I suggest adding Astrogha to the "Others" section of the Burning Hells.
I suggest adding Astrogha to the "Others" section of the Burning Hells.
Due to the lack of information I had to surmise the chronology of some events, hopefully the Book of Cain will add more information.
Let me know if you think that makes sense.
Inarius is turned over to Mephisto in return for Mephisto casting his mark on the point of flux inside the cathedral of light.
Izual attacks the Hellforge.
Izual is defeated, he turns over the secrets of the soulstones to the Prime Evils and help them plan their exile to Sanctuary.
Izual spirit is bound within a terrible creature summoned from the Black Abyss, left to wander the Burnings Hells for eternity.
First civil war in the Burnings Hells
Second civil was in the Burnings Hells
Now for the speculation. Mephisto had a reason for wanting Inarius in his keep otherwise he would not have "casted his mark" (whatever that means). Perhaps from him he got the knowledge he needed to begin to corrupt an angel (Izual) who had the knowledge he desired (bypass whatever casting his mark did).
Izual, now partially corrupted goes against the wishes of Tyrael and attacks the Hellforge as a ploy so he can be captured by the Prime Evils without raising suspicions. The Prime Evils learn of the soulstones and how to corrupt them from Izual and begin to plan how to trick the Angels in using the soulstones against them.
So they stage their exile by perhaps even secretly instigating the civil war by letting the lesser evils think that they were afraid to continue the war with the High Heaven, instead focusing on Sanctuary. They are then exiled and roam Sanctuary leaving chaos and attrition in their wake, this to trick the angels into using the soulstones against them. They may even had a hand in the shattering and fragmenting of Baal's soulstone to force Tal Rasha to sacrifice himself in an attempt to contain Baal in a partial soulstone (This was a trick so that Baal could then take over Tal Rasha, in the same way that Diablo took over Aiden, and gain his knowledge and abilities).
The events of DI to DIIX occur and the rest is still unexplained.
Last edited by Brokenstorm; 24-11-2011 at 08:48.
There are other contradictions, too...for example, yesterday morning I realized that if the Pandemonium Fortress houses the Worldstone...what purpose had the Worldstone Keep served? I know it's gone now, but should we consider it to have been an extension of the Pandemonium Fortress on the mortal plane? Kind of like a mystical version of Doctor Who's TARDIS, with more blood and body parts.
And props to Neinball for that Star Wars link, that's a very cool idea. Though we'd probably have to corner Chris Metzen and get him to clarify what's canon and what isn't.
As a side-note, it seems Horazon lived for quite a while. in d2 Drognan says that nearly a thousand years ago he created for himself an Arcane Sanctuary.
An since he noted to tomb of Tal Rasha in his journal that mean he lived for at least 710 years!!!!
The lore panel at Blizzcon seemed to emphasise that the Worldstone was still in Pandemonium, it seems to exist in all worlds. By 'stealing' it Inarius et al really just hid it from everyone outside Sanctuary.
SpoilerThey also suggested that for that reason the worldstone may not really be destroyed. Or at least not permanently. Or something. The fact they brought that up at all suggests it was probably either a red herring or something they don't intend to explore in D3.
As for the Worldstone Keep, wasn't it there in The Sin War Trilogy? Didn't Uldyssian have to battle Bul'Kathos to gain entry? Or was it somewhere else?
And yes, I seem to remember somewhere (probably an NPC gossip) it saying (or at least suggesting) that the Arcane Sanctuary itself extended Hoarzon's life. Possibly time moves slower there - but I can't remember if it actually said that or if that's me filling in the blanks.
For example at the end of the Sin War Trilogy it is hinted at that the Worldstone would be attuned to let the power of humans grow (or at least not suppress their power), but then again in the lore panel they said that the Worldstone did suppress their powers (among other things).
But yes they said that technically the Worldstone was still in Pandemonium, but somehow "dimensionally veiled it" and blinked it out in the realm of Sanctuary.
"He believed that his Sanctuary would not only protect him from Hell's vengeance, but also allow him to continue his studies free from the ravages of time and disease."
Wow, there are so much contradictions in the Beta, I hope those thing are fixed before release.
