaver from the commanders, and - aware of impending events - co-ordinates an ambush against the wraith Raziel. He dispatches the commanders, unaware of Raziel's identity, throughout the Stronghold to prepare for battle against him.[Soul Reaver 2/9][Soul Reaver 2/9]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 9: Blade of Vengeance The wraith Raziel returns to the Stronghold, and discovers the Reaver, laid out for him in an antechamber. Moebius and Malek confront him, and Moebius's Staff disables the Wraith Blade, forcing Raziel to wield the physical Reaver. He prepares to fight Malek, but is distracted by sounds of another disturbance nearby.[Soul Reaver 2/9]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 9: Blade of Vengeance The slaughter of the Circle: Vorador fights back against the human Circle of Nine for their sponsorship of the Sarafan and the murder of Janos, infiltrating the Sarafan Stronghold and killing the Balance, Dimension, Energy, Mind, Nature and States Guardians. Malek attempts to rush to the Circle's protection, but is delayed by Moebius's instruction to keep Raziel at bay. Malek and Moebius trap Raziel, and Malek runs to confront Vorador, but is too late. Vorador defeats and humiliates him in combat.[3][Blood Omen/5][Blood Omen/6][Soul Reaver 2/9][Soul Reaver 2/1]
    • Six new Guardians are born (variously Anarcrothe, Ariel, Azimuth, Bane, DeJoule and Nupraptor, or unseen predecessors to them).[3][Blood Omen/9][Blood Omen/5]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 9: Blade of Vengeance Forced to proceed through the Stronghold, the wraith Raziel uses the Reaver to systematically slay Melchiah, Zephon, Rahab, Dumah and Turel respectively.[Soul Reaver 2/9]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Epilogue Raziel confronts and kills his former, Sarafan self with the Reaver in the Chapter House.[Soul Reaver 2/Epilogue]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Epilogue The third paradox: The Wraith Blade returns, embracing the Reaver, and exerts its own will, turning on Raziel. Raziel is impaled on the Reaver, his soul being drawn into the physical weapon. A Reaver-convergence begins.[Soul Reaver 2/Epilogue]
    • The Reaver completely consumes the wraith Raziel. Now imbued with his soul-devouring essence, it is henceforth known as the Soul Reaver.

Pre-Blood Omen era[edit | edit source]

(Span of ~50 years)

  • Devastated by William's murder, the people of William's realm swear a vengeful covenant to their fallen king, promising to eradicate Nosgoth's vampires once and for all.[Blood Omen/Miscellaneous]
    • Moebius snatches Raziel from the time-stream, and conveys him to the time-streaming chamber in the Sarafan Stronghold. Moebius attempts to fuel Raziel's hatred for Kain and the vampires.[Soul Reaver 2/1]
    • In William's chapel, Raziel discovers the broken Soul Reaver, causing a Reaver-convergence. The Wraith Blade leeches Raziel's soul energy to restore the damaged physical sword. Raziel threatens Moebius with the Soul Reaver, but stays his hand, and leaves the reconstituted weapon behind.[Soul Reaver 2/1]
    • Before leaving the Stronghold to meet Kain at the Pillars, Raziel encounters a mural recording the life of Janos Audron, demonizing him as a predator who terrorized Uschtenheim's population.[Soul Reaver 2/1]
    • Possessing Mortanius's body, the Dark Entity murders Ariel. Kain, her successor as Guardian of Balance, is born to an aristocratic family.[2][3][8]
    • The corruption of the Pillars: Nupraptor, Ariel's lover, finds her corpse and realises that Mortanius was responsible for her death. Overwhelmed with grief and suspicions of treachery, Nupraptor plunges into madness, unleashing a psychic onslaught directed at the entire Circle of Nine. Throughout all Nosgoth, the minds of the sensitive and intellectual are blasted by waves of hatred. The Circle is permanently left mentally corrupted, and the Pillars physically crack and corrode.[2][5][Blood Omen/2] Raziel and the Elder Kain both witness this event from the Pillars' clearing.[Soul Reaver 2/2]
    • Using the Wraith Blade, Raziel unlocks the Subterranean Pillars Chamber for the first time in centuries, and discovers the ancient vampires' murals within. He meets the Elder God again, who insists that he destroy Kain and the vampires.[Soul Reaver 2/2][Soul Reaver 2/2]
    • In the Swamp, Raziel solves the Dark Forge to obtain the Dark Reaver, and meets Vorador. They discuss the vampire purges, the corruption of the Pillars, the Reaver, and Janos Audron.[Soul Reaver 2/3][Soul Reaver 2/2]
    • On his return journey to the Stronghold, Raziel begins to denounce the Elder God. He solves the Light Forge, and obtains the Light Reaver.[Soul Reaver 2/3]
    • The second paradox: At William's chapel, Raziel meets the Elder Kain, and takes up the Soul Reaver.[Soul Reaver 2/5]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 5: A Fateful Meeting Describing the first timeline and the story of the Nemesis, Kain convinces Raziel not to kill him. The pull of history almost forces Raziel to impale Kain, but he succeeds in narrowly diverting the Reaver's course, instead fracturing William's sarcophagus.[Soul Reaver 2/5]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 5: A Fateful Meeting Raziel surprises Moebius in the Circle's gathering-room, and forces him to operate the second time-streaming chamber, intending to travel back to a time before the Sarafan vampire purge began. Moebius deceives Raziel, sending him forward to the post-Blood Omen era instead.[Soul Reaver 2/5]
    • The Elder Kain pursues Raziel to the post-Blood Omen era.[Soul Reaver 2/5]
  • The insane and deranged Guardians unleash their powers against Nosgoth, with malicious intent. Anarcrothe, Bane and DeJoule create the Dark Eden. Azimuth begins indiscriminately summoning malevolent demons and creatures in numerous cities, leaving the populace at their mercy. Nupraptor practices self-mutilation, sewing his own eyes and lips shut, and terrorizes pilgrims who journey to his retreat near Vasserbünde.[3][5][9][10][Blood Omen/7][Blood Omen/3]
  • King Ottmar of Willendorf holds a contest to celebrate his daughter's birthday, offering a royal favor to the creator of the finest doll in the realm. Among hundreds of submissions, Elzevir the Dollmaker's entry is proclaimed the winner. Elzevir takes a lock of the Princess' hair in payment.[Blood Omen/9][11]
  • By now, the vampire race has been devastated by the crusades of Moebius's mercenary army, and Vorador is among the last survivors of his kind.[Blood Omen/11]
  • (~50) Kain departs Coorhagen, embarking on a journey across Nosgoth.[3][10]

Blood Omen era[edit | edit source]

(Span of ~1 year)

  • (~0) In the Underworld, Mortanius offers Kain the opportunity to avenge himself. Kain hastily accepts, and is reborn as a vampire.[2][3][Blood Omen/1]

Post-Blood Omen era[edit | edit source]

(Span of ~500 years)

  • (~100) Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 5: A Fateful Meeting Raziel emerges from the pre-Blood Omen era, arriving in the Sarafan Stronghold. He discovers a statue commemorating Moebius, holding aloft the severed head of Vorador.[Soul Reaver 2/5]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 5: A Fateful Meeting After discovering Moebius's statue, Raziel encounters and taunts an illusion conjured by Moebius - posing as his martyred spirit - intended to influence Raziel into destroying Kain.[Soul Reaver 2/Epilogue][12]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 5: A Fateful Meeting Raziel encounters the specter of Ariel at the Pillars of Nosgoth, who laments Kain's decision, and her own fate. He challenges her regarding the integrity of the Circle.[Soul Reaver 2/5]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 5: A Fateful Meeting Passing north through the Subterranean Pillars Chamber, Raziel finds that the Elder God has physically thrived since the Pillars' collapse. He and the Elder acrimoniously debate Kain's survival and its repercussions.[Soul Reaver 2/5]
    • The Elder Kain of the pre-Blood Omen era, spared by Raziel in this timeline, emerges in the past and pursues Raziel.[Soul Reaver 2/5]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 5: A Fateful Meeting After speaking with Ariel, Raziel encounters the Elder Kain outside the ruins of Janos Audron's Retreat, who discusses the nature of time, paradoxes and the malevolent forces subverting their destinies before departing.[Soul Reaver 2/5]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 6: The Air Forge Raziel obtains the Air Reaver from the Air Forge.[Soul Reaver 2/6]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Chapter 7: On to the Past Using the time-streaming chamber in the Swamp, Raziel travels back in time to Nosgoth's early history, hoping to meet Janos Audron.[Soul Reaver 2/7]

