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Larzuk was a Barbarian blacksmith who worked in Harrogath. He was present during Baal's siege of Mount Arreat, where he forged weapons for the town's warriors.

BiographyEdit

Early LifeEdit

According to Larzuk, his ancestors were the finest craftsmen in Harrogath. As a child, he used to play soldier among the barricades of Mount Arreat.[1]

The Siege of ArreatEdit

As Baal's forces lay siege to Harrogath, Larzuk forged weapons for the defenders,[1] determined to stay the course until the conflict concluded.[2] However, his supplies ran lower with each passing day, and he feared the day neared when he would have to put down his hammer and take up a sword instead, though if the Barbarians did not need the weapons, he would have been out there fighting himself. He offered Qual-Kehk ideas on how to break the siege, such as using large pipes with exploding powders and steel balls, but these ideas were dismissed. Likewise, he suggested to Malah the idea of using sheepskins, binding them together, and using hot air to lift them and their user above the battlefield. She scoffed at the idea and wondered if he had gone mad.

Salvation came with the arrival of a group of heroes who, according to Deckard Cain, had slain Baal's brothers, Mephisto and Diablo. Larzuk was skeptical, but directed the heroes to deal with Shenk the Overseer, a demon who Baal had left in command of the siege of Harrogath while he scaled Mount Arreat. The heroes succeeded, and Larzuk apologised for underestimating them.

Next, the heroes were sent to rescue Qual-Kehk's men, who had been taken prisoners by the demons. The heroes again succeeded, and Larzuk admitted that he was beginning to find Cain's tales of their past heroism more and more believable.

The race to stop the last of the Prime Evils continued, as did the heroes' actions. Larzuk learned how their elder Nihlathak had betrayed them. He also learned how the heroes had been forced to defeat the mountain's Guardians, a deed for which they gained his enduring respect. Eventually, the heroes defeated Baal himself, but at the cost of the purity of the Worldstone, which had to be destroyed.[1] Larzuk was eventually killed in the resulting explosion.[3]

In-gameEdit

Larzuk appears as an NPC in Lord of Destruction. He offers players the Siege on Harrogath quest which, after completion, adds sockets to any one of the player's items, even set and unique items, with the exception of those that cannot have sockets in the first place and items that already have sockets.

TradeEdit

Larzuk offers a range of items including:

He can also repair items.

DialogEdit

GreetingsEdit

  • "Yes?"
  • "Yeah?"
  • "Good day."
  • "Good day!"
  • "You're back!"
  • "What do you need?"
  • "Can I help you?"
  • "At your service."
  • "Morning."
  • "Afternoon."
  • "Evening."

IntroductionEdit

  • General
I am Larzuk, the armorer. My ancestors were some of the finest craftsmen in Harrogath.

Regretfully, my supplies run lower with every passing day, yet the demons beyond the walls have not weakened.

I fear the time is near when I must put down my hammer and take up a sword, instead.
So, you're an Amazon. I have heard rumors about your kind.

Your unusual weapons could prove a challenge to my skills, but I'm prepared to meet it.

I am Larzuk, the armorer. My ancestors were some of the finest craftsmen in Harrogath.

Regretfully, my supplies run lower with every passing day, yet the demons beyond the walls have not weakened.

I fear the time is near when I must put down my hammer and take up a sword, instead.

GossipEdit

  • Gold
Just so you know...The gold you pay me doesn't line my pockets. Much of it goes to buy the raw metal I need to melt down for weapons and armor. The rest -- well, all I can spare -- goes to Malah and Qual-Kehk for other supplies.
  • Nihlathak
Nihlathak's despair is infectious -- and his behavior does not befit an Elder of his stature. I think we'd be better off without him.
  • Qual-Kehk
I've offered Qual-Kehk my ideas on how to break the siege, but he dismisses them. Is it because I lack scars of battle, or does he think I'm a couple arrows short of a quiver?
  • Fortifications
Demonic forces have been using our own towers and barricades against us. You know, it would be wise to cut the demons down in the open before they can mount those fortifications.
  • Celebrations
This is a lively town during our victory celebrations. We Barbarians train long and hard from childhood to become warriors, and we celebrate with equal fervor.

You didn't happen to bring along any ale to trade?
  • Howling
Has that infernal howling been keeping you awake at night, too?

Some think it's the howling of animals, but those sounds don't come from any beast I've ever known.
  • Ancestral spirits
Legend has it that the top of Mount Arreat is guarded by the spirits of our ancestors. Though our people are forbidden to climb the mountain's summit, some foreign travelers have made the attempt.

