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  • Alien Blood: Their blood is blue.
  • An Ice Person: Have freezing breath instead of fire and near-immunity to cold.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: Their tail has spikes at its tip.
  • Bishie Sparkle: They have sparkling scales.
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  • Family Honor: Enforced in universe with the official hierarchy system. Standings of one family member may affect the standings of the rest of their family.
  • Fantastic Caste System: The seven circles, which determine every IceWing's rank. Aristocrats get favored and seem to be the only ones who have circles as dragonets, but it's largely meritocratic.
  • Hufflepuff House: Have very little role in the first arc of five books, though this is changed in the next arc.
  • Ice Palace: The queen and the top circle members live in one, which is enchanted by Animus magic to never melt.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: IceWings are very dedicated to fighting, on par with SkyWings. Their whole lives revolve around following what a true IceWing soldier should be, with their rank representing how much they follow that ideal.
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  • Royalty Superpower: When they had animus dragons, they would always marry into royalty, leading to many IceWing royals being animus dragons.
  • Serrated Blade of Pain: Their claws are serrated. They are more powerful and cause more pain than other claws, and are also useful for gripping glaciers.
  • Super Senses: They have enhanced sight and resistance to bright light.
  • Tail Slap: Their tail, besides being spiked, is thin and can be used like a whip.
  • Whip It Good: Their tail can be used like a spiked whip.

    Glacier 

Queen Glacier

  • Affably Evil: She knows all of the dragons in her kingdom by name, but she'll also send them into a war and literally rip out the wings of any dragon who tries to interfere. Unlike Blister and Burn, she wants to talk to the dragonets peacefully and only kill them if they're utterly unworkable as allies, and has a chat with Winter where she acts sympathetically to his plight of being forced to kill his brother or die, even though she let that happen to him.
  • The Atoner: She is shown to feel guilt about leading her tribe into a war that was far more costly than she expected, to the point of refusing to help Blaze or join Scarlet in a war against Ruby, even to get her nephew Hailstorm back.
  • Benevolent Boss: Unlike the other leaders on the war, Glacier cares about her tribe, remembering each individual by name and regretting bringing them into a war that has now lasted so long.
  • The Cavalry: Shows up to save Blaze from Deathbringer.
  • Cavalry Refusal: However, she refuses to help Blaze when Blister challenges her, because she does not want to extend the war any longer.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Her leaving for a meeting with Glory about Icicle's punishment allows Narwhal to have temporary control of the rankings, leading to him setting up Winter to be killed by Hailstorm.
  • Evil Aunt: She's Winter, Icicle, and Hailstorm's aunt, and she is one of the main players in the War of SandWing Succession, as well as letting the Diamond Trial that she knows will kill one of them go on. However, she is friendly to Winter and a good queen to the IceWings, to the point where Winter defends her constantly and, after obtaining Darkstalker's scroll, suggests using it to make her immortal.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: She thinks it strange how Glory would not demand Icicle's execution, instead just letting Glacier decide the punishment and asking for Moon Globes, but she admires this as well.
  • The High Queen: To the IceWings. She knows every single dragon's name and is liked by her subjects.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Manipulates Blaze into joining her so she can both get territory and have a weak and completely loyal queen in the only kingdom that borders hers.
  • War for Fun and Profit: She fights in the war in order to get some land on the border from Blaze, as well as to have her only border occupied by an easily manipulated queen who is fully loyal to her. But she did not expect the war to last this long, and regrets her decision.
  • Winter Royal Lady: Comes with the territory of being queen of the IceWings.

    Fjord 
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    Winter 

Winter

Narrates Winter Turning.


