Genly Ai - As the book opens, this character has been on Gethen for two years. The character arrived with basic information about the Gethenian language and culture, and is arrested after moving to Orgoreyn.
Argavan XV - This character is the king of Karhide.
Ashe - This character was the Prime Minister''s spiritual partner for seven years before joining a fastness and becoming celibate.
Estraven - See Therem Harth rem ir Estraven
Faxe - This character is the leader of the Handdarata religious sect.
Obsle - This character is one of the thirty-three Commensals in Orgoreyn.
Therem Harth rem ir Estraven - This character is the prime minister of Karhide.
Thessicher - This character is a farmer who betrays the ambassador and the prime minister to a rival's troops.
Tibe - This character is the king's cousin and became Prime Minister by having a predecessor exiled.
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