Lore of the Eve


With the season of hauntings almost upon us, it’s time to analyse (the heck) out of the ongoing Halloween event and it’s champion boss, Lord of the Eve.

However, be warned as this is not your usual DH5 strategy post which I normally do, as the event is pretty straightforward and I don’t think much is needed to even get the Lord of the Eve Champion which I’m pretty sure a number of you guys have already. On the contrary, let’s do something different and give the devs credit in making a cultural reference to this upcoming festival.

The Math

First things first, since everyone is probably aiming for the Lord of the Eve champion with the realization that Nightmare Pits are currently kinda OP in terms of healing or as a backup dark minion for their newly built Seashore Retreat, here are some of the figures that you’ll need to take note.

With every calculation post, there needs to be some assumptions to be made. For this scenario, we are going with:

  • Level 126 (150 energy capacity)
  • Loaded with Rush tickets
  • Sufficiently geared to clear Legendary difficulty (at least 6k stats)
  • No reliance on natural energy gain or bonus energy rewards

Taking all these into account, you’ll need:

  • 300 gems for energy refills
  • 113 rush tickets/ attempts

…in order to get your new Champion at 45,000 pts.

Also, if you’re low on rush tickets, Ray of Darkness and Predatory Instinct to make things much much faster (approx 1 min), to which you can see the effect documented in the video below (on Legendary Difficulty)…though I’m pretty sure that a number of you out there can do faster.

However, as mentioned in the introduction, the Math isn’t what I’m exploring here today, but rather the cultural significance behind the bobble-headed Champion that you fight as the boss in the final wave and how he actually ties in with Halloween.

The Lord and his Lines

The inspiration for this post was me being bored and suddenly turning on volume for the game, while doing the many non-automated rounds of the Halloween event. Soon after, a phrase, sprouted by the Lord of the Eve when he spawned, piqued my curiosity.

“I come for you, Bartender”                    – Lord of the Eve

A rather odd thing for a guy fitted with a pumpkin head to say, isn’t it?

However, this little line is apparently significant to the lore of Halloween, and in fact, can be traced all the way back to the origins of this festival from the Irish tale of Stingy Jack, the original Jack o’Lantern.

More than just a Death Knight with a pumpkin head, Lord of the Eve has Irish origins

While not going too in-depth into the countless iterations of his tale, the main lead, Stingy Jack possessed the consistent trait of being a cunning drunkard with a silver tongue who deceived many in his living days.

These stories all tell of the incident where he tricked the devil/satan on the night where his soul was supposed to be taken for his evil deeds. Convincing the devil to fulfill his last request of getting his last dose of alcoholic beverage before accepting his fate, they entered a bar where Jack would drink to his fill.

To pay the tab, Jack further convinced the devil to morph into a silver coin. Instantly, he trapped the devil (as a coin) by placing the coin within his pocket with a small crucifix/cross inside. It was only upon the negotiation of his soul not being taken to hell was when he allowed the devil to be released.

Upon death, Jack’s soul was never allowed to enter Heaven (from his scheming nature) nor Hell (from his prior negotiation with the devil), and was cursed to walk the earth forever as an undead being of the netherworld.

As a form of warning to the living, the devil gave Jack a hot coal/ember, which he placed within a carved out turnip as a lantern to light his way. This gave him his titular alias, ‘Jack of the Lantern‘.

Amazing Jack of the Lantern Art by Michael See (website)

Tying back to the event in DH5, whenever the Lord appears (whether be it through his first spawn or teleportation), results in him saying that line that makes reference to the incident at the Bar. It also suggests the possibility that, being the drunkard he is, Jack could be just going back to bars to get more alcohol.

Moreover, as an undead, it is reasonable for him to be stationed within a graveyard as a base for his operations, where he could join with other ghouls or tortured souls who would do his bidding or to simply keep him company.

Pumpkin Madness

The Fruit

Nonetheless, ‘Why a Pumpkin?‘ then you might ask, since it was never mentioned in the story above. After all, it is the significant head-gear of all of the event minions and armor as well.

That itself could be traced back to the original festival of Halloween, Samhain, the Celtic festival to celebrate the end of Harvest (before Winter) and believed that this transition meant that ghosts and spirits would walk the earth (source).

As such, offerings (in the form of food), would needed to be left at the doorsteps for their consumption, which is very much similar to the Chinese version of Hungry Ghost Festival where offerings are left on altars. Additionally, the native fruit, Turnips, Potatoes or Beet, would be carved out with all manner of eerie faces to ward off the evil spirits.

After a long and confusing process, involving a fusion with a Roman festival of Harvest, periods of Colonalisation and several revisions, the church eventually assimilated this ‘pagan’ holiday into its calendar, making it All Hallow’s Eve to honor the dead, a day before All Saint’s Day (initially proclaimed to be 1st November) (source).

Due to the rigidity of Protestant Beliefs in New England of that era, the festival was only expanded upon when it was shipped to American soil, where it could be more freely practiced. It was then when the original Turnip became the distinctive Pumpkins instead as it was a native fruit of America (source).

Evolution of the Lanterns

The Name

Last but not least, the name of Lord of the Eve is also a reference.

Eve‘, not to be confused with Adam and Eve, is a shortened form of ‘Evening‘. This makes reference to the original name of Halloween (after it was taken in by the church), ‘All Hallow’s Eve‘, before it was shortened to be made easily readable for commericalism purposes.

Lording over the Graveyard

Hence, being a boss monster which is specific to the Halloween event, it would make sense for the title of ‘Lord of the Eve‘ to be bestowed upon him.

That’s about it for now and I hope it was an enjoyable read and with due credit to be given to the game designers for adding these details.

and yes, for those who were wondering, I did not forget about the ranged weapons post, due next week.

Happy Halloween! 🙂

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