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"I knew Inarius long ago - when he was still among the angels. But he grew weary of battling the demons after a time, and he began to secretly conspire with demons in order to forge a peace. The demoness Lilith became his greatest ally in the Hells, and many other demons and angels joined his cause."

- Auriel(src)

Inarius was a rogue angel. Formerly an archangel of the High Heavens, his actions would lead to the creation of Sanctuary and the nephalem.

Biography[]

"Inarius, Creator of Sanctuary, served under Tyrael, and was an advisor to the Council until he rebelled."

The Eternal Conflict[]

"They call me a hero. I slew demons beyond count. I won battles and broke sieges, that avail me nothing. I know that this war can have no victor, only an eternity of revenge, pride, and hatred. Tyrael does not understand. He cannot see beyond the glory of battle. In time, he may. But that day is not yet here."

- Inarius(src)

As with all angels, Inarius was born from the Crystal Arch. He was among the archangels, and while not among the five that formed the Angiris Council, he nevertheless served as an advisor to the body.[3]

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Inarius in the Great Conflict

During the Eternal Conflict, Inarius was a commander of the Heavenly Host,[5] and under the command of Tyrael.[6] He was highly regarded by his kin for his successes on the battlefield.[7] He faced the Lesser Evil Azmodan in battle on at least one occasion.[8]

After eons of war and witnessing countless acts of brutality, Inarius came to the conclusion that the conflict was unjust,[6] that it could never be won,[3] and that his part in it had to come to an end.[6] He was convinced that if he were at the head of the Angiris Council, he could do things differently.[5] He tried to make Tyrael see his point of view, but the archangel would not be swayed.[5] Inarius reflected that he could not be unique, that there had to be angels and demons who also sought escape from the never-ending war fate had thrust upon them. He resolved to find these individuals and lead them to a new beginning in their own hands.[6] He would stop at nothing to end the war between Heaven and Hell.[9]

Inarius's role as advisor to the Angiris Council had given him skills in diplomacy, and he was able to gather angels to his cause, escaping the notice of the Council. There were far more angels willing to abandon the Eternal Conflict than he'd dreamed of.[5]

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Inarius and Lilith pledge their troth

During a battle, Inarius led his kin on a charge[7] from an outpost of the Pandemonium Fortress.[6] He was struck down,[7] wounded, and marooned.[6] When he came to, he awoke in chains. He ranted on about his desires to be free of the Great Conflict, and in turn, his captor freed him. She gave him her name, Lilith, daughter of Mephisto, and told the angel that they would meet again. Inarius was instantly captivated by her;[7] the first angel to ever look into the heart of a demon.[10]

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Inarius, Lilith, and their followers

Lilith had suffered from her father's hatred and like Inarius, had long awaited an opportunity to rebel against their kindred. Inarius and Lilith joined forces and even came to fall in love; each pledged themself to the other and vowed to escape the Eternal Conflict.[6] Prior to this, no angel or demon in the Eternal Conflict had ever lain down arms against the other, let alone worked together for a common goal.[3]

Eventually, like-minded followers gathered in support.[7]

The Creation of Sanctuary[]

"We have created a new world. We can live here in peace, away from war. I have named this world...Sanctuary."

- Inarius(src)

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Inarius and Lilith create Sanctuary

Either through strength of arms or misdirection, Inarius and his renegades managed to gain access to the Worldstone, located deep within the Pandemonium Fortress. Altering its frequency or dimensional alignment, they used its power to conceal it from the angels and demons still fighting in the Eternal Conflict. Subsequently, the Worldstone was shifted into a pocket dimension. There, Inarius and his followers shaped a world around it. A world of refuge they would call Sanctuary. The forces of Heaven and Hell became aware of the Worldstone's disappearance, but had no idea where it was or who had taken it. This act temporarily halted the Great Conflict.[6]

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Inarius and Lilith, as depicted by a Kasama mural

One of Inarius's first acts in the world he would create was to imbue the island of Ancients' Cradle with the Fire of Life, alongside Lilith. The Worldstone was later moved,[11] where Inarius shaped Mount Arreat as a kind of protective shell around the artifact. From there, the rest of the world would be formed.[6] A world he named "Sanctuary."[7] He knew at this point that he would never again be welcome in Heaven.[12]

