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     Ninth Pass Weyrleaders 

F'lar

Rider of bronze Mnementh, and eventually Weyrleader of Benden Weyr. He prepares Pern for the coming of Thread at the beginning of the Ninth Pass, and all through the series is almost obsessed with the idea of permanently defeating Thread. He is well-known as a fair and respected leader.
  • Action Dad: Flies in the bronze wing as Weyrleader; he is the father of F'lessan.
  • Aliens Made Them Do It: Caught up in the mating of their dragons, F'lar has extremely rough sex with Lessa, causing her to freeze up whenever he touches her afterwards. Worse, F'lar notes that while he's much gentler afterwards, their sex "might as well be rape" unless their dragons are involved...bringing up the unfortunate implication that he's still having sex with her outside of their dragons even when he's aware that she's unwilling. This is later smoothed over and it appears they become consensual lovers.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Has this when Lessa times it to the Eighth Pass to bring forward the Oldtimers. He is terrified and grief-stricken, believing that Lessa has surely perished, and when she finally returns he seriously shakes her by the shoulders for scaring him so badly.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: With Lessa.
  • Babies Ever After: He has one child with Lessa, called Felessan (F'lessan after Impression).
  • Battle Couple: Fights Thread alongside Lessa on their dragons.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Lessa and F'lar, after they band together to help defend Pern against Thread at the start of the Ninth Pass.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!
  • Guile Hero
  • Happily Married: To Lessa.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: F'lar is huge compared to Lessa.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Has shades of this in Dragonflight. He gets better in later books, though.
  • Pride: His main fault.
  • Properly Paranoid: He is the only bronze dragonrider in his Weyr to seriously believe in the old tales about Thread returning and prepares his wing to fight Thread once more.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He is the Weyrleader of Benden after Mnementh flies Ramoth. His dragonriders (and all of Pern) look up to him as a wise leader and trust him to do what is right for the planet.

N'ton

Weyrleader of Fort after the Oldtimers' banishment to the Southern Continent.

T'gellan

Weyrmate of Mirrim, and eventual Weyrleader of Monaco/Eastern Weyr.

