I was listening to some Queen today and I realized "The Ode to Bright Eagilles" is a big reference to "We Are The Champions".
"... And bad mistakes... He's made a few. But the simple truth is if he's on your side, then you'll never lose! Go Eagilles, go fight on! And on! And on! And oooon! Eagilles is Champion, my friend! We hope he'll keep on fighting, 'till the end! Eagilles is Champion, he is our Champion! Sure he's got hubris, but he is the Champion... What a bird!"
I got to say, when I first read that I thought the wording sounded a little off, especially since they all have this monotone voice while singing it. Now it all makes sense! Well played KI writers, well played indeed.
I was doing Bonnie Anne's promotion quest and when we were looking for the barrels that could explode when rat beard said "Fish sticks and custard. Who eats that?" I laughed so hard. If anyone reading this post has watched the first episode in season five of "Doctor Who" when he asked the kid to make him something he hated the apple, the bacon, and other stuff there was only one thing he loved which was fish sticks and custard.
A really obvious one is in marleybone where you have to get potatoes from wharf rat ships for a vendor to make chips. After you get them ratbeard says "You know in Skull island we call chips Polaris fries, though in Polaris they are just called fries"
Well, I was at an art museum yesterday, and the person who showed us around said DONKEY HOTAY. Or something like that. It instanly reminded me of p101.
Lol I am sure they were talking about Don Quixote, the early 17th century novel by Miguel de Cervantes that his been made into the Opera and Film Man of La Mancha That Is the source of the Pun character Donkey Hotay. It is fun with the real world blends in with our game fun.
And Another Thing... The Boss ship in Marleybone is called the Hart of Gold, leaving me very disappointed when Zaphod, Arthur, Trillian, and Ford Prefect didn't show up when I boarded it. I previously had thought that situation Infinitely Improbable, and my bowl of petunias immediately jumped ship.
the Rosetta Stone was the artifact that helped break the enigma that was the hieroglyphs Ffound in the city of (you guessed it) Rosetta. By the way Kingsisle, I am going on a limb here, but did the idea of Aquillan Linear A & B come from the tablets found in Knossos on Crete that were given the same name by Sir Arthur Evans? If so, could you please tell me? If not, don't.
As for other references, I really loved the Oliver Twist and Bah Humbug quests. Ratbeard was a wee bit funny when doing good deeds and I didn't realize that I was doing Oliver Twist until the end when I ran into the Pickpoket's house (I also love Bonnie's line before we left the Shipyard building we raided). I am also really impressed with the Guy Faux reference in Bonnie's promotion. They were even able to throw in the Gun Powder Scandal that immortalized his name when he almost destroyed Parlament (or the Foundry).