Diablo® III

The Next Chapter: A Comprehensive Analysis

This is a comprehensive analysis giving brief details about characters, factions, or other entities that have not been tied yet and could grow into a plot device in a future expansion, game, or novel. Although I tried my best to make this complete and accurate, it is undoubtedly not so. If you think that there is something that is left out, incorrect, can be expanded upon or improved on in any way, please comment.

For further detail on any subject, please feel free to ask in the thread or refer to one or more of the following:

Most Canonical / Reliable
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
The Book of Tyrael
Diablo III
The Order
Sword of Justice
The Book of Cain
Heroes Rise, Darkness Falls
The Sin War Trilogy
Diablo II: Lord of Destruction
Diablo II: Lord of Destruction Manual
Diablo II
Diablo II Manual
Diablo Manual
Diablo II: Diablerie
Diablo II: To Hell and Back
Diablo II: The Awakening
Diablo II: The Bloodstone Tomb
The Moon of the Spider
Diablo: Tales of Sanctuary
The Kingdom of Shadow
The Black Road
The Legacy of Blood
Various websites / wikis
Inanimate Objects
Diablo: Hellfire
Least Canonical / Reliable
Edited by Chris#1235 on 8/21/2013 8:41 AM PDT
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The Champions of Light
This faction, whose only two known members are Jamella and Halbu, the Merchants of Light, is difficult to comprehend. They are aligned with Heaven, though may not be directly a part of it. They seem to be immortal, but appear to be humans. They may have been humans favored by renegade angels such as Yaerius or Inarius, who were then granted heavenly powers and accepted by Heaven. They may have gained trust with Heaven during some event so far untold. They may also be native to the Island of the Sunless Sea, though officially it does not exist.

The Children of Bul-Kathos
Once a proud, powerful collection of tribes, the barbarians of Arreat have since found themselves in complete disarray after the destruction of the Worldstone and their land. Many died with their mountain, and most remaining tribes have reverted to primal behaviors or have succumbed to the demonic corruption that Baal left behind. Most barbarians of sound mind wander aimlessly and alone. Perhaps their people can still be reclaimed and brought to its former glory.

The Druids
With the demonic corruption of Mt. Arreat purged, the Druids may reappear to aid their Barbarian brothers in rebuilding their culture and society and help give meaning back into their lives.

The Hand of Zakarum
Once the righteous crusaders of the Zakarum Church, many paladins came to perceive their Church's methods and ideologies to be corrupt. They defected from the Church and created their own order, known as the 'New Order of Paladins.' Their new creed was to protect the innocent. The current whereabouts of any paladin, devout or rebellious are unknown. However, decades before the New Order of Paladins was created, a special forces team of paladins, called the Crusaders, marched to the East, unlike the rest of their brothers, and have recently come back into action.
See Religions > Zakarum, Nephalem / Humans > Kormac

Holding divine control over creation, Heaven will eventually destroy it all unless conflicted with an opposing force. Additionally, it is unknown how Heaven as an entity will react to Malthael's current philosophies.
See Angels

The Horadrim
Thought to have died out with Deckard Cain, the Horadrim seems to have been recreated by Tyrael with the job of hiding the Black Soulstone. At least one member still survives.

The Merchants Guild
Similar to the Thieves Guild, it is unknown how far it spreads, but it definitely exists in Kingsport and likely throughout Westmarch. They likely have a massive influence politically wherever they exist and likely have a bounty on Lyndon's head.
See Nephalem / Humans > Gheed, Lyndon, Lyndon's Brother

The Priests of Rathma
Known more commonly as the Necromancers, they dedicate themselves to neither good nor evil, but no both and neither at the same time. They are committed to a philosophy called the Balance, in which both good and evil play their equal and opposite roles on creation. With Hell leaderless, and Sanctuary and Heaven aligned, it is certain that the Balance has been greatly altered and many speculate that they will have a unique view of Malthael's current philosophies.
See Nephalem / Humans > Linarian, Zayl

