Easter Eggs & Real World References (Spoilers!)

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  1. Rinaldi

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    Real Word Reference
    Multiple zones and regions

    The names of several zones and regions in SOTA are derived from real world Non-English languages.


    I am not sure that all of the examples listed below were intentional.
    Also, note that many of the northern areas in Novia are named using languages from northern European countries, such as Norway and Iceland.
    In the list below, zones are towns or adventure scenes that the avatar can enter, whereas regions are areas on the map of Novia that describe a certain geographic area or structure (but there is no zone to enter).
    I am sure there are some names that I missed.


    Spindelskog - derived from "spindel skog", which is Norwegian for "spider forest". Spindelskog (zone) is on the continent of Mistrendur, and is a forest filled with spiders.

    Myrkur - derived from "myrkur", which is Icelandic for "dark".
    Myrkur (zone) is so dark inside that it is often hard to see anything!

    Drachvald
    - derived from "drachenwald", which is German for "dragon forrest".
    Examples in SOTA: Drachvald (region), North & South Drachvald Spur (zones)


    Grunvald - derived from "grünwald", which is German for "green forrest".
    Examples in SOTA: Grunvald (region), Grunvald Shardfall (zone), North & South Grunvald Barrens (zones)


    Hinterlands - derived from "hinter", which is German for "behind" (these lands are all located behind mountains)
    Examples in SOTA: North & South Hinterlands (zones), Far Hinterlands (zone)


    Brisach - derived from "breisach", which is Celtic for "break water"
    Examples in SOTA: Brisach Mapple Forrest (zone), Brisach River (region) - these areas are next to the coast, where a break water would be.


    Regalis - derived from "Regalis", which is Latin for "royal". Regalis (region) is near the towns of Brittany, which is the the area dedicated to the royal Lord British.

    Norgard - derived from "nord gård", which is Norwegian for "north farm". Norgard (region) is in norwthwest Novia.

    Estgard - derived from "øst gård", which is Norwegian for "east farm". Estgard (zone) is a town in the Norgard region.

    Valhold - derived from "Valholl", which is Old Norse & Icelandic for "Valhalla" (translation is "hall of the slain"). In Norse mythology, Valhalla was a hall where those who die in combat go to upon their death. Valhold (zone) is in Northwest novia on the island of Norgard.

    Ardoris - derived from "Ardor", which is Spanish for "Burning".
    Examples in SOTA: Ardoris (zone) is the city of love, burning with passion.

    Celestis - derived from "Celestis", which is Latin for "Heaven". Celestis (zone) is a city on Novia, near Ardoris.

    For an Easter Egg that involves translation, see the post below.
     
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    Easter Egg - reference to a real-life art thief
    Zone: Ardoris

    In Ardoris, there is a daily quest that can be done with either a reputable art dealer or a shady art dealer.
    The shady art dealer is named Stephanie Broadmeadow, who wishes to buy art even if they are forgeries.

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    In Ardoris, she is located outside a building at the green arrow.
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    Stéphane Breitwieser is a notorious art thief in real life, who stole hundreds of art pieces over many years. He also tried to sell some of his stolen art pieces (effectively becoming a shady art dealer).
    The name "Breitwieser" derives from the German language ("breite" = broad, "wiese" = meadow), which refers to someone who lives by a broad meadow.
    Stephane Breitweiser (the art thief in real-life) became Stephanie Broadmeadow (the shady art dealer in SOTA)!
    This Easter Egg was placed by @Elgarion (who gave me a little hint to help me figure this one out!).
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    More References to Developers

    In the zone Spindelskog, there is a rock that jets out over a cliff. This rock is a point of interest called "Rostov's Finger".
    Travis Koleski (in game Avatar = List Rostov, forum name = @Vas Corp Por) is the developer who designed and created Spindelskog.
    I spoke to List Rostov and it turns out that he did not put his finger in the game. Another developer, Keith Quinn (forum name = @Sannio), who added the daily quest, creature spawns, and some other details to Spindelskog, apparently also added "Rostov's Finger" as point of interest (it was a surprise for List, he initially did not know about it!). Effectively, Sannio made sure this work of art was "signed" by the creator: the name "Rostov" is now part of the zone.

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    The reputable art dealer in Ardoris is named "Caravaggios Wolf" which is the alter ego name of alumnus developer Stephen Daniele, who created much of the concept art for Shroud of the Avatar (you can see most of it on the SOTA Concept Art webpage, but you also see it on the loading screens when you enter a new zone). You can see his real name and his alter ego name on his twitter account. He also has a website that displays his artwork (including some of the SOTA concept art) and some details about his work in the gaming industry.

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    In Ardoris, he is located inside a building at the green arrow.
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    There are many more references to developers. Go the the initial post in this thread, and look in the section titled "References to Developers & to Developer's Friends/Family/Pets"
     
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    Minor Easter Egg: picnic scene
    in Tanglemire

    In Tanglemire, there are some mesa-like formations that have hexagonal stone columns around them. One of these mesa-like formations has a waterfall flowing from the top of it. If you jump to the top of this mesa, you will see the picnic scene. I was only able to get up there using a Ring of Frogkin or Ring of Cuttlekin, both of which increase jump height (however, even with one of these rings equipped, getting to the top of the mesa is still challenging).

    This picnic scene appears on the compass as a point of interest called "Picnic Basket" (location 138, 152, -176).
    On a fur blanket, there is a basket of potatoes, 2 wooden plates, a jug of whiskey, and a book called "Writing A Book".


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    This picnic scene is very similar to the Skeleton's Picnic in Blood Bay.
     
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    Maybe I missed it, but I didn't see mention here of the Obsidian Forge and its reference to U9.
     
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