To be honest, I am not very interested in the religion aspect, so if anyone is interested in exploring it, go for it and I'll give you a nice new document titled Religion for editing and information. Ok for plot conflict, let's make a listing of potential ideas. I think we already have that the 9th pass is going to happen soon, and it is just after a long interval, a long interval with a LOT of technological and craft advancement. 1) The inequality in the distribution of the benefits of this technology and the resentment this can create 2) The rumblings of democracy in Holds 3) A classic: convincing or dealing with reticent Lords Holder who don't believe Thread is coming back 4) The logistics of preparing for Thread and realizing that the population has spread so much that some holds are going to have to pull back on some of the precious agricultural ground and abandon it so the Weyrs can concentrate their efforts 5) Pushback against educational reforms mixed in with rumblings from both Weyr and Hold about the Craft's increasing power. 6) Religious fervor is increasing out of the fear of the upcoming Pass, with clashes between beliefs amongst different followers of the First Shell versus acolytes of Faranth or whatever. I pulled those out of a hat (my head), so if anyone has particular ideas, or wants to refine one in a particular direction go for it.