The Thieves Guild
After the death of Nigel Cutthroat and your allegiance with Lyndon, it is likely that the Thieves Guild has a mark on your heads. It is unknown how far the guild spreads, but it at least exists in Kingsport. It would be likely that it stretches across Westmarch, Khanduras and Aranoch.
See Nephalem / Humans > Elzix, Lyndon

This order of mage slayers, better known as assassins, are very mysterious. They undoubtedly still exist, but with all major threats currently extinguished, they may not appear unless rogue magi begin to threaten Sanctuary. It is unknown how they would feel about the rebellious Wizards of the Yshari Sanctum. Some speculate that some members of the order have left and joined the more contemporary group of the Demon Hunter.
See Nephalem / Humans > Adria, Bartuc, Horazon
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The Black Soulstone
After falling from Heaven, it eventually fell into the hands of Tyrael, who recreated the Horadric Order and gave them the task of hiding the stone. However, Malthael, Archangel of Death, violently took it from Tyrael and his Order. It is unknown what Malthael's intentions are with the stone, but it still holds the souls of the Great Evils and possibly the soul of Leah.

The Dirgest Jewel
The Dirgest Jewel might not be a jewel, and might be a soulstone or Worldstone shard instead. It contains Dirgest and its location is unknown.
See Nephalem / Humans > Dirgest

El'druin, Sword of Justice
While there are no implications that it has a part in the future of creation, its story is not complete. After taking a journey with a young man named Jacob, its story is unknown between that and being reclaimed by Tyrael before the events of Diablo III. It is also unknown why Belial was so intent on keeping it from Tyrael.
See Nephalem / Humans > Jacob

The Moon of the Spider
The powerful and cunning spider demon Astrogha was a servant of Diablo, but now is trapped within this crystal. If found and released through a special ritual, Astrogha could create an issue or two, one of which may or may not involve an army of spiders.

The Sacred Tomes
The Sacred Tomes of the Templar Order supposedly carry prophecies of the end of times, although it is likely that that is a lie told by the Order. They were supposedly stolen by the Archbishop Lazarus of the Zakarum Church, which may also be a lie. Their location as of now is unknown

Worldstone Shards
Pieces of the Worldstone likely still exist. It is known that Worldstone shards still held immense power while its whole parent existed, but with it dispersed, it is unknown if similar power still exists within them and if they do, it's also unknown whether or not they carry the demonic corruption that Baal set within it.
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Auriel, Archangel of Fate
Though her portion of the End of Days Prophecy seemed to be reversed thanks to the death of Rakanoth, the Prophecy seems to still be in place, implying that she might not be safe.

Imperius, Archangel of Valor
Imperius has had tense relations with humanity and the rest of the Angiris Council since the Sin War. Diablo has teased about a hidden trait that Imperius holds. Even though humanity saved creation, it is unknown what Imperius's next move might be. The way that Malthael speaks of humanity mirrors the way that Imperius does, the difference being that Malthael has acted upon his feelings, and Imperius has not. Some speculate that he will too turn against humanity. The End of Days Prophecy seems to still stand, and it states that Imperius and Wrath are linked.
See Demons > Lieutenants of Sin, Angels > Malthael

The proverbial father of humanity, Inarius has been tortured in Hell since the Sin War, sent there by the hands of his brothers. He was assumed to be under the watch of Mephisto, and may have then been under Belial after the Dark Exile. Now that there are no Great Evils to watch over him, it is unknown what his fate might be from here. If he were to escape Hell, it is guaranteed that his bane for humanity and Heaven alike would be unmatched.
See Demons > Lilith

Itherael, Archangel of Fate
With the End of Days Prophecy seeming to still hold merit, Itherael's future seems grim as the Prophecy implies his death.

