Blizzard continues trotting out profile pieces focusing on key features of Reaper of Souls. Last week they covered the Blood Marsh and its soundtrack, and reading and listening made me melancholy since that was one of my fave areas in Act Five and I want to go explore it now.
Today they’ve got another feature up, covering the Crusader class with lore and history and such. The most common fan question regards the difference between the Crusader and the Paladin of Diablo II, and here’s a quote on that issue:
Determined to redeem his beloved faith, Akkhan sought out the most devout, talented warriors and issued them a sacred mission: find a way to cleanse the Zakarum of decay and corruption once and for all. These warriors traveled to the east, directly opposite the Paladins traveling with General Rakkis, following the rumored path Akarat took in the last days of his life before disappearing.
And so the Crusader order was born.
All the content and illustrations in this article came from the Book of Tyrael, which is well worth a look if you’re into the game and the lore. We discussed/reviewed it on The Diablo 3 Podcast #119.
Looking forward… how do you guys feel about the Crusader? In the clan chat people are constantly talking about their eagerness to play the class, how they’re storing up STR gear for him, how they want to leap into a lvl 1 Crusader on day one of Reaper of Souls, etc. Is that your plan as well? Let’s vote, because numbers.
Update: Blizzard added another article answering Crusader lore questions from Twitter.