At the same time as the Oldtimers are settling in Ruatha Valley, F'nor brings the Southern weryrfolk back. R'gul gives F'lar and Lessa the news. R'gul is deeply concerned about the Weyr's ability to fight Thread, and takes umbrage at F'lar's nonchalantness (he hasn't yet told R'gul about Lessa's journey). F'lar tells R'gul that the Weyrs had come forward. R'gul thinks that F'lar's finally snapped under the pressure.
When he saw that the Weyrs had, in fact, come forward, he "got quietly drunk".
F'lar meets with the Weyrleaders the next morning. T'ton complements him on his performance at Keroon and Nerat. T'ton is impressed by F'lar's time charts, as they never had anything like that in his time. T'ton tells F'lar that Mardra, as senior Werywoman, would lead the Queens' Wing.