"Belial, Lord of Lies, is the most elusive of the seven Evils and is a master of deceit. It is said that he manipulated Azmodan into revolt against the Prime Evils. This began the Burning Hells' civil war, which ended with the Dark Exile of the Prime Evils to our mortal realm."
|Title||Lord of Lies|
|Appearances|| Diablo III|
Legacy of Blood (mentioned only)
Book of Cain
The Art of Diablo III
Book of Tyrael
Theater Macabre: The Dark Exile
The Dark ExileEdit
"How dare you question! How dare you deny yourselves victory! Long have the Primes lorded over us. Long have they thought themselves our betters. Diablo...Diablo will fall, as will the rest. Do not be swayed or led to fear by him. Do not, for each of you will reign. Each of you will share the power we will earn."
Belial addressing Duriel and Andariel
The Lesser Evils came to be discontent with the Prime Evils' focus on humanity after the events of the Sin War, furious that the Great Conflict had been apparently abandoned. In the midst of this period, Belial and Azmodan saw a chance to overthrow the Prime Evils and take control of Hell for themselves. Belial manipulated Azmodan into making war against the Prime Evils.
The two Evils made pacts with their brethren, assuring them that humanity would not stand in their way in the course of the Great Conflict. Andariel and Duriel had their doubts at first, afraid that they would fall in the coming conflict. Belial however, kept them in the fold. The civil war that followed was bloody, but it concluded with the Prime Evils being banished to the mortal realm.
One account states that as the fires of battle died down, Belial and Azmodan began to argue over which of them held higher authority. The pact they had made dissolved and the two took up arms against each other, polarazing the factions of Hell along with them. Others say however, that there was no falling out, and that the two began conspiring to subjugate all life to their will. In truth, Belial and Azmodan did wage war up until at least the Darkening of Tristram. At this point, Azmodan had held the advantage in the Hells' civil war for awhile. Around this point in time, word reached Xazax of Diablo's awakening, and the possible return of the Prime Evils to Hell. If they did so, Xazax knew Belial. his master, would fall, and consequently, he himself as well. He convinced Belial to authorize a plan to aid the mortals Malevolyn and Galeona in retrieving the armor of Bartuc. Belial agreed, even sacrificing his own minions in Malevolyn's attack on Lut Gholein, as a new Bartuc in his service could give him an edge against Azmodan, and would be a useful servant in the event of the Prime Evils' return to Hell. Unfortunately for Belial, Xazax failed in his task. Fortunately for the Lord of Lies, only Diablo made it into Hell, and the Lord of Terror was cast down by a group of mortal heroes before he could take back control of Hell.
- "We prepare for the coming war. Garreth Rau has opened himself to me, and soon I will control his mortal form. First Caldeum will fall, and then the rest of Sanctuary's cities, and when the undead army has finished its work, we will unleash a new army of our own, using Sanctuary to storm the Crystal Arch, taking Silver City and the High Heavens themselves."
—Belial to Deckard Cain
After the destruction of the Worldstone, Sanctuary was left open to demonic invasion. Deckard Cain came to believe that Belial and Azmodan were preparing for such an invasion. In truth, by 1272, Belial was already working his machinations on Sanctuary. He vested his time and effort into Garreth Rau. An orphan with a spark of nephalem legacy in his blood, Rau was twisted by the Lord of Lies, becoming a powerful dark mage in servitude to Hell. Garreth Rau's personality and memories were overwritten with the persona of the Dark One, an insidious and jealous mage. The Dark One founded a second order of Horadrim, though twisted by Belial's deceit. Belial planned to use Rau and his followers to build an army on Sanctuary, and after conquering the mortal realm, use it to launch an invasion against Heaven itself.
Belial's plan was foiled by Cain and his allies. Despite possessing overwhelming power, the Dark One succumbed to Cain's resourcefulness. The persona of the original Garreth Rau briefly resurfaced, and drove himself to suicide.
Belial was enraged at his loss, but he recieved pleasing news, that of the imminant birth of the boy emperor of Caldeum. Belial planned to possess the child, using him as a vassal to take over Kehjistan.
- "I cast off these petty illusions! Behold, the true vision of the Lord of Hell!"
Belial came to Sanctuary and infiltrated the court of Emperor Hakan I of Caldeum. When Hakan I died of illness his son and heir was crowned Emperor Hakan II of Kehjistan. The younger Hakan was much easier to manipulate and Belial held him essentially hostage and eventually possessed him. With control of the emperor he used his new power to cripple and weaken the nation, using the Coven, the remnants of the Triune, to enforce his will and extend his influence. They managed to reach as far as Westmarch.
Here the Coven would come into conflict with a group of heroes in a hunt for the shards of the Sword of Justice. During the course of these events their leader, Maghda, killed Deckard Cain and almost killed Tyrael before he was restored by reclaiming his sword.
