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Dave Catarel was hunting with Lucy Tubberman when the first Threadfall occurred. He received severe scoring along with psychological damage from watching Lucy being killed by Thread. This caused him to be self-destructive in his behavior and how he fought Thread.
His fire lizard was bronze Kundi. He was later one of those selected to stand for Impression, becoming one of the original eighteen dragonriders. His dragon was bronze Polenth, whose impression changed his attitudes for the better. He was also one of the first wingleaders, along aside Sean and Sorka Connell.
Second Crossing — Fort Weyr
As one of the original riders, the oldest of the group, he and his wing were chosen to go to East Coast Weyr. He was the leader, of sorts, in getting things started.
On the first of Benden Weyr's establishment, he brought Ozzie from Telgar Hold. And when they started working shifts, he was part of the second group from Fort Weyr that started while the first one took a rest.