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    General 
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Deconstructed. As shown in canon, Dragonkind in general believes in displays of brute strength and power to dominate "inferior" races and show off their superiority, rather than intelligence and skill. However, this mentality is rather toxic, as it leaves them vulnerable to more smarter opponents and also makes them prime targets for those who want to retaliate against them for their horrible actions. Their fixation on strength also caused them to become a stagnant race, unable to learn anything new because of their own bloated confidence in their own power. It's implied that this mentality was largely nurtured by Tiamat, the Mother of all Dragonkind; as she's the strongest divine Dragon in existence, she has influenced her divine and mortal children into believing that being related to a draconic goddess makes them superior to everyone. Ember is one of few dragons who averts this, which is how she was able to become the Dragon Lord for her people, and become one of many individuals Luminiferous has chosen to fulfill a great destiny.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Many races hate them for being flying greedy butchers, but the Changelings in particular see them as their racial archnemesis because of what they did to their homeland at the dawn of their people and nearly pushing them into extinction. The Changeling Summer Court in particular sees nothing wrong with simply killing them all in revenge, which they nearly succeeded in the 'Time Of Broken Scales'
  • Arch-Enemy: On a racial level, Changelingkind. Yes, they may have rivalries between each other and with say the Giantkinds of Equus, but nobody made it as personal as the Changelings did, during the 'Time of Broken Scales' when they tried to Kill 'Em All and nearly did the job. HOWEVER, this is a case of creating their own worst archenemy as it was Dragons burning down their homeland and nearly pushing them to extinction at the dawn of their people - traumatizing them and making them bear an aeons-long grudge - that led to the Summer Court Changelings to try and wipe them all out in revenge. Only time will tell how Ember and Thorax's friendship with each other and the Xestobium, Apterus and Toxikon Crises would help to end this Vicious Cycle of vindictive conflict.
  • Breath Weapon: As per standard for being dragons. However, the number of possible varieties depends on the individual.
  • Foil: To the Changelings. As quoted from Word of God:
    "I think this has to do with the fact that when I looked at them, I found that they are complete antitheses of one another; the Changelings are weak individually, hideous to look at and are dependent on harvesting love from others, and even in canon seems in possession of a culture which emphasizes on guile, secrecy, and sacrificing for the greater good. The Dragons by contrast are strong, aggressive and greedy to a fault, and even in-universe had a culture that emphasizes on might make right, brawn over brains, prideful individualism and wealth who never had to fight for their survival. I found that when put together, both of them are not exactly very compatible and even mutually exclusive."
  • Greed: A prominent trait of Dragonkind. They are mostly a materially-obsessed race, and will do anything to increase the size of their hoards. This led to the 'Burning of Amorea', where a group of dragons burned and pillaged the Changelings' homeland to seize its riches for themselves. This caused the Changelings to develop a deep hatred for Dragonkind.
  • Medieval Stasis:
    • The 'Desolation Cycle' theory holds Dragonkind responsible as one of the biggest causes of this trope in Equus, as every time certain civilizations reach a level of advancement and sophistocation - and with it, wealth and prosperity - the Dragons become attracted to them out of greed, eventually gathering in such numbers they would ravage them and everyone else in rapine and slaughter and force everyone to start from scratch. And it is heavily implied to be at least partially true; the Second Age Atomic/Information Era technological civilizations reached those heights and beyond in a time when Dragons and other magical/fantastical races and powers retreated into isolation from Equus proper. When Dragonkind's numbers are decimated by the Summer Court Changelings during the 'Time of Broken Scales' 5,000 years before present-day Equestria, the world managed to advance to an industrial era. Needless to say, a LOT of non-Draconic races and even some of their own kind felt there is enough evidence for this to be true and resented Dragonkind for it.
    • Dragonkind's preference for Brawn over Brains and general complacence in their power had led them to remain stuck in one themselves. It's worse, in fact, since all things considered they're effectively at a STONE AGE level of advancement, Bronze Age at best. Needless to say, many people, even some of their own kind like Dr Toxikon, despises this fact, and the fact that they keep screwing every other races over by plundering them for their hoards and make sure they also stay stuck in stasis forever. Unless they change, the Summer Court Changelings' idea for them might just be the best thing to happen for everybody else.
  • Shocking Defeat Legacy: The 'Time of Broken Scales', when the Changeling Summer Court tried to Kill 'Em All in revenge for the 'Burning of Amorea' and NEARLY DID THE JOB. It led to a complete reorganization of Draconic society that had not changed for countless thousands of years, including a switch from a Clan-based system ruled by Patriarchs/Matriarchs to a more meritocratic 'Dragon Lords' system where any Dragon worthy enough could become rulers of their Dragonflights. Subverted in that character-wise, it still wasn't enough to change who they essentially are, which took until the Dragon/Changeling Crises and later conflicts to begin showing signs of change.
  • We Have Become Complacent: A serious problem they have: they're so secure in their own strength and power that they have largely stagnated. Dr. Toxikon saw this coming and tried to do something about it, but only a few like Ember and Mina listened. Ember is trying to do something about it, but it's an uphill battle.
  • You Monster!: A lot of non-Dragon races and people hate Dragonkind for all the times they had ravaged their lands and killed their people in rapine and slaughter. Some like the Summer Court Changelings eventually took their hatred to truly genocidal levels.

