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Blame the Outsiders [Arc]

Another Threadfall, another utter disaster for High Reaches Weyr. E'nai didn't know how much more of this the Weyr could bear. Things seemed to be falling apart at the seams, and every effort to repair things only seemed to make matters worse.

He suspected he knew why. There were so many outsiders now: people from outside High Reaches who thought they could come in and fix things without knowing the first thing about the people they were trying to fix. They brought in their ideas and assumed that just because they liked them, that it would work for a Weyr that they hadn't really lived in.

Just look at what had happened to Requeth! Phalanth had been the one out of position, but she'd gotten off without harm. E'nai suspected she'd assumed that the formations would all be the same as wherever she'd come from—Fort, he was pretty sure—and hadn't tried very hard at all to adapt to High Reaches. Their terrain was different, their wind patterns different due to the higher altitude and steeper, colder mountains. What did an outsider know about flying a High Reaches Threadfall?

"It would have been better, if none of them had come here. If they'd let us rebuild ourselves instead of coming in and forcing it on us," E'nai grumbled. He'd said it a thousand times before: that it was hardly fair to make High Reaches change without actually asking for High Reaches' input. Fort had installed so many of their people that those who were actually from there had almost no say left in the political process. "I don't mind some of their ideas, but letting them lead a wing when they don't know us? Letting them lead the Weyr?"
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"Yeah! You'd have think they'd have learned after last time," Tamara grumbled. She'd been scared out of her mind when Phalanth hit Requeth and her poor dragon was still not able to fly without his ribs hurting him, "Kiokke left after like a sevenday. But did they give us a good, High Reaches rider to lead us? No. They brought in another foreigner. Just watch as Alizette doesn't even punish Phalanth and Scarlet. Requeth and I could have died! But apparently because we're just a normal High Reaches bluepair, we don't count."

Hadn't Moonshot suffered enough? Why couldn't they just send the next set of foreigners who just HAD to come to High Reaches to another wing? Or even better- back wherever they came from?
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Wingleader S'bor of Bronze Yugoth
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Ieyasu of Brown Ieyask
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Gellera of Blue Virtrath
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Rhea of Green Rheask
S'atyl of Green Nineveth
Makoto of White Usakinth
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Weyrbrat Norelli
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Azul of Brown Claarisath
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Squadsecond Tomas of Garnet Tomask and White Tsk
Allura of Blue Sendaith
Weyrling Master Camilla of Blue Kamuith
Jae of Blue Zappath
Sandy of Blue Rugrunth
Tamara of Blue Requeth
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Ailee of Green Suventh
Kanon of Green Kibeth
Kip of Green Amizuth
Numann of Green Rannath
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Arena of Void Oscamith
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"I guess this is no less than we deserve for picking a name out of a hat... Or at least for letting a Benden rider's name be in the hat in the first place. It seemed fair at the time but... Maybe if we'd backed someone actually from here, things could have gone better."

E'nai itched at the splint on his knee. That, at least, he had only himself to blame for, unlike Requeth who had done nothing at all wrong. "At worst they'll have to stay two minutes late at drill, probably. All because Phalanth is more important because she can have babies."

It seemed to be all High Reaches cares about these days: foreign garnets and greens to lay eggs here. As though that couldn't be done without them sticking around permanently. Now most of a class of Telgar greenriders was coming. And those of them who rode blue and white or greens who had chewed firestone would just... continue to fall by the wayside.
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Tamara rolled her eyes. Babies, babies, babies. It was all anybody ever talked about. Babies and foreigners and oh no! The weyr was dying! They were probably just getting their excuses ready for the next gold tyrant, "Next time- we'll nominate someone from here. Who will push for the council to be off-limits to ANY foreigner who just got here. Because you're right. The foreigners don't care about anything but getting in some other queen. They know that if we show we can make it without one, the other weyrs are going to start asking too why they have to kowtow to goldriders all the time."
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Wingleader S'bor of Bronze Yugoth
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Faralyn of Brown Grooth
Ieyasu of Brown Ieyask
Weyrling P'pin of Brown Palath
T'rin of Brown Celeth
G'er of Garnet Neozeoth
Lily of Garnet Eridieth
Relli of Garnet Rellivask and Blue Relsk
Augury of Blue Velveth
Chrysanthe of Blue Bidath
Lord Consort Corleon of Blue Corleosk (Fort Hold)
Gellera of Blue Virtrath
Miryem of Blue Riwenth
Thor of Blue Hinokath
Wingsecond L'ir of Green Byth
Rhea of Green Rheask
S'atyl of Green Nineveth
Makoto of White Usakinth
Weyrling Riku of White Taissath
Wingsecond Tyrion of White Voluntauth
Weyrbrat Norelli
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Hela of Bronze Helsk and Brown Hesk
Sr. Flightleader Schneizel of Bronze Damocleth
Azul of Brown Claarisath
Di'a of Brown Kasshuth
Weyrling Dobby of Brown Kersuth
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Weyrling Th'ou of Brown Pavith
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Eliza of Garnet Riaath
Squadsecond Tomas of Garnet Tomask and White Tsk
Allura of Blue Sendaith
Weyrling Master Camilla of Blue Kamuith
Jae of Blue Zappath
Sandy of Blue Rugrunth
Tamara of Blue Requeth
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Kanon of Green Kibeth
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Numann of Green Rannath
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"They're all corrupt as wherry dung," E'nai replied with a nod. At least Tamara understood how things were; he just wished the rest of the Weyr were as observant. Were as willing to see what was actually going on instead of just being willing to have the wool pulled over their eyes by people with pretty faces and pretty, empty words.

