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Comics & Cartoons

  • Batwing Shield - Reference to the cartoon Batfink, and his catchphrase "My wings are like Shields of Steel."
  • Guru Bear - The lore text 'smarter than the average bear' was what Ranger Smith would often say of Yogi bear.
  • Keldor - Reference to the fictional character Skeletor, the arch-enemy of He-Man from the 'Masters of the Universe' franchise.
  • Monolith's Pantaloons - This item is a reference to Obelix from the French Comic "Asterix and Obelix", where the Roman empire conquered the whole of Europe except for a small village in Gaul (France). The inhabitants were able to resist the Romans through a potion that granted them super-strength for a small amount of time. Obelix possesses this super-strength permanently after he fell into a cauldron of the potion as a baby, and his job is a Menhir (Monolith) carver.
  • Scuttlegore - Inspired by a creature from Thundercats.
  • Sheet of the Craven Mage - The Sheet of the Craven Mage is a nod to the character Linus from the long-running comic strip "Peanuts".
  • Thunder Liger - The name is a reference to the Japanese wreslter, Jushin "Thunder" Liger, while the ability is a reference to the Thundercats.
  • Unseeing Eyes - The ability name is a reference to ThunderCats and the Sword of Omens.

DC Comics

Marvel Comics

Fairy Tales & Nursery Rhymes

Folktales & Legends

  • Abominable Showman (Achievement) - A reference to the Abominable Snowman
  • Faustus the Wizard - A reference to Faust a character from German folklore who sold his soul to the devil in exchange for power and magic.
  • The Grail - The Holy Grail is one of the foremost legends in Christian mythology, and has long been the objective of many quests, both real and fictional, most notably the search for it during The Crusades and, fictionally, that undertaken by King Arthur and his knights.
  • Hrolf's Set - Reference to the story of Beowulf and Grendel.
  • The Lambton Breastplate - Reference to the Lambton Worm legend.

Arthurian Legends

  • The Green Sword - Sir Gauvin, more commonly known as Sir Gawain, was the youngest of King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table, in addition to being Arthur's nephew. One of Gawain's most notable appearances was in the 14th century poem "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight".
  • Lord Tyranthius - A lot of the lore for Lord Tyranthius is based off of legends about King Arthur. The pre-lore for Ryndor mentions him pulling a sword from the stone, a reference to Excalibur. The pre-lore also describes him as being sealed in a magic cave along with his knights, ready to be awakened if needed, another reference to one of the legends about his death. Camlann Hill is a reference to the Battle of Camlann, believed to be the final battle of King Arthur. The Battle of Badon in the pre-lore for Camlann Hill is another reference to a battle attributed to King Arthur.
  • Rhongomynyad - Arthur’s spear in the Mabinogion story of Culhwch and Olwen
  • Sir Cai - The Welsh rendering of Sir Kay, one of the first knights of the Round Table.

Games

  • Castle Crashers - Reference to the game of the same name.
  • Dark Legacy Gauntlets - "Shoot the food" is a reference to the classic game series Gauntlet, one of which is named Gauntlet: Dark Legacy.
  • Derek's Set - Reference to Dirk the Daring from the old Dragon's Lair game.
  • Drakes and Ladders (z3a3q1) - Reference to the board game Snakes and Ladders.
  • Faedark Valley (z2) - Reference to Greater/Lesser Faydark from Everquest.
  • Banhammer Bros. - A reference to the Mario characters.
  • Golemite Gauntlets - The lore text is a reference to the classic toy/game Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots.
  • Lucian the Scholar - The Lore yell "Alexander usually goes for the eyes. Try that!" is a reference to Baldur's Gate's Minsc and his miniature giant space hamster, Boo's battle cry: "Go for the eyes Boo, GO FOR THE EYES!! RrraaaAAGHGHH!!!"
  • Might and Magic (z7a2q3) - Reference to the RPG series of the same name.
  • Music Missile (z8a5q4) - Reference to the commonly used spell in RPGs, "Magic Missile."
  • Sword of a Thousand Lies - Reference to World of Warcraft and South Park's Sword of a Thousand Truths.
  • The quest boss intro, "*** welcomes you to your doom" - Reference to the old game, Altered Beast, in which a voice would say, "welcome to your doom" whenever you encountered a boss.
  • The Scholar, in the Library, with a Candlestick (z8a2q3) - Reference to the board game Clue/Cluedo.

