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"When man first came to Pern, he built a good hold in the South, but found it neccessary to move north to shield"

Holds are settlements formed as shelters against Thread. Carved from cliff faces they are watched over by a Lord and Lady Holder, whose duties are to see that all are cared for, that supplies are set aside for the lean years of a Pass, and that all are treated fairly.

It should of course be noted that this is not a complete list of all the settlements on Pern; many Minor Holdings are not listed in the Atlas of Pern, and as such, the Minor Holdings currently known are the ones that have played a part in one of the Pern novels published thus far.

Northern Holds

Sorted from west to east

Tillek Shield

Tillek Hold

Tillek is also home to the Fishercrafthall, and at least five minor holds whose names are not known.

High Reaches Shield

High Reaches Hold

High Reaches Hold is also home to at least one minor hold whose name is not known.

Fort Shield

Fort Hold

Fort Hold is also home to the Harper Hall and Healer Hall, and at least one Minehold. During the Sixth Pass, Two un-named holds were known to exist between Fort Hold and High Hill Hold.

Boll Shield

Southern Boll Hold

Southern Boll Hold is also home to the Weavercrafthall, and at least one minor hold whose name is not known.

Ruatha Shield

Ruatha Hold

Ruatha Hold was known to have at least twenty minor holds and three mineholds by the Sixth Pass.

Nabol Shield

Nabol Hold

Nabol's borders are known to have changed over time; in the Second Interval, their borders extended to the Big Bay — with the inlet of the River Crom even being known as the Bay of Nabol — but by the Ninth Pass, Nabol was landlocked; their former lands having seemingly defected to nearby Ruatha. It's not clear whether these border changes are in any way linked to the conquests of Fax.

Crom Shield

Crom Hold

Crom Hold is also home to the Minecrafthall, and at least one minor hold whose name is not known.

Telgar Shield

Telgar Hold

Telgar Hold is also home to the Smithcrafthall, the Starcrafthall, and at least one minor hold which was briefly used as a base by Lady Holdless Thella.

Ista Shield

Ista Hold

Ista Hold was once home to Bitkim Camp, a Mining Stake established by settlers Avril Bitra and Stev Kimmer prior to the First Pass. Its exact location is uncertain.

Igen Shield

Igen Hold

Igen Hold is also home to the Tannercrafthall, as well as the Igen Caves which are inhabited by a large number of Holdless folk.

Lemos Shield

Lemos Hold

Lemos Hold is also home to the Woodcrafthall, and at least one Minehold.

Keroon Shield

Keroon Hold

Keroon Hold is also home to the Beastcrafthall, and at least seven minor holds whose names are not known; one of which was the home of Fort Queenrider Moreta.

Bitra Shield

Bitra Hold

Bitra Hold is home to at least one minor hold whose name is not known. Prior to the Second Pass a mine was located in Steng Valley, suggesting that a Minehold may exist there.

Nerat Shield

Nerat Hold

Nerat Hold is also home to the Farmcrafthall.

Benden Shield

Benden Hold

Benden Hold is also home to the Mastervinters who make Benden Wine, and at least one minor hold whose name is not known.


Unknown Holds

Southern Holds

For a list of the settlements built prior to the First Pass, see "List of Stakes".

Due to discrepancies between books, the borders of the Southern Continent are not precisely known. While Southern Hold largely occupies the land that was once the Delta and Dorado Provinces, plus Ierne Island and a small area of Macedonia Province, it is not clear whether the remainder of Macedonia and Cathay Province are beholden to Paradise River Hold; the largest Hold in the eastern areas of the Southern Continent, or whether they are self-sustaining. Skies Of Pern suggests that a minor hold in Jordan Province is beholden to Paradise River Hold, which could mean that the entire eastern regions look to that hold.

In addition to this, it is not clear how many of the Stakeholds have been resettled. Cibola Province alone is believed to be completely uninhabited, as there were no settlements there in the time of the Ancients.

Southern Shield

Southern Hold

Southern Hold is known to have at least twenty four minor holds beholden to it, and at least three Mineholds including the Karachi Camp Stake. It is possible that some of the minor holds are resettled Stake Holds. This would include;

Southern Hold may also be home to the Plastic-crafthall.

Macedonia Province

Sadrid Stake had not been resettled by The Skies of Pern. Thessaly Stake may have been.

Cathay Province

Although plans were made in All The Weyrs Of Pern to re-establish Xanadu Stake as a Weyr similar in purpose to Southern Weyr when it was first founded, it is not clear whether this was ever established.

Malay River Stake is believed to have been resettled as a Weyrhold by former High Reaches Weyrleader M'rand and his mate Pilgra. Mexico Stake's status is unknown.

Paradise River Shield

Araby Province/Paradise River Hold

Paradise River Hold is also home to the Dolpineer's Hall, and at least one minor hold. It is unlikely that the Tuareg Stakes have been resettled.

Kahrain Province

Since many of the stakes in Kahrain were destroyed in the First Pass, it is unlikely that they have been re-settled. This includes Amsterdam, Bavaria, Bordeaux, Milan, Oslo and Vienna-On-Jordan (Killarney Stake never being settled). All The Weyrs Of Pern makes reference to a hold near Landing being resettled, which scould suggest Bordeaux or Calusa in Jordan have been restored.

Jordan Province

Jordan Province is also home to Landing, which houses the Computerer's Hall, the Technician's Hall, the Printer's Hall, the Papercrafthall, and possibly the Plastic-crafthall. A Hydro-Electric Power station exists somewhere up the Jordan River. It is unclear whether Cambridge-On-Jordan or Calusa Stakes have been restored.


1: The White Dragon

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