Tropes that apply to worthy Dragon Lords as a whole:

  • Bag of Spilling: Averted. Dragon Lords who either abdicated or retired still keep their powers and Regalia. It acts as an incentive for them to stay worthy.
  • The Chosen Many: They are Dragon Lords who as a whole are deemed worthy by Prince Arcaniss due to not repeating the same mistakes and vices that befell most other dragons. As such, they were given the full power of the Scepters and their personal Dragon Lord/Scepter Regalia. Known Dragon Lords that are worthy include present-day Spike, Ex-Dragon Lord Torch, his daughter Dragon Lord Ember of the Equestrian Dragonflight, Dragon Lord Pyro II and consort Cinder of the Skyland Dragonflight, to name a few.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: They have the power of gods despite being 100% mortal when wielding their Dragon Lord Regalia. The Regalias work with their own storage of Primordial Quintessence which can be recharged with the Scepters. Subverted if the Dragon in question is already Semi-Divine or divine. Instead they now have two stocks of Primordial Quintessence, one in their own bodies and the other in their Regalia.
  • Energy Absorption: Spike reinvents the Zero Point Breakthrough to have it be able to absorb enemy dragonfire and make it his own instead. In turn, this version became a whole new technique to learn as a result.
  • An Ice Person: Zero Point Breakthrough: First edition. Invented by Arcaniss, it traps a foe in permanent ice by turning their own dragon fire against them.
  • Playing with Fire: They are able to blast dragonfire and Primordial Quintessence out of their Regalia rather than just their mouth.
  • Summon to Hand: Dragon Lord Regalias can be called at will. It can be either teleported instantly or called over vast distances in case of anti-teleportation wards.
  • Spirit Advisor: They can call upon the assistance of the past Dragon Lords of their flight with the power of stored "time". As clarified the summoned lords aren't actually there, but a copy that is based of their experiences and life hence the term "time". This system is to prevent the dead from being disturbed in their afterlife while causing minimal disruption to the living who might be busy with something else while ensuring that they are available 24/7. Also, it's locked to the Scepter's previous wielders. For example, Ember cannot contact Cinder's father as they are of different flights. Merging of flights via marriage or some other method can expand the summon list.
  • Supernatural Elite: They are Dragon Lords before being judged for worthiness through their Dragon Lord Scepter. Subverted if the Dragon Lord in question abdicated or retired.

