AKA that thing Pern fans won't shut up about.
Hatchings at Nightwatch will be small, frequent affairs with little ceremony. We are at war. The Weyr does not have the manpower, the time, or the resources to spare gathering everyone together to ooh and ahh and have a big feast every time a green clutches more cannon fodder.
In this vein, instead of ALL Candidates gathering for each Hatching, all Candidates instead attend the Touching, if there is one. A small group of likelies are selected by the clutchparents and tapped to stand for the clutch. Somehow, it seems that Nightwatch's dragons have an innate sense of who will be 'right' for their clutch... or perhaps the nature of the dragons themselves has changed in response to necessity. Either way, the system is near-infallible, and betweenings
are at an all-time low. Friends and family of selected Candidates are welcome to attend the Hatching itself, but they tend to be brief, quiet affairs, more about the joy of Impression than about pomp and circumstance.
OOCly, if you are tapped to stand for a Hatching, you are guaranteed to Impress.Yes, I realize this takes out some of the whole "omg who's going to get a dragon" suspense. On the other hand, you're assured that you will get an awesome dragon and you won't be left standing. All characters, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, have an equal opportunity of getting brown, blue, green, white, black, or red - so let that be a surprise for you!
Admin will endeavor to be fair to all concerned in terms of Candidate selection. In all honesty, this works exactly the same as a regular Hatching, only instead of the picks being announced at the Hatching itself they're announced ahead of time.If you do not RP, you will never be tapped for a Hatching. Full stop.
Let this be incentive to get active.