Every LoK-fan knows for a long time, that Blood Omen is a treasury of many secrets. Out of all Legacy-of-Kain games, it is Blood Omen that has lots of secret locations, gameplay ruses and just interesting things, which are hidden at the first glance. Years have passed and so Blood Omen secrets gradually revealed: All of the 100 secrets marked in the status have been dug out, Futhark runes have been found and translated, powerful Lightning spell has struck many times, and even a trick with bringing a citizen to the Spirit Forge has been found and utilized. It seemed that everything, that can be found in Blood Omen is indeed found. But it turned out that the game contains at least one more secret.
I think, many of you has heard of the Blood Omnicide – a project to recreate Blood Omen in 3D format (see this tread for more info http://forums.eidosgames.com/showthread.php?t=97320 or visit Blood Omnicide page http://legacy-of-kain.ru/bo1/omnicide_eng.shtml). It’s leader, VorteX was just doing nessesary work on the project by looking for building roof’s textures, when he suddenly discovered a strange entrance in one of the buildings. The first strange thing about this entrance was it’s disposition on the back of the building, which in Blood Omen leads to impossibility to see it. The second strange thing about it was that it was accessible only via usage of “walk through walls” ability of a trainer. The entrance leads inside the building, where a portal is situated.
Building itself is situated in Vasserbünde town. According to signboard on the building it is a tavern, belonging to captain Bitter. And so comes the main question: is Bitter the name of a captain or of its… SHIP
Because a portal inside the building leads strait to the very real naval ship. Including masts, cannons and pirates – the full house. An inscription on a starboard claims that this ship is in fact H.M.C.S. Bitter
(Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship, which plays on the fact that Silicon Knights studio is situated in Ontario). The ship itself is a ferocious power with its 36 cannons (which presumably makes it a Frigate)
It’s easy to imagine bloodthirsty cutthroat corsairs, roaming the sea on it and pillaging on each fat merchant ship they meet. Moreover, smoking canons and pieces of a debris in water suggest that the ship has just been through a naval battle.
On a ship’s bridge there’s another portal, leading to…
Probably the very same ship but in the FUTURE.(Or more prosaic - that's just another ship? but that ain't so much fun) It appears someone has finally sunk the mighty H.M.C.S. Bitter. The remains of it’s crew with chests filled with treasures are rowing to the shore on a rowboat. The shore itself is due North, while at the sothern end of this location, there’s a path blocked with a debris and big boulders.(A piece of advise if you want to visit these locations: do it after you get Kain’s Spirit Form, cause you’ll have to get over water barrier.)
Both locations contain large number of Hearts of Darkness and other Artifacts. Also there’s many pirates and knife-throwers on decks. On the northern shore there’s a gravedigger, which suggests that he’s digging graves for a dead sailors, cast up on the shore.
We can only guess of a true story of the ship. We know it’s fate, but alas – all the rest of it’s story is covered with mist. Was it named after captain Bitter or did it’s captain name hisa tavern after his own ship? Or maybe he was so arrogant, he named the ship after himself? And that arrogance ultimately led to his demise? What precedes and what followed? What’s the cause and what’s the consequence? Where’s the future and where’s the past?
There’s no answer. Legacy of Kain series always has a certain time entanglement as well as all in all philosophical view of Time and causality. One thing we know for sure: after 13 years since it’s release, Blood Omen can still surprise us. And that alone is astonishing and great.
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