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- 1 Easter Eggs
- 2 Cultural References
- 2.1 Beowulf
- 2.2 The Brothers Grimm
- 2.3 Chuck Norris Facts
- 2.4 Dear John Letters
- 2.5 Donkey Kong
- 2.6 Fawlty Towers
- 2.7 Game of Thrones
- 2.8 God Save the Queen
- 2.9 Goodnight Moon
- 2.10 Harry Potter
- 2.11 Herp Derp
- 2.12 Highland Fling
- 2.13 Indiana Jones
- 2.14 Men's Wearhouse
- 2.15 Monty Python
- 2.16 One Fine Day...
- 2.17 Over the Hills and Far Away
- 2.18 Paul Revere
- 2.19 Pied Piper
- 2.20 Reticulating Splines
- 2.21 Sabrina the Teenage Witch
- 2.22 Salt Bae
- 2.23 Seinfield
- 2.24 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
- 2.25 Sunstone
- 2.26 Theodore Roosevelt
- 2.27 They Live
- 2.28 William Shakespeare
- 2.29 William Tell
- 2.30 Winston Churchill
- 3 See Also
Easter Eggs are secrets that the developers put in the game to give people a laugh when they find them. Elder Scrolls Online has a large number of such jokes. Easter Eggs differ from in-game references in that they have been intentionally hidden from the player and are unusual with regards to their surroundings.
Cultural References are objects, characters, or events in the game that refer to a specific element of popular culture; they differ from Easter Eggs in that they are usually integrated into the game world, and strong parallels can be drawn between the in-game event and the specific work being referenced. Cultural references also include allusions to elements of real-world culture, such as historical events and folklore.
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- The city of Elinhir is protected by a guild of mages known as the Blackcaster Mages. In the original conception of Arena as a fighting game, Elinhir's gladiator team was to be called "The Blackcasters". However, the game was changed to an RPG, and the gladiator teams never appeared in the game.
- Karifa al-Tahud, a Tel Var Armorer found in the Daggerfall Covenant base in the Imperial Sewers, can be heard spreading several conspiracy theories. One of them is: "Queen Ayrenn is a miniature Dwemer construct from the next era. Everybody knows it". This is a humorous reference to KINMUNE, a synthetic sentient being from the future featured in Michael Kirkbride's short story by the same name. In an expansion of the story entitled "Ayrenn", Queen Ayrenn is said to be an identity assumed by KINMUNE.
- During the quest Back in Time, you discover that the Ayleid ruin of Rubble Butte is caught in a Dragon Break. Lady Edwyge's Notes reveal that the events of the quest keep replaying for those trapped inside. This is a nod to the MMO mechanics of delves, which involve supposedly unique, important bosses respawning repeatedly for the next player to kill.
- Captain Alphaury's Journal states: "We dispatched a couple of the creatures before we were forced to turn tail and run. For some reason, however, as we got close to the forest, the atronachs stopped chasing us. They suddenly seemed to lose interest in us and returned to the ruin." This is a reference to the leashing mechanic, whereby mobs will cease combat if a player gets far enough away from their starting position.
- During the quest Room to Spare, a Breton landlord named Felande Demarie says: "I've had tenants cram their rooms with the wildest things. Mounts, foliage, assistants - I mean, it's an inn room!" This is a reference to the multitude of strange things you can do with furnishings in the player housing system, such as decorate your free inn room with large mounts.
- In October 2014, a craze began within the ESO community surrounding former ZOS Community Coordinator Jason Leavey's hair, which was notably flamboyant. Some years later, the developers created two in-game hair styles (The Standing Flame and The Standing Wave), which were released in November 2017 and January 2018 respectively, for players to equip on their own characters. These were then confirmed by Jason himself on his Twitter page to be references to his hair.
Sweetrolls and Fish Sticks
- High level provisioners can cook both fishy sticks and sweetrolls, references to both of the running gags in the Elder Scrolls series. These recipes are also the only two provisions with a unique icon. "Sweetroll" and "Fishystick" are also the default names for the Sorrel and Palomino horse mounts, respectively. More information about the Fishy Stick phenomenon can be found here.
Those Who Stood at Chalman Keep
- The book Those Who Stood at Chalman Keep can be found on a pedestal in Chalman Keep. It is a reference to the final battle that took place during a closed PvP beta event, where the first Emperor was crowned.
- According to Lead Content Designer Jeremy Sera, Hrogar's Hold is based on Beowulf, which features a character called Hrothgar who ruled over the mead hall of Heorot.
The Brothers Grimm
- The Nord folktale Legends of the Forest was written by The Sisters Glumm, a reference to the German Brothers Grimm, who were responsible for chronicling many popular folktales including Cinderella and Snow White.
Chuck Norris Facts
- The book Glories of the Pirate Queen contains several unlikely tales about the amazing feats of the Pirate Queen of Anvil. This is a reference to Chuck Norris Facts, a style of similarly outlandish jokes told about ex-action hero Chuck Norris.
Dear John Letters
- The Dear Johun Letter, a woman's breakup letter to her distant lover Johun, is a reference to Dear John letters.
A Donkey Kong Easter egg can be found within the Lambent Passage section of the Imperial City Sewers (right before entering the Vile Drainage section), where several platforms and barrels have been set up in a reminiscent style to the first level of the original 1981 arcade game.
