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Act 1

 

People Lore Books

 

 

Adria's Journal

Loacation: The Hidden Cellar in Adria's Hut (Leah gives it to you)

Quest: The Legacy of Cain

 

"Aidan came to me last night. I suspected what was lurking within his troubled heart. I consoled him as best I could. Regardless, wherever he's headed, Hell will surely follow in his wake.

 

The shadows close in on Tristram once again. But, like Aidan, I'll be gone before they fall."

 

Lachdanan's Scroll part 1

Location: Cathedral (Scribe's Lectern)

Quest:The Legacy of Cain

 

"My name is Lachdanan, and I am cursed. Once the captain of King Leoric's army, I lived only to honor my land and my king. No man has a greater love for his king than I had for mine, even as I drove my blade through his dark and corrupted heart."

Lachdanan's Scroll part 2

Location: Cathedral (Scribe's Lectern)

Quest:The Legacy of Cain

 

"It was Lazarus - of that I am certain. He alone had the king's ear and whispered dark and evil magics into it, instilling the notion of an imminent attack by Westmarch. Afraid to speak against the archbishop, the councilors nodded their empty heads in agreement and sent us off to die."

 

Lachdanan's Scroll part 3

Location: Cathedral (Scribe's Lectern)

Quest:The Legacy of Cain

 

"When we returned from our horrific defeat in Westmarch, my beloved king lost all pretense of sanity. He seethed with rage, spitting curses upon us as traitors. With great sorrow, I ran him through."

 

Lachdanan's Scroll part 4

Location: Cathedral (Scribe's Lectern)

Quest:The Legacy of Cain

 

"I will forever live in anguish for my last attempt to honor my king. As we lay him to rest in his burial chamber, he manifested as a hideous skeletal demon. Gorash and my other knights were overcome at once, but I fought on."

 

Lachdanan's Scroll part 5

Location: Cathedral (Scribe's Lectern)

Quest:The Legacy of Cain

 

"And now I wander, cursed by my once-beloved king. Evil gnaws at my bones, and I cannot risk putting my beloved Tristram in danger should I fail to contain that which tears at me. I must venture down into the labyrinth to die alone."

Leah's Journal part 1

Location: Leah's Room in Slaughtered Calf Inn (New Tristram)

Quest: The Fallen Star

 

"We've been under siege for six days now. Uncle Deckard is still missing. Captain Rumford and the others are losing hope. I tell them not to lose faith... but if help doesn't arrive soon..."

 

Leah's Journal part 2

Location: Leah's Room in Slaughtered Calf Inn (New Tristram)

Quest: The Legacy of Cain

 

"A miracle has happened! A hero, like one out of Uncle Deckard's tales, appeared and saved us! I know in my heart that my uncle still lives and I pray that the hero will bring him home safely."

Leah's Journal part 3

Location: Leah's Room in Slaughtered Calf Inn (New Tristram)

Quest: A Shattered Crown

 

"Uncle Deckard's home--rescued from the clutches of the Skeleton King! I'm so glad. But the Skeleton King? I thought he was a folktale. The idea of mad King Leoric returning to torture this place... Hasn't Tristram suffered enough?"

Leah's Journal part 4

Location: Leah's Room in Slaughtered Calf Inn (New Tristram)

Quest: Sword of the Stranger

 

"I can hardly believe it, but the falling star... is a man! When Uncle Deckard realized this, he was crushed. I know he was hoping for something more... miraculous."

Leah's Journal part 5

Location: Leah's Room in Slaughtered Calf Inn (New Tristram)

Quest: The Broken Blade

 

"Uncle Deckard believes the key to unlocking the Stranger's memory is reassembling his sword. I wish I could say this was another of Uncle's crazy theories, but I can't deny that these ominous events are starting to really scare me."

