Historically, Pernese made use of skins as a writing surface after the knowledge of producing paper was lost, and nearly all written material was hand-copied.This meant that written records deteriorated over time and were prone to mistakes. Paper was reinvented by Bendarek in the Ninth Pass, which replaced skins. After the discovery of AIVAS, printed material was accessible through AIVAS's own printers. The necessity of conserving paper led AIVAS to request that the Harper Hall create a printing press to print their own material. The printing press proved to be a useful and popular invention. As a result of the demand, the Printer Hall was formed as an independent hall, though it was allied with the Harper Hall and the Woodsmithcraft Halls. Tagetarl, a member of the Harper Hall, was elected as the Printercraft's first master.
The printer hall proved to be very popular, as printed books were highly desirable. In addition, the ability to provide printed facts proved useful in several emergency situations, such as the Fireball Flood and the Abominators. Eventually, the Printercraft came under attack from Abominators, who distrusted AIVAS-introduced technology and believed that the hall printed lies. Thanks to forwarning by the Runners, Tagetarl and Master HarperMekelroy were able to take precautions and capture the attackers, who were exiled.
The printercraft is responsible for all printed material on Pern, ranging from books and technical manuals to flyers and news bulletins. Due to the recent founding of the craft, there is only one known hall, located in Wide Bay Hold. The hall works closely with the Harper Hall, which is responsible for arts, music and teaching, and the Woodsmithcraft, which produces paper.
Masters and Staff
- Tagetarl - MasterPrinter