- "Much uncertainty surrounds the archangel Malthael. Once the calm guiding hand of wisdom, he was lost to us the moment the Worldstone disappeared. Unable to fathom that catastrophic event, he abandoned Heaven. His departure has created a colossal fracture within the council, one that to this day remains unrepaired."
— Selathiel, writing on Malthael
|Title|| Archangel of Wisdom (formerly)|
The Silent Angel
Angel of Death
Architect of the Eternal Conflict
|Affiliation|| High Heavens (formerly)|
|Appearances|| Diablo III (mentioned only)|
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
The Veiled Prophet
Sword of Justice
Book of Cain
The Art of Diablo III
Diablo III: Wrath
The Great ConflictEdit
As with the rest of the Heavenly Host and its leaders, Malthael participated in the Great Conflict and played a crucial role in it. A case in point was when he and his fellow angels bested demonic forces led by Diablo on a world in the realm of Pandemonium. Malthael easily deflected the demons' attacks and used his weapons to immobilize Diablo himself. However, Imperius's hotheadedness led to the Lord of Terror being struck down rather than being taken prisoner. Malthael remained silent the entire time.
The Sin WarEdit
"Whatever the choice in the end, it does not matter for me... I abstain."
— Malthael abstains from judging Sanctuary
Not all minions of Heaven and Hell were content to be bound by the Great Conflict. The result was that under the leadership of the angel Inarius and demon Lilith, a number of rogues stole the Worldstone and created their own realm—Sanctuary. Malthael became consumed with discovering where the artifact had disapeared to, and as the Angel of Wisdom, was tortured by his inability to find it.
The coupling of angel and demon would lead to the rise of the nephalem. Following Sanctuary's creation, while it was originally hidden from the High Heavens, Malthael's mood darkened. Deckard Cain would later speculate that the existence of the nephalem clouded Malthael's vision or opened his eyes to a new truth, or that there was a connection between the nephalem and Malthael's chalice that the angel became aware of. Regardless, Sanctuary's existence became known, and the Angiris Council convened to discuss its fate and that of its inhabitants. Malthael abstained from voting, but the end result was that Sanctuary and its denizens would be allowed to exist, free to choose their own path.
Malthael disappeared after the destruction of the Worldstone. His departure broke the unity of the Angiris Council. Some speculated that he haunts the silent halls of Pandemonium, seeking answers to the unknowable mysteries of life and death. Regardless, after Diablo's defeat in his siege of the High Heavens, a now mortal Tyrael took Malthael's place as the Aspect of Wisdom.
Angel of DeathEdit
"No-one can stop death..."
Not long after Tyrael took his former aspect, Malthael re-emerged, now embodying the aspect of death. He confronted his erstwhile brother and a group of Horadrim, who were in the process of containing the Black Soulstone. Malthael easily slew the Horadrim and devoured their souls in the process. While he defended himself against Malthael's initial onslaught, Tyrael could not harm Malthael and was also incapacitated. Seeing that Tyrael's soul was free of demonic taint (unlike those of humans), he did not see Tyrael as his enemy and spared him. After casting Tyrael aside, Malthael then approached the stone, intent on bending its powers to his will, and bringing an end to the Great Conflict. Tyrael declared that the nephalem would stop him. Malthael simply responded that no one could stop death, before taking the Soulstone for himself.
Afterwards, Malthael led his Reapers against Westmarch. With the Lords of Hell defeated, he reasoned that humanity was the most powerful "demonic" force left, as per their ancient nephalem heritage. With humanity's eradication, Heaven would stand alone, victorious in the Great Conflict.
Personality and TraitsEdit
Malthael is a gaunt figure, adorned in black robes and armor. As the Archangel of Wisdom, he was once an intelligent and noble being who was said to cherish all life. However, he came to be regarded as melancholic, evasive and even frightening. He rarely spoke, was slow to anger and could be ponderous and slow to act, but was revered by other angels for his insight. When he did speak, his voice is said to have enraptured other angels through its melody and the wisdom it conveyed. However, as his demeanor darkened, his voice became chilling and could provoke thoughts of foreboding and feelings of angst. Mendeln was one such example, Malthael's voice filling him with thoughts of permanent, empty death.
As the Angel of Death, Malthael has become even darker, callously murdering those who oppose him and seeing things in black and white. His wings, once bright and purple, had become white and wispy, seemingly skeletal in their appearance. The method of his transformation is different from other fallen angels such as Izual.
Wisdom was once Malthael's aspect, thus, he is bound to see all things. He so derived it from Chalad'ar, the Chalice of Wisdom.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Diablo III, Act IV
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2013-08-22, Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls Gamescom 2013 Presentation. YouTube, accessed on 2013-08-29
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Book of Cain
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Wrath
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 The Veiled Prophet
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 2013-08-21, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Opening Cinematic. YouTube, accessed on 2013-08-22
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Reaper of Souls, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2013-08-22
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 2013-10-22, El'Druin. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2013-10-22
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 2013-08-23, Diablo III Reaper of Souls Interview with Josh Mosqueira GC2013. YouTube, accessed on 2013-09-08
- ↑ 2013-09-10, Malthael the bad guy... wait what?. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2013-09-11
- ↑ The Art of Diablo III
|Auriel (Hope) • Imperius (Valor) • Itherael (Fate) • Malthael (Wisdom) • Tyrael (Justice)|