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  • Surebleak is the birthplace of Miri Robertson Tiazan, and home to Clan Korval after banishment (escape?) from Liad
  • Surebleak is featured in various novels and shorter stories, beginning with I Dare
  • Interpretive fan-art was removed at the request of authors Lee and Miller


  • Surebleak is a planet in the Daiellen Sector, known for bleak (cold) weather and a Wild West atmosphere of lawlessness. [1]
  • "end-of-the-spiral-arm planet" [2]
  • The planet has two Tidal moons: Triga and Toppa.[3]
  • The planet is off the beaten path and the spaceport is low-tier by guild standards, but "there are three solid mid-level routes through that sector" so a trading loop is conceivable[4] including a possible trading loop from Tradedesk [5]
  • Surebleak's spaceport is located just outside Port City [6]


  • Settled over a hundred years ago by a timonium mining company -- The Gilmour Agency -- which abandoned the planet and settlers when a newly discovered, richer, and more accessible timonium source became available in an asteroid belt. [7] and [3])
  • Gilmour Agency may have left Surebleak about 175 years ago. Rebus Marks, an older man himself, shows the ID card for his grandpa's grandpa, an economist for Gilmour Agency. [8]


  • After the Gilmour Agency abruptly evacuated, Surebleak government began to fall apart. Social systems eventually failed, including medical care when 'Bleakers couldn't pay the renewal fee for the galaxy-wide Health Net. Government completely collapsed when a plague struck the city, causing fear, death, chaos. [9]
  • So, Port City was divided into turfs, overseen by Bosses. Each turf ran through the Port Road at some point.
  • Taxes: Bosses used tollgates to block access to the Port Road, allowing passage upon payment. Bosses also collected "insurance" fees from all businesses within their turf. In some turfs, the mandatory insurance payment was punitively exorbitant. [10]
  • Systemic problems: In rough turfs, folks tended to seize control by killing the seated boss. Thus, bosses and their "hands" were those most willing and able to take and hold power -- regardless of whether they knew what to do with it.
    • Some bosses (Melina Sherton, Penn Kalhoon, Ira Gabriel, etc.) sincerely tried to care for their turfs, providing limited schooling, local health care, water treatment, etc. But with the Port Road blocked at each turf boundary, it was difficult for responsible bosses to communicate, much less collaborate.
  • There has recently been some improvement since Boss Conrad brought about the establishment of the Affiliation of Surebleak Bosses.
    • Jonni Conrad (Pat Rin yos'Phelium) wanted a council-based leadership system, but the associated bosses promptly made him the Boss Boss: "His fellow bosses, however, had insisted that there must be one Head Boss...and he had bowed to that, seeing that this was the model they understood."[11]
  • When Clan Korval settled on Surebleak, the Delms agreed to protect and repair the Port Road. Val Con and Miri are the "Road Boss" with a "newly constructed office at the port."[12]