As the angels and demons worked the Worldstone to form their new world, Inarius secretly fooled all the other renegades and tied the Worldstone's power to himself. This enhanced his powers unimaginably and made him the strongest being on Sanctuary and the de facto ruler.[4] Lilith and Inarius ruled their realm with a council of angels and demons, residing inside the structure that would become known as the Temple of the Firstborn.[1]

Rise of the Nephalem[]

"When I see Lilith sleeping at my side, I am filled with dark thoughts. My sins are real, and I will surely pay for them. We live in peace for now, but it cannot last. They will come for me."

- Inarius's unease(src)

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Inarius and Lilith

Inarius and Lilith had done the impossible, by banding angels and demons together and creating a world in which they could co-exist.[6] Yet as he saw Lilith sleeping by his side, fear began to grip Inarius, and he believed he would pay for his "sins." While Sanctuary was at peace for now, he knew his kin would come for him eventually.[7]

Lilith and Inarius gave birth to a son they would name Linarian at the Altar of Rites. Each placed their hand on the altar and spoke a vow, their blood and light mixing to form a clay figure. Lilith eagerly reached out for her progeny, but recoiled as her son's hand brushed against her tentacled barbs. Her blood mingled with the clay, and an umbilical nurtured the amalgam, severing as her lifestream passed from herself to the amalgam. Inarius, initially horrified at the creature they had created, was unable to back out of the ritual, and played his part in moulding the clay alongside Lilith, basing it around their own image. Thus, Linarian was born.[13]

Lilith and Inarius were the first angel and demon to produce offspring, but they would not be the last, and soon, an entire race had taken form - the nephalem.[6] Inarius became watchful as the first generation of nephalem grew.[14] Eons later, Lorath Nahr speculated that at the time, Inarius could not have foreseen the consequences of this union.[3]

The Gospel of Death[]

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Inarius and his council behold Kalmor

Inarius and the council were present in the Temple of the Firstborn when Kalmor arrived, having been summoned to account for the death of Bersarik. Bersarik, aggrieved at the deaths of Corvik and Helgrotha, had come to meet his makers, intending violence, and Kalmor had been forced to slay him. Inarius remained silent and simply watched, as the council declared that they did not hold Kalmor responsible for Bersarik's death, and explained that while the nephalem would not succumb to age, or be touched by plague, they were still able to be slain. Presenting them the sword Severian, the council ordered it destroyed, and filed out.[1]

The Purge[]

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Inarius

Dissension rippled through the angels and demons of Sanctuary. Not only did the nephalem had power that surpassed that of their parents,[6] but they were bound to neither lineage, able to chart their own path.[3] Furthermore, the union of angels and demons would be deemed the ultimate blasphemy by the Great Evils and Angiris Council. The defectors were convinced that they would be destroyed if Sanctuary came to be discovered. Some argued for the destruction of the nephalem, others believed they could be spared.[6] Inarius was indeed concerned about the nephalem's latent power,[3] and did consider taking the route of genocide,[15] but troubled by the dissension, Inarius called for a period of reflection, to consider the matter in solitude.[6]

Lilith, driven into a mad frenzy by the threat of her children's extinction, began slaughtering her fellow renegades, both angel and demon alike, leaving Inarius to discover the carnage she had wrought. Bringing his former lover to heel, Inarius found himself unable to kill her[6]—he had promised that he would never strike her down or let another do it, and the promise still held true.[4] and instead banished her into the Void. Left alone with no-one but himself and a race of "abominations,"[6] Inarius sought to reduce the power of the nephalem at any cost.[16] To this end, he attuned the Worldstone to cause the powers of the nephalem to diminish over time,[6] for he could not bring himself to harm them.[15] However, for the first generation of nephalem, he made it clear that any use of their powers would be punished, and insisted that Sanctuary, his world, would remain as he had envisaged it. His perfect world.[2] Some nephalem protested, but any who challenged Inarius were crushed. Those who survived fled, their powers weakening.[4]

Aftermath[]

