City of Blood | Act II
Necromancer: Now that the little deception is out of the way, I can finally reach Alcarnus. This time, Maghda will finally meet her death.
OBJECTIVES UPDATE: CITY OF BLOOD
- Travel through Khasim Outpost’s east gate
- Find Alcarnus
Kadin: The Imperial Guard was infiltrated by demons? Or are they all demons?
Caliem: The demons came disguised as members of the Imperial Guard. They controlled our minds, drained them to create their illusions.
Aleran: I wonder what happened to my son…
Templar: The air is thick with magic.
Necromancer: They cannot be far.
Note: Go straight southeast, and bypass any rocky pathways along the way, until you reach the cliff, then follow the cliff south. You will encounter a bottleneck entrance.
Note: The Road to Alcarnus Waypoint is a few yards to the right (southeast) — if you haven’t unlocked it yet.
Note: As seen in the image above, sometimes you might find a Cain’s Lost Satchel.
|AZMODAN, THE LORD OF SIN|
|The Valrous manuscript lists Azmodan as the best battlefield commander of all demons, having defeated the angels many times in the Eternal Conflict across Pandemonium and the Prime Evils in the demonic civil war. If the Lord of Sin ever assaults our realm, we truly have much to fear.|
– Deckard Cain
Note: Not far to the east, you will find the bridge to Alcarnus, but a massive elite demon named Shatterbone emerges from the ground to block your path.
- Find the Lair of the Witch in Alcarnus
- Bonus: Caged Prisoners saved (0/8)
Maghda has truly left her mark on this town… It is not a favorable one.
Note: For the most part, the cultists will leave you alone unless attacked. Click the Caged Prisoner to complete this quest. Their location is marked in the mini map as yellow dots.
Caged Prisoner: Hel us! You can’t leave us here!
Necromancer: Of course not. I shall free you.
Caged Prisoner: I owe you everything!
Caged Prisoner: I can’t believe it’s over…
Caged Prisoner: I thought rescue would never come.
Caged Prisoner: The gods have answered my prayers.
Templar: Don’t worry about us! Go!
Note: Go upstairs at this bottleneck.
Note: Now head straight northwest to zone in into Lair of the Witch.
- Kill Maghda in the Lair of the Witch in Alcarnus
Necromancer: The moment of your death draws near.
Maghda: It matters not. While you hunted me, Belial’s Imperial Guard captured your little witch, Leah. Soon, her power shall be his.
- Return to the Hidden Camp
There is no grave foul enough to suit this corpse. I will it decompose in the sun until nothing remains but bone and sinew and shriveled skin. Meanwhile, the others should know that she is gone.
Necromancer: Now she rots.
Templar: Another triumph for righteousness. Let the wicked tremble!
Note: Press T to use the Town Portal to the Hidden Camp.
Necromancer: Caldeum is still in peril.
Necromancer: Before she died, Maghda revealed that Belial’s treachery goes even deeper than we suspected…
TOWNSFOLK DIALOGUES: HIDDEN CAMP
|Myriam||I must say, I’m very fond of this new family I find myself in. But you could be a bit more open about your love for us, you know.|
|Myriam||Oh, don’t try to hide it. You act like you just need us for our skills, but we know the real reason you’ve brought us along with you.|
|Myriam||Have I ever told you that I knew Shen before he became part of our family here? Aw, he is such a sweet old fool. What a wild love we had for each other.|
He used to do the most surprising things, if you know what I mean. I could tell you stories that would curl your hair.
|Necromancer||I must decline.|
|Necromancer||Did the Prophet foresee everything?|
|Enchantress||Well, I did not expect you to keep company with a seraph.|
|Enchantress||I knew what he was the instant I beheld him. But being in his presence makes me quite nervous.|
|Necromancer||He is our ally.|
|Enchantress||We do not deserve it. Tyrael sacrificed all he knew to aid us… I hope it is worthwhile.|
|Necromancer||What happened to the rest of your family?|
|Scoundrel||My brother and I were orphans. We only had each other.|
|Necromancer||So you both turned to thieving.|
|Scoundrel||No. He was a member of the city guard.|
|Necromancer||You were constantly at odds, then?|
|Scoundrel||Not as much as you might think. Until the end, that is.|
|Necromancer||You and your brother chose different paths.|
|Scoundrel||We’re not much alike, really. He was always dependable and practical… a complete bore, I’d say.|
|Necromancer||And you committed yourself to a life of crime.|
|Scoundrel||Hardly! I was just amusing myself with the Thieves Guild. It was nothing serious.|
|Necromancer||Your brother had no objections?|
|Scoundrel||That may have been serious.|
|Covetous Shen||The Jewel of the East! Caldeum is really quite amazing. I have never seen anything quite like it, and I have seen so many things in my life.|
|Necromancer||Certainly you have been here before?|
|Covetous Shen||That explains quite a bit, actually.|
|CHANGES IN THE CITY|
|Necromancer||Has anything changed?|
|Haedrig Eamon||Last time I passed through here was soon after meeting Mira. She wanted to stop and see the city, but I convinced her to travel on.|
My good memories of Caldeum feel like I’m watching someone else’s life. I’ll be glad for us to be gone.
