Diablo II - NPC Dialogue Lore - Act I - Forgotten Tower

Tome ...And so it came to pass that the Countess, who once bathed in the rejuvenating blood of a hundred virgins, was buried alive… And her castle in which so many cruel deeds took place fell rapidly into ruin. Rising over the buried dungeons in that god-forsaken wilderness, a solitary tower, like some monument to Evil, is all that remains. The Countess’ fortune was believed to be divided among the clergy, although some say that more remains unfound, still buried alongside the rotting skulls that bear mute witness to the inhumanity of the human creature.

Gheed

The only wealth you’re likely to find there is a wealth of vermin.

Charsi

That old tower is as rotten on the inside as it appears on the outside. I heard that several Sisters came to a gruesome end when a stairwell collapsed on them.

Akara

The dangers there are not solely architectural. Once inside that wretched place, many succumb to a vile miasma.

Deckard Cain

That tower marks a place of danger. There is an epic poem about it… How much sorrow one can stand was tested there.

Warriv

Rumors of treasure are no different from rumors of any other kind. They hold false promise to those who should know better.

Kashya

The tome speaks of treasure. Yet, all we have found are death, delirium, and disappointment.

Have you suddenly lost your taste for wealth?

Deckard Cain

Quickly in and quickly out is all the advice I can give you.

Warriv

Better an empty pocket than a full grave.

Charsi

You’re not ready to give up, are you?

Akara

There is no more I can tell you about that ancient tower.

Gheed

Guess what! I’ve named a boil on my ass after you. It, too, bothers me every time I sit down.

Kashya

Your rewards are well-earned. To us, the tower was nothing more than a headstone looming over a long forgotten grave.

Warriv

Remember. Wealth is as insubstantial as a cloud and passes as quickly. Ignore Gheed. All that twitters is not bold.

Gheed

Warriv’s advice is like corpse gas; it befouls the air for a moment and then it disappears.

Akara

I thought the stories of treasure in the tower were nothing but lies. I am glad you found something of value in that death-trap. Would that our Sisters had been so fortunate.

Charsi

Those riches will serve you well on the long road ahead.

Deckard Cain

Well done, my friend. Courage and opportunity together have created in you a kind of alchemy.