The A to Z of the Weyrling Library!
Over the years those dedicated players of Weyrling Masters and AWLM and Candidate Masters have constructed and kept easily editable posts in storage that are taken out, dusted off and tweaked to suit the person delivering it. These posts range from lectures, to lesson posts containing the relevant information to start a weyrling teaching thread and are assembled in accordance with the Weyrling Schedule.
Adjusting to Life As A Candidate
Summary: A number of pointers to consider when your character becomes a candidate.
Article: 1. Most importantly. You have just signed up for a career. If you're accepted, you will never be able to back out and you will be risking dying a horrible painful Thread-eaten death for the rest of your life. How does this make you feel? What makes you want to do it? Do you occasionally have second thoughts? You will occasionally see dragonless men around the Weyr, or people who've been crippled by scoring.
Summary: Typical Candidate Schedule:
Summary: *AWLM Name* leaned against the wall waiting for the Weyrlings to settle down. It wouldn't be easy to sit still because of all the anticipation times like these brought up. And while this lecture hadn't been that long in coming, the AWLM had done plenty of thinking about the reactions to the news that he was about to pass on to the newer Weyrlings. He pushed off from the wall, straightening before the group. "Settle down, I know it isn't easy to sit quietly but your attention is required," he began then frowned towards those that didn't obey immediately. Once they were all quiet, he continued.
Summary: "The blue dragon," *AWLM Name* began. "What are the traits of a blue dragon? Well mix a green and brown together and you get a blue. They are not as strong as their bigger brothers, less driven by the reproductive urge than a bronze and somewhat more emotional, flighty, than the phlegmatic browns. However, they tend be able to use their brains to the max and thus are often smarter in speech to their riders, and in figuring how to do things.
Summary: *AWLM Name* smiled as he addressed this topic. "Now onto the traits of the Bronze dragon.
Summary: *AWLM Name* looked around and began his information passing once more. "You may want to make notes ... though it is obvious that all dragons are individual, the color type appears to show dominant traits of which it is important to be aware.
Summary: *AWLM Name* looked up from his notes and then settled back to address the group. "Now then ... Golds. Those beautiful graceful focus of every generation of young females daydreams and fantasies ...
Summary: *AWLM Name* looked around and smiled. "Green dragons ... the smallest, the fastest, the most agile of all the dragons. Emotion in hide -- greens are all about emotion and little about brains. It's not that they don't have brains, but they don't have the concentration to use them because they live in a world where emotions rule and things change moment to moment. They are passionate, volatile dragons and empathic to a fault. Greens need an emotional rider who can channel this maelstrom of emotion, deal with it and hopefully draw it into calm and responsiveness.
Summary: It was too hot today to do anything all that productive, so B'lin had decided to call the class outside and hand out the sheets he had been saving for an occasion like this. He smiled as they settled in the sun, watching the dragonets preen themselves in the heat.
Summary: One of those lessons again, the thinking ones, and B'lin handed the sheets out among the Weyrlings and Candidates. "Right ... some of you have done this before, some of you haven't. Basically, there are a number of questions on these sheets. I want you to discuss them in groups and then try to put your conclusions to the whole Barracks, okay?" He sat back, watching the normal melee as groups were settled, and people started umming and ahhing over questions.
Summary: 1. All Candidates will attend their Chore groups and complete assigned tasks in a timely manner unless excused for medical reasons.
Summary: Article for gold Weyrlings and their dragons to learn to use the gold's ability to command and calm other dragons and a reminder that they can't abuse this power.
Article: Kassia smiled at (gold Weyrling name) as they settled in for another lesson. This time they were just outside the barracks with Foreth nearby and (gold weyrling dragon’s name) with them.
Summary: Initial Interview Procedure:
Summary: In Depth Interview
Article: The morning lesson was due to get underway and Stryka was already standing near the door handing out blank paper as each Candidate stepped through the door. "Take your seats, today you have an essay to write. You'll have one and a half candlemarks to write the essay and tomorrow we'll start reading them aloud and taking questions from each other."
Summary: Stryka was ready to give another lesson, she stood in front of a group of Candidates and waited just a few moments for them to settle down.
Summary: "Hatching...something that has probably been in your thoughts a great deal." Tiella addressed the Candidates. "This particular session is about what actually happens on Hatching day, as you will need to move quickly and I will not have time to explain this then. So make sure you pay attention." She smiled "Right then, Hatching cannot be precisely predicted, it's dependent on a fair few things so our real first indication is when the dragons begin to hum. It is an unmistakable noise. It starts soft and by the time Hatching occurs the air itself seems to be alive with the noise, throbbing and beating.
Summary: Teaching respect- what it's really all about.
Article: "Respect what is it? Well respect is when one holds another in high regard. This is the definition of what respect is. So, how does one pay respect? Well the easiest way could be to use one's proper title when you are addressing them, or you can bow to them when you first meet them. Another way might be that you show someone respect is by saying thank you and please when you talk to them, or you can talk with a polite tone of voice. Respect is not something that is automaticlly gained. It usually needs to be earned."
Summary: Exercise is important- Rock Climbing is great exercise.
Article: ROCK CLIMBING LECTURE:
Summary: "The Weyrwoman has informed me that she believes that the Eggs will be hatching within a sevenday." Tiella said to the assembled candidates "This means as of tonight, the you will be forbidden to indulge in any intimacies as you need to be getting ready for Hatching as it could be any time.
Summary: "Today we have a guest speaker, Becca, rider of blue Famarth and also one of the Weyr's Birthing Women." Styrka smiled at Becca who stood at her side. "Becca is here today to discuss a subject that is very pertinent to Candidates. Sex. Even those of you that are younger among us need to learn the whys and wherefores. So, please, give Becca your full attention."
Summary: "You may have noticed that people behave somewhat differently in a weyr than they do in a Hold or Craft," Tiella said. "The standards of behavior are not lower but in actual fact different and so the standards you are used to are very different. In a Hold people are expected to be monogamous, to not sleep with too many people prior to handfasting or risk being labeled as a slut or a whore. Consider the reason why this is considered the correct way to behave in a Hold.
Summary: "One of the most frequent questions I hear is… what if I don't Impress?" Tiella addressed the group. The Candidate Master's assistant sat on the edge of the desk, "First of all...once Searched, though it is possible, the odds are not likely that you WON'T impress eventually. Consider how many queens are in a weyr, laying queens... usually up to 5. That's approximately two clutches a year each with an average of 20 eggs per clutch. That's a conservative estimate of 200 chances every Turn that you will Impress. And the real figure during Pass is likely to be higher...and there is the possibility of being presented at Clutches in other Weyrs.
