Blood Omen: Battle Artefacts

In Blood Omen these were objects that Kain could collect to aid him in combat, helping him to survive as he travelled through Nosgoth. He could carry a maximum of ninety-nine of each artefact, and every one had a corresponding Spirit Forge.

The Heart of Darkness
The Heart of Darkness Kain's Quote: "Reputed to have been ripped from the chest of the greatest vampire to have ever existed, Janos Audron, the Heart of Darkness restores vampiric unlife. Life is precious, Janos discovered - as it was torn throbbing and bleeding from his own body."
If Kain possessed a Heart of Darkness, it would instantly revive him if he was defeated by his enemies. He could use the Heart of Darkness artefacts at any time to improve his health, adding the blood of the hearts to his own blood vial.

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Flay Kain's Quote: "These curious devices hurl bolts of whirling energy and eviscerate my human enemies by stripping ragged flesh from bloodstained bone."
Flay artefacts were projectiles that homed in on an enemy, then ripped the flesh from its bones.

Implode Kain's Quote: "Of all the methods I employ, this is perhaps the cruellest, causing my victim's body to shrink on itself, crushing bones and rupturing organs 'til the pressure inside bursts the sac of fleshy skin, spraying its contents for all to see."
If these projectiles struck an enemy, their body rapidly compressed. The remains exploded when the internal pressure became too great to be contained.

Slow Time
Slow Time Kain's Quote: "At times, my magic extends into very exotic disciplines such as the manipulation of time. I am able to slow time down, so I can move about quick as a wolf, while all others move as though they were mired in mud."
Slow Time artefacts worked like a spell. All enemies and creatures in the area moved at a quarter of their normal speed for a limited time.

Font of Putrescence
Font of Putrescence Kain's Quote: "Should this object strike an enemy, rot and decay would instantly eat their flesh, and leave only a pool of blood and tissue. For a time after, the toxins are still active, and therefore lethal to the touch."
These artefacts were homing projectiles that caused enemies to decompose upon contact. The pool left by their dissolved bodies acted as a trap, promising the same fate to anyone that stood in it.

Pentaliche of Tarot
Pentaliche of Tarot Kain's Quote: "A medley of death and evisceration. Let fate choose my enemy's demise."
The Tarot randomly picked how Kain's enemies would die. There were five different outcomes that could be dealt, and it killed all assailants who were in close proximity to Kain. From observation, it appeared that the five outcomes were as follows:
  1. Flay
  2. Dissolve (Font of Putrescence)
  3. Implode
  4. Explode into lots of tiny bits (like Flay, but with no skeleton left)
  5. Exploding dismemberment (bigger bits left than 4, like when the Soul Reaver was used)

Anti-Toxin Kain's Quote: "This cleanses my body of any dangerous poisons. Quite useful, with all the filth I find myself surrounded by..."
If Kain became poisoned, Anti-Toxin was the cure. These artefacts were particularly useful around Dark Eden, where Kain was frequently poisoned by the mutant inhabitants.

Energy Bank
Energy Bank Kain's Quote: "When conjured, the Energy Bank permits me access to mass amounts of magical energy for a brief period of time. However, when the moment passes, I will be drained of all magic, unable to cast even the simplest of spells."
These artefacts filled Kain's magic reserves for a while, but when their effect faded, Kain was left with no magical energy at all. Despite this disadvantage, the Energy Banks were valuable for use with the Soul Reaver. They ensured Kain had the magical energy needed for the sword to show its full potential.

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