Lyris Stryder was born as a non-luperci in Ontario, Canada, to parents Oriq Stryder and Wisteria, alongside her brother Kenyon Stryder in December of 2011. She was raised in the Stryder pack until the age of seven months until, after a hunting party gone horribly wrong, the entirety of Lyris's family and packmates were run off and killed by a pair of territorial grizzly bears. Lyris escaped with scarring both physical and deeply emotional, and after assuming that she was the lone survivor, began a journey to Nova Scotia. Arriving in the North in September of 2012, Lyris promptly joined the nomadic pack Sangi'lak. Soon after joining their ranks Lyris was turned into Luperci through X'yrin Exultare, whom she quickly came to idolize. She remained in Sangi'lak until its unexpected disbandment in November of the following year, and after a brief stint as an angry loner, joined New Dawn in early January 2014 with her friend Asgeir Exultare.
Lyris and Asgeir lived in New Dawn for a little over a year until Asgeir passed away in his sleep. Immediately after, Lyris left and instead joined Casa di Cavalieri to leave behind her feral roots and keep her promise to Asgeir, which was to try and start anew. In early July of 2015 Lyris became mate to Luca Knight, who was eventually promoted to the leader rank of Lune. In early August of 2015 Lyris and Luca bore two children, Indi Knight and Teagan Stryder. After another prosperous year, Lyris mothered a second litter by Luca in early September of 2016, bearing three more children named Arlen Stryder, Myra Garcia, and Remus Knight.
In May of 2017, after stepping up to help Casa during a plague that struck Luca ill and left the pack helpless a month before, Lyris was promoted to Sola and ruled alongside her mate as the first Sun Queen of Casa di Cavalieri for a time thereafter. She participated in the pack's defense against Syndicate's revenge conflict when they attacked in the summer of 2017.
Soon after, in early fall, Lyris grew suddenly ill when she became pregnant with her third litter. She died in childbirth in November 2017, bringing Cedric Stryder and Nora Knight into life at the cost of her own.
Species: Lyris most clearly resembles her Alaskan Tundra Wolf heritage, through her thick fur, triangular ears, and thick wolf-like muzzle.
Fur: Lyris' fur is thick and long, accredited to her Alaskan Wolf genes. She does gain a winter coat and sheds to a lighter coat in the summer months, but still tends to overheat easily, and so prefers the colder season.
Optime Hair: During her Brotherhood ceremony, Lyris cut her hair to symbolize her new lifestyle. She now wears it in a short, severe cut; consequentially, she can no longer hide her scars behind her hair. Her hair most usually appears styled similar to this.
Facial Features: While Lyris sports the thick muzzle and stouter ears of the purebred wolf, her features still appear to be very angular and sharp, overall matching her lean, slender figure.
Build and Size: Lyris is tall and very thin and lithe, her muscle mass concentrated most noticeably in her thighs and shoulders to allow the look of a swimmer's build. She is advantageous in a fight of speed and agility, and naturally avoids battles of brute strength due to her svelte body. She considers herself to appear intimidating, and rather prefers it over generic beauty.
Humanization: Lyris' level of humanization is minimal to none. Clothes are only worn if forced upon her, namely during a formal ball where dresses or attire is an absolute must. She feels constricted underneath the cloth, and walks around bare, a blind eye turned to any who may look down upon her nudity.
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Kaitoke Green (#014125)
Nose, Skin, Paw Pads
Lyris has several facial scars. The first is three gashes along her right cheek, the middle curving up jaggedly to just above her eye. She also has a smaller nick against what would be her right eyebrow.
On her left thigh, she has three gashes that span almost to the base of her spine, as well as two smaller markings off-centered.
Lyris has a single tattoo on her right thigh. It as a sharp, abstract marking that she has dubbed the crest of her fallen family, and wears proudly. Given to her by Brumaire Moineau in March 2014.
In Optime form, Lyris can often be seen wearing a fitted leather band around her upper left arm. The band has a grizzly threaded to it, and most of the time Lyris slips a knife between her fur and the band.
