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The Southern Continent is one of the two major continents on Pern. When humanity first arrived on Pern, they colonized the Southern Continent. However, when Thread began falling, the Southern Continent proved unsuitable, being geologically unstable during the Red Star's passing. The colonists then moved to the Northern Continent, establishing Fort Hold. The Continent was abandoned and nearly forgotten. Talk of colonizing it showed up in the Sixth Pass, and sailors exploring it brought the Plague to the Northern Continent, and it was forgotten again for nearly 1,000 years, until the Ninth Pass. Colonization began in earnest during the Ninth Pass