[ Legacy of Kain: The Lost Worlds ]

Possession

article by Ben Lincoln, images by Divine Shadow and Andrew Fradley

 

Defeating The Priestess and consuming her soul was intended to give Raziel the ability to possess other creatures in the game, much like Blood Omen's Control Mind spell. Possession is described in detail in issue 19 of PSM:

After Raziel finds his way into the dark undercity complex of the vampire worshippers and defeats their high priestess, he gets the ability to project his soul energy out (as a projectile), and possess another creature. Once in the host creature's body, Raziel can perform rudimentary operations - he can move around the area, attack other creatures, and do other simple actions, like pushing blocks/objects or hitting switches. While occupying the host creature's body, Raziel's physical body goes into a protected stasis state (with an energy shield around it). Raziel can occupy the host's body indefinately, but can only stray so far from his own body. If he wanders to far away, his soul energy will start to pull out of the creature's body. If the player continues to wander away, the tenuous link is broken, and Raziel's soul returns to his body. The creature then recovers and comes back to its senses. The player can also return to Raziel's body at any time.

The control system is described in an old ability list (submitted by forum member Rabban) which seems to be a more complete version of the text published in PSM:

About 3/4 of the way through, Raziel gets the ability to project his soul energy out (as a projectile), and possess another creature. The possess "projectile" can only be manually aimed - by holding the O-button while in look-around mode, targeting a creature, and releasing the button. (The O-button only does the soul-suck when in non-look-around mode)... The player can also return to Raziel's body any time, by hitting the O button.

The Soul Reaver game engine as released is still capable of the Possession ability, but until recently there was no known reliable way of triggering the effect. Ex-Soul Reaver 2-hacker Warpsavant reported that in the Playstation version of the game, he had encountered a glitch and Raziel was replaced by a Rahabim vampire which was fully controllable and capable of swimming.

Former Kain series hacker Divine Shadow saw a similar result in Soul Reaver for the PC while experimenting with the Z-position control from the Hack Soul Reaver for the PC article; Raziel was replaced by a Zephonim vampire which had been in the room where the experiment was taking place. He was not able to control the vampire (which he named "Norman"), but he did obtain a number of screenshots of it acting out Raziel's "idle" animation. It is possible that the ability to control other creatures was never fully implemented in the PC release, as the feature became unnecessary when the final chapters of the game were removed.

Finally, Andrew Fradley's Soul Reaver Trainer - among other things - ties the Possession ability into The Debug Menu. It is still not yet possible to control the monsters, but he was able to trigger an effect where another Dumahim began attacking the one he'd possessed.

 
[ Andrew Fradley's possessed Dumahim ]
Andrew Fradley's possessed Dumahim
[ Dumahim vs Dumahim ]
Dumahim vs Dumahim
[ Dumahim vs Dumahim ]
Dumahim vs Dumahim
[ Divine Shadow's possessed Zephonim vampire ]
Divine Shadow's possessed Zephonim vampire
[ Divine Shadow's possessed Zephonim vampire ]
Divine Shadow's possessed Zephonim vampire
[ Divine Shadow's possessed Zephonim vampire ]
Divine Shadow's possessed Zephonim vampire
[ Divine Shadow's possessed Zephonim vampire ]
Divine Shadow's possessed Zephonim vampire
[ Divine Shadow's possessed Zephonim vampire ]
Divine Shadow's possessed Zephonim vampire
[ Divine Shadow's possessed Zephonim vampire ]
Divine Shadow's possessed Zephonim vampire
[ Divine Shadow's possessed Zephonim vampire ]
Divine Shadow's possessed Zephonim vampire
[ Divine Shadow's possessed Zephonim vampire ]
Divine Shadow's possessed Zephonim vampire
[ Divine Shadow's possessed Zephonim vampire ]
Divine Shadow's possessed Zephonim vampire
[ Divine Shadow's possessed Zephonim vampire ]
Divine Shadow's possessed Zephonim vampire
 
 
 
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