Lyra Palin is the Head Librarian at the Great Library of Temma. She is best known for securing the funds and support for her great work, the Full Historical Compendium, one of the most important accounts of the history of the First and Dragon Empires.
While she has little materiel power, since most of the Library is owned by the city, her advice and opinion is enormously sought after. She is also in a somewhat unique position, having achieved power and prestige by creating something new instead of taking it from someone else; she incurs very little resistance and has very few enemies (only the Hound and the Tidemaster can be heard to say something bad about her) and so she sometimes finds herself as the unwilling neutral ground and mediator between rival factions in the city.
She is the most recent Sheriff.