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LuckEdit

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Rank RingsEdit

  • The delm's ring of office is worn on the third finger of the left hand.[1][2]
    • When the ring is held in trust, as Nova did for Val Con, it is worn on the second finger of the left hand.[3][2]
  • The thodelm's ring of office is worn on the second finger of the left hand.[4]
  • The Boss of Surebleak's ring of office is worn on the second finger of the left hand;[5] the same finger that Korval-pernard'i wears the ring "in trust" for the delm.[3] ("Just so.  Balance is owing." He slid the bogus Ring onto his left hand - onto the second finger of his left hand - and held it up to catch the sullen light.[5])

Liaden ProverbsEdit

Happy is one who finds a friend on every port.[6]

Melant'iEdit

  • Melant'i of a little child
    • "Children -- little children -- were understood to stand within the melant'i of their clan. Their own melant'i was ... flexible and open, and very specifically did not pursue Balance. It was tradition, to give a child upon their twelfth Name Day a Small Debt Book, in which entries were made by the child, and reviewed with a clan elder. On the fourteenth his Name Day, a private Debt Book was given, and it was considered at that point that the child was competent to take up the keeping of their own melant’i and Balances." [7]

Council of ClansEdit

Governing body for The Clans of Liad

  • successor to the Transitions committee [8]
  • holds the contract which binds Korval to stand as Captain to all passengers [8]
  • bi-anual meetings[9]
  • Charter of the Council of Clans[10]
    • "Each persons shall provide his clan of origin with a child of his blood, who will be raised by the clan and belong to the clan, despite whatever may later occur to place the parent beyond the clan’s authority. And this shall be Law for every person of every clan."[10]
    • "The Delm shall be face and voice of the clan, guarding the interests of the clan and treating with other delms in matters of wider interest. The delm is held to be responsible for the actions of all members of his clan and likewise holds ultimate authority over these members. The delm shall administer according to the internal laws of his clan, saving only that those laws do not circumvent the Laws agreed upon by all delms and set forth in this." [11]
    • In the case of a clan's loss of an individual member through the actions of a person unrelated to the clan, balance-payment is hereby set forth. Such payment weighs equally the occupation, age, and clan-standing of the individual who has been lost. The attached chart shall henceforth be the standard by which all clans shall compute such balance-payment.[12]
  • The Council has been tainted by covert influence from The Department of the Interior

Qe'andraEdit

The job description encompasses account, lawyer, asset and contract manager, record keeping, and all else a qe’andra may do as a clan’s or a person’s man or woman of business. Negotiating contracts is one of their main duties.

The qe’andra are organized in a guild.

An impartial qe’andra is required by guild law to be included in negotiations about disagreements. [13]

Contract MarriageEdit

On average, contract marriages last eighteen Standard Month, and are negotiated between clan officials who decide, after painstaking perusal of gene maps, personality charts and intelligence grids, which of several possible nuptial arrangements are most advantageous to both clans. [14]

LifematingEdit

See full details in Lifemating section at The Dramliz

  • Lifemating is a serious matter, encompassing the length of the partners' lives, even if one should die. One of the pair must leave his or her clan of origin and join the clan of the lifemate. At that time the adoptive clan pays a "life-price" base on the individual's profession, age and internal value to the former clan. [14]

Mourning and Death-RitesEdit

  • A Clan in mourning ought to be closed to the world for the twelve-day of grief, as specified in the Code. [15]
  • A Delm may declare a member as dead to his/her Clan. While this person may still be living the Clan will tread him/her as if he/she is dead and mourn him/her. This may happen for various reasons, but normally it implies dishonorable behavior on part of the dead person, behavior or deeds that hurt the Clan's melant'i.
    • A Clan is no longer responsible for a dead person’s behavior. There is no connection anymore. Also another Clan or Council of Clans can't balance against a Clan for a dead person's actions.
    • The dead person has to leave Clan property and can't be ordered to do anything for their former Clan. Dead persons are considerd to have no melant'i. They are clanless and outside the law. Anyone may tread a dead person as he or she wishes without any consequenses.
  • There hasn't been any mentioning of death rites yet. Burying, Burning, Mummifying, Family Crypts???

Liaden Face TaboosEdit

Emotions which Terrans express on their face, Liadens express via their body movements, with Bows and Hand gestures and modes of speach.

