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Temerity and green Diurith

The Road So Far!

It all began at Jessaf Hold, in the protectorate of Madellon Weyr, for Temerity – a young woman of 16 Turns, dreaming of becoming a green rider.

Temerity was born the daughter of a modest cotholder at Jessaf Hold, working alongside her widowed father to work their allotted land, and help bring up her young twin siblings, Albon and Gettie. And in early 102, when a green rider, N'jol, and his Kistrith came to Jessaf in search of candidates for Madellon Weyr's hardening clutch, Temerity didn't even present herself as a hopeful. Yet it was Temerity that Kistrith singled out among all those young people. She almost didn't accept Search – anxious not to abandon her father. But he insisted, revealing that his late wife, Temerity's mother, had always dreamed of being a dragonrider – and gifting Temerity with her blue feather pendant as a lucky charm.

As a candidate, Temerity was assigned a bunkmate – Erilde, a quiet young woman from the Lower Caverns fearing a second unsuccessful Hatching, 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 – Auciet, a snobby and superior Holdbred girl – who took a firm disliking to Temerity! Backed up by her crony Cedranne, Auciet became the thorn in Temerity's side throughout the sevendays of candidacy.

Hatching Day

The dragons' hum woke Erilde and Temerity on 102.03.17. Following a brief run-in with Auciet, 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 Temerity left, Erilde asked her to make enquiries about any dragonrider heritage she herself might possess, to give her confidence a boost before the Hatching.

The one-armed green rider and the thieving queen

Immediately on leaving the candidate barracks, Temerity 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 Temerity to find it. The quest took Temerity 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, Temerity encountered R'hren, a former Weyrleader of Madellon, now peacefully retired to potter among his beloved plants. R'hren asked Temerity to help him track down the ingredients for a warming salve to help his elderly bronze, Staamath, with his arthritic forepaws. Temerity 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, Temerity offered it to old S'rius, who was equally appreciative of the gift. And while Kisha, the blind old green rider Temerity encountered in the infirmary, would have nothing to do with one of R'hren's concoctions, she too grew to approve of Temerity – especially after she solved all three of her fiendish riddles!

A Masterful order

In the dining hall, Temerity 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, Temerity 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. Temerity even shared the largesse with Zielaph, who then introduced her to Fr'ton – who, having Impressed a bronze in spite of his less than boundless promise, gave Temerity a certain confidence in her own prospects!

A rising problem

Temerity 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. Temerity'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

Temerity 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 Temerity 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 Temerity to find for his warming salve.

Eggs and baskets

A visit to the Archives led to a meeting with Tarshe, Madellon's Weyrwoman Second. When Temerity expressed an interested in looking up some Weyr records, Tarshe offered her the loan of a glowbasket – on the proviso that she return it afterwards. Which – mindful of not offending such an important personage of the Weyr – Temerity did!

A blue lady

Coming across T'gala, Pern's only female blue rider, bathing her Heppeth in the lake, Temerity offered her assistance – which T'gala gladly accepted. Getting some first-hand advice about what it took for T'gala to Impress a blue dragon was an opportunity Temerity didn't want to pass up.

Friend request

Seeking knowledge of Erilde's parentage, Temerity visited the Weyr's Archives and sought advice from Weyrwoman Tarshe, the Weyrwoman Second. While Tarshe could find no evidence that Erilde's father had been a dragonrider, she suggested Temerity might construct a story about a long-dead rider. Temerity delved into Madellon's records and unearthed a brown rider, B'get, deceased some Turns ago, but of the right age to have fathered her friend. Bringing this plausible white lie to Erilde may have been a tad devious – but it had the desired effect on her belief that she could, in fact, possess the ability to Impress a dragon!

Hair today

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

The Hatching

When it came to the Hatching, Temerity had an excruciatingly long wait before the pearlescently pink egg Hatched to reveal the deep bottle-green dragonet who would choose her, naming herself Diurith.

But Diurith was nearly beaten to Temerity by another dragonet – an inquisitive teal-green hatchling who seemed torn between Temerity and Erilde. Sensing that she wasn't the best match for her, Temerity stepped aside to give Erilde precedence – resulting in her Impression of the little green, Shaldeth.

Whatever happened to Auciet?

Sadly, there was at least one fly in the numbweed. Auciet Impressed an unusually aggressive grass-green hatchling, making them Temerity and Diurith's new classmates. (On the bright side, at least Cedranne didn't Impress!)

After the Hatching

"Diurith" by Chris S. Baily

The Weyrlingmaster was the first to congratulate Temerity on her Impression, but it was N'jol, delighted that his most humble candidate had Impressed, who stepped in to help with the immediate matter of Diurith's first meal. That was Temerity's first opportunity to speak to Erilde, too, and they introduced each other, with considerable delight, to their respective dragonets, Diurith and Shaldeth.

It wasn't long before Diurith's personality started to become evident. The bottle-green dragonet – by some margin the smallest hatchling of the clutch – had a nervous and wary personality to match, startling at everything and everyone.

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 Temerity and Erilde 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. Temerity was proud to introduce Diurith to the Weyrleader – and to give him her full new name: Temerity, rider of green Diurith!

Following their audience with the Weyrleader, and the application of oily rags to relieve Diurith's and Shaldeth's newborn itchiness, Temerity and Erilde 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

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

Temerity's father almost couldn't believe his daughter's good fortune, completely thrilled to be the father of a dragonrider. And he was even more starstruck when the Weyrleaders came to drink a toast to Temerity and Diurith.

The rest of the evening passed in a blur for Temerity, 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, Temerity 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 Temerity'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 Temerity 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 Diurith.

A close encounter

On her way back to the barracks , Temerity 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 Temerity 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, Temerity decided, on balance, not to tell the Weyrlingmaster about the stranger.

Returning at last to Diurith – billeted between Erilde's Shaldeth and a very large green dragonet – Temerity 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 – Temerity 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?

Find out more about Temerity's Impression here. Temerity and Diurith's story will continue in Dragonchoice: Weyrling, coming soon!

Temerity'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

Diurith and I complement each other!

Achievement Unlocked:
SUGAR AND SPICE

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

Achievement Unlocked:
EBONY AND IVORY

Diurith and I agreed on something very important!

Achievement Unlocked:
BUM NOTE

Diurith and I disagreed on something quite important!