Korval Homes on SurebleakEdit

  • Korval's clan-home on Surebleak is called Jelaza Kazone. (House details at link). It stands outside the only mentioned settlement (referred to as Port City in the short story "Skyblaze").[13]
  • Jelaza Kazone, house and grounds, fill an old timonium quarry at the far end of the Port Road, in an area dubbed "The End of the World." The clan's nearest neighbor is Yulie Shaper, a farmer. [14][15]
  • The original ship of the migration, Quick Passage, lies beneath the house, connected to the basement / cellars. It is used as a shelter, library, nav/com, etc. [16]
  • In the Dragon in Exile timeline, residents include the Delm and Delmae (Val Con and Miri), baby Talizea, Anthora yos'Galan, her toddler twins, her lifemate Ren Zel dea'Judan. Shan yos'Galan, his daughter Padi, and his life mate Priscilla live here temporarily, too, when not traveling on Dutiful Passage. Additional residents include Nelirikk Explorer, Diglon Rifle and his wife Alara, Jeeves the Security Bot, Mr. pel'Kana the butler, Mrs. pel'Esla in the nursery, Mrs. ana'Tak the cook, etc.[17]
  • Shan and Priscilla yos'Gallen are "buying" an island from Yulie Shaper, for the yos'Galan house building site. The grounds will shelter two new saplings from Tree. [18]
  • Pat Rin yos'Phelium (Boss Conrad) lives on Blair Road in Port City with his lifemate Natesa, his son Quin, his father Luken, his "hand" Cheever McFarland, butler Mr. pel'Tolian, etc. [19] [20]
  • Lady Kareen yos'Phelium lives in Port City on the corner of Dudley Avenue and Farley Lane, along with her colleagues Professor Kamele Waitley and Scout historian vey'Loffit. For security, she has Hazenthull Explorer, and "head hand" Gert Jazdak, bodyguards Dafydil (Dilly) and Amiz, the cook Esil Lang, etc. [21]
  • Nova yos'Galan lives in Port City on Blair Road with her son Syl Vor, her foster daughter Kezzi of the Bedel (occasionally), her "hand" Mike Golden, the cook Beck, and various house staff. [22]
  • Luken bel'Tarda lives in Port City, managing his two rug shops (primary shop at the port, and the Port Annex shop on Blair Road. [23] He spends much time across the street with Audrey at her "House of Joy" on Blair Road [24]


(an incomplete list)

  • Abram[25]
  • Victor Armhaut (M) - Conklin (before Conrad started cleaning up)[26]
  • Jonni Conrad (M) - Blair Road
  • Josh Cruther (M) - Arcadja Alleys[26]
  • Deacon (M) - a turf neighboring Blair Road (before Conrad started cleaning up)[27]
  • Engle[28]
  • Fortunato[29]
  • Ira Gabriel (M) - turf near the far end of the Port Road, next in from Sherton's[30]
  • Goyan - turf neighboring Rinehart's (before Conrad started cleaning up)[31]
  • Henrick - one of the Bosses who donated part of their turf to create Blair Road Turf[32]
  • Iverness - one of the bosses cleaned up by Conrad, according to Lionel Smealy[33] (possibly he's thinking of Boss Ivernet?)
  • Ivernet (M) - Industry Street (before Conrad started cleaning up)[34]
  • Voral Jene (F) - Gough Street (before Conrad started cleaning up)[26]
  • Penn Kalhoon (M) - Hamilton Street
  • Latimer - Hamilton Street (a predecessor of Boss Kalhoon)[25]
  • Marriot[35]
  • Nort Moran (M) - Blair Road (Boss Conrad's predecessor)[32]
  • Ostay - Hamilton Street (Boss Kalhoon's immediate predecessor)[33]
  • Peterman - Hamilton Street (a predecessor of Boss Latimer)[25]
  • Randall - Blair Road (Boss Vindal's predecessor)[32]
  • Rinehart - turf neighboring Goyan's[31]
  • Fran Schomaker - Gilly Street[36]
  • Schroeder (M)[37][28]
  • Melina Sherton (F) - turf at the far end of the Port Road, where the city meets the farmland[30]
  • Tiede - one of the Bosses who donated part of their turf to create Blair Road Turf[32]
  • Tourin (M) - Blair Road (first Boss of Blair Road Turf; Boss Randall's predecessor)[32]
  • Wentworth (M)[38] - Jopha Road[39]
  • Whitman (F) - turf on the Port Road between Conrad's and Kalhoon's[40][41]
  • Elva Whitmore[42]
  • Vindal (F) - Blair Road (Boss Moran's predecessor)[32]
  • Vine (M) - turf nearest the Spaceport[43][40]

Port RoadEdit

Runs from the Spaceport out to World's End, where the timonium diggings used to be (and Jelaza Kazone now is).[3]

Travelling by the Port Road, there are five tollbooths between the Spaceport and Penn Kalhoon's turf, then a further five tollbooths between there and Jelaza Kazone. The first turf near the Spaceport is Boss Vine's. The next turf out from Boss Kalhoon's is Boss Whitman's, and the next turf out from that is Boss Conrad's. The last turf before the end of the Road is Melina Sherton's.[40] The next turf in from that is Ira Gabriel's.[3]


