Short story began as a splinter of Ghost Ship, first published online at Splinter Universe

  • Subsequently published in A Liaden Universe Constellation, volume ii
  • Also published in Allies: Adventures in the Liaden Universe book #12


  • Takes place shortly before Miri gives birth to Talizea yos'Phelium
    • Concurrent with the latter chapters of Ghost Ship
  • Begins and ends on Surebleak but most of the story is set on planet Vandar


  • Val Con yos'Phelium
  • Nelirikk Explorer (see Nelirikk, Diglon, & Hazenthull)
  • Hakan (Meltz) Darnell and his wife Kem, who befriended Cory and Meri Robersun when they were stranded on Vandar[1]
    • now they're university students in Laxaco City and members of The Explorers Club
    • Zhena Cahn, aeronautics instructor
  • Zhena Trelu, Estra, an elderly widow who shared her house with Cory and Meri Robersun, in exchange for work[2]
  • Zhena Sandoval and her brother, DoI snoops
  • Agent Karin pel'Nara / Zhena Pelnara
  • Dept of Interior Technician Ilbar ten'Ornold
  • Clonak ter'Meulen, one of the commanders of The Scouts
  • Miri Robertson, half-a-delm of Clan Korval


  • Neilirikk sipped from his canteen. He was, Val Con thought, a woodsman the like of which Gylles had rarely seen: bold in black-and-red plaid flannel, work pants, sturdy boots, with a red knit cap pulled down over his ears in deference to the chill of dusk.
  • And yos'Phelium abandons a brother even less readily than Korval relinquishes a child.
  • Val Con grinned. "Anyone may break a glass," he quoted, "but it takes a master to break a dozen."
  • "There are, so I'm told by the Old Scout, certain protocols for operations on forbidden worlds."
  • "You made a good choice, Cory. This world's been changing for a long time. Would you believe I remember a time the nearest telephone was right downtown at Brillit's?"
  • "Sleep well, Zhena Trelu. We will bring our child to see you -- soon."
  • "Dog of a Liaden, prepare to die," Nelirikk said calmly.
  • "The captain will have me shot," Nelirikk said, stubbornly.
  • Hakan was wide-eyed, and Kem no less so.


  1. Carpe Diem
  2. Carpe Diem