Candidate Zhannon's story begins...
Your story, Zhannon, began the day a Search dragon came to Jessaf Hold: one of the wealthiest Holds in southern Pern, and your home for 15 Turns.
As the granddaughter of Lord Winstone, you weren't among the Hold boys and girls who scrambled for the green dragon's attention. But when your grandfather invited the young green rider, Garlan, for refreshments in the Hold, she noticed you - and asked you to meet Hushith, her rather petite pale green dragon. You'll never forget how those whirling blue eyes shaded to lavender when Hushith looked at you.
Your grandfather wasn't completely delighted when Garlan asked his permission to Search you. "This isn't a good time for Zhannon to be a dragonrider," he told her, "what with all the upheaval and problems the Weyr's had over the last few Turns. And there's no queen egg!"
"But I suppose I can spare a girl," Lord Winstone went on, grudgingly. "What with your sister Winter and your cousins, I have enough to dower off. But don't you make any scenes, you hear? Go and Impress a dragon if you must, but don't forget that you're my granddaughter!"
Well, a blue fire-lizard arrived the next day, bringing with him a formal invitation from the Weyrleaders of Madellon for you to stand as a candidate. You left Jessaf two days later, clinging to Hushith's neck, and revelling in the sense of freedom you felt at leaving your home to meet your destiny - with failure not an option!
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