D3X Preview Splash Images: Angiris Council?


D163, Blizzard’s official Chinese service provider, is running a series of splash images building up to the official reveal (?) of Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls at Gamescom. The images are still running, but with #7 and #8 several of the Archangels in the DiabloWikiAngiris Council are visible, along with DiabloWikiBlack Soulstone hovering overhead.

Image #7: Added Tuesday evening. Angels visible with Black Soulstone overhead.
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Update: Image #8: Added late night Tuesday. Angels still there, Black Soulstone vanished upwards?
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Update #2: Image #9: The final image added Wednesday morning, with just the angels and the burning parchment gone entirely. That escalated quickly?
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This is all reminiscent of the series of “breaking through the ice” images we saw back in June 2008, prior to Diablo 3’s reveal at Blizzard’s Paris WWI event. (Though these are much less mysterious and not filled with hidden clues and weird purple walruses.) If you want to relive those wild days, check out our retrospective article with all the images and explanations for the hidden easter eggs.

Click through to see all the images in sequence, but I warn you, it’s a fiery hole in parchment, slowly getting bigger until Image #7 finally shows some glimpse of the Angels.

Image #1: Tiny hole.

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Image #2: Small hole.

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Image #3: Small hole and a minuscule hole.

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Image #4: The fire spreads wider.

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Image #5: Medium hole and small hole.

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Image #6: Medium hole, small hole and minuscule hole.

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Image #7: Angels visible with Black Soulstone overhead.

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Image #8: Angels still there, Black Soulstone vanished upwards?

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Image #9: The final image added Wednesday morning, with just the angels and the burning parchment gone entirely. That escalated quickly?
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Well, I told it was a hole getting bigger didn’t I?

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  1. I wanted to get “thanks to MathewPoland for pointing that out” part so bad when I wrote about this in the comments below the booth news earlier today 🙁

    Joking, but – this picture is starting to look more and more interesting. I have the feeling that the angels are trying to defend the Stone from Malthael who wants to use it for something really, really bad 🙂

    Or, Rathma was sent under Tathamet’s orders to release the evils to maitain balance in the universe, hahaha:)

  2. Clearly Imperius and Auriel there, but isn’t that Tyrael on the right? And looking like he did pre-d3, when he was still faceless beneath his hood. The current tyrael is still mortal and unhooded, at least judging by the end of the D3C cinematics.

    So is this a flashback, or is Tyrael going to return to his fully-armored, warrior days? And is he with or against Imperius? And can we take this teaser image literally enough for such speculation…

    • I think it looks more like Ithereal, Archangel of Fate. Considering the scroll in front of him.

    • It’s not Tyrael. It’s one of the other angels. Forgot his name. The one with the Scroll of Fate.

    • It’s not Tyrael’s armor and it’s holding a scroll so, Ithereal. Also, those are the angels we already know well… they wouldn’t spoil things like this.
      To Imperius’ left there’s another angel’s blurry silhouette/shadow.

      It’s definitely a screen from the trailer featuring Angel of Death against the Council in some epic battle.

      Sigh, so much potential…

  3. When is Blizzard supposed to have a conference?

  4. Seeing as how Tyreal was revealed to be a black man, does it bother anyone that the Angiris Council is just a bunch of black people?

  5. You guys are thinking too deep.

    Bobby kottick’s face will appear last.

  6. QUOTE

    Seeing as how Tyreal was revealed to be a black man, does it bother anyone that the Angiris Council is just a bunch of black people?

    I think affirmative action got a black guy on the angris council

  7. anybody besides me doing repeated F5s on the chinese site hoping to get some early news ?

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