In which we see the value of a good literary education.
So, not necessarily a formal regulatory intervention, but once word gets around the merc community about what Perdition Enterprises was up to, no doubt appropriate steps will be taken.
I’m still not clear about who was behind Perdition Enterprises. The bit about “centuries of sabotage, intrigue and deception” suggests the Department of the Interior, but the bit just next to that about this being the final throw of the dice by a failing scheme suggests otherwise; the Department were doing pretty well for themselves the last time we heard from them.
ter’Menth’s plan seems to have gone wrong somewhere, but I’m not sure where. I assumed that the airlock situation was something she deliberately engineered, but then she was as trapped as everyone else. Perhaps she underestimated how quickly or how thoroughly the station would respond; Cheladin did say that the response was all-out, with the implication that that was not a given.
Three cheers for Master Rifle Ochin, a man of intelligence, courage, and resource!