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"It is through the archangel Auriel that the power of hope flows into the fabric of creation. Her eternal light illuminates even the darkest souls. With Malthael's departure, it falls to Auriel to hold the Angiris Council together. Should her light ever fade, all Heaven would fall to despair."

Selathiel, writing on Auriel(src)

Auriel is the Archangel of Hope and a member of the Angiris Council. The most beloved of all angels, it is she who leads the sweet chorus of the High Heavens.[1]

Biography

"It is through the archangel Auriel that the power of hope flows into the fabric of creation. Her eternal light illuminates even the darkest souls. Seeking harmony in all things, she is a mediator, a counselor, and when the need arises, a fearless warrior."

(src)

The Great Conflict

Auriel in the Great Conflict

As with her kin, Auriel fought in the Great Conflict, slaying many demons. There are many tales of her incredible feats in battle, breaching the walls of the Pandemonium Fortress alongside her fellow archangels to wrest the stronghold from Hell's grasp.[1]

Wrath

Auriel

On one such battlefield[2] within Pandemonium, Auriel fought alongside her fellow council members. Using Al'maiesh, she sent her demon foes sprawling. The Heavenly Host pressed forward, and the demons were sent into retreat. Imperius pressed on ahead however, and confronted Diablo alone, fighting the Lord of Terror to a stalemate until Auriel and her fellow archangels arrived. Using Al'maiesh, Auriel broke the Prime Evil's grasp on her comrade, and, with the aid of Malthael, was able to bind the demon against a slab of stone. Auriel declared that holding Diablo prisoner would turn the tide of war in Heaven's favor, for, as Tyrael pointed out, slaying him would just lead to Diablo being reborn. However, an enraged Imperius, declaring that demonkind could only be dealt with in blood, slew Diablo, an act which Auriel called "sacrilege."[3]

The Sin War

"Let their potential be developed...for in them I think there is a chance that we may see the end of our struggle at last!"

Auriel casts her vote for humanity(src)

Auriel and co. decide the fate of Sanctuary

With the disappearance of the Worldstone, the Great Conflict ground to a halt. It was only with the discovery of Sanctuary that Heaven learned of the existence of humanity, and how it had come into creation through the coupling of angels and demons.[1] Initially declaring this new species abominations and intent on exterminating them, the Angiris Council was given pause after watching Uldyssian's sacrifice in battle. Thus, it was put to vote whether Man be spared, or eradicated as initially planned.

In the resulting discussion, Auriel was the most impassioned speaker, maintaining that the crimes of Inarius (who had stolen the Worldstone and created Sanctuary in the first place) should not be transferred to humanity, and that given time, they may play a role in the Great Conflict. Thus, her vote was for them. While she was disappointed that Malthael abstained from casting a vote, not to mention that Imperius argued for their eradication, the votes of Itherael and Tyrael let humanity continue to exist.[4]

The Light of Hope

"The day is won. Diablo is vanquished, and all evil with him."

Auriel congratulates the Nephalem(src)

Auriel

Over three millennia after the end of the Sin War,[4] war returned to the High Heavens. Diablo, now a singular Prime Evil, destroyed the Diamond Gates and led his forces into the angels' realm.[5] Diablo specifically targeted Auriel during his attack, knowing that without her, the Heavenly Host's morale would plummet. She was taken prisoner by Rakanoth, and the Host became listless and dejected, easily scattered. She remained a prisoner until The Nephalem (who had pursued Diablo from Sanctuary) slew the demon and rescued her. Auriel directed them to destroy the corrupted growths while she returned to rally the Heavenly Host. With her return, the angels began to fight back with more fervor.[6]

Imperius confronted The Nephalem, telling them to depart the realm, lest he kill them. Auriel told the hero to pay Imperius no mind.[7] The Nephalem went on to defeat Diablo, saving the Heavens. Auriel appeared to congratulate them, alongside Itherael.[8]

Storm of Light

"You look...weary, my brother. You cannot sleep?"
"Would that I had no need for such a thing."
"Ah, but you do."

Auriel and Tyrael(src)

Auriel, Itherael, and Imperius debate the Black Soulstone's fate

Diablo had achieved singular Prime Evil status through the Black Soulstone, a device that, after his body disintegrated following his battle with the nephalem, remained in Heaven.[9] The stone was later found by Auriel and her fellow council members.[10] As the stone lay stored in the Angiris Council Chamber, Auriel sensed conflict at the site while she resided in the Gardens of Hope. Arriving, she found Tyrael confronting Balzael, the latter angel letting his distrust of Tyrael (still mortal) shine through. Auriel stepped in to defend Tyrael from the verbal barbs of Balzael, and told the angel to take leave of his guard duties.

