Characters, Species and Places in the Culture universe by Iain M. Banks

CP | PoG | UoW | tSotA | aGftC | Exc | Inv | LtW | Matter | SD | tHS

This is a work in progress. In particular, the entries for the later books in the series are still incomplete. It is based on earlier material here.

Consider Phlebas: book cover

Consider Phlebas

Species/Societies
  • The Culture
  • Changer
  • Idiran Empire
  • Medjel
  • Dra’Azon
  • Homomdan
  • Chuy-hirtsi (Chapter 2, 5, 12)
  • Ishlorsinami (Chapter 7)
  • Rogothuyr (Chapter 7)
  • Rairch (Suitmakers)
  • Hronish (Chapter 4)
  • Aoish (Chapter 7)
  • Mondlidician
Places
  • Sullen Gulf (Volume)
    • Glittercliff
  • Vavatch (Orbital)
  • Olmedreca?? (Megaship)
  • Evanauth (City)
  • Schar’s World (Planet of the Death)
  • Sorpen (Planet)
    • Easna-Yowon (Settlement)
    • De'aychanbie (Settlement)
    • Izilere (Settlement)
    • Vinch (Settlement)
    • Ylbar (Settlement)
  • Marjoin (Planet or Moon): Temple of Light
  • Heibohre (Asteroid: Changer)
  • Sladden (Planet)
  • Idir (Idiran Homeworld)
  • Million-Star Anarchy of Soveleh
  • Ozeleh
Main Characters
  • Bora Horza Gobuchul (Humanoid: Changer): Operative of the Idiran Empire
  • Juboal-Rabaroansa Perosteck Alseyn Balveda dam T'seif (Pan-Human: Culture): Special Circumstances
  • Kraiklyn: Captain of the Clear Air Turbulence
Other Characters
  • Stafl-Preonsa Fal Shilde 'Ngeestra dam Crose (Pan-Human: Culture)
  • Jase (Drone: Culture)
  • Unaha-Closp (Drone)
  • Xoralundra (Idiran)
  • Xoxarle (Idiran)
  • Quayanorl Gidborux Stoghrle III (Idiran)
  • Sro Kierachell Zorant (Changer)
  • Egratin (Citizen of Sorpen): outworld minister
  • Amahain-Frolk (Citizen of Sorpen): security minister
  • Kraiklyn’s Free Company
    • Aviger
    • Bratsilakins One, Two and Three
    • Dorolow
    • Gow
    • Kee-Alsorofus
    • Lamm
    • Lenipobra
    • Mipp
    • Neisin
    • Rava Gamdol
    • Tzbalik Odraye
    • Jandraligeli (Mondlidician)
    • Yalson
    • Wubslin
    • Zallin
  • Player on the Eve of Destruction
    • Wilgre
    • Tengayet Doy-Suut
    • Neeporlax
    • Ghalssel
  • Sarble the Eye: Reporter
  • Fwi-Song (Human: Eater)
  • Tsealsir (Shuttle Mind: Culture)
  • Orab

The Player of Games: book cover

The Player of Games

Species/Societies
  • The Culture
  • The Empire of Azad
  • Uhnyrchal
Places
  • Chiark (Orbital)
    • Ikroh
  • Empire of Azad
    • Eä (Azad Home Planet)
    • Echronedal (Azad Planet)
Languages
  • Marain (Culture)
  • Eachic (Azad)
Main Characters
  • Chiark Gevantsa Jernau Morat Gurgeh dam Hassease (Pan-Human: Culture)
  • Dastaveb Chamlis Amalk-ney Ep-Handra Thedreiskre Ostlehoorp (Drone: Culture)
  • Sprant Flere-Imsaho Wu-Handrahen Xato Trabiti (Drone: Culture)
    Special Circumstances Drone
  • Trebel Flere-Imsaho Ep-Handra Lorgin Estral
    “library drone with diplomatic training”
  • Mawhrin-Skel (Drone: Culture)
Other Characters
  • Nicosar (Azad): Emperor
  • Professor Boruelal (Pan-Human: Culture)
  • Yay Meristinoux (Pan-Human: Culture)
  • Loash Armasco-Iap Wu-Handrahen Xato Koum (Drone: Culture)
  • Krowo
  • Hamin
  • Shohobohaum Za

