The Lyra constellation was named for the special instrument of the musician Orpheus; the lyre is a hand-held harp, as well as the signature instrument of the god Apollo, invented by his half-brother Hermes. A child of one of the Nine Muses, Orpheus was so gifted with the power of music and poetry, he was able to enchant even rocks and lifeless objects with his songs. He fell in love with and married a nymph, Eurydice, but on their wedding day, she was bitten by a venomous snake and died of the poison. Distraught, Orpheus decided to try bringing his love back; he descended to the Underworld, bypassing the boatman Charon and Cerberus with his melodies. All of the dead ceased their actions to listen to him, even the damned of Tartarus, who forgot their pains at the sound. Orpheus finally reached Hades's palace and, gaining an audience with the god, sang of his love for Eurydice, begging Hades to either give her back to him, or to take him as well. The lyre song is so beautiful and melancholy Hades is moved to tears, and agrees to Orpheus's requests. He instructs the musician to leave the Underworld, guaranteeing that Eurydice's spirit would follow after. However, Orpheus is told not to look behind him until he has fully left Hades's domain
Orpheus follows Hades's decree but, just at the very exit of the Underworld, he can't take it anymore and looks back before Eurydice is fully out of the realm. He catches one glimpse of his wife, who forgives him before being dragged back to her fate. Heartbroken, Orpheus gives up his art; although he keeps the lyre, he never plays it again. Ultimately, he is found and murdered by madwomen, followers of Dionysus who are provoked by his gloomy silence. His lyre is then placed among the stars; there is a message that Orpheus failed due to his nature as a human, as the gift of music is a divine art.
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Orphée is said to have been trained in Sanctuary, by an unknown master. The cloth was likely kept in Sanctuary until a Saint worthy of wearing it was found. He abandoned Athena years prior to the series in order to stay with his lover, Eurydice, whose soul was trapped in the Underworld due to the Specter Sphinx Pharaoh's deception; the Specter had been Hades's personal musician and was jealous of Orphée exceptional talent. Much of his story is the same as the mythological Orpheus. He ultimately betrays Hades and kills Pharaoh, helping Seiya and Shun get to Hades. He fails to kill the god of the Underworld however, and instead sacrifices himself in an attempt to kill Wyvern Rhadamanthys, but the Judge survives.
The Lyra Silver Cloth seems to have no living user in The Lost Canvas. The previous wearer of the Cloth comes back when Hakurei calls for those who fought with him in the previous Holy War.
Special Abilities of Silver Cloth of Lyra
The Lyra Silver Cloth has a Silver Lyre as a weapon, which can be used to play a number of songs, which can cause pain, cut the foe, or even put them to sleep. It's weakness is that most songs use the G-String frequently, so cutting it leaves the Silver Lyre disabled, but it can be overcome by holding the string straight with your teeth.
Techniques used by Lyra Saints
Between Orphée and Orpheus several major techniques are used in the series.
- Stringer Nocturne: is an offensive technique used by Orphée on Pharaoh, Seiya and Shun. Orphée plays a specific song on his Lyre, and his cosmo reaches out, striking the foe at various points like music traveling in the air.
- Stringer Finé: is an offensive technique used by Orphée on Hades. Orphée plays a specific song on his Lyre, and the strings of the Lyre reach out, wrapping around a foe. They cut the foe to shreds, in quite a grizzly, effective manner.
- Death-Trip Serenade: is a defensive technique used by Orphée on Hades, the three Judges, and Pandora. Orphée plays a specific song on his Lyre, while singing a peaceful song. This causes those who are listening to fall asleep, but some seem to be immune to its effects.
- Unnamed Illusion Counter: While not specifically named, Orphée can play certain notes while a foe tries an illusionary attack, and reflect it back at them. He did this to Pharaoh, much to his own initial horror.