     Ninth Pass Weyrwomen 

Lessa

The youngest daughter of Lord Kale and Lady Adessa of Ruatha Hold, and the last surviving member of that bloodline. She accepts a challenge from bronze rider F'lar to become Weyrwoman of Benden Weyr, and impresses gold Ramoth.
  • Action Girl: And how. Despite living in a time when it is considered traditional for women to keep house and raise families rather than do what men can do, Lessa proves that she can run Benden Weyr and fly her dragon in a queens' wing against Thread.
  • Action Mom: After giving birth to Felessan, Lessa becomes this, as she continues to fly in the queens' wing and fight Thread even though she is now a mother.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: With F'lar.
  • Babies Ever After: Played with. Lessa gives birth to a boy, Felessan (who later becomes F'lessan), but as the birth was life-threatening she and F'lar took measures to make sure she did not become pregnant again.
  • Battle Couple: Fights Thread alongside F'lar on their dragons.
  • Been There, Shaped History: She travels back in time on Ramoth to the end of the Eighth Pass, where she convinces the dragonriders of Fort, Ista, Igen, Telgar, and High Reaches to go forward in time with her to help fight Thread in the Ninth Pass.
  • Best Served Cold: Lessa carefully plots her revenge on Fax for ten years, starting from when she's only a child.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Goes back in time to the end of the Eighth Pass to bring forward the Oldtimers.
  • Brainy Brunette: Lessa is quite attractive once she washes away the grime and cleans herself up properly, and is also very intelligent.
  • Broken Bird: After witnessing the murder of her family, being forced into hiding as a servant for her entire childhood, and subjected to constant abuse, Lessa is initially manipulative and mistrustful. Gradually she overcomes her traumatic past as she grows more confident.
  • Charm Person: It's hard to tell if Lessa's really just that good at manipulating others or if her latent psychic abilities plays a part in her success.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her family was murdered by Fax ten years before the events of the first book, leaving Lessa alone and disguised as a servant in Ruatha Hold, waiting for the right time to reclaim her birthright.
  • Determinator/Plucky Girl: Lessa never gives up on her quest to reclaim her birthright. It's amazing the lengths to which she goes to get what she wants.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Lessa and F'lar, after they band together to help defend Pern against Thread at the start of the Ninth Pass.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Lessa notices F'lar's manliness when she is treating his wounds in Benden Weyr, just after their return from Ruatha in Dragonflight.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Lessa to F'lar.
  • Guile Hero: Lessa often uses her wits and her intelligence to fool her enemies.
  • Happily Married: While not officially wed, F'lar and Lessa do live as if they fit into this trope.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: She's already short, but compared to F'lar, Lessa is tiny due to childhood malnourishment.
  • I Thought Everyone Could Do That: When F'lar discovers her ability to hear any dragon, this is her response to him complaining that she hadn't told him about that ability.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Lessa could be said to be this, before she impresses Ramoth.
  • The Napoleon: In almost every scene we're told how short Lessa is. But bossy. Very very bossy.
  • Near-Death Experience: Lessa almost dies of asphyxiation and hypothermia when she goes between times to the end of the Eighth Pass.
    • Years later she almost dies giving birth to F'lessan, which leads to her and F'lar taking measures to make sure she does not become pregnant again.
  • Never the Selves Shall Meet: Lessa witnesses her ten-year-old self hiding in the watchwyer's den on the night her family was murdered but can't interfere or help her.
  • Parental Abandonment: Lessa's entire family were murdered by Fax and his men ten years before the beginning of Dragonflight.
  • Pride: This is Lessa's major fault. In The White Dragon she almost allows dragons to fight dragons because she and Ramoth feel insulted at the stealing of a queen egg from Benden's hatching grounds.
  • Psychic Powers: Lessa can hear all dragons, and can also psychically influence or control the minds of those around her.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Known for her long black hair and very fair skin.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Lessa is respected as a fair Weyrwoman of Benden Weyr, despite her temper.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: F'lar first suspects Lessa of being more than she seems when he notices that under her ragged clothes and filthy hair, she's kept herself clean and is far too pretty for a mere kitchen drudge. When she finally gets a bath, her true beauty becomes clear.
  • Starting a New Life: In Dragonflight, when she accepts F'lar's offer for her to become Weyrwoman of Benden.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: After finally getting her hard-won revenge and reclaiming her birthright, Lessa realizes that she never really planned for anything beyond revenge and that she has no idea how to run a Hold.

Kylara

A spoilt and haughty girl, found in the same Search that discovered Lessa. Is rider of gold Prideth, and Weyrwoman of Southern Weyr and later High Reaches.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She is very attractive, but also spoilt, selfish and mean. The others in her Weyr can barely stand her.
  • Bond Creatures: Her gold dragon Prideth, and later an unnamed gold fire lizard.
  • Empty Shell: Becomes this after the death of her dragon Prideth.
  • Jerkass: Seems to have no other ambition than beating Lessa for the role of Alpha Bitch.
  • Significant Name: Her gold dragon's name is Prideth, a reflection of Kylara's arrogance.

Brekke

Rider of gold Wirenth, and junior Weyrwoman under Kylara. She is Weyrmate to F'nor, and foster-mother to Mirrim.
  • Babies Ever After: Has two children with F'nor.
  • Bond Creatures: She Impresses bronze fire lizard Berd in Dragonquest.
  • Happily Married: To F'nor.
  • Heroic BSoD: Has one after her dragon is killed. It takes Berd (her fire-lizard) to snap her out of it.
  • Ill Girl: After her dragon is killed, all of Pern knows of Brekke's illness and is desperately rooting for her to come out of it.
  • Nice Girl: She doesn't have a mean bone in her body.
  • Psychic Powers: She can hear all dragons; this helps her survive after her dragon Wirenth is killed during a mating flight gone wrong.
  • You Are Not Alone: After the death of her dragon and the near-loss of her lover, Brekke is drawn back from the verge of despair by her fire-lizard, whose mental bond reminds her of this.

