Quin yos'Phelium Clan Korval


  • Born 1379[1]
    • so he was about 14 years old when the clan moved to Surebleak in 1393
  • Opal blue eyes[2]
  • Beloved son of Pat Rin yos'Phelium by a contract marriage[2]
    • making him heir to "the Bosses Boss" Jonni Conrad, the biggest snowball on Surebleak
  • Learning how to be a Boss on Surebleak[3]
  • Attended school at Trigrace Eclectic before Plan B[3]
    • Preliminary assessment had shown that he was neither destined for the Healer's Hall nor the Scouts, so he'd gone for piloting as major with a minor in generalist studies[3]
    • Other known generalists: Jela (an M series soldier, co-founder of Clan Korval), Explorers Nelirikk and Hazenthull and Uncle Val Con yos'Phelium
  • He won a holster at Tey Dor's Sporting Club in Solcintra and has recently out-shot several top guns on Surebleak: [3]
    • Excerpt: "He’d shot every other day when he was undertree and missed it dearly -- both Nelirikk and Cheever McFarland applauded his skill, and he had no doubt that his last few impromptu matches there -- he’d beaten both of them the last time -- had been genuine. Nelirikk considered that he was the equal of his father with the pistol at distance . . . and that was good."[3]
  • Is learning about fine rugs from his grandfather and father at the family rug shops:
    • "First, I will clean the blood out of that rug...It only wants a damp towel."[4]
  • Handy with the sticks and varied card games; helps out at his dad's casino[3]
  • Courteous, kind, and fair minded but not a dupe:
    • Even though he doesn't think he needs a security guard, he treats Ms. Skene Liep well: "Skene, he said. She turned, comm in hand. "You did well'" he told her, and smiled. "Thank you."
    • With Villy, he assisted the abandoned, cold, and hungry security officer Tef Lej pen'Erit, [5] even though he once worked for Trader vin'Tenzing, who tried to kill Quin. [6]
      • Furthermore, he accepted Tef Lej / aka "Lefty" as his security 'hand when Skene is off duty.[7]
  • Demonstrates social awareness, and even some sense of humor, occasionally:
    • "I don't mean any insult, but that trader sounds to be an ice bitch." Quin sputtered a laugh.[8]
    • "That," Quin said, "is a sham. The Bosses make it up as they go along, just like everyone else." His father's head 'hand Cheever McFarland turned around and grinned down at him. "That little time away did you a lotta goo."[9]



  • Quin's head hand is Skene Liep: She is not intrusive and knows when Quin doesn't want to talk. Fast reflexes and shrewd: "Her skill with muscle reading might make her a candidate for Scout training"[10]
  • Quin's second hand is "Lefty" / Mr. Tef Lej pen'Erit, abandoned on Surebleak by Trader vin'Tenzing, the Liaden lady who tried to kill Quin[10]


  • Mistress Miranda - Pat Rin and/or Quin's cat, from Nasingtale Alley, on Liad
  • Silk -- Pat Rin's house cat on Surebleak, often wakes Quin in the morning.[3]


  • Quin's ship is Galandasti


  • Vanilla and spice seed cookies are Quin's favorites[2]


  1. The Updated But Partial Liaden Universe(r) Time Line
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Hidden Resources
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Roving Gambler
  4. Dragon in Exile, chapter 11
  5. Dragon in Exile, chapter 16
  6. Dragon in Exile, chapter 11
  7. Dragon in Exile, chapter 33
  8. Dragon in Exile, chapter 16
  9. Dragon in Exile, chapter 33
  10. 10.0 10.1 Dragon in Exile, ch 33