History Literature / DragonridersOfPern

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* KaleidoscopeEyes: Dragons' and fire lizards' eyes change color according to their mood.


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* MoodRingEyes: Dragons' and fire lizards' eyes change color according to their mood.
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Written by Creator/AnneMcCaffrey, the first Pern novella, "Weyr Search", was published in ''Analog'', an adult science fiction magazine edited by Creator/JohnWCampbell, in October 1967. kept writing them for another forty years, though later in collaboration with her son, Todd, who eventually took over the series. She was the first woman writer in history to win the Hugo and Nebula Awards, for "Weyr Search" and the original "Dragonflight" (''Analog'', December 1967/January 1968).

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Written by Creator/AnneMcCaffrey, the first Pern novella, "Weyr Search", was published in ''Analog'', an adult science fiction magazine edited by Creator/JohnWCampbell, in October 1967. She kept writing them for another forty years, though later in collaboration with her son, Todd, who eventually took over the series. She was the first woman writer in history to win the Hugo and Nebula Awards, for "Weyr Search" and the original "Dragonflight" (''Analog'', December 1967/January 1968).



The series initially had a [[{{Fantasy}} fantasy]] feel, with a few ScienceFiction trappings,[[note]]If John W. Campbell published it in ''Analog'', he at least believed it to be science fiction. He did not publish anything he thought of as fantasy literature, which is why Ray Bradbury and Zenna Henderson never appeared in the magazine.[[/note]] then evolved into ScienceFantasy.

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The series initially had a [[{{Fantasy}} fantasy]] feel, with a few ScienceFiction trappings,[[note]]If John W. Campbell published it in ''Analog'', he at least believed it to be science fiction. He did not publish anything he thought of as fantasy literature, which is why Ray Bradbury Creator/RayBradbury and [[Literature/ThePeople Zenna Henderson Henderson]] never appeared in the magazine.[[/note]] then evolved into ScienceFantasy.
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The first Pern short story, "Weyr Search", was published in 1967. Creator/AnneMcCaffrey kept writing them for another forty years, though later in collaboration with her son, Todd, who eventually took over the series.

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The Written by Creator/AnneMcCaffrey, the first Pern short story, novella, "Weyr Search", was published in ''Analog'', an adult science fiction magazine edited by Creator/JohnWCampbell, in October 1967. Creator/AnneMcCaffrey kept writing them for another forty years, though later in collaboration with her son, Todd, who eventually took over the series.
series. She was the first woman writer in history to win the Hugo and Nebula Awards, for "Weyr Search" and the original "Dragonflight" (''Analog'', December 1967/January 1968).



The series initially had a [[{{Fantasy}} fantasy]] feel, with a few ScienceFiction trappings, then evolved into ScienceFantasy.

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The series initially had a [[{{Fantasy}} fantasy]] feel, with a few ScienceFiction trappings, trappings,[[note]]If John W. Campbell published it in ''Analog'', he at least believed it to be science fiction. He did not publish anything he thought of as fantasy literature, which is why Ray Bradbury and Zenna Henderson never appeared in the magazine.[[/note]] then evolved into ScienceFantasy.



** Menolly's father beats her for composing music, and her mother [[UnreliableNarrator may have deliberately attempted to cripple her hand]] so she can't play an instrument. She rises above every other hardship in her life, but she ''never'' forgives her parents.

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** In ''Dragonsong'', Menolly's father beats her for composing music, and her mother [[UnreliableNarrator may have deliberately attempted to cripple her hand]] so she can't play an instrument. She rises above every other hardship in her life, but she ''never'' forgives her parents.



** Dragon mating has a profound psychic effect on nearby humans, particularly their bondmates, making a sexual union between their riders near-compulsory. Weyr culture has adapted to this situation, so permanent relationships among dragonriders are rare. However, a rider's preference can influence his/her dragon's choice of partner -- witness the fact that Mnementh and Ramoth always mate despite the competition from dozens of other bronzes.

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** Dragon mating has a profound psychic effect on nearby humans, particularly their bondmates, making a sexual union between their riders near-compulsory. (And in the early pages of ''Dragonquest'' it's clear that if those two riders are both men, it's still going to happen.) Weyr culture has adapted to this situation, so permanent relationships among dragonriders are rare. However, a rider's preference can influence his/her dragon's choice of partner -- witness the fact that Mnementh and Ramoth always mate despite the competition from dozens of other bronzes.



