Attempting to recognize Lyra by a description is an exercise in futility. Although she is nearly always beautiful, usually female and often human in appearance, the only commonalities by which she can easily be recognized are the scent of vanilla (which takes some effort for her to suppress) and the sapphire-pommeled short sword she wears on her back.Personality:
Like most doppelgangers, Lyra is a mercurial and mischievous creature, easily enraptured and all too quickly bored.History:
The species of doppelganger has been well known for centuries, but not often understood. Perhaps the most common tale of the creatures is that of Lyra, the Uncrowned Queen.
The tale of Lyra begins in the kingdom of Abernor. With King Ednes dead, the kingdom's petty aristocrats fell prey to the threat of imminent civil war. In order to handle the situation, it was decided that the kingdom must be divided amongst his four children. Only when three of them died would the last remaining noble be allowed to take over the entire kingdom.
Two of the children were quick to die, and though it was never proven, poison was expected. Legend attributes the foul deed to Anarra, because Justar could not have been responsible. He had no true ambition, showed no real interest in ruling and simply desired the tender affections of his manservants and the comforts of extravagant living.
When Anarra finally died of old age, Justar was offered the crown but simply shook his head. He said he was bored of the disguise, and transformed into the natural shape of Lyra the doppelganger: a pale, gaunt figure with frost-white hair that dropped down to her waist and milky eyes that took in a room but were difficult to read.
Legend states that the man Lyra chose for the throne led his kingdom admirably, with each of his children guiding better than the last.
Doppelgangers are best known for their shapeshifting, but also have the capacity to read people, sometimes learning to understand them better than they know themselves. They can manifest clothing but not inorganic substances, and wearing cloth or silk is common but a set of steel armor is beyond them. However, doppelgangers cannot have children except with other doppelgangers, and only as their born gender.
How Darian Luminatti managed to have a daughter by one remains a mystery. If Lyra herself even knows, she has decided not to share. When she showed up at the Lumination, she appeared in a manner unusual to any doppelganger: her natural form.
Dismissing her disguises and appearing au natural is her way of opening up, something she doesn't do often. Different appearances can affect her personality, and she's not always perfectly truthful, but when she takes off her mask, it's an attempt to be herself.
It's rare for a doppelganger to have anything remotely resembling a family. Now that she has one, she won't give it up easily.Skills/Power:
Shapeshifting: Lyra can assume any sort of humanoid form, along with clothes and a few other organic things (such as bone or wood). Magically forcing her to revert to her normal form reveals her as the chalky, naked creature she is. Hiding her vanilla scent takes some concentration and she rarely does so unless she truly deems it necessary (like to surprise someone). Anything that detaches from her, whether fluid or discarded clothing, dissolves into a sticky vanilla paste within moments, so it's more common for her to simply reabsorb clothes when she undresses.
Mind Reading: Although it takes serious concentration to actually pick up on surface thoughts, a doppelganger can usually understand an emotional state of someone within her purview, and can usually get a feel for that person's kinks and limits relatively quickly. Some claim that that particular talent makes them even more dangerous than their shapeshifting.
Light Blades: Lyra has an exquisitely crafted short sword, the only gift from her father. The pommelstone is a perfect sapphire and the name Lyra has been lovingly crafted into the blade. She also has a bit of talent with daggers, but she prefers her sword.On&Off: https://elliquiy.com/forums/index.php?topic=102977.0Player: