Search 101

Interested in becoming a dragonrider at Fort Weyr? We hope you are! The following information is for your reference.

Common Questions & Answers

1) Who are the clutch dam and sire?

The next gold to rise for a PC clutch will be Inri's Kouzevelth; the sire is as yet undetermined.

2) How many candidates can Impress?

As per PernWorld rules, only a maximum of 6 PC candidates can be impressed.

3) Will there be a gold egg?

Fort is not currently interested in adding another goldrider to our ranks; we feel as if we are at a comfortable number of golds at present and are much more interested in Impressing active chromatic and bronzeriders. There's much more versatility to those other colors, too, and you can make a bigger impact on the Weyr and RP in a lot of ways not riding a shiny egg-producer.

4) Will everyone that applies for search become candidates?

Not necessarily, but we try our best! Some circumstances, mostly OOC behavior, may result in someone not being Searched. You're welcome to discuss this with Fort's Staff. If you have been Searched before, you will automatically be Searched again unless you are not online during the IC Search window.

5) Do I have to RP with SearchCo to impress?

No. You can add logs to our wiki site at any time. Of course SearchCo does like to get to know the candidates, but we'll provide activities that ensure some time with SearchCo members. We do not want this to become a popularity contest after all, and must insist that you do not pester SearchCo members to RP if they are in private rooms. They'll come out to play when they're ready! After all, we just want you to make sure you can fit into Fort Weyr as a whole and have ample time to figure out in the long term if you can get along well with not just SearchCo, but everyone else as well.

What is Search?

The term Search hails from the canonical reference of dragon riders leaving the Weyr to go locate young and suitable members of society to put in front of the eggs when they are ready to hatch. After a gold dragon has clutched her eggs on the sand, the result of a mating flight, dragons and their riders will have a desire to keep an eye out during their daily routines for those who have qualities becoming of a rider. Dragonriders will seek to ensure that the dragonets, when hatching, have a choice for impression. The only way to do this is to round up enough potentials to become candidates for the Weyr. Generally, the gold herself does not do this and relies on the other members of the Weyr.

Once a person has been ‘searched’ out by a Weyr, it has been noted that they have a ‘potential’ to impress a dragon. They will therefore be invited to stand at any Weyr, should they not impress the first time. Usually Weyrs do not like ‘sharing’ their candidates because the more candidates a Weyr has on hand, the less that Weyr has to ‘search’ for more. Although, in recent history, because of technology and other modern ways to make a living, fewer are accepting search, which has encouraged the Weyrs to share their candidates with one another to make sure there is enough selection for the hatchlings.

Generally the specific nature of what makes a person acceptable to be searched is unknown, though it is believed that the successful candidates are inherently good.

There's a common compliance in regards to people who cannot be searched, even if a dragon does sense some potential within that person. Traditionally no physically or mentally handicapped individuals will stand, no married or engaged persons will stand, people that are terrified of dragons aren't generally asked to stand, and those who are too young or too old will not be searched.

How Do You Apply?

If you want to be considered for search at Fort, you’ll have to register your interest in being searched by going to the application room. In any room on the game type: search me. It’ll take you to the application room which is a global room for all the Weyrs currently on Pernworld. After registering your interest for Fort, you’ll simply have to wait until Fort Weyr goes on search.

When Fort goes on search, there will be announcements indicating that the application room is open. You’ll have to return to the room and fill out the questions on the application. Once you’ve completed the application you’ll have to wait for another announcement saying OOC search is closed.

Hopefully from there on you’ll get to be "Searched" in character, having a scene with a dragon rider who discovers and recognizes qualities in your character.

Search Schedule

If you really want to impress at Fort Weyr, mark it on your calendars! The following is the Real Life dates set for when it's our Weyr's turn to run a search cycle!

RL Year Start Of OOC Search End Of OOC Search Start of IC Search End Of IC Search Approx Hatching Dates
2017 September 9th September 23rd September 23rd/24th Based on IC By October 23rd


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