85 lbs (39 kg)
34 in (86 cm)
Lyris is very comfortable in her Lupus skin, and it is often the form she sleeps or relaxes in. She switches between this form and Optime in equal amounts. In Lupus, Lyris is tall, thin, and is very agile and quick-footed.
140 lbs (64 kg)
46 in (117 cm)
Secui form is very rarely used, and only in situations where power or brute strength is required. In this form, Lyris essentially appears as an over-sized wolf, having no monstrous qualities that many other's Secui forms may have. The power in her shoulders is accentuated.
175 lbs (79 kg)
6ft 10in (82 in / 208 cm)
Lyris uses Optime and Lupus forms in equal amounts- due to her constant shifting, she can shift very quickly and efficiently. Usually she uses Optime only when the use of hands is needed. In this form, she is very tall and slim, with muscles concentrated in her shoulders and legs, but not overly obvious. Her bust and curves are minimal. Here, Lyris' fur thins out slightly, and her hair remains styled short. Her full height is not often captured since she walks with her weight on her haunches with a more feral appearance, though this trait is slowly disappearing as she becomes more humanized.
Speech: Lyris has your average "American" speech, while her words are sparingly used. When she talks it is clear and to the point, and the majority of the time she avoids contractions and keeps her words formal. When entering a conversation with someone familiar, her speech is peppered with her sarcastic humor, which can appear blunt and cruel to those foreign to her.
Quirks, Gestures, Etc.: Lyris rarely uses gestures when speaking, which can make her appear stiff and unfriendly, though really she just doesn't see the point of waving your hands around unnecessarily.
General Posture and Body Language: Lyris usually stands tall and is not afraid to assert her dominance or make a threat when the situation allows. Though when any event requires social status and not a display of capability or strength, she becomes very lost and can feel stupid and slow, hence her reasoning to avoid social gatherings.
Quick to anger/aggressive, sarcastic, cold, quiet, calculating, protective, high capacity for hidden affection, often prideful, motivated to achieve and improve, intelligent
Pessimistic- While Lyris is not necessarily negative about every aspect of life, she harbors internal fears and doubts that any forward progress towards happiness can easily be halted or destroyed, and is not usually optimistic about her future. She looks forward to every possible outcome and tends to prepare for the worst, though she is slowly learning not to dismiss every possibly positive aspect of life.
Introverted- Lyris often chooses to be solitary and secluded in her daily life, as she does not relate to others very well and is not skilled in verbal exchange. She does, however, find being exclusively solitary to become lonely and rather unnatural, so she stays within a pack. As time has passed, Lyris has become increasingly comfortable in the company of her mate and children, and seeks out their presence often.
Dominant- Lyris strongly dislikes submitting to others in general- she is the daughter of an alpha and likes to pose herself as so. Yet due to her feral nature, she sees rank as something important and necessary and always adheres to the rules according to her rank, even if it requires the submission she so detests.
Death of beloved: Since Lyris's past is riddled with countless conflicts concerning the untimely demise of those she loved, Lyirs has developed an irrational fear of any that she allows herself to become attached to dying before their time. In many instances, this overwhelming fear causes Lyris to feel as though she must do everything that she can to care for her family and any and all that she loves. Often times, this is transformed into aggression concerning the risky (but often necessary) actions of her children, mate, etc. Additionally, this insecurity drives Lyris to relentlessly pressure those she loves to find proficiency in self-defense and fighting, in the hope that should such a dangerous situation arise, the woman's beloveds will be able to protect themselves from major harm. Separation anxieties and paranoia can sometimes come to the surface in extreme situations, therefore making her children's quest to find independence away from the wing of their mother quite the challenge.
Betrayal/Abandonment: Aside from death, Lyris holds most souls at arms' length for fear of them leaving her behind. Since the fallout of Sangi'lak and her abandonment by Xyrin, whom she had come to idolize, Lyris has an irrational insecurity concerning others leaving her. When she allows herself to develop an attachment to someone, it runs deep and painfully close, and makes the loss of such a friend or family member hurt all the more. Also leads to Lyris's tendency to be immediately distrusting of strangers.
Failure: Being able to accomplish anything she sets her mind to is Lyris' ultimate motive. If she fails at any task she was determined to complete, no matter how large or small, she will not easily forget it. This fear of failure leads to her almost obsessive maintenance of her physical skillset of fighting and fitness.
