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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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- 1 Easter Eggs
- 2 Cultural References
- 2.1 The Brothers Grimm
- 2.2 Dear John Letters
- 2.3 Game of Thrones
- 2.4 God Save the Queen
- 2.5 Goodnight Moon
- 2.6 Harry Potter
- 2.7 Herp Derp
- 2.8 Highland Fling
- 2.9 Men's Wearhouse
- 2.10 Monty Python
- 2.11 One Fine Day...
- 2.12 Over the Hills and Far Away
- 2.13 Paul Revere
- 2.14 Pied Piper
- 2.15 Reticulating Splines
- 2.16 Seinfield
- 2.17 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
- 2.18 Sweetrolls and Fish Sticks
- 2.19 They Live
- 2.20 Tobuscus
- 2.21 William Shakespeare
- 2.22 William Tell
- 3 Other Easter Egg Pages
- 4 See Also
- 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 graphic novel C0DA. According to the novel, Queen Ayrenn is an incarnation of KINMUNE.
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 PvP beta event, where the first Emperor was crowned.
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.
Dear John Letters
- The Dear Johun Letter, a woman's breakup letter to her distant lover Johun, is a reference to Dear John letters.
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."
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 Common and Palomino horses, respectively. More information about the Fishy Stick phenomenon can be found here.
- 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.
- The Song of the Diamond Sword is a reference to this song by YouTube personality Tobuscus, about his diamond sword in Minecraft.
- 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.
Other Easter Egg Pages
- Morrowind Easter Eggs
- Tribunal Easter Eggs
- Bloodmoon Easter Eggs
- Oblivion Easter Eggs
- Shivering Isles Easter Eggs
- Skyrim Easter Eggs
- Dragonborn Easter Eggs