* AndThenWhat: Used on Lessa in ''Dragonquest,'' who had never thought beyond the moment when Fax was dead.
* TheApprentice: Apprenticeships are the main form of education for most of the series. In particular the protagonist of the ''Dragonsinger'' trilogy is an apprentice Harper.

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* AndThenWhat: Used on Lessa in ''Dragonquest,'' who ''Weyr Search''; she had never thought beyond the moment when Fax was dead.
* TheApprentice: Apprenticeships are the main form of education for most of the series. In particular the protagonist of the ''Dragonsinger'' Harper Hall trilogy is an apprentice Harper.



* BestServedCold: Lessa was ready to wait ten years disguised as a menial servant to take revenge on the man who slew her entire family. During this time she turned Ruatha, one of the wealthiest Holds, into a complete ruin through simple sabotage and slight [[PsychicPowers telepathic]] emotional adjustments, and manipulated [[GuileHero Fílar]] into a duel with Fax to make him pay. She was only ten years old when this started.

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* BestServedCold: Lessa was ready to wait ten years disguised as a menial servant to take revenge on the man who slew her entire family. During this time she turned Ruatha, one of the wealthiest Holds, into a complete ruin through simple sabotage and slight adjustments of co-workers' emotions and decisions via [[PsychicPowers telepathic]] emotional adjustments, telepathy]], and manipulated [[GuileHero Fílar]] into a duel with Fax to make him pay. She was only ten years old when this started.



* CharmPerson: Part of Lessa's PsychicPowers manifest as a weak form of this. Actually she does the opposite in ''Weyr Search'', causing everyone to think she is an ugly, elderly drudge worker since the age of ''ten''.

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* CharmPerson: Part of Lessa's PsychicPowers manifest as a weak subtle form of this. Actually she does the opposite in ''Weyr Search'', causing everyone to think she is an ugly, elderly drudge worker since the age of ''ten''. When F'lar notices that her hands are quite young and graceful, she reaches into his mind and ''blurs'' the image.



* CommonalityConnection: In ''Dragonsinger'', when Menolly is caught in a fight during a fair, another girl, jumping to join her side, calls for a boy to join in because Menolly comes from a sea hold. It works. Robinton rebukes him because his father had sent him to be fostered where he was to broaden his mind.

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* CommonalityConnection: In ''Dragonsinger'', when Menolly is caught in a fight during a fair, another girl, jumping to join her side, calls for a boy to join in because Menolly Menolly, like them, comes from a sea hold. It works. Robinton rebukes him because his father had sent him to be fostered where he was to broaden his mind.



* DeathWorld: [[spoiler: F'nor and Canth]] pay a visit to the Red Star and come back near-dead and skinless from the corrosive, unbreathable atmosphere.

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* DeathWorld: [[spoiler: F'nor and Canth]] pay a visit to the Red Star at the end of ''Dragonquest'' and come back near-dead and skinless from the corrosive, unbreathable atmosphere.



* DisappointedInYou: Piemur wanted to prove himself to Robinton and Menolly. He didn't want to disappoint them. So he kept silent about the full extent of the abuse his fellow drum trainees were putting him through. [[spoiler:Even after he nearly died because they greased the stairs, this was the reason he gave.]] His friends were horrified at the thought that they inadvertently caused the situation by putting the pressure on him.
* DiseaseByAnyOtherName: A fast-spreading illness almost wipes out the human population until a Healer and a weyr-woman manage to re-invent vaccination. The Pernese don't know what the illness is, but any reader who's ever had the flu will recognize it immediately. (Most of the deaths are from secondary illnesses, which matches RealLife flu epidemics.)

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* DisappointedInYou: Piemur had a reputation for getting by on his looks and talent, but wanted to prove himself to Robinton and Menolly.Menolly as someone who could work hard and be serious. He didn't want to disappoint them. So he kept silent about the full extent of the abuse his fellow drum trainees were putting him through. [[spoiler:Even after he nearly died because they greased the stairs, this was the reason he gave.]] His friends were horrified at the thought that they inadvertently caused the situation by putting the pressure on him.
* DiseaseByAnyOtherName: A fast-spreading illness almost wipes out the human population until a Healer and a weyr-woman manage to re-invent vaccination. The Pernese don't know what the illness is, but any reader who's ever had the flu will recognize it immediately. (Most of the deaths are from secondary illnesses, which matches RealLife flu influenza epidemics.)



