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Monty Python (moved from article)[edit]

  • In one of the later quests in Coldharbour, Cadwell wonders if you wish to know his "favorite color", among other things. This is a reference to the Bridgekeeper scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, in which John Cleese's character, Sir Lancelot, was the only one of the main characters to successfully answer the question: "What... is your favorite color?"
What else was said in the scene? Does Cadwell ask about your name, your quest, migratory swallows, etc.? If that's the only connection, I'd have to say this is a coincidence. Zul se onikaanLaan tinvaak 00:33, 26 June 2014 (GMT)
At one point, you can say, "I need to ask you something else". He will respond, "By all means. Do you want to know many Daedra can dance on the head of a pin? How I manage to stay so cheerful even in the most perilous of circumstances? What's my favorite color? Ask away".
I could see this being a reference. It was a memorable exchange in a movie which (arguably) stands out as the greatest work of Cleese's career. I personally think it's a foregone conclusion that everyone at Zenimax has seen the Holy Grail multiple times, so dismiss it as coincidence at your own peril. But ultimately, I'm ambivalent on its fate. Easter Egg pages give me headaches. Insignificant RevisionsThreatsEvidence 02:52, 26 June 2014 (GMT)
One similar line of dialogue by itself doesn't constitute a reference. Zul se onikaanLaan tinvaak 13:55, 26 June 2014 (GMT)
I would support this, it's such an iconic and well known line and you have to think Bethesda had heard of it, plus there are already eggs involving Caldwell and Monty Python. I disagree that one similar line of dialogue doesn't constitute a reference, if it didn't then many Easter Eggs on both this and the Skyrim page would need to be removed. --AN|L (talk) 14:21, 3 August 2014 (GMT)
Does the scene in the game take place on a bridge? Is Cadwell voiced by Cleese? There has to be something beyond one similar snippet of dialogue for it to be more than a coincidence. Star Wars is well known, as is the line "I've got a bad feeling about this" being from the movie, but when it's said by an NPC without any other contextual similarities, it hasn't been considered a reference any of the 5 or 6 times it's been proposed on the Skyrim page. Zul se onikaanLaan tinvaak 15:37, 3 August 2014 (GMT)

() Cadwell is, in fact, voiced by Cleese. --AN|L (talk) 15:41, 3 August 2014 (GMT)

Okay, THAT makes it a little more convincing. Zul se onikaanLaan tinvaak 15:44, 3 August 2014 (GMT)
I agree with re-adding this. —Legoless (talk) 22:45, 3 August 2014 (GMT)

Gods Save the King[edit]

Would the name of this quest be a reference to the British anthem God Save the Queen/King? —<({QT>> 08:39, 3 August 2014 (GMT)

Makes sense. --AN|L (talk) 14:13, 3 August 2014 (GMT)

Race for the Cure[edit]

I think the quest Race For the Cure is a reference to the real life Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which is a race event held to raise money for breast cancer research. The race and the charity that runs it are very well known, at least in the US, and I instantly thought of the race for the cure when I saw the quest's title. --AN|L (talk) 21:58, 6 August 2014 (GMT)

Except that the quest doesn't involve a race, cancerous disease, or anyone resembling or named similar to Susan G. Komen. With nothing other than the name (which isn't THAT uncommon of a phrase when dealing with disease), I can't support this being an easter egg. Jeancey (talk) 22:06, 6 August 2014 (GMT)
I'm with Jeancey here. Although I definitely see the similarity, we can't support something as an egg based on the name alone. •WoahBro►talk 22:10, 6 August 2014 (GMT)
I agree. Zul se onikaanLaan tinvaak 11:23, 7 August 2014 (GMT)

For Dummies[edit]

The book titled Woodworking for Simpletons may be a reference to the popular For Dummies how-to book series. The only connections I can find are the similar title and informal writing style, though, so I don't feel particularly strong about this one. --Xyzzy Talk 14:15, 17 August 2014 (GMT)

Yeah, not a strong enough connection. Its not styled in any way like a dummies book other than the title. --AN|L (talk) 14:49, 17 August 2014 (GMT)

Rufinus/Oprah egg[edit]

During the quest The Grip of Madness, you are tasked with confronting Rufinus about his habit of throwing lightning bolts at people in the area (including you). As you approach the tower that he is standing atop, dodging bolts along the way, he can be overheard saying something like "...and you get a lightning bolt, and you get a lightning bolt...", with a very similar inflection to an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show where she gives away cars to audience members, saying "...and you get a car, and you get a car..". Now, since this is ESO, there is no way for me to easily go back and verify what I thought I heard, but it struck me immediately when it happened that this was referencing Oprah's famous clip. I plan on verifying this when I get one of my characters up high enough in level to do so, but in the meantime, if someone else can check it, that'd be good. --Xyzzy Talk 20:24, 20 August 2014 (GMT)

I don't know if that's a solid enough connection by itself. If we could get an audio comparison, that might help. Zul se onikaanLaan tinvaak 14:26, 21 August 2014 (GMT)
I tracked down a video of someone doing that quest. It sounds to me like he's saying "You get the lightning! Now, you get the lightning!", which isn't very similar to the Oprah quote. --AN|L (talk) 14:42, 21 August 2014 (GMT)

Exploding Chickens[edit]

During Simply Misplaced, the second Mages Guild quest where you get to use the Wabbajack, occasionally the Wabbajavk will turn some of the acolytes into chickens. As my poor character learned, if you try to get close to these chickens or attack them again they explode. I think this might be a reference to the well-known mod for Skyrim where you could add exploding chickens to the game. Those chickens would explode when you attacked them, too. What do you think? Is this an Easter Egg? — Runs-in-Rivers

Although I don't have Skyrim for PC or really use mods in general, I do know of a few mods for the game. That being said, I've never heard of this mod so that wouldn't really support it being "well-known". Also, I'm skeptical that Zenimax would purposely add a reference to a user-created mod for another game. •WoahBro►talk 18:03, 17 November 2014 (GMT)
ESO features multiple occasions where chickens explode (Shadow Clucks, Five Finger Chickens), and none of them strike me as anything more than comic relief. Besides, exploding fowl are kind of a trope ([1], [2]) . —Legoless (talk) 23:15, 17 November 2014 (GMT)
I find this kind of hard to believe as well. Zul se onikaanLaan tinvaak 01:40, 18 November 2014 (GMT)

Praise the Three...[edit]

I heard a random NPC say "Praise the Three and pass the bottle of sujamma, eh?" This seems to be a reference to the "Praise the lord and pass the ____" trope, though which version remains unclear to me. The earliest version of this that I could find was a WWII-era song called Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition, but this song may be referencing a 1939 movie called Drums along the Mohawk. What do others think? --Xyzzy Talk 15:34, 24 November 2014 (GMT)

Honestly, it is such a common trope, and Praise the Three is an extremely common dunmer phrase, along with the dunmer propensity to drink, I don't see enough for a specific easter egg... Jeancey (talk) 23:07, 24 November 2014 (GMT)
Agreed. Tropes tend to point away from specific references, not towards them. Zul se onikaanLaan tinvaak 12:14, 25 November 2014 (GMT)

Reticulated Spines in Shadowfen honors Sims-Simcity creator Will Wright[edit]

If you've ever played the Sims or Simcity games, during the loading screens you may have noticed references to Llamas and a strange phrase "Reticulating Spines"... Seems the devs at Zenimax were fans of Maxis games because they named a Dolmen in Shadowfen Reticulated Spine Dolmen — Unsigned comment by (talk) at 05:06 on 23 March 2015

It's Reticulating Splines, but yes, I thought the same thing when I first saw the region name as well. The problem I have with any Easter Egg is coincidental inference, so I'll leave it to someone else to decide whether or not this is a valid addition. --Enodoc (talk) 17:51, 23 March 2015 (GMT)
Is there anything else to connect it to Sim City other than the name? Jeancey (talk) 19:51, 23 March 2015 (GMT)
"Reticulated splines" is a common nonsense phrase used in a huge number of Maxis games. Definitely a nod to Will Wright, who came up with it originally. —Legoless (talk) 22:05, 23 March 2015 (GMT)
Although I'm not terribly familiar with Sims games, I think this sounds plausible. Zul do onikaanLaan tinvaak 14:15, 25 March 2015 (GMT)
It does seem a little questionable, since the "spines" theme does fit in with the inhabitants of the region. However, the "reticulated" adjective seems completely out of place here, which leads me to believe that it is a reference to the Maxis games. I played the hell out of SimCity in my younger days, and immediately heard "Reticulating splines" spoken in a sultry female voice in my head when I saw this name. I erect the spine of support. --Xyzzy Talk 15:02, 29 March 2015 (GMT)

