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Easter Eggs & Real World References (Spoilers!)

Discussion in 'Player Created Resources' started by Rinaldi, Sep 5, 2016.

  1. Icetears

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    Easter Egg: Traps from the original Ultimas
    Zone: Elysium Mines
    Traps in the hallways are traps from the original Ultimas. (i.e. fire connected to a pressure plate and spikes from the floors)
     
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    Easter Egg: reference to the Bell of Courage and the Candle of Love
    Zone: Resolute and Ardoris
    On the Devotionals of Love and Courage, there’s a bell (Courage) and a candle (Love). This is a reference to the Bell of Courage and the Candle of Love from Ultimas 4 and 9 (according to @Rinaldi ).
     
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    Real World Reference: Ancient Minoan City of Knossos
    Zone: Elysium mines

    Various zones in SOTA were inspired by real life places.
    For example, the landscape of Elad's Lighthouse was inspired by locations in Ireland.

    However, in Elysium mines, the references to the real world are much more explicit and overt, so I thought I would highlight them here.
    The appearance of many things in Elysium mines are exact duplicates of things in the ancient City of Knossos in Crete.

    The City of Knossos had characteristic buildings with red columns, frescoes on the walls inside the buildings, and many pottery jars (all of which can be seen in Elysium mines).
    In Greek mythology, the labyrinth that held the Minotaur was in Knossos. The lower level of Elysium mines is essentially a labyrinth.

    From Avatar's Update # 256: "The mines are also home to...spirits and undead...trapped...in the labyrinth. The visual inspiration for this mine comes from the Minoan City of Knossos in Crete, where the original Labyrinth from Greek mythology was said to have been. The glowing river is partially inspired by the river Styx, and is closely associated with the spirits wandering the labyrinth."

    Here is a nice video comparing the real Knossos in Crete with Elysium mines, including pics of the real-world and SOTA frescoes. Very nicely done - they really do look the same!

     
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    Easter Egg: Reference to the movie Mad Max
    In South Broken Road

    In a society on the verge of collapse, Max was a police officer. Max becomes embroiled in a violent feud with a savage motorcycle gang. The gang kills Max's wife, son, and his fellow police officer. In the closing scene of the movie, Max locates a member of the gang (Johnny) who is stealing boots from a dead body at a car crash. Max uses handcuffs to shackle Johnny's ankle to the wrecked car. Then, Max sets fire to leaking fuel and throws Johnny a hacksaw. It would take too long to cut through the handcuffs, so Johnny is left with two options: burn to death in the explosion or saw through his own leg to escape. As Max drives away, the car explodes (implying that Johnny burns to death in the explosion). This scene is shown below:


    On the main road in this scene, you find a skeleton whose ankle is shackled to a charred wagon. The skeleton has an ax in his hand. This scene in SOTA corresponds to the scene in Mad Max shown above. The skeleton represents Johnny's dead body, the ax represents the hacksaw, and the charred wagon represents the car burned in the explosion. This location does not show up as a point of interest. When I encountered this scene in SOTA, it seemed peculiar to me, so I asked @Vas Corp Por (Travis Koleski, a developer) about it and he confirmed the Easter Egg. He also said there were no other Easter Eggs in South Broken Road.

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    Here is a close-up view of the shackled skeleton:
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    Gulligan's Island in Ardoris.
     
  6. Alley Oop

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    the princess bride: rickard in owl's head's fire lotus tavern and his appreciation for mutton. i noticed it seperately, but it looks like @Cordelayne gets first mention.

     
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    Wow this is a pretty extensive compendium. Going to have to hide more!
     
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    IIRC, this was discussed in a livestream prior to R56, as well. May be worthwhile to hunt it down as another media link.
     
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    1. Movie: Logan's Run - The New You shop. Where people could get a new look. You can find a New You shop in Ardoris and in Brittany...can't recall which sector.



    Thank you @Rinaldi for the pics!
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    2. Real Life: A glowing sphere of light over Stonehenge. See this article, but there are others:

    http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/The_Disappearance_of_the_Stonehenge_Hippies

    ---> In SOTA, blue glowing energy over mini-stonehenge type circles are used as portals.

    3. Book: SOTA Dragonbone Throne. Perhaps it comes from this series of books. Thanks to Celith Wraine for the info:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dragonbone_Chair
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memory,_Sorrow,_and_Thorn

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