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Genealogy or Bloodline
Paul Benden, born c. 70 BL ("...but Benden, well into his sixth decade, looked vigorously healthy") [AtWoP/1:6], admiral, veteran of the Nathi space wars and hero of the Cygnus campaign, colonist, charter member and co-colony leader (together with governor Emily Boll) [RSR/4:119], died Fort Hold 26.
Had a (brief) relationship (on board the Yokohama, while traveling to Pern) with Avril Bitra, a contractor and astrogator who was also one of the twelve pilots of the Yokohama's three shuttles, died 8 (in space, on board the Admiral's gig Mariposa) (no issue).
Married c. 2 (after 30 first-month 1) Ju Adjai, agronomist/botanist, owner of two fire lizards [DD/165-166, 183].
Paul Benden acted as the Admiral and leader of the Pern expedition fleet consisting of the ships Yokohama, Bahrain and Buenos Aires. He elected to stay awake for the first and last five years of the journey to Pern, and stayed only the remaining five years in-between his two watches in cold sleep.
The Benden family originally settled on the Boca River Stake (Southern Continent) but of course had to "move north to shield", along with all the other colonists.
Paul and Ju were not yet married at the end of first-month of the first year after landing. Sallah Telgar's observation of Paul Benden tells us: "He was a sensual man (...) but unlikely to appreciate Avril's crude abandon for long. Ju Adjai, elegant and serene, was far more suitable, even if neither appeared to be rushing a noticeable alliance" [AtWoP/1:83]. Sallah makes this observation just before she informs Zi Ongola about the activities and her suspicions of Avril Bitra, which was on the 30th of first-month in the first year after landing [AtWoP; Timeline on Sariel's Guide to Pern].
Aivas tells us in All the Weyrs of Pern that "Four children were recorded to the marriage of Paul Benden and Ju Adjai" [AtWoP/2:45]. On the same page he tells Lord Toronas, the current Lord Holder of Benden Hold, that it is possible, "even likely" that he is a direct descendant of one of the children of Paul Benden and Ju Adjai. Aivas could, at that time, not have known that this wasn't possible since he had had no input after the crossing of the colonists to the Northern Continent. Aivas probably made a guess on the basis of the fact that Toronas was Lord of a Hold called Benden and that Paul Benden must have been the founder of the Hold by that name, in which he, of course, was mistaken. He couldn't know at the time that Benden Hold wasn't founded by the Benden family but got its name from Benden Weyr, which (in its turn) was named after Paul Benden [CoP-SW/176-177].
While Aivas seems to know about four Benden children it is altogether possible that there were more since Aivas received no new data after the colonists moved to the Northern Continent.
Paul Benden kept a diary that was obviously still known to at least the Weyrleaders and Weyrwomen who lived during the First Interval and the Second Pass. In Red Star Rising/Dragonseye appears the following remark from said diary (quoted by Telgar Weyrleader K'vin): "And then that young rogue had the temerity to salute and say, ‘Admiral Benden, may I present the Dragonriders of Pern?’". The term "the young rogue" refers to Sean Connell, leader of the first eighteen dragonriders [RSR/17:408, cf. DD/3:363].
Children (known, but a much larger amount of children is not likely, order not totally sure): 1 N.N. (a son), born (probably at the Boca River Stake) prior to 8 AL, owner of two fire lizards. (a son), born (probably at the Boca River Stake) prior to 8 AL, owner of two fire lizards. (a son), born (probably at the Boca River Stake) prior to 8 AL, owner of two fire lizards. 2 N.N. (a son), born (probably at the Boca River Stake) prior to 8 AL, did not own fire lizards. 3 N.N. (a daughter), born (probably at the Boca River Stake) prior to 8 AL.
Since Aivas says Paul Benden and Ju Adjai had four children and Ju was pregnant just prior to the move north, three children must have been born before the mentioned pregnancy (see below). This third child must be a daughter because in Dragonsdawn Paul Benden himself remarks that his wife and "older son" own two fire lizards each [DD/2:183]. This means there must also have been a younger son but since it is an "older" and not the "oldest" son that is mentioned, this third child must have been a daughter. Of course the possibility of all three children being sons remains but is less likely.