Star Wars - Luke wampa gag[edit]

In one of the dungeons in the rift there is a point where you will see a skeleton hanging from the ceiling reaching for a sword, whilst a frost troll is nearby. Obvious reference to Empire and a running gag. Can't remember the cave though. — Unsigned comment by (talk) at 11:12 on 17 April 2015

I wouldn't doubt it, given the references in Morrowind and Skyrim. I'll look around the rift to see if I can identify which cave it is, but once we find the cave, I don't see any issues with adding this. Jeancey (talk) 18:10, 17 April 2015 (GMT)
If we can find it, I support it. At this point the wampa reference is almost as much a staple of the series as M'aiq. Zul do onikaanLaan tinvaak 19:29, 17 April 2015 (GMT)
Yeah, I saw this on the forums the other day, but couldn't corroborate it myself. I was also thinking that, since this has been a frequently recurring gag for a long time, we might want to make a General page for it, similar to the Fishy Stick meme. Insignificant RevisionsThreatsEvidence 16:55, 19 April 2015 (GMT)
Don't really think it needs its own page. It's a common gag, and Star Wars has left a big enough cultural dent to make it no more notable than a recurring Shakespeare reference. —Legoless (talk) 19:58, 19 April 2015 (GMT)
There is yet another reference to this in Wrothgar. Ice Cave, Skeleton hanging from ceiling, sword on the ground just out of reach, other animal bones scattered all around. So we have two to add :) Jeancey (talk) 01:31, 5 January 2016 (UTC)

Down the Skeever Hole[edit]

This is a seemingly obvious reference to 'down the rabbit hole' though I see no similarities to the book or the metaphorical essence of the phrase. Silence is GoldenBreak the Silence 19:25, 8 May 2015 (GMT)

Well, it's kind of become a common figure of speech. After Alice in Wonderland, it was in The Matrix, and probably a few other things I'm not aware of. So without any connections to a specific work, I can't really agree with including this. Zul do onikaanLaan tinvaak 01:42, 9 May 2015 (GMT)

Racial Dances[edit]

I recently discovered that the Breton racial dance is a Scottish Highland dance called the Highland Fling. It's likely that the other racial dances are based on other real-life cultural dances. Does anyone else recognize any of the other dances? ~ Alarra (talk) 04:29, 13 May 2015 (GMT)

Could we get a video or something comparing the two? Without a visual comparison, this seems awfully subjective to me. Zul do onikaanLaan tinvaak 14:21, 13 May 2015 (GMT)
Here. The twirl seems reminiscent, but other than that I don't see the direct comparison. —Legoless (talk) 14:36, 13 May 2015 (GMT)
As a note to the subjective, there is a long history in MMOs of styling racial dances after real dances, be they cultural or more modern. While this isn't TES related, I definitely think it lends credence to the idea that this should be added to the page, if we can find other dances that the other racial dances are based on. Jeancey (talk) 20:08, 13 May 2015 (GMT)
Here is a gif of the Breton dance. The hand positions, the twirl, and foot movements are almost identical; comparing them makes it clear that this is what the Breton dance is based on. ~ Alarra (talk) 00:29, 14 May 2015 (GMT)
Definitely not how I remember the Breton dance. Whatever that one is, it's an obvious reference. —Legoless (talk) 00:50, 14 May 2015 (GMT)
I double-checked; this is indeed Breton. However, I know some dances are different depending on the gender - I noticed it once when playing with a friend, but I can't check the dances myself because I don't have a male character - so perhaps men do a different Breton dance and that's why you're remembering it differently? ~ Alarra (talk) 05:42, 14 May 2015 (GMT)

() That's definitely the same dance. If we can identify the others and lump them in together, that would be great, but if not, this would definitely qualify as a reference. Zul do onikaanLaan tinvaak 19:34, 15 May 2015 (GMT)

The Name of The Wind[edit]

At a lake in the south central part of the Stonefalls area there is a covered wagon with a lute and some Metheglin. This is a reference to Kvothe from the book The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Kvothe was a member of a group of traveling performers known as the Edema Rue. His caravan of wagons was attacked during his childhood. Kvothe only remembers seeing the wagon, the tent of a dancer, and the fire his parents were eating at. These are the exact items that are found at the camp. The only thing Kvoth takes with him is his father's prized lute. Metheglin is the victory drink that Kvothe drinks after he earns his pipes by performing a difficult song on the lute later in the story. Maiq the Liar is also found at this camp. — Unsigned comment by (talk) at 20:51 on 17 June 2015 (GMT)

As far as I know Metheglin was only introduced in Update 6, so this can't be a reference. —Legoless (talk) 21:42, 17 June 2015 (UTC)
(Well, if the rest of it fit, it could have been just added later to confirm it, but I don't think it's a reference anyway.) Do you mean Steamlake Encampment? That's the only camp I could find near a lake with a lute and a covered wagon. I do not believe this is a reference, because there was nothing specifically labeled "metheglin", just "drink", and when you pick those up it's a random drink. There is also no fire pit there, and the tent and wagon are intact, and there are no signs of any other identifying bits of the scene in the book (there were multiple damaged tents, and bodies he came across, he stared at a pot on a fire pit for a bit, the wheels of his parents' wagon were rusted, and everything that was on fire burned with a blue flame.) A tent, a wagon, and a lute are pretty common things, and it was a coincidence that the drink you found was metheglin, but unfortunately this does not appear to be a reference (I love the book though - it'd be awesome if there were one somewhere!) ~ Alarra (talk) 07:14, 18 June 2015 (UTC)

William Tell[edit]

East of the unmarked cave used for the ritual in Lineage of Tooth and Claw is a dead body with an arrow/bolt sticking out of its head with an apple lying beside the head. The location also has a lore book. Silence is GoldenBreak the Silence 21:05, 20 June 2015 (UTC)

Makes sense to me. Zul do onikaanLaan tinvaak 01:37, 21 June 2015 (UTC)

Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice[edit]

There is a contraband item called Marcy's Kawala Tea which has the description: "This packet of tea comes with its own tea strainer, because the Kawala Tea of Marcy is not strained." I'm pretty sure this is a reference to the famous "the quality of mercy is not strained" speech from The Merchant of Venice. Contraptions (talk) 16:25, 13 July 2015 (UTC)

Seems like an obvious one. —Legoless (talk) 16:44, 13 July 2015 (UTC)
Makes sense to me. Zul do onikaanLaan tinvaak 12:47, 15 July 2015 (UTC)

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic[edit]

In the Reaper's March - Thizzrini Arena, once you have the credentials to compete, Feluni gives you a stage name. She picks "The Mysterious Stranger". That is the same name your character in the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) receives when joining a similar competition in the planet Taris. I believe that even the dialogue is similar. — Unsigned comment by Assad II (talkcontribs) at 01:21 on 16 August 2015

