08/22/2013 05:06 PMHowever, he did slain innocent people (those Horadrim) and harmed Tyrael. How is that being righteous? I do hope Blizzard explains everything in the game (and not in a cheesy way!).
Posted by Kael
You really think that Tyrael and the Horadrim are innocent? They are conspiring against heaven by hiding the Prime Evils within the soulstone without even the Ingiris Council knowing. Tyrael has taken the side of humanity, even against heaven at this point, and (imo) is not truly worthy to lead the Heavenly Realm, but only does so due to support from his powerful human allies. That's not to say he is evil - not by any means - but he is not doing what is best for Heaven, but for humanity.
So from an Angelic perspective, Malthael is doing what is needed to be done to ensure the true destruction of the great threats (and evils) against the High Heavens - something Tyrael is not capable of doing due to his sympathies towards humanity. Humanity has unleahsed great evils upon heaven, and the Prime Evils and all of Hell have only grown stronger since the creation of humanity, while Heavens seems to have grown weaker.
Worth noting, a lot of this storyline we've seen in the entire Diablo series draws a lot from background knowledge from the Bible and Christian tradition (believe it or not). People ignorant of real Christian religion tend to think of terms as righteousness, and justice in very different terms than the actual root meaning that came from the Bible. For instance, God culling human beings during the great flood; or the destruction of Sodom an Gamorrah; or the spirit of death coming by night to claim the children of Egypt (yet sparring those with the blood of the lamb over their houshold doorways); or the eventual return of Christ where He will literally burn the entire world and turn all to ash and flame - then remake creation; these are Righteous acts, as it's fulfilling justice by the law of what is Holy. Of course, from a human perspective, this is threatening and scary to us - much like Malthael would be to humans in the world of Sanctuary.
So Malthael is like a literal embodiment of Death and Punishment against evil I think; Death is also the end of schemers, plotters, and those living to gain much in a worldly sense, and not living to serve a greater purpose of faith and righteousness. Which (imo) describes Tyrael at this point, because he has abandoned his immortality and heavenly role, to serve a mortal human one. So Malthael (in his great Wisdom) is aware of all of this, and is trying to fate on the right path again. Death might be able to put an end to those with eternal life as well - ending Demons forever perhaps?
Once again though, Tyrael and the Nephalem will only work against what is right, and will help bring back true evil into the world. Wait and see...