are located on the coast of the Southern Continent, west of Ierne
Island. It features a Mediterranean climate (warm and dry in summers,
cool and wet in winter
without any extreme hot or cold weather) and lush Earth-grasses that
have survived from the early Colonists' plantings.
The first modern settlements were founded by Holdless who were
lost and landed in the area as well as a few dissatisfied Southern Hold
transplants who chose the rigors of living Holdless over the tyranny of
Lord Toric. Most notable among these are Cibola Hold to the south and
Aiel Hold to the north.
When the FSP
established a permanent base of operations on Pern they chose the
Cibola Plains for it/'s isolated location in order to keep "cultural
contamination" to a minimum. Dawnsisters Hold was founded to make
contact between the FSP and Pernese easier... and contained.
Follow 'The Holds' link to the left to continue investigating these
'Pearls' of the Southern Continent..............