Vulnerability: In her past, she was vulnerable, and it only gave her scars and dead family. Also attributes to her obsessive training exercises and innate need to be physically capable of any ailment that comes her way. Fear of vulnerability also runs emotional, as in the past she revealed her emotions and then felt belittled when abandoned. Fear of sharing the truth and then being left behind is excessively prevalent and often leads to the appearance of a cold and mean exterior.
Packs: Lyris' relations with packs usually falls similar to those of Casa di Cavalieri as a whole. Recently, she has come to find a growing hatred for Anathema since they destroyed her old home, New Dawn. She also harbors no love for Salsola (for their dark, secretive practices) or Sapient (for their prejudice against Non-Luperci).
Species: Since the Loner Syndicate attack on Casa di Cavalieri, and her increasing number of fights with coyotes, Lyris has come to be wary and distrusting of coyotes and their apparently arrogant and prideful nature, though otherwise has little species bias, aside from a slight preference for wolfish forms.
Non-Luperci: Lyris is fully accepting of Non-Luperci and appreciates their feral lifestyle, as she was once one herself. Any who berate or express bias against non-luperci in her presence will be sorry.
Gender: Women who put themselves under the control of men or do not have a strong mentality disappoint and frustrate Lyris, while men who feel superior to women or express sexism are dicks and better fear her wrath. Strong kinsmanship towards warrior-type women, similar to herself.
Color: A sense of kinsmanship to individuals who posess white coats, but otherwise no bias.
Sexuality: Lyris views homosexual relationships as void of function and altogether useless. She is a strong believer in male and female partners for the purpose of producing strong offspring. She has had little experience with homosexual individuals and so has yet to expand this trait.
Age: Elders are generally wise and youth have a lot yet to learn. Some particularly yappy puppies, when not her own, can rub Lyris the wrong way.
Kinsey 0: Purely Heterosexual. From a very feral background, Lyris holds firm to the belief that romantic and sexual relationships should only be fostered between male and female in order to ultimately produce strong and able-bodied children and is unshaken in executing this ideal. A believer in choosing a high-quality partner in both physique and intelligence. Since being mated, she had developed a fuller understanding of love, attraction, and sexuality, but is still often times ignorant to many queues and sympathies common to relationships. Lyris never has been and never will be promiscuous and has low libido, though has the capacity to enjoy sex when put in the right mood. She has a difficult time accepting others' relationships with individuals that are obviously physically or mentally weak and flawed. The day she has an affair is the day hell freezes over, because Lyris quite simply has no interest beyond Luca.
Lyris has come to develop a bias against the majority of recreational substances, including alcohol, marijuana, or any other manner of drugs. She has only once or twice consumed alcohol and immediately despised the feeling of the substance dulling her senses and her sudden inability to defend or provide for herself. She has since never touched a bottle or any other sense-dulling substance. Lyris often times has difficulty removing her bias from the actions of any who surround her, though she does attempt to dampen her obvious opinion since use of such substances is extremely prevalent. In the case of her mate and children, she does not ban their consumption of substances, though is highly disappointed when they are used. Any who repetitively use alcohol or drugs as an "escape from the stresses of reality" is dimwitted, weak, and ultimately lazy, since such substances will only procrastinate the unavoidable feelings that such stressors provide. She is a believer in action to solve her issues rather than forgetting.
Agnostic. Does not particularly believe there is no god, but does not put her faith in one's presence, either. After her many high and low experiences that piece together her life, Lyris isn't sure if a potential god is benevolent or malevolent. In one instance, she watched as she lost her family, her mentors, and those she let herself love, and then on the other hand she was provided a second chance to build up a new family that is, so far, perfect as she can imagine. Uncertain in this aspect, but not particularly struggling as she prides herself on independence and providing for herself without help of any higher being.
Luca Knight is Lyris' mate. After agreeing to give her heart to him Lyris has slowly been able to realize that not everything in her life has gone bad, and her fear of abandonment and betrayal has shrunk. Luca is the only one that she can fully open up to, and without him she would most likely still be moving from pack to pack and be unwilling to show vulnerability to anybody else. He is a key character in the development of her life.