Malthael, Archangel of Death
Returning from his departure as the Archangel of Death, Malthael now has the Black Soulstone in his possession, though his intended use of it is unknown. His motivations are not entirely known, but he sees humans as demonspawn, and therefore, deserving of death. This view is much different from his view during the Sin War, and it is unknown exactly what changed his mind.
See Objects > The Black Soulstone

The Prophet
The mysterious Prophet is the lead of the group called The Hand of the Prophet, which Eirena the Enchantress belongs to. It is unknown who the prophet is, although it is known that he is an Angel. Many speculate him to be Inarius, but it does not add up with his fate. He is likely an unnamed Angel.

Tyrael, former Archangel
Shortly after the events of Diablo III, Tyrael fled Heaven to Sanctuary due to the hardships of mortality, both physically and mentally. It is likely that because of this, he also gave up his title as Aspect of Wisdom. Tyrael now stands as a mortal angel fighting against Death.
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The Great Evils
It is unknown what fate the Great Evils will suffer. As of now, they are all assumed to be trapped within the Black Soulstone.
See Objects > The Black Soulstone

Greater Demons
Without a Great Evil to report to, it is unknown what the many powerful demons in Hell will do next.

Lieutenants of Sin
Cydea, the Maiden of Lust, and Ghom, The Lord of Gluttony defeated, that still leaves five Sin Lieutenants presumed alive; Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, and Pride. The aspect of Greed is mentioned in connection to treasure goblins, and some suspect 'Greed' to be guised on Sanctuary as Covetous Shen. Some believe that the aspect of Wrath and Imperius may be connected, or even one in the same.

Lilith, the Mother of Deceit
She is presumed to have been trapped in a pocket realm by Inarius during the end of the Sin War, but she is known to be very cunning and has escaped her prison once before. Many suspect Lilith to walk among men in the disguise of Adria. One thing is certain, if Lilith were to return, her first task would likely be returning humanity to its former glory and to break Inarius out of Hell. This may explain the course of events that have happened over the last 20 years in Sanctuary.

Nothing is known at this time about Malthus except that he exists or has existed at some point. Some question if there is a link between him and Malthael, due to their names.
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Trag'Oul, the Great Dragon, is one of the Guardians of Sanctuary. He is aligned with neither Heaven, or Hell, but has great concern of the Balance. With Hell leaderless, and Sanctuary and Heaven aligned, it is certain that the Balance has been greatly altered, and Trag'Oul might have a thing or two to say about it. Officially, Trag'Oul has left from Sanctuary for an unspecified place. This may have to do with Uldyssian's sacrifice. It is unknown if he will, or can, return. Some suspect that Trag'Oul plays a part in Malthael's transformation into the Archangel of Death. Whether or not that is true, Trag may nonetheless support the decision.
See Guardians > Uldyssian

Unnamed Guardians
Trag'Oul has alluded to the idea of several guardian's watching over Sanctuary, at least until Uldyssian's sacrifice. There have not been any other confirmed guardian's as of now, and it is unknown if they still exist. Zei, the Trickster God, is the only currently speculated existing guardian, though is only confirmed as a mythical Xiansain God.

Sacrificing himself at the end of the Sin War, it is unknown what his fate actually is. He is likely the most powerful human ever to exist, and may contend as one of the most powerful beings. Some believe that he became a guardian of Sanctuary, if not the single guardian of Sanctuary, after his sacrifice. It is unknown how he would feel about the current situation in Sanctuary.
Edited by Chris#1235 on 8/21/2013 11:03 PM PDT
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Nephalem / Humans

The ex-Vizjerei mage Adria disappeared after her betrayal. It is unknown to where, but it is likely that the portal she entered led to Hell. Some people speculate that Adria is actually the demoness, Lilith. Some speculate that Adria is Belial, the Lord of Lies.

Bartuc, The Warlord of Blood
Even though Bartuc was slain several times, his repeated appearance as a demonic entity suggests that he is bound to the Black Abyss. With the armies of Hell leaderless, this Warlord may take command and become a force truly terrible.

Covetous Shen
Covetous Shen is a character that demands curiosity. Many speculate him to be Zei, the Trickster God. Some believe that he is the Lord Greed in disguise. One way or the other, there is obviously more to Shen than meets the eye.

