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If Zee can update bios, so can I. Also, these aren’t just minor alterations, some of these are actually pretty significant and elaborate on character traits, etc. I promise.
Name: Lyra Sorengaard
Location and Time Period: Copenhagen, 2020s
Fictional Relative: Sherlock Holmes (great-great-grandfather)
Appearance: Willowy and statuesque, with well-defined limbs and a sculpted bone structure. Her skin is pale and her hair flaxen, framing her oval face and wafting like smoke around her waist. Lyra’s eyes are a frigid grey, almost unnerving in their intensity. She is said to smell faintly of cinnamon. Her voice is velvety and tinged by her slight Danish accent.
Clothes: Lyra generally dresses in jeans, jumpers, and wide-brimmed hats of either black or russet shades, as well as a ruby ankh necklace gifted to her by her father. Her pair of tawny leather boots and her tartan scarves and coats are also safe choices when going out, especially during the Danish Winters. She often adorns her hair with an ebony bow and wears silver-rimmed round glasses.
Personality: Lyra is phenomenally intelligent, albeit in the specific and eccentric ways typical of her family. Her logical reasoning and analytical abilities, though not yet fully developed, are remarkable. She is able to deduce occupations, situations, and other qualities from minute details (though not always accurately) and, more unusually for a Sorengaard, pen articles of such powerful eloquence that her mother already consults her when dealing with government affairs. Though Lyra’s demeanour can be somewhat cold, with little tolerance for irrationality and a tendency for ruthlessness, she does have a compassionate nature; she has friends, generally treats those around her well, and cares for those that she feels deserve it (more than can be said for most of her relatives). Often described as “bohemian” in her habits and lifestyle, Lyra favours the company of a tangled mass of files and socks to many other people, though this is not to say that she spends most of her time indoors. Lyra discovered at a very young age that cycling around Copenhagen or camping in the surrounding countryside appeared to aid her focus and relaxation greatly (she has been known to spend up to two days meditating in a tent near the summit of a mountain). She often disregards authority or social conventions, sometimes even pushing moral boundaries if she believes it to be justified (e.g. manipulating innocent people). As such, her knowledge is largely practical, severely lacking in any areas she finds unnecessary. Unlike her great-great-grandfather, Lyra is fairly self-conscious of her age. Though she warms up when talking about her interests (mainly law, literature, and Danish pastry), she constantly doubts her abilities and whether she is worthy of the family name. The Holmes flair for showmanship has not yet appealed to her. She tends to be more reserved in her approach and so becomes excited when she does manage to impress others. Lyra has many times fallen behind in her school studies, even skipping days without warning. Though she is fierce in pursuing whatever she feels like pursuing at the time, she lacks the discipline and ambition of her family and rarely dares commit herself to anything other than her own person projects.
Backstory: The Holmes family story, much like its members, is strange and complex. Essentially, Sherlock’s son eclipsed his father totally in terms of intellect, though his approach more resembled that of his uncle Mycroft. He was not interested in the bare-knuckle, grime-choked street adventures of a consulting detective and instead married a Danish woman and moved to Copenhagen, taking his wife’s name (Sorengaard) in order to integrate more smoothly into Denmark’s society and politics. Since then, the Sorengaards have specialised in secret service operations across Europe and have become absolutely essential within the Danish government. Rumours of corruption were never far behind. They were brilliant masterminds, and being brilliant sometimes meant that you had to bend the law a little. Mycroft’s descendants mostly remained in England (though there were also a few members that settled in Germany and France in the mid 1900s), ironically producing more radical detectives, journalists, and politicians. The two branches of the family still often cooperated. There were even a few Holmes criminals that moved to the USA and became involved with Italian-American Mafia. Lyra’s mother is a classic Sorengaard: hugely influential in European politics, not always moral, and nearly always dangerous. Her father is, much to the dismay of his wife’s family, a poet. Lyra is not sure exactly what she wants to be or what she thinks of her family’s legacy. She does end up studying insanely many of the things the Sorengaard and Holmes members specialise in and assists her mother in some of her work, but choosing a specific path in the midst of so many geniuses is a source of constant anxiety for her. She is, for the first time, actually beginning to try in school in order to take her mind off her growing responsibilities.
NOTE: Though her father’s name is Hans Ostenssen, she inherited the Sorengaard surname, as is generally agreed when children are born of Sorengaards.