Shan yos’Galan - Master Trader on Dutiful Passage


  • born 1357[1] on Terran Planet University[2],
  • white hair, tall for a Liaden, silver eyes
  • Master Trader and Master Pilot[3]
  • Healer
  • For many years (1383 - 1393) Captain of Korval's Tradeship Dutiful Passage[4][5]
  • Son of Anne Davis and Er Thom yos'Galan
  • Lifemate to Priscilla Delacroix y Mendoza
  • Father of Padi (out of a contract marriage)
  • Thodelm of yos'Galan
  • Speaker in Trust after his father’s death 1383 until his sister Nova yos'Galan reaches a suitable age 1385
  • Reincarnation of Lute?
  • pronounced: Shan yos'Galan = Shahn yos' GAL-ahn (rhymes with talon)
  • Together with Val Con Shan assembled the Korval Butler Jeeves from an centuries old AI admiral (IAMM: Independent Armed Military Module)[6]



  • Local Custom (Shan's parents Er Thom yos'Galan and Anne Davis when Shan is a child)
  • Conflict of Honors (Story of Shan and Priscilla)
  • A Day at the Races (Shan and Val Con in a skimmer race)
  • Changeling (Shan meets Ren Zel dea'Judan)
  • Carpe Diem (Shan and Priscilla search for Val Con)
  • Plan B (Shan and Priscilla play key roles)
  • I Dare (Shan, Priscilla, and Ren Zel play key roles)
  • Ghost Ship (Shan helps Theo Waitley set up a trade loop for Bechimo
  • Dragon Ship (small roles, brief mentions)
  • Alliance of Equals (Shan, Priscilla, and young Padi yos'Galan feature largely in this book)
  • Lord of the Dance (Pat Rin is retested as fist class pilot, Shan acts as Master Pilot)
    • but this short story is not part of the official canon


  1. Local Custom, ch 10
  2. Local Custom, ch 5
  3. I Dare, ch 43
  4. Conflict of Honors, ch 7
  5. Plan B, ch 5
  6. Intelligent Design
  7. Hidden Resources
  8. Plan B, ch 12