The Legacy of Kain series deals pretty freely in immortality. Actually, this is one of its better points — many of the ancient characters in the series feel old.

That’s almost reason enough to play the games.

Immortality introduces a lot of problems, particularly with regard to character knowledge. There are a number of characters throughout the series who may or may not be omniscient as well. Fate is a prominent theme throughout.

The immortality of the player characters is an important part of reconciling ‘player character death’ in the series — Kain never truly dies, only returns to his crypt to recover, and Raziel is destroyed countless times only to recorporate in the Spectral Realm — Raziel spends thousands of years as a specter.

The Elder God, a prominent antagonist in the series, is regarded as timeless. In addition to being a supreme telepath and mind-reader, he appears to perceive every moment of his existence in the present. Pretty heady stuff.

“Conditional” immortality exists in a few forms as well — the ancient vampires, primarily Janos Audron, and presumably Vorador to a lesser extent — may be revived from a state of decapitation or — uh, fancy name for having one’s still-beating heart carved from their chest.

It’s even explained in Blood Omen 2 that the Hylden were rendered immortal through The Binding, though their immortality isn’t explored in-depth.

Additionally, the Pillar Guardians are shown to be, if not immortal, then long-lived in the extreme. Moebius has seen several attempts to exterminate the vampires in his lifetime, having personally led at least two of the purges.

Even weaker vampires shown in the “Soul Reaver Era” are merely stunned by attacks that would kill a human. You must perform a coup de grace quickly or they’ll get up and start battering you again.

Finally, reincarnation features as a prominent theme. Kain is “reborn” as a vampire in the beginning of Blood Omen, and then Raziel emerges from the Underworld as a wraith in Soul Reaver.

The series’ main vampire antagonists — Turel, Dumah, Rahab, Zephon, and Melchiah — are all “remade” as vampires after their deaths.

The Elder God carries on about the “Wheel of Fate,” which is described as the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth of all mortal souls. Only vampires appear exempt from this process, their souls “stagnating” within their flesh.

Immortality is essential to the Legacy of Kain story. Many characters expressly witness the resolution of a prophesy centuries after its telling.