Of all the peoples loved by the gods its to us, the Ikarians, who they have given the right to civilize the barbarians and rule over all nationsWhen someone in Yeia hears the name Ikarian suddenly images of power, splendorous cities, wealth and mighty armies comes to his or her mind. They are, as well as the Seris, the creators of Yeia's greatest Empires whose legacy and influence is still felt today. Just a note to clarify, Ikarians and Blatians are most of the time regarded as the same people (The Blatians especially emphasized this), the only distinction (and the reason of the name changing) is due historiographical purposes because of the translation of the capital of the Ikarian world from Ikaria to Blati after the fall of Ikaria in 460 AP.
OriginsThe Ikarians are, together with the Oronai Peoples the descendants of the so called Yavana Culture who thrived at the other side of the Albine Mountains from 3000 BP to 1500 BP. They belong to the western branch of the Davidovian peoples. The Ikarians migrated to the Peninsula of Moria in successive waves from 1500 to 1200 BP, displacing and sometimes enslaving the indigenous peoples. When they conquered the Kallian Plains they mixed themselves with other davidovian peoples, the Kallians. It was after this conquest that Ikaria really became a great and wealthy Empire as well as influential because its hegemony was recognized by many of the realms of Teria. The Ikarians also expanded beyond the sea, conquering and colonizing the distant island of Vatia in the 3rd century BP. Due to their common origins, Oronai and Ikarian shared lots of common traditions, folksongs and religious festivals, as well as closely related languages. Something that still survives until today.
A very important and influential civilizationIkarians consider themselves as the most advanced civilization in Yeia. Certainly, they had been the most influential civilization in their home continent of Teria. Most of the great countries of the continent had to some degree been influenced by the Ikarians. This is because during its golden age, Ikaria received many intellectuals and ambassadors from other realms of Teria who came to the imperial capital to study and copy Ikarian architecture, system of government, literature, philosophy and in some cases, even their religion. For example, the word for monarch of king in most of the realms of Teria comes from the Ikarian word "Rigas" meaning "Emperor".
Another example of the influence of the Ikarian civilization is the adoption by the Liwalis first, of the Ikarian Religion and later on, after the 3rd century AP, of the Reformed Faith. Today, if you go to Liwal you can see Ikarian influence in the layout of the city and the architecture of their public buildings and temples as well as the fashion of its people. It is also believed that the first castles built in Wesdaland and Witharfia were inspired by the Ikarian fortresses of the last centuries of the Empire.
Other traditions and customsBecause Ikarians and Blatians are often regarded as the same people most of the traditions related to the Ikarians have been preserved by their Blatian descendants. If you want to learn more you can read this article about the Blatians!
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Major language groups and dialects
The Ikarians speak the Ikarian language which belonged to the davidovian family of languages. Its sister language is Oronai and other languages related to this family group are Seris, Crorai and Kallian. The language evolved through the centuries, from its early testimonies in inscriptions dated in the 11th century to the fall of the Empire. The The Blatian Language is often considered as its latest stage.