Thread: Gender on Pern
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Old Sep 20 2015, 12:43 PM   #8
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Default Re: Gender on Pern

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Originally Posted by Eriflor View Post
Perhaps it had become customary for daughters to inherit only if there was no son.
Lords Holder have a fairly free hand in naming their heirs; I don't think it's written into law that the firstborn son gets everything. I can't see there being many situations where a girl inherits simply because there are no boys, like how England got its queens. If a Lord runs out of sons, he can always name a nephew, a cousin, a fosterling (who would promptly marry a woman of the Blood of whatever Hold he's inheriting).

I think it's more likely that, when girls inherited, it was simply because the Lord liked them better and thought they'd do a better job, or because the named heir was an idiot and the lady won the support of the Hold, or because she pleaded her case better before the conclave.
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