Emily Boll
Vital statistics
Gender Female
Rank Co-leader
Era First Pass
Affiliation Landing
Fort Hold
Spouse Pierre de Courci
First appearance Dragonsdawn

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Emily Boll and Admiral Paul Benden were co-leaders of the Pern colonists. After reaching Pern, Emily married Pierre de Courci. She had two adult children who didn't come with her to Pern.   


Emily originated from Altair and had been the governor of both the planet First Centauri and Tau Ceti.

Emily was co-leader of the colonists during the fifteen year journey to Pern and later during the initial crisis caused by Threadfall.

Emily was badly injured in a shuttle crash at Fort Hold during the Second Crossing (AL 10) but slowly recovered. She died during the Fever Year (AL 16), which claimed over three thousand lives. 

After her death, Southern Hold, which she and Pierre had established before her death (according to Dragonlover's Guide to Pern), was named Southern Boll Hold by Pierre and the other stakeholders. As Emily said to Wind Blossom in Dragonsblood, "I was governor of Tau Ceti. Here, I am just Emily, Holder of Boll."

Appearance and personality

Able to encourage folks.


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