Summary: From Weyrbrats to the older folks in the Weyr, this lecture is about the people of the Weyr.
Article: K'tor coughed once to get attention, looking around the classroom and
Summary: Information on what happens during a gold flight pertinent to a Candidate. (Please read and change accordingly to make it pertain to current gold to fly before giving this lecture) Thank you.
Article: With the golds proddy, Stryka thought it was high time to have a talk with all the Candidates that hadn't been through it all before, and even those still in the Barracks that heard it before would get a refresher course.
Summary: Candidate discussion- threadfall preparation.
Article: The In Barrack Candidates were assembled, it was time for the next Threadfall. A lot of what she had to tell them was something most heard but not all of them, a few new Candidates were among the group and they needed to hear everything she had to say.
Summary: It's okay to be a Candidate virgin.
Article: The Candidate Master had gone through enough In-depth interviews to realize that another lecture was in order, only this time she was going to try something a little different.
Summary: The Candidates were all assembled outside in front of the barracks. Stryka was in smiling as she greeted them and then held up her arms for silence to get the meeting in order.
Summary: The Candidates had been told to assemble in their grungy work clothes and meet outside in front of the barracks.
Summary: "Whether it is your future to become a dragonrider or not..." Tiella announced to the chore group. "You will need additional skills. Some of you may not Impress for some time and there is much you can learn in that time. So you have in your timetables, sessions scheduled as craft. This is what it says - You get to sample the basics of some of the crafts of the weyr in the first sessions, and then you apply to study a skill in more detail whilst providing assistance to the Crafters in the Weyr. The Crafter who has volunteered to take you on for an introductory session will be noted on the chore board and I urge you to give serious thought to whether you would like to pursue it a little further. " She did not add that for some it may end up as their occupation in the weyr if they did not Impress. "So today our brave volunteer is...(insert volunteer here)"
Summary: Tiella looked over the groups of Candidates. "This is a very necessary task, albeit slight hard work, and will test your muscles. When you are on Firestone cracking duty as you are for this session, you will be expected to attend one of the firestone pits. In there you will find the very large rocks which need cracking. The hammers and picks are next to the Pit in the stores. You break up as much stone as you can in that hour, at least one sack full of un-sized lumps and put the sack in the sort for the Weyrlings to grade and sort. No bagged fragment should be bigger than an adults fist - and make sure that you are wearing gloves when you handle the stuff. If the firestone is a bit damp, or if your hands get a bit wet then it can burn with a mild acid feeling. It's heavy going...which is why it is an hours session only for each chore group, but you have to consider the amount of firestone that is constantly needed to supply the Wings. If nothing else it will teach you not to squander firestone when you are riders!" She smiled at them all, "Now...take a hammer that suits your weight, and make sure you are wearing gloves and _be careful_. Don't swing wildly or get carried away...and remember to wash before you come in!"
Summary: "Today we are going on a foraging expedition," Stryka told the assembled Candidates. "We will be taking dragon rides to the Valley and reaping the bounty it has to offer. Each of you will be assigned to a group and instructed on what you are to forage. Some of you will pick redfruit, others berries, still others will dig for sugar beets, tubers, orange roots. There is plenty of gathering to do. You will be given baskets and satchels for your produce. As it is a trip between you'll be making, wear your jackets. All the food is to be packed on wagons that are already there and waiting for us to load. There will be others helping us, so don't be afraid to ask questions if you have any."
Summary: Tiella this time was supervising the physical training session. And to the Candidates general delight she was bearing a ball and a variety of colored sashes. "Candidates have to be fit and strong…and learn how to work together. A team game of Hookball covers both angles I have found. Teams of five please... with your team colors..." She handed the sashes out almost randomly.
Summary: "One of the things that is most recognizable about a Candidate or that people think of, is their white robe." Tiella lifted an armful of them up to demonstrate. "Now, obviously they are not really going to fit you so one of your tasks is to adjust and sew your robe to your fit. If you ask me why you are doing something like sewing, and yes this includes those of the male persuasion, I will break a horrible secret to you... You'd be AMAZED at how much sewing you have to do as a dragonrider. So doing the simple line of a candidate robe is an easy start. And if necessary you will do it several times until it is right so don't try a bodge job on it. You want it to look good, after all it may be the first thing that your lifemate sees you in." Tiella picked up a pile of paper with the patterns on them "Right. Here are the instructions for the most basic type of robe which to be honest is a little more than a sack with holes in it. There are more advanced patterns you can attempt, but everyone will have to have completed a basic robe at least." She smiled. "Be careful with the needles, there are only a few metal ones, the rest are mainly bone, but even so they are not easy to replace. Make sure they and the scissors are returned to the Candidate stores and signed in and out. You can work on this at any time, but I will ask to see your work and assist you in one session per sevenday to note your progress...okay? Right...good. Take your material, patterns and lets see how you get on."
Summary: At least one of your sessions per week will be tunnel snake trapping and hunting. " Tiella announced holding up a pronged stick. "In the stores, there are many traps set for the pernicious vermin and you will be expected to clear them, reset them and dispose of the bodies into one of the cesspits. In the snap traps the tunnelsnake will mostly be dead. Remember to re-bait the trap as you pull it up to reset it. Now these" and she held up the long pronged stick, "Are for helping with the slip snares. They are the loop snares that tighten around the tunnelsnake's neck and holds the snake there. The tunnelsnakes in these snares are frequently alive- ALWAYS poke them to see if they are before loosening the snare. If they ARE alive, pin them with the prongs and then dispatch them with your knife where the head joins the rest of the body. Wait until they stop wriggling before you clear the trap and wear thick gloves. Once again reset and bait. If you get bitten even a scratch go immediately to the infirmary. They have medicines to minimize the effects of the venom that some have... the common ones are non poisonous, however they can still give a nasty bite so watch it. You are to go in pairs when hunting tunnelsnakes so choose a partner and got to your assigned sections. Okay? Got you gear? Then off you go!"
Summary: The Candidates were assembled for their lesson and Stryka had decided to go over another very important aspect of Weyr life. "Today we are going to discuss the Weyr Creche. Some of you have heard of it, others new to the Weyr may not have. Those of you born in a Hold will know nothing of Weyr Creches so I'm going to explain it all to you today and then we are going to go visit the Creche children."
Summary: The candidates need to be completely familiar with the Eggs so they don't panic on Hatching Day and lose their commen sense, as this could result in serious injury from a desperate dragonet.
