Arena:Easter Eggs

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This page is for Easter eggs only. Easter eggs include inside jokes, pop culture references, and any similar reference to something outside the Elder Scrolls games. For other points of interest, please see the appropriate pages.

Easter Eggs are secrets that the developers put in games to give people a laugh when they find them (provided that they understand the joke or reference). Arena has a large number of such jokes. Easter eggs differ from in-game references in that they have been clearly hidden from the player and are unusual with regards to their surroundings; references are often integrated into the rest of game and no attempt is made to keep them secret.

If you think you have found an Easter egg please post your idea on this article's talk page before adding it to this article.

Easter Eggs[edit]

Mirror Map[edit]

  • The map for the second level of the Mines of Khuras contains a hidden word. The word is Black Marsh, which is mirrored to make it harder to see.

Ria Silmane[edit]

In a 2018 interview on YouTube with Indigo Gaming, Ted Peterson mentions that Ria Silmane was portrayed by one of Arena's programmers. This can be seen to be Jennifer Pratt when looking at the photo of the Development Team.


In the same 2018 interview, Ted also discussed how he used a play on his own name for the answer to one of the riddles in The Halls of Collossus.

Cultural References[edit]

Dungeons and Dragons[edit]

Arena was originally based on a D&D campaign the developers created,[1] and as such bears certain similarities:

  • The Staff of Chaos appears to have drawn heavy inspiration from the D&D artifact, the "Rod of Seven Parts". Both items have been broken into several pieces and must be reassembled. Additionally the Rod was originally named the "Rod of Law" (law and chaos were the original alignment choices for characters).
  • The Oghma Infinium is named after the demon Orcus from D&D. Ted Peterson created a quest during a D&D campaign to find a great tome called the Orcus Infinium authored by the demon, and as Orcus was trademarked the name was changed to Oghma, a Celtic deity of wisdom.[2]

Name Generation[edit]

The name generator may appear random, but many of the part-names are there because of some references to other works and history:

Greek history, legends and mythology
Andro-cles, Aph-rodite, Art-emis, Ath-ena, Her-acles, and Per-seus (Argonian)
The Lord of the Rings
Ara-gorn, Lego-las (Wood Elf), Gan-dalf, Saru-man, and Sau-ron (High Elf)
King Arthur
Ava-lon (Dark Elf), Gwyn-yvyra, and Morg-anna (Breton)
Roman history
August-us, Cae-sar, Calig-ula, Ca-ssius, Gal-lus, German-icus, Jul-ius, Pil-ate, Tib-erius (Argonian)
Tristan and Isolde
Trist-ane, and Ys-olda (Breton)
Islamic history and legends
Ak-bar, Moham-med, Sha-hrazad (Khajiit)
Jewish mythology
Lil-ith (Dark Elf)

Province Names[edit]

Many of the province names originated from other fantasy works: