Realism Policy

It's well known that Pern isn't in all ways realistic. The path of Thread, the tendency to ignore certain facts about humanity, and so on. However, it's also true that -outside- of things set within the theme, regardless of realism, Pern should be played in a realistic manner for its setting.

What does this mean? Simply, if something you want to do isn't realistic— don't do it. If you want children, don't try to have triplets, quadruplets, quintuplets…in a pre-industrial civilization, most would die, and unless you -want- to roleplay that extreme angst, there's no real point in it.

Pern is a pseudo-scientific world with fantasy touches; while there are things such as dragons and firelizards within it, it's supposed to be a world where magic does not exist, and it's a world much like our own in that respect.

Always remember this: theme trumps realism, but in places where theme does not mention something in particular, go with realism. Pern is a world much like our own in a pre-industrial society, and has all the problems that develop from that, though dragons and some other things mitigate the circumstances.

Last Reviewed: 11th of November 2018

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