Seeing the ransacked graves and crypts, Raziel
realizes that the Melchahim have robbed the graves of the Necropolis to
recruit new vampires.
After encountering the decayed, ghoulish Melchahim,
and after having recognized Melchiah’s clan symbols scrawled throughout
the Necropolis, Raziel realizes that these zombie-like creatures are actually
the children of his former brother, Melchiah.
This charnel house bore the unmistakable marks of Melchiah’s clan.
To what depths had our dynasty plummeted, if these ghouls were the descendants
of my high-born brother? Were they so debased as to recruit fledglings
from the desiccated corpses here interred?
|Raziel comes upon an engraving of Melchiah
in his near-human form. This is a towering, heroic monument - contrasted
with the scuttling, devolved Melchahim just beyond the next gate.
My brother, Melchiah, was made last, and therefore received the poorest
portion of Kain’s gift. Although immortal, his soul could not sustain
the flesh, which retained much of its previous human frailty. This
weakness, it seemed, was passed on to his offspring. Their fragile
skins barely contained the underlying decay.
||In an interior crypt, and in the spectral
plane, Raziel first encounters a vampire wraith.
Beware, Raziel. These wraiths are vampire spirits, fettered too
long in the spectral realm. When their vampire natures adapt to this
plane, they become eaters of souls. Do not allow these spirits to
reinhabit their corpses...
Show yourself, creature!
Do you not recognize me, brother? Am I so changed?
You should have stayed where the master sent you, Raziel. You
will find Nosgoth less pleasant than you remember.
What has become of my clan? Answer me, little brother,
or I will beat an answer from your horrid lips.
Everyone is afraid, sibling. You awake to a world of fear.
These times of change are so... unsettling.
Do you think I feel no revulsion for this form? Do you believe
for a moment that our Lord would risk his empire upon an upstart inheritance?
Enough riddles - what are you saying?!
You are the last... to die...
If Raziel is defeated in the battle, then upon
As soon as Melchiah is trapped in the center
cage, Raziel holds his hand on the switch, ready to pull it, and asks:
Tell me, Melchiah - where can I find Kain?
The master is beyond your reach, Raziel.
He makes himself known when He sees fit - not when commanded.
Raziel pulls the switch:
(Dies in agony...)
I am released...
The impact of devouring Melchiah’s soul knocks
Raziel to his knees. He’s exhausted; sparks of energy flicker over
You have done well, Raziel.
Am I reduced to this? A ghoul? A fratricide?
Elevated, Raziel, not reduced. Consuming Melchiah’s soul has
endowed you with a new gift.
[referring to the iron bars that block Raziel’s
Insubstantial barriers such as these are no impediment to you in the
spectral realm. Will yourself to pass through, and you shall.
As Raziel exits the Necropolis:
With Melchiah’s gift, your way is opened. Return to the seat
of Kain’s ill-omened empire - its sterile silence has secrets yet to unveil.
If Raziel revisits the Elder God in the Underworld
before revisiting the Pillars, he receives the following clue:
Return to the Sanctuary of the Clans, Raziel. Melchiah’s soul
has endowed you with the means to gain entry.
Beware, however - this hollow derelict is abandoned, but not uninhabited...