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Chapter Three - The Lower City - "In Darkness We Gather"

Searching For Sanctuary

Kain reaches the Lower City. Umah steps out in front of him. She congratulates him on his progress.

Umah:
Well done, Kain.
You have already proven your ingenuity in negotiating the Smuggler's Den. Perhaps our leader was right about you after all.

Kain:
Ah yes, the mysterious leader. Perhaps you will tell me now who he is.

Umah:
I will not name him to you, for secrecy's sake, but it is time that you two meet. You must go to Sanctuary, our headquarters. There you will find our leader.

Umah jumps over Kain. Frustrated and tired of acting in accordance to her commands, Kain protests bitterly -

Kain:
Go here, go there. What do you take me for, your errand boy?

Umah:
You are not a General now, Kain. You are not in a position to demand. Go to Sanctuary and await me there. My orders are to investigate the Industrial Quarter in the north of the city. I will join you at Sanctuary and bring anything I discover.

Umah continues to move over the rooftops. Kain stops her before she goes too far. He shouts up at her from the street.

Kain:
I need answers, girl. I want the Sarafan Lord!

Umah:
As do we all, Kain - but the time must be ripe and you must be ready.

Kain:
Do not make the mistake of underestimating me.

Umah:
I don't. You are our last hope. I will not let you be wasted by premature action.

Kain finally relents -

Kain:
Where then is this 'Sanctuary'?

Umah:
Nearby is the Red Raven pub. Speak with the tapster; she will tell you what to do.

Kain V.O.:
Why did I obey her? Why did I trust her, even for a moment? I had gone my own way, always.
But this time...

Umah jumps between roof ledges, over the street. She pauses one last time before leaving.

Umah:
I was impressed by you today, Kain. Soon we will work together again and rid this plague from our land.

Kain explores the area, looking for the pub. He finds a locked gate. The human gatekeeper refuses to open it.

Gatekeeper Duncan:
Restricted area. This passage is for night shift workers only.

Kain: (dryly)
I am the night shift.

Gatekeeper Duncan:
Then tell me, who do you work for?

Kain:
I work for no man.

Gatekeeper Duncan:
Move along and stop wasting my time.

Kain: (ominously)
We'll meet again. Soon.

Kain locates the pub and starts talking with the tapster.

Tapster:
What can I get you?

Kain:
Information. I was sent here by Umah. You have a message for me.

Tapster:
I only know what they told me.

Kain:
And just who are they?

Tapster:
I don't know, I promise it. It was dark - I couldn't tell where the voice was coming from. It was as if the night itself spoke to me. It told me to give you the message 'seek the vendor near the warehouse, for he has news for you'.

Kain: (threateningly)
Is that all of it?

Tapster:
No. If you tell that fool, Duncan, that you work for Duckets Traders, he'll let you through the gate to the workers' area.

Kain returns to the gate.

Gatekeeper Duncan:
I told you before. Workers only.

Kain:
I work for Duckets Traders. Now, let me through.

Duncan opens the gate. Kain passes through to the workers' area. He reaches another locked gate.

Gatekeeper:
You need the password to enter.

Kain continues to meet the vendor.

Kain:
Good evening, my friend.

Vendor:
Can I help you, sir?

Kain:
Umah sent me. We are to have words, you and I.

Vendor:
Ah, you're one of them, aren't ya?

Kain:
Whatever do you mean?

Vendor:
Never mind. You're looking for Sanctuary, then?

Kain:
Correct.

Vendor:
It's hidden under the Blue Lady shop in the eastern part of the district. The guards have blocked most of the streets tonight, so it won't be easy getting there. The rooftops, back alleys and even the sewers are friends to those that wish to avoid attention. However, those that inhabit them may not be friends to you.
The first thing you'll have to do is to get past that gateman down that alley. Give him the password 'evernight'. He'll let you through.

Kain:
My thanks.

Kain returns to the gate.

Gatekeeper:
Password?

Kain:
Evernight.

Gatekeeper:
Hold on.

The Gatekeeper opens the gate, and Kain continues. Shortly after, he encounters a Glyph Guard. The guard's armour glows as Kain walks behind him.

Glyph Guard:
What creature skulks there in the darkness?
Step forth and die!

The guard turns, but there is a gate between him and Kain. Two Sarafan Guards appear to kill Kain and an alarm is sounded. He quickly kills the guards and silences the alarm.

