Lore Contest # 1

Ester
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Ester
Weyrling
Joined: 7:34 PM - Jul 26, 2017

8:23 PM - Feb 13, 2018 #1

The contest for this month will be a Lore Contest. What this means is that little aspects of this new Pern in which AIVAS Calling sits need to be fleshed out. We want you guys to be involved in this! Each week will have a selection of different things that need to be added to our lore, and all of the things that you guys come up with will be added in, with credit given to you, of course! There will also be prizes for completion of each week, as well as all weeks of this contest. You only need to complete one piece of lore from each week's list, but you will get bonus prizes for each extra piece of lore created. You can go into as much detail as you want, but remember, the more the better!

Week 1 List: Phrases, Plants, Fairy Tales
Week 2 List: Turn Day Rituals, Land Animals, Superstitions
Week 3 List: Birth Day Rituals, Fish,
Week 4 List: Death Day Rituals, Flying Animals,

50 Marks will be awarded per week for the 1st item of lore completed.
15 Marks will be awarded per extra item after the first of lore completed.
250 Additional marks will be awarded for completion of 1 piece of lore per week for all 4 weeks.

If there are any other prizes you'd like to see added into this contest, please let us know! We want people to enjoy the process of creation and having their creation integrated into the site!
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Elsie
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Elsie
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Joined: 8:29 PM - Jan 18, 2018

10:19 PM - Feb 13, 2018 #2

Here's some phrases for now. Will think about the other categories later ^^

Phrases:
  • ”Does (even) AIVAS know (that)?” - Nobody knows. Portions in parentheses are optional.
  • “A few axes short of a lumberyard” - (Of a person, usually playfully) unintelligent, stupid or useless.
  • “Bronze-brave” - Courageous.
  • “Jealous as a broody queen” - Overtly jealous, possessive or envious. Refers to the way gold flits guard the eggs.
  • “Burns through a barn-full of candles.” - Takes a long time.
  • "Not for all the wine in Benden" - Not for anything.
  • "Like seeing a queen egg's yolk" - Something very anticlimatic or deeply disappointing, e.g. "When she turned me down it was like seeing a queen egg's yolk". The idea is that one would only ever see the yolk of a dragon (or flit) egg if it broke before the hatchling had developed enough to absorb it all, so seeing a queen egg's yolk means that a queen egg has been broken and the hatchling, presumably, has died.
Plants:
  • Island conetree (a.k.a. Inkberry bush)
    This peculiar plant is endemic to the archipelago to which Star Island belongs, being found nowhere else on Pern. The mature plant consists of a single woody stem that is perfectly straight and reaches 3 to 3.5 feet high. Starting at two hand-spans from the floor, and once every hand-span or so thereafter, eight straight branches emerge from the stem, each splitting at the end into a profusion of small sub-branches that each carry a single leaf. The lowest of the branches are around 1.5 feet long, and each subsequently higher ring of branches is shorter such that the plant has a conical shape overall. The leaves are roughly the same shape of those of a sycamore leaf, and are about two thirds the size of that. They are a dark blue-green in hue. The plant blossoms once a year in early spring, each branch producing a great many flowers. Only a centimetre in diameter and with medium-green petals, the flowers are inconspicuous, but the berries they produce in late summer stick out rather more. Roughly the size of blueberries, these berries have an inky purple-black skin and orange flesh when ripe and stick out from the foliage on long stalks, like those of a cherry. For its relatively small size, the island conetree is a slow-growing plant, taking 15 to 18 turns to reach maturity, and has a long lifespan of 200 to 250 turns. The leaves and stem of the island conetree contain a toxin that increases the heartrate of those that ingest it, and the toxin is sufficiently potent that consumption of a single leaf is enough to give a healthy adult a potentially fatal heart attack. The berries, however, do not contain this toxin and are safe to eat. Raw, they are bitter and astringent, very much an acquired taste, but when heated, mashed and sweetened with sugar, they form a very tasty jam. This jam (which is also orange) has become something of a delicacy since the Star Island Archipelago was colonised, being spread on bread or baked into sweet pastries. A small number of inkberries can also be added to grapes when making wine, producing a drink that is either loved or hated by vintners and other wine experts.
We’nell, 16yo female weyrling of Jasper Veroschkath
Cyrene, 19yo female wingrider of Blue Yahtoaandaleeth
Avital, 37yo male adviser
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dreamer
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Joined: 3:06 AM - Jan 26, 2018

4:00 AM - Feb 14, 2018 #3

Phrases:
- "Don't let the wherry's death diminish its taste." Aka don't let the shadows or sadness of the past keep you from enjoying the present and future.

