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Forum: Dragonriders of Pern May 19 2017, 11:59 PM
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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, 02:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 730
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, 02:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,283
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, 04:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,283
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, 04:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,756
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, 02:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,910
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, 01:28 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,849
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, 02:05 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,849
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, 10:38 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,849
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, 03:13 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,849
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, 02:37 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,849
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, 03:12 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,849
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.
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Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jul 10 2016, 11:17 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,849
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, 08:31 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,849
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, 01:23 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,550
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 2 2016, 12:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,303
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, 11:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 15,050
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, 02:36 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 15,050
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, 01:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,303
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 14 2016, 12:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,625
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...
Forum: Talent: Pegasus, Tower & Hive, and Barque Cats May 8 2016, 10:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,625
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Similar series

You might like the Elemental Masters series by Mercedes Lackey. Most of the books have to do with "mages" who can draw magic power from elemental spirits of Air, Fire, Earth, or Water. One book at...
Forum: Talent: Pegasus, Tower & Hive, and Barque Cats May 1 2016, 11:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,625
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Similar series

The Barque cats are unusually intelligent cats that are trained to hunt rats in the ducts of spaceships and warn the humans about air-leakages. They acquire telepathic powers (with one human apiece)...
Forum: Talent: Pegasus, Tower & Hive, and Barque Cats Apr 21 2016, 09:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,625
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Similar series

It might be worth your while to look at the "Beyond Anne McCaffrey" section of this site, which is for discussions of other writers in this genre.
Forum: Talent: Pegasus, Tower & Hive, and Barque Cats Apr 21 2016, 09:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,625
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Similar series

The talent series starts with the three Pegasus books and continues through the Tower and Hive books. Nobody seems to be continuing the series since Anne passed away.

jjs, I assume you're looking...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Apr 15 2016, 11:54 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,611
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Clutch sizes

Just checked --- there were 24 eggs in the clutch that included Mnementh and Canth (and F'lon had to starve Nemorth AND Jora to get the queen in shape to fly). Only 10 in Nemorth's final clutch,...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Apr 15 2016, 11:19 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,611
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Clutch sizes

Sorry --- 7 wings, led by R'gul, S'lel, S'lan, D'nol, T'bor, F'lar, K'net.

At least they were the riders who turned up in Lessa's weyr for Ramoth's flight.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Apr 15 2016, 10:31 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,611
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Clutch sizes

Judging by F'nor's conversation with Lessa just before Ramoth rose to mate, there was only one clutch between the ones that produced Mnementh and Ramoth --- and probably only a small one since...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Apr 14 2016, 12:07 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,611
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Clutch sizes

<quote>Weyrs are a rather unique type of society, rather like the militant Orders of the Middle Ages. We don't get much information about the actual organization and hierarchy beyond the fact that...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Apr 12 2016, 01:29 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,611
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Clutch sizes

I think the first tasks of a newly graduated clutch would be resupplying the regular wings with firestone, checking for Thread burrows (and then burning them out), and possibly tagging along with the...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 21 2016, 02:16 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,553
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Printer Hall

A quick Search reveals that a disease called Tobacco Mosaic Virus can easily spread to a range of other plants (105 different types of plants, including tomatoes and peppers). Not a good candidate...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 21 2016, 02:00 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,553
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Printer Hall

Nicotine's also a deadly poison when ingested. Just pour your leftover insect-repellent into an unlabelled bottle and hide it in the back of the potting shed . . . . (I read a lot of mysteries.)
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Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 19 2016, 12:26 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,553
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Printer Hall

I just remembered that a degree certificate (formerly, at least, written out on vellum) was often referred to colloquially as a 'sheepskin'.

