This is an email based writing club in which writers' contributions are sent via a yahoogroups mailing list. These contributions are written as solo stories, co-written stories or round-robin post via the mailing list.
|Please note that Seacrest is NC-17, due to the adult nature of the basic premise. Sex (of all varieties and persuasions) will be mentioned and can be roleplayed explicitly, also, there can and will be violence, both are parts of human nature - if you can't deal with it, this isn't really the club for you. You must be of legal age of majority to join, and we do not take responsibility if you lie about your age to get in.|
As an additional incentive for creative thinking and writing, we are experimenting with an additional timeline set far into the future. After the last known Pass, the Red Star has simply never returned. Technology has developed rapidly, though not quite comparably to Earth due to the restrictions set by the trademark 'negligible resources' that were cause for P.E.R.N.'s classification. For example, we decided there is no oil in our universe, so no combustion engines and no plastics as we know them. We have electricity through coal and wood burning (though these resources are now mainly reserved for other purposes), water and wind turbines. Hard metals are also rare and are nearly exclusively reserved for industrial purposes.
A massive explosion caused by stupid carelessness has claimed many lives - and compromised the structure of the Weyr itself. A new chapter has begun...
About mid-pass, a plague like it had not been seen since the end of the 7th Pass swept through the Southern Continent and mercilessly wiped out many lives - though this time it was people alone who suffered and died from this plague. It took months to figure out where it came from, how exactly it spread, and, much more important, how to contain and defeat it. By that time, Weyr population had suffered to such extent that the Thread-fighting force had been dangerously diminished and wings had to be merged.
Large settlements developed all along the coast west of Fairview Hold, farms spreading into the lush green back country, and dragonriders built their own, self-sufficient hold alongside these pioneers, training to fly Thread and keeping traditions alive, so they would be able to protect the new settlements once the Interval did end.
Those settlers who chose to remain and fight for their lives and livelihoods, have since discovered that the pest they had been trying to exterminate since it had been discovered, was in fact protecting the land by eating burrowing Threads. This astonishing discovery all but eliminated the need for ground crews, and the dragonriders' job was made much easier.
The biggest change in this world after Thread, socially speaking, is that dragons and their riders are no longer needed, have not been needed for centuries. Dragons are are a dying species, threatened by extinction, and their caretakers are largely disrespected by common society. The Lord Holders of old times are aristocratic celebrities without merit or political powers, while crafters have risen to power and make up the main work force as well as the governments of cities and countries previously ruled by Hold and Weyr.
But even in these dire times for dragonriders there are romantic enthusiasts fighting tooth and nail to keep the majestic beasts and their mind-linked human partners who were once the heroes of Pern alive.
- This does not necessarily mean that AIVAS will be re-discovered or re-activated in the future, Long Intervals can still be a natural occurrence simply caused by an irregularity in the Red Star's orbit.
- These are a type of worm or millipede called a grub, which was genetically engineered by the settlers to consume Thread. It serves the important purpose of protecting fields and crops by tunneling underground, eating any Thread that has reached the ground and burrowed. However it has only flourished in the Southern Continent and its existence was forgotten by most of the inhabitants of the North for many years. The only people who knew about the grubs had been eradicating them whenever they appeared; an error in records interpretation led them to believe they were parasitical instead of beneficial.