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Diablo > LoreAug 20, 2019 5:00 pm CT

Catch up on Diablo lore with our rundown of the many horrors of Sanctuary

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 (hopefully) 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 story of Diablo series — lore that Blizzard started building back in 1996 — we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about the world of Sanctuary and beyond.

The origins of the Diablo universe

  • Diablo’s Creation Story — How did this all get started? Where do all these demons and angels come from? Who are Tathemet and Anu and why do they matter?
  • The start of Sanctuary — The origins of the world humans call home in the Diablo setting.
  • The History of the Nephalem — You’ve heard the word used to describe your hero when playing Diablo 3, but what does it mean? Are Nephalem just really strong humans?
  • The Nephalem Rises — Some speculation about how the Nephalem could change Diablo forever.

Meet the main cast

  • 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, the Archangel of Valor — He doesn’t like us much, but he really hates demons.
  • Imperius and the Nephalem — What happened between the Archangel of Valor and the Nephalem in Diablo 3? Quite a lot.
  • 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?
  • Lilith, the Mother of the Nephalem — Demon. Co-creator of Sanctuary. Daughter of Mephisto. There’s a lot to know about Lilith.
  • The Angiris Council — The angels of the Angiris Council may be on a quest to destroy demons, but that doesn’t make them friends of Sanctuary.
  • 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 game’s current storyline

The classes of the Diablo universe

The geography of Sanctuary

  • 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.

What’s next for Diablo?

This isn’t quite all of the Diablo story, but it’s a good place to start — particularly if you want to be up to date on what’s going on when Diablo Immortal or Diablo 4 finally make their debut.

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