Holds of Pern
Too many to count. We’re not going to list them all: assume all known major holds of the Tenth Pass are still extant. In addition, more minor holds and cotholds have sprung up all over the known continents of Pern; in response to the removal of Thread threat, the Pernese have reclaimed lands that were previously uninhabitable. Many of these areas were, for instance, prime cropland or herdland that just happened to lack shelter from Threadfall, and as a result agriculture of all kinds is now exponentially improved.
The culture of Holds is wide and varied. We can no more make sweeping generalizations about all the holds of Pern than we can make sweeping generalizations about all the towns of America. However, certain constants hold true. Holders tend to be more socially conservative than weyrfolk. They don’t have to deal with Flightlust or crazy dragonkin shenanigans on a daily basis. In some places, sexism and xenophobia still exist, although they are considered socially unacceptable. (Consider someone being accused of sexism or racism in today’s society - it’s not something you want to be labeled as, but the prejudices certainly exist.)
There is some resentment among many Holds towards Peregrine; while the weyrhold has shared some
of its technology, most has remained exclusive to Peregrine itself. Fort Hold has some
offworlder tech, and some has spread across all of Pern... But Peregrine is a weyrhold; no holds tithe to it, and it is beholden to none save Fort. Peregrine Searches from all over Pern, and anyone who wishes to be closer to the offworlders is welcome to come. However, apart from hopeful candidates and those who are actively interested in offworlder tech... Peregrine’s doors are not always open. This is a cause for some conflict.