Diablo III Intro Story Datamined

Horadric.ru, a Russian Diablo fansite, has posted datamined music, plus the full text and stills from the opening story cinematic. The info in it isn’t a spoiler, since it’s just D3’s slightly-retconned version of the D1/D2/D2X plot, telling how DiabloWikiDiablo awoke beneath DiabloWikiTristram, corrupted the DiabloWikiDark Wanderer, and was ultimately soulstone’d along with DiabloWikiMephisto and DiabloWikiBaal, actions that led up to DiabloWikiTyrael‘s DiabloWikiWorldstone smashing.

What is new are the still screenshots they took from the sketchbook-style visuals that accompany this text. It’s not clear if there’s an animated movie, or just some slides with text (and narration) over them, but it’s a nice appetite whetting for what we’ll get May 15th.

To the right is the YouTube player for the music you’ll hear during the Diablo 3 installation process. It’s something of an updated Tristram theme, and sounds like it’s some of that “90 minutes of Matt Uelmen on acoustic guitar” we’ve been promised.

Click through for a selection of the new images and the full text of the Diablo III opening story cinematic, all courtesy of Horadric.ru. I wouldn’t consider the text spoilery since it’s all known info, but the images haven’t been seen before even if they’re illustrating known events, and when it comes to spoilers it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Stay awhile and listen… My name is Deckard Cain. I am the last of the Horadrim, a secret order that was assembled to protect humanity from the demonic forces of the Burning Hells.

Yet I grow old, and I must pass down my knowledge. Mankind must never forget our struggles against the Lords of Hell, for they will not rest until they hold sway over all.

The Prime Evils–Diablo, Baal, and Mephisto–once wreaked havoc on our world, before the Horadric order was formed to hunt them down and imprison their essences within enchanted soulstones.

Buried beneath the town of Tristram, Diablo’s soulstone lay undisturbed for generations… until the fateful day he was released and our holy cathedral was transformed into a gateway to the Hells.

The Lord of Terror drove our good king Leoric to madness and possessed his youngest son, Albrecht. With Leoric’s mind poisoned and Diablo’s minions prowling the night, chaos and fear gripped Tristram.

Just when we had given in to despair… hope emerged. Leoric’s eldest son, Aidan, returned from abroad and pledged to vanquish the demonic evil that had turned our lives into a unending nightmare.

He stormed into the labyrinth beneath Tristram’s cathedral and vanquished the Lord of Terror himself. We all heard the demon’s terrible death-cry echoing up from the cursed depths.

Tristram was saved, and at last we knew peace. But where our torment had ended, Aidan’s had just begun. He seemed distant… troubled by some unseen burden. Then one day, he simply vanished.

Following his disappearance, a new wave of demons ravaged Tristram. With no one left to defend us, the town was reduced to ashes. My friends… were butchered and raised from the dead.

I alone was spared, caged and forced to witness Tristram’s defilement. I thought I would die there in the ruins of my home, but I was rescued by a group of brave heroes.

They spoke of a great darkness stretching toward the east, and I knew in my heart it was Aidan. This once-valiant man, who became known as the Dark Wanderer, had succumbed to evil…

After Diablo’s fall, Aidan had thought to contain the demon lord’s essence within himself. While his intentions were noble, the Lord of Terror’s oppressive will overwhelmed him.

My new comrades raced to Lut Gholein and learned of the Wanderer’s plan to free Baal, the Lord of Destruction, from his prison beneath the nearby deserts. Yet they arrived there too late…

Baal’s tomb was empty save for Tyrael, the archangel of Justice and a member of the Angiris Council, which ruled over the High Heavens. He too had learned of Diablo’s journey east.

Tyrael implored the heroes to track down the two Prime Evils in the Temple City of Travincal and stop them from liberating their infernal brother, Mephisto, the Lord of Hatred.

Although the mortals followed Tyrael’s guidance, the demon lords still succeeded in reuniting. It was then that Diablo assumed his true demonic form, shedding the last vestiges of Aidan’s humanity.

Undaunted, my companions pressed on, slaying Mephisto and recovering his soulstone. They then pursued Diablo into the Burning Hells, where he had begun amassing his loyal demonic followers.

There, in realms where no mortal had trod, the fearless champions defeated the Lord of Terror. Upon the Hellforge, they sealed their victory by destroying the soulstones of Diablo and Mephisto.

With the heroes focused on his brethren, Baal marched an unholy army to Mount Arreat, site of the immense Worldstone. By corrupting this sacred artifact, he hoped to turn all of mankind to evil.

At the mount’s summit, my comrades narrowly triumphed over the Lord of Destruction, but not before Baal had tainted the Worldstone. Humanity, it seemed, was doomed…

Tyrael believed that only one drastic act would spare mankind from damnation. And so he hurled his sword, El’druin, into the Worldstone, shattering the crystal and igniting a catastrophic explosion.

