Funny Stuff, little secrets, eastereggs...
04.12.2009 @ 08:56 #401
I saw something for first time: on the message boards outside of hairy Bear and the dungeon, there are two pieces of paper that look like torn pages of a newspaper. And the funny thing is that there are marked parts of the text, with a... marker! :whatthe:
15.02.2010 @ 20:19 #402
15.02.2010 @ 20:28 #403
05.03.2010 @ 21:55 #404
There is a discussion beetween lumberjacks about wild flowers and crossdressing.
You have got to be kidding! Wow I am going to have to find that....never paid all that much attention to the random conversations between the NPC's guess I am going to have to start..
also the wizards tower in the swamp is another Monty Python egg - in the holy grail there is swamp castle, whos owner built it sevral times because it kept falling over and sinking into the swamp - read the journal entry about the wizard and its not as comical, but the same.
09.03.2010 @ 18:56 #407
Oooh, good point!
28.03.2010 @ 07:41 #410
Many Quest titles reference different novels or movies. These are some which havent been mentioned:
Of Monsters and Men (reference to John Steinbecks' novel Of Mice and Men, which deals with the kind/cruel nature of people).
Vizima Confidential: reference to James Ellroys' novel LA Confidential, a "Noir" story of corrupted cops. One of the sargents and main characters is Jack Vincennes, a sort of corrupted and jaded cop with a very dry sense of humour, very much the same as the first glimpse we have of captain Vincent Meis, until we discover he has a heart ;D, and strangely for a cop, is the lover of a prostitute. More strangely enough, that happens in LA Confidential too, but to another cop, the psicho-and-not-too-clever Wendell White (played by Russel Crow in the movie).
Anatomy of a crime : Several movies and TV episodes with that very catchy name, which is the reason they used it ;D
The Vizima Connection: Reference to The French Connection, movie based on the struggle of an honest and funny cop determined to destroy an underground drug (heroine) maffia enterprise (much the same as the fisstech business).
The Beauty and the The Beast: my lamest references of all... ;D
There are others but were all mentioned before. :)
29.03.2010 @ 15:06 #412
18.05.2010 @ 16:15 #415
Also the "The Heat of the Day" is the reference to Polish novel "Balladyna"
21.05.2010 @ 20:33 #416
Oh, and the painting with Dandelion and the two wraiths reminds me of some paintings by the polish symbolist painter Jacek Malczewski, check this out: http://okiemstudenta...mlet_polski.jpg
Someone mentioned hearing "For Elrond" - that's actually "For Aelirenn". She was an elven freedom fighter, Yaevin can tell you about her when you first meet him in the swamp.
I've seen mention of dutch names - Sapkowski uses them a lot for Nilfgaard. Which is a bit strange, since nilfgaardian is supposed to be modified elder language (elven speech).
27.05.2010 @ 08:49 #418
Sapkowski himself also used this reference - when Nilfgaard attacked Aedirn from the south, Kaedwenian forces marched in from the north, ostensibly with "fraternal assistance". In truth, king Henselt of Kaedwen made a deal with emperor Emhyr var Emreis to jointly dismantle Aedirn. This is analogous to the beginning of WW2 in Poland: the nazis attacked from the west, then the soviets (then Hitler's allies) brought Poland "fraternal assistance" from the east.
Just remembered another interesting reference: one of the Order's battlecries is "Tandaradei!" This is the title of a love poem by the medieval german author Walther von der Vogelveide.
What's the connection to the Order here? It's another historical reference.
Tandaradei was sung by the Order of the Teutonic Knights before the battle of Grunwald. This was one of those ironic moments in history: the order knights sang an erotic song (though quite a beautiful one), while the Polish, whom the order always accused of being barely concealed heathens, sang "Bogurodzica" ("Mother of God"), a religious anthem. The Polish won.
Andrzej Sapkowski also used "Tandaradei" as the title of one of his non-witcher-related short stories.
28.05.2010 @ 03:04 #419
Thanks, Kodaemon, that's interesting. I hadn't known that Soviet aggression was called "fraternal assistance," so I had thought that Foltest responded negatively because of what his relationship with his sister was like*. :-)
*(For those who don't remember, Foltest's "fraternal assistance" to his sister was to have sex with her.)
28.05.2010 @ 09:52 #420
Foltest incest relationship with his sister produced a striga.
Well there will be a lot of striga's in Shelbyville. LOL