The lyre is commonly composed of a shallow wooden bowl covered with skin or tortise shell as a soundboard. Heremes' lyre was of tortise shell, and thus that became the more "classical" material. Animal horns or solid wooden arms were then attached, joining the bowl to the crossbar. Only a few strings were then attached, usually only three or four.
Aside from size, there are a few other variations from lyre to kithara, amoung them being that the arms connecting the crossbar to the bowl are solid on a lyre and sometimes made of animal horns, whereas they are hollow on the kithara, adding that resonance. Also, instead of the lyres usual shallow wooden bowl covered with skin or tortise shell, the kithara featured a joined front, back, and sides.
While the Elanthian lyre doesn't have quite the history and legend of the RealLife ones, it is highly sought after for it's own regard. Almost every bardling is persuaded to persue this as their first instrument. It is widely believed to be the easiest stringed instrument to learn to play, making it a natural selection for a begining musician. Also, it requires no tool to play, unlike every other stringed instrument in Elanthia.
Lyres are one of the most widely available instruments in Elanthia, most likely due to their ease of play. They are currently for sale from True Bard D'Or's Fine Instruments in central Crossing, Zoluren; Malik the True Bard's Instruments and Picks of southwestern Shard, Ilithi; The House of Bardic Blues in central RiverHaven, Therengia; and from Elepaio's Luthierre, second tier Ratha, Qi'Reshalia
The following customizations are available for lyres:
|Black ironwood+12500K||Ash+250K||White ironwood+9375K|
|Simple-32K|| || |
|Rosewood 4875L||Ebonwood 5625L||Cedar 10500L||Cherry 7800L|
|Spruce 3000L||Oak 975L||Ash 1050L||Walnut 3375L|
|Mahogany 6900L||Maple 750L||Pine 37L|| |
|Curly birch||Ebony||Fishtail oak||Hickory|
|Walnut|| || || |
|Time-worn|| ||Varnished|| |