Ashra wrote:Is this actually happening somewhere? If so, name and shame, please!
Watch-whers were the ungainly, malodorous product of an attempt to breed larger, more useful animals from the genetic material of the fire lizard, an indigenous Pernese life form. Watchwhers are nocturnal, exceedingly vicious when aroused, and highly protective of those they reconize as friends. Watchwhers can communicate with dragons, but as they tend to be very trivial and rather stupid, dragons are not fond of touching their minds.
It was commonly believed on Pern that watch-whers were a failed attempt at creating a second batch of dragons, however at one stage Wind Blossom reveals that she originally designed them to be nocturnal so that they could fly Thread at night. A watchwher is conditioned to know the people of hold, hall, or cot and is usually used as a nightime watchdog. It is generally chained to the front entrence of the hold, hall, or cot. Watchwhers possessed great strength, and as such were also very useful in mines, they were said to be able to "carry loads twice their weight."
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