5th Planet Games

  • Gauntlets of the Realm Walker - Part of the description is a reference/foreshadowing to Clash's area Wizard in the Tower
  • Green Mushroom - A reference to the card Colbaeus The Wretched, from Clash of the Dragons. The Walrus part is also a reference to Guilbert's faithful companion.
  • Portal Shield - The other side of the portal, from whence the beams of energy and 'bizzare' projectiles come from, is the Wormhole Shield of Legacy of a Thousand Suns, which text reads:
This shield is either a crime against astrophysics or its crowning achievement. Perhaps both. In any event, it provides excellect protection. Any fire directed at the shield, whether from a machinegun, a blaster, or a rocket launcher, disappears into the wormhole - leaving its bearer completely unscathed. What happens to this fire is an interesting question, but one which need not concern you...
  • Pyro-Slayer's Chest - The description is a reference to the way many players get tons of gold, but have nothing to do with it other than buying more land to produce more gold.

Historical Works

  • Alte Armatur und Ringkunst - The title is a direct reference to the fencing manual 'Old Armament and the Art of Fighting' by Hans Talhoffer in 1459.
  • Apocolocyntosis (z9.5q6) - Reference to the satirical work about the Roman emperor Claudius, (presumably) written by Seneca the Younger, literally meaning The Gourdification of Claudius.
  • Blue Blade - Reference to Cao Cao's sword the Blue Blade from Luo Guanzhong's Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
  • Danse Macabre - Reference to Dance of Death, an artistic genre of late-medieval allegory on the universality of death.
  • Flos Duellatorum - Reference to 'Flower of Battle', a fighting manual written by Fiore del Liberi between 1400 and 1410
  • Gladiatoria - Reference to a German combat manual of the same name, written in the mid-15th century
  • Hachiman's Set - The lore texts are a reference to The Book of Five Rings.
  • Principia Mathematica (z6a4q4) - Reference to Isaac Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, regarded as one of the most important works in the history of science.

Shakespeare

  • All that Glitters (z9a5) - A play off of "All that Glisters is not Gold". - While variations of this phrase have been used throughout the ages, that specific phrase and the most popular one is from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice.
  • Prince Obyron - Reference to Prince Oberon, a folklore used in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Holidays

Misc

  • Captain's Hammer - This item refers to Joss Whedon's Dr Horrible's Sing A Long Blog, in which there is a character named Captain Hammer. He also uses the phrase "I will take her back to my place and show her my hammer. And these (*fists*) are not the hammer..."
  • Clockwork Gauntlets - The lore text is a reference Sir Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics.
  • Dirthax's Tooth Fragment - The description is a reference to Fish & Chips.
  • Flesh-Ripper - Reference to the Macuahuitl, a type of weapon used by mesoamerican cultures such as the Aztecs.
  • Greater Shadow Bolt Scroll - Reference to the introduction of The Shadow radio program
  • Iron Curtain (z7a3q3) - Reference to the symbolic division of Europe during the mid-late 1900s, known by the same name.
  • Lucian the Scholar - The Lore yell "Kenshin used such a maneuver when demons attacked Rurouni," is a reference to Ruruoni Kenshin.
  • Mabrunesh - Reference to the Hindu Deity Ganesha
  • Rock Worm - The use of "melange" in the description is a reference to the geological term meaning a disordered mixture of rocks of different shapes and sizes jumbled together, and also to the classic novel "Dune", in which people ride giant sandworms that create the spice called melange.
  • Ruthic Sallet - Reference to Gothic architecture, and of being needlessly ornate compared to tribal gear.
  • Winners Don't Use Alchemy (Achievement) - Reference to the anti-drug slogan "Winners Don't Use Drugs," seen on arcade games in the 1990s.
  • Winter Sprite's Trousers - Reference to one of Aesop's fables, The North Wind and the Sun.

Music

His ability is also a lyric from the Manowar song Metal Warriors.

