In Realms of the Haunting, there are several cultural and mythological references to Ancient Greece, particularly in the Realm of Raquia, which shall be hereby listed and elaborated on.
The sparse architectural elements, that are scattered about the landscape of Raquia, have a faintly Greek and Elysian quality to them and mainly consist of rose-covered marble pillars, patios, water basins and fountains.
The Bell Room in Raysiel's Tower, whose floor is covered with various sensitive clock works and cog wheels, features several of these Olympian figures, that will toll the bell with the hammers they carry if we make too much noise during our navigation across the room.
Earplugs, Siren, OdysseusEdit
The Earplugs are one of the items that are necessary to solve the riddles surrounding the acquisition of the Key of Tears from inside Raysiel's Tower. Their location is inside the Raquia Maze. They bear the symbol of Raquia.
We have to wear them when entering the Siren Room, otherwise we'll be damaged by the humming sound originating from the floating Siren figure. Our prudence will reward us with a nicely worked Silver Key, used for accessing the small Chapel in Raysiel's Tower. Nota bene: if we approach the figure without the earplugs, our movement will be slowed down and we won't be able to pick up the key.
The Earplugs and the Siren are an allusion to the myth of Odysseus or Ulysses, respectively: lest they be driven insane (and shipwrecked in the process) by the enchanting song of the Sirens, Odysseus ordered his oarsmen to occlude their ears with beeswax. When inspecting the floating siren figure, Rebecca will notice a certain similarity to a picture she once came across in a book about Odysseus.
The Pan Pipes are one of the items that are necessary to solve the riddles surrounding the acquisition of the Key of Tears from inside Raysiel's Tower. They consist of seven hollow reeds and are inscribed with the following instruction:
My voice, unheard, no openings make; but only play, the barriers break.
The instrument can be located inside the Raquia Maze and is used to play the little fanfare that's carved into the wooden door of the Music Room, from which we gather the curiously designed Opticals of True Sight and a Flask of Oil.
According to ancient mythology, the flute was crafted by the Greek God of Nature, Pan:
Syrinx was a lovely wood-nymph of Arcadia, daughter of Landon, the river-god. As she was returning from the hunt one day, Pan met her. To escape from his importunities, the fair nymph ran away and didn't stop to hear his compliments. He pursued [her] from Mount Lycaeum until she came to her sisters who immediately changed her into a reed. When the air blew through the reeds, it produced a plaintive melody. The god, still infatuated, took some of the reeds, because he could not identify which reed she became, and cut seven pieces (or according to some versions, nine), joined them side by side in gradually decreasing lengths, and formed the musical instrument bearing the name of his beloved Syrinx. Henceforth Pan was seldom seen without it.
- Egypt, for in-game references to Egyptian culture.
- Persia, for in-game references to Persian culture.
- ↑ According to the descriptively titled texture, extracted from the DEMO1.DAS folder of our ROTH installation: RAQPIL1.rose covered pillar.bmp