Knots

Due to the very rank-orientated society, Pernese wear shoulders knots made of cords in different colors, knots, and loops, to indicate individual rank. All residents are taught to differentiate between different knots, thus becoming able to recognize people of different ranks without knowing them, which ensures that they are able to address unknowns in a polite, rank-appropriate manner.

Crafters posted to a Weyr wear the knot of their craft rank, with an extra cord to signify their posting. In the case of Ista, this would be an orange cord. All other Istans would wear a knot made of black and orange cords, the black and orange being Istan colors, with the following designs according to rank:

Senior Weyrwoman : Two loops over the arm, thread in gold, tassel in gold.
Weyrleader: Two loops over the arm, thread in bronze, tassel in bronze
Weyrsecond: One and 1/2 loop over arm, string on smaller loop, dragon colour
Junior Weyrwomen: One and a half loop over the arm, string on smaller loop, gold
Headwoman/Steward: One and a half loop over the arm, string tied to smaller loop.
WLM: One and 1/2 loop over arm, string on smaller loop, dragon colour
AWLM: One loop under the arm, string with four knots, dragon colour.
Wingleader: One loop under the arm, half loop over the arm, dragon colour.
Wingsecond: One loop under the arm, string with four knots, dragon colour.
Rider: One loop under the arm, string with two knots, dragon colour.
Weyrling: One loop under the arm, string, dragon colour.
Candidate: One loop under the arm, string, white thread.
Resident: One loop under the arm, string with two knots.

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