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The Golden Compass Chapter 12 Summary
The Lost Boy
When the rescue party stops for a rest, John Faa asks Lyra to ask the alethiometer about Bolvangar's defenses.
She does and tells John Faa that there are 60 men with wolf daemons and rifles – the Sibirsk regiment.
Lyra also learns that there's a kind of ghost that's haunting a neighboring village. John Faa brushes this off.
Undeterred, Lyra tries to recruit Iorek to take her to the next village over.
Iorek says he'll only do it with John Faa's permission.
After explaining the importance of what the alethiometer says, John Faa agrees.
Lyra hops on Iorek's back and off they fly to the village. Lyra feels a little shy because Iorek is so big and powerful.
At one point they stop and Iorek points out hundreds of witches flying to war in the sky. They better tell John Faa about this.
The two finally arrive in the village and are met by a man with a rifle. Iorek speaks the man's language. Apparently he thinks they are devils.
The man directs Lyra and Iorek to a shed, where they find something horrible.
By lantern light, Lyra sees a child with no daemon. Instead, he is clutching a dead fish. The child has been severed.
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