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Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jul 26 2017, 06:23 PM
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Posted By Kennet
Re: Masterharper Of Pern Inconsistencies

I drink, therefore I am. -- Decartes (according to Monty Python)

It is a great thing that you can drink tea at work. It is also great that Jack Daniels looks like tea.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jul 20 2017, 03:44 AM
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Posted By Kennet
Re: Masterharper Of Pern Inconsistencies

All that any mind-reading would get from Fax was that he was ambitious and/or wanted to impress his uncle as a good holder. Not that I think that such a reading was possible, even granted draconic...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jul 18 2017, 05:26 PM
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Posted By Kennet
Re: Masterharper Of Pern Inconsistencies

I may have missed it in reading MHoP, but: why does F'lon hate Fax? The two do not seem to have any connection, and Fax is just a minor family member at High Reaches. Even Robinton does not hate...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jul 10 2017, 04:27 PM
Replies: 25
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Posted By Kennet
Re: Relative size of major holds.

At the end of a Pass, the use of firestone would decline, but the tithe amount would not. Firestone will still be needed for training and practice, and any excess would be stockpiled. These...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jul 10 2017, 04:05 PM
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Views: 50,922
Posted By Kennet
Re: Pernese versus Terran terms

Marks as money: not derived from the German for money. It is the simplest and easiest to explain method of keeping track of work and purchases (room and board) to have tally boards for each...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 20 2017, 05:21 PM
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Posted By Kennet
Re: Fax and Gemma

Aye, there's the rub. We only see Fax through the eyes of people who do not like him. If you can disregard the biases, and try to see every character as human, then you see that the 'good'...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 6 2017, 05:31 PM
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Views: 6,161
Posted By Kennet
Re: Relative size of major holds.

If Nabol was the main source of firestone for the Weyrs, it would have had a really bad time after the five Weyrs jumped forward. A once lucrative trade (firestone for goods) would dry up and...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern May 18 2017, 05:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,570
Posted By Kennet
Re: Stolen Egg

My thinking on this was based on how to maintain a stable population for 150 Turns and also meet the requirements of Pass casualties.

First, one needs to get a baseline mortality rate. I assumed...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern May 15 2017, 07:33 PM
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Views: 26,466
Posted By Kennet
Re: (Potential Adult Topic) Dragons Sexual Selection

Sexual preference is a triad (think an isosceles triangle) with the apexes being Hetero, Homo, and Asexual. For each person we have relations with, we are at a different place inside that triad. If...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern May 15 2017, 05:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,570
Posted By Kennet
Re: Stolen Egg

twenty-four clutches in fourteen years? That is a considerable strain on a body!

If each clutch averaged 30 eggs, Ramoth alone produced 720 dragons in that time. If there are four other Golds in...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Sep 12 2016, 04:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,184
Posted By Kennet
Re: Time travel

Just to throw more spanners into the works: Without Lessa, there would be no Long Intervals (Jaxom caused both by timing his trips to alter the course of the Red Star), so Eighth Pass would be...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Sep 10 2016, 05:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,184
Posted By Kennet
Re: Time travel

The stable time loop theory reminds me of a story which I read a very long time ago: A Time Agent is recruited and shown his own death, in which his wife shoots him in the head with a revolver. He...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 19 2016, 04:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,579
Posted By Kennet
Re: Drudges!

Kit: The lower Caverns weyrfolk are different, because, although they are doing exactly the same tasks, the Lower Cavern folk are doing it in the weyr! /snark

Curious: For every grand castle or...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 16 2016, 04:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,579
Posted By Kennet
Re: Drudges!

Drudges is simply the name adopted for the household staff who were engaged in the usual repetitive chores of running a large house. They were the cleaning staff, laundry staff, movers, and porters....
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 15 2016, 04:22 PM
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Views: 6,161
Posted By Kennet
Re: Relative size of major holds.

However, no one was willing to take over Nabol when Meron was on his deathbed. Robinson and the MasterHealer had to 'trick' him into naming a successor.

More likely, Meron refused to put a death...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 14 2016, 02:44 PM
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Posted By Kennet
Re: Pernese versus Terran terms

I had tried to find a topic regarding the etymology of weyr, but (silly me) didn't think to use a search engine.

My lair >> weyr connection was pure speculation. In part, it was inspired by a...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 14 2016, 02:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,161
Posted By Kennet
Re: Relative size of major holds.

