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Nabeth: bronze dragon, rider B'lerion [Mor].

Nabhi Nabol: shuttle pilot [DD].

Nabol Hold: major Hold.
  • Bound to: High Reaches Weyr.
  • Lady of: [D1/138].
  • Person from: a person from Nabol is called a Nabolese [D2/13:250].

Nabol, Nabhi: see Nabhi Nabol.

Nabolese: a person, or persons, from Nabol  [D2/13:250].

Nadira:rider of queen Baylith. Weyrwoman of Igen Weyr [D3].

The portrait on the right is the one artist Robin Wood made for the Mayfair Boardgame Dragonriders of Pern (1985, 1989). Nadira does not appear in The People of Pern (1988).

[Illustration used with permission. © Robin Wood 1985, 1989]

Nadona of Bitra, Lady: Lady Holder of Bitra Hold at the start of the Second Pass, spouse of Chalkin. Children by Chalkin: Chaldon, Briskin, Luccha and Lonada. Daughter of Lord Brenton of Nerat and half-sister of Lord Franco of Nerat. She had very long finger nails which were dubbed "dragon-talon nails", a naturally florid complexion and pale eyes [RSR/5:143, 154]. She elected to stay behind after the exile of her husband. It turned out she was exceedingly well acquainted with her own rights as granted by the Charter, down to the Clause and relevant sub-paragraphs when confronted with the measures taken against her husband at his arrest, while the Holder couple had kept there holders ignorant of their rights [RSR/13:303]. She had problems adjusting to the new situation at Bitra Hold after Lord Vergerin took over from her exiled husband and had her own quarters at the Hold [RSR/16:391].

Nalli: a shunned toddler, in the group that is with Moran [Dfire].

Namurra: rider of queen Jillith. Junior weyrwoman at Igen Weyr [Mor].

Nameday: the Pernese equivalent of the Terran birthday [DoP/1:26].


Naprila: child at Benden Hold [MHoP].

Natalon: Journeyman miner. Head miner of Camp Natalon, will be minor Lord Holder if he proves the mine. Spouse of Jenella, father of Dalor, Nuella and Larissa. There was a hereditary blindness in his family, his daughter Nuella and his mother were both blind. Natalon was 26 Turns old at the time of the happenings told in Dragon's Kin. Showed a willingness to experiment with deep shaft mining. Rangy sort of man, taller than average [DK].

Natalon, Camp (later Hold) mining camp/hold, started by it's name-giver natalon. In Crom, two days niorth of Crom Hold for a Trader caravan [DK, Dfire].

Nataly: daughter of Lord Groghe and Lady Benoria of Fort Hold. Candidate at Ramoth's 35th clutch in 2525 [AtWoP].

Nathi Space War: a space war that took place roughly half a century prior to the landing of the colonists on Pern, the basic cause of which was an attack by aliens, who tried to take possession of the Shavian colonies [RSR/4:119]. A lot of planets were bombarded by the Nathi [RSR/7:194]. Among the besieged and bombarded planets had been Sirius III and Vega IV [RSR/196]. Whole generations had grown up on colonial planets, living in deep shelters. The technology this brought, like using the magma core taps to provide heat and solar panels for power eventually benefited Pern since among the colonists were a lot of the Nathi space war survivors [RSR/7:197].

Naton: see N'ton.

Nattal: old headwoman at High Reaches Weyr [Mor].

Natua: a dolphin swimming the Eastern waters [DoP].

Naylor: holder, Pierie hold [MHoP].

Nazer: [RoP; DoP].

Ned Tubberman: sled pilot [DD].

Needlethorn: a herb native to Pern. A succulent perennial which produces needle spines that emit a toxin, killing small animals and insects which it them dissolves and absorbs (a la jack-in-the-pulpits or Venus fly-traps). In its dormant stage, the needles dry out and become hollow, and strong enough to use as disposable hypodermic needles. Grows in the tropical regions usually near ging trees, whose sap can be used to close puncture wounds. Known locations for needlethorn are Ista and Nerat [Mor]. The skin of the plant has fine hairs that can cause irritation. and /or inflamation of the skin if one comes into contact with it. The spines are poisonous through spring and summer. It seems the flesh is tasty. In Moreta, Dragonlady of Pern, Moreta remarks: "During the spring and summer the bush has an odor to attract snakes and insects. The hollow spines suck essential juices from the creature the plant impales, and also rainwater." It is said to have several cactus-like "stalks" from a single base broadleaf. The Dragonlovers Guide to Pern shows three stalks, three leaves (mistalenly?). The closest Terran equivalent would be a strange combination of a Venus flytrap and a cactus. [submitted by Jennifer Quail; added to from All The Plants of Pern].

Neilla: woman at Harper Hall [MHoP].

Nemekke: child of F'nor and Brekke [RoP].

