Diablo 3 History Since the beginning of time, the angels of the High Heavens and the demons of the Burning Hellshave endlessly warred for dominion over all existence in what is referred to as The Great Conflict.The motivation of the battles are unclear, as the sides seek only to conquer each other. Thisdilutes the sense of good and evil, though later events show demons to be ruthless and cruel.Neither side has ever fully crushed the forces of the other, and it is a struggle bound to lastthrough all time.Eventually, dissent grew in members of both sides of the eternal battle. Demons and angels whoquestioned the incessant chaos banded together and created an entirely new plane of existence,which they named Sanctuary. This crudely designed world, a jumbled mix of climates, was quiteliterally a sanctuary away from the eternal war of the High Heavens and Burning Hells. Theexistence of this new world was kept secret from the battling forces, who would only destroy it oruse it for the purposes of the war.Along with the creation of Sanctuary, the race of humans was created by the Angel Inarius andDemoness Lilith. They were the star-crossed lovers from two planes of existence. Humans wereliterally their mutual creation, so the blood of angels and demons flowed through the bodies ofhumanity.Inarius and Lilith disagreed on the future of humans. Lilith desired to create superior beings byawakening the powers of both angels and demons in humanity referred to as the nephalem. Thenephalem could, then, overtake the Heavens and Hells and end the eternal war. Inarius cared onlyto keep Sanctuary secret and distinct from the other cosmic planes, and banished Lilith to theEndless Void to prevent her from awakening the nephalem, which would alert the High Heavensand Burning Hells to Sanctuarys threat.Lilith, cunning as the temptress demoness was, found a way to return to Sanctuary and continuedher efforts. Centuries later, following the defeat of Baal at the World Stone, she would restore thePrime Evils, Duriel, and Izual to the mortal realm through the Dark Summoning referred to as thePandemonium.
As The Great Conflict came to a standstill, at least the Burning Hells became aware of Sanctuaryand sent servents of the Prime Evils to corrupt mortal souls and establish reign over the realm.These servents included Mephisto - Lord of Hatreds son Lucion, Diablo - Lord of Terrors favoreddemon, and Baal - Lord of Destructions mindless demon Gulag. Lucion, the brother of Lilith,created the three Triad religions of the Temple, worshipping fake gods Mefis (God of Love), Dialo(God of Determination), and Bala (God of Creation), seeking to thus reign over humanity and useit for the purposes of the Prime Evils.The Angel Inarius, who remained in Sanctuary, created the Cathetral of Light, a competing religionthat was more represenative of the High Heavens. This was, in part, a response to the Templeand also to maintain his sense of ownership of Sanctuary. Inarius took the guise of a human asThe Prophet of the Cathedral of Light.The religions of the Temple and Cathedral spread throughout Sanctuary and gained legions offollowers.Many years later, in the town of Seram, Lilith found a host to awaken the nephalem. She chosethe strong and simple farmer Uldyssian Ul-Diomed, the son of Diomedes who had suffered terriblelosses as his family died from disease, save for his brother Mendeln. The demoness awakenedabilities in Uldyssian likened to magic, allowing him to heal and fight beyond any meansimagineable to a mere human and led him on a quest to supposedly free the world of theCathedral and Temple. However, along the way Uldyssian was made aware of Liliths truedemonic nature by her brother Lucion. He escaped Liliths grasp for a time and slayed Lucion.Though plagued again and again by Liliths treachery, Uldyssian managed to awaken the abilitiesof the nephalem across the lands of Sanctuary and formed an army he called the Edyrem. Thisarmy marched on the Triune first, destroying its temples and ultimately the entire false religion. Ineach town the Edyrem indoctrinated willing new followers into their army while sparing those whodid not get in their way of destorying the temples. Uldyssian encounters the favored servants ofthe Prime Evils in each of the primary temples and slays them, before marching on the Cathedralof Light to face Inarius.
Uldyssians friend Achilios was murdered but resurrected as an undead servant to Inarius andLiliths original son Rathma. Rathma, an original nephalem, was in league with the ethereal beingTragOul that appeared as a dragon. TragOuls sole purpose was to maintain what it referred to asThe Balance, equality in the ancient fight between the demons and angels, equality in humanallegiance to each side, and protection of Sanctuary in the midst of this everlasting war.As Uldyssian marched on the Cathedral, the High Heavens become aware of Sanctuarysexistence. Though the demons would only use Sanctuary as a strategic asset in the fight againstthe High Heavens, the angels would seek only to destroy it since they perceived Sanctuary and itshuman race as abominations poisoned by the blood of demons.Achilios was forced to obey the Archangel Tyrael and his orders to murder Uldyssian and nearlysucceeded.As matters came to a climax, Uldyssians army destroyed the Cathedral while it became clear thatthe angel Inarius was insane. The destruction of the Cathedral upset the time/space fabric ofSanctuary, and in order to preserve its existence Uldyssian sacrificed himself in the last great useof his powers.The Angiris Council entered Sanctuary, captured the insane Inarius, and met the forces ofUldyssian to decide the fate of Sanctuary. Mephisto appeared in parley to negotiate a common-interest pact for both the High Heavens and the Burning Hells to exit Sanctuary and allow it tocontinue to exist untouched by demons and angels. Mephistos price was to take Inarius to Hell asa demon-servant.The Angiris Council agreed to the pact but mandated that it was necessary to wipe the memoriesof the nephalem - the hidden powers within everyone - from all humans in Sanctuary except thefew remaining original humans like Rathma. TragOul managed to also save the memory of
Mendeln, and renamed Mendeln as Kalan, a name meaning teacher in TragOuls language.Kalans purpose became to reawaken the edyrem and educate the world about the Balance topreserve Sanctuary as a neutral party if ever the war between the High Heavens and Hell were tospill into the land again.The established story line in previous Diablo games follows.Meanwhile, a civil war raged in Hell as the Lesser Evils Azmodan and Belial forged togetherarmies to overthrow the rule of the Prime Evils. They were unhappy with the plot to corrupt themortal realm, wishing to return to The Great Conflict with their fierce strategy to overtake the HighHeavens. The plan was to banish the Prime Evils to Sanctuary, causing chaos and terror to shiftthe legions of angels to focus on protecting the mortal realm, leaving the High Heavens vulnerableto attack. Azmodan and Belial succeeded in banishing the Prime Evils to Sanctuary, but turned oneach other, once again causing a lasting civil war in the Burning Hells.Sanctuary soon descended into chaos as the Prime Evils wreaked havok on the mortal realm.Those who would not directly follow them were turned on their bretheren through their demonicforces, causing civil wars throughout the land. The Lord of Terror, Hate, and Destruction soughtonly to cause pain and suffering.The Archangel Tyrael gathered together a secret order of sorcerers named the Horadrim to huntdown and imprison the Prime Evils for all eternity. The magi came from various mage clans in theEast, surrounding the kingdom of Kehjan. They were able to capture Baal and Mephisto and bindthem into artifacts referred to as Soulstones, and buried them deep beneath the deserts of theEast.For many years, the continued search for the last of the Three continued, as Diablo evaded theirattempts. In the lands of what would become Khanduras they finally captured Diablo and buriedhis Soulstone in the caves near the river Talsande. The Horadrim construted a monastery nearbyto keep close watch over the constrained demon and passed on its secrets for generations untilthe order all but slipped out of existence. From then, the game of Diablo I begins...
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