Kingdom of Shadow - Lost City of Ureh

  • #61
    i wouldn't mind seeing ureh, seems like a intresting place.


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  • #62
    Quote from "platking" »
    Interesting theory, but it seems a little odd that the Kingdom of Shadow could have taken place during or after the events of Diablo II. This is because (spoiler) Diablo himself plays a huge role in the book, and while he was busy traveling and releasing his brothers in DII, I doubt he would have had much free time to influence the events of Kingdom of Shadow. That is, if I understand the story correctly. Big spoiler coming this time, beware!

    Diablo had influenced Juris Khan long before the events of Kingdom of Shadow (long in terms of the mortal plane, not the world in which the true Ureh existed). However, as I understand the ending, Diablo himself basically POSSESED Juris Khan or at least his ethereal projection. In order to do this, Diablo must have been actively performing some spell at the time. Also, he intended to enter sanctuary via Ureh. This to me does not make sense if he was already IN sanctuary, even masquerading as the dark wanderer.


    Ah but, I don't think Diablo was actually in Ureh at all at the time of the novel. He influenced Juris Khan and the whole Kingdom, yes, but he didn't actively participate. The vision of Mirakodus that we see is merely Khan's projection:

    Quote from Kingdom of Shadow »
    If it makes all the difference, I can try to show you. You must know, of course, that I draw from memory, and so what you see, however magnificent, is but a dim, human representation of a being perfect in all manner. In truth, even I never saw him fully, for what mortal could stand the blinding glory of one of Heaven’s guardians?”

    Giving the blade to his daughter, he held his hands up high and muttered a spell. Kentril tensed more, although he could not be certain exactly why. Lord Khan would only be summoning a representation of the archangel, not the true being. The mercenary could hardly expect any aid from an illusion.


    So it could still have happened during the games, or could have happened after them. But we know for sure that it didn't happen very long before the games or before Diablo was captured below Tristram because Moon of the Spider happens just after it, and that definitely occurs sometime after LoD.

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  • #63
    Quote from "Atrumentis" »
    Ah but, I don't think Diablo was actually in Ureh at all at the time of the novel. He influenced Juris Khan and the whole Kingdom, yes, but he didn't actively participate. The vision of Mirakodus that we see is merely Khan's projection:



    So it could still have happened during the games, or could have happened after them. But we know for sure that it didn't happen very long before the games or before Diablo was captured below Tristram because Moon of the Spider happens just after it, and that definitely occurs sometime after LoD.


    Wait what did i miss? Didn't Diablo show up in the very end? When he reached the top of the mountain when the barbarian sacrificed himself, as he reached it and defeated the guy diablo showed up (remember it has been about 4 to 5 years since i read TKOS)
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  • #64
    Well, there was an image of Diablo that appeared briefly just as Khan was defeated... but that still doesn't mean that he was actually there. He was using Khan as his puppet, so Khan could have acted as a kind of window that Diablo was peering through, hoping to one day actually get through. But he didn't physically show up like he did in the games or in Legacy of Blood. If the window connection thing is true, then Diablo could have been anywhere at the time.

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  • #65
    Quote from "Atrumentis" »
    Well, there was an image of Diablo that appeared briefly just as Khan was defeated... but that still doesn't mean that he was actually there. He was using Khan as his puppet, so Khan could have acted as a kind of window that Diablo was peering through, hoping to one day actually get through. But he didn't physically show up like he did in the games or in Legacy of Blood. If the window connection thing is true, then Diablo could have been anywhere at the time.


    Oh i understand, at the time i took it as him actually being there but your idea makes more sense :)
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  • #66
    Forgive my over excitement but... OH OH! I just had another look at the artwork trailer (why didn't I do this before??), and look at the image at 0:27!!

    JUST LOOK AT THAT SHADOW!!

    Edit: Damn, the images died. They'll be back at the 23rd of the month, I hope. They are from the Artwork trailer.