I have to admit that it immediately struck me when I was playing through the arena for the first time, months ago. And indeed, dialogue also seems to be similar. I'd wait for input from other editors, though. --Vordur Steel-Hammer (TINV1K) 02:42, 16 August 2015 (UTC)
Well, the "Mysterious Stranger" is also the name of a minor character in Fallout. If the name were the only similarity, I'd be inclined to call it a coincidence, but the fact that it's the exact same name being used in the same context (an unknown person becoming an arena fighter) definitely lends support to this being intentional. Would you be able to list what the similar lines of dialogue are? I can see this being a reference as it stands, but being able to compare the dialogue would be even better. Zul do onikaanLaan tinvaak 10:33, 16 August 2015 (UTC)
Let me see if I can get a transcript of both conversations - without having to play them again :-) and compare them. I'll post what I find here.Assad II (talk) 13:19, 18 August 2015 (UTC)
Here are the dialogues. They are not as similar as I remember but still have a similar structure. There is also Balag's line on running out of competitors: "Also, Balag is running short of competitors. It's the downside to running fights to the death." which could be making fun of the Taris arena where the same competitors fight over and over because nobody dies. Here are the lines where the names are given in both games: KOTOR: Ajuur: "Good - new blood for the ring! But you need a nickname, like Ice or Deadeye or Twitch. Good nicknames make people bet more. Hmmm... what's a good name for you? You're an off-worlder. You're new here, people won't recognize you... I know! From now on in the duel ring you'll be the Mysterious Stranger!" ESO: Feluni: "That won't do! Stage names must evoke mystery and intrigue. They should have a dramatic flair! Hmmm. How does this sound? From parts unknown, comes the enigmatic, the inscrutable, the dangerous... Mysterious Stranger! Yes, I like that. You're in." Same name, same context, similar circumstances. I think it is a reference. What do you guys think? - Assad II (talk) 23:57, 18 August 2015 (UTC)
As I said before, I'd support that. I remember what the whole arena quest chain looked like in KOTOR and with that context, I think the that the odds that these nicknames are identical by a mere coincidence are really low. --Vordur Steel-Hammer (TINV1K) 03:26, 19 August 2015 (UTC)
I agree this is most likely a reference. The similarities in dialogue seem rather superficial, so we probably don't need to list that part, but it's got enough going for it already to justify inclusion on the page. Zul do onikaanLaan tinvaak 15:22, 22 August 2015 (UTC)


Is the Mages Guild Ultimate skill, Meteor, also a reference to Final Fantasy IV's ultimate magic spell of the same name? -Malus X (talk) 07:13, 19 August 2015 (UTC)

I doubt it. There are dozens of games with spells called "Meteor". Unless it has the exact same, or similar, properties, then I'd say no --Rezalon (talk) 07:29, 19 August 2015 (UTC)
Yes, but are they all the ULTIMATE spell? That was my point. -Malus X (talk) 21:50, 21 August 2015 (UTC)
Meteor in ESO is *an* ultimate skill, it's not all that special. It doesn't even look visually similar to that FF spell. —Legoless (talk) 22:06, 21 August 2015 (UTC)

A Song of Ice and Fire[edit]

Although Imperial City hasn't been released yet, the quest name The Watcher in the Walls is a reference to a commonly-repeated oath in A Song of Ice and Fire/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." —Legoless (talk) 19:03, 22 August 2015 (UTC)

I went ahead and added it since there was no opposition. —Legoless (talk) 00:21, 3 September 2015 (UTC)


Daggerfall Covenant's Tel Var Armorer, Karifa al-Tahud, can be heard spreading some rather weird theories. One of them is: Queen Ayrenn is a miniature Dwemer construct from the next era. Everybody knows it. This is a rather obvious, humorous reference to Michael Kirkbride's KINMUNE, a synthetic sentient being from the future, and his idea that Ayrenn was but a form of it. Thoughts? --Vordur Steel-Hammer (TINV1K) 04:54, 19 September 2015 (UTC)

Seems like an obvious Easter egg to me. —Legoless (talk) 10:54, 19 September 2015 (UTC)

Object in Sky South of Riften[edit]

  • South of Riften, high in the sky is an unidentifiable object floating in the sky. Standing at the southernmost stone of The Steed, one can see it if one looks towards the south and slightly to the east. img

I've moved this from the page pending consensus. Personally it seems more like a graphical glitch than an intentional Easter egg. —Legoless (talk) 11:30, 29 September 2015 (UTC)

I think if it was intentional, it would be at least more recognizable. •WoahBro►talk 11:58, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
I agree. Zul do onikaanLaan tinvaak 20:30, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
That's exactly what I said when it was mentioned in-game last night. Got to be a glitch. And a fairly minor one at that. (i.e. Don't go trying to add it to the Glitches page either. It would be flooded if we allowed stuff like this.) — TheRealLurlock (talk) 12:26, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
It may be intentional, but I don't think we could ever prove it. DRAGON GUARD(TALK) 17:34, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

MMO Mechanics[edit]

The last entry in Lady Edwyge's Notes and the related quest seems like a meta-reference to MMO mechanics, particularly the way supposedly unique, important bosses will keep respawning over and over for the next player to come along and murder them for a quest. -- Hargrimm(T) 04:52, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Actually, that dungeon really is trapped in a Dragon Break. Still a nod the the respawn mechanics, but any note on this page should mention the related quest as well. —Legoless (talk) 12:29, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Magic: The Gathering characters[edit]

I've come about two characters, both in Arenthia, who share a name with cards from the trading card game Magic: The Gathering: Mirari (MTG) and General Lavinia (MTG). I haven't found more so far, but that doesn't mean there aren't. Could be a coincidence, though. Thoughts? -- SarthesArai Talk 16:41, 3 December 2015 (UTC)

Coincidence, I think. There isn't anything in the ESO characters that reference the card, no similarities other than the name (and Lavinia in particular is a fairly common name; it's a name in Roman mythology, a character in one of Shakespeare's plays, and a character in the Hunger Games books.) ~ Alarra (talk) 18:04, 3 December 2015 (UTC)
Agreed. If the names were exactly the same, then there might be something to go on, but there are literal thousands of MtG cards and hundreds of Elder Scrolls NPCs, and there are only so many medieval-fantasy-sounding names you can use without overlap. Zul do onikaanLaan tinvaak 22:58, 3 December 2015 (UTC)

Pied Piper of Hamelin[edit]

In the Wayrest Sewers, you'll find The Rat Whisperer, who commands hordes of Skeevers, next to the book The Piper. This could be a reference to the Pied Piper of Hamelin, who also had some power over rats and lured the towns children away (although he didn't replace them with the rats). A similar reference was also found in Skyrim. -- SarthesArai Talk 13:06, 17 December 2015 (UTC)

Seems pretty open and shut to me. Zul do onikaanLaan tinvaak 14:05, 17 December 2015 (UTC)

Spirited Away Quest[edit]

So, there's this quest, and its name is probably a reference to the 2001 japanese animated film Spirited Away, by Hayao Miyazaki. Yeah, that's it.

Jörmungandr (talk) 01:45, 23 January 2016 (UTC)

I'd oppose this, since "to spirit away" is a common idiom. That movie title comes from the Japanese "kamikakushi" myth, and praying at the graves of a mother's four dead children doesn't bear any resemblance to that. —Legoless (talk) 01:56, 23 January 2016 (UTC)
Unless there's more to connect them, I don't think so. Zul do onikaanLaan tinvaak 18:23, 23 January 2016 (UTC)

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag reference?[edit]

Upon reaching Haven in Grahtwood for the first time, the settlement is under attack by a group of pirates known as the 'Jackdaws'. A certain Khajiit resident asks how one ship could have possibly taken the settlement and so quickly. I have a screenshot of this on my PS4 which shows the actual dialog.

For those unfamiliar with AC IV: Black Flag, the main character named his pirate ship 'The Jackdaw'. He uses the ship to capture enemy forts, in most cases, without aid from other ships, i.e. this single ship is used to defeat multiple enemy ships and wear down the forts' defenses. After that, a single crew of pirates goes on land, fights and 'defeats' the local defending force, and officially captures the fort by killing the leader.

Any thoughts? AgShield (talk) 05:07, 24 January 2016 (UTC)

Well, the Jackdaw is also the name of a crow found in various parts of the world, and if a settlement was quickly taken over by a single ship, I would think surprise is a natural response. I can see an argument for this being intentional, but I can also see how it might be a coincidence. I guess I don't really have any strong opinion one way or the other. Zul do onikaanLaan tinvaak 10:35, 24 January 2016 (UTC)
I'm on the fence because the pirates being called "Jackdaws" seems like it could be a nod to the pirate ship "Jackdaw", but at the same time there isn't really much else to confirm it: The line AgShield mentioned doesn't seem to point to AC. If there was anything more pointing towards AC, I would say that it's for sure a reference. •WoahBro►talk 16:23, 24 January 2016 (UTC)
True. There is no real evidence. Well, I'll just keep my eyes peeled just in case. Thanks.AgShield (talk) 09:10, 4 February 2016 (UTC)


  • There is a quest monster called 'Deathclaw' at Bleakrock.

