"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."
The Siege of Harrogath
"Baal comes...and destruction follows him like a storm."
In 1265, 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. 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.
During this period, Aust had also suggested that Harrogath request aid from neighboring kingdoms, but the people (or at least the Council) were too prideful to do so.
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, and pay dearly for any medical supplies, Baal's demons feasted on the flesh and blood of their dead foes.
Lifting the Siege
"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(src)
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.
|Quests||Siege on Harrogath, Rescue on Mount Arreat, Prison of Ice, Betrayal of Harrogath, Rite of Passage|
|NPCs||Anya, Deckard Cain, Larzuk, Malah, Nihlathak, Qual-Kehk|
|Adjacent Zones||Bloody Foothills|
Harrogath appears as the town hub of Diablo II: Lord of Destruction.
- Malah - The Healer of Harrogath (Healing and Trade services for spellcasters)
- Larzuk - The blacksmith (Trade and Repair services)
- Qual-Kehk - The man-at-arms in charge of Harrogath's defenses (Hires/Resurrects Mercenaries)
- Nihlathak - The last remaining Elder of Harrogath (Gambling services)
- Anya - Daughter of the head Elder, Aust (Trade and Gambling services)
- Deckard Cain - Last of the Horadrim (Identify Items)
There are six quests to be completed in Harrogath:
- Siege on Harrogath
- Rescue on Mount Arreat
- Prison of Ice
- Betrayal of Harrogath
- Rite of Passage
- Eve of Destruction
- Frigid Highlands
- Arreat Plateau
- Crystalline Passage
- Glacial Trail
- Halls of Pain
- Frozen Tundra
- The Ancients' Way
- Worldstone Keep (level 2)
- Elder Aust
- Elder Nihlathak
- Elder Ord Rekar
- Senior Man-at-Arms Qual-Kehk
- "The Barbarian"