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The Transformed were an enemy class featured in Legacy of Kain: Defiance. Part of the Possessed sub-grouping, the Transformed were created by Hylden souls originating in the Demon Realm entering the Material Realm through Possession of a living human - if the possession was of sufficient strength the host would be killed and their body transformed by the Possessing Hylden. The Transformed featured mainly in the later chapters of Legacy of Kain: Defiance.


The Transformed were the strongest of the Possessed sub-class of enemies encountered in Legacy of Kain: Defiance. Like all members of the Possessed sub-class, The Transformed manifested when the weakening of the binding caused the breakdown of the barriers between the planes of existence - this process allowed the disembodied souls of Hylden to possess living hosts. If the possession was of sufficient strength - and the victim and the binding sufficiently weak - The Possessed host would be "broken" or consumed by the Possession and their bodies would transform into a monstrous, deformed spiky shape. The Transformed vaguely resembled the humans they had once been, though much of their body and limbs were overgrown or mutated.[Defiance strategy guide][Defiance][Defiance/12]

The Transformed in game

The Transformed were first featured in the chapter Battle Kain as Raziel returned from Avernus Catacombs and fought his way through Vorador's Mansion to reach Janos Audron with the Heart of Darkness. Throughout the chapter the Transformed could manifest from Chained humans and other weakened enemies.[Defiance strategy guide][Defiance][Defiance/12]

The Transformed, like their 'predecessors' The Possessed, enjoyed increased strength and power, but their larger size and mass made them noticeably slower than other enemies. The transformed would often attack using its great strength, attempting a grab/throw move that enabled them to "slam its enemies like rag dolls". Like other Hylden enemies, the transformed were resistant to telekinesis attacks and were best dealt with quick combat techniques.[Defiance strategy guide][Defiance][Defiance/12]


Grab/Throw - With their enhanced strength a transformed human is able to pick up grab Raziel and throw him around like a ragdoll causing high damage.[Defiance strategy guide][Defiance][Defiance/12]


  • As with the Revenant classes and The Possessed class, when defeated the Transformed will leave behind a Hylden soul - indicating that the previous human soul has been displaced.[Defiance]
  • The Transformed are notably one of the few classes that can trigger an allegiance system among fellow enemies - when a Transformed or Possessed human emerges from a regular enemy, the accompanying enemies will often attack it and treat it with hostility leading to infighting among groups.[Defiance][Defiance/6][Defiance/12]
  • The creation of the Transformed is described in the Legacy of Kain: Defiance: Prima's Official Strategy Guide thus: "When the Hylden possessor is especially strong, and the host is sufficiently weak, the Hylden will completely transform their hosts into a grotesque beast of flesh. This creature has great strength and the ability to grab and slam its enemies like rag dolls. These intense Hylden energies will eventually consume the unfortunate host".[Defiance strategy guide] This description - and indeed the general appearance of the Transformed - is noticeably reminiscent of the method and form taken by the Dark Entity in his boss battle at the end of Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, when Mortanius' body was 'broken' by possession: the implication being that this form was not the true form of the Dark Entity, merely a deformation of Mortanius' flesh. As the true form of the Dark Entity was seen and fought in Blood Omen 2 (as 'the Sarafan Lord'), it is likely 'the transformed' were planned to explain the apparently 'demonic' deformation of Mortanius in Blood Omen - though the Defiance transformed did seem to have a more 'randomly chaotic' appearance.[Defiance strategy guide][Defiance][Defiance/12]

possible early Possessed/Revenants design in Blood Omen 2 concepts


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