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Weyrling training staff realizes that all Candidates
come to Dawnsisters with a wide range of skills and
various levels of maturity (and Candidates who have
skills are expected to assist those who do not). The
Pre-Impression program is designed to redress
deficiencies in all Candidates, and prepare them for
Hatching Day and a possible life as a Dawnsisters
dragonrider. Candidates receive instruction in the
The primary thrust behind
Pre-Impression is to get the Candidates used to Weyrlife
and to the concept of the Hatching. The calmer a
Candidate is on Hatching Day, the better his chances of
surviving unharmed. Those who do not Impress are
examined by the Weyrhealers for injury, and are then
returned home or to the Candidate Barracks if they wish
to stand for the next Hatching.
- What to expect on the
Hatching Grounds; This includes discussions
and numerous visits.
- The care and feeding of young
- Weyr life and etiquette,
- Weyr rank structure;
- Literacy training when and if
Those who Impress, be aware
of the following! A newly Impressed Weyrling has little
or no time free from the demands a dragonet and the
training regimen will impose.
Congratulations on your Impression!
You are now part of the rather infamous
weyrling classes of Dawnsisters Weyr. For the next
year and some change, you will be involved in weyrling
training, which gives you as a writer a few
Supplies Provided Upon Impression
There will be between two and three Class
Threads per month that your weyrling will be
required to participate in. These will be
clearly labeled so you will know which threads are
mandatory. In addition to Class threads, there will
be ten assignments through the course of the
training. These assignments must be completed
in a timely manner (at the very latest before
gradution) and if any are left incomplete, your
weyrling will be transferred at graduation.This is
not said to scare you, but to prepare you for how
things will be run. Each month, an updated list of
where each class is in the training will be posted
in the Weyrling Forum, so pay close attention to
that. Class threads will be started by the
Weyrlingmaster, but other activities may be referred
to in social threads, which is why the schedule is
After your dragonet's first meal and you get
settled in theBarracks, you will notice that your
personal belongings havebeen moved for you from the
Candidate Barracks. Also, amongyour things you
will find the following:
1. Small jar of numbweed, to be refilled as
2. Paddle and brushes for oiling
3. Bucket and brushes for bathing
4. Trunk for belongings
5. Bed linens (can be provided by the weyrling if they
6. Toiletries (can be provided by the weyrling if they
7. 1 set Riding Leathers
8. 1 pair Riding Boots
9. Helmet & Goggles
Now that Impression has been made,
there are rules that must be followed:
1. Weyrlings will not fight amongst themselves.
If there is a disagreement, it will be settled by the
Weyrlingmaster or Weyrlingmaster second and their word
2. No weyrling shall engage in any sexual activity
until graduation. This is for the safety of the
dragonets and for the concentration of the riders.
3. No weyrling shall leave the weyr until they can fly
with their partner. Exceptions will be made
under dire circumstances.
4. Having Impressed, weyrlings belong to the
Weyrlingmaster. His is the final authority, even
above the Weyrleader.
5. If any problems incur between weyrlings and their
weyrlingmaster, they should approach the second.
If that is not possible, disagreements should be taken
to the Weyrleader.
Weyrling Training Goals
The Barracks are on ground/beach level
(along with theInfirmary, Dining Hall, Kitchens,
Candidate Barracks, mostof the Lower Caverns and the
Weyrling Classroom). You do NOT have to go 'up'
or 'down' stairs or elevators to get to those
locations from the barracks.
There have been some misunderstandings. NO Weyrling,
no matter what color your dragon or your rank before
Impressing, shall have a private Weyr until your
dragon canfly. That will happen at the end of your
dragon's first year at earliest, so get used to
All Weyrlings will live in the Weyrling Barracks and
will be there EVERY night. You will NOT spend a night
away from yourdragon, if the Weyrlingmaster discovers
that one of you has been missing from the Barracks you
will be restricted from all Gathers until your dragon
It is on the lower levels opening to the
beach itself. It is a very large smooth walled chamber
with three dozen or sosmall dragoncouches set along
the sides. There is a cot anda chest by each
dragoncouch. There is one large bathing areafor girls,
another for boys. There is no privacy here, nocurtains
or anything, picture US Army Boot Camp. No doors or
locks, nothing. Largest dragons are placed nearest to
the entrance, smallest toward the inside. This way
when they get large the biggerones are not knocking
into everything on their way out! Oneslight change,
once your dragons fly, they move into theSenior
Barracks, two Weyrlings to a weyr, directly above the
Weyrling cavern. When you graduate, THEN you receive
anindividual weyr. (Credit for idea goes to Ondelle)
Senior Weyrling Weyrs
Once the dragonets can fly, the weyrlings
are moved into the senior weyrling weyrs, which have
ledges accessible from the air. The weyrlings
are divided into pairs, so each has a roommate, and
usually this is done according to the sex of the rider
and the color of the dragon.
