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Larkin is the daughter of Olamina who appears at the introduction. She is referred to by many names, one being Asha Vere. Larkin comes to terms with herself and her mother throughout the novel as she navigates the deeply rooted Christian America and her upbringing in an unloving foster family.

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Lauren Olamina is the protagonist, founder of Acorn, and mother to Larkin. Olamina's life is reflected in Parable of the Talents and her mission to spread the belief that God is Change, the philosophy of Earthseed. Earthseed is the movement or idea that through change, life will adapt.

Andrew Steele Jarrett is President in the dystopic United States under the denomination of Christian America. He leads the purging of America of non-Christian and re-forming the community Acorn, founded by Lauren, to reflect his Christian fundamentalist denomination. Revelations to his ties in witch burnings in the Alaska-Canada War lead to his defeat.

Marcus "Marc" Duran is the uncle of Asha/Larkin. They are reunited when Asha becomes an adult. With his help, Asha learns to become an academic historian and she comes to reject the Christian faith. However, it is discovered that he has kept Larkin's heritage to Lauren secret.

Taylor Bankole is Larkin's (Asha's) father and physician. He is killed along with many others when their community, Acorn, is over run by Christian America crusaders.

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