Game Trivia

  • When the Succour Beast spell is used by a character with high magickal aptitude, it summons a Vorpal Bunny, who's very tough. This is a reference to the Rabbit of Caerbannog, the fictional beast in the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

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  • At the blimp's crash site you find a body of Isaac Zapruder who managed to film the attack on the Zephyr on his camera. This is a reference to Abraham Zapruder who unexpectedly recorded the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

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  • Tollo Underhill is a reference to Frodo Baggins of Lord of the Rings, whose alias was Mr. Underhill.

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  • Azram's Star, a unique throwing weapon, is an exact replica of the Glaive, the fictional weapon used in a 1983 film Krull.

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  • When asking people about the Isle of Despair (at a certain point in the main quest), they may answer "You mean the Black Isle? I'm not quite sure..." This is a reference to the Black Isle Studios, where most of the Troika Games staff came from.

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  • Lethe Wyvern, a two-legged dragon, that destroys its victim's memory with its poisonous claws, is named after Lethe, one of the several rivers of Hades: those who drank from it experienced complete forgetfulness. The in-game effect of Lethe Wyvern's attacks is permanent Intelligence damage.

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  • Nasrudin is named after Nasreddin, a populist philosopher and wise man, remembered for his funny stories and anecdotes.

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  • Matt de Cesare is named after the winner of the "Get in the Game" contest. The character's original name was Leonid Anderson (which was most probably based on the names of developers Leonard Boyarsky and Jason Anderson).

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  • Hieronymous Maxim, the inventor of the mechanized gun and the aeroplane in Arcanum, is based on Hiram Maxim, the inventor of the first machine gun, who also experimented with powered flight.

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  • The Whytechurch series of murders in Caladon is based on the Whitechapel murders.

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  • Gilbert Bates, the presumed inventor of the steam engine, who holds the monopoly on making steam engines, is a reference to Bill Gates of Microsoft. His competitor, Cedric Appleby, is a reference to the Apple corporation, who competes with Microsoft.

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  • H.T. Parnell, a showman that makes money off hoaxes in Tarant, is based on P.T. Barnum, an American showman, businessman, and entertainer, remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the circus that became the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

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  • The Ring of Brodgar is based on the real stone circle of the same name which is in Orkney, Scotland.

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Connection to Other Media

  • The Boil in Tarant is referred to as being a "wretched hive of scum and villainy", which is how Obi-Wan Kenobi described Mos Eisley in Star Wars Episode IV. This description was also used in Fallout 2 to describe The Den.

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  • When speaking with Prince Auguste Farad in Caladon about the fate of his betrothed Aria, the Living One mentions the ship she was travelling on was called the Elizabeth Dane. This is a reference to the ship in John Carpenter's The Fog, and would be referenced again in Troika's later title Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines.

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  • If you and Virgil join the Dark Elves, Elder Joachim, Virgil's former mentor, appears in Caladon to make a desperate plea for Virgil to stop, and when he refuses, tries to stand in his way. One of Virgil's taunts to Joachim is "Your powers are weak, old man," quoting Darth Vader from Star Wars Episode IV.

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