Hybrid Weyrlinghood

Welcome to being a Weyrling!

To accelerate, or not to accelerate? The eternal weyrling question. Accelerated weyrlinghood makes it harder for weyrlings to interact with the rest of their Weyr, because time is running much faster for them than for the other residents. Extended weyrlinghood makes it harder for weyrlings to get out and interact with the rest of Pern, because they can't between.

So we looked at this, considered it from both sides, and said…

Why Not Both?

…we could make things hard both w- wait, no. Wrong both!

With hybrid weyrlinghood, we split it into two halves.

Junior Weyrlinghood is nine weeks long, and by the end of it, you can between, have your own weyr, and are free of weyrling restrictions. IC time is slightly accelerated from the rest of the game, but only to about 6:1 - still close enough to interact without too much headache.

After your Junior Weyrlinghood, you get… Senior Weyrlinghood! At this point, you can decide you're done with it and just go off to join a wing - but if you're enjoying growing and interacting with your classmates and dragon, you can stick around and have some extra time to decide while spending time practicing your skills and exploring different wings. ICly, you'd need approval to leave weyrlinghood and join a wing, and those who stay are more likely to get better postings… but, as always, we can talk and figure out what works!

Basic Outline

The focus on the first four months is on your dragon being an adorable baby and the two of you learning about your new connection. You'll learn how to care for your quickly-growing dragon and focus on or block out your mindlink. By the fourth month, your dragon will be strong and swift enough to learn how to hunt prey on the ground.

In the next two months, your relationship with your dragon moves from caretaking to partnership. They learn to fly while you learn skills like diplomacy and self defense, and then you take to the skies together and learn together how to fly in formation and do sweeps.

The next two months extend your reach from your home weyr to the world beyond and teach you about the responsibilities of adulthood. You learn how to travel between, and about how mating flights affect dragons. At the end of the tenth month, you and your dragon have received the full basic training for weyrlings.

Some pairs, at this point, are eager to join a wing. They can put in for a transfer, and it'll be processed just like any other request. Others are uncertain where they want to go, or feel there's still more to learn. For them, there's Senior Weyrling!

Senior Weyrlinghood focuses on each wing in turn, letting the weyrlings explore their options and gain additional training before they make a final decision.

The first two months are spent on Comet. Weyrlings learn how to pack goods securely and practice with all sorts of between destinations. Even if you don't stay, it's great for having a long list of potential vacation spots for your free days!

The third month is spent on Asteroid. For those with a craft already, it's a chance to try out how it fits with your new lifemate. For those without, it's a chance to visit crafthalls and find out what interests you and what it might be like trying to learn those skills while already having a dragon.

The fourth and fifth months are for Galaxy. Weyrlings learn more about sweeps and rescue operations and get skills they may hope never to get the chance to use for real - but hey, if the situation comes up, better to know than not, right?

The sixth month of senior weyrlinghood is for Quasar. The policy and diplomacy wing is considered by many to be the most boring part. In theory it's about power, in practice it's a lot more about paperwork, and one of the first things those senior weyrlings learn is how to go over transfer forms for those of their former classmates who decided to skip out before the dull.

At least if you make it through, there's a graduation to celebrate! …followed by the need to pick a wing for real and settle down into life as a full rider.

Junior Weyrling Schedule

RL Week One

Congratulations on impressing!

This month, you're caring for your dragon and learning about your mindlink. Your dragon will not be allowed to leave the area of the barracks and training grounds for the first few weeks (until mid-week, OOC), and neither will you when your dragon is awake. The babies need you, and being without you will upset them. Meals and supplies will be delivered to the training grounds; only Pulsar wing and those approved by the WLM are allowed in the barracks - again, to avoid disturbing the young dragons. Strong emotions (fear, lust, anger, etc) are likely to upset your dragon, and should be avoided, as should alcohol. These are IC rules, and may be broken for IC consequence.

Scene Suggestions

Cutting meat and feeding your dragon.
Bathing and oiling your dragon.
Quick visits places while your dragon is asleep.
Meeting friends who want to see your dragon in the training grounds.
Being woken up by your dragon.
Trying to get your dragon to fall asleep at night.
Walking around the Weyr with your dragon.
Dealing with your dragon falling asleep in an awkward place.
Comparing your dragon and those of other weyrlings.

RL Week Two

This month, you're continuing to care for your dragon while focusing on developing the mental bond between the two of you and starting your physical training. For the dragons, this begins as play; for you, there's laps to run and heavy things to lift. The young dragons develop their personalities further, and may be very inquisitive or argumentative. The terrible twos are real!

Scene Suggestions

Anything you didn't get to from the first month.
Trying to talk to your dragon silently, and miscommunications from that.
Asking your dragon to relay a message, and miscommunications from that.
Arguing with your dragon about something.
Jogging laps or lifting firestone sacks for physical training.
Your dragons playing tag or wrestling.

RL Week Three

Your dragons are becoming more independent, and their training is getting more serious. Feeding and oiling them are now familiar parts of life, and you're continuing to build and refine your mental link. It's now probably okay if you have a small amount of alcohol or get passionate about something, but your dragon is still likely to be jealous of your attention and may get upset and need you to drop whatever else to take care of them. The dragons will join you in running laps, and both of you will do obstacle courses and agility challenges. You'll also study dragon anatomy and the basics of first aid for your lifemate.

Scene Suggestions

Anything you didn't get to from month two.
Doing scene visualization and sharing with dragons.
Practicing for or doing an obstacle course.
Sore muscles or minor injuries in you or your dragon.
Going out for drinks to celebrate the fact that you can.
Reading about dragons.
Reading to your dragon about some area of interest.
Your dragon trying to sneak off on their own.

RL Week Four

This month is one where it may seem your dragon is starting to really grow up. There's ground hunting lessons, where your dragons learn how to feed themselves instead of relying on you to cut their meat. Your dragons are growing fast, and you can start to see their adult personalities and body shapes… though they're still definitely young, and there will be times when they demonstrate just how far they still are from actually being mature.

Scene Suggestions

Anything you didn't get from month three.
Watching adult dragons hunt in preparation for the lesson, or practicing afterwards.
Talking about how your dragons have grown so far.

RL Weeks Five-Nine (under construction!)

…this is the rest of Junior Weyrlinghood, and we haven't written it out in detail yet. We'll get there!

Approximate schedule:

5:
Firestone
Unmounted flight
History classes

6:
Air hunting
Straps Making
Riding on the Ground

7:
Mounted flight
Self defense

8:
Private weyrs
Between

9:
Mating flights
Graduate from Junior Weyrling

Senior Weyrling Month-by-Month Schedule (under construction!)

Still needs to be written in detail!

10+11:
Comet Wing Shadowing / Between Practice

12:
Asteroid Wing Shadowing / Crafts

13+14:
Galaxy Wing Shadowing / Sweeps, search and rescue

15:
Quasar Wing Shadowing / Administration

Graduate from Senior Weyrling

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