The Tree Court
In which there is a discussion of amends.
The Tree Court is warm and there is no snow on the ground, which is noteworthy because during the storm there was explicit mention of clumps of snow falling from the Tree’s branches and collecting at its base. The Tree has tidied the place up a bit to be hospitable to its guests, and perhaps specifically in response to Toragin telling it earlier that the kittens will need a warm place to sleep.
I appreciate the mental image of the Tree as an elderly relative turning on the charm in an attempt to smooth things over. Particularly because it’s amusingly not very good at it; it knows how to jolly its family out of being annoyed, but it doesn’t know Toragin well enough yet to pitch the performance right. Though perhaps no level would have done the job in this case; the way the memory of Toragin’s uncle is phrased suggests that she’s learned that if you let someone get away with being charming they won’t see a need to provide an actual remedy or work to amend their behaviour.
I said earlier that Vertu dea’San, former Delm of Wylan, didn’t seem to have a role in the melant’i play worthy of a separate listing in the dramatis personae, but now I’m having second thoughts. Without having encountered Vertu as an example of a Liaden on Surebleak who had successfully found a life and useful work for herself apart from her clan, would Toragin have had the confidence to pursue that path for herself?