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Easter Eggs & Real World References (Spoilers!)

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  1. Rinaldi

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    This thread was created so that players have a specific thread where they can post and learn about the cool surprises that have been found in game.

    In this thread, please post only the following items:
    1. Easter eggs
    2. References to the real world
    3. In-game references to the SOTA community
    4. In-game references to SOTA community outreach

    Please include the following information in your post:
    1. Zone where the surprise is or where it starts
    2. Brief description of the surprise & what it refers to
    3. Post step-by-step instructions for completing or finding the surprise (try to include screen shots).
    Many of the books in game have a direct and obvious real world connection. It would be preferable to list here only the texts that more obscurely refer to the real world (e.g. the "Ode to Spot" poem that is a reference to Star Trek).

    Also see Solutions to Puzzles & Treasure Hunts for more in-game surprises.

    Enjoy!

    Rinaldi

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    COMPILED LIST (location in parenthesis)

    Tributes to the Community & Community Outreach
    1. Tributes/Memorials to fallen members of the SOTA community
    2. Other tributes to the community
      • Poets' Circle - an homage to a guild whose members have composed much of the in-game background music for Shroud of the Avatar (Ardoris).
    Easter Eggs:
    1. The initials of level designer Esteben Zaldivar (E. Z.) are etched in the snow (Sanctus Spine)
    2. The Singing Rock (Braemar)
    3. Sword in the Stone - reference to Excalibur (West Ravenswood) & other references to Excalibur.
    4. Death Bunny - reference to a scene in the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Spectral Mines)
    5. Memorial to "Sweety the Bird" (Spite)
    6. Homages to classic samurai movies: Part 1 (Celestis)
    7. Homages to classic samurai movies: Part 2 (Celestis)
    8. Tribute to the heavy metal band Iron Maiden and their zombie-like mascot Eddie - an NPC zombie named Eddie can be seen doing the "headbang" an "sing" emotes near an iron maiden inside the prison (Libris Ruins).
    9. Miniature map of Novia and Hidden Vale - the fountain in the central square of Aldwater shows a miniature version of the map for episode 1 of SOTA (Aldwater).
    10. Jackalope - a Jackalope head is mounted on the wall of a house (Crooked Shank).
    11. Happy face in Isle of Bones (Blood Bay)
    12. Skeleton's picnic - at the top of the highest mountain in Blood Bay, you can find a beautiful view and the remains of a picnicker (Blood Bay).
    13. The Princess Bride movie
      • The Cliffs of Insanity - there is a replica of the Cliffs of Insanity and the terrain where the sword fight occurred (Elad's Lighthouse).
      • Battle of Wits - homage to the scene where two characters try to get the other to drink poison (Elad's Lighthouse).
      • Florin - reference to the country in which The Princess Bride was set. (Elad's Lighthouse).

