Korval LinesEdit

  • yos'Phelium, the delm's blood; roughly translated by Jela as "Courier Pilot"
  • yos'Galan, the traders;
  • bel'Tarda, the subordinate Line

Korval's SigilEdit

Tree and Dragon. The name of the Dragon is Megelaar.

Korval's MottoEdit

"Flaran Cha'menthi" (I Dare).


  • Founded by M. Jela Granthor's Guard.
  • Founding members Cantra yos'Phelium Clan Torvin and Tor An yos'Galan Clan Alkia.
  • ("Korval" is a combination of T orvin and Al kia)
  • Korval is ships
  • Korval is also bound to The Tree Jelaza Kazone (roughly - Jela's Promise/Dream/Contract/Fulfillment) based on a promise Cantra's partner, M Jela, made to the Ssussdriad, as The Tree's species is known, when he was stranded on its last home planet.
  • The founding of Clan Korval is described in Crystal Dragon, chapters 30 and 31.
  • Shan gives another briefer account of the founding of the Clan, which differs somewhat in the details, in Conflict of Honors, Shipyear 65, Tripday 143, Second Shift.
  • The circumstances under which Line bel'Tarda was later brought into the Clan are described in "Heirloom".
  • From Bechimo's Rules Search: “Tree-and-Dragon” Results: Mark designating Clan Korval, Liaden kin group comprised of founding Lines yos'Phelium and yos'Galan; bel'Tarda later incorporated as minor Line. ALSO Registered Trade Mark of Clan Korval, operating as Korval Trade, Tree-and-Dragon Family, Dragontree Ltd. NEW: Surebleak Clan Loop Unlimited. No Warnings are associated with this Mark.? 15

Primary Clan HousesEdit

  • Korval's home on Liad is the valley named Valcon Berant'a ("Dragon's Price"), which was part of the payment given to Cantra and Tor An when Liad was first settled. The valley is situated just north of Solcintra city.[1] There are two clan houses in Korval's valley.
  • Jelaza Kazone, home of line yos'Phelium, is the original clan-home, built around The Tree from which it takes its name. Jelaza Kazone translates to Jela's Promise/Dream/Contract/Fulfillment.[2]
  • The original ship of the migration, Quick Passage, is located beneath Jelaza Kazone, connected to the basement, serving as a shelter, library, nav/com board, etc. [3]
  • The other house is Trealla Fantrol, located closer to town at the mouth of the valley. Trealla Fantrol is the home of line yos'Galan.[4]
  • (The meaning of Trealla Fantrol appears to be unstated.)
  • Trealla Fantrol "was house writ large, bold, and proud....She might have supposed it to be a mercantile center or a building attached to an university....Our mother taught that, in the past, it was also a fortress, guarding the mouth of our valley." [5]
  • Korval off-world: See Surebleak page

Clan Safe HouseEdit

  • Hideaway Home: Runig's Rock, aka "The Rock"
  • All quotes below are from the short story "Hidden Resources" [6]
  • A safe place for vulnerable clan members , especially children, used during operation "Plan B"
  • An asteroid, most likely
  • "A pilot of Korval had found it — the place and the Rock -- and so another pilot might also."
  • "It was an odd eddy of space they sat in, and far out from usual traffic. Still, they were not hidden, only inconveniently located."
  • "Luken had walked the rock for the third and last time during his shift."
  • "The screens showed the docking bay, live, feeds of near space..."
  • Possibly a cave? "She [Kareen] frowned at the screen. Shall we take to the ship?"


Line yos'PheliumEdit

  • Aelliana Caylon (F) -- b. 1335[7]originally of Clan Mizel (Birin Caylon's middle daughter[8]), Lifemate of Daav yos'Phelium, mother of Val Con, Honored Scholar of Sub-rational Mathematics
  • Bindrea yos'Phelium (F) -- Delm in a time before Trealla Fantrol was built.[9]
  • Cantra yos'Phelium (F) -- 1st Delm. Founding head of the Line. Pilot of Quick Passage on the Great Migration, Cantra is an Aelantaza from Tanjalyre Institute[10]
  • Chi yos'Phelium (F) -- 84th Delm. Identical twin sister to Petrella yos'Galan. Mother to Kareen and Daav. Deceased on Ganjir.
  • Daav yos'Phelium (M) -- 6th Delm.[11] First of his Line to bear the name Daav. Eba yos'Phelium's delm[12] (and also her thodelm? unclear)[11]
  • Daav yos'Phelium (M) -- 85th Delm. b. 1325[7] Lifemated to Aelliana Caylon[13]. Father to Val Con & Theo Waitley, Cha'leket to Er Thom yos'Galan, onagrata of Kamele Waitley, Fourth of his Line to bear the name Daav, Scout Captain, later also known as Scholar Jen Sar Kiladi[14]
  • Del Ben (or Del Ban) yos'Phelium (M) -- His misdeeds against Line bel'Tarda required a major Balancing which included bel'Tarda being brought under the Dragon's wing.[15]
  • Danise bel'Tara (F) -- Luken bel'Tarda's eldest daughter. (Dragon in Exile, Ch 2)
  • Eba yos'Phelium (F) -- In the time of the first Daav, she was publicly flogged by her thodelm,[12] who was also her cha'leket -- that being the least undesirable course of action left open to them by the Clan's enemies. The subsequent Balancing took seven years and resulted in the deaths of all those responsible.[11]
  • Edil yos'Phelium (?) -- Delm, with lifemate Var Ond ter'Asten.[16]
  • Inas Bhar (F) -- b.1355, Skardu in a Terran sector. Third daughter of Scholar Reyman Bhar. >t age 13 (in 1368) after avenging her fathers death, she sought the sanctuary of the Juntavas with whom she later becomes a Judge.[17] AKA: Natesa the Assassin, she assists Pat Rin yos'Phelium to go underground during Plan B.[18] Becomes Lifemate of Pat Rin on Surebleak. [19]
  • Jen Sin yos'Phelium (M) -- The best Korval pilot of his generation, he was ordered home from the Scouts by his delm to serve the necessities of his clan, and in that service he was lost.[20]
  • Jeni yos'Phelium (?) -- 9th Delm. Donated land and building for the establishment of the Scout Academy.[21]
  • Kareen yos'Phelium (F) -- b. 1313[7] Pat Rin's mother; Daav's sister; Liad's foremost authority on the Code. Not a pilot.[22] Also known as The Right Noble Lady Kareen yos'Phelium, Patron of the Solcintra Poetry Society, Founder of the League to Preserve the Purity of the Language and Chairperson Emeritus of the Embassy of Form[23]
  • Ker Lin yos'Phelium (M) -- Delm in the 7th century, following his aunt Rinoka. A Seer, who foresaw the outlines of his life as a young man: Scout, lifemate, Delm. Died c. Standard Year 680.[24]
  • Kin Dal yos'Phelium (M) -- Father of the identical twins, Chi yos'Phelium and Petrella yos'Galan.[25]
  • M. Jela Granthor's Guard (M) -- Soldier, Cantra's partner and co-pilot and the father of her son. Rescued The Tree from it's dying home-planet, died before the founding of Korval, but he brought the founding members of the clan together and gave them their purpose, and he is officially recognized as the clan's Founder.
  • Miri Robertson (F) -- b. 1365[7] on Surebleak, Mercenary soldier, retired. Half of the Current Delm with her lifemate Val Con. Mother to Talizea. Member, by genetics, of the Tiazan line of clan Erob, daughter of Kati Tayzin and Chock Robertson.[26]
  • Pat Rin yos'Phelium (M) -- b. 1354[27] Son and heir of Kareen, fox-faced with brown hair and wide brown eyes. At age 6 was fostered with Luken bel'Tarda[22]. Failed piloting exam 5 times: the first three times because of his mother influence, the other two because he had lost confidence in himself. [28]. Father of Quin.[19]. Becomes known as Boss Conrad on Surebleak, earns a Pilot license, and gains a lifemate: Inas Bhar, AKA Natesa. [18].
  • Quin yos'Phelium (M) -- b. c1379 Pat Rin's son and heir, 2nd class pilot[29]
  • Rinoka yos'Phelium (F) -- Delm in the 7th century, preceding her nephew Ker Lin.[24]
  • Talizea yos'Phelium (F) -- Miri and Val Con's heir. b. 1393 on Surebleak.
  • Theonna yos'Phelium (F) -- Delm in Standard Year 1143, oversaw the disposition of Tactical Defense Pods 72 to 83.[30] "I fear her orbit was more erratic than most. To her credit, she did bring the clan through a field thick with thorns, with scarcely a scratch... It may have been that she had flashes of long-sight among her delusions. Certainly, that would account for the overall success of her stewardship."[31]
  • Val Con yos'Phelium (M) -- 2nd Delm. First of his Line to bear the name Val Con,[32] which comes from the Liaden word for "dragon". Only son of Cantra and Jela.
  • Val Con yos'Phelium (M) -- 86th Delm, with his lifemate Miri Robertson. Father to Talizea. Scout Commander and former Agent of Change, seventh of his Line to bear the name Val Con.[33] b. 1362[7]
  • Var Ond ter'Asten (?) -- Lifemate and delmae of Edil yos'Phelium.[16]
  • Wayr yos'Phelium (F) -- Delm in 1283, when a contract-marriage between Erob and Korval produced a child for yos'Galan; left a reminder message about the next contract being due in three generation. Shan calls her "Great-great-great Aunt Wayr yos'Phelium".[34]

