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An avatar of God used to fight against the primordial evil that is Tathamet. Just as the latter was deemed the ultimate evil, Anu is seen as the ultimate good, God's benevolence in humanoid form.
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Anu was an avatar of God that was created to fight against Prime Evil Tathamet, their struggle leading to their deaths, allowing God and his True Archangels to finish the job and their remains being throw throughout Creation.

Overview

It is said that Anu has since passed on to a higher realm after his battle with Tathamet, who spawned the Seven Evils of Hell, and remnants of his essence and power remain in the Crystal Arch, the Spine of Anu from which angels are created, and the Worldstone, the Eye of Anu, which holds the primal power to forge and shape entire worlds almost without restriction.

He is a benevolent and a courageous deity, that he valiantly fights his evil counterpart, Tathamet to no end, for the sake of the Creation and it's inhabitants. His last act of benevolence, is that he created the archangels of the Angiris Council and fraction of Heaven, along with the Crystal Arch as it's core and the Worldstone, for them to fight Tathamet's offsprings, the demons of the Burning Hells and the Great Evils that were created from its seven heads.

Zoltun Kulle argued that it was humans, not angels, who were the true inheritors of Anu, for it was only when Anu rejected his darker half that true evil and suffering was born. In his mind, unlike Anu, humanity had to embrace its inner demons, and be all the stronger for it.

Appearance

Personality

It is unknown what Anu's true personality is, having been created from God's power and acts almost like Him, according to Tyrael just as Tathamet was the ultimate evil, Anu was the ultimate good. It is said by some angels (mainly the Angiris Council) that the Crystal Arch is all that remains of this great warrior.

Tyrael, Malthael, and Imperius views him in high regard for his acts of benevolence and righteousness. Even the greatest angels like Michael and Metatron put him in high regard and respect.

Powers and Abilities

History

The Dawn of Creation

Anu battles Tathamet (Art from Diablo)

It is written by the Skatsimi sage Lam Esen that in the beginning, there was but a single, perfect pearl, in which Anu resided. Anu was the sum of all things: good and evil, light and dark, physical and mystical, joy and sadness, all reflected across the crystalline facets of its form. And, within its eternal dream-state, Anu considered itself, all of its myriad facets.

Seeking a state of total purity and perfection, Anu cast all evil from itself. All dissonance was gone...for a time. These discordant parts formed into the being Tathamet, the first Prime Evil. Though separate beings, Anu and Tathamet were bound within the pearl. There they warred against each other in an unending clash of light and shadow for ages uncounted, neither gaining the upper hand. At last, their energies spent after countless millennia of battle, they delivered their final blows.

Legacy

It is written that when it died, Anu transcended into a benevolent place beyond the universe, a paradise of which nothing is known. In the universe as it is known however, its legacy remained. The Eye of Anu, later known as the Worldstone, remained at the center of Creation as the foundation of all places, times, and possibilities. Anu's spine spun out into the primordial darkness, where it slowed and cooled.

Over countless ages it formed into the Crystal Arch, around which the High Heavens took shape and form. It is from this arch that angels come into existence. The existence of Anu is known to some humans, though interpretations differ—some, especially in more primitive cultures, view the above tale as being absolutely true. Other scholars and mystics take the tale as being an elaborate metaphor for good and evil and the constant, warring dynamic seen among the forces of nature. Of note, to many scholars, Archangels of the Angiris Council are living embodiments of the virtues of Anu.

Though some aspects have changed for these angels, the beings Imperius, Tyrael, Auriel, Itherael, and Malthael represented Anu's virtues of valor, justice, hope, fate, and wisdom respectively.

