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The Craft Halls are where likely students go to learn productive skills.  The halls are based on apprenticeship.  You start out as an apprentice and work your way up to Master.  There is one overall Craftmaster per hall and they are elected by the Masters in that field. 
Craft Halls are autonomus, Hold nor Weyr can not deny another Hold or Weyr a product or service provided by a Craft Hall; though some have tried. 


The Harpers of Pern...teachers, judges, and smooth-talkers, these men and woman  are a group to be well respected. Manipulators when they need to be, the Harpers can leave you feeling as if you should agree with everything they say....


The Healers are the men and women who have dedicated their lives to savings those of others. Whether Threadscored or feverish with firehead, the Healers are the ones you can look to for aid.


The Tanners create the hides on which the people of Pern write their thoughts. Not only that, however, but they also make skins, rugs, and the like.


The Miners are those who delve deeply into Pern's depths to supply weyr, hold, and hall. Without the Miners, there would be no Firestone, and without Firestone...


The Smiths are creating new technologies every day to simplify life on Pern,  but more than that, they aid the Weyrs as well. Flamethrowers, for example, was a Smith innovation that gave the queens the chance to fight Thread.


Farmers are the ones who develope new growing practices to raise the quality of Pern's vegetable supply. They are experts on soils and plants.


The Beastcrafters are highly knowledgeable in all breeds of beasts, but runners in particular are their passion. They research bloodlines turns back in order to breed the finest of animals.


The Fisherman of Pern are so much more than what their title suggests. Though they do indeed supply the holds, halls, and weyrs with aquatic delights, they are also responsible for many of the maps and star charts that are available. With their help in exploration, the planet of Pern has become less of a mystery.

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