Runnerbeasts, or runners, are a Pernese mammal that are in fact Terran horses. They have many uses, being employed by farmers, runners, traders, and almost all other people.

Ruatha Hold Keroon Hold


There are two major Holds that breed runnerbeasts: Ruatha and Keroon. Ruatha is believed to be the source of Pern's finest racers, and has spent thousands of Turns perfecting its prized breeds.


Mares that were brought by the ships during First Crossing. One mare produced Cricket and many others. Only breeding stock made it north during the Second Crossing.

Breading for special traits was one of Lord Leef's projects.


Several crafts made use of either the speed or hauling abilities of runnerbeasts.




  • In a major departure from Pern canon, in the novel Dragon's Code, Piemur's runnerbeast Stupid is described as having 6 legs. As runnerbeasts are descendants of Terran horses, this would have required some major genetic manipulation which had not been mentioned previously.
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