Fallen are small of stature and simian in appearance, and possess surprising strength and unnatural agility. The "grunts of the underworld," Fallen occupy the lowest rung of the demonic hierarchy. They are looked down upon by other demons, and when it comes to feeding, they get the "crumbs" of human remains. Maybe some bones. The Fallen have absorbed the cruelty inflicted upon them, and reflect it back into the world. This cruelty is reflected among the Fallen in the design of their weapons (a predisposition towards spikes). When unleashed upon the mortal realm, the Fallen display a tendency to swarm like flesh-hungry locusts, and they have been known to tear apart a sleeping village in minutes. Other than feasting on human flesh and killing the only act that gives these unspeakable horrors pleasure is breeding; hence the tendency to encounter them in large packs. However, due to their small size, cowardice appears to be one of the chief features of this species. They prefer to attack under the guise of darkness and in large numbers whenever possible. If they are shown great strength, preferably by killing one of their kind, they will retreat and regroup. However, their appetite for destruction will eventually overcome their caution, and they will attempt to strike again.
Fallen rarely travel alone. They are pack creatures, and seek to congregate together. As such, certain Fallen inevitably rise to dominant positions within their respective groups. These creatures have a rough tribal organization and are ruled by the more powerful Shaman members of their race. However, they display no obvious tendency towards greater organization beyond their predisposition to swarm. This is fortunate for humanity, for they are so numerous that if they were to band together in large numbers, they might easily overwhelm a small city.
At least five types of Fallen are known to exist:
- Imps: These are the most common of the Fallen family of demons. They are the stereotypical fallen ones in look and behavior: small, red, swarming, bloodthirsty, and cowardly.
- Hounds: These dog-like Fallen are utilized as guard animals, beasts of burden, and even food by their masters.
"It seems that the fallen are indeed creatures of demonic origin. The old Horadric tale claims they were once powerful servants of the mythical Azmodan. They purportedly aided him in his battle against the Prime Evils, and Diablo later punished them by twisting them into the small, stupid forms they now possess."
The Fallen Ones were once exalted demons of the Burning Hells. They served as Azmodan's hands, performing acts that he would not, could not involve himself in. They were the instrument of Azmodan's first failed attempt to usurp power from Diablo and his brothers, and after that failure, the fallen were subjected to the full wrath of Diablo. They were twisted into small, ridiculous imps, in contrast to their previously powerful forms. Moreover, if they expected Azmodan to reverse their condition, they were sadly mistaken. The infuriated Azmodan held them responsible for the Prime Evils' continued reign, and so he left the fallen in their new bodies, where their degradation would serve to amuse him for all eternity. Their failure provided him with the information he required to succeed in dethroning Diablo and his brothers - the event now known as the "Dark Exile" - but that fact did nothing to soften his heart toward the Fallen.
Around the Darkening of Tristram, Fallen became very common throughout the woodlands of the Western Kingdoms. Small encampments of Fallen were observed, but with no obvious overall organization. However, the Carvers and Dark Ones were seen closer to the fringes of civilization, indicating that the Prime Evils' sway may be stronger than previously understood.
Heroes of the Storm
Fallen appear in the Battlefield of Eternity map in Heroes of the Storm. They are represented by Shamans and Hounds, taking the place of the game's usual knight creeps. The Shaman re-summons the Hounds until he is killed.
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