Leah's Journal part 6

Location: Leah's Room in Slaughtered Calf Inn (New Tristram)

Quest: The Doom in Wortham

 

"When we retrieved the Stranger's second sword piece, Maghda found us. She's always on our heels. Who is she? She claims to know my mother, but how could that be? Regardless, we must beat her to Wortham and the final piece of the sword. - Leah"

 

Leah's Journal part 7

Location: Leah's Room in Slaughtered Calf Inn (New Tristram)

Quest: Trailing the Coven

 

"Uncle Deckard is gone forever. I remember the wonderful times we had together, always off on another crazy quest. What will I do without him? He believed the Stranger was an angel, but he is only a man. I always knew they were just stories. Uncle Deckard died for those stories."

 

Leoric's Journal part 1

Location: Royal Crypts (Scribe's Lectern)

Quest: Reign of the Black King

 

"We have just arrived in Tristram, and I must say I'm a bit dismayed. This place is a backwater filled with serfs and an ancient, broken-down monastery, hardly fit for the king of Khanduras! I cannot fathom why Lazarus was so intent on this becoming our new seat of power."

 

Leoric's Journal part 2

Location: Royal Crypts (Scribe's Lectern)

Quest: Reign of the Black King

 

"A fetid, pallid malaise has fallen over the manor we now call home. Young Albrecht seems to be enjoying himself in our new home, however. Perhaps I am simply suffering from an imbalance of humors brought on by the recent change of clime."

Leoric's Journal part 3

Location: Royal Crypts or Halls of Agony (Lectern)

Quest: Reign of the Black King

 

"I am convinced that some malevolent being is attempting to wrest control of my thoughts away from me. Voices direct me to horrendous acts, and there are times when I seem unable to control my body. Lazarus knowns; this is certain. He looks at me strangely when he thinks me otherwise disposed."

Leoric's Journal part 4

Location: Royal Crypts or Halls of Agony (Lectern)

Quest: Reign of the Black King

 

"Though my council begs me to reconsider, I will continue with the executions of those I find guilty of plotting against the kingdom. Perhaps they fear my eye will fall on them and discover their heinous, treasonous plans as well. Lazarus is the only one I can still trust"

Leoric's Journal part 5

Location: Halls of Agony (Lectern)

Quest: Reign of the Black King

 

"I have finally rid myself of the dark influence seeking to subdue me, and now I see things as they truly are. This conspiracy among the insolent townsfolk to weaken me by stealing Albrecht away will not stand! Perhaps the heads of their women and children on pikes will bring them clarity..."

Farmer's Journal

Location: Sheltered Cottage in Fields of Misery (on Sickward's Corpse - random spawn)

Quest: Any

 

"I'm not quite sure what all the fuss is about. Few farmers turn up dead, and everyone goes running for the hills. I've lived off these lands for twenty years, and I have not seen any bloodthirsty monsters running about. No reason I should leave a perfectly good harvest. Misguided Farmer"

 

Scabbard of Talic the Defender

Location: Watch Tower level 2 in the Northern Highlands (Watch Tower is random spawn)

Quest: The Scavenged Scabbard. Talk to Vendel the Armorsmith (Vendel is also a random spawn)

 

"This scabbard is a rare treasure. Its inscription reads, "Talic the Defender," in archaic lettering. He was one of the ancients who guarded Mount Arreat until the shattering of the Worldstone, a true warrior who gave his life to spare the world from the dark fate it has fallen to now. - Vendel the Armorsmith"

Deckard Cain's Journal part 1

Location: Cain's House in New Tristram

Quest: The Fallen Star (after speaking to Leah for the first time)

 

"We have come at last to Tristram's old cathedral. This is where Diablo, Lord of Terror, first corrupted mankind. This is where I may finally find the answers I seek. Leah worries after my safety, but I believe information vital to defeating the last Lords of the Burning Hells can be found here."

Deckard Cain's Journal part 2

Location: Cain's House in New Tristram

Quest: Sword of the Stranger (after initiating quest by talking to Cain)

 

"I wish that Leah could live a different life - a more normal life - but, alas, such is not her fate. When I pass, there is none but her to continue my work, and the future of this world hangs in the balance."

 

Adenah's Jottings

Location: House of Curios in Fields of Misery (random spawn)

Quest:Any

 

"These cowardly farmers have been leaving the fields for days now, but I'm not about to follow them. My home is here, and a few angry goatmen won't change that."