Mythology

Greek mythology

  • Aegis - Reference to the shield of Zeus.
  • Black Coral Blade - The "Whirlpool of Charybdis" in the description is a reference to the Odyssey.
  • Bracers of Barbaric Might - A reference to how Ancient Greeks saw anyone other than themselves.
  • Celeano - A harpy from Greek mythology.
  • Dark Drake Vambraces - The lore text contains a reference to Echidna, the mother of some of the most known monsters in Greek Mythology (such as Cerberus.)
  • Diomede's Set - The name is a reference to the Greek hero Diomedes
  • Erebus the Black - Named after the primordial deity who was the personification of darkness, and also used to refer to a region of the Underworld.
  • Expose Weakness - Reference to the Greek hero Achilles.
  • Galatea - Based on the myth of Pygmalion and Galatea.
  • Kerberos - Greek for Cerberus, the 3 headed hound that guarded the gates of the Underworld.
  • Krypteia - Reference to a Spartan tradition.
  • Leo Novus Set - The proc is a reference to Achilles' comments to Hektor in Homer's Iliad - "There are no pacts between lions and men."
  • Machaon the Healer - A reference to one of the Iliad's heroes. Machaon was well known for his healing abilities with diferent herb mixtures. He was killed by Eurypylus and he was worshiped for a long time after his death.
  • Nausicaa - Reference to a character in the Odyssey.
  • Nestor - Reference to the King of Pylos during the Trojan war, who often gave advice. Sometimes good, sometimes bad..
  • Phaedra the Deceiver - Named after Phaedra, the wife of Theseus and step-mother of Hippolytus, she deceived Theseus into killing Hippolytus after Hippolytus rejected her love.
  • Scylla - Named after a monster from Homer's Odyssey and other myths.
  • Telamon's Bulwark - The name of the Greek hero Ajax's shield, named after his father.
  • Teucer Tullian - Reference to ancient greek Teucer; He fights for the greeks during the Trojan War and kills tons of Trojan heroes.
  • Thunderbolt - Reference to Zeus's Iconic weapon of choice forged by cyclopes under the blacksmith god Hephaestus.
  • Tiresias - A blind prophet from Thebes, seen in several famous literary classics such as The Odyssey and The Divine Comedy
  • Tisiphone the Vengeful - A reference to Tisiphone, one of the 3 Erinyes
  • Vhaliribdis - A reference to Charybdis, a sea monster from Greek mythology.
  • Winged Boots - Reference to Hermes' winged sandals.

Norse mythology

  • Crusher - Reference to Mjölnir, Thor's hammer, which means crusher.
  • Gungnir - Reference to the spear of Odin.
  • Nidhogg - Loosely based off Norse myths.
  • Sleipnir - Reference to Odin's eight-legged steed.

Roman mythology

Novels & Short stories

  • A Tale of Two Swords - Reference to A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.
  • Ataxes - Based on Lord Rataxes, from Babar the Elephant.
  • Dawning Dragon - Reference to Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes.
  • Death in the Clouds (z14a1q3) - Reference to the Agatha Christie novel of the same name.
  • Four Arms Bad (Achievement) - Reference to the phrase "Four legs good" from George Orwell's Animal Farm.
  • Genevieve Everdeen - Her last name is borrowed from the main character in The Hunger Games.
  • Ghost of Battle Past (z9a4q1) - Reference to the Ghost of Christmas Past, from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
  • In Sylvan Shadows (z2a2q1) - Reference to the Forgotten Realms Book II of Cleric Quintet of the same name.
  • Killmi-Killyu - The children's story referred to would be the Doctor Dolittle books, which has a horse-like creature with a head at each end called a Pushmi-Pullyu.
  • Level 42 text - Reference to Douglas Adams' "A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"
  • Level 451 text - Reference to Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451"
  • Mask of the Red Death - Reference to Edgar Allan Poe's The Masque of the Red Death, which describes the same situation.
  • Mina von Richten - The second part of her name is derived from Manfred von Richthofen from Kim Newman's Bloody Red Baron.
  • Red Harvest (z1a1q3) - Reference to Dashiell Hammett's novel of the same name.
  • Rock Worm - Reference to Frank Herbert's Dune franchise, in which people ride giant sandworms that create the spice called melange.
  • Slaughterers Six is a possible reference to wikipedia:Slaughterhouse-Five, a satirical novel by Kurt Vonnegut.
  • Strangers in a Strange Land (z8a1q3) - Reference to Robert Heinlein's novel of the same name.
  • Sword of a Thousand Lies - The description is a reference to the fictional character Pinocchio, a wooden puppet whose nose grew whenever he told a lie.
  • The King's New Trousers - Reference to Hans Christian Andersen's The Emperor's New Clothes. "King" Bullardo is also part of the development team.
  • Vampires Don't Sparkle (Achievement) - Reference to the vampires in the Twilight Series who sparkle in the sun
  • Wexxa the Worm-Tamer - Reference to Frank Herbert's Dune franchise. Wexxa also uses the same technique as a Dune WormRider.

