DIABLO II
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                                  Cinematics Script


                              Transcribed by InspectorPudu
                              

02/19/06

Yeah, I know this game isn't new anymore. But the cinematics remain basically
the best cutscenes I've ever seen. Good writing, good delivery, good music,
great visual storytelling, attention to detail... it's hard to beat that stuff.

A full game script may follow later.

So, without further ado...


					ACT I
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HOODED MAN.
So, Marius. At last I find you.


MARIUS.
Tyrael! Yes, yes, now I... Now I recognize you... I should've known
you'd travel in disguise; they're... they're always watching...


HOODED MAN.
I've been searching for you for a long time, Marius.
I was rather beginning to think you didn't want to be found.


MARIUS.
Oh, forgive me, Tyrael, please... It wasn't my fault.


HOODED MAN.
Not your fault? Tell me, Marius... How was it not your fault?


MARIUS.
The Wanderer. Yes, it was... was the Wanderer. My days in the Rogue Citadel
seem so long ago. I sought refuge from my memories in the company of other
outcasts, high in the mountains past the Eastern Gate.


WAITER.
Do you want something?


MARIUS.
oh, I fought sleep for days at a time... For when I dreamt, the memories would
return. Memories of the monastery and the evil that had claimed it. Dreams,
memories... I couldn't tell the difference anymore.

And the evil from my dreams followed me in my heels! How had he found me here?
How could this broken shell of a man, barely able to carry the weight of his own
sword, be the burning terror which drove me to hide here?

He seemed to have demons of his own which he struggled to contain.
He was losing.


PATRON.
Hahahahahaha!


MARIUS.
As I watched, I became convinced that I was truly mad. The terror, the
destruction, the evil that I witnessed--how else could I explain them?

Were these the demons from my dreams, or were they born... within the Wanderer?

Why did I follow him? I don't know. Why do things happen as they do in dreams?
But when he beckoned, I had to follow him. And from that moment, we traveled
together. East... always into the east!



					ACT II
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MARIUS.
We traveled east, over the mountains and into the vast deserts of broken
lands. As the days passed, my companion told me of himself: that he
had once been a great warrior, and that a dark and sacred burden now weighed
heavily upon him.

We traveled for an eternity across that barren wasteland. How long, I
couldn't say. And always, a dark cloud seemed to follow us, just over the
horizon. 

Finally, the journey ended.We climbed the last ridge. There below us lay our
destination: the shining jewel, Lut Gholein, with the great sea beyond.
We made camp there that night. Perhaps it was the warm desert wind, or the
sound of the ocean; but for the first time in many weeks, I slept.

However, the dreams returned. But these were clearly not my own. I beheld
a vision of a great man: the mage, Tal Rasha. You were there too, Tyrael;
I remember seeing you in my dream. His brethren had cornered a great demon
named Baal, Lord of Destruction, who had been set loose upon the world.
They attempted to imprison the demon within a sacred stone. Yet when their
attempts failed, Tal Rasha selflessly volunteered to contain the demon
within himself, completing the prison. He instructed his brethren to bind
him within a tomb, buried under the sand... and there, to wrestle with
the demon for all eternity.


THE WANDERER.
Now you know what I seek, Marius. This is my brother. Sleep now. We set out
with the dawn.


MARIUS.
The next morning, we walked over the hill toward Lut Gholein. I had no idea
then of the horrors that were in store for me there...



					ACT III
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MARIUS.
My companion drew in the dank, cold air of the tomb. It seemed to...
strengthen him.

I stood in the doorway between light and darkness. What was left of my sanity
implored me not to enter. But that voice was just a whisper now...

As we worked our way deeper and deeper into the crypt, I began to see
a change in my companion. He seemed to be gaining strength! I could barely
see in the gloom, but my companion seemed to know the way.

We came at last to a great hall.


THE WANDERER.
AAAAAAAAAUUUUUURGHHH!


MARIUS.
It was then I realized my companion hadn't been gaining strength; he had
been losing what was left of his humanity.

He moved with demonic speed, and then... Then you appeared.


TYRAEL.
STOP! he beast contained herein shall not be set free--not even by you!


TAL RASHA.
Look what they've done to me! Release me! Hurry, please hurry!


TYRAEL.
No! Don't do it!

Fool! You have just ensured the doom of this world. You cannot even begin to
imagine what you've set in motion this day. Go now, to the Temple of Light
in the eastern city of Kurast. There you will find the gate to Hell open
before you. You must find the courage to step through that gate, Marius.
Take the stone you hold to the Hellforge, where it will be destroyed.
Go now! Take the stone and run!


MARIUS.
What choice did I have? I ran.



					ACT IV
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MARIUS.
I did as you told me, Tyrael: I found the temple of the Zakarum. In the deepest
recesses of the temple, I found a dark gathering: my companion, the Wanderer;
Tal Rasha; and a great evil who could only be the Lord of Hatred himself:
Mephisto!

I then heard a voice, like a thousand needles in my heart:


MEPHISTO.
My brothers, at long last we stand reunited. The infernal gate has been
prepared. The time of our final victory is at hand. May the way to Hell
be opened!

And the evil that was once vanquished shall rise anew. Wrapped in the
guise of man shall he walk amongst the innocent, and terror shall consume
they that dwell upon the earth. The skies shall rain fire, the seas will
become as blood, the righteous shall fall before the wicked, and all creation
shall tremble before the burning standards of Hell!


MARIUS.
What I saw then was not meant for mortal eyes!


MEPHISTO.
The gate stands ready. And now, my young brother, the time has come for you
to assume your true form. Arise Diablo, Lord of Terror!

You are the harbinger of our return, Diablo. Send forth your terror into hell!



					ACT V
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MARIUS.
I heard later that he was defeated, and that the Soulstones were destroyed
in Hellforge. All except one...

Oh, ho ho ho, oh I failed, Tyrael. I couldn't do as you asked. I couldn't
enter that gate. Forgive me, Tyrael... forgive me.


HOODED MAN.
Marius... Give me the stone and all is forgiven!

Give it to me, Marius.

MARIUS.
Take it! Take it, take it! I'm glad this is finally over, Tyrael! Look!
What the stone has done to me, oh! Ho, ho, ho...

HOODED MAN.
You haven't failed, old man. You've done exactly as you were meant to do.
However, I am not the Archangel Tyrael.


MARIUS.
Baal! Lo! Lo, lo, lo, lo, lo... ho... ho ho...


BAAL.
You have done well, Marius! Now I think you shall have your reward!


MARIUS.
What have I done to deserve this?


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