The Mystic Was *Not* That Act One NPC After All?

Most fans know that the DiabloWikiMystic was revealed along with the other two Artisans and was functional in Diablo 3 during much of the development cycle. The devs shelved her shortly before release since they felt her talents at the time were non-essential and largely replicated by gem socketing. Dropping the third Artisan wasn’t that hard in terms of losing her talents (which had evolved over time, but were ultimately Identify All and Item Imbuing), but did require some story/quest revising.

Worst hammock ever...
Worst hammock ever…
Consider if the DiabloWikiBlacksmith or DiabloWikiJeweler were getting removed today. They perform essential item functions, but on top of that Haedrig is the source of some key quests and story in Act One. Covetous Shen is much less plot-integrated; I guess you’d just find someone else in that barrel in the sewers, or the whole event could be removed or just renamed, The Mystic was similar to the Jeweler in that respect, since her quest integration was fairly minimal, and the devs didn’t actually change anything but her name, leaving in the whole “rescue the woman trapped in the spider web and then find her broken wagon” storyline. They just changed her name and made her a one-time NPC, instead of one you rescued and brought back to town as an Artisan.

…At least that’s the story we’ve been telling since release, after players datamined the Mystic out of the beta client and recorded some of her conversations and dialogues. (You can see samples in the Mystic’s article.) Apparently it’s not true, though. That’s just some other busty female NPC in the spiderweb, and she knew the Mystic, but was not her.

Hey all, I just saw the preview for the new mystic coming and had a question. What happened to the woman in Act I that you saved from the spider queen? I think she was meant to be the mystic originally, and I was expecting her to be the mystic for RoS. So another question I suppose would be why Blizz decided to go with a new Mystic character, and will there be any plans to incorporate the Act I woman into RoS?
Vaeflare: Karyna (the woman you saved from Queen Araneae in Act 1), was never intended to be the Mystic. In fact, in early versions of Diablo III, Karyna was supposed to know Myriam and referenced her in her dialogue, but those references were removed when Myriam was removed from the game before Diablo III was released.

In terms of Karyna’s story: you won’t see it continued in Reaper of Souls, but you never know what the future might hold. 🙂

Best I recall from what players datamined from the Beta, the Mystic was going to be found in danger, with her broken wagon, and the hero would rescue her and bring her back to Tristram. Taking what Vaeflare says here, apparently DiabloWikiKaryna was always the one in the spider cave, and perhaps when you rescued her and marveled at her walking pace, she sent you on to next area to look for/assist her friend Myriam? And that’s how the Mystic was going to be found, and that’s why there’s been confusion about Karyna =/= Mystic ever since.

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8 thoughts on “The Mystic Was *Not* That Act One NPC After All?

  1. B*llsh*t. I’m calling BS! Who’s this Vaeflare, anyway?

    But, yes, could Karnya walk any slower? \Move it lady, or I’ll leave you with the hatchlings!\ How isn’t this recognized as a design flaw? One needing immediate remedy!

  2. Yeah I mean, it’s not like Blizzard has ever blatantly lied about retconning things before… (cross-reference WoW’s flight path reworking solutions in Cataclysm or D3’s black weapon damage “bug”). I find it hard to get bent out of shape over an NPC’s lore, though. Meh.

  3. So um…all this means is that Myriam was originally intended to be at the wagon. There’s nothing particularly weird about this. These extreme reactions are a little confusing, unless the reasoning is simply “Internet.”

  4. Why do they lie for such a inconsequential thing. Say : “Yes it originally was, but she won’t be in RoS as we want to keep her in Act 1 and the mystic will be saved from Act 5”. I don’t understand the lie, that one is incomprehensible.

  5. I like how every other NPC in the game that you rescue/help makes available their services to you but not Karyna, nope, she totally wasn’t supposed to be the Mystic that was canned and then later added as some fat old bag and not to make us forget about the fact we will have to pay for a feature that was already advertised in the game at Blizzcon.

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