Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Legacy of Kain:Intro

   A few weeks ago I made a list of the top five games I would like to see remade or remastered in HD.  One of the entries on the list might not have very familiar to you (or at all for that matter.)  I'm talking about the Legacy of Kain series.  Now, I was very vague on the list because I simply couldn't provide the adequate back-story without the entry being ridiculously long. I will be going over each game separately so the stories of each are kept separate.   The vampire mythology in the games is already kind of hard to follow, but when they add time travel, alternate histories, and multiple destinies unfolding over the course of the entire series, summing the story up in a reasonable length might be difficult.   Nonetheless, I will do my best and try not to go too deep into the multiple paradoxes.

  Welcome to Nosgoth.  A Gothic land where vampires rule, magicians and necromancers play with the strings of fate, and everyone talks in a vaguely Shakespearean fashion.  Well, except for the vampires ruling part.  At the time of the first game, Blood Omen:Legacy of Kain, there is only one vampire left in the world, due to a massive vampire purge led by a holy brotherhood of warrior priests known as the Sarafan several hundred years prior.  The Sarafan where under the control of The Circle of the Nine: a group of nine sorcerers who where tasked with guarding and directly linked to the Pillars of Nosgoth: the source of life in the land.  Each pillar is linked to a specific attribute: time, death, mind, and dimension to name a few.  The duty came with the gift of longevity as well as the powers pertaining to the pillar which the guardian served.  The state of the pillars directly reflects the mental state of the guardian, and thus the overall health of the land.  At the beginning of the first game, we learn that someone has murdered the Balance Guardian, Ariel, causing her lover Nuprator, the Guardian of the Mind, to fall into madness.  In his insanity, he cursed all of the remaining members with dementia, corrupting the pillars.  This is the first of many recurring plot points throughout the series.
The Nine Pillars of Nosgoth
  With this brief history of Nosgoth, I will leave you with these links and the promise of more on the way.
  • Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain (coming eventually)
  • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver( coming eventually)
  • Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 (coming eventually)
  • Blood Omen 2 ( coming eventually)
  • Legacy of Kain: Defiance (coming eventually)

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