Use of Weapons: book cover

Use of Weapons

Species/Societies
  • The Culture
  • Unnamed society (from which Zakalwe originates)
Places
  • Staberinde
Main Characters
  • Cheradenine Zakalwe (Human): Culture Operative
  • Rasd-Coduresa Diziet Embless Sma da’Marenhide (Pan-Human: Culture)
    Special Circumstances Agent
  • Fohristi-whirl Skaffen-Amtiskaw Handrahen Dran Easpyou (Drone: Culture)
    Special Circumstances
Other Characters
  • Soldrin Beychae (Human): Scholar
  • Livueta Zakalwe (Human)
  • Darckense Zakalwe (Human) Darkcense ?
  • Elethiomel (Human)
  • Shias Engin (Human): Poet
  • Dr. Stapangarderslinaiterray (Human)

The State of the Art: book cover

The State of the Art

Species/Societies
  • The Culture
  • (Earth) Human
Places
  • Earth
Characters
  • GCU Arbitary (General Contact Unit Mind: Culture)
  • Rasd-Coduresa Diziet Embless Sma da’Marenhide (Pan-Human: Culture)
  • Fohristi-whirl Skaffen-Amtiskaw Handrahen Dran Easpyou (Drone: Culture)
  • Dervley Linter (Human: Culture)
  • Li (Pan-Human: Culture)
  • Tel (Pan-Human: Culture)
  • Sodel (Pan-Human: Culture)
  • Parharengyisa Listach Ja'andeesih Petrain dam Kotosklo (Pan-Human: Culture)

A Gift from the Culture

Species/Societies
  • The Culture
  • Vreccile Economic Community
Places
  • Vreccis (Planet)
  • Vreccis Low City, a.k.a. Free City of Vreccis
  • Bryme (Settlement)
Characters
  • Bahlln-Euchersa Wrobich Vress Schennil dam Flaysse
    (Pan-Human: Ex-Culture), a.k.a Wrobik Sennkil
  • Kaddus (Pan-Human)
  • Cruizell (Pan-Human)
  • Maust (Pan-Human)
  • Risåret (Pan-Human)

Excession: book cover

Excession

Species/Societies
  • The Culture
  • Zetetic Elench (part of the Culture Ulterior)
  • AhForgetIt Tendency (part of the Culture Ulterior)
  • Affront
  • Ishlorsinami
  • Tier Biomechanical Sintricates
  • Homomdan
  • Ashpartzi
Places
  • Lower Leaf Spiral (region of the galaxy)
  • Upper Swirl (region of the galaxy)
  • Fernblade (region of the galaxy)
  • Esperi (Star)
  • Pittance (Wandering Asteriod)
    Culture Ship Store
  • Phage Rock (Culture Mobile Habitat)
  • Tier (Independent Stepped Habitat)
  • God'shole (Affront Habitat)
Main Characters
  • GSV Sleeper Service (General Service Vehicle Mind)
  • GCU Grey Area (General Contact Unit Mind)
    A.k.a MeatFucker
  • Interesting Times Gang (Minds)
  • Byr Genar-Hofoen (Pan-Human, Affront: Culture)
    Contact Ambassador to the Affront
  • Dajeil Gelian (Pan-Human: Culture): Ex-Contact
  • Ulver Seich (Pan-Human: Culture)
  • Sisela Ytheleus 1/2 and 2/2 (Drones: Zetetic Elench)
Other Characters
  • Gravious (intelligent bird, Culture)
  • Major Fivetide (Affront): Military
  • Scopell Afranqui (Culture)
    Mind of Genar-Hofoen’s module
  • Amorphia (Avatar: Culture)
    Avatar of the GSV Sleeper Service
  • Churt Lyne (Drone: Culture)
    Recruited Ulver Seich
  • Zreyn Tramow (Pan-Human)
    Captain of GCU Problem Child, found first Excession
  • Leffid Ispanteli (Pan-Human)
  • Lellius (three-eyed Humanoid)
    Vice-consul for the AhForgetIt Tendency at Tier Habitat
  • Gestra Ishmethit (Pan-Human: Culture)
  • Tishlin (Pan-Human: Culture)

