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FAQ / Life on Pern / Weyrlife: Mating Flights

Last updated 7th February 2008 by Eimi

How Does A Mating Flight Effect Bystanders?

When a dragon rises to mate, they transmit their lust through their psychic connection with their rider as well as to other humans and animals over a rather large range. All those in the direct path of the Flight will experience some of the second hand effects. Some at the Weyr choose to give themselves over to the feelings a flight will create, while most others in the Weyr choose to tune them out, a practice learned out of almost daily exposure.

Those born outside of the Weyr might have a bit harder time at first. The feelings invoked can be potent, though not overwhelming, and it is up to you whether or not they choose to give themselves over to them. Inexperienced, innocent youth especially have trouble understanding, and therefore controlling the powerful impulses the Flight creates and may find themselves in humiliating or even shameful situations as a result.

So, some general rules of thumb:

* Your Weyrbred personas who are not bound to a dragon taking part in the Flight will only notice the Flight lust if they want to. The rest of the time, even with gold flights, they can learn to ignore it. It is not overpowering and it is a common enough occurance in the Weyr that it would be largely ignored.

* Your Holdbred personas who are not familiar with Flight lust will have a stronger reaction, but it will not completely take them over and make them lose all their Hold-bred sensibilities.

* Young and innocent Hold-bred personas might react more strongly and the results can be embarrassing - just think of an adolescent with an insane hormone rush and use that as a guide.

* Your persona, whether weyrbred or hold-bred, will NOT lose themselves completely under the influence of the Flight lust. They will not go crazy and rape someone, they will not expose themselves for the first time as homosexuals, they will not grab the first willing woman they see and pull them off into a room, etc. UNLESS they are already inclined or predisposed to do so. In other words, they will still have a sense of right and wrong and whether or not they give in to temptation is their choice. So, bear in mind that they will be held responsible for their actions once the moment has passed.

If you have any questions, please ask your mentor or the Council for clarification.

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