Deaths were humanoid beings which were always male.
When a human was born, their death was also created. The behaviour of the death during life depended on the attitude of their human. In at least one world, the humans found the presence of their death comforting and so it remained visible. In Lyra's world and Will's world, however, deaths were feared and so they hid from their humans until they died. They were quiet and were able to blend into the background with ease.
When a person died, the death gently alerted them of their time to go to the underworld. The death accompanied them on the boat journey to the land of the dead.
|World of the dead|
|Locations||Abyss • Holding area • Land of the dead • Suburbs of the land of the dead|
|Natives||Boatman • Gracious Wings • Martha • Magda • Peter • Martha and Peter's son • Martha and Peter's child • Martha and Peter's baby|
|Ghosts||Castor's human • Dirk Jansen • John Parry • Lee Scoresby • Matapan's human • Roger Parslow • Sandling's human|
|Important||Deaths • Harpies • Ghosts • The Authority|
|Humanoid||Angels • Dæmons • Deaths • Gallivespians • Ghosts • Humans • Mermaids • Witches • Zombi|
|Other||Cliff-ghasts • Harpies • Mulefa • Panserbjørne • Spectres|