Pat Rin yos'Phelium Clan Korval
(pronunciation: Pat Rin yos'Phelium = PAT'rin yos' FELL-ee-um)

in BooksEdit

See The Books (and other stories)

  • Pat Rin is a key character in I Dare
  • secondary or tertiary character in Carpe Diem, Plan B, Ghost Ship, Necessity's Child, Dragon in Exile, Neogenesis

In short stories, chronologically:

Birth & Closest KinEdit

Physical DescriptionsEdit

  • at age 42: glossy brown hair and brown eyes, elegant in form and manner, almost dainty, courteous
  • "The reports had Boss Conrad peeking at the lower end of average tall, with brown hair and brown eyes, a blue earring, a glittery hand-ring, and a liking for pretty clothes. All that was true, but Penn was still unprepared for the slim and elegant person who followed Marj into the office"[5]

Nasingtale AlleyEdit

  • After graduating University, Pat Rin lived with his mother Kareen yos'Phelium for a while at Grand Lakes Townhouse, Solcintra because he thought he needed her social contacts to set up his unique business (see Heirloom)
  • Soon enough, he moved to Nasingtale Alley with his excellent houseman Mr. pel'Tolian (see Certain Symmetry). His foster-father, Luken bel'Tarda, suggested the Alley:

“It occurs to me that bin’Flora has a townhouse for lease in a location near the High Port.” Most of Solcintra’s gambling houses were located at the High-Port. There were several residential streets just beyond the gate...[6]

The LuckEdit

See the Luck for background info

  • As a child, he can throw the dice numerous times, each time accurately predicting the outcome[7]
  • As an adult, he jumps his ship exactly where it needs to be to attack The Department of the Interior: "Then he played the ace of spades, the gambler's best friend."[8]
  • As an adult, he jumps his ship directly "into the center of the hollow square formed by the first four ships, a maneuver so chancy that Shan half-averted his face from the expected collision"[9]


Pilot LicenceEdit

  • Failed piloting exam 5 times
    • Five times, since his eleventh name-day. Five times, he had tested for pilot and failed. Always, the tests found him too slow. [12] (See Heirloom)
  • Cheever McFarland, the master pilot who persuaded Pat Rin to sit second on Fortune's Reward while hiding from The Department of the Interior, signs off on a piloting license for Pat Rin.
    • “Yes, ma’am, I vouch for him. He knows his math and he knows his board. Bit thin on flight time, but there ain’t no doubt he’s a Jump pilot.” His smile grew to a grin. “I’ll be pleased to sign his card.” [13]
  • Portmaster Liu countersigns the license: “First Class, grade S -- that’s small ship. The S’ll drop off as soon as you complete the required flight time across all classes of Jump ship.” [14]
  • License is made under the name Jonni Conrad [15]

Skyblaze Attack SolcintraEdit

  • He fired on The Department of the Interior ships in Surebleak Space and again above Liad. His asteroid miners fire on Solcintra, destroying Old Tech ASPS — planet killing murder machines[4]
  • First Class Pilot when attacking DoI in Solcintra:

He had recorded the names of the pilots who were sworn to fly in this mad venture: Master Pilot Cheever McFarland, First Class Pilot Bhupendra Darteshek, First Class Pilot Andrew Mack, First Class Pilot Dostie Welsin, First Class Pilot Jonni Conrad. He also listed the names of their ships: Diamond Duty, Timonium Core, Crystalia, Survey Nine, Fortune’s Reward.[16]

Boss ConradEdit

  • Becomes known as Boss Conrad during the clan’s evacuation of Liad — see Operation Plan B — while cleaning up crime on Surebleak[4][17]
  • "Pat Rin yos'Phelium was also known as Jonni Conrad, the Reform Boss, so the news feeds had him, of Surebleak. The man responsible for all that opportunity being shouted about, and all those ships in orbit. He was, in a word, the most powerful person on Surebleak, and here he was, coming back to the booth."[10]
  • On Surebleak, Pat Rin is commonly believed to be the older brother of Val Con yos'Phelium because they look so much alike and wear the same ring.[10]

Blair Road Family & StaffEdit

  • Boss Conrad lives on Blair Road [17] with lifemate Natesa/Inas Bhar, his teenage son Quin, and two cats: Mistress Miranda and Silk. Luken lived there until he found an apartment near Ms. Audrey


  • Mr. Vesker pel'Tolian is his “majordomo” / butler. Pat Rin’s excellent houseman on Liad, Mr. pel'Tolian followed him from Nasingtale Alley to Surebleak (see Moon on the Hills, Certain Symmetry, and Ghost Ship).
  • Security: Master Pilot and head hand Cheever McFarland and Natesa the Assassin, with additional back-up from Gwince, Barth, etc. [17]
  • Quin’s security: Miss Skene Liep and "Lefty" / Mr. Tef Lej pen'Erit[18]
  • Cook (a guy with no name, in I Dare) who makes fine shortbread[19] and Jennette, an assistant cook [20]. See Roving Gambler
  • Filman - inept doorman inherited from Boss Moran — still there?
    • “Girl’s here, Boss,” Filmin announced, and, obviously feeling that he had fulfilled his duty with utmost propriety, departed, closing the door loudly behind him.[17]


See Korval Kin for complete list and ancestry charts



  • Silk - A brown cat, with black stripes and golden eyes, who was part of the household Pat Rin inherited from Boss Moran on Surebleak[26][27]
  • Mistress Miranda - Pat Rin and/or Quin's cat, from Nasingtale Alley, on Liad


Fortune's Reward -- Pat Rin's ship. A pre-1350 model.[28] [3]


  1. The Updated But Partial Liaden Universe(r) Time Line
  2. Local Custom ch 7
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hidden Resources
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 I Dare
  5. I Dare, Day 345, Standard Year 1392, Hamilton Street, Surebleak
  6. Heirloom
  7. Mouse and Dragon
  8. I Dare, SY 1393,Day 47, Surebleak Space
  9. I Dare, Solcintra: Liad
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Ghost Ship, ch 25
  11. Certain Symmetry
  12. Heirloom
  13. I Dare, Day 47, SY1393, Surebleak Port
  14. I Dare, Day 47, SY1393, Surebleak Port
  15. I Dare, Day 47, SY1393, Surebleak Port
  16. I Dare, DAY 53 Standard Year 1393 Surebleak
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 I Dare: Day 307, Standard 1392, Blair Road, Surebleak
  18. Dragon in Exile
  19. Dragon in Exile, chapter 27
  20. Roving Gambler
  21. Day 56, SY1393, Solcintra, Liad
  22. Certain Symmetry
  23. Ghost Ship
  24. Moon on the Hills
  25. Day 56, SY1393, Solcintra, Liad
  26. I Dare, ch 20
  27. I Dare, ch 23
  28. I Dare, ch 2