Sebell from "People of Pern" © 1988 Robin Wood. Used with Permission.
Vital statistics
Gender Male
Rank Masterharper of Pern
Era Ninth Pass
Affiliation Harper Hall
Spouse Menolly
Parent(s) Rantou (grandfather)

Robinton (cousin/adoptive father)

Children Robse
Fire-lizard(s) Gold Kimi
First appearance The Masterharper of Pern
Sebell was a student of Master Robinton, and succeeded him as Masterharper of Pern following Robinton's retirement.


Sebell was the grandson of Rantou, a cousin of Robinton's mother Merelan, and was likely born at Pierie Hold. As a boy, shortly after Robinton became Masterharper of Pern, Rantou brought Sebell to the Harper Hall so he could become a harper.

Sebell became Robinton's "shadow" at the Harper Hall, ensuring that whatever his MasterHarper needed was done. As the years progressed, Sebell followed closely in Robinton's footsteps, becoming a journeyman at around the same age as Robinton himself had. After sending the newly-minted journeyman to Igen as was traditional, Robinton had Sebell recalled to the Harper Hall after realizing how invaluable he was as his assistant, teaching the slower-to-learn at the Hall and providing useful information and advice to his mentor.

Sebell met Menolly upon her arrival at the Harper Hall, and they became friends. They would soon become much more, as they later married and had three children.

The Masterharper's Successor

After Robinton suffered a heart attack that nearly killed him, he decided to retire and named Sebell to succeed him as Masterharper of Pern. Along with his old mentor and the Benden Weyrleaders, F'lar and Lessa, Sebell helped lead the efforts to end the threat of Thread following the rediscovery of AIVAS, the ancient computer system that had been left behind by Pern's first settlers. He was also instrumental - at the behest of AIVAS - in the creation of the Printer Hall, the establishment of a printing press that would allow the more efficient dispersal of information (one of the duties of the Harper Hall). After Robinton's death, Sebell and Menolly sung their farewells to the venerated Masterharper.

Personality and traits

Sebell seemed to mirror Robinton in almost every way; he possessed a keen acumen for music and a great sense of fairness and patience, teaching the slower children - such as Robinton's son Camo. He was unquestioningly loyal to his mentor and would defend him by any means necessary. Even after becoming Masterharper of Pern, Sebell was quick to respond to Robinton's summons whenever he was needed.

Possessing as keen a mind as Robinton himself, Sebell was able to come up with expedient and ultimately fruitful solutions; in the case of a particularly energetic and rebellious apprentice named Traller, Sebell recommended that he be apprenticed to Journeyman Harper Kinsale (better known as "Nip"), the Hall's top runner and infiltrator; the team of "Nip and Tuck" became invaluable to the Hall late in the reign of Fax, the "Lord of Seven Holds".

In the years he spent under Robinton's tutelage, Sebell picked up on many of his mentor's mannerisms and preferences - particularly his fondness for Benden wines, a "tradition" Sebell continued as Masterharper of Pern.


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