In which Fer Gun thinks before he signs.
I think this is the most detailed explanation we’ve had of how there came to be so few people in Korval.
Jai Kob and Vin Dyr are indeed fortunate that it wasn’t the contract-wife accompanying Fer Gun, though not in the way they’re thinking it. And the way things are going, I think they’re going to be meeting the contract-wife anyway before much more time has passed.
Like the port proctor a few chapters back, Trader Danac-Joenz is angry; and I think like the port proctor, it’s not Fer Gun she’s angry with even though he expected it to be.
I’m not surprised that the contract specified no contact from Telrune for the duration; given what happened last time the cousins were in contact with Fer Gun, it’s a very reasonable precaution. I am perhaps surprised that Fer Gun needs telling about it, after Lady yo’Lanna made him go through the contract thoroughly. Perhaps he remembered that detail just long enough to satisfy Lady yo’Lanna that he’d taken it in, and then let it slip from his mind. It could be that, having no previous experience with contracts of this type, he thought “no visits from relatives” was a standard clause and didn’t mark it as unusual.