Telgar Hold is one of the Major Holds in the Northern Continent. It bordered on the east Bitra Hold, on the south Igen Hold, on the southwest Ruatha Hold and on the north-west Crom Hold. Telgar Weyr fights Threadfall over Telgar Hold, Igen Weyr flies Thread over the southern portion of the Hold.
- A detailed description of the Hold, established, the surrounding countryside, the economy and the other (on the basis of the The Dragonlover's Guide to Pern)
The Hold was named for Sallah Telgar, pilot of Admiral Paul Benden's ship Yokohama, who is believed to have suffered from the treachery of Avril Bitra and her associates, but historians from Bitra and Lemos bitterly dispute that interpretation.
This is the largest Hold in present-day Pern. The stone palisade in which it is situated looks like the prow of a ship, with one great flat face turned west and the other east, as is considered proper for a major hold. (All holds are expected to have an eastern face, to watch out for Thread.) From the Great Court, the Hold commands a tremendous vista of the valley to the south. A thousand people live in the Hold complex, and the Hold supports some fifteen thousand others in the immediate area.
Upon the gate are twin watchtowers overlooking the ramp down to the road. With all of the activities centered in Telgar, it is not unreasonable for the Steward to want to keep a close watch on the comings and goings.
Telgar is another Hold upon which the architects were able to spend time. The corridors in each of the seven levels (five of living quarters, one for the Lower Caverns and kitchens, and one for the Drum Heights) are fairly even, slagged smooth with the stonecutters. Each window is fitted with heavy bronze shutters.
A wide main entrance leads into the Great Hall. The hallway at the left rear of this huge, high chamber leads to the refectory, in which there are long rows of stone-topped tables and wooden-topped benches. In a storeroom just off the kitchen are even more tables and benches with their metal trestles, for use during the seasons of the year in which Telgars population swells. The Lord Holder's chambers are directly above the main entrance. They are most ornate, lined with colorful tapestries and objects d'art from every part of Pern. In Larad's study, there are large maps of his Holdings on the wall, with colored markers depicting where each type of crop and beast is raised.
Telgar is one of the wealthiest, if not the wealthiest, of the major Holds. It houses the prestigious Smithcraft; contrary to current belief, the Crafts and not the Hold was the reason for settling this rich valley. The water-driven wheels that spin in the swift current of the Telgar River to the northeast of the Hold have curiously shaped parts which are older than anyone can remember. Other minor industrial Crafts have their home here as well. Farriers and blacksmiths are sent here from all over Pern to learn skills to take back home. Telgar is famous for its etching and engraving, and its skill at producing all types of printed fabric, silk screen, and batik. Until recently, the Woodcraft was here, but it was moved to Lemos, nearest the best supply of wood, after the Mastersmith and the Lord Holder of Lemos gave their approval.
The vast fields in Telgar produce most of the grain consumed throughout the north. And for those looking for a good pint, the best beer on Pern comes from Telgar, brewed from that very grain.
Much of a Hold's character comes from its Lord Holder. Lord Larad is young but considered to be strong, a fine organizer, and an amiable man. His holders and stewards value his simple approval more than copious words of praise from any other man.
Telgar often has some rough weather over the course of a Turn. The main Hold tends to get snowed in during the cold season, so it must be self-sufficient. It needs to care for more than its own permanent population, since traders and their families commonly winter over in Telgar, where they are welcomed by Larad, a willing host. host.
Minor Holds and Crafthalls
- Balan Hold (also known as Hold Balan)
- Campbell's Field Hold — beholden to Crom Hold in Second Interval; beholden to Telgar Hold by Ninth Pass.
- Greenfields Hold — beholden to Crom Hold in Second Interval; beholden to Telgar Hold by Ninth Pass.
- Hilltop Hold
- Miner's Hold
- Southern Telgar Hold
- Thella's Hold
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- Dynast: Tavi Andiyar (Telgar), Kenner
- Other holders: Ozzie Munson, Cobber Alhinwa, Sonja Ostrovsky, Volodya Ostrovsky.
- Dynast: Lord Tashvi and Lady Salda.
- Other holders: Traders Jol and Milla, Debera, Boris, Ganmar, Lavel, Gisa.
- Dynast: Lord Predder.
- Other holders:
- Other holders: Healer Rapal.
- Dynast: Lord Tarathel and Lady Fira, Lord Larad and Lady Dulsay, later Lady Jissamy.
- Other holders: Kylara, Thella, Famira, Derabal, Petiron, Laradin, A'ton, Bonna.
|Northern||Benden • Bitra • Crom • Fort • High Reaches • Igen • Ista • Keroon • Lemos • Nabol • Nerat • Ruatha • Southern Boll • Telgar • Tillek|
|Southern||Southern • Cove • Landing • Paradise River • Rubicon River|
|Minor Holds • Stakes • Weyrs • Crafts and Halls|