Gothic Archive

../ Some little Secrets

A Quake level in the Gothic Engine

In the beginning they used Quake levels for testing purposes. -Vaana

KSO Clan Easteregg in the Sky of Gothic

Kai Rosenkranz (KaiRo) was part of a clan with the acronym "KSO", which can be seen in the night sky texture of Gothic Vanilla.

A tool album reference in the sleeper's temple?

Tool fans in the team? Might be intentional,
might be not, but I couldn't oversee it. -lali

Reference armor for Gomez' armor design

Don-Esteban found this armor which was most likely the model for the engraving on the armor of Gomez' and/or the king respectively.

Inscriptions on a sword

We expect the inscription on this sword texture to be:
For a short life we hail Gomez.

Hidden Orcish Messages

Orcish Alphabet/Runes

As seen above, Mike had developed an orcish alphabet in the design process of Gothic. A fan created a font out of it. The following Messages you can find inside the game, they were translated by Flatcher Goth:

Runes saying 'Gateway'

The above runes say: "Gateway".

Runes saying 'Peace'

These signs say: "Peace".

Runes saying 'Beware'

Here is written: "Beware".

Runes saying 'Gefahr', german for 'Danger'

And here: "Gefahr".

Runes saying 'Horst'

On this orcish weapon is written: "Horst".

Runes saying 'Action Adventure Game'

And these runes on the english Cover say: Action Adventure Game.

Handbook Easteregg

A hidden message in the handbook of Gothic

When you examine the german handbook cover and look carefully, you will see a message. I cannot decipher everything, but: "Magier sollten sich am Eingang zum...", which means: "Mages should ... themselves at the entrance."

I had no .psd of the manual or didn't consider it. But Nex took a deeper look and found not only more of this message, but other messages too. I've inverted the colour for our black background here:

'Sechs Magier sollten sich am Eingang zum alten Tal ...' 'com Cililia ter vicentoribus' '24/15/8654/16' 'COONOFICAT' Schläfers Macht sei nicht

On the third one is written: "'24/15/8654/16' 'COONOFICAT'". No idea what the meaning could be. We also do not know what the meaning of the second one is or what the mages are supposed to do at the entrance to the valley. It all may have no deeper meaning. But interesting nonetheless.

Cheat Mode

In Gothic you activate the Cheat-Mode by typing 'Marvin' inside the character screen. Marvin is also the name of a Cut NPC from the Alpha. You deactive the Cheat-Mode by typing '42' inside the character screen, which is the answer of the Supercomputer from 'The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy'. And when deactivated, a text is printed: "What was the question?"

You can find the cheat codes here.