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A Brief History
Little is known about the history of the icyene race, but their story begins on a world now known as New Domina; a beautiful place with one vast ocean, speckled by many islands with large white towers. Despite its beauty, New Domina is known for its harshness; as it possesses brutal winters that force the icyene to migrate every season, to the warm sub-tropical climates on the other side of their world. Because of this seasonal harshness, few settlements besides the great cities are permanent; which are abandoned and re-inhabited as the seasons change.
As its name implies, New Domina was not always called such; the world was once known by a different name, and that name has long since been lost to time. The world came to be called New Domina when the god Saradomin discovered it and, through events unknown, took control of the realm and gathered the icyene as his chosen followers, who mostly survived as nomadic farmers before their discovery by the god. Since then, the vast majority of the icyene have followed Saradomin faithfully, some to the point that it has even reached a level of dangerous zealotry. After claiming New Domina and the icyene as his own, Saradomin soon found himself bringing his favored race to Gielinor.
GielinorAfter their arrival to Gielinor, history teaches us that for a long time the icyene flourished under Saradomin's care; establishing a kingdom in the Second Age known as Hallowland, the capital being the city of Hallowvale. As time passed, Hallowland came under a long siege by an army of vampyres, led by Lord Drakan. Unable to defeat the icyene military, Drakan managed to kidnap Hallowland's king; Ascertes, which forced Queen Efaritay to surrender. After taking the throne of Hallowland, Drakan began the long process of converting the kingdom of Saradomin into a decayed and decrepit land of horror and misery. Today, Hallowland is now known as Morytania, and the city of Hallowvale as Darkmeyer.
There is little else of history involving the icyene on Gielinor, though their legacy lives on; as they were known as fierce combatants in Saradomin's military during the First God Wars, Commander Zilyana being the prime example. Their devotion to Saradomin even carried across to the other races, as they came to be revered by humans as the ultimate examples of faith in the god. Although they have largely faded into myth on Gielinor; they are starting to make a comeback on the plane as Saradomin is once more bringing them forth from New Domina, where they are plentiful and thriving, to serve in his military as they once did in the First God Wars.
This section addresses details about icyene that are widely accepted throughout the World 42 RolePlaying community.
- Icyene are very rare creatures on Gielinor. Only three pure blooded icyene are known positively to exist in Gielinor, with the rest having been wiped out during the God Wars. There exists many back on their native home-plane.
- Icyene are, by majority, faithful followers of Saradomin. Only one Icyene is known to not follow Saradomin on Gielinor, in New Domina there is a group of rebels that are against him.
- Icyene are imagined as protectors of humans, the winged followers of Saradomin. They are effectively equated with angels.
- Icyene can ward away vampyric creatures by releasing their naturally holy energy. Half-breeds are also known to have this ability, though it may not be as strong and they may have difficulty producing it on demand.
- Only warriors or priestly icyene were brought to Gielinor by Saradomin in the Second Age. The civilians were left behind on their homeplane, farmers being an example of this category. As such, an icyene character on Gielinor would almost always be either a warrior or of clergy, with few exceptions; characters of other professions would likely stay on the homeworld.
- Icyene have their own language, which they spoke in their home realm and brought to Gielinor. It is very unlikely for this language to be spoken by any but an icyene, as the language is quite rare.
- Soldiers and other combatants of the race are trained in the capital city of their homeworld, which is called "Saradomin's City".
- Because of Zilyana and Safalaan, most icyene were assumed to have blue eyes with a cyan tint, though they can have other eye colors besides this; grey and brown included.
- Their wings are, at full maturity, very large; they cannot easily be hidden in any clothing or armor. The wingspan of an icyene can be quite long, averaging about 16-20 feet in length.
- Half-Breeds do not obtain wings through birth. Rather, they aren't known to have wings at all; they're just taller, stronger humanoids with the occasional holy power. They have considerably less of this energy than a full-blooded icyene.
- Icyene are naturally taller than humans, averaging about 7 feet. Even half-breeds have this trait, such as Safalaan, though he is not as tall as a full-blood.
- Icyene can fly very rapidly. The winglets on their lower back, completely useless to building speed, would likely be used to maintain stability and guide manoeuvres in high speed flight. This trait is only seen on Zilyana and Efaritay, it is unknown whether this is special to her only or if this is common for females. Padomenes seems to have only two large wings on his back.