* DoingInTheWizard: The series begins with fire-breathing dragons, telepathy, and teleportation, all believed to be a form of magic. By the third book in the series, the dragons are genetically modified lizards with {{technobabble}} explanations for the telepathy and teleportation [[spoiler:and telekinesis that let the massive dragons fly with wings too small for their bodies]].

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* DoingInTheWizard: The series begins with fire-breathing dragons, telepathy, and teleportation, all believed to be regarded as a form kind of magic.magic (although it's never explicitly called that). By the third book in the series, the dragons are genetically modified lizards with {{technobabble}} explanations for the telepathy and teleportation [[spoiler:and telekinesis that let the massive dragons fly with wings too small for their bodies]].



** While F'lar doesn't go ''quite'' this far, he has a tendency in the earlier books to shake Lessa when she upsets him.

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** While F'lar doesn't go ''quite'' this far, he has a tendency in the earlier books to shake Lessa when she upsets him. He does it so often that she expects it when she returns from her heroic mission through time.



** Robinton is also overly fond of drink, and has been ever since his bride Kasia died of a plague. Though he's managed to cultivate a reputation as a wine connoisseur, and so his frequent drinking is rarely looked down upon.
* DuelToTheDeath: In ''Dragonflight'', Lessa goads the bronze dragonrider F'lar into one of these against the corrupt Holder named Fax, since Fax murdered every one of Lessa's family.

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** Robinton is also overly fond of drink, and has been ever since his bride Kasia died of a plague. Though he's managed to cultivate a reputation as a wine connoisseur, connoisseur and implies it enhances his music, and so his frequent drinking is rarely looked down upon.
* DuelToTheDeath: In ''Weyr Search'', the first story in ''Dragonflight'', Lessa telepathically goads the bronze dragonrider F'lar into one of these against the corrupt Holder named Fax, since Fax murdered every one of Lessa's family.



** Menolly is first introduced in ''Dragonsong'' as singing the funeral elegy for Petiron.

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** Menolly is first introduced in ''Dragonsong'' as singing the funeral elegy for Petiron.Petiron, the Harper of her family's hold, her friend and teacher.



* GenderRarityValue: Applies in this case to the dragons; golds are the least common dragon color and yet the ones primarily responsible for populating the Weyrs. Over the last Long Interval, the Weyr population diminished to the point where there was only one gold alive at any time [[spoiler:(because Lessa had gone back in time to the end of the Eighth Pass to bring every Weyr except Benden to the future)]], making the extinction of the species a real possibility and justifying the taboo against flying golds in combat, something which had not existed in previous Passes.

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* GenderRarityValue: Applies in this case to the dragons; golds are the least common dragon color and yet the ones primarily responsible for populating the Weyrs. Over the last Long Interval, the Weyr population diminished to the point where there was only one gold alive at any time [[spoiler:(because Lessa had gone back in time to the end of the Eighth Pass to bring the population of every Weyr except Benden to the future)]], making the extinction of the species a real possibility and justifying the taboo against flying golds in combat, something which had not existed in previous Passes.



* HugeGuyTinyGirl: F'lar and Lessa. Lessa is explicitly described as being little bigger than a child.

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* HugeGuyTinyGirl: F'lar and Lessa. Lessa is explicitly described as being little bigger than a child.child while F'lar is a six-footer.



** Since the time spent ''between'' increases the further you go in time, hypothermia and oxygen deprivation almost killed Lessa when she went back 450 Turns--she was babbling and needed bed rest for a while after getting out.

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** Since the time spent ''between'' increases the further you go in time, hypothermia and sensory / oxygen deprivation almost killed Lessa when she went back 450 Turns--she was babbling and needed bed rest for a while after getting out.out. It's explicitly stated that the only thing keeping her ''and'' Ramoth from going completely insane was their mental contact. (On the return trip they figured out how to take a series of much smaller time jumps, resting after each one.)



* LargeHam: Master Shonagar from the Harper Hall trilogy, fill his room with his melodramatic declarations, banging, and shouting all done with an eloquent vocabulary.

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* LargeHam: Master Shonagar from the Harper Hall trilogy, fill fills his room with his melodramatic declarations, banging, and shouting all done with an eloquent vocabulary.



** When ''Dragonflight'' (the original novella, published in ''Analog'' in December 1967) first appeared, the Fort weyrleader who greets Lessa after her long time trip is named M'ron. When [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragonflight the "Dragonflight" *novel*]] was published in July 1968, his name had been changed to T'ton. By ''Dragonquest'', he was T'ron, and remained so.