    Dragon Lord Ember 
The new Dragon Lord of the Equestrian Dragonflight, young Ember seemed destined to have an interesting reign before her as she struggles with living up to the strong and powerful leader expected of a Dragon Lord (like her father Torch before her), and also to lead with a progressive, forward-looking wisdom that she desired the rest of Dragonkind to emulate. While her 'unconventional' style makes her somewhat controversial among her kind, with her capable leadership in several recent crisis, she is gradually earning both respect and admiration from her kind on top of increasing worldwide fame - which may be just what she needs to truly kick-start her career.
  • Adaptational Badass: While she's already quite badass in canon, here she is involved in a war (The Storm King Crisis) and help avert catastrophe in no less then two Crises, demonstrating potential to achieve far greater things that some would like to see realized in full. She is also a proficient sword fighter.
  • Broken Pedestal: Towards Dr. Toxikon, a dragon she used to revere, until she discovered his plans to commit genocide against every dragon and changeling that were unwilling to move past their racial hatred.
  • The Chosen One:
    • Luminiferous seems to have singled her out for great things, empowering her twice now to do great deeds. Part of it might be because she's one of the few dragons to let go of their kind's racial feud with the Changelings to befriend Thorax.
    • For her actions and ideals, she was deemed worthy of the full power of the Bloodstone Scepter and her personal Dragon Lord/Scepter Regalia, the Bolverk Gram, or Crimson Flash in Equestrian Ponish, which allows Ember to take after her father Torch and wield her own ornate sword, albeit with a red tint.
  • Cool Sword: Wields the Bolverk Gram, or Crimson Flash in Equestrian Ponish, a BFS with a red tint as big as she is like her father Torch.
  • Determinator: Goes into the Final Battle with Dr. Toxikon with multiple broken bones.
  • Forgiveness: She's one of the few dragons who has let go of the blood feud with the Changelings. After Dr. Toxikon's defeat, she forgives Blackrose and Blackthorn for the entire mess to their faces, including Blackthorn specifically for the Time of Broken Scales.
  • Genius Bruiser: Just like in canon. Unlike most of her people, who value strength over intelligence and skill, she uses intelligence so she could apply her strength wisely. This is why she became such a good Dragon Lord, and partially why she was successful against stronger and more cunning enemies.
  • Interspecies Friendship: She managed to befriend Thorax, a Royal Changeling. It would later play in their favor as they worked together to fight Apertus, and later Dr. Toxikon.
  • Kirk Summation: In a final attempt to stop her mentor from allowing his bomb to detonate, Ember questions if this is really what he wants to be remembered for? It works.
    "...How many more lives could you have saved if you'd put this much effort into helping the world? To actually teaching other welps like you did me? Heck, teaching GRUBS! The School of Friendship asked me to get you as a teacher! That little Changeling buddy of Smoulder read all your books and idealized you! I get it, Blackthorn is a flankhole! He is PROUD of being a flankhole! ...But if you let him turn you into this, if this is how you die...you let him win. Because the drake you are would have died... If you really want to win, be the better drake and don't let him make you a monster...Do you want that to be how you're remembered? As just a monster?"
  • Large and in Charge: When Luminiferous empowered Ember and Thorax to fight Apertus, Ember became a large dragon that dwarfed even her gigantic father, Torch. It showed what she could become with a couple hundred years or more down the line.
  • Like Father, Like Daughter: Her father Torch was actually a worthy Dragon Lord and was responsible for her overall upbringing. While Torch is credited as the one who raised her right, she is already more open-minded before which made teaching her possible in the first place.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Ember as Dragon Lord became much more involved in the grand scheme of things; she participated in the war against the Storm Empire, and helped avert catastrophe in the Apertus and Toxikon Crises alongside Thorax.
  • She Is the King: As stated by her title, she's called the "Dragon Lord" despite being a female dragon.