- "When dragons fly!" Was/is a modern turn of phrase (before the fall of thread and return of the dragons) to say something was impossible, kinds of like pigs flying. Is currently undergoing a change of meaning since dragons are back and its not exactly appropriate anymore.

- "Dodged some thread" escaped/avoided a tricky situation.

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Fairytales:

Many of the most popular fairytales are ones told about the dragons, although they are probably highly stylized.

Aidan's favorite is the one named "The Brown who flew Gold" and its based off of the story of the first Brown who flew a queen.

It can be recited or sung to a tune.

To be added later...````````
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ShadowReine
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Joined: 4:52 AM - Jan 19, 2018

4:42 AM - Feb 14, 2018 #4

Oh man, I love doing phrases:

"Two lids gone" - tired/sleepy/incoherent from fatigue.
"When a gold egg hatches" - once in a blue moon, so rare some people think it wouldn't happen again.
"A blue flying a gold" - an impossible task that the person should know better than to attempt
"When there were three Dawn Sisters" - a long time ago.
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Annoluck
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Joined: 1:45 AM - Feb 10, 2018

10:14 PM - Feb 15, 2018 #5

Phrases:

The Wind blows with/against X - Whether a given event/situation is perceived to be Good or Bad {Used mainly by Dragonriders/Weyrfolk and Fishcrafters}

Go between and stay a Turn. - lit. Get lost. {Used exclusively by Dragonriders}

Not for {the} Harper{'s} ears. - A secret.

Flitting between before the eyes of the Headwoman. - a saying once used to describe Dragonriders who used to make the excuse of important business elsewhere to escape duties and/or chores. {Exclusive to Dragonriders/Weyrfolk}

Plants:

Hop - Medical plant utilized as a mild anti-inflammatory. Also used as a depressant for the central nervous system. Can also be used as a sleep aid, if the flowers are added to pillow stuffing (though the odor is considered offensive by some).

Needlethorn- An herb with needle-like thorns. These thorns, when collected during the plant's dormant stage, can be used as disposable needles. The sap is also used to help close puncture wounds.

Numbweed - A grey-green plant almost indispensable to the Healercraft. The sap is one of the most powerful topical anesthetic available. Often utilized as a cream or salve to deaden feeling in severe wounds and injuries. Preparing numbweed salve takes at least three days of stewing the plant, then at least one additional day to strain and skim off the juices to the right consistency. The whole process is rather unpleasant and often viewed as a punishment. HEALER'S NOTE: Excessive use of Numbweed can cause additional bleeding and possible scarring.

Willow salic- Dried and powdered Willow bark. Utilized as a pain reliever and fever reducer. Also helps ease mild to moderate swelling.

Thyme - Herb commonly used in cooking. Also used to create low grade anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic medications. Has some antiseptic properties if used in an infusion.
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Dolce
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Dolce
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Joined: 12:02 AM - Jan 19, 2018

1:28 AM - Feb 16, 2018 #6

Phrases:

(Oath- used by the religious crafters) By the knowledge Aivas gave us
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Elsie
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Elsie
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Joined: 8:29 PM - Jan 18, 2018