Soul Reaver era[edit | edit source]

(Accountable span of ~2000 years)[annotation 3]

    • The vampires begin to destroy Nosgoth's major human kingdoms. Vampire hunters rise to counter their menace.[13]
    • At an indeterminate point during or after its construction, the vampires (chiefly Zephon and the Zephonim) slaughter the Cathedral's inhabitants and take it for their own.[Soul Reaver/6][Soul Reaver/7]
  • Growing increasingly bored over time, Kain and the lieutenants pit the lesser vampires of the empire against each other for their own amusement. The Council is formally founded.[13]
    • Kain's descendants utilize the Abyss as an execution ground for traitors and weaklings in their society.[Soul Reaver/1]
  • ("Centuries" before ~2000, and most likely before ~1000)[annotation 3] Dumah and the Dumahim retreat into Nosgoth's northern wilderness. The mountain stronghold which will later become known as Ash Village is constructed, and becomes home to the Dumahim.[Soul Reaver/12][Soul Reaver/13]
  • (~1000) While feeding on a female, Raziel suddenly realizes his captive is not human. She reveals herself to be a construct of the elder gods, and tells Raziel of his imminent destiny to be destroyed in the Abyss and reborn to exact revenge on Kain. Raziel slaughters the construct and burns her remains.[Soul Reaver comic]
    • Kain and the Council meet at the Sanctuary of the Clans. Raziel reveals his wings, which are brutally ripped from his body by Kain.[2][3][Soul Reaver/1][12]
    • Raziel's execution: The members of the Council travel to the Lake of the Dead, where, on Kain's orders, Dumah and Turel cast Raziel into the Abyss. Turel assumes Raziel's former position as the empire's second-in-command.[2][Soul Reaver/1][12][Soul Reaver manual (UK)]
    • Kain abandons his empire searching for a way to restore Nosgoth. The leaderless empire fragments as the Vampire clans turn on each other.
  • (By "Centuries" after ~1000) The Razielim, heavily persecuted by the other clans evolve wings, but quickly begin to devolve.
    • The humans seize their opportunity to strike back and attempt to free their race from vampire rule. Cities are rebuilt, skills are relearned and humanity progresses to the point where it becomes a potent threat, launching a devastating attack on the empire itself.
    • Realizing the threat they are faced with, the warring vampire clans band together once again and a new War for Nosgoth begins...
  • Whether eradicated by Kain or absented for other reasons, Raziel's clan ostensibly disappears from Nosgoth. Raziel's Clan Territory becomes derelict.[Soul Reaver/3]
  • Nosgoth is increasingly wracked by cataclysms as a result of the Pillars' destruction and the vampires' practices, and its landscape becomes significantly warped over time. As part of these upheavals, the Abbey is drowned by deluges, and the Tomb of the Sarafan is exposed and becomes accessible.[Soul Reaver/2][Soul Reaver/9][Soul Reaver/10]
  • Kain's surviving lieutenants and their clans continue to devolve. They become practically unrecognizable as the centuries pass.[Soul Reaver/1][Soul Reaver/2]
    • Becoming increasingly ghoul-like to their own displeasure, Melchiah and the Melchahim relocate to the Necropolis, and begin replenishing their ranks from the long-dead corpses therein.[Soul Reaver/4]
    • Becoming increasingly spider-like, Zephon's body gradually becomes one with the Silenced Cathedral.[Soul Reaver/8]
    • Becoming increasingly piscatorial, Rahab and the Rahabim gradually overcome their natural vulnerability to water, gaining the ability to swim. They retreat from the surface to dwell in the Drowned Abbey.[Soul Reaver/10][Soul Reaver/11]
  • Rahab is personally informed by Kain that he is destined to die at Raziel's hands.[Soul Reaver/11]
  • (During, or shortly before, ~2000)[annotation 3] Vampire hunters attack the Silenced Cathedral, and are repelled by the Zephonim. One makes it to Zephon's lair with a flamethrower, but is severed in half by Zephon.[Soul Reaver/8]
  • (~2000)[annotation 3] After suffering relentless agony in the Abyss, Raziel is resurrected as a wraith by the Elder God. Now the Elder's symbiotic agent, he is obliged to destroy Kain and his brethren in his quest for vengeance.[2][Soul Reaver/1][12][14]
    • Guided out of the Underworld by the Elder God, Raziel explores the wasteland of Nosgoth. Beyond the Sanctuary of the Clans and the Abyss, he is enraged to discover his clan territory desolate, his clan apparently dead.[Soul Reaver/2][Soul Reaver/3][12]
    • Witnessing Melchahim murdering a human, Raziel pervades the Necropolis, and reaches Melchiah's lair. He kills Melchiah and devours his soul, attaining the ability to phase through gates.[12][Soul Reaver/4][Soul Reaver/5]
    • At the Elder God's urging, Raziel infiltrates the Sanctuary of the Clans, and encounters Kain awaiting him at the Pillars of Nosgoth. They battle, and Kain strikes Raziel with the Soul Reaver. The Soul Reaver shatters on impact. Satisfied at this outcome, Kain departs.[2][12][Soul Reaver/6]
    • Raziel succumbs to his wounds and slips into the Spectral Realm, where he inextricably bonds with the spirit liberated from the Soul Reaver - the Wraith Blade. He meets Ariel, who agrees to conspire with him in ensuring Kain's destruction.[2][12][Soul Reaver/6]
    • Raziel ascends the Silenced Cathedral and reaches Zephon's lair. Using the deceased vampire hunter's flamethrower and Zephon's eggs, he immolates Zephon. By consuming Zephon's soul, he gains the ability to scale walls.[12][Soul Reaver/7][Soul Reaver/8]
    • Raziel infiltrates the Tomb of the Sarafan, and rediscovers the Council's forgotten heritage as the former leaders of the Sarafan brotherhood. Beneath the Tomb, he destroys the Tomb Guardian and obtains the telekinetic force projectile ability.[Soul Reaver/9][12]
    • In the Drowned Abbey, Raziel makes use of sunlight to destroy Rahab, and gains the ability to swim from devouring his brother's soul.[12][Soul Reaver/10][Soul Reaver/11]
    • Raziel reaches Dumah's throne room, and pulls the stakes from Dumah's chest, reviving him. Luring Dumah to a Furnace, Raziel destroys him and devours his soul, attaining the constrict ability.[12][Soul Reaver/12][Soul Reaver/13]
    • In pursuit of Kain, Raziel journeys through the Oracle's Cave and into the Chronoplast. He witnesses his own recent past and potential future in the Chronoplast visions.[12][Soul Reaver/14][Soul Reaver/15]
    • Raziel reaches the heart of the Chronoplast complex, where Kain awaits. He battles, but fails to defeat, Kain, who activates the Chronoplast's portal, and passes through to the pre-Blood Omen era. Raziel follows.[2][Soul Reaver 2/Prologue][12][Soul Reaver/15]

(Total span of at least ~6000 years)[annotation 1][annotation 3]

Annotations[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Janos Audron reveals in Blood Omen 2 that the Vampire-Hylden war lasted at least 1000 years, and states in Soul Reaver 2 that, ever since his race died out, he had been guarding the Reaver alone for "thousands of years" (minimum of 2000), accumulating to a minimum 3000 year span for the era before Nosgoth's recorded history. The remaining eras add up to roughly 3000 years. If both of Janos's estimates also apply to other timelines, this results in a calculable minimum total of 6000 accountable years of Nosgothic history.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Vorador's birth and turning is positioned after the forging of the Reaver in the version of Nosgoth's chronology released with September 2000's Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine (covering the second timeline), despite the Legacy of Kain: Defiance (fourth timeline) revelation that Vorador himself forged the Reaver. Defiance production materials also refer to this.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 No direct informations is given in game for the length of time Raziel was imprisoned in the Abyss, however in deleted dialogue, the Elder God is directly questioned by Raziel on the subject and responds "A millennium, or a moment? We who stand outside the rim of time dwell not in past or future ages; there is only the now" - perhaps suggesting a figure close to a thousand years. Subsequently a Blood Omen 2 developer interview suggested that the main gameplay events of that title occurred "1600 years before Raziel emerges from the void to begin LOK:SR" - indirectly implying that Raziel was in the Abyss for 500 years. The developers of Nosgoth have since indicated that the cut dialogue is the more valid figure for the time-frame and that the true figure is closer to 1000 years than 500

