Diablo’s Sanctuary is a brutal world caught in the middle of the struggle between heaven and hell. Although a few entities have historically stood up for humanity in this harsh environment, people were most often forced to protect themselves against the influences of both factions. This is where heroes fit in.
Diablo Immortal is no different when it comes to lore. What’s more, it’s set to offer an additional piece of the grand puzzle that is this franchise’s back story by telling the tale of the events that took place between Diablo II and Diablo III.
Although we don’t yet have all the details, we can already make several assumptions regarding the plot of Blizzard’s upcoming mobile game by looking at the way events were concluded in Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. We also have the vantage point of Diablo III, which tells us where several characters – both good and bad – are headed.
Above all, one thing is for sure: the story of Diablo Immortal is bound to give players a great excuse to kill thousands of demons and scour the world for loot in the process. This is something we’ve come to expect from Diablo games and we trust that Blizzard will deliver once again!
The Worldstone and the Eternal Conflict
Back when Heaven and Hell were locked in an endless war with one another, the Worldstone was stolen by the angel Inarius and the demon Lilith to bring a new world – Sanctuary – into being. The two entities attempted to use the great power of the stone to protect the new world from the incurrence of the forces of both Heaven and Hell, but as we now know, they were largely unsuccessful.
There was more to the Worldstone than met the eye. Used to protect humanity from forces it could not comprehend, the stone’s influence was also employed to ensure that people could never become as powerful as angels or demons, let alone overcome their creators. When the demons finally discovered what had happened to the artifact, they plotted in secret to recover the Worldstone and even turn it against humanity. The ultimate goal was to enslave all people and drive them against Heaven, which could finally give Hell the advantage it needed to end the Eternal Conflict in its favor.
Angels soon discovered the plot and moved against it with tremendous force. Given that the Worldstone held such terrible power, Heaven decreed that it would be best to destroy it altogether, but the sacrifice of the nephalem Uldyssian stopped them in their tracks. A truce was eventually reached that ensured Sanctuary’s right to exist, but this too would soon be put to the test when the forces of evil would strike the heart of the Worldstone once more.
The Year Is 1270 AK
At the end of Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, Baal manages to corrupt the Worldstone before he is finally defeated by the player. The corruption quickly spread through Sanctuary and threatened the very existence of the world, which drew the attention of Tyrael, the Archangel of Justice. Tyrael used his magical blade, El’druin, to shatter the Worldstone altogether, but this came at a great cost.
Diablo Immortal is set in 1270 AK, just five years after the destruction of the Worldstone. Although we know from Diablo III that Tyrael is eventually reformed in Heaven, he has, at this point, gone missing and is presumed to be dead. This leaves humanity in an extremely vulnerable position, with no entities that are willing to offer their protection still in the fray.
What’s worse, although the Worldstone was destroyed, Baal’s corruption continued to seep through the fragments that were shattered throughout Sanctuary. Skarn – the herald of Diablo and one of the main bosses in Diablo Immortal – plans to find all the fragments and use them to bring his master back to life. With this plot set in motion, it’s only a matter of time until the Eternal Conflict breaks out yet again.
As usual, mankind is caught in the middle, but this time, humans must fend for themselves. At the same time, we know that there is still plenty of treasure to find and loot for adventurers brave enough to seek it. Cities like New Tristram are established in close proximity to old ruins with a single purpose: to accommodate hundreds of treasure-seekers who are willing to descend into Tristram and the Cathedral in order to face the horrors within and get extraordinary loot in the process.
The Rise of Heroes
While the Archangel Tyrael did disappear, his powerful sword – El’druin – did not. As such, it required a new master and Jacob Staalek, aided by the wizard Shanar – was the man prepared for the task. In fact, the stories of Jacob and Shanar are an important source of information when it comes to anticipating the plot of Diablo Immortal.
Precisely in the timespan between Diablo II and Diablo III, these two heroes stood up to protect humanity against the Rage Plague, as well as other imminent threats. Meanwhile, several sects take root in Sanctuary and complicate matters even further. While the Zakarum Priesthood is exposed for its corruption and appears to be more of a sham than a real cult, the Crusaders – with their mission to purify the latter – offer new-found hope for the majority of people.
Of course, the Crusaders are all changed after an absence that lasted hundreds of years, but whether this is for the best or the worst remains to be seen. One thing we do know is that at least one Nephalem returned with them and that Jacob Staalek played a crucial role in this discovery.
As players, we will likely start as one of the many adventurers travelling to the seemingly peaceful New Tristram for treasure. We have a feeling, though, that our services are about to be enlisted in a much greater cause. After all, the cinematic trailer released back in 2018 warns us that darkness could finally engulf Sanctuary in the absence of powerful heroes who stand together to stop it.