One of my favorite characters in The Path of the Phoenix is Iris the golden panther. She is similar to a Legendary Creature or Mythical Creature with supernatural abilities. Using a magical keyword, Iris transforms from a golden pyramid into a living panther.
Iris is obedient to a flaw, but she will only follow the commands of Jet Black. She breathes, eats, and lives in her golden form, but while in the form of a pyramid, she is in a hibernation state. Iris is crucial in protecting and helping the Echoes and Jet Black
Additional information will be provided in Book #2 about Iris and her involvement with Elemental Magic. She is one of three other golden pyramids.
Below is some concept art of Iris by Jose Dominguez.
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