A'yon, rider of bronze Kalavoth, grew up with a different background than most riders in this turn. Born and raised to Smithcraft parents, Aryion was immersed in craft policies and ideas, as well as the history of Pern and the belief that Thread would one day return. During his 17th turn, Sr. Apprentice Aryion joined a group of crafters that were traveling to Benden Weyr for a supply run. Once there, he shocked everyone as he was approached by several riders as being acceptable to stand as a candidate for the current hardening clutch. On Impression Day, a deeply mahogany-hued bronze hatchling emerged from his shell, promptly claiming Aryion as his. As it was Smith Sr. Apprentice Aryion that walked onto the sands that day, A'yon lifemate to bronze Kalavoth strolled from them.
In his bronze lifemate, A'yon found the companion that had been missing all his life, and deeply saddened by the loss of his craft, he found solace in the presence of his dragon partner. Weyrlinghood was almost easy for the pair, the bronze quickly revealing an outgoing and playful nature, as well as a powerful build that was soon to develop greatly, making him one of the largest dragons in the weyr. A'yon's deep sense of honor and respect, as well as his tireless work ethic, soon had many of the Weyr's leaders looking toward him, leadership potential clearly in their thoughts. Upon graduation, he was tapped into the weyrleader's own wing, and the path ahead of the pair appeared to be filled with promise.
A'yon, however, found the life of a bronzerider without the threat of Threadfall to be a tedious one, and all too soon he discovered that potential was all too often measured by the dragon's hide, and not the rider's achievements. Dissatisfied, A'yon began seeking out the weyrsmith in his spare time, spending as much time in the Master's company as he could, determined to continue learning the trade that fate had seemed to take from him when Kalavoth touched his mind. Gradually he began devoting more and more time to his craft, still seeing to his rider duties, yet with not the same passion and work ethic that set him apart during weyrlinghood. Soon, he became the butt of jokes around the weyr, the rider who preferred to be a Smith and not a bronzerider. He stood apart from his peers, yet was still considered a member of the elite that goes by the title of Bronzerider. A'yon and Kalavoth did still make themselves rather well known by Kalavoth's success of continually winning one particular junior gold's flights. These made him quite a popular rider among the females of the weyr, although somehow he always managed to keep himself free of any personal commitments. This provided yet another reason for his fellow bronzeriders to dislike the pair further, for if that Junior Weyrwoman was to make Senior, the odds would be in Kalavoth's favor for him to win the critical flight and A'yon be named Weyrleader. Several of the bronzeriders went so far after one flight to complain to the Weyrleader about him, trying to request their transfer to another weyr. Not surprisingly, it was the efforts of the junior weyrwoman that convinced the Weyrleader that nothing needed to be done; the pair were assets to the weyr and needed to remain where they were.
This event sealed the future of the pair at Benden, no Wingleader would promote him, for the known affection of the junior weyrwoman was with him, and thus they didn't want to risk the pair gaining any further advancement in the weyr leadership as long as they could prevent it.
It was a chance comment to a Smithcraft Journeyman that brought him into contact with the underground movement, and A'yon, fed up with the lazy attitude and lax policies of the weyr, decided that he would join the cause. When the word went out about the journey South, A'yon and Kalavoth eagerly packed up their stuff and left, to the displeasure of many, and the amusement of others.