4 N.N. (daughter or son), born (probably at the Boca River Stake) c. eighth-month 9 AL.
Ju Adjai is in the second semester of a new pregnancy when Thread hits for the first time after landing (5 fourth-month 9). This child must have been born prior to the move north since Aivas knows about it (the evacuation was ordered on 19 fourth-month 10) [AtWoP/2:45, Timeline Sariel's Guide to Pern].
First Interval/Second Pass Probably descended from one of the children of Paul Benden and Ju Adjai.
Emelin of Fort, Lord Holder of Fort Hold (?-after 242), born probably Fort Hold, died between 242 and 257.
Married N.N., Lady Holder of Fort Hold.
It looks like Lord Emelin himself was named after governor Emily Boll. Paul Benden, and probably his wife and children too, had a very strong bond with Emily Boll. Emily Boll's husband Pierre de Courci founded (Southern) Boll Hold and it seems likely there will have been strong ties between the families of both Holds, among other things resulting in intermarriage and the occurrence of naming children with parts of their names after family members (a Pernese custom).
Children (known; there will undoubtedly have been more children, but none of them plays a role, or is mentioned, in Red Star Rising/Dragonseye): 1 Paulin, born probably Fort Hold c. 205, follows B-11. 2 N.N. (son or daughter), born probably Fort Hold c. 210, follows B-12.
Paulin of Fort, Lord Holder of Fort Hold (after 242-?), born probably Fort Hold c. 205, probably died during the Second Pass (after 257).
Married probably c. 235 N.N., Lady Holder of Fort Hold., Lady Holder of Fort Hold., Lady Holder of Fort Hold, born c. 210, died after 257.
Paulin became Lord Holder after 242, in which Turn his father Lord Emelin was still Lord Holder of Fort [RSR].
From Red Star Rising/Dragonseye we know that Lord Paulin of Fort had a nephew called Sidny, who in fact is described as Lord Paulin's eldest nephew. However, in the same paragraph is written that Lord Paulin "was tempted to designate his eldest nephew Sidny as his successor as Lord Holder because he had a few reservations about his own son Mattew, but at the same time knew he was tending to be more critical of his own Blood than others were". [RSR/9:221]
Sidny might have been the next - or a - Lord Holder of Fort Hold. If he was a shift has occurred in the (direct) Holder Bloodline. There isn't enough information available to assume this did happen though.
Lord Paulin's spouse in only mentioned (not by name) in passing when she and her husband are chatting with and escorting the Benden Weyrleaders to the head table at the gather at Fort Hold in 257 [RSR/1:27].
Children (known; there will undoubtedly have been more children): 1 Mattew, possibly Lord Holder of Fort Hold, born probably Fort Hold c. 235. It is unknown whether Mattew became the next Lord Holder of Fort or if his cousin Sidny was the next Lord Holder. 2 N.N. (a daughter), born probably Fort Hold 251/252.
N.N., probably died during the Second Pass.
Married c. 235 N.N., probably died during the Second Pass.
Child (known; probably more because Sidny is described as the oldest nephew): 1 Sidny, born probably Fort Hold c. 235, possibly Lord Holder of Fort Hold.
Sidny might have been the next - or a - Lord Holder of Fort Hold. If he was, a shift has occurred in the (direct) Holder Bloodline. There isn't enough information available to assume this did happen though. I have assumed that Sidny was a son of a brother or sister of Lord Paulin since he is obviously "of the Blood" and therefore not a son of a brother or sister-in-law.
Sixth Pass/Sixth Interval
N.N., Lord Holder of Fort Hold, born probably Fort Hold c. 1465, died probably Fort Hold prior to 1541 (it seems he is not alive when his son Tolocamp is Lord Holder at the outbreak of the plague).
Married c. 1490 N.N., Lady Holder of Fort Hold, born c. 1465, probably died prior to 1541 (it seems safe to assume Nerilka's grandmother is not alive at the time of the outbreak of the plague).
Because of the large gap or interval we cannot say for sure that this unknown Lord Holder, designated as generation F-1, is a direct descendant of either Mattew of Sidny (see above). It is altogether possible that the (direct) line shifted during the gap and that this Lord Holder is descended through a female or lateral line; it is even possible that this, or a previous Lord Holder, wasn't a member of the Fort (Benden) Bloodline but married into it. This last seems not likely, however, because there are implications that the Fort Bloodline "ran true" [SoP].
