[Rumor] Chicken Dance

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[Rumor] Chicken Dance

Someone's supposedly been trying to teach some of the domesticated wherries to dance. That can't be true, can it?
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"Of course it's not," Jae said with a roll of her eyes, "Wherries don't dance and they can't be trained. Even if they could, it would be a gross misuse of limited weyr resources and the headwoman wouldn't allow it."

Really. This weyr started the most ridiculous rumors sometimes. A bunch of nonsense spouted by people who really should have had better things to do with their time- like keeping the weyr from falling to pieces around them.

They needed to be strategizing- not spending their energies on things like...well...this.

Zappath shrugged. Even if it was true...Eh. People danced. Wherries danced. Whatever. He didn't care and wasn't entirely sure why he was supposed to.
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"Is it so bad to dream about the impossible?" Renatus asked. He didn't think he believed the rumors either, but he liked the idea of them. And if there was someone out there trying to actually train wherries, was it really such a waste? Harpers wrote music besides Teaching Songs, and cooks made food that tasted good, not just what was needed to survive.

"Joy is important too. High Reaches lived long enough without it, what can training wherries to dance really hurt?" Especially after everything that had happened back in the autumn. Moonshot was still a shambles. Some of the riders hadn't returned yet, himself included, though he'd been told that Zalth could begin gliding again soon. "Not everything needs to be solely utilitarian."
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"It is when it's taking energy away from important things. We have too few people and too many problems for vanity projects," Jae said briskly, "People can find joy in doing things that advance our survival. Dreams and happiness are all well and good. Stupidity is not."

Take Kemma. Nobody would call her utilitarian or dull or uptight but she always sought to make the world and the weyr better, in her own distinctly Kemma way. She didn't spend her days trying to make birds put on a show no one even wanted to see.
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"Vanity projects like making fancy clothes for the leadership?" Renatus asked. Because Schneizel could sometimes be almost ostentatious in his manner of dress. "Or bubbly pies, or knives with gilt inlay? Besides, it could just be a weyrbrat." And anyone who advocating giving small children more responsibilities clearly hadn't had to redo their chores before. Teaching them was important, but relying on them was never a good idea.

"Not everything needs to advance our survival. Not at a time like now, when we're able to do more."
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"I'm not advocating a weyr entirely without joy. Bubbly pies lift the spirits of the weyr and are comforting," Jae acknowledged, "And while certain leaders' choice of clothes is a bit excessive...I do understand the importance of maintaining a certain aura of prestige. Even though were I in charge I WOULD put limits on that sort of thing."

She'd seen a garnetrider the other day wearing enough lace to fund a small feast. Maintaining proper allocation of resources was hard when people insisted on fulfilling their own desires with no thought towards the good of the weyr.

"The problem is- now is not the time we're able to do more. Our numbers are floundering. With a shortage of personnel will come a shortage of resources if we need to cede some of our territory to other weyrs' protection. Which we will, if we no longer have the dragons to fly every Fall. And with less territory comes fewer tithes, comes scarcities, which in turn discourages more riders from coming...We cannot make more dragons from air but we can allocate what resources we do have as efficiently as possible."
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"People are more than just resources." Not all people. Renatus himself was more than willing to do whatever the Weyr needed and didn't need anything more than that, but people on the whole were more than just useful objects. "Besides, who are we to say that whoever's doing this is able to provide more? It could just be a bunch of kids."

And even if it wasn't, the Weyr's situation wasn't so dire yet that nobody could take leisure time. Things weren't great, but they could certainly get worse. A lot worse.
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"It still requires resources to feed and house the wherries. Dancing burns extra energy which means it will take longer for them to fatten properly," Jae explained. Most riders were filled with dreams and ideas. Which was why they needed people like Jae to keep the fires burning and the storerooms stocked. Someone had to be the cold, practical voice of reason, "No people are not just resources. But people need resources. When there's not enough, it's hard for people to live well and be happy. Not to mention, I'm sure the beastcrafters don't appreciate the interruptions to their work."
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Jae was concerned that the wherries would... eat more as a result of their exertions in dancing? Renatus raised an eyebrow at her. "I doubt it's quite as strenuous as when people dance. They're wherries." Their version of 'dancing' was probably just flapping their wings and bobbing their heads on command. If it was even happening, which hadn't even been proven.

"If it makes you feel better, I'll... make sure the wherries aren't being overworked. I can't do much right now with Zalth still not able to fly anyway. And I'll take anything that isn't listening to him complain."
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"Very well. I'm sure though you'll find it's all just nonsense and hardly a serious program," Jae said definitively. Because they already had people who were not also riders supervising the wherries and they understood what the weyr needed. They weren't going to allow the weyr's precious livestock be diverted to something so foolish, "What I'd really like to know is how the story ever got started. Wishful thinking on the part of people with an excessive enthusiasm for wherries maybe. I suggest leaving Zalth at home though or he'll only stress out the wherries."
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"Believe me when I say I'm well aware that I can't take Zalth anywhere, least of all somewhere that he has a clear opportunity to cause trouble." The bronze pretended at being kind, almost even obsequious at times, but it was an act, and a thin one at that. He tended to snap quickly when someone who wasn't one of 'his' people stepped out of line. He didn't seek to cause chaos directly, but his schemes rarely seemed to align with the cause of righteousness. Undoubtedly he'd take offense to something the wherries did, like look at him.

"And anyway, I still suspect weyrbrats, either making up stories about it or actually trying it."
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"I doubt the beastcrafters would leave the weyrbrats alone with the wherries. It's not safe for children. Animals can be unpredictable," Jae said with a shrug, "Tell me when you find out. I am curious." But not curious enough to go down herself. Her wing was struggling and needed every healthy rider giving their all and not off on wild-goose chases after dubious ill-advised weyr programs.

"If it is real, tell me too and I will see to it it does not become a burden on the weyr."
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