I've been working on a list of RPG equipment references. Like, if I ever make my own RPG or something, davidn's Crystal Towers 2 taught me that 3/4 of the fun of making a game is the shout-outs and references to whatever you happen to be into that you can cram absolutely everywhere. Thus, I figure there are enough notable pieces of equipment from other games I've played, dorky power metal I've heard, etc. that I could at least make a decent stab at filling an equipment list.
I've been slowly adding to the list every time one or two more ideas pop into mind, and by now, it's rather large.
[Swords and Daggers]
Dagger of Amon Ra
Sword of Omens
[Hammers and Axes]
Fear No Anvil
Warhammer of Zillyhoo
Giant War Axe
Bell of the 7 Hells
[Staves, spellbooks, crystals, and various wizard equipment like that]
Stones of Sunlight
Staff of Rain
Ball of Light
The ones in (parenthesis) are the ones that aren't game/movie/music/whatever references. Do you guys recognize the rest? (Mind comment spoilers for anyone else who wants to play along.)
And this will probably keep growing as more things slowly come to me, too.
I'd be a bit surprised if anyone who reads this doesn't get the reference the first spear makes.
A few personal notes: Narpas Sword - Brilliant reference. Probably my favorite. :D Sword of Omens - Does it grant its wielder a Scan-type ability? Recorder - Wait...why did I just hit that orc with my homework?
Man, it totally should grant you a Scan-type ability, shouldn't it? I'll try to remember that if this ever happens, though I might just have to settle for a reference in the item description. (There's room to have even more fun with this in there, obviously--"Power Sword: Once owned by a prince who prayed every single day for a revolution." and so on. Of course I'd ensure you actually start out with the Short Sword and the infamous description for it would be quoted verbatim.)
It's a, um, meme reference, just one I buried beneath several layers of obfuscation (first you'd have to recognize the source material referenced to by the sword itself, and then you'd have to think about the description in terms of that internet culture and such for a bit, and then your reward after putting it all together would be http://i1257.photobucket.com/albums/ii501/kjorteo/innerspacesigh.png .) The good news is that its subtlety makes it non-offensive to people who don't think about it long enough to figure it out.
Okay, well, I want to guess but I don't know how to hide this comment, so, uh... TRIVIA SPOILERS AHEAD?
SORD = Homestuck Short Sword, Iron Sword, Silver Sword = Too frequent to say. Crystalis = Crystalis, NES Brynhildr = Generally Norse, but not sure about anything more specific. Erdrick's Sword = Dragon Quest 1, 3 Vandal Hearts = Vandal Hearts! Ash uses it. Narpas Sword = Thought it was Castlevania or Etrian Odyssey, but I just looked it up. Crissagegrim = Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, although with that spelling it may be a parody - in SOTN it's "Crissaegrim" Dagger of Amon Ra = Laura Bow
[Hammers and Axes] Fear No Anvil = Gonna say Homestuck, without resorting to Google. Warhammer of Zillyhoo = Definitely Homstuck. Golden Axe = Sega Scrolling Slash 'em Up Hector's Hammer = Castlevania: Lords of Shadow? Thinker Statue = Hitting someone with the statue of The Thinker? Is it a reference to anything in particular?
[Musical instruments] I don't know any of these, except the harps might be from Final Fantasy IV or V. Mind explaining them? Oh, Warp Whistle = Mario Eight Melodies = Crystal Towers 2? Links Awakening?
[Spears] LeCarde Spear = Castlevania Bloodlines I get the feeling I should know a lot more of these.
[Staves, spellbooks, crystals, and various wizard equipment like that] Four Orbs = CT2? Empiricist's Wand = I had a feeling this was Homestuck, but I still had to look it up. Magatama = This could be a lot of things. I'd have said Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, but with the aid of Google I'm saying Ace Attorney.
The Magatama is from Ace Attorney, as is the statue of The Thinker (it's the murder weapon in the first case of the first game).
These are actually really good (or my knowledge of popular geek culture is being revealed as quite poor) because I'm missing a lot of the references. I feel like I should recognise the Giant War Axe, but I can't quite place it. The other problem is, I keep reading multiple spurious meanings into things, without being sure if that's what's being referred to: Nekron's Book could be a reference to the villain from the Green Lantern comics, the final boss of FFIX, the robot-undead race from Warhammer 40,000 (although that's spelled with a 'c'), or (more likely, since none of them have famous books that I'm aware of) none of the above.
Saekro'm should obviously deal Holy-Elemental damage, and the Hedgehog Quill should allow the user to always strike first, regardless of their Agility stat (maybe deal additional damage against crystalline enemies, from the sonic damage? :P). And yes, the 'Recorder' should actually be someone's maths homework. Maybe they could play it like a drum, tapping their fingers on it? :P
Yeah, probably at least a couple of these have more than one answer besides the one I meant; Nekron's Book is actually [something else entirely]from Rhapsody of Fire's "Dark Secret Saga" series of albums, for example.
And you're never going to find the Giant War Axe, because that's not its actual name; in the source material, it doesn't even have a name. It's just, you know, a giant war axe. It's [from a thing]the axe that once belonged to Norman's father in Mighty Max, I just am a big enough fan of that to want to reference it even though they made it nearly impossible to do so in a way that's convenient or recognizable.