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In Diablo 3, we finally get to know Tyrael's buddies a bit more in-depth. Through books distributed around the high heavens, the lore behind the Angels is also a bit more expanded on.

Of course, there are also the hellish forces of evil, which we also learn a lot more about in this game.

With this two forces clashing against eachother (Heaven and Hell), is there some kind of overarching allmighty entity above it all?

In short: Is there a god in Diablo lore?

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There are Anu and Tathamet.

Anu is said to have been the very first being to exist, predating the current Diablo Universe, and the closest thing to a God, lore-wise. It is said the clash (and aftermath) between Anu and Tathamet (remnants of Anu's imperfections), who's seven-heads each spawned one Seven Evils of Hell, was what created the Diablo Universe.

From the Book of Cain via DiabloWikia:

Before the beginning there was void. Nothing. No flesh. No rock. No air. No beat. No light. No dark.

Nothing, save a single, perfect pearl.

Within that pearl dreamed a mighty, unfathomable spirit—the One— Anu. Made of shining diamond. Anu was the sum of all things: good and evil, light and dark, physical and mystical, joy and sadness—all reflected across the crystalline facets of its form. And, within its eternal dream-state, Anu considered itself—all of its myriad facets. Seeking a state of total purity and perfection, Anu cast all evil from itself. All dissonance was gone. But what of the cast-off aspect of its being? The dark parts, the sharp, searing aspects of hate and pridefulness? Those could not remain in a state of separation, for all things are drawn to all things. All parts are drawn to the whole. Those discordant parts assembled into the Beast-the Dragon. Tathamet was his name-and he breathed unending death and darkness from his seven devouring heads. The Dragon was solely composed of Anu's cast-off aspects. The end sum of the whole became a singular Evil- the Prime Evil, from which all the vileness would eventually spread throughout existence.

Though separate beings, Anu and the Dragon were bound together within the Pearl's shadowed womb. There they warred against each other in an unending clash of light and shadow for ages uncounted.

The diamond warrior and the seven-headed dragon proved to be the equal of the other, neither ever gaining the upper hand in their fierce and unending combat-till at last, their energies nearly spent after countless millennia of battle, the two combatants delivered their final blows. The energies unleashed by their impossible fury ignited an explosion of light and matter so vast and terrible that it birthed the very universe all around us.

All of the stars above and the darkness that binds them. All that we touch. All that we feel. All that we know. All that is unknown.

All of it continues through the night and the day in the ebbing and flowing of the ocean tides and in the destruction of fire and the creation of the seed. Everything of which we are aware, and that of which we are utterly unaware, was created with the deaths of Anu and the Dragon, Tathamet.

In the epicenter of reality lies Pandemonium, the scar of the universe's violent birth. At its chaotic center lay the Heart of Creation, a massive jewel unlike any other: the Eye of Anu- the Worldstone. It is the foundation stone of all places and times, a nexus of realities and vast, untold possibility.

Anu and Tathamet are no more, yet their distinct essences permeated the nascent universe-and eventually became the bedrock of what we know to be the High Heavens and the Burning Hells.

Anu's shining spine spun out into the primordial darkness, where it slowed and cooled. Over countless ages it formed into the Crystal Arch, around which the High Heavens took shape and form.

Though Anu was gone, some resonance of it remained in the holy Arch. Spirits bled forth from it-shining angels of light and sound who embodied the virtuous aspects of what the One had been.

Yet, despite the grace and beauty of this shining realm, it lacked the perfection of Anu's spirit. Anu had passed into a benevolent place beyond this broken universe- a paradise of which nothing is known and yet represents perhaps the greatest-kept secret of Creation.

Longed for, but unimaginable.

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The Sanctuary was created by an Angel (Inarius) and his demon lover. The humans that inhabit it are basically their children (also known as Nephalem). In terms of powers, the worlds are controlled by basically a council of Angels and a council of Demons. Personally, I would assume that Heaven and Hell work much like the world does today. There is a specific being that rules that domain (presidents, dictators, queens) and there are several domains(countries). Each is ruled separately by their own methods. One can also argue that there is a God in our real world, but that is a completely different can of worms. As for Diablo, no God is ever mentioned in the lore.

Any "God" figures that happen to be worshipped by the Nephalem (or humans) are assumed to be real people who did exist but didn't necessarily have godlike powers.

Also for a little side-lore which can be gathered by reading Diablo literature or also this site: The Sanctuary was created as a place where Angels and Demons could live in harmony and escape all of the constant fighting. It was intended to be just that: A Sanctuary. Unfortunately Diablo had other plans for the world. The Worldstone was the entity that was used to hide The Sanctuary from Heaven and Hell.

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In diablo 1 and diablo 2 it's implied that there is God. We got cathedral, etc. I mean where does the paladin get their power from?

Tyrael says that it's "mortal time" or something when he told you to fight demon. It's as if there is God but he's not helping.

In diablo 3 the lore is changed. Now the toughest beings are archangels which is weaker than you.

I think it's like warcraft role.

The closest thing we have to a "god" in diablo is blizzard. But then again, it'll be closer to Mara in budhism that entice us to keep being trapped into the cycle of respawn and rerolls.

Diablo 3 is actually suffering and some enlightened player realize that there is a cease of this cycle where we can just stop playing after we've seen all that can be seen. Other speculates that there are life outside diablo 3, also known as real life. Diablo itself is mere illusion (maya) and things are really ephemeral as the price of stuffs after expansion.

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