 

Hermit's Ravings

Location: Caverns of Araneae (in Hermit's Satchel)

Quest: Any

 

"I used to be one of them. Ordinary. Untouched. Until her voice came to me. Then I knew how I must serve. I must kill the one who threatens my mistress and the dark power that created her. I have been chosen!"

 

A Prisoner's Journal

Location: Halls of Agony level 2, in fire pit near Highlands Passage exit (random event - free Merhan from iron maiden)

Quest: Any

 

"13th day of Lunasadh, 1263, Anno Kehjistani, The jailers burned runes into my flesh. They say all the torture and dark magic will turn us into demonic slaves for King Leoric. What foolish lies! 17th day of Lunasadh, Pain is terrible...I can't think...I'm so hungry. 20th day of Lunasadh, MMMmmMMMASTter I HunnGEr MASTER FeEEED ME. - A Wretched Prisoner"

Queen Asylla's Journal

Location: The Cursed Hold ( as soon as you enter turn left into 1st cell - book is in top corner)

Quest: The Imprisoned Angel

 

"Starved of the sun, I no longer know what day it is. I can hear the Warden, my husband, and that dog Lazarus discussing my fate. My life will be over soon, yet I fear more for my poor Albrecht's future in the wake of his father's madness. If only Aidan were here. Queen Asylla"

Scoundrel's Journal

Location: Fields of Misery just before entering the Old Mill. (in Stolen Sack)

Quest: The Broken Blade

 

"After much searching, I have found a promising lead. A family near New Tristram has obtained a valuable relic, and poor fools that they are, they haven't the slightest idea what to do with it! I have some idea of what to do with their daughter, though... and through her, I'll get my prize."

Kingsport Bill

Location: Speak to the Scoundrel in New Tristam (he cannot be following you) After the 'Lydon's Origins' conversation he will drop book

Quest: Lydon's Origin conversation

 

"Wanted: one relic, scarlet, roughly the size of a man's fist

 

It was stolen two months past during a deplorable theft from the Merchants Guild Bank. Those apprehended were not in possession of the item. The relic is greatly missed by its rightful owner, who offers a reward for its safe return."

 

 

The Skeleton King

Location: Crypt of the Skeleton King

Quest: Automatic after killing Skeleton King

 

"The Zakarum high priests in Kurast proclaimed Leoric king of Khanduras many year ago. He ruled well until Diablo's influence drove him mad, and the loyal knight Lachdanan was forced to slay him. Afterward, Diablo himself raised Leoric from the dead as the Skeleton King until the monarch's son Aidan vanquished him."

 

Wandering Tinker's Diary

Location: Sheltered Cottage in Fields of Misery (in a Tinker's Possessions (sack) outside the Tinker's Hovel - random spawn)

Quest: Any

 

"We should have known. The farmers left over a fortnight ago, and yet we stayed. Last night, we heard the beasts creeping closer. My husband left to investigate, and I haven't seen him since...All I have left are the things we made together. Hopefully they are of more use to someone else. - Rina the Tinker"

Notes of Urik the Seer part 1

Location:Cave of the Moon Clan in Southern Highlands (in Urik's Satchel)

Quest: Any (you may have to run cave a few times to find all 3)

 

"Long I have labored to master the dark arts. Now I finally reap the rewards, for Maghda has acknowledged me! She promised me a special task that will bring endless glory to the Great One. I can hardly rest until she reveals it on the morrow!"

 

Notes of Urik the Seer part 2

Location:Cave of the Moon Clan in Southern Highlands (in Urik's Satchel)

Quest: Any (you may have to run cave a few times to find all 3)

 

"Goatmen! All of my labors were for a bunch of rotten, stinking goatmen! Maghda claims that they will become our most valuable allies and that the task is one that she can entrust to no one but me, but I know my place. I am most bruisingly humbled."

