Every character has a backstory, and these NPCs in Diablo 4 have the saddest story of all.
The main plot of Diablo 4 is about a chase and the tragedy that happens after it. A lot of Diablo 4’s six story acts are about finding the horrors Lilith has left for the players to solve. There is also a lot of sadness and heartache because of demon infestations and Lilith’s tricks to get to Hell.
Many of the main NPCs in Diablo 4 have been hurt by these tricks, and all of them have had bad things happen to them in different amounts and ways. Like the players, these NPCs have risked danger, disaster, and even death to help the Wanderer find Lilith and fight her so that Sanctuary can be saved again.
One of the first NPCs you meet in Diablo 4 is Vigo, who is at the opening to the Yelesna Mines. He was bribed by Neyrelle’s mother, Vhenard, and Lilith to let them through. During his time helping the players through Act One, he has to deal with the guilt of letting Lilith get away from him and of leading Vhenard to her death.
Vigo admits to his wrongdoings and tells Mother Prava about them. He accepts his punishment, which is to wear a suit of armor that looks like an iron maiden, and gives his life to help the player during a boss fight by showing up halfway through to protect them from an area attack. The tragedy of Vigo is that he was so greedy that he had to die to make up for it.
Unlike many other tragedies in Diablo 4, Taissa’s had justice. Players will meet Taissa, who is part of a process to free Andariel and will be seen by the players. Taissa was sent by the Tree of Whispers to find Elias because he had broken the deal he had made with the tree. Instead, she was caught and used in the ritual, which made her sad.
In the end, she did the rite to free Andariel when Elias caught her off guard for the second time. But she finishes her part of Lilith’s plan by helping the player’s party kill Elias. She is also one of the figures who helps people get over bad things that happen to them. For example, she gave Donan a special tea to help him get over the loss of his son. Still, Taissa had failed at her job to stop Elias because she was used as a pawn in Lilith’s bigger plan.
One of the high priestesses at the Cathedral of Light, Reverend Mother Prava, is both a place for knowledge and a hand of obedience. As a loyal worker for Inarius and the Cathedral of Light, Prava is sure that the Cathedral and Inarius can protect Sanctuary from hellish meddling. The tragedy of Prava is shown in Act Five during a movie that shows both the fall of Inarius and the demons taking her away.
Prava not only lost her savior, but she also lost the person in charge of her faith and political path. Even after the Wanderer’s party saved her from the demon attack, Prava tried to stay true to Cathedral values by rejecting the Horadrim and trying to stop the player’s party from doing any more damage.
Neyrelle was the daughter of Vhenard, who paid Vigo, and she was also a scholar who went with her mother on her search for Horadric knowledge. Neyrelle lost her mother to Lilith’s tricks while she was trying to get good grades, learn magic, and prove her worth. Her disaster got worse when she joined the player’s party to get revenge for her mother’s death, but people like Lorath and Donan kept looking at her because of how young she was.
Still, she kept going to help find Elias’s weakness, even though it cost her an arm. Neyrelle’s journey to beat Lilith cost her family, a limb, and her will. She also had to live alone to keep the soul stone that held Mephisto from falling into the wrong hands. Even though the main story of Diablo 4 is over, Neyrelle is still on her quest and going to faraway places in Sanctuary.
Yorin is Donan’s son. He has very clear goals, which led Lilith to use him against his father. When players first meet Yorin, he is talking to his father about going to work with the other Pale Knights. Yorin’s suffering began before we met him, though, when his mother died and his father was too protective of him.
In the end, Lilith caught Yorin so that she could use her as a way for Astaroth, who wants revenge on Donan, to get to the Soulstone through a deal. Along with Donan, the player must fight Yorin-turned-Astaroth in battle. Astaroth said in the game that Yorin fought against his transformation and called out for Donan. This is where most of Yorin’s sorrow lies.
Players not only see what happens to Donan’s son in the main tale, but Donan’s sadness is also used as a plot point in the acts that follow. Donan is one of the most tragic NPCs in Diablo 4 because he lost his wife, the Soulstone, and had to fight the monster that took over his son’s body. He also had to watch Yorin die.
As part of tuning the Soulstone, he had to face his sadness over Yorin’s death, so he went with the player into Hell to fight Lilith and got stabbed. Donan, along with Lorath, was one of the last Horadrim to die. He died for Sanctuary and to protect the people who lived there.
Throughout the story, Lorath also loses people and things. In Diablo 4, Lorath is the main character who helps the player. As he helps the party, Lorath must also deal with the fact that he will sometimes lose. He watches as his Horadric friend and coworker Donan loses his son and then dies in battle. He saw Neyrelle get hurt, and to save her, he cut off her arm. He lost his friendship with Mother Prava and then made a deal with the Tree of Whispers that sealed his fate for all time.
Lorath is one of the last Horadrim at the end of Eggy Car. He has to pass on Neyrelle’s word and carry on the Horadrim’s work. Lorath’s tragedy is the loss of friends, the end of bonds, and being alone.
Diablo 4 is now available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.