    Dragon Lord Vulcan 
The husband of Changeling Queen Acherontia.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Was sealed away by Blackrose and Bahamut to end the fighting his marriage to Acherontia caused. Blackrose ultimately releases the two to stop their now vengeful daughter's rampage.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Queen Acherontia due to the blood feud between the Changelings and Dragons. When Blackrose and Bahamut forcibly separated them, Blackrose's daughter, Queen Pentatomidae, called out their treatment of her sister and her husband, and proceeded to avoid them for 500 years.
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    Dragon Lord Peindronanth 

    Dragon Lord Brutus 
A previous Dragon Lord who was utterly brutish.
  • The Brute: As his name suggests, he's a very brutish sort.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Toxikon completely decimates him in their fight and takes his title.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Like many dragons, values brute strength over intelligence or skill. This results in Toxikon utterly demolishing him in their fight.

    Dragon Lord Pyro II 

Character: Heroic

Alignment: Neutral Good

Type: Mana Drake/Noble Dragon/Demi-God

Faction: Dragon Lands

"Fire it up!"

A Dragon Lord that is one of Ember's allies. A Mana Drake. Married to Cinder with a son Pyro III.


  • All-Loving Hero: He refuses to give up on someone who he still views as redeemable, with his wife Cinder as a key example. This notably extends to the Changelings as well, as he has never shown racism or evil towards them.
  • Berserk Button: Due to being raised by a family of them, harming Breezies or abusing them is one of the easiest ways to enrage him, to the point his Dragon Lord subjects refuse to even touch them out of fear of his wrath.
  • Contrived Coincidence: His adoptive family decides to name him after his ancestor despite being unaware of his lineage.
  • Disappointed by the Motive: His overall response to Valefor's plan of unleashing a cataclysm that will turn the Cycle anew, for motives and reasons that remain unclear.
    Pyro II: Honestly, it made no thrice-damned sense whatsoever.
  • Elemental Powers: Being a Mana Drake gives him access to magic which can enchant his flames with various elemental powers.
  • Expy: Of The Legend of Spyro Spyro. His circle of family and friends are also expys to the main characters of Spyro the Dragon.
  • Famous Ancestor: His predecessor, Pyro is a dragon who saved the dragons of his homeland from a wicked troll warlock in his youth and continued to face terrible villains in defense of the Dragonlands throughout his life in the First Age.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Able to turn his Primordial Quintessence into an immensely devastating breath of purple energy.
  • Raised by Wolves: Just like the source material, he would be adopted by dragonflies. In here, it is dragonfly breezies.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In canon, the three Spyro incarnations aren't even in the same universe, let alone related. Here he's the descendant of the original Spyro analog and father of the Skylanders' version of Spyro analog. He's also the spawn of Yamata no Orochi.
  • Semi-Divine: A dark example. While he descended from Pyro, he is also spawned from Orochi. Valefor uses this fact to psychologically crush him while briefly repossessing Cinder. Thankfully, both of them snapped out of it and stopped him from unleashing a cataclysm that would had made the Cycle turn anew.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: Has a dark form due to being exposed to Valefor's tainted essence. It enhances his power but renders him completely berserk. However, after centuries he eventually gained control over his darker side and can control himself now, though he is still more aggressive and brutal.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: His job has a tendency to keep him away from raising his son, much to his dismay.

    Lady Cinder I, the Terror of the Skies/The Obsidian Queen 

Character: Heroic

Allignment: Chaotic Good

Type: Wind Drakaina/Noble Dragoness/Artificial Demi-Goddess/Mutate

Faction: Dragon Lands

"Thunder and Lightning!"

Wife-consort of Dragon Lord Pyro II, Lady Cinder I or Cinder is formerly the adopted daughter/minion of Valefor, who was born and raised (and abused and corrupted) to be his most powerful and terrifying agent in carrying out his plans for conquest and destruction. However, battle and interaction with Pyro II, who saw through her brainwashing and corruption and reached out into the redeemable person beneath her exterior, eventually making her see Valefor for who he truly is and turning against him. Even so, the mark of her former loyalties remain and haunt her to this day, but nevertheless she is now a firmly heroic drakaina and love of the one who saved her, respected and feared for putting her might as an artificial demigod dragoness for her family and the cause of good.