I cannot help but wonder what the price of Tyrael’s action will be. Did he save our world, or did he merely consign it to some grim and unseen fate?

Despite the victories over the Prime Evils, I sense a darkness approaching. Two Lords of Hell remain–Azmodan and Belial–and I fear it is they who herald the coming End of Days.

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    31 thoughts on “Diablo III Intro Story Datamined

    1. well, intro movie ? i would rather say a story you will see when downloading/installing the game …

        • We did, but:

          A. There’s another intro. Your class “movie”.
          B. This is from the installation. The installation is a narrated “recap” of what happened before that you can listen to while the game is installing.

          This is as far as the datamining will go for the release client. Unless Blizz messed up big time. 

    2. You can see that Flux is not familiar with StarCraft II.

      Well I am –  the same kinda thing (music, text, voice-over and nice images) were occurring during SC installation progress.

      I can guarantee that this intro will be happening during installation much like SC2’s. They will be non-animated, slideshow-like type of presentation so you’d waste your time more interestingly while game takes a while to install.  

      • They have actually been doing this sort of thing since World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, so it’s kind of a tradition of theirs now it seems…

        • Really? Cool. Just haven’t played WotLC, so wasn’t sure.
          They have quite a few traditions which define a ‘Blizzard Game’. Nice when the company has a face.

    3. Glad they did it this way.  Nice and concise – my wife has been watching Diablo “the story so far” vids on youtube, but none seem as short and to-the-point as this.
      @RedDemon is correct – SC2 and recent WoW xpacs have this same setup with stills, and I have always found it to be a nice way to quickly immerse yourself in the story, while you sit there screaming “INSTALL ALREADY DAMMIT, INSTALLLLL!”

        • Thanks larik, I completely forgot about that!

          P.S. Uleman is awesome. I hope all of the remaining 84 minutes of 12-string goodness is packed into the rest of the game. The “ambient” creepy sounds behind this piece give me hope for the aforementioned 84 minutes. There may still be hope that they didn’t fubar the music.

    4. why do I get the Feeling, Diablo 3 cracking is just around the corner, since “Russians” are getting into it….lol

      • Sorry to burst your bubble, but your feeling is terribly wrong. First of all there is no such thing as “cracking” D3 because there is nothing to crack – it’s like a MMO game.
        They can’t do datamining of the rest of the client and moreover they CANNOT make a proper server emulator without connection to blizzard’s original server, which will be available after the May 15th.
        D3 will be not pirated before premiere and emulators will probably work quite badly for… few years  😈

    5. The artwork of Diablo and Mephisto (by themselves) are taken from the Book of Cain.

    6. Interesting, so lore-wise they didn’t pick 1 character from D2 to be the canonical hero like they did with the Warrior (Aidan) from D1.

      • Actually in the Book of Cain it says that Aidan was accompanied by a band of heroes that included the rogue, sorcerer, and multiple “warriors” like Aidan. So I’m not sure if they are saying that the warrior we played is Aidan or that Aidan did it all with the help of the heroes we played in Diablo 1 but that he wasn’t one of them.

        • I haven’t read the Book of Cain yet so I was not aware of that, however, correct me if I’m wrong, Aidan is still canonically the D1 Warrior who killed Diablo right?
          And from the D3 installation text it seems that for D2 they decided to canonically make it the entire group of heroes (all 7 I assume) who killed him and accomplished everything together.

    7. why couldn’t they remix slightly or use the original music from D1, its effin amazing and its over 10 years old so most ppl wouldn’t notice anyway?:)

    8. I didn’t know Aidan was Leoric’s eldest son.  I don’t remember any hint of this in D1, you’d think he might mention it?

      I guess that means Leah is the Skeleton King’s granddaughter!

    9. “…my comrades narrowly triumphed over the Lord of Destruction…”

      Narrowly? How many times did we kill that SOB?

    10. Trippy, they use both versions of Baal in the intro (the cover art of the LoD expansion and the ingame/cinema version that was in the Book of Cain).

    11. RE: Russians Cracking the Content It’s not impossible since we have the beta. The idea is that you encrypt the beta with a key using the same algorithm (assuming it’s known and available), then compare it with the retail version and try to find specific patterns to slowly reconstruct the key. Even AES is susceptible to this attack (i.e. ciphertext). For MPQE, I think the key size is 30 (bytes?). With two months to go, I wouldn’t be surprised if a large group of crypto-analysts were able to pull it off. Playing the game on the other hand is not going to happen. I’m guessing the content will slowly pop up on blizzard’s site and it won’t matter anyway.

      • You’re assuming this is encrypted in ECB mode? Well, even then nobody is going to break a 128bit AES key. Most likely it’s not ECB though, so any beta data comparison is futile.

    12. A nice summary, but kind of disappointing that they don’t mention Andariel or Duriel. Now the lore noobs reading this to find out the previous story will think there is only 5 lords of hell…

    13. i’ve played through d2 thousands of times and i never fully understood the story. pretty good summary.

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