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Benden Weyr Shield Ramoth was the senior queen of Benden Weyr during the late Eighth Interval and Ninth Pass. Her rider was the Ruathan-bred Lessa.

Biography

Impression

Ramoth was hatched from the last clutch of Nemorth, and was the last Queen dragon on Pern, making her the sole hope for the future of the species. At her hatching, she would maul two female candidates before Impressing Lessa, making Lessa the new Weyrwoman of Benden Weyr.

Weyrling Training and First Flight

Due to Ramoth's status as the last Queen dragon on Pern, R'gul, the current weyrleader, forbid Lessa and Ramoth from flying or training with the weyrlings. Instead, it was insisted that Queens only flew to mate.

Ramoth's first mating flight came soon after she was two years old. Because of the desperate shortage of food in the Weyr, Lessa had sent a young bronze rider, K'net, and his wing out to do some judicious pilfering from the gorged, lazy Holders. F'lar had gone after K'net to put an end to his pilfering, and nearly missed Ramoth's first mating flight and his long-awaited chance to be Weyrleader. Lessa was able to call Mnementh and Piyanth back at the last minute, much to R'gul's annoyance.

Immediately before the mating flight, Lessa forced Ramoth to submit to her iron will to blood her kill only, not to eat the hot flesh that would weigh her down in her furious race against the smaller bronzes. Though Ramoth began with seven chasers, it came down to R'gul's Hath, T'bor's Orth, and F'lar's Mnementh. She couldn't stand Hath, but was considering Orth when Mnemeth claimed her, thus making F'lar the new Weyrleader.

The day after F'lar became Weyrleader, the Lords Holder had marched on the Weyr to put an end to tithes, F'lar and the rest of the wings were busy ending this, it was at this time that Lessa took the opportunity to fly on Ramoth for the first time together, after the mating flight the previous day. As a result, F'lar would teach Ramoth and Lessa to go between, which led to Lessa's discovery that dragons can travel between times, as well as geographic locations. This was the first flight between times in four hundred turns.

Clutch

Ramoth's first clutch produced the gratifying total of 41 eggs, more than 3 times the paltry 12 Jora's Nemorth had always produced. Among the dragons hatched from this clutch were Lioth (N'ton — Fort's future Weyrleader's dragon) and Prideth (Kylara — Southern's future Weyrwoman's dragon).

Lessa's Ride

After Thread had started to fall and the scant 200 dragons were not enough to keep all Pern Threadfree, the need became desperate to somehow repopulate the 5 empty Weyrs. F'lar looked to Ramoth and her queen daughters to solve this, but it was clear that this would take more time than they had. Lessa realized that the opening lines of the Question Song held the answer… «Gone away, gone ahead…»

Lessa realized that the «ahead» referred to between times, 400 years. She believed that the 5 Weyrs had come forward 400 years, to solve the desperate situation in her time. Records already showed that that time was during the last Long Interval, when dragonriders were not needed to destroy Thread. Knowing they would need someone to guide them to the future, Lessa took the coordinates from a 400 year old tapestry of Ruatha, and — against F'lar's strictest orders — she and Ramoth jumped between in a journey far longer than any trip between had ever taken — so long that Lessa became delirious for weeks and Ramoth emerged above ancient Ruatha a pale echo of her former robust self. The then Lord Holder of Ruatha had been so surprised that he sent to his daughter at Fort Weyr for help, and Ramoth and Lessa were brought there.

Ramoth, upon arriving at Fort Weyr, was said to «perch on the fireheights and keen constantly as if she owned them». Lessa also arranged for the creation of the Question Song, so that her younger self could receive the clues she needed to time travel. Lessa later managed to convince the 5 Weyrleaders to bring their Weyr's forward, saving the Pern of 400 years in the future.

Egg Theft

Ramoth remained as senior queen of Benden Weyr, though the repopulation of the Weyrs meant that she was no longer solely responsible for the future of the dragon species. As senior queen, Ramoth would only tolerate two junior queens. Ramoth continued to produce large clutches, with several Queens, and developed a reputation for only allowing Mnementh to mate with her. After the Oldtimers were exiled to the Southern Continent, they developed and executed a plan to steal a queen egg laid by Ramoth in the hopes of having a young healthy queen to allow their Weyr to perpetuate. Jaxom would secretly rescue and return the egg safely. However, Ramoth would develop a poor tolerance for Fire Lizards, who had indirectly helped the abduction take place.

A short time after this, Ramoth would be instrumental in saving the life of Masterharper Robinton. After Robinton had a heart attack while witnessing a mating flight at Ista Weyr, Ramoth and several other dragons would mentally connect with him, forcing Robinton to remain awake and alive until help could arrive.

AIVAS

Unlike some dragons, Ramoth took little personal interest in AIVAS, preferring to lay in the sun. However, she took part in several important projects to end Thread. Ramoth would be one of the first dragons to experience free fall on the Yokohama. Soon after, Ramoth, Mnementh, and Ruth would travel to the Red Star, looking for potential sites to place engines for moving the Red Star out of its orbit. Ramoth was initially to be one of the dragon's leading the actual expedition, but she was replaced due to the fact that Ramoth was in clutch.

= Fireball Flood and Telekinesis

During the Fireball Flood, Ramoth would remain at Landing, helping to coordinate incoming and outgoing dragons with Benden's junior queens. In addition, she gave out orders to all the dragons regarding the evacuation plans.

Some time later, Ramoth would travel to Honshu Weyrhold due to a distress call by Zaranth, Zaranth, Golanth, and their riders, Tai and F'lessan, were under attack by felines and unable to defend themselves. After being shown how by Zaranth, Ramoth would use telekinesis to fling the felines away. Ramoth in particularly would prove instrumental, timing one of her attacks to prevent an otherwise fatal blow aimed at Golanth. After the attack, Ramoth would credit Zaranth for the heroics, and describe telekinesis as a useful ability for all dragons to learn. After much practice, Ramoth became skilled at using telekinesis in combination with Mnementh.

Personality and Traits

Like many Queen dragons, Ramoth could be demanding and easily riled up. After mating and clutching, she was prone to foul moods. As the senior Queen of Benden Weyr, Ramoth was one of the most important and respected dragons on Pern, and few could dissemble before her. When laying clutches, Ramoth rarely produced less than 30 eggs, and hatched several queens. Her clutches were in high demand, making it easy to find candidates for Impression. In times of crisis, Ramoth was courageous and quick to intervene.

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