Sharra RW.jpg
Sharra from
"People of Pern"
© 1988 Robin Wood.
Used with Permission.
Vital statistics
Title Lady Holder
Journeywoman/Master Healer
Gender Female
Rank Lady Holder
Era Ninth Pass
Affiliation High Palisades Hold
Southern Hold
Ruatha Hold
Healer Hall
Spouse Lord Jaxom
Siblings Brever, Toric, Kevelon, Murda, Hamian
Children Jarrol
Fire-lizard(s) brown Meer and bronze Talla
First appearance Dragondrums
Notable appearance The White Dragon

High Palisades Hold Southern Hold Healer Hall Ruatha Hold

Sharra was the sister of Lord Toric, born near Ista. She married Lord Jaxom of Ruatha and they had two children, Jarrol and Shawan.


Southern Continent

Sharra resided in Southern Hold with her brother Toric. At some point, she impressed two Fire Lizards, brown Meer and bronze Talla. She was an accomplished Healer and was familiar with the disease known as Fire-head Fever, though one of her patients died due to complications arising from going between too early. On one occasion, she went out with a number of holders to gather Numbweed, where she met Piemur, an apprentice from Harper Hall, whom she brought to Southern Hold.

After Jaxom fell ill with Fire-head, Sharra was summoned to nurse him due to her skill in Healing. During this time, she became able to communicate with Jaxom's dragon Ruth, who needed to tell her what was wrong with Jaxom. During his long recovery, Jaxom and Sharra fell in love. Aware that Toric might not be amenable, Sharra resolved to enjoy Jaxom while she could, assisting in the exploration of the local landscape. One night, Toric requested that Sharra return to Southern Hold to treat an ill holder. In reality, he held her hostage, intending to forcibly marry her to a holder. Sharra called out to Ruth, who took Jaxom to rescue her. Jaxom used Ruth's abilities as an example and forced Toric to agree to let Sharra marry him. Soon after, Jaxom was confirmed as Lord Holder of Ruatha Hold, with Sharra as Lady Holder.


As Ruatha Hold's Lady Holder, Sharra continued to assist at Healer Hall. After the discovery of AIVAS, she took part in helping to restore knowledge of lost medical techniques, such as working with bacteria. She later took part in dissecting a Thread ovoid, which would prove vital in the overall plan to eliminate Thread. In addition, she informed her brother Hamian of AIVAS. Hamian became interested and, under AIVAS's guidance, reproduced plastics.

In the years after AIVAS's self-shutdown, Sharra continued to be grateful for the skills she had learned. However, the Abominators attacked the Healer Hall, damaging much of the equipment. Sharra was present for the aftermath and called for Ruth, who was able to summon dragons from Fort Weyr to assist. Over time, however, Sharra became worried when her brother Toric appeared to be setting himself against the rest of Pern.

Appearance and personality

Sharra was a skilled healer and was described as having a musical voice. Kind, understanding, stubborn and willing to learn new skills and use them, she was very clever and could see through many aspects of any issue. In addition to Toric, she had a sister, Murda, and another brother who was a Master Smith, Hamian. After becoming Lady Holder of Ruatha, she continued to work as a Healer, leading Masterhealer Oldive to praise her for being so generous and giving of herself.


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