  • Aggressive Categorism: His narration in Winter Turning shows that he constantly categorizes dragons he meets based on their tribe, and is surprised when they don't fit the stereotypes.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Shows up in time to save Moon, Qibli and Starflight from Icicle
  • Bishie Sparkle: He sparkles like all IceWings, but dragons like Kinkajou tend to notice his sparkly scales in particular when thinking of how attractive he is.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Gets into a fight with Peril.
  • Catchphrase: "I'm Queen Glacier's nephew". Or sometimes "I'll freeze your face off".
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Loves to talk about how he will freeze dragons' faces off. Qibli lampshades it and wonders if he will ever threaten another part of a dragon's body for a change.
  • Conscience Makes You Go Back: After the Diamond Trial. Well, conscience and not being able to return without killing his brother, but his narrative makes it clear that this is a major factor in his decision.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: Nearly makes one after being burned by Peril. However, he survives thanks to Turtle's rock.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When he is about to be killed by Hailstorm, though his brother relents at the last minute.
  • Faking the Dead: Does this so both he and Hailstorm can survive the Diamond Trial.
  • Foil: To his roommate Qibli. Qibli is calm and the voice of reason while Winter is perpetually angry.
  • Headbutting Heroes: With Peril. They are working towards the same goal but spend much of the time shouting at each other and sometimes even physically fighting.
  • Human Pet: He has one, as well a a general obsession with scavengers.
  • Hypocrite: Can be this, like when he is angry at Exquisite for being protective of her sloths, even though he himself is equally protective of Bandit.
  • Ice King: Is disdainful of everyone, even the teachers, and quick to threaten anyone who gets in his way. As befits the trope, he is also intimidatingly handsome.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Which Moon first notices when he glares at her.
  • Intrigued by Humanity: He's utterly obsessed with scavengers. He has a Human Pet, brings his brother along to find a scavenger den, and once had a dream that if he was an animus, he would use his power to build a scavenger observatory.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: He desperately wants to be a tough, first-circle tier warrior and The Ace like his siblings.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Acts arrogant, though he hates himself for not being as capable as his siblings and letting Hailstorm die.
  • I Work Alone: He insists on finding Hailstorm by himself.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He acts very aggressive and arrogant, though he can be noble and empathetic and ultimately pulls through for the rest of Jade Winglet.
  • Karmic Transformation: He wears the Pyrite necklace for one chapter. While he thinks that Pyrite was indeed shallow, he notes that Pyrite's Fantastic Racism favoring SkyWings was exactly the same and exactly as real as his favoring IceWings.
  • Morality Pet: A literal example: the first indication that he isn't a total douche is his fierce protectiveness of Bandit.
  • Noble Fugitive: As of the end of Winter Turning he is essentially a fugitive from the Ice kingdom, considering he's supposed to have died in the Diamond Trial and the IceWings won't be happy if they find out the truth.
  • Oh, Crap!: After Narwhal puts him in the seventh circle and then again when he finds out exactly why Narwhal changed his ranking to the top of the first circle.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When he is willing to give Darkstalker a chance despite his previous enmity toward him, Moon is shocked and immediately suspects that Darkstalker enchanted him to think that.
  • Opinion Myopia: [[Invoked]]. As he himself does not eat fruit, he doesn't consider the possibility that Bandit might.
    "If he's hungry enough, he should eat anything."
  • Poor Communication Kills: When Moon picks up his pet, Winter snarls at her to give him back, drawing the two into a confrontation. As Qibli points out, he could have just asked.
  • Promoted to Scapegoat: Though he initially mistakes it for another trope.
  • Promotion, Not Punishment: He gets promoted to the top of the First Circle for saving Hailstorm despite breaking the rules in doing so. But Narwhal's intentions aren't as caring as they seem...
  • Royal Brat: Is Queen Glacier's nephew, and has no problem with throwing his weight around to intimidate strangers or get special privileges.
  • Sadistic Choice: His sister orders him to murder Starflight, playing on his hatred of NightWings in doing so. At the last minute, Winter rejects his bigotry and attacks her.
    "Would you rather be good or strong?" Icicle spat at him.
    In response, Winter smashed his sister across the head with his tail.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: He and Icicle try to be put in their own cave because they're Queen Glacier's nephews.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: He is always questioning whether he should follow the typical IceWing code of conduct or do this, but he generally ultimately decides to ignore the rules.
  • Shoo the Dog: Forces Bandit to leave him because he knows that he will not be able to survive in the Ice Kingdom, where he plans to go to look for Hailstorm.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: His bitterness and constant anger hides his desperation to prove himself and grief over his brother's death.
  • Take a Third Option: During the Diamond Trial, he is supposed to either kill Hailstorm or be killed by him. So he tells Hailstorm to return and tell everyone that Winter is dead, while he goes back to Possibility.
  • Through Another Mans Shoes: He wears the Pyrite necklace to understand what Hailstorm had experienced over the last few years.
  • Tragic Bigot: While all IceWings have a grudge against NightWings due to events thousands of years ago, he is especially hateful of them due to them killing his brother.
  • Troubled Sympathetic Bigot: Portrayed as this in Winter Turning. He's constantly questioning whether the bigotry he learned from his tribe is justified, while hating himself for ever questioning it in the first place.
  • To the Pain: Explains in detail how he is going to kill Moon if she does not give Bandit back.
  • You Killed My Father: Bears a grudge against all NightWings because they killed his brother.