Although it is sure that Munchaun was a brother of Lord Tolocamp it is possible that the aunts mentioned in Nerilka's Story, were actually her great-aunts (sisters of her grandfather and/or grandmother), that is why they are all listed as probable sisters of Lord Tolocamp and Munchaun even though they are called Nerilka's aunts in Nerilka's Story. I also deem it important that these women were called Nerilka's "aunts" and were not mentioned as "aunties", which - on Pern - has another meaning altogether.
I have assumed that Tolocamp, since he inherited the position of Lord Holder, was the oldest son.
Children (known, correct order unsure): 1 Tolocamp, born probably Fort Hold c. 1490, follows F-11. 2 Munchaun, probably born Fort Hold c. 1492, leader of the huntsmen of Fort Hold.
In 1541 he was the oldest of Tolocamp's living brothers (which indicates there must have been more brothers, at least one or two, who died). He retired early as huntsmen leader because of injuries sustained due to a climbing fall. Munchaun was Nerilka's favorite uncle.
3 Lucil, probably a sister of Tolocamp (she was an aunt of Nerilka), head of the nursery at Fort Hold [NS/3:38]. 4 N.N., probably a sister of Tolocamp (she was an aunt of Nerilka), head of the laundry department at Fort Hold [NS/3:38]., probably a sister of Tolocamp (she was an aunt of Nerilka), head of the laundry department at Fort Hold [NS/3:38]., probably a sister of Tolocamp (she was an aunt of Nerilka), head of the laundry department at Fort Hold [NS/3:38]. 5 Sira, probably a sister of Tolocamp (she was an aunt of Nerilka), head of Fort Hold's weaving department (which did not constitute a Crafthall) [NS/3:38]. 6 An unknown number of sons that died prior to 1541 [NS/2:31]. 7 An unknown number of sons that were still living in 1541 (Munchaun being one of them) [NS/2:31]. 8 An unknown number of daughters (since one can deduce from Nerilka's Story that there were more aunts than the three mentioned above) [NS/2:31].
Tolocamp of Fort, Lord Holder of Fort Hold, born probably Fort Hold c. 1490, died after 1553 (I have assumed this since the Lady Nerilka does not mention that her father passed away when she wrote down "her" story about the plague episode).
Married 1st: probably c. 1510 Pendra, Lady Holder of Fort Hold, born 1494 (she was in her fiftieth Turn in 1541), died Ruatha Hold 14 third-month 1541 (victim of the plague) [NS/1:20, 4:41].
Had an extra-marital relationship with and married 2nd late 1541 Anella, Lady Holder of Fort Hold, born after 1518 (probably c. 1521; she was younger than her stepdaughter Nerilka) [NS].
Anne McCaffrey herself wrote about Lord Tolocamp: "He is the sort of man you want to shake out of his complacency, rub his nose in what he cannot see for looking, or cudgel him into submission. Tolocamp is an infuriating man because he must always be right. (...) Tolocamp is a capable if unimaginative Holder, convinced of his moral rectitude and infinite wisdom. His weakness is pretty women, which no longer describes his wife Pendra [how could it with so many pregnancies in such a relatively short time?] He feels considerable distaste for his unattractive daughters and is certain their plainness comes from his wife's Bloodline." [Wood-Pop/146]. Even with this verdict I feel that Anne has been rather lenient towards Lord Tolocamp. It is a fact that he left his wife and four daughters to die by the plague at Ruatha. Even worse is the fact that he would not lend aid, in whichever form, to the stricken people in the internment camp at Fort after he returned from Ruatha, against the rules set by Master Capiam [Mor and Ner]. Tolocamp is also, very obviously, a man of bad taste with no respect, demonstrated by the fact that he installed Anella as his new Lady Holder when his wife was still warm in her Ruathan grave.
Lord Tolocamp already had a relationship with Anella (called his mistress in Nerilka's Story), during his marriage with Lady Pendra. It is mentioned in Nerilka's Story that he had sired two children (still babies in 1541) on Anella, although Nerilka wondered if Anella's last son was her father's or her brother Mostar's. When Lord Tolocamp could not pretend interest in her, Anella was just as happy on Mostar's arm, whom she hoped she could wed (Mostar had other ideas though). Anella was younger than Nerilka by several Turns.
