Moebius the Time Streamer (The Oracle of Nosgoth)
Moebius in Defiance
Moebius appeared again in Defiance. Kain saved Raziel from the Reaver, but Raziel disappeared into the Spectral Realm immediately afterwards. Kain found Moebius within the Sarafan Stronghold, hoping to learn Raziel's whereabouts from him.
As Kain approached the Time Streamer, Moebius was talking to a standing stone (marked with his infinity sigil), presumably conversing with the Elder God. Although Kain stalked forward cautiously, Moebius knew he was there and welcomed him. He knew Kain was going to ask about Raziel, and he took the opportunity to mock Kain's need to "come begging at [Moebius'] doorstep for answers". When Kain started to get angry, Moebius' Staff incapacitated Kain. Moebius claimed that Kain's "messianic delusions" - his belief that he was 'the Scion of Balance' mentioned in the Ancient Vampires' prophecies - had blinded him to "Raziel's true nature".
Moebius departed, insultingly leaving Kain armed with the Reaver, but unable to move until he was safely out of the way. Of course, Kain tracked Moebius down again, and in the Stronghold's tower, he telekinetically wrenched the staff away from the Time Streamer before it could be used against him. He used his telekinesis to half-throttle Moebius, and managed to learn about a place west of the Pillars - the Vampire Citadel - that would interest him. Moebius also said that Raziel was "contained", free-willed but certainly going to kill Kain, and far more dangerous than Kain realized.
In the Vampire Citadel, Kain learned something new about Moebius from one of the murals there. The Ancient Vampires - trying to maintain the integrity of the Pillars' sorcery - found and looked after the human successors of their own fallen Guardians, abducting them if necessary. When the successors came of age, they would be turned into vampires too. Apparently Moebius had been unwilling to submit to this fate. With Mortanius, he led a human revolt against the Ancient Vampires. Moebius was very old indeed, and it explained a bit why he hated Kain - a vampire Pillar Guardian - so much.
Moebius next appeared in Vorador's Mansion, after Kain and Raziel had fought in Avernus Cathedral. He congratulated Raziel on his victory over Kain. The Time Streamer said that it did not matter which hero - Vampire or Hylden - Kain and Raziel convinced themselves they were, as long as the outcome was the same: that they would fight and Kain would die. Kain's destruction was the only important thing, and Raziel had achieved that. Moebius gloated that Raziel had been successfully compelled into performing the task, despite having the free will to choose otherwise.
Moebius departed to oversee Vorador's execution, leaving Raziel to battle the vampire hunters that blocked Raziel's route between the library and the garden crypt. Moebius didn't care that the fledgling vampire Kain would soon behead him, as he said: "For a true servant of the one God, death is never bitter. I will go - again at peace with the knowledge that I have played my small part in our master's plans." Moebius had faith that the Elder God would look after him, and reward him for his loyalty.
Sure enough, the Elder God resurrected Moebius. After Raziel was defeated by the Hylden Lord, and trapped in the Spectral Realm with the Elder, the Elder God summoned Moebius to the Spirit Forge. It was the place of their first meeting - the place where Moebius first heard the Elder speak to him (as he had never seen his god). Moebius arrived there, and was speaking to the (invisible) Elder God, when Kain floated down behind him.
When Moebius mentioned his death, Kain surprised him, saying the Time Streamer was a "bit premature" in believing he was gone for good. Moebius' staff no longer worked on Kain, now the Heart of Darkness had been removed. Kain impaled Moebius on the Reaver. He wasn't bothered when Moebius insisted that he served "One who has power over life and death" - the Elder God who had already restored him to life once, and could do so again.
Moebius died, and as a spirit, he humbly started to ask the Elder God to resurrect him again. He didn't get to finish his sentence, as Raziel, standing unnoticed behind Moebius, thrust the wraith-blade through him. A horrified Moebius finally saw the Elder God for what it was - as his sight was 'purified' by the Spirit-imbued wraith-blade - before Raziel consumed his old soul. The Elder God described this action as "petty" and "irrelevant"; "Moebius was a good servant, but he was of no further use".
Faced with an eternity trapped in the Spectral Realm, and now aware that Kain was alive with an important destiny to fulfill, Raziel made the choice required to arm the Scion of Balance for "his true endeavor" - he would sacrifice himself to the Reaver.
Kain was examining Moebius' staff when Raziel re-entered the Material Realm using Moebius' corpse as a host. Kain reacted instinctively, running 'Moebius' through with the Reaver. He did not realize his mistake until Raziel manifested fully, reshaping Moebius' dead flesh to approximate his own wraith appearance.
In Soul Reaver 2, Raziel asked the Elder God: "And if I tell Moebius that he's worshipping a giant squid, do you think his faith will falter?" As many fans have noted, we now know the answer. Moebius had no idea what he was actually worshipping, and was dismayed to see the Elder's true form in Defiance.
In Defiance, Moebius made a rather snide reference to Kain's past when he commented: "there was a time when [Kain] might have heeded wise counsel when it was offered". The last time Kain listened to Moebius' 'wise council', he ended up being manipulated into killing William the Just, inadvertently triggering the Blood Omen-era vampire genocide.
Crystal Dynamics have admitted that Moebius' Defiance appearance in Vorador's Mansion was incorrectly timed. In Blood Omen, Mortanius' line: "come to me, my undead son", followed him congratulating the fledgling vampire Kain for killing Moebius. In Defiance, Raziel overhears the line before seeing Moebius at the Mansion.
- The first Defiance Q&A page at The Lost Worlds