It is through the archangel Auriel that the power of hope flows into the fabric of creation. Her eternal light illuminates even the darkest souls. With Malthael's departure, it falls to Auriel to hold the Angiris Council together. Should her light ever fade, all Heaven would fall to despair. - Diablo III
Auriel is the only female member of the Angiris Council. She is described as being dressed in soft blue robes, and due to her sympathetic nature, contrasts sharply in domain and character with the fierce and arrogant Imperius.
Auriel presides over the Gardens of Hope, a place of healing and spiritual reflection in the High Heavens. In combat, she wields Al'maiesh, the Cord of Hope, which whips through foes and burns them with righteous fire. Al'maiesh can also be used to grant clarity of thought and emotion.
When Sanctuary was discovered by the High Heavens, she was first and the most passionate of the Angels who defended the existence of the hidden world. She sought to uphold the inhabitants' right to life and wanted to see them grow and mature.
She is observed to be closest to Itherael, possibly because Hope is the only comfort to an uncertain Fate.
Relationship with MephistoEdit
It is speculated that Mephisto and Auriel may have once been lovers.
"We, like you, made false assumptions about this place, false assumptions about the creatures spawned by both our kind.' A blazing red eye materialized, then winked in the direction of Auriel, who utterly ignored it." -Mephisto, pg 332 of The Veiled Prophet
"Turning his eyes back to the cataclysmic sight below, Lord Lucion gestured toward the very center, where the worst of the carnage had and was still taking place. In the midst of everything, a black gemstone nearly as large as a man sat embedded in a triangular column of red-streaked marble. “Blood marble,” it was named, naturally. The stone was called by Malic’s master the Kiss of Mephisto, although the cleric had, from past comments, reason to believe that it had once been named for another of whom Lord Lucion would not speak." -Birthright
Taking Mephisto's flirtatious attitude towards Auriel into account, some have suggested that the Kiss of Mephisto might have been intended for Auriel.
On the other hand, there is a somewhat simpler explanation. Mephisto's lecherous behavior could have just been a barb to her status as the only female on the Angiris Council.
Auriel, along with Tyrael, Imperius and Diablo himself, has been confirmed to appear in the third game.
In the Opening Cinematic, she is one of the Angels seen to clash with the endless hordes of the Burning Hells, apparently using her Cord of Hope to inflict massive damage on them.
In Diablo III: Wrath, Auriel is the first Archangel of the Angiris Council to assault the forces of Hell with the aid of Al'maiesh, and later helps save Imperius by using the Cord of Hope to break Diablo's hold upon him. As the Council overpowers Diablo, Auriel binds him with chains and notes that, "At long last, we have captured one of the Prime Evils. Holding him will surely turn the tide of war in our favor." However, a brash Imperius, ignoring this and Tyrael's objections, brutally slays the constrained Lord of Terror, a dissent that Auriel denounces as "sacrilege".
Several millennia later, Diablo possesses Leah, invades the High Heavens using the combined power of the seven Great Evils, and easily defeats Imperius, storming the Silver City with the aid of his demonic minions. Rakanoth, Lord of Despair and former servant of Andariel, overpowers and captures Auriel within the overrun Library of Fate, thus silencing Hope and further weakening and disheartening the remaining angels.
However, Auriel is soon released by the nephalem heroes of Sanctuary who had pursued the Prime Evil. Auriel praises the heroes for their exploits and tenacity and, promising to rally the scattered Heavenly Host, aids them by using her blessing to dispel the corruption concealing the Hell rifts and opening portals through the Gardens of Hope. Imperius warns the nephalem not to continue their efforts, but Auriel tells the heroes to pay him no mind. When Diablo is finally cast down from the Silver Spire and destroyed, Justice is met, Hope is restored, and Fate is unbound, leading Auriel to declare: "The day is won. Diablo is vanquished, and all evil with him."
|Tyrael (Justice) • Auriel (Hope) • Imperius (Valor) • Itherael (Fate) • Malthael (Wisdom)|
|Diablo III NPCs|
| Act I — Alaric • Brother Malachi the Healer • Bron the Barkeep • Captain Rumford • Deckard Cain • Karnya • Leah • Marko • Mayor Holus • Nek the Brawler • Radek the Fence • Rodger the Alchemist • Sasha • Tashun the Miner • The Ferryman • Tyrael • Verrall • Virgil • Wandering Tinker
Act II — Adria • Aleran • Asheara • Caliem • Captain Davyd • Ghaine the Healer • Hakaan II • Jarulf • Javad the Merchant • Kadim • Larra • Leah • Lieutenant Vachem • Lugo the Miner • Mia • Mehtan the Necromancer • Sadeir the Innkeeper • Silmak the Fence • Squirt the Peddler • Tilnean the Collector • Tyrael • Zoltun Kulle