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Diablo II - NPC Dialogue Lore - Act III - INTRO

Meshif
Well, I gave you my word, and brought you here as promised.

But by all that’s still holy, I wish I’d never returned to this accursed place. This fetid jungle can’t be the fair Kurast I left behind.

I don’t know what all this evil is, my friend, but it’s obvious that you must stop it. I only pray that you can before the jungle consumes the last vestiges of my beloved homeland.

Ormus
You now speak to Ormus.

He was once a great mage, but now lives like a rat in a sinking vessel. You have questions for Ormus and doubt in yourself. Ormus sees a strange dichotomy in you … as he dows in all would-be heroes.

Speak to him and he may grant you wisdom in turn. Or turn from him and seek wisdom in thyself.

Deckard Cain
I’ve not set foot in glorious Kurast for many years. But I never would have imagined it could be so corrupted.

Certainly, this ust be Mephisto’s work! You’d best get going, my friend. Diablo and Baal are still out there and you must find them.

Alkor
Damn it, I wish you people would just leave me alone! I . . .

Oh, you’re new here, aren’t you?

I am Alkor, the Alchemist. I dabble in potions and salves, and I can sell you some if you really need them.

But don’t make a habit of coming here. I don’t like to be disturbed while I’m studying!

Hratli
Welcome to Kurast, young Sorceress. Few come willingly to this ancient city anymore. I hope you brought your wits with you, for sanity is in short supply here.

My name is Hratli. I am a sorcerer skilled in metal work. It’d be a pleasure to help you . . . I don’t have many customers these days. Though my own magic is only useful for making enchanted weapons, I’ll bet yours will put an end to this terrible evil once and for all. May the spirits of Skatsim watch over and protect you.

As you can see, the populace has been brutally decimated by the forces of Mephisto. The canals run red with blood and demons roam the land.

The wretched jungle-hell has already reclaimed much of Kurast. The only safety you’ll find is here at the dockside, where a magical warding holds the jungle evils at bay . . . but I don’t know how long it will last.

To make matters worse, the Children of Zakarum are in league with the forces of Mephisto. The Zakarum have concentrated their power in the Temple City of Travincal, located within Kurast deep in the jungle wilderness.

It’s true . . . Their zeal is unmatched. But I say the so-called “Warriors of Light” are nothing more than the twisted puppets of a hidden hand.

Natalya
Greetings, hero. I’ve heard of your exploits and . . . I’m quite impressed. Very few mortals are capable of dealing with the Three and their minions as you have.

My name is Natalya. I am a hunter of Evil, part of an ancient Order sworn to hunt down corrupted sorcerers.

If I could, I would gladly join your quest to stop the Three. But I must wait here for further news. I can’t predict what will happen, but the danger is greater than we can know.

Until I receive my orders, I’ll assist you with the information I have.

Asheara
Hello, there. You must be a great adventurer to risk coming here.

My name’s Asheara, and I lead the mercenary band of mages known as the Iron Wolves. We’ve been hunting down demons in the jungle for months, but no matter how many of them we kill, they just keep comin’. Seems this whole place has been overrun by evil.

Rumor has it that you’ve come here to help. If that’s true, then I’ll let you hire some of my mercenaries.

But be careful . . . If you piss them off they can be worse than those monsters out in the jungle.

Diablo II - NPC Dialogue Lore - Act III - Blade of the Old Religion

Hratli
As I told you before, I placed an enchantment upon the dockside in order to keep the demons at bay. But lately, the enchantment seems to be weakening.

If memory serves me correctly, there is a holy Skatsimi blade that could revitalize the enchantment. The blade is called the Gidbinn.

Find it, and our sanctuary here will remain safe.

As far as I know, the Gidbinn is in the possession of the Children of Light. They do not wish it to fall into the hands of those who can restore its powers.

GOSSIP

  • You may not believe it, but Ormus is the one who can use the Gidbinn to protect us. I trust you already know Meshif. But did you know that he was born and raised here?

    I suspect that like many of us his spirit is near broken at the sight of Kurast’s decline. Only our brand of gallows humor saves us from utter despair.

Look for the Gidbinn in the Flayer Jungle.

