Though Aether is the most valuable and commonly exchanged resource between large groups, Ikon and its derivative, Arikon, are extremely valuable as well. Ikon is an unrefined rare ore that is taken directly out of the earth. Arikon is a ash that results when one fires Ikon. Both are useful for a number of tasks, and have been traded since ancient times. In fact, most higer-value coins are minted with Ikon.
Mines produce a steady stream of resources once constructed, which must be transported back to an useful location. Although little effort is needed to transport Ikon and Arikon, delaying transport provides a lucrative opportunity to the enemy. On several occasions, shrewd Tyrants have taken control of a mine with a huge amount of resources waiting for pickup, allowing them to exert a huge strategic advantage over their foes.
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