Now we come to the problem that got me really thinking about all the weird magic and time travel paradoxes and whatnot in the Legacy of Kain series.

When the winged race that would become vampires — I refer to them as the “winged race” in all my notes because didn’t begin their existence as vampires and I think it’s inappropriate to refer to them as such — cast down the Hylden, they were cursed with vampirism. A very “special” kind of vampirism.

Three primary effects are described of the Blood Curse:
– It causes immortality by binding the soul to flesh.
– It afflicts the winged race with “sterility.”
– It afflicts them with a “predatory blood-thirst.”

It was said that the Hylden retaliated with the Blood Curse when the winged race banished them from the world — I have a problem with this.

When, exactly, did the Hylden “retaliate” with the Blood Curse?

After they were banished from the world? Do you see my problem?

How did they curse the winged race after being banished from the world? I just don’t buy it — not to any reasonable extent. If there were a divine entity involved, I might give it a pass — but the Hylden worshiped no gods.

As shown in Blood Omen 2, the Hylden revered technology — around which the creatively named “Device” and “Mass” were based. They’re apparently responsible for Glyph Magic as well but it fails to work when Raziel travels into Nosgoth’s past, suggesting an altogether less-than-magical power source.

The kind of “magic” responsible for afflicting an entire race of people is uncharacteristic of the Hylden — not to mention there was no opportunity for them to do it before being banished to another plane of existence.

Did they launch the Blood Curse from the Demon Dimension? No — the most magical thing we seen the Hylden do is cross back into Nosgoth via Astral Projection or somesuch, to possess corpses the same way Raziel does.

Also, I guess they can generate an anti-psionics field but whatever.

Then there’s the question of what the Blood Curse was intended to do, how it served as “revenge.” In being “cursed” with immortality, the winged race “fell from grace,” and was cut off from the Elder God’s influence.

This implies that the Hylden knew of the existence of the Elder God, or were colluding with him somehow — they somehow knew that by rendering their enemies immortal, the Elder God would stop talking to them.

I’m sorry, what? What?

Your plan to ruin your enemies involves gifting them with immortality. Gifting them with immortality. Making them live forever. Immortality. Immortality. IMMORTALITY. What are the Hylden, stupid? People don’t work that way!

Two Words: Cultural. Revolution.

Confronted with sudden apostasy, a race of fanatical religious zealots would splinter into factions where some would do the whole descend-into-madness thing, some of them would go into exile, some of them would slaughter each other, and some of them would simply accept it and keep living.

Finally — and this is based somewhat on an absence of evidence, and a bit on speculation — the Hylden never claim responsibility for the Blood Curse.

If the Blood Curse were really as decisive as all that — being more or less responsible for the ironic downfall of the entire race of winged people — the Hylden would be congratulating themselves on it for eternity.

They would never shut up about it.

Every. Single. Time. Kain or Raziel was confronted by one of the Hylden, the smug jerks would seize the opportunity to chortle over the great cosmic prank they pulled which accomplished genocide. Talk about a killing joke!


With all this in mind, I will offer my own explanation for what went down.