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The Tomb of Sarafan
The ancient tomb of the Sarafan, once impenetrably sealed... Now, ravaged
by Nosgoth’s upheavals, its mysteries lay exposed.
In the time of Vorador, centuries before Kain was made, the Sarafan
warrior priests waged a merciless war against the vampire tribes of Nosgoth.
Emboldened by righteousness, they committed unspeakable and indiscriminate
acts of violence - massacring fledglings and ancients alike, they decimated
entire bloodlines in mere decades. Now their husks lay here
- murderers enshrined.
As Raziel steps into the ancient hallway leading
to the Sarafan tomb, the Elder God warns:
Take heed, Raziel. A forgotten history lies within. Know
thyself - though it may destroy you...
Having discovered a twisting passageway, Raziel
makes his way into the depths of the tomb. The passage apparently
dead-ends, blocked by a massive stone that seals the tomb. The stone
is no impediment to Raziel, and he easily pulls it free.
As I pulled the stone free, a sigh of sepulchral air escaped the inner
I was not prepared for what lay beyond this threshold...
These crypts... defiled caskets of Sarafan saints... bearing my brothers’
names... And my own...
The irony of Kain’s blasphemous act rushed in on me with the crushing
force of revelation...
Were my hands not as bloody as these? Worse, I had spilled the
blood of my brothers - these very comrades whose tombs lay ravaged before
Yes, Raziel - you were Sarafan... born of the same force that all but
destroyed your race. Before the dawn of the Empire, you were chosen.
Kain -- Nosgoth’s solitary, self-declared monarch -- plundered this
tomb and raised you from these crypts. Breathing his vampiric gift
into your defiled corpses, he resurrected you as his favored sons.
Heretic! You shall not pass...
Such loyalty... to one who has you guarding this outpost like a chained
dog. Do you prosper on the scraps he casts you?
Your insults will do nothing to blunt the agonies of your demise.
Kain killed me once -- behold the result. I have no more to fear
After Raziel defeats the Tomb Guardian, and
receives the Force projectile ability:
This relic has infused you with the power to compress and manipulate
space. As your symbiotic weapon, the Soul Reaver is also thus enhanced.
You may focus and project an orb of kinetic energy to strike objects that
are otherwise beyond your reach.
If Raziel returns to the Elder God's lair for
a hint to locating the Drowned Abbey:
North of the Sarafan Tomb, your brother Rahab has secluded himself
and his progeny in the ruins of a half-drowned abbey.
If he visits Ariel before the Drowned Abbey:
North of the Sarafan tomb, a desecrated abbey languishes, half-drowned.
||When Raziel discovers the courtyard of the
Drowned Abbey, the Elder God offers the following information:
Once a sanctuary against the vampire menace, this abbey has been drowned
by the deluge spilling from this wounded land. Your brother Rahab
and his brood, devastated even by the feeble rays of Nosgoth’s sun, overcame
their vulnerability to water and retreated from the surface. Now
they haunt these ruins, and glide in the darkness of its stagnant depths.
Raziel finds Rahab at the center of the drowned
abbey, nestled in the chapter house in the center of the courtyard.
Rahab. You have adapted well to your environment, for one so
Do not mock me, Raziel. You, of all of us, should respect the
power bestowed by a limitation overcome.
Kain said you would come.
You speak with the murderer?
You would do well to mind your blasphemous tongue.
What more did he tell you?
That you would destroy me.
I will, indeed. But tell me, before I tear your soul from its
moorings, do you know what we were before Kain spawned us?
Sarafan, Rahab. The antithesis of all we ever believed.
Does it matter? We were lost. He saved us.
Saved us? From what?
If Raziel is defeated in the battle, then upon
Raziel returns - do you still think you can best
When Rahab is destroyed:
I am undone!
Infused with Rahab’s soul, you have overcome your former vulnerability
to water’s touch. Immersion in water will no longer dissolve your
physical body, enabling you to swim to areas heretofore beyond your reach.
As Raziel exits Rahab’s chapter house, the
Elder God offers the following information:
Centuries past, your brother Dumah retreated with his clan into Nosgoth’s
northern wilderness. Empowered by the gift of Rahab’s soul, seek
out his mountain stronghold. But tread carefully - these frozen wastes
have mysteries yet to disclose.
If Raziel revisits the Elder God in the Underworld
before advancing to the Ruined City of the Dumahim, he receives the following
Beyond the maelstrom of the abyss, a subterranean tunnel leads northward,
to the clan territory of your brother Dumah.
Endowed with Rahab’s soul, you may swim to gain entry where your progress
was previously impeded.
If Raziel visits Ariel before proceeding to
the Ruined Dumahim city, she offers the following clue:
Beyond the cliffs that witnessed your execution, a silent city sits
in frozen tableau. Locked in eternal limbo, they await redemption,
Ruined City of the Dumahim
Upon arriving, he is shocked to discover that
Dumah’s citadel, like his, is a ghost town - there are long-dead vampire
corpses scattered everywhere, impaled and burned, and the walls of Dumah’s
city have been torched.
This city once teemed with the life of my kind. Could it be that
other clans had suffered the same fate as mine?
In his madness, could Kain spare none of his brood?
It was not Kain, but Dumah’s own arrogance that brought the downfall
of his clan. These are human weapons, Raziel - believing themselves
invincible, Dumah and his offspring failed to see an attack coming from
the least likely assailants... Complacent in their arrogance, they
were taken by surprise, allowing the human vampire hunters to decimate
their ranks with little resistance. The few that escaped have been
reduced to scavengers.
|After working his way through the city, Raziel
finally steps into Dumah’s throne room. The corpse of Dumah slouches
on its throne, impaled by multiple spears.
My brother, Dumah - a powerful warrior, in life. He would have
burned with shame, to have me find him here like a stuck pig.
If Raziel goes into the Spectral plane before
resserecting Dumah, he encounters his spirit haunting the thone room:
Come to save my soul, prodigal brother?
Not to save it, but to take it. Your only salvation is release.
After Raziel has revived Dumah:
Unbound at last... I thank you, brother.
Your thanks are premature, Dumah. I have not forgotten whose
hands bore me into the abyss.
The centuries in limbo have honed my strength. Not even Kain
is my equal.
Even the strongest vampire is vulnerable.
We shall test your thesis, Raziel.
My blood-thirst has been superceded by an even darker hunger.
I will consume your soul before this day is done.
If Raziel is defeated in the battle, then upon
You are persistent, Raziel.
Upon Dumah’s defeat, and as Raziel receives
Consuming Dumah’s soul empowers you to wind a constricting band of
spectral energy around your enemies. This energy manifests itself
in both the spectral and material realms - and in the physical world, it
can be employed to manipulate otherwise immovable objects.
After Raziel defeats Dumah, if he revisits
the Elder God in the Underworld before advancing to the Oracle’s Cave,
he receives the following clue:
In the furthermost canyon of Nosgoth’s frozen wastes, the hushed silences
embrace an ancient enigma. In the bowels of this labyrinth, your
If Raziel visits Ariel before going to the
In the bowels of an inverted clockwork, the tormentor awaits.
Be wary, Raziel - those blind with rage are by destiny ensnared.