Months 8~9

Betweening! This is always a lot of fun, but ICly frought with danger. Weyrling accidents at this point can have lethal consequences.

The Weyrlingmaster and assistants will be giving various jump points to the weyrlings. Normally the weyrlings are taken in groups to various parts of Pern, beginning with Ista Hold and then further areas. Typically the weyrlings are not allowed to between unsupervised yet. However they may fly straight to other parts of Ista with permission for more extended excursions.

Over flying a weyrling dragon may be hazardous as well. This is when issues with strain may also occur as the dragons still have not reached full growth and estimating their strength is still a guess.

At this point, the dragons will also be taught how to flame! Gold riders would be also taught to use a flamethrower and their use in the air versus in a ground crew. Practices now will include flaming targets on the ground and later with mock thread thrown from a higher elevation.

Duties now may include ferrying firestone to riders during Threadfall. Elevator duties around the bowl, and flying messages to different locations.

Weyrlings should by now be able to move out of the barracks and into their own weyrs.

Firestone is an indigenous rock to Pern, found upon most of the planet. It is made up of three items: a crystalline substance that allows the stone to keep its shape, a gray coke that lines the stomach, and is eventually regurgitated by the dragon, and red-yellow phosphine that, when ingested into a gas form, ignites when it comes into contact with air. This item can only be used by dragons and firelizards, as most other lifeforms would get sick. Queens do not chew, however. At first this was said to keep golds from going infertile, but it was later found out that the eggbearers where just genetically unable to chew the substance.

When firestone is chosen for a dragon, it is ideal that the rock is big enough for the dragon to chew properly, while not being too big that it can't fit within its mouth. Also, the saying 'the worse it smells, the better is', is actually true. The best stone to look for is about the size of one's combined fists, with a healthy red-yellow color that doesn't crumble to the touch, but flakes slightly.

When a dragon chews firestone (or sandstone, in the case of weyrlings), the stone is ground back on the dragon's molars, before being swallowed and sent to the second stomach. In there, powerful stomach acids liquefy the coke and crystalline parts of the rock, while the phosphine is released into gas form. When the dragon exhales, the gas escapes, catching on fire as it comes in contact with the air. Once done exhaling all of the phosphine gas, the dragon will regurgitate the coke and crystalline substance, as their second stomach leads to nowhere. The dragon can hold it in for a bit, but they will become sick if they are not allowed to regurgitate the ash.

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