    Icicle 

Princess Icicle

Winter's sister.

  • The Ace: Like her brother, succeeds at everything an IceWing is required to do. Until Winter Turning.
  • Beauty IS Never Tarnished: Winter notes that she never gets dirty after a battle, she might look a little scratched but she's always the most polished, sparkling pure white dragon.
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Winter Turning shows how pathetic and vulnerable she is compared to Scarlet, despite her ego and placement in the Circles.
  • Break the Haughty: By Winter Turning, she is purposefully depriving herself of sleep by rubbing her scales against lava just so she won't have to go to sleep and have Scarlet tell her that she has failed and Hailstorm is dead. Then she gets captured by the RainWings and placed at the bottom of the seventh circle.
  • Child Soldiers: She fought in the War of SandWing succession, and is a five-year old dragonet.
  • Dark Action Girl: As an IceWing aristocrat, she's trained to be an unstoppable warrior.
  • Fantastic Racism: Was raised to believe IceWings are superior to all other tribes, especially NightWings.
  • Laser-Guided Tyke-Bomb: Her parents trained her from birth to kill Queen Glacier so she could become queen herself.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Was defeating dragons three times her size in battle when she was one year old.
  • Royal Brat: Like Winter, but worse, she is very disdainful of the other dragons, and she's Queen Glacier's niece.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Like Winter, she likes to aim for privileges like being a in a separate cave on the ground that she's Queen Glacier's niece.
  • The Sociopath: Cares nothing at all for the lives of others besides Hailstorm.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: Her talking in her sleep about murder is part of what drives Sora to try to kill her. It turns out that she was talking to Scarlet via dreamvisitor.
  • Virtue Is Weakness: Believes this.

    Hailstorm 

Prince Hailstorm

Winter's brother, who was killed by the NightWings in Scarlet's arena before the series.
  • The Ace: Was a talented dragon who was continually in the top of the First Circle and succeeded at everything.
  • Baleful Polymorph: He was cursed. Said cursed amulet turns him - and anyone who wears it - into a pathetically weak SkyWing called Pyrite.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: As per IceWing tradition, his seventh birthday coincides with his Diamond Trial.
  • Broken Ace: After being turned back into himself from Pyrite.
  • Gender Bender: When he is transformed into Pyrite.
  • Hot-Blooded: A warrior who is energetic and unstoppable in everything.
  • Intro-Only Point of View: In Winter Turning.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Almost kills Winter during the Diamond Trial when he is forced to either kill him or die, to earn his place after being trapped in Pyrite's body.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He could kill a whale as a one-year old dragonet.
  • Posthumous Character: Until we find out he's actually alive.
  • Reforged into a Minion: It turns out that Chameleon enchanted him to turn into a SkyWing who would always be loyal to Scarlet. However, Chameleon also makes him purposefully weak because he only needs Hailstorm for his value as a prisoner.
  • Shoo the Dog: Does this to Winter, telling the SkyWings and him that he is pathetic and won't last any time in the arena, in order to save his life.
  • Warrior Prince: He's an IceWing prince who is also their most successful warrior and in training to lead the IceWing army.
  • Weak-Willed: He didn't have nearly as much success transcending the personality Chameleon gave him as Peril and Ruby/Tourmaline did.

    Diamond 

Queen Diamond

  • Even Evil Has Standards: Why Clearsight won't let Darkstalker kill her. Despite her enmity for NightWings she would not commit genocide, but the same can't be said of her niece Snowfox.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Was the queen of the IceWings in Darkstalker's time. She gave Foeslayer a Fate Worse than Death, and probably went insane due to overusing her powers.
  • Medical Monarch: She used her animus gift to heal IceWings from frostbreath injuries.
  • Posthumous Character: She is presumably dead by the time the books start, given that she lived 2000 years ago.
  • Sssssnake Talk: Lapses into this at one point when talking aggressively.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: She used her animus power more than once, so Winter suspects she is the IceWing queen that Qibli mentioned to have gone insane from her animus powers.

