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



The continents appear to match almost exactly the seven continents of our world; the symbols on the alethiometer detail Africa, America, Asia and Europe, and Antarctica and Oceania are mentioned in the 'Globetrotter' maps.


The land of Lyra's world was divided politically and geographically into countries. Some of these countries were alike to those in Will's world, for instance England, however some took on a more obvious parallel history, for example a distinction is made between Muscovy and Tartary.

Seas and oceansEdit

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

As well as these major oceans there were some known minor seas:


Technology in Lyra's world was quite advanced. Anbaricity was used to power lighting and appliances,[1] including computers, which were known as ordinators.[7]


  • Anbaricity is equivalent to electricity in Will's world
  • Experimental theology is equivalent to physics in Will's world
  • Electrum is equivalent to amber in Will's world[8]


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


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

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 Face

Iorek Byrnison, a 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. Another plant was the Harp-flower.[9]