Lireo is a fictional queendom in the world of Encantadia, the principal setting of the Philippine telefantasya (fantasy-themed television series) of the same name. In the series, Lireo is the homeland of the Diwata and is hailed as the most prosperous and progressive of the four kingdoms comprising present-day Encantadia (the others being Sapiro, Hathoria and Adamya).
The Diwata are the fairest of all people from Encantadia. They stop aging once they hit adulthood, with ancient Diwata looking no older than the generations that followed them. Diwata can only die in battle or in deep sickness.
The royal class of Diwata is comprised of the Queen and the members of the royal family, called Sang'gres and Diwanis. Members of the Royal Family has the ability to cast spells and enchantments using mere words. The usage of powerful artifacts like the Inang Brilyante (or its subsequent shards, the Brilyante ng Apoy, Hangin, Tubig, Diwa and Lupa) can enhance an enchantment significantly, such as when Cassiopea obliterated an invading force, or Queen Mine-a's decimation of the Hathor civilization. They also gain the power to teleport once they reach the right stage in their childhood called Banyuhay(metamorphosis).
The ruler of Lireo carries the title of Ynang Reyna (Queen Mother), so named not only because she is the monarch and "mother" of the entire Queendom, but also because part of her responsibility is to bear children fathered by various powerful men in Encantadia. This way, she and the council of advisers will have a variety of choices when the time comes to name a successor. However, the Queen is forbidden to marry, as it is said that she is already married to Lireo itself.
Lirean culture is matriarchal. Only female Sang'gres are allowed to inherit the throne.
It is also part of the Lirean tradition that if someone challenges their ruler, the Queen cannot decline it and must fight the said challenger. With this given, challenging the Queen rarely happens. This deed was only done by Pirena(back then, out of grief and anger) because she cannot accept her loss to her sister Amihan as the rightful heir to the throne.
Other members of Lirean society are the servitors, Dama, the warriors, Kawal, and pixie-like creatures that also serve the Sang'gre (such as Muyak) called the Lambana. There are also the common folk who, much like mortals, have no known special abilities and live in the rural areas below the palace where crops and other plants are grown.
Cassiopea was the first ruler of Lireo. She was responsible for fashioning the young Queendom into the prosperous domain it is today. Since her retirement from rule, Cassiopea has kept a watchful eye on Lireo, earning her the moniker "Mata ng Encantadia" (the Eye of Encantadia) and at the same time kept the powerful Inang Brilyante. At the start of the series, Cassiopea defended Lireo against an attack of the traitorous Sang'gre Adhara. Adhara was forcibly evicted from the throne following a despotic rule which left her subjects unhappy. Unwilling to accept defeat, Adhara sought to acquire the Inang Brilyante, a powerful gem that she can use to force Lireo into submission. Before she could do so, however, Cassiopea used the Inang Brilyante against her fleet of airships and then broke the Inang Brilyante into four shards and gave them to the rulers of the four territories, further preventing Adhara from acquiring them. The Brilyante ng Tubig is given to Imaw, the leader of Adamya. The Brilyante ng Lupa is given to Armeo, King of Sapiro. The Brilyante ng Hangin is given to Mine-a, Queen of Lireo. The Brilyante ng Apoy is given Arvak, the King of Hathoria.
Sapiro-Hathoria War and Guarding of the Four Brilyantes
During the war of Hathoria and Sapiro, Queen Mine-a send reinforcements to aid Sapiro in the war. In the battle, Arvak defeated Armeo and was about to get Earth gem when Asval shot an arrow causing Arvak to die. According to Cassiopea's Prophecy, Arvak's death is also the time of birth of a new leader that will bury Hathoria in the future and that is Amihan. Arvak surrendered Water and Fire Gem to Raquim and Armeo also surrendered Earth gem to him. Due to Arvak's death, Hagorn was crowned the new King of Hathoria and vowed to avenge his father's death.
Raquim decided to surrender the three gems to the possession of the Diwatas making Lireo the Guardian for the four Brilyantes. The decision of Raquim made Asval betray his own race by giving false information to Hagorn regarding Arvak's death. Asval told Hagorn it was Raquim who killed Arvak. Gurna told Hagorn that Mine-a and Raquim had a child recently so he used it as a leverage for revenge to Raquim. Gurna kidnapped the infant Amihan and planned to stab it using a Hathorian dagger when Enuo fired an arrow to Gurna's hand thus saving Amihan. Enuo returned Amihan to Lireo along with the dagger and it enraged Mine-a when she observed that dagger is in fact a weapon of Hagorn. Mine-a goes to Hathoria and, armed with the Four Elemental Gems, uttered a curse that caused the collapse of the Hathorian civilization and the transformation of Hathors within their nation (Gurna was spared as she was not in Hathoria at the time) into monstrous creatures.
