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1 Weyrling Lesson 6b: Dyed Rope Activity on Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:58 pm

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The dyed rope activity was designed to train weyrlings how to fight Thread in a safe way. It was also used to keep riders in fighting trim during Intervals and in winter. The concept is simple: adult riders fly at the highest level possible and safe for them, carrying large sacks filled with wet strands of rope and a few stitched packets about the size of a Thread pod. They grab handfuls of the stuff and toss it over their dragons and the weyrlings have to flame it without getting touched or letting any hit the ground. Weyrlings lose points for each score mark and rope that lands on the ground.

A Weyrlingmaster oversees the operation and, through his or her dragon, relays to another rider on the ground who tallies the scores. If a dragon receives 5 scores or a rider receives 2, or if a clump of "Thread" more than 5 pieces hits either dragon or rider, that weyrling pair is grounded for the remaining duration of the activity.

How This Thread Will Work
The weyrling wing's formation would normally be dictated by how they performed in the previous lessons, but since we don't have previous lessons...Kes got to dictate it. =P

Each round consists of 10 tosses of rope (one for each weyrling dragon).

A roll of the dice decides how each dragon fares in each round.

K'then and Baroleth are overseeing the activity to track scores.

Wing Formation
Standard flat formation (letters are the dragon's initial)
  R P
R O C
V Z K R

Henriettath and Alyena are flying in the tradition Queen's Wing formation beneath with a flamethrower to (hopefully) catch any stray "Thread" that passes the Wing above.

First Round:
Rininath - Not scored, 5 strands hit the ground
Pyredith - Rider scored on head, 2 strands hit the rider, 1 strand reached the ground
Rainith - Not Scored, 1 strand hit the ground
Ominth - Not scored, 7 strands hit the ground
Camaroth - Rider scored on torso, 4 strands hit the rider, 3 strands reached the ground
Vorith - Not scored, 3 strands reached the ground
Zaveroth - Dragon scored on neck, 5 strands hit the dragon, 4 strands reached the ground
Keleth - Dragon scored on left wing, 5 strands hit the dragon, 4 strands reached the ground
Rilath - Rider scored on head, 1 strand hit the rider, Nothing reached the ground
Henriettath - Dragon scored on tail, 4 strands hit the dragon, 4 strands hit the ground

Final score for the round: 176/300 (59%)
Green Pyredith and Laeri are out of the game
Green Camaroth and Tyaena are out of the game
Brown Zaveroth and S'ine are out of the game
Blue Keleth and X'lel are out of the game

First Post: Getting through the first round.


As much as K'then would have enjoyed pelting his weyrlings with dyed rope, he also knew he had to focus more on overseeing their first game and be able to give pointers. He could throw rope at them next time. Even though everyone was tentatively willing to accept that Thread was gone, the exercise was still a way to teach the youngsters to work together and communicate with each other and their riders. And, if Thread ever did come back, as long as they kept up with this part of their training the riders of the future wouldn't be left not knowing how to defend themselves and Pern against Thread.

He and Baroleth circled around the group as his group of Assistant Weyrlingmasters and a couple volunteers got ready to start. When he gave the signal, the 'threads' were thrown for the weyrlings to try and flame. Considering this was their first time, they did about as well as could be expected though he had hoped for better results. When this 'round' was over, there were several strands of rope on the ground and several riders and dragons with 'score' marks on them. Baroleth relayed in 'injuries' down to the scorekeeper and K'then indicated those dragon and rider pairs who were too badly 'injured' to continue the game. A lot of them seemed to have forgotten that they were allowed to blink between or had had bad timing for their jumps.

He called out tips and encouragements to the remaining riders, also relayed to their dragons via Baroleth, even as he was figuring out what formation they'd be in next now that four of the dragons were missing from the game for the time being.

((@Kes, if my math is off or there's something I need to change just let me know. @Everyone else, feel free to snag a weyrling and RP them for this thread. You don't actually have to adopt them but this is a fun little game, jump in on it if you want. ;3))

2 Re: Weyrling Lesson 6b: Dyed Rope Activity on Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:00 am

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Alyena and Hetty were a tad nervous. Alyena still didn't like the flamethrower and her dislike filtered down through the bond into Hetty.