|Necromancer||How did you meet your wife?|
|Haedrig Eamon||It’s actually quite a tale. We met in a town not far from here, on the outskirts of Kurast. She was… Well, you’re not going to believe it… she was… locked in a cage.|
|Necromancer||Your wife was a criminal?|
|Haedrig Eamon||No! They were going to burn her as a witch.|
|Necromancer||That is a crime here, isn’t it?|
|Haedrig Eamon||Let’s talk about this another time.|
|Kala||I stayed outside last night. I tried to ignore the silence, but the empty air felt like an open mouth above my head.|
Eventually, I realized I had to sleep. If someone was going to kill me, I was already dead. I hadn’t slept that well in years.
TOWNSFOLK DIALOGUES: CALDEUM BAZAAR
|Villager: Do you see that armor? No wonder she destroyed those cultists in Alcarnus so easily!|
|Villager #2: I can’t believe anyone could have survived that out there, let alone defeat those monsters.|
|Villager: I know, but she did it.|
|Nobleman: Damius, is that you? What happened?|
|Nobleman #2: Thieving peasants! They came while I was sleeping, pinned me down, and cut off my robes and jewelry!|
|Nobleman: I’m so sorry, my friend. Come, stay with me. I am sharing a tent with a fine and generous family.|
|Nobleman #2: Oh, no! I am staying where the guards are. You wait and see. That peasant family is going to slit your throat and rob your corpse.|
|Refugee: Life in the Borderlands was hard, but we had our dignity. We came here for help, and how do they treat us? Like animals!|
|Noblewoman: I am Lady Netharaz! Let me back into the city this instant!|
|Villager: We will die out here if you don’t let us in!|
|Noblewoman: There must have been some mistake. I am a favored member of the emperor’s court!|
|Noblewoman: I will faint dead away if I stand in this heat a moment longer!|
|Villager: Why does the emperor keep us out here in the filth?|
|Noblewoman: Perhaps a bit of coin would change your mind?|
|Villager #2: Demons ravage the deserts. Our villages are overrun!|
|Villager: Our homes are destroyed, yet you do nothing!|
|Villager: The emperor must listen!|
|Villager: We need to be within the safety of the city walls.|
|Villager #2: We’ve been out here for too long! You must let us in!|
|Villager: I wouldn’t go over there if I were you. Some poor fellow fell to his death from the walls.|
|Villager: Alcarnus is being destroyed by the Coven! I’ve seen people skinned alive!|
|My little Hakan has become so cruel… so paranoid in the last few weeks. I hear that he has ordered all of his staff to leave the city, or he will have them thrown from the walls. He cannot possibly mean me. I have cared for him since he was an infant!|
– Servant Kohin
|Noblewoman: From the sculpted skyroads leading to the imperial palace, one can see all of breathtaking Caldeum below.|
|Iron Wolf Swordsman: Breathtaking? Before the gates closed, I saw three rats and a starving child fighting over half an apple.|
|Noblewoman: It pleases you to exaggerate, I’m sure.|
|Iron Wolf Swordsman: No, it pleases me to pass out drunk in the shade. But here we are.|
TOWNSFOLK DIALOGUES: SEARING SANDS INN
|AN ABRIDGED HISTORY OF CALDEUM, PART 2|
|The trade consortium council has always been the ruling body of Caldeum, but it gained additional strength after the fall of the Vizjerei. The councilmen saw opportunity in the rapidly growing Zakarum faith, and they allowed the fanatics to build their enormous cathedral, Saldencal, within the center of the city.|
– Abd al-Hazir
|Sadeir the Innkeeper: If only the emperor and his guard had gone mad sooner. All these people being locked out of the city has really helped my trade.|