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Benden Weyr is one of the Weyrs of Pern, located on the east coast of the Northern Continent. Benden Weyr was the second weyr founded and by the beginning of the Ninth Pass, it was the only Weyr still inhabited by dragonriders.

Founding

Benden was one of the three new Weyrs eventually formed by Weyrleader Sean Connell of Fort Weyr in the First Pass. Its first Weyrleaders were Torene, rider of Gold Alaranth and Michael Connell (later known as M'hall), rider of Bronze Brianth. It was originally referred to as the East Coast Weyr, however gold rider Jean proposed that it be called Benden Weyr, after the late Admiral Paul Benden. The mission, along with the founding of another 2 Weyrs (a number that by the end of the pass grew to 4 making a total of 6 Weyrs), was to accommodate the growing number of dragons and their riders. Benden Weyr is located within a double volcanic crater on the east coast of Pern near the Northern Barrier Range. Benden Weyr's symbol is a black Roman numeral II centered on a red diamond.

Weyr Features

Benden

Capacity

When first built, Benden Weyr had a capacity of three hundred and fifty dragons, but by the Ninth Pass, this had changed to house five hundred dragons. It should be noted that a Weyr's capacity changes over the years, as riders make expansions and carve out new Weyrs for themselves. For example, the capacity of all Pern's Weyrs went from 2300 Dragons in the Sixth Pass to 3000 Dragons in the Eighth and Ninth Passes.

Weyrleaders

First Pass

First Interval

Second Interval

Third Pass

Sixth Pass

Second Long Interval

Ninth Pass

Other Notable Benden Residents

First Pass

Dave Catarel and bronze Polenth Wingleader

First Interval

Second Interval

Third Pass

Sixth Pass

Second Long Interval

Ninth Pass

Trivia

There is a small hole that overlooks the Benden Hatching Grounds used by children at the Weyr to look at the eggs. This is later sealed up at the request of Lessa and Ramoth when it is brought to the pair's attention by the discovery of the secret rooms by Jaxom and Felessan during the events of the book Dragonquest.

At the Weyr's establishment, the riders sent to it were apparently chosen by random chance, although this was actually planned by the Fort Weyr leaders. The First Weyrleaders were chosen as the riders of first queen to rise (Alaranth, rider Torene) and the bronze that caught her (Brianth, Rider Mihall). Who they would be was also planned by the Weyrleaders at Fort Weyr. During the Second Long Interval, and into the start of the Ninth Pass, Benden Weyr was the only weyr left on Pern, the others having disappeared mysteriously with no trace or word except a cryptic "Question Song". This was answered by Weyrwoman Lessa, who went back in time to bring forward the other five weyrs.

During Dragonsblood, a set of secret rooms (later rediscovered by Jaxom and Felessan, and not to be confused with the peeping hole mentioned above) are built at Benden and used as a "lab" to prevent a plague amongst the dragons.

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