Farder Coram van Texel[1] was an important member of the Gyptians. He took the role of second-in-command or adviser for the Gyptian King John Faa. His dæmon, Sophonax, was a larger than average, "autumn-coloured" cat.


Relationship with Serafina Pekkala

In the 1950s, Coram saved Serafina Pekkala from drowning in a lake. The witch was being attacked by a large red bird, which Coram shot before he realised it was another witch's dæmon. Serafina told him he could call on her any time he needed her.[2]

At some point, Coram was shot by a Skraeling. Pekkala healed him.[2]

Coram and Pekkala had a son. However, the young boy fell victim to an epidemic and died.[3]

Rescue mission to Bolvangar

Coram accompanied Lyra Silvertongue, John Faa, Iorek Byrnison, Lee Scoresby and 170 gyptians to Bolvangar, where they rescued the children who had been kidnapped by the General Oblation Board.

During the journey, Farder Coram taught Lyra to read the alethiometer.


  • Coram's surname, van Texel refers to the Dutch province of Texel and is pronounced 'van Tessel'.


Notes and references

  1. La Belle Sauvage, Chapter 3
  2. 2.0 2.1 Northern Lights, Chapter 8
  3. Northern Lights, Chapter 11

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