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Joasha and green Doplinth

The Road So Far!

It all began at Madellon Weyr for Joasha – a young girl of 13 Turns, dreaming of becoming a blue rider.

Joasha was born the daughter of Nelya, a Headwoman's Second at Madellon Weyr. While she didn't have to be Searched, she was 'given the nod' as a likely dragonrider by the Weyr's most senior retired Search pair – S'rius and his elderly blue Padseth. As a first-time candidate with no dragonrider blood, Joasha looked forward to the Hatching with both excitement and trepidation – fearing she might not have what it takes to Impress, but hoping beyond hope that she would!

As a candidate, Joasha was assigned a bunkmate – Jopha, a mischievous young Weyrbred girl prone to getting herself into trouble, who would soon become her closest friend in the Weyr. She also got to know many of her fellow candidates, including the Weyrbred twins Leover and Leoguy; Zielaph, the nephew of a Madellon bronze rider; and Arina, a level-headed young woman from Jessaf who'd stood at the previous Hatching.

But she also made an enemy – Thippia, a foul-mouthed girl from the Seacraft – who took a firm disliking to Joasha! Backed up by her crony Berrin, Thippia became the thorn in Joasha's side throughout the sevendays of candidacy.

Hatching Day

The dragons' hum woke Jopha and Joasha on 102.03.17. Following a brief run-in with Thippia, the pair joined the rest of the candidates for a morning lecture. The Weyrlingmaster, L'stev, gave the whole cohort – increased by three late Searchees to a total of thirty-five – strict instructions about pre-Hatching preparations, including eating, drinking, bathing – and in some cases, getting a decent haircut – and then turned the group loose for the morning. Before Joasha left, Jopha – whose Impression robe was sadly overlarge for her petite frame – recruited Joasha's help in getting it adjusted by her nemesis Shookana in the mending room.

The one-armed green rider and the thieving queen

Immediately on leaving the candidate barracks, Joasha was flagged down by M'shen – a green rider with one arm, a fire-lizard queen – and a problem. His queen, Squiffy, had stolen several pieces of the Weyrwoman's jewellery, and hidden it around the Weyr. M'shen recruited Joasha to find it. The quest took Joasha all over Madellon, from kitchens to lake to infirmary – but in the end she succeeded in reuniting the Weyrwoman's jewellery set, to general acclaim.

Respecting her elders

In the Weyr's kitchen gardens, Joasha encountered R'hren, a former Weyrleader of Madellon, now peacefully retired to potter among his beloved plants. R'hren asked Joasha to help him track down the ingredients for a warming salve to help his elderly bronze, Staamath, with his arthritic forepaws. Joasha duly located the components of R'hren's salve, winning the old bronze rider's approval in the process.

Gifted a small pot of the salve, Joasha offered it to old S'rius, who was equally appreciative of the gift. And while Kisha, the blind old green rider Joasha encountered in the infirmary, would have nothing to do with one of R'hren's concoctions, she too grew to approve of Joasha – especially after she solved all three of her fiendish riddles!

Southern comfort

Joasha met G'kalte – a brown rider and Wingsecond, not to mention Weyrwoman Valonna's weyrmate – in the Bowl, and was quickly recruited by him to help with a diplomatic matter. G'kalte had been tasked with delivering two gifts from Valonna to her Southern counterpart Weyrwoman Karika – but he'd been summoned away to collect his own grandmother, Lady Coffleby, for the Hatching.

He asked Joasha to figure out which of the seven Southern dragons visiting Madellon were the correct pair to hand over Karika's gifts. And while G'kalte's brown, Archidath, offered Joasha some intelligence on the Southern seven, his advice was somewhat garbled! Nonetheless, Joasha unravelled Archidath's confusing suggestions and got the right packages to the right dragons – without being growled at!

A Masterful order

In the dining hall, Joasha met her fellow candidate Zielaph, who'd been tasked by his somewhat dim uncle, bronze rider Fr'ton, with delivering a complicated drinks order to a group of Master Crafters. Zielaph had information about their names, beverages, crafts, and fire-lizards – but not in any sensible order!

