Daemon AU

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Synonyms: Daemons AU
Related: Alternate Universe
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A daemon AU is an Alternate Universe fanwork that incorporates the fictional type of creature that appears in His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. Not to be confused with demon AU, an unrelated horror trope.

In the book series, daemons are the external physical manifestation of a person's 'inner-self' that takes the form of an animal. Daemons have human intelligence, are capable of human speech—regardless of the form they take—and usually behave as though they are independent of their humans. Daemons frequently interact with each in other in ways that mirror the behavior of their humans, such as fighting one another when their humans are fighting, or nuzzling one another when their humans embrace, and such contact between daemons is unremarkable; in contrast, humans touching other people's daemons is taboo. When one's daemon dies, so does the human and vice versa.

Similar to the debate over how to sort characters in Hogwarts AUs, different fic writers can have different ideas about what animal their character would have as a daemon. The daemon represents an important piece of characterization in daemon AUs.

Meanwhile, ship fic often expands upon the implied suggestion in the books that human-daemon contact feels sexual.

Example Fanworks