Diablo III players are only days away from getting to once again play as the Necromancer class in the game. The Necromancer was one of the fan-favorite classes in Diablo II, and was asked for almost immediately when it wasn’t included in the third title. Well, now they’re coming via the Rise of the Necromancers update. But do you know the secret history of the class? Blizzard themselves note it’s a long and convoluted story spread throughout the games, so they decided to give out a history lesson.
It all starts at Sanctuary, where both angels and demons resided in a bid for protection. But since they were there, they had children, which were called the Nephalem. A war nearly broke out about deciding what to do with these potentially powerful children, but before anything could be done, Lillith killed the angels and demons to protect the children. This caused her to be banished from Sanctuary, and the Nephalem had their powers and memories altered so that they couldn’t be a threat.
But one rebelled named Linarian, and he sought power, and through the help of an apprentice named Mendeln, he was able to save Sanctuary. Furthermore, he also restored the memory of the Nephalem, despite the wills of the Heavens and below.
It was Mendeln who created the Priests of Rathma, named after his teachers new name, but to the world these were called the Necromancers. What might surprise you is that they have a very honorable goal, to preserve the Balance wherever it may be. And despite their seemingly dark powers, they’re actually very intelligent individuals, knowing the difference between controlling power, and being consumed by it.
So dedicated are they to this goal that they have been a part of major battles that have changed the world, including beating Lesser Evils, Andariel and Duriel, and even the Greater Evils, Diablo, Mephisto and Baal.
So as you can see, the Necromancers have a deep history, and you’ll be able to play as them once again on June 27th.