Chapter 3: Worlds
Icon features a variety of different worlds for players to explore, all with their own experiences. We'll go through all 12 of them here.
Before we go through the nitty gritty of the worlds, I'll educate you on how travel works here. All of the worlds exist in a sort of "solar system" centered around Utopia, where you can travel through all of the planets in one continuous trip. There are four ways to travel between the worlds.
1. Gates - Gates are point to point doorways between Worlds. Each one goes to one other specific gate on another World. There are also gates that travel to other gates on the same World. Be careful going through theses going to PvP Worlds, people like to camp these for easy Cache.
2. Drop Gates - Like Gates, Drop Gates are doorways to another World. Unlike normal Gates, Drop Gates are one way. A Drop Gate transports whoever uses it to a point over the destination world. Literally over. You air drop in, from the sky. Don't worry about the fall, you get immunity to fall damage until you landed. You can still be shot out of the sky, though.
3. Teleport Gear - There are easy-to-get items that can warp players from point to point. Depending on the world that they come from, they might take the form of a magic crystal, a magic scroll, a military map, or a high tech computer device. Teleporters only deliver players to a specific point on each world, common to each teleporter, with the exception of social zones. You can teleport to any public point in a social zone with a teleporter.
4. Spaceship - If you own a spaceship, you can straight up fly to other Worlds. Be wary, however. Space is PvP, and a Zero Zone.
I'll put a couple of codes next to the World names so you know what rules apply where.
S - Social - No combat, period. Your weapons are locked off until you leave.
PvE - Player VS Environment - The only things that can hurt you here are AI controlled enemies and environmental hazards.
PvP - Player VS Player - Same as PvE, except you can also be harmed by other players.
0 - Zero Zone - You can get Zero'd here.
Tenjin - PvE -The beginner's world, this is where everybody starts out.
Named after the Japanese Kami of Scholarship and Learning, every player is dropped off here. You learn the basics of all gameplay, from combat to crafting. You even get to practice Air Drops and vehicle driving. Once you've completed all the tutorials, you're allowed to leave to the other Worlds. Everything here is styled after Feudal Japan.
Utopia - S - The city
The biggest and most populated social zone, Utopia is modeled to resemble a metropolis, mostly New York City. There are stores run by the biggest companies selling listened Gear and merchandise. In addition, there are also dance clubs, bars, strip clubs, and brothels, if you know where to look.
... What? You're telling me you can't believe someone would pay for VR nookie, in a world where any fantasy can happen? What rock have you been living under?
There are also races and other competitions to experience, but I won't spoil all of the fun.
Skywatch - S - The Fantasy social zone
This is the Fantasy themed social zone. Skywatch is modeled to resemble a modestly sized medieval town. Equipment is restricted to medieval fantasy themed Gear. Other than that, there isn't really much to say. Have a horse race, arm wrestle with an orc, or spend a while in the pillory. Stop by the tavern and hit up the bar maid, if you're feeling up to it. She might not leave a bruise.
ExoTerra - S - The Sci Fi social zone
This is the Sci Fi themed social zone. It is modeled after a simple space station. Equipment is restricted to futuristic themed Gear. There are spaceship races, hover bike races, shooting galleries, and a club featuring the hottest alien bands. Be careful around windows. Getting flushed out into space hurts like hell.
Myrmadon - PvE - Fantasy
If you like medieval fantasy, this is the world for you. Rolling plains of green and pink hide ancient ruins and secret bandit camps. Protect merchant caravans from Orc bandits, hunt dragons for their scales, and plunder the tombs of evil wizards. Just watch out for the World Boss, the Praxic Frost. Wherever he goes, a blizzard follows, and he likes to roam the outskirts of Myrmadon. Makes killer snow cones.
