Weyrlinghood: Week Two

Main Tasks Of The Week:

Tasks Carried On From Previous Weeks:


Mounted Exercises

Mount Ups and Downs - At this stage in the game, the dragons should be in shape enough to support the weight of their rider. Mount Ups and Downs are a series of exercises targeting the method of climbing and dismounting from the back of a dragon. Each weyrling rider is expected to do forty repetitions of ups and downs each day until they can successfully mount up at a specific time, which standards are currently set at fifty six seconds to do a repetition of a mount up and a mount down. This is to ensure that if there were any emergency situations; riders are capable of mounting safely and promptly.

Mount and Ride - After daily repetitions of Mount Ups and Downs, a weyrling rider is encouraged to stay mounted and allow their life mate to walk around the bowl/Weyr. However, the weyrling rider must be alert to straining their dragon, no matter how big or how small the dragon is - strain can still occur around the neck and shoulders. Weyrling riders are told to keep this drill minimal until their dragon builds the stamina in his or her neck to support the weight.


Formation Study

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Traditional Formations - Weyrling riders are required to learn and study formations, regardless that they are considered traditional due to the lack of Thread. The majority of the study consists of book work. There will not be practical study of all the formations. Only the basic formations such as the V-wing, the left/right align, and the horizontal wing will be covered in an applied drill later on in weyrlinghood. This is due to the impractical use of fight formations in modern day Pern. Transportation, search and rescue, escort, and patrol wings may use formations of their own design to specifically target their job outline.

History and Current Events

History Lessons - Weyrling riders will be expected to cover history of the Weyr. Topics that will be covered are likely to center around major events, such as weyrleader change, disasters, outstanding heriosm, achievements, progress and change.

Current Events - Having been isolated for a good few months, weyrlings are now expected to catch up with current events and news.


Physical Strength Training

Walking - A weyrling rider is encouraged to make their dragon walk. Weyrlings pairs should now be able to make it outside of the weyrling area without the rider having to worry about the dragon abruptly needing something that they aren't capable of getting to at greater speeds.

Wing Flares - Riders should continue to encourage wing flaps, flares, and folds. It is a natural process to help strengthen their wings while keeping incor circulating. They should be doing this more frequently as in the coming sevendays they will be expected to test them out.

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.

Jogging/Running - After a pro-longed period of time where weyrling riders have to be by their dragon's side twenty four seven, it's encouraged that the riders jog or run (which ever suits) to exercise and strengthen, while building stamina and endurance.

Arm Strength Training - The traditional way to strengthen one's arms is firestone sacking, which is, filling a bag full of firestone. In the case that Weyrs now treat firestone as rare, due to the lack of thread, rocks can be used in the stead of firestone. Other techniques of arm strength training is encouraged. Heavy objects can be used as dumb-bells.


Dragon Care

Feeding - Dragons should be feeding less than they were in week one, however they will still need to be fed at least once a day until the dragon tells their rider otherwise. Continued observation of feeding habits is needed to ensure the tail is not bloated. Larger pieces of meat can now be consumed and are taken in larger portions.

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. Included now is the luxury of bathings, which ensure dirt and grit are cleansed from the hide before the hide is oiled.

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 - At this stage in the game, weyrling dragons are still young enough that they require plenty of sleep. Usually their habits will settle to a pattern that the rider can adjust to. Riders, depending on the strength of bond, may or may not still sleep when their dragon does. Still, dragons will sleep when ever and where ever they please, though now, even if discouraged, it is okay if the dragon sleeps away from the barracks as long as the rider is prepared to drag out supplies or convince their lifemate when they wake to return to the barracks for feed, oiling, etc.


Strap Making

Maintenance - General maintenance is required of all equipment. Straps will have to be re-made constantly depending on the growth rate of one's dragon. Straps will also be checked for safety before and after mounted drills.


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