From out of the darkness, there stepped a child into the campfire's light. And she said, "I am Lyssa, and I have come to teach you what is illusion and what is truth."
But the soldiers there did not believe her. They laughed and said, "If you're Lyssa, then show us your beauty, for we can surely use it on this dark night. We have lost hope that this war will end."
The child approached, and her smile held divine grace. "Share your food with me, and in return for your kindness, I will show you beauty the likes of you will never see again."
And so the kind soldiers did, and the child ate with ravenous hunger. When the last bone had been tossed aside, and the last bean swallowed, the child began to skip around the outside of the campfire.
She touched each man on his head, one at a time, as they laughed and jibed her until, one at a time, they fell into a deep slumber.
Each man dreamed a different dream, but each dream was a vision of the life they would lead once the war was over—wives, children, riches, open air, health, and peace.
And when they awoke upon the morrow, the child was gone and the enemy had arrived. They fought joyfully, with all their might, because they all remembered their dreams and knew they would win the war.
Each man put his heart and soul into the battle, and each man, one at a time, was slaughtered.
— Parable of Lyssa
Lyssa is the dual-faced goddess of beauty, water, and illusion. Though she is typically referred to as a singular entity, she is often depicted as twins known as Ilya and Lyss. Whether she is truly one entity, two, or some paradoxical combination is unknown. While her various names are known, her origins are not. She was greatly celebrated in Vabbi before the second rise of Palawa Joko, having a festival dedicated to her, the Festival of Lyss. She is considered by most to be the paragon of all beauty and many young men have glanced at her statues only to be entranced and die of thirst days later. She is also considered to be related to chaos and non-specific elemental energy; she was only openly tied to water after the death of Abaddon in 1075 AE.
|When the gods realized that any attempts by them to deal with the Elder Dragons would only destroy Tyria, Balthazar refused to back down—and there are hints that Lyssa may have sympathized with him. Balthazar used a magical mirror to disguise himself as Lazarus; this mirror had Lyssa's signature sigils in its design, and contained powerful mesmer magic that seemed to have godly origns. Kasmeer Meade claimed that the mirror "was enchanted by Lyssa herself". When Kormir was asked to help with Balthazar, she mentioned that "even Lyssa" voted to strip him of his power, and upon his defeat at the hands of the Pact Commander, Balthazar could be heard cursing all of the other gods—except for Lyssa.|
And it was, that a stranger came to the village of Wren seeking shelter and employment. Though young in years, her body was stooped and twisted, her flesh eaten by disease. "Ye have the mark of plague upon ye," said the citizen named Gallrick. "Leave this place lest you sicken our people."
"I've lost my family and my home," cried the desperate woman. "Have you no heart?"
Yet each person, in turn, did look away.
Then from the crowd came a young woman, Sara. She looked upon the woman with pity. "If you need help," said Sara, "I will give it." And Sara did approach the gnarled, bent woman and did offer her a helping hand.
Then the sickened woman pulled from her body the robes of plague, revealing Herself to be the goddess Lyssa.
The people of Wren fell to their knees, begging Lyssa's mercy. But lifting Sara gently, saith She, "True beauty is measured not by appearance but by actions and deeds. Many have eyes, but few have seen. Of all here, you saw the beauty behind the illusion. And you alone shall be blessed with My gifts."
— Scriptures of Lyssa, 45 BE
“The two who are one, Issa and Lys,
For a while she lived, veiled and hidden, in the village of Wren. When the building of Arah was completed Lyssa was commanded to join the other gods, though her tears fell like rain among the western road.
— Orrian History Scrolls, The Six, Volume 4—Lyssa: Goddess of Beauty and Illusion
- Lyssa is also referred to as the Lady of the Mirror.
- In Greek mythology, Lyssa is the spirit of mad rage, frenzy, and rabies in animals.
- Early concept art for Lyssa's statue shows her wearing a mask similar to those of the largos.
- Associated items
- Replica Mirror of Lyssa
- Lyssa's Regalia
- Chaos of Lyssa
- Superior Rune of Lyssa
- Lyssa Statue
- Relic of Lyssa
- Ilya and Lyss, which share the skin Lyssa's Gaze