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Daedalus

Daedalus and Icarus, by Charles Paul Landon, 1799 (Musée des Beaux-Arts et de la Dentelle, Alençon)
Daedalus and Icarus, by Charles Paul Landon, 1799
(Musée des Beaux-Arts et de la Dentelle, Alençon)

Athenian inventor and craftsman descended from Hephaestus. He is known for his skill as an architect, sculpture, and inventor, and he produced many famous works. He was a highly respected and talented Athenian artisan descendent from the royal family of Cecrops, the mythical first king of Athens.

  • Gender – Male
  • Race – Human
  • Occupation – Inventor/Craftsman
  • Religion – Hellenic Pantheon 
  • Allies – 
  • Enemies – 
  • Abode/ Base of operations – Crete/Greece
  • Nationality – Athenian/Greek
  • Languages – Greek
  • Alignment –
  • Affiliation (s) – Royal House of Cecrops
  • Significant others – Icarus (Son)|

Daedalus was so proud of his achievements that he could not bear the idea of a rival. His sister had placed her son Perdix under his charge to be taught the mechanical arts. He was an apt scholar and showed striking evidence of ingenuity. Walking on the seashore, he picked up the spine of a fish. Imitating it, he took a piece of iron and notched it on the edge, and thus invented the saw. He put two pieces of iron together, connecting them at one end with a rivet, and sharpening the other ends, and made a pair of compasses. Daedalus was so envious of his nephew’s accomplishments that he took an opportunity, when they were together one day on the top of the Acropolis, to push him off. For this crime, Daedalus was tried and banished.

Daedalus fled Athens and took refuge with king Minos of Crete where he eventually had a son, Icarus, with the beautiful Naucrate, a mistress-slave of the King.

Daedalus made The Labyrinth in which the Minotaur was kept and from which Theseus escaped by means of the thread of Ariadne. The labyrinth as an edifice, rather than a single path to the center and out again, and gave it numberless winding passages and turns that opened into one another, seeming to have neither beginning nor end (see labyrinth). Daedalus built it for King Minos, who needed the labyrinth to imprison his wife’s son, Asterion, the Minotaur; Ovid, in his Metamorphoses, describes Daedalus as making the Labyrinth so cunningly that he himself could barely escape it after he built it. For Minos’ wife, Pasiphae, Daedalus built a wooden cow so she could mate with a bull; Poseidon had given the bull to Minos so that he might have an excellent sacrifice, Minos had kept it for himself, and in revenge, Poseidon had inspired his wife with a lust that she only managed to assuage by hiding in the cow.

Daedalus was shut up in a tower to prevent his knowledge of the labyrinth from spreading to the public. He could not leave Crete by sea, as the king kept strict watch on all vessels, permitting none to sail without being carefully searched. Since Minos controlled the land and sea routes, Daedalus set to work to fabricate wings for himself and his young son Icarus.

He tied feathers together, from smallest to largest so as to form an increasing surface. The larger ones he secured with thread and the smaller with wax, and gave the whole a gentle curvature like the wings of a bird. When the work was finally done, the artist, waving his wings, found himself buoyed upward and hung suspended, poising himself on the beaten air. He next equipped his son in the same manner, and taught him how to fly. When both were prepared for flight, Daedalus warned Icarus not to fly too high, because the heat of the sun (Helios) would melt the wax, nor too low because the sea foam would make the wings wet and they would no longer fly. Thus the father and son flew away.

They had passed Samos, Delos and Lebynthos when the boy began to soar upward as if to reach heaven. The blazing sun softened the wax which held the feathers together and they came off. Icarus fell into the sea. His father cried, bitterly lamenting his own arts, called the land near the place where Icarus fell into the ocean Icaria in memory of his child. Daedalus arrived safely in Sicily, in the care of King Cocalus, where he built a temple to Apollo, and hung up his wings, an offering to the god.

Minos, meanwhile, searched for Daedalus by travelling from city to city asking a riddle. He presented a spiral seashell and asked for a string to be run through it. When he reached Camicus, King Cocalus, knowing Daedalus would be able to solve the riddle, privately fetched the old man to him. He tied the string to an ant which, lured by a drop of honey at one end, walked through the seashell stringing it all the way through. Minos then knew Daedalus was in the court of King Cocalus and demanded he be handed over. Cocalus managed to convince Minos to take a bath first, where Cocalus’ daughters killed Minos.

Used with permissiom from Farmboymdp

As seen in Farmboymdp thread at Wizards forum

Daedalus, Maker of the Labyrinth

Male Smart 4/ Engineer 5/ Scientist 9; CR 18; Medium-size human; HD 4d6+4 plus 5d6+5 plus 9d6+9; hp 75; Mas 13; Init +1; Spd 30 ft.; Defense 17, touch 17, flat footed 16 (+6 class, +1 Dexterity); BAB +9; Grap +9; Atk +9 melee, or +10 ranged; Full Atk +9/+4 melee, or +10/+5 ranged; FS 5 ft. by 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft.; AL Icarus, Good, Crete; Fort +9, Ref +8, Will +13; AP 12; Rep +6; Strength 10, Dexterity 12, Constitution 13, Intelligence 20, Wisdom 14,
Charisma 13.

Occupation: Technician (Craft [mechanical, structural], Repair).

Skills: Craft (chemical) +17, Craft (mechanical) +32, Craft (structural) +33, Demolitions +18, Disable Device +25, Drive +6, Knowledge (arcane lore) +15, Knowledge (earth and life sciences) +13, Knowledge (history) +14, Knowledge (physical sciences) +24, Knowledge (tactics) +12, Knowledge (technology) +28, Listen +6, Navigate +16, Profession +19, Repair +33, Research +20, Search +14, Spot +8.

Feats: Builder (mechanical, structural), Dodge, Educated (physical sciences, technology), Extend Invention, Gearhead, Heroic Surge, Improvised Invention, Iron Will, Mastercrafter, Miniature Invention, Simple Weapons Proficiency, Simplified Invention, Smart Plus, Surface Vehicle Operation (ship).

Talents: Smart – Savant (Craft [mechanical, structural], Repair), plan.

Engineer – Imrpove kit +2, quick craft 2, superior repair, reconfigure weapon, sabotage.

Scientist – Scientific improvisation, discoveries, extreme machine, major breakthrough, bonus invention feat (included above).

Scientist Discoveries (9/5/4/3/2/1; DC = 15 + spell level for Mage-emulated discoveries, 12 + spell level for Acolyte-emulated discoveries):

Equipment: Clothing, various inventions and trinkets.

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