For the safety of Amihan, she was sent by Mine-a to the human world along with her father, Raquim. Amihan grew into a child with the knowledge of Encantadia and fighting (using sticks) taught by her father. Hathors managed to know the whereabouts of Amihan and Raquim so they planned to invade and kill them in the human world. Raquim and Amihan fought the Hathors and managed to kill them but more and more appeared so they ran away. When Hagorn found them, Raquim told Amihan to hide as he faces his former friend. Amihan cheers for his father as he fights with Hagorn. Later, Agane appears behind her trapping her with her rope. Raquim gets distracted giving Hagorn the opportunity to stab and kill Raquim. Amihan runs to his father. Raquim gives her his final words before finally passing away. Hagorn then stabs Amihan fearing Cassiopeia's prophecy would be fulfilled once he let her live. Amihan managed to survive and was brought back to Lireo by Aquil and Muros. Amihan was greeted by Imaw, Mine-a and to her sisters.
Lireo-Hathoria War (Amihan's Reign)
The four Sangres grew up and became skilled in fighting. Emre sent a Kaleidoscope of butterflies which is a signal for Mine-a to pass her throne as a queen to one of her daughters. She consulted her advisers and told her daughters to prepare for a test. Mine-a told Imaw about Pirena becoming Queen, she feared that her father Hagorn, would take advantage to her once she became queen. Mine-a then told Imaw that she would rather like Amihan, Alena or Danaya be the next Queen, Unaware that Pirena actually heard that part of their conversation.
The four Sang'gres then underwent a test Mine-a prepared for them, to take the "key" from a cloaked warrior. Both Alena and Danaya were defeated by the Warrior easily. Amihan was next and was eventually joined by Pirena and together fought the warrior until it retreated to the highest point of Lireo's castle, Amihan noticed how strong it was and why it never injures neither of them. during their pursuit, Pirena inadvertently kicked Amihan. Pirena tried to save her sister but remembered that Amihan was also her rival, thus, she let go of Amihan's hand, letting her fall down. The warrior flew and rescued Amihan, who recognized that the warrior is actually her Mother. Mine-a and Amihan flew back to the top of the castle. Pirena was surprised that Amihan is alive and immediately took the key from the warrior. After the test, the cloaked warrior revealed her true self to be Mine-a. She revealed to the Sangres that the test is actually a riddle and the real "key" to the power of Diwata is from the guardian of the four gems, the Queen and told that Amihan is the only one to find out the truth. Amihan was hailed as the new Queen of Lireo.
Pirena disagreed with the result saying she knew from the start that she didn't favor her to be her successor because she had heard her conversation with Imaw. Pirena then challenged Mine-a to a duel telling her that if she loses, she would acknowledge Amihan as the new queen but if she manages to kill her she will become the new queen of Lireo. Unable to refuse a challenge, Mine-a was forced to battle her daughter but she stopped not wanting to hurt Pirena any longer but as she turned her back on Pirena, she charged unto her intending to finish her off but Amihan, Alena and Danaya protected her. Pirena felt betrayed by her own family and cut ties with all of them. She swore that she will get everything that Amihan took away from her.
Gurna brainwashed Pirena to steal one the gems so she can fight her mother and her sisters. Later that night, she and Gurna sneaked into the Chamber. Gurna made the guards fall asleep allowing Pirena to enter the sealed room.Pirena tried to take every brilyante there is starting with the Brilyante ng Tubig but it liquidated. Next is the Brilyante ng Hangin but it vanished. Then she tried the Brilyante ng Lupa but it disappeared in her hands. Tired that the brilyantes refused her she asked the Brilyante ng Apoy if it is willing to come with her. Unlike the other three gems, it did not resist when Pirena took it thus, making her its keeper. Pirena seeked for the gem's power when the soldiers started to awaken, leaving her in a no escape situation. The gem transformed Pirena's appearance to Aquil. Pirena then went to Hathoria to seek alliance with Hagorn.
Due to the loss of the fire gem, Mine-a decided that it is best to entrust the other three gems to her other daughters. Brilyante ng Lupa is entrusted to Danaya, Brilyante ng Tubig is given to Alena and Brilyante ng Hangin is given to Amihan. Mine-a made a plead to Amihan to never ever harm Pirena if they engage in battle and Amihan agrees. Pirena took away the sunlight from whole Encantadia using the fire gem. Hagorn and Pirena decided to invade Lireo. Aquil commanded the Lambana to give signal to the whole Lireo for preparation to an upcoming battle.
Group of Lireo, led by the three Sangres, faced the group of Hathoria, led by Pirena and Hagorn.
Pirena and Hagorn's Reign
Hagorn and LilaSari's Reign
After Marrying LilaSari, Hagorn brought her to Lireo to make her his queen. He successfully overthrew Pirena by threatening her that he will send Asval to kill her daughter Mira who is at the World of Mortals if she does not give the Brilyante ng Tubig to him. After receiving the gem, Hagorn separates Pirena and her remaining allies which are Gurna and Icarus leaving the two damas with her. After Pirena was taken away, Hagorn proclaims LilaSari as the new queen of Lireo but LilaSari opted to wear the old crown of Lireo instead.