In my 'Nabolese Treachery' scenario, it would be Fort, probably, who suggest one of his sons to Ward Ruatha until a suitable Ruthan heir could be found. It would probably take well over three...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 12 2016, 04:56 PM
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Views: 50,922
Posted By Kennet
Re: Pernese versus Terran terms

Possible etymology for the word weyr: This is a corruption of the word 'lair'. The miner responsible for the construction of the new homes for the dragons had a speech impediment, like Elmer Fudd or...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 12 2016, 04:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,161
Posted By Kennet
Re: Relative size of major holds.

I will grant you that changes of allegiance can have many causes. That does not guarantee that the 'loser' will graciously accept it. (^_^).

Considering the references to duelling, combat...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 11 2016, 02:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,161
Posted By Kennet
Re: Relative size of major holds.

Anne made Pern and put people on it. Regrettably, where there are people, there will be fighting. Not that the 'wars' would be big ones, however. Mostly feuds and herd beast raids.
Armsmen act as...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 10 2016, 03:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,161
Posted By Kennet
Re: Relative size of major holds.

vyon, I got a 'what if' for ye: What if Nabol, which had lost several holds to Ruatha in the past, had a strong faction who wanted revenge? They would use Fax's troops to protect their holds while...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 8 2016, 03:14 PM
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Views: 6,161
Posted By Kennet
Re: Relative size of major holds.

The lack of mention of shipping is what I refer to as NITTS (Not Important To The Story). They merit mention when they become important.

Hold structure falls into this category as well. There is...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 6 2016, 04:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,161
Posted By Kennet
Re: Relative size of major holds.

I think that the major holds are the equivalent of pre-industrial cities, their size depends upon the surrounding countryside needed to support them. However, each major hold has control of...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jul 27 2016, 02:59 PM
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Views: 5,501
Posted By Kennet
Re: Fax and Gemma

I don't recall who the Warder in Crom was, but you may be right as the only Hold that seemed to upset people after Fax's death was Nabol. Meron was not 'of the Blood'.

Fax, like Napoleon,...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jul 26 2016, 04:52 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,501
Posted By Kennet
Re: Fax and Gemma

The movie "Rashomon", directed by Akira Kurosawa, shows the different ways that people relate the truth. Each of the three main participants told versions which flattered themselves, while at the...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jul 25 2016, 07:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,501
Posted By Kennet
Re: Fax and Gemma

I think that Fax and Gemma are deeply in love with each other. She insists on getting pregnant to provide him with an heir, even though it endangers her life. He, despite his reputation, does NOT...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jul 21 2016, 06:10 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 8,229
Posted By Kennet
Re: Jora

I guess some of the people drawing plans for the weyr didn't pay attention. One shows a spiral stair to the Records Room, which has an entrance at ground level. Another one shows a connecting "old...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jul 18 2016, 05:20 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 8,229
Posted By Kennet
Re: Jora

Pearl, It would be worse because heterosexual men treat women in a way which recognizes their femininity and sexuality. Homosexual men don't do that. This is subtle, but it is there.
Jora is young...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jul 17 2016, 05:48 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 8,229
Posted By Kennet
Re: Jora

Jora was isolated from the Lower Caverns in several ways. First, the Weyrwoman had special quarters somewhat removed from the Lower Caverns. Second, she had a status which set her apart from all...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 14 2016, 06:37 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 10,898
Posted By Kennet
Re: F'lar and Lessa: Why?

I think that you are overlooking two very large elements in the situation: Mnementh and Ramoth. The dragon pair seems to have a strong bond and this is influencing F'lar and Lessa. We do not know...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Apr 18 2016, 06:26 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 12,694
Posted By Kennet
Re: Clutch sizes

The clutch/wing and replacements concepts are not either/or. Weyrs are going to do both as the situation requires. At the start of a Pass, ALL the wings are novices and "see the elephant" at the...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Apr 14 2016, 06:31 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 12,694
Posted By Kennet
Re: Clutch sizes

F'lar got the Bronze and became Wingleader. F'nor got the Brown and was automatically wing second. There was training as C'gan was responsible for training Weyrlings, IIRC.

