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The setting of Icarus is rather medeival in feel. Since after the
crash most of the technology was lost (either in the crash, or used up
in the years after), the settlers had to start from scratch and
creatively work with the little materials they had at their disposal.
But Icarus isn't entirely mideival as anyone will be able to tell. For
one, there is a far greater tolerance between humans. Men and women
are regarded as equal, as they were on Earth the time the settlers
parted for a new world. Also, religion has retreated farther back in
the private life of people, and most religions are wide spread and
Icarians live in clusters of houses, ranging from a few (village), a
bunch (town) to a lot (city). Most of these settings are protected and
ruled over by a lord, usually residing in a castle of his own. Though
people are relatively independent, both the regular Icarians and the
lords need each other to survive.
In the smaller villages, money isn't much of an issue. People there
often trade more than they pay for what they need. But in the larger
gatherings of civilisation, where not everything is easily kept and
traded, people still use a standard currency, as they did on earth.
Clothes of the Icarians are made by hand, either by agile fingers in
the family (villages), or by tailors (cities). They're made from
natural resources like leather, fur, and cloths resembling cotton and
linnen that are won from local plants.
A special material that is not widely used in clothing is drak hair.
Drak hair grows continuously, as does human hair and thus needs to be
cut at times to keep it manageable. These hairs are mostly used in the
drak castles by the knights of the draks, but now and then some is
traded out to merchants. The most prominent use of drak hair are the
tassles on knights' jackets and helmets. the hair used for these comes
from their own draks and gives an idea of rank (squires have fewer
tassles than knights, who have less than high knights and judges etc).