Conversing with Tyrael, Auriel correctly deduced that he was weary, and that while he required sleep as a mortal, such a thing did not come naturally to him. She reassured Tyrael that while many angels did not agree with Tyrael's choice to become mortal, that did not mean it was the wrong one. She wrapped Al'maiesh around Tyrael briefly to give him clarity, then departed.[11]

As the Angiris Council debated the soulstone's fate, Auriel suggested that in order to neutralize the Black Soulstone, it be sealed in a chamber of light and sound. Imperius disagreed and suggested destroying the Stone instead. Itherael was crippled with indecision and could not choose between the two.[10] Furthermore, there was the question of humanity, given that it was through one of their own that Diablo had been able to become the Prime Evil. Auriel still vouched for humanity's continued existence, pointing out that Diablo may have been able to achieve such a feat regardless. Imperius wasn't convinced, and Auriel found her own faith in humanity waning. She nevertheless claimed that there was still hope for mankind, as they were the children of angels as much as demons.

On the subject of the Black Soulstone, Tyrael suggested that he hide it in Sanctuary. Like the others, Auriel disagreed—the original soulstones had corrupted humans, there was no reason to believe that the Black Soulstone wouldn't likewise. Tyrael warned them that the Black Soulstone was corrupting the Heavens in this very moment, but the Council refused to listen. Thus, he departed, warning them that if the soulstone stayed where it was, the Heavens would be doomed.

Auriel sent a messenger to Tyrael, confirming that the Council had refused to act on his advice; that the soulstone would remain in Heaven. Tyrael ended up leaving the Heavens, but returned, leading a new group of Horadrim in an attempt to retrieve the stone. She confronted the intruders at the Pools of Wisdom. However, she instructed the Luminarei to let the Horadrim go.

Auriel and Itherael met with Imperius and Tyrael. She stated that while she may have disagreed with Tyrael's methods, he was right in saying that the stone couldn't stay in Heaven. Therefore, she had let the Horadrim go, taking the Black Soulstone with them. Already, she could feel its taint leaving the realm. She thus called for an emergency trial of Tyrael, or allow him to remain on the Council. Before Imperius could object, she cast her vote—reinstate Tyrael, and allow him to return to Sanctuary. It was, after all, where he belonged, where he could guard the stone. Turning to Tyrael, she apologized for not listening to him from the outset.

Imperius voted that Tyrael be put on trial. Itherael stated that Tyrael was no longer an archangel, but should remain on the Council. Tyrael ended up departing the Council, having found his home on Sanctuary.[11]

In-game

Diablo III

Auriel appears as an NPC in the fourth act of Diablo III. She is the focus of The Light of Hope quest. During Diablo's assault on Heaven she is captured, robbing the Angels of Hope. She is guarded by Rakanoth the Lord of Despair in the Library of Fate. Auriel is freed by the Nephalem and grants them her blessing, allowing them to destroy the Demonic Corruption spreading through heaven. She appears sporadically throughout the following quests to advance the plot, starts the Prime Evil quest and congratulates the player upon defeating Diablo.

Diablo Chess

Auriel appears in Diablo Chess. She is the queen piece of Heaven's side.

Heroes of the Storm

For more details, see the respective article at HotS Wiki

"Hold on to Hope: it will not abandon you. The Eternal Conflict continues between the forces of Good and Evil. Evil will triumph over those who give into Despair, but Despair cannot defeat the power of Hope! Hope is the voice that will never be silent. Hope is the spring that fills the wells of courage. Hope is the light in the darkness. And in the darkness, I will be that light!"

Auriel's Trailer(src)

Auriel first appeared in the trailer for the Eternal Conflict event in Heroes of the Storm, and was later confirmed hero for Heroes of the Storm, releasing in August 2016.

Much like Tyrael, she can be equipped with a demonic-themed skin.[12]

Personality and Traits

"Hope, the only virtue with purpose. For without it, what meaning has suffering?"

