It’s DnD time! Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves takes you on an epic quest. Based on a fantasy tabletop role-playing game, you will be amazed at the references found in the game and still in the movie. The makers have made it as authentic as possible. While some mentions have their original names, like the time-stop spell and the druid wild shape ability, most callbacks don’t have explanations. However, die-hard fans of Dungeons and Dragons with a quick eye can identify Honor Among Thieves Easter Eggs.
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As the movie traverses through the magical world of Faerûn, you will be introduced to forgotten realms without being overwhelmed by the game’s rule book. Honour Among Thieves finds a delicate balance between strictly following the source material and how newcomers will understand the story.
For those new to DnD, we have taken a closer look at the movie and found some details you may have missed. However, if you have not watched Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, watch this movie first and come back to see if you did spot some of the references we have listed below.
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves starts in a prison known as Revel’s End. This prison is located on the north coast of Frigid Icewind Dale and is run and maintained by the city-states that form the Lord’s Alliance. Revel’s End houses the worst criminals in Faerûn. Interestingly, Revel’s End Prison was created for this movie. But, due to filming delays, it was introduced into the Dungeons & Dragons canon – the Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden module.
As the movie begins, we get a narration that lets us get to know the characters by the main protagonist – Edgin the Bard, played by Chris Pine. We learn that Edgin is a member of a secret organisation called the Harpers, but what you do not know is that the Harpers extend much further than what you see in Honor Among Thieves.
It is a fully-fledged organisation with the sole purpose of preserving historical lore and maintaining the balance between civilisation and nature while defending the innocent whenever possible. D&D players will instantly recognise this organisation and may be members of the organisation while playing the game.
Another organisation you will come across in the universe is the Emerald Enclave. Like the Harpers, this organisation is also real within the D&D lore. However, they act differently from the Harpers, so we find Doric and her group involved in the events of Honor Among Thieves. Instead of fighting Lord Neverwinter and other oppressive forces, the Emerald Enclave focuses on nature and its protection. So now you understand why Emerald Enclave was involved in this movie, mainly due to the Red Wizards of Thay and the dangerous increase in necromantic magic.
The Nine Hells
Although a small easter egg, you will hear a comment about the Nine Hells from a soldier when Simon’s Major image spell goes wrong. So what are the Nine Hells? The Nine Hells are equivalent to Hell. Similar to Dante’s Inferno, Dungeons & Dragons has one Hell but with nine different layers to it! These include Avernus, Dis, Minauros, Phlefethos, Stygia, Malbolge, Maladomini, Cania and Nessus. Even though this easter egg is minute, it’s worth a mention.
Although these mind-shaped beings appear in the game as a hilarious joke, if you have ever been to a DnD party, these creatures will leave a lasting impact, especially if you have a high intelligence. These creatures appear in the film briefly when the gang is inside a cave. But when they pass through, no Mind Flayers typically follow these creatures.
For those who do not know, Darksteel is a highly prized magical metal, just like Mithril in the Forgotten Realms. Its unique properties enable it to absorb the most magical and mundane energies. The metal is immune to melting, acid, electricity and freezing. You can see this in the movie during the battle in the forges of Castle Never. Holga’s great axe – that she claims from her executioner – was dipped into the molten metal and gets a fiery appearance while still retaining its shape and edge.
While these callbacks may not be the complete list, you can read the Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves review and discover the mysteries it packs.