|“||One day. I am going to marry you. I'll be generous and let you pick when, even if it's ten years from now. Or twenty. But one day, you are going to be my wife.||”|
–Aedion Ashryver to Lysandra
Lysandra Ennar Ashryver is a Lady of Caraverre, a former courtesan and Arobynn's killer.
Lysandra was kicked out of her home as a child. She spent days crying at her mother's door until she was threatened to be taken by the guards. Then, she spent her days as different animals and as beautiful young girls begging for food. Eventually she was found by Arobynn Hamel and given to Clarisse. This meant that she had to become a prostitute.
In Queen of Shadows, when Lysandra appears for the first time she is paying a visit in Aelin's house in Rifthold in order to inform her about Arobynn Hamel's plan. The young courtesan was at the time accompanied by a young little girl named Evangeline, since she knew that Aelin wouldn't kill her in front of the presence of a child. Then Lysandra explained to Aelin the reason of her visit. She had come in order to give Aelin the details of the plan to save the young queen's cousin, Aedion, who was about to be executed at the celebration for the Crown Prince's birthday. Once she explained every last detail of the plan, the young courtesan started talking about the past, revealing to Aelin truth's that the demi-Fae wasn't aware of. At the end of the meeting, Aelin and Lysandra came into the conclusion that there was no need for them to be enemies and that they both had been manipulated by Arobynn in order to dislike each other.
After a while, Lysandra visits once again Aelin's apartment to bring clothes for Rowan. Rowan being able to track her scent reveals that she is a Shapeshifter. Lysandra explained how after magic had vanished from Erilea, she was trapped in this form and as a result from the years that had gone by she had completely forgotten how her true form was.
Lysandra becomes a member of Aelin's court and aids Aelin in the war against Erawan. Notably, she shifts into a sea dragon to destroy Erawan's fleets and Maeve's armada. It is mentioned that before Aelin was kidnapped, the Queen of Terrasen wanted Lysandra to take her (Aelin's) form amongst her armasa and sire heirs with Aedion should Aelin receive the fate she'd expected, implying a romantic relationship between the two (Lysandra, Aedion) and that Lysandra was one of the few Aelin trusted most.
When Aelin is captured by Maeve, Lysandra shifts into Aelin, to trick the new allies into believing Aelin is still with her troops & not captured. She does this to avoid conflict breaking out between the allies or potentially losing allies.
The earliest depiction we see of Lysandra is a spoiled girl who always gets what she wants, along with frequently getting in the way of her "enemy" Celaena Sardothien. As the series progresses, however, she displays a sharp mind, courage, and kindness. She has taken the small girl Evangeline under her wing and this is what makes Aelin begin to trust her again. Throughout the series Lysandra proves herself to be a loyal and courageous member of the new court of Terrasen. She is fiercely loyal, & very dedicated to creating a better world for Evangeline.
Lysandra is introduced as a beautiful, curvy woman with dark brown hair, green eyes, full lips, and voluminous breasts, which she complains about because they are, according to her, very heavy and cause her back pain, therefore during Empire of Storms she changes their shape, making them slightly smaller. One of her wrists was marked with Madame Clarisse's brothel sigil: a snake in midnight ink. The tattoo has been branded over after she gained her freedom back.
As a shapeshifter, Lysandra can take on any appearance she wants. Her actual appearance is unknown, as she has forgotten what she looked like, though she does describe herself as rather plain.
Lysandra is a shapeshifter and can shapeshift into any animal that she wills. She prefers her ghost leopard form.
Lysandra has been seen as:
- Several beautiful young girls
- Several men
- Several women
- Several birds
- Several insects
- Ghost leopard
- Aelin Ashryver Galathynius
- Sea dragon
- Marsh beast
- Swamp viper
- White river dragon
- When Aelin names her Lady of Caraverre in Queen of Shadows she gives Lysandra a ring engraved with her future crest, a ghost leopard with a key above it, meaning to remind Lysandra that she is now the holder of her own freedom.
- Is said that she has an ever changing scent that marks her as a shapeshifter.