Will Lorath Nahr Be the New Deckard Cain in Diablo IV?
new book "Diablo: Book of Lorath" being announced
, we can safely assume that Lorath Nahr will play a significant role in Diablo IV's story. Similar to "Diablo: Book of Cain", which released before the launch of Diablo III, and "Diablo: Book of Tyrael" released ahead of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. These books focused on Deckard Cain and Tyrael respectively, who played integral roles in the game they were involved in. But who is Lorath? Why is he an important character? And why could he be the new Deckard Cain of Diablo IV?
"Diablo: Book of Lorath" Book Releases April 18 - Diablo IV Release Date Hint?
Who are Lorath Nahr and the Horadrim?
Lorath was born into a noble family, known as the House of Nahr, who is said to have fought alongside Jered Cain and Tal Rasha against the Prime Evils. He grew up hearing the tales of the Horadrim, a brotherhood that was formed by the archangel Tyrael to fight against the three Prime Evils: Diablo, Mephisto, and Baal. Lorath grew to admire them. Since then he knew that he wanted to join the order.
Centuries later, the House of Nahr was known for being in service to Westmarch, as members of the Knight of Westmarch which Lorath was a part of, being a Knight-Lieutenant of Westmarch. His uncle Adleric was part of the forces of Westmarch that overcame the Royal Army of Khanduras, sent by the Mad King Leoric. Westmarch, one of the Western Kingdoms, and the city of the same name are located adjacent to the Western Sea.
Lorath outside of Westmarch (left); Map of Sanctuary (right)
Lorath Nahr Joining the Horadrim
After the death of Deckard Cain, last of the Horadrim, the order ceased to exist. The Nephalem defeated the sole Prime Evil Diablo at the end of Diablo III, that is when Tyrael refounded the Horadrim and Lorath Nahr joined the order.
Lorath was present when the Horadrim, together with Tyrael, tried to seal the Black Soulstone in the Tomb of Rakkis. In the
Opening Cinematic for Reaper of Souls
we learned that they did not succeed with that endeavor, being interrupted by Malthael, Angel of Death. Every Horadrim present got slaughtered by Malthael, except for Lorath, who was ordered by Tyrael to flee and find the Nephalem. He obeyed as Tyrael held off the Angel of Death long enough for Lorath to get away.
Lorath and other Horadrim trying to seal away the Black Soulstone, with Lorath having to flee as they are interrupted by Malthael.
Afterwards, Lorath Nahr helped Tyrael in aiding Westmarch's citizens in the Survivor's Enclave while the Nephalem dealt with Malthael's Reapers. Malthael shattered the Black Soulstone during the fight with the Nephalem and Tyrael, consuming the essence of Diablo to empower himself. Even then he was defeated which freed the souls of the Prime Evils and Lesser Evils once more.
In Reaper of Souls, Lorath narrates many lore entries. In the Adventure Mode of the game, he is standing in town along with Tyrael, having occasional conversations with him. This is one interesting conversation that you can overhear:
: Lorath, I haven’t heard from the Horadrim we sent to the Skovos Isles.
: Skovos is a dangerous land.
: I hate to think that any more of our order could come to harm.
: All of us know the risks, Tyrael. But we believe in the new Horadrim.
Lorath Nahr as the Horadric Representative in Diablo IV?
Diablo IV takes place decades after the events of Reaper of Souls. Malthael's campaign killed 90% of Sanctuary's population and left the world in shambles. Heaven's gates are closed and the Angels have abandoned humanity. After eons in exile, Lilith (Daughter of Mephisto, Mother of Sanctuary and Humanity) was summoned to Sanctuary by a dark ritual, for which the Triune is responsible.
When asked if Tyrael will be the narrator of Diablo IV, the developers answered the following at the BlizzCon 2019 World & Lore panel:
Since we've said some time has passed since the events of Reaper of Souls and we know that the last time we saw Tyrael he was in heaven and he was mortal. It's hard to say where he is at this point. Without giving an exact date for the storyline, there are a lot of possibilites for where Tyrael might be.
Previously in Diablo games we've had a Horadric representative and if you have watched the Gameplay Trailer, you see we have a character that is wearing a Horadric necklace. Maybe that is somebody important. That's somebody to keep an eye on.
Based on this, assuming the character in the
Diablo IV Gameplay Trailer
is the Horadric representative for Diablo IV would rule out Tyrael as the narrator. Looking closely at the character, we can see an old man with a Horadric necklace, holding something to drink, and talking to the grave of an "old friend".
This fits the description made by Diablo IV developers, who said this at the BlizzCon 2019 Diablo IV: Unveiled panel:
Even the Horadrim are but mad old men talking to themselves, talking to graves, clutching their bottles as hard as they once clutched their swords.
Could this be Lorath Nahr? We know that there are other Horadrim out there, but Lorath is the only developed character and he is getting his own book, further developing the character. With the story of Diablo IV taking placing decades after Reaper of Souls, it would make sense for Lorath to have aged considerably since then. If this is case, the grave that he is standing beside could belong to Tyrael. People also speculated it to be the grave of Deckard Cain, but Lorath didn't know Deckard Cain, saying "old friend" at his grave wouldn't make much sense.
The last clue that strengthens the theory of the old man being Lorath is also from the Diablo IV Gameplay Trailer. At the beginning of the trailer we can see the inside of a hut. In the background we can spot what appears to be a polearm of some kind. This polearm looks very similar to the weapon that Lorath is carrying since he joined the Horadrim.
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