Natalya
Don’t let the Gidbinn’s size fool you. Though it is only a small dagger, it holds tremendous power when in the hands of a true Skatsimi mage.

The Gidbinn is one of the few remaining relics of Skatsim, the Old Religion. It is reputed to have great powers.

GOSSIP

  • You’d best get back out there and find that blade. The jungle creeps further into this camp by the hour.

Ormus
Ormus is familiar with the Gidbinn. But how would a powerful Skatsimi artifact aid an unbeliever like you?

Once the gidbinn is found, Ormus will use it to strengthen the protective barrier around the dockside.

GOSSIP

  • If we are to have peace from the shadow, you must find the weapon which will destroy the Light.

Deckard Cain
I’ve done some research on the Taan mage-clan, and it seems that most of their magical studies were focused on Skatsimi rites. If anyone is qualified to use the powers of the Gidbinn, it would be Ormus.

Alkor
Have you not heard of the Gidbinn? Well, allow me to reduce your ignorance on the subject.

The Gidbinn is an enchanted dagger – a religious artifact greatly valued by the Old Religion, Skatsim.

GOSSIP

  • Legend has it that the Skatsimi priests placed great power within the small blade. Power enough to repel this terrible jungle-curse which encroaches on our sanctuary.

Asheara
The Gidbinn will reinforce the enchantments that protect the dockside from the evil that infest Kurast.

GOSSIP

  • I’m certain that the Gidbinn is very closely guarded.

Meshif
The jungle is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Imagine Paradise festering like a wound . . . then bursting!

GOSSIP

  • Hratli seems to be the only one left here with any common sense. Yet how sensible is it to remain here?

NOTE: Deep in the Flayer Jungle you find the Gidbinn among the ruins. Quest log is updated.

Return the Gidbinn to Ormus.

Ormus
You have done well, noble hero. Ormus congratulates you. The old spirits of Skatsim will watch over you for returning their sacred blade.

Now, after all these years, Ormus will once again use his powers to protect the innocent from the shadow. The spell that protects the dockside shall now be reinforced.

Deckard Cain
Have you met Natalya? She appears to be a member of the Khral-Harzhek, a secret order that has been around for centuries . . . almost as long as the Horadrim, itself.

Her presence here makes me uneasy, for they are traditionally sworn to hunt down Magi who have betrayed the trust of their order.

I wonder why she is here.

GOSSIP

  • Who could have foreseen that the Old Religion would play such an effective role in our war against the Three? Again, your efforts amaze me, my friend.

Alkor
Hah! You have stolen the fabled blade from right under Zakarum’s nose! This is a great day, indeed!

GOSSIP

  • I hope you don’t object to my badgering the witless.

Asheara
Now that fewer of the Iron Wolves are needed to guard the dockside, some of them have volunteered to accompany you free of charge.

GOSSIP

  • The jungle can take you down fast. Try to avoid getting trapped out there if you can.

Deckard Cain
This magic ring does me no good. Here . . . Wear it proudly!

GOSSIP

  • Asheara is both proud and self-conscrious of her womanhood.

Meshif
With any luck, the spirits of Skatsim will grant us revenge upon the powers that ravaged this land.

GOSSIP

  • That woman, Natalya, seems to be waiting for something important to happen. She’s a strange one, I think.

Natalya
You are truly amazing, stranger. There are precious few items in the world that would tempt me to go up against the Children of Zakarum and their midget minions.

GOSSIP

  • My Order has been keeping watch over Ormus for many years, now. He seems to champion the cause of good, but who knows what shadow lurks within his soul?

Diablo II - NPC Dialogue Lore - Act II - The Seven Tombs

Jerhyn
I have heard of your many deeds of skill and bravery. I feel I can trust you with something I have been hesitant to speak of… Drognan and I have concluded that the Dark Wanderer who passed through here recently was Diablo, himself! Drognan believes that Diablo is searching the desert for the secret tomb where the great Horadric mage, Tal Rasha, keeps Baal imprisoned. You must find Diablo and put an end to the terrible evil that has fallen upon our city. Drognan is wise and is sure to have some helpful advice for you as to how Tal Rasha’s tomb may be found. It may take you quite some time to find The Tomb. May you be ready when you do.