- It is hinted at that Lazarus was already possessed by Diablo before Leoric moved to Tristram, and that it is Lazarus who chose Tristram as Leoric new seat of power. Whereas Diablo awakened after Leoric moved to Tristram.
We have just arrived in Tristram, and I must say I'm a bit dismayed. This place is a backwater filled with serfs and an ancient broken down monastery, hardly fit for the king of Khanduras! I cannot fathom why Lazarus was so intent on this becoming our new seat of power.
- Aiden was off to become a warrior before Leoric sent his armies against Westmarch, so he couldn't have been part of the war as was said in the lore panel.
A fetid, pallid malaise has fallen over the manor we now call home. Young Albrecht seems to be enjoying himself in our new home, however, even with his brother Aidan off to become a warrior. Perhaps I am simply suffering from an imbalance of humors brought on by the recent change of clime.
^ I'm not sure either of those are contradictions. The first doesn't seem to imply he's possessed to me; Lazarus was Leoric's top advisor, why shouldn't he exert some influence over such an important decision?
And "off to become a warrior" could simply mean he'd gone off to train, which presumably he'd finish in time to join the army of Khanduras for the war. The question of what took him so long to get back to Tristram remains, however. I'd be much happier if Aiden wasn't in the war, then we could assume he went off on his own path (as could also be interpeted from that lore entry) and didn't decide to return home for several years. It seems hard to believe that he'd not do anything about his father's madness or death unless he was well and truly out of contact. Maybe he went swanning off right after the war, without going home, but that feels very off to me. Is there anything besides the lore panel to say he did go to Westmarch?
I just re-read the Arreat Summit entries on the Ancients, and unfortunately there isn't anything that could help date their recruitment.
What happen to Inarius after Mephisto takes him to his realm?
Well, we can perhaps infer an answer from the Overlords entry of the D1 manual beastiary:
Overlords (Tyrannus Pinguis)
Even the Seraphim are not immune to the corruption of the Dark Lords. One such angel, Inarius, was proud of his beauty and boasted loudly of his purity and worth. His thoughts became so clouded that he believed himself to be above both Angel and Demon, and he left the High Heavens to form his own dominion. He constructed a great cathedral of mirrored glass and crystal, and followers flocked to him, drawn by his numinous charm and wealth. Once Inarius had gathered a sizable army, he decided to prove his power.
Inarius first laid siege to an infernal temple devoted to the worship of Mephisto, but made the foolish mistake of overestimating his prowess. The armies of Inarius laid waste to the temple and killed the dark monks that dwelled within. The Three Evils had considered the vain warrior a mere nuisance and amusement until this time, but this was an insult that they could not bear.
Mephisto himself is said to have appeared at the cathedral of Inarius. He laid waste to the church and the surrounding countryside. The Lord of Hatred took the proud archangel and his followers captive. He bound Inarius with tremendous chains and slowly tore the wings from the back of the angel. Great barbed hooks were then used to stretch out the once glowing skin and his features were distorted by vile powers. Many of the followers of Inarius were given as gifts to Baal and Diablo, but the rest were molded to match the bloated image of the now crippled angel. To this day, Inarius is said to be trapped in Hell within a chamber of mirrors, his eyelids torn from his face as he is forced to gaze upon his misshapen form for all eternity. His misguided followers now serve as Hell’s taskmasters, taking the anguish of their lost glory out upon the bodies of others.
These grotesque demons have considerable brawn hidden beneath their layers of greasy flab. Do not underestimate their strength or their intelligence for crossing swords with them is ill advised. You will be far better served to combat them with ranged weapons or magic.
We know, thanks to Abd Al-Hazir, that early Vizjerei writings (specifically including this particular book) aren't especially reliable, so perhaps it's not too surprising that some important details - like that Inarius' domain was in fact Sanctuary, or exactly how Inarius fell into Mephisto's possession - might be misrepresented. The descriptions of the specific tortures also seem unlikely given what we now know of angel physiology. All that said, in the absense of any other information I think we can take from that that Inarius remains Mephisto's prisoner, undergoing eternal torture based upon his own vanity. I tend to doubt the actual Overlord connection though (there was no suggestion of Mephisto getting his hands on any of Inarius' followers in the novels was there?).
It's unfortunate that the whole bestiary is either Vizjerei or demon propaganda, because there would be a lot of info in there.