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Tyra Karn is an Awoken Cryptarch who resides at the Iron Temple. During the Dark Age, Tyra served as the lore-keeper for the Iron Lords, and after their defeat, she went on to help establish the Cryptarchy. With the return of SIVA, Lord Saladin Forge convinced her to return to the Iron Temple to share her expertise on SIVA's origins with the Guardian. During the Red War, Tyra sought safety at The Farm and remained there after the reclamation of The Last City to continue studying the nearby Shard of the Traveler.
Early Life as a Guardian
In the time of the Iron Lords, Tyra was the keeper of their stories and a close friend of Lord Saladin Forge. Later, she helped found the Cryptarch order but withdrew from its day-to-day operation to concentrate on her studies. Tyra has dedicated decades sorting through recovered artifacts, documents, and Ghost discoveries in hopes of bringing out the undeniable truths of the past. Even today, Tyra considers herself an observer of history rather than a participant.
One of her studies involved the search for a lost Warmind vault on Mars, which Tyra presumed held the second known Warmind, Charlemagne. Only after a decade of study did Tyra and her Ghost uncovered the true nature of Charlemagne as a submind of Rasputin.
The SIVA Crisis
When SIVA returned in the hands of the Fallen Devil Splicers, Saladin was able to convince her to return to the Iron Temple to aid the Guardians in the SIVA Crisis. Tyra provided advice to seek out SIVA prototypes belonging to Clovis Bray in a research lab on Mars, a plan originally conceived by Lord Timur. After the Guardians were able to acquire the prototypes and with Shiro-4's help, she was able to find a self-destruct sequence to end the SIVA replication center in Site 6.
After the replication center's destruction, Tyra provided missions to Guardians so they could prove their worth to wield artifacts of the old Iron Lords. In addition, Tyra played a pivotal role in rebuilding the Exotic Gjallarhorn rocket launcher that led to Bannerfall, where the Guardians discovered a Fallen plot to destroy the tower. With Tyra's guidance, the Guardian was able to defeat the Fallen, save the tower and recover the rocket launcher plans.
The Red War
After the Red Legion struck at the Last City and attached a device to the Traveler that stripped Guardians of their Light, Tyra found refuge at The Farm in the European Dead Zone. Tyra's memory was damaged due to the trauma of having her link to the Light stripped from her. Like other Guardians, she received a vision compelling her to seek out a Shard of the Traveler located near the Farm, but she was wary of it, believing that it had been corrupted since being cast from the Traveler during the Collapse, and knew that without the Light her old body could not make the journey. When the Young Wolf arrived at the Farm, she cautioned them about following the vision as the Shard's corruption had spread to the forest surrounding it and made it dangerous to venture into. Tyra wished them luck if they did decide to go to the Shard, and she offered what aid she could before reminding them they were no longer immortal.
Not long after the Young Wolf left, Tyra's dreams of the Shard changed. The Guardian soon returned, having had their Light restored by a fragment of the Shard that still contained some of the Traveler's Light. Tyra was overjoyed by this development, and noted that although she did not have her Light back yet, she would chronicle the exploits of the Young Wolf against the Red Legion, and noted that all of the Last City's hopes now rested on their shoulders.
A New Golden Age
During the celebration of The Dawning following the reclamation of the Last City, Tyra communicated with Efrideet. After wishing each other a happy Dawning, Tyra turned down Efrideet's offer of an ornament for her jumpship, noting that she no longer had any wish to travel and that it would be better served in the hands of her jumpship's new owner. She then commented that this was the start of a new age, but expressed her concerns that it could also herald another Collapse. She was concerned that other Guardians would be blinded by the Light of the Traveler's awakening and forget the lessons they had learned by losing their Light to the Red Legion.
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