Deckard Cain: The Skeleton King was once our beloved lord, Leoric. He was driven mad by Diablo's evil.
He lost both of his sons -- and his very soul -- before he was finally defeated. Now it seems he's risen to plague this land once again.
Necromancer: I'll find a way to lay him to rest.
Deckard Cain: The key to defeating him lies in his old crown. Seek out our blacksmith, Haedrig; he knows of its whereabouts.
Talk to the blacksmith Haedrig Eamon
Deckard: Leah, you should not dismiss the signs so lightly. Do you not believe the evidence of your own eyes?
Leah: Horrors have visited Tristram before, and it endured.
Deckard: But what of the texts? The Zakarum tomes warn of a falling star. The Horadric scrolls spoke of the dead rising and the Lord of Lies. The Prophecy of the End Days says that at the end of all things, the first sign shall appear in the Heavens!
Leah: Yes, you've been telling me about the texts since I was eight years old, Uncle. I just don't think we should read too much into them.
Necromancer: You are the blacksmith, aren't you? I have a request.
Haedrig Eamon: Not now. It's my wife... She's locked in the cellar, like all those who've been bitten. I'm to put them all down. But how can I kill my own wife?
Necromancer: Death is a path all must tread. Allow me to help.
Haedrig Eamon: Thank you. Follow me.
Kill the Ravenous Dead in the Cellar of the Damned
Templar: We must be ready to finish this work if he cannot.
Note: Destroy the Sturdy Boarded Door.
Note: Kill all the Ravenous Dead in the Cellar of the Damned.
Haedrig Eamon: My friends... I'm sorry.
Templar: Apologies will not lay them to rest, blacksmith! Swing your bloody hammer!
Necromancer: Do not apologize. You grant them peace.
Haedrig Eamon: Mira, my love, forgive me...
Mira: Ahhh! Haedrig, help me!
Templar: Love is the surest road to a tragic end. That is why I have foresworn it.
Haedrig Eamon: I couldn't have done this without you. I'm in your debt. My name is Haedrig Eamon.
Necromancer: There is a way you could repay me. I seek the crown of King Leoric.
Haedrig Eamon: I can help you there. It's buried with his chancellor... my grandfather. You'll find his tomb in a cemetery in the Weeping Hollow.
Open the Northwest Gate
Haedrig Eamon: And if you see my fool apprentice out there, tell him to get back to town.
Note: Click the Northwest Gate to open it.
Find the Cemetery of the Forsaken in the Weeping Hollow
Note: You will find the Haedrig's apprentice near a hut as a corpse being feasted by three zombies.
Necromancer: The blacksmith's apprentice has fallen. Another disruption in the Balance.
Templar: This will be rought.
Note: Walk toward the gates of the Cemetery. They auto-open.
There are three random dungeons in the Cemetery of the Forsaken. One of them has the Chancellor's Altar. These are the three entrances. One might spawn to the south, instead.
Search for the Chancellor's Altar beneath the Cemetery of the Forsaken
Templar: Do you believe in the afterlife, my friend?
Necromancer: I know the truth of it... but you are not ready.
Templar: We are very different, aren't we?
Necromancer: The crown is not in this crypt. I'll search elsewhere.
Templar: Any time spent purging these tombs of evil is time well spent.
Note: The correct Defiled Crypt has a yellow glowy door to Defiled Crypt Level 2.
Templar: All this pomp and grandeur, for what? A sinful monarch who laid waste to his kingdom.
Necromancer: I think the crown is nearby.
Templar: The chancellor kept it safe for many years. A noble act.
Note: Move close to the ping in the mini map, near the closed door. Manglemaw will break the door. Defeat him.
LOCATION: CHANCELLOR'S TOMB
Click the crown at the Chancellor's Altar.
Kill Chancellor Eamon
Chancellor Eamon: No! I will not allow you to bring that monster Leoric back to this world!
Note: Don't leave before clicking the crown again to loot it.
Take the Skeleton King's crown from the Chancellor's Altar (0/1)
Note: You can now safely use the Town Portal to turn in the quest.
Talk to Haedrig Eamon
Haedrig Eamon: You found the crown? Truth be told, I didn't think you'd make it back alive.
Haedrig Eamon: Ahh, it needs a repair. Should be no problem... It's good to work again. There. New as the day it was placed upon the Black King's head. I need something more than making spades to occupy my mind. I want my life to mean something.
Necromancer: There is no higher calling than serving the Balance. The Priests of Rathma would welcome your aid. But I should tell you... during my travels, I found the body of your apprentice. It was a quick death.
Haedrig Eamon: Fool boy. Hope for the worst, and you will not be disappointed. Thank you for the news.
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