While some of the rules regarding face apply allways, there are a number of them that differ depending on whether the other person is in ones own Clan or not as well as on the current melant'i of the interacting persons.

  • Looking someone on the face is implolite
  • A polite face is expressionless.
  • No make up
  • Touches of face are very intimate and only allowed between Clan members, Lifemates and Cha'leket.

Liaden BowsEdit

Bows describing the relationship of bower and boweeEdit

These may be layered, with a single bow suggesting more than one of the relationships that exist between the people involved.[16]

(see also: Liaden modes of speech)

  • bow between adults
  • bow between business associates[20][21]
  • bow between clanmembers
    • "bow between Clanmembers"[22]
  • bow between comrades
    • "the special bow made between comrades"[23]
    • "the bow between comrades"[24][25]
    • "bowed as between comrades"[26]
  • bow between equals
    • "The bow between equals"[27][28][29][30][31][32][33][34][35][36][37][2][38]
    • "swept the bow between equals"[39]
    • "bowed as between equals"[40][41][42]
    • "bowed, equal to equal"[43][44]
    • "bowed a polite if minimal bow of equal recognition, close enough to a Terran nod as to be indistinguishable except by one raised in an exacting house"[45]
    • "bowed in what the Protocol module tagged as the mode between equals"[46]
    • can be finessed: on one occasion Delm Etgora greeted Delm Korval with the bow between equals augmented with "the trader's hand-sign for 'master'", which Korval acknowledged with a bow "just short of full Equal"[39]; on another occasion Thodelm Tiazan greeted Thodelm yos'Phelium with a bow "a shade deeper than equality of rank demanded, as if maybe Val Con had more time in grade"[47]
  • bow between kin
    • "The man bowed lightly - as between kin"[48]
    • "The man bowed greeting between kin"[17]
    • "bowed as kin"[49]
    • "inclined slightly from the waist in the small bow permitted between kin"[50]
    • "a small bow, between kin"[51]
  • bow between members of a Guild
    • "he bowed as to a fellow Guildmember"[52]
  • bows between pilots
    • "bowed, pilot-to-pilot"[53]
    • "the heavy nod that was an acceptable Liaden greeting between pilots"[54]
  • bows from doorkeeper to visitor
    • "the kid bowed, very careful, hand over heart, and lisped, 'Who requests entry?'"[1]
  • bows from an adult
    • "Adult to Person of Rank"[55]
  • bows from an agent
    • "bowed low, as agent to lord"[56]
  • bows from an apprentice
    • "apprentice to master"[57]
  • bows from a child
    • "child to elder"[58]
    • "child to a favored elder"[59]
    • "Child to Clan Elder"[17]
    • "child to parent"[60]
  • bows from Child of the House (who may be an adult)
    • Child of the House to Honored Guest(s)[39][61]
    • Child of a Delm to an Ally[39]
    • "child-of-the-House-to-visitor"[62]
    • "child-of-the-House-to-guest"[63]
    • "bowed as housechild"[49]
  • bows from a clan member
    • "Clanmember to Delm"[64]
    • "Clanmember to First Speaker"[64]
    • "bow between Clanmembers"[22]
  • bows from a delm
    • "delm to clanmember"[2]
    • "delm to thodelm"[2]
    • "Delm to Child of an Ally's House"[39]
    • "Delm to Delm"[65][61][45]
    • "delm-to-one-not-of-the-clan"[66]
  • bows from an elder
    • "Kareen paused on the threshold long enough to incline her head - Elder to Younger"[11]
    • "elder to young person of rank"[67]
    • "elder to junior"[68]
  • bows from an elder sibling
    • "an elder brother's affectionate bow"[69]
  • bows from an employee
    • "employee to employer"[2]
  • bows from an employer
    • "employer to employee"[70]
  • bows from an expert
    • "expert to higher ranked generalist"[68]
  • bows from one who is greater
    • "from greater to lesser"[71]
  • bows from a guest
    • "honor to a child of the house"[1][17]
    • Guest to House Child[39]
    • "guest-to-one-of-the-House"[72]
    • "guest-to-host, augmented with the hand-sign between kin"[73]
  • bows from junior to senior
  • bows from one who is lesser
    • "from lesser to greater"[78]
  • bows from master to student
    • "master to apprentice"[79]
    • "master to adult student"[16]
    • "Master to Novice"[39]
  • bows from member of the house to retainer
    • "member of the house to retainer"[16]
  • bows from oathbound to lord
    • "bowed, oathbound to lord"[80]
  • bows from oathsworn to oathholder
    • "bowed once more - oathsworn to oathholder"[37]