Teagan Stryder & Indi Knight are Lyris's first and oldest offspring. The sisters have since matured but Lyris continue to maintains a close relationship with them through the thick and thin. The girls introduced Lyris into the life of a mother and she loves them more than she can ever say. Both Teagan and Indi have come to excel as potential knights despite their apparent differences, and Lyris is truly proud of what they have become. The girls proved to be a cataclysmic event in Lyris's life and self and introduced her to compassion and the role of being a guardian.
Myra & Remus & Arlen: are Lyris's children born from her second litter. The trio is a handful to raise and have caused Lyris much grief, but she has loved the challenge and her compassion for them continues to grow with each passing day. They are among the few she would instantly give up her life to protect.
Nora & Cedric: are Lyris's final children whom she died giving birth to. Though she never had the opportunity to build relationships with them, she harbors a deep love for her youngest children beyond the grave and would be proud to see who they are growing to be.
Asgeir Exultare (deceased) was Lyris' former packmate in Sangi'lak. They didn't know each other very well before Sangi'lak disbanded, but after, they traveled together and joined New Dawn. Asgeir became someone that Lyris could trust and revealed much of her past and emotions too, and was almost like a mentor to her. Before he passed away in early 2015, he made Lyris promise to try and start anew. His death and the promise she made is what drove Lyris to leave behind her feral roots and join Casa di Cavalieri, where she could begin to pursue her true interests and try to build a new life for herself.
Milos Parhelion is perhaps Lyris's sole close friend outside of family. Lyris initially met Milos and his companion Sorcha right after their arrival to Nova Scotia. At first, the acquaintanceship was rocky and naturally aggressive no thanks to Lyris' doing. However, fate seemed to have something in store for them, and upon meeting a second time (after Lyris nearly shot one of his caribou companions) she began to warm up to Milos's constant smile, humor, and his ability to radiate friendliness even despite Lyris's ruffled and unwelcoming exterior. Milos came to New Dawn when at one point Lyris and her pack had been afflicted by a strange illness, and the man helped her and fellow packmates in getting back to healthy. Since then, Lyris has had few more interactions with Milos but considers him a close companion and one of the few she can openly speak to. She respects him for his ability to crack her shell.
X'yrin Exultare and Sequoia Exultare were both leaders of Lyris' previous pack, Sangi'lak. X'yrin is the one that transferred the Luperci virus to Lyris (unkowingly), and became a rather motherly and kind figure for her. Sequoia also became one of Lyris' few friends. Their relationship was very positive until the females decided to become partners and up and left Sangi'lak, leaving the pack and all of its members to disband and find their own way to go. Lyris views this, still, as an act of betrayal, and when Sequoia returned briefly and joined New Dawn, their encounter was estranged and less than a happy one. Lyris still harbors uncertain feelings for both women.
Alistair Callow-Knight was once the Sole of Casa di Cavalieri and used to lead alongside Lyris' mate, Luca. Lyris had come to know Alistair as a prominent figure and a strategic, no-funny-business king, and he had managed to gain her respect throughout his kingship. Lyris, however, has not been afraid in the past to tell him her mind concerning several selfish mistakes of his own, causing for several arguments between the pair, and so they did not always see eye-to-eye. When Alistair left Casa in late 2016, Lyris felt angered and betrayed by his selfish abandonment (as she saw it), and now holds a cold opinion of the former leader.
Carpentry/Carving (Journeyman): Lyris is not the artistic type, but she has managed to refine the skill of crafting high-quality bows and arrows. She was originally taught the skill by Leviothan Moonbreaker, and has refined it in years since. He archery weapons tend to be basic in appearance if elegant in shape, but they are of very fine quality. A full set of bow and arrows take many weeks for her to complete, yet she has been known to trade these items for fair prices. Her bows are always subtly marked with the Stryder crest as a signature of her work. Lyris is in the process of experimentally creating more complex and fanciful bows with the same quality of function. She has no skills in crafting/carving any other pieces, and therefore is very specialized in this product alone. She normally seeks partnership with leather-crafters or tailors to create quivers for her finished pieces.
