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The Pillars


Raziel stumbles upon his first encounter with Kain inside the now dilapidated and abandoned Pillars; he does not know that Kain will be waiting for him there.  As Raziel enters the room, Kain is leaning casually on his former throne, the Soul Reaver strapped to his back.  He has clearly been waiting for Raziel...
 
Kain:
Raziel.

Raziel:
Kain!

Kain:
The abyss has been unkind.

Kain rises and begins to approach Raziel, casually but menacingly.

Raziel:
I am your creation, Kain - now, as before.  You criticize your own work.
What have you done with my clan, degenerate?  You have no right--

Kain:
What I have made, I can also destroy, child.

Raziel:
Damn you, Kain!  You are not God!  This act of genocide is unconscionable!

Kain:
Conscience...?  You dare speak to me of conscience?  Only when you have felt the full gravity of choice should you dare to question my judgment!

Your lifeís 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?

Raziel:
I would choose integrity, Kain.

Kain:
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.

As Kain utters this last line, he draws the Soul Reaver from its scabbard; its energy leaps to life. 

Raziel:
The Soul Reaver, Kainís ancient blade - older than any of us, and a thousand times more deadly.
The legends claimed that the blade was possessed, and thrived by devouring the souls of its victims.
For all our bravado, we knew what it meant when Kain drew the Soul Reaver in anger - it meant you were dead.

If Raziel is defeated in the battle, then upon his return:

Kain:
My wayward son returns...

The combat ends when the Soul Reaver is destroyed - 

Kain:
The blade is vanquished.  So it unfolds... and we are a step closer to our destinies.

When Raziel drops back into spectral, he discovers that the Soul Reaver - now a wraith blade - is hovering there.

Raziel:
I swore I saw a glint of satisfaction in Kainís 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 out and grasps the sword.  The blade flares to life, its energy melding with Razielís. 

Elder God:
From this moment and ever afterward, you and this blade are inextricably bound.  Soul Reaver and reaver of souls, your destinies are 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 when your strength is fully restored. Once manifest, it will sustain you. 

After Raziel grasps the sword, a spirit appears, drifting toward him from behind the Pillars.
 
Ariel:
What are you, little soul?  Another of Kainís creatures, come to taunt this bound spectre? 

Raziel:
I did not intend to disturb your rest.

Ariel:
Rest...?  A body is needed for sleep... Flesh and bones are required to recline.  No, child, all I may do is watch, and remember, ceaselessly conscious as this wretched worldís history unfurls.  Ghastly past, insufferable future, are they one and the same...?  Am I always here?

Raziel:
How have you come to haunt these Pillars?

Ariel:
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...

Raziel:
That bastard can claim no allegiance from me.

Ariel:
Then we share a common foe, Raziel.  Return here when you have need.  Ariel remembers what others have forgotten...

As Raziel exits the Sanctuary of the Clans, the Elder God offers the following guidance:

Elder God:
Your brother Zephonís keep lies far to the east, beyond the ruins that greeted your first exit from the Underworld.
He and his brood have cocooned themselves in a derelict cathedral, having murdered its human guardians.

If Raziel returns to the Elder Godís chamber in search of a hint/reminder:

Elder God:
Seek out Zephonís lair, Raziel... beyond the ruins that greet your exit from the Underworld.  Armed with the Soul Reaver, you may gain entry where your path was previously blocked. 

If Raziel visits Ariel before going to the Silenced Cathedral:

Ariel:
Far in the eastern mountains, a stifled titan stands in mute surrender - unwilling host to a parasitic swarm. 


 
 
The Silenced Cathedral

Raziel:
Once a testament to mankindís defiance of Kainís empire, this towering cathedral now stood derelict, the humans who worshipped here, centuries dead.  Its architects conceived this tower as a holy weapon against the vampire menace, a colossal instrument of brass and stone.  The cathedralís pipes, once tuned to blast a deadly hymn, now stood silent, and these vacant spaces whistled their impotence.

 
 
Zephon

Raziel reaches Zephon's lair and confronts him:
Zephon:
The prodigal son... 
There is no returning for you, Raziel.

Raziel:
Zephon, your visage becomes you.  Itís an appropriate reflection of your soul...

Zephon:
...and you are not His handsome Raziel anymore.  His precious first-born son, turned betrayer. 
You have missed so many changes, little Raziel.  Look around you.  See how the humansí weapon of destruction has become my home...  Indeed, my body.  A cocoon of brick and granite from which to watch a pupating world...

Raziel:
A crevice in which to cower, only scuttling from the shadows to devour a victim already ensnared in your cowardly trap.  But youíve made the mistake of leaving me unbound, and it is you who must succumb to my will.

Zephon:
Will... instinct... reflex action... the insect mind finds little difference.
I warn you, brother - as my stature has grown, so it is matched by my appetite.
Step forward, morsel...

If Raziel is defeated in the battle, then upon his return:

Zephon:
Come to test me again, brother?  I grow weary of your meddling.

After defeating Zephon and devouring his soul:

Elder God:
Consuming Zephonís apostate soul has bestowed on you a new gift.  Like his vampire spawn, you are able to scale certain walls which are otherwise impassable - but only in the physical realm.  In the spirit world, these insubstantial edifices will not support you.

Exiting Zephon's chamber:

Elder God:
In the mountains beyond the Pillars, Nosgothís cataclysms have exposed an ancient crime.  Endowed with Zephonís soul, you may now progress where your path was hitherto impeded.

If Raziel revisits the Elder God for a clue:

Elder God:
The canyons beyond the Pillars expose an ancient blasphemy.  Having devoured Zephonís soul, you may now gain entrance where your path was formerly blocked.

If he returns to the Pillars for a hint:

Ariel:
Like a corpse in a shallow grave, corruption rises to the surface...  Beyond these Pillars, the defiled victim mutely screams its outrage...

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