Nemorth, queen dragon, rider Jora. Her last few clutches had about a dozen eggs each [D1/159].

Nerat: described as: rain forests and vast tracts of almost impenetrable jungle, except along the western side [RSR/15:367].
  • Bay: [D1/203].
  • High shoal at: [D1/198].
  • Rainforest at: [D1/198].

Nerat South: part of Nerat which, at the end of the First Interval, had six major holds and five smaller units (holds), all within reasonable distance.
  • Shores of: [D1/199].
  • Threadfall at: [D1/195:].

Nerat Hold: Major Hold.
  • Bound to: Ista Weyr.
  • Lord Holders: Gram [Mor]; Vincet [D1/222].

Neratian: a person from Nerat.

Nerilka: daughter of Lord Tolocamp of Fort Weyr [Mor]. Lady Holder of Ruatha, spouse of Lord Alessan of Ruatha.

The picture on the right is the portrait artist Robin Wood made for the book The People of Pern (1988).

[Illustration used with permission. © Robin Wood, 1988]

Nerith: the name of Neru's imaginary dragon [EtT].

Nerra: born 482/483 (twelve Turns old in 495). Daughter and youngest child of Lord Fenner of Crom [Dfire].

Nessel of Crom, Lord:  Lord of Crom Hold [D1/223].

The portrait on the right is the one artist Robin Wood made for the Mayfair Boardgame Dragonriders of Pern (1985, 1989). Lord Nessel does not appear in The People of Pern (1988).

[Illustration used with permission. © Robin Wood 1985, 1989]

Nesso: headwoman at Fort Weyr [Mor].

Nettleweed: Urtica dioica (stinging settle). A spring tonic. A perennial, single-stalked, may form clusters. Saw-toothed opposing dark green leaves. Leaves and stem have small stinging hairs. Grows to 5'. Hardy to -35 F. Grows in weedy places, often near water.
Terran nettle is high in Vitamin C, accounting for its use as a tonic. A decoction boiled from the young shoots (which are less prickly than the adult plant) has been used to treat asthma, and was though to have tonic properties on hair as well. [Submitted by Jennifer Quail].

Nev, Cahill Bralin: ensign on the Amherst [CoP-RR].

Neveshan, Flora: see Flora Neveshan.

New brooms sweep clean; old Terran proverb that was also in use on Pern [RSR/1:59].

Neru: pre-Impression name of N'ru [EtT]; see N'ru.

Nexa: born Keroon Beasthold 2507 [GWHD/21], youngest child of Dowell and Barla [GWHD/17].

Ni Morgana, Daraidh: see Daraidh Ni Morgana.

Nia: daughter of Lord Tolocamp and Lady Pendra of Fort Hold [NS].

Nial: son and youngest child of Palla. Younger brother of the twins Neru and Nian [EtT].

Nian: youngster at Lado Hold. Later candidate and queenrider. Rider of gold Quinth. Nicknamed Ninny by most of the kids at Lado Hold, also called Ni for short. Daughter of an unnamed fisherman and his spouse Palla. Twin sister of Neru, oldest of the twins. Her father orginally wanted to marry her off to an unnamed farmer from the north shore of Ista Island. Nian is sixteen Turns old at the beginning of the story [EtT].

Nicat: Masterminer during the end of the Ninth Interval/Ninth Pass. Resided at Crom which took over the position of leading minehold from Telgar Hold somewhere between the Second and the Ninth Pass [H1].

The portrait on the right is the one artist Robin Wood made for the Mayfair Boardgame Dragonriders of Pern (1985, 1989). Masterminer Nicat does not appear in The People of Pern (1988).

[Illustration used with permission. © Robin Wood 1985, 1989]

Nielson, Becky: see Becky Nielson.

Nietro, Pol: see Pol Nietro.

Nigarth: bronze dragon, rider M'odon [MHoP].

Nightbeast: a predator of some sort mentioned in Dragon's Fire [Dfire].

Nik: driver in the Lilcamp Train. Aunt of Jayge [RoP].

Nika: daughter of Alemi and Kitrin [DoP/5:114].

Nikal: a Holder who tithes to no Lord. His father was Shunned and his mother went with him (though she wasn't shunned). Apparently Nikal later started his own Hold without being beholden to any of the major Holds or Lords Holder. Nikal is also the person who "swore a complaint" about Moran to Lord Holder Fenner of Crom (so for justice he did go to a/his Lord Holder) [Dfire].

Nikka: an young girl who got sick, member of a small group of Shunned [Dfire].

Nilwan, Bart: see Bart Nilwan.

Nip: see Kinsale aka Nip.

N'klas: rider of bronze Petrath, stationed at Fort Weyr [CoP-SW].

N'men: rider of blue Jelth, stationed at Fort Weyr [Mor].

