Weyrwoman's Second: Teseada
Dragonsfall Weyr Climate
Life in the Weyrs
The Weyrlakes at DFW
Maps and Floorplans
Dragonsfall Weyr - Lower Cliffs
Dragonsfall Weyr - Lower Cliffs (New Kitchens)
Dragonsfall Weyr - Mid-Cliff Level
Dragonsfall Weyr - Upper Cliffs
Dragonsfall Weyr Elevation
Dragonsfall Weyr Leadership Timeline
This month at Dragonsfall Weyr has been a grueling one for Weyrling A’kua. Weyrhealer Taren and Mindhealer Zelltye discussed the young bronzerider’s fears about Thread, which had left A’kua waking up in the wee hours to sing out his feelings and fears about the silver enemy. Things begin to turn around for A’kua when he is finally able to move in with his girlfriend Ilyssia.
Brownrider Z’then has been dealing with problems of his own in the air, mainly due to vertigo, and his trouble understanding wing formations when they’re on a piece of paper. Weyrwoman’s Second, Teseada, was understanding when talking to Z’then, even though her suggestion that Juvath might one day sire a clutch sent Z’then into an awkward panic.
Young Bronzerider R’gelen, who joined the Weyrling Staff as an Assistant, rode out on sweeps with Weyrling R’allo. The pair saw a signal fire and were able to assist some travelers who were struggling to deal with a rockslide.
In the Lower Caverns, Headwoman Yanley and Harper Nokala discuss chores and lessons for new Candidates and some new supplies for the Weyrbrats.
And finally, Weyrleader K’reyel and Weyrwoman Saibra discussed some emergency drills that they might spring on the Weyr unannounced to check and see if the residents of Dragonsfall were prepared for the unexpected.
Written by Heather F as L2 on February 23rd 2017
Dragonsfall was one of the first Weyrholds founded in the South, fifteen turns before the end of the Ninth Pass. The first official residents moved in three turns before the Pass's end. All were riders and support staff from colder Weyrs who thought Dragonsfall more hospitable than the warmer Weyrholds.
During the Interval, number of dragonriders dwindled and Dragonsfall was one of few Weyrholds that endured.
It was in Dragonsfall's Weyr, in 1190, that Cusyanth clutched 45 eggs including a Gold. This was the first warning something was about to change. It was Dragonsfall’s Weyrharper who /betweened/ forward in time to confirm Thread’s return. When the Tent’s Pass begun, Dragonsfall helped Dolphin Cove to meet the very first Threadfall over Emerald Falls hold.
Tragedy struck Dragonsfall only two months into the new Pass. Weyrleader J'ryd died in 'fall, leaving his young Wingsecond in charge. N'den was confirmed as Weyrleader in Cusyanth's next flight, but his leadership was short-lived.
By month seven, Thread took another Weyrleader from Dragonsfall. Weyrleader G'fren took leadership, with Jadeah still Weyrwoman. Only a day after the birth of the Weyrwoman's third child in the same Turn, Jadeah suffered a paralyzing stroke, and stepped aside in favor of young goldrider Linneya.
In month 4 of the 2nd turn of the Pass, Weyrleader G'fren was taken by Thread and Dragonsfall was left to recover under the acting weyrleadership of D'wrayt and Weyrwoman Linneya. But before her gold could rise again to confirm a Weyrleader, Linneya fell seriously ill with an infection that required her to move to a warmer climate for recovery. She relocated, leaving her Wingsecond, Jaela, as Weyrwoman.
D'wrayt and Jaela made a wonderful team, seeing the Weyr through many difficult times. In month 9 of Turn 3, however, the Weyrwoman tragically died of an ectopic pregnancy, leaving the Weyr without a mature queen. Two goldriders eventually were transferred to Dragonsfall with Corvera acting as Weyrwoman. However, it was Kapera's Riyanth that was first to mate, and Corvera transferred out, leaving her to take the Senior rank position and Teseada to be her Second.
