Some quick and dirty Blondeyes daemon sketches on their plane for funsies. Daemons are animal companions from Philip Pullman ’s His Dark Materials trilogy. I’ll try and include some of the lore while I write about reasons for daemon choices.
Angel Eyes’ daemon is Sentenza, and she is a desert-dwelling rattlesnake, of course. Daemons are supposed to be kept close by, and parting from your daemon is results in excruciating emotional agony – but within the HDM lore, benign witches go through an isolation process where they separate from their daemon ( often a long journey without the daemon through some kind of wasteland like a desert) such that the daemon can go for long distances and be their eyes elsewhere. I headcanon that Sentenza and Angel Eyes have been separated this way, mostly because of their mutual curiosity about the process and the utility of it. They spend most of their time together, especially since Sentenza is not a flying daemon so it’s harder for her to go for long distances. But it’s useful for spying purposes, and occasionally to unsettle people (in-universe someone without a daemon is either a zombie or a witch whose daemon is afar– either ways tends to set people on edge).
Naeviera is Blondie’s coyote daemon, I have canine headcanons for all of TMWNN’s daemons. Blondie seems the most hardened and impassive of the three, so he gets a wild coyote. Naviera is a smart and shrewd companion for him, and she’s very good at finding a path in harsh spaces. He calls her “Navy”, which is a bit of a joke between them regarding his gun (a Navy Colt)
In universe it’s consider extremely intimate and faux pas to touch someone else’s daemon, though daemon – daemons interactions are standard. Personally, I’ve always assumed that intimate lovers often touch the other’s daemon, or people with poor boundaries. I feel like Blondeyes are both 😛 Possibly when Angel feels like he needs space from their relationship, Sentenza stays with Blondie. It makes it easier for them to find each other later, since though daemons don’t know exactly where their other half is, they do have a bit of an internal compass as to where they are. Navy and Sentenza outwardly like each other more than Blondie and Angel do (sometimes daemon interactions reveal a lot more about human interactions).
Anyways feel free to hmu with questions or comments about the lore, or about Blondeyes specifically. My next fic bit is gonna involve Cudlip/Ben in an AU where daemons exist so I thought this was a good way to introduce the concept 🙂