Guest Article: Throwing a ball through a plot hole http://diabloii.net/columnists/a-baal-plot.shtml This article by Ryan Queue analyzes the plot of d2, as revealed through the cinematics, and touches again on the whole "is tyrael evil" issue. But first, he points out that the actual game cinematic itself has a major timeline error, and discusses what that might mean. Not to steal his thunder, but I"m voting human error here. The cinematics are done (or at least the scripts are fixed, while final visual effects are completed) months and even years before the rest of the game, while other bliz programmers could have changed the wording in any NPC's speech, or Tyrael's final speech in the game, the day before the game goes gold. I'd guess that their initial plot made chronological sense, with act 5 beginning years after the events in act 4, yet in some later plot revision they tightened things up a lot without thinking about/bothering with errors this created in the cinematics. Not that this changes the points made in the article.