The Five Elemental Icons
The Five Elemental Icons -- Who made them, when they were made, or what their ultimate purpose is for is a matter of some debate; but it is known that only the Children of the Elements can take advantage of their powers to their greatest extent. However, it is not impossible for other people to attune to them and wield a fraction of their power...
Four of the five Elemental Icons were originally stolen from the Chapel of the Unicorn during the invasion of the Dorians on the First Day of Darkness. Only Justice, the Sword of Metal, remained in Amber's possession until after King Gendo's death. The remaining icons were long lost to Amber, but once again found during the Annadil Crisis.
- The Sword of Metal -- Micklefang, the Metal Patternblade, is the elemental icon for Metal. How a Patternblade has managed to serve double duty as an elemental icon is a mystery even to most scholars. King Gendo originally wielded the blade, even though he was not the Child of Metal. After it was stolen from his tomb by Annadil, Prince Shaft recovered the blade and became its wielder, for he was now the Child of Metal. The blade passed to his daughter Jacqueline upon his death, and then his mother, Utena, until the new Child of Metal could be found. Said worthy has turned out to be Captain Tomos.
- The Heart of Flame -- A heart-sized ruby, this elemental icon allows for the enhancement of fire magics, energy magics, and other fire elemental effects. Queen Haruka originally wielded this icon (most noteably during the First Cimbri War) for many years; after its theft it turned up in the City of Brass, wielded by the Ifreet who lived there. Princess Hiko and Princess Juri recovered the Heart of Flame from the city, and Hiko then wielded the Icon as the Child of Fire until her death in New Chaos on the Day of the Dead (though at that point it was 'on loan' to her from House Alars). It then remained in House Alars' hands until the new Child of Fire, Princess Asuka, was found. Hopefully she will have better luck with it than the previous wielders.
- The Seed of Hope -- A torso-sized ash tree seed, rumored to be one of the seeds of Yig, the Worldtree. This elemental icon allows for the control of plantlife. It is also rumored as long as its owner is attuned to it, that person cannot die; and that if Yig ever falls, the Seed of Hope will become the source of a new worldtree. The current Child of Wood, Shizumaru, has developed great facility in wielding its plant powers, but isn't that eager to test out the latter rumors.
- The Bag of Winds -- Found again by Prince Mikage, who wielded it as the Child of Air until his death. It was then plugged into Kanako Hall for a time, until the new Child of Air, Princess Anya, was born and grown to maturity.
- The Cup of Life -- Found again by Prince Nagisa, who has wielded it well as the Child of Water.