Icyene are, by and large, hard to name due to the lack of icyene names in lore. One noticeable reoccurring theme is that no icyene has a last name (Safalaan being an exception, as he is a human hybrid, and his last name could mean "of hallowland"). Avoid giving your icyene a last name if possible.
A useful and lore-friendly way to create a unique name (for almost any race) is to mix and mash tidbits of other names to create your own. An example would be Mazalaan (a mix of Mazakon and Safalaaan [this name is already taken]). Here is a list of icyene, see if you can create something unique out of them!
- A list of JaGex made names: Zilyana, Efaritay, Mazakon, Safalaan, Padomenes, Garlandia.
- A list of decent player-made names (these are all taken): Athaldus, Athertes, Dasmius, Hybris, Illyana, Lidrana, Mazalaan, Veriura.
Another useful way to make a name is to type out random letters in a few chunks and arrange them in a way that follows the format of an icyene's name.
This section addresses details about icyene in Runescape that are still subject to speculation and discussion. This can be either because of conflicting information in-game or because use of the detail in roleplay creates an unfair scenario (usually involving overpowering or another common roleplay problem).
- Zilyana and Padomenes can use lightning-based attacks, this may be true for all icyene, or it could be unique to some.
- It is unclear if icyene as an entire race were incredibly strong and powerful or if we as players only have limited exposure to the race and their abilities. On one hand, Zilyana is an incredible opponent. On the other, she was such an impressive individual that Saradomin himself appointed her as a commander of his forces.
- The fact that many of the race were and still are simple farmers helps answer this question.
- Like a vampyre or werewolf, an icyene's strength is commonly assumed to be greater than any human strength. An example of this would be Zilyana holding a Saradomin sword with only one hand, and swinging it around effortlessly. It should be noted that for humans, this weapon would be a two-handed sword and require great strength to swing it.
- They cannot hide their wings; that is to say, an icyene cannot recede its wings into its back to conceal them. Some individuals speculate this is possible, but there is no evidence for it.
- This could be aided with some kind of straps to hold the wings down behind the back, like a corset, though this would likely be painful.
- It is thought that the tears of an icyene have magical properties, such as healing and aiding in the forging of powerful weapons, though there is no lore backing this.
- Some think that icyene blood can be harmful to vampyres, though the fact that some icyene residents of hallowvale survived by being turned into vampyres trumps this theory.
- Depending on the strength of their wings; an icyene's bones could be thinner and lighter in weight compared to a human's, this would aid in flight.
- While a half-breed of human and aviansie would be incredibly unlikely, there is a tiny possibility that icyene and aviantese could inter-breed, icyenes themselves having some bird-like qualities. But even if it is possible, it would be unlikely to ever happen, mostly due to several conflicts in between the two races that would put them at odds with each other.
- Icyene usually treat humans with respect and dignity. There is evidence of this as the two were shown to live in harmony with one another. However, in the canon story the Song From Before The War, the icyene sergeant Mazakon was shown to be disrespectful toward humans and carried a racist view that icyene were superior to humans.
Common MistakesThis section addresses traits that unexperienced roleplayers often bestow their icyene characters but that aren't actually seen in icyene on Runescape.
- In Runescape's history, icyene and vampyres were mortal combative enemies. An icyene who pals around with vampyres would need a reason for this unusual behavior.
- Icyene do not use order and light-based attacks.
- Few icyene do not worship Saradomin, there is only one example of such, for one to be of a different faith a player would need a very good reason.
- Many players use the term "icyenes" to refer to multiple icyene; the true plural form of icyene is icyene: just as the name moose is both plural and singular.
- There are references in-game to Icyene as if they are the angels of Gielinor. This is particularly true when Sir Owen claims to believe that he had an "icyene watching over him" during a cave-in.
- While Zilyana and Efaritay has two sets of wings (the second being a smaller pair sprouting from their lower back), Padomenes is shown to possess only one set.
- While it has long been thought that icyene have only feathery hair, like Zilyana. Padomenes and Garlandia have normal hair. Padomenes also proved that icyene males are able to have facial hair.
- New Domina has several native animals that closely resemble lions, which have been tamed by the Icyene for various purposes. Such examples are the skypouncer and the species that Zilyana's bodyguard Growler and the Saradominist prideleader creatures belong to.