FAQs

What is this?
This is an interactive, graphical representation of the events in the lore of the Legacy of Kain games.
How do I control it?
Below these FAQs are the controls - I hope that I made them as self-explanitory as possible, but understand there may be some confusion.
You can change the overall orientation of the timeline using the drop-down. The timeline is, admittedly, very wide, so a vertical view may be preferential for you.
You can change what timelines are visible by clicking the appropriate checkboxes, and you can even change the colour of each timeline by clicking on the coloured square.
What do the different lines mean?
The straight solid lines indicate a linear path, aging at a rate of 1 second per second, like we do.
The curved dotted lines indicate time travel in the direction of the arrow. If it's above or to the right of the line (dependent on orientation) it means the character travelled forwards. Conversely, below or to the left indicates they travelled backwards.
A straight dotted line between timelines indicates the outcome of a paradox - the characters continually move downwards (or right) each time they change the timeline.
Help, I can't see the timeline I want to look at!
The timelines are generally written on top of one another, making them obscured. If you toggle a timeline off and then on again, it will be drawn on top of the others.
Why is this so slow?
This page uses a combination of JQuery, Knockout and JSPlumb, all of which are client-based libraries. I've tried to make things as efficient as I can. If it's still slow, then I'm afraid it's down to the horepower of your computer.
Why don't you include events from Nosgoth/Dark Sun?
The short answer is because they were never officially released.
The long answer is because, even if Dark Sun had been, it wouldn't have made sense in terms of the lore.
Kain is the Scion of Balance, presumably destined to kill the Elder God and purify the Wheel of Fate from his parasitic influence, and maybe return the world to the rule of the Ancient Vampires.
In Dark Sun, the background was that Kain killed his younger self. Not only does this go against his character, but doesn't make sense in terms of the lore - since he wouldn't grow old and be able to go back in time and kill himself, it would be an irredeemable paradox.
As such, he would be utterly expelled from time, never existing in the first place. So how would that both restore the land, and infect it with his vampires?
The release of Dark Sun would have been a travesty, transforming the series from one of the most consistent and coherent time travel narratives ever written, into an incohrent mess.
Though it's a shame for people's work to not get published and for jobs to be lost, it's still a huge relief it never saw the light of day.
Why do you think that Kain fights William in the first timeline?
I've always thought that, because the fight happens before the paradox, so I believed that only the outcome of the fight would change.
Daniel Cabuco, who is still very active in the community, said that he believed that the paradox also reaches backwards through time, so the fight might have not happened.
From this, we can say that everything that occurs during a distortion is in flux.

As a side-note, it was quite ironic that Daniel accused me of thinking of time too linearly, as it is an accusation I've levelled at quite a few people in the fandom over the past 20+ years.
In the fourth timeline, the ending of Soul Reaver 2 is 30 years before the start of Defiance. Why is there such a large gap?
It's at this point that the precision of the dates becomes far more debatable.
Some of the dates are absolutely precise, the scripts of the games being quite explicit: e.g. Having traveled forward in history 130 years, Raziel encounters the Elder God a third time" but are also sometimes quite vague.
In this specific example, Soul Reaver 2 seems to end very definitely 500 years before Kain's death (Vorador repeatedly says that Janos was killed 500 years beforehand).
Similarly, Defiance is said to start "Some years later". The game also hammers in that Kain and Raziel are separated by 500 years, Raziel being 30 years after Kains birth (hence Kain being at 470 before).
However, it does seem unlikely that Kain would hang around for 30 years, looking for Raziel.
What about the first time through the loop?
Urgh, I only include this because it's repeatedly come up ever since I entered the fandom in the mid 90s.
I believe the question derives from a fundamental mis-understanding of how time works in the games.
People who ask this question seem to be of the belief that there must be some point where the future isn't written yet, that the furthest point that can be said to exist is the present.
I firmly believe that this is never the case - time does not... unfold. It all exists as much as any bit of it. It all exists at once. The future is set, hence why fate exits.
There is no "first time through the loop", as the loop never starts and never ends.
To ask the question is to think of time in too linear a manner.

