Weyrlinghood: Week One

Main Tasks Of The Week:


Dragon Care: Learning how to properly care for your newly impressed lifemate

Feeding - Soon after impression a weyrling's new dragon will be practically starving as they've used all the nutritious substance from within their shell hours ago if not days. Weyrling riders will generally have to dive right into this experience, some feeling the extent of hunger themselves. Yet, the most important part at that moment is to learn how small to cut fresh meat chunks and get over the experience of handling raw meat. It's important that for the first while the chunks are kept small and that the dragon is not over fed. New weyrling riders can expect to be feeding their dragonets several times a day for the first months of life.

Oiling - With feeding the dragon will grow at an alarming rate, which means the weyrling rider must ensure their hide is supple and lavished with oil every day so that their hide does not itch or crack. Itching is an indication that the skin may soon crack due to dryness, at which point the area must be given extra attention or risk a serious dragon injury. This most likely will consume a majority of the weyrling rider's day, depending on size of their lifemate.

Defecation - A weyrling dragon cannot between, therefore to some, it's a very embarrassing circumstance, but to all it happens. The young dragons will leave their droppings in or around the weyrling training field or barracks. It is the duty of the rider to immediately clean up the mess. Also, it is the rider's responsibility to ensure that their dragon is in fact defecating on a regular basis - a bloated or swelled tail may be cause for alarm.

Sleeping - A weyrling dragon will usually sleep enormous amounts of time. A rider typically in the first few months often sleeps with their lifemate, given that the day is usually spent taking care of the dragon. Dragons will sleep when ever and where ever they please. Caution is given to those with very young weyrlings to keep them within sight of the barracks in case the dragon decides to sleep outside; in such cases the weyrlingstaff can provide for the rider.


Strap Making

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Materials - There will be scrap material and buckles available to the weyrlings at this point so that they can learn the differences between good pieces and faulty pieces. There will be enough scraps provided that weyrling riders can cut, stitch, and create. There will be no fancy or colored straps at this stage, due to the constant growth of the dragons.

Practice - Once each individual rider has confirmed to the weyrlingstaff that they can cut, stitch, and create from the scrap pieces, they will be given larger fresh pieces in which to create a set of straps from start to finish for themselves and their dragon. This practice will continue for a few sevendays to come until the weyrling riders are prepared to create a set of straps without instructions sitting in front of them.

Fitting - In preparation for riding, straps must fit the dragon. Once a weyrling rider has a set of straps inspected, they are allowed to participate in the mounted exercises the following week.

Other Equipment - Other dragon riding equipment will also be covered during this time. The weyrling rider will be taught how goggles are cleaned, how they should fit, and how to check for wear and tear. Similarly with helmet, belts and other harnesses, and leathers, and saddlery.


Dragon Anatomy: Learning the basics

Please read through this following segment. Weyrling riders would be learning basic functions and parts of their lifemate. It's a learning experience for both lifemate and rider, and can be included during common tasks such as oiling or feeding.

All About Dragon Anatomy - Written by Sionelle of HRW PernMush


Physical Strength Training: Growing physically stronger as a pair

Walking - A weyrling rider is encouraged to make their dragon walk. Exercise is a good thing for a young dragon. However, depending on the age, a new born is encouraged to say within range of the barracks in case of a need to feed, oil, defecate, or sleep.

Wing Flares - Regardless that the weyrling dragon is just out of shell, riders should always encourage their dragons to flap, flare, and move their wings. It is a natural process to help strengthen their wings while keeping incor circulating.

Stretching - Both rider and dragon need to stretch. It encourages blood movement as well as preparing muscles for a long day's work, while toning muscles to get used to the heavy work load.


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