• Robinton, the Masterharper of Pern, wonders what ballads to compose for a wedding. How does one portray the debt to the dragonmen?
• At Fort Hold, Lord Groghe has every inhabitant planting crops to the detriment of the fire watch.
• It is time just to emphasize the threat that a mere 200 dragons and their riders must withstand.
• Dragons are impressed at hatching by humans who will ride, tend, love them, and communicate mind-to-mind.
• Dragons can transfer themselves mysteriously through time and space.
• An urgent drum roll announces that Threads are falling prematurely on Tillek Hold.
• F'nor and his big brown dragon Canth are sleepy from searching for a rider candidate for a golden egg now hardening at Benden Weyr.
• Canth has a knack for spotting good candidates for fighting dragons and breeding queens.
• F'lar considers the foolishness of inbreeding and knows there are more hatchlings in Benden Weyr...
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