lyra's world


The universe seems to be smiling at those of us wanting news about His Dark Materials today! 

From this exciting bit we have learned several things:

  • The first episode is called “Roger” (though this can of course change as production goes on)
  • We will begin in Lyra’s world.
  • We’ll probably start on what seems to be the northern lights? That would be my guess. 

EDIT: Also, main writer Jack Thorne is being cheeky with us on twitter, and I kind of love it.
Philip Pullman unveils epic fantasy trilogy The Book of Dust
Author’s new novel series is set in London and Oxford and overlaps with hugely popular His Dark Materials
By Danuta Kean

Pullman’s brave and outspoken heroine Lyra Belacqua will return in the first two volumes. Featuring two periods of her life – as a baby and 20 years after His Dark Materials ended – the series will also include characters familiar to existing readers, as well other Pullman creations, including alethiometers (a clock-like truth-telling device), daemons (animals that are physical manifestations of the human spirit) and the Magisterium, the Church-like totalitarian authority that rules Lyra’s world. 

*disgusted noises because overflowing with feelings*

Cullen and Lyra

Daemon Questions to Ponder

**These can apply to your own world that includes daemons, or Lyra’s World, whatever you want~

What if Separation (the kind the witches + Lyra go through) becomes necessary in the future for those with larger daemons due to population density growth?

How hard is it for daemons to act vs. people? I mean, it’s implied numerous times that daemons show a person’s emotions, and that it’s difficult to hold them back. Do actors have to go through more training (with their daemon in particular) than actors without a daemon?

What kind of superstitions are held towards particular daemons? Owls, wolves, snakes, eagles, white animals/black animals, etc.

Similarly, how much does your dæmon affect how you’re seen? Is there intense discrimination (e.g. “NO REPTILE-DAEMONS ALLOWED” sort of thing) or just a subtle level of it (“I don’t know…I’m not saying I’m daemonist, I just think it’s logical that the guy with the lab-daemon is probably more…y'know, trustworthy than the snake.”) Maybe different cultures have different ideas of “bad” vs “good” daemons

How do religions perceive daemons? We’ve seen a bit of how Catholicism treats them in Lyra’s World, but what about Buddhism? Hindu? Islam? Judaism? Even other forms of Christianity? Other religions that don’t exist here?

How is settling treated? Is it like a sweet-sixteen or quinceañera type deal, where people celebrate it with friends and family? Or perhaps is it more of a private thing, where person and daemon simply accept what’s happened. Or somewhere in between? Or does it depend on the person?

On that note, how taboo is it to talk about daemons? Settling, changing form, what they say, how they feel, what different animals represent. I would assume that some of these things would be studied in fields like philosophy, biology, psychology, etc., but what about in day-to-day conversation? Is it considered a private matter, or something that can be openly discussed with no consequence? (Or in between, of course)

Around what age do people settle? In Lyra’s World, it’s around 12, but is that because people, in the Victorian era, were treated as adults around then? Is it a biological thing? Is it psychological? Is it neither? If you have another world, is settling even a thing? If it is, then when does it happen and how does it work? Is that daemon now stuck in that form forever?

What kinds of myths revolve around daemons? We’ve seen that werewolves are a commonly-known mythological creature in Lyra’s World, but how do they work? Are there creatures that, say, don’t have a daemon, or eat daemons, or sever your link to them? Are there vampires, trolls, sirens, mermaids, etc.?

Abemiha week day 6:

Crossover - verb. The act of taking two typically unrelated series’ characters and having them interact; taking character(s) from one fandom, and translating them into another series’ setting with typically little to no basis for doing so

“But I have infinite tenderness for you. I always will. My whole life.” -Blue Is The Warmest Color

His Dark Materials Crossover!

