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Old Sep 21 2006, 02:14 PM   #1
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After playing and punning on other threads I've started wondering what would amuse an average Pernese person. They didn't watch TV or even read books and their only diversion seemed to be music. I don't think that would really satisfy most people. They would need something more to lighten the days from time to time, wouldn't they? What sort of jokes/tales/stories would Pernese be likely to enjoy? I remember that my own Grandfather was a(probably one of the last) tale-teller. Most of the tales he would tell he made up himself and to my great sorrow I never wrote any of them down and they are now lost forever. Would a wandering tale-teller be as welcome in a remote hold as a Harper?
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Old Sep 21 2006, 03:10 PM   #2
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I would guess that they probably have a "cruder" sense of humour than us - probably one with at least some links to bodily functions...
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Old Sep 21 2006, 03:11 PM   #3
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Stories like Tenna punching out Horon because she thought he was Haligon would probably provide considerable entertainment...
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Old Sep 22 2006, 07:53 PM   #4
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I always thought the dragonriders-particularly those who are friends-would probably banter and pay each other out...as friends tend to do. They're such a close-knit society it only seems natural.

I reckon Lessa's 'Queen's can to fly' would probably cause some amusement among Benden Weyr.
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Old Sep 22 2006, 09:42 PM   #5
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I would guess that they probably have a "cruder" sense of humour than us - probably one with at least some links to bodily functions...

I'm not sure it would be possible to be cruder than some of us. I thought they might enjoy word play and puns, with and without innuendo. "In" jokes would probably be popular with dragonriders, things to do with the silly things dragonets do and weyrlings getting lost in the bowl sort of things. As for holders, those in finer holds would probably make fun of those in smaller ones, fishermen would make jokes about landlubbers, etc.
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Old Sep 23 2006, 03:05 PM   #6
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I agree, Sandi. And i can also see friends/family teasing each other. i also think they'd spend time telling stories or riddles.
No reason why they can't have games, too...Checkers or chess wouldn't be too hard to come up with, or marbles.
What about tossing a hide ball around? Even the Mayans had a form of baseball.
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Old Sep 23 2006, 04:17 PM   #7
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Tresa: Robie plays "hop-it" in MHoP.
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And Menolly teaches weyr children to make little boats to sail on the lake.
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And I think in DQ the weyrlings were playing miggsie when Jaxom and Felessan arrived.
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MHoP online:

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His parents were busy packing for their trip to Nerat, so he'd been told to go outside and play. He always missed his mother, but it would be nice to stay with Kubisa and her daughter Libby, where he could sing and play his pipe or his drum without worrying about annoying his father. It was his turn to hop-it without smudging the chalk lines on the flags and his attention was utterly focused on the movement of his feet – until Libby made him miss the longest hop by suddenly pointing skywards in astonishmen
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A Weyr has a lot in common with a carrier, and the community of dragon-riders with that of military aviators. The humor would probably be wide-ranging, from the sophisticated to the (more often) crude. It would also likely be laden with harsh and competitive barbs, with nick-names "earned" through embarrassing mistakes commonly bestowed. The dragon-riders would, in fact, probably have their own idiom only partially shared with the people of the Lower Caverns, and largely foreign and impenetrable to Holders and Crafters. This, like so many other things, would set dragon-riders apart.

As far as games are concerned, I would expect them to be quite common in the Weyr whenever duties permitted. Dragon-riders would, no doubt, be sharply competitive in all things as an occupation and cultural hazard. Interestingly, barring the benefit of good health and fitness from their other duties, the dragon-riders might not be the most successful competitors at such games compared to Holders or Crafters by virtue of their extensive duties not permitting them much time to perfect their sporting skills. It does, after all, take a heck of a long time to bathe and groom an entire dragon...
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Piemur's antics in the Harpers hall.
Pick any of them. They are all a riot.
If ever there was a comedian in the pern series
it was Piemur.
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Piemur's antics in the Harpers hall.
Pick any of them. They are all a riot.
If ever there was a comedian in the pern series
it was Piemur.
Comedian? More prankster I think But true, he's one of the funniest characters in the books

I like Robintons dry humor -- another way to say I ike Anne's humor, I suppose
I wonder if the real life person his name comes from had the same kind of humor as the book character
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Old Jan 12 2008, 05:58 PM   #14
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I think Robinton can be forgiven his faults due to his humor, which I also happen to like!
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I think Robinton can be forgiven his faults due to his humor, which I also happen to like!
Robinton has faults? -Claps hands over ears-
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Heh. Well, he must, if some people don't like him. Besides,, ulta-perfect is ultra-boring. Since Robinton isn't boring...
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Lessa made a pun on recording hide-skins and the Oldtimers being hide-bound,
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She did indeed. But she is by no means a woman with humor
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Old Jan 20 2008, 04:22 AM   #19
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Indeed. Hide-bound may be just a way to denote a stubbornly inflexible person on Pern.
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I've seen it used in another book (long pre-Pern) in that context. I can't remember the book though

In fact- the Merriam-Webster dictionary gives its origins to be as long ago as 1603.
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F''nor and Canth are always joking with each other- another reason that they Are probably cool guys to hang around.

F'nor calls Canth "you big lump of sand" (in jest) a few times. "You big brown lug. . . "

Canth gives as good as he gets, and makes sarcastic references to F'nor's ability to attract little gold fire-lizards by flattery.

F'nor is ALWAYS teasing F'lar about one thing or another, and Lessa even says something to the effect of,"The day F'nor doesn't tease you, I'll know something's wrong."

**whispers** Hopefully that day never comes.
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F''nor and Canth are always joking with each other- another reason that they Are probably cool guys to hang around.

F'nor calls Canth "you big lump of sand" (in jest) a few times. "You big brown lug. . . "

Canth gives as good as he gets, and makes sarcastic references to F'nor's ability to attract little gold fire-lizards by flattery.

F'nor is ALWAYS teasing F'lar about one thing or another, and Lessa even says something to the effect of,"The day F'nor doesn't tease you, I'll know something's wrong."

**whispers** Hopefully that day never comes.
The Weyrs definitely show a large amount of teasing, Benden does at any rate. Dragonsong had Menolly amazed at the ribbing the riders gave Mirrim, and her retorts.
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During this move I have use P'tero (sp) "For the love of little dragons" or something like that for the many things a going on at the same time! For Non-Pern people I've had to explan the reference.
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Hide ball in a hoop at Benden Hold in MHvP!

Aslo I don't recall which book its in is 'string ball' played with forstlings!
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They would also have card games, horse races and gathers have been mentioned and kids being kids would have numerous games to play, like hopscotch, hoops, hide and seek etc or at least variations, there-of.
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Jube...thats what I was thinking Card games. The holders have their horse races, and I would think that in the Weyr there would be a lot of skill games, perhaps like darts or even a form of bowling or marbles [lets see who can hit the Red Star marble], that they would invent to keep them entertained in the long cold winter days.'

How about jugglers or acrobats...or the ever popular slight of hand.

I think that Sandi's orginal story teller would also be very popular in holds and Weyr's. Might keep some of the older folks busy in some of those evenings telling the old tales...old people are fond of doing that anywhere they live.

I can also see crafting skills being a very enjoyable way to spend an evening.
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