* NeverAcceptedInHisHometown: In ''Dragonsong'', Menolly is a girl who dares to perform and even compose music in a fishing village of a practical and pragmatic (and repressive) sort. In the course of the novel, Menolly injures herself cleaning fish, and her own mother deliberately stitches her palm up wrong, crippling her hand so she can barely perform routine household tasks (making her even more despised), let alone play any instrument. Meanwhile, the Master Harper Robinton and his faithful have been searching for the "anonymous" author of the fine music mailed to him by a rural harper, and take her away from all that to make her as much a star as a Medieval setting permits.

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* NeverAcceptedInHisHometown: In ''Dragonsong'', the first Dragonriders' young-adult novel, Menolly is a girl who dares to perform and even compose music in a fishing village of a practical and pragmatic (and repressive) sort. In the course of the novel, Menolly injures herself cleaning fish, and her own mother deliberately stitches her palm up wrong, crippling her hand so she can barely perform routine household tasks (making her even more despised), let alone play any instrument. Meanwhile, the Master Harper Robinton and his faithful have been searching for the "anonymous" author of the fine music mailed to him by a rural harper, and take her away from all that to make her as much a star as a Medieval setting permits.



* NotGoodWithPeople

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* NotGoodWithPeopleNotGoodWithPeople: Lessa would be a combination of both types in her childhood and young adulthood, lavishing love and tenderness on the castle's watch-wher, while people were just pawns on her telepathic chessboard toward her ultimate revenge against the man who murdered her family.



* OnlyTheChosenMayRide: The titular Dragonriders of Pern are chosen this way. The dragons form an empathic bond with a particular human, who is then shanghaied into the life of a dragonrider. The bond is so strong that riders of dragons who mate often wind up having sex as well whether they meant to or not.

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* OnlyTheChosenMayRide: The titular Dragonriders of Pern are chosen this way. The dragons form an empathic bond with a particular human, who is then becomes a dragonrider. Candidates are "searched" -- basically anyone even slightly telepathic is shanghaied into the life of a dragonrider.Weyr from their family and former life. The bond is so strong that riders of dragons who mate often wind up having sex as well whether they meant to or not.



** Lessa's PsychicPowers are explicit and quite strong in ''Dragonflight'', with F'lar considering them unusual in their strength -- she's actually a true telepath -- but hardly surprising. She's from the ruling Ruathan family, and they're supposed to have such gifts. Later books downplay this to the point where it's almost ignored, leaving only the ability to talk to more than one's own dragon as a defined power.

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** Lessa's PsychicPowers are explicit and quite strong in ''Dragonflight'', with F'lar considering them unusual in their strength -- she's actually a true telepath telepath, capable of reaching into your mind and changing your thoughts -- or ''erasing them'' -- but hardly surprising. She's from the ruling Ruathan family, and they're supposed to have such gifts. Several great Weyrleaders down through history, male and female, have been Ruathan. Later books downplay this to the point where it's almost ignored, leaving only the ability to talk to more than one's own dragon as a defined power.



** In ''Dragonquest'', there's a specific reference to fire lizards "eating Thread". Granted that the person making the claim, Kylara, is mentally unstable and an unabashed liar, in later books the idea seems to be dropped in favor of fire lizards flaming thread like their larger cousins. There's also a mention in ''Dragonsinger'', which parallels Dragonquest in the Harper Hall trilogy: Menolly's fire lizards, while shut inside the Harperhall refectory during Threadfall, get very excited and are described as making the motions of "licking Thread from the air."

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** In ''Dragonquest'', there's a specific reference to fire lizards "eating Thread". Granted that the person making the claim, Kylara, is mentally unstable and an unabashed liar, in later books the idea seems to be dropped in favor of fire lizards flaming thread like their larger cousins. There's also a mention in ''Dragonsinger'', which parallels Dragonquest ''Dragonquest'' in the Harper Hall trilogy: Menolly's fire lizards, while shut inside the Harperhall Harper Hall refectory during Threadfall, get very excited and are described as making the motions of "licking Thread from the air."
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* SyntheticPlague: [[spoiler: How thread is ultimately made extinct, as a fail-safe in addition to altering the course of the Red Star. Using rediscovered technology, they learn that thread is just one part of a complex space-born ecology in the Oort Cloud and that it has natural parasites. They then genetically engineer one of these parasites into a lethal and virulent form, and seed the parasites such that the oort cloud will be infected by it.]]

