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Cabinet Coucil
The Prime Minister's special advisory body, of which both Lord Asriel and the Master are members. Meetings are held in White Hall Palace, in Lyra's London.

Cahuchuc
A material, in Lyra's world, used to cover cables

Pope John Calvin
The last Pope in Lyra's world. He moved the seat of Papacy to Geneva. After he died, the Papacy was abolished.

Colonel Carborn
The man who made the first balloon flight over the North Pole. (He is pointed out to Lyra by Mrs. Coulter at the Royal Arctic Institute).

Cassington Scholar
A scholar at Jordan College. He is knowledgeable about Mathematics

The Cave
The name that Dr. Payne has given to the computer used by himself and Dr.Mary Malone in their research on dark matter.

Mr. Cawson
the steward of Jordan College. Has a long-standing rivalry with Wren, the butler. His daemon, is a red-setter.

Château-Vert
Green woods surrounding Lyra's Oxford

Chocolatl
Can be taken as a hot drink, or eaten as a bar, in Lyra's World.

Chthonic Railway
An underground railway system in Lyra's London.

CittĂ gazze
The place where Will and Lyra first meet. The city is inhabited by Spectres that prey on adults, but cannot be seen by children. CittĂ gazze itself means "City of Magpies".

Sister Clara
A nurse working at the Experimental Station in the North, in Lyra's world. Her daemon is a little white trotting dog.

Clarice Walk
The street in London, in Lyra's world, where Tony Makarios lives.

Claybeds
An area around Lyra's Oxford where the brick-burners children live

Cliff-ghasts
Stinking creatures that dwell on the cliffs, in Lyra's world, and attack humans

The Clouded Mountain
Also known as The Chariot. The citadel of the Authority, it moves from place to place, and is now surrounded by clouds.

Cloud-pine
Branches of cloud-pine are used by witches, for flying.

Coal-silk
A fabric, in Lyra's world.

Coal-spirit
A fuel, in Lyra's world. It is stored in barrels

Colby
A town on the German Ocean, in Lyra's world.

Colby Water
An estuary of the River Cole. The last stretch of inland water in the Fens, before reaching the coast, and the German Ocean.

College of Bishops
Once the most powerful Church bodies, before the Consistorial Court of Discipline took it's place.

Consistorial Court of Discipline
Set up by Pope John Calvin, after he had moved the seat of Papacy to Geneva, and before he died. The most feared of all the bodies of the Church, and part of The Magisterium.

Dr. Cooper
An experimental theologian working at Bolvangar. He has a rabbit-daemon.

Mrs. Cooper
An elderly lady - Will's former piano teacher. She agrees to look after Will's mother.

Farder Coram
A gyptian seer. His daemon is a beautiful, and massive, autumn-coloured cat, called Sophonax.

Ma Costa
A fearsome but kind Gyptian lady. Her daemon is a grey wolf-like dog. The Costas are part of the Stefanski family

Billy Costa
Younger brother of Tony. Son of Ma Costa. A gyptian boy.

Tony Costa
Older brother of Billy, son of Ma Costa. A gyptian boy. His daemon is a hawk

Mrs. Coulter (Marisa)
A beautiful scholar, arctic explorer, and socialite.
Her daemon is a monkey with long, silky, lustrous gold fur.

Cousins
A manservant of the Master of Jordan, and also an old enemy of Lyra's.


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