Line yos'GalanEdit

Line bel'TardaEdit

  • Luken bel'Tarda (M) -- b. 1315. Sandy haired, buff - good humored face. A Master Merchant, in the business of rugs. Excellent sense of space as applied to interior design. Good humored, wins friends in both the Port and City. Becomes foster father of six year old Pat Rin yos'Phelium in 1360. Has at least two children (possibly counting Pat Rin as one): when he volunteered to contract marry Syntebra el'Kemin, he told Korval that another child would be no hardship as "the eldest is away at school more often than she's home nowadays"[44] Has a daughter named Danise, who has a younger sister who may or may not also be Luken's daughter.[45] Moved to Surebleak with Clan Korval in Standard Year 1393 (I DARE). He sells rugs in Port City, Surebleak, and enjoys an intimate relationship with Audrey (DRAGON in EXILE).

Line Unclear Edit

  • Tocohl Lorlin is accepted into the clan by Val Con & Miri, but line is not mentioned.[46]


  1. Carpe Diem, ch 6
  2. Plan B
  3. Dragon in Exile, ch 37
  4. Local Custom, ch 19
  5. Mouse & Dragon, ch 8
  6. Hidden Resources, published in "Halfling Moon" and in "A Liaden Universe Constellation" volume 2
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 "The Updated But Partial Liaden Universe(r) Time Line", Adventures in the Liaden Universe #8
  8. Scout's Progress, ch 1
  9. Carpe Diem, ch 49
  10. Crystal Dragon, ch 6
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Local Custom, ch 32
  12. 12.0 12.1 Local Custom, ch 28
  13. Mouse and Dragon
  14. Mouse an Dragon, ch 21
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Heirloom"
  16. 16.0 16.1 Dragon in Exile, ch 10
  17. Veil of the Dancer
  18. 18.0 18.1 Plan B
  19. 19.0 19.1 Hidden Resources
  20. "The Space at Tinsori Light"
  21. Scout's Progress, ch 9
  22. 22.0 22.1 Local Custom, ch 7
  23. A Day At The Races
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Carpe Diem, ch 24
  25. 25.0 25.1 Local Custom, ch 31
  26. Fighting Chance
  27. Was six in 1361, page 179, Ch 25, Local Custom. Thus yob is 1354. not 1351 as erroneously shown on the Timeline.
  28. Lord of the Dance
  29. 29.0 29.1 In Ghost Ship Ch 29 Theo realizes that Quin already holds a 2d class ticket though he was younger than she had been when she had been sponsored to Anlingdin Academy. (See Fledgling) and Padi is younger still.
  30. Plan B, ch 30
  31. Ghost Ship, ch 40
  32. Scout's Progress, ch 5
  33. Carpe Diem, ch 29
  34. 34.0 34.1 Plan B, ch 5
  35. 35.0 35.1 I Dare, chapter 45
  36. Pilot of Korval
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 I Dare, ch 43
  38. Changeling
  39. Kareen yos'Phelium tells Kamele in 'Dragon in Exile' that he was her year mate.
  40. Local Custom, ch 10
  41. Local Custom, ch 5
  42. Conflict of Honors, ch 7
  43. Necessity's Child, Chs 7 and 21
  44. Local Custom, ch 39
  45. Dragon in Exile, ch 2
  46. Dragon in Exile, ch 23

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