  • bows from a public servant
    • "the bow of a ranking public servant to person of unknown melant'i"[81]
  • bows from retainer to member of the house
    • "retainer to son of the house"[16]
  • bows from senior to junior
    • "senior to junior"[27]
    • "Senior Trader to Junior"[27]
  • bows from servant to lord
    • "bowed, from servant to lord"[82]
  • bows from shopkeeper to customer
    • "a shopkeeper's bow"[83]
  • bows from a stranger
    • "Stranger to Outworlder"[4]
  • bows from a student
    • "student to mentor, thankful for advice"[84]
    • "Student to Master"[85][86]
    • "bow of student to teacher"[87][88][89]
    • "bowed as student to honored instructor"[90]
    • "bowing from student to instructor"[91]
    • "student-to-master"[92]
  • bows from a subordinate
    • "subordinate to superior"[93]
  • bows from one of superior rank
    • "bowed, briefly, as one of superior rank to lesser"[50]
  • bows from a Terran
    • "bowed stiffly in the Terran mode"[94]
  • bows from a thodelm
    • "thodelm to delm"[2]
    • "Head of Line to Delm of another Clan"[67]
  • bows from a visitor
    • "Visitor to the House"[95]
    • "visitor-to-child-of-the-House"[62]
  • bows to an ally
    • Child of a Delm to an Ally[39]
  • bows to the ancestors
    • "bowed [...] as one unworthy to the honored ancestors"[96]
  • bows to an apprentice
    • "master to apprentice"[79]
  • bows to authority
    • "a simple bow to ranking authority"[97]
    • "bowed as one to the ultimate authority"[81]
    • "honor to authority"[68]
  • bows to Child of the House
    • "Child of the House of an Ally"[27]
    • "most honored child of the house"[98]
    • "honor to a child of the house"[1][17]
    • Guest to House Child[39]
    • "Delm to Child of an Ally's House"[39]
    • "visitor-to-child-of-the-House"[62]
  • bows to a delm
    • "Delm to Delm"[65][61]
    • "Clanmember to Delm"[64][2]
    • "thodelm to delm"[2]
    • "Head of Line to Delm of another Clan"[67]
  • bows to an elder
    • "child to elder"[58]
    • "child to a favored elder"[59]
    • "Child to Clan Elder"[17]
    • "bow of youth to age"[99]
      • "Slowly, hands hanging loose, he performed the bow of youth to age" ... "He bent with the suppleness of a dance until his forehead brushed his knee, then unbent as slowly and stood waiting to be acknowledged."[100]
  • bows to the First Speaker of a clan
    • "Clanmember to First Speaker"[64]
  • bows to one who is greater
    • "from lesser to greater"[78]
  • bows to a guest
    • "honor to the guest"[1]
    • Child of the House to Honored Guest(s)[39][61]
    • "Bow to the Guest"[17]
    • "child-of-the-House-to-guest"[63]
    • "honored guest of the House"[51]
  • bows to a host
    • "bow to the host"[4]
    • "guest-to-host, augmented with the hand-sign between kin"[73]
  • bows to a junior
    • "elder to junior"[68]
  • bows to one who is lesser
    • "from greater to lesser"[71]
  • bows to a lord
    • "bowed low, as agent to lord"[56]
    • "to the lord of the house"[101]
  • bows to a Master
    • "Trader to Master"[27]
    • "Honor to the Master" (from one yet a student)[102]
    • "Student to Master"[85][86]
    • "Esteem for a Master"[103]
    • "quite a creditable bow to the master"[6]
    • "honor-to-a-master"[104]
    • "novice-to-master"[105][106][107]
    • "apprentice to master"[57]
    • "bowed -- junior to master"[77]
    • "student-to-master"[92]
    • "bowed to the master's honor"[108]
  • bows to a mentor
    • "student to mentor, thankful for advice"[84]
  • bows to an outworlder
    • "Stranger to Outworlder"[4]
  • "bow to the parents of one's most admired mentor"[109]
  • bows to a person of rank
    • "Adult to Person of Rank"[55]
    • "elder to young person of rank"[67]
    • "bow to someone of rank"[45]
  • bow to ranking authority
    • "a simple bow to ranking authority"[97]
  • bows to a superior
    • "subordinate to superior"[93]
  • bows to a teacher
  • bows to a thodelm
    • "Subordinate Person to Head of Line"[10]
    • "respect to the thodelm"[110][111]
    • "greeting-a-thodelm-not-one's-own" (includes a particular hand gesture)[19]
  • bows to the ultimate authority
    • "bowed as one to the ultimate authority"[81]
  • bows to a victor
    • "bowed vanquished to victor"[88]
  • bows to a visitor
    • "child-of-the-House-to-visitor"[62]
  • some kind of bow from inferior to superior, not precisely specified
    • "bowed, hand over heart, as he had seen the scout give to their captain"[112]

