My brother discovered it today while online. Excuse me while I rejoice for having gamer siblings. *happiness* I shall now put up the character descriptions as found on Eidos:
Cunning and relentless, the vampire Kain battles the oppressive agents of Fate that seek to destroy him. For centuries, he has ruthlessly pursued a singular ambition--to take his rightful place as Balance Guardian, thus returning Nosgoth to vampire rule. And Raziel, he believes, is the key to fulfilling this goal. Armed with the legendary Reaver blade--the weapon fated to become Raziel's eternal prison--Kain seeks to reclaim their true destinies from the wreckage of history.
Once the greatest of Kain's vampire lieutenants, Raziel is now only a ruined vision of his former glory. Armed with the wraith-blade of the Soul Reaver, he strives to unravel the truth behind his enigmatic fate, a destiny apparently foretold in the earliest centuries of Nosgoth's history. Raziel seeks only to escape the bonds of his one-time benefactor, now turned adversary - the mysterious Elder God that resurrected him as a reaper of souls--and to somehow avert the terrible destiny appointed for him when the Reaver was forged.
Soul Reaver 2 happens to be my favourite among all the installments. ^_^ It has gorgeous cinematics. And even while playing, it is miles ahead of Warcraft III in terms of aesthetics. The game design is breathtaking. The architecture, the landscapes - everything.
With intentional irony, Kain established the ruined Pillars as the symbolic seat of his new empire, and the unrestored Balance Pillar as the base of his throne. In an act of calculated blasphemy, Kain raided the ancient tomb of the Sarafan, a fanatical order of warrior-priests once sworn to eradicate the vampires plaguing Nosgoth. From the desiccated corpses of these long-dead knights, Kain raised his six vampiric sons" to become the Lieutenants of his fledgling empire.
Detail: The irony in all this is that Raziel was the leader of the Sarafan Order. Kain raised him first - and apparently this form of vampirism leaves vampires without any memory of their previous lives. It's intriguing that Raziel led the Sarafan Order (Think an order of vampire slayers) and later became Kain's most talented ally.
When Raziel, first among Kain's Lieutenants, revealed his latest evolution - a pair of bat-like wings - Kain responded with an act of seemingly egotistical sadism. Tearing Raziel's newly fledged wings from his back, he ordered Raziel to be cast into the Lake of the Dead, where he would burn forever in the roiling Abyss.
Raziel tumbled endlessly into the murky depths, his flesh dissolving as he burned with white-hot fire. After an eternity of torment, Raziel's ruined body came to rest - and as the pain receded, he realized that he had not only survived the descent, but had been delivered to the very seat of the Underworld.
Like Kain before him, Raziel was saved from the brink of oblivion by a mysterious benefactor - a preternaturally ancient god dwelling in the depths of the Abyss, who transformed Raziel into a devourer of souls, and released him back into the world to take his revenge.
Raziel, now the Elder God's fledgling angel of death, resurfaced to discover that centuries had inexplicably passed since his execution. Kain's empire lay in ruin, and Raziel found himself assailed by the degenerate offspring of his former brethren, who had long-since devolved into monstrous forms.
Undeterred by these revelations, Raziel pursued Kain across Nosgoth's blasted landscape, galvanized by a hunger for revenge, and a relentless new thirst - not for the blood of humans, but for the vampires' apostate souls.
Kain, however, had other plans for Raziel. Seemingly unsurprised by Raziel's miraculous return, Kain baited Raziel along the course of his single-minded vendetta, channeling him into battle with his mutated brethren, and into a fateful confrontation at the Pillars, wherein Kain raised the Soul Reaver against Raziel.
The ancient blade, believed to be indestructible, shattered when Kain attempted to strike Raziel down. The soul-devouring sentience captive in the blade was thus released, and binding itself to Raziel as a wraith-blade, became his symbiotic weapon.
Kain seemed not stunned but strangely satisfied with this shocking outcome, and lured Raziel further into Nosgoth's northern wastes, leading to their final confrontation in Moebius's long-abandoned Chronoplast chamber.
Driven by the fatalistic visions revealed by Moebius's devices, Kain activated the time-streaming portal that would propel him and Raziel centuries into Nosgoth's past. Free will, Kain feared, might only be an illusion - but he knew their fates were intertwined in ways that Raziel had not begun to fathom.
There was a scene where Raziel, newly resurrected, faces one of his erstwhile Sarafan brothers/vampiric cohorts, Zephon. And the dialogue was - I'll let you judge for yourself.
Raziel: "Zephon, your visage becomes you. It’s an appropriate reflection of your soul..."
Zephon: "...and you are not His (Kain's) handsome Raziel anymore. His precious first-born son, turned betrayer."
Well, I like them better than Arthas and Illidan. ^_^ Although Illidan is deeply cool, and Arthas is very pretty, even if he does look like Legolas. And I still don't think Illidan needs a fenberries diet, anyasy and nescienx. I like him the way he is in Frozen Throne. But then again, that particular reaction may have been spillover adoration from my seeing the Naga. The Naga are so beautiful. They remind me of Starcraft's Hydralisk.