    Real World References:
    1. References to the Ultima games
      • References to Ultima characters
        • Chuckles the Jester (Central Brittany)
        • Dupre (Central Brittany & Brittany Fields)
        • Ensorcio (Ardoris)
        • Jaana - the town Jaanaford and the Jaana Rivers in SOTA are named after the character Jaana from the Ultima games (Jannaford).
        • Lord British - there are multiple references to Lord British throughout the game. Lord British is not only part of the lore of SOTA, he is also a player who makes periodic appearances in game.
        • Mariah - the town Mariah Overlook and the Mariah Mountains in SOTA are probably references to the character Mariah from the Ultima games (Mariah Overlook).
        • Sentri (Elad's Lighthouse)
        • Shamino - the Shaminian Hills zone is a reference to the character Shamino from the Ultima games (Shaminian Hills).
        • Sherry the Mouse (Central Brittany)
        • The Guardian (Central Brittany)
        • Iolo - a type of food is named after Iolo.
      • References to Ultima Locations and places
        • Sosaria from Ultima 3 - the continent of Novia in SOTA has a similar shape to the continent of Sosaria from Ultima 3. The location of many towns and underground zones are also similar.
        • East and West Montor from Ultima 3 - the "Twin" Cities inside Blood Bay are probably reference to the cities of East and West Montor from Ultima 3, which were also on either side of a waterway (Blood Bay). A reference to East and West Montor is also present on the overworld map.
        • Yew - the city of Yew appeared in multiple ultima games, and it appears as a NPC town in SOTA.
      • References to Ultima themes or items
        • Killing children (Multiple zones)
        • "Wanna Buy a Duck?" (starts in Brittany Fields; Multiple Zones)
        • Bell, Book, and Candle - likely refers to the items used in Ultima 4 and Ultima 9 (Ardoris). It could also be a reference to a movie of the same name, where the woman (who owns a magic shop) uses a love spell to seduce a man (Ardoris is the City of Love).
        • What's a paladin? - that infamous question from Ultima 9 (multiple zones).
        • Page of Justice - the Page of Justice in SOTA is analogous to the Rune of Justice in Ultima 4. In both games, these items are found in the House of Justice.
        • Page of Spirituality - the Page of Spirituality in SOTA is analogous to the Rune of Spirituality in Ultima 4. In both games, these items are found in a hidden room in Brittany Castle.
    2. References to television programs
    3. References to Music, Singers, and Musical Groups
    4. References to Movies
      • King Kong - a large powerful clockwork monkey is named K'kongg, and may be a reference to King Kong (K'rul)
      • Monty Python and the Holy Grail - several references to this movie are present in-game, including:
      • Metropolis - the Oracle in Shroud of the Avatar (also known as Ultima Futura Automaton) is modeled after the robotic woman from the movie Metropolis (Oracle Temple in Central Brittany)
      • Classic samurai movies Part 1 - multiple homages to classic samurai movies (Celestis)
      • Classic samurai movies Part 2 - multiple homages to classic samurai movies (Celestis)
      • Bell, Book, and Candle - the alchemy shop in Ardoris (the City of Love) is called Bell, Book, and Candle, which may be a reference to a movie of the same name, where the woman (who owns a magic shop) uses a love spell to seduce a man. It may also be a reference to the items used in Ultima 4 and Ultima 9 (Ardoris).
      • Rocky Horror Picture Show - an emote in game is the Time Warp dance from the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
      • The Princess Bride -
        • The Cliffs of Insanity - there is a replica of the Cliffs of Insanity and the terrain where the sword fight occurred (Elad's Lighthouse).
        • Battle of Wits - homage to the scene where two characters try to get the other to drink poison (Elad's Lighthouse).
        • Florin - reference to the country in which The Princess Bride was set. (Elad's Lighthouse).
      • Aliens - homages to the movie Aliens (Highvale Outskirts)
    • Computer & Gaming Related References
      • Zangief from the Street Fighter series - Zangoff, the NPC blacksmith, is named after Zangief (Ardoris).
      • Razer computer products company - Min Liang Tan, an NPC in Ardoris, is a reference to co-founder and CEO of Razer. Also, the Razor logo is seen in game.
      • Massively.com - Massively.com was website dedicated to MMO news, but it was shut down by its parent company in 2015. As a tribute, a tombstone was placed in SOTA with the name "Massively" inscribed in runic (Braemer).
      • Noah Antwiler (aka Spoony) & "What's a paladin?"- a bard NPC named Spoony appears in-game (Central Brittany), and gives many references to the Ultima games and to Antwiler's review of the Ultima games (including the infamous "What's a paladin?" question).
      • Agile Manifesto - a reference to the Manifesto for Agile Software Development (aka Agile Manifesto), which was created in 2001 to help improve the software development process, especially through frequent reassessment and adaptation of plans (Blood River Outskirts)
    • Other References
      • Priapism - funny reference to one's "arousal" lasting too long (Ardoris).
      • President Trump - one of the NPCs in game may have been a reference to Donald Trump (Blood River Outskirts). Note: This reference was removed in Release 49 (12/2017). The Release 49 notes, stated "Phineas Polish: We removed some dialogue from his conversation that made it seem like he was intended to refer to a very famous real world personality."
     
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    I posted one in the screen shots section.

    The poem 'Ode to Spot' but by another name written by an Elf. If you look it up, it is identical to the poem recited by Data in Star Trek the Next Generation. season 6 ep 5
    Heres a screen shot in the spoilers tag.

    [​IMG]
     
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    OK, this may not be an easter egg related to something from the real world, but this is more of a nod to Ultima fans, especially those who have played the single player games since Ultima 4.

    When in Jaanaford, look up the Inn keeper, Jenna Karttunen and type in the key word 'Jaana'. It won't be highlighted in any of the dialogue. Then read her response.
     