After the Purge Inarius disappeared, though writings of the past suggested that he still walked among Men in a form resembling that of his children. He watched as successive nephalem generations diminished and became humans, watching as human civilization spread over Sanctuary. It is heavily suggested by some accounts that he came to favor mortals, for unlike the nephalem, he did not see humans as a threat.[6] He remained infatuated with Lilith, and it took him several human lifetimes to thrust her to the back of his thoughts, and twice as many to bury them. Sometimes, he managed to pretend that she'd never existed.[5]

The Sin War[]

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Inarius

Due to the summoning of demons from the Burning Hells into the world, humanity had made the Prime Evils aware of Sanctuary's existence. As part of a scheme to bring humanity to their side in the Great Conflict, the Three founded the Triune—a new religion that would convert humans to their cause. When Inarius became aware of the Triune, he recognized the Prime Evils' deception immediately. He became fearful, not only for his own safety, but also that of his adopted children should Heaven become aware of their existence as well. To counter the Triune, he took on the mantle of "the Prophet" and formed his own gospel, disseminating it from his Cathedral of Light. With this act, the secret war for mankind's soul had begun, a struggle that would come to be known as the Sin War. As the Prophet, Inarius gained fame from his youthful physical perfection, and was able to spread the Cathedral's influence through his angelic powers of pursuasion.[6] As the Prophet, he often gave sermons.[2]

Inarius designed the cathedral that would serve as his religion's headquarters. He designed it to mimic the architecture of Heaven; a piece of paradise he had lost. However, the times where he was able to truly relive the sensation of being in Heaven were few and far between. He was often seen in the late hours, for as an angel, he did not require sleep. However, this also stemmed due to his restlessness, as in order to maintain his charade, he could not appear in angelic form to his followers, nor take wing above Kehjan. The closest he could get to the experience of flight was to climb to the cathedral's tallest towers.[5]

Inarius chose two humans to act as the Cathedral's senior priests; Oris and Gamuel. He specifically chose Gamuel for, in the remotest manner possible, he was the one human that reminded Inarius of himself.[2]

Birthright[]

Events began to spiral out of control with the return of Lilith, the demoness seeking an army of followers. The end result was the Edyrem, led by Uldyssian. Inarius swore that as Sanctuary was "his," he would not let Lilith or Hell take it from him. And if that required the destruction of the world, so be it. He observed Uldyssian's actions from a distance.[5]

Scales of the Serpent[]

The Edyrem systematically began a campaign to scour both the Triune and Cathedral of Light off the face of Sanctuary. In a sense, this worked to Inarius's advantage, as the Triune was the first to feel the Edyrem's wrath and was destroyed. Lilith had revealed her true colors by this point however, and was left in the temple.[2]

After delivering one of his sermons, Inarius was informed of the situation by Oris and Gamuel. Gamuel feared that the Edyrem would make war against the Cathedral in addition to the Triune, and Inarius told him that he should assume that would come to pass. However, Inarius told him that the Cathedral would not move against Uldyssian, but rather, move with him. He did not elaborate further, and retired to his quarters.

When Rathma came to investigate the temple, Inarius covertly masked Lilith from detection, only revealing himself once their son had departed. Subsequently, he compressed his former lover into a sphere. Even as she defiantly promised that Uldyssian would be his undoing, he banished her into the Void for a second time. This time though, he took steps to ensure she would never return.[2]