  • Absurdly Sharp Claws: Possesses wing-claws and a tail of 'organic metal' which could cut through a lot of things and make her a terrifying close-quarters combatant when combined with her might as an artificial demigoddess. Putting them on involved a lot of surgery courtesy of Valefor and his minions, which Cinder recalled to be 'an agonizing process'.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Minor example: In canon, Cynder was brainwashed and thus when purified instantly turned good. Here, Cinder was genuinely evil due to being raised as such and initially faked a Heel–Face Turn with intent to backstab Spyro and rejoin her 'father.' However, being treated with kindness and love for the first time in her life caused her to make a Heel–Face Turn for real.
  • And I Must Scream:
    • Suffered this from Valefor when he possessed her to fight Pyro II during their last confrontation. Luckily thanks to Pyro II and her own willpower she managed to break free from it.
    • Can inflict one through her powers over shadow by absorbing her enemies into her own shadow, a logical extension of her own ability to dive in and out and travel as a shadow that she developed. Apparently she can keep them in there as long as she like, draining them for extra strength/vitality with her enemies unable to escape.
  • The Assimilator: Had learnt how to absorb her foes into her shadow and their essence into herself through her powers, draining strength and vitality from those she absorbed. It's potentially reversible - That is, assuming she EVER lets them go.
  • Bad Powers, Good People / Good Powers, Good People: Cinder has a versatile set of powers both natural and artificial as a result of both her villainous/antiheroic past and heroic present, which mirrors those of her inspiration.
    • Blow You Away: Was originally a wind dragoness and still retains power over wind, allowing her to blow her enemies away with gusts of powerful vortexes.
    • Breath Weapon: On top of normal dragonfire, she could infuse her other powers into it for various effects, including a powerful 'Shadow Fire' breath and a purple breath attack that's distinctive of Draconic divines and demigods.
    • Casting a Shadow: Has powers over shadows as part of her power-set. She could jump into her own shadow and travel through it, and also combine it with other powers such as breathing 'Shadow Fire'. She had also learnt how to absorb things into her shadow and even assimilate them through it, which she used for things like carrying her belongings - Or trapping her enemies into it/herself.
    • Life Drain / Mana Drain: Related to her other powers, she had relatively recently developed a way to do these, having been forced to assimilate Valefor's Primordial Quintessence and malevolence into herself in the past and thus have past experience/precedent. This requires her to absorb her enemies into herself through her shadow, and either keep them alive in there forever for a slow-and-steady drain, or just keep going until nothing remains, functionally eating them alive or assimilating them.
    • Poisonous Person: Her inspiration has an affinity for poison, and it is established that Smog Dragons, who are this, are one of the many known Dragon species/subspecies. As such, having many natural traits of other Dragons she has in fact an ability to poison her enemies.
    • Supernatural Fear Inducer: Possesses a screech that could drive her enemies mad with fear.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She is genuinely reformed, long since redeemed, and firmly on the side of good. But she still retains a ruthless streak from her villainous/antiheroic past that she reserve for any villain who crosses her, and is noted to still be far more deadly and less merciful than her more noble and heroic husband.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Do NOT hurt her husband Pyro II or her other friends and family. She will make you suffer.
    • Do not do anything like resembling the horrific abuse she went through thanks to Valefor in her youth. Had not for Apterus beating her to it, she would had found and kill that Changeling King who kidnapped and abused Apterus herself after hearing about what he did.
  • Berserker Tears: When she goes ballistic on Valefor during the final battle with him, she's crying the entire time due to letting out her entire life's worth of suffering he'd inflicted on her out on him.