The gold pair were expecting something controlled. After all, wasn't this a controlled training session? What they were not expecting was the total chaos that ensued. Dyed rope and a couple of "pods" went everywhere! She found out later that it was almost 40 strands that fell through the nine dragons above her; she burned up six of the ones that dropped through near Omninth, but some of those falling between Zaveroth and Keleth slapped across Hetty's tail. Far more got past the golden pair and reached the ground.

It was over, seemingly almost before it had even started. The strands stopped falling and K'then waved out four of the nine riders above her. Despite his tips and encouragement, Alyena felt downhearted. Over a third of their Wing had been grounded in the first round, and there were three more yet to go.

Only five minutes had passed since K'then had signalled the first wave of "Thread" and now he was lining them up for the next round. I don't know if we can do this, Hetty!

We can. We are dragons, we are meant to do this. You need to stop being afraid of the flamethrower, we spent lots of time practicing so you didn't have to worry about scorching me with it. Just remember those things we did and try to flame more of them next time.
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3 Re: Weyrling Lesson 6b: Dyed Rope Activity on Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:15 am

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X'lel had been confident enough when they started the day's lesson. Sure, it was a big deal (if thread were to ever return), but the lad couldn't bring himself to feel nervous or even self conscious. No, the rather cocky young man was more than certain that he and his blue would survive through every round of "thread"!

When they were in formation and he found thread falling from above them, he quickly set about giving instructions where he could, watching the ropes fall.

~To your right, Kel,~ he announced quickly, the blue turning to flame at the rope there... only to feel a few strands hit his left wing.

~Some hit my wing, mine,~ the beast informed as he continued flaming what came within reach. A second later he was given the signal to pop between for a second, which they did, although the pair were rather slow about it... as though it were an after thought.

~I'm glad this is just an activity and not real thread... There's some just slightly to the left, Kel,~ The dragon's head shifted to flame the thread.

When the activity was done, he contined waiting until all was said and done, rather disappointed to see 4 riders gone from their ranks... and plenty of 'thread' on the ground. ~We might have to be more on top of things, Kel... That's too much damage to our wing and the ground...~ he worried.

~We will get them next time!~ the blue reassured, snorting.

4 Re: Weyrling Lesson 6b: Dyed Rope Activity on Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:55 am

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Having finished up with his group's morning exercises, H'lee and Seeth took to the air and glided over to where the Snowflake clutch was undergoing a dyed rope practice - their first. He waved to K'then as they drifted over.

Seeth, please convey that we'd like to assist with the next round. These old bones of mine are aching from all that exercise with the Tundra clutch and I'd like to just sit for a while. Besides, we know he'd much rather be hurling the dyed ropes at the weyrlings than grading, anyway!

Seeth obligingly relayed the entire message to Baroleth for K'then while H'lee pointed suggestively to K'then and then to the other, older riders above. The old brownrider was grinning fit to split his face, knowing how much the bronzerider would enjoy dropping the "Thread" on the youngsters and how the weyrlings would groan to see him rising up with the group.

Wing Formation
Point down formation (letters are the dragon's initial)
Right:
 VOR
  RR 
Top:
  R R
 V O R
 
Front:
 V O R
  R R
Henriettath and Alyena are flying in the traditional Queen's Wing formation beneath with a flamethrower to (hopefully) catch any stray "Thread" that passes the Wing above.

Second Round:
Rininath - Rider scored on the head, 4 strands hit rider, 3 strands reached the ground
Rainith - Not scored, 9 strands reached the ground
Ominth - Dragon scored on the tail, 4 hit the dragon, 4 reach the ground
Vorith - Dragon scored on the right leg, 3 hit the dragon, 2 reach the ground
Rilath - Dragon scored on the neck, 3 hit the dragon, 3 reach the ground
Henriettath - Dragon scored on the right wing, 3 hit the dragon, 2 reach the ground

Final score for the round: 50/150 (33%)
Blue Riniath and K'ale are out of the game
Gold Henriettath and Alyena are out of the game

Second Post: Getting through the second round.
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5 Re: Weyrling Lesson 6b: Dyed Rope Activity on Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:14 am

Alyena


Gold Weyrling
Alyena's nerves took a twist when H'lee approached and indicated he was going to take over scoring. Just what she didn't need! As the next round of thread came hurtling down, she tried to burn it up with the flamethrower. She got half of what came through, but in doing so, they drifted too far forward and right of the formation and some stray strands slapped wetly against Hetty's right wing.

The gold weyrling snarled at the offending splashes of color across her wing. Next time, love. We'll get 'em on the next round.