Mine was printed on card-stock. No fair!
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 13 2016, 09:51 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,553
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Printer Hall

I didn't think of vellum. I don't think I've ever actual seen any. The books always talk about record-hides, which sound thick and heavy.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 13 2016, 09:46 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,553
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Printer Hall

Dragonseye/Red Star Rising was the book with the artist, Iantine. He went to Bitra Hold to do miniatures of Chalkin's children and only took the supplies he expected to need --- plus a sketching pad....
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 3 2016, 06:54 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,553
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Printer Hall

If Todd hadn't written his books, we could probably blame the loss of technology and the somewhat feudal social system on societal disruptions during the first Long Interval (actual fourth interval).
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 3 2016, 06:47 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,553
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Printer Hall

I've read Dragonsblood --- it's one of Todd's, and by the time I'd read the next few sequels I was totally confused by all the time-travelling. These novels took place between the First Pass and the...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 3 2016, 02:12 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,553
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Printer Hall

The Teachers' College apparently had a good supply of books at first, printed off from the computer on plasfilm (Chapter VII of Dragonseye) --- probably for use by teachers and advanced students....
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 3 2016, 01:51 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,553
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Printer Hall

Again, I'm shocked that, with 200 years to prepare for the second Pass, the Pernese didn't make an overall plan to maintain a reasonable level of civilisation. For certain it was never intended that...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Feb 23 2016, 01:27 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,553
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Printer Hall

The time for building the printing-press was right after the First Pass when they had a bit of spare time --- though I guess they had everyone ploughing, planting and reaping for the first few years....
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Feb 21 2016, 09:33 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,553
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Printer Hall

All the crafters, especially the healers and smiths, would need works of reference in their craft.

Most Holders and weyrfolk would need a limited amount of paper for accounts and rough notes, but...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Feb 21 2016, 09:18 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,553
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Printer Hall

There's a good section on forestry/paper supplies near the end of Chapter 1 of DE/RSR. They were already running short of plasfilm for use with computer-printers, paper being used for hand-written...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Feb 20 2016, 02:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,422
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Weyr Leader and Green Rider

I think the name 'Eastern Weyr' was just a placeholder till they decided to call it Monaco Weyr. They didn't know the names of the original settlements till they unearthed the AIVAS building. The...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Feb 20 2016, 02:06 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,553
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Printer Hall

I assume the first Printer's Hall at Landing is still functioning at the time of Skies of Pern, since that's where all the AIVAS files are.

AIVAS would have had schematics for at least one design...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Feb 17 2016, 11:00 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,553
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Printer Hall

The scene with Asgenar was in Chapter 3 of DragonQuest, after Threadfall over Lemos.

Lemos and Keroon Holds are about 225 miles apart, and linked by the Igen River. Paper from Lemos probably goes...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Feb 17 2016, 09:50 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,553
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Printer Hall

ISTR something in Dragonquest about Lord Asgenar wanting a proposed new Papermakers' Hall to be situated in his Hold, and the other Lord Holders vetoing it for some reason. (Or the Oldtimer...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Feb 6 2016, 05:49 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 20,822
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Dragon eggs and hatchling size

How big did the dragons really need to be?
18 turns after the first Hatching, Alaranth was only a hand taller at the shoulder than Faranth, and Torene was embarassed about that, so presumably...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Feb 6 2016, 03:04 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 20,822
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Dragon eggs and hatchling size

The same quotation indicates that Ramoth and Mnementh were "3 times the size" of Carenath and Faranth. Assuming Carenath is 5 feet high at the withers as you suggest, the modern dragons would be 15...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jan 30 2016, 03:38 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 20,822
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Dragon eggs and hatchling size

Hi CuriousFlit.
I was thinking about your last post, and glanced back to where you said Ruth was 20 feet long and Carenath only 10 feet long. That's quite a difference from Carenath being "smaller...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jan 29 2016, 01:02 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 20,822
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Dragon eggs and hatchling size

A horse is measured from nose to butt because the tail hangs downward at that point. Tail-length means nothing for a horse, but is truly part of the length of a dragon and probably contributes to its...
Forum: Talent: Pegasus, Tower & Hive, and Barque Cats Dec 26 2015, 09:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,755
Posted By Eriflor
Re: Lyon's Pride - Fallout 3 connection?

Since no-one's mentioned it --- "pride" is the collective noun for a family group of lions, as in "a pride of lions". So if someone called Lyon has a family, Lyon's Pride is a tempting pun.
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