Diwata Reclaimed Lireo
Curse to Diwani Lira
Death of Queen Amihan
Reign of Queen Danaya
Because Hara Amihan's reign was always faced with problems and wars, she wasn't able to pay attention to a lot of basic things such as renovating the castle and changing the uniforms of the soldiers (although the colors of the gears were changed from silver to blue) something that Hara Danaya paid attention to. Hara Danaya renovated the entire castle by painting it gold and built additional towers. She also renovated the throne room giving it a touch of nature by making a waterfall display behind the throne. She also changed the uniforms to a mixture of the colors Dark Blue and Brown. For fifteen years, Lireo and the rest of Encantadia remained in peace and harmony.
Lireo as the most powerful kingdom and Diwatas as advocates of peace
Queen Amihan's statue
Lira and Mira's promotion to Sang'gres
People of Lireo or Diwata are known for their vitality. A normal diwata can live for so many years, to which death can only be caused by physical harm or terrible sickness.
According to Imaw, the longer a diwata(presumably someone with powers or a sang'gre) lives, the more his/her power grows. Cassiopeia is the only Diwata known to have achieved to long more than anyone in Encantadia(assuming that she is the most oldest being living in Encantadia). And she is considered to be the most powerful being(aside from the bathalas) to ever walked on Encantadia.
As noted by Gurna, Mine-a has also lived for so many years and she considered her to be a powerful encantada.
Lireo has been known to only have one ruler and that is the Queen. Since its founding, anyone who steps into the throne is expected to keep Lireo as her only priority. With that said, whoever is chosen to wear the crown is also forbidden to fall in love or get married, in order to fulfill that responsibility.
However, special cases may arise such as having an heir. With Lireo being a conservative territory, the father of the Queen's child will be chosen by Emre, their god and creator. At times, this occasion comes naturally, but there are cases where intense prayers are needed in order to call on the deity to step forth and blessed the being who will become the father of the child. The impregnation will happen within a dream, to have the whole process to be sacred, as stated by Ynang Reyna Mine-a to Danaya when she asked her mother about her and Alena's conception.
After giving birth to a potential heir, the chosen father will be voided of his responsibility to the child. Although it is not clearly explained if the child is forbidden to see their father when they reach maturity. But all of the Sang'gre were able to meet their fathers out of the Queendom's rule. Such laws can be lifted depending on the circumstances, such as when Amihan's life was endangered, Mine-a has no choice but to send her away together with her father to the Mortal world until the right time comes. Pirena met her father properly after she disowned Lireo for losing the test to become the Queen. Danaya met her father after being banished for the crimes she was wrongly accused of. And Lira met Ybarro before Lireo was reclaimed again by Amihan and the allies.
People from Lireo are evidently religious and devoted to their creator, Emre. In the castle of Lireo, there is a special place of worship where Mine-a, used to pray for guidance and enlightenment. Other members of the royal house also tend to pray on that certain spot for the same reason.
Lireo is the only known kingdom so far to have a circle of priestess or 'Babaylan', which are called to do or fulfill certain tasks like praying to Emre and treat the wounded, aassuming that the group possesses an advance knowledge of the healing arts.
In Cassiopeia's island, a statue of Emre is also installed there, where Cassiopeia, a Diwata descent and the first queen of Lireo does most of her pilgrimage to become a Bathaluman.
Lireo's army is lead by a Mashna/General, members of the Royal Army wears a silver armor with blue as their cloth and garment to represent the royal color of Lireo. They are known to use feather swords, spears, pilums, bow and arrows. The Army of Lireo is currently headed by it's Mashna, Muros.
The royal guards are known to be loyal to their Queen and their duties as protectors of their queendom, they have high respect for its laws and acknowledge any orders given not just by the queen but also members of the royal family.
- Lireo is known for their sky-high towers large open windows, this is one of the reason why a handful of beings were able to go inside the palace.
- Like Sapiro, Lireo hides a secret chamber that contains the Queendom's most protected objects like the Queen's crown, the Scepter and the Inang Brilyante or its shards. This vault is only accessible to an elite group of guards whose task is to protect the chamber against intruders.
- Lireo became the most wealthy of all the four territories after Sapiro's temporary abandonement.
- Like Etheria, members of the Lireo's Royal Family has access to magic and other rare abilities such as sonokineses and energy manipulation.
Events that perspired in Lireo
|Lireo (2016 series)|
|Diwatas: Cassiopeia | LilaSari | Adhara | Mine-a | Amihan | Pirena | Amihan | Alena | Danaya | Lira | Mira | Kahlil | Aquil | Muros | Hitano | Gurna | Muyak | Ades|
Lireo: Diwatas | Sang'gres | Lireo | Brilyante ng Hangin