 

Notes of Urik the Seer part 3

Location:Cave of the Moon Clan in Southern Highlands (in Urik's Satchel)

Quest: Any (you may have to run cave a few times to find all 3)

 

"Enslaving the goatmen was easier than I anticipated. My magic seemed to reignite the savagery deep within them, and they flocked to me in hordes. A few escaped--those who understood the fate of their people--but they are too weak to counter my spells. The Moon clan attacks at my command!"

Priest's Contemplations, part 1

Location: Wortham in priest's satchel

Quest: Any

 

"One of the men retrieved a strange artifact in his nets. It looked like a hilt of an ancient blade, but I know it must be more. The fisherman argued with me, but I convinced him to leave it in the safety of the chapel. A holy place for a holy relic. - Verrall, Priest of Wortham"

 

Priest's Contemplations, part 2

Location: Wortham in priest's satchel

Quest: Any

 

"When the church of the Zakarum sent me here, I assumed that my village would be simple and untroubled. To be honest, I was relieved. Corruption has struck down many a greater man than I, and such a quiet place could've been my salvation. But everything changed when disaster struck the Tristram Cathedral. Verrall, Priest of Wortham"

 

Mira's Letter to Haedrig

Location: In New Tristram near forge ( in Blacksmith's Belongings (keepsake box))

Quest: A Shattered Crown

 

"My dearest Haedrig, Do not feel despair, my love. You did everything you could. Our time together meant more than words can say, but in the end fate is a cruel mistress. Your strength is needed to end the horrors that beset this world. My final wish is that you find your path. Love always, Mira"

 

Cain's Old Journal part 1 (random spawn)

Location: Keepsake box in either Old Tristram Road or Old Ruins

Quest: Any

 

"I can no longer deny the true nature of the evil that rises from the depths of the cathedral. It is almost too horrible to admit the truth of it. It is the dark lord of Terror, Diablo himself, who plagues us." -Deckard Cain

 

Cain's Old Journal part 2 (random spawn)

Location: Keepsake box in either Old Tristram Road or Old Ruins

Quest: Any

 

"The vile staff of Lazarus was brought to me today, confirming my suspicions. There is no longer any doubt that Lazarus kidnapped Albrecht and perhaps even freed Diablo from his ancient prison. Who knows what further treachery he has planned? - Deckard Cain"

Gillian's Diary part 1 (random spawn)

Location: Keepsake box in either Old Tristram Road or Old Ruins

Quest: Any

 

"Ogden and his wife have offered to let me and Grandmother continue to stay with them. I think we will now that the troubles are over. I am still tormented by horrific nightmares. I keep hoping they will fade, bu they seem to be getting stronger. - Gillian"

Gillian's Diary part 2 (random spawn)

Location: Keepsake box in either Old Tristram Road or Old Ruins

Quest: Any

 

"To think I was once afraid of Adria. She is going to take me to Caldeum with her soon. Caldeum! I never thought to see it with my own eyes...Though it saddens me to leave Ogden and his wife, Adria assures me that she will find a cure for my nightmares. Gillian"

 

Lost Journal (random spawn)

Location: Keepsake box in either Old Tristram Road or Old Ruins

Quest: Any

 

"I had heard the rumors, but I thought them just fancies of bored women... until I saw them dragging people through the streets today. Our own citizens! Has the world gone mad?!"

Old Diary (random spawn)

Location: Keepsake box in either Old Tristram Road or Old Ruins

Quest: Any

 

"There is chaos everywhere, and word in town is that Lachdanan killed the king!

If only this is true, perhaps our days and nights of living in terror are behind us now."

Despina's Journal (random spawn)

Location: Keepsake box in either Old Tristram Road or Old Ruins

Quest: Any

 

"Praise the powers that be! Griswold, bless his dear heart, risked everything to bring that dear boy home from the cathedral. Though he is troubled and moody now, I am certain it will pass and he will once again be the sweet Wirt we all love."