Deckard Cain
Even though Deckard Cain is dead, some speculate that he is actually not in one way or another, even though in all likelihood he is. However, death in the world of Diablo, is fickle. With necromancers suspected to play a large role in whatever happens next, some guess that Cain will return possibly in spirit form.

Dirgest is a corrupt human who has been trapped by Shen inside the Dirgest Jewel for crimes against his people. Not much else is known about him. May be possessed by a demon.
See Objects > The Dirgest Jewel

Eirena's past, present, and future are all very mysterious. It is unknown how her story will play out.
See Angels > The Prophet

As an ex-high ranking member of the Thieves Guild, he could play a part in the future if the Thieves Guild does, whether with our heroes, or against them.

Though he likes to pretend to be a rogue merchant, he is a coward at heart and would likely be a part of the Merchants Guild and would also likely make Kingsport his primary residence. If Kingsport and the Merchants Guild are ever explored upon, Gheed may drop by to make a deal or two.

Many speculate Horazon to be dead by this time, but his fate remains unknown. If he still lives, he may not be of sound mind and it is unknown what his next move might be.

This young man came into possession of El'druin, Sword of Justice, sometime between the events of Diablo II and III. He was last known to have been travelling east from Staalbreak. It is unknown exactly where Staalbreak is located in the Dreadlands, but possible destinations include Bastion's Keep, Xiansai, Tul Dulra, or Entsteig.
See Objects > El'druin, Sword of Justice
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Nephalem / Humans (Cont.)

Kormac's Templar Order has been discovered by him to be corrupt. He will likely continue to persue The Sacred Tomes. He is likely to defect from the Templar Order at some point. With Westmarch in direct threat by Malthael, Kormac will certainly react. He may also find great admiration and inspiration from the Crusader sect of the Hand of Zakarum.
See Religions > The Templar Order, Objects > The Sacred Tomes

Leah's soul is assumed to still exist, although not 100% confirmed. It may be trapped inside the Black Soulstone.
See Objects > The Black Soulstone

A first-born Nephalem, known to most by Rathma, is the patron of the Priests of Rathma and the first necromancer. While The Ancients were know to have a very long lifespan, Linarian's was exceptionally longer. This may have been due to his time spent in the mysterious nether realm with Trag'Oul. It is likely that by this time, he has finally died, but not confirmed. If he still lives, he would undoubtedly have some dangerous feelings about the state of existence.

The hero has offered to go to Kingsport with Lyndon after things 'settle down.' It is unknown if this offer will be acted upon. If they are, there may be Hell to pay with both the Merchants Guild and the Theives Guild
See Factions > The Merchants Guild, The Thieves Guild, Nephalem / Humans > Lyndon's Brother

Lyndon's Brother
Jailed in Kingsport, assumed for charges of corruption, Lyndon's next move would likely be breaking or buying out his unnamed brother from prison.
See Factions > The Merchants Guild, The Thieves Guild

This Taan mage is a very mysterious and suspicious man. Some speculate that he played some part in the corruption and downfall of Zakarum. Either way, his full story has not been explained.

Though a devout necromancer, he is also a bit of a rogue. His current age is not known, but it is likely that he still lives. Undoubtedly one of the most powerful necromancers known so far, he may play a role in the upcoming chapters whether with us, or against us.

Zoltun Kulle
Though considered immortal, it seems that his immortality comes with conditions. It is unknown whether or not he still lives. His 'evil' intentions during the course of Diablo III have been questioned by many, and is considered to be misunderstood. With some angels now openly violent against humanity, his point of view may be reconsidered.
See Angels > Malthael, Archangel of Death
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With Zakarum in disarray, this ancient but not-yet-forgotten religion may rise again over Kehjistan and may also lead to the resurgence of the superstitious, spiritual, yet effective Taan mage clan. It is unknown what consequences this would bring.

