Hmm. Looks "normal."
Well that's a find. THING IS.....people were talking about this 4 years ago back in 2009. Now that we've had the game for a year....DO we
1. Know if this means anything relevant to the D3 universe. (For Ex: Did it appear in The Book of Cain?)
2. Know if it is based on something "real" (Compare the Mazoku chart to the real "Secret Symbols of the Rosicrucians of the 16th and 17th Centuries" and the diagrams in that book on which it is based)?
Here is the text and translation I found.
...Welche Lauter Unglück Böses Ausstreuen
Die Machten sonder Luft Herchen (Herrschen?)
Die Zauberer (Praestigiatores)
Die Raecher (Rächer) de.. laster thaten
Die Gefaesse (Gefäße) der Bosheit
Grausame Finsternuss (Finsternis)
...which scattered evil and unhappiness
The power which reigned the air
The magician (conjurer)
The avenger against the wicked
The vessels of evil
I have HEARD some people make comparisons with Zoroastrianism....
the Ungrund (Abyss in English) in Zoroastrian stuff is this thingy that represents "The Void" or nothingness from which both good an evil emanates and to which they return once the link between those two is broken.
Which fits somewhat well considering Zoroastrianism has a Good God and an Evil God (Ahura Mazda and Angra Manu) which might compare to the two divine forces in the beginning of the D3 Universe (Anu vs Tathemet).
I'm making a guess "German" (albeit with misspellings and some grammar issues) was chosen to "stand in" for whatever the "common" language of Sanctuary is. (Obviously in universe NOBODY speaks "English" because England, etc dont exist) It could be comparable to how dog latin is used in Warhammer 40k to stand in for the "High Gothic" language while "Low Gothic" is represented with plain English text. In universe High Gothic was derived from a variety of Earth tongues, including English and Chinese, but the latin presentation makes it look foreign and keep the atmosphere established by the architecture and everything else.
We already KNOW of an "Abyss" (Ugrund), rather the VOID from within which Lilith is imprisoned and Trag'Oul and stranger things have come.
I think this is some kind of a model of what the Universe is thought to be like. I think the outer rim with * marks represent stars, with the circles being other heavenly bodies in orbits (though I am not sure of their exact importance). There appear to be at least 16 bodies being tracked, I'm not sure what the "E" at the center is.
SONUVA -THOSE DAM ROSICRUCIANS.
You can see the similarities in the design, but it has been modified and text changed. This is quite a much like the Mazoku chart actually.
TABLE IV, Figure. 53. Figure 53 has been designated the symbolic tomb of Christian Rosencreutz. The upper circle is the first world--the Divine Sphere of God. The triangle in the center is the throne of God. The small circles at the points of the star symbolize the seven great Spirits before the throne, mentioned in the Book of Revelation, in the midst of which walks the Alpha and Omega--the Son of God. The central triangle contains three flames--the Divine Trinity. From the lowest of these flames proceeds the first divine outflow, shown by two parallel lines descending through the throne of Saturn (the Spirit Orifelis, through whom God manifested Himself). Passing through the boundary of the celestial universe and the 22 spheres of the lower system, the lines end at point B, the throne of Lucifer, in whom the divine outpouring is concentrated and reflected. From him the divine light irradiates in succession to d (Capricorn), e (Gemini), f (Libra), g (Taurus), h (Pisces), i (Aquarius), k (Cancer), l (Virgo), m (Aries), n (Leo), o (Scorpio), p (Sagittarius), thence back to d. The zodiacal circles represent twelve orders of great and beneficent Spirits, and the smaller circles within the ring of fixed stars mark the orbits of the sacred planets.
TABLE V, Figure 54. Figure 54 is similar to Figure 53, but represents the universe at the time God manifested Himself through the character of Jupiter, the Spirit Sachasiel. Von Welling gives no reason for the change in the order of influx into the twelve orders of spirits, for the third world, for the adding of another circle and the interlaced triangles in the upper world, or for the letters Y and Z. In the upper triangle,