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"I detest violence. Guards, I will leave this matter in your hands."

Hakan II, ordering the death of Leah(src)

Hakan II was the emperor of Kehjistan during the End of Days. He became the host of Belial in the mortal realm.

BiographyEdit

OriginsEdit

"I bring news. A seer has had a vision, one that will please you. There will be...a birth, in the cast! A boy emperor shall come to Caldeum!"

One of Belial's servants(src)

The boy who would be called Hakan II was born in the mid-1270s. His birth, and role as future emperor of Caldeum, was noted by Belial's demonic servants. Sensing an opportunity, Belial made his plans...[1]

Within the mortal realm itself, the boy was born somewhere in Sanctuary's north, living an impoverished life. To the south, however, Kehjistan had lost its emperor. The Zakarum conducted a series of elaborate rituals (a charade for their followers) and declared that the youth was Hakan I's spiritual successor. Once the rituals were complete, the faith employed the Iron Wolves to retrieve the boy. They dubbed him Hakan II and installed him on the throne despite his scant years.[2] Kohin was a servant who cared for the infant, and continued to remain at his side.[3]

The Child EmperorEdit

As soon as Hakan II took the throne, Caldeum entered a decline. Hakan's reign was ineffectual—poverty worsened, tensions between the Zakarum, Mage Clans, and Trade Consortium Council rose, and there was apparently nothing Hakan could (or would) do to stop it.[4] It is known that at some point that Hakan was possessed by Belial, who used him as his vessel in the mortal realm.

By 1285, the situation had become dire. Hakan was acting increasingly paranoid. He ordered all of his staff to leave the city, and threatened to throw them off the walls if they refused to obey.[3] At this time, the town of Alcarnus was destroyed by the Coven, and its inhabitants slaughtered. After this, Hakan sealed the city, created a new Imperial Guard to carry out the task, and left the Iron Wolves to deal with the growing refugee problem. He eventually captured Leah, forcing the Nephalem to rescue her. Hakan presented himself as a naive puppet, believing the Imperial Guard's lies that Leah and the Nephalem were responsible for the massacre of innocent civilians at Alcarnus.

When the Nephalem went in search of Zoltun Kulle's remains, Emperor Hakan communicated with them via a magical projection, which he claimed to be generating using an amulet he purloined off the Vizjerei ambassador. Hakan apologized for his earlier treatment, explaining that it was a necessary ruse to prevent Belial from learning that the emperor was on to him. Hakan proceeded to communicate with the Nephalem at regular intervals, offering updates on his own quest to find Belial's host.

When the Nephalem recreates Kulle's body and retrieved the Black Soulstone, Belial begins to rain fire down upon Caldeum, hoping to kill his foes and continue his lies. Leah and Adria managed to strike down the gates of the Palace, and they confronted the Emperor. When Hakan asked to see the Black Soulstone, the Nephalem that they had figured out that Hakan himself is Belial's host. Belial let himself be known to the world and battle ensued. In the end, Belial was sealed in the soulstone, and Hakan killed in the process.[5]

Personality and TraitsEdit

As an infant, Hakan was described as a "sweet child."[6]

ReferencesEdit

Diablo III NPCs
Act I
Adenah the Curio Vendor
Alaric
Arghus the Collector
Beleaguered Farmer
Brother Malachi the Healer
Bron the Barkeep
Captain Rumford
Crazed Hermit
Deckard Cain
Ghost of the Cow King
Ghostly Woman
Karyna
Kyr the Weaponsmith
Leah
Lloigor the Crazed
Marko
Mayor Holus
Mira Eamon
Nek the Brawler
Queen Asylla
Radek the Fence
Rodger the Alchemist
Sasha
Tashun the Miner
The Ferryman
Tyrael
Vendel the Armorsmith
Verrall
Virgil
Wandering Tinker
Warriv
Willa Rathe
Wounded Man
Act II
Adria
Aleran
Asheara
Caliem
Captain Davyd
Ghaine the Healer
Hakan II
Iron Wolf Jarulf
Javad the Merchant
Kadim
Larra
Leah
Lieutenant Vachem
Lugo the Miner
Mia
Mehtan the Necromancer
Nek the Brawler
Sadeir the Innkeeper
Silmak the Fence
Squirt the Peddler
Thadar
Tilnean the Collector
Tyrael
Zaven the Alchemist
Zoltun Kulle
Act III
Adria
Andreus the Healer
Botulph the Miner
Drian
Former Mayor Holus
Garell the Quartermaster
Halmin the Alchemist
Hansen Haile
Ironsmith Maldonado
Leah
Lieutenant Clyfton
Lieutenant Lavail
Lieutenant Merityn
Litton the Fence
Marta
Messenger Martyns
Nek the Brawler
Nikola
Private Mattius
Sergeant Burroughs
Sergeant Dalen
Sergeant Pale
Tyrael
Vidar the Collector
Act IV
Andreus the Healer
Auriel
Botulph the Miner
Garell the Quartermaster
Itherael
Litton the Fence
Nek the Brawler
Tyrael
Act V
Diadra the Scholar
Emily
Enkasi
General Torion
Guardian
Halbu
Halissa
Imperius
Isendra
Jamella
Kyla
Lorath Nahr
Master Crusader
Mehtan the Necromancer
Nek the Brawler
Patriarch Anisim
Powell the Miner
Tyrael
Zayl
Adventure Mode
Abd al-Hazir
Dane Bright
High Cleric
Kadala
King Kanai
Lorath Nahr
Orek
Quentin Sharpe
Skular
The Crazed Man
Tyrael
Urshi
Artisans
Covetous Shen
Haedrig Eamon
Myriam Jahzia
Zoltun Kulle (Kanai's Cube)

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