Arin Gobelyn

Life in BriefEdit

Arin Tomas /Gobelyn was prolly a very old, continuously regenerated clone created by The Uncle. (See Balance of Trade and Trade Secret)

  • husband to Iza Gibelyn and co-pilot on Gobelyn’s Market
  • fractin-scientist
  • one of the Combine commissioners, but quit when things went in a direction he couldn't support [1]
  • Raised his twin / son Jethri from infancy. Left him his fractin collection, a trade notebook with a hidden alphabet for deciphering Old Tech inscriptions, etc
  • Died heroically when burning building exploded, circa 1108, according to eyewitness Scout ter’Astin: "Your father—he was as a giant. He went back into that building twice, and brought out injured persons”[2] (see section below)
  • Courier ship "Arin's Toss" that Theo pilots for The Uncle is named after Arin.
  • Wrote The Envidaria (see below)

Clone, undercoverEdit

  • a continuously regenerated clone, he is prolly of the same stock that came with The Uncle from Old Solcintra, following Korval’s Ship of the Migration, Quick Passage
  • "Father" of Jethri Gobelyn. Jethri thought of him as father, cuz he raised him from infancy, but Uncle refers to Jethri as “Arin’s youngest brother” [3]
  • Iza Gobelyn’s husband. She eventually hated him for deceiving her, using her:

Arin come back from a long run of commissioner business with a barely born kid he claimed as his. Not the kind of thing someone who married partly for love wants to hear, I’m guessing—well, it didn’t take a lot of research then to see that Arin been married twice before, and the first time he’d been married they called him thirty Standards old and she’d thought she’d met him when he was thirty-three’[4]

  • Trade Secret indicates that Jethri is a specialized clone, with talents like Arin’s, [1]
  • Got the name Gobelyn from his wife Captain Iza Gobelyn of the tradeship Gobelyn’s Market[1]
  • His "cousin" is Grig Tomas, another clone who watched over Jethri on Gobelyn's Market after Arin died and Iza disowned him[1]
  • Grig and Arin piloting red-eye flights, centuries ago:

“manning the boards in shifts, six hours on, six hours off; ‘mite and crackers at the station. He’d done many a run just that way, back when him and Arin was active on Uncle’s business. ‘Course, he’d been a couple hundred Standards younger then.[5]

  • Grig's POV: "Despite that his whole life had been one form of lie or another, he’d never been near as casual with the truth as Arin. Well, and he was light on most all the family talents, wasn’t he?"[6]

Kin, Tomas Family LineEdit

The Tomas family: Arin, Grig, Raisy, Jethri...and Yuri Tomas, the Uncle

  • Arin and Uncle are brothers, so too is Jethri:

"His company’s Midcentral Crystal Logistics -- and what all this has to do with you is that he’s Arin Gobelyn’s for-real brother, and Arin was the spit of him. Which means now I can say I’ve met two somebodies who Uncle was blood-kin to.”[7]

  • The Tomas family goes way back...

Paitor to Khat: “these Tomas brothers and their cousins, they’d been right slick traders and dealers and spaceship types for a lot of years, but never what I’d call family of our likes—us being Gobelyn and Karter and Turnavitch and well, you know the names, because we’ve been loopers for a few hundred years, and so have they.

“The thing is that these Tomas folks been there at the fringes, being a little too ahead of things sometimes, and a little too knowing, and always did have a yen — including when Arin come along — to deal in just about any old-time or Before thing what was come across.”[8]

  • Uncle...always an Uncle...

“One thing Iza’s research did was confirm that however old Arin and Grig are, there’s been an Uncle, someone everybody called Uncle, anyhow, in that line since before records got coordinated. Always an Uncle. Always had his own ship or two. Always.”

Paitor turned and fixed her gaze with his. “Centuries, we’re talking, and not just a couple of them either, looks like. Family resemblance between Arin and the Uncle, I say, and Jethri a twin of his dad.” Paitor nodded at her hand motion, which was a simple confirm. “Oh yes, a twin as much as a son. Iza saw it, finally, and we saw it. Cris knows it. Got to be damn plain, actually!”[9]

  • Arin Tomas / Gobelyn — apparently a continuously regenerated clone from old universe until he died heroically, circa 1108, according to eyewitness Scout ter’Astin: "Your father — he was as a giant. He went back into that building twice, and brought out injured persons”[10] Jethri thought of him as father, but Uncle refers to Jethri as “Arin’s youngest brother”[11] and Grig says they were like twins, but individuals. Wrote "Arin's Envidaria of the Seventeen Worlds" (See his link)
  • Grig / Grigory Tomas — Another brother. He formerly assisted Uncle but quit. He wanted to stop working the old tech, thought Uncle should make new tech. Doesn't trust Old Tech (unlike Raisy, his sister, who advises Uncle).
    • Grig helped Arin work out his Envidaria trading plan and shared it with family DeNobli: "Grig knew the outlines since he helped Arin do some test flying on this idea. Good man, that Grig, comes from a good family.”[12]
  • Jethri (Tomas) Gobelyn ven'Deelin, clan Ixin: Uncle designed him to recognize Old Tech, fractins. He wanted Jethri to continue Arin’s work with fractins, and to find Old Tech caches in Liaden Space.[13] But in the end, Uncle decided Jethri was doing important work building Terran-Liaden trust, because he saw galactic war coming if something wasn't done.[14]
  • Raisy Tomas — Grig’s sister. Uncle’s right hand advisor in Balance of Trade. A pilot. Flew Grig to Irikwae to find Jethri and warn him about Bar Jan chel'Gaiban, clan Rinork.[15]

in Old UniverseEdit

The following information is assuming that the Arin who is Jethri's "father" is the same Arin we met back in Crystal Dragon — which Balance of Trade and Trade Secret imply