The Consolidated School is located at the meeting of four turfs, held by Bosses Conrad, Kalhoon, Schroeder and Engle.[28]


  • There may be a discrepancy

I DareEdit

On Day 31 of Standard Year 1393, it is "high summer".[42]

Ghost ShipEdit

When Jelaza Kazone first arrived on Surebleak, shortly after Day 201 of the same year, it was not yet spring.[44] In due course, there was spring,[45] followed by late spring.[44] The gather held for all the Bosses at Jelaza Kazone took place "a matter of local weeks" before the onset of summer.[46] When Val Con was called to deal with the trouble on Vandar, it was still spring.[47]

Necessity's ChildEdit

A few days after (that's after) the gather held for all the bosses, it is "very nearly spring".[48]

Dragon ShipEdit

When the Uncle's message about Daav reaches Surebleak, it is summer.[49]

Dragon in ExileEdit

Begins on a "supposed summer evening".[50] It continues to be summer in subsequent chapters. When Lionel Smealy meets the Road Boss, it is "mid-summer".[33] "The days were growing cool again" just before Sherman's shooting competition.[51] In the epilogue, Yulie says that in "'Nother ten or twelve days we'll be seeing autumn".[18]

Street CredEdit

"The season, so he'd been told, was early autumn"[52]

The Rifle's First WifeEdit

It’s early spring – “winter having been gone some weeks now”.[2] (Lizzie's age indicates that it's a subsequent spring to the one in Ghost Ship; Alara's situation, that it's before the end of Dragon in Exile. Perhaps it's the spring mentioned in Necessity's Child.).

-- Well as to that, it cannot be the Spring mentioned in Necessity's Child, because baby Talizea isn't born until the epilogue, where Syl Vor tells Nova: "I'm happy to make the acquaintance of my new cousin Talizea, but I'll be very happy to go home again."


  1. Ghost Ship, ch 33
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Rifle's First Wife
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Moon on the Hills
  4. I Dare, Day 59, Standard Year 1393
  5. Dragon Ship, ch 18
  6. Skyblaze
  7. I Dare, ch 46
  8. Dragon in Exile, ch 16
  9. I Dare, Day 309, Standard Year 1392, Blair Road
  10. I Dare, Day 307, Standard Year 1392, Blair Road
  11. I Dare, Day 44, Standard Year 1393, Surebleak
  12. Dragon in Exile, ch 1
  13. Skyblaze
  14. Moon on the Hills
  15. Ghost Ship
  16. Dragon in Exile, ch 37
  17. Dragon in Exile
  18. 18.0 18.1 Dragon in Exile, epilogue
  19. I Dare
  20. Dragon in Exile
  21. Dragon in Exile, ch. 17
  22. Necessity's Child
  23. Dragon in Exile, ch 4
  24. Dragon in Exile, ch 2
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 "Fighting Chance"
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 I Dare, ch 36
  27. I Dare, ch 25
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 Necessity's Child, ch 33
  29. Dragon in Exile, ch 21
  30. 30.0 30.1 I Dare, ch 30
  31. 31.0 31.1 "Chimera"
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 32.3 32.4 32.5 I Dare, ch 18
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 Dragon in Exile, ch 15
  34. I Dare, ch 27
  35. Necessity's Child, ch 19
  36. Dragon in Exile, ch 16
  37. Necessity's Child, ch 10
  38. Necessity's Child, ch 29
  39. Necessity's Child, ch 14
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 Ghost Ship, ch 8
  41. Ghost Ship, ch 25
  42. 42.0 42.1 I Dare, ch 40
  43. I Dare, ch 35
  44. 44.0 44.1 Ghost Ship, ch 24
  45. Ghost Ship, ch 15
  46. Ghost Ship ch 27
  47. Ghost Ship, ch 39
  48. Necessity's Child, ch 5
  49. Dragon Ship, ch 27
  50. Dragon in Exile, Prologue
  51. Dragon in Exile, ch 38
  52. "Street Cred"

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