Farder Coram van Texel 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.
Rescue mission to Bolvangar
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'.