Act V Quest One: The Siege of Harrogath
Harrogath, the Barbarian stronghold, is under siege from Baal’s forces and it is up to the character to bring about the end of the siege. The quest is given by Larzuk the Blacksmith as a test of the character’s worth and is triggered automatically upon beginning the fifth act.
The quest is a straightforward, if dangerous, one which involves searching for and killing the siegemaster, Shenk the Overseer in the Bloody Foothills. He can be found towards the far end of the map area which is quite lengthy – if you reach the footbridge to the Frigid Plains without encountering Shenk, then you’ve gone too far. You should destroy the catapults you find on the way, but the siege will end regardless with the death of Shenk.
On the way you’ll come across a range of monsters – beware the suicide minions, who when enraged will charge you with the sole purpose of exploding as close to you as possible and they do deal some considerable damage; use a ranged attack to take them out quickly.
When you reach Shenk, he fights just as any normal Overseer does, although he does deal slightly more damage. He will be surrounded by minions, but these can easily be drawn away from Shenk and picked off relatively easily. Shenk has a fair amount of hit points, but on the whole, characters should have little trouble in besting him. When he dies, the area will come ablaze with catapult fire, which will doesn’t inflict damage but ends the quest. Return to Larzuk for your reward.
Larzuk will offer to add socket to an item and will also discount his prices to you. Larzuk will add sockets to the item of your choosing up to the item’s maximum socket allowance. Like Charsi’s offer of enchantment in Act One, you can delay having the sockets made until you decide. The number of sockets that can be added are:
Normal Items: Added up to the maximum number allowed for that item type.
Magical Items: One or two sockets, randomly decided.
Rare Items, including sets, unique and crafted items: One socket only
No sockets can be added to RuneWord items, items that have already had sockets added or items types that cannot have sockets such as gloves or boots.