It is well-known that there are seven great Horadric tombs hidden beneath the sands in the furthest reaches of the desert. One of them surely must be Tal Rasha’s prison. You must explore each of the tombs to find Tal Rasha’s exact location. Of course, Diablo is searching for the Tomb as well… No one can guess as to what terrors he has unleashed in his search.

Meshif
So… You’re going to search for the Seven Tombs, huh? Don’t you know that they’re just desert legends passed between merchants and travelers? No one really believes that they exist.
Warriv
Be very careful, my friend. I think I’ve seen enough recently not to doubt that these Tombs exist. And if they do, they’re most certainly guarded by terrible creatures.
Atma
I’ve heard legends of the Tomb of Tal Rasha, but I thought they were just old tales meant to scare young children.
Geglash
Ohh… I’d go with ya’ to those tombs… But… umm… I don’t like all that living dead stuff.
Meshif
I’m sorry, I can’t help you much here. Now, if the tombs were across the ocean, then I’d be the guy to talk to.
Fara
Legend has it that Tal Rasha lies imprisoned within his tomb, forever struggling to keep the Lord of Destruction bound. His was a selfless act, although perhaps foolhardy.
Lysander
When Tal Rasha chose to embody the spirit of Baal, he knew his doom was to wrestle eternally against the will of the greater Evil. Look around you and ask yourself, ‘Has the battle been won or lost?
Drognan
Tal Rasha’s tomb is hidden deep in the desert among six others. Tal Rasha’s symbol marks the True Tomb. If you want to know what that symbol is, you should be able to find it within the legendary Arcane Sanctuary.
Deckard Cain
Diablo nears his goal. We have little time to lose. Remember, my friend, that Andariel gave herself willingly to Diablo’s cause. It would be prudent to assume that the other Evils will attempt to aid their master as well.
Greiz
If you’re going into the deep desert, why not hire a few of my men to watch your back?
Jerhyn
You have done very well. Few could have come this far, let alone discover the True Tomb of Tal Rasha. Unfortunately, I hear that Diablo and Baal have eluded your grasp. This is most unfortunate… If you wish to travel East, I have authorized Meshif to give you passage by sea. I imagine he should be very anxious to leave by now. Good luck on your quest, and thank you again for saving my beloved city. You will always be welcome in Lut Gholein, my friend.
Elzix
I heard that Diablo has managed to best you, at least for the time being. I hope you catch up with him soon, and send him back to Hell for good!
Lysander
I’m sorry things didn’t turn out as you had hoped. Go and remember us fondly. You know, you bothered me far less than most.
Atma
You have proven to be the greatest of heroes, and I am honored to call you friend. Thank you for bringing peace to our lives again.
Warriv
Never fear, my friend. You did the best you could. I suspect that Diablo and Baal are now heading east, towards Kurast. You’ll find them… I know you will.
Atma
This is terrible news! Baal is in possession of one of mankind’s most powerful mages, and the Lord of Terror guides his path. They must be stopped, for I am sure they mean to free their elder brother Mephisto, the Lord of Hatred, who lies imprisoned under the corrupted city of Kurast. I fear you are walking into a great evil, but your faith can save you. May you walk in the light always.
Geglash
You’re an inspiration! And such a hero that it makes me look twice as bad… Ahh, you’re OK… Hey! Just save some glory for us little guys, huh?
Drognan
This is a serious setback… It is most unfortunate that Tal Rasha has been consumed by Baal’s destructive influence. There are many secrets known to the Horadrim, which could be used by Baal against us. You must travel east by sea to Kurast and stop Diablo and Baal before they free their eldest brother, Mephisto. Hahh… The lands of the eastern Empire are not the same as they used to be. There has been little word for some time. Speed is of the essence. Go quickly, my friend. May the fates smile on you.
Meshif
Jerhyn tells me I should take you east to Kurast. I haven’t been there for several years, but rumor has it that things are pretty grim.
Greiz
I’ve heard that your foe got away from you this time. Well, look at it this way… you’ve got the demons on the run. If you’re going to be leaving, then… Well, thanks for your help.
Deckard Cain
The Archangel Tyrael was the one who gave the Soulstones to the Horadrim two hundred and sixty years ago. It is highly unusual for the forces of Heaven to so directly interfere with man’s destiny, but Tyrael was said to act of his own volition. We have never been able to discern why. Perhaps, he goes against the consensus of Heaven because he doubts our ability to defend ourselves, or perhaps, he sees more threat than his peers. Where the actions of Hell often seem straightforwardly bent on destruction, the motives of Heaven are unfathomable. Now make haste… Both Diablo and Baal must be stopped before they join with their brother, Mephisto. If the three Prime Evils unite once again, the world as we know it will be no more.