Smuggler's Verge - PvE - Sci Fi
For those who are more inclined towards Science Fiction. Smuggler's Verge is set in one of the lawless regions of space. Hunt robotic monsters, stalk outlaws for the bounties on their heads, and loot abandoned scientific laboratories for sellable salvage. The World Boss is the Whisper. A cybernetically enhanced serial killer who's been driven completely insane from attempts to turn him into a living weapon for hire. He hides in the network of underground laboratories that run all throughout Smuggler's Verge. Once you've gone down there, you've become the prey. Tells the best jokes.
Champion's Arena - PvP - Fantasy
Once you're feeling brave enough to take on other players head to head, head to the Champion's Arena. This is the Fantasy PvP zone. One on one duels, team battles, free for all battle royales, jousting, sports, you can do a lot here. Put up some Cache and you might get rewarded. Or you can bet on any of the ongoing matches. Just try to leave with the shirt on your back. More than a few Avatars are spotted leaving in their underwear after making bets their butts couldn't cash.
Dark Star Station - PvP - Sci Fi
When you're bored of dueling medieval knights, and you're feeling up to a gunfight, swing on over to Dark Star Station. From quick draw duels, to battle races, if you can think of a combat application, it probably happens here. Again, bets are allowed. Don't be surprised if you catch a few amateur fixers hanging around, trying to sell info for any amount of Cache they can get. Listen with one ear, sometimes these kiddies stumble onto gold.
Lavablight Mountains - PvP, PvE, 0 - Fantasy
You read that right. Player vs player and player versus environment. The Lavablight Mountains are teeming with deadly critters that are looking to bite your head off, but they drop pretty good loot. Just watch out for other players looking for that same loot. Remember that you can be Zero'd here. The World Boss is the Eternal Sun Dragon. Bigger than a mountain, this beast is bad news. Bring friends if you want even a chance at taking it down. If you're feeling man enough to fight this, the Eternal Sun Dragon usually hangs out inside of volcanoes.
Voidblight Wastes - PvP, PvE, 0 - Sci Fi
For Sci Fi diehards, head on out to the Voidblight Wastes. What was once a sprawling city was destroyed by an unknown cataclysm, and now only mutants, mercenaries, and strange beasts tainted by the cataclysm. Don't step into the hot zones without your best Gear. Again, you're equally at risk from the local monsters as you are from other players. Hunt in packs to survive. The World Boss here is the Burning Witch. Don't let her small stature compared to the other World Bosses fool you, she's just as bad as the rest of them. She's just as tough, and to make up for not being the size of a building by brining the cultists who worship her to the fight. Despite the crazy cult, she's actually rather pleasant if you get to know her. Her cult is based out of the central reservoir in the center of the city.
The World of Death - PvP, PvE, 0 - Anything Goes
That isn't a joke. The World of Death is for the big dogs. The nastiest monsters of all of the worlds appear here, and there are players everywhere looking to gun each other down for Cache. Exercise extreme caution, you will die a lot here. The World Boss is the END BRINGER. I didn't allcaps for emphasis, that is how it's shown in game. This thing is big, mean, tough, smart, and hates everything. It's only been killed once, and that was with one hundred and sixty four players working together with a combined land and air assault. Even then, only fifteen players survived to loot the body. Then the END BRINGER was back the very next week. The END BRINGER goes wherever it wants. Play it safe and avoid it. It's the biggest monster in all of Icon, standing at over twice the height of the empire state building.
Paradise - S - Resort and Casino
Feel like letting off a little steam, and maybe making a little Cache on the side? Paradise is the place to go. There's a casino where you can bet Cache on all kinds of casino games, from slots to races. Outside the resort itself, there's plenty of vacation activities to get up to. You can go mountain climbing, hiking, boating, BMX riding, surfing, just to name a few. There's even an entire winter lodge so you can ski, go snowboarding, have a snowball fight, and make snow angles. Be careful on the advanced activities. You can get Zero'd on the most challenging activities.
Science can't disprove the existence of ninjas, only their direct presence.