I never said that...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Apr 13 2016, 03:20 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 12,694
Posted By Kennet
Re: Clutch sizes

The bonding that I spoke of was between the riders primarily. They go through basic training (care and feeding of their dragons, flight training, formation training and fighting training) together...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Apr 11 2016, 06:12 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 12,694
Posted By Kennet
Re: Clutch sizes

Experience would not be lost as the diminished wings would train the upcoming ones. Also a small wing would be attached to a novice wing to advise, reinforce, and act as a reserve in the novice...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Apr 11 2016, 05:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,696
Posted By Kennet
Re: Dragonriders of Pern games

This is a little solitaire game which I have devised:
Pencil and paper Dragonriders game

You need: two sheets of graph paper (minimum), pencil, eraser, several sheets of scrap paper for notes,...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Apr 8 2016, 05:13 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 12,694
Posted By Kennet
Re: Clutch sizes

Clutch size and wing composition are related. Clutches would range 30-36 dragons; one or two bronze, two or three brown, ten to twelve blue and eighteen to twenty-two green. They are formed into a...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 11 2016, 04:50 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 8,589
Posted By Kennet
Re: Printer Hall

F'lar did comment that many of the records were badly deteriorated. They had been untended for over a century, however.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 11 2016, 03:49 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 8,589
Posted By Kennet
Re: Printer Hall

Many good points have been raised her, and I will add my 'two marks' worth.

Literacy: I would think that this skill would be prized enough to be maintained. However, the level of literacy would...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Dec 20 2015, 02:22 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 12,658
Posted By Kennet
Re: A crazy idea...

The numbering of the stations may not have been done in numerical or chronological order. In addition, the number assigned to Fort Hold may have been its equivalent of a zip code, i.e. Fort is 300,...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Dec 11 2015, 04:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,876
Posted By Kennet
Re: What Would Happen...

The Apollo missions did not have computers, the computers were on the ground. What they did was send readings (mostly automatic transmissions) to ground control. In Apollo 13, the pocket calculator...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Nov 12 2015, 01:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,036
Posted By Kennet
Re: New Covers for Harper Hall trilogy

If you combine the lizards in the cover art with Rex from Primeval (http://www.kcet.org/shows/primeval/assets/images/rex1.jpg), you might get the best idea of a fire lizard.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Oct 31 2015, 02:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,047
Posted By Kennet
Re: The Pern Colony

I would never assume a total extinction of livestock, but the herds would have suffered immensely. I agree that losing Landing was the hardest blow, as it was the centre for all their production. ...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Oct 29 2015, 05:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,047
Posted By Kennet
Re: The Pern Colony

The 'dish' pottage is simply throwing whatever is available into a pot kept simmering over the fire. Probably a staple on Pern.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Oct 26 2015, 01:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,047
Posted By Kennet
Re: The Pern Colony

I had considered llamas and reindeer as well.

No wonder the holders eat "meatrolls" -- what would you call gnu meat, or hartebeest?
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Oct 24 2015, 04:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,047
Posted By Kennet
Re: The Pern Colony

RE: Tubberman

I think that Tubberman was intending to have a safari park/hunting preserve near his stake. He introduced herd animals and the big cat predators to enable a stable ecosystem.
...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Oct 20 2015, 06:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,047
Posted By Kennet
Re: The Pern Colony

I thought that the colony was established before the Nathi war began, and it was the war which caused it to be forgotten by the government. Doesn't really matter much, just my understanding of the...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Oct 20 2015, 06:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,047
Posted By Kennet
Re: The Pern Colony

Maybe the dolphins had asked Jim to sponsor them on the colony (^_^).

OTOH, he may have loved the sea (sailing and fishing) and the dolphins, so he wanted to do that on the new planet.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Oct 19 2015, 05:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,047
Posted By Kennet
The Pern Colony

This thread arises from discussions on Tubberman's Big Cats.

What were the intentions of the original colonists on Pern? There is mention that they were seeking a colony with less dependence on...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Oct 11 2015, 03:18 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,036
Posted By Kennet
Re: New Covers for Harper Hall trilogy

I would say that the colours of the lizards are good. The lizards and dragons would not be monochromatic, and would have distinctive markings (like the blue lizard above her right hand) making them...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Sep 23 2015, 02:57 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 15,955
Posted By Kennet
Re: Another big, unanswered question

I don't think that there is NO religion, simply that there is no Organized Religion, i.e. a formalized organization with a priesthood class.

After years (centuries?) of increasing secularism,...
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