The Guide to Weyrling Training


Congratulations! You've survived your candidacy to Impress a precious little hatchling. That, believe it or not, was the easy part. Now that you're a weyrling the real work will begin in earnest. If you follow your Weyrlingmaster's directions then maybe, just maybe, you'll live long enough to graduate.

Weyrling training is strenuous and tiring, encompassing most of each day from sunrise to sunset. New riders retire to their beds each night exhausted, with little energy for mischief. Even though we are 720+ Turns into an Interval, training for Threadfighting continues. Dragons and their riders take their traditional responsibilities seriously, with dragon instincts demanding that training be continued.

Training for weyrling pairs is divided into four phases, each of equal amounts of time and focusing on a different aspect of dragon abilities: Teamwork, Flight, *Between*, and Firestone.

Can my weyrling wear whatever he or she wants to?

No. Weyrlings are reminded from the beginning that in their current status they are all equals. A weyrling from a Blood family is no better than one who used to work as a drudge. Besides this, weyrlings are involved in tasks where they tend to get dirty, and need to wear clothing that is easily laundered. For these reasons all weyrlings are issued two sets of uniform clothing: work clothes of corse fabric and wherhide dyed dark green, and a 'dress' uniform consisting of dark green trousers and jackets, and tunics of either white, mint green, or dark green -- weyrling's choice.


PHASE ONE: Teamwork

During this phase, dragonet and rider learn to work together, to both share and divide responsibilities. As the dragonet grows, so does the rider, in strength, empathy, and knowledge of dragon abilities and duties.

Sevendays 1 - 4:

For the first month of life outside shell, the dragonet does little but eat, sleep, and grow. To aid in these, riders learn how to butcher beasts provided by more experienced riders or the Weyrhold's herders, chopping portions to bite-sized bits. Dragonets are often messy in their feeding and will then need to be bathed and oiled. The pair will barely get through those tasks without the dragonet falling asleep. While the hatchling sleeps, the rider works, learns and trains.

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The above duties continue throughout weyrlinghood.

Sevendays 5 - 6:

The dragonets still nap often, and growth is at a rapid pace, but they now have periods of time when they are awake and interested.

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Sevendays 7 - 8:

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PHASE TWO: Flight

First flights are done only under supervision, with each weyrling being guided in individual lessons. After the first flight, weyrling pairs are allowed only light flight for the first month, adhering to a strict schedule supplied by the Weyrlingmaster's staff.

Sevendays 9 - 12

For individual training and first flight, the weyrling must display the riding straps he has made, receive approval for their use, and then demonstrate proper buckling on of the straps. The first flight experience involves the dragonet only, with a take-off and flight of a few wingbeats before landing. The dragonrider is then allowed to mount and the same exercise is repeated. After three more repetitions, flight is finished for the day.

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Sevendays 13 - 16

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During the flight phase, one of the greatest dangers is the young dragonet's compliance: too often foolhardy riders are able to talk their lifemates into attempting flight beyond that scheduled, resulting in injuries or death.


PHASE THREE: *Between*

As in flight, training for *between* starts with individual instruction. A Weyrlingmaster first flies with the pair, the young rider a passenger on the older rider's dragon. The young dragonet accompanies, taking visualization from the older one. After several trips, rider and dragonet attempt it on their own, with the rider visualizing for the younger dragonet, who passes the picture to the Weyrlingmaster's dragon to be verified. No matter how thorough the training, weyrling losses *between* are not uncommon.

Sevendays 17 - 20

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Sevendays 21 - 24

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NOTE: During this phase, injuries from mid-air collisions are common.

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PHASE FOUR: Firestone

Individual first flame instruction for each dragonet / rider pair takes most of an entire day. This training is in three steps:

  1. The dragonet is instructed to chew soft rock (non-phosphine), to gain skill in chewing and in "finding" his other stomach.
  2. The dragonet is given low-grade firestone ore to practice with a small flame.
  3. The dragonet is given good ore to produce and sustain full flame.

Sevendays 25 - 28

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Sevendays 29 - 32

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After the Blooding, those weyrlings age 16 and older are graduated to full rider status and placed in fighting wings. Those under 16 become junior riders assigned to the Weyrlingmaster's staff until they turn 16. Regardless of their age, all weyrlings in a class are usually allowed to participate in their class' Blooding, but the final decision rests with the Weyrlingmaster 1st, who has the power to hold back any weyrling who isn't progressing in step with his / her classmates. The safety of the weyrling pair is, as always, the Weyrlingmaster's first priority.