References (third timeline)[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Icon-Eidos.png Chris@Crystal's Greatest Hits at the Eidos Forums (by Divine Shadow)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 2.30 2.31 2.32 2.33 2.34 2.35 2.36 2.37 2.38 2.39 2.40 2.41 Wiki-Icon-DC.png Soul Reaver 2: Historical Timeline at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 3.23 3.24 3.25 3.26 3.27 3.28 3.29 3.30 3.31 3.32 3.33 3.34 3.35 3.36 3.37 3.38 3.39 3.40 Wiki-Icon-NR.png GLoK Interviews with Amy Hennig at Nosgothic Realm (by Raziel Fan), post #5 (by RazielFan)
  4. The Pillars at the Soul Reaver 2 official site
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Wiki-Icon-DC.png The Players at SK: The Complete Guide To Legacy of Kain (archived at Dark Chronicle)
  6. Icon-IGN.png Interview With a Vampire: Blood Omen 2 at IGN (by Douglass C. Perry)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Icon-DCab.png Some questions about SR2 Sarafan at DCabDesign (by Lexy), post #3 (by Daniel Cabuco)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Wiki-Icon-DC.png Miscellaneous Questions & Answers at SK: The Complete Guide To Legacy of Kain (archived at Dark Chronicle)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Wiki-Icon-DC.png Legacy of Kain: The Plot at SK: The Complete Guide To Legacy of Kain (archived at Dark Chronicle)
  10. 10.0 10.1 Wiki-Icon-DC.png Soul Reaver 2: Background Story at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)
  11. 11.0 11.1 Icon-Eidos.png Warp's answers from Amy at the Eidos Forums (by blincoln)
  12. 12.00 12.01 12.02 12.03 12.04 12.05 12.06 12.07 12.08 12.09 12.10 12.11 12.12 12.13 Wiki-Icon-TLW.png Question and Answer with Jen, Richard, and Kyle at The Lost Worlds (by Ben Lincoln)
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Wiki-Icon-DC.png Soul Reaver: Background Story at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)
  14. Icon-GS.png Blood Omen 2 Q&A at GameSpot (by Sam Newman)

Fourth timeline

Fourth timeline[edit | edit source]

Main article: Timelines/Fourth

Wiki-Icon-SR2.pngWiki-Icon-BO2.pngWiki-Icon-DEF.png Known events in the fourth timeline

Before Nosgoth's recorded history[edit | edit source]

(Accountable span of several millennia; minimum of 3000 years)[annotation 1]

    • The Hylden oppose the Elder God, and refuse to submit to the Wheel.[Defiance/10]
    • Vorador is sired as a vampire by Janos Audron, and becomes the first human in Nosgoth to whom the blood curse is passed.[Defiance/6][Defiance/8]
  • The seminal events of vampire history are recorded in murals throughout the Vampire Citadel.[Defiance]
  • (Over further thousands of years subsequent to the ancient vampires' near-extinction) Over the millennia, Janos Audron continues to guard the Reaver alone, awaiting the arrival of the prophesied vampire messiah.[Soul Reaver 2/8]

Nosgoth's early history[edit | edit source]

(Span of ~450 years)

  • Nosgoth's vampire population increases, incurring the attention of the Circle.[2][Blood Omen/6]
    • The Elder Kain also emerges from the post-Blood Omen era.[Soul Reaver 2/Epilogue]
    • Dumah, Melchiah, Raziel, Turel and Zephon silently pursue the wraith Raziel as he progresses.[Soul Reaver 2/8]
    • Raziel scales the Retreat, and meets Janos for the first time. They discuss the history of Nosgoth, and Janos tries to present Raziel with the physical Reaver.[Soul Reaver 2/8]
    • The Sarafan commanders reach Janos's chamber. Janos teleports the wraith Raziel to the Fire Forge before confronting the Sarafan. As they battle, Raziel solves the forge and obtains the Fire Reaver.[Soul Reaver 2/8]
    • Janos Audron is murdered by the Sarafan Raziel, who extracts his heart, the Heart of Darkness. As the Retreat collapses, Dumah retrieves the Reaver, and the commanders flee back to the Sarafan Stronghold. The wraith Raziel chases them south across Nosgoth, determined to avenge Janos.[3][Blood Omen/Miscellaneous][Soul Reaver 2/9][Soul Reaver 2/1]
    • "Unseen forces" unleash Demons against the wraith Raziel to impede his progress. In the Subterranean Pillars Chamber, Raziel meets the Elder God, who proclaims him a failure.[Soul Reaver 2/9]
    • Moebius retrieves his staff and the Reaver from the commanders, and - aware of impending events - co-ordinates an ambush against the wraith Raziel. He dispatches the commanders, unaware of Raziel's identity, throughout the Stronghold to prepare for battle against him.[Soul Reaver 2/9][Soul Reaver 2/9]
    • The wraith Raziel returns to the Stronghold, and discovers the Reaver, laid out for him in an antechamber. Moebius and Malek confront him, and Moebius's Staff disables the Wraith Blade, forcing Raziel to wield the physical Reaver. He prepares to fight Malek, but is distracted by sounds of another disturbance nearby.[Soul Reaver 2/9]
    • The slaughter of the Circle: Vorador fights back against the human Circle of Nine for their sponsorship of the Sarafan and the murder of Janos, infiltrating the Sarafan Stronghold and killing the Balance, Dimension, Energy, Mind, Nature and States Guardians. Malek attempts to rush to the Circle's protection, but is delayed by Moebius's instruction to keep Raziel at bay. Malek and Moebius trap Raziel, and Malek runs to confront Vorador, but is too late. Vorador defeats and humiliates him in combat.[3][Blood Omen/5][Blood Omen/6][Soul Reaver 2/9][Soul Reaver 2/1]
    • Six new Guardians are born (variously Anarcrothe, Ariel, Azimuth, Bane, DeJoule and Nupraptor, or unseen predecessors to them).[3][Blood Omen/9][Blood Omen/5]
    • Forced to proceed through the Stronghold, the wraith Raziel uses the Reaver to systematically slay Melchiah, Zephon, Rahab, Dumah and Turel respectively.[Soul Reaver 2/9]
    • Raziel confronts and kills his former, Sarafan self with the Reaver in the Chapter House.[Soul Reaver 2/Epilogue]
    • The third paradox: The Wraith Blade returns, embracing the Reaver, and exerts its own will, turning on Raziel. Raziel is impaled on the Reaver, his soul being drawn into the physical weapon.[Soul Reaver 2/Epilogue]
    • Soul Reaver 2, Epilogue The Elder Kain emerges, and tears the Reaver from Raziel's chest just before it can fully consume him. Kain frantically warns Raziel not to resurrect Janos Audron, but Raziel sinks into the Spectral Realm, and remains in the Underworld for five centuries.[Soul Reaver 2/Epilogue][Defiance/2]
  • ("A few years" after ~0) Now armed with the unimbued Reaver, the Elder Kain searches for Raziel. Reflecting on his own history, he slaughters a number of Sarafan troops in a field near the Stronghold, and begins his infiltration of the building.[Defiance comic][9]
    • Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 1: Infiltrate the Stronghold Kain makes his way through the Stronghold, finds the Balance Emblem's Balance fragment, and confronts Moebius in an underground chamber. Using his staff, Moebius incapacitates Kain, and unleashes shades against him.[Defiance/1]
    • Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 3: Pursue Moebius Kain finds the Flame fragment, and pursues Moebius to his tower. He interrogates Moebius to discern Raziel's location. Moebius advises him that Raziel is dangerous, and tells him to go west of the Pillars for evidence.[Defiance/3]
    • Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 5: Reveal the Guardian Citadel Kain travels to the Pillars region, where he obtains the Dimension fragment, and reveals the Vampire Citadel.[Defiance/5]
    • Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 7: Explore the Citadel In the Citadel, Kain discovers images portraying the vampire and Hylden champions, depicting the vampire hero's fall. He fights the feral humans guarding the ruins, and obtains the Lightning fragment.[Defiance/7]
    • Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 9: Open the Spirit Forge Chamber Continuing, Kain finds murals depicting the human revolt, and two possible outcomes to the champions' battle. He obtains the Time fragment, and uses the complete Balance Emblem to unlock a chamber at the heart of the Citadel, where he meets the oracle of the ancient vampires (the Elder God). Purporting to assist him in stopping Raziel, the Elder transports Kain to the events of Blood Omen.[Defiance/9]
  • ("Centuries" before the Blood Omen era) Janos Audron's heart is taken to Avernus Cathedral, where it is formally christened "the Heart of Darkness". The vampires' enemies hide it away. Vorador repeatedly tries to recover the Heart over the centuries, but never succeeds.[Defiance/8]
  • Vorador retrieves Janos's body from the rubble of the Retreat, and takes it to his mansion, where it is enshrined and protected in a dedicated crypt.[Defiance/8]

