The Seven Tombs (Diablo II Quest)

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The Seven Tombs
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Quest Giver Jerhyn
Quest Area Tal Rasha's Tomb
Goal Kill Duriel
Reward Access to Act III
Quest Items Horadric Staff
Optional? No

This quest is more or less embedded within the other quests. First, you have to create a Horadric Staff in order to gain entrance to Tal Rasha's Chamber. Then you have to find Tal Rasha's Tomb by searching the Arcane Sanctuary for clues. Once you've read Horazon's Journal, the glyph of the true tomb will be recorded in your quest log.

In the Canyon of the Magi, you must find the Tomb that bears that same glyph. Note that the true tomb is considerably larger then the false tombs. It might be worthwhile to explore the false Tombs though, since there are plenty of monsters and golden chests waiting inside.

Once in the true tomb, fight your way through the tough monsters, such as Unravelers, Burning Dead, and Ghoul Lords, and the Super Unique monster named Ancient Kaa the Soulless (who does not necessarily spawn in the True Tomb). Like other tombs, the True Tomb entrance leads to three pathways. You will know that you are on the pathway leading to Tal Rasha if the pathway became a complicated series of chambers that diverge and then converge, rather than a simple path. Eventually, you will come to a circular formation on the ground with an Orifice in the center. Click on the Orifice and place the Horadric Staff into the slot of the special window that pops up. After an impressive visual display, a passage opens up in the wall, which leads to Tal Rasha's Chamber. This is where you'll fight Duriel.

Note: It is recommended that you use a Scroll of Town Portal, before entering the Chamber, in order to stock up on Healing Potions and Thawing Potions in preparation for the tough battle. The Chamber has no exit, so as soon as you enter, open another Town Portal so you can easily return if you die, which is quite likely on your first attempt. After defeating Duriel, explore the Chamber to find Tyrael. After listening to Tyrael, a portal to Lut Gholein opens. Take the portal and speak to Jerhyn who informs you that Meshif will take you east to Kurast, where you will begin Act III.

NPC Quest Dialog

Quest Activation Dialog

Jerhyn: "I have heard of your many deeds of skill and bravery. I feel I can trust you with something I have been hesitant to speak of... Drognan and I have concluded that the Dark Wanderer who passed through here recently was Diablo, himself! Drognan believes that Diablo is searching the desert for the secret tomb where the great Horadrim, Tal Rasha, keeps Baal imprisoned. You must find Diablo and put an end to the terrible evil that has fallen upon our city! Drognan is wise and is sure to have some helpful advice for you as to how Tal Rasha's tomb may be found. It may take you quite some time to find The Tomb. May you be ready when you do."

After Initiating

Atma: "I've heard legends of the Tomb of Tal Rasha, but I thought they were just old tales meant to scare young children."

Deckard Cain: "Diablo nears his goal. We have little time to lose. Remember, my friend, that Andariel gave herself willingly to Diablo's cause. It would be prudent to assume that the other Evils will attempt to aid their master as well."

Drognan: "Tal Rasha's tomb is hidden deep in the desert among six others. Tal Rasha's symbol marks the True Tomb. If you want to know what that symbol is, you should be able to find it within the legendary Arcane Sanctuary."

Elzix: "So... You're going to search for the Seven Tombs, huh? Don't you know that they're just desert legends passed between merchants and travelers? No one really believes that they exist."

Fara: "Legend has it that Tal Rasha lies imprisoned within his tomb, forever struggling to keep the Lord of Destruction bound. His was a selfless act, although perhaps foolhardy."

Geglash: "Ohh... I'd go with ya' to those tombs... But... umm... I don't like all that living dead stuff."

Greiz: "If you're going into the deep desert, why not hire a few of my men to watch your back?"

Jerhyn: "It is well-known that there are seven great Horadric tombs hidden beneath the sands in the furthest reaches of the desert. One of them surely must be Tal Rasha's prison. You must explore each of the tombs to find Tal Rasha's exact location. Of course, Diablo is searching for the Tomb as well... No one can guess as to what terrors he has unleashed in his search."