Other bowsEdit

  • acceptance
    • "Tan Sim's bow of acceptance"[113]
    • "acceptance of the word of an expert"[114]
    • "acceptance of a joint necessity"[115]
    • "a pretty bow of thanks, and of acceptance"[116]
    • "acceptance of a necessity"[117]
    • "accepting necessity and challenge"[117]
    • "The Scout bowed the acceptance of the honor"[118]
    • "acceptance of honor given"[119]
    • "accepting the word of one of another clan"[119]
    • "a bow of her own, accepting his admiration"[55]
    • "a low bow, accepting a debt too deep to repay"[120]
    • a bow, "very deep and with flourishes", which accompanies the verbal statement "I will be the instrument of your will"[121]
    • "acceptance of respect and recognition of the--honor, was it, of being thus acknowledged?"[47]
    • "rose to bow acceptance"[122]
    • "bow of accepting necessary burdens"[45]
    • "his own bow was crisp with acceptance"[123]
    • "bowed acceptance"[124]
    • "grateful acceptance of the delm's word"[125]
    • "inclined her head in the Liaden I-accept-This"[126]
    • "a bow that she thought meant he accepted responsibility"[127]
    • "bowed lightly, accepting her judgment in this"[128]
    • "inclined her head at just the correct angle for a gracious acceptance of his thanks"[89]
  • accepting a treasure
    • "bowed as one accepting a treasure"[78]
  • acknowledgment[129]
    • a small bow of acknowledgment, used in conversation to indicate that one has taken in what the other speaker has said, appears many times throughout the series; it is not uncommonly compared or contrasted with the nod that a Terran might use for the same purpose
    • "bowed, acknowledging that he had heard her"[45]
    • "bowed, acknowledging that he'd heard"[45]
    • "bowed, acknowledging receipt of information"[45]
    • "bow of acknowledgment"[124][130][131]
    • "returned Win Ton's bow with one of acknowledgment"[127]
    • "The gentleman inclined gravely from the waist, not so much a bow as an acknowledgment of having heard"[132]
  • acknowledgment of a concern
    • "the Scout used a bow indicating 'I understand your concern'"[133]
  • acknowledgment of a debt
    • "bowed as one who was cognizant of debt"[25]
    • "acknowledging what?--personal debt, personal respect?--to the clan of an ally or friend of his clan?"[47]
    • "bowed in acknowledgment of the debt"[5]
    • "bowed, as one acknowledging a debt"[50]
  • acknowledgment of a debt-partner
    • "bowed as one acknowledging a debt-partner"[15]
  • acknowledgment of a debt too deep to repay
    • "a low bow, accepting a debt too deep to repay"[120]
    • "the bow of one who acknowledges an unpayable debt"[134]
    • "bow of one owing a debt beyond paying"[45]
    • "the bow was of one acknowledging a debt too great to Balance"[135]
    • "swept a bow, as one acknowledging an unpayable debt"[136]
    • "bowed as one acknowledging a debt which can never be repaid"[137]
  • acknowledgment of a debt truly owed
    • "Jethri took a deep breath, began the count in his head, moved the right arm--so--on the same beat extending the left leg--so--and bent from the waist, forehead on an interception course with the left knee. At the count of fourteen, he stopped moving, holding the pose for six beats, then reversed the count, coming slowly to his full height, right hand and left leg withdrawing to their more usual positions--and he was at rest."[23]
  • acknowledgment of a delm's right to order things
    • "acknowledging a delm's right to order things"[123]
  • acknowledgment of a difficult task well performed
    • "Jethri bowed acknowledgment, offering honour for a difficult task well performed."[113]
  • acknowledgment of a hit
    • "acknowledgment of a hit"[114]
    • "acknowledging a hit"[59]
  • acknowledgment of a point made
    • "acknowledged the point with another bow"[45]
  • acknowledgment of a student's triumph
    • "Master tel'Ondor [...] bowed, acknowledging a student's triumph."[23]
  • acknowledgment of a reciprocal trade opportunity
    • "acknowledging a reciprocal trade opportunity"[138]
  • acknowledgment of an insufficiency in the bow itself
