Lam Esen's Tome (Diablo II Quest)
Lam Esen's Tome is the fourth quest in Act III. It's initiated by talking to Alkor after completing the Blade of the Old Religion quest and after having entered the Kurast Bazaar, or simply by entering one of the six temples in the Kurast Bazaar, Upper Kurast or Kurast Causeway. The quest is completed after players return Lam Esen's Tome to Alkor, who will then reward the player with five free attribute points.
Lam Esen, a sage of old who studied Skatsimi magic and the effects of the Prime Evils on the mortal world, wrote his findings down in a magical tome. This Black Book was lost when the misguided Zakarum took over the land, believing it to be filled with blasphemous heresy. It's rumoured it still remains, hidden somewhere within one of the temples in Kurast.
Further Information and Tips
Lam Esen's Tome can always be found within the Ruined Temple in the Kurast Bazaar. It will not be found in any other dungeon, so the player has the option to skip exploring the other temples. The Tome is guarded by a Super Unique Flesh Hunter boss called Battlemaid Sarina. On the Automap, it should become pretty easily seen soon after entering the temple.
NPC Quest Dialog
Alkor: "It pains me to waste time with you, so I'll get right to the point. There is a very special book which you must find for me. It was written long ago by a sage known as Lam Esen, who studied Skatsimi magic and the effects of the Prime Evils on the mortal world. The Black Book was lost when the Children of Zakarum took over this land. Now, you must reclaim it without delay! Its knowledge may aid us in this dark time ahead."
Alkor: "The Black Book contains powerful secrets of Skatsim, the Old Religion, long eclipsed by Zakarum. I should warn you. The Black Book is much sought after by both good and evil. Be wary."
Asheara: "Many things can be found in the city of Kurast. The book may be there."
Deckard Cain: "The Black Book is a powerful source of information. The Zakarum will do everything in their power to stop you from obtaining it."
Hratli: "We have long sought the Black Book of Lam Esen. Rumors of its whereabouts spread as fast as jungle plagues. If you find it, take it to Alkor."
Meshif: "Oh. No one really believes that the Black Book exists. It's just a symbol of Zakarum's anti-Skatsim propaganda."
Natalya: "I've heard of the Black Book. My Order's code is based on many of its passages. If you find it, I will be greatly impressed."
Ormus: "The Children of Zakarum believe that the Black Book is filled with blasphemous heresy. In truth, the book may contain the secrets to our ultimate redemption."
Alkor: "Did I neglect to mention that the book contains useful information about the Prime Evils?"
Asheara: "I believe I can trust you now. When you first arrived, I suspected you a spy for the Zakarum, the false religion whose faithful are now under the sway of a mysterious power. They've made a mockery of the Old Religion of Skatsim."
Deckard Cain: "I heard that there are ruined temples in Kurast. Perhaps you will find the Black Book in one of them."
Hratli: "Not getting much help? You know, people are like rugs. Hang them out a window and shake 'em a couple times. You'll be surprised how much dirt comes out."
Meshif: "Kurast was once the greatest city in the world. Now it is hard to tell where the jungle stops and the city begins. The jungle grows rampant on the soil enriched by the blood of my fellow citizens."
Natalya: "I hope you find the Black Book soon. I could use something to read while I wait for my orders."
Ormus: "Even if you find the sacred Book, you must still traverse the jungle of meaning within it. That journey could prove to be far more perilous."
Alkor: "You have found the Book! It should give all of us here some insight into the nature of the Prime Evils... Ah, but as for you..."
Asheara: "The Iron Wolves are very impressed by your skills."
Deckard Cain: "You have found a source of information powerful enough to turn the tide against the Zakarum."
Hratli: "We have the Book. Now we must see if we can bear its revelations."
Meshif: "Thank all that's holy. You've returned with the Black Book! Maybe now you can put an end to the Evil that has destroyed my homeland."
Ormus: "Why is the Black Book of Lam Esen like a coffin? Simple. Each holds the shape of our future."