IC dates for Class ZS-1

Average Size On... GreenBlueBrownBronzeGold
Phase One: Teamwork - Sevendays 1 to 8
Hatching - 3295.03.21: 4 ft4 ft4 ft5 ft6 ft
14 days - 3295.04.07: 6 ft6 ft6 ft7 ft8 ft
1 month - 3295.04.21: 8 ft8 ft9 ft10 ft11 ft
1 1/2 months - 3295.05.07: 9 ft10 ft12 ft12 ft13 ft
Phase Two: Flight - Sevendays 9 to 16
2 months - 3295.05.21: 11 ft12 ft15 ft14 ft15 ft
2 1/2 months - 3295.06.07: 13 ft14 ft17 ft16 ft17 ft
3 months - 3295.06.21: 14 ft16 ft19 ft18 ft19 ft
3 1/2 months - 3295.07.07: 15 ft18 ft21 ft20 ft21 ft
Phase Three: *Between* - Sevendays 17 to 24
4 months - 3295.07.21: 16 ft20 ft23 ft22 ft23 ft
4 1/2 months - 3295.08.07: 17 ft21 ft25 ft24 ft25 ft
5 months - 3295.08.21: 18 ft22 ft26 ft26 ft27 ft
5 1/2 months - 3295.09.07: 19 ft23 ft27 ft28 ft29 ft
Phase Four: Firestone - Sevendays 25 to 32
6 months - 3295.09.21: 20 ft24 ft28 ft29 ft31 ft
6 1/2 months - 3295.10.07: 21 ft25 ft29 ft30 ft32 ft
7 months - 3295.10.21: 22 ft26 ft30 ft31 ft33 ft
7 1/2 months - 3295.11.07: 23 ft27 ft31 ft32 ft34 ft
Graduation!
8 months - 3295.11.21: 24 ft28 ft32 ft33 ft35 ft
8 1/2 months - 3295.12.07: 25 ft29 ft33 ft34 ft36 ft
9 months - 3295.12.21:  30 ft34 ft35 ft37 ft
9 1/2 months - 3295.13.07:   35 ft37 ft38 ft
10 months - 3295.13.21:    36 ft39 ft
10 1/2 months - 3296.01.07:    37 ft40 ft
11 months - 3296.01.21:    38 ft41 ft
11 1/2 months - 3296.02.07:    39 ft42 ft
12 months - 3296.02.21:    40 ft43 ft
12 1/2 months - 3296.03.07:     44 ft
1 Turn old - 3296.03.21:     45 ft



IC dates for Class RO-1

Average Size On... GreenBlueBrownBronzeGold
Phase One: Teamwork - Sevendays 1 to 8
Hatching - 3294.07.22: 4 ft4 ft4 ft5 ft6 ft
14 days - 3294.08.08: 6 ft6 ft6 ft7 ft8 ft
1 month - 3294.08.22: 8 ft8 ft9 ft10 ft11 ft
1 1/2 months - 3294.09.08: 9 ft10 ft12 ft12 ft13 ft
Phase Two: Flight - Sevendays 9 to 16
2 months - 3294.09.22: 11 ft12 ft15 ft14 ft15 ft
2 1/2 months - 3294.10.08: 13 ft14 ft17 ft16 ft17 ft
3 months - 3294.10.22: 14 ft16 ft19 ft18 ft19 ft
3 1/2 months - 3294.11.08: 15 ft18 ft21 ft20 ft21 ft
Phase Three: *Between* - Sevendays 17 to 24
4 months - 3294.11.22: 16 ft20 ft23 ft22 ft23 ft
4 1/2 months - 3294.12.08: 17 ft21 ft25 ft24 ft25 ft
5 months - 3294.12.22: 18 ft22 ft26 ft26 ft27 ft
5 1/2 months - 3294.13.08: 19 ft23 ft27 ft28 ft29 ft
Phase Four: Firestone - Sevendays 25 to 32
6 months - 3294.13.22: 20 ft24 ft28 ft29 ft31 ft
6 1/2 months - 3295.01.08: 21 ft25 ft29 ft30 ft32 ft
7 months - 3295.01.22: 22 ft26 ft30 ft31 ft33 ft
7 1/2 months - 3295.02.08: 23 ft27 ft31 ft32 ft34 ft
Graduation!
8 months - 3295.02.22: 24 ft28 ft32 ft33 ft35 ft
8 1/2 months - 3295.03.08: 25 ft29 ft33 ft34 ft36 ft
9 months - 3295.03.22:  30 ft34 ft35 ft37 ft
9 1/2 months - 3295.04.08:   35 ft37 ft38 ft
10 months - 3295.04.22:    36 ft39 ft
10 1/2 months - 3295.05.08:    37 ft40 ft
11 months - 3295.05.22:    38 ft41 ft
11 1/2 months - 3295.06.08:    39 ft42 ft
12 months - 3295.06.22:    40 ft43 ft
12 1/2 months - 3295.07.08:     44 ft
1 Turn old - 3295.07.22:     45 ft

Notice:
The reference sources for this page include "The Dragonlover's Guide to Pern" by Jody Lynn Nye & Todd Johnson, and the Dragonriders of Pern® series of books by Anne McCaffrey.

Those items on this page specific to Rocky Crater Weyrhold are copyright © 2002 Vickie DiSanto & Rocky Crater Weyrhold's BoD, reuse of this webpage without the permission of its authors is strictly forbidden.