The large amount of children at Fort Hold was often irreverently referred to as the "Fort Hold Horde" (a term invented by Journeyman Harper Tuero, who later became the Ruathan Hold Harper). It is indicated in Nerilka's Story that Nerilka had both full-blood as well as half-blood sisters which means Tolocamp had more and earlier relationships outside his marriage with Lady Pendra. This seems totally in character for Lord Tolocamp. The name of the mother(s) of her half-blood sisters is/are not mentioned. We can safely assume the whole "horde" was full-blooded because if this were not true Nerilka would have remarked on it in her story (she seems to love and adore her full-siblings, while at the same she was very unimpressed with the half-bloods). Both full-blood and half-blood children were all tall and sturdy.
Mercia and Merin were twins, and because of the large amount of children it seems likely that there were more twins. This theory would make it more plausible for Lady Pendra to be the mother of all these children (which it definitely seems she was)
Children (out of the marriage with Lady Pendra): 1 Campen (oldest son and heir), born probably Fort Hold c. 1511 [NS/1:20]. Nicknamed Campie.
Although it is not mentioned in Nerilka's Story (Lord Tolocamp seems to have been alive when Nerilka wrote it, some ten Turns after the plague took place) it seems safe to assume that Campen became the next Lord Holder of Fort.
2 Pendora (daughter), born probably Fort Hold c. 1512.
Married prior to 1541 N.N.
At the time of the plague Pendora is one of the two children (daughters) of Lord Tolocamp and Lady Pendra who is married, which fact is only mentioned in the character list of Nerilka's Story. Of her spouse no particulars are given.
3 Mostar (son), born probably Fort Hold c. 1513 [NS/1:20].
He might have had a son with Anella, a mistress of his father ( a suspicion his sister Nerilka had).
4 Doral (son), born probably Fort Hold c. 1514 [NS/1:20]. 5 Theskin (son), born probably Fort Hold c 1515 [NS/1:20]. (son), born probably Fort Hold c 1515 [NS/1:20]. (son), born probably Fort Hold c 1515 [NS/1:20]. 6 Silma (daughter, next oldest to Nerilka), probably Fort Hold c. 1517.
Married prior to 1541 N.N. [NS/1:19-20].
She must have married prior to 1541 because Nerilka is said to be the oldest unmarried daughter while Silma seems to be older than Nerilka. Silma is said to be the prettiest of the Fort daughters.
7 Nerilka (by 1541 the oldest unmarried daughter), Lady Holder of Ruatha Hold, born probably Fort Hold c. 1518, was fostered at Misty Hold (Tillek), the ancestral Hold of Lord Alessan's first wife Suriana, who was a close friend of Nerilka [NS]. Nicknamed Rill.
Married Ruatha Hold fourth-month 1541 Alessan of Ruatha, Lord Holder of Ruatha Hold (confirmed 1 first-month 1540), born probably Ruatha Hold c. 1507, son of Leef of Ruatha, Lord Holder of Ruatha Hold, and Oma, Lady Holder of Ruatha Hold. Widower of Suriana of Misty Hold, born probably Misty Hold (Tillek) c. 1510, died Ruatha 1539 (in a horseriding accident) (no issue).
Nerilka and Alessan had five children: four sons and a daughter named Moreta (see Ruatha-Hanrahan Bloodline). Nerilka was one of the oldest of the eleven Fort daughters. She had two full elder brothers and four younger [Mor/12:266], though this does not add up to the People section of the American Del Rey edition of Nerilka's Story in which the children of Lord Tolocamp are given "in order of birth" and in which Campen, Mostar, Doral and Theskin are all older than Nerilka [NS-Del Rey ed./v]. In this case I have taken the People section of the American Del Rey edition as the source, making Doral and Theskin older than Nerilka. Nerilka was of marriageable age by 1535/1536 and received a marriage proposal twice from Garben of Tillek, born c. 1515, a member of the Tillek Bloodline through lateral descent, who was in possession of his own Hold [NS/1:24]. He is called a "minor holder" in the People section of the American Del Rey edition of Nerilka's Story [NS-Del Rey ed.].