 

Quest Lore Books

Report from Wortham

Location:Northern Highlands, just before Leoric's Hunting Grounds (Wortham Villager Corpse))

Quest: Trailing the Coven

 

"Mistress, It is my pleasure to report that I have broken the prisoners from Wortham. Words have flowed from their mouths like blood from a wound! Our summoners can retrieve the weapon at your command, and the enemy shall be none the wiser. - Dark Cultist"

Reply from Cultist Grand Inquisitor

Location: Halls of Agony (Lectern)

Quest: The Imprisoned Angel

 

"Of all the abominable stalling! In case it was not clear, I need the sacrifices now. I have heard enough of your idle complaints that the villagers have fled from the Highlands, leaving no one left to sacrifice. You'd best come up with something, or it's your hide we'll be flaying. -Grand Inquisitor"

Orders from Magdha

Location: Leoric's Manor (from Dark Cultist)

Quest: Trailing the Coven

 

"There is a new piece to the game, a girl named Leah. My spies tell me she is the child of the witch Adria, who is hiding in the deserts of Caldeum. Bring this news to the master at once. - Maghda"

 

Villager's Journal

Location: Old Ruins or Old Tristram Road (In a keepsake box)

Quest: Any

"The king has gone mad, executing anyone his paranoid eye falls on! None of us are safe. -Villager Gordon"

A Summoner's Journal

Location: east side of Southern Highlands during random event. Look for a Dark Cultist summoning ghost goatmen

Quest:Any

 

"Maghda is a fool. I will raise an army of souls from these primitives and chain them to my invincible will. Yes, with these heathens at my command, the kingdoms of the world shall bow to the might of... The Lord of Goats! I may have to work on the title a bit more. - Dark Cultist"

 

Command from Cultist Grand Inquisitor

Location: Halls of Agony (Lectern)

Quest: The Imprisoned Angel

 

"I need more bodies! You think my summoners can just conjure up a demon whenever it pleases them? We must have blood—fresh blood, mind you—and human flesh to bolster our magic. I will be expecting a reply from you shortly. -Grand Inquisitor"

 

A Page From Lazarus's Grimoire

Location: Cursed Hold (watch beheading of Queen Asylla event to end)

Quest: The Imprisoned Angel

 

"The time my lord's true awakening is at hand. That fool Leoric was only able to resist him because he did not yet possess his full power. With the queen dispatched as a traitor, I may now devote myself fully to preparing the boy for the presence of my master... - Archbishop Lazarus"

 

 

World Lore Books

 

The Hanging Tree

Location: The Weeping Hallows (part of a random event by same name)

 

The cold ground welcomes the foul bodies of these cruel men. They sought to prolong their lives through forbidden magic, at great and cruel cost to others. Their evil fed on itself until it consumed them all, and they found themselves at the end of a hangman's rope. — Tristram Magistrate

 

Gravedigger's Log

Location: Cemetery of the Forsaken (Gravedigger's Bones)

When King Leoric came to court, he brought many nobles with him. And nobles, oddly enough, want noble crypts. So I showed up with my shovel, thinking to make an easy profit by digging a few holes. Ha! There's no stopping their demands around here! Now I eat, sleep, and breathe dirt, it seems... — Darris the Gravedigger

 

Tristam Fields

Location: Fields of Misery (off 'Slain Traveler' most other corpses are 'Dead Adventurers')

 

"The Tristram fields are fair lands, fertile and temperate. Superstitious farmers kept away from them for quite a while after the fall of Old Tristram, but time has persuaded them to abandon these ridiculous notions and take up the hoe and plow once more. Now they supply crops to both New Tristram and Wortham. - Abd al-Hazir"

Khazra Heads Wanted

Location: off a Decaying Corpse in either Southern or Northern Highlands

"The local khazra tribes have become a serious threat. They attack caravans and are moving into areas where they haven't been seen before.