The basics:

Mihashi from our world, knife bearer, barn owl daemon(female)

Abe from Lyras world, can read the alethiometer, badger daemon (male)

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Me: ok but whenever people assign the kids patronuses or daemons or anything they probably go with giving them their associated animals and that’s just… not accurate. Like, you think dog and you think loyal, friendly, uncomplaining, etc, and maybe that’s what Jade wants to be, but that’s not what she actually is. If anyone got the daemon for being loyal and needy and interested in affection, I’d think it’d be Dave.

Gill: Imagine the kids growing up in HDM verse and everyone expects Jade to settle on a dog but it’s Dave and it’s just like ???

Me: *gestures* What are thooose? 

Me: Also, if you gave Rose a cat, it wouldn’t be an elegant cat. It would be like… the kind of mangy cat that’s always getting into fights and has a missing eye or ear or both.

Gill: Ok but what WOULD Jade be.

Me: I’m not sure… maybe a hedgehog? Still cute but kind of prickly and defensive?

Gill: I’m on board with that, and not only because I can make Sonic the hedgehog jokes.

Me: Oh no.

Gill: John’s patronus would be Casey though, if only because I want to imagine a guy in wizard robes summoning a salamander also in wizard robes.

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I went with your second idea and drew you a HDM AU! I hope you like it :)

This is an alternate version of Hannibal’s office somewhere in New Denmark in Lyra’s world probably? I imagine Hannibal would be interested in Dust so I put some weirdass instruments there. Also, that is one of Gustave Doré’s illustrations of Lucifer for Paradise Lost in the background ;)

There were so many possibilities in choosing the daemons but I’m quite satisfied with what I settled on :

  • Hannibal has a tufted grey langur. When thinking about his character and what kind of daemon he would end up with I realised he’s actually very similar to Mrs Coulter so monkey daemon it was! I opted for grey langurs because they’re stylish, their faces look like tiny wendigos’ and they have a certain relationship with deers (yes, seriously, they’ll drop fruits for them and each will warn the other if they spot a predator). And now I realise that I basically gave him a silver monkey to Mrs Coulter’s golden one, oh well…
  • Will has an Amazon kingfisher. Early on I knew I wanted a fisher bird for Will and preferably a small one so that Hannibal’s daemon could “play” with her. Not only is this kingfisher one of the 6 species native to the Americas, but while I was browsing wikipedia pages I stumbled upon this gem: “The rarely heard song, given from a tree top, is a whistled see see see see” …I mean…I had to choose it XD. Additionally, I really love the idea that Will’s special abilities manifest as a partially settled daemon who could change form at times to help him get into the minds of murderers.

Other potential ideas were: ravenstag (for both), osprey (Will), snake and mongoose obviously and I almost went with a ravenmonkey for Hannibal ;p

BBC One has commissioned an initial eight-part based on Philip Pullman’s epic fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials, which has been published in more than forty languages and has sold more that seventeen million copies worldwide.

The first part of the series, Northen Lights, introduces Lyra, an orphan who lives in a parallel universe where science, theology and magic are entwined: Lyra’s search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and turns into a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. In the second novel —The Subtle Knife— she is joined by Will, a boy who possesses a knife that can cut windows between worlds: as Lyra learns the truth about her parents and her prophesied destiny, the two young people are caught up in a war against celestial powers that ranges across many worlds and leads to a thrilling conclusion in The Amber Spyglass.

“It’s been a constant source of pleasure to me to see this story adapted to different forms and presented in different media." said the author. "It’s been a radio play, a stage play, a film, an audiobook, a graphic novel — and now comes this version for television. In recent years we’ve seen how long stories on television, whether adaptations (Game of Thrones) or original (The Sopranos, The Wire), can reach depths of characterization and heights of suspense by taking the time for events to make their proper impact and for consequences to unravel.”

Fic Recs for Dixonne and Richonne Shippers

Look, I know these ships are small and all, but let’s just admit it. These are still good damn ships either way. We can’t deny the chemistry here with both ships. I’m really into these ships like crazy. I mean, who doesn’t like Daryl Dixon with the badass, kickass woman with a katana? And also, who doesn’t enjoy watching the hard and gritty cop with her too? I know I love both ships. 

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