Article: "All right, all right, gather close, candidates," (insert AWLM name here) called. The candidates, tearing their eyes away from the precious Eggs, gave (AWLM name) their attention. He/she grinned as some of the candidates shifted from foot to foot as the hot sands of the Hatching Grounds penetrated their sandals. He/she *had* warned them to wear wherhide boots. "Now," (AWLM name) continued, "These are, obviously, the Eggs from which your lifemates will emerge on Hatching Day--for some of you. Remember, there are far more candidates than Eggs, so you may be left Standing come the big day. And that doesn't mean you aren't dragonrider material--it just means *the* dragon for you hasn't been shelled yet. Notice the strech marks on the shells--they will be longer next time, and harder, too. Now, move around among the Eggs, touch them, feel them, stroke them. We don't know if it does any good, but it certainly can't do any harm!"
Summary: Swimming lessons for those Candidates who don't know how, and swimming fun, exercise for those who do.
Article: Jhesta was leaning back against Eribeth's shoulder, waiting for all of
Summary: What You Learn During Your Turn In the Barracks. Things your Candidate will have learned, gone through during their turn in the Barracks as a Candidate. ((Remember even if it's not rpged these things have happened and are being taught- If you'd like to have certain lessons/lecture/events occur please use the Contact the BoD link and let us know.))
Article: What You Learn During Your Turn As A Candidate:
Summary: Companion article to the greenflight article
Article: (Goldrider) sat in one of the smaller study rooms with (gold Weyrling) nearby. She smiled at her and after making sure that they were both comfortable started talking. “Well now, we’re here for another one of those private lessons. Today we’re here to have the gold flight lecture. I know you might have already sat in on the green lesson but your gold rising will be slightly different than that of a green rising. Now I know that this won’t be until a long way off, but we want to make sure that you are aware of what can happen anyway.”
Summary: After the last hatchling emerged and was taken over to the feeding tables, the WLM began to usher the first hatchlings the short distance through the tunnel behind the waterfalls and towards the Weyrling Barracks. Once there, the new Weyrling pair was shown where to bathe their new hatchling in the water wallows set up outside the Barracks for this purpose only. After the bathing was complete the pair were given a small oil bucket and brush, and were quickly shown how to use them. When the oiling was completed it was finally time to show the new dragon pair to their cot/wallow inside the barracks where the new hatchling, exhausted from breaking out of its shell and stuffed full with its first meal, was ready to go right to sleep.
Summary: Weyrleader _____ stepped into the classroom, smiling at those gathered within. This was one of the benefits of being Weyrleader ... getting the chance to teach the newest Weyrlings about life as a dragonrider. As he settled upon a stool, he began.
Summary: "The bond between Dragon and Rider is highly individual" K'ren said as he addressed the group of Weyrlings. "It shares certain common features but in the same way that individuals are unique so it the bond and the experience. First of all, it is fair to say that all of us will say it was NOT what we expected. Even those of us who Impressed firelizards prior to Impression! Now, lets just consider the advantages and disadvantages of this bond from a variety of perspectives." K'ren perched himself on the edge of the table looking across the class.
Summary: Once the dragonets were fed for the morning, B'lin raised a hand until the weyrlings calmed down. "Let's all settle down now, we've got a lot to cover today. You've just finished feeding your dragon and the little one is getting sleepy."
Summary: The place was filled with young Hatchlings creeling and new riders looking a little wild around the eyes themselves as they tried to deal with the unexpected pressure of a VERY hungry presence in their mind. They'd had it easy to start with, the Lower Caverns staff having done the butchering of carcasses for the first couple of days after Impression, now they were onto fending for themselves. He took a deep breath and called out above the noise.
Summary: It was just a couple of days since the Hatching, and the newest Weyrlings were starting to settle into the routines of getting up EARLY, taking care of Lifemate (feed, bathe, oil, clean up dung), lessons, exercising, lessons, taking care of Lifemate -- a cyclic process that lasted until the late hours, when they could get some greatly desired sleep -- and then it would start all over again the next day.
Summary: On the announcement board the day before, the Weyrlings were given a schedule that allowed time for each of them to come and be fitted for their uniforms. They would receive one simple formal, light gray uniform over the course of the next few Sevendays and a uniform to wear to Gathers, to meals if they wanted, and to any formal meetings it would be required to wear such a uniform.
Summary: For his first lesson on the geophysical aspects of the Weyr, *Harper Name* decided to have his class outside —- specifically, up on the Weyr Rim. After everyone had climbed up, seated themselves and regained their breath, he started talking. Pointing out the various aspects of the natural build of the Weyr, he said, "As soon to be dragonriders, you have to be aware of what makes up the Arolos Protectorate that will one day be protected by your dragons fire.
Summary: *AWLM Name* stepped up to begin his introductory lecture of the month with the same rapid fire of information they were now used to.
Summary: Kassia sighed. One part of her duties was that she had to deliver a lecture on the dangers of having sex before young dragons were old enough, to every subsequent class. Kassia had a feeling that was stuck in purely to embarrass her.
Summary: "Can I have your attention please?" B'lin called, and waited for the Barracks to quiet. It was always noisy just after they'd returned from lessons - and there was still the hustle of tidying away equipment.
Summary: "Come on now..hup..hup.." B'lin chivvied them to the firestone pit. "Here you go, come on, gather round. You aren't going to be able to see anything from back there. Form a loose circle around me.
Summary: Out on the Weyrling training grounds, B'lin strode around the latest class requiring them to line up before he spoke, or rather shouted in a crisp authoritative tone.
Summary: As the first dragons took to the air to meet Fall, the volunteer weyrlings were given a resume of what was about to happen.
Summary: "Here we are again," *AWLM Name* said, "Get used to it, this is a regular spot. Now bronze dragons on average are about 14-15 ft. Browns are similar at about 13 ft, blues at 11 ft and greens at around 9 ft. You know the drill, any abnormal growth or lack of it, let us know immediately. Dragons will begin to eat only twice a sevenday by now and will soon be taught to feed off freshly killed beasts and wherries -- you'll soon stop the whole morning butchering but have to take up walking to the Weyrling hunting grounds and asking permission for this, so in some ways, nothing will change.
Summary: *JM Dragonhealer Name* waited for quiet before he began his lecture on dragon illnesses. It was important that they all pay attention, though some things would not be relevant to later on in their training ... or in their career.
Summary: Another lesson outside and the only sign of equipment was a pile of colored strips of cloth. B'lin was smiling though, as he led the weyrlings to a nice open patch of ground in the Weyrbowl, with significant lack of holes to trip in.
