Chapter 7: The Canyons: Wild Places is the seventh chapter of Blood Omen 2 . It followed Kain's journey into the Canyons to find the Seer and find out information regarding the Device. It was succeeded by Chapter 8: The Eternal Prison.
- Game: Blood Omen 2
- Protagonist: Kain
- Setpieces: The Canyons
- Eras: Era following Blood Omen
- Abilities: Telekinesis
- Preceded by: The Nexus Stone (chapter)
- Followed by: Bad Blood
Learning of the Device from Sebastian in Chapter 6: The Industrial Quarter, but knowing little about it, Vorador sent Kain out of the city of Meridian and into the Canyons to visit the Seer, hoping she would be able to tell them about the Device. Kain used a secret exit to leave Meridian and travelled out into the Canyons. Shortly afterward, overhearing a conversation between a Merchant Trader and a Sarafan Knight, Kain discovered that Canyons were a favoured location of Smugglers who would attack passing traders and steal their supplies, Kain also learned that the Canyons were infested with a much greater threat and that a Sarafan company was being sent out to deal with the cause. He also found that the bridge across the Canyons had fallen, meaning he would have to find an alternative route around the outside of the Canyons.
Passing several gatehouses and the fallen bridge, Kain pressed further into the Canyons. Following several 'trading carts' as they travelled through several caves (some of which were unstable and vulnerable to 'cave-ins'). Fighting off the attacking Smugglers, Kain found his way through a Smuggler's Warehouse and back out into the Canyons, where he discovered the true threat of the infestation; as Lesser demons had attacked and overwhelmed many of the trading caravans, killing Merchants and Sarafan forces alike. Finding a locomotive track, Kain rode the machine to an unnamed industrial settlement, barricaded against Lesser Demon attack, but covered in corpses. Kain was forced to blow up a wall to escape. and soon proceeded passed the other end of the fallen bridge and a nearby Sarafan garrison (that was under attack by Lesser Demons) shortly afterward he found the isolated Seer's Cottage, with several Lesser Demon corpses littering the ground outside..
The Seer initially dismissed Kain, but sensing Kain's conviction, she agreed to help him, encouraging him to drink her Blood, which granted him the Dark Gift Telekinesis . She pointed out the design of Glyph Seal for Kain, but her Cottage was soon under attack by Sarafan Lord and a troop of Sarafan Archers, whose fire arrows began to burn the cottage to the ground. The Seer rejected Kain's offer of an alliance and instead teleported him inside the enclosure of the Device (as her house burnt, the Seer's fate remained a mystery). Finding himself at the Device, Kain activated the first Glyph Seal on the main door and found that the entire building transformed before his eyes, changing into more threatening 'spiky' architecture. Unfazed, Kain entered the Device and found a monstrous Beast held captive, who recognised Kain. The Beast described how the Sarafan Lord had uncovered the Device, a weapon from eons past - the only way to stop it was to find the creator of the Device, the Builder, who had long been imprisoned in the timeless Eternal Prison . The Beast pointed Kain to a trail that led there[Blood Omen 2].
- In this Chapter, Kain can find 6 red and 6 blue Lore coffers (for a total of 48 'Lore Orbs') and two weapon power chests . Alongside the returning Sarafan knights and Sarafan archers, this level features the debut of the Lesser demons and the 'Smugglers' and the Female Mercenaries. The Cutlass (held by the male smugglers) and the Short axes (held by the female mercenaries) are featured for the first time in this level. TwoDark Gifts are also able to be used for the first time; Berserk, which Kain gained from Sebastian in the previous chapter, is given it's first outing; as well as Telekinesis, gained fromthe Seer near the end of this Chapter, which is used soon after when Kain activates the first Glyph Seal to enter the Device[Blood Omen 2].
- This NPC's seen are mainly travelling merchants or traders(Carters), there are however a number of Industrial workers seen later in the level and several Chained humans. Minor character Turo is seen at the start of the level[Blood Omen 2].
- Similarly to the minor diversion to the Industrial Quarter in Chapter 4: The Upper City, despite this level being subtitled "the Canyons", the last section of the level actually takes place at the Device[Blood Omen 2].
- Kain can be made to walk around the gates barring entry to the fallen bridge, though there is little to see. The first part of this bridge seen also has a door that glows (indicating it can be opened), but it is locked and will only be opened with Kain activating the nearby alarm, summoning a Sarafan Knight from inside the room (it is revealed to be a tiny room barely big enough for the Sarafan Knight inside and with no doors indictaing further access to the rest of the bridges 'tower' structures)[Blood Omen 2].
- Human dialogue (by both Sarafan troops and NPC's) indicates that The Seer controls the Lesser Demons and the company sent out by the Sarafan is to deal with this threat, this seems unlikely given the later association between the Lesser Demons and the Hylden and that the Seer's Cottage has several Lesser Demon corpses outside. It may be that this was a cover story told to Sarafan troops to justify their assault.
- The Era following Blood Omen
- The Canyons
- Chapter Seven: The Canyons - "Wild Places" Script at Nosgothic Realm.
- Chapter Seven: The Canyons - "Wild Places" Script at Dark Chronicle
- Conversations in Nosgoth - Chapter Seven at Dark Chronicle
- Seraphan Knight: "Name and business."//Carter: "What’s this? By thunder, every week I depart by this gate."//Seraphan Knight: "Name and business."//Carter: "Turo, bringing supplies to the garrison beyond the abode of the witch. Here is my toll. "//Seraphan Knight: "The bridge is fallen."//Carter: "Again? And they’ve not repaired it?"//Seraphan Knight: "There’s more important matters afoot. A company’s being sent out."///Carter: "The smugglers are to be destroyed at last?"//Seraphan Knight: "Smugglers? There’s worse than that infesting the roads. But now the culprits will be dealt with."//Carter: "At long last. Why pay such high tolls if they won’t keep the roads open, that’s what I say."//Seraphan Knight: "Hold your tongue! Or you may not keep it long. Open the gates, there!" Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
- Refinery Worker: "I told them! She cursed them. I told them! The old witch – her minions will come and slay us all. I told them!" Crystal Dynamics. Blood Omen 2. (Eidos Interactive). PlayStation 2. (March 19, 2002) Transcript.
- "The Seer isn't the most social of creatures. She lives far away from the city, past a wilderness that only Smugglers and Mercenaries dare to cross. Rumour has it she also created the giant bug-like creatures to kill any who dare trespass upon her lands." Prima Games. Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Blood Omen 2 (2002). Page 54. ISBN 0-7615-3774-0