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    Chaos Spell: Tabula Rasa, a previous Richard Garriot game, or it could just be the latin translation of what the spell does
     
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    As a player of all the original Ultimas, I was excited to read your post and quickly logged in to make the trek to Jaanaford. I had to survive the guantlet run through Vertas Pass as I could see no other way to the village. Unfortunately, unless the developers recently changed her dialog, it was not quite an easter egg in the manner in which you described because when I asked Jenna her "NAME" she replied with an answer that contained a reference to "JAANA" and it was an underlined keyword.

    Regardless, it was worth the trip to read her dialog about my old travelling companion and I thank you, Alexander, for sharing it with us.
     
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    Yes, I agree that it was pretty generalized, and I also never actually called it an easter egg, as I indicated in my post. It's more of a nod and much is implied. I think this is all they can do without violating the IP of EA.
    I will post the screen shot I did of it to save others the arduous trip and everyone else can decide for themselves on this. I think the reference that Jaana believed in justice seemed a bit off, considering that she followed the virtue of compassion and was a healer.

    [​IMG]
     
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    These are real people.
    Starts in Soltown, and then on to East Perennial Trail.

    [​IMG]
     
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    In the new you store in Ardoris (off the docks) there is a guy named Bruno Martelli
    I don't know if the name was intended but he was the name of one of the characters from the show Fame, who was always in trouble with his classical music teacher. not sure if intended but I watches that show when a kid and remembered the name lol.
     
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    I *wondered* if anyone would get that...
     
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    I also assume that you are a Star Trek fan. That 'Ode to Spot' poem was hilarious :D
     
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    Also near the docks in Ardoris is a bard by the name of Farrokh Bulsara...

    ...who is otherwise known as Freddie Mercury...

    ...who is probably most typically known from the following meme:

    [​IMG]

    ...but seeing as we have a mostly older crowd, perhaps folks may know him for other reasons, such as I do.
     
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    Additionally...the Soltown Innkeeper's name is Richard James.

    ...some may call him Rick.

     
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    I may need @Lum the Mad to confirm...but the titular gustball vendor in Ardoris may have gotten his name from interesting circumstances...

    [​IMG]
     
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    And the bard was briefly called Bill Collins... but some call him "the Boot"...

    Someone here mistook it for Phil Collins, so now he's called Stan Clarke instead.

    Soltown has soul.
     
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    Both the Ode to Spot and Mr. Bulsara were done as backer NPC requests.
     
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    This is my favorite freddy mercury lol.

    [​IMG]
     
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    • Easter Egg (this was found by others and previously posted, but I re-posted it here)
    • in Braemar (city on the Hidden Vale)
    • "The Singing Rock" - when you climb onto the large rock shown below, the usual ambient music is replaced by the singing of Scott “Lum” Jennings (one of the developers). Lum told me that the song (called "Lum's Lament") was sung at one of the first developer hangouts and was "silliness done on spur of the moment." They elected to preserve his creative vocals in game!
    • After you enter Braemar, go to the southwest region of the zone, and find the graveyard. Jump on the the large rock and stand in the location shown in the picture below...and you'll hear a nice diddy by Lum!
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    Not sure this is an easter egg but the basic Fishwoman from POT is called Jolene, this of course takes me back to Dolly Parton and me hearing her say there really was a Jolene that was a bank teller and that her husband was going to the bank far too often, but in other interviews she says it was a random woman whose name she asked and thought the name was cool who knows lol! It has been remade a few times, I recall hearing the song first when I was a little girl and then later at a jr deputy sheriff rodeo (when I was covered in dirt from failing to catch a greased pig) and my daddy taking me out to the car to go home, and some cover band started playing the song and I remember saying oh Daddy we cannot leave till this song is over, its my favorite --- 6-10 year old me didn't really get the song but knew she liked it lol)

    not sure if easter egg to dolly but i renamed my pot fisher woman Jolene Please Dont take my man (apostrophe wouldn't fit)

    So how about a little Dolly



    This song lyric is so perfect, and paints one of the best pictures to me in music ever. (kinda describes my mom, a few exes and every other irish lass lol)

    Your Beauty is beyond compare
    With flaming locks of Auburn hair
    With Ivory skin and eyes of Emerald Green
     
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