    Artic 

Prince Arctic

  • Abusive Parents: To Darkstalker and Whiteout.
  • Accidental Murder: He accidentally kills six IceWing guards sent to capture him and Foeslayer while only intending to slow them down.
  • Arranged Marriage: He was supposed to be married to Snowflake. It didn't happen that way.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: He's killed by Darkstalker who uses his powers to make him do whatever his son says, then makes him fly to the Night Kingdom, confess his crimes in front of everyone, then cut off his tongue and disembowel himself with his own claws.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Darkstalker's mind reading reveals that he's done something horrible in the past, though it's not known what it was. Runaway clarifies what happened.
  • Defiant to the End: Darkstalker tries to make him apologize for being a horrible father using his scroll-created Compelling Voice. He replies by saying by force, that he should have been a better father, but then says that if he was a better father, he would have killed Darkstalker when he was born.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: In-Universe, the IceWings remember him as being kidnapped to steal his animus powers and killed before he could return, and as an innocent victim. In truth he broke the Ice Wing laws to run away with Foeslayer and was killed for brainwashing his daughter and making her go to the Ice kingdom where he planned to hep kill his own tribe.
  • Intro-Only Point of View: He narrates the prologue of Darkstalker.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Darkstalker's mind reading shows that, despite his grumpy demeanor, extremely dark thoughts, and emotional and potential physical abuse of Foeslayer, he does have some bit of love towards her in his mind.
  • Maligned Mixed Marriage: The reason that everyone assumed that his relationship with Foeslayer was not consensual.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When Foeslayer throws off his earring during a fight between them, leading to her capture, his thoughts and shocked reaction clearly show his guilt.
    • Earlier in Runaway, when he kills six guards with his powers. He desperately tries to reverse his command to the spears, but it is too late.
  • Offing the Offspring: In some futures, he kills Whiteout to get Diamond's forgiveness.
  • Parental Favoritism: He likes Whiteout better than Darkstalker, but he still treats her like an object rather than truly loving her.
  • Posthumous Character: He died 2000 years before the story starts but still plays a large role.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: How Darkstalker kills him.
  • Rebel Prince: He runs off with Foeslayer against his mother's wishes.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Foeslayer.
    • Unlike most other examples in the series, however, this is Deconstructed in Runaway.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Gender Flipped - he and Foeslayer spend the prologue of Darkstalker and much of Runaway snarking at each other, with Arctic taking note of his higher status, as well as falling in love.

    Narwhal 

Narwhal

    Tundra 

Tundra

    Snowfall 

Snowfall

  • Green-Eyed Monster: She's jealous of Winter for getting a higher score than her in the First Circle, so she is gleeful in pointing out that Narwhal just did it to get him killed in the Diamond Trial.
  • Royal Brat: She's Glacier's daughter and is very snotty about her position atop the First Circle.

    Lynx 

Lynx

    Snowflake 

Snowflake

  • Arranged Marriage: To Arctic. He's not very happy about it. She isn't either.
  • Ascended Extra: She has a much larger role in Runaway than in her brief appearance in Darkstalker
  • The Bore: Arctic can't stand being with her because of this. Though it turns out that this is largely a facade.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Averted. Diamond wants her to be one and Snowflake herself does as well, but she tends to only come up with snarky comebacks the night after they would have been useful.
  • Hidden Depths: She's not exactly he boring dragon she pretends to be. Snowfox takes notice.
  • Manipulative Bastard: She and Snowfox manipulate Arctic and Foeslayer into running away with each other, on Snowflake's part because she doesn't want to marry such an arrogant dragon and watch her future daughters killed vying for the throne.
  • The Stoic: She tries to show no emotion so she can be a proper IceWing.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Snowfox.

    Snowfox 

Snowfox

  • In-Series Nickname: She asks Snowflake to call her "Fox" so their similar names don't get confusing.
  • Tragic Bigot: Her hatred for NightWings is caused by Foeslayer and Arctic horribly injuring her friend Snowflake when they escaped.
  • Manipulative Bastard: She and Snowflake manipulate Arctic and Foeslayer into running away with each other, on Snowfox's part so she can ensure Arctic won't have any daughters who can rival her for the throne.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Snowflake.
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