 

We need you to take care of this problem for us. We'll pay twenty-five gold pieces for every khazra head you bring back. - New Tristram Official"

 

Researching the Khazra

Location: off a Decaying Corpse in either Southern or Northern Highlands

 

"My loutish companions have no curiosity about the khazra; they are only interested in the bounty on their heads. But I am convinced the khazra can be communicated with. It is dangerous, to be sure, but it is a risk I am willing to take. - Belard the Scholar"

The Khazra Massacre

Location: off a Decaying Corpse in either Southern or Northern Highlands

 

"Everyone is dead. Belard, that damned fool, was trying to communicate with the khazra. And then the cultists showed up. As soon as I saw them, I ran. I wanted no part of their dark magic. I heard the screams of my companions, but there was nothing I could do to help. - Osman the Hunter"

The Highlands

Location: Southern Highlands (in a Lost Chest)

 

"Though New Tristram and the fields surrounding it have been resetted over the years, the Highlands remain empty save for the crumbling ruins of Leoric's old outposts. The king built more than one watchtower in his paranoia but now they cannot even ward away goatmen and wild beasts. A tragedy, really. - Abd al-Hazir"

Torn Letter

Location: Caverns of Araneae, in a dusty bag

 

"Chancellor Eamon, It is of utmost importance that we secure my manor from the traitorous rabble in Tristram. The caves to the east are too close to my land! They must be blocked - completely obstructed. I believe the archbishop Lazarus has magically bound some arachnids of late. They may serve us well... His Majesty, King Leoric"

Torn Letter's Response

Location: Caverns of Araneae, in a dusty bag

 

"Royal Guard, With great pain, I must admit that our king is no longer able to seperate reason from madness. He orders the caverns to be filled with the archbishop's monstrous creations and will hear nothing else. Perhaps the legendary ancients themselves once dwelled there...but now we must desecarate their ruins. - Chancellor Eamon"

New Tristram

Location: Slaughtered Calf Inn (in New Tristam)

 

"For many years, villagers were too afraid to settle near the ruins of the cursed town Tristram. But as time went by, adventurers arrived to loot the old cathedral, and their business was profitable enough that New Tristram sprang up to accommodate them. Fewer travelers visit now, though, and the town is mostly populated by craftsmen and farmers."

Traveler's Journal

Location: Old Tristam Road (off Adventurer's Corpse)

 

"While exploring a cave with hopes of finding hidden treasure, I came upon a most grisly sight - a heap of dead bodies. Unbelievably, as I was searching them for any items of value, they began to rise! I must tell them of this in New Tristram before it's too late."

Warriv's Journal

Location: Old Tristam Road (off Warriv)

 

"I return to Khanduras after twenty years, the burden of countless failures and tragedies heaped upon my shoulders. Am I being punished for helping that stranger hunt the Dark Wanderer? I always thought Deckard Cain half a madman, but perhaps... he was right. Perhaps he can banish the shadow hanging over my life."

Tomb Robber's Journal

Location: Crypt of the Ancients in The Festering Woods, off body of the 'Crypt Robber'

 

We were so sure we could beat whatever traps the ancients had laid for tomb robbers, but the dead bodies of my friends testify to the folly of our arrogance. I will be dead soon as well. Our greed was our downfall... — Tomb Robber

 

The Last Stand of the Ancients

Location: The Festering Woods during The Last Stand of the Ancients event

 

"Our enemies are legion, but they will not take us without a fight. We must hold them here while the keys to the holy temple are hidden away from their leader, the fiend Nereza. Resolve must not falter, though we will surely die to the last man! - Edric"

The Drowned Temple

Location: Inside the Drowned Temple (off Ancient Skeleton in dungeon)

 

"The Worldstone has been changed. Our children are born weak and suffer short lives. The demon Nereza promised to restore their power but instead turned them into misshapen creatures and sent them to war against us. We may die, but not before she is sent back to the Burning Hells. - Alaric"

Warrior's Rest

Locations: Warrior's Rest in The Festering Woods (off Ancient Skeleton)

 

"Alaric says that out people can survive the coming battle, but I saw the truth in his eyes. Why did he order me to guard the Beacon of Honor? Those shambling things are slaughtering my people in the forest above, and there is nothing I can do to stop it! - Edric"

Old Tristram Journal

Location: Old Tristam Road (in old keepsake box)

"The rumors of torture and worse grow every day. What has happened to Tristram and its king? I once thought Leoric a great man, but it seems I was deceived. We all were.

 

He sends our meager army against Westmarch on the morrow. What will become of us?

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Great work knuckles. This will be of great help in tracking down any missing lore books :)

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