Weyrling Dragon Bathing Pool
There IS a weyrling bathing pool in the
barracks. It's for the youngest of the dragonets, who
aren't quite strong enough to deal with undertow in
the cove. Once the dragonets are about a half turn
old, they don't fit anymore.
You've all seen locker rooms, so you've
seen the showers. The showers would look primarily
like that. There would also be a large tub, similar to
what is found in public baths in Europe and the Middle
East, or in some spas and hotsprings in the US. The
tub would probably fit around 20 girls at a time, if
necessary, and would be fed by constantly
recirculating water. Sinks would be along one wall
with a few mirrors to make sure everyone looks just
fine. The floor is tiled, with drains set in the
showers. There would be shelves along one wall to
house personal belongings while one was busy with
ablutions. There are separate facilities for males and
When the Offworlders designed Dawnsisters
Weyr, theWeyrleaders asked that some sort of alarm be
available tolet Weyrlings know the time. The
Offworlders set up acomputer that triggers an alarm
bell above the Barracks (seebelow) to ring out eight
times a day. Weyrlings have classesfor approximately
six hours a day; two hours a day are spentdoing chores
around the Weyr.
Weyrling Daily Schedule
- First bell (5th hour): Rise and shine!
Weyrlings are rousedout of their beds; dress,
care for and oil dragons, fork outwallows
(necessary for younger dragons).
- Second bell (6th hour): Weyrlings bathe,
catch breakfast inthe Dining Hall; return to
care and oil dragons.
- Third bell (7th to 12th hour): Weyrling
Training (with somebreaks; chore duties may be
scheduled during this time period)
- Fourth bell (12th to 13th hour): Lunch in the
- Fifth bell (13th to 18th hour): Weyrling
Training (with somebreaks; chore duties may be
scheduled during this time period)
- Sixth bell (18th to 20th hour): Dinner in the
Dining Hall;care for and oil dragon
- Seventh bell (20th to 22nd hour): Study,
relax; eveningreviews may be offered by Weyrling
Master Assistants; punishment chores may be
assigned to be done during this time.
- Eighth bell (22nd hour): Lights out
Note: This schedule was adapted with
permission from Kadanzer Weyr by Dawnsisters
The Weyrling Wing gets four restdays
during a 28-day period(usually days 07, 14, 21, and
28, unless postponed byThreadfall) to use as the
weyrlings wish. Weyrlings in deep trouble will be
required to spend this day doing punishment chores.
Older weyrlings whose dragons have learned to fly
may not leave the Weyr without prior approval of the
Weyrlings spend 9 months as a Jr
Weyrling; 9 months as a Senior Weyrling. During
Threadfall the Baby and Junior Weyrlings stay at the
weyr and assist the healers. Senior Weyrlings fly
firestone sacks, and in emergencies, some might fill
in empty wingpositions.
Content in process of being written....
- To acquaint the individual
Weyrling with the demands and rewards of the
Impression bond with a dragon;
- To accustom the Weyrling to
working as part of a team with other dragonriders as
- To prepare the Weyrling for
Threadfighting upon assignment to a regular Wing.
1-4 | 5-8 | 9-12 | 13-16 |
17-20 | 21-24
| 41-48 | 49-56
| 57-64 | 65-70
Weyrling training at Dawnsisters Weyr is on an
eighteen-month, 72-sevenday program, as listed
below. Please contact the Weyrling Master if you
have any questions or concerns. Please note that all
training is subject to constant review, practice,
and testing once learned. This schedule is primarily
a guide as to what is introduced when.
