Sunday 19 October 2014

Legendary Item Names and the Development Team

I'm very interested in Diablo lore. So if you're like me, then you probably have wondered where all these names come from, like Mask of Jeram or Eye of Peshkov (or maybe not, y'all probably have more interesting questions :P). Anyway, if you check out the Diablo 3 credits, you start to see that while these names seem made up, they're not actually all that random. So I made a list of the items, along with the developer/designer/artist names that they came from. I probably missed a few, so if you figure out any others, please let me know!

Item names:

Item Descriptions:
  • Josh Mosquiera - Wall of Man/Wall of Bone - Named for the Battle of Josqueira, a conflict so long and fierce that men used the skeletons of their fallen comrades to build fortifications.
  • Zaven Haroutunian - Thundergod's Vigor - "And the god of thunder struck down transgressors with great fury and vengeance..." —Scrolls of Haroutunian
  • John Heuerman - The Zweihander - Longsword favored by Heuerman and the loyalists during the Entsteig Rebellion.
  • Chris Amaral - Goldwrap - Crafted in the Amaral Mountains by the Kaniuga artisans, its fibers seem to draw gold from the very air.
  • Jon Dvorak - The Flow of Eternity - "When one's mind floats along the unseen trails that pulse through the world, one’s movements become effortless." —Dvorak, Sage of the Many
  • James Southall - Lut Socks - Southal of Lut Bahadur crafted these boots in order to reach high, open windows to make his thieving easier. He was last seen disappearing into the night in the claws of a large carrion bat.
  • Sojin Hwang - Mirinae, Teardrop of the Starweaver - “It was said that once a year, the two lovers would arrive at opposite river banks. A bridge of birds would form so they could touch. When they parted, their tears filled the land. Mirinae is one such tear. The sadness and rage in its core will only affect those close to it.” -Scholar Sojin Hwang 
Embodiment of the Marauder Set - Has sayings from many of the devs:
  • Ken Morse - Hunter Kee Morse - Marauder's Encasement
  • John Yang - Hunter John Yang - Marauder's Spines
  • Aaron Gaines - Hunter Aoron Gunes - Marauder's Treads

Indirect References:
  • Ramaladni's Gift - Travis Day's old World of Warcraft Warrior was named Indalamar.
  • Faithful Memory - Faithful Memory is a reference to Ben Boos, an artist who worked on D3 and passed away. - The Boosenian smiths forged swords with a technique centuries beyond their time. Few craftsmen have been able to replicate the quality of their work.