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     Ninth Pass Other Dragonriders 

F'nor

Rider of brown Canth, and half-brother to F'lar. Is Wingleader after F'lar becomes Benden's Weyrleader. In Dragonquest he meets gold rider Brekke and falls in love with her, eventually becoming her weyrmate.

Mirrim

Brekke's foster-daughter and, much later, rider of green Path and mate to bronze rider T'gellan. She has a very bossy, prickly personality and is hard to like.
  • Action Girl: After impressing Path, she becomes the first female green rider in a very long time.
  • Babies Ever After: Has a child with T'gellan later on in the series.
  • Happily Married: To T'gellan.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She is prickly and bad-tempered most of the time, but also has a nice side (though she seldom shows it). She cares deeply about her mate T'gellan and Monaco Weyr, and always has Pern's best interests at heart.
  • Parental Substitute: Brekke is this to her.
  • Surprise Pregnancy: She is very shocked when the dolphins tell her that she is pregnant, because she believed she would never be able to have a baby after all of her and T'gellan's failed attempts.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Notoriously prickly in other books, she is extremely pleasant and gentle with Menolly in the Harper Hall Trilogy and the two grow to like one another. She's also significantly less grumpy after impressing Path.

F'lessan

Son of F'lar and Lessa, and rider of bronze Golanth. He eventually becomes mate to green rider Tai.
  • Body Horror: Is brutally scarred after being mauled by wildcats in The Skies of Pern.
  • Near-Death Experience: Is almost mauled to death by wildcats on the Southern Continent in Skies of Pern.

Tai

Rider of green Zaranth and mate to F'lessan.

T'bor

     Ninth Pass Weyrfolk 

Manora

The Headwoman of Benden Weyr.

     Ninth Pass Holders 

Jaxom

Son of the hated conqueror Fax and Lady Gemma of Crom, and rider of white Ruth. He is Lord of Ruatha Hold.
  • A Boy and His X: As a sickly, frail child himself, Jaxom finds himself drawn to an undersized, unhatched "dud" dragon egg, breaks it open, and Impresses the white dragon Ruth. As two runty underdogs, the two bond and flourish with one another.
  • Babies Ever After: Has children with Sharra.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Jaxom's mother died giving birth to him; his father was Fax, the 'Lord of Seven Holds' who was killed by F'lar of Benden in a duel on the same day of Jaxom's birth.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect
  • Ill Boy: Jaxom was born prematurely by Caesarean section and is initially known for being small and sickly.
  • Never the Selves Shall Meet

Sharra

Jaxom's wife and Toric's sister. A talented healer who likes to assist Master Oldive in his work.
  • Babies Ever After: Has children with Jaxom.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Sharra falls in love with Jaxom while treating him for sun-head fever on the Southern Continent.
  • The Medic: Sharra is skilled in healing, and often helps Master Oldive in the Healer Hall in that regard.
  • Parental Marriage Veto: Toric tries this on Sharra when it is revealed that she and Jaxom plan to be married. Luckily, Jaxom makes it clear in a very satisfying and dramatic fashion that he and Sharra will not be parted, and that as a dragonrider he will come for her anywhere on Pern.

Toric

A Lord Holder who leads a holding on the Southern Continent. He is very ambitious and ruthless, and will do anything to further his land and influence. He is brother to Sharra.
  • Jerkass
  • Parental Marriage Veto: Toric tries this on Sharra when it is revealed that she and Jaxom plan to be married. Luckily, Jaxom makes it clear in a very satisfying and dramatic fashion that he and Sharra will not be parted, and that as a dragonrider he will come for her anywhere on Pern.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass
  • Wild Card

Jayge

Aramina

A girl who can hear all dragons. She is targeted by renegades and flees Benden Weyr to avoid the voices of the dragons which are driving her mad as she can't shut them out. She eventually falls in love with Jayge and settles on the Southern Continent with him.

     Ninth Pass Harper Hall Characters 

Robinton

The Masterharper of Pern during the Ninth Pass.

