He is a member of the Vizjerei Clan, however prefers to study the darker magic of its teachings. Drognan is also a researcher of Horazon and tries to remove Bartuc's armor from Norrec Vizharan in Richard A. Knaak's book Legacy of Blood. He also is an old and wise Vizjerei who lives in a house that Horazon lived in.
Welcome, young Sorceress, to Lut Gholein. I hope your skills are a match for the horrors that lie beyond the city's walls. A mage of your limited experience may find the evil too great to withstand alone.
My name is Drognan and I know what you're up against, my friend.
You ought to look over my inventory of items for trade.
Fara and I have been talking about the creature recently. From my studies, I have deduced that it is Radament the Fallen, an ancient Horadric mummy that has for some reason left his tomb to prey on mortals.
I'm doing some more research now. If you check back later, I may have some more insight as to his nature.
I've just been reading something interesting about this sort of undead. Apparently, certain Horadric funereal priests altered the bodies of their dead mages with magical and surgical techniques -- often replacing body parts with those of animals.
This was though to augment their powers, and raise their status in the afterlife.
From what you tell me, it would seem that Radament was bent on the task of reviving his own mummified corpse with the flesh of the living.
This is very unusual indeed. It takes an incredible magic power to alter the singular purpose of an undead mind.
Perhaps there is a power at work here which is beyond my ken.
I've been researching the old records, trying to find the location of Tal Rasha's Tomb. Though I haven't found the Tomb, itself, I may have a good lead for you.
The great Vizjerei Summoner, Horazon, built his Arcane Sanctuary somewhere around here. He was a powerful spellcaster and kept demons as slaves within the Sanctuary. He kept a close eye on great events, too -- such as the imprisonment of Baal within Tal Rasha's Tomb.
If you could find Horazon's Sanctuary, I'm sure that it would hold some clue as to the Tomb's location. Though I doubt Horazon is still alive, you must proceed with caution. There's no telling what could be waiting inside.
When I spoke of this with Lord Jerhyn, he asked that I send you to him. Perhaps he knows of a secret entrance or the like.
Nearly a thousand years ago, Horazon rose to the fore of the Vizjerei mage clan. Horazon used the knowledge of the Vizjerei to summon and control demons from Hell.
Though a powerful Summoner, Horazon feared that the Lords of Hell would punish him for enslaving their brethren. Thus, the Summoner created for himself an Arcane Sanctuary.
He believed that his Sanctuary would not only protect him from Hell's vengence, but also allow him to continue his studies free from the ravages of time and disease.
Horazon had crafted many wondrous scrying devices through which he observed the events of the world outside. It is certain that he took careful study of Tal Rasha's imprisonment and recorded the location of his forgotten Tomb.
The Arcane Sanctuary was believed to have been constructed here in Lut Gholein. An entrance may be hidden somewhere in the palace, as that building is very old, and was once a Vizjerei fortress.
I am certain that you will find the information you need when you find Horazon's Journal. I suggest you find it quickly, for Diablo may be getting closer to freeing his brother as we speak.
You have found Horazon's Journal. Excellent... But, I must caution you.
The mark of the True Tomb of Tal Rasha, is sought, if not already known, by Diablo. I needn't elaborate on the implications of that.
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.
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 Diable 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.
Drognan? Oh.. He's a good friend of mine. I help him find exotic spell components and alchemical books from time to time. I think he used to be a sorcerer of great renown, but he doesn't like to talk about his past.
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It was speculated that Drognan is really Horazon, one of the most powerful mages in history, and the leader of the Armies of Light in the mage wars, opposite his brother, Bartuc the Bloody. However, this was disproved in the Diablo novel, Legacy of Blood.