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 Diablo awoke beneath Tristram, corrupted the Dark Wanderer, and was ultimately soulstone’d along with Mephisto and Baal, actions that led up to Tyrael‘s Worldstone 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.