The Human Citadel
The humans’ citadel -- its towering walls and deep moats engineered
to keep Nosgoth’s vampire plague at bay.
Though the city was well-fortified against vampires, its human architects
hadn’t considered a breach by a creature such as myself.
Raziel discovers the long-hidden entrance to the
The Oracle’s Cave, where Kain’s first fateful meeting with Moebius
Moebius played the role of a doddering soothsayer, stirring his pot
of visions while dispensing enigmatic predictions to gullible visitors.
Underneath the facade was Moebius the Time Streamer, sorcerer of the Circle
of Nine - a ruthless manipulator with the power to bend time. Since
his murder at Kain’s hands centuries ago, these caves have stood vacant...
though, like Moebius himself, they are rumored to be only a facade for
a much larger, more elaborate complex...
I sensed that Kain was here... and at that moment, I would have plumbed
the depths of hell to find him.
|Once inside, Raziel comes upon a statue of
Moebius, the Time Streamer - as he regards it, he reflects:
This, I deduced, must be the man himself -the Time Streamer, Moebius.
He seemed not at all the impressive figure I had imagined from Kain’s boasted
exploits. And yet, even this cold image radiated a certain undeniable
In the depths of Moebius’ time-streaming apparatus,
Raziel discovers a series of portals displaying scenes of past and apparently
future events. As he descends, passing these various scenes, he reflects
on the images confronting him. The images in the portals imply that
the events he’s experienced - and those still to come - have all been predestined.
The first portal shows Raziel reviving in the
Underworld, after being executed by Kain:
My arrival in this miserable age... What trickery is this?
It is no illusion, Raziel, but a glimpse into the currents of Time
A second portal displays Raziel’s discovery
of the Tomb of Sarafan, and his origins -
Impossible - this must be one of Kain’s deceptions...
A third portal shows the Soul Reaver being
shattered during the confrontation between Kain and Raziel (as Kain prepares
to destroy Raziel with the blade) --
These apparitions torment me... has this all been foretold?
The next portal shows Raziel confronting Kain
at some future time, in an unfamiliar setting --
My mind reels with conflict... does Kain await me moments from now,
or in some century yet to come?
Another portal shows Raziel striking Ariel
down with the Soul Reaver (an event which has not yet occurred) --
This cannot be! What madness does this scene portend? Kain
must think me credulous, to suffer these lies...
A final portal shows Raziel armed with an enhanced
Soul Reaver, its blade writhing with intertwined black and red energies
Is this phantasm a conjuration of my mind, or an echo of future events?
After having worked his way down into the depths
of Moebius’ complex, he comes across the “heart” of Moebius’ time-streaming
device - the Chronoplast room. Kain reveals himself, stepping out
from the shadows of the room.
At last. I must say, I’m disappointed in your progress.
I imagined you would be here sooner. Tell me - did it trouble you
to murder your brothers?
Did it trouble you when you ordered me into the abyss?
No - I had faith in you. In your ability to hate. In your
Lies. You cannot have foreseen all of this.
Eternity is relentless, Raziel.
When I first stole into this chamber, centuries ago, I did not fathom
the true power of knowledge. To know the future, Raziel... to see
its paths and streams tracing out into the infinite... As a man,
I could never have contained such forbidden truths... But each of us is
so much more than we once were... Gazing out across the planes of
possibility, do you not feel with all your soul how we have become like
gods? And as such, are we not indivisible? As long as a single
one of us stands, we are legion... That is why, when I must sacrifice
my children to the void, I can do so with a clear heart...
Very poetic, Kain - but in the end, you offer no more than a convenient
rationalization for your crimes.
These chambers offer insight for those patient enough to look - in
your haste to find me, perhaps you have not gazed deeply enough.
Our futures are predestined - Moebius foretold mine a millennium ago.
We each play out the parts fate has written for us. We are compelled
ineluctably down pre-ordained paths.
Free will is an illusion.
Raziel responds by changing the subject -
I have been to the Tomb of Sarafan, Kain. Your dirty secret is exposed.
How could you transform a Sarafan priest into a vampire?
How could I not? One must keep his friends close, Raziel - and
his enemies even closer.
Can you grasp the absurd beauty of the paradox? We are the same
- Sarafan and vampire. With our holy wars... our obsession
with Nosgoth’s domination... Who better to serve me than those whose
passion transcends all notions of good and evil?
I will not applaud your clever blasphemy. The Sarafan were saviors,
defending Nosgoth from the corruption that we represent. My eyes
are opened, Kain - I find no nobility in the unlife you rudely forced on
my unwilling corpse.
You may have uncovered your past, but you know nothing of it.
You think the Sarafan were noble, altruistic? Don’t be simple.
Their agenda was the same as ours.
You are lost in a maze of moral relativism, Kain.
These apparitions and portents... what game are you playing now?
Destiny is a game, is it not? And now you await my latest move...
If Raziel is defeated in the battle, then upon
Have you returned to embrace your destiny, Raziel?
|After Raziel lands his third and final Soul
Reaver attack, Kain throws the final switch, and materializes in front
of the star portal on the upper floor of the Chronoplast. Visibly
exhausted, he addresses Raziel -
You nearly had me, Raziel... But this is not where - or how -
it ends. Fate promises more twists before this drama unfolds completely.
As he finishes speaking, he turns and runs
through the star portal. As Raziel prepares to follow Kain through
the portal and into the void of the unknown, the Elder God’s disembodied
voice admonishes him:
Be warned, Raziel - once you cross this threshold, you are beyond my
||After Raziel steps through the portal, he
comes to a mysterious room with an infinity sigil on the floor - Raziel
steps into the pool of light in the middle of the room. A moment
later, Moebius steps out of the darkness, addressing Raziel by name.
Raziel... Redeemer and destroyer... pawn and messiah. Welcome,
time-spanned soul... Welcome... to your destiny...