The Zaal, also known as the Byanzaal,[1] was a wooden building hall on a low-island of Byanplats in the fens. It was the location of the byanroping the gyptians held to address the matter of the Gobblers stealing gyptian children.[2]

The hall was lit by naphtha lamps and had a high, lofty ceiling. There were many benches throughout the main room. At the front of the Zaal was a platform with eight carved wooden chairs for the six heads of the gyptian families, Lord John Faa, and the elderly Coram van Texel. The building had a thatched roof and a market-place next to it.

The parley room was comfortable and had a fireplace, sideboards with silver and porcelain, and a large heavy table with twelve surrounding chairs.

Lyra Silvertongue and the old gyptian Giorgio Brabandt headed for the Zaal when they were fleeing Oxford[3] and later Lyra watched Ma Costa make her way to the market next to it.[1]



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