So the Cursed Woods bounty had me take a few screenshots. One because of the clear reference to Kashyyk from Star Wars.
The other was this sighting of zombies –
Notice their blue eyes?
These are shuffling corpses, or the reanimated dead. Peculiarly, they have blue eyes. The only other zombie reference to have had blue eyes was in Game of Thrones, and those were Wights.
These were the reanimated dead that the Whitewalkers created to raise an army against the living. Presently, we know they are making a march against the wall, and can only be killed with Valyrian steel or those Dragonshard knives. The wights in Diablo III however, can be killed as long as you have enough damage output.
We also have Dragons in Diablo, next time will check the name of those serpents.
(Edit) I came back to this post after a year and the next Season of Game of Thrones was already out. There has been more lore exposed about the whitewalkers and how they were created.
Ever since I have been grinding Season 6 on a Frenzy Barbarian, I have managed to sight more than a few references to popular pop culture.
Perhaps it is because of this, I have been able to quickly catch specific references.
With Game of Thrones Season 6 out at pretty much the same time Diablo III Seasion VI is released, I have been following both of them.
That pretty much means that I have been reading up on lore for both the game and the series. So, it came as a pleasant surprise when I saw a reference to Gregory Clegane from Game of Thrones in Diablo.
I have been playing Diablo III on and off for the last four years, and have started taking it up again. This is primarily because of the new concept of Seasons and Adventure Mode.
No more do I have to keep endlessly grinding … uhh… it is a clickfest of a game, but what I love about it is how it pays homage to different pop-cultures.
Like how you can find Shaitan, the worm from Dune in the game.
However, I found some more references to Dune –
- Stilgar’s corpse
- A separate Bounty called Wormsign
In Act IV, you are asked to go to a small dungeon and eliminate all Hellbearers. This is pretty easily done and on dispatching all four of them, you see the boss – Fenring.
Meeting Fenring in the Wormsign Bounty
Dune fans will recognize this reference to Count Hasimir Fenring, confidante, advisor and chief assassin for Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV. The book series contains a fair number of Fenring’s exploits as an assassin, including one where he kills a victim using neural daggers (pretty cool way).