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Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 29 2020, 07:52 PM
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Posted By Eriflor
Re: Printer Hall

She (or Chalkin) had specified "miniatures" in the contract, possibly not knowing exactly what they were, other being than a nice aristocratic thing to have. But if Iantine hadn't changed the format...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 28 2020, 08:19 PM
Replies: 58
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Posted By Eriflor
Re: Printer Hall

Iantine's Master had provided best-quality canvas for the miniatures of Chalkin's children. Lady Nadona complained, saying he should have used skybroom wood because it would last longer (and also...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 25 2020, 07:50 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 72,699
Posted By Eriflor
Re: New Pern Books !

Right! Sorry, I was over-simplifying a bit there, mainly to suggest that the Holds and Weyrs weren't dependent on the Harper Hall for an evening's entertainment.

The Hall would probably also...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 24 2020, 12:53 AM
Replies: 42
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Posted By Eriflor
Re: New Pern Books !

Gigi tends to refer to the Harper Hall as "the Great hall of Fort" in places.

In fact, as shown in the Atlas of Pern, Fort Hold does have a Great Hall, used for major meetings, banquets, Turn's...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 21 2020, 11:56 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 26,769
Posted By Eriflor
Re: What is the tithe rate?

They had a population explosion in the 10 years after Landing, not sure how high the population went, though 10,000 sticks in my mind. There were staggering losses during the first Fall, then deaths...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 16 2020, 11:21 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 72,699
Posted By Eriflor
Re: New Pern Books !

Those minor inconsistencies I mentioned:

P.83 in the Del Rey version:
Piemur goes from Fort Hold to Fort Weyr via a tunnel --- just a few minutes' run.
Note: In DragonHarper of Pern, they have...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern May 31 2020, 10:13 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 72,699
Posted By Eriflor
Re: New Pern Books !

Dragon's Code was published in 2018. Does anyone know if Gigi is working on another DoP story?

Toric and Fourth still need to be thwarted.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern May 31 2020, 09:50 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,770
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Fur and textiles on Pern

Getting back to Pernese terminology --- on the principle of "Waste not, want not", animals intended for dragons to eat didn't need to be covered in fur/hair, so maybe they were shorn/shaven before...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern May 31 2020, 09:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,770
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Fur and textiles on Pern

The Coast Salish Indians of BC used to keep a breed of dog specially for its wool, which was shorn at regular intervals and used for weaving --- mostly blankets. The dogs were usually a creamy shade.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern May 30 2020, 11:30 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,770
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Fur and textiles on Pern

Every animal killed for its meat also produces a fur or hide. They wouldn't want to waste it, considering how little they were able to take North with them.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern May 30 2020, 11:16 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 72,699
Posted By Eriflor
Re: New Pern Books !

Also read Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe (author of Robinson Crusoe). It's about the Bubonic plague outbreak in London, 1665.

Local government set up many recommendations similar to...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern May 30 2020, 11:04 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 72,699
Posted By Eriflor
Re: New Pern Books !

I found Renegades of Pern to be inconsistent with a lot of the timeline of the other books, and tend to ignore it. Masterharper of Pern is also annoying from this point of view, though both stories...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern May 30 2020, 03:20 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 72,699
Posted By Eriflor
Re: New Pern Book's !

The pandemic's not over yet (in BC at least) but we're in Phase 2 and the public libraries are issuing books on-hold and taking back books that were on loan before the shutdown. So I finally got my...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 23 2020, 12:51 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 72,699
Posted By Eriflor
Re: New Pern Books !

I read the first four out-of-sequence:
Dragonquest
Dragonflight
Dragonsinger
Dragonsong

There was enough background in Dragonquest and Dragonsinger that I could follow the story-line without...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 22 2020, 02:23 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 72,699
Posted By Eriflor
Re: New Pern Books !

Here in Vancouver, Canada, as a precaution against coronavirus, we're not allowed to congregate in large numbers. It started with a maximum of 250, now it's 50. And in Nova Scotia they just reduced...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 19 2020, 12:10 AM
Replies: 29
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Posted By Eriflor
Re: Questions about N'ton and Sebell?

