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Daedalus

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    Daedalus was a total mastermind. He was kind of like Einstein, Leonard da Vinci, and Thomas Edison all rolled up into one. On top of being an amazing inventor, he was also a genius architect, a master craftsman, and an off-the-charts sculptor. One of his most famous creations was the mysterious Labyrinth of Crete, where the man-eating Minotaur was imprisoned. His other major claim to fame was inventing the fabulous wings that carried him and his son Icarus into the sky. Unfortunately, though, the first test flight ended in tragedy when Icarus flew too close to the sun and fell to his death in the sea.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Daedalus

    Nickname

    Wingman, First in Flight, Greek Einstein

    Sex

    Male

    Current city

    Elysium, the Underworld

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Inventor, Architect, Craftsman, Sculptor

    General Duties: Creating new innovations, designing buildings and impenetrable mazes, sculpting fabulous pieces of art

    Education

    MIT
    Hephaestus' Academy of Science and Technology

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Anti-Minos Party

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Mom: Alcippe, Athena, Iphinoe, or Phrasimede
    Dad: Metion, Eupalamus, or Palamaon
    (Yeah, I have daddy issues)

    Children

    Icarus ☹
    Perdix (nephew)

    Friends

    King Cocalus
    Theseus

    Enemies

    King Minos

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Fling with Naucrate

    Favorites

    Quotations

    "Necessity [...] is the mother of invention."
    – Plato

    "Doubt is the father of invention."
    – Galileo Galilei

    "It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill."
    – Wilber Wright

    "Is the foolish dog, bark at the flying bird."
    – Bob Marley

    Books

    Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci by Leonardo Da Vinci
    Optiks, or a Treatise of the Reflections, Refractions, Inflections, and Colours of Light by Isaac Newton
    Sidelights on Relativity by Albert Einstein
    The Story of the Wright Brother's and the Flying Machine by Rupert S. Holland
    Flying Machines: Construction and Operation; a practical book which shows, in illustrations, working plans and text, how to build and navigate the modern airship by Thomas Herbert Russel, Octave Chanute, and William James Jackman
    The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
    Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
    Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
    Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

    Music

    Daedalus by Thrice
    Gloomy Sunday performed by the Kronos Quartet
    Wintereisse by Franz Schubert
    Beautiful Boy by John Lennon
    Einstein of the Beach by Phillip Glass
    I Believe I Can Fly by R Kelly
    Nocturne No. 1 in B Flat Minor by Frederic Chopin
    Flight of Icarus by Iron Maiden
    Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton

    Movies

    Mythbusters (TV) (I wish they'd done one about wings made of wax before I tried my hand at it…)
    Hugo
    Battlestar Galactica (TV)
    How It's Made (TV)
    Back to the Future
    Caprica (TV)
    Apollo 11
    Star Trek (TV)
    A Beautiful Mind
    The Iron Giant

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    The Discovery Channel
    The Science Chanel
    How-to manuals
    Puzzles
    Sudoku
    Hang gliding

    Interests

    Science
    Technology
    Innovation
    Design
    Man-powered flight

    Groups

    Chess Club
    Puzzle Solvers
    Science Club
    Flyboys
    Hang Gliders 
    Young World Inventors 

    • Spotter's Guide

      Daedalus' workshop is down in Elysium, the city of the blessed dead. You can't really miss it—the place is surrounded by Daedalus' fabulous creations. There are tons of statues so realistic that they look like they could come to life. Come to think of it, don't be surprised if a couple of them actually do. After all, the D-man also has a knack for building automatons (old-school robots). Also, the air around his workshop is surrounded by his flying machines. Icarus, Daedalus' daredevil son, is always up there testing them out (doesn't matter if he falls again—he's already dead!). But be careful walking the halls of Daedalus' workshop. He's modeled the whole thing after the Labyrinth he designed on Crete, so it's a total maze. You'll know Daedalus when you see him: he'll be the guy with crazy Einstein hair, a worn-in tool belt, and the spark of genius in his eyes.

      SPOTTER'S GUIDE

      Sex: Male
      Age: Middle-aged
      Build: Thin
      Complexion: Pasty (He's inside inventing all the time.)
      Hair Color: Brown, with a little grey (Icarus gave him every single one of those greys)
      Facial Hair: Beard
      Scars/marks/tattoos: The mark of a bird (to keep him in check)
      Jewelry and accessories: Nope
      Clothing: Inventor's robes, tool belt
      Armor: None
      Type of Weapon: Brains of steel

      Typical Companions:

      Icarus
      Machines
      Automatons

      Known Hangouts: 

      Crete
      Labyrinth
      Sicily
      Workshops
      Laboratories
      Sculpture studios

    • Sightings

      Jan 1, 1970 - Dec 20, 2019

      Library of History by Didorus Siculus

      Daedalus' whole life story is just a click away.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      Aeneid by Virgil

      In this epic poem, the Trojan hero Aeneas visits a temple that was built by Daedalus when the inventor first landed in Sicily.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Metamorphoses by Ovid

      Get the inside scoop on the Labyrinth-construction process in Ovid's epic collection of poems.

      Dec 20, 1995

      Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

      Daddy Daedalus puts in some appearances in this popular TV series.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

      Get ready for creepy: the spirit of Daedalus hides in the body of Quintus, the sword master of Camp Halfblood, in this installment.

      Dec 20, 2019

      God of War III

      When Kratos comes upon Daedalus in this video game, the inventor has gone totally crazy with grief over the death of Icarus.