What’s your favorite lore moment in any Blizzard game?
To this day, I love the moment in Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls where you discover that the King of Westmarch has been deposed and murdered by one of his noblemen during the Reaper invasion of the city. As a result, one of Sanctuary’s most powerful nations is effectively headless while killer angels are murdering everyone. It’s told through several quests that set up the whole situation, with you coming in as an outsider too late to do anything but avenge the king, and you learn a great deal about the political situation in Westmarch from that questline. It’s typically dark — I mean, it’s a Diablo questline, of course it is — with the King dying because he tried to trust someone to help him confront the Reapers.
It’s not a major thing. It’s certainly not as important as the whole “Malthael is killing everyone” storyline. But it does a great job of bringing a bit of world detail to the game, showing you a glimpse of the kind of ruinous behavior that’s a bit of a shock of verisimilitude. I don’t know about you, but I find it really easy to believe people would be ruinously self destructive out of spite in exactly this way after the past few months — and it really carries an emotional charge.
So let’s talk about what story moments or lore beats you remember the most, be it Diablo or Warcraft or StarCraft or Overwatch. What cinematic, or questline, or even short story or novel do you still think about in terms of these favorite games of ours? Is it Tychus Findlay and his role? Maybe it’s Kerrigan, watching the Zerg come for her? Or watching the kids who would one day grow up to be the big figures at the Scarlet Monastery run around in the past of Southshore? What’s your favorite lore moment in any Blizzard game or franchise?
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