F'lar only knew for certain that they'd been in the South long enough for Prideth to have had one clutch. And F'nor could image the Southern Weyr at that time because he'd been there at that time to...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 18 2020, 11:43 PM
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Views: 4,010
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Dragon question

A herdbeast completely drained of blood should have been quite edible, but would need to be cooked slowly in liquid (possibly in wine or ale).

I believe Jewish cuisine requires the blood to be...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 18 2020, 11:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,301
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Margatta of Fort Weyr

In fact, Sean and Sorka discovered a fire-lizard clutch shortly after Landing and rescued 3 of the hatchlings. Bay and Pol worked on fire-lizard DNA not long after that and produced "menta" dragonets...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 18 2020, 11:21 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 72,699
Posted By Eriflor
Re: New Pern Book's !

I ordered Dragon's Code online from my local library this week --- got an e-mail today saying it had arrived, but all the libraries are closed until further notice due to COVID-19 outbreak here in...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 12 2020, 01:01 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 72,699
Posted By Eriflor
Re: New Pern Book's !

Actually we haven't seen Toric get his comeuppance yet, let alone whatever he's plotting with Fourth. That could be a sequel to Gigi's book.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 7 2020, 02:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,064
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Lord Holders elected ?

I think new holdings would only be started during an Interval, though during a Pass, the Weyrs might protect a few prospective areas for future development. (Except during First Pass, when both Weyrs...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 8 2018, 08:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,214
Posted By Eriflor
Re: When did Lessa realise she loves F'lar?

She also got pretty turned-on when he told her she could have a flame-thrower and fight Thread with the queens' wing.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Feb 26 2018, 03:47 PM
Replies: 40
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Posted By Eriflor
Re: Domick and Menolly

Not all that likely, since she'd need a majority of votes by all the Masters, both inside and outside the Hall. And Masterharper is a highly political position, requiring contact with Weyrleaders,...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Feb 23 2018, 02:26 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 72,699
Posted By Eriflor
Re: New Pern Book's !

Could be after the final Fall. Could even be the middle of the first Long Interval, when Thread failed to turn up (Threadfail?).
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Feb 20 2018, 07:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,693
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Pern Lives on

Come to think of it --- disgruntled holders, dragons fighting dragons, an exiled clan --- could this BE the history of the First Long Interval?
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Feb 20 2018, 07:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,693
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Pern Lives on

Re Anne's last instalment (After the Fall);

Since something like 2500 years have also passed on Earth and its colonies (and probably a whole lot more colonies added since Pern was settled), it...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jan 27 2018, 10:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,693
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Pern Lives on

Yes, we want to know what happens next.

And as I've said before (a few times), the history of the First Long Interval, and how they got back on track afterwards, would be an interesting read.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jan 27 2018, 10:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 11,506
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Screenwriter hired for Pern movie(s)

If they do the backstory on Fax's expansionism, reports from the Harper Hall's spy network would be an interesting highlight on the Hall's less-known activities. Not too much emphasis on Robinton at...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jan 23 2018, 03:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,693
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Pern Lives on

I wouldn't pay too much attention to the description. These book-cover blurbs usually get half the facts wrong.

It will be interesting to see how Pern society has developed over however many years...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jan 23 2018, 02:42 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 11,548
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Pern -- the grand plan?

The geneticists were unable to determine what ova Tubberman had started with, though he designated one of the resulting large cats as a cheetah. The DNA/RNA that was retrieved from his lab was...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern May 19 2017, 10:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,443
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Stolen Egg

Not just one candidate --- when Lessa realised that the egg was almost ready to hatch, she said, "The girls must be brought." It was usual to give a queen hatchling plenty of choice. They didn't...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 4 2017, 01:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,106
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Verse of Pern

I bought the Masterharper of Pern CD years ago, and the songbook with the music and words to all the songs. The music fits the words beautifully, and I've played "Nonsuch" with my choir as a duet...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 4 2017, 01:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 13,911
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Drudges!

I think the "old aunties" and "old uncles" would be all hold-members who are too old to do their regular work, but still able to help out around the hold. Some are even highly respected because of...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Feb 9 2017, 03:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 13,911
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Drudges!

