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Chapter Eleven - The Hylden City - "The Living End"

The City Across The Sea

The boat docks, and Kain leaves it. Outside the city, the Sarafan Lord appears.

Kain: (mockingly)
The charlatan emperor rears his head.

The Sarafan Lord:
You are far from home, Dark One.

Kain:
Spare your speeches, demon. Your secrets are known to me now. Your plans crumble like dust, brought down by my will.

The Sarafan Lord:
You have struggled longer than expected, but nothing is changed. You see before you your death.

Kain:
Know you not that your vaunted Device is destroyed? Your hope of controlling Nosgoth lies in ruins. This world is mine.

The Sarafan Lord:
You understand nothing. You are a degenerate remnant of a cursed race, doomed to walk the night as a parasite. Your life as easily snuffed out as those you feed on to survive.
My race is but a warped parody of our former beauty. We are like you - fallen gods, scratching for our former power. But we will prevail. We will cleanse this world of your kind, and bring about a new, glorious age.
Die, Kain!

The Sarafan Lord tries to cut Kain down with the Soul Reaver, but Kain is protected by the Nexus Stone.

The Sarafan Lord:
The Nexus Stone!

Kain laughs.

Kain:
Fitting, isn't it? The very item you used to defeat me, now turned against you.
You're finished.

The Sarafan Lord:
It matters not. The gate remains open, and even as we speak, my army, the likes of which this soft world has never seen, prepares to enter. Nosgoth is still mine for the taking.

The Sarafan Lord vanishes.
Kain enters the city by releasing the demon that is held in the entrance hall. Its trail of destruction clears a path for him.
Kain soon encounters two human slaves deep in conversation.

Male Slave:
It's not that simple.

Female Slave:
Why not? If we stay here, we will die. That's certain.

Male Slave:
And where will we go?

Female Slave:
We can slip aboard one of those vessels. They bring people every time. They must come from where there are others of our kind.

Male Slave:
What if we're caught?

Female Slave:
If we stay, we die. How is that different?

Male Slave:
The place the ships go to is worse.

Kain approaches them. The male slave does not see Kain until he is right next to them.

Male Slave:
Huh? What was that?

Female Slave:
He is the one, he must be - look at him. He is the one who is working against them.

Male Slave:
Sir, is it true? Are you the vampire who's been making war on the demons?

Kain:
I am Kain. Do you know this place well?

Female Slave:
We do, my lord.

Kain:
I must find the mechanism these creatures use to hide their presence in this city.

Female Slave:
He can show you.
(to the male slave)
Go on.

Male Slave:
It is there, my lord. That building. I've heard them talking. The device you seek is within.

Kain takes note of the building. He then asks about the container that is floating above the water, and going into it.

Kain:
I thank you. Now, tell me, what is that?

Male Slave:
That is the only way to get within. The doors to the building no longer function.

Female Slave:
Like so much of this place.

Kain indicates another building.

Kain:
And that one there?

Male Slave:
We don't know.

Female Slave:
But our stories tell us that is where the demons first appeared in our world.

Kain:
Stories? How long have your kind been in this place?

Female Slave:
We have been here forever. Our oldest fables tell us that our gods abandoned us here.

Male Slave:
There are others like us, new ones, soft ones. The demons bring them here from other places to work. They tell other stories.

Female Slave:
They had no knowledge of the arrival of the demons. We had to tell them.

Kain:
Enough. Be silent.
That building surely leads to the gate, but first, I must destroy the device.

Kain V.O.:
How long had the Hylden held a foothold here, while we, unsuspecting, fought and triumphed in our petty wars above?

The demon that Kain released earlier breaks through the elevator shaft and gives chase to the humans. Kain avoids it and continues his exploration.

The 'Reinforcements' Arrive

Kain eventually destroys the shield generator device. Vorador contacts him.

Vorador: (WHISPERING)
Kain, the Hylden City's defences have been broached. Janos can no longer sense a ward barrier.

Kain: (WHISPERING)
It's my doing. I've shut down their foul magics, at least for a time.

