In a time when the deadly scourge Thread has not fallen on Pern for centuries, a boy is born to Harper Hall. A musical prodigy who has the ability to speak with the dragons, he is called Robinton, and he is destined to be one of the most famous and beloved leaders Pern has ever known. In a...
Robinton: Master Harper, son of Petiron and Merelan, spouse of Kasia, father of Camo.
Merelan: Master Singer, spouse of Petiron and mother of Robinton. She was a soprano, coloratura, and was also known as First Singer. From South Boll region raised by an aunt and uncle after parents killed in autumnal coastal storm (hurricane).Cousin of Rantou.
Petiron: Master Composer. Spouse of Merelan and father of Robinton. from Telgar Hold and of Telgar Blood, brother of Forist & three other brothers. He was a baritone.
Gennell: Master Harper, spouse of Betrice, has five children.
Melongel: Lord Holder of Tillek Hold. Spouse of Juvana, and he has 9 children including Oterel.
Falloner: A Weyrlad who is the son of S'loner and half brother of Bravonner. He fostered at Benden Hold for a while.
Kasia: She is the youngest sister of Juvana, daughter of Bourdon and Brashia, fiance Merdine died before their espousal. Sings soprano, and she plays fiddle, the pipe and harp. From Tillek .
Maidir: Lord Holder of Benden Hold. Spouse of Hayara (his second wife) father of Raid and Maizella (by 1st wife) and 10 children with Hayara including Hayon, Rasa, and Naprila.
Silvina: Headwoman of Harper Hall. She is the youngest daughter of Lorra, and the mother of Camo.
Hayara: Lady Holder of Benden Hold. She is the second spouse of Maidir, the mother of his 10 children including Hayon, Rasa, and Naprila.
Groghe: Lord Holder of Fort Hold. He was the third son of Grogellan and Winalla. He is the spouse of Benoria.
Lobirm: Master Harper of the High Reaches Hold. He is the spouse of Lotricia and they have one daughter and several sons.He sings bass.
Maizella: A Holder Daughter of Benden Hold. She is the eldest daughter of Maidir, stepdaughter of Hayara and is the full sister of Raid. She is half sister of Hayon, Rasa, Naprila, and others. Her spouse is Cording and she sings soprano.
Sebell: Is a Journeyman Harper at Harper Hall. He is the grandson of Rantou and assistant/'shadow' to Robinton. He spent a Turn teaching in Igen Hold.
Washell: A Master Harper at Harper Hall who instructs the apprentices.
Lexey: Is a child at the Harper Hall and is the youngest son of Bosler. He also has learning difficulties
Minnarden: Master Harper of Tillek Hold. He teaches Robinton 'Applications of the Charter' and 'Precepts of Arbitration and Mediation'
Clostan: Master Healer of Tillek Hold, who know's how to dress stylishly
Shonagar: A Master Harper at Harper Hall. He is from Keroon, is a second tenor and was a champion wrestler at his home hold and Fort Hold. He was the unofficial head apprentice and thevocal instructor.
Halanna: A Harper student at Harper Hall. She is a vocal student who sings soprano/contalto. She is from Ista and is the daughter of Halibran. She has 6 brothers including Brahil, Landon, and Brosil
Tarathel: Lord Holderof Telgar Hold he is the father of Larad and Thella.
F'lon: F'lonis the bronze rider of Simanith. He is Weyrleader of Benden Weyr. He is the son of S'loner, half brother of Bravonner, father of Fallarnon and Famanoran. he also sings in baritone.
Chochol: A Holder that lives on the Tillek border near High Reaches he has a small hill holding and is married. He sees many refugees from High Reaches region.
Betrice: Journeywoman Healer at Harper Hall. She is the wife of Gennell, she has five children and she is also a midwife.
Gostol: Masterfisherman of Tillek Hold. He is the father of Vesna, and the captain of the Northern Maid.
Kubisa: She is a primary teacher at Fort Hold, she teaches youngsters reading and reckoning. She is the mother of Libby.
Carola: Carola is the Weyrwoman of Benden Weyr she is the mother of Larna and is the daughter of Hayara's oldest sister. She is the weyrmate of C'rob in the past, and weyrmate of S'loner when she is the senior gold rider. Her golden queen is Feyrith.
Grogellan: Lord Holder of Fort Hold. His spouse is Winalla, and he is the father of Groghe and at least two other sons (likely many more children)
Evenek: Journeyman HarperTelgar Hold he was assigned toTelgar Hold as first journeyman assignment. He sang tenor and he later takes a contract in Crom Hold where he is savagely beaten in Crom and no longer can sing afterwards.
Karenchok: Journeyman Harperfor South Boll. He started studies at same time as Shonagar and he broke his leg in three places.
Kale: Lord Holder of Ruatha Hold. He is the son of Ashmichel, and his spouse is Adessa. He is the father of Lessa.
Libby: A child at Fort Hold, she is the daughter of Kubisa
Sitta: A holder of High Reaches Hold. She was Robinton's First girlfriend.
