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References in DDO

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As many people have discovered over the years, there are many subtle and not-so-subtle comedic, silly or even serious references and homages to other things both in DDO and out of DDO. Here are a few examples... please feel free, if you find any more, to add your own.

Comics[edit]

  • In the final quest in the Phiarlan Carnival arc, Under the Big Top, an optional Tiefling named Maz'il'tilnik appears, with whom you can make a deal. While talking about it, you can ask what happens when he says his name backwards... and he throws a fit, complaining about an "overmuscled, blue and red armored do-gooder of a paladin" who keeps showing up to try to trick him into doing just that - then says his name backwards several times, to no effect. This is a reference to Superman's standard method of dealing with his enemy Mister Mxyzptlk.
  • In The Marketplace, hireling vendor Crimson Annja is a reference to fantasy comics and movie character Red Sonja, or to the historical fiction literary character she was based on (but in the latter case, her name should arguably be Crimson Annya) (see also #Literature, #Movie).

Gaming[edit]

  • In the third quest in the Catacombs series, "The Crypt of Gerard Dryden", the map is a very similar to a Sorry!® game board, complete with colors, and your goal is to get to the middle (like a Sorry! game).
  • "The Enemy Within" is named for 80's classical campaign series for Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay The Enemy Within Campaign. (What?! this isn't DnD!)
  • Xy'zzy, the Hound of Xoriat, is named for Xyzzy, the magic word in the original Colossal Cave Adventure, which also subsequently appeared in various Infocom games over the years.
  • In The Shroud (Raid), each of the Shrouds first 3 phases were designed to mimic various classic arcade games:
    • Phase 1 is modelled after the classic arcade game Gauntlet, by Atari.
      • Upon entering you'll immediately notice four corpses, they are named very similarly to the four characters from the Gauntlet arcade game: Scarlet Warrior, Jade Elf, Azure Valkyrie and the Golden Wizard
    • Phase 2 borrows some of its elements from the classic Pac-Man, by Namco
      • The Ghost return to the center to come back to life, just like pac-man, and the power pellets are represented by the trees which regenerate spell points.
    • Phase 3 is vaguely reminiscent of Frogger, by Konami
      • The Whirling Blades represent the cars, and the player dodging them is Frogger.
  • In the Marketplace, in front of the monk trainer, there are 2 people kneeling in front of him, one is called Kendrik and the other Ryutar, referencing Ken and Ryu, 2 characters from the Street Fighter Franchise.
  • Kobolds sometimes yell "Dizafrabadoo!". That should be a reference to a similar line in Baldur's Gate II.
  • The four guests in A Study in Sable are references to the four characters from the Gauntlet games. The guests are colour coded the same way the Gauntlet II characters are on the title screen. Dareon Krenner is the blue wizard, Sir Chadrus Thurling is the yellow warrior, Flora Reynard is the red valkyrie and Alyk Glenweir is the green elf. Additionally the Valkyrie in Gauntlet Legends is called Freya which is an obvious inspiration for Flora Reynard.
  • DM Dialog in Friends in Low Places refers to the area with the archer ambush as "Overflow Control #1", perhaps a reference to Zork's "Flood Control Dam #3" [1]

Literature[edit]

Movie[edit]

Music[edit]