Pre-Blood Omen era[edit | edit source]

(Span of ~50 years)

  • Devastated by William's murder, the people of William's realm swear a vengeful covenant to their fallen king, promising to eradicate Nosgoth's vampires once and for all.[Blood Omen/Miscellaneous]
    • Moebius snatches Raziel from the time-stream, and conveys him to the time-streaming chamber in the Sarafan Stronghold. Moebius attempts to fuel Raziel's hatred for Kain and the vampires.[Soul Reaver 2/1]
    • In William's chapel, Raziel discovers the broken Soul Reaver, causing a Reaver-convergence. The Wraith Blade leeches Raziel's soul energy to restore the damaged physical sword. Raziel threatens Moebius with the Soul Reaver, but stays his hand, and leaves the reconstituted weapon behind.[Soul Reaver 2/1]
    • Before leaving the Stronghold to meet Kain at the Pillars, Raziel encounters a mural recording the life of Janos Audron, demonizing him as a predator who terrorized Uschtenheim's population.[Soul Reaver 2/1]
    • Possessing Mortanius's body, the Hylden Lord murders Ariel. Kain, her successor as Guardian of Balance, is born to an aristocratic family.[2][3][5][10]
    • The corruption of the Pillars: Nupraptor, Ariel's lover, finds her corpse and realises that Mortanius was responsible for her death. Overwhelmed with grief and suspicions of treachery, Nupraptor plunges into madness, unleashing a psychic onslaught directed at the entire Circle of Nine. Throughout all Nosgoth, the minds of the sensitive and intellectual are blasted by waves of hatred. The Circle is permanently left mentally corrupted, and the Pillars physically crack and corrode.[2][8][Blood Omen/2] Raziel and the Elder Kain both witness this event from the Pillars' clearing.[Soul Reaver 2/2]
    • Using the Wraith Blade, Raziel unlocks the Subterranean Pillars Chamber for the first time in centuries, and discovers the ancient vampires' murals within. He meets the Elder God again, who insists that he destroy Kain and the vampires.[Soul Reaver 2/2][Soul Reaver 2/2]
    • In the Swamp, Raziel solves the Dark Forge to obtain the Dark Reaver, and meets Vorador. They discuss the vampire purges, the corruption of the Pillars, the Reaver, and Janos Audron.[Soul Reaver 2/3][Soul Reaver 2/2]
    • On his return journey to the Stronghold, Raziel begins to denounce the Elder God. He solves the Light Forge, and obtains the Light Reaver.[Soul Reaver 2/3]
    • The second paradox: At William's chapel, Raziel meets the Elder Kain, and takes up the Soul Reaver.[Soul Reaver 2/5]
    • Describing the first timeline and the story of the Nemesis, Kain convinces Raziel not to kill him. The pull of history almost forces Raziel to impale Kain, but he succeeds in narrowly diverting the Reaver's course, instead fracturing William's sarcophagus.[Soul Reaver 2/5]
    • Raziel surprises Moebius in the Circle's gathering-room, and forces him to operate the second time-streaming chamber, intending to travel back to a time before the Sarafan vampire purge began. Moebius deceives Raziel, sending him forward to the post-Blood Omen era instead.[Soul Reaver 2/5]
    • The Elder Kain pursues Raziel to the post-Blood Omen era.[Soul Reaver 2/5]
  • At an indeterminate point between the slaughter of the Circle and now, Azimuth is possessed by the Hylden. Using her powers over Dimension in conjunction with a time-streaming device stolen from Moebius, the Hylden summon the devolved vampire Turel back through time from the Soul Reaver era. Serving as a vessel for the Hylden, Turel is placed in captivity in the Avernus Catacombs, and worshipped as a god under the name Hash'ak'gik by the Hash'ak'gik cult and Avernus's cenobites.[Defiance/10][5][Blood Omen/Miscellaneous][11]
  • The insane and deranged Guardians unleash their powers against Nosgoth, with malicious intent. Anarcrothe, Bane and DeJoule create the Dark Eden. Azimuth begins indiscriminately summoning malevolent demons and creatures in numerous cities, leaving the populace at their mercy. Nupraptor practices self-mutilation, sewing his own eyes and lips shut, and terrorizes pilgrims who journey to his retreat near Vasserbünde.[3][8][12][13][Blood Omen/7][Blood Omen/3]
  • King Ottmar of Willendorf holds a contest to celebrate his daughter's birthday, offering a royal favor to the creator of the finest doll in the realm. Among hundreds of submissions, Elzevir the Dollmaker's entry is proclaimed the winner. Elzevir takes a lock of the Princess' hair in payment.[Blood Omen/9][14]
  • By now, the vampire race has been devastated by the crusades of Moebius's mercenary army, and Vorador is among the last survivors of his kind.[Blood Omen/11]
  • (~50) Kain departs Coorhagen, embarking on a journey across Nosgoth.[3][13]

Blood Omen era[edit | edit source]

(Span of ~1 year)