    • "his best bow yet, with a reasonable flourish and an understanding that his sleeves were not long enough to give emphasis"[139]
  • acknowledgment of an introduction
    • "bowed acknowledgement of the introduction"[140]
    • "They exchanged bows, each accepting the other's introduction"[73]
  • acknowledgment of an oath of service
    • "bowed, acknowledging his receipt of her oath"[5]
  • acknowledgment of thanks offered
    • "bowed, graciously acknowledging the offered thanks"[141]
  • acknowledgment of truth received
    • "Bar Jan bowed the acknowledgment of truth received."[116]
  • acknowledgment of receiving more honor than one deserves(?)
    • "It was a pure marvel, this bow, swept as if the work leathers were the most costly of High House evening dress. One long arm curved aside and up, holding the imaginary cloak gracefully away as the sleek dark head brushed one elegant out-thrust leg."[142]
  • admission of error
    • "admission of [...] error of judgment"[133]
    • "error"[119]
    • "bowed as one who has discovered oneself in error"[143]
  • admission of failure
    • "admission of failure"[133]
  • affection
    • "affection for close kin"[144]
    • "He bowed gratitude and affection"[145]
    • "the bow of affection and esteem"[146]
    • "affection and honored esteem"[147]
  • affirmation
    • "Jethri bowed a more formal affirmation"[119]
  • agreement
    • "he did remember to bow again, in light agreement"[24]
  • appeasement
    • "the undertone of appeasement indicating that he understood he was treading on the goodwill of another by merely appearing in front of him in an untimely way"[139]
  • appreciation
  • approval
    • "approval"[148]
    • "a very credible bow of approval"[119]
    • "Approval-of-the-Student"[149]
  • Balance, declaration that one is seeking
    • "bowed once more... as one seeking Balance"[150]
  • congratulation
    • "swept a bow of congratulation"[151]
  • contrition
    • "a simple bow of contrition"[98]
  • declaration of dedication
    • "declaration of absolute dedication to the project at hand"[115]
  • delight in seeing a paramour
    • "delight in seeing a paramour"[138]
  • dismissal
    • "bowing slightly in dismissal"[89]
  • duty required
    • "bow of duty required"[45]
  • duty, parting from one called by
    • "the slight inclination of the upper body that Padi insisted was polite and necessary when parting from someone whom duty called"[152]
  • esteem
    • "the bow of affectionate esteem"[153]
    • "the bow of honored esteem"[74][154][155]
    • "the bow of affection and esteem"[146]
    • "affection and honored esteem"[147]
    • "Esteem for a Master"[103]
  • equality
    • "with a tough of seeing anerror, onher part, corrected"[124]
  • farewell
  • "from one who is honored to be permitted to act for a master of the art"[109]
  • fuller information forthcoming
    • "bowed slightly, indicating fuller information forthcoming"[47]
  • granting permission
    • "The hall master inclined his head, granting her permission"[156]
    • "Er Thom bowed slightly, granting permission to wonder"[10]
    • "inclined his head slightly--courteous permission to continue"[70]
    • "permission to admit error"[157]
  • gratitude
    • "he bowed his gratitude"[1]
    • "He bowed gratitude and affection"[145]
    • "Gratitude for service well-given"[40][158]
    • "Gratitude Toward the Guest" (as might be used after the guest has offered a gift)[154]
    • "She bowed, as one who as been granted a great boon."[159]
    • "She bowed gratitude to the house."[160]
    • "bow of gratitude"[161]
    • "bowed gratitude"[143]
    • "bowed as one grateful for a kindness"[162]
    • "bowed as one grateful for instruction"[163]
  • greeting
    • "greeting to one long missed"[144]
    • "bow of greeting"[164]
    • "bowed greeting"[165]
  • honor
    • "bowed full honor"[142]
    • "bowed in full honor"[166]
    • "bowed to Villy's honor"[131]
  • honor to the aged
    • "honor to the aged"[119]
  • honor to the captain
    • "honor to the captain"[167]
    • "bowed, precisely, to the captain's honor"[168]
