"Angry naked women are attacking me? This is my summer in Westmarch all over again!"



Westmarch, City of the Light[1] was the mercantile and martial[2] capital of the country of the same name.[3]


A legendary city,[4] and the most powerful city in Sanctuary at the time of its fall,[5] Westmarch was so named as it marked the westernmost point of Rakkis's crusade into the West.[3] It had sprawling streets[6] with gutters thick with sludge and refuse,[1] and Gothic architecture.[7] It served as the berth of the country's navy.[8]

Westmarch was surrounded by huge stone walls lined with archers and lookouts. Its ramparts and buildings were much taller than Bramwell. Its geography involved a rise as one moved inwards towards the city, as per it being built on hills. As one moved into the city, the buildings grew more ornate.[1]



After his conquest of Westmarch, Rakkis ordered the construction of a river-port settlement that would serve as a capital for his new kingdom,[9] located adjacent to the Western Sea and the Blood Marsh.[10] He later consecrated the city and named himself king.[11] What would become the city's palace was the first structure constructed, which served as Rakkis's stronghold. The Sons of Rakkis later constructed the outer walls of the city. Later architects would mimic this design and embelish it. In a sense, the city of Westmarch became an extension of the palace.[12]

Because of Westmarch's proximity to the sea, it quickly flourished into a center of martial and mercantile power. Over the next two centuries, no outside force ever laid siege to the city.[10] As it spread outwards, as Westmarch and its harbor grew, nearly all of its buildings built by the sea were torn up and replaced with new ones.[8]

The Great PestilenceEdit

"This pestilence threatens to destroy our city, General Arenton. See that the plague dead are kept only in the Repository, and use this weapon to set their bodies aflame. Would that the memory of this tragedy could burn with them."

Justinian II(src)

In 1200, the city experienced an outbreak of plague,[13] known as the Great Pestilence. It affected both humans and animals. The panicked survivors threw the corpses of both into the Plague Tunnels.[14] Justinian II ordered the incineration of plague victims.[13]

Storm of LightEdit

The Reaper of SoulsEdit

"Malthael's fallen angels have brought death to Westmarch, raising an army of reapers from the city's slain defenders."

Lorath Nahr(src)

Westmarch ablaze

In 1285, Malthael led his Reapers against Westmarch, culling many of its citizens and defenders and converting them into an army of undead thralls under his command.[7] The city fell nearly instantly,[5] but fighting continued between the Reapers and Westmarch's remaining soldiers, who were aided by the Nephalem and Tyrael.[7] The city was successfully defended, albeit at the cost of thousands of lives.[15] Currently, the city is deserted.[16]


Westmarch is an area featured in Act V of Diablo III, as introduced in Reaper of Souls. The city is divided into numerous sub-zones.

Known LocationsEdit



The streets of Westmarch



Lorath Nahr outside Westmarch


This section contains facts and trivia relevant to this article.
  • According to Valerie Watrous, Kingsport and Westmarch are located very close together.[17] This is contradicted by maps of Sanctuary, which show that Kingsport and the capital are located on opposite sides of the country.[3]


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