Summary: "Today's lesson will be done in the lake. That's right, one reason for being told to wear swimming attire." B'lin looked around, making sure all the weyrlings were covered properly ... or there about. Normally, swimming in the nude was not something frowned upon but with young hormones raging, and restrictions in place, swimming attire was a must. Besides, first experiences in swimming could be clumsy and a little covering could help protect them.
Summary: "Entering the fourth month together is where things start getting a little more intense. Bronze dragons will be approximately 18 ft, browns 16 ft, blues 14 ft, and greens 11 ft," *AWLM Name* said, getting to the statistics right from the start. "You will be doing a lot of new things in this month which we will expand on as time goes on.
Summary: "Knots are wonderful things," *AWLM Name* said as he picked up the variety of cords and thread he had. "It enables us to tell who we should be polite to, and who should be polite to us at a glance - if we can read them. As Dragonriders, you may now expect to come in contact with a wider variety of ranks and people than you would have done before, for one reason or another and you really don't want to end up insulting a Weyrleader or a Lord Holder or a Craftmaster accidentally. Plus you will want to know what knots you can wear yourself ... now and in the future. Now listen closely as there are a lot of variations. I have copies of this information for you to memorize, but lets go through them.
Summary: B'lin waited for the weyrling group to settle down before addressing them in his usual strident and penetrating tones.
Summary: "In the next month or so, we will be starting to try short flights, so you WILL need flight gear," B'lin stated categorically. "We will be visiting the stores and the Weavercrafters to produce your flying gear. Now, you will need wherhide jackets - for all the heat down here it's cold up there. You will need warm but not thick leather gloves, wherhide trousers, your flying belt and head protection -- most of these items mentioned can be fitted by the weaver crafters, and leather workers, but I have to repeat you must not "make do". You have to be comfortable, you have to have gear that fits. We will look into goggles later but first ... the clothes. Now let's go get kitted out!"
Summary: "Making your harness and straps is hard work and essentially down to the individual rider," *AWLM Name* said by way of introduction to the riding strap lesson. "Get used to leatherwork people, you are going to be doing a fair amount of it over the rest of your life. There is a reason for this ... how well would you trust your life to someone else's handiwork? To who else can your dragon explain if something fits comfortably? Right ... so don't complain..." The rider grinned.
Summary: *AWLM Name* stood and looked around the present class and began the days lesson with a barrage of facts. He realized they probably would not absorb them instantaneously but they might pick up after the third or fourth repetition this week. "You are in your fifth month as weyrlings together with your lifemates. Your lifemate will be around the approximate dimensions ... this is average size so there will be variations. Listen carefully ... if you think there is something unusual about your lifemates development then you must report it to myself or one of the other AWLM. Okay ... bronze dragons will be on average 20 ft long, brown dragons 18 ft, blues about 15 ft and greens 12 ft.
Summary: Swimming built up muscles ... Swimming Was Good. And the younger Weyrlings spent so much time in the water swimming that they were beginning to look like fish. Drills on the other hand were becoming routine for the Weyrlings. B'lin knew the looks on the faces when they saw they had THOSE on the timetable. So, he was going to have a day doing something just a LITTLE different with water-drills. He would still get his younglings into knowing the drills but would bring a little difference into it. And any difference that meant they would pay more attention was useful.
Summary: Walking into the classroom, *AWLM Name* grinned as she pulled up a stool. “Today I’m talking to you about something a little different. Now it won’t be a life or death topic necessarily, but it can still have serious consequences. I’m here to talk to you about ...” She paused dramatically, noting that she had the class’s full attention. “...Etiquette!” she finished finally.
Summary: *AWLM Name* looked around at the Weyrling class and began his now familiar start of month lecture. "Now then, this month will be particualrly exciting for you because you will begin your first solo glides and flights as long as your dragon is deemed to be in sufficient health to attempt it. Your dragons will now be roughly around 60% of their full adult size ... bronzes roughly 22 ft, brown 19-20 ft, blues 16-17 ft and greens 13-14 ft. The brown and bronzes will now start to make substantial headway in growth compared to the green and blues." He looked around.
Summary: The greenrider leaned on the table and rather unconsciously displayed himself to best advantage as he began the lecture in a soft voice, "My name is D'pan ... and as you may have noticed, I am a greenrider. I'm pretty much, from weyr gossip, as 'green' as riders can get and I am here to talk to you about some of the issues regarding your dragons rising to mate." Unsurprisingly, this was a lecture that he never had to try and be heard - a pin could have been heard over the other side of the Weyrbowl for the silence that descended.
Summary: "Today, you get to pick what weyr you want to move into within your eighth month," B'lin said grinning. "Yes, I'm giving you a whole day to do this and we need this amount of lead time to get them all ready. Now, there is a list and diagram of available Weyrs that Jayara has provided us with that are fit for habitation or will be by the time you get there. These spots are marked in red. You can see a number and a color code for estimated suitable dragonsize next to each one and then a corresponding list at the side with a space to put your name. You look, you decide, you register - simple as that. Take the time to see if they are comfortable for your dragon and yourself because Jayara gets very annoyed with chopping and changing. Trust me on this." He tapped the board, "This will be in my office with me to register your choices and it is on a first come first served basis - bear that in mind. So with that final instruction ... happy weyr hunting!"
Summary: "Today is a very special day," B'lin smiled as he looked over the assembled Weyrlings. "Today you will fly your dragons for the first time ... at least a little way." He patted the large ramp behind him that managed to scale a fair height as it was constructed over the top of some of the large unmovable boulders. "Or at least glide," he chuckled softly before looking at them sternly.
Summary: "Your safety straps are for YOUR safety," B'lin began. "And they do experience wear and tear. Flying a dragon is a very physical thing so you will have to get into the habit of checking the straps after each flight and in detail every sevenday." He pulled up a harness. "Test the stitching in the thorough examination and examine the leather for cracks or brittleness. Don't ignore anything or keep patching when you need a full new set, it's tempting to do it. If it is in a vulnerable place make sure you do the job properly.
Summary: "Now I know you all feel you don't need practice, that you are strong enough to fly Fall anywhere and everywhere, but truth be told, you and your lifemates haven't done much flying up to this point. Over the next few sevendays we will be increasing gradually ... and I emphasize the word gradually here, the distance that you and your lifemate will fly straight to build up the right muscles," B'lin paused noting the eagerness to be off.
