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Juosukka 'Josie' Hirsti - The Observer

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Art nouveau His Dark Materials AU Josie, with her falcon daemon and a handful of bird-shaped Erikas.

Carlos was surprised to find a witch in the desert, but he never outright asked how she came to be there. And since she disappeared at the beginning of the Strex incursion, it might be a long time before he gets the chance to find out who (or what) she was observing....

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Okay, this is a bit of a random question, but seeing her bird!daemon together with bird!angels made me think of it: do you think an angel can touch a daemon without hurting the person?

I'm loving this series!
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It happens in the end of The Amber Spyglass! One of the few remaining bad guys is tracking Will and Lyra, hoping to assassinate them, when an angel drags him away by the daemon. It's a beetle daemon, and it does a lot of biting and stinging to the angel in turn, but the touch is described as painful and weakening for the human in the usual way.

Maybe a non-hostile angel could arrange to touch a daemon non-painfully? In this particular AU, one of the angels who is daemon-and-ghost-combined might be able to. On the other hand, they might just work like any other being with an internal daemon.
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It's been a long time since I read the books. I suppose it would make sense to for it work the way it does with other beings; it doesn't hurt if you have profound trust in the person doing it.