"The guardian shall ever maintain his eternal watch over those who serve and protect the balance."— Excerpt from the Books of Kalan(src)
Trag'Oul (lit. The One Who is Forever, among other translations of the name) is an ancient and mysterious dragon-like being who guards Sanctuary and maintains the Balance between the High Heavens and the Burning Hells, intent on keeping Sanctuary free from angelic and demonic influences. His fate is tied to that of Sanctuary.
The Priests of Rathma use a five-sided pattern to represent Trag'Oul, the five points each holding a symbol representing one of the five elements they believe Trag'Oul to be linked to—earth, air, fire, water, and time. As the fulcrum of the Balance, they believe that the elements of Creation are tied to him.
Trag'Oul entered Sanctuary for the first time just after the Purge by Lilith, and Inarius's subsequent reactions. The dragon materialized for just a few seconds, long enough to lay the groundwork for Rathma's discovery of him. Trag'Oul was the first being to understand the Balance. From Trag'Oul, Rathma learnt of the Balance, the Worldstone, and how Sanctuary was created.
The Sin WarEdit
"This goes beyond Sanctuary now. Beyond all of us who stand sentinel."— The guardians and Trag'Oul in conversation(src)
"How so? How can that be?"
"Because the war is coming to Sanctuary, and if you interfere with what the Balance demands, it and all existence may be forfeit."
Trag'Oul tutored Mendeln during the Sin War. He believed that war on Sanctuary could devour all of existence if left unchecked. After learning of a pact between Inarius and Diablo, he tried to intervene, but was stopped by his fellow guardians that kept guard over worlds of their own. They warned him that inferference would risk all Creation. Fortunately, the Sin War ended, and Sanctuary was spared destruction.
Having founded the Priests of Rathma and set the Necromancers on their path, Trag'Oul vanished. He has not been seen since. The implications are dire, but the Priests of Rathma have not lost faith.
Personality and TraitsEdit
The Books of Kalan describe Trag'Oul as a celestial dragon whose body resembles a constellation of stars. In each of these stars, a different part of life is shown—past, present, and future choices to be made, so one cannot see a definite future. The Priests of Rathma believe that it is on Trag'Oul's back that the world lies, and is the closest thing the cult has to a deity. It is from Trag'Oul that Necromancers draw their power. It has also been suggested that he is a manifestation of the past, present, and future of humanity.
- Trag'Oul has undergone a spelling revision in Diablo lore. He was called Trang-Oul in Diablo II as in the set Trang-Oul's Avatar, and revised as Trag'oul in the Sin War novels. Since the novels are canon as of Diablo III, and as they were released after Diablo II, Trag'Oul is treated as the canon spelling.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Moon of the Spider
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Scales of the Serpent
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Diablo III, Trag'Oul's Hide
- ↑ Moon of the Spider
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 The Veiled Prophet
- ↑ Diablo III, Trag'Oul's Guise
- ↑ Diablo III, Trag'Oul's Scales
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 2011-10-22, Diablo III Lore Panel Coverage. Diablo IncGamers, accessed on 2014-03-14
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 2013-12-08, BlizzCon 2013 – Diablo III Lore and Story Q&A Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2014-03-14
- ↑ 2011, BlizzCon: Diablo III Lore. Gosu Gamers, accessed on 2014-03-14
- ↑ Book of Cain
- ↑ Poison and Bone Skills, Arreat Summit. Accessed on 2014-03-14