In which Lina yo’Bingim does not wish to be part of the problem.
I’m fairly sure the merc who says “Efning” to Lina is attempting to wish her a good evening, but in the first moment I always think he’s offering his name.
Kelby chel’Vona’s kinswoman Cyra was the protagonist of the short story “Phoenix”, who didn’t achieve her best life until she left clan and Liad behind. That’s a very suggestive connection to find in this story in particular. (And Jon the Scout, who helped Cyra and Bel, would probably be a Surebleak Scout too if this schism had happened in his day.)
Admin as’Barta also has a kinswoman we’ve encountered previously; Finlee as’Barta appeared in “Due Diligence” as the society page editor of the Gazette. Taken together, I get the impression that their family tends toward being invested in traditional Liaden society.
I assume that the Scout base on Surebleak where Admin as’Barta and Scout yo’Bingim stay in this story is not the same as the Surebleak Scouts’ base where Daav and Aelliana visit Clonak in Accepting the Lance — unless there’s been enough time between the two stories for the Surebleak Scouts to have sent Admin as’Barta and the Liaden Scouts on Surebleak home with their tails between their legs.
If there hasn’t been much time, it could be that the Surebleak Scouts have not yet managed to counter Admin as’Barta’s strike against Lina’s piloting licence, which would explain why she’s available to act as liaison for Emissary Twelve. On the other hand, it could be that she does have her licence back, and like the rest of the Scouts on Surebleak is hanging around because she’s interested.
The Scouts’ bet over the bowli ball match suggests that they’ve both heard some of the same stories Theo was told on her first visit to the Culture Club in Saltation.