Summary: "Now you may have noticed that your dragons growth will slowly rather dramatically in this month - proportionately speaking." D'fyd began. "Even the larger dragon may only make about a foot in growth, total. Some may not seem to make much at all and put on weight and solidity of muscles rather than size as a result of the flight drills. Your dragons will have gotten as much control over their sendings as they can this month, any detrimental habits that you've not addressed already will be dealt with over the next few months."
Summary: K'ren stood up bringing the class to attention. " This lecture is something I want you to pay particular attention to, if only because it will save me a lot of work...and you and your life mate a lot of pain. If you leave this class today even the slightest bit more wary than you came in I shall count the time well spent, because the subject is Thread, and the treatment of Threadscore and other thread related injuries." He looked around to make sure his audience was still focused. "Now, the first thing to say is that as Dragonriders you WILL get scored and so will your lifemates. There hasn't been a pair yet in Pass that hasn't suffered this injury and frequently. By all means, I would love all of you to make it your life's ambition to be the first…really I would because frankly, its horrible stuff. The sensation of a score is somewhat like a piece of living molten metal dipped in acid trying to burrow deep into your skin. It hurts.
Summary: B'lin looked at them all. "Now... this is where I hope we start to invest some of the trust we have in you. Those of you I have deemed ready - the others are out either for injury or need a little more practice - will go to the assignments board. There is a Weyrlings section and you may have noticed before with non-betweening errands. When you get to betweening, we use a similar *betweening* section to make practical use of your skills. But for now, you will stick to Errands in the Arolos territories and fly straight. All the assignments there should be within your current capabilities and if you snag a short one, by all means try another. This first time out you will be going out in your clusters of three but there will be no direct supervision. I want you all to respect that. DO NOT under ANY circumstances overstrain your dragons - this is your responsibility to monitor and Faranth help you if you do." He smiled "I will not say fly straight and do nothing else because that would be practically impossible, this first time at least, but if you DO strain something, don't cover it up, get back here immediately. Right then... take your assignment and get to it!"
Summary: "In Fall communication is vitally important." B'lin stated as he walked up and down in front of the group. "Unless you are fortunate enough to have a Hears all Dragons in your wing...which is very unlikely as they are few and far between, passing on information is a vital use of the dragon rider bond-- it has to be quick, it has to be accurate. Now...I am not going to give you a huge amount of instruction but Quelenth will bespeak one of the dragons in your group and then the message has to be passed by as quick a means as possible to you...and you will write down what you receive and raise your hand when you are done and I will time how long it takes, and then we will see how long and how accurate the message passing can be." He smiled a little to himself " Write down what you hear ... "I will be sending messages that may not make sense deliberately... Okay... pencils at the ready...here we go."
Summary: "Now then...the month ahead…" D'fyd began "Your dragons should be around this approximate size on average. Bronzes 25-26 ft, Browns around 23 ft, blues 19 ft and greens have slowed down to 16 ft. Greens will become more rangy and feminine in build. Blues will be stocky, but remain agile whilst Browns will become more muscular but remain thin. Bronzes will begin to broaden and widen and become stronger in wings, legs and wings, losing agility. Hunting is done twice a week; dragons can eat until satiated, as they now understand their capacity. Weyrlings are no longer are required to ask permission before hunting.
Summary: "You all need to get your speed and stamina up so we are going to try a little relay flying." B'lin announced as they prepared for that days lesson. "In your teams of three I want you to take this padded firestone sack...well one per team and I when I say go, you will take off from this side of the Rim and do a width, turn and come back, toss your sack to your wingmate who will repeat what you’ve just done." There was a murmur of protest from some of the weyrlings and B'lin held up a hand "We will be doing this TEN times each, before I have any protest from the larger dragons. The stamina advantage will counterbalance any initial speed advantage. Line up then... first dragon pair to the Rim edge and...on your mark, get set...and GO!"
Summary: "Your dragon are now approximately 75% of their full size…or there about," D'fyd began. "Which means that the bronzes will be around 27 ft, the browns about 24 ft, the blues 20-21 ft, and the greens 17 ft. We will start to pull out the definitive skills of each dragon and dragon type in this training period - for example the agility of the smaller dragons, or the stamina of the larger and we will work on them. The flight exercises will increase and we will be doing more formation drills in the air. Ground drills will be primarily for learning new forms now. All of you will be training how to communicate effectively in Fall and problem solving and academic work will become very important, particularly those with an eye on a WingSecond or Wingleaders knots in the future. A good grounding now is very important for that in the future. Otherwise, more of the same people...more of the same!"
Summary: "This is a more advanced DragonHealing lecture. Though on the whole you will not have to perform these techniques yourself, and that will be left to the Dragon Healers themselves, I find it is always good to know what is going on and whether something is serious. "Master Welsin paused "So lets break this down into categories" He jotted some titles on the slate board behind him. "Lets work these through one by one. Firstly, Cuts. These have a multitude of causes and minor ones you will have treated yourself. For minor cuts the best remedy is to clean with redwort and leave to heal uncovered. If it is a deep cut this may need to be sutured by a dragon healer in which cast numbweed should be used to deaden the pain and possibly another antiseptic as redwort nullifies the effect of numbweed a little. The numbweed will keep the area moist as well and promote healing.
Summary: "You will have noticed that there is a distinct difference in your dragons capability for flight." B'lin began this lesson. "And if there is one thing that is important it is to play to your strengths. There will be some overlap in capabilities, but what we are interested in now is discovering what your dragon has a particular affinity with. For the Greens this could be lightning turns, or sprint interception. For the blues it may be hovering, or swoops, brown might discover theirs to be the focus of a group and having a strong pacing flight, or altitude gain...likewise with the bronzes." He looked around at them all "When we go aloft I want you in small arrowhead formation with a group and I want you to perform a sequence of maneuvers on my command and pay careful note to how happy you felt about each one. You will climb altitude to Leading edge level as quickly as possible. You will hover there as stationary as possible until my mark. You will stoop and sharp RIGHT turn, follow by a sharp left, followed by a right, then you will climb again at a steady uniform pace, in perfect formation and level out again continuing at a steady pace until I call an emergency stop. At that point we will return to the Weyrbowl and you will report on what maneuvers you and your life mate enjoyed and what you found more difficult. Trust me, you will not be able to do ALL of these maneuvers with the same sort of ease due to the build of your dragon, nor should you expect to, so do not push it too hard. Now mount up and on my mark... Go!"
Summary: "Now then...this is where we try and start putting some of our ground drills into practice." B'lin called out as they set up to go aloft. "We'll start simple and work up to some of the complex precision flying. Not all today I hasten to add. Go up in your triad clusters and maintain position over the weyr and then we'll try a simple Arrowhead formation and see how tightly we can maneuver that around the weyr okay? I'll appoint "wingseconds" when we are up there. We'll be taking it slow but I have confidence that you will see how it translates from ground to air very quickly. Right then...up we go!"
