The Bedel people live on Surebleak and elsewhere


  • "The Bedel is a Kompani."[1]
  • "A Kompani is Bedel on Chafurma."[1]
  • "Chafurma is the Gathering Time."[1]
  • They are a tight-knit group of "brothers" and "sisters" (not necessarily blood-related) living in the lower levels of the abandoned Gilmour Agency warehouses on Surebleak[2]
    • "How if we say to Boss Conrad that we the Bedel have established tenancy, and the buildings are ours?"[3]"The Bosses have given us the place"[4]
  • They were set down on Surebleak in a bad time when Gilmour Agency had just withdrawn. During Chafurma conditions grew worse and the ship (presumably the ship that brought them) would not risk itself. Now the ship could not be secret.[1]
  • Young Kezzi asked Syl Vor if he could find their ship: "If you had the silhouette of a particular ship, that — that had become lost, could you find it?"[5]
  • The true reasons behind this are only hinted at:

“Luthia and the Headman well know the “why” of this particular Chafurma, this Kompani of Bedel. Set down of all possible planets, on this one, this Surebleak.”[1]
“Luthia has memories of those who have felt their lack. And of those who had made the decision not to return for them.”[1]

  • Their usual way of life seems to be less sedentary:

“In truth, we were made to wander and wander, that we will”[6]

Dream LearningEdit

  • Learning gadgets or machines, based on defanged old tech[7]
  • "It is an immersion protocol; it is how the Bedel learn from the past, or from another's unique experience. We say, 'I will dream on it.' [7]

High-Tech TinkeringEdit

  • "The Bedel can make anything. Is is possible that a brother saw an Old Tech learner and said to himself, 'I can build that — I will build that! But I will pull its teeth, and win its heart, and make it a part of the kompani, so it will never seek to harm us.'"[7]
  • Pulka designed Rys' leg brace and artificial hand[8]
  • Rafin built the leg brace and golden hand, [5]

Members of the Bedel Kompani on SurebleakEdit

  • Alosha (m) Headman of The Bedel[9]
  • Dmitri (m) deceased[3]
  • Droi (f) cat green eyes, has the true Sight[10], the Luthia's former apprentice, seduced Rys to get his child in order to even out the number of Bedel left in unbalance by Dmitri's death[2]
  • Ghan (?) [12]
  • Isart (m) halfling age, lanky, black hair, black eyes[12]
  • Jin (f) [6]
  • Kar (?) [12]
  • Kezzi (f) (street name Anna Brown, Wentworth' Turf)[8] "Sister" of Syl Vor[13], black eyes and black hair[8], apprentice of Silain-luthia[3]
  • Luma (f) deceased, daughter of Dmitri[3]
  • Memit (f) blade thin, big hands[14], in charge of the garden. Street-name is Mary (Neogenesis)
  • Pulka (m) bald and plump, moustache, designed Rys' leg brace and artificial hand[8]
  • Rafin (m) Artificer, "Brother" of Rys Lin, tall, sharp cheekbones, strong brow, lean dark face, blue eyes, prominent hooked nose[8], built Rys' leg brace[5] and artificial hand, came from Outside or was fathered by an Outsider ("We went Outside and got Rafin.")[3]
  • Riva (f) killed by a gadje because she muddled the meaning of the cards[15]
  • Silain, Luthia, Grandmother of all Bedel, long silver hair[9]
  • Torv (m) tall and lanky, ist often among those Outside because his given-work is to repair what had not been built by Bedel hands and to listen and to watch[9]
  • Udari (m) long face, bold nose, dark eyes, "Brother" of Rys (found him dying and brought him to Silain[16]), street name: Nathan, [13]
  • Ves (?) deceased[3]
  • Vylet (f) sister to Kezzi, gives her the pack of stiff paper Kezzi uses for her own deck of cards[10]
  • Zand (m) Vylet's swwetheart[10]


  • Origins are shrouded in mystery. The chapter book Eleutherious features another group of Bedel people, but origins are still unclear [17]
  • The Uncle sheds murky light on the origins of the Bedel on Surebleak. “I set them in motion!” he snapped. (meaning unclear)[18]
  • Uncle may be related to the Bedel on Surebleak. He may be their kin, but if so, the relationship appears to be distant:
    • The Uncle asks Tassi, “Who is Silain?” [18]


  • Malda (m) dog, belongs to Kezzi [9], black and tan, pointed nose, skinny tail, street name: Rascal[16]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Necessity's Child, ch 26
  2. 2.0 2.1 Necessity's Child, ch 27
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Necessity's Child, chapter 22
  4. Dragon in Exile, ch 12
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Necessity's Child, ch 30
  6. 6.0 6.1 Necessity's Child, ch 4
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Necessity's Child, chapter 6
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Necessity's Child, ch 19
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Necessity's Child, ch 1
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Necessity's Child, ch 18
  11. Dragon in Exile
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Necessity's Child, ch 8
  13. 13.0 13.1 Necessity's Child ch 21
  14. Necessity's Child, ch 17
  15. Necessity's Child, ch 12
  16. 16.0 16.1 Necessity's Child, ch 7
  17. Eleutherious, in Liaden Universe Constellation volume 3
  18. 18.0 18.1 Neogenesis, chapter 20, part 2