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The Elemental Reaver Forges

article by Ben Lincoln

 

Soul Reaver was originally designed with six Forges which would give Raziel The Elemental Reavers upgrades. When the Reaver upgrades were deleted from the game, so were the corresponding Forges.

There is very little imagery available of the deleted Forges, or information on where they would have been located in the game world. The "Salvation, Revelation, Deceit" preview video includes a brief shot of the Water Reaver Forge (notice the splashing water at Raziel's feet).

Several prerelease screenshots appear to depict the Sunlight Reaver Forge, which seems to have been modified into the coloured light puzzle in the Chronoplast. It is believed that the stained glass image in the "chapel" room (of a vampire being slain with a sword radiating sunbeams) was originally designed as the breakable doorway to the Sunlight Reaver Forge, due to its stylistic resemblance to the Fire Forge's doorway in prerelease versions of the game.

A fountain in the Citadel may be a repurposed version of the Water Reaver Forge.

Several pieces of music available on the Soundtracks page in the Soul Reaver file have titles which are related to the deleted Forges in that they appear to be named after the location where a Reaver would have been obtained: "Cathedral Reaver" and "Tomb Reaver". It is also possible that "Tomb Reaver" is a tongue-in-cheek reference to Tomb Raider, but as neither track is used in the final game and the Sunlight Reaver Forge is suspected of being located in or near the "chapel"/Sarafan Tomb area this seems unlikely.

 
[ This image (contributed by Lisa) depicts an unknown Forge ]
This image (contributed by Lisa) depicts an unknown Forge
[ An early version of the Fire Forge entrance ]
An early version of the Fire Forge entrance
[ This window is believed to have been the entrance to the Sunlight Forge ]
This window is believed to have been the entrance to the Sunlight Forge
[ The final version of the Fire Forge entrance ]
The final version of the Fire Forge entrance
[ The Sunlight Reaver Forge ]
The Sunlight Reaver Forge
[ The Sunlight Reaver Forge ]
The Sunlight Reaver Forge
[ The Water Reaver Forge ]
The Water Reaver Forge
[ The Water Reaver Forge ]
The Water Reaver Forge
[ This fountain may have begun its life as part of the Water Reaver Forge ]
This fountain may have begun its life as part of the Water Reaver Forge
[ The Water Reaver Forge ]
The Water Reaver Forge
 
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