A distance-writer was developed by Fandarel in the Ninth Pass to make it easier and quicker for messages to be sent. It worked by sending messages through wire that had to be laid between the different holds and weyrs.

Fandarel planned to debut the distance-writer at Telgar Hold during Lord Asgenar's wedding, but he was upstaged by the arrival of Lord Meron and Weyrwoman Kylara, who arrived with some of the first fire lizards seen on the Northern Continent in several decades.

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