Education and Learning: Lyris was taught the basics of hunting and tracking prey in her birth pack, and always had a determination to better her hunting skills. After the bear attack that separated her from her family, Lyris had to fend for herself for many months, forcing her to use and expand upon the skills given to her. Now, she spends much of her free time hunting and tracking, and has become virtually unbeatable at the practice.
Hunting (Master): Once Lyris has prey in sight, she is not likely to miss the killing blow. Be it with her own claws or an arrow, she's easily able to avoid being detected and always comes out with a prize.
Tracking (Master): Tracking is a skill Lyris has developed and it has now become effortless for her- using scent and sight, she can identify where animals have been and follow their trail- even through water in some cases.
Weaponry & Combat
Education and Learning: Most of Lyris' skill with weapons is self-taught. She can be said to have had several brief lessons in archery while in Sangi'lak, though most of her use with a knife is her own practice.
Archery (Master): Once Lyris acquired her own set of bow and arrows, she practiced with any down time she had. And over the many months, her shots have become flawless and she has developed the muscular shoulders needed to hold taut a bowstring for a long period of time. Be it wind or rain, she can almost always find the right angle and power needed to his the target. Due to her mastery, she has taught several others the basics of how to shoot.
Hand-to-Hand & Feral Fighting: (Journeyman): Lyris tends to trust her own teeth and claws when it comes to battles of physicality. She has spent the majority of her life training for and participating in combat. She is as equally an effective fighter in Lupus form or Optime form, and has lost very few fights. Due to her tendency towards aggression, she has participated in more than her fair share of battles of tooth and claw, and is on the cusp of mastery. She has developed this skill even further through her teaching of it to her children or pack mates.
Dagger (Apprentice): Lyris usually always has a dagger with her, when wearing her leather arm band. She knows basic moved with the knife, and understands that it can cause much more damage with deeper cuts and serrated edges. But due to her only growing knowledge of the knife, she tends to just use her own claws, as they can be just as effective when used right.
Education and Learning: Lyris was taught the basics of low speech by X'yrin Exultare, and continued to expand upon this skill on her own. She was also shown the basics of horseback riding and horse care from various sources that she sought out, but much of her expertise surrounding horses and riding comes from experience and traveling with her own mount.
Horseback Riding/Horse Care (Journeyman): Once Lyris adopted her own horse, she became very interested in learning how to care for and train the animals. A lot of her knowledge was self-taught through mistakes and slip-ups, and she obtained many bruises from falls. But after the many months passed and with some help from those with expertise, she has become very knowledgeable when it comes to the animals and is a very efficient rider. After becoming a stable master within Casa di Cavalieri she had expanded her skills even further and is on the cusp of mastery.
Low Speech (Birds) (Apprentice): Lyris can understand basic low speech and get essential meanings from birds. She would have more difficulty deciphering low speech from other animals, due to her unfamiliarity with them. Her skills are in no way advanced, and often she struggles to understand much even with her current knowledge. She sometimes tends to or assists with the care of many of CdC's falcons and other birds, and so while her skills are improving, horses continue to remain her focus.
Starlight: Spotlight Soul Lyris was a spotlight soul in October of 2013!
Lyris was born a happy, healthy young puppy, entering the world when winter was at its peak. Her brother, Kenyon, also sporting a spotless white coat, was born along side her. They lived in their home pack, going by the name of Stryder, which resided in South-western New Brunswick. Their pack was fever-free and purely feral, only hearing rumors of the two-legged Luperci. The young pups' father, Oriq, was the alpha, while their mother, Wisteria, was his mate. Lyris and Kenyon had a fairly normal childhood, with a mother and father to love them, and other pack members to teach and help raise them. Both of them were turning into fine young wolves, until they reached the age of seven months.
