After you rescue Covetous Shen from the water way in Act 2, he's pretty chatty. He talks about the architecture at one point stating, "You could walk all the way around the world and never see its like."

Immediately following, he says something very curious, "Except for this part. I've seen this somewhere before."

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How intriguing. Is Covetous Shen hinting at something in particular? Could it be a nod at a previous Diablo game? Basically, should the player have any idea what he's talking about?

  • I think he's playing the part of a senile old man. As in, "I've been walking in circles, so I've seen this before."
    – Frank
    Aug 10, 2012 at 20:09
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    It's also possible he's breaking the fourth wall a bit - considering you'll take him through four difficulties, he has seen that before. Aug 10, 2012 at 20:12
  • Does this question have a 'deeper' meaning, seeing as he asks that in the underground sewers? >_>
    – Alok
    Aug 11, 2012 at 1:57

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"Except for this part. I've seen this somewhere before."

This is a hint at the fact that some of the models in the dungeons are reused. Blizzard is poking fun at themselves here.

The easiest example case is the underbridge zone in act 3 (random side dungeon sometimes accessible from Rakkis Crossing), you'll often see that exact shape appear in the Keep (somewhere between level 1-3)

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    has anyone at Blizzard actually owned up to this?
    – spugsley
    Aug 10, 2012 at 20:12
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    @spugsley no, but Blizzard rarely owes up to anything
    – l I
    Aug 10, 2012 at 21:50
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    I always thought it was more of a reference to how you play the campaign over and over again.
    – Hong Ooi
    Aug 11, 2012 at 11:09

It's actually a throwback to Big Trouble In Little China where the actor was in the sewers near the end of the movie.

  • Do you have proof of some kind? Just curious where you found the information :) Add it to your answer and I'll gladly accept
    – spugsley
    Mar 19, 2013 at 22:12

In reference to architecture, I thought he might be talking about those bearded faces in the sewers you meet him in. They look almost exactly like the face from Harry Potter: Chamber of Secrets that is in the chamber if you've ever seen the movie.

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