Week Two

Main Tasks Of The Week:

Tasks Carried On From Previous Weeks:


Strap Making

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 coloured 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 scap 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.

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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.


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.


What You'd Know This Week

This is a brief recap of anything that would have become common knowledge amongst your fellow weyrlings this week. Include anything from habits to doing poorly in classes, any injuries or incidents, either rider or dragon related. If you're not comfortable filling out the table, feel free to ask for help!

Weyrling Dragon WYKTW
I'rly Kralkth
Jet Kyramith
Leia Foryth
Syn Morizanth
V'sri Diqth
X'fyr Kamysth

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