I was absolutely..BLOOOWN..AWAY, when I saw the video of Caldeum. HOLY SHIT that place is SICK looking!! So much amazing detail. I also love how spacious it is and comfortably cluttered with cultural objects, people, and the like to make it look like the city is alive and thriving. Just..Amazing.
I can't believe that they were going to take the Mistress of Pain out - that has to be the coolest concept for a monster. Also, if that is what Azmodan and Belial look like, what are these? Old concept art, maybe?
No, Belial and Azmodan, along with Andariel and Duriel, are the Lesser Evils. Diablo, Baal, and Mephisto are the Prime Evils. However, as far as we know, we've killed everyone except for Belial and Azmodan, who have been fighting for control of Hell in a civil war. Azmodan's confidence points to the possibility that he won that civil war, or maybe the Black Soulstone cinematic takes place after we also defeat Belial. Either way, Azmodan wants to become the sole Prime Evil (as he says in the cinematic) but currently he is still a Lesser Evil.
As far as Azmodan's lieutenants, since he is the Lord of Sin he has a lieutenant for each sin. The only one we know of right now is the Maiden of Lust, and like they say we'll only face two of them in D3. Although these lieutenants are probably very powerful, they aren't Lesser or Prime evils, unless they have reclassified who is a Prime/Lesser evil after the defeat of Diablo, Baal, and Mephisto.
They've never said such a thing.
In fact, they say that those are the Lesser Evils, sitting up their thrones.
By inference it's a reasonable conclusion. The idea that the skeletons are Lesser Evils makes no sense whatsoever though. There are not seven or six lesser evils to sit on those thrones, and the lesser evils we do know of do not look like that and have no reason to look like that. Everything indicates that Leonard (I think it was him?) misspoke during the panel.
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Yeah. I got the impression that he was using the term in a more general sense; IE, that the things on the thrones are merely less powerful than Azmodan. (Maybe they're representations of his lieutenants? I believe Leonard said there's seven of those, although we'll only fight two in the game.)
I believe it was hinted at either during the lore panel or during the short Q&A after the lore panel that while we did "kill" the lesser evils, we "shouldn't be so sure they're dead." I may have mixed that up with something else in my memory, but I believe it's correct.