    • closely resembles 'honor to the delm', with the difference that it is not so deep nor held so long[169]
  • honor to the delm
    • "bow to the delm's honor"[111][2][70]
    • "respect for the delm"[170][171]
    • "honor-to-the-delm"[62][172]
    • "honor to the delm"[3][143]
    • "bowed, gracefully, and with the proper hand expression: honor to the delm"[173]
    • the bow is held for six heartbeats[169]
  • honor to a delm not one's own
    • "returning his bow with one of respect to a delm not one's own"[48]
    • "bowed, all correct and very High House: Honor to a delm not one's own"[174]
    • "honor-to-the-delm-of-a-clan-not-one's-own[173]
    • "honor to a delm not one's own"[175]
  • honor to an elder
    • "honor to an elder"[176]
  • honor to the foster parent of one's child
    • "bowed honor for his son's foster-father"[177]
  • honor to a lord not one's own
    • "Master tel'Ondor bowed, low and extravagant, Honor to a Lord Not One's Own"[27]
  • honor to a master
    • "bowed to the master's honor"[108]
  • honor to a master trader
    • "honor due to a master of trade with many years experience"[139]
  • honor to one's mother
    • "bowed to his mother's honor"[178]
  • honor to one providing the Clan with a child
    • "Honor to One Providing a Clan-Child"[17]
  • honor to the owner
    • "bowed honor to the owner" (of the ship he was being invited aboard)[161]
  • honor to a pilot
  • honor to the savior of one's life
    • "he bowed, deeply, giving all honor to one who had saved his life"[181]
  • honor to a teacher
    • "honor to the teacher"[115]
    • "bowed as one of her students might bow to her: Respect and honor to the instructor"[182]
    • "respect to an instructor"[25]
    • "respect to the teacher"[183]
  • honor to a trust-holder
    • "honor to the trust-holder"[2]
  • honor to the wise
    • "honor to the wise"[119]
    • "a bow of extreme irony, reading the hand motions, a bow to one most wise"[118]
  • I see you [124]
  • imparting news
    • "bowed formally, as one imparting news of kin"[14]
    • "bow of one who brings news of a death in the House"[57]
    • "bowed gently, as the bearer of unfortunate news"[21]
  • information, offering
    • "bowed as one offering information"[46]
    • "offer of information"[125]
  • instruction, offering
    • "bow of direct instruction"[45]
    • "Cousin instructing cousin"[57]
  • instruction, requesting
    • "bow requesting instruction from kin"[57]
  • instruction, receiving
    • "bow of one instructed to instructor"[93]
  • introduction
    • "bowed with precision, right palm flat against her chest"[184]
    • "swept a bow of introduction"[98]
    • "bow of introduction"[27][185][131][186]
    • "bowed in the mode of introduction"[1][174][187]
    • "She bowed, hand over heart."[113]
    • "plain bow of introduction"[62]
    • "a completely unadorned bow of introduction"[120]
    • "He lay his hand over his heart in a formal gesture."[4]
    • "bowed very slightly, fingers over heart"[188]
    • "bowed crisply, hand over heart"[47]
    • "bow of introduction, between equals"[128]
    • A variant of the bow exists that is just an inclination of the head, used when, for instance, one's arms a full of something that might be dropped and damaged in the course of a full bow.[189]
  • invitation
    • "She bowed a polite invitation"[190]
    • "bowed an invitation"[131]
  • joint endeavor
    • "bow of joint endeavor"[117]
  • joy
    • "swept the bow of greeting the other had shown him, supplemented with the gesture that meant 'joy'"[98]
  • joy of seeing a comrade
    • "joy of seeing a comrade"[138]
  • "no, thank you"[124]
  • obedience
    • "obedience"[27][191]
    • "obedience to a master"[144]
    • "obedience to an elder"[27]
    • "acquiescence to the Delm's Word"[145]; "Mode required that a petitioner accept the Delm's Word with a bow. Daav did so, forehead brushing knees"[39]
    • "obedience to the Master Trader's word"[98]
    • "a bow of absolute obedience"[119]
    • "Willing Obedience to the Delm"[145]
  • offer to act as second in a duel
    • "volunteered his services as his duel second with a quick bow"[119]