Discworld Series

  • Apprentice Librarian's Set - Special ability "Ook!" is a reference to Terry Pratchett's Discworld's Librarian (Who is an orangutan)
  • Kapitän Karotte - His name is German for Captain Carrot, a reference to the Discworld character of the same name who also was raised by dwarves and therefore sees himself as a dwarf despite being technically a human.
  • Genevieve Everdeen - Her special ability is named after a Terry Pratchett book, Carpe Jugulum meaning roughly "Go for the throat."
  • Guards! Guards! - reference to Terry Pratchett's Book of the same name

Dracula

Frankenstein

  • Francis - Reference to Frankenstein, in particular the part when the monster is brought to life.
  • He's Dead! (Achievement) - Reference to the phrase "it's alive!" from the film Frankenstein.
  • Stein - A reference to Frankenstein.

H. P. Lovecraft

  • Dark Corners of the World (Achievement) - Reference to the game: Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth
  • Desert Mystic's Set - Reference to the writer of The Necronomicon, Abdul Alhazred - it is a fictional grimoire appearing in the stories of horror writer H. P. Lovecraft.
  • Reanimator's Hat - Reference to H. P. Lovecraft's Herbert West--Reanimator
  • Teremarthu - Visual reference to H. P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu

People

  • Batiatus' Gladiators - Name of the owner of a famous Gladiator slave compound where Spartacus was supposed to have trained.
  • Breeches of the Great Khan - The lore text is based off of a "Conan" quote, which is also based off a Genghis Khan quote.
  • Caracalla - Reference to the Roman Emperor Caracalla.
  • Count Siculus - Named after Diodorus Siculus, a Greek historian.
  • Euphronios - Named after a famous potter from ancient Greece.
  • Fawkes' Mask - Reference to Guy Fawkes, who was part of a plan to assassinate King James I.
  • Ivan - Reference to the producer/director Ivan Reitman.
  • Lysimache the Dreamer - Reference to the Queen of Argos and/or the Daughter of King Priamus of Troy (different people).
  • The Muramasa - Muramasa Sengo was a renowned 16th century Japanese swordsmith whose swords were extremely sharp. His swords were outlawed by Tokugawa Ieyasu, who had lost many friends and relatives to swords made by Muramasa. The myth developed that a Muramasa blade, once drawn, must taste blood before it can be re-sheathed, even that of it's wielder.
  • The Red Prince's Set - The lore texts are a reference to Alexander the Great, while the name is a reference to Edward the Black Prince.
  • Shadowsteed - A reference to the story of Alexander the Great and his horse.
  • Stylin' and Profilin' - Reference to the wrestler Ric Flair
  • Skywayman (z9a5q2) - A reference to highwaymen, the mounted robbers.
  • Thunder Liger - The name is a reference to the Japanese wreslter, Jushin "Thunder" Liger, while the ability is a reference to the Thundercats.
  • What Ya Gonna Do? - Reference to the wrestler Hulk Hogan

DotD Players

5th Planet Games

  • Booma - Named after a team member, Mohammed Al-Sahaf
  • Dahrizon - Named after a team member, George Perkins
  • Felendis & Shaoquin - Named after two team members, Robert Wrinkler and Stephen Pladson.
  • Genevieve Everdeen - A reference to the wife of team member Robert Wrinkler.
  • Kalevra - Named after a team member, Bryan Wheeler
  • Lucian the Scholar - A reference to Cleomedes (Ibrahim Amin), a team member. The book seen holding and his ability is a reference a book he wrote, The Monster Hunter's Handbook.
  • Queen Lena - Named after a team member, Lena Gkika
  • See http://www.5thplanetgames.com/about-us for more information

Phrases

English

French

  • Noblesse Oblige - Noblesse oblige is a French phrase literally meaning "nobility obliges".

Latin

Other

  • Irresistible Force (Achievement) - The name is from the paradox about a irresistible force going against an immovable object (Sir Cai)
  • Panoptica - Panoptica is Greek for "All Seeing"
  • So Moat It Be (z4aa2q1) - Reference to the ritual phrase "so mote it be", meaning "so may it be", used by Freemasons and more recently Neopagans in a similar way to "amen."
  • Songstress' Gift - The symbol 神仙 means Shénxiān - Immortal/divine.

Places

  • Rubicar River (z3a1) - A reference to the Rubicon River in Italy, and Caesar's crossing of that river.
  • Kavalan Barbarian - Reference to the town of Kavala, Greece, where Lena is from.

Poetry and Plays

  • Cavern Spider - Come Into My Parlor is a reference to Mary Howitt's poem, "The Spider and the Fly."
  • Fearful Symmetry (z2a2q4) - Reference to The Tyger by William Blake.
  • No Sex Please, We're Krunan (Achievement) - The name is based off a British play titled "No Sex Please, We're British"
  • Shield of Shalott - The story and name of the shield is a reference to Alfred, Lord Tennyson's The Lady of Shalott.
  • The Raven's Set - The ability is a reference Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven."
  • War Music (z2a1q4) - Reference to Christopher Logue's War Music, an adaptation of part of Homer's Iliad.

