Daggerfall: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). Daggerfall 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]

Names of the Divines[edit]

Seven of the Eight Divines were named after beta testers or programmers (The exception, Kynareth, had previously appeared in Arena).

  • Akatosh was named after beta tester Lawrence Szydlowski, who liked to sign "also known as the old Smaug himself" (the first letter of each word forming the letters "Akatosh").
  • Arkay was named after one of the original beta testers, R. K. Deutsch, who died in 1998.
  • Dibella was named after beta tester Mary Jo DiBella.
  • Julianos was named after Julian Lefay, project leader of Daggerfall and several other Elder Scrolls games.
  • Mara was possibly named after beta tester Marilyn Wassermann.
  • Stendarr was named after beta tester Daniel Starr.
  • Zenithar was named after Stephen "Zen" Zepp, an Arena beta tester.

Other minor deities also have names derived from testers:

  • Ebonarm is the alter ego of beta tester Raymond Whit Crowley, who wrote The Ebon Arm.
  • Ephen (God of the Wild) and Phen were possibly named after beta testers Stephen Korejwo and Stephen Wilkinson.
  • Jephre was originally named "Jeh Free" and was named after beta tester Jeff Greulich.
  • Q'Olwen was named after beta tester Larry W. Olson.
  • Jone and Jode, the moons on Tamriel, are named for testers Judy Weller and Joan McKeown. Joan and Judy = Jone and Jode.

Names of the Daedric Princes[edit]

  • Boethiah was named after Roman senator Boethius
  • Molag Bal was originally named Moloch Baal, named for the Canaanite deities Moloch and Baal
  • Sheogorath was named after Ted Peterson, Lead Designer of Daggerfall and writer on other Elder Scrolls games, based on his full first name "Theodore".

Skakmat[edit]

The name of the dragon Skakmat is a reference to his role. "Skak Mat" is Danish for "Checkmate". The dragon facilitates the death of a king on a battlefield like a chess piece being part of a checkmate on the chess board.

Cultural References[edit]

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, Maced-onia, 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)

The Book of Five Rings[edit]

  • The Book of Circles is an allusion to The Book of Five Rings, written by historical Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi, famed as the victor of dozens of duels from an early age, he wrote the book late in his life as a practical guide to combat and continued the Way of the Sword. Musashi eventually settled down and lived on a lord's estate later in life, but retired to a mountaintop shrine in his final years to write and meditate, similar to Hunding's time as a hermit after thirty. The Redguards' reverence of Hunding is not unlike Musashi's popularity in Japan even centuries after his death as his Niten Ichi-Ryu style is still taught in schools, not unlike sword-singing.

Henry Mountains Paper[edit]

The Madness of George III[edit]

  • The book The Madness of Pelagius shares many similarities to the play The Madness of George III in terms of both the name and content, and Pelagius III's madness mirrors George III's madness in many ways. Pelagius living out his final days in the Temple of Kynareth is reminiscent to George living in Kew Palace.

Nulfaga's Literary Quotes[edit]

In her dialogue, Nulfaga quotes various lines from classical literature:

"United thoughts and counsels, equal hope / And hazard in the once glorious enterprise / Joined with me once, now misery hath joined / In equal ruin!" is part of a very well-known longer line from John Milton's Paradise Lost.
"Choosing out few words most horrible, let none them read! Verses, verses frame which with and other spells like terrible curses" is cribbed from The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser
"Say, what strange motive, Goddess! could compel..." is from The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope.
"We are only like dead walls or vaulted graves..." is from The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster.

Ogma[edit]

  • In Irish mythology, there exists a god called Oghma, whose domains include knowledge, writing and speechcraft; Infinium resembles the Latin infinitum, meaning "infinite". Thus, possible meanings of "Oghma Infinium" could be "endless writings" or "infinite knowledge".