Luckily for him, Joasha solved the puzzle of Fr'ton's confusing notes adeptly, delivering the correct drinks to the correct Masters, and earning a handsome tip in the process.

A rising problem

Joasha encountered both Soleigh, whose green Bristath was preparing to rise near the lake, and her weyrmate Maris, who was getting very drunk in the dining hall on account of her fears that Soleigh was having an affair with a blue rider, G'tron. Joasha's intervention successfully got rid of G'tron, whose Imdoth was very sweet indeed on Bristath, from the mating flight – not to mention G'pellas, another blue rider, needed in the Harper ensemble – and reconciled the two green riders.

Harping on

Joasha perhaps overestimated her own competence when it came to a disastrous spell on the Harper dais in the dining hall. Accompanying Weyr Singer Carleah – badly – on the tambourine, she was lucky not to be booed off the stage!

Kitchen diplomacy

Madellon's kitchens – the heart of the Weyr, and domain of Headwoman Crauva – provided Joasha with the opportunity to show off her work ethic before the Hatching. A round of chores duly pleased Crauva. And the kitchen was also the source of the hotfruit R'hren had sent Joasha to find for his warming salve.

A shining example

Coming upon Santinoth – Madellon's biggest bronze – being bathed in the lake, Joasha was quick to offer assistance to his rider, T'rello. Perhaps Joasha was never going to Impress a bronze – but it couldn't hurt to have some hands-on experience!

Friend request

Knowing of Jopha's chequered history with Shookana, mistress of the Weyr's mending room, Joasha approached the task of having her robe adjusted with considerable caution. Realising that falsehood would be the wrong approach, Joasha went to Shookana with the truth – and a gift of popcorn. And while Joasha doubted if Shookana and Jopha will ever be friends, the restoration of her Hatching robe to a suitable length did a great deal for her self-confidence!

Hair today

Mindful of the Weyrlingmaster's orders to be smart for the Hatching, Joasha visited Madellon's resident barber – green rider Z'fell – for a trim. Very conscious of her dignity, Joasha ensured she came away with a cut she actually liked.

A breath of foul air

Early in the day, Joasha found out about a secret way into the Hatching Ground via storeroom that might allow her a sneaky peek at the eggs before the Hatching. Successfully entering the combination to the lock on the storeroom door, and suitably equipped with a glowbasket, she crawled into a confusing maze of passages. The route she chose turned out to be thick with choking toxic fumes from Madellon's volcanic foundation, and Joasha soon found herself struggling for breath.

Undeterred, Joasha pushed through the discomfort, and emerged shortly onto the Hatching Sands. But she wasn't quiet enough. Shimpath, dozing only very lightly, awoke, and she and Muzzanth chased Joasha from the Sands!

The Hatching

When it came to the Hatching, Joasha had an excruciatingly long wait before the long pale grey egg Hatched to reveal the light cloudy-green dragonet who would choose her, naming herself Doplinth.

A friend in me

And Joasha wasn't the only lucky one. To her delight, Jopha also Impressed, becoming the rider of a big emerald-green hatchling, Deimoth.

Whatever happened to Thippia?

Sadly, there was at least one fly in the numbweed. Thippia Impressed a very vocal mint-green hatchling, making them Joasha and Doplinth's new classmates. (On the bright side, at least Berrin didn't Impress!)

After the Hatching

"Doplinth" by Emily Holland

The Weyrlingmaster was the first to congratulate Joasha on her Impression, but it was old S'rius, delighted to have found yet another weyrling, who stepped in to help with the immediate matter of Doplinth's first meal. That was Joasha's first opportunity to speak to Jopha, too, and they introduced each other, with considerable delight, to their respective dragonets, Doplinth and Deimoth.

It wasn't long before Doplinth's personality started to become evident. The cloudy-green dragonet, being a very forthright and direct character, spared no time in making it clear that she wouldn't take any nonsense from anyone – her new rider included!

