Master Telanis was a master within the Guild of Surveyors and was the head of the project to build the Great Shaft. He valued Aitrus very much and often consulted with him for his opinions. He had fine luxurious instruments hangng from his belt.
2,4 hahrtee into the Journey to the Surface, the crew were joined by emissaries from the D'ni Council. The next day Master Kedri visited him, complaining about the frequent stops during the excavation. He explained about Master Geran surveying the rock with a sounding capsule, e necessary proess to build a permanent tunnel to the Surface. Seeing that Kedri was not satisied, Telanis pointed out that the D'ni people displayed patience throughout their history. Looking the look of challenge in his eyes, Kedri nodded. Telanis assigned his assitant Aitrus to Kedri to ease his stay there.
Telanis asked for Aitrus and cook Jerahl promised to feed him, then send him to the Master's cabin. He was there studying the latest suvey charts with Garen and the 3 observers when Aitrus came. Geran told him abut the discovery of a fault line indicating unstable rock formations. He decided to move back and across and ordered Geran to arrange at once the survey. The detour would require more than 1 week, and he was happy to see Kedri's expression. At the same time he ordered Aitrus to be assigned to Kedri, for 11 days.