    • Kain awakes in his mausoleum, and kills his assassins near Ziegsturhl. Informed by Mortanius that the true culprits still live, and seeking a cure to his vampirism, he meets the specter of Ariel at the Pillars of Nosgoth, who instructs him to destroy the corrupt Circle of Nine and restore the Pillars.[3][Blood Omen/2][Blood Omen/3]
    • Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 2: Escape from the Elder God Chamber Raziel tricks the Elder God, and escapes the Underworld. In recompense, the Elder God retracts all planar portals in Nosgoth. Raziel begins to explore the Cemetery in the Spectral Realm, learns how to possess corpses, and battles the Elder's Archons.[Defiance/2]
    • Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 4: Find the Path to the Pillars Raziel fights members of Moebius's mercenary army, passes through Kain's Mausoleum, and uses teleporters in the Cemetery to re-obtain the Light and Dark Reavers from the Vampire Citadel.[Defiance/4]
    • Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 6: Find the Location of Vorador's Mansion Traveling to the Pillars, Raziel meets Ariel. Again using teleporters to the Citadel, he defeats the specters of the original Nature, Original Guardian of Conflict, Original Guardian of the Mind and Dimension Guardians to obtain the Fire and Air Reavers. He enters the Termogent Forest, heading towards Vorador's Mansion.[Defiance/6]
    • Kain travels through Nachtholm and Vasserbünde, and infiltrates Nupraptor's Retreat. He beheads Nupraptor and returns the head to the Pillars. The Pillar of the Mind is restored.[2][3][Blood Omen/3]
    • Passing through the plague-ridden Coorhagen, Kain travels to northern Nosgoth and flies to Malek's Bastion. He attempts to destroy Malek, but fails. Kain travels to the Oracle's Cave in search of a means to defeat Malek.[3][Blood Omen/5][Blood Omen/4]
    • Moebius, posing as the Oracle of Nosgoth, advises Kain to seek Vorador in the Termogent Forest.[3][Blood Omen/5][8]
    • Kain meets Vorador, who gives Kain his Signet Ring.[2][3][Blood Omen/6]
    • Kain travels to Dark Eden and kills Bane and DeJoule, while Vorador destroys Malek.[2][Blood Omen/7]
    • Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 8: Find Vorador Raziel reaches the mansion, and searches for Vorador. He makes use of a teleporter to return to the Citadel, where he defeats the original States and Death Guardians, and obtains the Water Reaver. He meets Vorador in the crypt, who shows him Janos's body, and directs him to Avernus Cathedral.[Defiance/8]
    • Kain returns Bane's Antler Headdress, DeJoule's Insulating Cloak and Malek's Helmet to the Pillars. The Pillars of Conflict, Energy and Nature are restored.[2][3][Blood Omen/7]
    • Kain journeys south through Avernus. In Avernus Cathedral, he discovers the Soul Reaver, and claims it for his own. With the Reaver, he slays Azimuth, and obtains the time-streaming device she stole from Moebius.[2][3][Blood Omen/8]
    • Kain returns Azimuth's Eye to the Pillars. The Pillar of Dimension is restored.[2][3][Blood Omen/9]
    • Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 10: Seek Mortanius Raziel navigates Avernus and reaches the Cathedral. Via a teleporter, he defeats the remaining specters of the Energy and Time Guardians, obtaining the Earth Reaver. In the Avernus Catacombs, he encounters the Hash'ak'gik cult leading worship to Turel. He discovers, battles and kills Turel, devouring his soul and Hylden energy to obtain enhanced telekinesis. By speaking to Mortanius, he learns that Kain possesses the Heart of Darkness.[Defiance/10]
    • Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 11: Stop Raziel The Elder Kain emerges from Nosgoth's early history in the Vampire Citadel. He travels to Avernus Cathedral, and meets Raziel. Raziel, galvanized by Hylden souls and believing he is the Hylden champion, insists on fighting the Elder Kain.[Defiance/11]
    • Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 12: Battle Kain Raziel defeats the Elder Kain, ripping the Heart of Darkness from his chest, and blasting him through a dimensional rift into the Demon Realm. Shocked - in disbelief at his own actions - Raziel returns to Vorador's Mansion.[Defiance/12][11]
    • Moebius coerces the younger Kain to travel back in time and assassinate William the Just. Kain utilizes the time-streaming device, departing for the pre-Blood Omen era.[Soul Reaver 2/1]
    • Despite sustaining considerable losses in the process, the mercenary army invades Vorador's Mansion and successfully captures Vorador.[Defiance/12]
    • Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 12: Battle Kain At the Mansion, Raziel meets Moebius, who congratulates him on the Elder Kain's death, and charges his mercenaries to attack Raziel. Moebius teleports away to oversee Vorador's execution.[Defiance/12]
    • Having killed William the Just, the younger Kain returns to the Blood Omen era to find that his own actions enabled the renewed vampire purge headed by Moebius. Traveling south of Stahlberg, he watches as Moebius's mob publicly executes Vorador, the last vampire in Nosgoth (besides Kain).[2][Soul Reaver 2/5][Blood Omen/11]
    • Fighting Moebius's mercenary army and illusory enemies conjured by Moebius, Kain defeats and beheads the Time Streamer.[2][3][5][Blood Omen/11]
    • The younger Kain travels to the Pillars at Mortanius's invitation. He witnesses Mortanius slay Anarcrothe in battle, then battles Mortanius himself. The Hylden Lord transforms Mortanius's body as he dies; the younger Kain defeats the Transformed body. He returns Moebius's Hourglass, Anarcrothe's Scales and Mortanius's Death Orb to the Pillars, and the Pillars of Time, States and Death are restored.[2][3][10][Blood Omen/12]
    • Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 12: Battle Kain Using the Heart of Darkness and his own soul energy, Raziel resurrects Janos Audron. Janos conveys them both to the Vampire Citadel, and directs Raziel to the Spirit Forge. Raziel thwarts the Elder God's attempts to extinguish the Forge, and solves it. The Forge summons the soul of Ariel (presumably from the Soul Reaver era) and those of Nosgoth's other deceased Balance Guardians. Raziel consumes the souls, obtaining the Spirit Reaver.[Defiance/12][15]
    • Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 1: Welcome to MeridianLegacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 12: Battle Kain The collapse of the Pillars: Ariel finally informs the younger Kain that he is the Balance Guardian, and he is left with a choice: sacrifice himself to restore the Pillar of Balance and Nosgoth, or refuse the sacrifice and trigger the Pillars' total collapse. Kain chooses the latter option, electing to rule Nosgoth in its damnation.[2][3][Blood Omen/12][Soul Reaver/1][Soul Reaver/2] Janos and Raziel witness this event from the Vampire Citadel, and the resulting rift enables the Hylden Lord to possess Janos.[Defiance/12]

Post-Blood Omen era[edit | edit source]

(Span of ~500 years)

  • Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 12: Battle Kain (~0) Through Janos's body, the Hylden Lord battles and destroys Raziel. He departs the Vampire Citadel to open the Hylden Gate. Raziel re-materializes within the Spirit Forge, again trapped in the Spectral Realm under the Elder God's auspices.[Defiance/12][5]
    • The Elder God resurrects Moebius.[Defiance/12][5][Defiance/13]
    • Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 13: Return to the Guardian Citadel Heartless, but still alive (unbeknownst to Raziel and his enemies), the Elder Kain awakens in the Demon Realm, and is taunted by the Hylden. He kills several demons, and uses a rift to return to the Material Realm.[Defiance/13]
    • Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 13: Return to the Guardian Citadel The Elder Kain slays Moebius in the Vampire Citadel's Spirit Forge, whose soul is then finally consumed by Raziel in the Spectral Realm. Raziel realizes that he himself was both the vampire and Hylden champions. Possessing Moebius's corpse, he enters the Material Realm, and tricks Kain into impaling him on the Reaver blade.[5][Defiance/13]
    • Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 13: Return to the Guardian Citadel Raziel reveals himself to Kain, and uses the Wraith Blade to heal Kain's soul of Nupraptor's corruption, ending the cycle of his own destiny. The Reaver completely consumes Raziel. Now imbued with his soul-devouring essence, it is henceforth known as the Soul Reaver.[11][Defiance/13]
    • Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Chapter 13: Return to the Guardian Citadel The Purification of Kain: Now cognizant of the Elder God, Kain battles it. The Elder God topples the Spirit Forge in an attempt to destroy Kain, but fails. The Elder Kain gazes out at Nosgoth and the wreckage of the Pillars, contemplating Raziel's sacrifice and his newfound hope.[Defiance/13] →?
    • Embracing his vampirism, the younger Kain rejoices, establishing a throne at the ruined Pillar of Balance.[2][3][Blood Omen/12][Soul Reaver/2][annotation 2]
  • (~100) Raziel emerges from the pre-Blood Omen era, arriving in the Sarafan Stronghold. He discovers a statue commemorating Moebius, holding aloft the severed head of Vorador.[Soul Reaver 2/5]
    • After discovering Moebius's statue, Raziel encounters and taunts an illusion conjured by Moebius - posing as his martyred spirit - intended to influence Raziel into destroying Kain.[15][Soul Reaver 2/Epilogue]
    • Raziel encounters the specter of Ariel at the Pillars of Nosgoth, who laments Kain's decision, and her own fate. He challenges her regarding the integrity of the Circle.[Soul Reaver 2/5]
    • Passing north through the Subterranean Pillars Chamber, Raziel finds that the Elder God has physically thrived since the Pillars' collapse. He and the Elder acrimoniously debate Kain's survival and its repercussions.[Soul Reaver 2/5]
    • The Elder Kain of the pre-Blood Omen era, spared by Raziel in this timeline, emerges in the past and pursues Raziel.[Soul Reaver 2/5]
    • After speaking with Ariel, Raziel encounters the Elder Kain outside the ruins of Janos Audron's Retreat, who discusses the nature of time, paradoxes and the malevolent forces subverting their destinies before departing.[Soul Reaver 2/5]
    • Raziel obtains the Air Reaver from the Air Forge.[Soul Reaver 2/5]
    • Using the time-streaming chamber in the Swamp, Raziel travels back in time to Nosgoth's early history, hoping to meet Janos Audron.[Soul Reaver 2/5]
  • Umah is sired by Vorador at an indeterminate point between now and Kain's awakening in Meridian.[Blood Omen 2/9]
  • Kain asks Marcus to join the vampire army, but Marcus declines. In response, Kain breaches Marcus's haven and tries to kill him. Unbeknownst to Kain, Marcus narrowly survives, and flees into hiding.[Blood Omen 2/4]
  • (~200) Sebastian betrays the vampire army to side with the Hylden Lord and the Sarafan, orchestrating an ambush which devastates Kain's forces.[5][Blood Omen 2/6]
    • On the night before the battle, Magnus silently departs the vampire army's camp, and makes a solo attempt on the Hylden Lord's life. He fails, and the Hylden Lord transports him to the Eternal Prison.[5][Blood Omen 2/8]
    • Blood Omen 2, Chapter 1: Welcome to Meridian The Battle of Meridian: The vampire army is fatally routed at Meridian. Equipped with the Nexus Stone, the Hylden Lord repels the power of the Soul Reaver, and defeats Kain. He throws Kain's body off a cliff, claiming the Soul Reaver and leaving him for dead.[5][Blood Omen 2/6][23]
  • (~400) Blood Omen 2, Chapter 1: Welcome to Meridian Kain wakes from his long hibernation in the Slums of Meridian, and meets Umah. Umah introduces him to life in Nosgoth under Sarafan rule. They become separated, and Kain is left to travel through the Smuggler's Den.[Blood Omen 2/1]
    • Blood Omen 2, Chapter 2: Creatures of the Night Faustus pursues Kain through the Den, revealing himself when Kain approaches the Lower City. Kain fights and kills Faustus, and absorbs his veins, obtaining the Jump Dark Gift.[Blood Omen 2/2]
    • Blood Omen 2, Chapter 3: In Darkness We Gather Kain negotiates the Lower City, and encounters, but fails to recognize, Sebastian. He continues on to Sanctuary, the Cabal's headquarters, and meets Vorador.[Blood Omen 2/3]
    • Umah investigates the Industrial Quarter, discovering the Nexus Stone in the Main Factory before being captured by guards. She is taken to the Sarafan Keep for impending public execution.[Blood Omen 2/3][Blood Omen 2/6]
    • Blood Omen 2, Chapter 4: A Question of Faith Charged with Umah's rescue, Kain travels to the Upper City to find the Bishop of Meridian. He is accosted by Marcus. They fight in Meridian Cathedral, and Marcus is killed. Kain absorbs his veins to obtain the Charm Dark Gift.[Blood Omen 2/4]
    • Blood Omen 2, Chapter 5: House of my Enemy Infiltrating the Sarafan Keep, Kain rescues Umah. Before they can leave, they are confronted by the Hylden Lord. Umah teleports them safely back to Sanctuary at the last minute.[5][Blood Omen 2/5]
    • Blood Omen 2, Chapter 6: The Nexus Stone Kain infiltrates the Industrial Quarter and obtains the Nexus Stone in the Main Factory, killing Sebastian to obtain the Berserk Dark Gift. The Main Factory explodes, but Kain is saved by the Bald Cabal vampire.[Blood Omen 2/6]
    • Blood Omen 2, Chapter 7: Wild Places At Vorador's direction, Kain traverses the Canyons in search of the Seer. She allows him to drink her blood, and he gains the Telekinesis Dark Gift. The Hylden Lord attacks the Seer's Cottage, and the Seer teleports Kain to the Device, where he meets the Beast (Janos Audron).[5][Blood Omen 2/7]
    • Blood Omen 2, Chapter 8: Bad Blood Following the Beast's advice, Kain journeys to the Eternal Prison and slays the Builder, drinking his blood. Before leaving, he kills the insane Magnus, and obtains the Immolate Dark Gift.[Blood Omen 2/8]
    • Blood Omen 2, Chapter 9: Into the Depths Kain descends into the heart of the Device, and uses the Builder's blood to poison the Mass. Janos is restored to his natural form, and teleports himself and Kain to Sanctuary as the Device ruptures.[Blood Omen 2/9]
    • Blood Omen 2, Chapter 10: Betrayal The Cabal agrees to launch a final attack on the Hylden City. Kain and Umah travel to the Wharves, and Umah - fearing his lust for absolute power - steals the Nexus Stone from him. Believing Umah to be another Sarafan spy, Kain kills her and retrieves the Stone.[Blood Omen 2/10]
    • Blood Omen 2, Chapter 11: The Living End Kain infiltrates the Hylden City and destroys the Shield Guardian, enabling Vorador and Janos to join him. Kain and Vorador argue over Umah's death, but the Cabal is ambushed by the Hylden Lord. Janos tends to Vorador while Kain pursues the Hylden Lord.[Blood Omen 2/11][5]
    • Blood Omen 2, Chapter 11: The Living End The Death of the Hylden Lord: Kain and the Hylden Lord battle above the Hylden Gate. Kain casts the Nexus Stone into the Gate, causing the portal between the Demon and Material Realms to close. Janos joins the fight, enabling Kain to recover the Soul Reaver, but is cast into the Demon Realm. Kain slays the Hylden Lord and departs, pondering his plans for empire, as the Gate, and the remaining Hylden invaders, are destroyed.[Blood Omen 2/11][5]

Soul Reaver era[edit | edit source]

(Accountable span of ~2000 years)[annotation 4]

