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Lyra Viria, initially introduced as Lyra, is an Imperial who serves as the First Sword of the Order of the Hour. Upon killing Mirabelle Motierre, it is revealed she is The Black Dragon. In the Black Dragon's journals, she claims that she killed Lyra Viria, though this is later discovered to be figurative, as she left her life as Lyra behind when she joined the Order of the Hour.


Dark RevelationsEdit

When looking for the Black Dragon's chambers, the Vestige shall come across Lyra, a member of the Order who refuses to attack them and says "I'm unarmed. May we speak before you kill me?". She will ask them to follow her, and says "The Black Dragon's chambers are behind that door. Follow me." Once they enter the chambers, she says "Hmm. Looks like we're all alone."

After reading The Black Dragon's Journal, Mirabelle Motierre will appear, resulting in the following conversation:

Mirabelle Motierre: "Psst! Assassin! Up here! I'm waiting for the Black Dragon."
Lyra: "Setting a trap for the Dragon? Is that the idea?"
Mirabelle: "Wait, who's that with you?"

Lyra will then teleport in a cloud of red mist, don her armor as the Black Dragon, and murder Mirabelle with her dagger, revealing her true identity:

Lyra/The Black Dragon: "I am death, you silly fool!"
[stabs Mirabelle]
"We'll meet again, assassin. And next time I'll be ready to deal with you!"

Mirabelle: "Don't mourn for me, Assassin. I've always dreamed of the Void.
I'll see Cimbar and the Dread Father soon... but you need to warn Astara... the Black Dragon is..."

As The Black Dragon, Lyra will leave the chambers, and Mirabelle will die of her wounds shortly after saying her last words.

A Ghost from the PastEdit

After reading The Black Dragon's Journal, Green-Venom-Tongue decides that he wants you to accompany him to his former sanctuary in the Blackwood Borderlands, in order to discover the truth behind the Black Dragon. He says the Black Dragon wrote down that she killed Lyra Viria, though Venom must uncover why she uses her name.

At the Xith-Izkul sanctuary, Green-Venom-Tongue will burn a special Hist-related resin that allows one to see events in the past. It is revealed that The Black Dragon was actually Lyra Viria, and was the assassin ordered to perform the Purification on the sanctuary.

After nearing the remains of the deceased members, projections of Lyra and her victims will appear, showing their last moments before she killed them:

Annalise: "Wait, Lyra. You know me. I'd never betray the Dark Brotherhood!"
Lyra Viria: "I do know you, Annalise. But my orders are clear."
Annalise: "Please, there has to be another way!"
Lyra: [Kills Annalise] "Goodbye, Sister."

Duras: "What? Are those tears? Executioners aren't supposed to cry, Lyra.
Come. Plunge your blade into my heart. If Sithis calls for me, I will gladly leap into the Void. When we are called, we must obey!"
Lyra Viria: "You really believe that? Even now, you think this... insanity has some sort of meaning?"
Duras: "Purpose and meaning are illusions for the masses. But we know the truth, Lyra. Now, strike and send me home!"
Lyra: [Kills Duras]

Lyra Viria: "Traitor? I'm not the one who betrayed my Brothers and Sisters!"
Vrayden: "The Black Hand would never sanction this! I don't believe it!"
Lyra: [Kills Vrayden]

Hallan: "Lyra? Is something wrong, Sister?"
Lyra: "[Draws weapon]"
Hallan: "What are you doing? No, Lyra. Stop!"
Lyra: [Kills Hallan]

Later, at the Shrine of Sithis, a projection of Lyra is seen praying before being spoken to by Speaker Arawen:

Lyra Viria: "Dread Father, can you hear me? Do you see what they forced me to do?
Was this truly your will? Did Mother really command this? I did as I was told, but it still feels... wrong.
Please Dread Father. Talk to me! Were all these deaths truly what you wanted?"

Speaker Arawen: "Allow me to assure you, child. You have done exactly as you were commanded."
Lyra: "Speaker? I didn't know you were here."
Arawen: "Another sacrament has been performed You must go to the city of Kvatch and eliminate Jonas, a Primate of Akatosh."
Lyra: "But Speaker... my family... I need time to..."
Arawen: "Your family? Such personal attachments are beneath you. Remember who you really are. Ruthless. Ambitious. You are my Silencer. My weapon."
Lyra: "Yes, Speaker. I remember. I'll go to Kvatch immediately."

The projection of Lyra will fade, and Green-Venom-Tongue requests to meet you at Kvatch. At the Cathedral of Akatosh, Venom uses the last of his resin to view the following exchange:

Primate Artorius: "Put away your weapon, child. We have much to discuss.
You feel lost, without purpose. But the opposite is true. Everything has led you to me."

Lyra Viria: "Oh really? I just see another witness that needs to be silenced."
Artorius: "I performed the Sacrament that brought you here. Not because Primate Jonas needed to die, but because the Dragon God wanted us to join forces."
Lyra: "Join forces? I don't understand..."
Artorius: "You need to turn away from the Void and step into the light. Join me and together we'll walk the path to redemption."
Lyra: "Redemption? I'm a murderer! There's no redemption for someone like me."
Artorius: "Nonsense, child. Akatosh performs more impressive miracles than that all the time. We just need to turn your talents to the holy work of the Dragon God.
Become my champion, a sword of Akatosh―my Black Dragon that burns away evil's darkness."

Lyra/The Black Dragon: "I... yes. I see it now. I pledge my blade and my life to you and to Akatosh. Show me the way."

Their projections will then fade and the resin will wear off.

The Wrath of SithisEdit

At Knightsgrave, The Black Dragon will mention numerous parts of her life as Lyra Viria.



Show: Dark Revelations

"It seems you have me at a disadvantage. But you don't have to be afraid of me. Put away your weapons and I'll help you in whatever way I can."

Tell me where I can find The Black Dragon.
"The Black Dragon? How brave of you to seek the most powerful warrior in our order. I can show you where her chambers are, if you like. You know, the Black Dragon was a lot like you once, before she sought redemption."

<Remain silent.>
Like me? What do you mean?
"As I understand it, she was an assassin. She killed on command and with impunity, leaving a graveyard full of corpses in her wake. She's a member of the Dark Brotherhood. That is, she was. Until they pushed her too far."
How do you know all this?
"Members of the Order are encouraged to talk about their pasts. But we should get to someplace more private. You don't want to get caught out in the open if more of the Order appears. I'll take you to the Black Dragon's chambers. We can talk there."
Lead the way.
"Stay close."

Why are you trying to help me?
"Primate Artorius teaches us that no one is beyond redemption. In time and with effort, all wrongs can righted. I can be patient. Can you?"

Are you trying to redeem me?
"Redemption isn't for everyone, and I've never presume to do such a thing. Unless, of course, you're open to the idea. Do you regret your role in all of this? You can tell me. I'm a good listener."
I don't need redemption.
What if I did have some regrets?
"Regret is like a specter of the past that haunts the present. If you have regrets, I'd tell you to leave this place. Leave the Gold Coast. Go far away and find whatever peace you can. If only I had listened to my own advice..."
It sounds like you have a few regrets of your own.
"The Primate says regrets are as numerous as the the stars in the sky and they shine the brightest in the darkness. But I don't want to talk about religion anymore, do you?"