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* SyntheticPlague: [[spoiler: How thread is ultimately made extinct, as a fail-safe in addition to altering the course of the Red Star. Using rediscovered technology, they learn that thread is just one part of a complex space-born space-borne ecology in the Pernese Oort Cloud and that it has natural parasites. They then genetically engineer one of these parasites into a lethal and virulent form, and seed the parasites such that the oort cloud will be infected by it.]]
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Pern, an isolated world with no useful resources, seemed like the ideal place for [[SpaceAmish people tired of technology]] to establish [[{{Arcadia}} a pastoral utopia]], until Thread started falling from the skies. An alien fungus that could devour a cow in seconds had not been part of the plan. Rather than permanently resort to technological measures, the colonists used genetic engineering to create dragons, a solution compatible with their principles since, like the spaceships that had brought them to Pern, it was technology they could use once, then discard. Using planes to fight Thread would meant living in an industrial society capable of supporting them; dragons could be supported by the idealised medieval society the settlers had wanted. There's also the matter that they'd been warned the planet's resources were "negligible". There's insufficient metal and fuel for such an industrial society, whether or not they want one.

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Pern, an isolated world with no useful resources, seemed like the ideal place for [[SpaceAmish people tired of technology]] to establish [[{{Arcadia}} a pastoral utopia]], until Thread started falling from the skies. An alien fungus that could devour a cow in seconds had not been part of the plan. Rather than permanently resort to technological measures, the colonists used genetic engineering to create dragons, a solution compatible with their principles since, like the spaceships that had brought them to Pern, it was technology they could use once, then discard. Using planes to fight Thread would meant mean living in an industrial society capable of supporting them; dragons could be supported by the idealised medieval society the settlers had wanted. There's also the matter that they'd been warned the planet's resources were "negligible". There's insufficient metal and fuel for such an industrial society, whether or not they want one.



* AndThenWhat: Used on the heroine in ''Dragonquest,'' who had never thought beyond the moment when Fax was dead.

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* AndThenWhat: Used on the heroine Lessa in ''Dragonquest,'' who had never thought beyond the moment when Fax was dead.



** The various Holds and Crafts have traditional colors and shoulder knot patterns that denote rank and affiliation. About the only color ever consistently mentioned is that Harpers are associated with a light shade of blue known as "Harper Blue."

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** The various Holds and Crafts have traditional colors and shoulder knot patterns that denote rank and affiliation. About the only color ever consistently mentioned is that Harpers are associated with a light shade of blue known as "Harper Blue."Blue"; healers usually wear green.



** Jayge and Aramina, who were seeking confirmation of dolphin intelligence from AIVAS in ''All the Weyrs'' so their son and his friends wouldn't be seen as crazy, to ''Dolphins'' where '''they''' thought he was crazy and irresponsible.

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** Jayge and Aramina, who were seeking confirmation of dolphin intelligence from AIVAS in ''All the Weyrs'' so their son and his friends Alemi wouldn't be seen as crazy, to ''Dolphins'' where '''they''' thought he was crazy and irresponsible.



* DistressCall: In ''Dragonsdawn'', the colonists could have sent a distress beacon into space after the Threadfall, but this would most likely have brought scavengers down on them, who would pick over the bones of the colony regardless of whether there was anyone still alive or not. They decided not to call for help. [[spoiler:A rogue group of colonists fire it off anyway, which caused interesting things several generations down the road]].

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* DistressCall: In ''Dragonsdawn'', the colonists could have sent a distress beacon into space after the Threadfall, but this would most likely have brought scavengers down on them, who would pick over the bones of the colony regardless of whether there was anyone still alive or not. Not to mention that it would take at minimum ten years for help to arrive. They decided not to call for help. [[spoiler:A rogue group of colonists fire it off anyway, which caused interesting things several generations down the road]].



*** One of the things that distinguishes Jaxom of Rutha Hold as ''not'' a Dragonrider is that he does not receive the honorific. Although before that decision was made, several characters discuss what his name might be shortened to since--not being weyr-born--his name was never designed with contraction in mind.

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*** One of the things that distinguishes Jaxom of Rutha Hold as ''not'' a Dragonrider is that he does not receive the honorific. Although before that decision was made, several characters discuss what Lessa amuses herself by wondering his name might be shortened to since--not being weyr-born--his name was never designed with contraction in mind.



