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.


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.



Deckard CainI am the last of the Horadrim. I couldn’t always claim this. In fact, if I had turned to the Horadric teachings sooner, Diablo could have been stopped before his reign of terror began.
NecromancerThat seems unlikely.
Deckard CainWhen the first signs appeared, I did nothing. I had shrugged the old tales off like they were so much fantasy, and Tristram — no, the world — has paid dearly for my arrogance.

I have tried to make up for my failings. Leah and I have spent her lifetime scouring the world, collecting pieces of the Prophecy of the End Days.

If I can decipher it, we will have the key to defeating the Lords of Hell.

NecromancerYou and Leah depend on each other.
Deckard CainI do not know what my life would have been like had I not raised her.

Oh, it must have been difficult for Leah, following an old man on a mad search for the secrets to defeating the Lords of the Burning Hells.

Heh. But though she has seen her share of mysterious things, she is still unsure of my quest. I can understand; she has never seen anything like Diablo and his brothers.

Deckard Cain The Prophecy of the End Days is contained within the Horadric tomes I inherited from my ancestor Jered Cain.

It is a warning to those who could interpret it regarding Hell’s ultimate invasion of our world, written by many different people throughout history in many different lands.

All known versions of the Prophecy are incomplete. I have spent a good part of the past twenty years trying to complete it. I am certain it holds the answers to defeating the Lords of Hell.

NecromancerWhat happened to Tristram’s king?
Deckard CainLeoric resisted Diablo’s attempts to possess him, but the effort left him weak and confused. When his son Albrecht was kidnapped to be a vessel for Diablo, it destroyed any sanity Leoric had left.
NecromancerAnd so he became the Skeleton King.
Deckard CainHe commanded an army of the dead deep within the cathedral, finally serving the Lord of Terror he had resisted while alive.

Many adventurers tried and failed to slay the Skeleton King. It was left to Leoric’s eldest son, Aidan, to finally kill the monster his father had become.

Townsfolk: You’re the one who saved Cain! You must help us survive the Skeleton King, too!

Townsfolk: Every scholar of demonic lore has heard of Deckard Cain. Thanks to you, I got to see him in the flesh!

Captain RumfordThese dark events tax us. I worry for Haedrig, our blacksmith, most of all. His wife has been injured, and he is tasked with seeing to those who may turn.

His family has suffered under this curse before. His grandfather, the chancellor to King Leoric, was killed when the evil first spread over Tristram twenty years ago.

Villager: Bless you for saving Deckard Cain. I don’t know what Leah would do, what any of us would do, if Cain were truly lost.

Villager: Did you know that King Leoric had his own wife executed? Terrible, terrible things happened when he went mad…
Villager: Will Leoric’s spirit never rest? Why was he cursed so?

Villager: Wasn’t the Skeleton King meant to be dead? Well, I mean, I know he was dead, but wasn’t he supposed to be really dead? He should have the decency to stay dead. Again.

Bron the Barkeep: See, the problem is they never should have named this place New “Tristram.” We wouldn’t be getting attacked all the tiem if we were called, oh, I don’t know, New Wellington, would we?

Villager: You think you’re some type of hero here to save us all? The dead will feast on your bones as easily as they will ours!

NecromancerI would like to hear more about your grandfather, the chancellor.
Haedrig EamonNot much to tell. I lived with my father in Caldeum at the time.

We heard that my grandfather stayed in Tristram until the end, trying to save lives. Don’t know if he succeeded, but there it is.

When the Skeleton King fell, my grandfather was dying from a sword wound. He had the crown sealed with him to keep it safe.
NecromancerHe made his choice, then.
NecromancerBack at your forge already?
Haedrig EamonWork needs doing. No one is going to do it for me.
NecromancerYou were quite upset about Mira…
Haedrig EamonI don’t want to talk about my wife. Dead is dead and gone is gone. Do you want work done or not?
Villager: Cleared out the old town and rescued Deckard Cain? I’m never betting against you again.

MyriamThe world is constantly renewing itself, eternally playing out the same events, over and over again. We can merely play our parts.
NecromancerWhat are you trying to say?
MyriamI speak clearly. Do not blame me for the state of your mind.
act 1
1. The Fallen Star2. The Legacy of Cain3. The Shattered Crown4. Reign of the Black King
5. Sword of the Stranger6. The Broken Blade7. The Doom in Wortham8. Trailing the Coven
9. The Imprisoned Angel10. Return to Tristram
act 2
1. Shadows in the Desert2. The Road to Alcarnus3. City of Blood4. A Royal Audience
5. Unexpected Allies6. Betrayer of the Horadrim7. Blood and Sand8. The Black Soulstone
9. The Scouring of Caldeum10. Lord of Lies
Act 3
1. The Siege of Bastion's Keep2. Turning the Tide3. The Breached Keep4. Tremors in the Stone
5. Machines of War6. Siegebreaker7. Heart of Sin8. Cinematic: The Diamond Gate
act 4
1. Fall of the High Heavens2. The Light of Hope3. Beneath the Spire4. Prime Evil
5. Cinematic: A New Dawn

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