In which Fer Gun pen’Uldra is not diligent.
I have always liked Lady yo’Lanna, and her appearance in this chapter does not change my opinion.
I get the feeling that signing things without looking into them is going to be something of a recurring theme of this story, it being also what got Fer Gun into this mess in the first place. Dramatic structure suggests there’s going to be one more scene later where he remembers by himself to look first, just to round things out.
Remembering to always read a Liaden’s contract before signing is, of course, a useful life-lesson that has been offered in the series before. As is remembering that what a Liaden does in their own person is separate from what they may find it necessary to do in the melant’i of delm. (I’m not sure yet whether that latter lesson is also going to be a recurring element in this story.)
I’m struck by the detail of Fer Gun’s clan being paid a sum totaling his expected earnings for the period of his contract. In itself, that’s a reasonable and probably standard offer, to reimburse a clan for the money its child would have been making otherwise; it just reads a bit weirdly in the context of Fer Gun’s current situation, where his expected earnings as a pilot for the next year are zilch. I can picture dea’Gauss or his representative politely pretending not to know that, and the clan’s representative being smart enough not to mention it, and them agreeing on an appropriate sum for a pilot who’s working regularly.
(Which, come to think of it, might be more than Telrune really deserves even if Fer Gun weren’t under ban, because I get the impression he has done most if not all of his flying for the clan, so he probably wouldn’t have been bringing much money in anyway.)