||Parents Dasi and
Marck are both farmers and met in the Hall. They got married and now run
an experimental farm in the South. Like their farm, they too blossomed in
the South. Ardi is the oldest of the family, he has no feeling for
farming, but he's very good with flowers. His 2 sisters Lalika (12) and
Feranka (11), unlike Ardi, enjoy farming as much as their parents.
firelizard Revira from Darkling Dawn Weyr.
||Ardi is just in the
middle of that grow-spurt bys get around 15 turns of age, so it's hard
to say how tall he'll be, but he'll be skinny, very skinny...he has a
metabolism like a birdie, that will probably change as well when he's
older. He has brown eyes and soft blond hair with brownish streaks.
||Ardi is very
peaceloving. He almost never gets angry and has never fought another
boy. He likes reading and enjoyed school...do I hear someone chanting
"Teacher's Pet!" in the back?
"I'm going out
Ardi yelled into the house.
His mother came out of the kitchen and said:
"No need to shout dear, I'm right here.
So where are you going?"
"Anybody coming with?"
"No just me, and maybe Frodi will come."
"ok, be home in time for dinner. Have fun!."
She turned back into the kitchen. Ardi left through the door and sighed
relief. He wondered why his mother never wanted to know more about Frodi.
Normally she was all over him when he had a friend. Well, she didn't need to
know Frodi was just a fantasy.
He spent most of his time on the beach, mostly reading and daydreaming. It
was their he had seen the dolphins for the first time. Sometimes he swam
with them, but not often. He had read dolphins still picked their names from
the first dolphins brought to Pern. That was how he'd gotten the name Frodi.
His mother had always wanted him to make friends, but he hadn't felt the
need. Sure, the other kids were nice to him and he to them, but no-one
really knew him. He suddenly realised his mother thought Frodi was a girl
and not just a friend...That would explain why she had never asked him about
her. She thought his lack of details about Frodi were secrecy. Well, he
could leave it like that, as long as she didn't go running about asking who
knew a girl called Frodi.
He dosed off in the shade and awoke maybe 2 hours later. He still had time
before he had to go. He hadn't packed a book, but he could walk. He stood up
It didn't take long for him to have walked a few kilometres out of the
hold surroundings. He knew there was another secluded bay here somewhere.
White sands, redfruit trees and if he was lucky, some dolphins to play with.
He reached the bay and sighed, no dolphins anywhere to be seen. He was about
to sit down when his eyes fell upon a pile of dirt and seaweed that
shouldn't have been there, it was too symmetrical to be natural. He walked
up to it and looked down. He swooped away some sand with his hands and saw
the eggs. The Eggs. A firelizard's nest. He felt the egg and just when he
touched it, it hatched. Talk about timing. He held up the little creature
and rotated it, it sparkled all over, gold and brown, how odd. Then he
noticed the little flit creeling for food. He went through his pockets, he
usually carried some leftovers from meatrolls. There, he had found a chunk.
He gave it and the flit happily devoured it whole.
"Wait! Not so fast, you'll
choke!" But the little
goldenbrown was hungry...very hungry. She creeled for more.
"ok, ok, here's another
piece." How he thanked his
mother for expecting him to wash his own trousers.
When the flit had cleaned out his pockets and was finally sleeping, he went
home. Night was already falling and he would have to run to get home in
"Young man! Where
have you been! I told you to be home by dinner!"
His mother yelled. He taxed her voice and knew he was in trouble.
"Sorry, mom." He said and
made himself look smaller and more tired.
"But you see, I found this egg and it
hatched and i couldn't leave it behind...."
His mother, barely listening had caught some of the more unusual words,
namely egg and hatched.
"What is it?"
"A firelizard, and a pretty
"I suppose you couldn't leave
it, no...Now go eat and sleep, tomorrow is a new day and you know you have
to report any firelizard clutches around here to the Weyr."
"Yes, but do I have to? Mine hatched, so the others couldn't have hatched
"True, but they will be
interested in it, that is no ordinary flit."
Ardi quickly grabbed some food and went upstairs before his mother gained
enough sense to ask about Frodi... He put down the little flit on his pillow
and realised he'd need a name for it.
