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The awakening of Diablo in Tristram sparked a chain of events that upset the status quo for demonkind. Andariel and Duriel concluded that the Primes would inevitably use the powers of Man to reclaim Hell, and thus endevoured to gain favor by allying themselves with the Lord of Terror as he traveled across Sanctuary with a [[Aidan|mortal host]].<ref name = "BoC"/> It was believed that with Andariel's presence on Sanctuary, the forces of Hell were once again aligned with the Primes.<ref>[http://classic.battle.net/diablo2exp/monsters/act1-andariel.shtml Andariel], ''The Arreat Summit''. Accessed on 2014-08-16</ref> Diablo, Baal, and Mephisto gathered in [[Travincal]], where they enacted their final stratagem to retake Hell and gain vengeance against those who overthrew them. Opening the [[Infernal Gate]], Diablo entered Hell to rally demons still loyal to the Primes. Baal journeyed north to corrupt the [[Worldstone]], which would corrupt humanity in turn and enslave Man to the will of Hell. Mephisto stayed behind, intent on destroying any who would attempt to thwart their plan. In truth, the Three had masterminded the Dark Exile and their banishment with the aid of the fallen [[angel]] Izual, who had told them of the [[soulstone]]s and how they might use them to further their own ends.<ref name = "D2A4">''[[Diablo II]]'', ''[[The Harrowing]]''</ref>
 
The awakening of Diablo in Tristram sparked a chain of events that upset the status quo for demonkind. Andariel and Duriel concluded that the Primes would inevitably use the powers of Man to reclaim Hell, and thus endevoured to gain favor by allying themselves with the Lord of Terror as he traveled across Sanctuary with a [[Aidan|mortal host]].<ref name = "BoC"/> It was believed that with Andariel's presence on Sanctuary, the forces of Hell were once again aligned with the Primes.<ref>[http://classic.battle.net/diablo2exp/monsters/act1-andariel.shtml Andariel], ''The Arreat Summit''. Accessed on 2014-08-16</ref> Diablo, Baal, and Mephisto gathered in [[Travincal]], where they enacted their final stratagem to retake Hell and gain vengeance against those who overthrew them. Opening the [[Infernal Gate]], Diablo entered Hell to rally demons still loyal to the Primes. Baal journeyed north to corrupt the [[Worldstone]], which would corrupt humanity in turn and enslave Man to the will of Hell. Mephisto stayed behind, intent on destroying any who would attempt to thwart their plan. In truth, the Three had masterminded the Dark Exile and their banishment with the aid of the fallen [[angel]] Izual, who had told them of the [[soulstone]]s and how they might use them to further their own ends.<ref name = "D2A4">''[[Diablo II]]'', ''[[The Harrowing]]''</ref>
   
Yet the Primes' plans were thwarted by a [[Classes#Diablo II|group of heroes]]. The group that had slain Andariel and Duriel, Mephisto, and Diablo in Hell itself. Baal himself was slain on [[Mount Arreat]], though not before the Worldstone was corrupted. To save humanity, the [[archangel]] [[Tyrael]] destroyed the stone. While this saved humanity from corruption,<ref name = "BoC"/> it left Sanctuary open to demonic invasion.<ref name = "MotS">''[[Moon of the Spider (novel)|Moon of the Spider]]''</ref><ref name = "TO">''[[The Order]]''</ref> With the destruction of the [[Worldstone]], demons were able to travel east further than they'd done so in the past, coming into conflict with the [[Priests of Rathma]].<ref name = "SoL"/> [[Timeline#1270|Five years]] after the destruction of the Worldstone, [[Skarn]] rallied a demonic army in order to obtain its fragments, intending to ressurect Diablo and reignite the Eternal Conflict.<ref name = "ImmortalWebsite">[https://diabloimmortal.com/en-us/ Diablo Immortal], ''Blizzard Entertainment''. Accessed on 2018-11-05</ref>
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Yet the Primes' plans were thwarted by a [[Classes#Diablo II|group of heroes]]. The group that had slain Andariel and Duriel, Mephisto, and Diablo in Hell itself. Baal himself was slain on [[Mount Arreat]], though not before the Worldstone was corrupted. To save humanity, the [[archangel]] [[Tyrael]] destroyed the stone. While this saved humanity from corruption,<ref name = "BoC"/> it left Sanctuary open to demonic invasion.<ref name = "MotS">''[[Moon of the Spider (novel)|Moon of the Spider]]''</ref><ref name = "TO">''[[The Order]]''</ref> With the destruction of the [[Worldstone]], demons were able to travel east further than they'd done so in the past, coming into conflict with the [[Priests of Rathma]].<ref name = "SoL"/>
   
 
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