Inversions: book cover

Inversions

Species/Societies
  • (Unnamed) Pan-Human
Places
  • Palace of Vorifyr
  • Crough
  • Tassasen
  • (TBC)
Main Characters
  • DeWar
  • Perrund
  • Doctor Vosill
Other Characters
  • TBC

Look to Windward: book cover

Look to Windward

Species/Societies
  • The Culture
  • Chelgrian
  • Chelgri-Puen
  • Homomdan
  • Dirigible Behemothaur
Places
  • Masaq (Orbital)
    • Sintrier Plate
    • Aquime City
    • Soliton (Cermonial Barge)
    • Tulume River
    • Ribbon Lakes
    • Tirian Hills
  • Chel (Chelgrian Homeworld)
    • Aorme (Chelgrian World)
    • Cravinyr City
    • Golse City
    • Phelen Plains
  • Oskendari (Airsphere)
  • (Twin Novea?)
Main Characters
  • Major Tibilo Quilan (Chelgrian)
  • Sholan Hadesh Huyler (Chelgrian)
  • Mahrai Ziller (Chelgrian)
  • Kabe Ischloear (Homomdan)
  • E.H. Tersono (Drone: Culture)
  • Masaq Hub (Culture Mind)
Other Characters
  • Worosei (Chelgrian)
  • Uagen Zlepe (Human: Culture)
  • Yoleusenive (Dirigible Behemothaur)
  • Sansemin (Dirigible Behemothour)
  • Praf (Raptor Scout)
  • Estodien Visquile (Chelgrian)
  • Estodien Quetter (Chelgrian)
  • Eweirl
  • Olsule (Pan-Human: Culture): Chapter 1
  • Xossin Nabbard (Pan-Human: Culture): artist
  • Feli Vitrouv (Pan-Human: Culture): wing-flier

Matter: book cover

Matter

Species/Societies
  • The Culture
  • Sarl
  • Deldeyn
  • Oct
  • Aultridia
  • Nariscene
  • Morthanveld
  • Involucra/Veil
  • Iln
  • Xinthian Tensile Aeronathaurs
  • Xolpe
  • Cumuloform
  • Kiters of the 12th
  • Naiant Tendrils of the 11th
  • Vesiculars of the 10th
  • Tubers and Hydrals of the 4th
Places
  • Meseriphine (Star of Sursamen)
  • Sursamen (Shellworld)
    • Hyeng-zhar (Ninth Level)
      • Sulpitine (River)
      • Lower Sulpine Sea
      • Rasselle (Deldeyne Captial City)
    • D’neng-oal (Tower)
    • Vaw-yei (Tower)
    • Peremethine (Tower)
    • Pourl (Sarl City)
  • Inner Caferlitician Tendril
  • Zaranche (Planet, Oct)
    • Jhouheyre (City Cluster)
  • Bulthmaas (Planet, Xolpe)
  • Chone (Star)
  • Foerlinteul Orbital: Home Orbital of Quintrilis
  • Gadampth Orbital
    Where Anaplian was introduced to the culture
    • Kusse (City)
  • Chyme (System)
  • Bulthmaas (Planet, Xolpe)
  • Sketevi (Continet)
  • Prille (Country)
  • Syaung-un (Nestworld; Morthanveld)
Main Characters
  • Ferbin (Human: Sarl)
  • Choubris Holse (Human: Sarl)
  • Mertis tyl Loesp (Human: Sarl)
  • Oramen (Human: Sarl)
  • Djan Seriy Anaplian (Pan-Human: Sarl, Culture)
    Special Circumstances Agent
Other Characters
  • King Nerieth Hausk (Human: Sarl)
  • Turminder Xuss (Drone: Culture)
    Special Circumstances
  • Seltis (Human: Sarl): Scholar
  • Vollird (Human: Sarl): Knight
  • Baerth (Human: Sarl): Knight
  • Tove Lomma (Human: Sarl)
    Friend of Oramen
  • Tohonlo (Human: Sarl)
  • Elime (Human: Sarls): Hing Hausk eldest son
  • Werreber (Human: Sarl): Field Marshal
  • Fanthile (Human: Sarl): Palace secretary
  • Harne (Human: Sarl)
  • Grand Zamerin
  • Expanded Version Five Zourd (Cumuloform)
  • Humli Ghasartravhara (Human: Culture)
  • Duke Wudyen (Human: Sarl): Brother of King Hausk
  • Ms Machasa (Human: Sarl): p231, Nurse and Tutor of Anaplian
  • Quitrilis Yurke (Pan-Human: Culture)
  • Geltry Skiltz (Culture): p242
  • Acting Craterine Zamerin Alveyal Girgetioni (Nariscene): officer, p263 Tertiary Hulian Spine Strategic Mission Director General Shoum, of Meast, of Zuevelous, of T’leish, of Gavantille Prime, Pliyr (Morthanveld)
    Highest-ranked all-species office-holder on Sursamen and most senior Morthanveld official within the local galactic region. She is charged with oversight of all Morthanveld interests within approx. thirty percent of the Tertiary Spine.
  • Stafl-Lepoortsa Xide Ozoal Hyrlis dam Pappens (Pan-Human, Ex-Culture)

