Dragon are a creature indigenous to Pern. Created by Kitti Ping, Dragons were formed by altering the genetic makeup of Fire-Lizard eggs. Dragon share most of the same characteristics of their smaller cousins.
Dragons usually come in one of five colours.
However Ruth is White Dragon, a mixture of all the other dragons colours. It was created as a result of a mutation and is genderless.
Dragons are seperated in a caste system according to their colour, in order of power:
- Gold Dragon- The golds are the only dragons who lay eggs and their riders become Weyrwomen after they mate,
- Bronze Dragon- Normally the dragons who fly the golds. The rider of the one that catches a gold become a Weyrleader.
- Brown Dragon- Strong, but not as strong as the bronzes, it is not unknown for a brown dragon to fly a gold.
- Blue Dragon- Weaker than the other males blue are normally used only to fill up the Weyrs.
- Green Dragon- The weakest of the dragons, they are females but are rendered sterile by the firestone they consume.