Glossary



A

Alt

Alt stands for an alternate character, many of the players on VirtuaPern play several characters or alternate on which one they use.

Angst

A feeling of anxiety, apprehension, or insecurity. Or in MOO terms, the role-play of undue display of emotionally charged situations involving feeling of anxiety, apprehension, or insecurity.
More details on Angst and MOO rules dealing with Angst.

Apprentice(Appy.)

This term is for the begineers of a craft, this is the entrance level for those joining a craft. Apprentices have many ristrictions and have to go by certain rules.

B

Between

Firelizards and dragons have the ability to jump from place to place in the blink of an eye, through a space of nothing called 'between'. Between is noted as being extremely cold, and often the cause of miscarriages in dragonriders.

Blood

This is a mating flight term, when the female first rises to fly she must 'blood' on several animals sucking the blood from them and not eating them.

Blue

The smallest of the male dragons, it is best at catching the greens in flights. They are often known as the workhorses or the weyr, and are also known for being good search dragons.

Brown

Larger then the blue but smaller then the bronze are the brown dragons. They are male dragons and are known for having a good control on their emotions.

Bronze

The largest of the male dragons, they are rare. They are known for having take charge personalitys.

C

Candidate

A candidate is someone that has been searched to stand on the Hatching Sands at a Weyr, they have a chance of impressing a dragon.

Canine

The Pernese version of a dog, they do not use the word dog, for the animal has been bred to be durable on pern.

Canon

"Something that fits into the original world envisioned by Anne McCaffery. If something is /not/ canon then it's something that would not occur in Pernese society." Quoted from Rper's Anonymous.

Caprine

A pernese version of the goat, stonger, sturdier, and with more hair.

Craft

A craft is any of the many craft oriented establishments on Pern. The PC crafts on VirtuaPern are Healer, Herder, Harper, Smith, and Weaver. Some of the other crafts include Starcraft, Dolphincraft, Bakercraft, and Vintercraft.

Craftmaster

The head of a craft, they are in charge of the entire craft and have achieved Master's rank.

Craftsecond

The second in command in the craft rank system, they take charge in case of an absence of the Craftmaster.

D

Description(Desc)

Descriptions are the visual appearance of any given object be they a person or an egg.

DLG

Short for Dragon Lovers Guide to Pern, a book by Anne McCaffery which is a good refrence source for Pern information.

Dolphins

Dolphins on pern are geneticly altered, they are much more intellegent. (More to come)

Dragon

Dragons were a genetic experiment made by Kitty Ping to enlarge the small Dragon like creatures (We now know as firelizards) into a large ridable more intellegent animal. They were found to bond to one person by impresssion, and had all the traits of the firelizards.

Dragonet

The original name given to the Firelizards, this was the name chosen by Sorka but eventually Firelizards became a more common name.

E

Eggs

Eggs are the developing embryos of the firelizards and dragons. They need to stay warm and have a leather like shell. Pern also has Chicken and other poultry eggs but they are valued.

ElseMOO

This is a term used by players to exsplain that this happened on a diffrent MOO, other then VirtuaPern.

F

Felines

Felines are the pernese cat, the feline is stronger rough, and generally has more hair. Looking slightly more 'wild'.

Fingerroots

Fingerroots is the term for carrots on PERN.

Firelizard(Flit, Flitter, FL, Flizzen, Lizzen)

Firelizards are native to the planet PERN, they are the ancestors of dragons. They come in five colors Gold, bronze, brown, blue and green. They have the ability to jump 'between' places, and have a very good memory for pictures or major events. They can flame and eat thread as well.

Flamethrowers

Flamethrowers are a creation made by the smiths to char thread. They are made very large so that Gold dragons can participate in fighting thread.

Flight

Flights are the way that dragons and firelizards mate. The female (Gold or Green) takes air and the males (Bronze, Brown, or Blue) take up after her. The first one to catch the female mates with her.

G

Gold

The largest female color, they are the largest of their species, and in dragons the only color of the species that can lay eggs. They are very rare, and only women can ride the gold dragons, and with that comes huge resposibility.

Green

The smallest of females and the males, greens are known to be moody. Green firelizards can lay eggs but are very careless with their clutches and most of the eggs are lost to tunnel snakes.

Guides

These are PC players that have a G next to their name on the WHO. Guides are their for you if you need help with anything.

H

Hatcher

A hatcher is the person who is running a hatching, they are the person or persons who are puppeting the hatchlings and or eggs and decide who impresses what.

Hatching

A hatching is when the firelizard or dragon eggs are ready to break free from their eggs. They are hungry and think of nothing else as the leave thier eggs. This is the moment when they may be impressed by a human.

Hatchling

A hatchling is the dragon or firelizard that has just hatched from their egg. Finding a person to impress to and getting food from that person is the number one issue on their mind.

Herdbeasts

Herdbeasts are the Pernese cattle, they are used for meat and like the rest of the pernese animals, basicly stronger, sturdier, with more hair.

Hold

A hold is a place where many people live it is usuly run by a family line. There are small and major holds spread all across pern.

