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"Now, enter the portal I have opened for you. It will take you to the Barbarian city of Harrogath, the last bastion of Order on the slopes of Arreat."
Tyrael[1]

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Harrogath

Harrogath was a Barbarian city located at the base of Mount Arreat. It was surrounded by stone walls and was well fortified. It was quite lively during victory celebrations.[1]

HistoryEdit

The Siege of HarrogathEdit

"Baal comes...and destruction follows him like a storm."
Caldra's last words and portent[2]

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The streets of Harrogath

In 1265,[3] Baal led an assault on the Barbarian lands, his intent being to enter Mount Arreat, corrupt the Worldstone, and through it, the rest of humanity. The Barbarians stood firm, but were forced to give ground and were driven back to their sacred peak.[1] If Caldra's portent to the Council of Elders wasn't sign enough of the coming battle, then the black clouds of smoke to the south were. Contact with the Barbarian capital of Sescheron was lost, and Harrogath was all that stood between Baal and his goal. Qual-Kehk readied his warriors, but Elder Aust proposed a different strategy—to perform a druidic spell of warding. It would be risky, but if cast successfully, it would prevent any hellspawn from setting foot inside Harrogath. Even Baal himself. The council was at first opposed to the action, but eventually, six of the seven members (including Aust) agreed to it. The seventh, Nihlathak, was unconvinced, but like the rest of the elders, he could offer no alternative. The spell was cast, but apart from Nihlathak, every council member paid the price with their life.[2]

Although the demons could not enter Harrogath, they were still able to encircle it. They were also able to seize and control the watchtowers and barricades on the slopes of Mt Arreat. In the early days of the siege, Quak-Khek's confidence bordered on arrogance. He tried, but failed to break Baal's siege lines, and lost a third of his warriors in the process. Others were wounded, others were captured. Under the command of Shenk the Overseer, Baal's legions dominated the battlefield, and were able to bombard the defenders with their catapults. While the Barbarians had to ration food and water, Baal's demons feasted on the flesh and blood of their dead foes.[1]

Lifting the SiegeEdit

"Well, well. The siege has everything in short supply...except fools. Why would you seek this place, stranger? Are you a vulture come to loot the bodies of our fallen warriors? Regardless, this is no place to make a name for yourself. The mountain is ours to protect. It is only a matter of time before Hell's legions are routed."
Nihlathak 'greeting' one of the heroes[1]

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An assassin and druid outside the gates of Harrogath

The tide turned with the arrival of a group of mortal heroes. This group had slain the demon lords Mephisto and Diablo and now, directed by the archangel Tyrael, had come to Harrogath to finish the job with Baal. The heroes were able to destroy the demonic catapults and slay Shenk, and save Qual-Kehk's captured warriors. However, it was here that Nilathak's true colors were revealed—he had exchanged the Relic of the Ancients for Baal's promise that Harrogath would be spared. Such an act would allow Baal to ascend Mount Arreat unopposed by its defenders. Thus, the heroes set off in pursuit.

Baal was defeated, but it was a hollow victory. The Worldstone had been corrupted, and Tyrael saw no other option bar its destruction.[1] The resulting decimation devastated the surrounding area,[4] Harrogath presumably destroyed as well.

In-gameEdit

Harrogath
Act V
Quest(s) Siege on Harrogath, Rescue on Moutn Arreat, Prison of Ice, Betrayal of Harrogath, Rite of Passage
NPC(s) Anya, Deckard Cain, Larzuk, Malah, Nihlathak, Qual-Kehk
Adjacent Zone(s) Bloody Foothills
Waypoint Yes

Harrogath appears as the town hub of Diablo II: Lord of Destruction.

NPCsEdit

QuestsEdit

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Harrogath as it appears in-game

There are six quests to be completed in Harrogath:

WaypointsEdit

Known ResidentsEdit

Towns in the Diablo series
DreadlandsBastion's KeepHarrogathSescheronStaalbreak

KehjistanAlcarnusCaldeumGea KulHashirKehjanKurastTorajaTulisamViz-jun
KhandurasNew TristramRogue EncampmentTristramWaystruckWortham
WestmarchBramwellCorvusDuncraigHillsfarKingsportWestmarch
Other/Unknown—Az'TurrasqEntsteigKaldenLut GholeinPandemonium FortressSeramSilver CityTiklanTran AthuluaTur DulraUreh

Act V Zones (Diablo II)
HarrogathBloody FoothillsFrigid HighlandsAbaddonArreat PlateauPit of AcheronCrystalline PassageFrozen RiverNihlathak's TempleHalls of AnguishHalls of PainHalls of VaughtGlacial TrailDrifter CavernFrozen TundraInfernal PitThe Ancients' WayIcy CellarArreat SummitWorldstone KeepThrone of DestructionThe Worldstone Chamber

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Diablo II: Lord of Destruction
  2. 2.0 2.1 Diablo II: Lord of Destruction Manual
  3. Diablo timeline
  4. Book of Cain

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