8 Gallen (son), born probably Fort Hold [NS/1:20] c. 1520. 9 Jess (son), born probably Fort Hold [NS/1:21] c. 1521. 10 Peth (son), born probably Fort Hold [NS/4:50] c. 1522. 11 Amilla (daughter, younger than Nerilka), born probably Fort Hold c. 1524, died unmarried Ruatha Hold third-month 1541(victim of the plague) [NS/1:22]. 12 Mercia (daughter, twin with Merin), born probably Fort Hold c. 1525, died unmarried Ruatha Hold third-month 1541(victim of the plague) [NS/1:22]. 13 Merin (daughter, twin with Mercia), born probably Fort Hold, died unmarried Ruatha Hold third-month 1541(victim of the plague) [NS/1:22] c. 1526. 14 Kista (daughter, younger than Nerilka), born probably Fort Hold, died unmarried Ruatha Hold third-month 1541(victim of the plague) [NS/1:22] c. 1527. (daughter, younger than Nerilka), born probably Fort Hold, died unmarried Ruatha Hold third-month 1541(victim of the plague) [NS/1:22] c. 1527. (daughter, younger than Nerilka), born probably Fort Hold, died unmarried Ruatha Hold third-month 1541(victim of the plague) [NS/1:22] c. 1527. 15 Gabin (son, youngest of all boys), born probably Fort Hold possibly c. 1533 [NS/1:23, 4:41]. Nicknamed Gaby c. 1528. 16 Mara (daughter), born probably Fort Hold [NS/1:23] c. 1529. 17 Nia (daughter), born probably Fort Hold [NS/1:23] c. 1530. 18 Lilla (daughter), born probably Fort Hold 1531/1532 (ten Turns old in 1541), born probably Fort Hold [NS/1:23]. Lilla was the youngest daughter. She had daintier features than the other girls. >GAP Eight Pass No Lord and Lady Holders of Fort Hold from the Eight Pass are known .
Second Long Interval (Eight Interval)/Ninth Pass
N.N., Lord Holder of Fort Hold, born probably Fort Hold c. 2390
Married: probably Fort Hold c. 2415 N.N., Lady Holder of Fort Hold, born c. 2395.
Nothing is known about this couple and they are not mentioned by name in any of the books. I have put them in the Bloodline because from The Masterharper of Pern we know that this Lord Holder had children with descendants besides Lord Grogellan. When the Istan Holder Halibran (Halanna's father) and his sons arrive at the Harper Hall Lord Grogellan "assembled a large force of his sons, nephews and armsmen" because he thought Halibran's visit might mean trouble, which was not the case. The nephews could have been children of his brothers and sisters-in-law but since it seems reasonable to assume that Lady Winalla came from another Hold than Fort, I have assumed that these were nephews of the Blood and therefore children of Grogellan's brothers and/or sisters.
This Lord Holder, Lord Groghe's grandfather, is mentioned in passing once in The Skies of Pern. When the Lord Holders are at Conclave (Council meeting) and talking about the succession of Lady Janissian of Southern Boll Hold, Lord Groghe remarks that there has been a precedent in the person of Lady Sicca of Ista Hold, for whom his grandfather had great respect [SoP/378].
Children (known): 1 Grogellan, born probably Fort Hold c. 2420, follows J-11. 2 A number of sons and/or daughters with offspring.
Grogellan of Fort, Lord Holder of Fort Hold (?-2483), born probably Fort Hold c. 2420, died Fort Hold 2483.
Married: probably Fort Hold c. 2444 Winalla, Lady Holder of Fort Hold, born c. 2425, died after 2483.
Groghe, later Lord Holder of Fort, was Lord Grogellan's third son, so there must have been at least two sons older than him and possibly daughters, too [MHoP]. Looking at the Fort Hold Bloodline it seems safe to assume that Lord Grogellan and Lady Winalla must have had (many) more children.
In The Masterharper of Pern Lord Grogellan's sons and nephews are mentioned (they form a welcoming party for Holder Halibran, Halanna's father, and his sons when they arrive at the Harper Hall), so Lord Grogellan himself must have had sisters and/or brothers that had descendants [MHoP].
It was Lord Grogellan (and maybe his predecessors before him) who forbade anybody entry to the abandoned Fort Weyr, which order was - of course - ignored by the young harper's apprentices because of their initiation ritual that included a night visit to the Weyr [MHoP].
When diagnosed with an inflamed appendix Lord Grogellan, and his wife Lady Winalla, refused the Healers to attempt surgery to save his life that was suggested by Masterhealer Ginia and her very able Journeyman Healer Oldive. He subsequently died a few days later [MHoP].
