"Asheara...? Oh, she's is a tough-talking mage, but I'd wager she's never faced true Evil. Pampering drunken mercenaries is one thing, but standing face to face with a hell-spawned demon is another."— Natalya(src)
Asheara spent many years as a member of various unscrupulous mercenary outfits. Despising the brutal tactics employed by these groups, she eventually forged the Iron Wolves, a group that would hold honor and duty above all else.
"My name's Asheara, and I lead the mercenary band of mages known as the Iron Wolves. We've been hunting down demons in the jungle for months, but no matter how many of them we kill, they just keep comin'. Seems this whole place has been overrun by evil. Rumor has it that you've come here to help. If that's true, then I'll let you hire some of my mercenaries. But be careful...If you piss them off, they can be worse than those monsters out in the jungle."— Asheara(src)
In 1265, Asheara and her mercenaries were at Kurast, which was being overtaken by the surrounding jungle. The Iron Wolves spent months hunting down demons, but no matter how many they killed, they just kept coming. An Assassin named Natalya was also present, but when Asheara tried to recruit her into the Iron Wolves, Natalya began lecturing her about the "dangers of magic." Another resident of Kurast, Alkor, commented that she purchased a "potion of manliness" from him every week.
She encountered a group of heroes who were pursuing the Dark Wanderer. She let them hire some of her mercenaries to aid them. She was suspicious of the heroes at first, suspecting that they might be Zakarum spies, but came to trust them over time. She was satisfied with the carnage the heroes wrought against the Zakarum thralls, and upon their defeat of Mephisto, named them honorary Iron Wolves.
The Child EmperorEdit
Kurast fell, despite the efforts of the Iron Wolves. Later, Asheara and her mercenaries retrieved a young boy to be the new ruler of Kehjistan, as per the wishes of Zakarum. The boy, named Hakan II, became the new emperor. Asheara personally brought him to Caldeum.
The Scouring of CaldeumEdit
Over twenty years after the fall of Kurast, Ashaera was in Caldeum, still leading the Iron Wolves as they served the people of Kehjistan. Harsh times had fallen on the city, due to Belial possessing Hakan II. She encountered the Nephalem, and explained the history of the Iron Wolves, and the state of affairs in the city. Later on, she managed to grant the Nephalem an audience with Hakan. When the emperor ordered the Nephalem and Leah executed for the "massacre" of Alcarnus, Asheara covered their escape into the city's sewers. She later supervised the evacuation of the refugees during the Scouring of Caldeum.
After completing the Blade of the Old Religion quest, Asheara will inform the heroes that several mercenaries have volunteered to aid them free of charge, since Ormus's use of the Gidbinn has freed up their time and they are eager for action.
Ashaeara returns as an NPC in Act II of Diablo III. She wears a more ostentatious and (slightly) less revealing outfit in keeping with the other Iron Wolves and the overall opulence of Caldeum. Asheara does not appear to have aged since the events in Kurast (not particularly surprising for a mage) and oddly, speaks with a completely different accent. Her signature snake is also gone. In combat, she wields a sword, but strangely, does not use spells.
Personality and TraitsEdit
Asheara shares an unspoken bond with her mercenaries, and vows that no harm will come to anyone who is safeguarded by the Iron Wolves. She is strict, but even-handed with those under her command, and has a strong moral code, holding the Iron Wolves above the more brutal methods used by other mercenary companies. She is both self-concious and proud of her womanhood. She is considered to have a "fine form", and at least one hero regarded Asheara as "the most beautiful woman [they] had seen on this new continent." She speaks in a blunt tone, but is unable to hide the genuine concern she has for those under her protection. During this time, she carried a serpent with her, draped around her shoulders.
She is intrigued by the Amazons, noting that their skills seem to be a mix of both martial and magical prowess. She has a dim view on Zakarum, considering it to be a "false religion." In comparison, she is more favorable towards Skatsim.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Book of Tyrael
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Diablo II, The Infernal Gate
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Diablo II, The Infernal Gate, Lam Esen's Tome
- ↑ Diablo II, The Infernal Gate, The Blackened Temple
- ↑ Diablo II, The Infernal Gate, The Guardian
- ↑ Diablo III, Blackened Journal
- ↑ Diablo III, Act II
- ↑ Diablo III, Asheara's Iron Fist
- ↑ Diablo III, Asheara's Guard
- ↑ To Hell and Back