N'mool: rider of bronze Bidorth, stationed at High Reaches Weyr [Mor].

N'nine: rider of bronze Isth, stationed at Fort Weyr [Mor].

Nomads: the contignent of nomads among the Pern colonists, 721 persons in total, consisted of Jensche, Tuareg, gypsies and Irish traveling folk. They had resisted every kind of assimilation program of Earth's ever increasing high-tech society and were therefor no longer welcome on their home planet. Taking the nomads on the colony program has been a prerequisite of the Federation of Sentient Planets (FSP) and was mentioned in the original charter [DLG2/9].

Nora Sejby: rider of queen Tenneth, one of the original eighteen first dragonriders [DD].

Norist: Master Glass-smith [AtWoP].

Norla: a widow at Camp Natalon in Crom Hold. She was spouse of Talmaric and is mother of Zenor, Renna and three even younger girls [DK].

Norman: race (course) manager at Ruatha Hold [Mor].

Northern Continent:

Northern Maid: a fishing vessel [MHoP].

Northern Waste:

N'ran: rider of brown Galath, Fort Weyr medic/animal doctor. He was studying animal medicine before he inadvertently impressed Falath [RSR/7:183]. Called "the Weyr medic" [meaning Telgar Weyr medic?] at: RSR/14:343 (when he dances with Tisha at the First Day celebration at Telgar Weyr).

N'ru: youngster at lado Hold. Later candidate and rider of bronze Larinth at Ista Weyr. His pre-Impression name is Neru. He is called Ru for short. Son of an unnamed fisherman and Palla. Twin brother of Nian, youngest of the twins. His parents wanted him to be a Harper. N'ru is sixteen Turns old at the beginning of the story [EtT].

NS: abbreviation used for the book/story Nerilka's Story.

N'tar: rider of bronze Melath, stationed at High Reaches Weyr [Mor].

N'ton: rider of bronze Lioth. Impressed at Benden Weyr, later stationed at Southern Weyr and Fort Weyr, where he became Weyrleader.. Called Naton prior to his impression of Lioth. N´ton was one of the first boys to impress that was not weyrbred but craftbred [D1/182].
  • Impression of Lioth: [D1/189].

The picture on the right is the portrait artist Robin Wood made for the book The People of Pern (1988).

[Illustration used with permission. © Robin Wood, 1988]

Nudge: one of the two dray beasts of the Dowell and Barla family [GWHD/18].

Nuella: blond haired girl, later wherhandler at Camp Natalon in Crom Hold. Blind daughter of Natalon and Jenella, twin of Dalor. She could see until she was three Turns old but lost her sight to a hereditary blindness (her paternal grandmother was blind, too). Handler of watchwher Nuelsk (formerly known as Kisk). Lover of Zenor [DK, Dfire].

Nuelsk: green watchwher at Camp Natalon in Crom Hold. Formerly known as Kisk (when Kindan was its handler) but changed names when Nuella became its handler [DK, Dfire].

Numbweed: a plant native to Pern. A twiggy shrub with plaquey, thorny greenery and paired spade-shaped leaves with a terminating leaf at the end of the branch. The plant has a grey-green colour. They sprout tifts of blossoms, similar to statice. Growing in tropical and subtropical zones (jungly areas) with Nerat and Southern as obvious, known locations. The sap is a powerful topical anesthetic. It can be used straight from the plant or boiled down into a salve or medicinal cream which, when smeared on wounds, kills all feeling, used as an anesthetic. Also made into a powder for internal use. Too much numbweed will cause bleeding and scarring. The salve requires three days stewing to prepare, after that one additional day is needed to strain it, and to skim the juice to the right consistency for the salve. Runners carry an oiled packet that has a cloth soaked in numweed to cleanse and ease scratches.
Closest Terran equivalent: numbweed seems closest in use and growth to the coca shrub of high-altitude South America. The coca plant's leaves are used to produce cocaine, which is both a topical anesthetic and stimulant. Taken internally, numbweed has narcotic rather than stimulant properties. As such its closest Earth analog are the synthetics lignocaine and procaine (trade name Novocain) which have the topical effect of cocaine without the stimulant aspect. [submitted by Jennifer Quail; added to from Menai's All The Plants of Pern]. 

Nutmegoid bark: both Terran nutmeg and First Centaurian nutmegoid bark were brought to Pern by the colonists. The nutmegoid bark did well in Pernese soil, Terran nutmeg didn't translate well [DLG1/II:16].

Nyadezda, Roma; see Roma Nyadezda.

Nyassa Clissmann: rider of queen Milath, one of the original first eighteen dragonriders [DD]. A distant relative of Clisser, who was Head of College at the end of the First Interval/start of the Second Pass [RSR].

Nye, Jody Lynn: see Jody Lynn Nye.

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