Summary: Lecture given by WW- please make sure it is adjusted if need be to fit various Weyrling Classes. This lecture has bit particular to the StormStar Weyrlings.
Article: Wygelle entered the classroom after all the Weyrlings had been seated. She moved over to the desk in front of the class and set down the satchel she had in her arms. Turning to greet the Weyrlings she smiled readily, having met them all earlier that month ten days after their hatchlings had made them Weyrlings they were all familiar faces to her.
Summary: This is to teach the Weyrlings how to measure their Lifemates.
Article: The AWLM had gathered the Weyrlings up and, with three other assistants, brought them to the first of the Dragon measuring walls, that of the Green.
Summary: D'fyd looked at the Weyrlings with a serious expression, "You're nearly a full rider, as in this month you will be learning to fly with your dragons *between*. You can now have anyone in your weyr that you want, start relationships, end relationships, anything you want. Your dragons are nearly full sized. Bronzes on average are 30 ft, Browns 26 ft, Blues around 22 ft and greens about 18 ft.
Summary: This was an important lesson. Possibly the most important lesson of all in some ways B'lin looked sternly over the class, his expression conveying the gravity of this lesson. They had just flown straight to Arolos Point and taken a good look at the area from a-dragonback in preparation for this next step.
Summary: “Let’s settle down a bit, you know what’s happening today you’ve all been ready for this for a long time and now your dragons are finally ready.” T’ilson gave a low chuckle. “Now then, your dragons talons are thick and sharp so there is very little chance of them losing one wrestling a herdbeast. The same goes for their teeth. You look inside your dragon’s mouth and you’ll see some very impressive incisors and cuspid teeth, also known as canine teeth.” T’ilson moved out from behind his desk. “This isn’t an anatomy lesson though, today is the day you are liberated from having to provide food for your dragons.” A ripple of cheers filled the room. After the Weyrlings settled down, T’ilson continued.
Summary: Surveying the current class of Weyrlings, R'oko smiled inwardly.
Summary: "We are about to go into our eleventh month," D'fyd said in his now traditional lecture. "Brace yourself for facts again. Bronzes should be 30 ft, Browns 27 ft, Blues 22-23 ft, and Greens at 18-19 ft. Their growth rate will be slowing down considerably now and they will put on muscles and mass instead of length in any quantity. Now in this month as a class you will be doing a lot more flying to get formations second nature, and errand flying to holds and weyrs to practice *betweening*. It is imperative that you and your lifemate have a strong mental bond for all the close formations that you will be doing and we will do some advanced exercises on that too. By the end of the month, you will be more like the real thing in terms of dragon rider status and you will start to be accorded the respect due one of the defenders of Pern. It is your duty to live up to that expectation for your sake and the sake of your dragon.”
Summary: After thinking long and hard about a certain puzzle, P'ul finally decided that he would do a trial run of an exercise on the ground, before having the Weyrlings try it up in the air, on their Lifemates.
Summary: B'lin lifted a green tagged firestone sack "Now, firestone sack tossing…" he raised his eyebrows at the groan "...is about to move up a level. We are going to try some 'in-flight refueling' as it were. Sometimes a couple of riders will be nominated to return and get sacks of firestone for the wing and bring them back mid fall. You can see the advantages - fewer gaps in the wing to cover and for less time. However this strategy relies on being able to transfer the firestone mid air, and that is going to require throwing and catching and NOT dropping. There are two ways to do this, one from the side and one from above. In the side... the one bringing the firestone must fly close, as close as possible without fouling wings, so you have your lifemates furl their wings and you throw while the other rider catches. Now this is good for experienced riders as it is fast...but the odds are you will get hit by a load of rocks rather frequently. The second way has to be done from above involves stringing a rope through the loops on the sacks like so...and then flying above and dangling the loose end of the rope down to the other rider. When they have got hold of it, do not just DROP the sack as this has a nasty habit off swinging and giving another poor rider below you a concussion... simply keep hold of your end and send the sack sliding down the rope on it's loop to the receiving rider. And you thought those loops were just for hooking the sack on the harness didn't you?" B'lin smiled. "Sounds complicated but is actually fast and easy once you have the hang of it. So...take a sack for each colour, and we will all try refueling and being refueled until we are happy with the whole thing." And so saying, he took them aloft.
Summary: "Your dragons are now approximately 85% of their full size and their growth rate slows even more now than it did before. " D'fyd announced. "Bronzes should be somewhere around the 31 ft mark, browns around 27-28 ft, blues, 23 ft and greens around 19 ft. Now your main task this month will be learning the mysteries of firestone even more so than you already have. Yes, your lifemates will be learning to flame this month, and you how to assist them.” D’fyd waited for the murmur of excitement to die down. “This is a big step in your Weyrlinghood towards becoming a full fledged dragonrider. You’ll specifically need to learn how to judge how much firestone your particular dragon need. You’ll also need to know how to select good grade ore. This is especially important. You don’t want your dragon complaining about his stomach and you don’t want to get a small flame just when you need a large one.” He nodded knowingly and continued. “You’ll also be learning how to flame in flight and in formation. This requires a lot of concentration otherwise you will be toasting each other’s tails.” A ripple of laughter spread across the room and D’fyd gave a small smile of his own. “You find the funny now, but the first time your dragon taste a burning lick from a flame you will not be laughing at all.” He was happy to note the laughter had died appropriately away. “You will continue betweening along with the weyrling errands and a select few will shadow sweepriders.” A few cheers were called out as more than one Weyrling had hopes of bring selected for this duty. “If you are deemed responsible enough and far enough advanced to be out on a long sweep for several days with them you may be chosen. I know you’ve worked hard and those that have will start to see the benefits of there achievements paying off. All of you will have a review of your progress at some point this month and we will take note of your progress and identify possible weaknesses to work on. Weaknesses are not something to be ashamed of unless they are hidden. If you have any worries about your dragons’ or your performances so far don’t hesitate to let us know. You can’t get help unless you ask.” D’fyd took that opportunity to look around at the Weyrlings assembled and nodding, dismissed them to go about their lessons. They knew by now they could come to him after the lecture with any questions they might have.