Weyrlings are placed in the Healer Wing after
Hatching and then graduate to the Senior Weyrling
Wing. Upon completion of Weyrling Training; Dragons
and their Riders will be assigned to an appropriate
The schedule is rigorous, harsh, and demanding
because it has to be. Dawnsisters is in the middle
of a Pass and it needs fighting dragonriders as
quickly as they can be provided. There is no time to
coddle the reluctant and the slow here. Weyrlings
are expected to learn and move on. Those who cannot
do so will be assigned to the class following; those
who fail to improve then may well be assigned to
support duty at the direction of the Weyrleader.
Also, note that the schedule after Sevenday 49 is
subject to alteration and compression according to
the needs of the Weyr. No one wants to throw a fresh
Weyrling into a high-level Wing, but if the demands
of Fall demand it, it will be done.
- Feeding new dragonets --
what and what not to feed, and when and how much
- Methods of training
dragonets to follow a human schedule
- Dragon first aid -- hide
care and oiling, and the consequences and
treatment of overfeeding
- The dragon-rider bond --
strengthening it, and how to deal with
- Making the first set of
Weyrling rank cords.
- Dragon nutrition and health
care beyond the basics learned in the first few
- History of Dawnsisters Weyr
and of dragonkind
- Introduction to Dawnsisters
Wing structure and Wing duties.
- Geography of Pern, North
- Ground drills. These are a
series of intricate maneuvers by individual
weyrlings and by groups designed to instill
self-discipline and endurance.
- Geography of Pern, North
and South. Weyrlings tested on this during this
- Ground drills continue with
an emphasis on the group formation.
- Weyrlings begin to be
liable for work details where needed, depending on
- Firestone familiarization
begins. Weyrlings learn about the grades of ore,
and the theory behind a dragon's flame -- how to
produce and sustain it.
- Weyrlings are encouraged to
think about transferring the drills to the air.
- Preflight training begins,
covering but not limited to the following:
preparation and maintenance of riding straps,
other ancillary equipment, and hand and arm
signals for use while in flight.
- Weyrlings begin
familiarization flights, administered by the
Weyrling training staff and other full
dragonriders. This allows weyrlings to become
accustomed to the sensations of flight.
- Basic weather prediction.
Air currents and weather conditions that can
- Dragon first aid,
concerning muscle development and strain.
- Flight training begins.
Weyrlings begin flying at the discretion of the
Weyrling Master, starting with short glides and
shorter flights in the Weyr itself.
- Introduction to Threadfall
charts -- how to read, & calculate probable
- Weyrlings go on longer and
longer flights in and around the immediate
vicinity of Dawnsisters Weyr. These flights are
designed to slowly build a dragon's stamina and
endurance, and the weyrlings are carefully
monitored to prevent overflying and the resultant
- Internal ferry duty for
Weyr residents when needed.
- Advanced training on
Threadfall charts -- how to prepare from raw data.
- Introduction to formation
- Introduction to chewing
- Introduction to concepts of
- Weyrlings with leadership
potential are identified and selected for
additional training and responsibilities.
- About the 35th sevenday of
training, weyrlings move out of the barracks into
Senior Weyrling weyrs.
- Ground drill concepts
transferred to aerial medium.
- Firestone exercises
- Advanced Threadfighting
concepts -- patterns of Fall and how a Wing can
best cope with them.
- Weyrlings drilled in
- Terrain recognition drills.
- Weyrlings start an intense
series of aerial drills.
- Introduction to
Threadfighting -- selection and use of firestone,
along with methods of producing and sustaining
flame that were discussed earlier are reviewed,
and Threadfighting tactics on the individual,
Wing, and Flight level are discussed. Firestone
- Rope Drills begin, with a
small number of weyrlings.
- Introduction to between:
its benefits and dangers.
- Weyrlings accompany
Weyrling trainers and senior riders on several
- Weyrlings make first solo
flight between. Losses are sometimes heavy at this
- Formation flying between,
at first in small groups, working up to the
inclusion of the entire training group.
- Terrain recognition drills
combined with jumps between to check accuracy and
build Weyrling confidence in their abilities.
- Threadfighting tactics
discussed more in-depth, and the Rope Drills are
adjusted to suit.
- Rope Drills continue, with
increasingly larger groups of weyrlings. Aerial
firestone replenishment training begins.
- Introduction to combat
training in unarmed techniques.
- The Drills are now very
heavy and intense, and are liable to be called
- Combat training continues
with introduction to armed combat techniques.
- Threadfighting training
continues, culminating in a Rope Drill being flown
by the entire Weyrling Wing.
