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Liyun by Botanicaxu.jpg
Died [1]
Abilities Nightmare
Titles Warden-nimi
Profession Kihomaban
Nationality Torish
World Komashi
Universe Cosmere
Featured In Yumi and the Nightmare Painter
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Liyun is the kihomaban, or warden, of the yoki-hijo Yumi. She was killed by the father machine, but her soul persists as a nightmare.[2]

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Liyun is a tall woman who often wears as severe black tobok with a white bow,[3] ussualy keeping her hair tied up.[4] She often wears fashionable shoes and is very serious about her job as a warden of Yumi. She is very strict and beleives strongly in her purpose, which is to make sure that Yumi does her duty well.[3] From Nikaro's view Liyun treats Yumi very unfairly and is very demanding, as well as often using backhanded compliments,[5] yet deep down she wants to help.[2] As a Nightmare Liyun is very tall, she has a sinuous, boneless neck and Lupine features. Her legs are bent the wrong way and has a face without a snout. From Nikaro's first encounter with her she had just about no smoke rising from her and had bone white eyes, deep as sockets in a skill. Almost fully stable.[6]

Attributes and Abilities[edit]

As a nightmare Liyun can be almost entirely incorporeal, and can pass through solid substances such as walls.[7] Liyun though was able to become nearly stable, almost able to take on the color of flesh. Being a nightmare she is capable of detecting thoughts, most notably fear, which is also capable of giving her more form and substance, as she feeds on them.[7] As a nightmare she can also feed upon Investiture.[8]


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