|Chapter 15||The MasterHarper of Pern||Chapter 17|
Robinton settles into the position of MasterHarper, having been eased into it by his predecessor. He promotes Jerint to Master, taking over from frail Gorazde. F'lon is ecstatic over Robinton's promotion, and willingly transports him anywhere he wishes to go.
The following spring, Fax takes over Radharc, a minor Hold apparently beholden to Tillek, now styling himself "Lord of Three Holds". Melongel was ill, having been injured in an accident involving a runnerbeast, which is why he was unable to resist Fax's aggression. The runnerbeast had been poisoned, causing convulsions, most likely by someone working for Fax. Oterel succeeded his father.
Robinton once more attempts to convince Halanna, when she comes to sing at Turn's End, to return to the Harper Hall, offering her a mastery, which she turns down.