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Legacy of Blood
Legacy of Blood cover.jpg
Author Richard A. Knaak
Cover Artist ?
Publisher Star Trek
Published December 2001
Pages 368

Legacy of Blood is the first novel based on Diablo by Blizzard Entertainment. The book itself is written by Richard A. Knaak.


Since the beginning of time, the angelic hosts of the High Heavens and the demonic hordes of the Burning Hells have been locked in a struggle for the fate of all Creation. That struggle has now come to the mortal realm... and neither Man nor Demon nor Angel will be left unscathed...

Norrec Vizharan has become a living nightmare. While on a quest to find magical treasure, the soldier of fortune discovers an artifact beyond his wildest dreams: the ancient armor of Bartuc, the legendary Warlord of Blood. Now, pursued by demons who covet the dark armor for their own devices, Norrec must overcome a bloodlust he can scarcely control and learn the truth about his terrifying curse before he is lost to darkness forever...

An original tale of swords, sorcery, and timeless struggle based on the best-selling, award-winning M-rated electronic game from Blizzard Entertainment. Intended for mature readers.

New Characters

  • Norrec Vizharan
  • Sadun Tryst
  • Fautzin
  • Kara Nightshadow
  • Captain Hanos Jeronnan
  • General Augustus Malevolyn
  • Galeona
  • Xazax

Returning Characters


Growing more horrified by the moment, the half-mad soldier struggled to his feet. Around him he noticed tall hills, even mountains, and the first glimmers of sunlight. Yet, none of them looked at all familiar. None of them at all resembled the peak in which he and his friends had discovered the tomb of Bartuc. Norrec took a step forward, trying to get his bearings.

An unsettling creaking accompanied every motion.

Norrec looked down to discover that not only his hands were clad in metal.

Armor. Everywhere he stared, Norrec only saw the same blood-covered metal plates. He had thought that his shock and horror could not possibly grow worse, but simply gazing at the rest of his body nearly threw the formerly steady soldier into complete panic. His arms, his torso, his legs, the crimson armor now hid all. To add to the mockery, Norrec saw that he even wore Bartuc's ancient but still serviceable leather boots.

Bartuc... Warlord of Blood. Bartuc, whose dark magic had apparently saved the helpless soldier at the price of Sadun and the sorcerer's lives.

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