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THE GOLDEN COMPASS

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Alethiometer 
A truth-telling or future-telling device that is able to answer questions formed in the mind of the user.  

Anbaric Energy 
A form of electrical current used in Lyra's world. 

Bolvangar 
The northern Experimental Station where Gobblers have secreted the children they've kidnapped. 

Daemon (pronounced DEE-mon) 
The soul of each individual human being embodied in an animal companion. In childhood, a daemon alters its form to reflect the ever-changing nature of children. In adulthood, it assumes a permanent form that best reflects the inner nature of its human.

Dust 
Mystical particles in highest concentration in the Arctic Circle. 

Gobblers 
The henchmen of the General Oblation Board who are responsible for disappearing children across the country.

Gyptians 
Similar to gypsies, the Gyptians are a nomadic group of water farers who live on canal boats.

Intercision 
The process of severing a human being from his or her daemon.

Jordan College 
A prosperous college in Lyra's Oxford that is a center of experimental theology.

The Magisterium 
The councils that form the heart of government in Lyra's world. Now tightening its control over the populace, the Magisterium seeks to eliminate free will and calls Lord Asriel's research into Dust heresy. 

Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) 
Storms of charged particles and intense solar rays that cause a luminous radiation in the arctic circle. Lord Asriel believes the Northern Lights cloak a magnificent city in the sky.

North 
A place of great beauty, diversity, and danger, it is home to armored bears, Tartars, witches, and innumerable creatures. Lord Asriel has photographed Dust and a sort of other world in the Aurora from an outpost in the North.

Panserbjørne 
Armored bears that live in the northern region of Svalbard. While not possessed of dæmons, the Panserbjørne make special armor that they liken to their own souls.

Photogram 
A type of photographic image; a slide.

Samoyeds 
Northern hunters who kidnap Lyra and bring her to Bolvangar.

Spy Flies 
Small mechanized insects rumored to be made from both machinery and trapped souls.

Svalbard 
A cold, rugged Northern region inhabited by armored bears.

Tartars 
A warlike people who live in the north.

Witches 
Female beings that travel through the air and outlive humans by hundreds of years.

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