Wizard Revealed

The last of the hero characters has arrived the Gathering of Heroes in New Tristram – the Wizard has made her arcane-y presence known to the hordes of the Burning Hells!

Ah… one of my favorite characters , aside from the Monk who’s just so badass…

The wizards. Brilliant practitioners of the arcane arts who deftly wield the energies of fire, ice, lightning, and even time itself in the pursuit of their enigmatic goals. Bedecked in archaic charms, clad in runes, and wrapped in free-flowing robes to allow for the somatic components of their spells, wizards are a veritable thunderstorm of lethal powers who can strike from close or long range. There is no safe way to approach an angry wizard.

But the hero character’s title is just so plain. Wizard? Why would a wizard be considered uncouth? It just doesn’t fit. Oh well, who cares.

Rumors from Caldeum detail the events surrounding a certain brash student of the sorcerous arts—a promising, even brilliant, pupil, but one whose unbridled ambitions have led to violence and disorder in the respected schools of that august city. This young woman was trained by some of the most skilled mages in the world, but rather than follow their guidance, she chose to display an uncooperative spirit, constantly pushing past their restrictions in pursuit of knowledge that they claimed she was not prepared for.

This behavior resulted in censure and reprimands, but nothing seemed to bar her from her course. In the end, she insinuated her way into the hallowed aisles of the Ancient Repositories and was there confronted by the great Vizjerei mage Valthek. The altercation turned violent, resulting in costly damage to the building, the destruction of many irreplaceable artifacts, and the humiliation of an honored sorcerer. This rebel student, calling herself a wizard, disappeared into the shadows and is considered still at large.

The actions of a single soul can have far-reaching consequences, whether intended or not.

Haha! The short story, written by Michael Chu, is titled Firefly. Now isn’t that ironic? This powerful and volatile spellcaster is hardly a firefly at all!

I ask your forgiveness, for there is much to speak of the wizard, and I am the only one who can tell all there is of her story. This is my burden, as is what awaits after. The ending is no great mystery. It is written in the shattered stones and broken walls that surround us, and whispered in the rumors that tumble from every mouth.

But on the subject of magic, nothing is so simple, and be certain that what you may have seen and heard is not the whole tale.

Quoted texts, video, and images are all courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment.

Witch Doctor Revealed

The fourth hero character has arrived! The Witch Doctor has joined the Gathering of Heroes at New Tristram.

The witch doctors. Sage conjurers, enchanters, and mystical warriors who are driven by a charge to maintain spiritual balance and harmony in the violent world of Sanctuary. They command ancient magics rooted in the primal powers of life and death, and are adept at summoning fearsome, shadowy creatures. A witch doctor is armed with simple talismans, fetishes, rough carvings… and endless ravening throngs of vengeful spirits set to bring destruction at their master’s command.

Look at that badass voodoo mask and that kickass mojo! Head on over to the Diablo III Reveal page to read up on the latest update about the Witch Doctor. Aside from the Gathering of Heroes, the Diablo III Reveal page also contains exciting developer diaries filmed during the course of the game’s development, and other lore information.

And along with this hero character reveal, of course, is a short story titled, Doubtwalker by Matt Burns.

The war began at sunrise, as it always did.

Benu and ten other witch doctors from the Clan of the Seven Stones stalked into the heart of the Teganze as swift and silent as panthers. Only the faint rattle of bone and iron charms dangling from their tribal masks warned of their presence. Striped in white, yellow, and red paint and decorated in bright bokai feathers, their bodies blended with the vibrant jungle around them.

Soon the emerald canopy grew thick, leaving the undergrowth in perpetual gloom. Benu pricked up his ears at every sound, listening for any hint of movement… any hint of his human prey.

The Igani Bawe, the Harvest of Souls, had come.

It was Benu’s first ritual war, and his heart thundered like a drum in anticipation. Elsewhere in the wilds, perhaps close by, rival witch doctors from the Five Hills and Clouded Valley tribes were hunting as well, called to action by their high priests just as Benu and his kin had been.

The Seven Stones war party stopped to rest within the borders of the Five Hills. Two witch doctors slipped through the trees ahead to scout for signs of their enemies.

Lore, video, and images courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment.

The Barbarian Revealed

This week’s hero is the Barbarian! He has now joined the Demon Hunter in New Tristram in the Gathering of Heroes.

The barbarians. Mighty warriors whose strength and ferocity are a match for any foe, whether slavering beast or foul demon. Tall, broad, and rippling with muscle, the barbarian can bear a heavy weapon too large for a commoner to lift, or wield two full-sized armaments—one in each hand—with wickedly lethal purpose. In the wild and monstrous lands of Sanctuary, there is nothing more frightening than a barbarian with a dry blade.

And of course, along with this hero reveal comes a short story as well – Wayfarer by Cameron Dayton.

His dead sister came at sundown. Always at sundown.

As the sky bruised and the shadows grew long into night, he stood to watch the sun disappear behind the mountains. This was when the whispered sound of the evening breeze would crumble into the slow, shuffling rasp of feet. Her feet… cold and white, frayed tendon and cracked bone worn bare over countless miles of frost-rimmed rock. It did not matter how far Kehr had traveled that day, how many rivers he had forded or cliffs he had scaled. She came at sundown.

The large man busied himself with the fire as the shuffling drew closer. Tinder had grown more plentiful as he had descended into the Sharval Wilds, and Kehr tried to find some comfort in the thought of warm food after weeks of dried venison. It was a futile attempt at cheer, as he knew it would be. The limping footsteps always brought a seeping chill, a liquid sense of ice and horror that rippled and lapped against his skin. They came to a stop in the darkness just beyond the firelight.

And something that the Demon Hunter story did not have – there seems to be runes or symbols that are progressing the futher into the story you go. Maybe they symbolize the word underneath them. Maybe they don’t. If it’s the former, then these Barbarian runes sure are all related (maybe they are, given their way of life).

A reason to fight…

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