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"Your strength rivals that of our greatest champions. What now do you think you are?"

Alaric to the Nephalem(src)

"The Nephalem" is a title awarded to the nephalem hero(es) active during the End of Days. They serve as the main protagonist(s) of Diablo III.

BiographyEdit

The End of DaysEdit

Witnessing a falling star, the Nephalem travelled to Tristram where they confronted and defeated an awakened evil.[1]

Together with new allies, the Nephalem then moved towards Caldeum, reviving (and defeating) Zoltun Kulle, retrieving his Black Soulstone, and vanquishing Belial.[2]

At Bastion's Keep, the Nephalem fought the Army of Sin, but after trapping Azmodan, the last of the Evils, in the Soulstone, were betrayed by Adria. Thus, Diablo walked the earth again.[3]

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The Nephalem battle Diablo

Chasing the Lord of Terror, the Nephalem finally defeated him in the High Heavens, preventing the Prime Evil from destroying the angelic civilization and the Crystal Arch. Recognized by Angiris Council for such a feat, the Nephalem left the Heavens and returned to Sanctuary.[4] An unintended consequence of this battle was the creation of the Realms of Fate.[5]

AftermathEdit

After the defeat of Diablo, the Nephalem entered the lands east of Westmarch to search for Adria.[6]

Reaper of SoulsEdit

In Westmarch, the Nephalem encountered Lorath Nahr, a Horadrim member sent by Tyrael who told them of the Reapers' attack on the city. The Nephalem then took the fight to the Reapers and managed to save the remaining survivors in time. Afterwards, the Nephalem entered the Blood Marsh to locate Adria.[7] As they passed through, the ruins of the lost city of Corvus reacted to their presence, proving that the Nephalem had embraced their birthright.[8] The Nephalem found Adria and defeated her, avenging Leah.

After a long intense battle, the Nephalem eventually defeated Malthael.[7] However, Tyrael feared that one day the Nephalem would be tempted into corruption, and wondered whether the Nephalem, who had defeated the champions of Heaven and Hell, could resist it: depending on this, the Nephalem could be mankind's hope, or their doom.[9]

Further AdventuresEdit

"Our journey has been long, my friend. I can see the toll it has taken on you—the weight you carry. I never imagined this burden when we first met in New Tristram. But how could any of us have known where our paths would lead? You have conquered many foes, but there are always more waiting in the shadows. It is clear to me that your duty is without end."

Tyrael to the Nephalem.(src)

Now feared by angels and demons alike,[10] the Nephalem turned their attention to the remaining servants of chaos on Sanctuary.[11]

Note: The following events take place in Adventure Mode. Their occurrence is entirely optional, as is their order. They have been presented in their order of release.

Kanai's CubeEdit

"Yes, I live once more. I'm very hard to kill and really, you did a sloppy job. But enough small talk. I need your help."

Zoltun Kulle to the Nephalem(src)

Several months after Malthael's defeat, Zoltun Kulle managed to return to the Nephalem in his spirit form. He told the shocked hero(es) that not even they could have killed the undying Horadrim, and that he now required their help. The artifact hidden beneath the Ruins of Sescheron could only be retrieved by someone who its guardians would deem worthy. The Nephalem agreed.

Sescheron, the site of the last stand of Barbarian civilization, now a mass grave, met the Nephalem with hordes of savage beasts, remnants of the Army of Destruction, and worst of all, The Unclean, a cannibal tribe of Barbarians. In this city, the Nephalem rescued Abd al-Hazir himself, and honored memory of King Kanai, recovering Kanai's Cube in the process, together with the deranged mage's spirit.

As a token of his gratitude, Kulle unlocked the Cube's power, remaining at the Nephalem's side in their journey afterwards.[11]

Greyhollow IslandEdit

"I did not believe the legends—all true! This island, it rots you from within. We never should have come here..."

