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Austras koks? There are 4 replies
Original Message posted by Elton on 09/06/2012 at 6:25:24PM
I recently unlocked Human Amazon in "Hack, Slash, Loot" and I couldn't help but notice her longbow is made of a material simply described as 'Austras koks'? This immediately surprised me; because of my interest in Latvian mythology (I'm a Latvian myself) I knew this is a typical World tree, similar to Yggdrasil from Scandinavian mythology. The surprise comes from the fact that this is the first time I see Latvian mythology mentioned outside of the nation's borders, at least outside the academical world. I thought maybe David could comment on this, since I'm really interested how he stumbled upon this unique piece of myth.
 
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David Williamson
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on 14/06/2012 at 9:16:42AM
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I studied mythology at college, although I specialised in Greek mythology. I wanted to add in some more unusually mythology to the game to give it a bit of a unique flavour. The trend at the moment is towards Tolkien mythology, and whilst there's still plenty of that in HSL, I wanted to have some things not found in other games.

The eagle eyed will see plenty of Cthulhu references as that is another favourite of mine.
 
Linkshot
on 10/06/2012 at 2:58:03PM
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Well he's on vacation for the week so sit back and enjoy the game, hehe
 
Elton
on 10/06/2012 at 11:20:06AM
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Woah, I didn't know that! The main reason why I think this is NOT simply a coincidence is that 'Austras koks' literally translates to 'Tree of Austra' in Latvian, Austra being the goddess of light. Makes sense, eh?
Also, I am really interested what kind of research David did for the mythology of "Hack, Slash, Loot". I remember reading the entries about certain monsters in "NetHack" and I really found it fascinating.
 
Linkshot
on 10/06/2012 at 12:29:19AM
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Considering there's a golden apple also tagged "Austras Koks" I believe you're on the right track!