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Subject: Mythological Origins of HB Bioroid Ice. rss

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The flavor of Netrunner is always a lot of fun, and I like the strong theme behind HB's bioroid ice: Mythological and literary figures. Can anyone help me out with the ones that I don't get?

Eli 1.0- Depicts a child. Is this pulling from a sci-fi novel?
Hudson 1.0- I'm drawing total blanks here.
Ichi 1.0 & 2.0- That sounds japanese, but I'm unsure of the reference.
Viktor 1.0 & 2.0- No idea.

I'd like to think there's some reference, even if my list of unknowns are sizable, I think there's enough flavor at work with their other ice that hints at a theme. I doubt these are just random names, cherry picked from a hat.

Of course, maybe they are, and I'm overthinking.
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I believe Ichi is a reference to Ichi the Killer
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I assumed that Hudson 1.0 was a wink towards Aliens. "That's it, man. Game over, man! Game over!"
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I assumed Hudson 1.0 was a reference to Hudson Hawk.

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Hudson is definitely an Aliens reference, the flavour text makes that clear.

I agree Ichi is probably a reference to the Manga or the film based on it but there's nothing concrete to back that up.

Googling 'Viktor' brings up a lot of stuff about a League of Legends character and not much else - I've never played it so I don't know if this could be the inspiration?

Eli is a biblical figure but the Wikipedia page for him doesn't include anything that would obviously connect to the card so I'm pretty much at a loss there.
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I never noticed Hudson's flavor text, that's great
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Here is the Hudson reference:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrjFuTbl_SA&t=3m18s

Viktor may be reference to the Tom Wood trilogy:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hunter-1-Victor-Assassin/dp/07515453...
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Thanks for totally clearing up Hudson and Ichi, amigos.

Eli's flavor text is about breaking the rules and making the creator angry, so either biblical, or based off another sci-fi android?

Viktor makes me think of war games with the flavor text (Shall we play a game?) But there are clearly no name similarities there
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Since HB has a Norse myth, because they consulted this book:
Teutonic Mythology
Gods and Goddesses of the Northland

By Viktor Rydberg
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In the Old Testament, Eli was cursed by God: his family line would last eternally, but its boy children would never reach old age. Eternal Child Eli 1.0 seems to make sense.

Hudson looks like a space marine, feel that's a nice spot.

Ichi is likely Ichi the Killer, but consider also that 'Ichi' is 'one' in Japanese...1.0 thus has trace-1 = 1 brain damage and 1 tag, etc.

Viktor has that quote from WarGames, but I've never been able to work out why - or why his 2.0 form is a magic security guard in Monitor Heaven.
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finalultros wrote:
In the Old Testament, Eli was cursed by God: his family line would last eternally, but its boy children would never reach old age. Eternal Child Eli 1.0 seems to make sense.

Hudson looks like a space marine, feel that's a nice spot.

Ichi is likely Ichi the Killer, but consider also that 'Ichi' is 'one' in Japanese...1.0 thus has trace-1 = 1 brain damage and 1 tag, etc.

Viktor has that quote from WarGames, but I've never been able to work out why - or why his 2.0 form is a magic security guard in Monitor Heaven.


Could Vikto just be a pun on his playing games--as in, "he's the victor"? 2.0 would then represent graduating to more sophisticated games (hence, tracing and power counters).
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