Defenders of Mirror World HQ
Wondering what happened
behind the scenes of the 2006 Defenders of Mirror World Plot? Well, here
are some random facts about really went on while everyone was waiting and
This year we were able to
work a couple major red-herrings into the plot. For those of you who are
unfamiliar with the term, a red-herring is a clue or piece of information
that's either meaningless or is intended to distract you from achieving
your main objective - in this case, solving the plot.
MISSION NINE - You
were never supposed to give Lord Darigan the Orb of Ambition, which is why
the Island Mystic said very early on in the plot, "Those
who fail to learn from the past are DOOMED to repeat it!" (Fortune
#7). Because so many users were trying to solve the puzzle before missions
were officially released, we intentionally uploaded the Darigan
red-herring two hours before the rest of the final mission was released.
Anyone who brought the Orb of Ambition to the Darigan Citadel and assumed
Darigan was their new advisor was subsequently told to go to the Lost
Desert and defeat Razul. The inhabitants there were even tricked into
believing that Razul was attacking, but in fact, he never was.
MISSION FOUR - On the
Mirror World "Feed Florg" page, various Petpets are listed that Florg will
eat. However, what isn't listed on the Mirror World page that IS listed on
the real "Feed Florg" page is that Florg hates Slorgs. Every petpet listed
on the Mirror "Feed Florg" page is available somewhere on the site, so
users were led to believe that they should locate on those petpets. In
reality, they should have been looking for the two Slorgs on the Mirror
"Attack of the Slorgs" page.
"Easter Eggs" are little
features or surprises hidden in games by the person or people that created
them. Every now and then, the Neopets Hive likes to surprise its visitors
with a few Easter Eggs of their own. Included in this year's plot were:
If you fed Florg the Mutant
Niptor he just regurgitated, Starbladez (prince_raptor's Neopet) would
appear and attack Florg.
If you tried to return the
Pile of Soot you got from the Secret Lab Ray to Defenders HQ or the
Archivist, Starbladez would appear again very angry.
If you used the "angrykass"
passcode on Lord Darigan after giving Darigan the Orb of Ambition, Kass
One of the Mortog's in
Meridell is named "JUDGEHOG." This is a joke directed towards all the
users who got mad at us for spelling "Judge Hog" wrong at the beginning of
the plot. We accidentally spelled his name "Judge Hogg."
There were a great many
changes made to the plot for one reason or another. Sometimes changes were
made out of necessity, other times things were planned but just couldn't
be fit into the plot properly. Here are some random facts related to this
Morguss was going to be a
major villain implicated in the Plushie Curse that befell Neopia. All of
the characters in the Haunted Woods, as well as those in Altador and the
Lost Desert were going to suffer a similar fate, but because this would
require extensive editing, it was never done.
Because Faeries were used so
heavily in previous Hive plots, they were majorly excluded from this one.
In fact, Ilere of the Woods was going to be the villain for any Haunted
Woods based mission we assigned.
Among the characters we
decided not to use for villains were: Dr. Sloth, Ilere of the Woods,
Werelupes, Sophie the Swamp Witch, Razul, the Spirit of the Ruins, the
Bringer of Night, and Ramtor or Zombom from Neoquest.
When the Darigan Citadel and
the Haunted Woods made it to the finals of the Altador Cup, we were
actually counting on the Haunted Woods to win so that we could have a
viable Darigan/Kass related story for this year's plot.
Mirror Kass was going to be
the villain for this year's plot, but since everyone was so certain that
he would be (and because prince_raptor is such a big fan of his), Darigan
was made the villain instead.
The original Haunted Woods
mission required participants to locate and defeat a series of werelupes.
This idea was later nixed since it too closely resembled the Mummy Mission
in the Lost Desert.
Neither Kiko Lake, Jelly
World, nor Roo Island were used in this year's plot. In fact, Kiko Lake
has NEVER been used during a Neopets Hive contest.
The idea for "Defenders of
Mirror World" as this year's theme was chosen at the very last minute. The
plot was originally going to be titled "Mirror World Trinity" or "Mirror
The original ending for this
plot was going to involve defeating Lord Darigan without ever finding
Judge Hogg. This was changed at the last minute once we realized how short
the last mission would be without it. Had we ended the plot this way, the
first mission for the "Defenders of Mirror World - The Series" would have
been to find the Judge Hogg Plushie, defeat Morguss, and obtain a cure.
Brightvale was originally
supposed to suffer from the Taint, as was Meridell. Unfortunately, while
we were uploading Training Mission Two, we realized that a "Tainted
Brightvale" TCG card was never created! Plus, tainting a location takes a
lot of time and recoding, so it ended up being a lot easier just to leave
them both as they were.
The end of the plot was
*supposed* to revolve around the Haunted Woods TCG expansion set, but we
didn't end up having enough time, images, or material to make that work.
Maybe next year, folks :)
The Lenny Curator, from the
Haunted Woods TCG Expansion Set, was going to be everyone's third advisor
for the Haunted Woods/Darigan-based missions, but we didn't end up using
him. We were also planning on using the Lenny Conundrum Lenny.
King Hagan was going to be
the advisor for the Brightvale/Meridell/Darigan Citadel missions, but we
never ended up using him.
We were planning on using
animation sequences from the Invasion of Meridell plot during this plot,
but we couldn't work them in.
The Scary Abandoned Plushie
in the Haunted Woods was secretly added to the map just before that world
was taken over by Darigan's forces. We were hoping to use it somehow, but
ended up keeping it as a small distraction.
At the very beginning of the
plot, we spelled the Defenders' Leader's name wrong by adding an extra
"g". This caused a great deal of chaos, especially since is appeared with
a single "g" in certain instances, but appeared with two g's in others.
From this point on, the Mirror World DoMW leader is known as Judge Hogg,
whereas his Neopian counterpart is "Judge Hog." Sorry to everyone who
hated this name change, but it'd take too much work now to change it.
Originally, we were going to
work two extra scarabs into the plot - a Dung Scarab and a Golden Scarab.
We also decided against using the Darkness Scarab at first, but then added
it once we realized that some users could use it to navigate the Temple of
1,000 Tombs (which does not, in fact, have 1,000 Tombs).
We never figured out a way
to include the Cyodrake's Gaze in the plot but wanted to.
No users were disqualified
from this plot (thankfully)!
This contest had an
estimated 200 participants, but less than 90 completed the plot in time.
Only three users have beaten
all three Mirror World Mysteries before final submissions were ended -
megneo666, dodobutt222, and speedyweedy298. Nobody has made the high
scores table for all three Easter Negg Hunts, however.
This plot lasted longer than
any other Neopets Hive-run contest. It officially started on July 7th and
officially ended on August 22nd.
This is the first Neopets
Hive contest without trophies or Neopoint rewards. The 2006 Easter Negg
Hunt did give out trophies, but because of the rules of Neopets.com, it
was the first contest we've hosted that couldn't give out Neopoint prizes
to its participants.
There were at least four
major errors during this contest. Three involved spelling errors -
Maraquan Cream Soup was accidentally spelled Maraquan CREME Soup, Judge
Hog was spelled Judge HOGG, and Scrolls were spelled SCOLLS. The fourth
error happened when the Temple of 1,000 Tombs was released. For some
reason, none of the pages or links involved in the direct path to the
Statue of Nuria uploaded correctly, which led to some VERY unhappy
participants for about a half hour into the mission.