Blizzard posted a pair of new still images from the Diablo III cinematics this morning, and they’re amazingly high quality views. They seem to be shots from the same piece of film, with Leah facing some horrible, “eyes inside of its mouth” demon, and then cowering in understandable terror.

    The images below are thumbnails; click to see them large enough to count the strands (3,417) of her almost photorealistic hair.

    “Man’s pleasures give way to pain. His truths are buried in the shroud of lies. It is this time when Hell shall reign. While all of man dies.” — From the Guhawj Cave Inscriptions in Kehjistan, inked in blood by an unknown author.

    The quote above is included in the Blizzard update, and I’d just like to caution everyone not to leap to “it says ‘lies’ so it must be Belial!” conclusion. Diablo and Azmodean and all the rest have been known to bend the truth from time to time as well.

    That said, there’s no telling when/where this event takes place in the game plot. It doesn’t fit into anything we know about the opening, where DiabloWikiLeah is nearly struck by the DiabloWikimeteor that falls through the DiabloWikiTristram Cathedral. So it seems that Leah will feature in more of the cinematics throughout the game, and will apparently find great danger before a toothy monstrosity. (You can find more discussion of Leah’s potential fate, with many spoilers, in threads in our Diablo 3 Beta forum.)

    Update: Lots of interesting stuff in the comments, especially the info in this forum thread by HardRock, but plenty of spoilers also about who Leah is apparently meeting in this image. Beware.

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