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Inarius

Uldyssian had destroyed the Triune, but the Cathedral of Light was next. After Uldyssian's Edyrem clashed with and destroyed Inarius's inquisitors, Inarius finally descended from his tower and confronted Uldyssian and his army. Inarius first used his overwhelming presence as an angel in an attempt to convert the Edyrem to his side. Uldyssian quickly used his bond to the edyrem to flush them with confidence and outsmarted Inarius. Both Uldyssian and Inarius used magic leading up to and during the battle but when facing each other one on one, they simply relied on infusing their bodies with magic and brawling. Even though Inarius was bonded to the Worldstone and therefore exponentially more powerful than a normal angel, Uldyssian could hold his own. This caused Inarius to lose confidence and slowly he gave way to Uldyssian's attacks. As they fought, there was a tear in the sky as the Heavenly Host finally entered Sanctuary. In his madness, Inarius was only concerned with destroying Uldyssian no matter what cost and therefore ignored the armies of angels. Uldyssian was distracted by the armies and Inarius seized the opportunity. Inarius grabbed the human ready to strike the final blow but just as he was about to, Uldyssian's entire body infused with energy. Inarius sensed Uldyssian was doing something drastic and he was right. Uldyssian changed the very essence of the Worldstone, destroying the bond it shared with Inarius. Without his bond to the Worldstone, Inarius was drastically weaker and Uldyssian easily defeated him, capturing him in a prison. Afterwards, Uldyssian sent both angels and demons from Sanctuary and the Angiris Council convened to decide the fate of the nephalem as well as Inarius. The Council agreed to an armistice between the High Heavens and the Burning Hells to allow time for the nephalem to mature and decide for themselves which side they would aid in their own free will. In this deal, Inarius was also taken into Mephisto's custody, presumably to be tortured for all eternity.[4] He regarded this as a betrayal by his fellow angels.[17]

Infinitude[]

"But what of my great deeds? When I am in torment, who will celebrate those? Who will remember...Inarius?"

- Inarius's fears, long prior to his incarceration(src)

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Inarius bound in chains.

Mephisto took Inarius to the Burning Hells. He bound Inarius with tremendous chains and slowly tore the wings from the back of the angel. Great barbed hooks were then used to stretch out his once glowing skin and his features were distorted by vile powers. Now, Inarius is said to be trapped in Hell within a chamber of mirrors, his eyelids torn from his face as he is forced to gaze upon his misshapen form for all eternity.[18] Inarius was denied even the freedom of death.[19]

Despite his ignominious end, Inarius's saga was recorded in the Books of Kalan and the Book of Cain.[6]

Reign of Enmity[]

Inarius's Return[]

"The angel Inarius. I'm sure you've heard the Cathedral of Light babbling about their holy Father. Well, he's real. An angel walks among us."
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Inarius among his flock

Inarius returned to Sanctuary at some point after Malthael's attempted genocide of humanity.[17] According to Inarius, he escaped from Hell, though Lorath Nahr noted that Inarius may have embelished this achievement to his followers.[20] The day Inarius returned to Sanctuary would come to be celebrated as the Divine Advent.[21]

Inarius found a broken world in his wake, fragmented by Malthael's actions.[17] He sought a way back to Heaven, and his first step in achieving this goal was to reignite the religion he had abandoned millennia before: the Cathedral of Light.[22] Great statues were erected to Inarius inside the Cathedral, his followers consumed by adoration of him. Shrines outside the structure were also erected to Inarius, all over the Fractured Peaks.[23]

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Inarius treats Prava

At some point, Inarius saved a mortal woman named Prava,[24] curing her of the seizures that had plagued her since infancy.[25] She went on become his right hand[24] after he taught her the tenets of the Cathedral of Light. While Inarius was the supreme leader of the church, Prava handled its day-to-day operations, and acted as a bridge between Inarius and the rest of his followers.[17] He resided at Kor Valar.[23]

Rathma's Prophecy[]

Rathma's Prophecy became known to Inarius, and he descended into the depths of the earth to meet his son at the Necropolis of the Firstborn.[26] Inarius tried to collect a key to Hell from Rathma, but he refused, stating that he saw in a vision that the key was taken from his corpse under the watchful eyes of the serpent. In a fit of anger, Inarius killed Rathma, stabbing his son in the chest with his own staff, but could not find the key.[27]

Inarius returned to the surface, and at least to a few within the Cathedral, claimed that he'd divined the prophecy's meaning/existence.[26] He placed the prophecy within the Cathedral's gospel, and made it seem like he was a hero destined to save Sanctuary.[20] One particular line in the prophecy ("a spear of light, piercing Hatred's heart") was seized upon by Inarius, who presented it as proof that he was destined to kill Lilith. He claimed (or hoped) that by killing the Daughter of Hatred, he would be able to ascend into Heaven.[25] The Cathedral's gospel ran with this claim, stating that through such an act, the faithful would ascend to Heaven alongside Inarius.[28] In truth, Inarius saw his followers as little more than cannon fodder in his plans.[29]