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The Ancient Vampires delcare war upon the Hylden for defying the Wheel of Fate.
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The Hylden build the Device, a machine in which to house the Mass, a creature that they intend to use in order to wipe out the vampires. It requires a network throughout Nosgoth, but the network is not completed.
Unknown
The Ancient Vampires create the Pillars of Nosgoth, resulting in the creation of the Circle of Nine, and the banishment of the Hylden to the Demon Realm.
Unknown
As revenge for their banishment, the Hylden cast a curse upon the vampires, making them immortal and sterile. The Elder God turns his back on the vampires due to their immortality. Some of the vampires commit suicide to reunite with their God.
Unknown
Janos Audron sires the first created vampire, Vorador. Vorador is made to forge the Blood Reaver.

Due to Vampires no longer being born, humans are chosen as their replacements for the Circle. Once the humans come of age they are made into vampires.
Unknown
Mortanius and Moebius rebel against their Vampire masters using a staff which disables vampiric abilities.
0500 B.K
Wraith Raziel meets Janos Audron in his Aerie. The Sarafan use the staff to disable Janos, and tear out his heart. Wraith Raziel chases them back to the Sarafan stronghold.

Vorador takes revenge upon the Sarafan for killing his master by slaughtering six of the Circle of Nine. He then humiliates Malek by defeating him in battle.

Wraith Raziel kills the Sarafan, including his Sarafan self, using the Blood Reaver.

Raziel is pulled into the Blood Reaver, creating the Soul Reaver.
0500 B.K
Wraith Raziel meets Janos Audron in his Aerie. The Sarafan use the staff to disable Janos, and tear out his heart. Wraith Raziel chases them back to the Sarafan stronghold.

Vorador takes revenge upon the Sarafan for killing his master by slaughtering six of the Circle of Nine. He then humiliates Malek by defeating him in battle.

Wraith Raziel kills the Sarafan, including his Sarafan self, using the Blood Reaver.

Kain attempts to save Raziel from being pulled into the Blood Reaver, but fails. The Soul Reaver is created.
0500 B.K
Wraith Raziel meets Janos Audron in his Aerie. The Sarafan use the staff to disable Janos, and tear out his heart. Wraith Raziel chases them back to the Sarafan stronghold.

Vorador takes revenge upon the Sarafan for killing his master by slaughtering six of the Circle of Nine. He then humiliates Malek by defeating him in battle.

Wraith Raziel kills the Sarafan, including his Sarafan self, using the Blood Reaver.

Kain manages to pull the Blood Reaver from Raziel, sparing him from his fate. Kain tries to warn Raziel not to resurrect Janos Audron.

Raziel remains in the spectral realm until 0030 A.K
Unknown
As punishment for failing to protect the Circle of Nine, Mortanius fuses Malek's soul to his armour for eternity.
0470 B.K
Kain confronts Moebius in the Sarafan Stronghold, so he can find out where Raziel is.

Kain heads to the Vampire Citadel, and sees numerous murals depicting a battle between the Vampire Messiah and the Hylden Champion.

The Elder God, claiming to be the Oracle of the Ancient Vampires, sends Kain to 0030 A.K
0020 B.K
Kain sees Moebius give William the Just the Soul Reaver. Kain then challenges William the Just to battle, but loses. He then returns to 0030 A.K
0020 B.K
Kain sees Moebius give William the Just the Soul Reaver. Kain challenges William the Just to battle, and wins, breaking William's Soul Reaver in half. He then returns to 0030 A.K
0000 A.K
Raziel meets Kain at the Pillars of Nosgoth.

Ariel, the current Balance Guardian is murdered by Mortanius. Kain is born.

Nupraptor, the Guardian of the Pillar of Mind and Ariel's lover, finds her corpse. Suspecting treachery from within the Circle, and mad with grief, Nupraptor uses is psychic link to the other Guardians to drive them mad, including the newborn Kain.

The Pillars of Nosgoth become black and corrupted.

Raziel, after talking to Vorador and finding murals prophecising the Vampire Messiah, returns to the Sarafan Stronghold. Raziel confronts Kain within William the Just's tomb.

