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Prison of Ice (Diablo II Quest)

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Prison of Ice
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Quest Giver Malah
Quest Area Frozen River
Goal Free Anya from her frozen prison.
Reward +10 permanent elemental resists and a rare class-specific weapon
Quest Items Scroll of Resistance
Optional? Yes
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With Harrogath's forces now seeing a bit of silver lining on the clouds on war thanks to your efforts in breaking the siege and bringing many soldiers back home to regroup, the dark atrocities that have waylaid Harrogath from within begin to unfold. You must travel from the Frigid Highlands to the Arreat Plateau, a broad area of madness and brutality, and then enter the Crystalline Passage. From there, a small ice-laden hole will lead you to the icy depths of the mountains and to the frigid subterranean river which leads to Anya's magical prison.

Free Anya, for she knows who would sacrifice Harrogath to Baal.

NPC Quest Dialog[edit | edit source]

Quest Activation Dialog[edit | edit source]

Malah:"There is a matter which I hesitate to share, but I believe you are the only one who can help me now. Anya, the young alchemist and daughter to one of our slain Elders, has been missing for some time. She is a strong, crafty woman with a spirit like no other. One night, just before your arrival, I overheard her and Nihlathak arguing about her father's death. The next morning she was gone. Nihlathak has his own talk as to where she went and why. Don't believe him! I fear he is at the root of her disappearance. Please, if you can, search for Anya and bring her back to us. She'll know what to do about Nihlathak."

After Initiating[edit | edit source]

Cain:':"I would listen to Malah. Nihlathak speaks with a venomous tongue and acts as if the entire weight of this town rests oh his shoulders. Perhaps there is more going on here than we know."

Larzuk:"Anya is an amazing alchemist, especially for her young age. As long as I've known her, she's never let anything stop her from pursuing what she believed in. I wouldn't doubt that Nihlathak is involved. Ever since her father died, they haven't gotten along."

Malah:"When you talk to Nihlathak, be careful. There is no telling what he will say or do."

Nihlathak:"Anya! Who have you been talking to? Likely it was that meddling Malah. Well, I'll tell you what really happened. Anya came to me for guidance, after receiving a vision that her mother and younger brother were trapped in the lands beyond the Ice Caves. She had decided to go rescue them. I told her that her quest was a foolish one and that she would be safer staying within the city walls. However, she is a willful girl and would not listen to me. The next morning, she was gone. No one is more distraught than I over losing her. However, if you feel the need to be Malah's errand child, I won't try to stop you."

Qual-Kehk:"Anya's father, Aust, was our wisest Elder. He was killed along with the other Elders who erected the ward that protects this city. The ward has kept Baal's demons out of Harrogath, but at a costly sacrifice. Nihlathak, on the other hand, was the only Elder to escape the demons. Somehow, he alone managed to find sanctuary, while the others died around him. Ever since that day, Nihlathak and Anya have been at odds."

Early Return[edit | edit source]

Cain:':"Nihlathak's story does sound reasonable, considering what I've heard about Anya. However, the best lies are often hidden within truth."

Larzuk:"As the daughter of Elder Aust, Anya is the only person, besides Nihlathak, who has any real knowledge of Mount Arreat's secrets. I'd hate to see our fate in the hands of Nihlathak alone."

Malah:"If it were anyone else, I would assume her dead. However, Anya is not so easily beaten. I know she must be alive."

Nihlathak:"Look, I've told you! She's dead! If you knew what was good for you, you'd concentrate your efforts on saving Harrogath -- not on lost causes like Anya."

Qual-Kehk:"It seems like everyone feels Nihlathak played a part in Anya's disappearance. Why would he do such a thing?"

Upon Finding Anya[edit | edit source]

Anya:"Hero. Nihlathak did this to me! If you've come to help me, my only hope lies with Malah. Please...Tell her you've found me..."

Cain:':"Goodness! Anya frozen by that fallen Barbarian, Nihlathak...Perhaps Malah can help you where I cannot."

Larzuk:"Poor Anya! I should've known Nihlathak was a traitor... If you find him alive, kill him for me!"

Malah:"So! That snake Nihlathak was behind Anya's disappearance...and he trapped her with a freezing curse. Here. Take this potion to Anya and give it to her. That should release her."

Qual-Kehk:"The snake has slipped our grasp! While you were gone, Nihlathak disappeared. I'll bet Anya knows how to track him down."

Upon Completion[edit | edit source]

Anya:"Thank you, hero, for rescuing me. To show my personal gratitude, I give you this. I had it custom-made for you by Larzuk."

Cain:':"For one so young, Anya commands great respect. Now that she is here, I will make it a point to talk to her about Mount Arreat. You should do the same."

Larzuk:"I never liked Nihlathak, but I never suspected that he'd betray us! I just can't understand how an Elder could do such a thing."

Malah:"Thank you so much for bringing Anya back to us. I have devised this spell to increase your resistances as a token of my thanks. I know it isn't much, but I hope you find it helpful. Please go talk to Anya. She has urgent news concerning Nihlathak."

Qual-Kehk:"Your rescue of Anya was quite an accomplishment."