Diablo® III

Diablo 3 story/lore so far...

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Inspired by Sixen's SC2 thread, I feel we should have a place to compile all the D3 lore especially for new comers :)

Diablo I and II Lore
Diablo 1 Manual
http://ftp.blizzard.com/pub/misc/diablo.PDF

Diablo 2 Manual
http://ftp.blizzard.com/pub/misc/Diablo%20II%20Manual.pdf

Diablo 2 - Lord of Destruction Manual
http://ftp.blizzard.com/pub/misc/Diablo%20II%20-%20Lord%20of%20Destruction.pdf

The Arreat Summit
http://classic.battle.net/diablo2exp/


Diablo 3 General Lore
Deckard Cain's Journal
http://us.blizzard.com/diablo3/world/lore/journal.xml

Diablo 3 Timeline
http://us.blizzard.com/diablo3/world/timeline.xml


Sanctuary
Borderlands: http://us.blizzard.com/diablo3/world/environments/borderlands.xml

Caldeum: http://us.blizzard.com/diablo3/world/environments/caldeum.xml

New Tristam: http://us.blizzard.com/diablo3/world/environments/tristram.xml

Tristam Cathedral: http://us.blizzard.com/diablo3/world/dungeons/tristramcathedral.xml


Classes
Barbarian
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/class/barbarian/

Demon Hunter
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/class/demon-hunter/

Monk
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/class/monk/

Witch Doctor
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/class/witch-doctor/

Wizard
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/class/wizard/


Force Lore Videos
Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ghu8RzsWvs&feature=relmfu

Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pg5EhW_ac5g&feature=relmfu
Edited by Archer on 9/25/2011 9:26 AM PDT
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Literature

Diablo: Legacy of Blood
by Richard A. Knack
Soldier of fortune Norrec Vizharan stumbles across the ancient and cursed armor of Bartuc, the Warlord of Blood, and now, it is channeling a malevolent power into Norrec's tortured soul. Norrec must fight to control the bloodlust that holds him in its sway, while he struggles to learn the terrible truth about the curse of Bartuc.
http://us.blizzard.com/store/details.xml?id=110000097

Diablo: The Black Road
by Mel Odom
Darrick Lang is coming home. Years ago he left the town of Bramwell to walk the wide world as a soldier of fortune and champion of the realm. But Bramwell is not as he left it. Something dark and terrifying has ensnared the townsfolk, something very old and very patient, tangling innocents in a web of malice and profaning the very earth itself. Now that same power calls to Darrick...and his only hope may be to walk the same perilous path of damnation.
http://us.blizzard.com/store/details.xml?id=110000032

Diablo: The Kingdom of Shadow
by Richard A. Knack
gend speaks of a long-dead city known as Ureh, thought by many to have been a gateway to the High Heavens. It is believed that every two thousand years, when the stars align and the shadow of Mount Nymyr falls upon the ruins, Ureh is reborn -- and all its lost riches are revealed to those brave enough to seek them out.
Now, after a lifetime of research and intense calculation, the Vizjerei sorcerer, Quov Tsin, has come to witness Ureh's rebirth for himself. But that which awaits Tsin and his hired band of mercenaries is nothing like what they expected. They will find that the dream of radiant Ureh is, in fact, a twisted nightmare of horror -- one that will draw them inexorably into The Kingdom of Shadow.

http://us.blizzard.com/store/details.xml?id=110000095

Diablo: Moon of the Spider
by Richard A. Knack
Driven by nightmares to the ruins of a mysterious tomb, Lord Aldric Jitan hopes to awaken a terrible evil that has slept since the fall of Tristram. Drawn by the growing darkness in the land, the enigmatic Necromancer, Zayl, stumbles upon Jitan's plot -- unaware that one of his own brethren has set these dire events in motion. Now, as the celestial Moon of the Spider rises, the nefarious demon, Astrogha, prepares to unleash his minions upon the world of Sanctuary.
http://us.blizzard.com/store/details.xml?id=110000030

Diablo Archive
Compilation containing Legacy of Blood, The Long Road, Kingdom of Shadow and Demonsbane (by Robert B. Marks).
http://us.blizzard.com/store/details.xml?id=1100000247

The Sin War 1: Birthright
by Richard A. Knack
Since the beginning of time, the angelic forces of the High Heavens and the demonic hordes of the Burning Hells have been locked in an eternal conflict for the fate of all Creation. That struggle has now spilled over into Sanctuary -- the world of men. Determined to win mankind over to their respective causes, the forces of good and evil wage a secret war for mortal souls -- a conflict that will forever change the destiny of man. The Sin War trilogy lays out the basic foundation for the lore of the Diablo universe -- a must-read for gamers and fiction fans alike.
http://us.blizzard.com/store/details.xml?id=110000093

