History Literature / DragonridersOfPern

18th Jul '16 5:14:14 PM Antigone3
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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.)
29th Jun '16 9:12:14 AM Rossum
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* LargeHam: Master Shonagar from the Harper Hall trilogy, fill his room with his melodramatic declarations, banging, and shouting all done with an eloquent vocabulary.
6th May '16 2:38:19 AM PaulA
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* HordeOfAlienSpaceLocusts: Thread.

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* HordeOfAlienSpaceLocusts: HordeOfAlienLocusts: Thread.
6th May '16 2:36:15 AM PaulA
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* 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.



* HeadPet: Firelizards that have impressed on a human will ride around on them. Most prefer to ride on the human's shoulders, but Menolly, who impressed a whole brood of nine of them (and later accidentally added a tenth) usually has one on her head.



* HordeOfAlienSpaceLocusts: Thread.



* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharactersLoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Just try keeping the scores of dragonriders (and their dragons!), harpers, Lord Holders (and their spouses and kids!), weyr ladies, and various other characters straight. The abbreviated names don't help either; they tend to blur together, and several have even been subject to name drift.



* MarketBasedTitle: ''Dragonseye'' was published in the UK as ''Red Star Rising''.
* MeaningfulRename: In ''Dragonsdawn'', Tarvi Andiyar changes his name to Telgar, which was originally his wife's surname. He never admitted how much he loved her until she was dying and made the change to honor her sacrifice to help the Pern colony.



* NamingYourColonyWorld: A retcon has Pern named from a four-letter code summarizing its geology and ecology -- '''P'''arallel '''E'''arth; '''R'''esources '''N'''egligible.



* 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.



* {{Teleportation}}: Dragons and fire lizards are innate teleporters, and can bring passengers with them. This is accomplished by making use of AnotherDimension, colloquially termed ''between'', which lacks all sensation and is killingly cold. It is later discovered that they can teleport across interplanetary distances as well as through time, but the amount of time spent ''between'' increases with distance travelled (temporally and spacially). There's no oxygen ''between,'' which puts a very definite limit on hops through space and/or time (until the Pernese rediscover their ancestors' technology and gain access to space suits allowing them to carry an air supply ''between'').



* TeleportersAndTransporters: Dragons and fire lizards are innate teleporters, and can bring passengers with them. This is accomplished by making use of AnotherDimension, colloquially termed ''between'', which lacks all sensation and is killingly cold. It is later discovered that they can teleport across interplanetary distances as well as through time, but the amount of time spent ''between'' increases with distance travelled (temporally and spacially). There's no oxygen ''between,'' which puts a very definite limit on hops through space and/or time (until the Pernese rediscover their ancestors' technology and gain access to space suits allowing them to carry an air supply ''between'').
5th May '16 11:39:16 PM PaulA
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* DragonRider: One of the {{Trope Maker}}s.



* DragonRider: One of the {{Trope Maker}}s.



* 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.]]



* LongRunningBookSeries



* {{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.


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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.]]
5th May '16 11:24:20 PM PaulA
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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. 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]].
* 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]].



* 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.



* EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion: Thread is a ravenous mycorrhizoid spore that can eat virtually anything carbon-based and burrow into the earth. But water (even a good soaking thunderstorm) kills it, as does [[KillItWithFire fire]] and cold. In one book, the Pernese don't realize that Threadfall has started because the first few falls are over the northern area of the continent during winter. The trouble is, although Thread is doomed from the moment it arrives, it can still do a hell of a lot of damage before it dies.



* EnemyToAllLivingThings: Thread eats its way through anything organic -- being tied out during threadfall is the single most dire punishment that a criminal can be sentenced to. ''Drowned'' Thread OTOH (Thread can't survive in water) is a rich food source for marine life. While the rest of Pern suffers due to Thread, fish and other sea animals thrive.
** [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] later on, when it is discovered that Thread is actually only a small part of an extremely complex ecology of space-born lifeforms in Pern's Oort cloud. Presumably, it's effects on Pern are an accidental side effect rather than it's normal life cycle, since thread on pern is stranded with no way to get back or reproduce. There's even a brief discussion of the ethics of causing the extinction of thread, since this will disrupt the oort cloud ecology, but they quickly decide to go through with it anyway.

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* EnemyToAllLivingThings: Thread eats its way through anything organic -- being tied out during threadfall is the single most dire punishment that a criminal can be sentenced to. ''Drowned'' Thread OTOH (Thread can't survive in water) is a rich food source for marine life. While the rest of Pern suffers due to Thread, fish and other sea animals thrive.
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thrive. [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] later on, when it is discovered that Thread is actually only a small part of an extremely complex ecology of space-born lifeforms in Pern's Oort cloud. Presumably, it's its effects on Pern are an accidental side effect rather than it's its normal life cycle, since thread on pern Pern is stranded with no way to get back or reproduce. There's even a brief discussion of the ethics of causing the extinction of thread, Thread, since this will disrupt the oort cloud ecology, but they quickly decide to go through with it anyway.anyway.
* {{Epigraph}}: The early Pern books have snippets of Harper songs at the start of each chapter.


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* EvilLuddite: The Abominators in ''The Skies of Pern''.


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* FeudalFuture: When first seen, Pern has a medieval society to go with the dragons, although this starts to change once it gets back in touch with its past.
5th May '16 8:36:32 PM PaulA
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* ArtificialLimbs: In ''Dragonsdawn'' Paul Benden has a couple of prosthetic fingers.


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* CanNotSpitItOut:
** F'lar and Lessa in ''Dragonflight''.
** Sebell and Menolly in ''Dragonsinger''.
** In ''Dragonsdawn'', Tarvi didn't tell Telgar he loved her until she was about to die... and they had been married for years and had several children.


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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 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.
13th Jan '16 11:22:02 PM LBHills
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* AristocratsAreEvil: The lion's share of the Lord Holders at the beginning of the series are spiteful, narrow-minded old men that create headaches for F'lar and the other protagonists on a regular basis. They gradually get replaced by younger and more reasonable successors.

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* AndThenWhat: Used on the heroine in ''Dragonquest,'' who had never thought beyond the moment when Fax was dead.
* AristocratsAreEvil: The lion's share of the Lord Holders at the beginning of the series are spiteful, narrow-minded old men that create headaches for F'lar and the other protagonists on a regular basis. They gradually get replaced by younger and more reasonable (or, at least, pragmatic) successors.
4th Jan '16 8:39:35 PM butterflygrrl
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** Menolly's father beats her for composing music, and her mother deliberately attempts 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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** Menolly's father beats her for composing music, and her mother [[UnreliableNarrator may have deliberately attempts attempted to cripple her hand hand]] so she can't play an instrument. She rises above every other hardship in her life, but she ''never'' forgives her parents.parents.
*** The canon text is explicitly contradictory on whether Menolly's mother did her best and was sad that she couldn't help more, or deliberately let her be crippled.
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