The Sixth Pass covered the Turns 1508-1558 AL, and is most notable for the Plague in the 43rd Turn of the pass (1550 AL). By this time, Pern had entered a long period of stability. There was talk of attempting a recolonization of the Southern Continent after the end of the Pass, and a group of sailors illegally began exploring it. They found a wild feline, which they captured to show off. Unfortunately, this feline carried with it a strain of influenza, which quickly spread across Pern's vulnerable population, wiping out many minor holds, and greatly reducing the population of the Major Holds. It was only through the co-operation of the Healers and the Weyrs, lead by Moreta, Weyrwoman of Fort Weyr, that the plague's devestation was kept from being worse.

There was also talk of establishing a seventh weyr during the following Interval, but the deaths from the Plague put an end to this talk

Novels that take place during the Sixth Pass (specifically during the Plague)

Third Pass Historical Eras of Pern Eighth Pass