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Diablo II - NPC Dialogue Lore - Act II - The Arcane Sanctuary

Drognan
I’ve been researching the old records, trying to find the location of Tal Rasha’s Tomb. Though I haven’t found the Tomb, itself, I may have a good lead for you. The great Vizjerei Summoner, Horazon, built his Arcane Sanctuary somewhere around here. He was a powerful spellcaster and kept demons as slaves within the Sanctuary. He kept a close eye on great events, too—such as the imprisonment of Baal within Tal Rasha’s Tomb. If you could find Horazon’s Sanctuary, I’m sure that it would hold some clue as to the Tomb’s location. Though I doubt Horazon is still alive, you must proceed with caution. There’s no telling what could be waiting inside. When I spoke of this with Lord Jerhyn, he asked that I send you to him. Perhaps he knows of a secret entrance or the like.
Fara
Ah, the ancient mage Horazon! He believed that he could bend Evil forces to his will. What he didn’t know was that Evil uses man, not the reverse. The Vizjerei still revere him as a symbol of man’s ability to triumph over other worldly forces. The Church of Light, however, cites him as an example of man’s folly.
Greiz
The only thing in Jerhyn’s cellar are the harem girls that have been hiding there since the troubles began.
Elzix
An ‘Arcane Sanctuary’ under the palace? I’d heard that there were some underground cellar levels that Jerhyn used as chambers for his treasure and such, but no Arcane Sanctuary.
Jerhyn
When the troubles began here, I allowed the terrified Harem guilds to join me within the safety of the palace. All was fine, until one night… Screams echoed up the stairwells from the harem. My guards arrived to find the poor girls being slaughtered by a merciless band of hell-spawned demons. My brave guardsmen tried to push the demons back into the mysterious rift from which they came. Ever since, my men have fought a losing battle. Demons have continued to pour through the rift into the palace. Ultimately, I hired Greiz and his mercenaries to help protect the rest of my fair city. Drognan believes that the Arcane Sanctuary lies buried underneath this palace, since Lut Gholein occupies the site of an ancient Vizjerei fortress. My palace is open to you now… Take care.
Deckard Cain
I very much doubt that Horazon still lives in his Sanctuary. He possessed great power and influence over demons, but even that may not have been enough in the end. One of his notoriety cannot easily remove himself from the vengeful reach of Hell.
Geglash
Look, look… I’m just about as tough and arrogant as they come, but you’d never catch me trying to tame a demon for a pet. That’s just asking for a lot of trouble.
Atma
Arcane Sanctuary? That place sounds awful! Even if you find a way into it, what makes you think you’ll be able to leave again?
Warriv
A careful caravan gives wide berth to sleeping bandits. If Horazon is gone, let him remain so.
Lysander
Horazon found it necessary to lock himself up for all time, just to protect himself from those angry demons. Such is the fate of one who practices the summoning arts… that, or eternal damnation. There’s old summoners and bold summoners, but no old, bold summoners.
Drognan
Nearly a thousand years ago, Horazon rose to the fore of the Vizjerei mage clan. Horazon used the knowledge of the Vizjerei to summon and control demons from Hell. Though a powerful Summoner, Horazon feared that the Lords of Hell would punish him for enslaving their brethren. Thus, the Summoner created for himself an Arcane Sanctuary. He believed that his Sanctuary would not only protect him from Hell’s vengeance, but also allow him to continue his studies free from the ravages of time and disease. Horazon had crafted many wondrous scrying devices through which he observed the events of the world outside. It is certain that he took careful study of Tal Rasha’s imprisonment and recorded the location of his forgotten Tomb. The Arcane Sanctuary was believed to have been constructed here in Lut Gholein. An entrance may be hidden somewhere in the palace, as that building is very old, and was once a Vizjerei fortress.
Meshif
Ahh… The legend of Horazon is an old one, especially around these parts. You wouldn’t believe the feats and strange events that are attributed to him.
Elzix
I understand that you’ve been talking to Jerhyn. Well, if so, then you’re the first in a long while… since the trouble began, actually. Do us a favor and try to find out what’s got Jerhyn so edgy all the time. OK?
Jerhyn
There was an eastern mage… a Vizjerei, I believe… who visited me almost a year ago. He was very interested in the history of this site, and he seemed particularly fascinated with the palace architecture. I gave him a tour. When he found the ancient seals over a passageway in the cellar, he became very agitated. He asked for some time alone to study them, and I granted it. Shortly after, he left with no further word and I never saw him again. Odd… Don’t you think?
