Icarus city is the capitol of Daedalus continent, located in the highlands and the seat from which Duchess Serena Shaw rules the planet Strata. The Shaw family estates are not located close to the city, however.
Over the years Icarus city has built atop itself time and again. The centre of the city has become one vast structure formed of interlocked skyscrapers, complexes and archologies, commonly referred to as ‘the hive’. The hive rises above the surrounding skyscrapers of the business district and the outlying suburbs of factory-complexes. Building up and excavating down are preferred in Icarus rather than the sideways expansion and ‘urban sprawl’ of other cities.
Height and prestige are linked in Icarus. Balconies and skyline views have been a preferred architectural feature in Icarus since the early days of the city. In the taller and richer areas of Icarus balconies such as these provide spectacular views of the city and the surrounding highlands. In contrast, in the increasingly cramped high-density residential suburbs apartment balconies typically look on to nearby apartment high-rises. Raised walkways between nearby buildings are also common.
Daedalus Spaceport, the major spaceport of Strata is located in Icarus city. The spaceport was formerly on the outskirts but has now been engulfed by the growth of the city.