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.
- Blizzard highlights the Barbarian in Diablo III’s newest video (massively.joystiq.com)