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Old Aug 15 2009, 02:44 AM   #1
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This is just a for-fun topic. If you could be a dragonrider, crafter, trader, Lord Holder, or have any position at all in Pern, what would it be?

I think I would prefer to be a Harper or a Smith. I'm not much of a fighter, so I don't think I would choose the ever-popular dragonrider role, but I am very curious about science and technology, as well as about history. The Harpers seem to pick up the most knowledge, while the Smiths put the technology to use. I think I would have a slight preference for Harper, but either would be suitable.
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Just what my Pernese alter-ego indicates: a Harper with specialisation as an Archivist.
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Old Aug 15 2009, 01:04 PM   #3
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Hum. Good question. Not a holder's wife, that's certain. I can't sing or play an instrument, so I couldn't be a harper... A greenrider possibly, but more likely a general dogsbody in the Weyr...
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Greenrider, unless there was a canonical excuse to be a bluerider.
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I wouldn't mind being a dragonrider, although I don't have the temperament to be a goldrider...although, canon-wise, it's not like that's ever stopped some women from Impressing golds!

I actually have some nascent musical talent...I just never developed it because renting (or buying) instruments is expensive, and so are lessons (whereas pen and paper are cheap), but on Pern obviously it'd be ridiculously easy to learn music since all of that would be provided for you. Only thing to do is convince them you have some sort of musical talent. So I suspect I'd do fine as a Harper. I'd probably end up as a composer of some stripe. Although, instrument making would be interesting too. Although, being female, I'd have to be of an age to end up at the Hall post-Menolly.

If we were to directly equate my real-world talents to Pern, I would start out as a Harper, and defect to the Printer's Hall because I'd start writing stories. I'd also be involved at Landing and learning about computers.
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Dolphineer and only because I spent most of my life near a beach, although recently it would have to equate to living in a hold by a river
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Since I have some personal experience in how much joy a deep relationship with an animal can give someone, I'd love to be a dragonrider (or a dolphineer, for that matter!) I'd certainly accept a green, but I am ambitious; I'd probably go for the gold. Can I pretend to be a guy and get brown?

My "Pernese alter ego" isn't particularly mild-mannered, is a journeywoman healer and a gold rider.

I actually do have some training in Wilderness emergency medicine- although that's not my career of choice, and I'm not sure where the 'gold rider' thing came from (someone told me I could!), so, yeah. . .

I also have a serious thing for mountains, forests, and higher elevations, so it would probably be Benden or higher for me. High Reaches preferably.
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I would probably be a head woman in a Weyr. I love to organize and make sure things run properly.
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I'd probably be holdless if I didn't get into a craft. Weaver or tanner, maybe. I can't sing, so I wouldn't be harper. I'd be attracted to Thella-style holdlessness just for the romance and adventure of it, and before you say there's no romance in holdlessness, come on: people are attracted to outlaws and always have been. Look at Robin Hood, pirates, the legendary Old West. All prime romantic settings even for their contemporaries in the case of the Old West. So yeah. Probably a crafter or some sort.
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I did play the drums in high school and college (and tend to drum along with songs in the car), and I'm a computer programmer. So that would probably put me firmly into the Harper Hall. But I like to think that I'm, at least, a little empathic with animals, so I wouldn't mind impressing a Brown or Blue.

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I think I would like to be a Masterhealer and train an apprentice. I have a degree in biology (pre-med/pre-veterinary program) and in education. It would be a much better life living on Pern!
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I would probably be a Wyer Harper(scince I'm very musical) and a Dragonrider (the very least of Junior Gold's).
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Hmm... At present I'd be a Journeywoman Smith. I like my job very much and I tend to be a bit on the practical side (at least as far as you get with physics). In pre-Aivas times I guess I'd be working on improving flamethrowers etc, post-Aivas I guess that I'd be in Landing
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I know I would have to eliminate DragonRiding and Harper Hall due to lack of talent (musically) and inclination (fear of heights...Pern does not need another Jora)....
I would probably be in a Hold either as wife, headwoman, warder --one who runs the day to day tasks or oversees the running of same...(closest I can come to using current role/talents and career in hospital (no direct patient contact)....If I went Hall route I would be interested in Dolphins...
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Most likely I'd be at a weaver crafthall. I do an extremely wide range of handcrafts, sewing, and gardening. I'd be joining in with the singing, but as I don't play any instruments I doubt I'd be a harper. And I have no head for heights, so any weyr role is out.
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Most likely I'd be at a weaver crafthall. I do an extremely wide range of handcrafts, sewing, and gardening. I'd be joining in with the singing, but as I don't play any instruments I doubt I'd be a harper. And I have no head for heights, so any weyr role is out.
Depending on which weyr how down south?

I do handcrafts, love books, but I been thinking on this one yet.
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Down south, because I am a Southerner, Ginny. I'm used to living near the sea in a subtropical climate. Most winters, we only get two or three frosts on my front garden.This year we had about twelve, but that's unusually cold for us. It never snows here. Rainfall is a little over 50 inches a year. We grow a lot of subtropical fruit. There is a loaded sweet orange tree right outside my door.
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Down south, because I am a Southerner, Ginny. I'm used to living near the sea in a subtropical climate. Most winters, we only get two or three frosts on my front garden.This year we had about twelve, but that's unusually cold for us. It never snows here. Rainfall is a little over 50 inches a year. We grow a lot of subtropical fruit. There is a loaded sweet orange tree right outside my door.
Well enjoy some of the sweet fruit for us! Sound like the Weyrs and Stakes down south to me.
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Down south, because I am a Southerner, Ginny. I'm used to living near the sea in a subtropical climate. Most winters, we only get two or three frosts on my front garden.This year we had about twelve, but that's unusually cold for us. It never snows here. Rainfall is a little over 50 inches a year. We grow a lot of subtropical fruit. There is a loaded sweet orange tree right outside my door.
Ah, sweet oranges and 2 or 3 frosts A YEAR?! Must be nice. . .

Flagstaff has an extremely short but effective growing season- we just harvested more tomatoes and zuchinni from the garden. Can I trade you for some of your fruit during the winter when I'm in need of Vitamin C?I don't like the 'imported from Chile' stuff.
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Hmm. I can see a kind of hybrid healer/harper-role thing as I have a way with people. They talk to me. But not really. I'd probably be doing menial hold chores. Maybe I'd get sent to do weaver craft or something. Ooo, yeah. Gotta make all my vegetarian clothes. Ha ha.
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I would love to say I'd be a Dragonrider, but I actually dont think I would be...
I would definately work with animals though. I've always imagined my Pern alter ego as a holder's daughter with a journeyman rank in the Healercraft, and experience working with beastcraft, who starts a new craft - something along the lines of an official Vetcraft... Weird? Probably.... But dont tell anyone... I wouldnt want anyone to think I'm an oddball, hee hee
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Dragonhealer, Samsara.

As for two or three frosts in my garden, it's in a wind-tunnel on the end of the valley, so it's exceptional for the frost to lie on it. There are considerably more frosts on the golf-course next door, which is at the bottom of the valley, and floods. None of them would be more than about 4 degrees though.

On the flipside, we do get heavy tropical rains here. And I have had my bedroom under about half an inch of water. The transformer of my laptop was on the floor, and it had a little fan in it. Lucky, the water was not quite high enough to get into the fan opening. (but after that I always made sure it wasn't on the floor!)

Did I say I've never actually seen fresh snow?

So I guess in Pernese terms I live somewhere around mid to south Boll, or in Southern.
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Yes I definately considered that, and I guess it would be fair to say that in the current Pern timeline that is what I would do. But, I'm a little greedy in that I could never decide which of Pern's wonderful creatures I would want to work with, and so my mind created a scenario where I could work with them all.... But yes, you're probaby right Vyon - I'd be a Dragonhealer...
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I would definately work with animals though. I've always imagined my Pern alter ego as a holder's daughter with a journeyman rank in the Healercraft, and experience working with beastcraft, who starts a new craft - something along the lines of an official Vetcraft... Weird? Probably.... But dont tell anyone... I wouldnt want anyone to think I'm an oddball, hee hee
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Y'know, the odd thing is that I didn't even think about the healercraft when I made my post. I am studying to become a doctor.

I guess it's because the healers don't seem to be much in the loop in the books, and it seems more exciting to be a harper or smith. That and I do have some musical talent, so it wouldn't be entirely farfetched.
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Y'know, the odd thing is that I didn't even think about the healercraft when I made my post. I am studying to become a doctor.

I guess it's because the healers don't seem to be much in the loop in the books, and it seems more exciting to be a harper or smith. That and I do have some musical talent, so it wouldn't be entirely farfetched.
Well you alway be a part of specal production when you got time. For they do need help putting on performances

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Y'know, the odd thing is that I didn't even think about the healercraft when I made my post. I am studying to become a doctor.

I guess it's because the healers don't seem to be much in the loop in the books, and it seems more exciting to be a harper or smith. That and I do have some musical talent, so it wouldn't be entirely farfetched.
All the cool people in the books are healers- at least in Moreta, the healers save the day! I always thought of Pernese healers as EMTs without the ambulance and fancy equipment. Good with their hands, not easily excitable, yeah. . . healers have got it goin' on.
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Both healer for animals and people, also Moreta and Orlth teamwork is what gave the insperation of having the queens keeping an eye on the dragons keeping the dragons from going panky when their rider got sick.

Just think of the knowledge lost, found, or redeveloped too.
I am not a tech person, but just a idea here.
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What about if Yanus dies in a freak storm, and Menolly's dishy brother takes over as SeaHolder...?
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I'd want to be a dragonrider, blue or brown wingsecond if I could manage it. I'm not strong enough to be a holder, not dexterous enough for most of the crafts, and not cunning enough to be a trader. Being a dragonrider suits me just fine though.
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I love music, but have no talent, so that let's out Harper, although, I love the knowledge/education aspect of it. If I went for crafting, I'd say art or glass. I can't imagine being just a holder...'perpetually pregnant' springs to mind. As a frustrated pilot-wannabe, I'd love to be a Dragon Rider....however, knowing my luck/life....lol
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Old Dec 30 2010, 03:14 AM   #38
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I'd hope to be smithcraft, I understand machines way better than people or animals
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Old Dec 30 2010, 02:57 PM   #39
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I would definitely LOVE a dragon, so a Gold or Green methinks as I have really wanted one ever since I started reading about Pern all those years ago! Otherwise perhaps a position in weaverhall or as an archivist in harperhall (although I would have to seriously improve my skills with the violin! ) Oh! and a cooler climate or I may well end up like FlameCat <--
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Old Dec 30 2010, 10:22 PM   #40
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Definitely a crafter --- most likely a harper since I sing and play recorders and have at least tried guitar. Or something fabric-related, like Weavercraft.

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