Kyran is a character in the Horizon Zero Dawn comic series. He was a member of the Hunters Lodge, and leader of his own group of mercenary hunters, the Burnished Sons.

History

Kyran was born to a family of wealthy Carja nobles. As an adult, he became leader of the Burnished Sons, a group of hunters for hire; although Kyran was a competent hunter, attaining membership to the Hunters Lodge, the rest of his group was made up of Carja nobles with little or no hunting experience.

Rising Light

Kyran attempted to claim the hunting contract for the village of Rising Light from the Hunters Lodge, but the Lodge's leader, Sunhawk Talanah, refused on the grounds of his group's inexperience. After making repeated requests to Talanah for the contract, Kyran visited the Lodge in an effort to pressure the Lodge official Ligan to give it to him. Talanah appeared and confronted Kyran, and the two began to argue. As the disagreement escalated, Talanah accused Kyran's father of having bought his noble title, prompting Kyran to reach for his sword. At just that moment, however, Sun-King Avad entered the Lodge accompanied by his Vanguard. Facing the Sun-King's disapproval, Kyran and his men left the Lodge, promising to return.

Hunting the Clawstrider

Although Talanah eventually claimed the contract for herself, Kyran and the Burnished Sons traveled to Rising Light nonetheless, intent on fulfilling the contract regardless of who laid claim to it. They attempted to take down the Clawstrider that the contract specified, but Kyran's hunters failed to hit the fast-moving machine, downing several Grazers instead. Frustrated, Kyran berated the hunters, and demanded they leave their kills behind and continue to pursue the Clawstrider.

The Sons followed the machine north, where they eventually confronted it near a dilapidated manor. Although one hunter was killed in the battle, the group was able to defeat the Clawstrider, and proceeded to drag it off to Sunbreak Valley, where they intended to turn in the proof of their kill and receive the reward for the contract.

Upon reaching the valley, Kyran and the Sons met with the contract's issuer, a trapper named Duvad, who was accompanied by his own group of hunters. Duvad refused to pay the reward, however, pointing out that Kyran was not the contract's rightful owner, and that killing a single Clawstrider did not solve the issue of the larger pack it belonged to. Kyran protested that he deserved compensation for his losses, and began to negotiate a greater fee in return for hunting the other Clawstriders in the pack.

Before the two could reach a deal, they were interrupted by the arrival of a black-armored Clawstrider, which lunged out of the nearby woods and crushed one of the Sons. Simultaneously, Talanah burst out of the underbrush, shouting words of warning to the mercenaries. Recognizing that the Clawstrider had tracked and pursued the hunters, Kyran backed against a nearby rock in fear, calling for help while the machine advanced on him. At the last moment, Talanah intervened, stabbing the Clawstrider in the side and commanding Kyran to move, an order he quickly obeyed.

While Kyran scrambled to safety, Talanah was caught off guard by the Clawstrider's tail, and left helpless as it charged towards her. At the last moment, Amadis Beit Raveesh appeared, distracting the Clawstrider and luring it towards himself. The two worked together to force the Clawstrider off the edge of a nearby cliff, in a maneuver which nearly caused Talanah to fall as well. Amadis caught her hand and pulled her to safety, but the two found themselves confronted by the bows of the Burnished Sons, who Kyran had directed to target the pair.

Hunting Amadis

Kyran declared that the contract no longer mattered, as he would soon collect a bounty worth even more than Duvad's reward. When Talanah questioned what he meant, Kyran identified Amadis as "the traitor of the Southern Spear", and revealed that he was wanted by the Kho Veriv. Before Kyran could explain further, Amadis grabbed Talanah and jumped off the cliff, pulling them both into the river below. Kyran quickly ordered his men to descend and capture Amadis.