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.

Diablo II - NPC Dialogue Lore - Act II - The Summoner

Greiz
That guy really talks like that? Sounds like either Horazon has gone stir-crazy or that’s some impostor.

Jerhyn
The man you describe is probably not Horazon. He sounds like the very mage who came around here a while ago. He was very curious about this palace and seemed especially interested in the seal on the passageway in the cellar. He left shortly after that. I wonder how he got down there? The seal was never broken… That mage spoke a great deal to Drognan. Why don’t you ask him about it?

Drognan
Yes… The man you speak of sounds like the mage who came here many months ago. He claimed to have fought Diablo in the passages beneath Tristram. No doubt the fool wandered into Horazon’s Sanctuary and lost whatever was left of his ravaged mind. He is beyond salvation. It is possible that the fool has been possessed by the spirit of Horazon. If that’s true, then you’d better put an end to his tortured existence. Once done, I believe the demons who were summoned and imprisoned within the Sanctuary will cease to exist as well.

Lysander
Ah, yes. I remember. There was a… fellow around here many months ago who asked almost as many questions about Horazon as you. So… He discovered enough to assume Horazon’s place in the Arcane Sanctuary, huh? What a fool!

Meshif
Ah, yes. As a ship captain I am well aware of the phenomenon of a false Horazon. Sorry, just a little joke.

Warriv
There’s nothing more dreadful than a powerful being driven by a frayed mind.

Atma
You always seem to find the worst trouble. I don’t know how you handle it.

Geglash
So! Horazon’s crazy, eh? I’d be surprised if he wasn’t. All those centuries without ale would drive anyone to drink… but then you couldn’t drink. And that would drive you to drink… Hah?… What was the question?

Fara
Hmmm… That doesn’t sound like Horazon. I’ll agree that he may have gone mad, but from what you tell me, I don’t think that’s the case. Talk to Drognan… he may know more than I.

Elzix
Ugh… Crazy mages give me the creeps. Just kill him and get on with your business.

Deckard Cain
The appearance of the mage you describe sounds like one I met back in Tristram. Many Vizjerei came to fight against Diablo, the Lord of Terror. Perhaps, this is one of them. You know, fate seems to have frowned upon all of the heroes who confronted that terrible Evil. Take care or the same may happen to you.

Greiz
So, Horazon’s been dead for some time. I take it you at least found what you were looking for.

Geglash
The way I see it… Well, it’s all pretty blurry.

Jerhyn
The demonic force that was emanating from the corrupted Sanctuary has dissipated. I thank you greatly for your help. Now, we can look to rebuilding our lives. All will be for nothing, though, if you do not stop the greater Evil which is rapidly gaining ground.

Drognan
Larger forces are moving inexorably towards us. You must now make haste to the Tombs.

Elzix
You make me long for the days of glory. When I had both hands, both eyes and more of a foot…

Warriv
I guess you’ll be heading to the Tombs now? I hear that they’re in the deepest desert regions.

Meshif
Well! You’ve got what you’re after. Now get a move on before it’s too late.

Lysander
Huhhh… Such is always the fate of those who meddle with evil.

Atma
You’re more the hero than I could have dreamed. Perhaps, there is hope for us after all.

Fara
I feel no pity for that would-be Summoner. His terrible ambition for demonic power was his undoing. You merely hastened the inevitable.

Deckard Cain
I hope that this false Summoner found peace in death. Unfortunately, it is more likely that he will be dragged down into Hell by the demons he was bound to. Let this be a lesson to you… Demonic magic is a quick path, but its powers are seductive and deadly.