(Just trying to get a bit more activity on my favourite site.)
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Clearly, during a Pass being a drudge on any terms is better than being holdless. Todd McCaffrey's novels have shown...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Feb 9 2017, 03:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 10,493
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Toric

If Toric wants to get to AIVAS, what he needs is a teenage son or grandson with a similar mindset to his own (females not excluded, of course). Send him to Landing under an assumed name and enrol him...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Oct 15 2016, 01:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,104
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Funny Typos

Probably a Spell-Checker mistake --- "runnerbeasts" --- that word doesn't exist. Try "runner beans".
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jul 17 2016, 12:28 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 18,258
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Jora

Can't really start another thread on this, as it's not Pern-related. Briefly, it's a week-long camp at a small university campus, for amateur musicians aged 6 and up (sky's the limit). Lots of...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jul 16 2016, 01:05 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 18,258
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Jora

R'gul and S'lel must have been close to the same age as F'lon, as they all Impressed in the same Hatching. Unless we totally ignore MHoP as back-story.

Anyway, folks, it's been fun, but summer...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jul 14 2016, 09:38 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 18,258
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Jora

It was a known fact outside the Weyr that queens DID fly. The Ballad of Moreta's Ride was still being performed, and Lessa had reminded R'gul and S'lel about it. [Lessa's thoughts: "Those two arrant...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jul 13 2016, 02:13 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 18,258
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Jora

From the time Carola and her queen died, there WAS no queen that flew, other than to feed or mate. From the time of Nemorth's first (actual) mating flight, R'gul was in charge, and when Lessa turned...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jul 13 2016, 01:37 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 18,258
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Jora

S'loner and Weyrwoman Carola visited Benden Hold fairly often, as S'loner and Lord Maidir were friends, and Carola was Lady Hayara's niece. On the one visit described in MHoP, Carola rode her queen,...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jul 12 2016, 02:12 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 18,258
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Jora

My last post wasn't submitted because I got logged out before I'd finished composing it. Brief recap:

F'lon and Jora both impressed dragons in the last Clutch before Weyrwoman Carola died.
...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jul 10 2016, 10:17 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 18,258
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Jora

Jora was "pretty" when she came to the Weyr. F'lar mentioned this when F'nor wasn't happy that their wing had only brought Lessa back, and said they should have gone back for "that one in Crom and...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jul 7 2016, 07:31 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 18,258
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Jora

Looking at the map of Benden Weyr in the Atlas of Pern, I see only 3 places with access from the ground level: the Hatching Cavern, the Weyrling Barracks, and the Kitchen cavern.

Considering the...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 15 2016, 12:23 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 19,150
Posted By Eriflor
Re: F'lar and Lessa: Why?

The "warnings" were the result of having gone back in time to those moments when she experienced them. The quotation above comes just before the lesson where she accidently went between times for the...
Forum: Talent: Pegasus, Tower & Hive, and Barque Cats Jun 1 2016, 11:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,335
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Subsistence in Linears

And Tirla would never have been born.

I wonder how they keep track of the unmarried fathers?
Forum: All the Rest May 31 2016, 10:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 38,937
Posted By Eriflor
Re: When has Anne McCaffrey become answerable to Feminists?

He might have had a shot at it, but the eldest son doesn't necessarily inherit on Pern. The Lord Holder gets to nominate his heir, and would normally choose the one best qualified to lead the Hold...
Forum: All the Rest May 30 2016, 01:36 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 38,937
Posted By Eriflor
Re: When has Anne McCaffrey become answerable to Feminists?

Getting back to Jaxom/Corana --- she'd been flirting with him right from the start, but the timing was never convenient till Chapter 8, when they had consensual sex. And she'd been dropping hints...
Forum: Talent: Pegasus, Tower & Hive, and Barque Cats May 30 2016, 12:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,335
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Subsistence in Linears

Actually, having re-read Pegasus in Space, I see Tirla only had the use of her eldest sibling's wristband, since the limit was one child per parent, and I guess the father had to be around to qualify.
Forum: Talent: Pegasus, Tower & Hive, and Barque Cats May 13 2016, 11:19 PM
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Views: 76,184
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Similar series

The 2 main children in Wizard of London each have a telepathic (or empathic) connection with a bird, which protects its chosen girl --- so maybe a bit like Barque cats or fire-lizards. Can't think of...
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