The leadership seemed once again stable, until Riyanth's second mating flight. To everyone's surprise, D'wrayt was not confirmed as Weyrleader. Instead, Weyrlingmaster T'mahl's bronze Uluruth caught the senior gold. Though he had always been a competent leader, in his very first chance to lead the Weyr into Threadfall T'mahl panicked, leaving some to wonder if he would be leading the Weyr for very long. Indeed T’mahl didn’t stay as Weyrleader for long, but it was still Kapera who left first due to poor health, making Hygalia the acting Weyrwoman, rather than the young Teseada.
When Genith Rose on day 4 of month 10 of Turn 5 of Tenth Pass, she confirmed Hygalia as the new Weyrwoman and G’nir, rider of bronze Nirreth as the new Weyrleader. Together they ruled for Turn and a half, until news of the North opening a new Weyr made Hygalia to transfer there.
Genith was gravid with eggs sired by Nirreth and took those eggs North with her. Saibra arrived from Dolphin Cove to replace her, answering the Weyr’s need, Chioneth Rose. G’nir continued as the Weyrleeader as Nirreth was able to catch Chioneth, achieving the amazing feat of winning two senior Gold flights within a month.
Saibra and G'nir's working relationship deteriorated quickly, and the problems between them led G'nir's luck to run out when Chioneth rose again in the next Turn. A visiting bronzerider, K'reyel, and his bronze Erdenth caught Chioneth, giving Dragonsfall yet another new Weyrleader.
The location was chosen because the rolling hills leading to the mountains were ideal for raising herdbeasts of all sorts to supply human and dragon needs. The plateau stood half-solitary at the edge of the plains down to the Sea of Azov.
Distances to Other Locations:
Opal Cove Hold - 50 miles (80.45 kilometres)
Amethyst Cliff Hold - 600 miles (965 kilometres)
Dolphin Cove Weyr - 5,000 miles (8,045 kilometres)
Dream's End Weyr - 650 miles (1040 kilometres)
River Bluff Weyr - 1,600 miles (2,574 kilometres)
The average winter low temperature is 19°F (-7°C); the average winter high is 28°F (-2°C). During the summer months, the average low temperature is 57°F (13.8°C); the average high 74°F (23.3°C).
Dragonsfall Weyr was designed using rock-cutting tools created from plans left behind in AIVAS' files. The original Weyrhold was a masterpiece of design and took over ten turns to complete. There are three levels of the cliff that house the dragonriders and the weyrfolk. The ground floor is facing a expansive plain, and the weyrlake and stables are atop the large plateau. The Weyrleaders had set up plans for enlarging the Weyr to accommodate the growing population.
There are two weyrlakes at Dragonsfall Weyr. The summer lake (on top of the plateau) and the winter lake (in the base level cavern).
As one of the oldest Weyrs, established before Ninth Pass ended, the Weyr benefited from the technology from AIVAS. Its lights, heating and plumbing are powered by geothermal power plant, built deep inside the cliff, below base level. However, the system is well over 1200 Turns old, so blackouts do happen. As a backups, the Weyr uses glowstones, candles and fireplaces.
The winter lake and Hatching Cavern are heated by hot springs beneath them and are totally separate from the rest of the Weyr.
As a Weyr, Dragonsfall has always encouraged it’s female population to pursue what ever career they like to. Whether it’s craft or more traditional women’s job like cooking and fostering children. After the Plague, Weyr has been acting as a sanctuary for runaway hold-women and for certain types of men too. Searchriders have known to smuggle out girls in trouble from Holds. While the Weyr’s leaders officially disapprove taking youngsters without their families permission, none of those girls ever gets sent back.
Population and Plague Effects
The population is always growing due to the influx of young men and women who Impress at each hatching. The plague had taken a toll on Dragonsfall, but the Weyr is now recovering from those effects quite nicely.
The Weyr gets most of its crops from the Holds that it protects, but has substantial resources to feed its dragon population by breeding herdbeasts.
There is access to the Sea of Azov from the Weyr for ships and no place is too far for the dragons to between. There are roads connecting Dragonfall to nearby holds. They were less used during the Interval. The Pass has brought more traffic to them as the tithe trains and trader caravans cross the plains between Amber Hills and Dragonsfall.