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Tal Rasha
Tal-rasha-baal-cine
Title
Gender Male
Race Human
Ethnicity
Affiliation Horadrim
Class Mage
Occupation Leader of the Horadrim (formerly)
Relatives
Status Deceased
Appearances Diablo II
Diablo III (mentioned only)
Book of Cain (mentioned only)

Tal Rasha was a powerful Horadric mage, and the original leader of the order. He became the host for Baal, Lord of Destruction.

BiographyEdit

The Hunt for the ThreeEdit

The Horadrim were formed at the behest of the archangel Tyrael, given the task to hunt the three Prime Evils that had been banished to Sanctuary. Tal Rasha was made the group's leader.[1] This included the responsibility of inducting recruits.[2]

Of the Three Brothers, Baal was the second Prime Evil found, who took refuge in the city of Lut Gholein for three days.[1] Tal Rasha ordered the Horadrim to wait so that no innocents would be caught in the crossfire.[3] The Horadrim finally confronted Baal after he left the city.

Accounts differ on what happened next. The main account states that during the fight, one of Baal's attacks shattered the sacred soulstone that was supposed to imprison him. Tal Rasha however, subdued the raging demon lord and, gathering the largest of the soulstone's shards, trapped Baal's destructive essence within it. Another states that it was the inability of Zoltun Kulle (another member of the Horadrim) to properly handle the stone in battle, which lead to its breaking. Whatever the case, Baal was imprisoned, but the fragmented soulstone could not contain his essence forever,[1] and there wasn't enough time to reformulate it.[4]

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Baal about to be imprisoned into Tal Rasha's body via a shattered soulstone

While accounts again differ as to whether it was Tal Rasha or Kulle who made the suggestion, the idea was put forward that a human body might be able to contain the demon's essence by fusing a shard to their body. Unfortunately, the host would be left to wrestle with the demon for all eternity. But an instant later, Tal Rasha stepped forward to volunteer. It was at this point that Tyrael appeared, leading the Horadrim to an old burial chamber. A binding stone with runes of containment was built, and Tal Rasha ordered his brethren to chain him to it. As the mages looked on in sorrow, Tyrael jammed the soulstone shard into Tal Rasha's heart, sealing his fate. Sorrowfully, the Horadrim sealed the chamber and departed.[1]

At some point prior to being sealed, Tal Rasha stored most of his power inside a source.[5]

Legacy of the DamnedEdit

"I've heard legends of the Tomb of Tal Rasha, but I thought they were just old tales meant to scare young children."

- Atma(src)

Over the centuries, Tal Rasha was left to wrestle with Baal's spirit. Legends of his tomb spread.[6] Horazon was able to find and record its location.[7]

The Release of DestructionEdit

"When Tal Rasha chose to embody the spirit of Baal, he knew his doom was to wrestle eternally against the will of the greater Evil. Look around you and ask yourself, 'Has the battle been won or lost?'"

The Tomb of Tal Rasha was eventually found by Diablo who, under the guise of the Dark Wanderer, sought to free Baal. By this time Tal Rasha's essence had been consumed by Baal, which also gave the Lord of Destruction insight into Horadric knowledge.[6] As the Wanderer, Diablo entered the tomb, but was confronted by Tyrael. As the two battled, Baal called out to the Wanderer's companion, Marius, begging him to release him. Marius was compelled to do so, and plucked the soulstone from Tal Rasha's chest. This freed Baal, who now had control of Tal Rasha's body.[8] By the time Baal reached Mount Arreat, no trace of Tal Rasha's physical form remained,[9] and his physical form was destroyed as per the destruction of the Worldstone.[1]

In-gameEdit

Diablo IIEdit

Tal Rasha's Wrappings is an item set that can be obtained in Diablo II.

In Act II, Greater Mummies and their variations can be heard uttering "Tal Rasha."

Diablo IIIEdit

Tal Rasha's Elements is an item set that can be obtained in Diablo III.

Personality and TraitsEdit

Tal Rasha was one of the most powerful mages that ever lived.[6] He clothed himself in garmets of subtlety and power, like the rest of the Horadrim, but to a greater extent.[10] Fara espoused the opinion that his act of attempting to seal Baal was selfless, but perhaps foolhardy.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Book of Cain
  2. Diablo III, Tal Rasha's Grasp
  3. Diablo II Manual
  4. 2013-12-08, BlizzCon 2013 – Diablo III Lore and Story Q&A Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2014-04-21
  5. Diablo III, Tal Rasha's Unwavering Glare
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Diablo II, The Secret of the Vizjerei, The Seven Tombs
  7. Diablo II, The Secret of the Vizjerei, Arcane Sanctuary
  8. Diablo II, The Infernal Gate Intro Cinematic
  9. Diablo II, Lord of Destruction Intro Cinematic
  10. Diablo III, Tal Rasha's Stride

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