History Literature / DragonridersOfPern

15th Jan '18 4:51:17 PM CheeseDogX
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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Robinton delivers three of these: to the Lord Holders in ''Dragonflight'' and ''Dragonquest'', and to the Abominators in ''All The Weyrs of Pern.''

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Robinton delivers three of these: to the Lord Holders in ''Dragonflight'' and ''Dragonquest'', and to the Abominators in ''All The Weyrs of Pern.'''' Indeed, Robinton sees it as part of a Harper's job to let people know when they're being asses.
15th Jan '18 4:48:55 PM CheeseDogX
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* SamusIsAGirl: When Petiron submitted Menolly's songs to the Harperhall, he neglected to mention that they were written by a girl. When Petiron died, the Hall scrambled, attempting to find the boy who wrote those lovely songs. When they find Menolly, the general reaction is exasperation that Petiron thought Robinton would be reluctant to let a girl become a Harper.
15th Jan '18 4:38:10 PM CheeseDogX
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* {{Pride}}: Lessa, full stop. She is completely willing to let dragons battle with each other, because she feels insulted.

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* {{Pride}}: Lessa, full stop. She is completely willing to let dragons battle with each other, because she feels insulted. This is also the source of most of her friction with F'lar in the first book, combined with her being unused to being able to rely on anyone besides herself.
15th Jan '18 4:26:39 PM CheeseDogX
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* ParentalMarriageVeto: Toric, though a brother and not a father, tries to enact one of these on his sister Sharra and Jaxom. It fails miserably when Jaxom makes it clear that they aren't taking no for an answer and that, as a dragonrider, he can and will come for her anywhere on Pern.

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* ParentalMarriageVeto: Toric, though a brother and not a father, tries to enact one of these on his sister Sharra and Jaxom. He doesn't have any problem with Jaxom as a person, but he planned on a more politically advantageous ArrangedMarriage for his sister. It fails miserably when Jaxom makes it clear that they aren't taking no for an answer and that, as a dragonrider, he can and will come for her anywhere on Pern.
15th Jan '18 4:23:05 PM CheeseDogX
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** A common occurance with Weyrfolk, due to the dangers inherent in being a Dragonrider. Children in Weyrs are raised in a communal manner to make this easier on the children.
15th Jan '18 4:16:59 PM CheeseDogX
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* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: The Pernese colonists were specifically selected for their lack of susceptibility to religion, with reverence to the dragons filling a similar cultural space. Throughout the entire series, God is not mentioned once. On the other hand, it's mentioned in ''Dragonsdawn'' that much of the Judeo-Christian Bible consists of plain common sense that the Pernese hold to "without any trace of fanatical devotion," and Aivas considers the Bible to be "the greatest book ever written by mankind."

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* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: The Pernese colonists were specifically selected for their lack of susceptibility to religion, with reverence to the dragons filling a similar cultural space. Throughout the entire series, God is not mentioned once. On the other hand, it's mentioned in ''Dragonsdawn'' that much of the Judeo-Christian Bible consists of plain common sense that the Pernese hold to "without any trace of fanatical devotion," and Aivas considers the Bible to be "the greatest book ever written by mankind.""[[note]]The specific quote he gives comes from Ecclesiastes, which even noted atheists like Creator/RichardDawkins have called the most beautiful piece of literature in the English language[[/note]]
15th Jan '18 3:44:19 PM CheeseDogX
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** Kylara fancied herself one, but she wasn't as good at it as she thought she was. [[spoiler: She loses her mind as a more or less direct result of her machinations.]]
15th Jan '18 3:38:09 PM CheeseDogX
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* KnifeNut: Dragonriders don't carry swords, but many are deadly efficient duelists with eating knives.

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* KnifeNut: Dragonriders don't carry swords, but many are deadly efficient duelists with eating knives. Swords don't seem to exist in the setting, even machetes are referred to as long, flat knives. This is most likely due to the scarcity of metals on Pern.
15th Jan '18 3:34:39 PM CheeseDogX
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** Well, the first one in a long time. It's been stated that before the pandemic in Moreta's time, which nearly wiped out humans on Pern, that there was far more sexual equality. After that, women reverted to more "traditional" roles because of the need to repopulate.

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** Well, the first one in a long time. It's been stated that before the pandemic in Moreta's time, which nearly wiped out humans on Pern, that there was far more sexual equality. After that, women reverted to more "traditional" roles because of the need to repopulate. ''Dragonseye'', which takes place before Moreta's time, shows a pretty even distribution of labor among the sexes.
15th Jan '18 3:31:51 PM CheeseDogX
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*** It's also implied that the mating flight results in some pretty rough sex.
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