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Diablo > Know Your LoreNov 5, 2018 4:00 pm CT

Want to know Diablo’s lore? We have such horrors to show you

With Diablo Immortal on the horizon, we’re going to get a look at the big gap of 20 or so years between the end of Diablo 2 and the start of Diablo 3. How did New Tristram get started? What happened in Westmarch to get the citizens on the verge of revolt? Why did Malthael go crazy?

A lot of this is stuff nobody knows outside of the folks at Blizzard working on the new game — it’s lore we’ll see revealed to us over time as the game comes out. But we here at Blizzard Watch have been paying attention to Diablo lore from the beginning, and we’ve covered quite a few of the details that are currently available. So, if you want to refresh yourself on the Diablo series and its lore, we have a roundup post here for you.

The History

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  • Diablo, the Lord of Terror — There’s a reason the whole game series is named after this particular member of the Greater Evils.
  • Diablo, Lord of Terror, in Tristram — The events of the original game from Diablo’s perspective.
  • Diablo and the Dark Wanderer — If you were wondering what Diablo got up to in Diablo 2, this post covers that game.
  • Imperius and the Nephalem — What happened between the Archangel of Valor and the Nephalem in Diablo 3? Quite a lot.
  • The Horadrim — A secretive sect of wizards and occultists out to save Sanctuary from the Evils of the Burning Hells, sure. But who are they? Where are they from, what do they do, and what happened to them?

  • The Mystery of the Crusaders — Where did they come from? Where did they go? Why are they back now, and what are they after?
  • Lilith, the Mother of the Nephalem — Demon. Co-creator of Sanctuary. Daughter of Mephisto. There’s a lot to know about Lilith.
  • Khanduras — The nation of Khanduras is where Tristram is, so it’s where all of Diablo happened, and we’ve seen it again in Diablo 3. Come read about how the Lord of Terror made his return.
  • The Burning Hells — Where demons come from, and where the Greater and Lesser Evils plot and scheme to end the Eternal Conflict in their favor.
  • Malthael, the Archangel of Wisdom — Even the best can go bad. Once the head of the Angiris Council, now self-proclaimed Angel of Death, what made Malthael turn on his own? What made him decide to destroy humanity?

The Speculation

  • The loose ends of the Diablo Story — What happened to Leah’s soul? Is Covetous Shen more than he appears? How many Nephalem are there? All this and a lot more that we hope gets at least some explanation soon.
  • What do we expect to see in Diablo 4 — Nope, still haven’t given up on this. There’s a ton of things we could get in the next installment of the Diablo series.
  • What is Trag’oul — Seriously, what is it? How did it talk to Rathma? What does it want, what can it actually do?
  • The Inheritors of Anu — Someone had to clean this messed up universe up, and it might just have to be us.

Okay, that’s a comprehensive wrap-up of our Diablo lore coverage, and it shows us some surprising gaps that ye humble writer will attempt to fill — like, say, Tyrael, or any of the other Greater or Lesser Evils, or the other nations of Sanctuary just for starters. As Diablo Immortal ramps up, our coverage of the world of Sanctuary and beyond will as well, because we’re going to have all sorts of new lore to talk about. I’m very excited.

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