Lyra's world was one of the many parallel worlds in the multiverse.



The land of Lyra's world was divided politically into countries. Some of these countries were similar to those in Will's world, for instance Brytain, while others were more different, such as Tartary or the German Electorates.

Seas and oceans

Much of Lyra's world was covered in water. There were several known seas and oceans:


Technology in Lyra's world was quite advanced. Anbaricity was used to power lighting and appliances,[1] including computers, which are known as ordinators.[5]


The fauna of Lyra's world was largely similar to that found in Will's world. There were some notable differences, however.


See also: Human

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.



The witch queen Serafina Pekkala in flight.

See also: Witch

Witches were humanoid beings who had dæmons which took the form of birds. Witches had a much longer lifespan than humans and were adapted to live in the cold North. Notable witches included Serafina Pekkala and Ruta Skadi.


Iorek Byrnison2

Iorek Byrnison, a Panserbjørn.

See also: Panserbjørn

Panserbjørne were a sentient species of polar bear with opposable thumbs. They crafted armour from sky-iron. Iorek Byrnison was king of the Svalbard Panserbjørne.



Bloodmoss growing in the North

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.


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Northern Lights, Chapter 1
  2. Northern Lights, Chapter 4
  3. Northern Lights, Chapter 9
  4. Once Upon a Time in the North
  5. Northern Lights, Chapter 16

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