"The tireless farmer Rumford is one of the many respectable individuals I have met in New Tristram. He seems a humble and introverted man, but I think there is more to him than that. I have heard that his ancestor was one of Rakkis's most loyal lieutenants, a charismatic soldier who settled in Khanduras. Due to this lineage, I believe the blood of a leader runs through Rumford's veins, whether he knows it or not."

Deckard Cain(src)

Rumford was a member of a Tristram Militia. While humble and introverted, he proved himself to be a capable leader when New Tristram was assailed by the undead.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Rumford's ancestry goes back to the Sons of Rakkis. His ancestor was one of Rakkis's most loyal lieutenants. The soldier came to settle in Khanduras.

Rumford himself lived in/near New Tristram, working as a farmer. He also served as a member of the Tristram Militia. In 1284, he met Deckard Cain, who had arrived in the village alongside his adopted niece, Leah. He made a good impression on Cain.[1]

The Fallen Star[edit | edit source]

"I volunteered to help because it seemed the right thing to do. But I’m no leader of men."
"True, though you have held the town thus far."
"That’s a simple thing for you to say. You were born to fight monsters like the risen dead. Me, I’m just a farmer."

Rumford and The Nephalem(src)

The following year, a fallen star descended from the Heavens above New Tristram, causing the dead to rise from their slumber. When Leah emerged from the ruins of the Tristram Cathedral, she told the militia that undead were pouring out of the cathedral. Rumford and fifteen other militia marched upon the cathedral under the command of Captain Daltyn, and while they did well at first, the dead just kept coming. Only Rumford survived, and he returned to New Tristram, now the captain of the miltia.

Rumford meets with The Nephalem

Rumford and the remaining militia held the gates of New Tristram against the undead. They were aided by The Nephalem, who was able to make short work of the creatures. Rumford told them that if they wanted to learn about the fallen star, they should talk to Leah. As The Nephalem entered the town, he ordered the guards to burn the bodies, lest they rise again.

The Nephalem returned, and told Rumford that they intended to put an end to the Risen Dead. He told them to strike at the Wretched Mothers. When The Nephalem returned to New Tristram, victorious, Rumford told them to talk to Leah. She hadn't given up hope of finding her uncle, and he wanted the hero to talk some sense into her.[2]

In-game[edit | edit source]

Captain Rumford appears as an NPC in Act I of Diablo III. He plays a role in "The Fallen Star" quest.

At the start of the quest "Trailing the Coven," he will no longer be found in the center of town. Upon leaving New Tristram and heading towards the Old Ruins, he can be found lying dead at the bridge.

His ghost/soul has a chance to appear in Act IV, but upon interaction, he will accuse the Nephalem of letting greed drive their actions, and failing to save him. After that, he turns into the monster Aspect of Sin.

References[edit | edit source]

Act I
Adenah the Curio Vendor
Alaric
Arghus the Collector
Beleaguered Farmer
Brother Malachi the Healer
Bron the Barkeep
Captain Rumford
Crazed Hermit
Deckard Cain
Ghost of the Cow King
Ghostly Woman
Karyna
Kyr the Weaponsmith
Leah
Lloigor the Crazed
Marko
Mayor Holus
Mira Eamon
Nek the Brawler
Queen Asylla
Radek the Fence
Rodger the Alchemist
Sasha
Tashun the Miner
The Ferryman
Tyrael
Vendel the Armorsmith
Verrall
Virgil
Wandering Tinker
Warriv
Willa Rathe
Wounded Man
Act II
Adria
Aleran
Asheara
Caliem
Captain Davyd
Ghaine the Healer
Hakan II
Iron Wolf Jarulf
Javad the Merchant
Kadim
Larra
Leah
Lieutenant Vachem
Lugo the Miner
Mia
Mehtan the Necromancer
Nek the Brawler
Sadeir the Innkeeper
Silmak the Fence
Squirt the Peddler
Thadar
Tilnean the Collector
Tyrael
Zaven the Alchemist
Zoltun Kulle
Act III
Adria
Andreus the Healer
Botulph the Miner
Drian
Former Mayor Holus
Garell the Quartermaster
Halmin the Alchemist
Hansen Haile
Ironsmith Maldonado
Leah
Lieutenant Clyfton
Lieutenant Lavail
Lieutenant Merityn
Litton the Fence
Marta
Messenger Martyns
Nek the Brawler
Nikola
Private Mattius
Sergeant Burroughs
Sergeant Dalen
Sergeant Pale
Tyrael
Vidar the Collector
Act IV
Andreus the Healer
Auriel
Botulph the Miner
Garell the Quartermaster
Itherael
Litton the Fence
Nek the Brawler
Tyrael
Act V
Brother Anselm
Brother Francis
Brycen
Captain Vonn
Clara
Derric
Diadra the Scholar
Emily
Elayne
Enkasi
General Torion
Guardian
Halbu
Halissa
Imperius
Isendra
Ivy
Jamella
Kyla
Lady Serena
Lorath Nahr
Lord Harold Snowe
Master Crusader
Master Necromancer Ordan
Mehtan the Necromancer
Nek the Brawler
Oswyn
Patriarch Anisim
Powell the Miner
Sergeant Samuels
Sophia
Tyrael
Zayl (Humbart Wessel)
Adventure Mode
Abd al-Hazir
Dane Bright
Djank Mi'em the PTR Vendor (PTR only)
Daivin the Adventurer
High Cleric
Kadala
King Kanai
Lorath Nahr
Orek
Quentin Sharpe
Skular
The Crazed Man
Tyrael
Urshi
Artisans
Covetous Shen
Haedrig Eamon
Myriam Jahzia
Zoltun Kulle (Kanai's Cube)
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