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Why was Belial in Caldeum in the first place? It can't be because of the black soulstone because he didn't know what it did? If it was for status then why did he mismanage the city and throw out all the nobles? If it was for wealth what was he planning to buy.
Also of act 2 feels like it occurred because the writers wanted something rather than because it made any sense.
Belial and Azmodan just happened to already be plotting against humanity long before we enter the picture. We experience a story in progress.
Based on the nature of Caldeum as the world's most important city economically, it seems that Belial's role in subduing humanity was to weaken us by impoverishing the world, causing widespread famine and despair. This would leave humanity utterly unprepared to deal with the invading armies of Azmodan.
Even without Azmodan, Belial having the highest influence over the most prosperous place of trade would definitely give him power and control over humanity without the need for the armies of hell, which seems more likely for a deceiver like himself.
If Belial's plan to is to weaken humanity then why was he trying to rule Caldeum? Why not just fire meteor at everyone, burn the city to the ground, and move onto the next city?
You'd think if Belial wanted more influence he would have tried to set up a cult dedicated to himself and encourage/force people to join it, rather than have the Coven sacrifice people and try to enslave as many people as possible.
I think the problem is that the developers didn't come up with a clear reason why Belial was in Caldeum, so they just made him an evil ruler and hoped people wouldn't think too much about it. Belial could have used his power in Caldeum to do so much more.
to prepare for the invasion.
it can't be because of the black soulstone because he didn't know what it did?
he is a lord of hell. he has plenty of status. he doesnt need a bunch of idiots to give him status.
the "wealth" is the world and the humans, and he would "buy" it through bloodshed and deceit.
it was a starting point.
very fitting action for the lord of lies, very subtle...
your talking about baal here.
the coven is exactly that. your description overrides the question.
this is an early stage in the invasion.
he doesnt go around abusing his power.
Diablo 3 is essentially a remake of Diablo 2. My take as follows :
Rogue's Camp, New Tristram, Temporary Village. One of the starting quest is to kill undeads raised by Undead female boss. Terrain is generally grasslands, camps, burnt buildings and crypts/graveyards. Flying enemies spawned by big treelike things, fallen groups, zombies, ghouls, skeletons and goat man.
Desert Act. Merchant City with Sewers playable terrain. Irritating leaping enemies, flying mosquitoes, Strange laughing wizard boss in dimensional terrain. Final boss have pincer appendages. Act 2 is the largest, biggest pain to clear, huge desert looking for mounds and underground structures.
Similar to combination of D2 act 3/4/5. Enemy attacks/corrupts from beneath (D2 act3). City under siege by demon army, quest to destroy demon siege machine (D2 act5). Enter hell to battle demons (D2 act4).
This is actually D3, the new content. However, due to pressure exerted by Torchlight 2, they rushed it out before they could do a complete job. Act 4 exactly as it is: a rushed job.
Belial is in ACT 2 because the designers designed the bosses first, then slot in the story line where they could, and they found they could not put Belial anywhere else.
Belial was preparing for Azmodan's invasion by ruling a city that had no connections to Baston's Keep, even though Tyrael specifically stated that Belial and Azmodan are not working together? I don't think so.
it was a starting point.[/quote]
No it wasn't. Destroying Caldeum would be a starting point.
very fitting action for the lord of lies, very subtle...[/quote]
the coven is exactly that. your description overrides the question.[/quote]
Then why isn't the Coven recruiting people in Caldeum, rather than attacking the surrounding towns. Seriously no one in Caldeum wants to join the Coven.
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