No idea if you guys like this but, here goes. Do you wanna see any of this in Diablo IV?
Matriarch (female) / Patriarch (male)
A class based out of charms and powerful melee blows from spears, axes and swords. The class is based out of a Templar and a Enchantress. Similar in style of a Paladin, but not in theme or nature, which is more about blood, steel and love rather than holy magic of the light. It is also a call-back to Diablo II titles once you replayed the game and earn the rights being called as such. Blinded by magic, just to get a spear in its neck. Demons need warmth of your embrace as much as the next guy, mostly the fallen ones since they always are treated like sh** you know.
Valkyrie (female) / Titan (male)
Another class that would wield spears and larger-than-life ranged melee weapons. Warrior in nature and also named Warlord in the households around the world without knowing of old histories in Sanctuary, perhaps rumors or myths. Valkyrie and Titan are the off-spring when Amazons and Barbarians would mate, and the lore would be that they took inspiration and knowledge from both. Females can be called Titans as well, however a Valkyrie are signed to protect leaders and to ride fast mounts into combat. Without a leader, a Valkyrie is a natural Titan. In ancient Xiansai terms it would be like a Samurai becomes a ronin. Only females are guards since they only protect female leaders in Amazon tribes.
Apprentice of the Assassins and the Demon Hunters. A master of traps and master spokesman amoung thiefs and scoundrals. As it happens to be, the hero in minds uncle is a famous Scoundral that helped a nephalem many years ago. This class would be a natural being that actually would grow darker and darker in nature as time goes (leveling). The further the cap, the more darkness. Traps would evolve, and so would the hunting techniques and assassinations related to them. This class would be interesting to progress, where it actually would change in behaviour over time, if you so would choose to do so.
Barbarians and Vikings are fairly similar, but there are two big areas the Viking would be very different in. Most of all a Viking without a tribe would stand tall, but always look for a purpose, taking on things on their way as see fit. No clear goals than actually make a living. The class would be a hybrid between Barbarians and Pirates, latter being a class / occupation we have seen in Diablo before. Being a Viking you would be a master at the sea, and the firey forge. Making weapons and commanding boats would be easy. A natural all round warrior, with a sense of strategy in battle rather than jumping into the fray. Imagine a wild emperor or a nation, loving combat and entertainment but also a master craftsman. A viking with a sense of adventure without any goals other than a full stomach.
What happens if you make a Crusader fall in love with a Paladin? Two branches out of one and a same class-tree, a Cleric would become a force to be recon with. Holy warrior with a taste of both heavy armor and weaponry, as well as minor small and swift attacking patterns with knives, sceptors and maces. A Cleric in Sanctuary can be very different from what you see as a Cleric from a D&D campaign, yet similar in nature. Would it be possible to have a spoiled brat shoulder much divine power just to find him or herself throught the journey? A misfit that will be a beginning of something grand and new? Well, that could be a Cleric in Diablo.
Oracles are part of Xiansai, and could be a a combination out of a Paladin and a Wizard. Or a version out of an Sorceress. An Oracle would be someone that can predict patterns, see outcomes and thus control time. If the Oracle would be part of the Paladin bloodline, there would also be holy aspects to it. Time and space would be keywords to explain an Oracle, and also an indirect connection to the Angels, and the enchantress apprentice days which could, if they so choose to do (d4 dev team) become something of a natural glasscanon.
An Invoker is a special class based out of Necromancer and the Witch Doctor, or at least those are the classes it comes closest to. The Invoker is not the off-spring of the two however, but rather a brand new class with its own story. And by new I mean totally new. In Diablo it would be a class that they actually could name at the spot, since we, either as a team-mate or as the Invoker him/herself would be ground zero of the lore. The invoker would be a summoner of the undead, but not only within the realm of Sanctuary, but also an lightbringer of angels and a respawner of demons. We could say an Invoker would be a Necromancer and a Witch Doctor without any sense of rules, and a lover of chaos. Still, standing on the humans and the nephalems side, unless they visited a place fit for a good dual of life and dead, undead and redead.
So, what do you guys think?
Last one is my favorite. Its been a while since I railed off with ideas, and it was a perfect time to think about this on my ride to work earlier today. All of this came out in matter of minutes but I only made highlights on my phone. Now, thinking back, I am pretty sure I nailed everything down that I imagined when I listened on some Rammstein and looked over my shoulder to see other potential Diablo fans out there.
Thanks for the read.
Please let me hear your class ideas.