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Ikar the Black is the half-orc leader of Ikar's Salvage, a team of mercenaries and laborers (including warforged and Karrnathi undead). Ikar's Salvage searches the Mournland for lost treasures, selling former Cyran equipment. He was once a decorated Karrnathi officer during the Last War.[1][3]


The Last War[]

Ikar was a citizen of Karrnath, and like most Karrnathi, he joined the army during the Last War. While fighting on the front lines, Ikar was wounded during a Cyran push on the city of Atur. Ikar's wounds turned out to be lucky ones: he was in the infirmary on the Day of Mourning, and had he been stationed at his assignment, he would have perished with his comrades.[3]

Ikar's Salvage[]

After the end of the Last War, Ikar started up Ikar's Salvage, a salvaging operation originally run out of Karrnath.[1][3]


Ikar and his team travel into the Mournland, looking for the lost treasures of Cyre. He then ferries his finds back into Karrnath, where he sells them through his various connections, including the Karrnathi government. A large amount of his retrieved goods are actually purchased by Prince Oargev, the ruler of lost Cyre. In fact, some of the inhabitants of New Cyre hold him in high regard. However, rumors say that he sells his most expensive relics to the Order of the Emerald Claw.[1][3]

It came over the hill and straight at us. I can’t remember exactly how it looked, only its size, and the gray haze that came with it. We lost Drugor. I hope he died quick. I never saw anything that horrific before, and I don’t expect to ever again.
— Ikar on being attacked by a dragon in the Mournland.[4]

Ikar's Salvage is very small in number: Ikar only had about a dozen or so employees, mostly warforged, though he has been seen with minotaurs, eladrin, hobgoblins, and tieflings. He also makes use of Karrnathi undead in his salvage operations. Ikar has hand-picked each member of his operation, and they rank amongst the finest soldiers, scouts, artificers, and laborers. His team is highly skilled, and use high-quality tools and vehicles, including elemental-powered barges and land carts.[1][3]

Once operating out of Karrnath, Ikar the Black now operates out of a mobile camp stationed along the western side of the Cyre River. He and his salvage team prefer to operate in previously inhabited areas, forgoing the wilderness of the Mournland. His team has made many excursions into the former capital of Cyre, Metrol. Ikar still holds property in Karrlakton, as well as a place in Gatherhold.[1][3]

A few months ago, Ikar and a salvage team survived an attack by the dragon Haze-of-Death while working in the Mournland. The only casualty was a human salvager named Drugor, who went missing in the attack.[4]


While Ikar the Black may look professional, he is also ruthless. He has been known to kill "claim jumpers" or others who have gotten in the way of his Mournland operations. He frequently makes benefit of the fact that the Mournland has no laws, and thus has never been openly accused of a crime.[3]

While Ikar once had loyalties to the nation of Karrnath, those loyalties disappeared when King Kaius III made peace with the remaining nations. Since then, Ikar works with a number of people, including Kaius's enemies the Order of the Emerald Claw. However, the only creature Ikar feels loyalty to now is Empress Donata. Ikar will secretly supply Donata with supplies in her bid for power.[3]