Greiz
What’s got you so occupied in the palace? Don’t tell me you’re finding the Harems more compelling than killing demons? That would be out of character for one such as yourself.
Drognan
I am certain that you will find the information you need when you find Horazon’s Journal. I suggest you find it quickly, for Diablo may be getting closer to freeing his brother as we speak.
Lysander
Huh? The horizon is always out of reach, you should know that. Oh, Horazon! Oh, I see. Uh. Yes. Well. He was insane. Brilliant, yes, but… total lunatic.
Fara
Even a sanctuary such as Horazon’s can be breached by the tentacles of Evil. Such a haven could have become a chamber of unspeakable horrors. Be wary of what you may unleash!
Geglash
All my years of brawling, of pummeling both the unsuspecting and the deserving, have yielded two insights. You can either fight or you can run. All other strategies are variations of these.
Meshif
So… Now that you’re such a pal of Jerhyn, why don’t you ask him if I can set sail one of these days? I’m running out of patience.
Atma
So you’ve been in the palace, have you? Tell me, why does Jerhyn keep that place locked up so tight?
Warriv
Fate is like a caged gorilla. It will pelt you with dung if you mock it.
Deckard Cain
I’ve been thinking about the problems in Jerhyn’s palace. Perhaps this has occurred to you as well… If those cellar passageways lead to the Arcane Sanctuary, then that is where the demons came from. Horazon’s haven must have been breached!
Book at the Tomb of Tal Rasha
Seekers of the Tomb of Tal Rasha will find it through the Portal. But know that the glowing glyphs recorded here in my Arcane Sanctuary are the signs of the six False Tombs. The missing Seventh Sign marks the Tomb of Tal Rasha… Of the Horadrim he might be called the foremost. It was a shining – but brief – moment for the Mage Clans when they set aside their differences and worked together against the common enemy. The Horadrim relentlessly pursued the Three across the desolate Empires of the East, and even into the uncharted lands of the West, leaving the Archangel Tyrael’s hands unblemished. Presuming the Three to be vanquished, the Horadrim’s unstable fellowship began to dissipate. Abandoning their sacred charge to safeguard the three Soulstones, the disparate Mage Clans began to squabble amongst each other over petty differences. Their conflicts not only dissolved their brotherhood, but strengthened the Evils which they had buried beneath the cold earth.
Greiz
Unbelievable! The Harem girls are dead! The palace guards have been fighting off demons from the cellar. How could that happen without my knowledge?
Jerhyn
I thank you for your heroic aid! I’m also glad that you found something you were looking for. The journal should help you find the True Tomb of Tal Rasha. Hopefully, there is still time to get there before Diablo. Go now. And good luck.
Drognan
You have found Horazon’s Journal. Excellent… But, I must caution you. The mark of the True Tomb of Tal Rasha, is sought, if not already known, by Diablo. I needn’t elaborate on the implications of that.
Elzix
News of the tragedy in the palace is spreading fast. How awful! And to think, this whole time I thought Jerhyn and his guards were in there playing with the harem girls.
Geglash
Hah! I wish Jerhyn would’ve let me in the palace. I would’ve saved those girls and kicked demon ass back to the fire-pits o’ Hell!
Meshif
So… Now we know Jerhyn’s little secret. Well… I guess I can see why he wanted me to stay, though… I’m just glad it didn’t come to that. Now he tells me to wait some more, in case you need to get out of here. Well, for you I’ll do it. Maybe they’ll mention me in the epic ballads, eh?
Warriv
Well, the news going around town is very unsettling. Apparently, we were in more danger than anyone thought. Good work friend… you may have saved all our skins.
Fara
Faith is stronger than any armor. The shield will protect the body, but Faith will strengthen the courageous heart.
Lysander
Horazon’s urinal? Oh, journal! Yes, well… Glad you found it. Such a shame about those poor harem girls, huh? I shall miss them deeply… I mean their conversations, of course.
Atma
Oh, those poor women! Will the slaughter never end? Thank you once again for protecting our city.
Deckard Cain
You must move quickly now, friend, for Diablo is undoubtedly close to finding what he seeks. Find the Tomb of Tal Rasha before he frees the Lord of Destruction.

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