"But that's the difference between us and the rest of them, isn't it? We're able to see we've made a mistake and try to figure out how to fix it. They just want to go right back to golds like there's no problem with that whatsoever."
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"Except for the ones who want to be in charge themselves and came here just so they could be rulers without needing a shiny gold," Tamara corrected. Because they had a few of those too, "Like our new wingleader. Bet she's only at High Reaches because Benden doesn't let greenriders do anything. She doesn't care about us. Not really."

Tamara nodded at E'nai's description, "Yeah. Some of our people too. Real equality scares them. And they're willing to let OUR dragons get hurt while they play their dumb power games."
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Lily of Garnet Eridieth
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Augury of Blue Velveth
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Gellera of Blue Virtrath
Miryem of Blue Riwenth
Thor of Blue Hinokath
Wingsecond L'ir of Green Byth
Rhea of Green Rheask
S'atyl of Green Nineveth
Makoto of White Usakinth
Weyrling Riku of White Taissath
Wingsecond Tyrion of White Voluntauth
Weyrbrat Norelli
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Hela of Bronze Helsk and Brown Hesk
Sr. Flightleader Schneizel of Bronze Damocleth
Azul of Brown Claarisath
Di'a of Brown Kasshuth
Weyrling Dobby of Brown Kersuth
Wingleader Myalla of Brown Enarth
Weyrling Th'ou of Brown Pavith
Wingsecond D'ark of Garnet Masreith
Eliza of Garnet Riaath
Squadsecond Tomas of Garnet Tomask and White Tsk
Allura of Blue Sendaith
Weyrling Master Camilla of Blue Kamuith
Jae of Blue Zappath
Sandy of Blue Rugrunth
Tamara of Blue Requeth
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Ailee of Green Suventh
Kanon of Green Kibeth
Kip of Green Amizuth
Numann of Green Rannath
Sokka of Green Wintrath
Semaca Weyr
Arena of Void Oscamith
Alayna of Gold Wyzeth
Al'bus of Bronze Matanuth
Noor of Bronze Nuunieth
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Shuri of Brown Motath
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Artemis of Blue Phoebuth
Candidatemaster Naxen of Blue Anitoth
Point Rigel of Blue Cygneth
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Ariel of Green Kshatriyath
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E'nai nodded. Tamara was right; he'd forgotten to consider those. It was so easy to get focused on the obviously power-hungry ones that the ones who could pretend they weren't could slip by unnoticed. It made them all the more dangerous.

"I don't know if equality scares them or if it's just change, any change. That the new way is different, and therefore it must be feared." He considered for a few moments. "I wonder if something could be done about that. Convince people that change isn't wrong, that things have changed before and it's been fine."
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"Maybe," Tamara frowned thoughtfully, "Golre wasn't always here. That was a change. Then her fall was too and now we're having a new one with no golds at all. You'd think people would be used to it now and stop fighting it."

Not that that was what had gotten Requeth hurt. Although the bronzes had come out of the fall suspiciously unscathed...

"But golds or no golds, the foreigners shouldn't be allowed to be in charge. Well...except maybe the new clutching green riders once they've been here a few turns. We need them and they can't be traditionalists or they wouldn't be doing it, right?"
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Weyrling of Quinn Bronze-White Louicyth
Wingleader S'bor of Bronze Yugoth
ACM Estelle of Brown Jaehaeryth
Faralyn of Brown Grooth
Ieyasu of Brown Ieyask
Weyrling P'pin of Brown Palath
T'rin of Brown Celeth
G'er of Garnet Neozeoth
Lily of Garnet Eridieth
Relli of Garnet Rellivask and Blue Relsk
Augury of Blue Velveth
Chrysanthe of Blue Bidath
Lord Consort Corleon of Blue Corleosk (Fort Hold)
Gellera of Blue Virtrath
Miryem of Blue Riwenth
Thor of Blue Hinokath
Wingsecond L'ir of Green Byth
Rhea of Green Rheask
S'atyl of Green Nineveth
Makoto of White Usakinth
Weyrling Riku of White Taissath
Wingsecond Tyrion of White Voluntauth
Weyrbrat Norelli
High Reaches
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Hela of Bronze Helsk and Brown Hesk
Sr. Flightleader Schneizel of Bronze Damocleth
Azul of Brown Claarisath
Di'a of Brown Kasshuth
Weyrling Dobby of Brown Kersuth
Wingleader Myalla of Brown Enarth
Weyrling Th'ou of Brown Pavith
Wingsecond D'ark of Garnet Masreith
Eliza of Garnet Riaath
Squadsecond Tomas of Garnet Tomask and White Tsk
Allura of Blue Sendaith
Weyrling Master Camilla of Blue Kamuith
Jae of Blue Zappath
Sandy of Blue Rugrunth
Tamara of Blue Requeth
Jr. Wherleader Zhuli of Blue Zhusk
Ailee of Green Suventh
Kanon of Green Kibeth
Kip of Green Amizuth
Numann of Green Rannath
Sokka of Green Wintrath
Semaca Weyr
Arena of Void Oscamith
Alayna of Gold Wyzeth
Al'bus of Bronze Matanuth
Noor of Bronze Nuunieth
Weyrling Hermione of Brown Echoneth
Sage of Brown Wisketoth
Shuri of Brown Motath
Varda of Brown Magmeth
Ly'nk of Garnet Sakuyath
Maui of Garnet Mausk and Blue Mask (W)
Uruk of Garnet Georsath
Anoni of Blue Cermurith
Artemis of Blue Phoebuth
Candidatemaster Naxen of Blue Anitoth
Point Rigel of Blue Cygneth
Ya'ra of Blue Dymrith
Ariel of Green Kshatriyath
Captain Vella of Green Vellask and Magma Vesk
V'rell of Green Peridoth
Wyatt of Green Emilith
Aeris of White Tarth
Kowal of White Kowalsk
R'tan of White Mazath
Steward Molly
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