I've moved this from the page. I wouldn't support its inclusion, since ESO's Deathclaw is a monstrous bat rather than a chameleon or whatever. There's also the cat Mittens Q. Deathclaw III in Ebonheart. The name is pretty generic for a creature that has claws, so I can't really see the connection aside from the name and IP. —Legoless (talk) 16:54, 3 February 2016 (UTC)

Agreed. Zul do onikaanLaan tinvaak 21:23, 3 February 2016 (UTC)
Ehhhhhhh, I mean it somewhat resembles a deathclaw in a sense, but the fact that its level is only listed at 4 makes me more unsure because deathclaws in Fallout are hard. Is it some kind of boss? Or just a unique monster? I wouldn't rule it out simply by name, but I just don't see enough of a connection at the moment. •WoahBro►talk 21:35, 3 February 2016 (UTC)
It's a quest boss on one of the tutorial islands. Supposedly pretty dangerous (and able to fly across the sea from Skyrim?). —Legoless (talk) 21:39, 3 February 2016 (UTC)

() I've been watching a Let's Play of Fallout 1 recently, and I think it's more likely that ESO's Deathclaw isn't named after the race of monsters in the Fallout franchise, but after the specific Deathclaw that had been terrorizing the settlement known as The Hub, which was rumored to have been a ferocious beast, which lived in a cave just outside the settlement called Deathclaw's Lair. This is similar to ESO's Deathclaw, which is also rumoured to be a ferocious beast, terrorized Bleackrock, and lived in a cave just outside of the settlement, also called Deathclaw's Lair. --Rezalon (talk) 11:48, 4 May 2016 (UTC)

I don't really buy it, "beast terrorising the countryside" is standard fantasy. —Legoless (talk) 14:13, 4 May 2016 (UTC)

Watchers = D&D Beholders[edit]

They look too similar to have not been inspired by the iconic Dungeons and Dragons monster. --Rezalon (talk) 02:46, 23 February 2016 (UTC)

Borat reference?[edit]

In Mournhold, there's a Nord named Rigurt the Brash, who in his own words leads "our Glorious Expedition for the Nord Cultural Exchange to the Dark Elves". This reminded me of the movie Borat, the full title of which is "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan". Now it's close enough to maybe be intentional, but different enough that I can't be sure. Both Borat and Rigurt are comically oblivious to the cultures they are trying to learn about. Their command of the English language is similarly stilted. Certain words are used in both of their opening lines: "Cultural", "Glorious". I just don't know if that's enough to call it a real Easter Egg. Any opinions? — TheRealLurlock (talk) 03:10, 5 March 2016 (UTC)

I never really got a Borat vibe from Rigurt, but I guess I can see the similarities. I'd be sold if he ever mentions the "Glorious Nation of Skyrim". —Legoless (talk) 14:56, 5 March 2016 (UTC)
I could see this as intentional if there were some more overt references, like one of Borat's catchphrases or something, but as it stands now I think it's still in the realm of coincidence. Zul do onikaanLaan tinvaak 20:48, 6 March 2016 (UTC)
I'm definitely supporting this (and not only because I love Borat haha). The wording is exactly what you would see in a Borat movie. Plus the exchange between two nations and a whole lot of embarrassing situations, and Rigurt's way of learning about the Dunmer (or Orc) culture is ... quite similar to how Borat handles it in the movie :P Plus that Rigurt later on in Wrothgar goes to propose to an Orc, which is a clear reference to Borat and Pamela Anderson, except with a funny twist which I thought was quite awesome. Besides, "glorious expedition etc etc" is not the way Nords usually speak in game at all so the wording is clearly intentional. Tib (talk) 11:30, 3 December 2016 (UTC)

Winston Churchill[edit]

Per this, the exchange between Qadrima and Sakeeus is a classic rejoinder often (incorrectly) attributed to Winston Churchill. —Legoless (talk) 11:45, 19 April 2016 (UTC)

I would agree with that. Seems pretty open and shut. Zul do onikaanLaan tinvaak 21:47, 21 April 2016 (UTC)

Official Easter Eggs from Jeremy Sera, Lead Content Designer at ZoS[edit]

So, I was in a meeting with six ZoS devs plus Jessica Folsom, the community manager, last night, and Jeremy Sera offered up the following two Easter Eggs:

Narsis Dren, the explorer, is a playoff of Indiana Jones. His first name is a place and his second name is a common surname. Actually a little surprised we don't have this on the page already.

Hrogar's Hold is a play on Beowulf. (I didn't understand this one).

Enjoy, they are official! baratron (talk) 15:30, 11 May 2016 (UTC)

If they're straight from ZOS I think we can safely skip the requirement for talk page discussion. I'll add Narsis Dren to the page, and if anyone wants to clarify the Beowolf thing we can add that too. —Legoless (talk) 15:39, 11 May 2016 (UTC)
Hrogar is a reference to a man, Hrothgar, who according to legends was an ancient, pre-historic Danish king. One of the best known legends he appear in is the Beowulf legend. —MortenOSlash (talk) 15:47, 11 May 2016 (UTC)
Is it just the name that's similar, or are there any other similarities between the characters? I have no problems with including it since the devs confirmed it, but ideally we should have something beyond "similar sounding name" to list on the page. Zul do onikaanLaan tinvaak 19:45, 11 May 2016 (UTC)
Well, Hrothgar is the ruler of the famous mead hall as well. Not quite the farmstead we see in ESO, but if memory serves there's a pretty big hall there. —Legoless (talk) 19:57, 11 May 2016 (UTC)
I think it's probably the quest as well. Heorot was plagued by Grendel, while Hrogar's Hold is plagued by goblins. After the battle, Beowulf/the hero goes to their lair, and finishes the job by killing Grendel's mother/the goblin chieftain. There may be some more specifics of the quest which I don't remember that would further support the idea. --Enodoc (talk) 15:15, 12 May 2016 (UTC)
That works. The similar name and similar quests/legends in which they're involved make it pretty clear to outside viewers what the connection is, and since it was confirmed by the developers, I don't think there's any need to go into too much more detail. Zul do onikaanLaan tinvaak 19:34, 12 May 2016 (UTC)

Another Lady in the Lake[edit]

The The Lady Mundus Stone in Auridon is located in the middle of a lake, just like in Skyrim. Seems like another example of an egg being repeated. --Xyzzy Talk 16:17, 28 May 2016 (UTC)

The one in Stonefalls is located in the middle of a (lava) lake too. --Vordur Steel-Hammer (TINV1K) 16:43, 28 May 2016 (UTC)
Seems reasonable. Zul do onikaanLaan tinvaak 18:18, 28 May 2016 (UTC)

Easter eggs in the Gold Coast Tomes books[edit]

1. Rise of the Red Sails - Brace yourself Abeceans. A storm is coming.

2. Glories of the Pirate Queen - Apparently, governor Fortunata is ESO's Chuck Norris. I'll be adding the text in a minute so you can judge yourself ^^

Tib (talk) 17:13, 2 June 2016 (UTC)

I think the second one is a pretty clear reference to the Chuck Norris Facts meme. I don't understand the first one though. Could you explain? Zul do onikaanLaan tinvaak 20:47, 2 June 2016 (UTC)
The first one is the "brace yourselves, x is coming" macro, based on a quote from Ned Stark in ASoIaF/GoT. —Legoless (talk) 00:01, 3 June 2016 (UTC)
Yeah :) These two seem like pretty strong references to me. Tib (talk) 14:23, 3 June 2016 (UTC)

Thieves Guild DLC: A Flawless Plan - Cross Shinji's Truth[edit]

I don't know if it qualifies as an easter egg because it is a part of a quest, but the part where you cross Shinji's truth and spread Tall Papa's Ashes in the quest 'A Flawless Plan' is practically identical to the scene in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where Dr. Jones takes the leap of faith across the chasm and spreads sand over the camouflaged bridge so that his companions could follow. Thoughts?AgShield (talk) 16:34, 10 June 2016 (UTC)

