There are quite a few references to Treasure Island in the spiral, so many I might miss a few. Ensign Livsey; a reference to Doctor Livesey the ship's doctor. Captain Gun; a reference to Ben Gunn a pirate who was marooned on the treasure island. Admiral Benbow Tavern; Admiral Benbow Inn owned by Jim Hawkins and his mother, also the place where the whole story starts. Blind Mew; Blind Pew the pirate that gives Billy Bones the black spot. Strong John Silver; Kinda obvious, Long John Silver.
Naturally, every book is based off of a specific source.
Book 1: Treasure Island
Book 2: Heart of Darkness
Book 3: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Book 4: Unknown
Book 5: Wild West
Book 6: Zorro
Book 7: The Duke of Death
Book 8: That old song called Desperately Seeking Sally, or A New Hope.
Book 9: Back to the Wild West.
Book 10: Treasure Island with a ghostly twist, or maybe the Undead Gunslinger.
Book 11: Japanese and Chinese culture, including Kabuki dancing and lots of other stuff.
Book 12: Even more Japanese and Chinese culture.
Book 13: Another A New Hope, or maybe something else.
Book 14: I don't know, maybe Greek Mythology.
Book 12 is definitely inspired by an anime called Dragon Ball Z. Another anime that has big influence in the story line is the very popular pirate anime, One Piece. The Yum-Yum fruit comes directly from Luffy's Gum-Gum fruit. -Fair Charlotte Firth, Level 53 Musketeer
There is a ship with a cutthroat shark, between Skull Island and the path to Puerto Mico. On that ship, the mini boss' name is Mack The Shark. My guess is, this is based off the character from the song Mack The Knife.
Here is part of the lyrics for proof.
Oh, the shark, babe, has such teeth, dear And it shows them pearly white Just a jackknife has old MacHeath, babe And he keeps it, out of sight Ya know when that shark bites with his teeth, babe.
The song I am familiar with is sung by Bobby Darin.
In the first promotion quest for Barnabus, you have to defeat a ship called The Orca. The ship's captain is a shark called The Mighty Quint.
I think this might be based on the song The Mighty Quinn. First release by Manfred Mann. Written by Bob Dylan, who then released it later.
The attacks it uses, plus the ship's name. all would indicate it.
Part of the lyrics are as follows:
Everybody's building ships and boats Some are building monuments, others jotting down notes Everybody's in despair, every girl and boy But when Quinn the Eskimo gets here Everybody's gonna jump for joy
Actually, I have been proven wrong on this. It turns out, it is a "Jaws" reference. T. S. Quint (Robert Shaw), was the captain of "The Orca".
I thought that Jonah Town was funny because it combines a whale from the story of Jonah in the bible and the guy Jonah whole got swallowed by the whale, Just thought that it was funny naming it after jonah XD.
In Marleybone during the Isle of Fetch arc, you can get a companion called Private Mills (like General Mills) then you go in to fight the Kurgahs (who are tigers) in a quest called They're Grrrrreat! Don't you just love frosted flakes? -Fair Charlotte Firth, Level 59 Musketeer
Well here is a few for all Lord of thr Rings fans In Flotsam you get a quest when you are like lvl 14 where your are to retrive a ring and the quest is The One Ring taken from the quote "The One Ring to Rule Them All"
here is the second refreance to Lord Of The Rings i found more of a location realy in tradewinds skyway if you look at the ruined light house from a distance even with the busted up light it looks like the Tower of Barad-dûr witch is the all seeing eye of Sauron
holy moly, these guys got it all. if they could only add the naz -gul that would be so great.
1. Lucy Sterling got her name from a violin player named Lindsey Stirling 2. The Underdog from Marleybone has gotten his name from the song Underdog from Imagine Dragons
Hmmm, I would have thought Underdog was from the cartoon Underdog. Shoeshine boy until a hero is needed then "Here I come to save the daaaay" "There's no need to fear, Underdog is here". Eh, you get the idea.
In that quest, she is chasing after her brother. His name is Guy Fox. The name Guy Fox and the promotion quest, are based on Guy Fawkes and the "Gunpowder Plot".
Remember remember the 5th of November, The Gunpowder treason and plot; I know of no reason Why the Gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot! Guy Fawkes and his companions Did the scheme contrive, To blow the King and Parliament All up alive. Threescore barrels, laid below. To prove old England's overthrow. But, by God's providence, him they catch. With a dark lantern, lighting a match! ...(there's more to the poem, but I'm not going to write it here)
Dixie Chicks. I was oh-so happy when I saw that. I love the Dixie Chicks!
I cried, never gonna hold the hand of another guy To young for him they told her Waitin' for the love of a travelin' soldier Our love will never end Waitin' for the soldier to come back again Never more to be alone when the letter said A soldier's comin' home
I love that song. Thanks KI for making the band a reference!
In Bonnie Anne's 3rd promotion when you are looking for the naptha barrels in the dry docks, the second barrel you look in is, to quote the great Ratbeard,
"Ughh, this one i filled with custard and fishfingers. Who would eat that?"
This is a reference to Doctor who from season 5 on, Fishfingers and Custard is the Doctor's favorite meal. there also is an entire side quest in Zafaria about it, where you have to get the PROFESSOR to get the COSMIC CALASPER aka the doctor the sonic screwdriver, and you find him next to a phone box in marlybone