  • Abusive Parents: Though his mother Merelan is kind and motherly and clearly a good parent, his father is anything but. Petiron seems to resent Robinton's gifts and while he is growing up tries to teach and discipline him in ways which hinder his talents and make him unhappy.
  • Babies Ever After: Sort of. He has a son, Camo, after a brief relationship with Silvina. However, Camo turns out to be autistic due to him not having received enough oxygen to his brain during his birth. Though Robinton does look after Camo and cares for him, he does feel disappointed at it.
  • Bond Creatures: He Impresses bronze fire lizard Zair in Dragonsinger. Zair dies with his master when Robinton passes away from old age and failing health near the end of All the Weyrs of Pern.
  • Childhood Friends: With F'lon, F'lar and F'nor's father.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Robinton becomes an alcoholic of a sort after Kasia's death, drinking wine a lot to off-set the pain and grief which comes at remembering her loss.
  • Eccentric Mentor: He is mentor to Sebell, Menolly and in a way Piemur, and is known for his many eccentricities.
  • First Girl Wins: Kasia is the first girl Robinton meets and falls in love with. It is stated outright that he will always love her. It is the reason Silvina doesn't accept Robinton's offer of marriage after he discovers that she is pregnant with his child.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Robinton is a good man, one filled with kindness and love for outcasts and his own people. Do not mistake that for weakness. While not raising a hand to personally harm an evil man, Robinton was more than willing to allow the pain of his cancer torture the man until Lord Meron finally names a successor. And then tricks Meron into naming the one decent and good person of his potential heirs by making him seem the most disliked of the options by forgetting him once or twice when listing them.
  • Guile Hero: As a man with nothing but skill in music, Robinton typically uses his wit in crafting plots and spy maneuvers in gathering information on enemies to himself and F'lar. See Good Is Not Soft for his handling of that situation.
  • Happily Married: Briefly, to Kasia, before she died of fever.
  • Never Gets Drunk: According to some of the supplementary material, has the fourth highest capacity for alcohol on the planet (After Mastersmith Fandarel, and the Mastervinters of the Tillek and Benden wineries).
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Is the Masterharper of Pern, and well-liked and respected as a fair leader.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives a blistering one in the first book to the holders who have refused to believe the Thread has returned.
  • The Spymaster: Has a network of spies set up all over Pern which he controls as the Masterharper.

Menolly

A self-effacing sea-holder's daughter who happens to be a musical prodigy. Discovered by Petiron, Menolly eventually makes her way to the Harper Hall where she is trained by Masterharper Robinton to be a Master Harper.