Vorador: (WHISPERING)
Then we are ready to help you. Janos is casting a spell that will bring us to you in moments.

Kain: (WHISPERING)
Excellent.

Vorador: (WHISPERING)
I look forward to thanking you in person for saving Umah's life.

Kain: (WHISPERING)
Yes, of course...

Janos and Vorador appear in the room.

Janos:
I will try to detect the location of the Hylden Gate.

Vorador:
Where's Umah, Kain? I cannot sense her.

Kain:
She will not be joining us.

Vorador:
Umah is dead, is she not? Were you too late?

Kain:
No. She suffered the fate she deserved. She stole the Nexus Stone from me.

Vorador:
So you refused to help her?

Kain:
I dealt with her as I deal with all traitors. I killed her accordingly.

Vorador:
You did what?!

Kain:
I did as you would have done, Vorador, to any human or vampire who defied your will.

Vorador:
Monster!

Kain:
She chose her fate. Was she acting as the dutiful lieutenant, following her superior's orders? I care not. What's done is done.

Vorador:
We were wrong ever to trust you!

Kain:
Do you so wish to return to the grave, old friend? You are in no position to challenge me.

Janos:
No. We have no time for this discord. I sense that the Hylden Gate is nearby. I can transport us there.

Kain:
We will settle this in good time. Tonight, the Sarafan Lord dies. Tomorrow, we shall see...

Suddenly Vorador is knocked to the floor by a projectile from the Soul Reaver. The Sarafan Lord has arrived. He fires again, this time at Janos, also knocking him down. The Lord addresses Kain.

The Sarafan Lord:
This round is mine, Dark One.

The Sarafan Lord vanishes. Janos starts to get up.

Janos:
I must tend to Vorador. Proceed without us, Kain. I can teleport you to a place near the gate, but you will have to close it on your own. Use the Nexus Stone. Cast it into the gate, and the magic of the stone will destroy it utterly.

Kain:
Cast your spell then, and let us finish this.

The Sarafan Lord

Kain is transported to the doorway he saw earlier, while speaking with the slaves. He makes his way through, then finds the gate itself.

Kain V.O.:
At last I had hunted my prey to his very lair.
The Hylden Gate was before me, from which the Hylden General, in his guise of the Sarafan Lord, planned to bring forth his alien armies, and destroy us all.

Kain spots the Sarafan Lord on another part of the platform.

Kain:
Turn, vile demon! Your reckoning day has come!

The Sarafan Lord turns sharply.

The Sarafan Lord:
Kain.

Kain:
Did you think you could defeat me? All your plans are revealed, together with your true nature.
Turn and enter the gate you have fashioned, and join your kind before I obliterate it. Or stay, and be destroyed upon its rubble.

The Sarafan Lord:
I confess, I did not expect to find you here, at the heart of my endeavour. You are indeed a more capable adversary than I had thought possible.

Kain:
You can ponder that thought when you have made your choice. Return to exile, or death.

The Sarafan Lord:
Do you think the game is over? Do you think it will end with me?
Have you not wondered why so many of your trusted henchmen, time and again, bend their knees before me, accept me as their lord, and join their cause to mine?

Kain:
Cowards and traitors deserve no second thoughts, only their complete annihilation.

The Sarafan Lord:
Did it not occur to you that perhaps my cause, and not yours, is the cause of right and justice? That your ambition to rule this world is but the youthful craving of a petty noble, who has gained too much power, but never enough?

Kain:
Silence, demon.
Your need to corrupt is only too apparent. But every traitor that you have turned to your will from my side, even Umah, your latest spy, is dead.

The Sarafan Lord:
Umah? I have no spy called Umah.

Kain:
You lie!

Kain and the Sarafan Lord fight. The Sarafan Lord shoots projectiles from the Soul Reaver.

The Sarafan Lord:
You and your damned stone!

Most of the time, he will shout one of the following immediately after -

The Sarafan Lord:
You are outmatched!
   or Why won't you just die?!
   or That stone won't protect you from the vortex!

