The Academy: inspiration, Easter Eggs and References
There are probably a whole host of other works that have inspired and influenced The Academy. Creativity never happens in a vacuum, after all. However, these are the inspirations I was consciously aware of when writing.
West, Headmistress of the Academy, is named as a reference to the character 'West' in H. P. Lovecraft's 'Herbert West: The Re-Animator' and, later, the film adaption, 'The Reanimator'. Both stories are themselves re-imaginings of the Frankenstein tale.
De'ador Kilumal Ogrechoker is a play on traditional dwarfish names. I also wanted to embed a connection between her and Bea - Ogre killers.
Mistasinon's name contains a reference to Sinon, the Greek soldier who was responsible for tricking the Trojans into accepting the fabled wooden horse. As a result, Sinon is thought to be extremely two-faced.
The ATU inspired the GenAm's Plotting system.
The Wind was originally referenced in Bea and Mistasinon's final conversation, but I edited it out for flow.
Julia references a line from Hey Bulldog when speaking to Mistasinon.
There is a reference to a creature from Magic: The Gathering.... but I can't remember where! I added it in during a rather 'well-refreshed' conversation with Jon, at his suggestion, and have since completely lost it!
Empty Shell [Protagonist] is the term used by T.V. Tropes to describe what, in The Academy, are the Redacted women.
The Cassandra Complex is a psychological term applied to people who "experience physical and emotional suffering as a result of distressing personal perceptions, and who are disbelieved when they attempt to share the cause of their suffering with others".