Summary: "Firestone. You've sorted it, broken it, bagged it, thrown it around and today...you are finally going to USE it." B'lin grinned at the excited group. "Yes, finally. Actually obtaining a flame is not difficult, but obtaining a controllable flame is, hence why we have waited until now for your dragons stomachs to be ready to cope with the firestone and for you to know enough about firestone to judge what is needed.” B’lin looked at the eager faces and recalled his own moment in Weyrlinghood when he’d had Quelenth take his first bite of firestone, it was a good memory. “Okay now, take a bag tagged for your colour dragon and I want you all in a line, not in front or behind each other. Good...now... take a chunk, and feed it to your dragon and encourage them to think of their second stomach as they chew. It will sound terrible but it is rock after all. Now, only feed them three chunks to begin with and wait and for Faranth’s sake, stand to one side. Your dragon will feel the need to belch and will then release the flame. Simple as that." The WLM smiled. "It will be surprising at first but then you can start to judge what sort of effect those three pieces had and how much more you might need to get a longer more sustained flame...and every dragon is different. Some will flame VERY well on that amount…some will need more, so be careful all of
Summary: “Alright… attention everyone!” _____ called and waited for the class to settle. “You’ve been learning your way around the Protectorate for a couple of weeks now, and have visited all the major Holds and Crafthalls. You should be able to picture them relatively easily. Now I appreciate that all the drilling on their recognition points can get a bit tiresome, so I’ve come up with a way to make it a little bit more fun. A treasure hunt!”
Summary: D'fyd waited for silence and then address the Weyrlings. "Now...You are getting to the point where what you do will not be completely new to you but a refinement of existing skills. We will be learning more formations, flaming and non-flaming, we will be doing longer *between* jumps. The North is now on the Weyrling Errand roster, you will be given reference points to the Weyrs and principal Halls and Holds. Your lifemates will be getting to the end of their growth. From this point onwards you may only be a few feet away from their full growth so you will scarcely notice any change in size though when you do some drills with the Wings you will be aware of a little size difference, in mass if nothing else. Takes time to develop the muscle of a Thread fighting pair. One of the important skills you will learn in this section is Rescue procedure...we will run practical sessions on this, and also some rope drills...but more of that at the time. This is where you are groomed to join a full wing so pay attention and you could be tapped by a Wingleader when you graduate rather than joining the Weyrlings wing."
Summary: Several dragonriders milled around, gathering in twos and threes to talk among one another while the weyrlings arrived and arranged themselves into their assigned practice wings. Once the weyrlings were in order, B'lin walked to the front of the group and called for attention.
Summary: OOC:- Fluffies = Pernese version of marshmallows. They wouldn't have an EXACT equivalent.. but we figured they might have something pretty close. So we invented it. Add them to your Arolos dictionary along with quickwort.
Summary: "It may seem obvious," B'lin began as he began the session. "But, when you are fighting Thread the last thing you need is to have another dragon pair come at you flaming, or accidentally flame your tail, or wing or whatever! So, now you have learnt to control your enthusiasm for flaming," and he smiled a little at that. "We will learn to apply this in a practical fashion. Now you will see part of the reason for the arrangement of the wing formations. They are designed so that there is enough leeway that if a dragon has to backwing and flame, the dragons around them have enough time to moderate their flame and speed. The difficulty comes where Thread hits in close proximity and the formation bunches up so you are within flaming distance. Now when we get aloft, in our basic arrowhead formation on my mark you flame full and then I will send a rapid sequence of maneuvers AND flame control instruction, which you have to obey immediately. Imagine that a dragon has swung into view unexpectedly... and react accordingly. I will give you no warning for this. Now...if we are all fire-stoned up...lets get up there and flaming!"
Summary: "We have Rescue techniques to practice today." B'lin called out as a few experienced riders joined them. "This will involve falling off your dragon in flight so we are kindly providing you with ropes so you don't have to try and learn to fly on your own. You all will have one and we will do this exercise over the sea just in case something goes wrong and a rope snaps. Never the less, tie the rope under your arms and attach like so to your harness and the supporting dragon neck spur of your lifemate as a back up... like so." He demonstrated and then had them tie the knot carefully, checking each one until he was satisfied. "Now in Fall, with the best will in the world, if your life mate veers and your harness snaps or is scored you can be thrown. The most likely dragons to have this happen are the greens and blues because of the speed and maneuvers that they can do. You can catch a falling Rider either with your Dragons forelegs, in a back grip, from above or by diving under them and breaking their fall, either is acceptable. When you fall yourself you must immediately try and get your Lifemate to shout for help and a rescuer will come. Now, second form of rescue we will do is a dragon rescue. This is essentially for the Bronze, Browns or Golds. Out of appropriate dragon will assist. A Brown can rescue a green or a small blue if they are sizeable, a Bronze is preferred for a blue, and most definitely for a brown. Ideally a gold will come for a Brown or a Bronze injury, but in case they are not available two browns or two bronzes or a brown and a bronze for a larger dragon. The method is to dive past and to try and get the injured dragon to cling to your dragons back behind the wings. In the event of a double-team rescue, one can go below, and one above trying to provide left, or both can be below slightly staggered to break the fall. Not very elegant BUT it can save lives. Right then if you have got all that... let go aloft and begin!" And at his signal the Weyrlings took flight.
Summary: Weyrlings practice more complex grappling techniques.
Article: M’zo faced the group of Weyrlings assembled in the practice room, dressed in loose clothing and standing on a thick felt mat. “Until this month you’ve been working as individuals, practicing your defense techniques, practicing your foot work and toning your muscles. You’ve all been doing quite well and I’m sure your bruises and sprains have healed quite well.” M’zo’s eye searched over the few that he knew hadn’t been the most graceful, his eye glittering with amusement. “Today, we’ll be begin putting into practice all that you’ve learned over the past months with a few exercises. You will be paired up with a partner, so kindly remember that this is an exercise and try not to break anyone’s bones.” M’zo eyed each of the Weyrlings, his brow arched. “ I’d also like to remind should you and your partner get out of hand or too exuberant, that you’ll both have the lovely duty of mucking out the latrines for a sevenday.” He spoke the last with a wide smile. “And as much as they probably need cleaning, I’d rather not have a reason.”
Web link: Rainfall Weyr
Summary: The AWLM organizes the weyrlings into a fake fall drill, complete with Wings and Wingleaders, in order to practice their between skipping, flaming, communication skills, coordination, and leadership abilities.
Article: Ga'wer waited on the practice field and watched as the weyrlings showed up. He was excited and hoped this would go well since it would really give them a taste of what wings did in threadfighting. When they were all seated, he stepped forward and slapped a hand on his leather covered leg. "As you know, today you be taking part in a threadfall drill. We'll have the ropes as usual, but things will be a little different. You'll be put into wings. Three, to be exact. Each will have a Wingleader and a Wingsecond. And one of you will get the honor to be the Weyrleader today."
