So we've all bitched and bitched about the story, plot and characters. So let's be a little more constructive and see what we can do, eh?
What, specifically, would you change about the story, and how? What is your solution to those pressing storyline problems? Would you rewrite one character or scene? Or scrap everything and work from the ground up?
- 10/23/2013 12:20:33 PM Posted in: Lore & Storyline
9/13/2013 10:18:31 AM
So according to these portraits, do Baal and Mephisto make cameos in ROS?Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
- 9/5/2013 11:46:07 AM Posted in: Fan Art
9/4/2013 11:31:28 AM
I'm pretty sure Malthael's ultimate plan is to use the Black Soulstone to replace the Worldstone. He needs to purify it, and will probably use the essence of the Angiris Council (or perhaps Humanity?) to do it. Tyrael's selflessness will foil his plan (he lost his angelic essence upon becoming mortal), leading to the corrupted Soulstone being at the center of Creation. Leah's essence will probably be released, however. We'll rescue her spirit in the next expansion where she'll reveal how to purify it, leading to happiness and Disney sunsets.Posted in: Lore & Storyline
8/28/2013 9:59:29 PM
I wonder if each of the angels derives their power from a particular artifact? The Worldstone was at the center of Creation because it embodied life and death. With it gone, there is an imbalance. Perhaps Malthael perceives an excess of life and seeks to balance the equation?Posted in: Lore & Storyline
Or perhaps -- and this is exciting -- I wonder if he intends to attract the attention of the rest of the Angiris Council, bring them to Sanctuary, and then bind them into the stone to cancel out the power of the Prime Evils? However, Tyrael's lost his essence of Justice and thus leaves the equation unbalanced. If this IS involved in the recreation of the World Stone, then it may be biased towards Evil, thus bringing Sanctuary one step closer to the Final Day -- all because of Tyrael. Which I find to be fittingly tragic and ironic.
Further more, from what we now know, the final confrontation in ROS should take place in the Pandemonium fortress.
How do you figure?
8/28/2013 9:38:34 PM
I wondered if Malthael foresaw the role humanity would play in the defeat of the Prime Evils, and so allowed them to exist up until that point?Posted in: Lore & Storyline
8/22/2013 8:44:23 PM
An interesting observation I've read is that Tyrael's sword, El'druin, passes straight through Malthael. It is said in the Book of Cain that El'druin cannot harm anyone or thing of righteous intent. Just something to think about.Posted in: Lore & Storyline
8/21/2013 2:22:08 PM
Posted in: Lore & Storyline
I was thinking earlier about my hypothesis that Malthael wants to do to the Angiris Council what happened to the Prime Evils; have them all absorbed -- perhaps into the Black Soulstone, which can conveniently house Angels as well -- to restore balance. Perhaps that would mean Tyrael himself will be the cause of the End since, having given up his Angelic powers, his Aspect cannot be absorbed into the Black Soulstone to make it whole.Why would Death want to bring Tathamet? he doesn't want to destroy the heavens otherwise Tyrael would be in pieces right now.
But what would happen if it were whole? Anu/Tathamet? Or would it completely cancel out the Prime Evils, stopping their cycle of carnage forever? If so, that could mean Tyrael is involved in the End of Days. Such a grim and ironic tragedy would be a fitting ending, I think, to the Diablo saga.
Quick Edit: Two things I noticed while rewatching the cinematic. One, it looks like Tyrael is hiding the Black Soulstone in a temple beneath a marshland. Sound familiar? Necromancers, anyone?
Also, when Malthael begins to reap Tyrael's soul, he watches it flow into his sickle, then abruptly looks at Tyrael (in surprise?) and casts him away, sparing him. Maybe he WAS trying to absorb his angelic essence and found it useless since Tyrael didn't have any?
8/21/2013 12:42:15 PM
In the Book of Cain, and according to Chris Metzen, the Worldstone still exists in some manner. Perhaps the Worldstone we know was only one "appendage" or aspect of it, since it is a multidimensional artifact. I wonder if Malthael might try to bring together the Black Soulstone, which contains the essence of Tathamet, with the Worldstone? Perhaps he will seek to imprison all of the Angiris Council alongside the Prime Evils? If we look at the prophecy, you'll realize we're only halfway through it, and the remainder of the Archangels (Auriel and Ithareal) haven't fallen yet.Posted in: Lore & Storyline
But to what end would this serve? To restore Tathamet and Anu, thereby allowing them to battle once more and beget a new cycle of Heaven and Hell?
"All of this has happened before -- and will happen again."
8/21/2013 11:18:49 AM
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No, you're totally right. I can still see some Priests of Rathma allying themselves with Malthael in the misguided belief that preserving the Balance means serving the role of evil. At the same time though, Necromancers are supposedly the least corruptible of all the Nephalem. So might that mean that Malthael may actually not be doing something fundamentally wrong? Might he, indeed, be striking a balance in some way we don't yet know about that we will prevent, spelling the end of Sanctuary? That might mean the Nephalem themselves are bringing about the end.That seems like a good theory but I feel it is outside of Trag'Oul's self. Reasoning being is that he has defended Sanctuary against both Heaven and Hell.
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