None have ever returned.
  • Fighting
Every day, one of my friends dies fighting outside the town walls, while I tend my anvil here unscathed. If only we didn't need weapons so badly, I could be out doing my share of the fighting.

Good luck to you, warrior.
  • Amazons (Amazon)
I've heard that you Amazons excel at killing from a distance. From what I've seen, that's the best way to deal with Hell's minions.

Are all of your kind so... big?
  • Islands (Amazon)
Why did you ever leave your beautiful islands to come to this frozen battleground? Perhaps if we both survive this, we'll travel back there together.

Siege on HarrogathEdit

  • Quest Initiation
If you're here to defeat Baal, you must prove it!

As we speak, Harrogath is under siege by Baal's demons. Catapults rain death just outside the town walls.

Baal himself travels up the sacred mountain, having left in charge here one of his most vicious generals, Shenk the Overseer. A ruthless taskmaster, he lashes his own minions into suicidal frenzies on the battlefield.

If you wish to prove yourself to us, destroy the monster, Shenk, that commands those infernal catapults outside Harrogath. If you manage to do this, return to me.
  • After Initiate
Uh... Did I mention there were catapults?
  • Early Return
What's the matter, hero? Questioning your fortitude? I know we are.
  • Upon Completion
You're an even greater warrior than I expected... Sorry for underestimating you.

As a token of my appreciation, I will craft sockets into an item of your choosing, and from now on, you'll get the best price for all my wares.

Rescue on Mount ArreatEdit

  • After Initiate
I crafted the swords and armor for Qual-Kehk's men. They were like brothers to me. I can't imagine the pain they must be suffering.

Save them if you can!
  • Early Return
As a kid, I used to play soldier among the barricades on the mountain. There's no easy way through that maze of walls.
  • Upon Completion
Since your arrival, Cain has spoken of your deeds in the Southern Kingdoms, defeating both Mephisto and Diablo. At first, I scoffed at his tales, but I'm finding them more believable with every passing day.

Prison of IceEdit

  • After Initate
Anya is an amazing alchemist, especially for her young age. As long as I've known her, she's never let anything stop her from pursuing what she believed in.

I wouldn't doubt that Nihlathak is involved. Ever since her father died, they haven't gotten along.
  • Early Return
As the daughter of Elder Aust, Anya is the only person, besides Nihlathak, who has any real knowledge of Mount Arreat's secrets. I'd hate to see our fate in the hands of Nihlathak alone.
  • After finding Anya
Poor Anya! I should've known Nihlathak was a traitor...

If you find him alive, kill him for me!
  • Upon Completion
I never liked Nihlathak, but I never suspected that he'd betray us! I just can't understand how an Elder could do such a thing.

Betrayal of HarrogathEdit

  • After Initiate
Now, rescuing Anya -- that's good. Talking to me while Nihlathak hands over the Relic to Baal -- uh... that's bad!
  • Early Return
... What's there to talk about?

Kill Nihlathak!
  • Upon Completion
Hmm... What does Baal plan to do inside Mount Arreat?

Rite of PassageEdit

  • After Initiate
Every night, I've prayed to the Ancients to bring us peace... and now you must fight them.

Huh... Who shall I pray to now, warrior?
  • Upon Completion
You've walked on the burial grounds of our greatest ancestors. I'm not sure whether I should bow before you or revile you for committing sacrilege.

Tread lightly when you walk with gods.

Eve of DestructionEdit

  • After Initiate
The Ancients have honored you, and in turn, so do we. I have no remaining doubts about you, now.
  • Early Return
I may be just an armorer, but I know this... Baal plans to destroy the world with the secrets contained in that mountain. It doesn't take a genius to know he has to be stopped.
  • Upon Completion
The Ancients themselves will envy our songs about you.

Please, don't forget about us! Farewell, my friend.

Personality and TraitsEdit

Larzuk was young, passionate, and a "firebrand," who took pride in his ability to craft the finest instruments of war.[2] According to Anya, Larzuk would have been married long ago if not for his work as a blacksmith. For his part (going by dialogue options), Larzuk appeared to be attracted to the Amazon hero, suggesting that after the siege, they travel to the Skovos Isles together.[1]

Larzuk's ideas appeared to be well ahead of his time, or indeed, the technological level of Sanctuary as a whole. His suggestions to Qual-Kehk and Malah were basically those of cannons and hot air balloons respectively, while Nihlathak also suspiciously mentions to the Assassin that Larzuk claims to have avoided Red Fever by washing his hands before meals.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Diablo II, Lord of Destruction
  2. 2.0 2.1 Act V NPCs, Arreat Summit. Accessed on 2013-08-29
  3. Bashiok post (dead link).
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