The Templar Order
This mysterious religion that produces templar warriors was found to be corrupt by Kormac. They have sent the templars to retrieve some 'sacred tomes' stolen by Archbishop Lazarus. Although unconfirmed, it is incredibly probable that the Templar Order is in fact part of the Zakarum Church.
See Religions > Zakarum, Objects > The Sacred Tomes

Thought to have been destroyed by Lilith and Uldyssian during the Sin War, Triune is be on the rise again under the name 'Dark Coven.' Once led by Diablo, Mephisto, Baal, and Lucion, it has since changed leadership to Belial, Adria (defected), and Maghda. With all of its known leaders no longer in position, it is unknown what the remaining devotees will do next.

Little is known about what has happened to Zakarum after it was cleansed of Mephisto's corruption except for that it has 'fallen to disgrace.' Many speculate that it has not yet risen from the ashes and that it has been brainwashing young men for a cause not entirely clear. At least one Church in Westmarch seems to be uncorrupt, though under seige from Malthael.
See Religions > The Templar Order
Edited by Chris#1235 on 8/21/2013 9:17 AM PDT
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you really did your homework man great job
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Edit Log

- Added reference list
- Added The Hand of Zakarum (The New Order) and The Merchants Guild to Factions
- Added Gheed and Lyndon's Brother to Nephalem / Humans
- Added The Sacred Tomes to Objects
- Updated the description for The Templar Order, Zakarum, and Kormac

- Added The Children of Bul-Kathos to Factions
- Added El'druin, Sword of Justice to Objects
- Added Jacob to Nephalem / Humans
- Updated the description for Triune

- Updated the description for Dirgest, moved him to Nephalem / Humans, and updated relating descriptions. Thanks to fmulder @ diablo.incgamers

- Added The Druids to Factions
- Updated the description for Viz-Jaq'taar

- Updated the descriptions for Viz-Jaq'taar, Adria, and Bartuc, The Warlord of Blood.

- Added Elzix to Nephalem / Humans
- Added Ormus to Nephalem / Humans
- Added The Champions of Light to Factions
- Updated the description for The Thieves Guild

- Added The Book of Tyrael to the reference list
- Added Malthus to Demons
- Added Zoltun Kulle to Nephalem / Humans
- Updated the description for Tyrael, former Archangel

- Added Diablo III: Reaper of Souls to the reference list
- Added Itherael, Archangel of Fate to Angels
- Added Auriel, Archangel of Hope to Angels
- Added Heaven to Factions
- Added Horadrim to Factions
- Removed Askari / Sisterhood of the Sightless Eye from Factions
- Removed The Sightless Eye from Objects
- Updated the descriptions for The Hand of Zakarum, The Black Soulstone, Imperius, Archangel of Valor, Malthael, Aspect of Death, Tyrael, Former Archangel, Kormac, The Priests of Rathma, Zoltune Kulle and Zakarum
- Edit log has been moved down physically in the topic
- Nephalem / Humans has been expanded

- Updated the descriptions for Malthael, Archangel of Death (Thanks to Zaknaril @ us.battle.net), Trag'Oul, and Imperius, Archangel of Valor
Edited by Chris#1235 on 8/21/2013 11:06 PM PDT
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If you follow this thread, check out the change log at the end of the postings. Much has been added or altered since its original post.
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Just rolled out some more updates. Reference the edit log at the end of the postings for easy reading.
Edited by Chris#1235 on 5/13/2013 9:00 PM PDT
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Awesome job. Only thing I could ask is reference citations so I could go look up the stories I've missed.
Not necessary, just a fun thing you could add.
Edited by Terrabull#1106 on 7/3/2013 12:50 AM PDT
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impressive! can't wait for more content :D
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07/03/2013 12:48 AMPosted by Terrabull
Awesome job. Only thing I could ask is reference citations so I could go look up the stories I've missed.
I understand. It's something I may do.

In the meantime, is there anything I can answer for you?
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Amazing read mate, great job!
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The post has been updated to reflect information given by the released pages of The Book of Tyrael.
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A large update has been made due to information given about Diablo III: Reaper of Souls.
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