"Well, I found you at
Reviramelli Cove, so I guess I can name you Revira."
The flit didn't care, she was full and she was warm and soft.
The next day Ardi
left early to the Weyr. It wasn't quite a long hike, but he'd need all
morning to get there.
He got there around noon as he had expected and clinged on to the first
dragonrider he saw.
"Sir, I found a clutch
the dragonrider interrupted,
"I've got to go, report it to the headwoman!"
At noon, Ardi figured, the Headwoman could only be in one place, and that
was in the lower caverns handing out meals. Well, he was wrong, she was in
the lower caverns, but she was eating too. Everybody could just take food
from the tables. Not like he had expected.
He went to her table and started
"I've found a clutch and my..."
"Wait a minute dear, I'm just
"Now what did you have to say?"
"Well, I found this clutch and my mother said I had to report it
because it was unusual."
"We have quite enough flits on our own beaches boy...why did your mother
think it was special?"
"Well, Revira, that's the one I impressed, is gold and brown."
"Are you sure she wasn't just covered in sand?"
"No, you can see for yourself."
Ardi said as he lifted the sleeping Revira from his carry sack.
"My, that is special...you
wait here, while I inform Weyrwoman Teah."
She stood up and left him.
Things must really be crazy here if there wasn't time for him to explain his
firelizard. Of course a Weyr would have other things to do....
A young girl, 15 or 16 turns old, tapped him in the shoulder and said:
"You can have some food, it's
not good to be so skinny."
"Oh, I've always been skinny, I eat enough, but I am hungry now."
"Just grab something and come sit with me."
He did as she had suggested and joined her.
"Do you know why everyone has
so little time?"
"Of course, I'm surprised you don't know! Senior Queen Eoth has clutched."
"That explains some of it, but my Revira is important too."
"Revira is my firelizard."
he said and opened his carry sack again.
"She's probably hungry too. She ate a
lot this morning, but I'm feeling very hungry even though I've eaten more
than I should have."
The girl giggled "She's
pretty, I wouldn't mind having one of those. But I couldn't right now, I'm
standing for the clutch. I'm Frido by the way."
Ardi nearly choked. There was someone actually named Frido? And a girl? He
hoped his mother didn't found out. Then again, he would like coming to the
Weyr more often. He recovered in time to say
"I'm Ardmonevi, but everyone
calls me Ardi."
"Hey Ardi, want to see the eggs?"
Now if there is something you should not ask all Pernese children it's that.
Ardi nearly leaped to the vaulted ceiling of the lower caverns.
"I take it that's yes."
"Can I? really?"
"Sure, but we have to be quiet. Eoth doesn't like too many visitors, but
she's quite friendly to us, the candidates for her clutch."
The inside of the
hatching sands was a bit cooler and darker then the weyrbowl, making it very
comfortable. Ardi looked up at the Senior Queen and turned to Frido again.
"You are sure this is ok."
"Of course, don't chicken out now."
They walked to the eggs.
"Look, every egg is different,
that's what I like about them, you can almost feel like each egg has hatched
for a special person."
The Day passed to
quickly in the Weyr and Ardi had to go. He ran home, excited about all the
things he'd seen, all the things he'd learned, Frodi had thought him a lot
about dragons he hadn't known before. He was also jealous of her for being
able to stand at a clutch, but she was special, he hoped she'd impress one.
Somewhere in he middle he stopped to feed Revira again...he looked down at
her and thought that if he wasn't able to ride a dragon he at least had
something as precious as her.
Home, he told his sisters everything, to his joy they were jealous beyond
measuring. That would show them, saying his life was boring.
The next day early, Ardi was woken up rather hard when his mother barged
into his room and shook him.
"Ardi! There's a dragonrider
for you here."
"For me? What could they possibly want from me?"
"I don't know, go get yourself ready, fast!"
She left him alone. When he got down about 5 minutes later the dragonrider
was drinking klah with his mother, discussing the pro's and cons off
planting own seedlings or something, he couldn't quite make it out.
"Ah! there you are! C'rin
here knows quite a lot about farming. But you two should talk now."
