There is a matter which I hesitate to share, but I believe you are the only one who can help me now.
Anya, the young alchemist and daughter to one of our slain Elders, has been missing for some time. She is a strong, crafty woman with a spirit like no other.
One night, just before your arrival, I overheard her and Nihlathak arguing about her father's death. The next morning she was gone.
Nihlathak has his own talk as to where she went and why. Don't believe him! I fear he is at the root of her disappearance.
Please, if you can, search for Anya and bring her back to us. She'll know what to do about Nihlathak.
Nihlathak offers the following after talking to Malah before entering Arreat Plateau (he disappears from Harrogath otherwise, and disappears after entering Crystalline Passage if Malah is not spoken to):
Anya! Who have you been talking to? Likely it was that meddling Malah.
Well, I'll tell you what really happened. Anya came to me for guidance, after receiving a vision that her mother and younger brother were trapped in the lands beyond the Ice Caves. She had decided to go rescue them.
I told her that her quest was a foolish one and that she would be safer staying within the city walls. However, she is a willful girl and would not listen to me.
The next morning, she was gone. No one is more distraught than I over losing her.
However, if you feel the need to be Malah's errand child, I won't try to stop you.
Nihlathak's disappearance means there is no one to gamble items in Harrogath until Anya is rescued, although players can obviously return to earlier Acts to gamble items there.
Entry to Arreat Plateau is at opposite end to waypoint in Frigid Highlands.
Like Frigid Highlands, Arreat Plateau extends above entrance to left or right. Although there is a waypoint to be found, it is normally quicker to travel up one side of plateau, crossing three barricades along way to entrance to Crystalline Passage at other end.
Crystalline Passage waypoint is normally to right of entrance from Arreat Plateau, and entrance to Frozen River is normally to right of waypoint, guarded by Champion pack. Be sure to have at least two Scrolls of Town Portal before travelling to Frozen River.
Once down in Frozen River, Anya can normally be found most quickly by following right wall from entrance.
Hero. Nihlathak did this to me!
If you've come to help me, my only hope lies with Malah.
Please...Tell her you've found me...
Cast Town Portal to return to Harrogath and talk to Malah.
So! That snake Nihlathak was behind Anya's disappearance...and he trapped her with a freezing curse.
Here. Take this potion to Anya and give it to her. That should release her.
If there is insufficient inventory space for Malah's Potion, it will drop on floor. Return with it to Frozen Anya and click on her to thaw. Once she has cast portal to return to Harrogath, cast your own to do likewise.
Thank you so much for bringing Anya back to us. I have devised this spell to increase your resistances as a token of my thanks. I know it isn't much, but I hope you find it helpful.
Please go talk to Anya. She has urgent news concerning Nihlathak.
Malah gives Scroll of Resistance: if there is insufficient inventory space, it will drop on floor. Clicking on Scroll will apply +10% All Resistances. These passive bonuses apply until player dies: upon resurrection bonuses do not apply until player leaves game and either rejoins or enters new game, at which point they apply again. Character screen still applies bonuses in same game as death and resurrection.
Thank you, hero, for rescuing me.
To show my personal gratitude, I give you this. I had it custom-made for you by Larzuk.
Anya gives one class-specific rare item: if there is insufficient inventory space, it will drop on floor. Amazon only receives one of three possible item types, chosen at random. Item level equals character level.