The latest adventure in the Dragonriders of Pern series follows the efforts of Pern's human colonists to reestablish contact with the legendary, superintelligent ""shipfish"" they brought with them centuries ago. Reprint. PW. AB.
Pern: The third planet orbiting Rukbat, a golden G-type star in the Sagittarian Sector. Pern is the third of five planets in the Rukbat system (the Pernese star is also known as Alpha Sagittarius). It has two moons, Belior and Timor (in order of distance). It was settled by a colonists from old Earth. It has two major continents and many habitable islands.
Benden Weyr: Benden Weyr was the second Weyr to be established on Pern. Named for one of the Pern colony founders, Admiral Paul Benden. Benden Weyr is located within a double volcanic crater on the east coast of Pern near the Northern Barrier Range. Benden Weyr's symbol is a black Roman numeral II centered on a red diamond. Benden Hold, Bitra, Lemos Hold’s are all beholden to Benden Weyr.
Igen Weyr: Igen Weyr was the fourth Weyr to be established. It is located in the southern part of the Central Plains of the Northern Continent. Igen Weyr’s symbol has three sand dunes in the center of a golden diamond. Igen and Keroon Hold’s are beholden to Igen Weyr.
Fort Hold: Fort Hold is located to the West of the Northern Continent, is Pern's oldest Hold. It is the location to which the Pern colonists evacuated upon abandoning the Southern Continent ten Turns (years) after arriving on Pern. Colonists Sallah Telgar and Tarvi Andiyar discovered the cave network. In Pern's early history, the colonists established a College at Fort Hold which evolved into the Harper Hall during the Second Pass. The Masterhealer is located at Fort Hold as well. It is protected by Fort Weyr during Threadfall.
Monaco Bay: Bay at Landing where the first dolphin bell originally hung.
Fort Weyr: Fort Weyr was the first Weyr to be established. It is located in the mountains of the Southwest peninsula of the Northern Continent. It was founded by Weyrleader Sean Connell and his wife, Sorka Hanrahan-Connell. It was home of the other original 18 Dragons. Fort Weyr’s symbol is a brown diamond with a white fort in the center. Fort Hold, South Boll and Ruatha Holds are all beholden to Fort Weyr.
High Reaches Weyr: High Reaches Weyr was the third Weyr to be established. It is the northernmost Weyr on the Northern Continent and it got its name from being located high in the mountain range. It’s symbol is a white outlined mountain range on a blue diamond. High Reaches Hold, Nabol and Tillek Hold’s are all beholden to it.
Ista Weyr: Ista Weyr was the fifth Weyr to be established. Ista Weyr is the southernmost of the ancient Weyrs. Some of its junior dragonriders live in "forest weyrs", dwellings in the forest rather than in the caves. Its symbol is an orange diamond with a volcano in it. Ista Hold and Nerat Hold are beholden to Ista Weyr.
Telgar Weyr: Telgar Weyr was the sixth Weyr to be established. Telgar Weyr was the last of the ancient Weyrs to be established. It was founded after the mining hold at Telgar began expanding, and established farmland, requiring a full-time Weyr to protect it. Telgar Weyr’s symbol is a white diamond with three branches in the center. Crom Hold and Telgar Hold are beholden to it.
Southern Weyr: Southern Weyr established in the 9th pass, located on the southern continent. It is located on the far northern tip of the Southern Continent, on approximately the same longitude as Ista, Igen and Telgar Weyrs. It is partly built on cliffs facing the ocean, but most weyrs are located inland, in non-traditional dwellings consisting of a sheltered sand wallow for the dragons and huts for the riders.
Eastern Weyr: Eastern Weyr is located directly on Monaco Bay in the southern continent and holds to a tropical climate.
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