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Fire Lizards (originally altered from dragonets) are a native species of Pern, present before the colonization of pern. They are, in a sense, primitive Dragons, because they were the genetic base for Kitti Ping Yung's original 18 dragons. Being very much like dragons, they share many of the same abilities.

CharacteristicsEdit

Fire Lizards are about the size of a large bird. They come in all the same colors as dragons, and the temperament of said colors correspond to their larger cousins, unlike dragons however, men and women can Impress any color of fire lizard, and they do not need to be a certain age to do so. Also, a person can Impress multiple fire lizards. Fire Lizards lack the ability to communicate in words, but can have limited success telepathically communicating pictures and thoughts. They are, however, much more affected by emotions and events around them, to the point of hysteria. There seems to be a group consciousness, on a basic level, that allows all fire lizards to experience large events. For example, the new fire lizards of the ninth pass knew about the volcano eruption at Landing, even though they were not alive for it. There has also been speculation that fire lizards are immortal, or so long lived as to appear so, as they don't appear to age and no one has ever seen one to die of old age or disease. Fire Lizards are very sociable creatures, they travel in fairs and love to sing.

Impression Edit

Anne McCaffrey stated in an interview that Fire-Lizards would not commit suicide after the death of their human. This was seemingly retconned in books published after the interview; where Bronze Zair passed away immediately after Masterharper Robinton died. The difference here is that Zair didn't "go between forever" but simply died.

It could be that a Fire-Lizard will commit suicide if the bond with its human is particularly strong, or that Zair was simply "hanging on" for Robinton's sake.

HistoryEdit

Fire Lizards had been present on Pern long before humans colonized the planet, though they differred physically from the fire lizards seen in the wild. Originally, these creatures were called "dragonets" and were more adapted to hunt only in the water than on land. Changes to their genetic code made them more effective land hunters, along with being larger, leaner, and with flatter noses. Many colonists kept them as pets. In an effort to improve them as such pets and protectors , they were exposed to Mentasynth, an Eridani compound intended to strengthen their latent telepathic talents. As these altered dragonets became more prevalent, they eventually became known as fire-dragonets, and then fire-lizards. In the intervening centuries, the Pernese lost the knowledge of the existence of fire-lizards, who had bred with wild dragonets, and their genetics came to replace the original ones of their ancestors for the entire species. During the first pass, their genetic code was speculated to be divergent evolution from a type of sea creature. Tunnel snakes are the other branch. It is unknown how or why they developed such unique characteristics, such as breathing fire, telekinesis, or telepathy. By the Ninth Pass, fire lizards were little more than a myth or legend, and they were not rediscovered until the Southern Continent was settled and explored.

First Pass Edit

First Fall states that fire-lizard numbers were dropping at this point, as not many were nesting in the north.

First Interval Edit

According to Dragonseye, Fire-lizards had fallen prey to a plague. As a result, they were thought extinct.

Second Interval/Third Pass Edit

At some point (presumably) during the Second Interval, Fire-lizards became common on the Northern Continent again.

Following the outbreak of the Dragon Plague near the start of the Third Pass, all fire-lizards were sent to the Southern Continent.

Ninth Pass Edit

Fire-lizards were rediscovered by the brown dragon Canth, who spotted a gold hatchling as his rider F'nor slept on a beach near Southern Weyr. F'nor impressed the hatchling and named it Grall, and sent word back

Fire Lizards and their Owners Edit

First Pass/First Interval

Second Interval Edit

Ninth PassEdit

The Fire Lizard SongEdit

The little queen all golden
Flew hissing at the sea
Against each wave
Her clutch to save
She ventured bravely.

As she attacked the sea in rage
A holderman came nigh
Along the sand
Fishnet in hand
And saw the queen midsky.

He stared at her in wonder
For often he'd been told
That such as she
Could never be
Who hovered there, bright gold

He saw her plight and quickly
He looked up the cliff he faced
And saw a cave
Above the wave
In which her eggs he placed.

The little queen all golden
Upon his shoulder stood
Her eyes all blue
Glowed of her true
Undying gratitude.

The above verse is © by Anne McCaffrey, Dragonsong, 1976.

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