Ista was the fifth Weyr opened and it is named after the Island it is on. The name 'Ista' is an acronym for the four families of colonists who settled the island and is in the tropical zone of Pern. One of the children of Joel Lilienkamp helped establish the Weyr in the forty-second turn. The names of the four founders were Akmai Ishima, Georgiou Savros, Ramla Tamalaki and Joel Aldridge.

Situated on the bay at the southwest corner of Ista Island, the black half-volcano pushes four fingers and a thumb into the tropical sky. The mountain was formed by an eruption that knocked the bay half of the volcano into the sea, the constant waves forming a plateau. Ista Weyr is the smallest Weyr on Pern, able to house about 250 rider pairs at full strength. Because of the Bowl's narrow size, additional Weyrs are found on the southern side of the outer Bowl wall. These 'forest weyrs' house about a quarter of Ista's dragon population. For such a small Weyr, Ista has a dizzying amount of tunnels that double back and run into one another. Underground streams supply the Weyr with fresh water, and seeing as Ista is a volcano, albeit a dormant one, there are even hot springs for relaxation.

Not really a technological Weyr, Ista never caught on with that fad, though they do use radios to keep in touch with the different holds throughout the area. Seemingly too laid back in the sun to bother, Ista has made do with a more traditional lifestyle.

Colors: orange & black
Emblem : on a bright orange field, a smoking mountain in black
Leaders: Cenlia, Gold Nziekilth's; and P'rel, Bronze Malphath's

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