Some time later, Kyran's men searched the riverbank, finding no sign of Amadis. When they reported their failure, Kyran berated them for failing to search behind a nearby waterfall, and led them into a concealed cave. After recognizing signs that Amadis had recently been there, he ordered the mercenaries to split up and search the area. Shortly thereafter, they overheard the call of a machine, followed immediately by the sudden arrival of Amadis and Talanah, who ran past the group towards the cave's exit. Kyran directed his men to chase after the pair, but before they could do so, a Shellsnapper emerged from the same tunnel as Talanah and Amadis, sending the mercenaries scrambling for safety from the unfamiliar and intimidating machine.

Upon escaping the cave, Kyran began searching for Amadis, while the rest of the Burnished Sons attempted to fight off the Shellsnapper. Kyran began firing arrows at a figure hidden behind a boulder, which he assumed to be Amadis- in fact, this was Talanah, using Amadis' hood as a decoy. While continuing to fire at her, Kyran attempted to convince Talanah to surrender Amadis, offering her protection from the rampaging Shellsnapper. After one of his arrows ripped through Amadis' hood, Talanah emerged from cover and returned fire at Kyran, retorting that his men appeared unable to defeat the machine themselves.

As Kyran aimed his bow at Talanah, Amadis suddenly emerged from the nearby woods, and immediately sprinted into the lake that stood between him and the cave entrance. Kyran loosed an arrow at the fleeing Amadis, hitting him in the shoulder, while the other mercenaries were distracted by the Shellsnapper along with a newly-arrived Clawstrider that had followed Amadis. Kyran called for his men to focus their attention on Amadis and finish him, but before they could comply, Talanah fired a Triple Shot at the Shellsnapper, triggering a massive electrical blast that incapacitated everyone in the area, Kyran included.

Over the next few minutes, Talanah and Amadis executed a daring plan to detonate a Blast Bomb within the cave, luring the Shellsnapper into the blast in the hopes of defeating it. As the two recovered from the explosion, they found Kyran standing atop the defeated Shellsnapper, gloating that he planned to capture Amadis and take credit for the kill, thus securing a sizeable bounty as well as a position as Sunhawk. Just as Kyran explained his intent to kill Talanah and take her out of the picture, however, the Shellsnapper reared up, throwing Kyran from its back, before it crushed him with a stomp of its foot. With Kyran dead, his remaining mercenaries fled in terror, while Talanah seized his spear to finally kill the machine.

Carja Characters
Carja Tribe Members Sun-Court Avad - HishavanFW - Irid - Itamen - Jahamin - Marad - Namman - Nasadi
Military Balahn - Firiv - Gediah Kho Veriv - Janeva - Lakhir - Nessa - Walid - Zaid
Hunters Lodge Ahsis - Aidaba - Bashad - Greatrun Keeper - Havash - Kyran - Ligan - Malesh - Palaved - Spurflints Keeper - Sun Furrows Keeper - Talanah - Tarkas - Tufanah - Valleymeet Keeper
Merchants Cantarah - Eclectic Collectibles Merchant - Kudiv - Machine Resources Merchant - Studious Palas
Tribe Amadis - Daradi - Dirid - Duvad - Elida - Enasha - FurahniFW - Gavan - Gulahni - Hashiv - Three-Toe Huadiv - Ilsadi - Keadi - Kindiv - Lahavis - Lubavad - Marzavid - Nasan - Nil (formerly) - Omas - Quarry Foreman - Ranaman - Smiling Ranin - Ravan - Ravan's Steward - RhavidFW - Rokasha - RuwasFW - Shahavad - Talvo - Uthid - Vanasha - Vashad
Shadow Carja Tribe Members Abas - Atral - Bahavas - Dekamin (defected) - Ghaliv - Helis - Shianah - Shivin - Tarav - Uthid (formerly) - Yusis
Lore Amavad - Aram - Araman - Basadid - Hivas - Iriv - Jiran - Juwadan - Kadaman - Khuvadin - Marzid - Nahasis - Ranan - Sadahin - Tashadi - Zavarad
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