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…

Video and all images courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment.

Demon Hunter Revealed

Blizzard has created a Diablo III launch site that will feature new information on the character classes, including screenshots, videos, lore, and back stories. This week’s feature is the reclusive Demon Hunter.

As we count the days to the worldwide release of Diablo III on May 15, we will be revealing never-before-seen information about the heroes of Sanctuary on our Diablo III launch site. In our unique look at the first of our five heroes, the demon hunter, you’ll learn more about these vengeful harbingers of righteous doom.

This is the hero’s image header – the eyes have their glow animations:

Courtesy of Blizzard

You can click on the banner to get a screenshot of the demon hunter standing beside it in-game.

And to add – these images of armor tiers were released by Blizzard a couple of weeks ago. Here’s the Demon Hunter’s:

An excerpt from the Hatred and Disciple official short story by Micky Neilson:

Valla smelled the rotting dead from a mile away.

The air was warm despite the clouds that blanketed Khanduras as the demon hunter arrived in what was left of Holbrook—once a tiny, struggling farm community, now a deserted ghost town. Or so it seemed; the heavy stench of putrification suggested that the residents were still present, just not among the living.

Valla’s mentor, Josen, stood in the center of the village, considering a pile of debris: scattered mason stones, upturned rock and soil.

He was dressed in the attire of the demon hunters’ calling. The soft light reflected dully off the plate armor that adorned half his body. His twin crossbows were slung from his thighs, within easy reach. His hood was down, and his cloak snapped in the gusting wind.

Valla was clothed in similar fashion, the greatest difference being the long, dark scarf she wore that even now covered the lower half of her face. The sawyer’s daughter slowed her horse, dismounted, and waited for a moment, silent and still, assessing.

There was a barely discernible, persistent hum. The only signs of life came from Josen and two other hunters, one searching the derelict structures, another standing near a rundown storehouse. Whatever had happened here, they were too late to do anything about it. Now it was a matter of looking for survivors. That was, after all, the second most important thing her people did: feed and shelter those left homeless in the aftermath of unthinkable catastrophe. Guide them, encourage them, heal them, educate and train them… to do the most important thing, should they so choose: become a demon hunter and annihilate the hellspawn responsible for evils like this.

 

Video and all images courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment.