Blizzard Entertainment has unleashed a never-seen-before Pre-BlizzCon image teaser of the Diablo III Cinematic!
"Peer not into the shadows of the Hells ..."
"... for there is always something peering back."
"Man's pleasures give way to pain. His truths are buried in the shroud of lies. It is this time when Hell shall reign. While all of man dies." - From the Guhawj Cave Inscriptions in Kehjistan, inked in blood by an unknown author.
To quote Tychus Findlay: "Sweet Mother of Mercy." Leah better have a few tricks up her sleeve, or have a good set of legs to run like Speedy Gonzalez. That's some fugly demon bastard. For some reason it reminds me the Butcher. Check out the Diablo Facebook and don't forget to click "Like". Ata'boy!
After the defeat of the three brothers: Diablo, Mephisto and Baal -- centuries before Diablo I -- Azmodan and Bellial have been at a Civil War in the Burning Hells. Connecting the dots, this cinematic teaser image might suggest Leah found this foul demon while investigating the hole on the ground left by the meteor, which swallowed her uncle Cain. It's likely the meteor that fell from the sky upon the cathedral of Tristram might really be Belial. A few weeks ago, I posted a Diablo III beta screenshot where Deckard Cain hints Belial has come to Sanctuary.
In Diablo III beta, Deckard Cain clearly says: "The Horadric Scrolls spoke of the dead rising and the Lord of Lies. The Prophecy of the End Days says that at the end of all things, the first sign shall appear in the Heavens!"
Has the Civil War finally ended? Was Azmodan the victor? For those who haven't read much into the Diablo lore, the civil war begun because the three brothers had set their sight on the Nephalem (the children of the renegade angels and demons inhabiting Sanctuary), instead of focusing the hordes of demons on their eternal conflict against the High Heavens and the Angiris Council.
With the three brothers off the chess board, Azmodan and Belial fought each other to claim reign over the Burning Hells. Once the victor take command of the Burning Hells, it's assumed he will unleash an invasion upon the sacred lands of the High Heavens.
It's speculated Azmodan exiled Belial into Sanctuary, thus -- the meteor falling through the sky. Or was it Belial the victor, and Azmodan the fallen one? Only time will tell.
To taste a bit of lore, read The Dark Exile story from the original Diablo Game Manual.
For a full injection of the Diablo Universe lore -- pre-order the upcoming Diablo III: Book of Cain -- narrated from the point of view of Deckard Cain.
We recently posted photos, videos and sneak peek of Diablo III: Book of Cain during our visit to the New York Comic Con.