    • The vampires begin to destroy Nosgoth's major human kingdoms. Vampire hunters rise to counter their menace.[24]
    • At an indeterminate point during or after its construction, the vampires (chiefly Zephon and the Zephonim) slaughter the Cathedral's inhabitants and take it for their own.[Soul Reaver/6][Soul Reaver/7]
  • Growing increasingly bored over time, Kain and the lieutenants pit the lesser vampires of the empire against each other for their own amusement. The Council is formally founded.[24]
    • Kain's descendants utilize the Abyss as an execution ground for traitors and weaklings in their society.[Soul Reaver/1]
  • ("Centuries" before ~2000, and most likely before ~1000)[annotation 4] Dumah and the Dumahim retreat into Nosgoth's northern wilderness. The mountain stronghold which will later become known as Ash Village is constructed, and becomes home to the Dumahim.[Soul Reaver/12][Soul Reaver/13]
  • (~1000) While feeding on a female, Raziel suddenly realizes his captive is not human. She reveals herself to be a construct of the elder gods, and tells Raziel of his imminent destiny to be destroyed in the Abyss and reborn to exact revenge on Kain. Raziel slaughters the construct and burns her remains.[Soul Reaver comic]
    • Kain and the Council meet at the Sanctuary of the Clans. Raziel reveals his wings. Deducing that Raziel's temporary destruction will allow him to claim his own role as Scion of Balance, Kain brutally rips Raziel's wings from his body.[2][3][Soul Reaver/1][15]
    • Raziel's execution: The members of the Council travel to the Lake of the Dead, where, on Kain's orders, Dumah and Turel cast Raziel into the Abyss. Turel assumes Raziel's former position as the empire's second-in-command.[2][Soul Reaver/1][15][Defiance/13][Defiance/1][Soul Reaver manual (UK)]
    • Kain abandons his empire searching for a way to restore Nosgoth. The leaderless empire fragments as the Vampire clans turn on each other.
  • (By "Centuries" after ~1000)The Razielim, heavily persecuted by the other clans evolve wings, but quickly begin to devolve.
    • The humans seize their opportunity to strike back and attempt to free their race from vampire rule. Cities are rebuilt, skills are relearned and humanity progresses to the point where it becomes a potent threat, launching a devastating attack on the empire itself.
    • Realizing the threat they are faced with, the warring vampire clans band together once again and a new War for Nosgoth begins...
  • Whether eradicated by Kain or absented for other reasons, Raziel's clan ostensibly disappears from Nosgoth. Raziel's Clan Territory becomes derelict.[Soul Reaver/2][Soul Reaver/3]
  • Nosgoth is increasingly wracked by cataclysms as a result of the Pillars' destruction and the vampires' practices, and its landscape becomes significantly warped over time. As part of these upheavals, the Abbey is drowned by deluges, and the Tomb of the Sarafan is exposed and becomes accessible.[Soul Reaver/2][Soul Reaver/9][Soul Reaver/10]
  • Kain's surviving lieutenants and their clans continue to devolve. They become practically unrecognizable as the centuries pass.[Soul Reaver/1][Soul Reaver/2]
    • Becoming increasingly ghoul-like to their own displeasure, Melchiah and the Melchahim relocate to the Necropolis, and begin replenishing their ranks from the long-dead corpses therein.[Soul Reaver/4]
    • Becoming increasingly spider-like, Zephon's body gradually becomes one with the Silenced Cathedral.[Soul Reaver/8]
    • Becoming increasingly piscatorial, Rahab and the Rahabim gradually overcome their natural vulnerability to water, gaining the ability to swim. They retreat from the surface to dwell in the Drowned Abbey.[Soul Reaver/10][Soul Reaver/11]
  • Rahab is personally informed by Kain that he is destined to die at Raziel's hands.[Soul Reaver/11]
  • (During, or shortly before, ~2000)[annotation 4] Vampire hunters attack the Silenced Cathedral, and are repelled by the Zephonim. One makes it to Zephon's lair with a flamethrower, but is severed in half by Zephon.[Soul Reaver/8]
  • (~2000)[annotation 4] After suffering relentless agony in the Abyss, Raziel is resurrected as a wraith by the Elder God. Now the Elder's symbiotic agent, he is obliged to destroy Kain and his brethren in his quest for vengeance.[2][Soul Reaver/1][15][25]
    • Guided out of the Underworld by the Elder God, Raziel explores the wasteland of Nosgoth. Beyond the Sanctuary of the Clans and the Abyss, he is enraged to discover his clan territory desolate, his clan apparently dead.[15][Soul Reaver/3]
    • Witnessing Melchahim murdering a human, Raziel pervades the Necropolis, and reaches Melchiah's lair. He kills Melchiah and devours his soul, attaining the ability to phase through gates.[15][Soul Reaver/4][Soul Reaver/5]
    • At the Elder God's urging, Raziel infiltrates the Sanctuary of the Clans, and encounters Kain awaiting him at the Pillars of Nosgoth. They battle, and Kain strikes Raziel with the Soul Reaver. The Soul Reaver shatters on impact. Satisfied at this outcome, Kain departs.[2][15][Soul Reaver/6]
    • Raziel succumbs to his wounds and slips into the Spectral Realm, where he inextricably bonds with the spirit liberated from the Soul Reaver - the Wraith Blade. He meets Ariel, who agrees to conspire with him in ensuring Kain's destruction.[2][15][Soul Reaver/6]
    • Raziel ascends the Silenced Cathedral and reaches Zephon's lair. Using the deceased vampire hunter's flamethrower and Zephon's eggs, he immolates Zephon. By consuming Zephon's soul, he gains the ability to scale walls.[15][Soul Reaver/7][Soul Reaver/8]
    • Raziel infiltrates the Tomb of the Sarafan, and rediscovers the Council's forgotten heritage as the former leaders of the Sarafan brotherhood. Beneath the Tomb, he destroys the Tomb Guardian and obtains the telekinetic force projectile ability.[Soul Reaver/9][15]
    • In the Drowned Abbey, Raziel makes use of sunlight to destroy Rahab, and gains the ability to swim from devouring his brother's soul.[15][Soul Reaver/10][Soul Reaver/11]
    • Raziel reaches Dumah's throne room, and pulls the stakes from Dumah's chest, reviving him. Luring Dumah to a Furnace, Raziel destroys him and devours his soul, attaining the constrict ability.[15][Soul Reaver/12][Soul Reaver/13]
    • In pursuit of Kain, Raziel journeys through the Oracle's Cave and into the Chronoplast. He witnesses his own recent past and potential future in the Chronoplast visions.[15][Soul Reaver/14][Soul Reaver/15]
    • Raziel reaches the heart of the Chronoplast complex, where Kain awaits. He battles, but fails to defeat, Kain, who activates the Chronoplast's portal, and passes through to the pre-Blood Omen era. Raziel follows.[2][Soul Reaver 2/Prologue][15][Defiance/1][Soul Reaver/15]
  • (After ~1000, and possibly after ~2000)[annotation 4] From this era, Turel is summoned backwards through time by Azimuth to the Avernus Catacombs, where he will act as the deity worshipped by the Hash'ak'gik cult.
  • (After ~2000)[annotation 4] Ariel's specter is presumably drawn backwards through time from this era to the Blood Omen era, where it will unite with the souls of her predecessors in the Spirit Forge, and become the Spirit Reaver.[15][26]

(Total span of at least ~6000 years)[annotation 1][annotation 4]

Annotations[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Janos Audron reveals in Blood Omen 2 that the Vampire-Hylden war lasted at least 1000 years, and states in Soul Reaver 2 that, ever since his race died out, he had been guarding the Reaver alone for "thousands of years" (minimum of 2000), accumulating to a minimum 3000 year span for the era before Nosgoth's recorded history. The remaining eras add up to roughly 3000 years. If both of Janos's estimates also apply to other timelines, this results in a calculable minimum total of 6000 accountable years of Nosgothic history.
  2. In Blood Omen 2 (fourth timeline), Kain expresses a belief that "the curse of vampirism is no mark of divinity", contrary to his epiphany at the end of Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain (second timeline). As such, his motives for refusing the sacrifice may have been altered in this timeline.
  3. This event was cut from Legacy of Kain: Defiance, and although it does take place in this timeline nevertheless, it is uncertain when. It has been tentatively positioned after ~100 based on Kain's Soul Reaver 2 narrative assertion that history adheres to "the path of least resistance". Had Vorador's resurrection occurred later than ~100, Raziel could not have encountered his head in the Sarafan Stronghold.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 No direct informations is given in game for the length of time Raziel was imprisoned in the Abyss, however in deleted dialogue, the Elder God is directly questioned by Raziel on the subject and responds "A millennium, or a moment? We who stand outside the rim of time dwell not in past or future ages; there is only the now" - perhaps suggesting a figure close to a thousand years. Subsequently a Blood Omen 2 developer interview suggested that the main gameplay events of that title occurred "1600 years before Raziel emerges from the void to begin LOK:SR" - indirectly implying that Raziel was in the Abyss for 500 years. The developers of Nosgoth have since indicated that the cut dialogue is the more valid figure for the time-frame and that the true figure is closer to 1000 years than 500.