Nothing substantial is known about Lady Winalla.
Children (known): 1 N.N. (a son), born probably Fort Hold. 2 N.N. (a son), born probably Fort Hold. 3 Groghe (third son), born probably Fort Hold c. 2450, follows J-113.
Groghe of Fort, Lord Holder of Fort Hold (2483-after 2539), born probably Fort Hold c. 2450 (Groghe was Robinton's age) [MHoP], owner of gold fire-lizard Merga, died after 2539 [SoP] (when he was still Lord Holder).
Married: c. 2484 Benoria, Lady Holder of Fort Hold, born c. 2458.
About Lord Groghe we know he's near Masterharper Robinton in age, probably slightly older. The following passage from The Masterharper of Pern also makes it clear that Lord Groghe is Lord Grogellan's third son: "He [Robinton] and young Groghe, Grogellan's third son, made the trip on runnerback (...) Groghe was going to spend a Turn in Tillek Hold, stewarding for Lord Melongel. Lord Holders often rotated their sons in hold management, or fostered them outright from time to time. Groghe was Rob's age, an energetic young man who resembled his mother, Lady Winalla, more than his father." It seems reasonable to assume that Groghe might have spent time stewarding at Southern Boll, being the other neighboring Hold to Fort, too. The fact that Groghe took after his mother isn't flattering for her since it is said that Lord Groghe was a burly man with a heavy set face, slightly protuberant blue eyes and a florid complexion (and a temper to match) [D2/3, 195]. Lord Groghe was confirmed as Lord Holder at a Conclave of Lord Holders (at which only Fax was absent) held at Fort Hold in 2483. Prior to and during the beginning of the Ninth Pass Lord Groghe was very critical of the dragonriders. He was also a member of the faction who insisted that the dragonriders should go to the Red Star and eradicate Thread at its source. During the later stages of the Pass he stood staunchly behind the Benden Weyrleaders and supported them as far as his Lord Holder duties allowed. He is a leading figure at each Conclave or any other meeting of Lord Holders where he is present. He has passed his eighty Turn mark at the time of The Skies of Pern, in which he appears to be a vigorous Lord Holder still, but it can be expected that he will step back as Lord Holder well before the end of the Ninth Pass.
About Lady Benoria almost nothing is known, she is only mentioned a few times.
A recurrent item in the Fort Lord Holder Bloodline is the large amount of children. If having twins is a Fort Blood family trait, the large number of children of Lord Groghe (if one assumes these children are all full-bloods) would be easier to explain (there is one confirmed set of twins within both Lord Groghe's and Lord Tolocamp's family). Lord Groghe (and Lady Benoria?) had seventeen sons and an unknown number of daughters (at least three because the daughter Lord Groghe would have liked Jaxom to marry his third daughter [D3/3:67]). Nowhere is indicated that he had children with other women than his wife Benoria or that he was married previously. If all children mentioned below are indeed Lord Groghe's by Lady Benoria she must have been pregnant almost every year between c. 2485 and 2514, while her youngest must have been born when she was about 56 Turns old. A woman that old would normally not be of a child-bearing age anymore, but since people on Pern are much more vigorous and healthy than their Terran counterparts and taking into account that many reached ripe ages of ten decades or more, this might not constitute a particular problem. To this statement must be added that the average age for women was probably lower than ten decades because of the fact they had many children and the state of healthcare prior to the end of the Ninth Pass. An indication of the possibility that not all children were full-bloods is a remark made by Lord Groghe himself: that it was good to have a lot of half-bloods since that kept the full-bloods on their toes. This remark might be seen as a confirmation of Lord Groghe having children outside of his marriage with Lady Benoria. Having bastard children (half-blooded children were called bastards in medieval Terran Europe, the term had less of a negative meaning in those days) seems to have been common and accepted (among the (Lord) Holders at least, if not their ladies) on Pern. So, if the children mentioned below are full-bloods Lord Groghe might have had even more children by other women.
In The Dolphins of Pern it is mentioned that Lord Groghe (still) had ten sons he had to place to some advantage, possibly as Holders on the Southern Continent. This means that besides Benis, Benelek (a Smithcraftsman and Technician) and maybe Haligon (who has possibly married Tenna by this time), four of the total of seventeen sons were "cared for" by this time [DoP/11:267]. From The White Dragon we know that at least two of the boys actually went to the Southern Continent to hold under Toric [D3/20:407].