Kain knocks the Sarafan Lord off the platform. He peers over the edge and hears the Sarafan Lord speaking to him. Moments later, the Lord appears behind Kain.

The Sarafan Lord:
Do you still believe you can prevail? While you possess the Nexus Stone, my sword cannot slay you, but while you bear the stone to shield your life, you cannot use it to destroy the gate.
Stalemate, Kain, and mine is the waiting game. As long as I have not lost, in time, I am sure to win.

Kain:
But I have not yet made my choice.

Kain removes the Nexus Stone and drops it into the gate.

The Sarafan Lord:
No, no, no!

The metal structure rocks as the gate becomes unstable. Kain and the Sarafan Lord continue their battle.
Now Kain is unprotected, The Sarafan Lord attempts to strike him down with the Soul Reaver.

The Sarafan Lord:
I have mastered the Reaver. I am your doom.
   or I will rend your soul!
   or Kneel before my might!
   or As long as I wield the Reaver, I am immortal!
   or I cherish the irony of killing you with your own sword, Kain!

Kain attacks with 'Immolate'. Eventually, the Sarafan Lord drops the Soul Reaver. He is walking over to pick it up when Janos arrives.

The Sarafan Lord:
You.

Janos:
Yes. Your prisoner. From whose blood you built your evil plans.

The Sarafan Lord:
What could be more righteous than to take our revenge and your freedom from the same source?
Tortured aeons of suffering are too good for you, Vampire.

Janos:
But not for you, Hylden, who has dared to set a corrupting foot upon this world after your banishment.
Return to the demon dimension in which you belong.

The Sarafan Lord:
And by what right, cursed one, did you send my kind to that place of evil?

Janos:
By what right did you lay on us the curse that drove us from the light, and made us predators of humankind?

The Sarafan Lord:
It was justice, for our banishment from the world. You see what it has made of our once fair race?

Janos:
I see you have taken your true form at last.

Janos leaps at the Sarafan Lord, but the Lord catches him easily by the throat.

The Sarafan Lord:
Then go, and see what it makes of you!

The Sarafan Lord releases Janos and physically attacks him. Janos is too weak to gain the upper hand against the Lord.

Janos:
Kain! The sword!

Kain reclaims the Soul Reaver. The Sarafan Lord lifts Janos up again.

The Sarafan Lord:
I sentence you to the hell of your own making - a prisoner for all time.

The Sarafan Lord throws Janos through the vortex of the gate.

Janos:
No! Kain!

The Sarafan Lord returns his attention to Kain.

The Sarafan Lord:
And now it is your turn.

The platform collapses, until only the central section remains. Kain and the Sarafan Lord retreat to it and continue their fight there.

The Sarafan Lord:
You are outmatched!
   or Why won't you just die?!
   or Kneel before my might!
   or Face me coward!
   or That sword will not save you.

Kain emerges triumphant. The Sarafan Lord is slumped before him.

The Sarafan Lord:
You have won the battle, but the war between your kind and mine will never end. Our banishment in the demon dimension also ensures our immortality. One day, we shall return.

Kain:
Should your kind ever breach that place of banishment again, I will be waiting.

The Sarafan Lord: (laughing weakly)
You will not live that long.

Kain:
I have lived long enough to dispose of you.

Kain thrusts the Soul Reaver into the Sarafan Lord, killing him at last.
Kain walks away from the gate as it explodes and collapses behind him, destroying the Hylden already in Nosgoth. He considers what the future will hold.

Kain V.O.:
Umah...
What was it she said to me in that fateful moment when she took from me the Nexus Stone? How would my rule differ from that of the Sarafan Lord?
If you had lived, Umah, you would have learned the difference.
You should have trusted me...
The war was over, and yet there was another battle to be fought. The cruel masters of Nosgoth, the Sarafan - now leaderless - still had to be put down.
There were cities to be rebuilt, and order to be restored. And a new rule, my rule would then begin.
To the victor go the spoils. At last, Nosgoth would be mine.

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