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Katz Field Hold is one of the Minor Holds in the Northern Continent.


A detailed description of the Hold, established, the surrounding countryside, the economy and the other (on the basis of the The Dragonlover's Guide to Pern)

Katz Field is located in the tropical peninsula south of Igen. Its flat downs and fine grasses are perfect for racing, and this is the southern meeting place for runnerbeast races. With Keroon so close by across the bay, and the Telgar plain only two or three days easy ride to the north, Katz Field is lively during most seasons of the Turn. Racers are shipped from Fort and Ruatha to Big Bay Hold, which is only half a day's ride to the west of Katz Field, so all of western Pern can participate in the heats.

Katz Field is the chief testing point for distance runners. Its central location makes it a good place to hold prize fairs for farm-crafters during Intervals. They always hold hauling matches, plowing competitions, and tests to see which runnerbeasts can break and pull so much weight. Betting is rife during the long racing season, with always a promise for turnovers at the next meet. A man who wishes to lay a wager will either find his own action or look up the bet makers, distinguished only by their badges, which depict a crested blue avian. The badge is a rueful joke the bet makers crack on themselves. That avian, a native bird like the wherry, has a reputation for being a skillful thief.


Mentioned in The Atlas of Pern but nothing more is known.

In the The Dragonlover's Guide to Pern was named a man named Jay Katz, in honor of which, perhaps, was named the Hold:

Jay Katz, who helped to make the guide possible
 — DLG, Acknowledgments

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