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Or Abandoned Concept Art?
-The torso and back spines of Diablo
-The upward pointing horns of Mephisto
-The legs of Baal
-The face likeness of all 3
-The gigantic scale
This is from the Pre-sale article for the Book of Tyrael..
It's quite clearly the amalgamation of the three prime evils, that's for sure. Tathamet, the original prime evil, was more akin to a multi-headed Dragon;
but perhaps the dominance of the three changed things?
Could this be what we're having a showdown with at the end of all things?
That might just be the True Form of Baal....
We've yet to see any of the 3 Prime Evil's True Forms....
I like this. :P
...unless we do something about it ;)
I wanted to make almost the same topic with question: Who is this Demon?
At first I though about the true form of Baal. As Prime Evils are more similar to their host bodies, this one really reflects the brutish and destructive nature of Baal.
I haven't thought about The Three combined here, and as you pointed out it is actually very plausible. And as you pointed out the legs of Baal but with backward knees (? sorry but english is not my first language) like Diablo.
When I first saw the picture I thought it was the Prime Evil. I'm still unsure about how combining the essences of the 7 Great Evils would work out. At first thought, you might think that it would rebirth Tathamet, but I'm not so sure it would. Tathamet is a far greater entity than just what the Great Evils would create. Again, I have no real clue about how it all works, but I think that the Prime Evil and Tathamet are separate, and that Tathamet cannot be reborn.
However, as I've thought about it some more, I must think that this demon in the picture is Baal fighting the Horadrim and their apprentices. Besides the fact that it looks like Baal, I can only pick out 7 people in the picture, all with staves or wands, implying that they are mages. According to the Book of Cain
The first group of Horadrim was small. Some say the number was seven; some say the number was twelve. Both numbers might be correct, and it can be assumed that the mages brought with them escorts, apprentices, and others to assist on their mission.
If this depiction is indeed the Horadrim and Baal, then the person most forefront would most certainly be Tal Rasha. Unfortunately, the only official picture of Tal Rasha that exists (as far as I'm aware) is in the Diablo I manual, and it can't really be taken as canon. That said, we do have one hint. In both Diablo II and Diablo III, the helm of Tal Rasha's set is a horned mask, and the person that I suspect to be Tal Rasha is clearly wearing a horned mask. I'd say that that's proof enough for me to be pretty certain that the picture depicts Baal.
Diablo Manual Horadrim Picture:
Edited by Chris#1235 on 8/18/2013 12:22 AM PDT
I whole-heartedly agree with you Chris.
The more i look at the picture, the clearer it gets. It appears to be the Horadrim fighting Baal.
And as far as Tathamet being reborn... i think the actual physical form might be hard to acheive as it is the entirety of The Burning Hell. Though i think it could still be done to some degree with a host.
This depiction of Baal is huge and more fitting to his nature as opposed to the mageish look of Tal Rasha while being his host. Even Diablo looks smaller than him and definitely makes Mephisto look a bit like a weakling, hopefully Mephisto will get buffed too as he is my favourite Great Evil, I like his depiction in the Book Of Cain but he should be more bigger.
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