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Christened Lyra Belacqua, Lyra Silvertongue was given her name by a bear king named Iorek Byrnison after she helped him to regain his throne by tricking the usurper Iofur Raknison into believing that she was Iorek's daemon - that is, his soul - in human form.
It's a name that suits her, for she's an unashamed liar. She can manipulate almost anyone with her wide-eyed sincerity and innocent looks. She has a confidence born of aristocratic heritage, and a natural ease with strangers. She's also passionate, defiant, quick-witted and quick-tempered. A fierce sense of righteousness makes her a surprisingly potent force to deal with, even for people twice her size. Add to that the tenacity to fight tooth and claw until the very end, and you have a born survivor.
Pantalaimon is Lyra's daemon, her own dear soul. Pan takes the form of a pine marten, a member of the weasel family, brown-furred and with a creamy white throat. Unlike most other people in Lyra's world, Pan has the ability to leave Lyra's side. He can reach places Lyra can't, and he often acts as a scout. He does his best to guide and protect her.