- Greenriders given
gender-specific training -- signs of a green's
readiness for a mating flight, how to handle a
green during a flight, how to deal with a proddy
dragon, and a rider's probable reaction to it.
- Introduction to Threadfall
-- the weyrlings fly to Fall on firestttone
replenishment duty. This is usually in a staging
area, where the Weyrleader maintains his tactical
reserves, but all weyrlings are required to fly
ready to fight in case of a sudden shift of the
- Rope Drills continue.
- Introduction to the Wing as
an organized tactical Threadfall formation. This
Wing, when not engaged in firestone replenishment
duty, is used for sweeps on the Trailing Edge of
Threadfall and for post-Fall covering
flights. As before, all weyrlings assigned
to this duty are required to fly in a
fighting-ready posture, since this duty slot
places them even closer to falling and fallen
- Senior Weyrling Wing used
to fly back cover at the Trailing Edge of
Threadfall. Note that this places them in direct
contact with Thread. Injuries are common.
- Sr. Weyrling Wing
introduced to the full rigors of Threadfall as an
auxiliary to Buenos Aires and Bahrain Wings. This
is the time when the Senior Weyrling Wing will
take its heaviest casualties as an organized
formation. Their job here is to fly low cover --
below and behind -- but overeager weyrlings often
forget to stay there. Injuries and deaths are
- Preparation for graduation
and Wing assignment. Weyrlings are tested on the
totality of their training, and are held back at
the discretion of the Weyrling Master to remain in
Senior Weyrling Wing instead of advancing with the
rest of the class should he feel it necessary.
Once graduated, weyrlings are eligible to be
tapped by Wingleaders. Untapped weyrlings will be
assigned as necessary by the Weyrleader. Note that
it is possible for a Weyrling to request a
specific Wing. If a Weyrling wishes to be assigned
to a specific Wing, he or she should contact that
Wing's wingleader and the Weyrleader at least two
months before graduation to obtain the appropriate
permissions and clearances. It is that weyrling's
responsibility to make sure that the Weyrling
Master has been notified of the selection.
- Weyrlings that are not
ready, for whatever reason, after the end of the
72nd sevenday of training will be held back for
goldriders are required to complete the standard
Weyrling training program, with the following
changes and additions. This additional training is
usually given by an active Weyrwoman on an
Please note that all Weyrling
goldriders are required to participate in and
complete this additional training.
A goldrider does not officially
obtain the rank of "Junior Weyrwoman" until her dragon
has risen and completed her first mating flight. Until
that time, her designation is simply "goldrider".
- Weyr record keeping, including reading and
writing if not even already known. This covers the
care and maintenance of Records (skin and paper),
and requires mastery of the Weyr's filing system.
All Records -- personnel, historical, clutch
charts, tithing records, and supply/inventory
Records for both the Lower Caverns and the
Infirmary are covered in the course of this
- Special care required by
golds, including but not limited to controlling
a gold during mating flights, the care of an
egg-heavy queen, and what to do during clutching
- Preparation and use of
flame-throwers (usually done near the 35th
sevenday of training when chewing firestone
- Domestic management,
covering personnel assignments, childcare,
education, diplomacy (especially in relation to
the Weyr's Holders), arbitration, the welfare of
the Weyr's dragons and riders, and maintenance
of the Weyr's physical condition.
- Timing: what it is, how
it can happen, why it is so dangerous when
improperly controlled; and how to help a queen
inhibit it in other dragons when required.
Note: Written by
Anna Smith and Danielle Van Tuyl; Top
from reference materials
from Northlight and StarRise Weyrs.
customized for DSW by Dawnsisters Weyrling Master.
Bronzerider weyrlings don't have as many extra
duties as goldriders do, but there are some.
- As classes go on, the bronzeriders will be the
ones assigning the weyrlings to partners, to see how
well they know their wingmates. This is important
for learning leadership skills.
- Bronzerider weyrlings will also lead a weyrling
class on a topic of their choice, leading the
discussion and providing an assignment for their
- While possibly not fair, they will be held to a
higher standard than the other weyrlings, since they
will be leading wings and weyrs someday.
***All Weyrlings please update your
persona sheets (located in the forum at this time...
if it's not there, put it there!) for any variations
in your dragon's colorings. When your dragon
reaches full growth please add basic info such as
length, wingspan, abilities to your dragon's
description on your sheet also.