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"The Black Book contains powerful secrets of Skatsim, the Old Religion, long eclipsed by Zakarum. I should warn you. The Black Book is much sought after by both good and evil."' - Alkor

Lam Esen's Tome is the fourth quest of Act III. It's initiated by talking to Alkor after completing the Blade of the Old Religion quest and after having entered the Kurast Bazaar, or simply by entering one of the six temples in the Kurast Bazaar, Upper Kurast and the Kurast Causeway. The quest is completed after players return Lam Esen's Tome to Alkor, who will then reward the player with five free attribute points.


Lam Esen, a sage of old who studied Skatsimi magic and the effects of the Prime Evils on the mortal world, wrote his findings down in a magical Tome. This Black Book was lost when the misguided Zakarum took over the land, believing it to be filled with blasphemous heresy. It's rumoured it still remains, hidden somewhere within one of the temples in Kurast.

Further Information and Tips

Lam Esen's Tome can always be found within the Ruined Temple in Kurast. It will not be found in any other dungeon, so the player has the option to skip exploring the other temples. The Ruined Temple is located in the Kurast Bazaar. The Tome is guarded by a Unique Corrupt Rogue boss called Battlemaid Sarina. On the Automap, it should become pretty easily seen soon after entering the temple. The Ruined Temple is a rather small dungeon, compared to the other dungeons in the area. Return the Tome to Alkor to complete the quest.

Quest Reward

Players gain 5 stat points to distribute as they choose, as soon as they return the book to Alkor.

Diablo II and Lord of Destruction quests
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Act IDen of EvilSisters' Burial GroundsSearch for CainThe Forgotten TowerTools of the TradeSisters to the Slaughter
Act IIRadament's LairHoradric StaffTainted SunArcane SanctuaryThe SummonerSeven Tombs
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Act IVFallen AngelHell's ForgeTerror's End

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