Quotes

Religious References

Television & Film

  • Basilisk Hide Chest - "Old wives' tales claim that warriors in red shirts seldom return to battle alive, but you feel optimistic." a shout out to the poor red shirts of star trek.
  • Basilisk Hide Greaves - Reference to a scene in the movie Kickboxer where Jean-Claude Van Damme kicks over a palm tree and ends up hurting his shin.
  • Bloody Alice's Blades - Reference to Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street.
  • Circlet of Barbaric Might - Conan's hat from Conan the Barbarian film.
  • Ezna - ability "Big Bada-boom!" is a reference to Leeloo from "The Fifth Element"
  • Forest Spirit Set - The proc "Feed Me, Seymour!" is a reference to the film Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
  • Gerlow Darkeyes - His ability is a reference to the common category in SNL's Celebrity Jeopardy.
  • Goblin Bombardier - Text is a reference to Leeloo from "The Fifth Element"
  • Golden Garden Robe - The description is a reference to a scene from Enter The Dragon, and the saying originates from Buddhist philosophy
  • Green Knight Set - The ability "Easy Being Green" is a reference to Kermit the Frog's phrase "It's not easy being green"
  • Hurkus the Eviscerator - The lore blurb is a reference to the tune of The Teddy Bears Picnic
  • I Dream of Genie, Genie Dreams of Jewels - Aliyah's proc is a reference to the American sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie"
  • Knightly Breastplate - The text is a reference to the Knights who say Ni, from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • Knights of Good - The ability is a reference to the film "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly."
  • Li - Reference to the character Chong Li from the film Bloodsport, in which Chong blinds Jean-Claude in one of the scenes.
  • Matilda - Special Ability is a reference to The Simpsons' Helen Lovejoy's catchphrase: “Won't somebody please think of the children?!”
  • Murderer's Hide - Reference to Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street.
  • My Preciouses (Achievement) - A reference to Gollum from The Lord of the Rings.
  • Nosferatu Minion - Reference to the German horror film "Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror" from 1922
  • Popinjay's Set - Reference to Lord Blackadder played by Rowan Atkinson.
  • Scavenger Set - Reference to The Wombling Song.
  • Scholar! Lava! Hot! (z7a2q4) - Reference to the Jurassic Bark episode of Futurama (Professor! Lava! Hot!)
  • Shark-Toothed Club - Reference to the film Jaws - the ability text is a reference to the character Quint, and the description text is a reference to the phrase uttered by Brody when he blows up the shark.
  • Sparkles of the Newblood - Obvious reference to Twilight.
  • Spirit Seeker - The Spirit Seeker is a nod to actor Haley Joel-Osment and the role he played in the movie "The Sixth Sense"
  • Sky-Cutter Chakram - The artwork is inspired by Xena the Warrior Princess.
  • Sky Shark - The description is an obvious reference to the movie Jaws 2, which has the tagline "Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water..."
  • The Kurgan's Blade - "There can only be one!" is a reference to the nameless villain from the first Highlander movie, who came from a tribe on the steppes of Russia, called the Kurgans.
  • Through Foulness I cannot even imagine (z3a2q2) - A quote from The Shawshank Redemption.
  • Top Drake (z9a3q4) - Reference to the 1986 film Top Gun.
  • Vuncot - The ability is a reference to the phrase "Too old for this ****", from Lethal Weapon
  • Wexx on, Wexx off (Achievement) - Reference to the phrase "Wax on, wax off" from The Karate Kid.
  • Wilhelm - A reference to the stock sound effect called the Wilhelm scream.

The Guild (Web Series)

Star Wars

  • Helena Orestine - One of her Advice yells, "Do, or do not. There is no 'try'." is a reference to Yoda.
  • I find your lack of faith disturbing (z6a5q3) - A quote from Star Wars - A New Hope (IV), when Darth Vader force chokes one of his admirals.
  • The people hanging in the background of Kang-Gsod (Raid) - Reference to the scene from Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back (V), where Luke is hanging in the Wampa cave.
  • Light Saber - The name and description of this sword are a reference to the lightsabers of Star Wars, which are described by Obi-Wan Kenobi. "This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or as random as a blaster, but an elegant weapon for a more civilised age"
  • Not the Drake You're Looking For (z9a5q1) - Reference to the line "These are not the droids you're looking for," from Star Wars - A New Hope (IV).
  • Suneate of the Last Emperor - Special ability is a reference to Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

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