Diablo II - NPC Dialogue Lore - Act II - The Tainted Sun

Jerhyn
My astrologers failed to predict this eclipse. You should seek Drognan’s advice.

Greiz
This midday darkness reeks of foul magic! My men and I are trying to keep the peace, but this kind of thing really scares people.

Elzix
Two men arrived late last night bearing a story about evil magic. They said they saw a gathering of giant snake creatures performing some arcane ritual. They sound like the Serpent Men of the desert.

Warriv
The sun has grown disgusted with the terrible deeds it must shine upon each day. Damnation is upon us all.

Atma
Drognan, the wizard, will have some idea as to what is happening.

Geglash
This whole place is one big ale fog.

Fara
This unnatural nightfall is no doubt caused by evil sorcery. Drognan might know what we are dealing with.

Lysander
Claw Vipers! This outer darkness mirrors the inner blackness of their souls. It is they who have eclipsed the sun, I’ll wager. They are a venomous band.

Drognan
I’ve been researching this lengthy eclipse and I believe it to be the work of Claw Vipers. Find their temple beneath the desert sands and you may find the source of this curse.

Meshif
This permanent darkness is very unsettling. Hmmm… It would make navigation by stars easier for me, though.

Deckard Cain
Drognan may have some advice on this matter. Hmm… I think I’ll speak with him myself.

Jerhyn
This eclipse is a definite manifestation of evil.

Greiz
Don’t worry! My men and I have an iron grip on this town. If those cursed Claw Vipers are plotting anything against us, we’ll be prepared for ‘em.

Warriv
The calculated coldness of the reptilian brain makes the Claw Vipers uncanny adversaries.

Geglash
It’s strange when the morning after the night before… is still the same night.

Meshif
I’ve had about enough of this darkness. I don’t even know what day it is anymore.

Fara
The Claw Vipers practice evil magic. They have also been known to kidnap travelers and sacrifice them to their dark gods.

Lysander
Well… I don’t know much about the habits of Claw Vipers, to be honest. Drognan will probably know something about the nature of the magic at work.

Drognan
I’ve discovered a reference to a similar eclipse several hundred years ago. It says that some desert-dwelling snake demons had erected an evil altar, which caused the sun to go black. Perhaps we are dealing with something similar here. Look for an altar in the Claw Viper temple.

Elzix
I usually charge for rooms by the night. But I may have to soon change that.

Deckard Cain
The source of this spell is probably a magical altar. It will not be enough to kill the Claw Vipers. To reverse the spell you must destroy the altar.

Atma
I was going to go to bed, but then I realized that I have no idea what time it is. It could be the crack of dawn, for all I know.

Jerhyn
The sun again shines on Lut Gholein! I’m beginning to like you, traveler.

Greiz
I’m glad that’s over with!

Elzix
Ahh… It takes but one eye to revel in the beauty of our restored sun.

Geglash
So, this is daylight… It’s over-rated.

Warriv
With renewed daylight, one may gather the wits that were scattered about like restrictive undergarments in the darkness.

Meshif

Meshif
So… Did you plunder any booty?

Atma
You have done well to restore light to our world.

Fara
Drognan seems to have taken you into his confidence. This is good, for you will benefit from his wisdom.

Lysander
Ahhh… Claw Vipers are fond of magical artifacts. Did you happen to find one in their temple?

Drognan
You did well in destroying the Claw Vipers. We are all glad to see the sun returned to its former glory.

Deckard Cain
I’ve been speaking with Lord Jerhyn, and I sense that he is becoming more and more agitated by something. You should try to talk to him again. If he still won’t take you into his confidence, seek to prove yourself a bit more. I gather that his respect for you is growing.