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A painting of Inarius inside Alabaster

Inarius took up residence in Alabaster Monastery, where supposedly, he remained in meditation.[26] To see Inarius, outsiders had to undertake a pilgrimage across the Fields of Judgment in order to 'cleanse' them to meet the angel. The pilgrimage was a dangerous undertaking in of itself, and of those who were granted an audience with Inarius, not everyone returned,[30] and those that did did not always return unscathed.[31]

Hatred's Heart[]

"Lilith. I have returned to Hell...for you."

- Inarius(src)

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The Wanderer seeks Inarius's blessing

In 1336, news of chaos sowed by Lilith begun to spread. A wanderer approached Inarius in Alabester Cathedral, seeking to receive his blessings so that they might cross the Black Lake to the Necropolis of the Firstborn in their pursuit of Lilith. Inarius refused stating that humans were weak, and that Sanctuary has been wasted on the crusades of the unworthy. He then dismissed them.[26] Lilith was later able to get the key to Hell from Rathma's corpse, which was hidden in his staff, meaning Inarius had killed his son not just needlessly but also for nothing.[27] Still, with no key to Hell, Inarius remained in his domicile of the Alabaster Monastery, opting to instead observe events and shadow Lilith's movements.

Sometime later, Lilith would make her move in opening the way to Hell, using the gate found beneath Caldeum, using her followers within the city to grant her access. Gathering his army of the Knight's Penitent, Inarius stormed Caldeum, allowing his knights to purge the city of anyone not of the Cathedral of Light. Near the Palace, Inarius rallied his knights with a speech regarding the prophecy where he will "pierce Hatred's heart" and ascend to the High Heavens, promising that his followers will to the same. However, he would be confronted with the last vestiges of the Horadrim, Lorath, Donen, Neyelle and The Wanderer. Bemused that the Horadrim is getting involved with the "conflicts of their betters", Inarius would seize the soulstone Donen had in his possession which the group planned to use to imprison Lilith. With little choice, the group followed Inarius's army to the Gates of Hell, where the archangel entrusted the soulstone piece to Prava.

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Inarius lands amidst the demon army

In Hell, Inarius stood at the head of a force of Pale Knights. They were attacked by a force of demons, but as Inarius hovered above his forces, bathing them in light, the knights held firm, easily killing any demon who came near. During the battle, Inarius spotted Lilith among the demons. He flew across the battlefield, landing in the midst of the demons, causing them to recoil. He hurled his spear directly at Lilith.[32] However, the spear was blocked by a hulking demon, leading Inarius to leap into the fray and brutally kill the lesser demons as he retrieved his spear to pursue Lilith. Within the darkened hall of the Spire of Torment, Lilith taunted Inarius on what he actually hoped to seek after forsaking Sanctuary, leading Inarius to angrily call Sanctuary an "abomination," lashing out at the pillars around him before his spear was broken by Lilith's wings. The Mother of Sanctuary asked if their son Rathma included that to which the Father merely stated that by killing their firstborn, he had "made it right" for his brethren and regain his rightful place.[33]

Lilith, however, turned the tables on Inarius by asking if the High Heavens rejoiced after he had killed Rathma but the rogue angel couldn't answer, for both knew that the angels remained silent to him. Infuriated and desperate, Inarius charged Lilith with his broken spear, impaling her in the abdomen with its shaft. During this, his army of the Pale Knights led by Prava gained ground in battling the demons, advancing upon the Spire. However, with the deed done, Inarius believed himself redeemed yet remained shaken before being grasped by Lilith, who stated to him that for all his efforts for redemption, the angels would never welcome him back, for he made a choice. One with Lilith, which they would never forgive. Left hysterical and maddingly pleading to the statues around him, asking what must he do to gain redemption and return home, Inarius was left vulnerable in his despair, as Lilith took his spear and pierced his heart, just as he had done with their son, stating that the High Heavens didn't want him and do not listen to him anymore. In agony, Inarius called out for salvation but Lilith denied him this by stating he belonged in Hell as she savagely ripped his wings off, leading him to be obliterated.[33]