Apparently she wasn't going to leave, that would make it worse on him when
he heard what he'd done wrong... maybe he shouldn't have trusted Frodi, he
didn't know her, he'd let himself get fooled by his own fantasies.
"See, Eoth requested a
searchrider to get a likely candidate yesterday. But she couldn't tell us
who it was, just that he had been in the Sands with a girl. We tried, but
she wouldn't tell us what girl. With reason apparently, because Frodi
shouldn't have been there. She isn't a candidate, and that's why she
shouldn't have brought you there. But she did and Eoth liked you. So, if it
is ok with you, Rigelth would like to see you too, to see if the queen
wasn't just imagining things. She wouldn't most likely, but maybe there was
another boy and girl there."
Dazzled about this, Ardi got up and walked to the door. He a dragonrider? No
Eoth must have meant another boy, but maybe, if Rigelth liked him.... He got
out and looked at the Blue, still big though a lot smaller than the queen.
Rigelth looked at him and nodded. C'rin turned to his mother and said
"If it is ok with, you, can i
ask him to become a Candidate?"
His mother swallowed, but said:
"He's free to go. It's up to him."
He knew his mother had sacrificed a lot there, she would miss him and his
"Of course I'll go. I'll be
fine mom." Ardi said.
Only then did something get through the commotion ....Frodi wasn't a
candidate, then why had she said she was?
The bugle woke him up. Which dragon
had gotten it in his mind to start singing in the middle of the night? Ardi
turned around and closed his eyes again.
Singing? The hatching! He nearly fell out of bed as he strangled with his
sheets ang only reached the hatching sands on luck. Inside he saw Frodi was
already waiting for him.
"Yes, do you see 10
candidates me excluded? I don't!"
"I guess you're right."
"A little bit. What if I don't impress?"
"There are only 10 candidates."
"But what if they like someone from the stands better than me?"
He hoped she was right. He
knew it wasn't bad to be left standing, and impress on a second or third
time, but still, he hoped he would get it right the first time.
2 bues, 2 greens, one of which bonded Frodi, a brown and a bronze walked by.
Ardi sighed, 6 down, 4 eggs left. The next egg that cracked revealed a soft
blue dragon. He was quite big and shook his head before he walked towards
the remaining male candidates and stopped in front of Ardi.
"I'm hungry A'nevi." the blue said.
"Well, no, actually I'm
Kleath, but I think you get the idea."
That made Ardi, no A'nevi smile.
"Of course you are."
he said, thinking: 'right on both accounts' as he led his dragon out to eat.
Quit bothering Avalonath!" A'nevi yelled.
"I'm not bothering her." Kleath replied,
"We were training."
"That still doesn't mean you can tackle her and
force her to the ground beneath your big bones!" A'nevi sighed.
Ever since he and Frodi had started training together, Kleath had wanted to
prove he was better than Avalonath. Of course he was bigger and heavier.
That was a good advantage in wrestling, but it wasn't in flying. Avalonath
outflew him every time and that made Kleath very angry.
"One day I will catch her." he said.
"Better let me know when you are going to do that,
so I can get ready." A'nevi said.
He and Frodi had deepened their friendship and he was sure that their
dragons flying each other wouldn't change that... too much.
"Get ready for what?" Frodi asked.
"Nothing." A'nevi said, feeling his
cheeks turning an awkward shade of red.
Frodi shrugged and went back to coaching Avalonath.
"Keep your wings up, He's trying to block them!"
Avalonath flew up and twirled 2 or 3 times before landing again, laughing at
her own foolishness.
"I think Avalonath doesn't understand the beauty of
boxing." A'nevi told Frodi.
"Nah, she's better in the sky, but she wants Kleath
to win every now and again, it has something to do with her plans for the
future she tells me. What those are I wouldn't know, she's very secretive
about those." Frodi said and grinned.
"You don't suppose she intends on letting Kleath catch her?"
A'nevi blushed again and quickly turned his head to the ground so Frodi
wouldn't see it. "Nah, maybe she doesn't want him
killing her in the middle of the night out of frustration." he
"That could be it."
Ardmonevi is weyrmated to Frodi
Frodi impressed at
Darkling Dawn Weyr