- During the assault on the Great Shackle, Cadwell exclaims that the group is going to give "a damn good thrashing". These are the same lines Cadwell's voice actor John Cleese says to his broken down car in Fawlty Towers.
Game of Thrones
- The name of the quest The Watcher in the Walls is a reference to the oath of the Night's Watch, from the fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire and its TV adaptation Game of Thrones: "I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the shield that guards the realms of men."
- The book Rise of the Red Sails contains the line, "Brace yourself Abeceans. A storm is coming." This is a play on a common Internet macro involving the character Ned Stark and the phrase "brace yourself, [x] is coming".
God Save the Queen
- The name of the quest Gods Save the King is a reference to the British anthem God Save the Queen/King.
- Goodnight Mundus is a copy of the classic children's book Goodnight Moon, with the normal characters and objects replaced by things from the Elder Scrolls series.
- The Academy Supplies letter is a reference to the acceptance letter and supply list that first year Hogwarts students receive.
- The kwama in How the Kwama Lost His Shoes "hurps and durps". This is a reference to the slang phrase herp derp (sometimes spelled hurp or harp) that is used in response to something extremely stupid or clumsy.
- The female version of the Breton racial dance is a Scottish Highland dance called the Highland Fling.
- According to Lead Content Designer Jeremy Sera, the explorer Narsis Dren is a play on Indiana Jones, in that his first name is a place and his second is a common surname.
- Fredevieve Jeanne, a tailor in Elden Root will say "You'll like the way you're dressed! I can guarantee that, I think." That is likely an homage to this line, spoken by Men's Wearhouse founder George Zimmer, that used to appear in commercials for the men's dress clothes retailer.
- The first two lines of Cadwell's Personal Anthem is a reference to the first two lines of The Lumberjack Song by the British comedic troupe Monty Python. Cadwell is also voiced by John Cleese, who was a member of the troupe, though Cleese didn't actually perform that song.
One Fine Day...
- The ditty Cadwell recites when you first meet him is an adapted version of the nonsense poem "One Fine Day..." (aka "Two Dead Boys"):
|Cadwell||One Fine Day|
|"One fine day in the middle of the night,
two dead kings got up to fight.
Back to back they faced each other,
drew their bows... and stabbed themselves!"
|"One bright morning in the middle of the night,
Two dead boys got up to fight.
Back-to-back they faced one another,
Drew their swords and shot each other."
Over the Hills and Far Away
- Aldmeri Dominion bards in the game may sing a song entitled Over the Seas and Far Away. This is a reference to the George Farquhar version of the traditional English song Over the Hills and Far Away.
- The name and objectives of the quest If By Sea are a reference to Paul Revere's famous midnight ride during the American Revolutionary War.
- An NPC named the Rat Whisperer can be found commanding a legion of skeevers in the Wayrest Sewers. A copy of The Piper can be found close by. This is a reference to the Pied Piper of Hamelin, who used a flute to control rats and kidnap children.
- The Reticulated Spine subzone in Shadowfen is a reference to "reticulating splines", a nonsensical phrase commonly found in Maxis games since its first appearance in SimCity 2000.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
- The default name of the Black Cat pet is "Salem". This is a reference to the character Salem from the Sabrina the Teenage Witch franchise, popularized by the live action sitcom adaptation.
- An Argonian chef named Makes-Many-Soups can be found in Jorunn's Stand in Eastmarch. If you ask her how many soups, she will say, "Today, only one soup." If you complain, she will declare, "If you are too greedy, you get no soup at all!" This is a reference to The Soup Nazi from the TV show Seinfeld, who would declare, "No soup for you!" and refuse to serve the person at the slightest complaint.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
- At Thizzrini Arena, Feluni will give you the stage name of "The Mysterious Stranger" after reaching the final round of the arena. This is a reference to a similar competition on the planet Taris in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, where the player would be given the same stage name.
- The NPCs Allysin Cartier, Liisan Cartier and Alan-Tei are a reference to the characters Allison Carter, Lisa and Alan from the erotic webcomic series Sunstone by Stjepan Šejić.
- The default name of the Cave Bear mount is "Theodore", likely after Theodore Roosevelt due to his association with teddy bears.
- Guards may say "I love to crush skulls and eat sweetrolls, and I've no more sweetrolls", an Elder Scrolls universe version of Rowdy Roddy Piper's line "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubblegum," from the 1988 movie They Live.
- Marcy's Kawala Tea is a contraband item with the following flavor text: "This packet of tea comes with its own tea strainer, because the Kawala Tea of Marcy is not strained." This is a reference to "The quality of mercy is not strain'd", a line from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice.
- To the east of the ritual site in the Lineage of Tooth and Claw quest is a corpse with an arrow sticking out of its head and an apple lying on the ground nearby. This is a reference to the legendary archer William Tell, who was tasked with shooting an apple off of his son's head.
- In Port Hunding, Qadrima can be overheard saying, "In the morning, I'll be sober but you'll still be stupid." This is a classic rejoinder often incorrectly attributed to Winston Churchill.
- M'aiq the Liar, the recurring character who's comments are references to events and features of the game (both new and removed), jokes, and Easter Eggs.
- forums where you can discuss Easter Eggs related to ESO. — A place on the UESP