First ... ... a note on Eastern Weyr's canon: AIVAS has never been and will never be found, and that is because it never existed. There were never any long intervals, the Weyrs never went empty, no character from Anne's books ever existed, and, as far as anyone knows, Thread will continue to fall in its regular pattern far into the future. Blues and greens have always shown the ability to Impress to women as well as to men. As the Turns have passed, dragons have grown slightly larger than their 9th Pass ancestors described in the DragonLover's Guide to Pern - please see the RULES for details. Eastern Weyr's History Eastern Weyr was founded eight Turns into the ninth Pass - one Turn after Southern Weyr, as it happened, with both being founded in response to the Northern Weyrs succumbing to increasing pressures from both the Crafts and several influential Holds who were keen to explore the South. To properly establish the two Weyrs and the Holds which made up their protectorate, not to mention setting up a base of operations for the Crafts in the South, took the better part of the Pass, but things had time to settle down and cement themselves in the following Interval. Since its conception Eastern Weyr has been one of the most liberal Weyrs on Pern, founded by riders who had transferred from other Weyrs and were thus most likely to be adventurous and open to change and improvisation. At Eastern Weyr there is no official discrimination in regards to gender or sexual orientation, though certain riders may hold their own opinion. There are, however, limitations on rank based upon the constraints of a dragon's color in regards to its physical abilities. Blues and greens have always shown the ability to Impress to women as well as to men, though in the more conservative Weyrs female candidates are socially encouraged to Stand only for gold eggs. By the time the tenth Pass arrived, the Southern Continent was flourishing even more richly than its Northern counterpart. Eastern Weyr had grown to a steady and impressive population, and circumstance led to them adopting a new policy concerning the age restrictions for potential candidates (for detail on that, please click HERE). As we begin play at Eastern Weyr, it is the first Turn of what will be the twelfth Pass. Clutches in recent Turns have showed a distinct spike in size, and the Weyr prepares to meet the Pass with a more than satisfactory number of fighting dragons. The dragons have grown to be larger than their ninth Pass brethren (details on that HERE, with size charts HERE), which has led to a rise in more browns among the ranks of Wingleader and Wingsecond, with even the occasional blue filling the latter position. Despite these recent innovations, the leadership holds a shared traditional point of view but only time will tell how the inhabitants of Eastern Weyr will rise to meet the challenges of the coming Pass. Layout of Eastern Weyr (Note: This is NOT the Eastern Weyr described in the DLG. See below.) Established in the middle of the 9th Pass and built on the northeastern coast of the eastern half of the Southern Continent, Eastern Weyr, like the other Weyrs of Pern, is built into an old volcanic crater. The climate is temperate to tropical, which means that the weather typically ranges from 60 to 90 degrees. Rarely do winters drop below 55 degrees, but the summers at the peak of heat range between 80 and 100 degrees at certain parts of the shoreline and in the forests. (Click HERE for a more detailed overview of what temperatures to expect during the various months at Eastern). Due to the location near the ocean, sudden squalls, frequent rain, and the occasional dangerous tropical storm or hurricane will strike the Weyr. Fortunately the dwellings have been built with this in mind, and storms of a deadly caliber are rare. While not as lax as its sister Weyr, Southern, Eastern's rules are more like ... guidelines. Color ranking is strict only due to the necessity for structure - to help riders understand their own strengths and weaknesses and to prevent injuries. Candidates are more or less evenly divided between the genders, and women make up at least half of all greenriders and approximately a third of the Weyr's blueriders. The Weyr views itself as progressive but practical and maintains itself as such. The Wery's bowl forms a vast, craggy oval, broken only at its northern end by the slender river which runs from the lake pooled over a significant portion of the southern bowl. The lake itself is fed from both reservoirs beneath the earth and a waterfall that spills into the south-southwest edge of the lake, the result of a river which runs down from a range of mountains which begin to rise sharply almost from the base of the Weyr's southwestern rim, etching its jagged way northwest and slightly south from that point. Approximately one mile to the north of the Weyr is a the southern end in a crescent-shaped bay that curves up towards the northeast, where six miles northeast of Eastern's northeastern rim is East Bay Hold, the busiest docking station for trade from Eastern's protectorate to other areas of Pern. To the east of the Weyr is a forest which tends to be temperate near the northern range where it is cooled by the proximity of the sea and the breezes from its cool currents, dissolving into a short stretch of plains which gradually thickens into jungle as it spreads to the south. The Weyr itself it approximately 2.75 miles across, measuring from the outer edge of each rim, and is just slightly longer east-to-west than it is north-to-south. The Bowl itself is approximately 2 miles across, with the Weyr's deep lake taking up approximately 15% of that area. The vast Hatching Sands are located just north of the western extreme of the Weyr, the abundant sands well-heated from below. Just south of the Hatching Sands stands the Weyrling Barracks, situated next to the northwestern edge of the lake so that the dragonets may more easily strengthen their wing muscles in the water, and a small portion of the lake has been partitioned off with buoys and weighted nets for this purpose. Just north of the Hatching Sands, along the northwestern rim, is the Candidate Barracks, which themselves border the southern edge of the double structure that makes up the Dining Hall and the Rider's Hall at the northern end of the Weyr. The flightrooms are located behind the Dining Hall and the Rider's Hall, built further into the crater. This area borders the western edge of the river that breaks narrowly through center of the northern rim, with the Rankers' Offices build into that section of the rim along the eastern shore, the two sides connected by a thick bridge. The eastern edge of the Weyr holds the vast and well-stocked feeding pens, and the northeasternmost section of the Weyr holds the Infirmary and Dragon Infirmary. The southeastern side of the Weyr holds small, organized stations for every major crafthall except the Farmercraft, Seacraft, and Dolphincraft. Individual weyrs that house Eastern Weyr's dragonriders are located on the upper levels on all sides of the Bowl, with those dragonriders who hold additional rank - the Weyrwoman, Weyrleader, goldriders, Wingleaders, Wingseconds, AWLMs, and ACMs - generally stationed near their offices. 1. Dining Hall 2. Riders' Hall 3. Rankers' Offices 4. Infirmary 5. Dragon Infirmary 6. Feeding Pens 7. Crafter Areas 8. Candidate Barracks 9. Hatching Sands 10. Weyrling Barracks Click here for a description of Eastern's protectorate. Weather Guide! The climate is temperate to tropical, which means that the weather typically ranges from 60 to 90 degrees. Rarely do winters drop below 55 degrees, but the summers at the peak of heat range between 80 and 100 degrees at certain parts of the shoreline and in the forests. Due to the location near the ocean, sudden squalls, frequent rain, and the occasional dangerous tropical storm or hurricane will strike the Weyr. Fortunately the dwellings have been built with this in mind, and storms of a deadly caliber are rare. Month Temperature Range (F) Temperature Range (C) 1 55 - 70 12.75 - 21 2 60 - 75 15.5 - 23.87 3 65 - 80 18.33 - 26.67 4 70 - 85 21 - 29.5 5 75 - 90 23.87 - 32.25 6 80 - 95 26.67 - 35 7 85 - 100 29.5 - 37.75 8 80 - 95 26.67 - 35 9 75 - 90 23.87 - 32.25 10 70 - 85 21 - 29.5 11 65 - 80 18.33 - 26.67 12 60 - 75 15.5 - 23.87 13 55 - 70 12.75 - 21