In which a lot of people are going places.
I enjoyed that. And I look forward to seeing Vepal and Ochin again, as Vepal’s plans make it likely we will.
Vepal’s comment about having been to Omenski before is the kind of small detail I really appreciate and would never have noticed if I hadn’t embarked on this project: way back in Agent of Change, when Val Con gets them through a police cordon with a forged ID claiming they’re part of the Yxtrang embassy, Miri asks if they’re going to have the Yxtrang ambassador after them as well and he assures her that the Yxtrang delegation is currently far away, on Omenski. I suppose that settles the lingering question I had about whether there is only one Yxtrang ambassador.
The more we hear about how desperate Perdition Enterprises’ play actually was, the more clear it seems that they weren’t backed by the Department, and it looks like they also weren’t backed by anybody in the Liaden High Houses that wanted Korval crushed after Skyblaze Day. Could it really just have been ter’Menth and pen’Chouka by themselves? If so, I respect their resourcefulness, if not their judgement in the choosing of associates.
If I’ve got this straight, the airlock situation wasn’t part of ter’Menth’s plan, but was a result of Vinkleer’s bunch making a side-play for their own enrichment. Which would explain why ter’Menth got caught out by it.
We never did find out what’s up with Vepal’s friend Firge. Perhaps that’s a seed planted for Vepal’s next appearance.
We also didn’t get to meet Sanchez’s associate who knows all the secrets, which may or may not come up again another time. If this story had been a subplot in Neogenesis, where I’d expected to see Vepal again, I would be suspecting Dosavi Mikelsyn, the knowledge broker Inki and Tocohl visit in that novel.
If this had been a subplot in Neogenesis, Sanchez’s comment about how there aren’t any of the Clutch on Surebleak would have been foreshadowing for the final scene.