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Chapter Four - The Upper City - "A Question Of Faith"

Seeking The Bishop

Kain gets of the tram. A short way into the Upper City he reaches a gate. A vampire standing on the other side approaches.

Marcus:
So, the rumours speak true.

Kain:
Marcus. My old friend.

Marcus:
A poor choice of words, Kain. We were not friends.

Kain:
Will you sour this reunion with old grudges? Granted, we parted on poor terms.

Marcus:
You tried to murder me.

Kain:
I seem to have failed.

Marcus:
You feared my growing powers. You knew they would one day surpass yours. Is that why you begged me to fight at your side when you waged war on Nosgoth?

Kain:
Begged? I never begged!

Marcus:
In your arrogance, you presumed me dead. But I was stronger than you knew. I crawled from my haven and fled into hiding.

Kain laughs softly, amused.

Kain:
That's the Marcus I remember.

Marcus:
When the Sarafan proved victorious, I knew that my destiny lay with the Sarafan Lord. I offered myself to the winning side.

Kain:
I always knew you for a sneaking, cowardly opportunist. How unfortunate that my poor aim caused you so much suffering. This time you will die completely, I promise you.

Marcus:
No, Kain. Once more you underestimate me.
The Dark Gifts manifest differently in each of us. Over the years during your absence, my powers have increased enormously. I now have the power to Charm all living things, to subjugate their minds and make them do my bidding. You will kneel to me, Kain, and the Sarafan Lord will be pleased with my new slave.
Now, obey me.

Marcus points at Kain and uses his gift. Kain clutches at his head, but shakes off the influence with ease.

Marcus:
What? Impossible!

Kain:
What manner of creatures have you been practicing on? Dull mortal fools, with their minds full of commerce and dung? My mind is far too strong for your powers.

Marcus:
No matter. My mental powers still allowed me to read your thoughts. You seek the Bishop of Meridian, do you not? He has some information that you require.

Kain: (quietly, annoyed)
Clever trick.

Marcus:
I will ensure that you never get that information. You may find the good Bishop, Kain, but when you do, he will be dead...

Marcus retreats down the alley, still facing Kain.

Kain:
Not if I reach him first.

Marcus runs off, using controlled humans to slow Kain down.

The Race To The Bishop

Marcus meets a Sarafan Guard, who draws his sword when he recognizes Marcus is a vampire.

Marcus:
You there. You are to conduct me to the Bishop's manor on the instant.

Sarafan Guard:
We were told to be on the lookout for a vampire.

Marcus:
Not me, you fool. You know me. Kain. Kain is the one you seek.

Sarafan Guard:
But he's not going to stop and tell us his name.

Marcus:
You're to kill him on sight.

Sarafan Guard:
Those are our orders.

Marcus and the guard depart for the manor. Kain, reaching that place soon after, is contacted by Vorador.

Vorador: (WHISPERING)
Kain, it is Vorador. You must reach the Bishop's manor at the other end of the city. Only he can give you passage into the Sarafan Keep. The curfew has set in, so be careful on the streets. The guards are looking for anyone suspicious, and they'll attack you on sight.

Kain heeds Vorador's warning and continues. Then Vorador contacts him again.

Vorador: (WHISPERING)
Kain, the Bishop's manor is near. However, the Sarafan patrols have locked down all the streets. You may be able to trick them into opening the gates. Find the clock tower and ring its bell. The workers will think it time for their shift to change and will open the gates.

Kain rings the bell, and he can proceed as planned. A short time later, Marcus - still ahead of Kain - arrives at the manor.

Sarafan Guard:
We were told to be on the lookout for a vampire.

Marcus:
You're to kill him on sight.

Marcus leaves the guard.
Kain eventually enters the manor. He is confronted by and defeats a Sarafan Knight in the library. Then he notices a man had been watching his fight.

Kain:
You there! What's your business here? Who are you?

Butler:
I beg you, be merciful, good sir. I am - I was - butler to the Bishop of Meridian. But the Sarafan, th... they're inside now. I... I thought I would wait here.

Kain:
Where are they?

Butler:
They accused the Bishop of aiding the Vampire Resistance. They're looking for proof. I beg of you, do not tell them where to find me. I will do anything.

Kain:
Yes. You will. Tell me where to find the Bishop.

Butler:
I... I can't, I... I mean I don't know.

Kain:
Shall I ease your mind and tell you I am sent by Vorador for the Vampire Resistance. Or shall I simply tear out your throat and continue my search?
I leave the decision to you.

Butler:
The cathedral. He fled there. He thought he would be safe.

Kain:
Holy ground will not deter his pursuer. Where is the cathedral?

Butler:
To the northeast, but it won't do you no good, you cannot enter without the proper authority.

Kain:
I suggest you show me the way. Now.

Butler:
Of course, sir. This way, sir. It is my pleasure to serve you. This tunnel will bring you again to the streets.

Kain:
I thank you. Goodnight.

Kain follows the Bishop's tunnel and soon arrives at the Cathedral. He sees the Bishop, apparently alone.

Kain:
Greetings, old man. I assume that I address the Bishop of Meridian?

The Bishop only utters indecipherable noises in response.

Kain:
I seek information on gaining access to the Sarafan Keep. You are to give me passage inside. I am sent by Vorador.

Again, the Bishop fails to respond with understandable speech.

Kain: (confused)
What ails you? Speak.

Marcus walks into view.

Marcus:
He speaks only at my command.

Kain:
What?

Marcus:
You are too late, Kain. He is entirely in my power.

Kain:
Release him and I may spare your life.

Marcus:
I hold the cards now, Kain. Surrender yourself to me, or I will kill him.

Kain:
What do I care for the life of some mortal? But the thought of killing you at last entices me. Tell me Marcus, do you truly believe you can stop me?

Kain walks towards Marcus.

Marcus:
Stay back. You cannot win. The Bishop will tell you nothing while he remains under my power, and you will never catch me.

The Bishop collapses to the floor as Marcus runs. Kain pursues him.

Marcus

Marcus and Kain fall through the glass ceiling of the cathedral. Marcus uses invisibility to give himself an advantage in their fight.

Marcus:
You seek, I hide.
   or Don't be paranoid, Kain. I really am after you.

When Kain rings the bells -

Marcus:
Damn you!
   or Damn those bells!
   or Argh! My ears!
   or (groans)

After a while, Marcus summons humans to lower the bells so they can't be rung. He retreats to the cathedral balcony, and Kain gives chase, killing any humans that Marcus orders against him -

Marcus:
You think you can catch me?
   or Sheep, do my bidding!
   or Destroy Kain now, my puppets!
   or Rid me of this pest!

When Marcus is defeated, Kain draws the Dark Gift 'Charm' from his body. The Bishop arrives in the cathedral, now able to talk.

Kain:
Old man, do you live?

Bishop: (shaken)
Ah, yes. Yes I do.
I must thank you for destroying that fiend. He... he robbed me of my mind.

Kain:
He was a novice.
Bishop, I require your help. Vorador has sent me to gain passage to the Sarafan Keep. One of our associates is held captive there.

Bishop:
A fool's errand, to enter the very maw of the beast. But yes, I will help you. I will take you there. I will show you the entrance.

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