Alyena was trembling madly inside as they landed next to the other weyrlings who were out and grabbed a pail of water. She scrubbed the paint off of Hetty's hide so that in the next game, they wouldn't be mistaken for fresh marks.
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6 Re: Weyrling Lesson 6b: Dyed Rope Activity on Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:22 am

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X'lel and Kel sat off to the side, their eyes glued on the action of the second round while the man went to work scrubbing paint from his dragon. Quite frankly, neither one of them was overly happy about sitting this previous round out, but they had been hit and rules were rules. ~This isn't fair. How are we supposed to learn to fight thread if we are on the ground?~ Keleth complained, causing his rider to chuckle.

~I think that's the point, Kel. If we had gotten hit by actual thread, then we would have to sit out so you could get your wing tended. Don't worry about it, we'll learn in time. Besides, there is no thread and there won't be,~ X'lel assured his dragon before they watched two more join their ranks (including Alyena).

7 Re: Weyrling Lesson 6b: Dyed Rope Activity on Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:08 pm

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K'then was unsurprised to see H'lee approaching as he finished getting the weyrlings into formation and double checking that the older riders had plenty of thread left and knew what they were doing. He had Baroleth glide as close as was safe as the Bronze relayed H'lee's message. H'lee would like to assist with the game. He will score and we can throw rope at the younglings. K'then only smiled and gave the Weyrlingmaster a salute before spiraling up to join the ranks of the older riders and motioning for another rider to toss him their bag of 'thread'. When everyone was in position, K'then waited on H'lee's signal before throwing thread at the remaining weyrlings.

When all was said and done there were only four weyrlings remaining. He was pleased to see his three trio leaders and a greenrider who'd done exceptionally well in betweening and flame training. Deciding to test his current 'Wingleader', he had Baroleth tell Rilath that his rider, as Wingleader, was going to be the one to decide the formation of the remaining dragons.

He could see L'nex looking over his wingmates and considering his options. K'then let him work it out and was somewhat surprised when he directed the quartet into a diamond formation with him at the highest level. He placed D'ver and Vorith on the right a level below and in front of him with R'yur and Omnith on the same level and to his left. Alex and Rainith were placed at the lowest level at the front point of the diamond. He nodded his approval of the move and motioned to H'lee that they were ready above.

At H'lee's next signal, they pitched more thread down on the quartet of riders.

Wing Formation
Point down formation (letters are the dragon's initial)
Right:
R
 VO
  R 
Top:
  R
 O V
  R
 
Front:
  R
 V O
  R

Third Round:
Rainith - Not scored, burned it all up
Ominth - Dragon scored on on the head, 2 strands hit the dragon, 1 strand hits the ground
Vorith - Dragon scored on the tail, 3 strands hit the dragon, 3 strands hit the ground
Rilath - Not scored, 4 strands hit the ground

Final score for the round: 86/120 (67%)
Bronze Vorith and D'ver are out of the game
Brown Omnith and R'yur are out of the game

Third Post: Getting through the third round.

8 Re: Weyrling Lesson 6b: Dyed Rope Activity on Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:47 pm

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Hetty rumbled, pleased at Rilath's performance, and his rider's choice of formations. Even though they lost 50% of the remaining dragons, they scored much better than in the previous rounds. He would make a good mate.

Alyena coughed and sputtered over a gulp of water she'd been taking when Hetty made that statement. HENRIETTATH! Although she knew that eventuality was coming up on them quickly, she'd been avoiding thinking about it. Admittedly, L'nex wasn't unattractive, and Rilath was a strong bronze dragon. Although, the idea of Hetty mating with her brother was a little creepy...
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9 Re: Weyrling Lesson 6b: Dyed Rope Activity on Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:05 pm

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H'lee continued to allow K'then to run the lesson itself, he just overflew it and scored. He nodded in absent approval when L'nex and Rilath chose a point-down diamond formation. The wind was right for it, although the group took an angle that was slightly the wrong way, and it ultimately cost L'nex his wingseconds.

