Since it has been a while since a post has been made but everyone seems to jump on one when on is made, I would like to propose a topic of discussion.
The class structure/caste system on Pern.
For example, there are the drudges. What sort of people are they? Are they the mentally disabled (like Camo)? A people ever Searched from the drudges? Are they the outcasts? Are they people more like the Untouchables of historical India?
Dragonriders seem to be highly admired because to become one is to move from your previous class. In that regard, there does seem to be some flexibility in what class a person might belong to. And the crafthalls also offer a change in class based on ability (and the political winds). But I still wonder about the social structure of the planet and how flexible it is. There are Lord/Lady Holders, Holders (of various sized Holds), Craft Masters, Journeymen, apprentices, drudges, and dragonriders.
This was just some thoughts that have been going through my head lately (disjointed as they come out) as I reread the Pern books. What are your thoughts?