A wise, old gyptian man. While his mind is still very sharp, Farder Coram's body is failing him. He trembles and walks with two canes. The beauty and health of his cat dæmon, Sophonax, represents his mental acuity. As a young man, Farder Coram fell in love with the witch Serafina Pekkala. He still loves her in the novel's present but hasn't seen her for more than 40 years. Lyra recognizes that Farder Coram is still heartbroken over losing her. When Lyra is unable to join many of the gyptian groups preparing for the journey north, she attaches herself to Farder Coram and the two become close friends. Farder Coram mentors Lyra and helps her interpret some of the symbols on the alethiometer, while also making her feel useful and important thanks to her ability to read it. His confidence and his knowledge of the bears means that Farder Coram is able to convince Iorek Byrnison to come with the gyptians in a way that Lyra feels was rude and risky.