Lyra's world was one of the many parallel worlds in the multiverse.
Geography[edit | edit source]
Continents[edit | edit source]
Countries[edit | edit source]
The land of Lyra's world was divided politically and geographically into countries. Some of these countries were alike to those in Will's world, for instance England, however some took on a more obvious parallel history; for example, there's a distinction made between Muscovy and Tartary, and the North American continent was divided into five separate nations: Beringland, Hispania Nova, New Denmark, New France, and Texas.
Seas and oceans[edit | edit source]
Much of Lyra's world was covered in water. There were several known seas and oceans:
- Baltic Sea
- Great Northern Ocean
- German Ocean
- White Sea
- Arctic Ocean
- Atlantic Ocean
- Peaceable Ocean
As well as these major oceans there were some known minor seas:
- Bering Sea
- Beaufort Sea
- Sea of Okhotsk
- Laptev Sea
- Barents Sea
- Black Sea
- Kara Sea
- Mediterranean Sea
Solar system[edit | edit source]
In Lyra's world, there were only six known planets, including Earth, that revolved around the sun. This solar system sat in a galaxy called the Milky Way. Three of the names of these planets were known: Earth, Venus and Mars. The Earth also had a moon which orbited it.
History[edit | edit source]
Its history diverted from that of Will's world in that John Calvin became a pope instead of breaking away from the Holy Church and forming his own church. Under his authority, the power of the Holy Church became more dominant in daily life and throughout Lyra's world, and after he died the Magisterium in Geneva replaced the Papacy as the Holy Church's authority.
Technology & Society[edit | edit source]
Technology in Lyra's world was quite advanced, although it had an outdated appearance. Anbaricity was used to power lighting and appliances, including computers, which were known as ordinators.
It was considered unusual for women to wear trousers in Lyra's world. Digital cameras (which Lyra describes as "little black cases") were unknown to Lyra's world.
Cats were seldom kept purely for companionship, being put to more useful tasks such as catching mice.
Terminology[edit | edit source]
- Anbaricity is equivalent to electricity in Will's world
- Experimental theology is equivalent to physics in Will's world
- Electrum is equivalent to amber in Will's world
- Brytain is equivalent to Britain in Will's world.
Fauna[edit | edit source]
The fauna of Lyra's world was largely similar to that found in Will's world. There were some notable differences, however.
Humans[edit | edit source]
Humans were the dominant sentient species of Lyra's world. In this world, the soul of a human was visible externally as a dæmon. Notable humans from Lyra's world included Lyra Silvertongue, Lord Asriel, Marisa Coulter and Lee Scoresby. Most of the time, a dæmon was the opposite sex to their human.
Witches[edit | edit source]
Witches were humanoid women who had dæmons which took the form of birds. Because of a cultural ritual, witches were able to separate from their dæmons. Although witches were mortal, they had a much longer lifespan than ordinary humans. They were adapted to live in the cold North, could fly with the help of cloud-pine, and could make themselves effectively invisible. Witches often had sexual relations with human men, with whom they had children; however, only the female children became witches themselves. Notable witches included Serafina Pekkala and Ruta Skadi.
Panserbjørne[edit | edit source]
Cliff-Ghasts[edit | edit source]
Flora[edit | edit source]
Many of the plants in Lyra's world were similar to those in Will's world. A notable exception was bloodmoss, a plant known for its curative properties, and cloud-pine, a type of tree with magical properties. Another plant was the Harp-flower.
Dates[edit | edit source]
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Northern Lights
- Northern Lights - The Graphic Novel
- The Golden Compass (film)
- The Golden Compass (video game)
- The Subtle Knife
- The Amber Spyglass
- His Dark Materials (TV series), Series 1
- Lyra's Oxford
- Once Upon a Time in the North
- La Belle Sauvage
- The Secret Commonwealth
References[edit | edit source]
- Northern Lights, Chapter 1
- Northern Lights, Chapter 4
- Northern Lights, Chapter 9
- Once Upon a Time in the North
- The Subtle Knife, Appendix
- The Amber Spyglass, Chapter 30
- La Belle Sauvage, Chapter 8
- The Amber Spyglass, Chapter 19
- Northern Lights, Chapter 10
- Northern Lights, Chapter 16
- The Subtle Knife, Chapter 4
- The Subtle Knife, Chapter 3
- His Dark Materials (play), programme
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