Surface Detail: book cover

Surface Detail

Species/Societies
  • The Culture
  • Flekke
  • Geseptian-Fardesile Cultural Federacy (GFCF)
  • Nauptre Reliqaria (NR)
  • Jhlupe
  • Pavuleans
  • Sichultian Enablement
  • Ishlorsinami
  • Bulbitian
  • Hakandra
Places
  • Tsung (System)
    • Razhir (Planet)
      • Tsungorial Disk (artificial planetary nebula)
  • Ruprine Cluster
    • Quyn (System)
      • Sichult (Planet)
        • Ubruater City
        • Espersium Estate
        • Lombe
  • Chunzunzan Whirl
    • Vebezua (Planet)
      • Iobe Cavern City
  • Semsarine Wisp
  • Hell
Main Characters
  • Quyn-Sichultsa Lededje Samwaf Y’breq d’Espersium (Pan-Human: Sichultian, Culture)
  • Jolier Veppers (Pan-Human: Sichultian)
  • Jasken (Pan-Human: Sichultian)
  • Prin (Pavulean)
  • Chay (Pavulean)
  • Gyorni Vatueil (Pan-Human: a.k.a. Zakalwe)
    Vatueil is an anagram of Livueta
  • Demeisen
    Avatar of the Falling Outside the Usual Moral Constraints
  • Prebeign-Frultesa Yime Leutze Nsokyi dam Voslh (Human: Culture)
    Quietus Section
  • Himerance (Avatar of Me I’m Counting)
Other Characters
  • Buoyte-Pfaldsa Kreit Lei Huen da’ Motri (Pan-Human)
    Culture Ambassador to the Sichultian Enablement
  • Legislator-Admiral Bettlescroy-Bisspe-Blispin III (GFCF)
  • Administrator-Captain Quar-Quoachali (GFCF)
  • Jolicci (Avatar of the Armchair Traveller)
  • Sensia (Avatar of Sense Amid Madness Wit Amidst Folly)
  • Chanchen Kallier-Falpise Barchen-dra dren-Skoyne (Slap-Drone: Culture)
  • Shokas (Pan-Human: Culture)
  • Fal Dvelner (Pan-Human: Culture?)
  • Mr. Nopri (Pan-Human: Culture?)
  • Harem Trope Girls (Pan-Human: Sichultian)
    • Diamle
    • Sohne
    • Pleur
  • GCU Bodhisattva
  • GSV Total Internal Reflection
    Oubliettionaries - The Forgotten

The Hydrogen Sonata: book cover

The Hydrogen Sonata

Species/Societies
  • The Culture
  • Gzilt
Places
  • (TBC)
Main Characters
  • Vyr Cossont
  • Ngaroe QiRia
Other Characters
  • Pyan
  • Yueweag Etalde
  • Nyomulde
  • Ny-Xandabo Tyun
  • Ziborlun
  • Banstegeyn
  • Chekwri
  • Orpe
  • Osselbri 17 Haldesib
  • efoy Geljemyn
  • Reikl
  • Gaed
  • T’ikrin Vilabier
  • Eglyle Parinherm