Anya then returned to Harrogath, she now acts as a herald of the darkest news. Nihlathak has betrayed Harrogath and perhaps all of Sanctuary, giving in to Baal's vile purpose with an accord: Baal will spare Harrogath of his rage if Nihlathak will provide him with an ancient relic, the Relic of the Ancients. The power of this relic will allow him to pass in to Mount Arreat without confrontation by its powerful guardians of old, the Ancients, second-generation Nephalem immortalized in their duty to protect the treasure of the mountain and the Barbarians.
You must now take Anya's gateway to Nihlathak's Temple, a twisted, barbaric labyrinth of decay, death, darkness, and Nihlathak's own dark sorcery. Deep within its foulest depths, you must find Nihlathak in hiding and confront him once and for all.
NPC Quest Dialog
Quest Activation Dialog
Anya:"Nihlathak told me he struck a deal with Baal to protect Harrogath. In exchange for the demon's mercy, the misguided fool plans to give Baal the Relic of the Ancients, our most holy totem! Doing so will allow Baal to enter Mount Arreat unchallenged by the Ancients. I tried to stop Nihlathak, but he imprisoned me in that icy tomb. Nihlathak must be stopped before he dooms the whole world. As much as I would love to strangle the life out of him, I'm afraid I haven't the strength. You must go to his lair through this portal I've opened, kill him, and then bring back the Relic of the Ancients. Stop Nihlathak from destroying what we have striven for eons to protect."
Qual-Kehk:"I saw Nihlathak leave town just before you found Anya. He must be held accountable for his criminal deeds. Find him and bring him back, if you can. Likely, he won't come willingly, and you'll be forced to kill him. So be it.."
Anya:"Nihlathak is a traitor! If Baal gets the Relic, he shall enter the mountain and wreak havoc there! I cannot believe that Nihlathak would give the Relic to Baal in any kind of trade. He's truly insane if he believes that he can deal with the Lord of Destruction."
Cain:':"Ohh...This is a truly horrible turn of events. I know it seems you have always been one step behind, my friend. But look at it this way...You have evil on the run."
Anya:"You have stopped Nihlathak, but he didn't have the Relic! He must have already given it to Baal. Now, Baal will not be tested when he reaches Arreat's summit. ...Damn Nihlathak! I do thank you for trying, though. Please, allow me to honor your courage by magically inscribing your name onto an item of your choosing. It's the least I can do."
Malah:"So, the Relic is lost. Do not dwell on failures past. It is your future that matters more."
Character Quest Dialog
Upon Entering Nihlathak's Temple
Assassin:"Heh, I should've known."
Barbarian:"Ugh, a coward's hiding place."
Druid:"You can run, but you can't hide."
Necromancer:"Ah, the familiar scent of death."
Paladin:"By Light, what is this place?"
Sorceress:"Could this be a trap?"
After Nihlathak's Death
Assassin:"You dark mages are all alike, obsessed with power."
Barbarian:"A fitting death for a traitor."
Druid:"Betrayer, you've reaped your reward."
Sorceress:"Your power was no match for me."