Maybe inspired, but that same invisible bridge mechanic were first implemented at Rahni'Za, and magic bridges involving leaps of faith aren't new to TES lore. The Rahni'Za bridges are found in broad daylight and don't bear any resemblance to the Indiana Jones scene aside from the spreading of sand (which appears to be magical). —Legoless (talk) 17:44, 10 June 2016 (UTC)
To be honest, I haven't explored Craglorn yet so I'm looking forward to seeing the Rahni'Za bridges there, but I digress. Regarding the leap of faith, unlike the one in the Knights of the Nine where you needed the Boots of Kynareth in order to walk (back then, my character died a few times before I figured out that I needed the boots, I had a few laughs at myself afterwards), I believe that Quen's leap of faith was, in the truest sense of the phrase, a leap of faith. She blindly followed Zelsa's sarcastic advice without any other precautions, magical or otherwise. Regarding the bridge, I replayed the mission with an alt and I found that I can walk on the bridge without the visual aid of the ash, though it took me a few dozen deaths to go through eventually, though I tried crossing after retrieving the ashes and Quen was standing on the invisible bridge. AgShield (talk) 06:13, 12 June 2016 (UTC)

Varon Baro - Baron - Varo[edit]

One of the possible targets of DB Contract:Stonefalls is named Varon Baro. (No page yet.) It may or may not be a pun on the English noble title Baron and the Spanish word Varo (meaning noble, stout), the latter which folk etymology sometimes (probably wrongly) see as a possible origin for to the noble title Baron. Combined and having the first letters swapped, it becomes Varon Baro. —MortenOSlash (talk) 05:36, 14 June 2016 (UTC)

Could be. It's an interesting idea, but that probably falls more under the heading of an etymology than an easter egg or reference. Zul do onikaanLaan tinvaak 11:35, 14 June 2016 (UTC)
So only place to mention it would possibly be as a note on the sometime to be NPC page if it is noteworthy? —MortenOSlash (talk) 22:18, 18 June 2016 (UTC)
Yeah, etymologies are placed as a note on the NPC's page, but there needs to be a solid connection. For example, Farkas means "wolf", which makes sense for a werewolf character. A supposed amalgamation of two words for "noble"? Doesn't make a lot of sense for a random assassination target to be called that, in my opinion. —Legoless (talk) 22:25, 18 June 2016 (UTC)

Sabrina the Teenage Witch[edit]

The default name of the Japanese black cat pet is "Salem". This is probably a reference to the character Salem from the Sabrina the Teenage Witch franchise (popularised by a live action sitcom adaptation) who was also a black cat. —Legoless (talk) 18:16, 8 July 2016 (UTC)

That makes sense. Zul do onikaanLaan tinvaak 20:31, 8 July 2016 (UTC)
This could also be a common reference to the Salem witch trials, as the connection between black cats and witches is a part of modern witch mythology bordering to a cliché. —MortenOSlash (talk) 13:15, 9 July 2016 (UTC)
Ehhh, I feel like if it's a reference to anything, it has to be a reference to Sabrina. Zul do onikaanLaan tinvaak 21:15, 9 July 2016 (UTC)
The cat was probably a reference to the witch trials, but I think it's obvious the pet name is a reference to the cat. —Legoless (talk) 22:33, 9 July 2016 (UTC)

Fire in the hold![edit]

I googled the phrase "fire in the hole", as I was thinking maybe this quest name is a reference to it. And then I found this Grammarist page here which claims that "fire in the hold" is commonly misspelled/misunderstood version of "fire in the hole" :D I'm adding it here in case you think it makes sense :) Tib (talk) 13:48, 20 July 2016 (UTC)

It's just a play-on words, that's not the kind of thing we list on this page. Zul do onikaanLaan tinvaak 15:49, 20 July 2016 (UTC)
Ah, I didn't think about that, sorry Thuum! Tib (talk) 16:11, 20 July 2016 (UTC)


The default name of the Cave Bear mount is "Theodore", likely after Theodore Roosevelt due to his association with teddy bears. —Legoless (talk) 23:30, 9 August 2016 (UTC)

I can see that being a reference. Zul do onikaanLaan tinvaak 11:56, 10 August 2016 (UTC)
Seems pretty obvious. Forfeit (talk) 16:24, 10 August 2016 (UTC)

Sir Cadwell of Codswallop - Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington from Harry Potter[edit]

The same actor - John Cleese. The same behaviour. The poetry about losing head:

As I was going out one day
My head fell off and rolled away,
But when I saw that it was gone,
I picked it up and put it on!

This is obvious! — Unsigned comment by Scraelos (talkcontribs) at 08:56 on 22 August 2016 (UTC)

Is the poem you quote from ESO or from Harry Potter? —MortenOSlash (talk) 17:02, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
There is a poem by Sir Nicholas titled "The Ballad of Nearly Headless Nick," which doesn't include these lines so they must be from ESO. It isn't the poems being compared here though, it's the poetry being a reference to Sir Nick. It's not a strong reference, but given how almost every other big movie role Cleese has played has been referenced in the game this one is probably meant to be the reference to Sir Nick. Silence is GoldenBreak the Silence 19:00, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
The whole point of Nearly Headless Nick is that he's not actually headless, so that ESO poem (which seems to just be a common kids poem) isn't much of a reference. I can't see any other connections between him and Cadwell either; having "the same behaviour" is just John Cleese's acting style. —Legoless (talk) 19:11, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
I can confirm its from ESO. Given it's an exact copy of that real-world poem, which some places seem to call a nonsense poem, I think its just another one of those, though there remains the possibility it is both as there are numerous nonsense poems to choose from. Silence is GoldenBreak the Silence 19:32, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
I guess I can see the connection, but I think it's probably just a coincidence. Zul do onikaanLaan tinvaak 21:53, 22 August 2016 (UTC)

Easter Egg (Pop Culture): Musical "Cats," Andrew Lloyd Webber[edit]

When you first speak to Kireth Vanos while she is employed in Enrick's Public House in Anvil, she says "Oh, you just missed it! My rendition of "Rememberings" from the Dark Elf musical "Guars" brought the house down. It's a sad, touching number a few light moments, but I've never seen the crowd laugh so hard. I guess I really nailed the high notes." This is a reference to the famous song "Memory" from the musical "Cats" by Andrew Lloyd Webber (which is based on a T.S. Eliot poem,"Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats"). - I am Trivious — Unsigned comment by (talk) at 00:59 on 22 September 2016 (UTC)

This sounds like a solid reference to me. •WoahBro►talk 02:46, 22 September 2016 (UTC)
I agree. Zul do onikaanLaan tinvaak 10:03, 22 September 2016 (UTC)


The characters Allysin Cartier, Liisan Cartier and Alan-Tei are a reference to the characters Allison Carter, Lisa and Alan from the graphic novel "Sunstone" by Stjepan Šejić.

Moved from the page. —Legoless (talk) 02:57, 2 November 2016 (UTC)

Sorry I added this reference without discussing it in the talk page first. Do you find it is incorrect? It is actually mentioned elsewhere on the internet as well, including on the DeviantArt page of Sunstone's author. Feynn (talk) 05:13, 2 November 2016 (UTC)
Similar names are usually not enough, some other similarity would help to win over the doubters. Silence is GoldenBreak the Silence 10:30, 2 November 2016 (UTC)
The hair colour of the two women also seem to match. I think that's enough of a coincidence to be worth mentioning. —Legoless (talk) 12:35, 2 November 2016 (UTC)
As far as I'm concerned, the reference is definitely convincing enough. --Vordur Steel-Hammer (TINV1K) 17:04, 2 November 2016 (UTC)
I haven't played Online, but the names are a dead giveaway. If their hair color matches as Legoless says, that's probably a solid reference. Echo (talk) 18:09, 2 November 2016 (UTC)

() If we're all in agreement, I'll re-add it to the page. —Legoless (talk) 19:56, 2 November 2016 (UTC)

Assassin's Creed[edit]

Just ran across a dead prisoner at Loriasel in Shadowfen. When examined, the text reads: Scrawled inside his shirt collar are the words "Subject 17." Desmond Miles was Abstergo's Subject 17 in the Assassin's Creed series. Aelina (talk) 19:21, 10 November 2016 (UTC)

