Diablo II - NPC Dialogue Lore - Act I - The Search for Cain

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Akara
It is clear that we are facing an Evil difficult to comprehend, let alone combat. There is only one Horadrim sage, schooled in the most arcane history and lore, who could advise us… His name is Deckard Cain. You must go to Tristram and find him, my friend. I pray that he still lives.

Kashya
The bark of Inifuss holds mystical runes. Akara can translate them… into our revenge!

Akara
Tristram is too far to journey by foot… Cain would likely be dead, when you arrived. However, there is a magical portal that will take you there instantly. To open it, one must stand within the circle of Cairn Stones and touch them in a certain order. The proper order can be found in the runes written on the bark of the Tree of Inifuss. You must find the sacred Tree of Inifuss and bring back its bark. I will translate the runes to unlock the Stones’ mystic pattern.

Charsi
If you bring back the bark of Inifuss, Akara will tell you how to get to Tristram.

Warriv
Months ago, I came across a few survivors from Tristram. They said that Cain had gone half-mad and could no longer distinguish fact from fantasy.

Gheed
I would sooner micturate in a tankard of my own ale than journey to Tristram!

Charsi
Without the bark of Inifuss you can’t find Cain.

Akara
How will you find Cain without going to Tristram? Finding the Tree of Inifuss is the first step on your journey.

Kashya
The Tree of Inifuss is hard to find, but you’ll know it when you see it.

Gheed
Barking up the wrong tree, huh? You’ll find it, just keep looking.

Warriv
He who seeks that which cannot be found must look inside himself for further guidance… or look harder!

Kashya
With this scroll you may open a portal back to Tristram. Only Akara can decipher its logic.

Charsi
Get this to Akara. Only she can understand it.

Gheed
Look, friend… I trade a lot of strange items, but I’m not going to start dealing in bark. Okay?

Warriv
This looks like gibberish to me. Akara may know what to make of it.

Akara
Ah, very good. I have translated the runes on this scroll. You must find the Cairn Stones and touch them in the order that I have written.

Kashya
Deckard Cain has crucial knowledge about the Evils we face. You must find him!

Charsi
I have heard that Tristram is now in ruins! Without Cain I fear for the ruin of all of us.

Gheed
I’m told that Tristram now resembles a mead hall… after a Barbarian wedding! I will wait here for your most glorious return.

Warriv
It is too dangerous to travel to Tristram. I won’t be leaving here until the way is clear!

Akara
If he still lives, Deckard Cain may be in grave peril! You must hurry to Tristram before all is lost!

You have risked your life to rescue Cain. For that we thank you. We must seek his counsel immediately.w

Kashya
Again, you amaze me, outlander. The Sisterhood is grateful to you for delivering Cain to us. I believe Akara has something to tell you.

Gheed
Ah, Cain is here… another customer. I haven’t been this pleased since a love-starved maiden let down a bit more than her hair.

Charsi
Akara wishes to reward you for your bravery in returning Deckard Cain.

Warriv
Only a brave adventurer could return with Deckard Cain. Akara has a reward for your valor.

Deckard Cain
… I thank you, friend, for coming to my aid.  Oh… Blessings on the Rogues! They finally rescued me from that cursed place!

Regrettably, I could do nothing to prevent the disaster which devastated Tristram. It would appear that our greatest fears have come to pass. Diablo, the Lord of Terror, has once again been set loose upon the world! As you know, some time ago Diablo was slain beneath Tristram. And when our hero emerged triumphant from the labyrinth beneath town, we held a grand celebration that lasted several days. Yet, as the weeks passed, our hero became increasingly aloof. He kept his distance from the rest of the townsfolk and seemed to lapse into a dark, brooding depression. I thought that perhaps his ordeal had been so disturbing that he simply could not put it out of his mind. The hero seemed more tormented every passing day. I remember he awoke many times—screaming in the night—always something about ‘the East’. One day, he simply left. And shortly thereafter Tristram was attacked by legions of foul demons. Many were slain, and the demons left me to die in that cursed cage. I believe now that Tristram’s hero was that Dark Wanderer who passed this way before the Monastery fell. I fear even worse, my friend… I fear that Diablo has taken possession of the hero who sought to slay him. If true, Diablo will become more powerful than ever before. You must stop him or all will be lost.

As a token of my gratitude, I will identify items for you at no charge.

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