  • Dulsey introduces him to Jela as: "our librarian and linguistic specialist"[16]
  • Described as a tall glowering fellow with a strong jaw,[16] tall lean and tough, with grey eyes set deep under strong black brows [17]
  • He worked for The Uncle as the team leader in the search for old tech artifacts on Vanehald [18]

Arin’s EnvidariaEdit

Arin’s “Envidaria of the Seventeen Worlds" is/was a hush-hush manifesto, thesis or action plan — the titular “Trade Secret” itself, written by Jethri’s “father” Arin

  • The DeNobli family and the Carresens read it and built smaller ships and Tradedesk. They met with Jethri Gobelyn. [19] (Trade Secret)

Envidaria Thesis: (a bit obscure)

  • The Seventeen Worlds are a cluster of planets along the galatic arm where unusual cosmic phenomena is expected to last for five centuries — beyond current time with Val Con and Miri.[20]

“a peculiar knot of worlds along the galactic arm that were mostly Terran, and constrained by the physics of dust clouds, particle jets, and gaseous remnants of a string of supernovas. The Jumps into and out of the region were extra long, and for the next few centuries, the easiest Jump locations would be fraught with hot magnetic bubbles, essentially doubling and tripling travel time into and out of the arm.”[21]

  • while the phenomena continues in that Space, the big cargo ships (which are supported by Combine) won’t be able to fit through the... what? space rubble? jump point?
  • How to reach those 17 worlds:
    • Use smaller ships on longer loops — the route will take a long time. Take the whole family along. Make it a lifestyle. Make the ships self-sufficient. (Smart even??)
    • Sounds like Bechimo’s design. He’s far smaller than Dutiful Passage.

Freza tells Jethri about the intent of Arin’s Envidaria:

  • let the huge Combine trade ships duke it out with Liaden big ships, while smaller ships allow other traders to go about their business[22]
    • Reminiscent of Janifer Carresans-Denobli’s “everyone is happy” talk with Theo at Tradedesk. (See Dragon Ship, ch 18)
  • The Envidaria also describes how the Jump Points cannot always be trusted, due to gravitational pull.[23] (So Aelliana Caylon revised them to account for ongoing shift...centuries later.)

Arin’s Heroic DeathEdit

Scout Captain ter’Astin to Jethri:

"Your father—he was as a giant. He went back into that building twice, and brought out injured persons. Was it three or five that he carried or guided out? The years blur the memory, I fear. The third time, however. . .” He moved his shoulders.

“The third time, he handed his rescue off to the medics, and paused, perhaps to recruit his strength. Behind him, the building collapsed as the inner roof beams gave way sequentially — throwing out debris and smoke with enormous energy.”

“When the dust cleared, I was down, your father was down — everyone in a two-square radius was down. After I had recovered my wits, I crawled over to your father. The wreckage was afire, of course, and I believe I had some foolish notion of trying to drag him further from the flames. As it happens, there was no need. A blade of wood as long as I am had pierced him. We had nothing to repair such a wound, and in any case it was too late. I doubt he knew that he had been killed.”

“You are fortunate in your kin, Jethri Gobelyn.”

Jethri swallowed around the hard spot in his throat. He’d only known that his father had died when the warehouse had collapsed. The rest of this. . . “Thank you,” he said, huskily. “I hadn’t known the — the story of my father’s death.”

“Ah. Then I am pleased to be of service.”[24]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Balance of Trade
  2. Balance of Trade, DAY 66 Standard Year 1118, Kailipso Station At Leave
  3. Balance of Trade, Day 165, SY 1118
  4. Trade Secret chapter 9
  5. Balance of Trade, Day 180, SY 1118, Irikwae
  6. Balance of Trade, Day 165, SY 1118
  7. Trade Secret, ch 18
  8. Trade Secret chapter 9
  9. Trade Secret chapter 9
  10. Balance of Trade, DAY 66 Standard Year 1118, Kailipso Station At Leave
  11. Balance of Trade, Day 165, SY 1118
  12. Trade Secret, ch 26
  13. Balance of Trade, Day 165, SY 1118
  14. Trade Secret, ch 22
  15. Balance of Trade
  16. 16.0 16.1 Crystal Dragon ch 19
  17. Crystal Dragon ch 18
  18. Crystal Dragon ch 21
  19. Trade Secret, chapter 16
  20. Trade Secret, ch 13 and 29
  21. Trade Secret, chapter 13
  22. Trade Secret, ch 26
  23. Trade Secret, ch 29
  24. Balance of Trade, DAY 66 Standard Year 1118, Kailipso Station At Leave