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Old Sep 10 2009, 01:25 AM   #9
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2cent Re: A realistic look at dragon attrition.

Originally Posted by Weyrlady View Post
I know the actual chances of a centralized training academy are almost nil, but isn't it fun to speculate? Sitting in a very-ahem-boring timber permit meeting today at work, I had it built in my head. It could be like the Wildland Fire Academy; it could be cool. Not "just" firefighters go to the Fire Academy, a lot of "support" people do too- communications and public relations and timekeeping. . . Big project fires like those currently in southern CA are a huge and quite impressive operation.

So maybe a Dragonrider Training Academy could work much the same way; who does much of the more formal communication in a Weyr? The Weyr Harper, and he or she is probably responsible for how the Weyr 'looks' to the rest of the world, and does a little PR work, even though they don't call it that. The Weyr Healer puts people (and dragons) back together when they need it, and the Headwoman is responsible for keeping things running smoothly on the ground. So maybe all those folks could go to a Training Academy, and all take different courses to learn the specialized skills they would need so the entire Weyr would run like as efficiently as possible.

Well with branch of differnt things dragons and riders can do after Thread?
Weyr Healer puts people (and dragons) working together
Or use a form a apprenticeships I am thinking of Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern.
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