Inarius's cries of terror and pain echoed through the chasm in Hell as his light cracks through the Spire before going out, confirming his death. With his demise, the demons resurged as the Pale Knights faltered at the loss of their patron, leading them to be overwhelmed despite Prava's desperate attempts to remind them of their faith before ultimately being swarmed by the demons herself, leaving the army to be slaughtered. All that was left of Inarius, the Father of Sanctuary, was his glowing melted remains becoming part of the Spire like the other tormented souls, with Lilith leaving her former partner behind to continue her plans.[33]

Legacy[]

"I have no doubt the Cathedral of Light will go on shouting the name of Inarius."

After Inarius's death, Prava took over as head of the Cathedral of Light; wounded, but arguably had become more dangerous than ever. Lorath Nahr speculated that the Cathedral would continue to worship Inarius.[23] Prava would ultimately double down on her fanaticism, declaring The Wanderer and the Horadrim as heretics, even blaming them for Inarius's death, disregarding the fact that they had nothing to do with his death or that they defeated Lilith themselves. In the end, the Cathedral would operate as no different than the other warring bands that plagued and terrorized the innocent, even closing their gates to the people as other threats, such as the Malignant and the Blood Harvest, emerged, leaving the Wanderer to step in and handle the crises.

In-game[]

Diablo Immortal[]

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Prophet's Progeny cosmetic set

Inarius is heavily referenced in the Destruction's Wake update of Diablo Immortal, which takes place in the Ancients' Cradle. The Prophet's Progeny cosmetic set is also based on him.

Diablo III[]

Inarius's logs can be found in Act V of Diablo III. One of the Necromancer sets is named Grace of Inarius. Inarius Wings are available in the game for those who purchase Diablo IV.

Diablo IV[]

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Inarius as he briefly appears in the Diablo IV announcement trailer

Inarius appears in Diablo IV. He first appeared in the game's announcement cinematic, bound in chains.[34] He later appeared in the game's release cinematic.[32] The feud between he and Lilith is one of the game's key plot points.[35]

Inarius is referenced in the flavor text of Miner's Litany.

In Other Games[]

Heroes of the Storm[]

Inarius is referenced in flavor lore in Heroes of the Storm. Here, he was slain by Azmodan.

Call of Duty[]

Inarius is available as an operator in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II.[36]

Personality and Traits[]

"I am Sanctuary, and Sanctuary is I! You seek to fight the very world itself when you seek to stand against me."

- Inarius(src)

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Inarius

Once, Inarius was a paragon of rightousness.[23] While a stoic individual,[14] his sanity slowly degraded to the point that by the end of the Sin War, he was a broken angel.[4] By the Reign of Enmity, Inarius had apparently recovered psychologically (at least in appearance), with mortals worshipping him, demons fearing him, and Inarius unfazed by both.[32] He still resented the angels for "betraying" him at the conclusion of the Sin War,[17] and remained in various states of bitterness[17] (an emotion he told himself that he was above in his bitterest moments).[5]

Inarius was a narcissist; while in his personal quarters in the Cathedral of Light, he would sometimes take angelic form, in order to admire himself. He considered Sanctuary to be "his," given the role he'd played in creating it.[5]

He had a callous view on humanity and the nephalem, for while he might have held some fondness for the former, considering them his "adopted children,"[6] he viewed it as it being by his will that they were allowed to exist at all, and hence, had no moral compunction against removing them if necessary.[2] Even his servants inside the Cathedral, he regarded as being no different from any other function of the structure's design.[5] He was not attracted to humans; certainly not men, and he had little interest in women. In all of Creation, only Lilith had ever stirred genuine passion from him.[2]

Inarius's millennia of torture in Hell changed him, and not for the better.[20] Whatever hope or affection he might have had for humanity or Sanctuary had apparently evaporated, claiming the former to be weak, and the latter to be rotting from the inside. While it could be inferred that Inarius had some lingering affection for Rathma, considering his years-long seclusion in the Alabaster Monestary after murdering his son,[26] Inarius's capacity for self-justification remained intact, later claiming that he'd set things right through Rathma's murder, that Sanctuary was an abomination, that he was destined to strike down Lilith, and thus, return to the Heavens. Whether Inarius truly believed these things or had self-rationalized his beliefs, as Lilith pointed out, only silence was Heaven's answer to his actions.[33] In the end, Inarius was unable to accept that he was beyond redemption in the eyes of his brethren, that all of his efforts were for naught and would never return home, which left him open for Lilith to strike the deathly blow.

