BlizzCon 2011: Diablo 3 Lore Primer — New and Returning Characters
Characters and Locations of the Past
The Dark Wanderer — your hero from Diablo 1; the one who became Diablo in D2 — has been retconned and given a definite identity: King Leoric’s eldest son, Aidan. Although this may upset some sticklers of continuity, it bears reminding that the Dark Wanderer was already defined to be a white-skinned male, which ruled out the Rogue and Sorcerer from Diablo 1, making him the Warrior be default. In fact, these two turned out to be Diablo 2′s Bloodraven and Summoner, respectively.
The reason for the retcon was because, theoretically, if one wanted to novelize Diablo, create a movie or mini series, or otherwise tell the game’s story, the Dark Wanderer was a major player and cannot be left with a nebulous identity.
Izual, the fallen angel from Diablo 2 and Tyrael’s former lieutenant, will be returning to Diablo 3. Ormus, Diablo 2′s Act III healer, didn’t make the final cut for D3, although a model was created for him.
Diablo 2′s Iron Wolves, the Act III mercenaries led by Asheara in Kurast, will be returning as the former Imperial Guard to the child Emperor of Caldeum, Jewel of the East, a Rome-like city targeted by Belial.
While some familiar faces will return, we won’t be revisiting old locations in Diablo 3. The exception is Mount Arreat, whose shattered remains have been depicted as the smoking mountains in the original Diablo 3 cinematic, but the area has changed so drastically that it may as well be a new location.