  • The five quests out in The Vale of Twilight are all musical references to hard-rock or metal.
    • "Running with the Devils" is the first track from Van Halen's 1978 "Van Halen" album.
    • "Rainbow in the Dark" is a track and a singlecut from Ronnie James Dio's 1982 "Holy Diver" album.
    • "Let Sleeping Dust Lie" is a reference to "Let Sleeping Dogs Lie" from the Michael Schenker Group's "MSG" album.
    • "The Coalescence Chamber" is taken from the name of metal band Coal Chamber. Indeed, "Coal Chamber" is often the shortened name used by players for the quest.
    • "Ritual Sacrifice" is a thrash metal group that formed in Rhode Island in 1987.
  • "Ghosts of Perdition" is named for Swedish death-metal band Opeth's 2005 album (and title track) "Ghost of Perdition". 4th track of the album is "Atonement".
  • A monk finishing move Shining Star requires Earth, Wind and Fire moves to trigger and dances opponent when successful. This refers to 70's funk/disco band Earth, Wind and Fire, which had a hit song also called Shining Star.
  • The named rapier from The Tide Turns, the Elyd Edge's name is an anagram for "Geddy Lee," the lead singer of Rush.
    • The "elvish script" at the bottom's translation is an almost verbatim lyric from Rush's song "Anthem," and the elvish script itself may be a reference to the Rush song "Rivendell" off of the same album.
    • The epic version of the rapier has "Screaming," to which Lee's early vocal performances have been compared.
  • In the quest Prove Your Worth, the pirate Penzants is a reference to Gilbert & Sullivan's comic opera The Pirates of Penzance.
  • The quest Don't Drink the Water likely borrowed its name from the Dave Matthews Band song of the same name from the album Before These Crowded Streets.
  • A rare wilderness encounter in Ataraxia's Haven is Schenker "The Scorpion King", another reference to guitarist Michael Schenker who was an early member of the German rock group The Scorpions.
  • A harbor NPC- Questgiver for The Captives is Pearl Drumling. Her name is a reference to a Pearl Musical Instruments LTD who is a global manufacturer of percussion instruments including drum kits played and endorsed by many famous musicians including James Kottak of the The Scorpions.
  • "The Prisoner" is a track from Iron Maiden's debut album - the Number of the Beast.
  • "Invaders" is the first track from Iron Maiden's Number of the Beast album.
  • "Black and Blue" is the name shared by a Backstreet Boys album and a Rolling Stones album.
  • When the Wizard King Raiyum dies, he states, "I'm a god why can't I live on?" A reference to Powerslave by Iron Maiden.
  • "Creeping Death" is a reference to a song of the same name from Metallica on "Ride the Lightning".
  • Gianthold's Trial by Fire is a reference to a song of the same name from American thrash metal band Testament from their sophomore album "The New Order"
  • Enter the Kobold is most likely a reference to hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan's debut album "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)"
  • The new legendary raid, Riding the Storm Out is a reference to the album of the same name by REO Speedwagon
  • Fear Factory is a reference to the industrial band of the same name.
  • Ghost of a Chance is a reference to the Rush song of the same name.
  • The flesh golem rare in Good Intentions Amaranthine shares the name with an Enya album of the same name.
  • In the Flesh is the first track off Pink Floyd's The Wall album
  • Ataraxia shares her name with an Italian Neoclassical Darkwave band.

Real life[edit]

  • In the challenge Treasure of Crystal Cove, the Kobold Union Workers keep uttering what sound as lots of quotations from several sources. For example, "A small step for a Kobold, a huge leap for Koboldkind!" is a reference to Neil Armstrong's famous words spoken while beginning walking on the Moon.
  • In the public area Tower of the Twelve, the Daelkyr researcher Mandelbrot sounds like a homage to late mathematician Benoît Mandelbrot, whose field of research and most-influential brainchild can be defined "maddening" (as Daelkyr are). The Daelkyr in Eberron are all bounded (i.e., they can't escape their bounds), as are (in a manner of speaking) all the points in the Mandelbrot set, as are (while we are at it) the almonds in the dessert with the same name. The points that lie around the Mandelbrot set are often visualized in ways that bring Daelkyr home plane Xoriat to mind.
  • The end boss in Ghost of a Chance (epic) is named Major Mal - a reference to longtime Turbine dev and former DDO Live Producer MajorMalphunktion/ProductionMalphunktion.
  • The spell/effect Xiaobo's Shock Dust sounds like a homage to cultural phenomenon Liu Xiaobo Shock and to writer, human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo himself.
  • In the raid The Chronoscope, vendor Falquen al-Sarrac can sell you Flametouched iron weapons and repair your equipment. That's a reference to the Arabic language expression "dar al-sarrac". From that, or from the related "dar al-sina'a" (loosely translated as house of manufacturing, house of industry), through the usual multiple distorsions and declensions of the written and spoken word throughout the centuries and the kilometres and the cultures, came such words as tarsianatus, tarzanà, tazanà, terzinaia, tersâne, drassanes, darsena, arzenale, arsenal. That would be, in common modern usage, a place where you build and repair ships (i.e. a shipyard) or a place where you store and repair weapons.
  • In the public area Meridia, giant Bank Security officer Roussimoff sounds like a homage to late wrestler and actor André René Roussimoff, better known as André the Giant, who also played Fezzik in the movie The Princess Bride (see also #Movie and #Literature).
  • The raid boss Eudoxia took her name from Peter the Greats first wife.
  • The treasure items from the Anniversary_Party have punny names
    • The Mother Board tower shield is named after a computer component
    • The Forum Posts were originally fence posts from a speaking forum. The DDO internet forums have thousands of posted messages -- and of course, those posts may be flaming, chilling, caustic, shocking, or clamorous.
    • Posting such messages, or other anti-social behavior, can get you banned from the forums or the game itself. This is what fans called "being hit with The Banhammer".

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