The original Sarafan Order were an sect of fanatical warriors dedicated to the extermination of the ‘vampire plague’. They massacred and decimated the vampiric clans of Nosgoth, and were at their peak of bastardness when they slowly tortured and murdered the benign and passive Janos Audron. Shortly after the order was hit with a fatal blow that destroyed most of the leadership, Melchiah, Zephon, Rahab, Dumah, Turel and Raziel, the Head Sarafan Inquisitors, were all murdered in their own stronghold. The murderer was, as Soul Reaver 2™ reveals, the time-streaming soul-devouring wonder-boy Raziel. However, at the time no one knew this and Lieutenant Columbo is conducting his own investigation into the matter.
With the leadership all but gone, the damned wraith of Malek took the Sarafan Elite to his isolated bastion in the North, and for the most part the Sarafan Order disbanded to become a footnote in history.
Malek kept the Sarafan Elite as virtual prisoners, forcing them to undergo gruelling exhausting training exercises, obsessively trying to create a perfect Sarafan army to hunt down and destroy the vampire Vorador who humiliated him in ages past. Those who didn’t meet his impossibly high standards met with death, but as his numbers of soldiers dwindled, Malek grew more deranged, unstable and obsessive. He began experimenting with soul-machines and armour, trying to reproduce the spell Mortanius had cast upon him. Eventually, he met with success and forced the his remaining human troops to undergo the painful transformation procedure. In the process, Malek strived finally to create the perfect soldier, removing that which could be distracting, emotions, instincts, and simply programming them with the directive to kill Vampires.
As Kain destroyed all of the soul-machines in the bastion, the lifeless troops, for lack of a better word, died. Malek’s obsessive behaviour had been his downfall long before Kain was born.
Furious, events soon allowed his anger to be vented. A final confrontation between him and the first Vorador took place, a confrontation the Paladin lost, although how exactly this legendary defeat occurred is lost to history.
The Sarafan Order was dead.
Disbanding the Meridian Senate, the Sarafan Lord increased the role of the Sarafan making them the supreme army of Nosgoth. Meridian became a military state, controlled by the corrupt and powerful Sarafan Knights, and began to expand the Sarafan Empire into the surrounding cities of Nosgoth. A massive fleet of Sarafan Warships were constructed using the newly-discovered Glyph magic, twenty Imperial Sarafan Destroyers, each two miles long, and the flagship, the Super Sarafan Destroyer, a sixteen-miles-long floating armed city. Surrounding Nosgoth could offer no real opposition, the superior technology of warships, glyphlasers and glyphshields were too advanced. Eventually, most of Nosgoth came under the control of the Sarafan Lord and his armies of Sarafan Stormtroopers.
Blood Omen 2™ revealed that the real power behind the revived Sarafan Order was the Hylden. With Nosgoth’s humans subjected to strict laws, of which the penalty for non-compliance was death, the Hylden were free to finish constructing the first Device. However, Kain’s revival was unexpected and unplanned for. The vampire destroyed the central component to the Device, the Mass, and collapsed the Hylden Gate. The Sarafan Lord was killed in the collapse, but was revived instantly and ordered the entire Sarafan fleet to intercept Kain and stop him once and for all.
As Kain is sent back into Nosgoth’s past, the Sarafan Lord on the bridge of the Super Sarafan Destroyer orders his vessel to follow. The hole in time seals behind it, leaving the Sarafan Empire of Meridian without a leader or the flagship.
Though with a Super Sarafan Destroyer with tens of thousands of fanatical Sarafan Troops in Nosgoth’s past, anything could happen. They could even be responsible for creating the original Sarafan Order in the first place.
Pfff. As if things weren’t complicated enough.