"Did you know that King Leoric had his own wife executed? Terrible, terrible things happened when he went mad..."

A New Tristram villager(src)

Queen Asylla was the wife of King Leoric.

Biography

Life

"Starved of the sun, I no longer know what day it is. I can hear The Warden, my husband, and that dog Lazarus discussing my fate. My life will be over soon, yet I fear more for my poor Albrecht's future in the wake of his father's madness. If only Aidan were here."

Asylla in her journal(src)

Queen Asylla while she was alive

Asylla was born in Khanduras,[1] and was the beloved wife of King Leoric, and mother of his two sons. Before his fall to madness, Leoric loved her deeply. Asylla was known for her beauty. She had a thousand gowns of a lovely pink, gifted to her by Leoric all at once.[2]

During the Darkening of Tristram, Leoric was seized by madness. Convinced by Lazarus that Asylla was conspiring against him, Leoric decided to imprison of his wife, confining her in his dungeons. She knew her death was imminent, yet feared for her sons more.[3] 

Leoric presides over his wife's execution

The king eventually had her executed by guillotine. In her last moments, Asylla calmly maintained her innocence in the face of her husband's groundless accusations, but she was nonetheless beheaded, with Lazarus claiming that she had lied to the very end.[4] Following her beheading, her remains did not decay, apparent proof that she was a pure soul wrongly executed. The queen's bitter confusion about the circumstances of her death remain forever etched on her features, and those who see her vacant stare often found themselves transfixed by it.[5] Her body was interred in Ashwold Cemetery,[1] though the location of her tomb was kept secret, so that no-one would disturb her rest. Only her handmaiden knew its location.[6] Her spirit however, was bound to the site of her execution, unable to move on.[4]

Undeath

"A grim end to a noble woman. I am proud to have played my part in Leoric's fall."

Kormac, after seeing Asylla's execution(src)

Lethes attempts to summon Asylla

In 1270, the rogue Necromancer Lethes tried to summon Asylla's spirit. She believed that in doing so, she would be led to Leoric, and thus be able to claim the Mad King's soul as her own.[7] She found Asylla's handmaiden, tortured the location out of her, and then killed her. She found Asylla's tomb and began summoning her spirit. However, the ritual was interrupted by Xul and a group of heroes.[8]

In 1285, Asylla was found haunting the prisons beneath her former manor, holding her own head in a stretched arm. Li-Ming noted that by all rights, she should be terrified, but that the ghost of the queen carried such sadness with her. Asylla informed The Nephalem of her servants' souls being kept tortured and imprisoned. Once they were freed, the ghost of the queen directed the heroes to The Warden, and asked they end his evil forever.

The Nephalem would later witness the ghostly re-enactment of Asylla's last moments.[4]

In-game

Asylla as seen in-game

Asylla's ghostly form can be encountered in Diablo III in The Cursed Hold during The Imprisoned Angel quest. Her journal can also be found in this area. She then appears again in Royal Quarters, leading players to a secret area.

The Sorrowful Countenance mojo is based on her, but it was cut from the in-game.

Lovely Dye flavor text also references her, and is the only mention of anything in her biography not related to Leoric's fall.

Trivia

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  • The manner of Asylla's execution differs between sources. In Diablo III, she is seen being executed by guillotine. In Book of Cain artwork however, Leoric is seen wielding an axe himself, about to execute her.
  • Apparently, in life, she possessed blonde hair[5], but her in-game portrait (used for her journal) shows her with brown hair instead.
  • Queen Asylla is voiced by Vanessa Marshall.

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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