The Blue Heron is a small ship with four state rooms and very little cargo space (3t). The two rooms are still overcrowded. After a few days, the mood is not great and air is stale.
Ambassador Cheung brings aboard a little terrarium with some filtering fungus that looks a bit like filigree coral fans. He’s a calm and seclusive fellow, not one to get on anybody’s nerves.
Once the ship is underway in jump space, Lux tells Kana to redo the flight path calculation. It’s hard. And when the approach to Ghotegho begins, with all those “ore trains” being slingshot from the asteroid mines towards the inner system and the shipyard smelting metal works, it’s clear that Lux is a great pilot.