Appearance[]

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Inarius

In his angelic form, Inarius has golden wings, which cast light bright enough to illuminate even the darkness of Hell.[32] In his prime, before the Sin War, Inarius was an angel of great splendor.[23] He was proud of his beauty and boasted loudly of his purity and worth.[18]

As "the Prophet," Inarius appeared as a golden-haired man, said hair flowing past his shoulders. He appeared lithe and fit, though not overly muscular. With luminous silver-blue eyes and ivory skin, he barely looked old enough to be called a man.[4] His voice sounded like music,[2] and he had a presence so impressive that humans wished to drop down on their knees in worship, and even Rathma, a nephalem, experienced a similar desire (though was able to resist it).[4] As the Prophet, Inarius had no beard, and as such, all male members of the Cathedral (in its first incarnation) were obliged to be clean-shaven, in order to emulate their leader.[5]

Abilities[]

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Inarius's insignia

Inarius possessed great power. Because of how he had tied himself to the Worldstone, his strength was great enough to give even the Prime Evils pause, and he could cast individuals into the Void if he so desired.[4] He could manipulate the course of events to his own ends, and be even more subtle than Lilith while doing so. He had the ability to teleport.[2]

Inarius has the ability to cast out a pulse of light that gives demons force. His presence is strong enough to crack the ground when he hovers, and crater it when he lands.[32] During the Eternal Conflict, Inarius dual-wielded swords.[8] He could make his wings sharp enough to slice through demons, and is capable of telekinesis[33]. During the Reign of Enmity, he carried a spear, which he could hurl with great force and accuracy.[32]

Inarius was also a skilled diplomat, and was able to gather numerous angels to his side even before meeting Lilith.[5]

Trivia[]

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The Inarius statue

  • Justin Parker has speculated that Mephisto left someone to "look after" Inarius, in light of his banishment from Hell in the Dark Exile.[37]
  • Luis Barriga has confirmed that of all the times that playable characters have entered Hell in the series, they have never been near Inarius's prison.[38]
  • In The Sanctuary Tarot Deck and Guidebook Inarius represents The Emperor and The Lovers cards.
  • An Inarius statue is available from the Blizzard Store.[39]
  • Inarius is voiced by Gabe Kunda.
  • An Inarius Funko Pop is available from Amazon.[40]
  • Inarius has a total screentime of 15 minutes in Diablo IV.[41]

Original Lore[]

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Inarius in chains

In the original Diablo manual, Inarius was only introduced as a means of explaining the origins of the Overlord demon. In this account, it is said that Inarius's thoughts became so clouded that he believed himself to be above both angel and demon, and left the High Heavens to form his own dominion. He constructed a great cathedral of mirrored glass and crystal, and followers flocked to him, drawn by his numinous charm and wealth. Once Inarius had gathered a sizable army, he decided to prove his power. Inarius first laid siege to an infernal temple devoted to the worship of Mephisto, but made the foolish mistake of overestimating his prowess. The armies of Inarius laid waste to the temple and killed the dark monks that dwelled within. The Three Evils had considered the vain warrior a mere nuisance and amusement until this time, but this was an insult that they could not bear.

Mephisto himself is said to have appeared at the cathedral of Inarius. He laid waste to the church and the surrounding countryside. The Lord of Hatred took the proud archangel and his followers captive. Inarius was tortured while his followers became the Overlords.[18]

While this account bears resemblance to the events of the Sin War, there are still irreconcilable differences. This may be a retcon, or in-universe errant history, as per few mortals remembering the exact details of the Sin War.[6]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Gospel of Death
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Scales of the Serpent
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Book of Lorath
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