  • offering a suggestion for consideration
    • "bow for a mother's consideration"[192]
  • orders received
    • "The mechanic bowed, indicating understanding of her orders."[193]
  • "pleasure at making acquaintance"[47]
  • "prepared to press for his own necessities and those of his employer"[123]
  • promising an accurate account
    • "bowed slightly, promising an accurate account of a problematic situation"[45]
  • rebuttal
    • "Pen Rel bowed an intricate rebuttal."[114]
  • regret
    • "bow of deep regret"[194]
    • "bowed regret, tinged with sorrow"[51]
  • relinquishing a task
    • "bow of a colleague relinquishing activity to an equal"[45]
  • request
    • "bow of respectful request to equals"[45]
  • requesting assurance
    • "He bowed a bow requesting assurance"[133]
  • requesting calm
  • request to agree to dignity
    • "request to agree to dignity"[124]
  • requesting elucidation
    • "bow requesting elucidation"[148]
  • requesting forgiveness
    • "There are six ways to ask forgiveness--six different postures, six different phrases, and six different bows--and none of the six is what a Terran would call an apology."[195]
    • "bow of apology"[196]
    • "a request for forgiveness"[133]
    • "a bow requesting forgiveness of a comrade"[115]
  • request to speak
    • "the bow was a quick, clean request to speak"[131]
  • respect
    • "respect to an elder"[1]
    • "respect to the position"[176]
    • "respect well-earned"[148]
    • "Still grinning, she bowed respect to the device and its motto"[197]
    • "The bow he accorded her was of respect."[48]
    • "bowing respect"[55]
    • "She bowed a simple bow of respect to the group of them"[25]
    • "Respect to Scholarship"[4]
    • "Her class rose as one student and bowed respect."[102]
    • "bowed as one of her students might bow to her: Respect and honor to the instructor"[182]
    • "respect to an instructor"[25]
    • "fond respect"[47]
    • "bow of profound respect"[5]
    • "respect to a master"[198]
    • "bowed low - excessive respect for one far exceeding the bower's humble estate"[45]
    • "respect for the elders" (used when hearing of a respected elder's death)[199]
    • "respect to the teacher"[183]
  • service, accepting (e.g. from a shop attendant)
    • "bowed as one who was pleased to accept service"[150]
  • sorrow
    • "a bow of sorrow"[119]
    • "bowed regret, tinged with sorrow"[51]
  • submission
  • thanks
    • "Jethri bowed his thanks"[24]
    • "bowed his thanks"[1]
    • "a pretty bow of thanks, and of acceptance"[116]
    • "student to mentor, thankful for advice"[84]
    • "thanks for the quiet correction of a social infelicity"[176]
    • "bowing thanks"[40]
    • "bowed thanks"[99]
    • "thanks to a master"[157]
    • "a wordless formal thanks"[125]
  • bow to the victor
    • "to the victor"[119]
    • "vanquished to victor"[88]
  • welcome
    • "a bow of civil welcome"[200]
    • "welcome"[148]
    • "welcome to an event equal"[176]
    • "welcome to a favored acquaintance"[176]
    • "a civil welcome to the House"[135]
    • "welcome between equals"[124]
  • will expressed and understood
    • "the bow of will expressed and understood"[119]
  • wonder
    • "bowed as one who has beheld a wonder"[160]
  • bow to the wronged
  • yes
    • "bowed a simple yes"[123]
  • "a rapid multifaceted bow, which read out in short as by the Delm's order, a respectful reply to a supplicant welcome to the house and its comforts"[125]
  • "pleased acknowledgment of the presence of a previously known trusted equal [...] with an added fillip that might have been congratulations on attaining a ... dream?"[201]
  • "respect-to-the-master-from-a-former-student-willing-yet-to-learn"[201]
  • "companions-joyfully-reunited-away-from-home [...] trying to cram in a sense of much owed, too"[201]
  • "dancing on the companion theme, but adding to it the sense of revered friend and leader"[201]
  • "A simple bow of comrades then from him, with a hand flourish at the end that emphasized a Balance due her"[201]
  • "adding a concise and elegant gesture which acknowledged also a pillow-friend"[26]

