The Halcyon Days of Yore

Posted Date October 7, 2014 Original Author Tivaly

The trio of Harpers that arrived eight or nine weeks ago have been hard at work preserving and transcribing the hides found in the old records room, but - as the saying goes - it never rains but it pours! There are still several boxes, crates, and countless volumes of bound hides that haven't even been opened yet, with the delicacy of the work requiring that everything is handled with meticulous care. Some of what has been opened, however, has been of interest to those intrigued by "how we did things back in my great-grandfather's day," to quote some of the old aunties.

Among the hides are several journals that were kept by key members of the Igen Weyr of yesteryear, including past Weyrleaders and Weyrwomen, Headwomen and Wingleaders. Although there's still a lot of work to be done to preserve and copy these first-hand accounts of a bygone way of life, those who've seen the initial findings say they contain details about what life was like before Aivas brought forth all the new technology that has allowed Pern to thrive these past generations. They talk of the minutiae of life before electricity and readily available plumbing, of the heroics of dragonriders fighting Thread. Some say this throws into sharp contrast just how much more difficult life was, and others argue that it highlights just how indolent life has become.

And some comment, with a snicker, that it's a timely discovery, considering the state of the Weyr's kitchens at the moment, and maybe there's some help in there for the cooks.

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