Following this Tyrael would lead Leah and the heroes to Caldeum where they sought to end the Coven and Belial. Here the heroes would avenge Cain's death by killing Magdha and then would resurrect Zoltun Kulle so he could lead them to, and finish, the Black Soulstone (upon which Kulle was killed once again).
After this Belial became desperate, raining meteors down upon Caldeum and forcing an evacuation of the city. When the assault ended the nephalem confronted Emperor Hakan II where they revealed they knew he was Belial. The demon lord commended them for their cleverness and proceeded with a threefold attack, first with his minions, than personally fighting and finally transforming into a giant, monstrous version of himself. Despite his vicious attack he was slain and imprisoned within the Black Soulstone, ending his reign of tyranny over Kehjistan.
Belial's essence remained in the Black Soulstone, briefly merging with Diablo's to become a singular Prime Evil during the Lord of Terror's assault on the High Heavens. With Diablo's defeat, the essences of the Great Evils were returned to the Black Soulstone, their souls screaming for release.
Belial does not take part in phase 1, opting instead to call in the troops. He'll summon a large amount of Veiled Sentinels and Velied Evokers to challenge the player. The sentinels just have a melee attack, the evokers have the magus ability to wiggle around a lot and summon a ring of electricity that damages anything inside of it. They both retain the snakeman ability to vanish and then re-appear.
After the snakemen prove to be fairly ineffectual, Belial himself drops down into the throne room to battle the player. Snakemen are still spawned during this phase, and drop a good amount of health globes. Belial himself has a few abilities in phase 2:
- Fireball - Belial launches three fast-moving fireballs along the ground at medium range.
- Melee Attack - He has a basic melee attack in this phase that hits for low damage.
- Reinforcements - Belial will call in more snakemen to challenge the hero. They drop health globes.
When Belial is whittled down to below 1/4th of his total HP in Phase 2, the final phase begins. He also gains new abilities here:
- Ground Pound - A ring of green appears on the ground where Belial is about to strike. He'll strike three times, with the last being him pounding the ground with both arms.
- Lightning Strike - Belial will put his claws into the ground of the throne room, and green rings will show up all over the arena. After a few seconds, the rings explode for lightning damage. This is by far the most dangerous of his attacks, having claimed the lives of many a Hardcore hero. Quick movement and/or high Lightning Resistance coupled with high Vitality is the key to surviving this attack
- Lightning Breath - Belial will breathe lightning from one end of the arena to the other.
On Inferno Difficulty, Belial has an enrage timer where, after three minutes, the green pools he summons will cover the entire platform.
Phase 3 StatsEdit
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- "My exemplary servants, Keep the witch alive till she talks. Pain will loose her tongue, but only to a point. Remember what happened to the vizier's assistant? It was a pleasurable time, I admit, but the man had only incoherent babble and bloody strands of pus spilling from his lips by the end."
- "Overwhelm the enemy and seize his/her companions. There's a witch among and.. another - a girl. Bring them to me along with the Black Soulstone. They'll be searching for the head of Zulton Kulle. Scour the oasis for it. Some old scorcery lingers on the skull, and it must be mine!"
- "Miserable wretches, I have no time for your excuses. Caldeum is on the brink of rebellion, and the enemy is closing in on the archives of Zoltun Kulle. Slaughter him/her and bring me the mad wizard's head and the Black Soulstone, or I shall inflict incomprehensible agony upon the lot of you!"
- "Maghda, This "hero" means to attack you in Alcarnus. If I were you, I'd set a trap at the Khasim Outpost... but I'm not you. For all I know, you wish to fail me again and force me to kill you. That would grieve me, but somehow.. I think I could manage it."
- "Maghda, Such sad, sad tales have reached me of your truly abysmal failure at the Khasim Outpost.. but at least the enemy's spy has been found. Once we eliminate her and her allies, this obnoxious little world will fall to me and... perhaps you - if you survive."
- "Clever. But know this, nephalem: Azmodan knows of the stone and the power it contains. Even if you defeat me, he will exterminate you and every last one of your misbegotten kind."
- "I will not be undone! This world is mine!"
- "I cast off these petty illusions! Behold, the true vision of the Lord of Hell!"
Personality and TraitsEdit
Belial advocated the notion that perception is reality, and it was his sole purpose to dominate reality. He did not lie simply for the sake of lying, but rather to deceive with the intent of controlling others' perception of what is real. He relished the moment his victim realized they'd been deceived, that moment of nakedness and betrayal. If Belial had a weakness however, it was that he was often trapped within the intricate webs of his own machinations.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Diablo III, Belial, Lord of Lies
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Book of Cain
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Darkness Falls, Heroes Rise, Theater Macabre: The Dark Exile
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Diablo Manual
- ↑ Legacy of Blood
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 The Order
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Diablo III, Act II
- ↑ Diablo III, Act I
- ↑ Diablo III, Act IV
- ↑ Reaper of Souls, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2013-09-09
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