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The Blackened Temple (Diablo II Quest)

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The Blackened Temple
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Quest Giver Ormus
Quest Area Travincal
Goal Kill the High Council
Reward Zakarum Zealots will flee from you.
Quest Items None
Optional? Yes
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The Blackened Temple quest begins when the hero's near the temple of Travincal. In the temple there are 6 normal Council Members plus 3 Super Unique council members: they are Ismail Vilehand, Toorc Icefist and Geleb Flamefinger. All are capable of a magical and a physical attack, they can heal between them and other monsters and can cast Hydra.

NPC Quest Dialog[edit | edit source]

Ormus: "You have done well, my friend. Your courage and valor are an inspiration to us all. But now the time has come to face those responsible for the evil that has stifled our land. You must destroy the High Council of Zakarum! Long ago, these elders were charged with the stewardship of Mephisto, the Lord of Hatred, who was imprisoned within the Guardian Tower. Through the generations, these pious men slowly fell more and more under the sway of Mephisto's malevolent power and the Council became an evil mockery of its former glory. It is Mephisto's Hatred that has corrupted Zakarum and turned its devout followers into paranoid fanatics. That is why you must travel to the Temple City of Travincal and slay the Council. Once they are gone, Mephisto's hold over this land and its people will be broken!

The (Alternative) quest dialogues appear if the player has not completed the Lam Esen's Tome quest.

After Initiating[edit | edit source]

Alkor: "The Black Book contains some vague prophecies regarding this undertaking. I'm not so sure it will turn out well for you."

Alkor (Alternative): "I am but a potion dealer and an avid reader of occult books. What do I know of the Travincal?"

Asheara: "The Children of Zakarum who guard the Tower square can be killed, but their numbers are vast. You must destroy their Council."

Asheara (Alternative): "There are many zealots among the followers of Zakarum. It will be difficult to get past them."

Deckard Cain: "Ormus tells me that the Council is comprised of tremendously powerful priests. It will be difficult to best them."

Deckard Cain (Alternative): "The Temple City is well guarded. You'd best keep your wits about you."

Hratli: "Remember. You can always find sanctuary here with us."

Hratli (Alternative): "This has been a trying time for all of us, but I sense this nightmare is coming to an end."

Meshif: "There is only one way to the Temple City. You will have to cross many rivers and streams, but you'll find it. A great tower stands at its center."

Meshif (Alternative): "It has been said that Ormus speaks most clearly when his ideas are utterly mad."

Natalya: "You are incredibly brave to venture into the lion's den. I wish you luck."

Natalya (Alternative): "Beware the followers of Zakarum. Their fanaticism is their greatest weapon."

Ormus: "You must know that the Guardian Tower in the Temple City was built by the Horadrim for one purpose - to hold Mephisto. Once the Council is dead, you may enter the Tower."

Early Return[edit | edit source]

Alkor: "Kill as many as you can. I have a morbid love of excess."

Alkor (Alternative): "If only we could have found the Black Book. I feel as though a malevolent hand has led us away from it."

Asheara: "The Iron Wolves and I are at the ready to aid you."

Asheara (Alternative): "Things are getting wilder than Ladies Night at the Slippery Fist."

Deckard Cain: "Sankekur may be using a Compelling Orb to control the minds of the Children of Zakarum."

Hratli: "The followers of Zakarum demand complete allegiance to their creed. They have slaughtered many of their own for minor grievances. They will not hesitate to kill you."

Hartli (Alternative): "After having served Mephisto all these years, the Council must be twisted by hatred and evil."

Meshif: "Within the Temple City is a courtyard. The Council resides there."

Meshif (Alternative): "I have heard rumors that the Prime Evils are here seeking their Brother."

Natalya: "I respect your need to do this. Honor demands that you see this through. Yet your chances are so slim..."

Ormus: "If you die on this quest, I will commemorate your sacrifice in an epic poem. You will not need a potion to achieve immortality. Ormus' words will do that."

Quest Completion[edit | edit source]

Alkor: "You've accomplished the impossible! By killing the Council, the curse of Zakarum will be lifted and our land will be free! Oh. Thank you!"

Asheara: "The sun has set on the Religion of Light."

Deckard Cain: "Ridding Kurast of the Council of Zakarum was essential. Still, there is more you must do. The Compelling Orb, too, must be destroyed. Diablo and Baal must be close to finding their brother, Mephisto, by now. You've no time to waste."

Hratli: "The followers of Zakarum lacked all sense of moderation. The collapse of their tainted religion gives me hope."

Meshif: "It seems the jungle is already dying back. You've broken the curse, my friend! May the Light bless you!"

Natalya: "I can hardly believe you did it. Your power blankets you like a shining aura."

Ormus: "Ormus is grateful to you, stranger. You have broken the long, dark reign of Zakarum and delivered the first paralyzing blow against the Three. Yet still, the true test lies ahead. For he whom the Council guarded still lives within the Blackened Tower."