Diablo II - NPC Dialogue Lore - Act II - Horadric Staff

Deckard Cain
Ahh… The lost Horadric Scroll! What a fortunate turn of events… As the last living Horadrim, I alone have knowledge of its meaning. Now, to read the Horadric runes it bears. Hmmm… The Horadric Mages, after binding Baal within Tal Rasha, magically sealed off his Burial Chamber from the mortal realm. Those same Mages also crafted fearsome Horadric Staves and imbued them with the special power to open the Chamber’s hidden door. After nearly losing one to the thievery of a rogue sorcerer, they divided all the Horadric Staves into two parts – wooden shaft and metal headpiece – hiding them separately to safeguard them. The Horadrim foresaw our current plight and designed the hiding places to reveal themselves to worthy heroes like you. Collect both parts of a Horadric Staff and unite them using a Horadric Cube. Then, you may enter Tal Rasha’s Burial Chamber.

The Viper Amulet you bear is actually the headpiece of a Horadric Staff! Yes… You have an uncanny knack for finding rare and valuable artifacts. Of course, you’ll have to use a Horadric Cube to combine the headpiece with the shaft.

The Staff of Kings! You astound me, my friend. You have discovered the shaft portion of a Horadric Staff. I trust you know how to use a Horadric Cube to unite the shaft with its headpiece.

You have quite a treasure there in that Horadric Cube. According to Horadric lore, the Cube can restore a Horadric Staff. To do it – use the Cube as you would a scroll. When the Cube opens, place both pieces of the Staff into it and use the Cube’s transmute power. You’ll be pleased to know that the Cube has other alchemical uses as well… Six gems plus one sword transmute into a socketed long sword. You may also transmute two quivers of crossbow bolts into one quiver of arrows, while two quivers of arrows yield one quiver of bolts. I must leave it to you to discover other formulae.

Excellent! You have a Horadric Staff. Carry it with you into Tal Rasha’s Tomb. Find within the Tomb the chamber whose floor is inset with the Circle of Seven Symbols. Place the Staff into the receptacle you find there. That will open the secret passage into Tal Rasha’s Burial Chamber. But, be prepared for a fight – you’ll likely have to kill Tal Rasha to destroy Baal.

Diablo II - NPC Dialogue Lore - Act II - Radament’s Lair

Atma
I don’t expect this of you, but if you want to help me, I would be grateful. In the sewers below our city, there lurks a horrid creature that hungers for human flesh. The creature has killed many, including my son and my husband. If you destroy it, I will reward you. Please be careful though, that beast has taken enough from us already. The sewer entrance is through the trap door just up the street.

Greiz
I’ve personally found some of that devil’s victims washed up out of the sewer. Often, they are missing limbs or a head, and their bodies have always been skinned. At first the creature raided the town at night… That’s how Atma lost her family. Now we’ve got him barricaded in the sewers. You’re safe up here on the surface, but every now and again some fool wants to be a hero and heads down to the waste tunnels with a pig-sticker.

Elzix
I hear that the creature kills his victims in order to hack off their limbs! I guess that makes me a less likely candidate, eh?

Warriv
I’ve heard tales of walking corpses out in the desert at night, though I’ve never actually seen one.

Geglash
Hey… Don’t touch my drink or I’ll bore a hole into your skull with my thumb.

Fara
I believe that the creature you refer to is one of the ancient Horadric mummies from the tombs that lie buried beneath the desert sands. It is unusual for one of his kind to be so far away from his resting place. I sense in this entity a restless and malevolent spirit.

Atma
The creature makes its lair in the tunnels beneath this city. He butchered my husband and son… I simply cannot bear to talk about it…

Meshif
There are two entrances to the sewers, I believe. One of them is right near here, down by the water beneath the docks. I can see it from my ship, and you can bet I keep an eye on it every night.

Drognan
Fara and I have been talking about the creature recently. From my studies, I have deduced that it is Radament the Fallen, an ancient Horadric mummy that has for some reason left his tomb to prey on mortals. I’m doing some more research now. If you check back later, I may have some more insight as to his nature.

Lysander
I hear that beast is after body parts. Does he eat them? Oooh… Ghastly!

Deckard Cain
The Horadrim used to mummify their highest mages, and infuse them with spells that would allow them to protect their tombs, even after death. I have no idea why one of them would be acting so malevolently. Perhaps Drognan or Fara would know more about this.

Warriv
Death is not afraid of the living, but the living abhor death.

Meshif
I noticed a rotting, human arm floating in the harbor this morning. I suspected foul play, so I told Greiz. He didn’t seem too concerned since there haven’t been any folk reported missing lately.

