Monday 29 May 2017

My Theory on Blood Raven/Moreina's fall

We all know that the Blood Raven in D2 is the canon version of D1's rogue player. I'm quite interested at her downfall. This is my theory.

This is the Blood Raven quest's introduction in D2. Given by Kashya

"My Rogue scouts have just reported an abomination in the Monastery graveyard! Apparently, Andariel is not content to take only our living. Blood Raven, one of our finest captains in the battle against Diablo at Tristram, was also one of the first to be corrupted by Andariel. Now, you'll find her in the Monastery graveyard raising our dead as zombies! We cannot abide this defilement! If you are truly our ally, you will help us destroy her."

From her description, the Blood Raven was influenced by Andariel.

Akara and Charsi's lines proved that she was the rogue in D1

"Blood Raven fought valiantly against Diablo in the catacombs beneath Tristram...She was never quite the same afterwards. It is now obvious she brought an evil influence back with her."

"Blood Raven was the leader of a Rogue band that once fought Diablo at Tristram."

"Akara felt something was wrong even before Andariel descended upon us. She feared that Blood Raven had stumbled upon some evil force beneath Tristram. I wish we had acted then..."

We also know that she was influenced with darkness by fighting Diablo's minions.

The Book of Tyrael has a small section telling us her story, and giving her true name out

Moreina (deceased)

Amid the Darkening of Tristram, a cowled and shadowy figure arrived in the town to battle the forces of the Burning Hells. Her name was Moreina, and she was one of the highly skilled rogues from the Sisters ofthe Sightless Eye. When at last evil had been purged from Tristram, this brave woman ventured back to her order. But she carried something dark with her-a silent madness that ate away at her once noble heart. Assuming the name Blood Raven, she fell into league with the Lesser Evil Andariel and assaulted her fellow rogues before finally being killed.

So Tyrael's account side with Akara and Charsi, that Diablo 1's event was what mainly turned Moreina mad.

However, from Kashya and Warriv's line, we know that Blood Raven was undead, not demon.

"Death has done nothing to weaken Blood Raven's combat skills. If anything, she's more deadly than ever."

"Hmmm...How can one kill what is already dead?"

Also we all know that after she was killed, her spirit will release waves of lightning to kill off all the undead she had summoned, then perish. It proves her spirit was not really corrupted.

We can also observe the other two D1 heroes.

The warrior turned evil because he put Diablo's soulstone on his head.

The sorcerer didn't ally with the demons, he went to seek power and turned completely mad after got into the Sanctuary, possibly possessed by the power and spirit of Horazon.

They didn't simply turned to be demons' servants by fighting them.

My theory is:

Moreina's mind was never totally corrupted, the darkness she had carried with her had changed her to become worse than she once was, so she was used by Andariel, then the Lesser Evil killed her and turned her into undead servant. When she was killed by the players, her spirit was released from the undead shackle and washed away the darkness, used her final strength to redeem her mistake.