The Sanctuary of the Clans looms before me, a side entrance gated off, previously blocking my entrance, can now be warped through. Immediately I pick up another Artifact, bring my total to three. Two of Dumah’s brood guard a bridge over a pond, the only way to defeat them is to throw them over the side into the body of water. I come across a key shaped door, Raziel opens and enters it before it slams shut behind him.
Kain: “The abyss has been unkind”
R: “I am your creation, Kain. Now, as before. You criticize your own work.
What have you dont with my clan, degenate? You have no right…”
K: “What I have made, I can also destroy, child”
R: ” Damn you, Kain! You are not God! This act of genocide is unconscionable!”
K: “Conscience…? You dare to speak to me of conscience? Only when you have felt the full gravity of choice should you dare to question my judgement!
Your life’s span is a flicker compared to the mass of doubt and regret that I have borne since Mortanius first turned me from the light… To know that the fate of the world hangs dependent on the advisedness of my every deed, can you even begin to conceive what action you would take, in my position?”
R: “I would choose integrity, Kain.”
K: *Laughs* “Look around you Raziel, see what has become of our empire. Witness the end of an age. The clans, scattered to the corners of Nosgoth…
This place has outlasted its usefulness, as have you.”
Kain draws a sword from his back, Raziel refers to it as the Soul Reaver, Kain’s ancient blade, older than them all and a thousand times more deadly, the legendary blade was possessed and thrives by devouring the souls of its victims.
R: “For all our bravado, we knew what it meant when Kain drew the Soul Reaver in anger, it meant you were dead.”
I’m pitched into my first fight against Kain. I have to quickly spot where Raziel’s master is stood and run to him and attack him before he can charge up the Soul Reaver. If I fail, Raziel is immediately sent to the Spectral Realm where I have to fight off Wraiths before I can return and try again. Three hits later and Kain screams in anger, but still manages to attack Raziel.
The attack doesn’t work out as he’d have liked though, an explosion of light is the result and Soul Reaver seems to shatter, vanquished.
K: “So, it unfolds… and we are a step closer to our destinies”.
Kain fades away, laughing, but as Raziel stands up again, a blade appears to be before him.
R: “I swore I saw a glint of satisfaction in Kain’s eye when the Soul Reaver was destroyed. I did not understand the game that Kain was playing. But I knew the finishing move.”
Raziel reaches for the sword and it appears to possess his right arm. His guide speaks to him
“From this moment and ever afterward, you and this blade are inextricably bound. Soul Reaver and Reaver of Souls, your destinies intertwined.
By destroying the sword, you have liberated it from its corporeal prison, and restored it to its true form, a wraith blade, its energy unbound. No longer a physical blade, it can only manifest itself in the material realm whe you strength is fully restored. Once manifest, it will sustain you.”
A female figure floats into the room.
“What are you, little soul? Another of Kain’s creatures, come to taunt this bound spectre?”
R: “I did not intend to disturb your rest.”
“Rest…? A body is needed for sleep, flesh and bone are requireed to recline. No child, all I may do is watch and remember, ceaslessly concious, as this wretched world’s history unfolds. Ghastly past, insufferable future, are they one and the same? Am I always here?”
R: “How have you come to haunt this place?”
“Kain refused the sacrifice. The Pillar of Balance, corrupted to its core, stands as a monument to his blind ambition.
Now these pillars serve only to bind me here, my prison and eternal home, thanks to the avarice of your master, Kain…”
R: “That bastard can claim no allegiance from me.”
“Then we share a common foe, Raziel. Return here when you have need. Ariel remembers what others have forgotten…
Far in the eastern mountains, a stifled titan stands in mute surrender, unwilling host to a parasitic swarm.”
I exit the room of pillars and I think, for now, I have to track back, back to where Raziel consumed his first soul. There’s a route there blocked by a gate that I think is where I need to explore next and should hopefully find Zephon in a derelict cathedral.