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Old Apr 15 2012, 02:07 AM   #1
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Does anyone know how the Pernese measure things? I've heard of a "dragonlength" and a "weaverlength" but have never seen what they are in feet and inches. Help?
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Old Apr 15 2012, 09:57 AM   #2
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Old Apr 15 2012, 03:18 PM   #3
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From the top of my head I seem to remember hands and finger sizes like we used to use before (metric) standardization.
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Old Apr 16 2012, 04:28 AM   #4
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Hand (equine measure) is usually taken as 4 inches.

Dragon-length: I usually visualise this as thirty feet.

Weaver-length: traditionally 27 yards (the amount a competant weaver was supposed to do in a week).
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Old Apr 16 2012, 10:26 AM   #5
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IIRC, the DLG lists a dragonlength as the average length of a green dragon. So the measure would depend on the time period and the conversion of length (meters vs feet vs something else entirely).
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Old Jun 2 2012, 05:58 AM   #6
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IIRC, the DLG lists a dragonlength as the average length of a green dragon. So the measure would depend on the time period and the conversion of length (meters vs feet vs something else entirely).
When did the dragonlength come in as a measurement, and was it always the length of the average green? Because if so, over time, as the dragons grew, it would change. A dragonlength in, say, the 6th Pass would be somewhat smaller than one in the 9th...unless it's only the larger dragons that were still getting bigger over generations by then, msybe greens had reached their 'design parameters' several Passes back? Any ideas?

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The only source that I am aware of for the term 'dragonlength' is the DLG, which I do not currently have access to.
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The MasterHarper of Pern, had a boat the size of a queen dragon. Dragondrum Piemur had a dragonload of tubers I think
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