Quentin Sharpe's last words to the Nephalem(src)

In their travels, the Nephalem eventually found the lost Greyhollow Island inhabited by Crazed Man alone, but infested with creatures of the cursed forest and sea demons and littered with hundreds of ships that ran aground here over decades. Exploring the island, the Nephalem discovered its true story, the fate of demonic deity Nereza, and lifted the curse from the hermit.[11]

The Darkening of TristramEdit

The Nephalem hunted down a group of cultists that recreated Tristram as it existed in Adria's memories. The Nephalem entered a portal and found themselves in a simulacrum of the town as it had existed prior to its fall.[12]

The Temple of the FirstbornEdit

"I've seen so many heroes like you. It's always more fun to fight alongside a friend, don't you think?"

"Davlin" to the Nephalem(src)

The Nephalem entered the Shrouded Moors, where they encountered a man who called himself "Davlin." The two traveled together to the Temple of the Firstborn, where Davlin was apparently killed by one of the cultists who had taken up residence in the structure. The Nephalem traveled down to the temple's depths, where they found Davlin waiting for them, alive and well. It was revealed that "Davlin" was nothing more than a facade for the demon Vidian, who had lured them down her to die. However, as they did battle, it was Vidian who perished.[11]

The Realms of FateEdit

Tyrael bid that the Nephalem investigate the Realms of Fate, recognizing the threat that these pockets of reality presented to Sanctuary. By this point, Tyrael still had faith in the skills of the Nephalem, if not their heart(s).[13]

In-gameEdit

The Nephalem" is representative of the player character(s) of Diablo III ("The) Nephalem" is often used to address the player character, as per game mechanics and bypassing gender, name, class and number of players. According to Storm of Light and Book of Tyrael, storywise, a single nephalem hero is active. This matches the in-game cinematics of Diablo III and Reaper of Souls where "the Nephalem" is mentioned/seen as being a single hero. According to The Story of Diablo however, not only are all the classes of Diablo III nephalem, but all of them take part in the same overall story. Likewise, in a preview for Patch 2.6.0, the Nephalem is referred to in the plural.[13] This article and related pages are written to reflect this ambiguity.

Various individuals have appeared in Heroes of the Storm and expanded universe material that are named versions of the game's classes. These include:

Even before a named character has been provided for a Monk, the Monk has been portrayed as male as the de facto class gender choice.[14] De facto class genders for the Barbarian, Crusader, Demon Hunter, Witch Doctor, Wizard, and Necromancer, are male,[15] male,[16] female,[17] male[18]female,[19] and male[20]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Diablo III, Act I
  2. Diablo III, Act II
  3. Diablo III, Act III
  4. Diablo III, Act IV
  5. 2017-04-11, Necromancer Beta Now Live. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2017-04-16
  6. Storm of Light
  7. 7.0 7.1 Diablo III, Act V
  8. 2014-03-06, REAPER OF SOULS™ FIRST LOOK: EXPLORING THE BLOOD MARSH. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2014-06-11
  9. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ending Cinematic
  10. 2016-12-30,Diablo on Twitter. Twitter, accessed on 2017-01-02
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Diablo III, Adventure Mode
  12. Diablo III, Anniversary Dungeon
  13. 13.0 13.1 2017-06-22, First Look: The Shrouded Moors & Beyond. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2017-06-24
  14. Monk, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2014-04-20
  15. Barbarian, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2014-04-20
  16. Crusader, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2014-04-20
  17. Demon Hunter, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2014-04-20
  18. Witch Doctor, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2014-04-20
  19. Wizard, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2014-04-20
  20. Necromancer, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2017-06-30
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Diablo IICassia (Amazon) • Isendra (Sorceress) • Xul (Necromancer)

Diablo IIIThe Nephalem (Johanna (Crusader) • Kharazim (Monk) • Li-Ming (Wizard) • Nazeebo (Witch Doctor) • Sonya (Barbarian) • "The Chosen" (Necromancer) • Valla (Demon Hunter)

Italics denotes possible rather than confirmed identity.