Lore, Novels, and Canon Oh My!

So how do they all tie in, one may ask? Very simple: the validity of the official Diablo novels in regards to the canon and lore of Sanctuary. Recently, a user asked about the similarities between the official novels and the games themselves and Bashiok had this to say...

Official Blizzard Quote:

The Sin War trilogy was really the beginning of what is now considered canon for the lore of the series. While the previous books certainly have a lot of great stories, information, and even bits and pieces that may indeed hold true in the series as it is now, they aren't held as canon and thus the events in them may not always hold true moving forward.

So for all intents and purposes, only the information in the Sin War Trilogy (Birthright, Scales of the Serpent, The Veiled Prophet) should be taken to heart. Information in the Diablo Archive (which consists of Legacy of Blood, The Black Road, The Kingdom of Shadow, and Demonsbane) and Moon of the Spider may contradict what we see in the future. This isn't that big of a deal, because Blizzard is keeping true to some information written in The Black Road. Another user spotted that the Diablo 3 World map originally did not coincide with facts from The Black Road, which is actually going to be fixed.

Official Blizzard Quote:

That's actually an error we intend to correct with the map and are holding the descriptions from The Black Road as correct.

In no way would I consider the books prior to The Sin War trilogy false or not worth reading, I think Diablo fans can still get a lot of pleasure from them, but you can consider them to be... tales, and not necessarily reference material.

However, things found in the Diablo Archive should be taken with a grain of salt. If Blizzard decides to overrule something written in those earlier books, they can now do so without problems... Problems that anyone who played WoW in it's early days would remember, when there was a slight discrepancy in the WoW/War3 lore about the Draenei and Sargeras, which caused massive uproar back in 2006. Diablo fans can now rest easy when reading about upcoming Diablo 3 lore.

But hey, I highly encourage everyone to go read the novels if you haven't yet. I personally have read through them all and as a Diablo fan, they were great reads. If anyone is interested, head over here for short summaries of the books and a timeline in which they should be read.


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