Lord Groghe also had a son and a daughter who were "doing well in Aivas's study group" [AtWoP/11:238]. This remark most likely pertains to children who were near in age to Lord Jaxom (born around 2505).
There is a chronology problem in relation to the twin brothers Horon and Haligon. In The White Dragon Lord Groghe suggest fostering Horon at Ruatha and says that he's near Jaxom in age. In the much later published story Runner of Pern (published in the Anthology Legends) both brothers appear and Haligon plays a major part (falling in love with the runner Tenna). This wouldn't be a problem if Runner of Pern wasn't set in the time just prior to the start of the Ninth Pass. If this timeframe is assumed neither Haligon nor Horon can be born around 2505 (only three Turns prior to the start of Threadfall). There is a solution to this problem however: with seventeen sons Lord Groghe might easily make a mistake now and then when having to name one of them (thank you Master Archivist Sariel and Anneli for the suggestion!). If we assume that Groghe meant another son than Horon when he mentioned one of the bunch near Jaxom's age this chronology problem can be solved. This does mean that, if we assume that Haligon (and Horon) and Tenna were both about 18 Turns old, that Haligon and Horon will have to be among the older sons of Lord Groghe and Lady Benoria. I can't picture either as Lord Groghe's heir though, neither of them has "the right name". I assume the heir has probably "gro" or "ghe" in his name; he could have the "ben" part but we already have two of "those".
Children (correct order not completely known): 1 N.N. (son), probably born Fort Hold c. 2485, owner of a fire lizard of which the name and color are unknown [D2/14:273].
Lord Groghe's eldest son received one of the fire lizards from the batch, that was found by Toric and that F'nor brought back from Southern and of which the eggs were distributed among the Lord Holders and Craftmasters. He is possibly Lord Groghe's heir (who is never mentioned by name in any of the books). The fact that he is not mentioned by name could be an indication that he is not identical with Horon or Haligon.
2 N.N. (son), probably born Fort Hold c. 2486. 3 Horon (son) (twin with Haligon), probably born Fort Hold c. 2488.
In The White Dragon it is mentioned that Horon was to be fostered at Ruatha and was of Jaxom's age [D3/1:35]. This can not be true, however, because he must be a teenager, probably nearing his twenties, when he appears in the story Runner of Pern that takes place shortly before the start of the Ninth Pass [Runner] (see also text above, under Lord Groghe). I can not explain why but I've a feeling that Horon was the older of the twins.
4 Haligon (son) (twin with Horon), probably born Fort Hold c. 2488 [Runner].
Probably married: Tenna, born probably Runner Station 97 (on the edge of the Keroon Plains) c. 2490, a runner, daughter of Fedri and Cesila [Runner/60].
As said above the first age discrepancy about the twins Horon and Haligon can be reasoned away by assuming that Lord Groghe made a mistake in naming one of his many sons when he wanted one to foster at Ruatha Hold. Concerning Haligon there is, however, a more serious and major inconsistency that is not so easily explained. Haligon started courting Runner Tenna around the start of the Ninth Pass [Runner], in the book The Skies of Pern, the first half of which is set in PP 30, that is in 2538 (Aivas Adjusted Turn 2552), he is still not married to her but obviously still very much in love while at the time Haligon must be about 50 Turns of age! The adjustment of time annotation (explained in this book) unfortunately can not help us to reason away this mistake, so we are stuck with it.
5 Benelek (son), probably born Fort Hold c. 2490, journeyman smith, later Master Smith and Craftmaster of Technicians/Computerers Hall (a Hall affiliated with the Smithcrafthall) [AtWoP/11:238]. Benelek went to the Smithcrafthall in 2519 because he was technically inclined and had an idea to improve farming equipment [D3/1:33]. This would make him about twenty Turns of age when he joined the Smithcraft, which might seem rather late in life to join a Craft but that might be explained by the fact that Lord Groghe would not have his sons joining a craft instead of holding originally and only changed his mind by the time many of his sons were born. Benelek also talked one of the High Reaches Lord Holder's sons in joining him. Benelek was Lord Groghe's fifth son [D3/1:33]. 6 N.N. (son), probably born Fort Hold c. 2492. 7 probably Benis (son), probably born Fort Hold c. 2493 (if we assume that Benis is about twenty Turns of age when he appears in Dragonsinger).
