Lucien was altered or evolved into a humanoid form, taller even than Dream, and with pointed ears. It is entirely possible he might have been a mortal once, just as his successor as Dream's Raven, Matthew, once was.
Lucien serves on Dream's palace staff as the chief librarian, overseeing a collection of every book that has ever been imagined--even if that book was never published or even written.
When Dream was captured by the magician Roderick Burgess and his Order of Ancient Mysteries in the first decades of the 20th century, Lucien was the only member of Dream's staff who did not abandon his post and tried to maintain the integrity of the Dreaming as much as was possible in its maker's absence. When Dream returned, it was Lucien who alone greeted him at the decayed and crumbling palace with the comment, "Breaks your heart, my Lord, doesn't it?"
He caught Dream up on the unraveling of his realm, what had vanished - including the entire library; and who - including the Fashion Thing, who had been missing for a year, and Brute and Glob, who had vanished two decades past. He empathized with Dream over the diminishing of his realm, "It hurts me too, Lord"
When Dream returned to his station, he had Lucien conduct a complete census of the Dreaming, including the various nightmare entities residing within the House of Secrets and the House of Mystery. Soon after, Dream gave Lucien a promotion and he became one of the highest ranking authority figures in the Dreaming.
As a result of Lucien's loyalty and tenacity, Dream increasingly relied on his counsel, and Lucien's responsibilities expanded accordingly. He is Morpheus's most trusted servant. When Morpheus leaves the Dreaming, he sometimes gives Lucien authority to oversee matters while he is gone.
Lucien is a tall, thin, bookish man with amber hair and pointed ears.
Lucien is an extremely gentle person who almost certainly abhors violence, but threaten his library and it turns out that he's much tougher and more capable than he lets on.
Powers and Abilities
- Decelerated Aging
- Magic: While capable of performing magic rituals, he is slow and clumsy in doing so.
- Eidetic Memory
Behind the Scenes
- Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.