This is from memory, but aren't there various other subjects with different numbers lying around as well? I think that's a bit tenuous unless the prisoner in question is given a name similar to Desmond Miles, or has a similar appearance or something. Otherwise, it's just a coincidence. — TheRealLurlock (talk) 19:29, 10 November 2016 (UTC)
I don't think there were any other prisoners lying around, no examine-able ones in any case. Can't check right now because I suddenly find myself on a ship headed for Skyrim. Subject 17 had no name, just Prisoner. Maybe coincidence, maybe not. That's the fun of Easter Eggs, isn't it? Aelina (talk) 20:40, 10 November 2016 (UTC)
It sounds very tempting. The whole series about Mnemic Egg and Hist reminds about Animus... You never know with these, but if this is the only numbered prisoner, it sure sounds like an Easter Egg. Unfortunately I don't know if there are any other references found in these quests/in that location. Tib (talk) 23:00, 10 November 2016 (UTC)

() I went to Loriasel and since there's only one Subject and not really connected to any quests which would explain them being there, I'm voting on this to be a reference. 11:36, 22 December 2016 (UTC)

Treasure Island[edit]

The group boss Captain Bones in Shadowfen is a ghostly sailor. He is accompanies by a monkey called Mr. Flint :P When you attak him, he yells "They're coming for my treasure, Mr. Flint!" Tib (talk) 22:35, 29 November 2016 (UTC)

Fibonaccus Spiral[edit]

One of the new Crown Crate items is called the "Fibonaccus Spiral", which I think is a reference to Fibonacci numbers. - KINMUNETALK﴿ 06:53, 3 December 2016 (UTC)

The full name of the item is "Fibonaccus Spiral Hat", and a Fibonacci spiral is shown on the second illustration on the Wikipedia article, so if it bears any, even the slightest resemblance to the spiral, it is definitively a reference. (And in fact the hat does very much look like the spiral.)
It is even so much in the face, not at all difficult to find, I am not even sure it can be called an Easter Egg? (Then again most of what we list as Easter Eggs are more cultural references than actually classical Easter Eggs, even to the degree Cultural References is the largest section of the Easter Eggs pages of the more recent games.) —MortenOSlash (talk) 08:29, 3 December 2016 (UTC)
It seems to fit in the cultural reference category. Morten I agree with you.. went to read the definition of Easter Eggs and it seems many of our Easter Eggs are strictly speaking, cultural references :P Tib (talk) 11:10, 3 December 2016 (UTC)
I was thinking about this too! Yes, its totally a reference so I agree it should be added.--Jimeee (talk) 11:13, 22 December 2016 (UTC)

Mao Zedong quote[edit]

See here for details: Lore_talk:Frandar_Hunding#Quote --Jimeee (talk) 11:10, 22 December 2016 (UTC)

That's quite straightforward, of course we have to add this one! Tib (talk) 11:36, 22 December 2016 (UTC)

The Onion[edit]

It's already mentioned on the achievement article, but the "Earthly Possessions" achievement in Craglorn is a reference to a promotional article published by The Onion. The barrel even used to contain an onion, before the ingredient overhaul changed it to Millet. —Legoless (talk) 03:39, 3 January 2017 (UTC)

Definetly! -- SarthesArai Talk 16:19, 3 January 2017 (UTC)
Are we sure that this is the order in which these things occurred? I mean, clearly there's a connection, but is the achievement a reference to the Onion article or is the Onion article a reference to the achievement? Or did the Onion actually coordinate this with ZOS so they'd reference eachother? It seems out of character for them to explicitly promote a game in this way - they mostly just make references to things that already exist. — TheRealLurlock (talk) 17:17, 3 January 2017 (UTC)
Craglorn was released on May 22 and the article was published on June 12, but I think there was definitely coordination between the two. The Onion article is sponsored, so ZeniMax paid for them to publish it. It's also not their first weird promotion - they've had plenty of strange partnerships, like those Australian vacation videos or this mockumentary also published by The Onion. I still think it qualifies as an Easter egg even if it was forced. —Legoless (talk) 17:23, 3 January 2017 (UTC)

Find X number of Y[edit]

I found the Online:Make the Wilds Safer, Earn Gold note recently (In-game, the note I found is actually much shorter and cuts off after "tiger fangs", but anyway). Never played World of Warcraft or other MMOs, but wasn't it a trope for quests in these older MMOs to be very repetitive - such as "Go kill 20 wolves and bring back their pelts" etc. Although there is apparently related quest, it seems to me this note is poking fun at those sorts of quests in older games. --Jimeee (talk) 11:44, 8 January 2017 (UTC)

Lewis Carroll[edit]

The Provisioner hireling Gavin Gavonne sends a message saying "Another delivery for you. Rough day. I barely escaped another Brigand attack. Despite what the locals might tell you I did not "run like a scared rabbit." More like a brave and noble rabbit, who happened to be late for an appointment." This could be a reference to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. - KINMUNETALK﴿ 04:52, 11 January 2017 (UTC)

From what I know about Alice (which is next to nothing, sadly), I'd say yes. -- SarthesArai Talk 14:53, 11 January 2017 (UTC)
Clearly a reference in my opinion. --Xyzzy Talk 14:54, 27 August 2017 (UTC)

Reference to ESO mechanic[edit]

In Coldharbour, there is a journal called Captain Alphaury's Journal. In part of the journal, it is described how "We dispatched a couple of the creatures (atronachs) before we were forced to turn tail and run. For some reason, however, as we got close to the forest, the atronachs stopped chasing us. They suddenly seemed to lose interest in us and returned to the ruin."

This is a reference to the fact that enemies will turn around and run back to their location if they are lured too far away from it (to prevent luring enemies into towns or cities, or across the map), making them seem to lost interest. I think this is almost definitely an easter egg, although it's subject to opinion. AlphaAbsol (talk) 05:10, 11 January 2017 (UTC)

It is more of a cultural reference to this sort of mechanic in MMOs rather than an easter egg. Jeancey (talk) 05:20, 11 January 2017 (UTC)
We currently have game mechanics listed as Easter eggs on the page, so I think this belongs there. Not all MMOs have leashed enemies, but ESO does and this seems like an obvious reference to it. —Legoless (talk) 18:47, 11 January 2017 (UTC)

Zelda Ocarina of Time reference in Hew's Bane[edit]

There's a Redguard dressed in what appears to be Link's outfit, sneaking around the hedges where a Hew's Bane guard is patrolling. I'm fairly convinced this is a reference to Ocarina of Time, in the section where Link is sneaking around guards in Hyrule Gardens to try and meet Princess Zelda. Here's some screenshots for reference. [3], [4] -Harkwit 17:29, 10 February 2017 (UTC)

Wow, that does look remarkably like Link, and I think the bushes and so forth look a lot like the ones in that part of OoT, if I'm remembering it right. I definitely think this could be a reference. ~ Alarra (talk) 19:41, 10 February 2017 (UTC)
I agree, that actually looks a lot like Link. I think that's definitely a reference, although we should get a few more opinions before adding it. AlphaAbsol (talk) 07:48, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

Doctor Who scarf reference?[edit]

Someone in the chat on ESO pointed out the Brightly Colored Scarf item, and a couple of us thought it might be a reference to Doctor Who and the Fourth Doctor's scarf. The item's description is "A striped, multicolored, knitted winter scarf that seems absurdly long." The Fourth Doctor's scarf is multicolored and striped, and long; it is said that the prop maker didn't know how long it was supposed to be and used all of the wool she was given. ~ Alarra (talk) 08:26, 12 March 2017 (UTC)

Harold and Bob[edit]

I don't remember this quest, but The Price of Longevity has some base parallels to Harold and Bob from Fallout. A talking tree, entering a cave and destroying an objective resulting in its apparent death, plus the name of the quest (Harold's life was prolonged to a minimum of 205 due to the mutation). The two images on Strange Sapling helped this conclusion. Silence is GoldenBreak the Silence 14:18, 7 May 2017 (UTC)

Fawlty Towers[edit]

During one of the End Quests (Cant Remember if its "The Hollow City" or "The Weight of Three crowns" -Cadwell can be heard to say "I hope you are giving him a damn good thrashing" - which is a line from an episode of Fawlty Towers - "Gourment Night". — Unsigned comment by (talk) at 19:19 on 23 June 2017

Cadwell is voiced by John Cleese so this seems like an obvious one to me. —Legoless (talk) 19:25, 23 June 2017 (UTC)
The original quote, where Basil Fawlty does not agree with his car and scolds it. —MortenOSlash (talk) 07:36, 24 June 2017 (UTC)
It's at the climax of the Great Shackle quest. (Sorry- I duplicated this one below as it wasn't on the main page) - — Unsigned comment by (talk) at 13:02 on 3 June 2018

Tasmanian Tiger[edit]

The Isle of Gorne off the east coast of Morrowind is home to many strange creatures found nowhere else in Tamriel. One of these is the giant Striped Wolf, packs of which terrorized the island's settlers till they were suppressed in the Troubled House Hunt.