    Yes, that is definitely the same city as in the cinematic teaser. Look at the design of the two tower things.

    And notice that there is a MASSIVE mountain behind the city.

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  • #67
    Wonder if it's going to be a "timed" town -- as in the book. The closer the time in the game gets to midnight (I think it was) the stranger things around/in the town started to happen.







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  • #68
    Yeah, damn that bandwidth. The images should return on the 23rd of the month. Damn, thats 10 days away.

    And yeah, the whole Ureh thing would be pretty complicated to have as a town. It would be super cool, but complicated. I wonder how they would do it.

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  • #69
    love the book(s) fantastic
    When will we learn ??


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  • #70
    yes loved the book an fill this will be a great sceen for are beloved diablo
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  • #71
    I loved the book too! and all its characters, now I'm trying to get a copy of Moon of the Spider as the events in that book happen after those of Kingdom of Shadow.

    One thing tho..., I don't want to be too spoilerific, but all of us who already read the book know what happens to Ureh in the end, so in which way are we getting Ureh in Diablo III? Maybe this is a hit to time travel in D3, are we going back in time to see "The Light among Lights" in its former glory? Or just as a ruined city in the middle of a Jungle? Although in the pic it does not look ruined at all.

    Meh I want answers! :P
  • #72
    it has nothing to do with time travel. it could mean the the book takes place after Diablo 3 or that the city wasn't really destroyed completely. (haven't read the book in awhile so i could be wrong.)
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  • #73
    It looks pretty ruined to me. Especially watching the cinematic part with the destroyed statue.
  • #74
    but i am sure that there isn't any time travel in Diablo 3
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  • #75
    Quote from "Shadowdragon85" »
    but i am sure that there isn't any time travel in Diablo 3


    Oh yeah, for sure. :P

    It might be a flashback though of how it used to look. I doubt it though. Looks like your average ruined/abandoned city to me.
  • #76
    The Kingdom of Shadow could fairly easily come back to haunt us. Well obviously Blizzard has come up with a way, because its clearly a city in DIII now.

    In Kingdom of Shadow, Kentril and his men were tasked at placing the Key to Light (a crystal) on top of the mountain. By doing so, they anchored the city to this world (I think it had a few days before it was properly anchored though).

    However, once Kentril found out about the evil within the city, he and his men went back up to the mountain and through the crystal off the mountain. It shattered in the city below, erupting with a huge burst of light. And then the real sunlight came and covered the city, turning it back to ruin and killing all the damned souls within...

    So um, I dunno. Maybe there is another Key to Light? Maybe some damned souls remained?

    Or maybe they will just use the novel as a basis for our quest? So like our character plays the role of Kentril? Not necessarily time-traveling, just turning the story into a playable game?


    This is the image of Ureh from the artwork trailer:



    It seems to show Ureh transforming into something sinister...

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  • #77
    Maybe since the time of the book new evils and undead have crept into the ruins to take up residence. It seems to happen a lot in the Diablo world. :P

    Not sure how it will be implemented but having never read the books, it's very interesting to me. I hate to read books but I love to read ABOUT them. :D

    Just thought about something. Does the portal/structure behind this angel seem like it would fit into Ureh somehow at all?

    http://www.blizzard.com/diablo3/_images/artwork/ss55-hires.jpg

    It just seems to me like something that would fit in with the city.
  • #78
    Boy if that wasn't inspired by Jackson's LOTR Minas Tirith I don't what is.

    Still nicely done.

    Never got into the books, maybe it's my age or because it's hard to read anything that begins to compare to Tolkien's work. Still kind of cool to see them in a Borders, it reminds you Diablo is still out their somewhere. I'm certain he has possessed our government now, at least I'm waking up in the middle of night these days screaming something about "the east", it would be great to see mythic hero's march on Washington and restore order. LMAO!

    The barbarians Whirlwind would be especially righteous in Congress, I really don’t care what side of the isle he starts on.

    (Sorry for the double post, lost track of where I was at)
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