Quote fromThis is all operating under the assumption that Trag'Oul is correct. As I doubt he is omniscient, he would be capable of error, and so could be wrong about Heaven's intentions.
I guess it's possible that Trag'Oul is wrong, but if that's the case, why even have these characters in the first place? It would have been just as easy to have the creation of Sanctuary based on totally separate circumstances (i.e not having anything to do with the treachery of certain angels and demons) where the motivations from Hell's perspective would be to spread chaos among Sanctuary's inhabitants and Heaven wanting to simply defend these seemingly helpless mortals due to their good nature. Instead, we have Sanctuary whose existence is a mockery to both Heaven and Hell, and a third party (Trag'Oul and company) whose sole purpose is to defend Sanctuary from anyone who wishes to control it for their own purposes. I've got to think that the Sin War is still the main objective of Heaven and Hell. It would be silly to think that these two realms have been fighting SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME only to just completely forget about it and move on to Sanctuary. Sanctuary is obviously a means to an end no matter what way you look at it.
Quote fromTake this scenario. Humanity continues to evolve, and Heaven continues to take a passive role in affars, yet never leaving Sanctuary. Eventually, Sanctuary will reach a point where it will be able to contend with Heaven and Hell on even grounds (sort of like the third realm to acquire Weapons of Mass Destruction). At that point, Sanctuary can either take an aggressive stance against both other realms, or join with Heaven against Hell. Ask yourself, what is more likely? If Hell has continuously assailed Sanctuary, while Heaven has not, would it not make sense to ally with Heaven if they extend their hand?
This could surely be possible, but again, I'm not sure that the Rathmians would allow this alliance to be made without a fight. The bottom line is that the Rathmians need both Heaven and Hell to exist to carry out their own cause, so surely they wouldn't stand idle and allow Heaven - or Humans who allied with Heaven - to destroy Hell. And assuming your theory is right for a moment, what would happen after that? I don't recall exactly which Sin War book this quote was in or its exact wording, but I remember Trag'Oul saying to Mendeln that if good has no evil to counter it, then good will eventually turn on itself. If Trag'Oul and the Rathmians allowed this alliance between Heaven and Sanctuary to happen or embraced it, they would be going directly against the teachings of Trag'Oul and The Balance.
Quote fromAs far as we know, Heaven is only interested in destroying Hell. There's never any solid text stating that Order must be established in Sanctuary, that is merely an extrapolation made by us fans from speeches of Rathmians and similar.
You could be right except for the fact that Imperius and Mephisto agreed to allow Sanctuary to exist. The only reason this could be possible is if both sides thought that Sanctuary was the missing link to winning the War, which means they must both be trying to gain control over it. If that's not the case, then why even allow Sanctuary to exist or care that Hell might take it over?
Quote fromNow, if such a scenario was to take place, it would be a possibility that Trag'Oul, Rathma et. al would be opposed to an alliance between the realms. In that case, perhaps future heroes will join Heaven in a fight against Trag'Oul, and afterwards move on to fight Hell.
This is pretty much in sync with what a I wrote a couple of paragraphs above. What's interesting here is that if this did happen, what angle would Blizzard tell the story from? Do you necessarily think that they would make Trag'Oul and the Rathmians the antagonists? The beauty of this story is that their is more than one possible answer to that question.
Quote fromOf course, I don't think we'll ever see a victory for one side over the other in the Diablo universe.
I think this relates to the worry I have that Blizzard won't take this story to its full potential. I agree with you that we probably won't see an ultimate ending to the story other than The Balance being maintained, which means that either Hell is always going to be the antagonist and beaten back, or they'll grow some balls and start bringing some angels into the fray. I think we all know which route they will most likely take.