History Literature / DragonridersOfPern

6th Mar '17 7:51:21 PM SN1063
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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.
4th Mar '17 12:42:05 PM Geoduck
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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.
8th Dec '16 7:20:11 PM Freezer
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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.
8th Dec '16 6:58:45 PM Freezer
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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.
8th Dec '16 1:37:31 PM lucy24
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* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: A dragonís or fire lizardís quality is directly linked to its color.
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.]]
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