Icon Starting, Maintenance, and Destruction - Achaea Online Help

8.21.1 Icon Starting, Maintenance, and Destruction

(See also HELP ICONS, HELP ICON PLACEMENT, HELP ICON POWERS,
          HELP ICON COMBAT, HELP ICON COMMANDS, and HELP ICON SHARDS)

To acquire (or re-acquire) a Great Icon, House Leaders should submit a request via their designated denizen administrator.


Costs
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The first Great Icon for any House is free. If you can't keep the first, the
estimated cost for a new Icon will be approximately two million gold
sovereigns.

The less obvious costs for House Icons are two: maintenance and defence.

   Maintenance - Icons over 50% power decay naturally in power.
   Defence - Icons may be attacked and damaged, reducing their power.

Use Iconic Shards to keep House Icons at full power. See "Keeping Icons Going"
below.


True and Shadow Icons
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True Icons exist on the Plane of Nishnatoba. These alone may be strengthened,
attacked, etc.

Shadow Icons are shadows cast into the Prime Material Plane by True Icons. They
may not be attacked or damaged in any way, except that they are destroyed when
their corresponding True Icon is destroyed.


Transport via Icons
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Shadow Icons serve as transport points. TOUCH ICON at the Shadow Icon and you
will be transported directly to the area in which your House's True Icon exists
(on the Plane of Nishnatoba) after a suitable delay during which you may do
nothing else at all. TOUCH ICON at the True Icon and you will be transported
back to the Shadow Icon on the Prime Material Plane after a similar delay and
with similar restrictions.

Anybody can use any Icon, True or Shadow, at any time, to transport into or
from Nishnatoba. All Icons are open to use for transport in this way to all
adventurers.


Keeping Icons Going
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Icons naturally decay in power at any time that they are above 50% of maximum
power. You may increase the power of any Icon by obtaining an iconic shard,
going to the Icon, and then

   STRENGTHEN ICON

This takes quite a bit of time, during which you may do absolutely nothing else
but wait. You will know when the process has completed.


Implications of Icons Below Full Power
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Some Icon tunings are reduced as Icon power falls below full. Which ones, and
by how much, is left for enterprising adventurers to discover. At the moment,
the +1 is active whenever the Icon is at or above 60% power.


Iconic Shards
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Iconic Shards may be gained at irregular intervals in successful combat against
the denizens of Achaea. Shards come in three general types that may vary
greatly in their ability to strengthen an Icon. The power of an Iconic Shard is
directly proportional to its weight.

Various quests will also provide a source for Iconic Shards.

Iconic Shards decay somewhat quickly (probably an Achaean month or two). You
should still have plenty of time to take one to the Icon of your choice.

(See also HELP ICONS, HELP ICON PLACEMENT, HELP ICON POWERS,
          HELP ICON COMBAT, HELP ICON COMMANDS, and HELP ICON SHARDS)