At this time Oriq decided it was time for his pups to take their first hunt, even if it was just to watch on the sidelines. Together, the entire pack moved into the forest, leaving all of the happy memories behind. The Stryder pack had only gone a mile before events took a tragic turn. Unaware that they were trespassing on Grizzly Bear territory, a bear and his mate crashed the party. While the male broke through the pack, he chased away Oriq, Wisteria, Kenyon, and the rest of Lyris's family North, farther into the forest. Lyris was separated from them by the smaller of the two bears- the female. She was charged upon and fell, the right side of her face brutally clawed by the beast. Lyris managed to bite and break the bear's wrist, which allowed her enough time to escape, her right eye blinded by blood. Turning, she ran for her life, the bear in hot pursuit. Lyris managed to leap a deep and swift-moving river, barely managing to claw herself to the other side. Unable to reach her, the bear returned to the forest. She was unconscious after that for a full 24 hours. Shaken and exhausted, Lyris searched for a week, in vain, for her family, before making the decision to move on. Remembering the tales of the up-walking wolves in the northeast, she began the journey to Nova Scotia.
After traveling for many days, Lyris came across Sangi'lak's borders. She immediately joined them, having just suffered minor injuries from a scuffle over food with a nameless loner. X'yrin Exultare helped clean Lyris's wounds, and through her, she received the Luperci Virus. After her painful first shift Lyris continued to gain familiarity with her new forms with the help of her pack mates. During her time in Sangi'lak Lyris learned archery and self-defense, and named in secret one of the pack horses-Kenyon- who later became her personal companion. Things finally seemed to be looking up despite her dark past until November of 2013, when Sangi'lak suddenly disbanded with only a brief farewell from alphas X'yrin and Sequoia, who left to pursue the Nomads. Lyris felt betrayed that X'yrin, who had become a motherly figure in her life, would up and abandon her and her pack. Her anger lingered as she wandered as a loner, up until she came across the broken Asgeir Exultare, X'yrin's mate, who had been led astray and only returned to Sangi'lak to find the pack lands dead. They continued together, until coming to the collective decision to join New Dawn in early January of 2014.
After X'yrin and Sequoia's sudden abandonment, Lyris's view of the world darkened considerably and she became even more closed-off and hard to reach than she was before. Things began to fall into steady routine life in New Dawn until Sequoia showed up at the borders to join. Both Asgeir and Lyris found the woman's presence haunting and unwelcome, and their relationship became distant and estranged.
In February of 2014, terror was common in New Dawn. A grizzly bear had been terrorizing pack members. Lyris had a close call with the bear early on, and the encounter consisted of her mostly gripped by fear. Only weeks later an attack party was formed to put an end to the creature, Lyris in their ranks. As the battle raged on she struggled to overcome her paralyzing fear of such a dark reminder of her past, acquiring thick thigh and facial scarring in the process. But in the end, Lyris landed the killing blow on the bear with a finality that would hopefully put an end to her inner demons as well. Soon after, just on the verge of healing, she traded for a tattoo with Brumaire Moineau; the abstract marking was henceforth made as a crest and tribute to her fallen family.
Lyris continued to thrive in New Dawn and climb the ranks for a little over a year since joining. In late January, her closest friend and companion Asgeir Exultaredied, but not without first making her promise to stop fearing betrayal and to make an effort to find her own happiness. When she discovered the man's passing, Lyris immediately buried him and left New Dawn, recognizing it as a symbol of her leaving her traditional, broken life behind to pursue something new and hopefully better.
A Promise Kept
Three days after departing from New Dawn, Lyris came to the borders of Casa di Cavalieri. She was met by Luca Knight, the odd grand-prince of Casa that she had both lost to in a spar and been forced to dance with. The boy proved to be her only friend in Casa, and sought to help her understand the ranks and how to fit in while also meeting her sarcastic remarks head-on with his own. Only months after her joining, Casa entered into the Syndicate Conflict, where a clan of loners staged an attack on the pack. Lyris killed one of the foes, but not without sustaining a significant shoulder injury. Casa was victorious, though days later founder Jazper Rhiannon-Knight stepped down as leader. In the wake of the battle, Lyris visited Luca to be certain he was not hurt. Instead, he confessed his feelings for Lyris. Unable to process or respond to such information, Lyris fled Casa and dwelled in Vinátta for five days, at the same time receiving her official duty as an ambassador between Casa and Vinátta. Upon her return, Lyris confronted Luca and, for the first time, confided the story of her past in someone else. A few days later, Luca proposed mateship to Lyris, and she accepted. Following the ceremony of their mateship, they moved into a small house in the Fort together. Lyris discovered not too much later that she was unexpectedly pregnant. Lyris chose, much to Luca's discomfort, that she was going to carry and give birth to her first litter in her Lupus form, in a birthing den as opposed to their house. In August of 2015 she gives birth to Indi Knight and Teagan Stryder. After rearing her newborns and watching them grow to toddling pups, Lyris found that her fear of mothering was unnecessary.