  • Bio-Augmentation: A fantasy variant. To make her into his ultimate weapon, young Cinder was subjected to 'agonizing' surgery to make her more deadly, and then had Valefor's Primordial Quintessence (He's a demigod) and malevolence forcefully assimilated into her, turning her into an incredibly powerful artificial Draconic demigoddess.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Several times by her own abusive adopted father/master Valefor. She broke free of this thanks to Pyro II and her own will.
  • Broken Bird: Explicitly calls herself a 'Broken Soul' after all the abuses and traumas she went through thanks to Valefor. While she's more readjusted now, she's still haunted and deeply affected by her past.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Gives an absolutely EPIC "The Reason You Suck" Speech to her adoptive 'father'/master Valefor for her torturous childhood/whelphood and using her as little more than a tool to his ends, claiming the (recently deceased) Dragon Lord who adopted and loved her like his own daughter is a better father than he ever was or would be. All the while beating the absolute living crap out of Valefor after kicking his influence out of her head, unlocking the ability to generate her own Primordial Quintessence and become a demigoddess once more.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Subjected to this by Valefor, her adoptive, abusive 'father'/master during her augmentation into his most powerful minion/weapon. Given Valefor's twisted and bitterly evil character, Cinder speculated that this is as much due to Valefor doing it For the Evulz as it is incidentally to the augmentation process.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Thanks to Valefor, she has nothing resembling a normal whelphood and was practically raised, trained and modified (horribly) from birth to be a living weapon he would use to further his schemes, all experiences of which were quite brutal and painful.
  • The Dreaded:
    • Back when she was an artificial demigod living weapon born and raised to serve Valefor, she was known as the 'Terror of the Skies' owing to her incredible supernaturally-empowered might, which allowed her to practically wipe the floor with not one but MANY Dragon Lords and further her master's plans with the artifacts she took from them.
    • Many Changeling Kings in the Summer Court are considering moving against Dragon Lord Pyro II as he was becoming a threat to their schemes, but some refrain from doing so because they know Lady Cinder would protect him, and they also know that she would be far less merciful and far more deadly than her husband if they catch her ire.
  • Disappointed by the Motive: Partially-Subverted. While she is just as clueless as everyone else to the exact motives behind Valefor's world-conquering/ending desires, her past of being (horrifically) raised by Valefor and thus 'understands' him better any-drake ever had gave her some insights on Valefor for speculation, her theories ranging from Valefor personally believing it was Because Destiny Says So, wanting to rise and rule over the ashes of what remains, being an Absolute Xenophobe who hates everything that's not him, to simply being so mad and twisted in his evil he can't find joy in anything else except in the pain and destruction of others.
    Cinder: "Valefor...was insane. I've BEEN insane, and it's easy to rationalize the irrational when you're not sane. But... I think Valefor had fallen so far into evil and become so bitter that he could only find joy in causing suffering and destruction. I think that's why he raised me as he did, because even trying to raise a loyal weapon, he could only find pleasure in pain. And that's how I was when I was the Terror of the Skies. I could only feel happy when I was hurting someone...I STILL feel this rush of joy when I hurt someone - and I hate myself for it - but unlike me, Valefor made HIMSELF that way. Still, despite everything? I can't help but feel sorry for him after experiencing what it's like to find joy in something else."
  • Eaten Alive: Once personally devoured hundreds of rogue Changelings alive for attempting to kill her husband Pyro II. Given she's a Dragon, that's more or less expected. Can also 'devour' those who she absorbs into her shadow by gradually assimilating their essence into herself until nothing remains.
  • Expy / Captain Ersatz: In case you haven't figured it out, she's Cynder from the Spyro the Dragon videogame series, but grown up and with extra traits. Specifically, The Legend of Spyro one.