Holdless

Holdless people are people who have not found a home yet. To remove this title you must join a craft, hold, or weyr.

I

Impresse

The person who the firelizard or dragon has bonded with.

Impression

Impression is the linkage of minds, with dragons the minds completly melt together. With firelizard the bond is there but to a much less degree then the dragon.

In Character(IC)

Anything said by the character, not the player. Things that are IC also follow the theme of the game and pern.
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J

Journeyman

Journeyman or Journeywomen is the middle rank in a craft. It is usually achieved after finishing a project of some sort, and after the rank of Senior Apprentice.

K

Klah

Klah is the pernese coffee, it is a tad more spicy and made from the bark of a tree.

L

Lag

"Extended delay on the Net when servers briefly lose contact, then re-establish and send large amounts of traffic in bursts."
RPer's Anonymous Home Page.

M

Marks

"The unit of Monetary exchange is the mark. These are disks made of wood, supplied as blans by Lemos Hold and stamped with special dies that denote value and source. The value of the mark fluctuates with supply of barterable goods."
Taken from: p118 in The Dragonlovers Guide to Pern.

Master

The highest rank in the normal system of apprenticeship that a person can achieve.

Mav

A mav is when a person does something that was accidental or a mistake. Such as posting a pose for a firelizard with your character doing it. i.e. Lilian flys across the courtyard.

MOO

Multi Object Oriented. For more information, click here.

N

Newbie

A newbie is a new player to MOOing and or VirtuaPern.

NPC

Non Player Character is what NPC stands for, this is used for characters that are not played by any of the players, but are people that /are/ there. NPC areas are areas that are not played ICly but /are/ there.

Numbweed

Numbweed is a substance used for healing, it numbs the area applyed. It is the most common remedy on pern.

O

OOC

Out Of Character is something said by the player and not the character.

Ovine

Ovine is a pernese Sheep, they are used for their wool.

P

PC

Player Character are the characters that are played actively by a player. A PC area is a place that is ICly played out in the game.

Porcine

A pernese pig. These are more rarely used for meat so pork is considered a special treat.

Posing

Anything your ALT does. i.e. emote, says, ect..

Powerplaying

Forcing a pose on another person, or makeing them /have/ to react to something in the way you stated. Such as Goober flys into the green firelizard hitting her square in the head causing her to fall in the water.

Proddy

When a female firelizard or dragon comes into 'season' and is ready to mate she becomes proddy.

Q

R

Red Star

The Red Star is the planet that orbits around Pern, sometimes coming close enough for the horrible thread to come off the planet and reach Pern.

Rider

A rider is a person that is the rider of one of Pern's dragons.

RP

Short for Role Playing, this is the basis of VirtuaPern. It is your charcter interacting with others. The player of the character acting out what the character would do with a situation or in everyday life.

Runners

Runners are the pernese horses also called RunnerBeasts, they have been adapted to pern life and generally are hardier and have more hair.

S

Sands

Short for Hatching Sands, which are warm sands in a weyr which is where a golden queen clutches and protects her eggs.

Search

Search is what happens after a queen has clutched her eggs, riders go out and look for potential impressees of the dragonets to come.

SearchCO

SearchCO is the group of people that are assigned to decide whom is searched and whom impresses.

Spam

A large pose, basicly anything that fills up the screen quickly. Hatchings be they dragon or firelizard are very spammy events.

Spiderclaw

Spiders claws are a type of food on pern, they are crab like creatures.

Spoof

An @emit by a player pretending to be another character or object.

Stand

When a candidates stands on the hatching sands for a clutch of dragon eggs.

T

Theme

Theme is the plot of a certain MOO. Click here, for an overview of the theme on VirtuaPern.

Thread

Thread is the menace of Pern, it is a substance that rains down from the red star and eats everything that is not Rock, or Metal. Fire and Water are the only thing that destroys it.

TP

Tiny Plot is a pre-planned Role play session(s). It is a plot line of some sorts.

TS

Tiny Sex, is the roleplaying of anything sexually related. It is /never/ mandatory.

Tubers

Tubers are potatoes on pern.

Turns

Turns are the Pernese year.

Twink

A player unwilling to learn and or follow the games rules.

U

V

W

WatchWhers

WatchWhers are an not fully successful attept at making dragons. They look like malformed, ugly dragons. Their wings were stumpy that looked functional, but are not. They are impressable and have the basic mind traits of a dragon. They had wonderful eyesite and were often used as guards.

Weyr

A Weyr is the place that the Dragon riders live, they are usuly made from a dormant volcano the hatching sands being warmed from the once volcanic action.

Wherry

"Wherrys are predatory avians, they were the major hunter/scavangers on the planet and killed large numbers of the smaller imported animals during the first months of settlement." "Their bodies are covered with thick proto-feathers, multiple tufts like marabou." "Wherries nested in caves or rocky out croppings, much as earth seabirds do. They ate fish carrion, tunnel snakes, insects, offal, or garbage."
Taken from: p13-14 in The Dragonlovers Guide to Pern.

Wizards

Wizards are not real characters on the game. They are there for coding and issues faced on VirtuaPern. They are completely OOC.

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