A Death is a sentient being which accompanies a human throughout their life. When the person dies, their Death takes them to the Land of the Dead.[1]


Deaths are humanoid beings which are always male.[1]


During life

When a human is born, their Death is also created. The behaviour of the Death during life depends on the attitude of their human. In at least one world, the humans find the presence of their Death comforting and so it remains visible. In Lyra's world and Will's world, however, deaths are feared and so they hide from their humans until they die. They are quiet and are able to blend into the background with ease.[1]

After death

"Your death taps you on the shoulder, or takes your hand, and says, ‘Come along o' me, it's time.'"

When a person dies, the Death gently alerts them of their time to go to the underworld. The Death accompanies them on the boat journey to the Land of the Dead.[1]

Known Deaths



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Amber Spyglass, Chapter 19

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