Summary: "Sweepriders." T'ilson said the word and waited for the class to give him their full attention. "Most of you know from childhood on up what a Sweeprider is, having seen them patrolling around your holds and halls.
Summary: "Once again, there are few new lessons to be learned, but many refinements required of existing skills." D'fyd began. "You are now practically full riders - a few more months will see you graduate from Weyrlinghood. Your dragons are approaching their full size, 95% of their adult growth and are more than ready for the responsibility of flying Fall. Still, we have more formations to fly, various skills to perfect such as *between* skipping in Fall. More rescue maneuvers and you will be fitted with your Threadfighting gear. A selected few will be allowed to run Sweep in groups without a full dragonrider as escort. This is a position of trust and those selected will be trusted to perform this task responsibly."
Summary: "Good morning, ladies and gentlemen." B'lin greeted the Weyrlings cheerfully as they entered the room, and waited until they were all seated before beginning.
Summary: "This..." B'lin said as the group prepared to go aloft "Is a VITAL part of Fall flying. You are going to learn to skip *between* in a shallow jump. You know how to *between* well enough but this a different technique. A normal jump takes roughly three slow heartbeats. Now imagine that in Fall. You jump and in the time you are between a tangle of Thread has dropped to where you come out, and it was nowhere in sight when you jumped. And if you've been scored...well maybe you aren't checking above and below in your hurry. So... a shallow dive between is within your line of sight. It will take only one heart beat. You've seen the flits do it even when they are playing tag. They dart in and out. This can be useful because usually if a clump is coming down too fast and you are low on flame or the wrong angle you can hop skip between swiftly because the visualization is THERE in front of you...or to the side of you. Be very aware anything near you because sometime the entire wing will have to skip jump and leave the Thread in that band for a lower altitude wing. So today we are going to practice that. We will demonstrate, and then you will practice alone, and as a formation- skip in your traids and eventually as whole wings until it is second nature to do it in an emergency. Now lets get aloft." He gave the hand signal and up they went.
Summary: Final Written Exam:
Summary: The Thread alarms were sounding and all around them the wings were launching into the skies, the stench of fresh firestone acrid and bitter was in the air as ground crews mustered, flame throwers at the ready. For the first time the Weyrlings were mounted up in full Fall gear as B'lin and the WLMA face them "We are going to meet Fall but we will be on the lowest level, catching only stragglers and providing replenishment of firestone. If you are called up to one of the wings for firestone duty, look alive up there...you will catch a glimpse of what it is like to be in the thick of action." The weyrlingmaster warn sternly, "I want no heroics, no fooling around no breaking of wing discipline or you will be facing discipline from myself personally when you get back! " He took a deep breath as the last of the fighting wings took flight and he gave them clearance room and then mounted his own dragon. "Alright Dragonriders... lets Fight Thread!"
Summary: "Your dragons will be approaching full size" D'fyd began. "And this is the last time I will deliver this little speech to you-- bronzes will reach Approx 35-38 ft, Browns 30-35ft, Blues 25-30ft and Greens 20-25 ft. In this section aside from the normal drills and classes there is one principle difference. You will be flying into Fall with the Weyrlings wings, doing some limited flaming of thread and refueling firestone into the thick of the action. Now THIS is the most dangerous time. I cannot stress this enough. Many weyrlings all over Pern are lost at this stage but you have to face Thread at some point. Before you do we will prepare you as best we can, but for your own sake, the sake of your dragon and wingmates...review all the information we have taught you and be careful! After that, if you pass your end exams and test you will graduate and be assigned to the Weyrling wing or be tapped by a Wingleader for his wing...and you will finally be a FULL dragonrider, with the duties and privileges associated with the rank."
Summary: The Graduation ceremony itself was comparatively swift, though the celebration usually lasted long into the night. The soon-to-be full dragonriders, standing for the first time without any identification of rank were serried in disciplined rows awaiting the Weyrleaders speech and the confirmation that they would graduate to fight Thread and defend Pern.
Summary: In the Weyrling Grounds, AWLM Lep'kin waited until he had the attention of all the Weyrlings before he began. "Okay, as you were promised in the beginning of the month, we're going to, or rather your dragons, are going to be spending a great deal of time this month working on strengthening their wing muscles. Partly through swimming and partly through some flapping exercises."
Summary: Month 5 of the Weyrling Lessons - the dragons take their first non manned glide.
Article: A’gorn looked at the dragons ranged in front of him and smiled, at five months old they had grown quickly and were still growing. “I know you are wondering why I’ve dragged you out here, this is where, in a month’s time, you will learn how to fly.” He said with a sweeping gesture, pointing towards the rock that they took off from. “Yes I know this does not answer your question about why you are here. Your dragons have been doing a lot of swimming to build their muscles up, today they are going to learn to glide.”
Summary: AWLM Talyai stood in front of the Weyrling Class with a smile as she addressed the class. "This is a day many of you have been waiting for. It's a chance for privacy, a chance for a bit of freedom and one step closer to being a full dragonrider. Today you will be moving into the weyrs you picked out back in your 6th month."
Summary: Regarding the Weyrlings that stood before him, Lep'kin couldn't help but smile. They were growing so quickly that it was sometimes hard to believe that they were only in their ninth month of training. “As you own know, or should know if you’ve been paying attention in your lessons, when fighting thread dragonriders need to trust their instincts, their dragons, and their wingmates. When fighting thread and you hear someone shout ‘go Between’ generally it’s a good idea to act first and ask questions later, because if you don’t, there might not *be* a later. It doesn’t matter if you hate the person who’s shouting, in the sky, fighting thread your lives are in one another’s hands. As such, you need to learn to trust one another, to be able to hear another’s warning and respond instantaneously. This can be hard at times, but almost everything about being a rider is.” Lep’kin paused for a moment, allowing the weyrlings a moment to take that in. Taking a small swallow of water, he continued, “The point of today’s lesson is to work on that, to work on trusting one another. To begin, I need all of you to get into groups of two, if necessary one group of three may be formed."
Summary: The following table shows the Weyrling dragon sizes averaged out by feet. See the dragon links for full size averages.
Summary: Start out small and lead up to the first kill, here's how.
Article: The lesson needing to be learned today would be one that extended all the way to the Weyrling's tenth month. Z'ak didn't mind giving the lesson, this was a part he could do rather well because it didn’t involve any flying, not for awhile.
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