Before the Fall exists approximately twenty turns before the 7th Pass. Plague ravaged Hold, Hall, and Weyr for turns, leaving scores dead before simply fading away as mysteriously as it had begun. Holders have had to come together within their mane Holds, Crafthalls have lost long held secrets and information, and the once mighty Weyrs have had to consolidate down to one. Now, with only a fraction of the dragons that once protected the planet, Pern is left under the protection of Benden Weyr, who now tries desperately to repopulate enough to face the coming Pass just 20 turns away. As these events unfold, a new threat looms on the horizon in the form of a glow visible within the vicinity of the starstones, edging ever closer to the eye, drawing attention as well as an ancient enemy before its due time.