9:02 AM - Feb 24, 2018 #7

Week 2
Land animals:
  • Perriling
    The perriling is a small, herbivorous animal distantly related to firelizards and their kin, but lacking many of their abilities. Originating in the tropical regions of the Southern Continent, they arrived on the Star Island archipelago as stowaways around the time the Frozen were being assembled, and have integrated themselves nicely into the ecology of the area intervening 800 Turns. They bear a very vague resemblance to a Guinea pig, being similar in shape, but are somewhat larger at 8 to 12 inches long from snout to rump. The head can best be described as rabbit-like, complete with huge front teeth and big, flat molars, but lacks the long ears, instead having a pair of round lumps on the top of their heads that resemble short, domed headknobs. Their eyes are faceted, but do not change colour, instead being permanently inky black. They have a short neck, a round, plump body that accounts for most of their length, and a short, hamster like tail. They stand upon four short, squat legs, and have a third pair of limbs in the form of short arms with dexterous little hands. These arms are held folded with the hands against the chest when the animal is moving or grazing, but can be used to manipulate objects, or when fighting, for their little claws are sharp. Their skin is like that of a firelizard - smooth, soft and hairless - and comes in three colours; dominant females, which are much larger than other perrilings, are bright white, males are mottled brown with pale bellies, and subordinate females are mottled grey with pale bellies.

    Social animals, perrilings naturally live in groups of up to 20 individuals, each headed by one white, and a roughly equal number of browns and greys, The white mates with many browns in her 'herd' and lays clutches of up to eight eggs twice a turn or so. Any white hatchling that is born (and they make up about 5% of eggs hatched) is chased away by her mother when she reaches adolescence to go and found her own herd or take over someone else's. Browns and greys are permitted to stay unless the herd is getting too large for its territory to sustain. In that case, they depart and join a new herd. Usually, the white is the only reproductive female in a herd, as her presence suppresses reproduction in greys and she will destroy and grey clutches that do get laid. If a herd loses its white, however, and is not taken over by a new one quite quickly, the greys may start to lay, producing up to 4 eggs which are as likely to hatch a white as a white-laid egg. The lifespan of a perriling in the wild is decent, at around eight turns, but only if they survive adolescence, during which they are prey for tunnelsnakes and large wherries.

    Perrilings do not Impress in the same way that firelizards and the like do, but they do have some, very limited, empathetic abilities that allow them to sense a creature's intent towards them. As such, they have no fear of people that they sense don't mean to hurt them, and make placid, docile pets that have become popular among children. They don't have the intelligence to be taught more than the most rudimentary of tricks; they can be toilet trained and taught to come to their name, but that's about it. In captivity, perrilings see all the humans and other perrilings in its household as part of its herd.
Superstitions:
  • Letting a candle burn all the way out is unlucky. Instead, you should replace it when it has reached the last mark.
  • If a wild perriling approaches you, you should feed it; if you do, you will shortly come into some wealth.
  • Do not use AIVAS's name to curse. If you do the machine will look less favourably upon your soul when you die.
We’nell, 16yo female weyrling of Jasper Veroschkath
Cyrene, 19yo female wingrider of Blue Yahtoaandaleeth
Avital, 37yo male adviser
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Figment
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Joined: 10:12 AM - Jan 21, 2018

10:30 AM - Feb 24, 2018 #8

I'ma do some land animals toooo:

Nightbeast

This nocturnal predator is a very large type of land bound wherry. It has black pseudo feathers covering its large body and is about the size of a terran ostrich. It has powerful legs with which it can reach speeds up to 30 mph and a long tail to counterbalance the enormous head and jaws with enough biting power to bite through a mans leg bone.

Nightbeasts make their homes in the jungles of wherry island and while considered a delicious treat and certainly providing a lot of meat. It's very ill adviced to go hunting for one on your own. Luckily for pern, unlike their smaller more airborn cousins, Nightbeasts are solitairy creatures that live and hunt alone unless they have a mate and eggs. It's also not uncommon to see a group of juveniles band together. For as soon as the eggs hatch the parents lose interest and can very likely turn canibal.

The nest of a night beast is always on the ground, usually between the roots of a tree and jealously gaurded by either parent. The eggs are about the size of a football. No one has been known to ever domesticate one. But you'd have to be some special kind of idiot to try.