(Of related interest: Ch 24 of Crystal Soldier includes descriptions of two pre-Liaden bows, one meaning "I owe you" and the other "It is my pleasure to be of service".)

Liaden hand gesturesEdit

May be seen alone or augmenting a bow.

  • acceptance
    • "the flourish which brought his acceptance close to that of accepting a comrade's necessity"[45]
  • acknowledgment
    • "moved a hand in acknowledgement of truth spoken"[202]
    • "moved a hand in acknowledgment" (of a lesson)[203]
  • asking for information
    • "moving both hands in the formal gesture of asking"[141]
  • asking for permission to speak
    • "Asking permission with a flicker of fingers"[67]
  • dedication to duty
    • "a movement of the hand indicating both irony and dedication to duty"[2]
  • esteem
    • "a particularly low bow, augmented by the hand-sign for 'greatest esteem'"[98]
  • go ahead
    • "moved his hand in the 'sure, go ahead' gesture"[156]
    • "He moved his free hand in the gesture that meant 'go on'."[204]
  • gratitude
    • "another soft, buoyant bow, slightly deeper and augmented with the hand-sign for gratitude"[23]
    • "She returned the bow, augmenting it with a hand-gesture conveying gratitude to the instructor"[52]
  • greeting kin
    • "the hand-gesture one used toward newly-met kin"[47]
  • interest
    • "moving his hand in an expression of interest"[205]
  • introduction
    • "bowed with precision, right palm flat against her chest"[184]
    • "She bowed, hand over heart."[113]
    • "He lay his hand over his heart in a formal gesture."[4]
    • "bowed very slightly, fingers over heart"[188]
    • "bowed crisply, hand over heart"[47]
  • in this together
    • "a taste of "in this line together" with that motion of his hand"[129]
  • irony
    • "a movement of the hand indicating both irony and dedication to duty"[2]
  • kin (augmenting a more general bow)
    • "guest-to-host, augmented with the hand-sign between kin"[73]
  • necessity
    • "his free hand describing the Liaden bow-sign for necessity"[206]
  • offering service
    • "the stylized hand-sign that offered instant, willing, and unquestioning service"[47]
  • peace (a request)
    • "fingers smoothing the air in the gesture that roughly meant 'peace'"[27]
    • "gestured peace"[207]
    • "He raised a hand, signifying peace."[208]
  • requesting a favor
    • "He gave her full measure in the bow, made the sign of an equal requesting favor with his unladen hand."[191]
  • regret
    • "The hall master [...] showed his hands, palm up, in a gesture meaning, vaguely, 'alas'."[156]
    • "turning his palms up mock despair"[209]
    • "he moved a shoulder in regret"[181]
  • release
    • "hand, palm up, in the gesture of release"[37]
  • respect
    • "with a hand flourish indicating profound respect"[210]
  • service offered
    • "turning his hand palm up in the gesture that meant, roughly, 'service'"[205]
  • understanding
    • "a light bow, all but buoyant; with the easy move of the left hand that signaled understanding"[23]
  • welcome
    • "moving her hand in the gesture of welcome"[69]

Liaden modes of speechEdit

The Liaden language comes in several varieties. High Liaden is for formal and public occasions; Low Liaden is used between kin and loved ones. There is also "the children's language",[211] about which we know only that it exists, but we can speculate that perhaps it's for children too young to be able to grasp the shades of melant'i that are essential to speaking the adult forms.

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  231. Dragon Ship, ch 38
  232. Dragon in Exile, ch 31
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  251. Scout's Progress, ch 2
  252. Conflict of Honors, ch 20
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  254. Scout's Progress, ch 1
  255. Scout's Progress, ch 37
  256. Mouse and Dragon, ch 4
  257. Conflict of Honors, ch 45
  258. I Dare, ch 56