As soon as she could be away from her children for an extended amount of time, Lyris was officially named a member of the Brotherhood. The night before her ceremony, Lyris took a stone to her hair and cut it off to sport a new severe, spiked style. In November of 2015, Luca was promoted to Lune of Casa, putting both more responsibility as well as opportunities on Lyris' and her families' shoulders. Lyris' life appeared to be turning around; she was a completely different figure than the broken one of her past, and no longer felt the need to hide her scars behind her hair or anything else. The new mother from then on continued to diligently climb the ranks of her new home as well as devote a solid portion of her time to her new, budding family. Her promise to Asgeir to try to love a little more had been kept, and she could continue to sit back and watch her life brighten a little bit more, day by day.
As the days in Casa di Cavalieri wore on, Lyris climbed high among the hierarchy until she was eventually promoted to Labor Head, one of the few seats reserved for council members of the pack. She worked on starting up a training program for Casa's war horses to better their performance in battle and assisted Luca with many of his leadership duties. In April of 2016, a massive meteor strike occurs in Nova Scotia and brings chaos. Lyris witnesses earthquakes and a massive tsunami from the impact. CdC manages to move to higher ground, but not without the loss of many livestock and beloved Jonas Coblentz. The pack eventually recovers with little lasting effect. In May of 2016, Lyris saved her daughter, Indi, from a loner's attack and after being reminded of the imminent loss of her family, used the experience as motivation to train her daughters to actively defend themselves. Both Teagan and Indi matured and moved out of their parents' house in June, effectively sparking Lyris and Luca's loneliness. Three months later, in September, Lyris bore a second litter by Luca. The additions to the family were Myra Garcia, a runt, as well as Arlen Stryder and Remus Knight. Very shortly after this happy occurrence, Casa's Sole Alistair Callow-Knight stepped down from leadership and left Casa, leaving Luca as the solitary leader of the pack.
After several more months of happy life in CdC, a plague sweeps Nova Scotia in April 2017 following heavy volumes of rainfall. Luca is infected, along with many other members of CdC. The pack grows weak with the loss of a healthy leader and dwindling food supply, so Lyris steps forward to organize the pack. She sends parties to retrieve food and contact other packs to discover how far the illness has spread. After a time, Casa manages to come out of the plague without any casualties; Luca and the other sick make full recoveries. A month later, Due to her past loyalty and her motion to step up during the plague, Luca promotes Lyris to the rank of Sola, the first female to occupy the position of Sun Queen of CdC. She accepts the rank with gratitude and continues to lead alongside her mate. The peace, however, is shortlived. In July, the Loner Syndicate makes its return to terrorizing Casa's borders and capture members Isaac and Arthur. Following this news, Casa holds a meeting where Lyris and Luca present the options to either attack immediately or use stealth to attempt a rescue mission. The Cavaliers vote stealth, and successfully manage to recapture their lost members. Weeks later, a final battle ensues at the borders. The Syndicate is vanquished, but not without the loss of CdC members Clara Bates and Julien Gauthier. In the afterlight of the bloody combat, peace is once again restored.
Months of peace followed the Cavalier's victory against the Syndicate and Lyris continued to rule happily as a queen and loving mother. She had seen her life reach what she felt was its full potential; she could never have imagined herself in the position she now occupied, surrounded by family and a lighted kingdom. It was not, however, meant to last.
