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TLDR, but I did now. So you're saying that this happened before Sanctuary was even created?
Or are you saying that this is between the time that Sanctuary was created, but Diablo hadn't found it yet? Because Diablo in Wrath looks like how he looks in D1/D2, and he dies in the end of the movie, so... I'm confused.
Edited by MrSumOne#1261 on 5/9/2012 2:50 PM PDT
Read the description. It says before Sanctuary was created.
The movie isn't set a specified point on the Diablo timeline, just in a general place. We know for certain that it is at some point during the Eternal War, and most likely before the creation of Sanctuary.
This is because we know from lore (and I think Pixel already stated this) that the Eternal War is almost always waged at Pandemonium, because this was where the Worldstone was located. When Sanctuary was created, the Worldstone went missing (long story that's not the point of this thread), which lead to a somewhat 'halt' in fighting and turned into a search for where the Worldstone went.
Whether this movie occurs before or after the creation of Sanctuary is a moot point, because the point of the story is to explain a plot point separate from the 'story' of Sanctuary. The emphasis is on the strength the Angiris Council possesses in its unity, and the potential ramifications when that unity is broken.
Last point (kind of a sidepoint), the art direction is purely the director's own. Diablo's look isn't intended to be from a specific point in the timeline of the lore. It is simply the director's own imagining of the characters in his own unique way.
Hope this helps a bit.
I think Invidious up above said something along the lines of planting the seeds of division in the Council, and I agree with him to that point. But I don't think it is done in order to have Azmodan take control over him. By all accounts we have seen, Azmodan and Diablo have, at best, been at each other's throats for dominion over the Burning Hells (at least in the context of Azmodan wrestling power from the Prime Evils).
I suppose you're right about Imperius being too strong of a figure to be controlled by Azmodan, but I can see how maybe in the game where because his wrath grows, Azmodan can whisper little evils into his ear and kind of persuade him to cause a disruption in the council. Maybe I'm just wishfully thinking because I want to be able to fight an angel in the game haha.
Quoting my post.
Made a topic with exact same title after not seeing one 1 day ago. Now come in to find this thread has 2 pages....and was made 2 days ago.
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