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The Elemental Reavers

article by Ben Lincoln

 

Soul Reaver's original design included an Elemental Reaver upgrade corresponding to each of the Glyphs - with the exception of the Force Glyph - including the deleted The Spirit Glyph. These enhancements would have been obtained in The Elemental Reaver Forges, which were also removed from the game before release.

These upgrades would have been based on the elements which are lethal to vampires in the world of Nosgoth. They were intended to function similarly to the Fire Reaver; for example, Raziel would have been able to imbue the Reaver from any of the shafts of sunlight or any of the sources of water that appear in the game.

Issue 19 of PSM featured a list of all of the Reavers planned for inclusion in the game:

Reaver Effect
Sunlight The first blow stuns, the second kills in a flash that blinds/stuns nearby enemies.
Water The first blow stuns, the second kills through burning with water. The projectile burns enemies with water.
Stone The first blow stuns/temporarily petrifies, the second shatters the enemy and has area-effect damage.
Fire One blow burns the enemy to death, as does the projectile.
Sound One blow shatters the enemy, as does the projectile.
Spirit One blow destroys the enemy, as does the projectile.
Amplified Encompasses the abilities of all other Reavers.

The Fire Reaver is of course the only enhancement which can be earned in the final version of the game. However, partially-completed versions of most of the others can be enabled either through hacking (see Hack Soul Reaver for the PC) or The Debug Menu. The retail game does not seem to include the Spirit or Stone Reavers, but imagery of at least one additional Reaver was obtained from a pre-release version of Soul Reaver and is available at the end of this article.

The brilliant green Reaver is believed to be the Spirit Reaver, as the guide published by PSM indicates it would have been imbued directly from enemies' souls - which use the same colour scheme.

The yellow Reaver is suspected of being the Stone Reaver, but may be an early version of The Ariel Reaver. It is also possible that it is technically both; there is no other Reaver with a stonelike colour scheme, but when it was deleted from the game it could have been decided to use it as a stand-in for the weapon Raziel obtains in The Death of Ariel FMV.

Like The Ariel Reaver and The Amplified Reaver, the deleted Elemental Reavers have no special abilities when activated in the retail game. Most of them do not have functional projectile attacks, and they cannot be imbued from elemental sources.

The concept of elemental Reaver upgrades went on to be used in Soul Reaver 2 (which has its own set of Deleted Elemental Reavers) and Defiance, although the elements in those games are of a more traditional type. It should also be noted that Defiance's Spirit Reaver is more similar in concept to The Ariel Reaver than the Spirit Reaver from this game.

 
[ An early version of the Fire Reaver ]
An early version of the Fire Reaver
[ An early version of the Fire Reaver ]
An early version of the Fire Reaver
[ The final version of the Fire Reaver ]
The final version of the Fire Reaver
[ The Sound Reaver ]
The Sound Reaver
[ The Sound Reaver ]
The Sound Reaver
[ The Sound Reaver ]
The Sound Reaver
[ The Sound Reaver ]
The Sound Reaver
[ The Spectral Reaver, for comparison ]
The Spectral Reaver, for comparison
[ The Spirit Reaver ]
The Spirit Reaver
[ The Spirit Reaver ]
The Spirit Reaver
[ The Stone Reaver, the Ariel Reaver, or both ]
The Stone Reaver, the Ariel Reaver, or both
[ The Sunlight Reaver ]
The Sunlight Reaver
[ The Sunlight Reaver ]
The Sunlight Reaver
[ The Material Reaver, for comparison ]
The Material Reaver, for comparison
[ The Water Reaver ]
The Water Reaver
 
Audio Reconstruction
File Size Author
The Elemental Reaver Forges 263 KiB CD/TLW
Based on unused audio extracted from Soul Reaver and arranged by Ben Lincoln.
 
Video
File Size Author
Deleted Reavers 30 MiB Ben Lincoln
Based on video footage captured from several hacked versions of Soul Reaver.
 
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