|Once again, there are a few familiar personalities in Might & Magic 9 that you may recognize, if you've been around. Here is an overview.|
||Who is it, then?
||Sturmford City, Beet Hoven quest
||Luwdig van Beethoven, the composer
|Atli the Quick
||Drangheim City, Assessin promotion
||Atli, King of the Huns (Norse myth)
||Jarl of Drangheim
||King of Hunland (Norse myth)
|Hagar the Horrible
||Drangheim City, Expert/Master Blade
||Son of Roland Ironfist in MM6
||Guberland City, in cage
||Mad Martigan, caged warrior in 'Willow'
||Lindisfarne Monastery organist
||Antonio Saleri, the composer
||Regular poster, co-owner of TELP
||Regular poster on the boards
|Magnus ver Magnussen
||Iceland's Strongman champion
||Frosgard, Leader of the Horde
||Timur Lenk, Mongol conqueror
||Frosgard, Fortress in the Sky
||Ymir, Frost Giant, origin of all life (Norse myth)
||'Mary has a little lamb'
||Hall of the Gods
||Freya, Norse goddess of love and beauty
||Hall of the Gods
||Crom, Celtic god of storms, death and eternity
And further ....
Arslegard is not quite the same as the Norse Asgard, the abode of the Gods. Writs are an essential part of the Norse mythology.
Sturmford and Drangheim stand for the radical literature movement "Sturm und Drang".
Timbecile: "The raid on the Lindisfarne Monastery marked the beginning of the Viking era. The monks who survived fled to Durham, where they built a great cathedral. The building the Lindisfarne Monastery is based on in MM9 is the Durham Cathedral. At the time I was building the cathedral that would become Lindisfarne, I had no idea that the monks from Lindisfarne built the Durham cathedral. I found that tidbit out after the game actually shipped."
The dragonhead over the Sturmford Tavern door is the head of the MM6 intro dragon that threatened the adventurers.
Yvan the Smart's "To the death?" is a quote from the movie 'The Princess Bride'.
There is a Bembridge School on the Isle of Wight. Bembridge Scholars are mentioned in 'The Mummy'.
The Mercenary for hire outside the tavern in Thjorgard says "Are you talkin' to me?" in Danny DeVito's voice.
Artair Ordway's Cup (trophy room, Ta'Sar Academy, was supposed to give a bonus) is the Holy Grail from 'Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade'. This is what one of the books in the southeast library says: "...As Artair Ordway was the founder of the Ta'Sar Academy, it is only fitting that his statue is displayed prominently in the Trophy Room. According to the documents, drinking from his cup will provide the warrior with his strength, but alas there are many cups in the Trophy Room. It is also been said that woe be the soldier who tries, for drinking from the wrong cup will bring death a-knocking."