I'd been too desperate to even think about that. Plus the remembered conversation between Finiuld and his friend had kept me from thinking along those lines. They'd said the other Ofetuchan had been killed, his phase controller taken, and the prisoners escaped from their containment in that fashion. I'd zeroed in on that information, never thinking for an instant about other avenues to make the device work for me.
I should have killed the Little Creep while I had the opportunity. Sooner or later I would have thought to try to gain control over the phase device using the computer in his room. We could have taken control over the ship and been flying it right at that moment!