If his approximate Turn of birth is right he must have been younger than Benelek (the fifth son) for whom a Turn of birth around 2490 seems right because he's made a Craftmaster when the Technicians Hall is instituted (probably c. 2530) which Turn would even mean that Benelek was a rather young Craftmaster. It must be said that nowhere in Dragonsinger it is explicitly said that Benis is a son of Lord Groghe. Because of his name and all other circumstantial evidence I think it is almost sure that he is not only a son of Lord Groghe but also of Lady Benoria, from whom he obviously got the "ben" part of his name. Despite the fact that I have taken the two sons mentioned as numbers 8 and 9 to be the ones that went south to hold under Toric, it is possible that Benis was one of the two sons that did. However, because I can not consciously attribute the perseverance and stamina it would take to hold in the south to Benis I have decided not to name him as such. Benis is more the kind of character that would let the influence of his father (and mother) "land him in an already made bed" as an old Dutch proverb goes.
8 N.N. (son), probably born Fort Hold c. 2495.
This might be one of the two sons of Lord Groghe that went to the Southern Continent to hold under Toric [D3/407] when he would have been around 30 Turns of age.
9 N.N. (son), probably born Fort Hold c. 2496.
This might be one of the two sons of Lord Groghe that went to the Southern Continent to hold under Toric [D3/407] when he would have been around 28 Turns of age.
10 N.N. (son), probably born Fort Hold c. 2498. 11 N.N. (daughter), probably born Fort Hold c. 2499.
This must be Lord Groghe's oldest daughter because of the fact that his third daughter must be around Jaxom's age to have been considered as his spouse.
12 N.N. (son), probably born Fort Hold c. 2501. 13 N.N. (daughter), probably born Fort Hold c. 2502.
This is possibly the daughter of whom was said she was doing well in Aivas's study group [AtWoP/11:238]. In which case she must have been somewhere near Lord Jaxom in age.
14 N.N. (son), probably born Fort Hold c. 2504.
This might be the son of Jaxom's age. whom Lord Groghe meant to foster at Ruatha and whom he accidentally called Horon when he suggested the fostering [D3/1:35]. If we accept this hypothesis it is reasonable to assume that this boy had a name like Goron, Groghon or one like it.
15 N.N. (son), probably born Fort Hold c. 2505.
This is possibly the son of whom was said he was doing well in Aivas's study group [AtWoP/11:238]. In which case he must have been somewhere near Lord Jaxom in age.
16 N.N. (daughter), probably born Fort Hold c. 2507.
Lord Groghe's "beast-bosomed third daughter", whom he had in mind as a spouse for Lord Jaxom of Ruatha [D3/3:67]. The fact that Lord Groghe's third daughter has to be near Lord Jaxom's age (to be able to be his spouse) also means that Lord Groghe and Lady Benoria did not have many daughters. Only two of their children born prior to c. 2507 can have been girls if this daughter was only their third.
17 N.N. (son), probably born Fort Hold c. 2508. 18 Nataly (youngest daughter), born Fort Hold 2510.
Nataly, Lord Groghe's youngest daughter [AtWoP/11:238] was Searched and stood as candidate for the queen egg in Ramoth's 35th clutch in 2525 but did not impress [AtWoP/11:238, 241]. Nataly is described as a dainty child, barely 15 Turns old, and must therefore have been born around 2510. This means she was rather a young candidate when she stood on the Hatching Ground because 15 Turns seems a tender age for a possible queen rider. This could have contributed to the fact that she was not chosen. Nataly is also described as a pretty child, and Lessa even wonders where she got her looks. This might be taken as a hint that either Lord Groghe was not her father (which seems very unlikely) or that Lady Benoria was not her mother!
19 N.N. (son), probably born Fort Hold c. 2511. 20 N.N. (son), probably born Fort Hold c. 2513 21 N.N. (son), probably born Fort Hold c. 2514.
Lord Groghe is mentioned to have had seventeen sons, so it is necessary to have a son born as late as 2514, well into the Ninth Pass, while Groghe must have been about 64 and his wife 56 Turns of age.
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