Atma
I am starting to have second thoughts about my request… I couldn’t bear the thought of you losing your life on my behalf. Please be careful.

Greiz
We’ve been meaning to send an organized group down there to kill that thing, but it would be dangerous. We just can’t afford the chance of losing any men with all the trouble that’s going on in the desert.

Geglash
Ah-hah! Back for a small shot of courage… Believe me, it doesn’t help for long. Drinks, barkeep!

Elzix
If you’re going to fight that thing, use some common sense. Be knowledgeable about what harms the undead. Poison, for instance, will have little effect.

Lysander
Huh? Peppermint? Oh, Radament! Yes, yes. Ooh, a foul creature… Some of my exploding potions should do quite nicely against him. They usually work well against the undead.

Drognan
I’ve just been reading something interesting about this sort of undead. Apparently, certain Horadric funereal priests altered the bodies of their dead mages with magical and surgical techniques—often replacing body parts with those of animals. This was thought to augment their powers, and raise their status in the afterlife.

Fara
Drognan told me something interesting earlier today. It might explain why Radament is so restless, and it might have something to do with why he is stealing human body parts.

Deckard Cain
The Horadric mummies were created to protect the tombs, but Radament is far from his burial chamber. Given the aberrations that have been witnessed lately, it comes as no surprise that even the ancient guardian spells have begun to unravel. Be wary of this as you venture farther into the desert.

Greiz
You’ve killed Radament, eh? That’s quite a nice piece of work! If you ever need a job as a mercenary, I’d be happy to sign ya’ up.

Drognan
From what you tell me, it would seem that Radament was bent on the task of reviving his own mummified corpse with the flesh of the living. This is very unusual indeed. It takes an incredible magic power to alter the singular purpose of an undead mind. Perhaps there is a power at work here which is beyond my ken.

Lysander
Uh… Little of what I am able to hear is of any value. Radament’s death, however, is news worth hearing. I’m sure Atma will be glad to hear of this.

Meshif
Good job mate! At night out on my ship, I was often awakened by that fiend’s awful moaning. I bet I rest easier now.

Geglash
Whoah oh… ‘Radament the Fallen’, is it? I’ve fallen off many a barstool and no one calls me ‘Geglash the Fallen’. They might go so far as to say, ‘Geglash, you’ve fallen!’

Elzix
We ran into one of those old tomb guardians when I ran with my bandits. I know they aren’t easy foes to face, so you sure have my respect. Have you told Atma yet?

Warriv
Atma’s been telling everyone what you’ve done for her.

Fara
As you have helped Atma and all of us, so shall I help you.

Deckard Cain
If you haven’t already, tell Atma that Radament is dead. It may help to ease the weight of her mourning.

Atma
They say that the taste of vengeance is bittersweet, but I find it to my liking. In addition to my undying gratitude, I have spoken on your behalf with the rest of the townspeople. The merchants have agreed to show their gratitude by offering their wares and services at lower rates. Oh… Jerhyn wants to see you, too. You’ll find him in front of the palace.

Diablo II - NPC Dialogue Lore - Act I - Sisters of the Slaughter

Deckard Cain
It is certain that we face the demon queen, Andariel, who has corrupted the Rogue Sisterhood and defiled their ancestral Monastery. This does not bode well for us, my friend. Ancient Horadric texts record that Andariel and the other Lesser Evils once overthrew the three Prime Evils—Diablo, Mephisto and Baal—banishing them from Hell to our world. Here, they caused mankind untold anguish and suffering before they were finally bound within the Soulstones. Andariel’s presence here could mean that the forces of Hell are once again aligned behind Diablo and his Brothers. If this is true, then I fear for us all. You must kill her before the Monastery becomes a permanent outpost of Hell and the way east lost forever.

Diablo is heading east for some foul purpose. And the only passage east is through the Monastery gate. Obviously, Diablo summoned Andariel to block any pursuit. For her part Andariel hopes to win Diablo’s favor… the lesser demons are always vying for positions of power within the unholy hierarchy!

Akara
Andariel has desecrated all we hold dear. She must not be permitted to serve Diablo. Destroy her! Her corruption of our Order must be undone!

