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1 Candidate Lesson #2 on Sun Sep 23, 2012 4:20 pm


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On the first day after the Restday after the first Candidate arrived, the Headwoman arranged with the three Candidates' chore supervisors for them to be released from chores an hour early to attend their next Candidate lesson. Most of the material for this lesson was included in the pamphlet that she'd given them at the end of their initial interview, so she started the lesson with a pop quiz:

  1. When approaching the Weyrsecond and his bronze dragon, what do you do?
  2. You accidentally bump into a Mastercrafter and a couple of fellow Masters chatting together at a Gather. How do you address them and apologize?
  3. A Substeward approaches you and asks you to run an errand for him. How do you respond?
  4. A weyrling demands that you take her laundry down to the laundry rooms and wash it yourself. The Headwoman warned you that this weyrling would expect the Candidates to do this and instructed you not to do so and let her know if you were approached. What do you say and do?
  5. A fellow 1st-level Staff member asks you to help setting up tables, but you're in the middle of running an errand for the Steward overseeing you both. How do you respond?
  6. A Steward puts you in charge of a 1st-level Staff and two 2nd-level Staff in the kitchens. How do you give them instructions?

After the quiz, the Headwoman described the difference between Weyr shoulder knots, Hold shoulder knots, and Hall shoulder knots. All of the shoulder knots are made with the two dominant colors of the individuals Weyr, Hold, or Hall. Rank and advancement is shown by the complexity of the knot and/or additional colors.

In the case of Hold and Hall, the primary indication of advancement is the knot complexity. The knots are produced with the two dominant colors of the Hold or Hall. However, if they are stationed at a Hold or Weyr, Journeymen and Masters may add one or two threads of the Hold's or Weyr's dominant colors to their knots.

In the case of the Weyrs, non-Riders wear a simple single-colored knot made of the dominant Weyr color. Candidates' shoulder knots are bicolor, made of the two dominant Weyr colors. After Impression, a weyrling is allowed to add a single thread of their dragon's color to their Candidate knot. After graduation, they add a second thread of their dragon's color to the knot. If they advance to the level of Wingsecond, Wingleader, or Weyrwoman/Weyrleader, a new knot is made for them with two threads of their dragon's color and they will have to add pins to their shirts and riding jackets to hold the additional loops in place on their shoulders.

All three groups may also wear badges of their Hold, Hall, or Weyr. Full riders may have their badges enhanced with a dragon of their color placed over the Weyr's colors.

Most shoulder knots are loops that wrap around the arm and shoulder, under the armpit. They are described as single-, double-, or triple-looped, which numbers how many loops go around the shoulder. Most single-loop knots also have a tail which is pinned over the point of the shoulder. Journeymen knots have two short tails under the armpit and a short twist on the top.

The Weyrs have two additional special attributes: tassels that go on the Wingleaders', Jr. Weyrwomen's, Weyrleader's, and Weyrwoman's knots; and a smaller loop with a cross piece that pins over the point of the shoulder, which goes on the Jr. Weyrwomen's, Weyrleader's, and Weyrwoman's knots and may be added to the knots for the males who catch the Jr. Weyrwomen's dragons.

Now the Headwoman asks some questions on the material she just covered.

  1. You're in charge of meet-and-greet in the hours leading up to Hatching. How do you tell who is an Apprentice and how do you address them?
  2. An Journeyman and a weyrling Wingsecond from another Weyr arrive on foot. How do you tell them apart?
  3. A distinguished-looking couple come up in their Gather finery. On her shoulder, the woman wears a tasseled shoulder knot pinned at the shoulder with two colors, white and lavender. Who is she?
  4. A man approaches with a single-looped shoulder knot with a long tail pinned down the sleeve; a brown thread is woven within the two dominant colors. What rank does he hold?

I haven't gotten the shoulder knot pictures posted yet, so you can Google them in the meantime.

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