M'Hall (Michael Connell)
Vital statistics
Gender Male
Rank Wingleader
Dragon bronze Brianth
Era First Pass
First Interval
Affiliation Landing
Fort Hold
Fort Weyr
Benden Weyr
Spouse Torene Ostrovsky
Parent(s) Sorka Hanrahan
Sean Connell
Siblings see Children of Sorka Hanrahan
First appearance Dragonsdawn
Notable appearance The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall

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M'hall (originally known as Michael or Mihall Connell, also called Mick by his family) was the first son of Sean Connell and Sorka Hanrahan, and the first Weyrleader of Benden Weyr.


Born and Early Life

Michael was born in Landing, Irish Square, and was the first son of Sean Connell and Sorka Hanrahan. He stayed with them till the Second Crossing,

Fort Hold and Fort Weyr

He was raised with his siblings in Fort Hold, and then in Fort Weyr, after his grandfather, Red Hanrahan, founded Ruatha Hold when Michael was nine.

Mihall, as he was known at the time, was crazy about dragons, and visited the Fort Weyr every chance he got. At the age of 12, he was allowed a chance to impress a dragon, and impressed bronze Brianth, becoming a part of Fort Weyr, the only weyr at the time. His parents were careful to avoid any suggestion of nepotism, and he slowly worked his way up to Wingleader.

By the twentieth year of the First Pass, the Weyr was becoming overcrowded. Several new Holds had been established along the West Coast, and plans for new Holds in the east were being made. A group of dragonriders, M'hall among them, convinced Sean of the necessity of establishing a new Weyr. Sean surprised them by establishing not one, but three new Weyrs, which came to be named Benden Weyr, Ista Weyr, and Telgar Weyr.

Benden Weyr

Among those assigned to the then-provisionally-named «East Coast Weyr» (later renamed Benden after the recently-deceased Paul Benden) were M'hall Connell and Torene Ostrovsky (also known as 'Rene). Torene was the rider of gold Alaranth, who was at the time the largest queen. It was established that the rider of the first queen to rise to mate would become the Weyrwoman, and the rider of the bronze who flew (mated) her would be the Weyrleader. Alaranth was the first queen to rise, and Torene therefore became first Weyrwoman of Benden. Brianth flew her, and thus M'hall became first Weyrleader of Benden.

M'hall and Torene were still ruling Benden Weyr when the First Interval began.

Personality and Traits

His red hair matched his temper; his eyes were blue-green


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