An Old Acquaintance

Kain moves on through the Lower City, but halts at the scene of a massacre. In a small courtyard, away from the main streets, bodies litter the ground. Some of the carcasses have been torn to pieces.
Kain watches another human being struck from above. The vampire assailant laughs cruelly and madly as his injured prey crawls away, then dies. He turns to Kain.

Sebastian:
What poor soul has the misfortune of interrupting my feeding?

Kain:
One who shares your thirst, and your curse.

Sebastian:
Ah, a voice from the past. So the rumours are true, Kain walks Nosgoth again.

Although this vampire appears to know Kain, Kain's shattered memory holds no recollection of Sebastian.

Kain:
How do you know me, creature?

Sebastian:
How I would love to dispatch you here and now, and yet, I am required elsewhere. Goodnight.

Kain:
Wait!

Sebastian runs off. Kain pursues him, but is not fast enough to catch him. Then, on one rooftop, Sebastian walks back to continue the conversation.

Sebastian:
How do you like my handiwork, Kain? It's been a good night's feeding.

Kain:
You're a sloppy butcher, vampire. You jeopardize your presence by such bloodletting.

Sebastian:
But it isn't my presence that's in danger, Kain. It's yours.

Kain:
You serve the Sarafan, then?

Sebastian:
I serve no one but myself. Ah, I'd forgotten how much I loathe your arrogant tone. It would be a pleasure to silence it for good.
We shall meet again, soon enough.

Sebastian leaves, and Kain can no longer follow.

Sanctuary

Kain resumes his search for Sanctuary, eventually finding it. Now he sees the leader of the Cabal, he recognizes him instantly.

Kain V.O.:
Vorador. The reformed sado-hedonist of Termogent Forest. I had met him once before in his new role of patriarch. I still knew not to trust him.

Kain bows slightly as he addresses the elder vampire.

Kain:
Ah yes. Who but the father of vampires would lead the resistance? I am honoured, Vorador.

Vorador:
I need no false courtesies from you, Kain. We are allies only by necessity.
But... You are welcome to Sanctuary.

Kain walks around the room as the other vampires watch him keenly. Only Vorador does not turn.

Kain:
It has not the splendour of your former castle, but I suppose it will have to do.

Vorador:
It serves. But time is short. The Sarafan's power grows by the day. Soon our every haven will be destroyed. We are facing extinction once again.

Kain:
They thought once before they had destroyed us, yet you proved them wrong. You created a new race - something I could never do - and from that race, I had my army.

Vorador bends half-imploringly to Kain.

Vorador:
Now we are divided -

Kain also bows slightly, then sharply straightens.

Kain:
- and dying. Then rouse yourself. Make more of our kind.

Vorador:
It takes time and energy to create a vampire. I have not the strength. No, as Umah told you, we must kill the Sarafan Lord. When he is dead, their power will crumble.
You have come far already, Kain, and proven to be our greatest ally. We must plan our attack.

Suddenly another vampire enters Sanctuary, wounded and limping badly. He rushes to his leader.

Cabal Vampire:
Vorador!

Vorador:
What is it?

Cabal Vampire:
The worst has befallen, forgive me Sire. Umah has been taken!

Vorador: (shocked)
Taken? How?

Cabal Vampire:
Umah was searching the main building in the Industrial Quarter as you asked. I stood guard outside. She Whispered to me that she had found something important.

Vorador:
What was it?

Cabal Vampire:
I do not know. Before she could tell me, she was discovered by Sarafan Knights. I went to help her but there were guards everywhere; I could not reach her. I heard them say she would be brought to the Sarafan Keep for public execution -

Vorador:
No!

Cabal Vampire:
Then the guards were upon me, and I was forced to flee.
Forgive me, Vorador...

Kain:
We need her information.

Vorador:
We need to save her life, Kain.

Kain: (flatly)
Yes, of course.
So, I am to rescue her, Sire?

Vorador:
Our kind cannot approach the Keep. We will be instantly discovered. You have the power to disguise your presence, but the chief entrance to the Keep is far too heavily guarded. You must speak with the Bishop of Meridian.

Kain:
A Bishop allies with us?

Vorador:
The promise of immortality can be very persuasive for a Bishop whose faith in an afterlife is... wanting.
The Bishop knows a secret entrance to the Sarafan Keep. You will find him in the Upper City. Tell him I sent you, and he will give you access to the Keep.

Kain:
And if Umah is dead when I reach her?

Vorador:
Then her discovery dies with her. And with it, our hope.
Go now Kain, and find the Bishop. Umah's life depends on you, as do we all.

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