This hell quest involves a fierce battle with a legendary warrior who has become a servant of Hell. If this quest is available, the hero will be virtually unable to proceed any further until it is completed. The quest occurs on the thirteenth dungeon level, and is initiated by reading the Steel Tome. The Warlord of Blood himself is guarding the stairs which lead to dungeon level fourteen. He is guarded by several Steel Lords, and is himself of the Knight enemy type. Defeating him completes the quest and makes it much easier to access the rare (and possibly unique) items in the room with the stairs. In addition, passage to level fourteen becomes much easier.
This quest shares the same quest group as Lachdanan, meaning only one of these two quests will appear in any given game.
The Warlord of Blood is immune to Fire, Lightning and most magic including Bone Spirit, Blood Star and Flash. He is especially difficult for Sorcerers. Sorcerers with Stone Curse can kill him slowly with melee attacks. It's easiest and often best for sorcerers to simply not fight him, loot the room and descend the stairs. Other characters can fight him normally.
Quest Activation Dialog
Steel Tome: "The armories of Hell are home to the Warlord of Blood. In his wake lay the mutilated bodies of thousands. Angels and Man alike have been cut down to fulfill his endless sacrifices to the Dark Ones who scream for one thing - blood."
NPC Quest Dialog
Adria: "His prowess with the blade is awesome, and he has lived for thousands of years knowing only warfare. I am sorry... I can not see if you will defeat him."
Deckard Cain: "I know of only one legend that speaks of such a warrior as you describe. His story is found within the ancient chronicles of the Sin War... Stained by a thousand years of war, blood and death, the Warlord of Blood stands upon a mountain of his tattered victims. His dark blade screams a black curse to the living; a tortured invitation to any who would stand before this Executioner of Hell. It is also written that although he was once a mortal who fought beside the Legion of Darkness during the Sin War, he lost his humanity to his insatiable hunger for blood."
Farnham: "Always you gotta talk about blood? What about flowers, and sunshine, and that pretty girl that brings the drinks. Listen here, friend - you're obsessive, you know that?"
Gillian: "If you are to battle such a fierce opponent, may Light be your guide and your defender. I will keep you in my thoughts."
Griswold: "Dark and wicked legends surrounds the one Warlord of Blood. Be well prepared, my friend, for he shows no mercy or quarter."
Ogden: "I am afraid that I haven't heard anything about such a vicious warrior, Good Master. I hope that you do not have to fight him, for he sounds extremely dangerous."
Pepin: "Cain would be able to tell you much more about something like this than I would ever wish to know."
Wirt: "I haven't ever dealt with this Warlord you speak of, but he sounds like he's going through a lot of swords. Wouldn't mind supplying his armies..."
Player: "Your reign of pain has ended!"