With both dragonets full to bursting with fresh meat, the newly minted dragonpairs left the Hatching sands for their new home: the weyrling barracks.

Meeting the Weyrleader

As Joasha and Jopha wiped the worst of the blood and sand from their tired new dragonets, the Weyrleader, T'gat, came to inspect both girls' dragonets and to ask after their names. Joasha was proud to introduce Doplinth to the Weyrleader – and to give him her full new name: Joasha, rider of green Doplinth!

Following their audience with the Weyrleader, and the application of oily rags to relieve Doplinth's and Deimoth's newborn itchiness, Joasha and Jopha headed into the girls' barracks to claim the billets that would be theirs for the next Turn. Choosing adjacent cots, the two new weyrlings got their dragonets settled on the couches that they would take months to grow into. But there was no time for them to sit and admire their new dragons. The Weyrlingmaster soon came along to give them their new weyrling shoulder-knots, before chivvying them off to the Hatching feast!

The Hatching feast

Joasha and Jopha soon went their separate ways to find family and friends. Many of the riders and Weyrfolk Joasha had helped during the day greeted her with warm congratulations as she hunted through the throng – but, at last, she found her family.

Joasha's mother, Nelya, was thrilled by her daughter's Impression – though perhaps not quite as ecstatic as Joasha's younger siblings, Ashi and Halante. As the first dragonrider in the family, Joasha was keenly aware of what it meant to her brother and sister. And when the Weyrleaders came to drink a toast to Joasha and Doplinth, Valonna was particularly delighted for Nelya – one of her most trusted Headwoman Seconds.

The rest of the evening passed in a blur for Joasha, and it came as a relief when the Weyrlingmaster ordered all the new weyrlings back to the barracks for a good night's sleep. But en route to bed, Joasha was flagged down by a Weyrbrat, Emry, bringing the message that Weyrwoman Second Tarshe wanted to see her in the Archives.

Setting the record straight

Tarshe, tasked by the Weyrwoman with converting candidate documentation into weyrling records, went through Joasha's background with her – including much of what she had got up to on the morning of the Hatching – for good and ill. She offered Joasha some advice about paying attention to her new classmates and surroundings, lest she fall foul of the Weyrlingmaster's penchant for snap quizzes, and made some observations on Doplinth.

A close encounter

On her way back to the barracks , Joasha had two peculiar encounters – first, with Tarshe's queen, Berzunth, who seemed quite agitated by one of the visiting dragons on the Rim; and then with a mysterious hooded figure, smelling strongly of what Joasha would later realise was firestone, who called her by name – and gave her a curious wooden box.

"The Watchful Queen" by Chris S. Baily

Back at the barracks, Joasha decided, on balance, not to tell the Weyrlingmaster about the stranger.

Returning at last to Doplinth – billeted between Jopha's Deimoth and a pretty blue-green dragonet – Joasha was too tired to examine the strange wooden box very closely, and put it in her clothes' chest for later examination. But even as she went to sleep – a dragonrider at last, her green beside her – Joasha was struck with a deep sense of foreboding. Who was the mysterious dragonrider in the hooded cloak? And what was the significance of the strange wooden box?

Joasha and Doplinth's story will continue in Dragonchoice: Weyrling, coming soon!

Joasha's achievements

Achievement Unlocked:
CARRY ON WAYWARD SON

I travelled The Road So Far!

Achievement Unlocked:
OUR ROB, OR ROSS

I received a mysterious box!

Achievement Unlocked:
A HORSE WITH A NAME

I have a name and it's a good name and I don't need to fix my name. Probably.

Achievement Unlocked:
THE YIN TO YOUR YANG

Doplinth and I complement each other!

Achievement Unlocked:
SUGAR AND SPICE

I've been a very nice person (so far)!

Achievement Unlocked:
EBONY AND IVORY

Doplinth and I agreed on something very important!

Achievement Unlocked:
BUM NOTE

Doplinth and I disagreed on something quite important!