Weather: Cloudy, chance of showers
F'lin stood by the head of his brilliant blood-bronze and fed him stone after stone of the flame producing rock. His stomach was in knots, but then they generally were. It didn't matter how many turns he had been a dragonrider, there was always something terrifying and equally as exciting about going to meet thread. Today...those feelings were intensified ten times by the fact that he and his Mnenomth would be the ones leading everyone. Fox liked to think he was settling into his new role, okay, but this...this was big. His bronze spoke with conviction. Fox nodded and took heart in his bronze's words. He knew he was capable, even if he wasn't proven yet. Today was the chance to prove that he was.
Once he fed Mnenomth the last piece of firestone he would need, Fox moved to the different wings and their leaders. Thread charts were in all of their hands that laid out the path their ancient foe would take that day. Wing formation and placements had been discussed the night before, but Fox wanted to speak with each of the leaders and their seconds in case there were any final questions or concerns. He also went and spoke to the queens' wing to see if they were all set. Before he went back to his bronze, he stopped to check on J'on and gave him a kiss.
It wouldn't be long now before the wings of Atricis rose together and then went to meet Thread. Fox returned to his bronze and quickly mounted. A hand held up to catch all of their attention while Mnenomth gave a mighty bugle. "Alright everyone! You all know what to do. Your leaders have the plans to meet today's fall. We will stick to it. I know the rain, as it is now, is an asset for us, but keep sharp. If the wind should start to pick up or it rain harder we will have to adapt to it. Keep your eyes and ears open. Watch out for your fellow wingmates. Communication is key, ladies and gentlemen, the more we talk to each other the less injury we'll see. I'm proud of each and every one of you. Now, let's go face our enemy. Mount up!" While he spoke, Mnenomth repeated the words to those too far away to hear him.
One by one the riders all mounted onto their beasts. All eyes were on Mnenomth, who couldn't imagine a better moment in all his life. Fox waited until he heard the all go from his wingleaders. Then, he let his fist fall in symbol to take off. In a dragon-made whirlwind all of the wings were up, keeping in perfect formation.
This is the beginning of the Official Fall. What I want for all of you who wish to participate now to do is respond both IC and OOC. Fox is going around and speaking to all of the Wingleads, this includes seconds and thirds. If you have one of those please feel free to address him if you want. For those with just wingriders or ground crews feel free to rp out whatever your character would be doing before taking off.
For the OOC part, if you would, at the end of your post, list what wing your rider is in (if it is a grounded or ground crew say that). This way we will know who all is participating and from what wing. For those of you with wher/weyrfolk/any non-dragonrider characters, they are more than welcome to act as ground crew. Since this is a day fall, night whers can't participate, but their handlers can.
Candidates and Weyrlings. Obviously, you all aren't allowed to leave the weyr, but you can do something. The healers are always in need of extra hands to help with the injured. There are also chores like bagging firestone sacks, running said sacks to those taking them to the wings. Feel free to add them in to the Official Fall, but again be sure to list what they are doing OOC at the bottom of their post.
We're going to leave this part up for a week so anyone who wants to participate has enough time to get in. After that, we will progress the fall further.
(Feel free to tag people in this and by no means are you only allowed to respond once between progression. You may respond as much and with whoever you like, just make sure it is clear who you are tagging.)