F'lessan from "The People of Pern" © 1988 Robin Wood. Used with Permission.
Vital statistics
Gender Male
Rank Wingleader
Dragon Bronze Golanth
Era Ninth Pass
Affiliation Benden Weyr
Honshu Weyrhold
Spouse Tai (Weyrmate)
Parent(s) F'lar
Children S'lan, at least one more unnamed son
First appearance Dragonquest
Notable appearance The Skies of Pern

Benden Weyr Shield Honshu Weyrhold Shield

F'lessan, born Felessan, was the only son of Lessa and F'lar, the Benden Weyrleaders, and rider of bronze Golanth.


Early Life

F'lessan was born Felessan, a portmanteau of his parents' names in line with popular Pernese tradition. Felessan was an only child, his birth having been difficult and too dangerous to Lessa's wellbeing for F'lar to condone the risk of another child, despite Lessa's longing for more children. As the child of Weyrleaders, Felessan was weyrbred, meaning that he was born and raised in within the weyr, rather than being brought in from outside as most of the weyr's residents were.

Through his mother, Felessan was descended from the Ruathan bloodline, as was his friend Jaxom, young Lord of Ruatha Hold. Although Felessan had far more Ruathan blood than did Jaxom, it was Lessa's decision to keep her son in the weyr so that Jaxom could remain Lord unchallenged.

Although Jaxom was three years his senior, the two of them often played whenever Jaxom was brought for visits from Ruatha to Benden. One of these instances resulted in the excursion in which young Felessan took Jaxom into the Hatching Ground to see Ramoth's clutch, where he daringly touched an unusually small white egg, much to Felessan's horror. From that same egg came Jaxom's future partner and dragon, Ruth.


When he came of age Felessan was presented to one of Ramoth's clutches and Impressed the Bronze Golanth. After Impression, in accordance with tradition, his birth name Felessan was shortened to F'lessan.


F'lessan first met Tai in the Archives at Landing, although he had previously seen her from afar during her Impression of green Zaranth at a Monaco Bay Weyr hatching, where she had not been a candidate but rather was assigned to describe the goings on to Master Wansor. They met again during Turnover festivities shortly thereafter, but the interaction was brief and Tai left fairly quickly.

While attempting to predict and cope with a series of astrological disasters, F'lessan fell in love with Tai, and after Monaco Bay Weyr was destroyed, invited many of the displaced riders (including Tai) to stay with him at Honshu Weyrhold. It was while staying at Honshu that Zaranth rose to mate, and was flown by Golanth. After bad past experiences with mating flights, Tai was terrified of them, and attempted to fight the urge to mate when Zaranth flew. With F'lessan's help, Tai is able to overcome her trauma and Golanth and Zaranth successfully mate.

F'lessan and Golanth were later severely wounded by a feline attack in Honshu. Tai and Zaranth escaped with superficial scars but F'lessan was left with a permanent limp and Golanth's flight pinions were permanently affected. Their physical infirmity led F'lessan, along with Tai, to take action to make Honshu Weyrhold an active StarHold.

Personality and Traits

F'lessan is completely tone-deaf, unable to carry even the simplest tune. Despite this, he knows the songs and their words well, and is an enthusiastic singer, to the frequent displeasure of those around him.


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