This is not official, but an interpretation by Diablofans forum members Atrumentis and Daemaro based on the description of Angel Imperius from the Diablo: The Sin War Trilogy pocket book by Richard A. Knaak. The Diablo III artwork that may be found at the official Diablo III website shows an angel with a peculiar bright sword on his chest.
Here is an excerpt from Book three: The Veiled Prophet:
"THERE IS NO NEED FOR THIS DEBATE TO CONTINUE ... OR TO HAVE EVEN BEGUN, declared a majestic angel with robes of royal red and a shining breastplate upon which the image of an upturned sword blazed.
It is not known who the angel in the image above is, but we do have clues that Diablo: The Sin War trilogy is canon lore that serves as ground for the development of the Diablo III Single Player. Angel Imperius is one of the five members of the Angiris Council in the High Heavens.
It says upturned, but isn't that sword on the angel in the image turned downwards? It's the pommel at the top of the sword and the blade at the bottom? In any case, it resembles a cross more than a sword IMO
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Alright, I will close this thread. Any comments may be shared on the original thread here. Atrumentis PM me to bring up this theory. I have the novel right in front of me, and the description lightly resembles the artwork. We don't see the color of his robes, but the sword is unmistakeable.
Each angel of the Angiris Council is described by Richard A. Knaak in the book. Each of them has different clothing/armor colors, signs and shapes.
These are the five members of the Angiris Council
Angel Imperius: Majestic angel with robes of royal red and a shining breastplate upon which the image of an upturned sword blazed.
Angel Auriel: Female wearing softer blue robes. She's the most animated and merciful of the five.
Angel Itherael: Gray-clad angel who doesn't look male nor female in aspect.
Angel Malthael: Black robes and black breastplate.