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M'Hall (Michael Connell)
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Vital statistics
Gender Male
Rank Wingleader
Dragon bronze Brianth
Era First Pass
First Interval
Affiliation Benden Weyr
Spouse Torene Ostrovsky
Parent(s) Sorka Hanrahan
Sean Connell
Siblings Ezremil Connell[1]
Wee Sorka[2]
First appearance Dragonsdawn
Notable appearance The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall

M'hall (originally known as Michael or Mihall Connell, also called Mick by his family) was the first son of Sean Connell and Sorka Hanrahan, and the first Weyrleader of Benden Weyr.


Born and Early Life

BlankHold In Landing, Irish Square, first son of Sean Connell and Sorka Hanrahan, he stayed with them till the Second Crossing,

Fort Hold and Fort Weyr

Fort Shield

Where he was raised with his siblings in Fort Hold, and then in Fort Weyr, after his grandfather, Red Hanrahan, founded Ruatha Hold at age nine.

Fort Weyr Shield

Mihall, as he was known at the time, was crazy about Dragons, and visited the Fort Weyr every chance he got. At the age of 12, he was allowed a chance to Impress a dragon, and Impressed Bronze Brianth,[3] becoming a part of Fort Weyr, the only Weyr at the time. His parents were careful to avoid any suggestion of nepotism, and he slowly worked his way up to Wingleader.

By the twentieth year of the First Pass, the Weyr was becoming overcrowded. Several new Holds had been established along the West Coast, and plans for new Holds in the east were being made. A group of Dragonriders, M'hall among them, convinced Sean of the necessity of establishing a new Weyr. Sean surprised them by establishing not one, but three new Weyrs, which came to named Benden Weyr, Ista Weyr, and Telgar Weyr.

Benden Weyr

Benden Weyr Shield

Among those assigned to the then-provisionally-named "East Coast Weyr" (later renamed Benden after the recently-deceased Paul Benden) were M'hall Connel and Torene Ostrovsky (also known as 'Rene). Torene was the rider of Gold Alaranth, at the time, the largest Queen. It was established that the rider of the first Queen to rise to mate would become the Weyrwoman, and the rider of the Bronze who flew (mated) her would be the Weyrleader. Alaranth was the first queen to rise, and she therefore became first Weyrwoman of Benden. Brianth flew her, and thus M'hall became first Weyrleader of Benden.

M'hall and Torene were still ruling Benden Weyr when the First Interval began.

Personality and Traits

His red hair matched his temper, his eyes were blue-green


External Links

  2. McCaffrey, T. (2005)(ISBN13: 9780345441249) Dragonsblood pg. 124
  3. [1]

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