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Icaria

Icaria is an unknown world, possibly a moon of Feylund. It is home to millions of species such as the poisonous skrager and the pelloe lizards, but is known to contain two sentient lifeforms: the Icarians and the Dragons. The Icarians appear the be the most numerous, however the Dragons are the dominate lifeforms.

It is unknown how many continents or oceans are on Icaria. Icaria interacts with other objects in space, especially its sun and possibly other planets in its system (or possibly the planet Feylund that it may orbit, as well as Feylund's other moon; it remains unknown if Feylund's other moon is habitable). If Icaria is indeed a moon of Feylund, Feylund would act like a moon to Icaria however, providing ocean tides, stabilizes the axial tilt and gradually slows the world's rotation.

Icaria is commonly believed to be a moon of Feylund or another planet in the same star system because of Sonlen. The Elven Archmage has a diminutive dragon perched on his shoulder - despite the fact that Elves come from Feylund and Dragons from Icaria. It is possible that pygmy dragon are native to Feylund or that Sonlen obtained the dragon after coming to Valhalla. Or if the two worlds are close by, such as one being the moon of the other or being sister planets, it is possible that magical based travel between the two worlds is also possible, as both Feylund and Icaria are magical planets.

Both the mineral resources of the world, as well as the products of the biosphere, contribute resources that are used to support a global Icarian and Dragon population. The Icarians appear to be tribal, living in small communities variously either preyed on or protected by Dragons. Since many Dragons in Heroscape have "royal" titles it is possible that some Dragons rule over pocket kingdoms of Icarians. However Heroscape Lore has stated that the Icarians worship the Dragons as godlike beings, so it is highly possible the royal titles are simply honorifics bestowed by the Icarians on indifferent Dragons. Despite the Dragons, wars between clans and tribes are common place through Icaria's history. The Nhah Scrih are a cult of Icarian Dragon-Slayers, who make war with the Dragons, for the protection of all Icarians.

No Icarian figures have ever been released by Milton Bradly for Heroscape, so it is unknown what this species looks like, however because the planet is ruled and known for its Dragons, it is commonly assumed that Icarians are a race of humanoid lizard-like beings. It is commonly believed that the D&D Greenscale Warriors squad is an homage to the Icarians and is why their Lizard King ability can apply to Dragons.

Icaria's Involvement in the Great War

Icaria is one of many worlds to support sentient life in the Heroscape Universe, one of eight worlds in total. Icaria seems to be an easy world from which to summon from as all five of the original Generals have summoned one figure from that world. No in-game explanation is given why each Valkyrie stops at one Dragon, it is possible that the majestic and powerful creatures are extremely tasking to summon, so much so that each General tries no more then once. This is supported by the fact that Einar, commonly considered the weakest of the Valkyrie (able to usually only summon beings from Earth's past, the easiest space-time for the Valkyrie to summon from) obtained his Dragon last, at the end of Heroscape's run, having taken the entirety of the game to build up the strength to summon Zelrig. Only Aquilla does not have a Dragon, the game being converted over to D&D Heroscape in the middle of her introduction by Wizards of the Coast.

Known Species

Behind the Game

Icaria is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, 10 nautical miles southwest of Samos. It derived its name from Icarus, the son of Daedalus in Greek Mythology, who fell into the sea nearby. Administratively the island forms a separate municipality within the Icaria regional unit, which is part of the North Aegean Region. The principal town of the island and seat of the municipality is Agios Kirykos.[1] The historic capitals of the island include Oenoe and Evdilos.

Icaria has been inhabited since at least 7000 BC, when it was populated by the Neolithic pre-Hellenic people that Greeks called Pelasgians. Around 750 BC, Greeks from Miletus colonized Icaria, establishing a settlement in the area of present day Campos, which they called Oenoe for its wine. Icaria, in the 6th century BC, became part of Polycrates' sea empire, and, in the 5th century BC, the Icarian cities of Oenoe and Thermae were members of the Athenian-dominated Delian League. In the 2nd century, the island was colonized by Samos.[2] At this time, the Tauropolion,[3] the temple of Artemis was built at Oenoe. Coins of the city represented Artemis and a bull.[4]

References

  1. Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior
  2. Graham Shipley, A History of Samos, c 800–188 B.C. (Oxford) 1987:205.
  3. Strabo (xiv.1.19) gives the temple name Tauropolion
  4. Barclay V. Head, Historia numorum: a manual of Greek numismatics vol. 2, no. 602, with legend ΟΙ or ΟΙΝΑΙ[ΩΝ], noted by Croon 1961:note 4.

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