• The Lyre Institute
  • The Lyre Institure for Exceptional Children
  • May formerly have been called Tanjalyre Institute, where Cantra yos'Phelium was created and trained in the old universe, a millennium ago. She escaped and founded Clan Korval[1]


  • Money and power. Greed and ambition. Make money and assert control
  • Create genetically engineered human agents with inbuilt method for mind control
  • educate them broadly in languages, history, politics, etc., to move easily about society
  • "It's in the standard architecture. All Lyre students are likable."[2]
  • “what is in the design is a strong need to be, and satisfaction from being, dominated. Which I (Tolly) don’t seem to have.”[3]
  • train some to become specialists
  • control them with ceramic pipes / whistles, which induce mind-control
  • harsh discipline. wipe recalcitrant "students" / re-educate them if they disobey
  • Contract them to the highest bidder


  • ”They were designed to pass as full human, and those employed by the institute were…discouraged from revealing themselves.” [4]

Quotes on LyreEdit

  • Daav, to the Uncle:

"The universe is surely not ready for another Cantra, never mind an aelantaza-in-full.”

The Uncle raised his eyebrows. “I am desolate, that I am unable to reassure you regarding the lack of aelantaza in our universe,” he murmured. “After all, Tanjalyre Institute maintained its own records and inventories.”[5] —————

  • Miri, to Val Con:

"...the Lyre Institute, of which I had not heard, until today. Do you know of it?”

He frowned. “There is some mention in the Diaries of the Tanjalyre Institute,” he said slowly, “with which Grandmother Cantra was…involved, in the old universe."

“Jeeves had a file. I read it today. Fascinating, in a really scary kind of way.”

“That certainly sounds as if there must be a link with Grandmother Cantra’s school,” Val Con said.[6]


  • Uncle to his sister Tassi:

"Indira has identified the intruders as operatives of the Lyre Institute. While they appear to have suffered heavy losses, yet it is apparent that those who lived to enter your laboratory removed every rack, every tile, every grid.”[7]

Lyre LocationsEdit

From Alliance of Equals: [8]

  • the institute itself, on Lyre-Unthilon
  • a hiring office on Vanichi
  • a secondary school, so called, on Anon
  • another hiring hall on Nostrilia
    • ”Nostrilia space is seeded to the jump point with watchers and traps.”[9]
    • “Nostrilia isn’t like your usual sort of planet. Its biggest industry is the Lyre Institute; Nostrilia’s what you’d call the school’s hiring hall. Given that the school deals in illegal goods, not to mention questionable activities of all descriptions —- some of which would make your hair curl”[10]

Tolly JonesEdit

  • Formally, Mentor Tollance Berik-Jones
  • engineered human #1362 (named Thirteen-Sixty-Two)[11]
  • a specialist in mentoring / socializing Independent Logics, especially self-aware ships.
  • escaped twice from the institute, hunted
  • easy-going and approachable manner, usually[12]
  • genetically designed to be liked and trusted: **“Haz, I’m flattered—and I like you, too. Very much. But you gotta know something. Everybody likes me, near enough. That’s part of the design.”[13]
  • Looks like a regular Terran. “Tolly’s face...tan skin, freckles, even features that she had come to understand soothed Terrans and Liadens alike. His hair was an undistinguished yellow, and his eyes were blue, neither particularly dark, or noticeably pale.”[14]
  • Worked with Hazenthull Explorer as Port Security on Surebleak.[15]
  • Hired by Jeeves to serve as co-pilot to Tocohl Lorlin and to mentor the malfunctioning self-aware ship Admiral Bunter. [16]
  • His story begins in Wise Child and continues in the novels Dragon in Exile, Alliance of Equals, and Neogenesis.

Lyre AffiliatesEdit

  • Director Landry, dead [17]
  • Director Vanessa, dead [18]
  • Director tel'Vaster, red-headed, dead [19], [20]
  • Director Glinz Pirl-Dorn, dead [19][20]
  • Graduate of the Lyre Institute (a slave), Inkirani Yo [21]


  1. Crystal Soldier
  2. Neogenesis
  3. Neogenesis, Admiral Bunter section
  4. Alliance of Equals, ch 23
  5. Alliance of Equals, ch 19
  6. Neogenesis
  7. >Neogenesis, Surebleak
  8. Alliance of Equals, ch 25
  9. Neogenesis, Admiral Bunter section
  10. Neogenesis, Admiral Bunter section
  11. Wise Child
  12. Alliance of Equals
  13. Alliance of Equals, ch 21
  14. Allince of Equals, ch 5
  15. Dragon in Exile
  16. Dragon in Exile
  17. Wise Child
  18. Wise Child
  19. 19.0 19.1 Dragon in Exile, ch 27
  20. 20.0 20.1 Alliance of Equals, ch 6
  21. Alliance of Equals