  • Good Parents: Loves her children with her husband Pyro II, showing them her warm and caring side that she normally doesn't show to others, mostly because she understood what it was like to have a loveless, horrible whelphood and does not want her children to suffer the same as she had.
  • Heel–Face Turn: It took a lot of effort and time, and she even only pretended to be 'reformed' in order to get at Pyro and aid her master at an opportune time, but eventually the experience of being treated so kindly and with love by Pyro and others, especially a Dragon Lord who all-but-adopted her as his own daughter, she come to realize what her 'father'/master Valefor really was and turn on him for real.
  • Ice Queen: Noted to be cold and distant due to her dark and troubled past, but is capable of showing warmth and closeness to those she loves.
  • In-Universe Catharsis: Going berserk on Valefor and giving him a "The Reason You Suck" Speech didn't really hurt him, and she knew it wouldn't, but she needed the emotional release of her entire life's worth of pain on him. This leaves her ready to team with Pyro II to take him down for real.
  • Large and in Charge: Like her husband, she's a demigoddess and thus is larger than mortal dragons now that she matured into adulthood, though it's noted she's big even by Dragon demigod standards.
  • Meatgrinder Surgery: Her 'organic metal' claws, among other enhancements, were the result of this, and as Cinder recalls it was nightmarishly agonizing.
  • Monster Progenitor: Her unique traits are being passed onto her offsprings with Pyro II and has potential of eventually develop into a new species/race of Dragon. This caught the attention of the Draconic Parent Deities Bahumet and Tiamat and slated her for potential apotheosis into true godhood.
  • No Social Skills: As a result of not having a proper Whelphood, she has reduced social skills and relies on her more charismatic husband for social and diplomatic occasions.
  • One-Man Army: Like her husband, she was this both as Valefor's minion and later as Pyro II's ally and eventual consort. Thanks to being an artificial demigoddess and trained to be a living weapon, she wiped the floor with many Dragon Lords - some of the most powerful and capable mortal Dragons - and even after her Heel–Face Turn could still lay down the hurt with her might. Just ask the renegade swarm of Unseelie Changelings she curbstomped when they tried to assassinate her husband.
  • Reality Ensues: While terrifying and powerful, all of her Dragon Lord opponents are essentially Dumb Muscle. This meant that the moment she met an opponent with actual brains, she will be unprepared to face such a foe. When she picked a fight with Torch, he beat her so badly that her rampage ended right there and then.
  • Red Baron: When she was still a corrupted Tyke-Bomb minion, her might as a villainess resulted in her being called the 'Terror of the Skies'. After she had her Heel–Face Turn and became Dragon Lord Pyro II's mate, she became known as 'The Obsidian Queen'.
  • Sadist: Has self-loathing issues over the fact that she used to like hurting people, owing to how she was brought up, and even after she turned good she STILL likes hurting people. Luckily, she's now only out to hurt those of villainous disposition at the present, especially those who royally pissed her off.
  • Semi-Divine: An 'artificial' example, with Valefor corrupting her with his Primordial Quintessence and malevolence to turn her into the 'Terror of the Skies', a living weapon existing to do his will. She kept it after turning on Valefor, and there are hints that she has potential for true Ascension into godhood, her entry noting Tiamat and Bahumet kept an eye on her once she started passing on her other unique traits to her and Pyro II's descendants, making her on the verge of creating a new race/species of Dragons.
  • Super Soldier: Was raised and modified by Valefor to serve as his living weapon, given both his Primordial Quintessence (He's a demigod) and corrupted by his malevolence. She kept her modifications and powers even after being purged of Valefor's influence and became good, especially once she started generating her own Primordial Quintessence and became a true demigoddess herself.
  • Tyke-Bomb: Like her inspiration, Cinder was this, hatching from an egg which survive the massacre of Pyro's clan by Valefor, who then proceed to raise her in a horrific fashion to be his most capable and dangerous minion. It took a lot of effort by Pyro, others and her own self to realize that her whelphood was completely unnatural and that her 'father' was a monster that needed to be stopped.