Mephisto(src)

Auriel's visage

Auriel is said to be the most lighthearted member of the Angiris Council.[1] It is through her that hope flows through the fabric of Creation, and her eternal light illuminates even the darkest of souls.[13] She believes in the potential for good in all things, including the hearts of all sentient beings.[1] Seeking harmony in all things, she is a mediator and counselor.[13] However, Auriel is not a pacifist, and she does not shy away from strife, for she recognises that conflict is the nature of the universe.[1] Thus, when necessary, she serves as a warrior as well.[13]

Auriel places great value on virtues such as love and compassion. In her mind, these are things to be valued in both war and peace. She rarely speaks in short sentences, but the impact of her words is greater when she does so. She lets out a warm and soothing glow.[11]

The light of hope

What makes Auriel unique is her ability to see harmony even in the midst of discord. She believes that victory for one side does not always mean defeat for the other. To her way of thinking, beyond each conflict lies the promise of healing. This philosophy was often exemplified when she acted as a mediator between Tyrael and Imperius, in many of their heated debates. Rather than scolding them or objecting to the use of violence, she let them see that resolution opened the door to new possibilities. Sometimes, she would drape Al'maiesh around her fellows' shoulders, granting them clarity.

In battle, Auriel can use Al'maiesh as a weapon as readily as she can as a device of healing. She is also capable of wielding a sword. When not on the field of battle, she spends much of her time in the Gardens of Hope.[1]

Auriel has a high regard for Deckard Cain, believing him to be an example as to why her faith in mankind was justified.[14]

Trivia

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  • In "The Light of Hope," it is indicated that the status of Auriel has direct relation to the spirits of angels and humans alike. Prior to rescuing Auriel, (human) NPC dialogue within Bastion's Keep is downbeat. As soon as Auriel is freed, all NPCs become more upbeat, even without direct knowledge of Auriel's rescue.

References

Act I
Adenah the Curio Vendor
Alaric
Arghus the Collector
Beleaguered Farmer
Brother Malachi the Healer
Bron the Barkeep
Captain Rumford
Caravan Leader
Crazed Hermit
Deckard Cain
Eran
Ghost of the Cow King
Ghostly Woman
Karyna
Kyr the Weaponsmith
Leah
Lloigor the Crazed
Mayor Holus
Mira Eamon
Nek the Brawler
Queen Asylla
Radek the Fence
Rodger the Alchemist
Sasha
Tashun the Miner
The Ferryman
Tyrael
Vendel the Armorsmith
Verrall
Virgil
Wandering Tinker
Warriv
Willa Rathe
Wounded Man
Act II
Adria
Aleran
Asheara
Brother Ghaine the Healer
Caliem
Captain Davyd
Captain Ravan
Caravan Leader
Damius
Hakan II
Iron Wolf Jarulf
Javad the Merchant
Jeran
Kadin
Kala
Kohin
Larra
Leah
Lieutenant Vachem
Lugo the Miner
Mehtan the Necromancer
Nek the Brawler
Netharaz
Rasheed
Sadeir the Innkeeper
Silmak the Fence
Squirt the Peddler
Thadar
Tilnan the Collector
Tyrael
Zaven the Alchemist
Zoltun Kulle
Act III
Adria
Andreus the Healer
Beryn
Botulph the Miner
Captain Haile
Drian
Former Mayor Holus
Garell the Quartermaster
Halmin the Alchemist
Ironsmith Maldonado
Leah
Lieutenant Clyfton
Lieutenant Lavail
Lieutenant Merityn
Litton the Fence
Markus
Marta
Messenger Martyns
Nek the Brawler
Nikola
Private Mattius
Sergeant Burroughs
Sergeant Dalen
Sergeant Pale
Tyrael
Vidar the Collector
Act IV
Andreus the Healer
Auriel
Botulph the Miner
Captain Haile
Damotrius
Garell the Quartermaster
Itherael
Litton the Fence
Nek the Brawler
Nikola
Tyrael
Act V
Brother Anselm
Brother Francis
Brycen
Captain Vonn
Clara
Derric
Diadra the Scholar
Emily
Elayne
Enkasi
General Torion
Guardian
Halbu
Halissa
Imperius
Isendra
Ivy
Jamella
Kyla
Lady Serena
Lorath Nahr
Lord Harold Snowe
Master Crusader
Master Necromancer Ordan
Mehtan the Necromancer
Nek the Brawler
Oswyn
Patriarch Anisim
Powell the Miner
Sergeant Samuels
Sophia
Tyrael
Zayl (Humbart Wessel)
Adventure Mode
Abd al-Hazir
Dane Bright
Djank Mi'em the PTR Vendor (PTR only)
Daivin the Adventurer
High Cleric
Kadala
King Kanai
Lorath Nahr
Orek
Quentin Sharpe
Skular
The Crazed Man
Tyrael
Urshi
Artisans
Covetous Shen
Haedrig Eamon
Myriam Jahzia
Zoltun Kulle (Kanai's Cube)
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