  • Abusive Parents: Her parents treat her horribly.
  • Agony of the Feet: Caught outside during Threadfall while Holdless, Menolly tries to beat the leading edge of the Thread back to her cave and ends up running first the soles off her boots then the skin off the soles of her feet before she is rescued in the nick of time. She can barely walk for the entirety of the next book, and years later she comments that her feet are still sensitive.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Menolly is the Hall's only female apprentice. Unwilling to put her in the apprentice dorm, the Harpers instead have her room with the snobby female students, who are there for general music education, not to become musicians. The other apprentices reject Menolly because she's a girl and the other girls reject her because she's not one of them. (Eventually she makes inroads with the apprentices, but the girls never really warm to her.)
  • And the Rest: Menolly's fire-lizards. We mostly see her queen Beauty and the two bronzes, Rocky and Diver; the others get very short shrift: her third brown fire-lizard has so few distinguishing characteristics that she just names him "Brownie", and her two greens are so similar that she names them "Auntie One" and "Auntie Two."
  • Babies Ever After: Has children with Sebell.
  • Bond Creatures: She Impressed nine fire lizards (gold Beauty, bronzes Rocky and Diver, browns Lazybones, Mimic and Brownie, blue Uncle, and greens Auntie One and Auntie Two) by sheer chance in Dragonsong, and a tenth (Poll, her third bronze) by the time of The White Dragon.
  • Broken Bird: Menolly's parents have driven into her mind that she's inferior because she's a girl and behave as if they're ashamed of her. Gradually she's come to believe that there must be something "wrong" with her.
  • Chilly Reception: When she first joins the Harpers, the girls she stays with (except one) and their matron treat her coldly.
  • Cool Loser: Menolly's incredible musical talent causes her to be ostracized by her home Hold. She runs away to live outside the safety of the hold (something most people equate with death) and not only survives, but manages to Impress nine fire-lizards in the bargain. She outruns a Thread storm and arrives at Benden Weyr with said fire-lizards just in time to solve a fire-lizard-related crisis that has baffled the most powerful players on the planet. She accepted into Harper Hall, where she rises from apprentice to journeyman in a matter of weeks, all while students and teachers alike try to hold her back.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Raised in one of the most strict and repressive Holds on Pern, neglected and shamed by her family, forbidden to practice the music she loves, beaten by her father for playing music or singing, and—perhaps most horribly—betrayed by her mother who deliberately allows a hand injury to heal incorrectly in hopes of crippling Menolly to the point where she can no longer play an instrument.
  • Ear Worm: Incredibly, this is a plot point. While Harper Hall has plenty of musicians who can compose in the classical style, Menolly's gift is her ability to craft distinctive, memorable, catchy tunes. Essentially, she's Pern's first pop musician. Robinton recognizes the value of simple songs that can be sung by everyone and is determined to find her.
  • Happily Married: To Sebell.
  • Hot for Teacher: Menolly later develops feelings for Robinton; though the two of them acknowledge their attraction, they choose not to pursue a relationship, as Menolly is already with Sebell and Robinton doesn't want to come between them.
  • Mama Bear: Even before she's an actual mom, Menolly tends to come in with fists flying to protect anyone smaller or weaker than she is.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Subverted. We know Menolly's a girl from the start, but part of the reason Harper Hall never connects the Sea Holder's missing daughter with Petiron's disappeared apprentice is because Petiron neglected to mention that his apprentice was a girl, leading the Harpers to search for a missing male musician. (There's even some overlap with Lady Looks Like a Dude: Menolly is tall and lanky, trims her hair short, and wears trousers, which causes several people who see her from a distance to mistake her for a boy and suspect she might be the missing musician...only to dismiss their suspicions when they realize she's female.)
  • Shrinking Violet: When she finally arrives at Harper Hall, Menolly has spent so many years being scolded for being herself that she apologizes for everything and continues to downplay her talents until the Masterharper himself tells her to cut it out, pointing out that he wouldn't have worked so hard to find her if she wasn't a big deal and that whenever she insults herself, she's also insulting his ability to recognize great talent.

Piemur

A cheeky boy who Menolly befriends in the Harper Hall.

Master Domick

The MasterComposer in the Harper Hall.

Master Shonagar

The MasterSinger in the Harper Hall.

Master Morshal

A Master Harper / Craftmaster in Musical Theory and Composition in the Harper Hall.

  • He-Man Woman Hater: Feels it's a waste of time to teach girls because it wouldn't do him any good. Robinton mentions that his dislike of females is a running joke in the Harper Hall and tells Menolly not to take it personally.

Silvina

The Headwoman in the Harper Hall.

  • The Heart: Silvina is generally warm and kind to everyone, even the lowest members of the Weyr.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Robinton acknowledges Silvina as the only person who really knows what's she's doing around here.

Camo

Robinton's son by Silvina.

  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Camo is completely unaware that he's a huge, muscled hulk of a man. When he's upset, he comes in flailing at both friend and foe.
  • Gentle Giant: Camo is huge, but mostly harmless.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: Camo is slow-witted (having suffered brain damage from a lack of oxygen at birth), but overall a gentle, helpful soul.

Sebell

Robinton's assistant Harper, and Robinton's eventual successor as Masterharper of Pern.

     Ninth Pass Healers 

Master Oldive

The Masterhealer of Pern.

  • Good Is Not Soft: He is a man who will treat patients without much comment on their actions or politics. That said, in Dragondrums when Robinton planned to use Meron's cancer's pains to torture the man into naming a successor, Oldive steps out of the room to "treat others," ignoring Meron's cries of pain until he named someone. The moment a name is called, he returns back in the room.
  • The Medic: Is renowned as a dedicated healer. He is always searching for ways to improve his craft.
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