Ma Costa was a feared and respected Gyptian woman with a hawk dæmon. Her family was noted for its grandeur and sumptuousness, known as "princes" among the other gyptians.[1]


Ma Costa cared for Lyra Silvertongue as a baby and hid her from Edward Coulter.[2] Lyra and her friends once stole Ma Costa's houseboat.

During the Horse Fair many years later, her son Billy Costa was kidnapped by the gobblers.[1] She remained strong-willed and never gave up looking for him.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Northern Lights, Chapter 3
  2. Northern Lights, Chapter 7