He had some words to share with the Flight when they were done. The young man was good, no doubt about it, but he needed more confidence, needed to take actions on the wing.
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10 Re: Weyrling Lesson 6b: Dyed Rope Activity on Thu Sep 13, 2012 4:43 pm

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Alex was nervous at the start of the dyed rope lesson as she and Rain took to the air and got into position. Rain we are on the outside in the middle for this first volley so we only have to watch three sides right,front and back for other dragons lets get this done quick or I may puke. Mine don't worry so much you will not puke I know what I am supposed to do and so do you lets just do it. As the ropes began to fall Alex narrowed her focus to only what she and Rain needed to do and found something strange it was almost as if her and Rain became one.
Dodge left they thought in unison. Flame, glide right for the clump next to Ominth not to close, not to much flame we don't want to sear him crap we missed that one strand scan back to the front making sure we did not miss anymore threads.
Taking a deep breath Alex wrenched her mind from the union with her dragons. Rain that was very unsettling how did we do that? I am not sure mine but no doubt it helped us to fight we only missed one thread. To busy talking to her dragon Alex missed the start of the next volley and they had to scramble to hit any of their thread and not be scored practically standing on her tail Rain avoided the clump then turning to stand on her head she flamed what she could reach while Alex hung on for dear life and squealed like a startled wherry barely managing not to throw up every thing that was in her stomach as Rain righted herself. They missed a lot of thread thanks to their preoccupation. Rain do not ever do that again Alex squeaked to her dragon as she tried to control the nausea rolling through her. Well mine if you do not want me to have to do it again you will focus on the here and now and not on things best left until later.her dragon snapped back at her. Grimacing at her dragons tone and the remaining queasy feeling in her gut Alex had to agree.
As the third volley started Alex focused only on the here and now and once again her and her dragon became one. They found their clump with ease and from their point of view almost in slow motion seared every strand of it from the sky with just the right amount of flame. As they landed excited from their perfect score on the last run of the lesson they noticed H'lee and as they passed him bowed to him in respect.
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11 Re: Weyrling Lesson 6b: Dyed Rope Activity on Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:05 pm

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X'lel sat on the sidelines, his eyes watching the actions of his "wingleader" as the bronzerider chose a new formation for the remaining 4 riders. What surprised him even more was how well the formation worked for them! Instantly he smiled and patted his blue as they watched those above them. ~I have to give that guy some respect, he sure is quick on making up a formation in a pinch. I can't believe he did better with 4 riders than we were doing when all of us were up there,~ he smirked as he leaned against the beast.

~They did do quite well. When will we get to go up there again? I want to try again! We'll be able to get all of the thread next time around!~ the blue announced to his rider.

12 Re: Weyrling Lesson 6b: Dyed Rope Activity on Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:16 pm

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K'then swore quietly to himself when the two 'wingseconds' were both scored enough times to be waved out of the game. He was, however, quite pleased to see L'nex and Rilath still in the game and Alex and Rainith had burned up every strand of thread that had come their way. He nodded to L'nex when the Bronze weyrling looked up to him for direction and saw him wave Alex up to take a position to his left. Once the pair were positioned, K'then waved off two more older riders and waited on H'lee's signal to start tossing rope at the two remaining weyrlings.

Wing Formation
Flat formation (letters are the dragon's initial)
Right:
 RR 
Top:
 R R 
 
Front:
 R R 

Third Round:
Rainith - Not scored, burned it all up
Rilath - Not scored, 1 strand hit the ground

Final score for the round: 57/60 (95%)

Fourth Post: Getting through the Final round.

13 Re: Weyrling Lesson 6b: Dyed Rope Activity on Sun Sep 23, 2012 8:56 am

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At the end of the exercise, all the dragons landed. H'lee ambled over to K'then. "Not bad for their first time. L'nex needs to judge the winds and change the formations mid-flight, though. As we older riders know, we get to Threadfight in a standard formation and change up when we get there to compensate for the conditions.

And that goldrider of yours! She needs to get over her fear of the flamethrower!"


He was more than happy to give the weyrlings an earful, but they were technically K'then's bunch. "We could always give them a demonstration some afternoon," he chuckled.
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14 Re: Weyrling Lesson 6b: Dyed Rope Activity on Sun Sep 23, 2012 9:04 am

Alyena


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Henriettath was much more pleased that Rilath had completed the exercise "intact" than Alyena was. The young baker wasn't sure she was ready to be thinking about a mate, even though they were only a matter of weeks away from such a prospect.

She was standing near enough to K'then and H'lee when H'lee spoke to the bronzerider and flinched when she overheard the comment about her fear of the flamethrower. I told you to stop being so afraid of it. You didn't hurt me.

I almost did, though! How would you have felt if I'd blistered your wing with it?!

We'll just have to practice more.
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