Mjolnir was Thors hammer. I don't remember the rest, but most original artifact weapons were a reference to real life. Someone should check the original forum...
Yeah, I remember seeing that post... Mjolak references Mjolnir. Turox may reference Turok, the game series. No idea about Vermis or Saal'Thul - oh, and CVS holy hand grenade of Antioch is also obviously a Monty Python reference, complete with the voice counting to three.
Octiron is a metal from Discworld
Yup! I wonder if there are any more - as I mentioned, the "world is a flat pancake resting on Valpurus" may also be one.
Oh, and Mithril is a Tolkien reference, but it's pretty common in RPGs of all sort.
I always wondered about the significance of the invisble stalker saying "The gods are away"
"God's away on business" and "Misery's the river of the world" are both songs by Tom Waits, apparently!
By the way, my image of invisible stalkers was absolutely ruined when after a long dying spree I started to name my characters bizarre names, and the one I named "Masturbator" turned into an invisible stalker after drinking from a fountain several turns into the game.
Currently, having deciphered Voktsovadil, I'm wondering whether some other names may be anagrams... Tweraif or Oily Orpiv, anyone?
I'm also wondering about the following:
"When I was here, I wanted to be there, when I was there all I could think of was getting back into the dungeon." - Shop Guard
(also Apocalypse Now, maybe?)
"Humie friend. Many mommo we kill. Many spider we eat." - Goblin
(I was thinking Gollum from LoTR, but may be wrong)
"I am the Great White Hunter. Get out of My way!" - Hunter
Oh, and by the way, I love how IVAN combines all these with a brilliant and distinct atmosphere and world of its all... something that some reference-heavy games often can't balance.
Edit: LMAO! Read Neerc Se-ulb
backwards and don't you dare tell me you don't get it