Ennalie and blue Euryath
The Road So Far!
It all began at Jessaf Hold, in the protectorate of Madellon Weyr, for Ennalie – a young woman of 18 Turns, dreaming of becoming a blue rider.
Ennalie was born to unusual privilege – a granddaughter of Winstone, Lord of mighty Jessaf Hold. Ennalie didn't scramble for the attention of the young Search rider, Garlan, who came to Jessaf in early 102 seeking candidates for Madellon Weyr's latest clutch. But as a scion of the Hold, Ennalie was among the party welcoming the green rider to Jessaf – and, in due course, became the focus of her dragon Hushith's attention. Lord Winstone wasn't enthusiastic about Ennalie becoming a candidate – displeased that such a opportunity would ruin his plans for Ennalie's betrothal to a nephew of Lord Orfen's. But he grudgingly accepted that, as Ennalie had her majority, she had the right to accept Search. And with Winstone's admonition that she should remember her place as his granddaughter and not make a scene ringing in her ears, Ennalie left to begin her candidacy at Madellon Weyr.
As a candidate, Ennalie 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 Ennalie! Backed up by her crony Cedranne, Auciet became the thorn in Ennalie's side throughout the sevendays of candidacy.
The dragons' hum woke Erilde and Ennalie 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 Ennalie 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, Ennalie 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 Ennalie to find it. Despite Ennalie's best efforts, though, she didn't manage to complete and return the jewellery set before the Hatching.
Eggs and baskets
A visit to the Archives led to a meeting with Tarshe, Madellon's Weyrwoman Second. When Ennalie 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 – Ennalie did!
Weyrbrat by name...
A run-in with a Weyrbrat – Terzon, whom Auciet had paid to cause Ennalie trouble – resulted in an unfortunate public incident. All too aware of being shaken down, Ennalie gave the kid a shove – in front of a number of witnesses – doing nothing for her reputation!
A blue lady
Coming across T'gala, Pern's only female blue rider, bathing her Heppeth in the lake, Ennalie 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 Ennalie didn't want to pass up.
Seeking knowledge of Erilde's parentage, Ennalie 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 Ennalie might construct a story about a long-dead rider. Ennalie 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!
When it came to the Hatching, Ennalie had to wait for every other dragonet to Hatch and choose a rider before the grey-swirled silvery cream egg Hatched to reveal the very pale moon-blue hatchling who would choose her, naming himself Euryath.
A friend in me
And Ennalie wasn't the only lucky one. To her delight, Erilde also Impressed, becoming the rider of an inquisitive teal-green hatchling, 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 Ennalie and Euryath's new classmates. (On the bright side, at least Cedranne didn't Impress!)
After the Hatching
"Euryath" by Chris S. Baily
The Weyrlingmaster was the first to congratulate Ennalie on her Impression, but it was Garlan, delighted that her risky choice of Winstone's granddaughter had Impressed, who stepped in to help with the immediate matter of Euryath's first meal. That was Ennalie's first opportunity to speak to Erilde, too, and they introduced each other, with considerable delight, to their respective dragonets, Euryath and Shaldeth.
It wasn't long before Euryath's personality started to become evident. The moon-blue dragonet, while seemingly reluctant to even leave his egg, showed glimmers of a curiously perceptive and knowing mind beneath his apparent laziness.
With both dragonets full to bursting with fresh meat, the newly minted dragonpairs left the Hatching sands for their new home: the weyrling barracks.
Another friend Ennalie made along the way – a young Weyrbred candidate, Brithie, whom Ennalie had encountered in a sudden crisis of confidence directly before the Hatching – hailed Ennalie at the barracks – crediting her with her successful Impression of a tiny bottle-green dragonet, Epatanth!
Meeting the Weyrleader
As Ennalie 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 in particular to remark upon Ennalie's unusual Impression of a blue. T'gat further enquired if Ennalie would like to elide her name, as T'gala had done, or not. Ennalie elected not to elide her name – content to remain Ennalie, rider of blue Euryath!
Following their audience with the Weyrleader, and the application of oily rags to relieve Euryath's and Shaldeth's newborn itchiness, Ennalie 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
Ennalie and Erilde soon went their separate ways to find family and friends. Many of the riders and Weyrfolk Ennalie had helped during the day greeted her with warm congratulations as she hunted through the throng – but, at last, she found her family.
Lord Winstone, Ennalie's grandfather, was outraged by his granddaughter's highly irregular Impression of a blue dragon – calling her aberrant. The Weyrleaders were quick to take Ennalie's part, but the damage to her relationship with her grandfather was done.
The rest of the evening passed in a blur for Ennalie, 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, Ennalie 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 Ennalie'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 Ennalie 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 Euryath.
A close encounter
On her way back to the barracks , Ennalie 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 Ennalie 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, Ennalie decided, on balance, not to tell the Weyrlingmaster about the stranger.
Returning at last to Euryath – billeted between Erilde's Shaldeth and a very large green dragonet – Ennalie 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 blue beside her – Ennalie 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?
Ennalie and Euryath's story will continue in Dragonchoice: Weyrling, coming soon!
CARRY ON WAYWARD SON
I travelled The Road So Far!
OUR ROB, OR ROSS
I received a mysterious box!
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.
THE YIN TO YOUR YANG
Euryath and I complement each other!
SNAKES AND SNAILS
I haven't been very nice!
EBONY AND IVORY
Euryath and I agreed on something very important!
Euryath and I agreed on something quite important!