The Gorne Striped Wolf seems to be based on the real world Tasmanian tiger, a striped marsupial once widespread across Australia. Like Australia, Gorne is described as having "strange creatures found nowhere else". —Legoless (talk) 13:59, 2 July 2017 (UTC)

Troll bridge[edit]

If you head southwest from Fort Warden in cyrodiil and follow the edge of the mountains towards Fort Rayles, you come across a path crossing over two arched bridges, one of which shelters a frost troll. Looks like another repeated reference. Should this be included as an egg, or would it be a reference to earlier Easter eggs? --Xyzzy Talk 06:28, 4 July 2017 (UTC)

Is this in reference to the "brijj troll" in Oblivion? That would be better off on the Elder Scrolls Historical References page. —Legoless (talk) 13:35, 4 July 2017 (UTC)
I don't know that I'd call it a reference to Oblivion, since Skyrim also has an easter egg entry for Three Billy Goats Gruff, although this time the troll is alive. If we list it in both games we should also list it as an egg here, or call the trolls in Skyrim and ESO historical references to the Oblivion egg. I've never been clear where this dividing line exists or should exist. --Xyzzy Talk 03:37, 25 August 2017 (UTC)
Maybe note it as a Three Billy Goats Gruff reference here and just link to the Oblivion and Skyrim trolls? —Legoless (talk) 00:38, 26 August 2017 (UTC)
Seems reasonable. I'll wait a bit and add it if no one else chimes in. --Xyzzy Talk 14:48, 27 August 2017 (UTC)

Musical Runestone[edit]

I've twice run across a runestone harvest node in Morrowind that appears to play music, the same as a bard. Both times have been in the same location, approximately 2/3 the way from Vivec City to Shipwreck Cove, in the center of the small island east of Bal Fell. As soon as I harvest the node, the music stops. I have no idea if it's a bug, a simple easter egg, or if it's supposed to reference something, but figured I'd document it here and see what comes of it. --Xyzzy Talk 03:24, 25 August 2017 (UTC)

Running of the Bulls[edit]

  • The Housing description of House of the Silent Magnifico makes reference to the "running of the Dunerippers", a dangerous pasttime similar to the Running of the Bulls that occurs each year in Spain. ---- Timeoin

Moving this here from the page so it can be discussed before entry. Silence is GoldenBreak the Silence 18:37, 19 September 2017 (UTC)

Landfall and Zero Summing[edit]

"Assessing threats to Master Sil. Dreaming ... open window. Sunlight through glass.
"Threat analysis prepared. Prospect Numidium: negative. Prospect Almalexia: negative. Prospect Erasure: negative. No existential threat detected."

The above quote is from an artificial intelligence NPC called Aios in the upcoming Clockwork City DLC. It refers to Sotha Sil's eventual death at the hands of Almalexia in Tribunal, but also mentions Numidium and "Erasure" as other potential existential threats. These seem like clear references to the works of Michael Kirkbride.

In C0DA, Numidium's return results in an apocalyptic event called Landfall which destroys Nirn. "Erasure" likely refers to the concept of zero summing, a state of enlightenment similar to CHIM which results in the individual ceasing to exist (source: et'Ada, Eight Aedra, Eat the Dreamer).

This wouldn't be the first time ESO refers to one of MK's personal works, per the KINMUNE Easter egg currently listed on the article. —Legoless (talk) 14:24, 22 October 2017 (UTC)

Not only agree with this addition, but I think it's time the C0DA reference from Sermon 37 should be added. Bryn (talk) 14:29, 22 October 2017 (UTC)
Ah, surprised that isn't already here! For the uninformed, Sermon 37 says: "Go here: world without wheel, charting zero deaths, and echoes singing", which is the URL for the C0DA website. —Legoless (talk) 14:39, 22 October 2017 (UTC)
If you were talking about Numidium, the Bolt of the Numidium was called "Bolt of the Second Numidium" until one of the patches. Not related to C0da per se, but maybe worth mentioning somewhere? Timeoin (talk) 14:55, 22 October 2017 (UTC)
I was assuming Prospect Numidium was referring to known future uses of Numidium. Those being 2E 896 and 3E 417. --Enodoc (talk) 16:15, 22 October 2017 (UTC)
Neither its use in 2E 896 or reactivation in 3E 417 posed an existential threat to Sotha Sil though. The C0DA doomsday scenario is the only relevant threat.
As for the Second Numidium thing, that's already noted on the relevant page and was patched for being an error. I don't see how it could be an Easter egg. —Legoless (talk) 17:20, 22 October 2017 (UTC)
As this is for an easter egg I would say its fine to mention it (But in a lore capacity no). However it is possible that Numidiums usage by Tiber Septim was a threat to Sotha Sil. He might have feared Tiber might have tried to conquer his city. Just because he has a plan about an event doesn't mean it will come to pass. Enderkingdev (talk) 17:33, 22 October 2017 (UTC)
Seeing as Nocturnal and her agents managed to infiltrate the Clockwork City and do all of that mess with Seht's backyard and Seht himself, and was still classified as a mild threat to Sotha Sil (and by the way, he did predict that all happening), I doubt that the Numidium threat would be referring to anything but Landfall. Bryn (talk) 17:36, 22 October 2017 (UTC)

Clockwork City Precursor - Star Wars[edit]

At the end of the Oscillating Son, after the post-quest cutscene, if you talk to the Precursor again he says something along the lines of, "Such rudeness in this new day and age! I'm quite beside myself." This, I think, is a reference to the Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones where R2D2 is dragging one part of C-3PO by another and he says, "I'm quite beside myself," especially considering it was said by a factotum. MaormerMagus (talk) 20:19, 11 December 2017 (UTC)

Umbrage Two - Simpsons?[edit]

Might be a tenuous one, but the default nickname of the Black Senche-Lion (image) is "Umbrage Two". This may be a reference to the Simpsons' black cat, named "Snowball Two". Both are black cats named "<blank> Two", and named after another cat. (In the case of the Simpsons, "Snowball One" was a white cat, so it's a little joke because "Snowball" is obviously an odd name for a black cat.) — TheRealLurlock (talk) 20:54, 11 January 2018 (UTC)

Seems like an obvious one to me. —Legoless (talk) 20:55, 11 January 2018 (UTC)

Skeleton stuck to column of ice[edit]

I don't know if this is referencing anything, but I thought I would be worth mentioning in case anyone else thinks it could be. In Snapleg Cave in The Rift, there is a small campsite with a skeleton stuck to a column of ice next to it, and judging by the way it is positioned, it appears to be someone who got stuck there by licking the ice. It is in the SW corner of the room with the delve's boss in it. AshenArtifice (talk) 12:14, 19 January 2018 (UTC)

I'd say it simply references the common act of licking frozen street light poles and other objects, which can cause your tongue to become stuck on them. I don't think it counts as an easter egg of any kind. Aran Anumarile Autaracu Alatasel (talk) 15:16, 19 January 2018 (UTC)


Zanil Theran, the Luxury Furnisher, has among his greeting quotes the following line:

Opulence. I have it. You can too. For the right price.

This is likely a reference to a frequently run commercial for DirecTV, seen here, featuring a Russian oligarch speaking almost the same line. He even looks a little bit like Zanil; both are wearing a brown open (vest/jacket) over a yellow shirt. Compare this with this. — TheRealLurlock (talk) 14:02, 10 February 2018 (UTC)

The Fugitive[edit]

Does anyone else think Jorckleif's line about a tailless Argonian is a reference to The Fugitive and its one-armed man? --Debatra (talk) 06:11, 20 February 2018 (UTC)

Player Housing[edit]

"I've had tenants cram their rooms with the wildest things. Mounts, foliage, assistants - I mean, it's an inn room!"