Raziel is unable to resist the pull of the Reaver, and murders Kain.

Raziel travels to 0130 A.K.
0000 A.K
Raziel finds the broken Soul Reaver in William the Just's tomb. The Wraith Blade drains Raziel in order to repair the blade, which makes the Wraith Blade become fully aroused and ravenous.

Raziel meets Kain at the Pillars of Nosgoth.

Ariel, the current Balance Guardian is murdered by Mortanius. Kain is born.

Nupraptor, the Guardian of the Pillar of Mind and Ariel's lover, finds her corpse. Suspecting treachery from within the Circle, and mad with grief, Nupraptor uses is psychic link to the other Guardians to drive them mad, including the newborn Kain.

The Pillars of Nosgoth become black and corrupted.

Raziel, after talking to Vorador and finding murals prophecising the Vampire Messiah, returns to the Sarafan Stronghold. Raziel confronts Kain within William the Just's tomb.

Raziel is unable to resist the pull of the Reaver, and murders Kain.

Raziel travels to 0130 A.K.
0000 A.K
Raziel finds the broken Soul Reaver in William the Just's tomb. The Wraith Blade drains Raziel in order to repair the blade, which makes the Wraith Blade become fully aroused and ravenous.

Raziel meets Kain at the Pillars of Nosgoth.

Ariel, the current Balance Guardian is murdered by Mortanius. Kain is born.

Nupraptor, the Guardian of the Pillar of Mind and Ariel's lover, finds her corpse. Suspecting treachery from within the Circle, and mad with grief, Nupraptor uses is psychic link to the other Guardians to drive them mad, including the newborn Kain.

The Pillars of Nosgoth become black and corrupted.

Raziel, after talking to Vorador and finding murals prophecising the Vampire Messiah, returns to the Sarafan Stronghold. Raziel confronts Kain within William the Just's tomb.

Raziel, in order to defy fate, manages to spare Kain from his death.

Raziel travels to 0130 A.K.
0030 A.K
Kain the Nobleman is murdered by bandits, and offered a chance of revenge by Mortanius. Kain accepts, and is turned into a vampire.

Kain hunts down the bandits, and murders them. He is told that the bandits were being controlled by the Circle of Nine, and so he goes on a quest for vengeance against them.

Kain murders Nupraptor at his Keep, Bane and DeJoule at Dark Eden. Vorador removes Malek's helmet from his armour, essentially killing him.

Kain kills Azimuth, and finds a Time Streaming Device. He forges and alliance with King Ottmar of Willendorf, and takes him to war against the armies of the Nemesis. This is the Battle of the Last Stand. King Ottmar gets killed on the battlefield, and Kain uses the time streaming device, travelling to 0020 B.K.
0030 A.K
Kain the Nobleman is murdered by bandits, and offered a chance of revenge by Mortanius. Kain accepts, and is turned into a vampire.

Kain hunts down the bandits, and murders them. He is told that the bandits were being controlled by the Circle of Nine, and so he goes on a quest for vengeance against them.

Kain murders Nupraptor at his Keep, Bane and DeJoule at Dark Eden. Vorador removes Malek's helmet from his armour, essentially killing him.

Kain kills Azimuth, and finds a Time Streaming Device. He forges and alliance with King Ottmar of Willendorf, and takes him to war against the armies of the Nemesis. This is the Battle of the Last Stand. King Ottmar gets killed on the battlefield, and Kain uses the time streaming device, travelling to 0020 B.K.

Kain returns to find that William's death has provoked a genocidal war against vampires lead by Moebius.

Moebius executes Vorador.

Kain kills Moebius, then returns to the Pillars. Mortanius kills Anacrothe, then transforms into a monster due to his being possessed for so long by the Hylden Lord.

Kain kills Mortanius, and learns that he is the Balance Guardian. Kain refuses to sacrifice himself to restore balance, and the Pillars collapse.
0030 A.K
Kain the Nobleman is murdered by bandits, and offered a chance of revenge by Mortanius. Kain accepts, and is turned into a vampire.