    Torch, the Radiant Emerald Saber 

Character: Heroic

Alignment: Neutral Good (Lawful Good during his reign as Dragon Lord of the Equestrian Flight)

Type: Emerald Drake/Sword Master/Teacher

Faction: Dragon Lands

"Power is an extension of ones self. You can tell how an individual would be like just by simply judging how do they wields theirs."

Ex-Dragon Lord of the Equestrian Dragonflight. He is one of the few dragons that became worthy as he understood the value of combining brains and brawn while offering to aid Celestia in the Equestrian Civil War with no strings attached. He also shares a friendly rivalry with the Pillar of Bravery, Flash Magnus.


  • Batman Gambit: Capitalises on Ember's own stubbornness that drakinas can be big and strong when dissuading her to not compete in the Gauntlet of Fire, ensuring that she would compete.
  • Been There, Shaped History: He is impressed by the Royal Legion's discipline and skill and wants to get some pointers for his flight but establishing a proper dialogue is impossible due the Royal Legion having a "flee on sight" protocol for adult dragons. Because of this, he resorted to kidnapping a nearby patrol which happened to have Flash Magnus in it, resulting in him and his wife Blaze being the dragons outwitted by Flash Magnus in his legend.
  • Cool Sword: Gallan-Sharl or Azure Prominence in Equestrian Ponish. Created by the Bloodstone Scepter and tempered to perfection in the heart of the Flamecano, the Gallan-Sharl is a massive sword that is as tall Torch himself with it's hilt 3 times as wide as his own hand and the blade itself gradually descended in wideness until it's point like the shape of an actual torch. It's blade has a clean edge while the middle is decorated with a pillar of blue flame.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Due to his way of thinking, his combat skill threw Cinder for a loop back when she was the "Terror of the Skies" who was effortlessly hunting down Dragon Lords. She threw all of her powers at him and was surprised that he wasn't even remotely fazed and is wielding a tool. Once Torch was made remotely serious, he defeated her in a single sword strike that levelled the mountain behind her. The only reason why she was still even alive is that she dived into her shadow out of raw instinct at the last moment, otherwise she would have been cut in half from head to toe.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: His size. In recent times, crises have a tendency to pop up in crowded areas, meaning that he can't swing his sword as he liked without causing collateral damage. This also renders him unable to help when the Storm King attacked Equestria as all it takes is a single Obsidian Orb to put him out of commission with his size making it nearly impossible to evade.
  • Expy: Of Victor S. Arseid, if the name of his sword didn't give it away.
  • Genius Bruiser: While not to the extent as his daughter Ember, he still fights with brains and skill. The same applies to his sword-fighting.
  • Heroes' Frontier Step: While not as bad as most other dragons, he still never did anything notable that would make him stick out from most other dragons. Even his kidnapping of Flash Magnus' patrol was simply for pointers on how to make his flight more skilled and strong, not an attempt at dialogue and diplomacy. However, a few days after Nightmare Moon's banishment, a desperate Celestia was pleading to him for his aid to help reunite and restore order to an Equestria undergoing a Civil War. His decision to help her with no strings attached deemed him worthy.
  • Mentor Archetype:
    • Taught Ember everything she knew about being a "noble" and "worthy" dragon, making her the dragon she is today.
    • Started a school to teach the way of the sword to dragons as a whole. It had practically no students until Ember's fame made the very idea of wielding weapons with skill credible.
  • One-Handed Zweihänder: He is skilled enough to wield his BFS with one hand.
  • Precursor Hero: Fought alongside Celestia and the Queen of the Hippogriffs in the Equestrian Civil War.
  • Red Baron: The 'Radiant Emerald Saber'.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • Flash Magnus. Torch hopes to have a sequel to the legend when hearing about his return.
    • Implied with Valefor. When Torch defeated Cinder, Valefor actually lightened her punishment when he found out that he was the one who beat her.
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