While the legends said that the stone could only be activated by the one true king of Ireland, by the 9th century, the royal poetess Ciara ingen Medba activated the stone as the last known member of the bloodline. Enraged by High King Flann Sinna's decision to outlaw druidic paganism in favor of Christianity, Ciara took control of his soldiers using the stone. However, after she was confronted by both Flann and the Viking jarlskona Eivor Varinsdottir of the Raven Clan, Ciara was convinced to put an end to her plot and the Lia Fáil was subsequently shattered. What was left standing was only a remnant of the original stone.
When Ciara connected herself to the Lia Fáil, it endowed her with many advanced abilities. She could take possession of people's minds, generate illusions, conjure up ethereal apparitions of the Children of Danu's High Druids to further power the stone, unleash energy sprouts which drained victims of their vitality, and could even use the illusionary effects to mask her appearance. It also imbued her with greater combat ferocity and speed.
Behind the scenes
In Irish mythology, the Lia Fáil was said to be one of the four treasures left behind by the supernatural Tuatha Dé Danann which would shout when the rightful High King stood on it. It could also purportedly rejuvenate the king and bestow a long reign. As written in the Lebor Gabála Érenn, or the "Book of Invasions", the Lia Fáil was cleaved to its current height of 1 meter by a furious Cú Chulainn for refusing to call out when his foster-son Lugaid Riab nDerg was coronated. From that moment on, it remained silent for all other High Kings except for Conn of the Hundred Battles, the ancestor of Niall Noígíallach, and Brian Boru, the founder of the O'Brien dynasty following the Uí Néill's fall from power.