The king of the gyptians. John Faa is a huge and imposing man, but Lyra discovers quickly that he's very warm and kind. His sense of morality is finely-tuned; he shames gyptians who suggest that they shouldn't rescue non-gyptian children, refuses to give up Lyra to the authorities, and reminds everyone that they have a responsibility to care for Lyra in part because she's Lord Asriel's daughter and Lord Asriel has advocated for gyptian legal rights at various points. When they discuss the Master's choice to allow Lyra to go to Mrs. Coulter (something he'd been asked not to do), John Faa suggests to Lyra that sometimes, there are no good decisions. However, John Faa always tries to do the right thing, and so aligns himself with a variety of different people and races who all believe in the same vision of the future.