Charsi
Send Andariel back to the Hell she came from!

Gheed
You’re going after Andariel? … One of my wagon wheels is in need of repair. I’ll be under the wagon, if I’m needed.

Warriv
The mapmakers tell us the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Our way east is a line that runs through Andariel’s stronghold, the Monastery.

Kashya
I can imagine a thousand different ways to kill Andariel. You need only choose one.

Deckard Cain
It is clear that Andariel is acting on behalf of Diablo to prevent anyone from following him eastward. Her defeat would allow you to continue the pursuit. Ancient lore has it that while Andariel was spawned in the Burning Hells, she is not fond of fire.

Akara
You have done much to help us, but I sense that this has only fueled Andariel’s fury. She will not stop until we are all dead. You must kill Andariel before her army can gain the upper hand.

Gheed
Have you stumbled upon that Demon Queen, yet? I hear she’s quite the beauty… as far as Maidens of Anguish go, that is.

Charsi
If you are the hero that you seem to be, now is the time to prove it.

Warriv
May I remind you that my caravan can only go east, if the Monastery is cleansed?

Kashya
Deckard Cain has important information about Andariel.

Akara
Finally, we may rejoice! We owe you a debt we can never repay. I only hope that in time we will be able to rebuild our Order. All our thanks go with you, my friend.

Charsi
You’ll probably go east now… It was good to know you. I hope you’ll come back if you ever need anything.

Kashya
Andariel’s death brings about renewed life for us all. We mourn the loss of our dear Sisters, but at least now we can get on with our lives. I… may have misjudged you, outlander. You are a true hero and testament to the noble spirit which has inspired our Order for generations. Fare well… my friend.

Gheed
I’m going to party like it’s 999!

Warriv
The caravan is prepared. We may now journey eastward to Lut Gholein.

Deckard Cain
This is a great victory indeed, but many more battles await. I will accompany you on your journey, lending what assistance I can… Remember… Diablo is still out there, seeking something in the desert. I’m afraid that this nightmare will not end until you find what it is that he seeks.

Diablo II - NPC Dialogue Lore - Act I - Tools of Trade

Charsi
When I fled the Monastery, I left behind the Horadric Malus, my enchanted smithing hammer. If you can retrieve it for me, I’ll use its magic to strengthen your equipment.

Deckard Cain
The Malus was forged and enchanted by the ancient Horadric Mages during the Sin Wars. When their union dissolved, the Malus was entrusted to the Sisterhood guarding the pass into the East.

Kashya
Charsi is wasting her time and talents using an inferior hammer! Had she the Horadric Malus, she could make the steel sing and craft you a suit of armor as impenetrable as the Great Eye

Charsi
The Monastery can confuse even those who know it well. Stay alert in there.

Gheed
Charsi talks of nothing anymore, but this Horadric Malus. Between you and her my ears need a rest. Just find it and bring it back quickly.

I have offered my nomadic phallus, but to no avail.

Warriv
Just as an archer needs bow and arrow, or a draughtsman pen and paper, so Charsi needs the Horadric Malus with which to ply her trade.

Deckard Cain
The Malus has eluded you so far. Well, search thoroughly in the Barracks… That is where the Rogues kept their forge.

Akara
If you can’t carry out this quest, how will you face the greater evils ahead?

Kashya
To do battle with Andariel requires more than thick skin and a strong will. You’ll want armor and weaponry forged with the hammer’s enchantments.

Charsi
The Malus is a Horadric artifact of great power. Please bring it back.

Gheed
I have heard that you bear us no Malus.

Warriv
What better opportunity to show your mettle?

Deckard Cain
The magical effects imbued by the Malus are impossible to predict, but are always to the good.

Akara
Well done, my friend. But remember, the return of the Horadric Malus is but one step in reclaiming the Monastery.

Kashya
Now that the Horadric Malus is back in our possession, we shall use it to deliver a great blow against the Evil which torments this land.

Charsi
Oh! Thanks so much for returning the Horadric Malus! I will now imbue one of your items with magical powers.

Gheed
I guess it’s too late to take back some of the names I called you.

Warriv
I am glad the hammer has returned and you with it.
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