Lyahvi are the most established of the specialist mages. They have had more time to entrench themselves in their ways, even to the end of having their own written language, Ruathlek. Ruathlek is thought to be derived from magical writing, and is still used as a means of communication between Lyahvi.
The shenava of this shek p'var have decided that it is too difficult to get control of the easier more common spells, so they have instead opted to tighten down on the shenava level spells. Lyahvi on the surface seem to be little more than performers, show-offs, and braggarts, but they are said to harbor a deeper more secret side as well. Only the most trusted get access to the more powerful secrets.
Lyahvi prefer grays and browns in their clothing, often highlighted by a single red gem or green swath of cloth. Unlike the Peleahn, they not dress to hide themselves from others- rather, they would rather call attention to their spells and illusions than to themselves. There are exceptions, in particular among the higher levels who do not care if anyone knows they are Lyahvi, but in general Lyahvi tend to be somber in dress and flashy in spells.
Lyahvi hate Odivshe, since the undead are generally unaffected by illusion spells.
All Lyahvi must carry an item that is not real. This item can be anything from a fake two-headed coin to a boot with a false heel. This item must be in the Lyahvi's possession or any illusions cast by them will be at +2 to all saves to disbelieve.
Note: Not all Lyahvi are spellcasters. Sages, librarians, contributors, honorary members, scribes, as well as others may hold titles. There is no Virana of this shek p'var and several Shenava. Only spellcasters suffer the side effects.
Note spells listed in BOLD type are closed spells, which only Lyahvi may legally know and cast in accordance with Petition 179. As seen below, Lyahvi are generally more concerned with "how" a spell is used than "which" spell is used, so consequently only the higher shenava level spells are closed.
|Audible Glamor||Phantasmal Forces|
|Color Blindness||Tasso's Shriek|
|Corpse Visage/NEC||Tunnel Vision|
|Nystul's Magical Aura||Ventriloquism|
|Drawmij's Scent Mask||Misdirection|
|Hypnotic Pattern||Whispering Wind/ALT|
|Improved Phantasmal Force|
|Illusionary Script||Odeen's Secret Word/ALT|
|Invisibility, 10' Radius||Phantom Steed/CON|
|Laeral's Dancing Dweomer||Remove Smell/ALT|
|Lorloveim's Creeping Shadow||Shadow Bolt|
|Hallucinatory Terrain||Rainbow Pattern/ALT|
|Illusionary Wall||Shadow Monsters|
|Improved Invisibility||Shadow Skeleton|
|Advanced Illusion||Melisander's Harp|
|Disguise Undead/NEC||Shadow Door|
|Dispel Exhaustion||Shadow Hand|
|Demi-Shadow Magic||Programmed Illusion|
|Lorloveim's Shadowy Transformation||Seizure/ENC,CHM|
|Mylsibis' Arcane Contention/ENC,EVO||Weird|