Yeah, definitely hard to not be a monster-big Tyrael fan, he's badass from the name on down.
I'm a big fan of Cain, he's always been in the games and I love his scholarly obsessing, toiling away in thick tomes year after year by candlelight trying to save the world and no one ever seems to believe him.
Also a big fan of Farnham -- they did a nice job with him, balancing how the horrors of the cathedral wrecked him and turned him into a slobbering drunk while also making him so freaking hilarious.
Mines actually Bartuc, the Warlord of Blood. Great power always comes at a cost. The other is Lachdanan, honorable even through death, now if only he makes good on his promise of finding a way to help you. More Lachdanan please!
I like the stories of Nihlathak and Lazarus. Both men who were once good and both corrupted in different ways. Their downfalls are really interesting and the fact that you get to learn their stories as you move along and then ultimately confront them...it's really great. I've written lots about it on this forum.
Actually, come to think of it, the tale of Aidan, Leoric and the others of that family is strangely elegant in its tragedy. The sins of the father are passed down from one to the next to the next. I mean, we're dealing with three generations in the lives of a cursed family. That one retcon behind the Dark Wanderer's identity was pretty moving. That sort of ennobles the Dark Wanderer in my view.
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Be it through hallowed grounds or lands of sorrow
All in the Forger's wake is left bereft and fallow
Is the residuum worth the cost of destruction and maiming;
Or is the shaping a culling and exercise in taming?
The road's goal is the dark Origin of Being
But be wary through what thickets it winds.
-Excerpt from the Litany of Residuum;
As Translated by He Who Brings Order
Zayl is definitely not the D2 necro, though it's been speculated / hinted superficially (to my knowledge) that he could be making a cameo in D3. He's definitely a fun character.
I agree about the Aiden retcon, and it obviously also neatly plays into all the hints that Leah is going to play a huge role in D3, with some clear reverberations from the fact that she was conceived by a Diablo-infested Aiden and Adria. Lineage (like the cursed family as well) always seems to play a central role in the Diablo lore.
Tyrael hands down. There is no one even close to surpassing him as my favorite character, though Diablo himself would be second. I always preferred the series more for it's cosmological entities than its humans.
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As far as depth of character goes I'd have to say Marius was the best character. He was the most conflicted character who felt intense guilt at his cowardice when he didn't go to hell forge in D2 to break Bael's soulstone.
Imperius. hands down. In a world where everyone is alligned with either good or bad, he's the only character who's still sort of ambiguous and grayzoned. He's by far the character I'm most interested in learning more about in the coming game.
Also, I sorta like Leah, but mainly cause she slightly reminds me of Imoen.
Truth is, no characters from D1 or D2 really got to me. Maybe cause I didn't pay much attention to the story back then, but still. I've high hopes for D3 though... it really looks like they've spiced up the story by weaving in more variables such as the Angiris Council and more lively characters and such... I feel like a topic such as this will be very interesting after having finished the actual game.
Then again, Blizzard has never been any good with multi-layered characters. They're not bad, but they're rarely interesting enough to discussing... it's not the reason why I play their games, so to speak.
I always thought Blood Raven was awesome. Does anyone know if there's any info on her in the books(other than what's listed on wiki)?
Also the Dark Wanderer is bad ass! I remember when I first found out that he's actually the warrior from D1 as well as Leoric's son, my head exploded. As I played through D2 I always wanted to save him..