** In ''Dragongirl'' it is revealed that Xhinna is homosexual. Another female character in ''Sky Dragons'', Taria, is also found to be homosexual after a mating flight between her green dragon and Xhinna's blue dragon causes Xhinna and Taria to confront their feelings for one another and enter into a relationship together.

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** In ''Dragongirl'' it is revealed that Xhinna is homosexual. Another female character in ''Sky Dragons'', In a later book, she meets Taria, who is also found to be homosexual after a mating flight between her green dragon and Xhinna's blue dragon causes Xhinna and Taria to confront their feelings for one another and homosexual. They enter into a relationship together.



** All male Weyr riders have their names ritually contracted after Impression, to make shouted communication easier during Threadfall. For example, F'lar was born Fallarnon. Losing your dragon (and surviving) sometimes revokes this, as Lytol was L'tol when he was a rider, but went back to a non-hyphenated name (though not the same as his original name) after his dragon died.

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** All male Weyr riders have their names ritually contracted after Impression, to make shouted communication easier during Threadfall. For example, F'lar was born Fallarnon. Losing your dragon (and surviving) sometimes revokes this, as Lytol was L'tol when he was a rider, but went back to a non-hyphenated name (though not the same as his original name) Lytol after his dragon died.



* RealMenHateAffection: Petiron's attitude toward his son Robinton is a good example. Whether Petiron just didn't know how to show affection, or felt threatened by the fact that his son was much more talented than Petiron himself was, Robinton as a young boy is [[WellDoneSonGuy constantly looking for affection his father never offers]]. The situation improves as Robinton becomes an adult and is named [=MasterHarper=], upon which Petiron steps down as [=MasterComposer=] and exiles himself to a minor holding to allow Robinton to become a leader in his own right. Later on, Petiron redeems himself when he discovers Menolly's talents (and sees her father's attempts to squelch her) and begins to send her compositions to Robinton hoping she'll eventually be accepted for mentoring.

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* RealMenHateAffection: Petiron's attitude toward his son Robinton is a good example. Whether Because Petiron just loved his wife so much and didn't know how want to show affection, or felt threatened by the fact that share her, even with his son was much more talented than Petiron himself was, son, Robinton as a young boy is [[WellDoneSonGuy constantly looking for affection his father never offers]]. The situation improves as Robinton becomes an adult and is named [=MasterHarper=], upon which Petiron steps down as [=MasterComposer=] and exiles himself to a minor holding to allow Robinton to become a leader in his own right. Later on, Petiron redeems himself when he discovers Menolly's talents (and sees her father's attempts to squelch her) and begins to send her compositions to Robinton hoping she'll eventually be accepted for mentoring.



** In the Harper Hall trilogy, Meron deliberately avoids naming a successor as he's dying (he wants a bloody succession fight to spite everyone), until Robinton uses reverse psychology to get him to select the son he ''thinks'' nobody wants.

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** In the Harper Hall trilogy, Meron deliberately avoids naming a successor as he's dying (he wants a bloody succession fight to spite everyone), until Robinton uses reverse psychology to get him to select the son relative he ''thinks'' nobody wants.
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* NobodyPoops: Mostly maintained, although a convalescing Menolly is helped to use "the necessary" at one point.


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* PullingTheThread: The bullies' grease-the-steps plot against Piemur unravels because while they removed the evidence from the stairs, they failed to clean the soles of Piemur's boots.
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* WeCouldHaveAvoidedAllThis: Silvina's reacion in ''Dragonsong'' when she finds out Menolly is Petiron's secret prodigy. She becomes rather angry at all the trouble they all could've avoided had Petiron trusted in Robinton not to dismiss such a talent simply because of her gender.
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* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: A dragonís or fire lizardís quality is directly linked to its color.

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* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: A dragonís or fire lizardís quality size and physical ability is directly linked to its color.color. Though there have been exceptions, such as Canth - a bronze-sized brown. Intelligence was gauged this way as well, up until Ruth, a runt white dragon as smart as any dragon portrayed.
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* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: A dragonís or fire lizardís quality is directly linked to its color.
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* DiseaseByAnyOtherName: A fast-spreading illness almost wipes out the human population until a Healer and a weyr-woman manage to re-invent vaccination. The Pernese don't know what the illness is, but any reader who's ever had the flu will recognize it immediately. (Most of the deaths are from secondary illnesses, which matches RealLife flu epidemics.)
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