Lyris and Luca conceived their third litter in the fall. In the last several weeks of her pregnancy, Lyris grew very ill. She had no appetite for food that she could not hold down, and so continued to grow weaker and weaker as time passed. Near the end of her term, Lyris approached Luca with concern that she could no longer be an adequate Sola in her afflicted state and was met only with her mate's comfort. In November of 2017, Lyris went into labor and gave birth to children Nora Knight and Cedric Stryder at the cost of her life, though she breathed just long enough to see her puppies healthy. She died a month before her sixth birthday in her feral form surrounded by her mate and children. She was happy, and she was loved.
A Name Given in Secret Lyris secretly names one of the pack horses after her brother and befriends the stallion.
Stranger in Black Lyris comes across former alpha Jaden Ohanzee and packmate Asgeir Exultare locked in a heated argument and scuffle. Using her elevated rank she brings some order to the scene when X'yrin arrives. After explaining the events Lyris is, to her shock, heavily reprimanded by X'yrin.
the lost and found Communal colts Shasta and Spirit escape through an open gate, and Lyris pursues them in a chase. A loner on horseback sees she is having issues with her own mount, and informs her of how her horse's bridle teeth have yet to erupt, and recommends more effective ways of riding.
[M]Judgement Casa holds a trial for the two captured loners. Ultimately, it is decided that they should be killed, and Alistair executes them.
[M]Caught off Guard Casa goes to war with the Loners of the Syndicate. Casa is victorious, but not without wounds. Lyris' shoulder is dislocated and she kills another Luperci for the first time.
all your colors start to burn Only a few days after the battle Lyris visits Luca to investigate his injuries. When Luca admits he'd wished Lyris hadn't been there, she becomes defensive and angry. Luca then reveals he only didn't want her to get hurt, and Lyris realizes that he has feelings for her. She runs out, uncertain how to respond.
seems its about time we let this all go After returning home, Lyris confronts Luca about her runaway. He is cold and standoffish at first, unwilling to talk since she had obviously rejected him. Lyris pours out her life story to Luca, concluding she is simply bad at keeping relationships and is scared of them because she has been abandoned so much in the past. After the tender moment they kiss.
Penance Lyris greets Mihael Matic at the borders, and after realizing his dark past, accepts him into the pack under the rank of Dishonorable.
to run away and find what you believe After catching Indi smuggling supplies away, Lyris discovers that both of her daughters are planning to travel north on a personal journey. Lyris is extremely reluctant and argues vehemently, but eventually allows them to continue.
tell me my future Lyris and Luca attend Cour des Miracles birthday festivities, and participate in a hired fortune-teller's game. After she reveals a card with some truth about future progeny, Lyris reveals to Luca that she is pregnant.
and we were bound to the citylife Lyris catches her son Remus attempting to sneak back into the Fort after he left for an impromptu adventure. Lyris, fearful for his life given the dangers that exist outside the territory, disciplines him.
the grass is always greener After sneaking out of the Fort and getting attacked by a bobcat, Remus is found and brought home by Lorenzo. Lorenzo brings him to Lyris and she confronts her son. Fueled by fear at Remus's dangerous situation, Lyris angrily bans him from leaving the Fort again, and leaves him to Morty to have his wounds taken care of.
Virtue is the truest nobility Lyris greets potential joiners Raine Nightshade and his companion, a woman named Brita. Lyris's daughter Myra appears at the exchange and after Raine revealed that he was friendly with Myra by calling her a pet name, Lyris becomes very unfriendly. She accepts Raine and Brita, but not before Myra storms off in anger.
Open a New Wound Lyris finds an angry Myra in the leaves of a tree after storming off from the exchange between Lyris and new member Raine at the borders. Myra becomes hostile to Lyris due to her unfriendliness before, and Lyris forcefully retrieves her from the tree.
A New Sun Rises Lyris is promoted to the rank of Sola, Casa's first Sun Queen.
The Pressure is On Lyris and Luca call an emergency pack meeting after it is discovered that Isaac and Arthur have been taken hostage by the Loner Syndicate, an old enemy of CdC. The pack votes on a course of action, either immediate attack as proposed by Lyris, or a stealthy rescue mission as proposed by Luca. The pack votes for stealth, and a rescue party is formed.
annie left me to the lions Lyris, recently pregnant with her and Luca third litter, has become gravely ill. She seeks the comfort of Luca and tells him that she is no longer strong enough to remain Sola.