References (fourth timeline)[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Icon-Eidos.png Chris@Crystal's Greatest Hits at the Eidos Forums (by Divine Shadow)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 2.30 2.31 2.32 2.33 2.34 2.35 2.36 2.37 2.38 2.39 2.40 Wiki-Icon-DC.png Soul Reaver 2: Historical Timeline at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 3.23 3.24 3.25 3.26 3.27 3.28 3.29 3.30 3.31 3.32 3.33 3.34 3.35 3.36 Wiki-Icon-NR.png GLoK Interviews with Amy Hennig at Nosgothic Realm (by Raziel Fan), post #5 (by RazielFan)
  4. The Pillars at the Soul Reaver 2 official site
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 Wiki-Icon-TLW.png Question and Answer with Amy Hennig at The Lost Worlds (by Ben Lincoln)
  6. Icon-IGN.png Interview With a Vampire: Blood Omen 2 at IGN (by Douglass C. Perry)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Icon-DCab.png Some questions about SR2 Sarafan at DCabDesign (by Lexy), post #3 (by Daniel Cabuco)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 Wiki-Icon-DC.png The Players at SK: The Complete Guide To Legacy of Kain (archived at Dark Chronicle)
  9. Defiance Sarafan Warrior at spectraljin.com (by Daniel Cabuco)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Wiki-Icon-DC.png Miscellaneous Questions & Answers at SK: The Complete Guide To Legacy of Kain (archived at Dark Chronicle)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Icon-Eidos.png Answers to questions from the Defiance team at the Eidos forums (by Chris@Crystal)
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Wiki-Icon-DC.png Legacy of Kain: The Plot at SK: The Complete Guide To Legacy of Kain (archived at Dark Chronicle)
  13. 13.0 13.1 Wiki-Icon-DC.png Soul Reaver 2: Background Story at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)
  14. 14.0 14.1 Icon-Eidos.png Warp's answers from Amy at the Eidos Forums (by blincoln)
  15. 15.00 15.01 15.02 15.03 15.04 15.05 15.06 15.07 15.08 15.09 15.10 15.11 15.12 15.13 15.14 15.15 Wiki-Icon-TLW.png Question and Answer with Jen, Richard, and Kyle at The Lost Worlds (by Ben Lincoln)
  16. Wiki-Icon-TLW.png FAQ at The Lost Worlds (by Ben Lincoln)
  17. Wiki-Icon-TLW.png The Resurrection of Vorador at The Lost Worlds (by Ben Lincoln)
  18. Wiki-Icon-DC.png Bloodomen 2 (Story) (archived at Dark Chronicle)
  19. Wiki-Icon-DC.png Faustus at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)
  20. Wiki-Icon-DC.png Magnus at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)
  21. Wiki-Icon-DC.png Marcus at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)
  22. Wiki-Icon-DC.png Sebastian at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)
  23. Wiki-Icon-DC.png Blood Omen 2: Background Story at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 Wiki-Icon-DC.png Soul Reaver: Background Story at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)
  25. Icon-GS.png Blood Omen 2 Q&A at GameSpot (by Sam Newman)
  26. Wiki-Icon-DC.png Ariel at Dark Chronicle (by Marie Tryhorn)

Continuity between the timelines[edit | edit source]

From the games alone, it is not possible to determine the full extent of the changes incurred by each paradox (and, hence, the exact nature of the differences between each timeline). However, some facts can be ascertained:

  • The raising and corruption of the Pillars, the summoning of the Guardians, the forging of the Reaver and the slaughter of the Circle occurred in all four timelines.[Blood Omen][Soul Reaver 2][Defiance][Soul Reaver][Blood Omen 2]
  • The Battle of the Last Stand and the Legions of the Nemesis were only present in the first timeline. When the Nemesis was prematurely killed by Kain in the first paradox, these elements were removed from history and ceased to exist.[Soul Reaver 2/5][1]
  • Moebius's mercenary army, its renewed vampire purge, and the execution of Vorador (which left Kain the only remaining vampire in Nosgoth) was a product of the first paradox. These elements did not exist in the first timeline.[Soul Reaver 2/5][2]
  • The events of Blood Omen 2 (and Legacy of Kain: Defiance) were "made possible" by Janos Audron's resurrection in the fourth timeline at Raziel's hands. This did not occur in previous timelines, and therefore these events could not have unfolded in the same way.[Soul Reaver 2/Prologue][3]
  • The events of the Soul Reaver era were not changed or affected in the third or fourth timelines. Even after paradoxes, they still unfolded as depicted in Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver.[4][Soul Reaver 2]

Soul Reaver 2 establishes that history admits only the slightest alterations to the timeline possible, so it can probably be assumed that many events and elements between the four timelines witnessed are consistent between the paradoxes, even though only limited information is available to confirm the full extent of this persistence in canon. The fourth timeline is the most comprehensive and coherent version of the history of Nosgoth, prospectively including events witnessed in all of the Legacy of Kain games and media.

The following table attempts to outline which of Nosgoth's major events remained constant between the timelines. "No evidence" suggests that there is no information to determine whether an event occurred or not in a timeline.

First timeline? Second timeline? Third timeline? Fourth timeline?
The Vampire-Hylden war No evidence Wiki-Icon-SR2.png Depicted Wiki-Icon-SR2.png Depicted Wiki-Icon-BO2.pngWiki-Icon-DEF.png Depicted
The Genesis of the Pillars Wiki-Icon-SR2.png Occurred Wiki-Icon-SR2.png Depicted Wiki-Icon-SR2.png Depicted Wiki-Icon-DEF.png Depicted
The summoning of the Guardians Wiki-Icon-BO1.pngWiki-Icon-SR2.png Occurred Wiki-Icon-SR2.png Depicted Wiki-Icon-SR2.png Depicted Wiki-Icon-DEF.png Depicted
The forging of the Reaver Wiki-Icon-SR2.png Occurred Wiki-Icon-SR2.png Depicted Wiki-Icon-SR2.png Depicted Wiki-Icon-DEF.png Depicted
The human revolt No evidence Wiki-Icon-SR2.png Occurred Wiki-Icon-SR2.png Occurred Wiki-Icon-DEF.png Depicted
The vampire purge Wiki-Icon-BO1.png Witnessed Wiki-Icon-SR1.pngWiki-Icon-SR2.png Occurred Wiki-Icon-SR2.png Witnessed Wiki-Icon-DEF.png Witnessed
The slaughter of the Circle Wiki-Icon-BO1.png Witnessed Wiki-Icon-SR2.png Depicted Wiki-Icon-SR2.png Witnessed Wiki-Icon-DEF.png Occurred
The third paradox No juncture No juncture Kain fails Wiki-Icon-SR2.png Kain succeeds
The first paradox Kain fails Wiki-Icon-BO1.png Kain succeeds Stable event Stable event
The corruption of the Pillars Wiki-Icon-BO1.png Witnessed Wiki-Icon-SR2.png Witnessed Wiki-Icon-SR2.png Occurred Wiki-Icon-DEF.png Occurred
The second paradox No juncture Kain fails Wiki-Icon-SR2.png Kain succeeds Stable event
The Battle of the Last Stand Wiki-Icon-BO1.png Witnessed Altered or expelled Altered or expelled Altered or expelled
The collapse of the Pillars No evidence Wiki-Icon-BO1.png Witnessed Wiki-Icon-SR2.png Occurred Wiki-Icon-DEF.png Witnessed
The Purification of Kain No evidence Altered or expelled Altered or expelled Wiki-Icon-DEF.png Witnessed
Vorador's resurrection No evidence No evidence No evidence Wiki-Icon-BO2.png Occurred
The vampire-Sarafan war No evidence Altered or expelled Altered or expelled Wiki-Icon-BO2.png Witnessed
The Battle of Meridian No evidence Altered or expelled Altered or expelled Wiki-Icon-BO2.png Witnessed
The Death of the Hylden Lord No evidence Altered or expelled Altered or expelled Wiki-Icon-BO2.png Witnessed
The raising of the lieutenants No evidence Wiki-Icon-SR1.pngWiki-Icon-SR2.png Occurred Wiki-Icon-SR2.png Occurred Wiki-Icon-SR2.pngWiki-Icon-DEF.png Occurred
Raziel's execution No evidence Wiki-Icon-SR1.png Witnessed Wiki-Icon-SR2.png Occurred Wiki-Icon-DEF.png Occurred

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The Complete Guide To Legacy of Kain, written by Silicon Knights (before the introduction of Crystal Dynamics' time mythology and principles to the series), mentions a "previous timeline", prior to those observed in the series, in which "William the Just was exactly as his title suggested", exempt from Moebius's influence. Hints as to this "previous timeline" continue through the series as in Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, Kain accuses Moebius of "going back in time, and altering the past".[5][1][Blood Omen/11] In Soul Reaver 2, Kain infers that both the first and second timelines are "artificial" destinies, and that his original, unaltered fate was always "to assume the role of Balance Guardian in Nosgoth, while [Raziel was] destined to be its savior".[Soul Reaver 2/5]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Wiki-Icon-DC.png The Players at SK: The Complete Guide To Legacy of Kain (archived at Dark Chronicle)
  2. Wiki-Icon-DC.png Legacy of Kain: The Plot at SK: The Complete Guide To Legacy of Kain (archived at Dark Chronicle)
  3. Wiki-Icon-TLW.png My Visit to Crystal Dynamics at The Lost Worlds (by Ben Lincoln)
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