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Golden Axe Questions & Answers

A casual user might believe that all of the Golden Axe legend passes the grade as far as believability is concerned, but this is far from true.  Certain inconsistencies exist within the game; unanswered questions that beg to be asked.  As a public service, the questions will be provided here, with possible answers.  Any further questions or possible answers will be gladly accepted. Our questions thus far: 

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What exactly are in the Magic Pots?

Without question this is what puzzles the majority of Golden Axe players.  A magical elixir of some kind, but what?  How is it that by merely hurling Magic Pots into the air, different spells can arise?  Why is it that our heroes are dependant on townsfolk and elves to provide this great weapon?  Are they incapable of distilling this potion themselves?

The answer:  The Magic Pots are made of people, much like the dreaded Soilent Green.  As our heroes are above the evil of turning living creatures into magical elixirs, they can only siphon these drinks from others--as they themselves are unaware of what is inside.

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What is the true relationship between Gilius and the elves?

Though Gilius has never admitted this, a careful observer notices a striking similarity between Gilius and the countless elves that inhabit the magical lands of Golden Axe.  Is he a descendent of theirs, or it is the other way around?  If they are related, why does he stand helplessly by as they are kicked and slashed by fellow heroes?  Why in one moment do they freely give him potions, only to see them get stolen back the next moment?

The answer: Until the lab reports back with the genetic testing, it must be assumed that Gilius is not related to the other elves.

As to the two-faced nature of the elves, a similar query to society itself must be made.  Like in our world, there are both good and bad.  Some wish to give freely, others wish to hoard their most precious commodities.  Unlike the Keebler elves, these elves can put themselves first.

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Where do Dora's legs go when she climbs onto a creature?

This mystery exists solely in GA:TRODA.  Any time Dora climbs onto a creature during the game, her horse-legs vanish to be replaced in a brief flash of white-light by smooth-skinned human legs.  When she either falls off or jumps off the creature, her horse legs immediately return.  Why is that?

The answer:  Being a centaur, Dora already suffers from a low self-esteem as she is the only of her kind in the Golden Axe universe.  How dare you ask such a question?  What business is it of yours?

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Did Gilius explode at the end of Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder?

At the very end of GA:TRODA, Gilius falls with the Death Adder from the winged eagle on which they ride.  Half way down their fall, they both explode in a burst of fire and sound.  If this is the case, how did he return to the sequels on Genesis and how did he grandfather Gilius Rockhead from the Golden Axe: The Duel?

The answer: Yes, he did explode, most assuredly causing his death.  Any subsequent sequels where he might appear, must have either happened before his death or in some kind of elaborate dream sequence.

If Gilius Thunderhead is truly the grandfather of Gilius Rockhead (and the lab is yet to report back on this) any conceptions must have taken place before his death outside Death Adder's Castle.

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How is it Death Adder Never Really Dies?

At the end of each game, the Death Adder apparently dies, be it by axe or sword or explosion.  If he is truly dying, how is it he comes back in games to fight again?

The answer: Taking a close look at his name may provide an answer.  He is the "Death Adder," or, to say it another way, The Adder of Death.  On both the subjects of "death" and "adders" one might suppose him to be an expert.  This is merely conjecture as no one knows for sure about the real Death Adder.  Is he sad inside?  Does he long for days gone by?

But to answer the question: See below.

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Isn't Golden Axe just a veiled message calling for the introduction of a pure Communist society?

Hasn't each of us asked this question?  As heroes storm the castle, are we not to think back to the Russian revolution?  Don't the heroes move from town to town, village to village, freeing the laboring class from the hand that would oppress them?  Couldn't the Death Adder be a symbol of capitalism, and just as human greed will never leave the soul, so will the Death Adder always rise again?

The answer: Quite possibly.

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What's the deal with The Death Bringer?  How come this isn't called Death Bringer's Castle?  Where do I sign up for his army?

The Death Bringer makes his one-and-only appearance at the end of the Sega Genesis version of Golden Axe as the brains and the muscle behind the Death Adder.  Only after defeating him are our heroes able to vanquish evil from the land.

The Answer:  The Death Bringer has a long and storied past.  Raised by gypsies under a wooden bridge, DB believed he would someday become the leader of a great force of evil.  After graduating from the Vo-Tech, DB was temporarily handed the reins of Death Adder's Army.  Other than giving chicken-leg shaped bruises to our heroes, he failed in all his endeavors and promptly moved to a senior retirement community in Southern Florida.  Does this not make sense?  Either does his presence at the end of Golden Axe.  Any further questions about DB will result in swift and immediate death.

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What kind of business is the Hokari Sweat shop?

At the end of the original arcade version of Golden Axe, players see a Golden Axe machine erupt, sending the characters of the game running down the street outside the arcade.  One of the buildings they pass in the background has a large neon sign, "Hokari Sweat."  What is behind the walls of that store?

This is perhaps the most interesting of questions, as it harkens back to the very beginnings.  Most players think the shop sells one of two things.  The first and most obvious idea is that, as their name implies, they manufacture sweat.  This is wrong.  Sweat manufacturing long ago proved itself a non-profitable endeavor.

A second guess might lead players to think they are a "sweat shop," and force under-aged trolls to work long hours for low pay. This is also untrue.  The Death Adder would never allow sweat-shops to exist in any kingdom he ruled.  Death Adder Rule #7:  It is always more profitable to force people to work for nothing.

The Answer:   The Hokari Sweat shop in fact sells nothing.  They are merely a clever front for an underground society of techno-dancers lead by Tyris Flare herself.  Even Little Trix has wandered in on occasion.  Do not be fooled into thinking this is a place for anyone to stumble in and have a good time.  If you can't sustain a head-spin for at least five seconds, you may never be heard from again.

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