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The default character style takes its text formatting properties from the default paragraph style; i. e. it inherits them from the default paragraph style. The default paragraph style is a standard against which everything else is measured; it defines formatting and dimensions for the whole document, just like the body element does in CSS-styled HTML. To change the font or any other property of the default character style, change the appropriate property in the default paragraph style.

I reckon that the application prevents the user from editing the default character style to avoid redundancy, as all of the relevant properties can be defined via the paragraph style. Maybe someone who understands LibO’s internal style handling better could give more insight.