Lysander: "When Tal Rasha chose to embody the spirit of Baal, he knew his doom was to wrestle eternally against the will of the greater Evil. Look around you and ask yourself, 'Has the battle been won or lost?'"

Meshif: "I'm sorry, I can't help you much here. Now, if the tombs were across the ocean, then I'd be the guy to talk to."

Warriv: "Be very careful, my friend. I think I've seen enough recently not to doubt that these Tombs exist. And if they do, they're most certainly guarded by terrible creatures."

Quest Completion

Atma: "You have proven to be the greatest of heroes, and I am honored to call you friend. Thank you for bringing peace to our lives again."

Deckard Cain: "The Archangel Tyrael was the one who gave the Soulstones to the Horadrim two hundred and sixty years ago. It is highly unusual for the forces of Heaven to so directly interfere with man's destiny, but Tyrael was said to act of his own volition. We have never been able to discern why. Perhaps, he goes against the consensus of Heaven because he doubts our ability to defend ourselves, or perhaps, he sees more threat than his peers. Where the actions of Hell often seem straightforwardly bent on destruction, the motives of Heaven are unfathomable. Now make haste... Both Diablo and Baal must be stopped before they join with their brother, Mephisto. If the three Prime Evils unite once again, the world as we know it will be no more."

Drognan: "This is a serious setback... It is most unfortunate that Tal Rasha has been consumed by Baal's destructive influence. There are many secrets known to the Horadrim, which could be used by Baal against us. You must travel east by sea to Kurast and stop Diablo and Baal before they free their eldest brother, Mephisto. Hahh... The lands of the eastern Empire are not the same as they used to be. There has been little word for some time. Speed is of the essence. Go quickly, my friend. May the fates smile on you."

Elzix: "I heard that Diablo has managed to best you, at least for the time being. I hope you catch up with him soon, and send him back to Hell for good!"

Fara: "This is terrible news! Baal is in possession of one of mankind's most powerful mages, and the Lord of Terror guides his path. They must be stopped, for I am sure they mean to free their elder brother Mephisto, the Lord of Hatred, who lies imprisoned under the corrupted city of Kurast. I fear you are walking into a great evil, but your faith can save you. May you walk in the light always."

Geglash: "You're an inspiration! And such a hero that it makes me look twice as bad... Ahh, you're OK... Hey! Just save some glory for us little guys, huh?"

Greiz: "I've heard that your foe got away from you this time. Well, look at it this way... you've got the demons on the run. If you're going to be leaving, then... Well, thanks for your help."

Jerhyn: "You have done very well. Few could have come this far, let alone discover the True Tomb of Tal Rasha. Unfortunately, I hear that Diablo and Baal have eluded your grasp. This is most unfortunate... If you wish to travel East, I have authorized Meshif to give you passage by sea. I imagine he should be very anxious to leave by now. Good luck on your quest, and thank you again for saving my beloved city. You will always be welcome in Lut Gholein, my friend."

Lysander: "I'm sorry things didn't turn out as you had hoped. Go and remember us fondly. You know, you bothered me far less than most."

Meshif: "Jerhyn tells me I should take you east to Kurast. I haven't been there for several years, but rumor has it that things are pretty grim."

Tyrael: "I thank you, mortal, for my freedom. But I did expect you earlier. I am the Archangel Tyrael. I came here to prevent Diablo from freeing his brother, Baal. But I have failed. Now, Terror and Destruction roam free throughout your world. Even now, they head towards the Eastern capital of Kurast - to the very heart of the Zakarum Temple. There they hope to find their eldest brother, Mephisto, the Lord of Hatred who was imprisoned there ages ago. If the three Prime Evils unite, they will be invincible. Though it is unclear as to what their aims are, it is certain that they must be stopped at all costs. I am broken and the energies that tie me to this world are diminishing rapidly. You must take up this quest and prevent the Three Brothers from reuniting. You must cross the sea and search for Diablo and Baal in Kurast. Now hurry, mortal... Time is running out for all of us!"

Warriv: "Never fear, my friend. You did the best you could. I suspect that Diablo and Baal are now heading east, towards Kurast. You'll find them... I know you will."