When the Federated
Sentient Planets learned that Pern was
still populated, over two thousand years after being
told that the colonists had perished to the mychorriza
spores, the now very different FSP had to know how they
had survived all those years with limited technology.
With the revelations about dragons and grubs, an
expedition to Pern was irresistible. No one knew what to
expect, as no colony had ever been isolated from FSP
contact for so long.
It was decided that
the expedition would treat the situation somewhat like a
First Contact. No one knew if the Pernese survivors had
retained the knowledge of their origins, though
obviously they knew something, because they had used the
engines of the old colony ships to change the orbit of
the wandering planet to halt future incursions of the
mychorriza on their planet.
A team was gathered
of the finest specialists known, and they were sent to
establish contact with the colonists'
descendants. Locating the only area suitable for shuttle
landings and sufficiently far from any known colony
settlement, they established a camp, officially known as
Alpha Base. After the removal of the FSP from Pern the
defectors that stayed behind were allowed to keep Alpha
Base open with the new name of Alpha Hold.
Alpha Hold is located
50 kilometers from Dawnsisters Weyr, it resembles a
small city more than a hold with sterile laboratories,
meeting halls, a Dragon landing area, and fully
contained living quarters, schools and play areas for
the families of the remaining FSP defectors.
The Study Team leader,
Cassaundra McCree, has been named Lady Warder until the
such time as her son Kelaun is old enough and fully
trained to take over the role of Holder. Nearly every
member of the Military Team returned to the FSP, most of
the defectors came from the Study and Tech Teams.
The hold played an important role in the recent disasters
being the primary means of determining approximately when
and where asteroids would hit. The hold escaped any major
damage and helped with housing those left homeless or