The picture was signed by Victor Lee, Diablo artist! You can see his name on numerous pictures at the official site! So, yeah, the picture is from BlizzCon and it is confirming that Adria is coming back!
I'm trying to look for a photo of it now, but its hard to find. I remember seeing a photo of that Adria concept art on the wall at Blizzcon. If you trust me enough, my verbal confirmation is here. Otherwise, let me find that darn photo...
I would LOVE if Adria was a powerful demon or angel in disguise, ala 'Lylia' from the sin wars books
Hell- it would be sweet if Lilith actually returned from her exile decades ago (thanks to Mendeln 'finding' her in the void) and was secretly masterminding the return of the next generation of edyrem (with Inarius out of the way..)
Demon or angel, it would be very cool if she was secretly pulling the strings in key locations like Tristram
I never thought that she was that young in D1, since the artwork of her for D3 (set 20 years after) depicts her as a woman in her best age (35-40?)!
Adria was/is a powerful witch, she probably has some form of youth regenerating magic. I wonder what that pendant was she had in her hand in the concept art- it looked like a necklace with something similar to Diablo's head's shape.
You're right, I didn't noticed the necklace! Perhaps she joined the Triune and worships Dialon, the Spirit of Determination. That would explain the necklace. Although, it is said that Dialon is represented with a stubborn ram. But it could be possible!
i have a feeling Adria isnt who she is representing to be.. i think she is Lillith, we know that Lillith diguised herself before in the books ( lore experts help me a bit), even Deckard Cain says in his journal:
" i am not sure what to make of this Adria, who openly calls herself a witch. She has access to all manner of arcane knowledge that even i do not. Why has she come here now, at this heinous time? I feel there is something amiss about her"
they have clearly stated numerous times that the barb in d3 is the same barb from d2.
Well, he doesn't have that Blue tattoo on his face, but maybe that was just warpaint?
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He was in a box for days- in my book that's probably what the staff is for. Point being, he looks extremely old in both pictures. I don't know many 20 year olds with white beards and a complete bald spot, do you?
Think of Cain as a Monk.
Lots of them shave their heads..
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Erm, sorry, my bad I post so much most of these days that I sometimes forgot what I'm talking about.
Yes, I think the age issue is an interesting aspect of it. My guess is that its some form of powerful magic she has. Even a powerful Horadric mage like Deckard Cain can't cheat his age very well. If she is, indeed, a demon in disguise, she would not have to worry about age.
I honestly haven't the foggiest. If I had to guess based on information we already have, I'd say maybe that spider lady we saw in concept art, Lilith, or... Hm... You know, maybe the reason it seemed like Adria disappeared into nowhere because she never actually left Tristram. Maybe she "dwells" down there or something.
Is that what her ultimate goal is? To make humans... powerful? I guess, I just don't understand why. Is that in the books somewhere?
Yeah, if you want me to spoil it for you I will.
Since we defeated Lilith and the prime evils it makes sense that they would return to hell. In the books it states that time is not relevant between the realms of heaven, hell, and sanctuary. So that could explain the amount of time it took for them to return to sanctuary, or maybe they were just rebuilding their forces, perhaps warring with Azmodan and Belial.