Wherlets

Also known as pygmy whers. These creatures are named as such because they somewhat resemble whers. They're about the size of a medium sized dog and unlike whers, don't come in the standard 5 colours. In fact they usually look quite drab or earthy in hide tones. Allowing them to blend in with the harsh rocky beaches and cliffs they seem to preffer for their homes.

Wherlets don't have wings and have the same two toed configuration as whers as well as slightly pronounced headknobs that should in theory mark these creatures as impressinle. Unfortunately their eggs and hatchlings are notoriously hard to find, hidden as they are in cracks of high up cliffs. Usually it's just not worth it. Especially since a family group of wherlets will quite happily attack anyone who goes near their nesting grounds with vicious tenacity.

They are considered to make good eating though, with a slight fishy taste to the meat.
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Dolce
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Joined: 12:02 AM - Jan 19, 2018

4:38 AM - Mar 01, 2018 #9

Farmer Superstition: If you leave a single fruit onn a tree, someone close to you will die the following spring.
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Elsie
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Elsie
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Joined: 8:29 PM - Jan 18, 2018

10:51 AM - Mar 02, 2018 #10

Week 3

Fishes:
  • Inkfish
    The inkfish is a medium-sized, predatory fish that lives in the warm waters around the Star Island Archipelago. A deep-water species, it only ventures to the coast to spawn, and otherwise rarely comes within a mile of land. Nevertheless, it has become a staple catch for the fishermen that have taken up residence on the archipelago. Adults range from 3 to 3.5 feet in length and can best be described as torpedo-shaped, with blunt heads and roughly cylindrical bodies that narrow towards the flared tail fin. The widest part of the body is roughly a third the length of the animal. The snout is short and strong, beak-like in appearance, with large, flat teeth perfect for crushing the shells of its main prey; free-swimming crustacea. They eyes are large and round, and smooth rather than faceted, their colour being entirely dark silver-grey. Large, prominent gills rest just behind the head, while three pairs of fins, one near the head, one a third of the way along the body,
    and the other a third from the tail, give the fish stability as it swims. The tail fin is positioned vertically, like those of Terran fish, and is a simple triangle in shape. Large, the height of the tail fin from point to point is often in excess of a foot. The body is covered in hard, silvery plates, somewhat darker on top than below, with dashes of orange under each eye being the only other marking.

    The life cycle of the inkfish is quite typical, except for one major detail; each inkfish individual is a hermaphrodite, capable both of laying eggs and of fertilising them. Spawning takes place in warm, shallow waters, and the newly fertilised eggs develop quickly, hatching in around three days. The newly hatched fish are tiny, barely two inches long, and feed principally on zooplankton. The vast majority of these hatchlings will find themselves prey for larger fish within the first turn of life, but those that manage to escape this fate and reach a foot in length have much better prospects for survival. Full size and sexual maturity are both achieved after four to five turns, depending on the availability of food. While inkfish in their first turn of life form shoals, older fish are mostly solitary, hunting alone.

    The inkfish derives its name from its rather unusual anti-predator strategy. When the inkfish feels threatened, be it by a bigger fish, a sea-wher, or even a fisherman's net, they release an abrupt squirt of a heavy, dark, purple-tinted black fluid from their rear ends. This substance, termed ink, has no practical value - its colour bleaches rapidly so it is of no use for dyeing fabric - but it gets everywhere, coating all the fish in the catch with purple-black slime. Fortunately, it's not harmful, and can simply be washed off with water. The flesh of the inkfish is quite dark, and has a taste that is both meaty and salty. It is usually prepared as a centrepiece to a meal, but can be also be added to a stew, if one is willing to accept that it's strong flavour may dominate the dish somewhat.
Birthday rituals:
  • Three days after a child is born, family members and close friends of the parents gather at the parents' house with gifts of clothes and money for the baby. In turn, each guest places their gift in front of the baby's cradle, saying "I present this gift to [child's name], may AIVAS preserve him/her."
We’nell, 16yo female weyrling of Jasper Veroschkath
Cyrene, 19yo female wingrider of Blue Yahtoaandaleeth
Avital, 37yo male adviser
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