The Sin War 2: Scales of the Serpent
by Richard A. Knack
Bent on destroying the evil cult of the Triune, Uldyssian does not yet suspect that Inarius -- secret Prophet of the Cathedral of Light -- has been subtly aiding his quest. Obsessed with restoring Sanctuary to its former glory, Inarius has been playing Uldyssian against the two great religions in a reckless attempt to topple them both. But another player has slipped back into the equation. The demon Lilith, once Inarius's lover, seeks to use Uldyssian as her own pawn in a scheme to turn humans into an army of naphalem -- godlike beings, more powerful than any angel or demon, who could overturn all Creation and elevate Lilith to supreme being.
http://us.blizzard.com/store/details.xml?id=110000099

The Sin War 3: The Veiled Prophet
by Richard A. Knack
The demon-backed Triune has fallen. All that now stands in Uldyssian's path to freeing humanity is the Cathedral of Light and its charismatic leader the Prophet. But the Prophet is actually the renegade angel Inarius, who sees the world he created as his uncontested domain. Facing a cunning foe that would just as readily see Sanctuary destroyed than let it slip from his grasp, Uldyssian is blind to the others who would possess his world. Both the Burning Hells and the High Heavens now know of Sanctuary...and their warring hosts of demons and angels will stop at nothing to claim it.
http://us.blizzard.com/store/details.xml?id=110000100
Edited by Archer on 8/25/2011 5:04 AM PDT
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I never played the old Diablo games so this should come in handy! Thx!!!
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I still have my old diablo 1 cd. I still play to this day.
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I remember the good ol days of playing Diablo 1 at night!
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Perhaps I am not educated enough in Diablo lore, but wasn't Diablo's soulstone destroyed in D2? If Diablo returns in D3 (it's pretty obvious that he will), how does he return, exactly?
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I wish that I had kept up to the story lines throughout all the time I put into DI and DII. There are some pretty big holes in my knowledge of the story line and I hope to fill it by helping myself to this layout you've so kindly laid out for us all.

Thank you very much for this!
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08/24/2011 01:52 PMPosted by TheMediator
Perhaps I am not educated enough in Diablo lore, but wasn't Diablo's soulstone destroyed in D2? If Diablo returns in D3 (it's pretty obvious that he will), how does he return, exactly?


Riddles....riddles in the dark.
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08/24/2011 01:52 PMPosted by TheMediator
Perhaps I am not educated enough in Diablo lore, but wasn't Diablo's soulstone destroyed in D2? If Diablo returns in D3 (it's pretty obvious that he will), how does he return, exactly?

Demons never actually die, they are just trapped back in the Black Abyss.
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Most likely Arreat crater will have some roll in Diablo's return.
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Thanks for the post. Good times.
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08/24/2011 03:48 PMPosted by Sixen
Perhaps I am not educated enough in Diablo lore, but wasn't Diablo's soulstone destroyed in D2? If Diablo returns in D3 (it's pretty obvious that he will), how does he return, exactly?

Demons never actually die, they are just trapped back in the Black Abyss.


Seems his recently discovered brethren might be inviting him back for a family reunion.
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Thanks for the links... really digging Deckard's journal! Cheers
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Ya' still need to add the novels, Diablo Archive, and upcoming literature products etc.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M8vIVDBKRA
:3
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08/24/2011 08:06 AMPosted by Archer
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Low-class move, man.
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08/24/2011 01:52 PMPosted by TheMediator
Perhaps I am not educated enough in Diablo lore, but wasn't Diablo's soulstone destroyed in D2? If Diablo returns in D3 (it's pretty obvious that he will), how does he return, exactly?


Maybe he's stuck in Hell but commands the Hells legions like a General. We go into Hell to attack him directly.
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Got to love the voice of Deckard Cain
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There's an interview or bluepost that talks about this all going according to 'the plan.' The lesser evils afaik reign in hell while the greater ones have had their soulstones destroyed.

With the world stone gone the children of sanctuary are/will become more powerful than both demons and angels. It should be interesting to see how these powers manifest as we progress thru d3 and subsequent xpacs.

I don't think it's too far of a stretch to say that the greater evils wanted their presence to be believed absent to manipulate the humans with their invisible hand. JW also made it sound like we are finally going to be forced to take a side.
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