This is a quote from Felande Demarie, the NPC who gives you a free player house. It's a clear reference to the multitude of strange things you can do with furnishings in the player housing system, making it a game mechanics reference. —Legoless (talk) 14:51, 3 March 2018 (UTC)

Seems pretty obvious for me. --Vordur Steel-Hammer (TINV1K) 17:00, 3 March 2018 (UTC)
I've added it to the page. —Legoless (talk) 19:43, 28 April 2018 (UTC)

Fawlty Towers reference[edit]

During the assault on the Great Shackle in Coldhabour, Cadwell exclaims the Shackle and its defenders are going to receive "a damn good thrashing". Cadwell is of course voiced by John Cleese and these are the same words Cleese famously speaks in Fawlty Towers when his car breaks down. — Unsigned comment by (talk) at 13:02 on 3 June 2018

Given the agreement above in the #Fawlty Towers section, I think we can ignore the talk page first rule and let it stay. Silence is GoldenBreak the Silence 13:51, 3 June 2018 (UTC)
For the sake of consensus, +1 support to retain it. —Legoless (talk) 14:57, 3 June 2018 (UTC)

The Simpsons - Ralph Wiggum[edit]

Overheard in Mournhold from Talsyne Indoril, an NPC of no consequence near the Pact Navigators in the west of the city - "My cat's breath smells like cat food". This is of course a famous Ralph Wiggum line from the Simpsons episode 'Lisa's Rival'. — Unsigned comment by (talk) at 18:22 on 21 June 2018 UTC

Given that is one of Ralph's more famous lines, if that’s the exact quote from the NPC then it seems it could be a solid reference. Echo (talk) 18:35, 21 June 2018 (UTC)
Definitely a reference to Ralph in my opinion. The question now is whether this dialogue is unique to this NPC, or can be spoken by others. --Xyzzy Talk 03:08, 28 September 2018 (UTC)


At Southpoint Inn, there is a hide on the wall that looks look a Roschach ink blot test. Timeoin (talk) 01:31, 28 June 2018 (UTC)

Pics or it didn't happen. -- SarthesArai Talk 15:17, 28 June 2018 (UTC)


It's not strong enough on its own to merit Easter Egg status, but it's possible that Edwina is an homage to Edwin/Edwina in the Baldur's Gate series of games. The only things that support that that I can see are the unusual name and the fact that Edwin/Edwina's colours in those games are red and yellow, as they are in ESO. I don't play ESO, though, so I thought I'd mention it as a possibility in case there actually are other references in the game itself that would make a more solid connection. If not, then it's nothing more than an interesting possibility. :) Robin Hood  (talk) 02:09, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

Bugs Bunny[edit]

I'm surprised I never made the connection before, but the recipe Fricasseed Rabbit With Radishes seems like a reference to a Bugs Bunny episode about a "Fricasseeing rabbit" YouTube clip (skip to 3:10 for the relevant exchange). Fricassee rabbit appears to be unusual enough in real life to make this reference likely. --Xyzzy Talk 03:08, 28 September 2018 (UTC)


I believe that Cernunnon (Boss from Falkreath Dungeon) is basically a reference to Cernunnos], a name for the so-called Horned God of Celtic mythology. Just the name though, not sure if anything else would match up but the Reachmen do seem to have some Celtic influences (Looking through the lens of Roman records though.). — Unsigned comment by Talyyn (talkcontribs) at 15:09 on 14 October 2018 (UTC)

Warrior's Heart Ashes (dark soul reference?[edit]

the style material icon for the dremora motif found here might be a reference to dark soul bonfires and a reference to various warrior souls in the game. might be a sutle reference or an easter egg but not to sure which it would be.Zebendal (talk) 21:46, 18 October 2018 (UTC)

I looked online at the Dark Souls bonfire images and, while there is a similarity, it could be coincidental. I'd need more evidence of a connection before supporting this. --Xyzzy Talk 01:59, 19 October 2018 (UTC)
The bonfire is a huge symbolical icon of Dark Souls. Besides it makes little sense to have a sword driven through an ash pile. Can't think of many legitimate reasons to design it exactly like this if it wasnt meant to be a reference. Adding the name, well, to me this whole crafting material is a reference. Tib (talk) 07:37, 19 October 2018 (UTC)
Is the name somehow tied to Dark Souls? I'm not familiar with the game and a quick check of the Dark Souls wiki entry for the Bonfire doesn't mention "Warrior's Heart Ashes" or any portion of it. --Xyzzy Talk 05:06, 30 October 2018 (UTC)
ON-icon-style material-Warrior's Heart.png
No, the ashes of a warrior's heart have little to do with the bonfires in Dark Souls. It's simply a visual similarity, and in light of the datamined unrefined "Warrior's Heart" item (right) I don't see much evidence of an intention to make a reference here. —Legoless (talk) 23:17, 6 November 2018 (UTC)

The Roswell Tv series[edit]

The contraband/treasure called "Indecipherable Metallic Book" could be a reference to the TV show "Roswell", Staring Katherine Heigl & Jason Behr, Which had a metallic alien book with strange glyphs or runes written on metal pages that was indecipherable until the main characters got special stones that could translate it. — Unsigned comment by (talk) at 23:47 on 29 October 2018 (UTC)

Factotum walks like the original morrowind walk[edit]

Not sure if im imagining this, but the way factotums walk highly resemble the walk from the original morrowind. can this be a nod? Zebendal (talk) 02:07, 21 November 2018 (UTC)

I don't see it. The factotums have a slow, deliberate, jerky stride, while TES3 characters have exaggerated but smooth arm and leg swings. --Xyzzy Talk 06:30, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
Any similarity between a robot's stride and that of a 2002 video game character is very likely to be entirely coincidental. —Legoless (talk) 20:53, 22 November 2018 (UTC)

Riverwood White Hen[edit]

The Riverwood Chicken references the meme of riverwood wanting to kill you if you kill a chicken "Owners become attached to them, and become outraged if they are harmed." Zebendal (talk) 18:36, 6 December 2018 (UTC)

Game mechanics reference[edit]

The new brimstone nixad refrences the fact that torches are responsible for torches being lit in abandoned places.Zebendal (talk) 00:46, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

Saltbae Meme Reference[edit]

The newest emote salty, linked below, is a reference to the popular meme, Saltbae. I believe it should be considered an easter egg. File:ON-emote-Salty.jpg Zebendal (talk) 17:58, 24 June 2019 (UTC)

Unquestionably. Please remember to abide by the rules though—talk page first. Silence is GoldenBreak the Silence 19:21, 24 June 2019 (UTC)
+1, and I suggest we display the linked image on the page to illustrate. —Legoless (talk) 19:54, 24 June 2019 (UTC)

Calf-Skin Baby Shoes[edit]

This contraband item (Calf-Skin Baby Shoes) is a reference to one of the famous "Shortest Short Stories", which was For sale: baby shoes, never worn for sale: baby shoes, never worn]. Often attributed to Hemingway, it likely wasn't written by him. Jeancey (talk) 18:06, 16 July 2019 (UTC)

Yep, unquestionably a reference! Vyraesi (talk) 21:22, 29 July 2019 (UTC)
A simple description but definitely a reference with its wording The Rim of the Sky (talk) 21:27, 29 July 2019 (UTC)
Unquestionable, definitely intended. --AKB Talk Cont Mail 21:36, 29 July 2019 (UTC)
Definitely a reference. I thought about that when I stole a pair in-game, but never thought to include it on the Easter Egg page at the time. It should be here.MolagBallet (talk) 21:46, 29 July 2019 (UTC)

Finger bone of Saint Felms[edit]

This may be a reference to a Blackadder episode where Edmund Blackadder and his two friends attempt to sell fake finger bones of Christ to gullible religious folk to earn a quick buck. Whilst the story in of itself is insginificant to the in-game item, I think the religious skeletal artifact from ESO may be a light nod to the show. --Rezalon (talk) 07:59, 10 October 2019 (GMT)

I don't think this is the case. The Catholic Church has a long history of having body parts of saints displayed as relics in notable locations. There is even a section regarding Counterfeits of such relics on Wikipedia. I also think this is not limited to Christianity. I doubt this is a reference to a specific episode of this show. Jeancey (talk) 15:53, 10 October 2019 (GMT)