Icons Lists from Mythology, Fiction, and Games

When creating the setting for a scenario or campaign, it can be helpful to come up with a list of people or factions in the settling, as the powerful movers and shakers the the PCs will be interacting with.  Fate would call these “Faces”, and 13th Age calls them “Icons”.

Half a dozen of these major NPCs/GMCs (Non-Player Characters, also know as Game Master Characters in some circles) are ample for most short campaigns, whilst a dozen is a good number for a longer campaign with deeper setting detail.

The default Icons list from 13th age (more info here: http://www.13thagesrd.com/icons/) is:

The Archmage

The Crusader

The Diabolist

The Dwarf King

The Elf Queen

The Emperor

The Great Gold Wyrm

The High Druid

The Lich King

The Orc Lord

The Priestess

The Prince of Shadows

The Three


So, I got to thinking about who the Icons/Faces would be in various stories/settings –


Star Wars:

The Empire (The Emperor, Darth Vader, Moff Tarkin)

Rebels (Mon Mothma, Organa, Admiral Ackbar)

The Hutts (Jabba the Hutt)

Separatists (Count Dooku, Nate Gunray, General Grievous)

Jedi Council (Yoda, Mace Windu)

Others, such as Mandalorians, Chiss, Dark Sun, Nightsisters, can be added to suit the needs of the campaign.


Arthurian Legends:






Morgana Le Fay

Lady of the Lake/Niviane

Other Knights: Gawain, Galahad, Tristan, Bors, Percival, Bedivere, Ector, Kay, etc.


Robin Hood:

Robin of Locksley

Sheriff of Nottingham

Maid Marion

Guy of Gisbourne

King John

King Richard


Three Musketeers:

Cardinal Richelieu

Milady de Winter

Compe de Rochefort

King Louis XIII

Queen Ann

Captain Treville

Duke of Buckingham


Elder Scrolls – Morrowind:

House Dagoth (Dagoth Ur)

The Tribunal (Vivec, Almalexia, Sotha Sil)

House Hlaalu (Duke Vedam Dren)

House Redoran (Bolvyn Venim)

House Telvanni (Gothren)

Camonna Tong (Orvas Dren)

Morag Tong (Eno Hlaalu)

Ashlanders (various Ashkahns)

Twin Lamps (Ilmeni Dren)

Blades (Caius Cosades)

Imperial Legion (Varus Vantinius)

East Empire Company (Carnius Magius, Falco Galenus)


Elder Scrolls – Oblivion:

The Blades (Jauffre)

Mythic Dawn (Mankar Camoran)

Fighters Guild (Vilena Donton/Modryn Oreyn)

Mages Guild (Hannibal Traven)

Thieves Guild (Gray Fox)

Imperial City Watch (Hieronymus Lex)

Dark Brotherhood (Ungolim, Lucien Lachance)

Countess Umbranox (Anvil)

Count Terentius (Bravil)

Countess Carvain (Bruma)

Count Indarys (Cheydinhal)

Countess Valga (Chorrol)

Count Goldwine (Kvatch)

Count Caro (Leyawiin)

Count Hassildor (Skingrad)

Elder Council (Chancellor Ocato)


Elder Scrolls – Skyrim:

Stormcloaks (Ulfric Stormcloak)

Imperial Legion (General Tullius)

Companions (Kodlak Whitemane)

College of Winterhold (Savos Aren)

Thieves Guild (Karliah, Maven Black-Briar)

Dark Brotherhood (Astrid)

Bards College of Solitude (Viarmo)

Blades (Delphine)

Thalmor (Elenwen)

Dawnguard (Isran)

Silver Hand (Krev the Skinner)

Jarl Balgruuf of Whiterun

Jarl Elisif of Solitude

Jarl Skald of Dawnstar

Jarl Siddgeir of Falkreath

Jarl Igmund of Markarth

Jarl Idgod Ravencrone of Morthal

Jarl Laila Law-Giver of Riften

Jarl Korir of Winterhold

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