Faroguy: Lord Holder of High Reaches Hold. His spouse is Evelene and he has 12 children including Farevene and Bargen. He is the uncle of Fax
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ruatha Hold: Ruatha Hold is a Major Hold and the third oldest Hold on Pern. It was established by Colonists Peter "Red" Hanranhan and his wife Mairi, nineteen Turns after the Landing on Pern. The name comes from the Irish "Rua" (red) and "atha" (ford), or "Red's ford" although grammatically translated as "Ford Red". The correct Irish would be Ath Rua. Ruatha. Ruatha is famous for its runnerbeasts (descendants of horses) and Dragonriders. It is protected by Fort Weyr during Threadfall.
Southern Boll Hold: Southern Boll Hold was the second Northern Hold founded and it occupies the southern end of the Boll peninsula in the West of Pern, south of Fort Hold, with the Hold itself located near the peninsula's tip. Colonist Peter de Courcis established Boll Hold in the seventeenth Turn after Landing. He named it after his wife, the recently-deceased Governor Emily Boll. Boll, a hero of the Nathi War as a planetary governor, led the initial Pern colony with Admiral Paul Benden. It is protected by Fort Weyr during Threadfall.
Benden Hold: Benden Hold is located in the East Coast of Pern's Northern Continent, with its southern reaches extending to the edge of the Nerat peninsula. The last settlers to leave the Pern's Southern Continent established Benden Turns after the rest of Pern had moved North. They named their Hold after Admiral Paul Benden, a hero of the Nathi War, co-leader of the early colonists with Emily Boll, and original captain of the expedition that brought the colonists from Earth. Benden is best known for its wines. It is protected from Thread by Benden Weyr.
Bitra Hold: Bitra Hold is located to Benden's northwest. The hold was founded after the end of the First Pass by dissidents from Benden Hold that held a different view of Avril Bitra's actions and place in the history of Pern. Bitra Hold is under the jurisdiction of Benden Weyr. It is protected from Thread by Benden Weyr.
Lemos Hold: Lemos Hold occupies the mountainous territory to Bitra Hold's west, approaching the center of the Northern Continent. Benden Weyr protects Lemos Hold from Thread. Lemos Hold is most likely named after Bart Lemos, a charterer in the original Pern expedition.
High Reaches Hold: High Reaches Hold lies on Pern's Northwest Coast, in the wintry High Reaches Mountains. It is under the protection of High Reaches Weyr.
Nabol Hold: Nabol Hold is located in the center of Pern's Northern Continent. Nabol Hold's primary industry is mining, and it is often regarded as an unpleasant place by other of Pern's inhabitants. Nabol is also under the protection of High Reaches Weyr. Nabol hold was named after Nabhi Nabol, a charterer in the Pern expedition.
Tillek Hold: Tillek Hold occupies the Tillek peninsula on the Northern Continent's West Coast, south of High Reaches Hold and west of Fort. Colonist Zi Ongola founded Tillek Hold in the twenty-second Turn after Landing, but the Hold went nameless for at least three Turns until the death of Jim Tillek. Tillek was one of the colony leaders and captain of one of the ships that brought the colonists to Pern. High Reaches Weyr fights Threadfall over Tillek Hold.
Keroon Hold: Keroon Hold sits in the prairie east of the center of Pern's Northern Continent, south of Bitra and Lemos Holds, west of the Nerat Perninsula. Presumably the Hold was named in honor of Ezra Keroon. Keroon captained one of the colony ships from Earth and served the colony as a scientific advisor. Keroon Hold is known for its livestock, particularly its runnerbeasts, though they are said to be not as good as Ruatha's. Keroon is under the protection of Igen Weyr.
Ista Hold: Ista Hold occupies the whole of Ista Island, a large, partly desert island to the Southwest of the Igen Hold coast. The name Ista comes from the initials of the four families that settled there. Due to its temperate climate and low humidity, Ista, like the American Southwest, has served as retirement destination for those suffering from the symptoms of old age. Ista Weyr, on the island, has traditionally been a place for the recuperation of injured dragons and riders. Ista Hold is protected from Threadfall by Ista Weyr.
Igen Hold: Igen Hold is a largely desert region in the South of Pern's Northern Continent. Although on the eastern half of the continent, Igen Hold has a long western coastline. Most of Igen Hold is protected from Threadfall by Ista Weyr, with parts of the Hold's rural north flown by the nearby Igen Weyr.
Nerat Hold: Nerat Hold occupies the Nerat Peninsula on Pern's East Coast, south of Benden Hold. It is separated from Keroon Hold to the west by Nerat Bay. With its extensive coastlines on both the ocean and the bay, fish are Nerat Hold's main product. It is under the protection of Ista Weyr.
Telgar Hold: Telgar Hold is situated at the northern end of the longitudinal center of Pern's Northern Continent. Telgar Hold evolved from the mining facilities founded by Pern contractor Telgar (née Tarvi Andiyar) and named in honor of his wife Sallah Telgar. Most of Telgar Hold is protected by Telgar Weyr, although Igen Weyr flies Thread over the southern portion of the Hold.
Crom Hold: Crom Hold is located in the low mountains west of Telgar Hold, north of Nabol and Ruatha Holds. The primary industry of Crom Hold is mining, and in the Ninth Pass the Masterminer is located there. A group of miners established Crom Hold near the end of the First Interval; similar to Ista, the hold's name is derived from the first initials of these four. It is protected by the dragons of Telgar Weyr.
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