Imported Flora and Fauna

Imported Flora

Food Crops

Obviously there was no guarantee that any of the plants on the Green Star would be edible (or easy to cultivate), and so Pern's farmcrafters came together to provide a wide variety of fruit and vegetable seeds to sow on Discovery's grounds. Not all of them have taken (see below for that), but things like wheat, rye, tubers, onions, garlic, melons, and many species of berry have thrived. As it stands right now, most common vegetables will still be available at Discovery Weyr.

There are some exceptions. Rivergrains, which require swampy soils, and sweetcane, which requires heat and open fields, cannot grow in the grounds around Discovery Weyr. Therefore a majority of sugar is either vegetable-derived (beet sugar) or harvested as sap from local plants and boiled down (similar to maple syrup and maple sugar). The rest is imported from Pern. Additionally, fruit trees have, for the most part, not yet matured. While some have begun producing scanty amounts of fruit, Discovery's small orchard will likely not yield anything significant for another two turns.

Klahbark is currently an extremely expensive import.

Herbs

Cooking Herbs

Like the food crops, a majority of common herbs and spices made the jump to Discovery Weyr as seeds and have begun to thrive (and in the case of mint, overtake entire patches of the kitchen garden). Kitchen employees will not want for the typical spices to season their dishes.

Medicinal Herbs

Redwort, numbweed, fellis, needlethorn, and various simple medicinal plants that double as kitchen garden plants (mustard, lavender, peppermint) seem to have made the trek to the Green Star all right. One notable exception - willowbark (and thus willowsalic) has not yet become readily available, as trees grow slowly and opportunities to harvest the bark have not yet arisen.

Other

Imported Fauna

Dragonkin

Dragons

See Dragons for more information.

Whers

See Whers for more information.

Firelizards

See Firelizards for more information.

Herdbeasts

Caprines and Ovines

Caprines are currently the primary herd kept on Discovery Weyr's grounds, because they transport to the Green Star better than any other herdbeast. Goats are easy keepers, breed readily, require little in the way of shelter, and can generally be left to fend for themselves to graze, as long as they're kept with a few herd-guardian canines. They are raised for milk, meat, and mohair. A majority of the dairy products at Discovery will be made from goat's milk.

As it stands now, ovines on Pern are used exclusively for wool. Neither lamb nor mutton is regularly available to eat, as any ovine casualties generally become food for the beastcrafters and canines who work the herds. Of course, enterprising shepherds may be able to provide meat to someone willing to pay an exorbitant price.

Swine

Also called porcine by the Pernese, their ability to eat almost anything and relatively low space requirements have quickly made them Discovery's staple meat animal. Swine have proven almost as successful as caprines at propagating, some of them even escaping into the wild and quickly establishing a small but aggressive feral population that wherhandlers hunt for entertainment - and to protect weyrfolk.

Cattle

Due to the difficulty of moving large quantities of cattle to the Green Star, the scant herds at Discovery Weyr are currently being used only for milk and to feed weyrlings and dragons and whers incapable of hunting for themselves outside the Weyr grounds. While this may change in the future, Discovery's humans only see beef on extremely rare occasions - Hatching Feasts, visiting Pern dignitaries, and Turn's End celebrations.

Runnerbeasts

Easily-panicked and requiring heavy sedation to travel by dragon, runners are an extreme rarity on the Green Star. So far only a dozen have successfully made the jump between, making them something of a vanity pet and status symbol among the weyrfolk. While Discovery Weyr's beastcrafters agree that this is nowhere near enough to produce a stable breeding population, the effort required to safely transport runners (and the very real risk of massive financial loss) has made importing less and less appealing. That's why most of them have abandoned the idea of producing a stable runnerbeast population on the Green Star and focused their energy on domesticating and breeding the planet's native Striders as a replacement.

Pets

Canines

While they generally still need to be sedated for the jump between to the Green Star, canines have proven to be easy travelers, and the speed at which they breed and mature has made establishing a population easy. A majority of canines at Discovery are handled and bred by the beastcrafters - enormous livestock guardians, fast, clever stock canines, and the little terriers that turn the kitchen's spits.

Additionally, some Weyr denizens use canines as guards or hunters to lighten the expectations on the wher pack, or to pull carts in lieu of available runnerbeasts or striders. And of course, there are some that are simply pets.

Felines

Along with flits, domestic felines are Discovery's primary method of pest-control. The Green Star doesn't have mice or rats, but it certainly has equivalents: anywhere there is ample food and shelter there will be small fast-breeding pests. Some felines are kept as pets, but most belong to no one in particular, stalking the barns and storerooms for their dinner. In general, felines are small enough to be restrained rather than sedated for the jump between, which makes them easy to transport. They are more or less the same as the Terran type, though Pernese felines tend to be larger, stocky breeds. (Think Maine Coon rather than Siamese.)

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