Though much of the history of Gabriel’s flight cannot be conclusively verified, recent travels across the Burren have uncovered new evidence confirming the existence of both his vessel, the Icarus, and his visage.
Almost all accounts have Gabriel departing Paritus en route to an encampment known as Nalm, in a decrepit sea-vessel held aloft by a magnificent aerostat. Further, all tales conclude with his defiant journey to the East, likely by way south of the Great Ruins, upon which time he met certain death at the hands of brigands and barbarians.
It is my belief, based on written records from Urhal, Virna, and Ramad, that Gabriel’s journey was not singular, and in fact, on many occasions, was not solitary. Rather, Gabriel and the Icarus were a beacon of hope for an annum or longer prior to the destruction of the Icarus.
The rest of Gabriel’s voyage is less certain. Between Nalm and the East, Gabriel (and his crew) are said to have traded goods, transported passengers, enlisted crewmen, defended towns, and raided pirate encampments. Regardless of the reality, he proved that there was once again a viable means of transport between the isolated villages of the Burren. Our very survival is quite probably due to the ingenuity and legacy of Gabriel.
And yet though many portray Gabriel as a mechanical genius who could build an airship from nothing more than scraps and a wrench, it required nearly two decades of exploration, invention, and research to reproduce a similar aeronautical device. To this day, nothing of comparable size to the Icarus has ever been lifted – therefore it is this author’s opinion that the aerostat (and much of the weaponry) used by Gabriel was made of pre-war technology he discovered hidden somewhere in the Burren. We are left to wonder if he intended to share his discoveries.
Most controversial was Gabriel’s decision to confront marauding pirates with no apparent aim other than slaughter. The poetic see this as heroic self sacrifice in the defense of freedom-loving people, while the prudent point to the loss of the Icarus as having stymied trade in the Burren for nearly 30 annums – though neither dispute the notion that his final voyage became a rallying cry for the industrious to unite in building a better future, even “until death.”
Written by Edgar Lusse, Historian - Icarus Myth and Gabriel Legend