January 30, 2013

Envisioning El Dorado

I heard this was good!
Let's face it - the existence of facts unknown is an obvious in the world around us. You don't know how it got there, or who took a bite out of it, but there (in front of you) is a slice of chocolate cake without a napkin.
In all seriousness, it is implied to us pirates that certain places either exist and aren't visited, or (to the double-edged blades) exist and are most likely on the other side of that wall over yonder. However, there is one place that is constantly mentioned, but will we ever travel there?

It was said in Marco Pollo's Letter that the
 "ancient empires of Krokotopia and Old Azteca are but hazy shadows and dim echoes of the wondrous civilization that thrived here (El Dorado) eons ago.
This letter is one of the many links to the W101 Spiral hidden in Pirate101. Let's take a look at a few more:

Character Start: Three options of the character's foster home are Krokotopia, Grizzleheim, and Mooshu.
Marleybone and Port Regal: A powerful maritime force in P101 is Marleybone
Mooshu and Dragonspyre: Mooshu and Dragonspyre are both shown in Pirate101, and Mooshu can be visited.

However, there is one mention, also in Marco Pollo's letter, that is very intriguing and struck my imagination immediately.
"I have found carvings here that confirm your suspicions that the vanished masters of El Dorado were closely linked to the enlightened builders of Celestia, and that much knowledge and commerce passed between them."
+3 points for effort!
From a writer's point of view, I immediately put a golden hue to Celestia and put a lush atmosphere in the background. If the carvings are closely linked, then I can put a finger immediately on the Celestian calendar found in the Base Camp, but made out of gold instead.
Will we see something like this in El Dorado, or perhaps will we see something similar to the language created by the Celestian inscriptions, being translatable here? Either way, it turns out that the inscriptions were important, and I say that we keep an eye out for them as we quest.

However, what does this say about the rest of El Dorado? In the attached picture to the letter, it is noticeable that El Dorado is lush, thus pointing immediately to the - hey, the Floating Land?

See, Celestia as a whole was our largest pointer to Pirate101, and we didn't even guess! There was a sidequest dealing with a pirate, and it turns out that the Floating Land was a reference, too! Think about it - worlds in Pirate101 float more obviously than Wizard101 worlds do (even though they are indeed floating). The Floating Land is meant to poke us with the idea that worlds could be floating a little more than we thought, if that makes sense. Could the Floating Land be a hint to where El Dorado lies? Stay tuned for possibly more information!

Keep Traveling!

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