Myths and Legends

Quotes

Just as Tathamet was the ultimate evil, Anu was the ultimate good. It is said by some that the Crystal Arch is all that remains of this great warrior.
Tyrael discussing Anu.
Before the beginning there was void. Nothing. No flesh. No rock. No air. No heat. No light. No dark. Nothing, save a single, perfect pearl.
Within that pearl dreamed a mighty, unfathomable spirit—the One— Anu. Made of shining diamond. Anu was the sum of all things: good and evil, light and dark, physical and mystical, joy and sadness—all reflected across the crystalline facets of its form. And, within its eternal dream-state, Anu considered itself—all of its myriad facets. Seeking a state of total purity and perfection, Anu cast all evil from itself. All dissonance was gone. But what of the cast-off aspect of its being? The dark parts, the sharp, searing aspects of hate and pridefulness? Those could not remain in a state of separation, for all things are drawn to all things. All parts are drawn to the whole. Those discordant parts assembled into the Beast-the Dragon. Tathamet was his name-and he breathed unending death and darkness from his seven devouring heads. The Dragon was solely composed of Anu's cast-off aspects. The end sum of the whole became a singular Evil- the Prime Evil, from which all the vileness would eventually spread throughout existence.
Though separate beings, Anu and the Dragon were bound together within the Pearl's shadowed womb. There they warred against each other in an unending clash of light and shadow for ages uncounted.
The diamond warrior and the seven-headed dragon proved to be the equal of the other, neither ever gaining the upper hand in their fierce and unending combat-till at last, their energies nearly spent after countless millennia of battle, the two combatants delivered their final blows. The energies unleashed by their impossible fury ignited an explosion of light and matter so vast and terrible that it birthed the very universe all around us.
All of the stars above and the darkness that binds them. All that we touch. All that we feel. All that we know. All that is unknown.
All of it continues through the night and the day in the ebbing and flowing of the ocean tides and in the destruction of fire and the creation of the seed.
Everything of which we are aware, and that of which we are utterly unaware, was created with the deaths of Anu and the Dragon, Tathamet.
In the epicenter of reality lies Pandemonium, the scar of the universe's violent birth. At its chaotic center lay the Heart of Creation, a massive jewel unlike any other: the Eye of Anu- the Worldstone. It is the foundation stone of all places and times, a nexus of realities and vast, untold possibility.
Anu and Tathamet are no more, yet their distinct essences permeated the nascent universe-and eventually became the bedrock of what we know to be the High Heavens and the Burning Hells.
Anu's shining spine spun out into the primordial darkness, where it slowed and cooled. Over countless ages it formed into the Crystal Arch, around which the High Heavens took shape and form.
Though Anu was gone, some resonance of it remained in the holy Arch. Spirits bled forth from it-shining angels of light and sound who embodied the virtuous aspects of what the One had been.
Yet, despite the grace and beauty of this shining realm, it lacked the perfection of Anu's spirit. Anu had passed into a benevolent place beyond this broken universe- a paradise of which nothing is known and yet represents perhaps the greatest-kept secret of Creation.
Longed for, but unimaginable.
The Dawn, Book of Cain.

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Trivia

  • Some believe that Rogar's Huge Stone was fashioned from Anu's crystallized blood.
  • The Oculus Ring makes reference to "the one god". This is possibly a reference to Anu, or likely God himself.
  • Anu, according to legend, was the very first being in Creation. It was Anu who fought the battle with the Prime Evil Tathamet, their struggle leading to their deaths, but also the births of Heaven and Hell, angels and demons.
  • It is daid energies unleashed by the impossible fury of Anu and Tathamet ignited an explosion of light and matter so vast and terrible that it birthed the very universe itself.
  • Anu is the sky-god and ruler of heaven in Sumerian and Babylonian mythology. He is also one of the oldest named divine beings in recorded history.
    • In Gaelic Mythology, Anu is a Mother Goddess associated with fertility.
  • In Old Norse, the word "Anu" is attested to mean "ancestor" or "forefather".
  • The myth of Anu and the Dragon also bears certain similarities with that of Ahura Mazda, the Skyfather in Zoroastrian lore, such as the latter's primal enemy Ahriman emerging as a result of his purging his evil aspects, or having children representing his various virtues.
  • Anu is probably the strongest avatar of God.
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