Nyra, a female barn owl (Tyto alba), is the secondary antagonist in the first half of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole book series, the main antagonist in the second half of the series, and the secondary antagonist of the 2010 movie Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole. She was mate to Metal Beak (real name Kludd), the main antagonist in both the book and the film (though in the film, Metal Beak (real name Surtr) and Kludd are two separate owls) and the mother of Coryn.
She was voiced by Helen Mirren in the film and Yoshiko Sakakibara in Japanese dub.
In the Book
She is first seen in the fourth book "The Siege", where she is the mate of Metal Beak and aspires for them to rule the owl kingdoms together.
During the battle of Ga'Hoole she killed Strix Struma, then received a scar on her face from Otulissa. In the next book, she is going to hatch Metal Beak's egg, and also pretends to be Kludd, Soren, and Eglantine's mother Marella, almost succeeding in turning Eglantine to her side. However, Eglantine steals her egg, and than smashes it. In book six, she has another egg that is about to hatch. In the end, after Metal Beak died, she is seen with her newly hatched chick, naming him Nyroc (later known as Coryn) because he was born on the eclipse.
In the MovieIn the film adaption of the novels, Nyra was the Ablah General of St. Aggie's (a position taken by Skench in the books), and was the mate of Metal Beak (whose name is revealed in the video game to be Surtr who is a separate owl from Kludd, who is a lot younger than Nyra in this film). She was responsible for the forcing of young, kidnapped owlets to search for flecks, the magnetic particles she plotted with Metal Beak to use against the Guardians of Ga'Hoole. She believed Tytos, especially Tyto Albas, to be the most pure of all owls, and took a great interest in Kludd (who greatly admires Nyra), believing him to be a valuable soldier for the Pure Ones army. She picked Kludd and several other young Tytos, two presumably being a Sooty Owl and a Grass Owl, and trained them to be ruthless and strong like the Pure Ones. She engaged Grimble in battle while Gylfie and Soren were trying to escape, and was unsuccessful at capturing them once she killed Grimble.
When the Guardians infiltrated the Pure Ones' stronghold, she battled against them with her troops, though she withdrew from most of the fighting. She engaged Ezylryb in battle along with Metal Beak, when he returned to the Pure Ones' castle in search of their leader. When Metal Beak was killed by Soren, a horrified Nyra withdrew with her troops.
In the movie, Nyra had red markings around her eyes and on the crest of her beak and face. She was larger than any other Barn Owl in the movie, and her feathers were nearly pure white, unlike many other Barn Owls, who exhibited reddish or brownish coloring on their chests and wings. This may mark her high status, as it is mentioned that many of the high ranking owls bleached and dyed their feathers certain colors, mostly white, to show their purity. Her eyes were a piercing hazel-blue color, but on several occasions they glowed red during battle, perhaps as an allusion to her haggish roots or her anger.
- Mate - Kludd/Metal Beak (books), Surtr/Metal Beak (film)
- Son - Nyroc/Coryn
- Brother-In-Law - Soren
- Sister-In-Law - Eglantine
- Nieces - Blythe, Bell and Sebastiana
- Father-In-Law - Noctus
- Mother-In-Law - Marella
- In the books, Nyra was married to Kludd, though he was younger than her. In the film, Nyra is married to Surtr (who serves as Metal Beak in the film) whilst Kludd is portrayed as a adolescent and much younger than Nyra, but has a crush on her.