Kain hunts down the bandits, and murders them. He is told that the bandits were being controlled by the Circle of Nine, and so he goes on a quest for vengeance against them.

Kain murders Nupraptor at his Keep, Bane and DeJoule at Dark Eden. Vorador removes Malek's helmet from his armour, essentially killing him.

Kain kills Azimuth, and finds a Time Streaming Device. He forges and alliance with King Ottmar of Willendorf, and takes him to war against the armies of the Nemesis. This is the Battle of the Last Stand. King Ottmar gets killed on the battlefield, and Kain uses the time streaming device, travelling to 0020 B.K.

Raziel escapes from the Elder God. Using the souls of the Vampire Guardians of the Pillars, he imbues the Wraith Blade with permanent elemental powers.

His search for the Heart of Darkness takes him to Avernus Cathedral, where he finds some underground tunnels. Within these tunnels he sees murals of the Hylden Champion, and wanders which side he is actually meant to represent.

Raziel kills Turel, who was possessed by Hylden and being worshipped as Hash'Ak'Gik.

Kain rushes to Avernus to talk with Raziel, but they end up fighting. Raziel rips the Heart of Darkness from Kain's chest, and throws him into an open portal.

Raziel returns to Vorador's mansion to find that Moebius has caught Vorador and is going to execute him.

Using the Heart of Darkness, Raziel resurrects Janos Audron, who is also confused as to Raziel's role. Janos teleports them both to the Vampire Citadel, and tells Raziel to activate the forge at it's centre.

Kain returns to find that William's death has provoked a genocidal war against vampires lead by Moebius.

Moebius executes Vorador.

Kain kills Moebius, then returns to the Pillars. Mortanius kills Anacrothe, then transforms into a monster due to his being possessed for so long by the Hylden Lord.

Kain kills Mortanius, and learns that he is the Balance Guardian. Kain refuses to sacrifice himself to restore balance, and the Pillars collapse.

Raziel, having activated the forge that calls the souls of every Balance Guardian to it, and having purified the Wraith Blade, returns to Janos.

As the Pillars collapse, the Hylden Lord possesses Janos Audron. He then defeats Raziel.

Raziel's soul returns to the forge, and the Elder God resurrects Moebius, telling him to return to the forge.

Kain wakes up in the Demon Realm, but escapes. He returns to the Vampire Citadel, and goes to the forge.

Kain kills Moebius, again. Raziel reaves Moebius' soul, killing him for good. Realising his destiny, he possesses Moebius' corpse, and is impaled upon the Blood Reaver by Kain.

Raziel goes into the Blood Reaver, creating the Soul Reaver, and sentencing himself to thousands of years of torment.

The Wraith Blade disperses into Kain, purifying him of all corruption, allowing him to see the Elder God, and freeing itself from thousands of years of torment.

Kain defeats the Elder God, and leaves.
0130 A.K
Raziel activates some temporary forges, is taunted by an illusion of Moebius, and sees more murals.

Raziel travels to 0500 B.K.
Unknown
Vorador is resurrected.
0230 A.K
Kain, using an army created by Vorador, tries to take over Nosgoth. The Sarafan/Hylden Lord defeats Kain, putting him into a coma for 200 years, and steals the Soul Reaver.
0430 A.K
Kain wakes up from his coma. He destroys the Mass using it's creator's blood, and rescues Janos who had been used as food for it.

Janos gets thrown into the Demon Realm by the Hylden Lord. Kain kills the Hylden Lord, closes the gate to the Demon Realm, and takes back the Soul Reaver.
0500 A.K
Kain resurrects the Sarafan Priests Raziel, Turel, Dumah, Rahab, Zephon, and Melchiah as vampires, turning them into his lieutenants.
1500 A.K
Raziel shows his wings to Kain. Knowing what he has to do, Kain tears out Raziel's wings, and has him thrown into the Lake of the Dead.
Unknown
Raziel awakens in the Spectral Realm and, coerced by the Elder God, kills Melchiah, Zephon, Rahab and Dumah.

Raziel confronts Kain in the Chronoplast chamber, and chases him through the portal, arriving in 0000 A.K.