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  • Aliens Never Invented the Wheel: They are the most technologically and scientifically advanced tribe and know about things like desalinization, genetics and germ theory, but they apparently never invented glass, considering the impractical device Mastermind makes to shield the eyes from RainWing venom.
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  • Dark Is Evil: A lot of them are villains, and the tribe in general made up the prophecy and is trying to kill all of the RainWings.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: But they also have the most protagonists and general major good characters of any tribe, to the point where at the epilogue of The Brightest Night the seven dragons talking consist of three NightWings, a NightWing hybrid, and only three dragons of other tribes. And guess which tribe the protagonist of the next book is from?
  • Diurnal Nocturnal Animal: They are obviously themed on night, but are diurnal. They are in fact normally nocturnal, but in the volcano they never even get to see the night sky.
  • Foreign Queasine: They eat rotting food that no other tribe can eat without nearly dying, not to mention being grossed out.
  • Lunacy: NightWing Psychic Powers come from the moon. Hatch under one full moon, and you get either prophecy or mind-reading. Hatch under two moons, and you get both. Nobody's quite sure what hatching on a brightest night does.
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  • Neutral No Longer: They end up allying with Blister. Though they were planning on having an ally all along, so they could reveal themselves by moving into a new home without being killed by the IceWings or having to stay in the volcano, not to mention having help fighting the RainWings though they wanted to wait until the timing was right for the prophecy to be fulfilled.
  • Playing with Fire: They can breathe fire.
  • Prophetic Names: They name all their dragonets this way, like an assassin named Deathbringer or a prophet named Morrowseer.
  • Proud Scholar Race Guy: They have plenty of libraries and are the most scientifically and technologically advanced tribe.
  • Psychic Powers: Some among them used to possess these, but they haven't had them in centuries.
  • Reduced to Ratburgers: The reason they eat the aforementioned rotting food in the first place, besides being actually able to eat it if they're raised in the volcano, is that the tribe is starving.
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  • Seers: They can see the future if they are born on two full moons, NightWings born in one have either this or mind reading. This comes in the form of prophecies, visions, prophetic dreams, and for the more advanced and powerful ones, knowing every possible future.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Tend to do this, to the point where Fierceteeth is shocked that Strongwings doesn't react to her sarcasm in this way.
  • Star Power: They have star patterns on their wings and names that often fit the theme, and they can see the future.
  • Telepathy: They can also read minds (again, by being born on two full moons or having a chance of it if they're born in one) though they can only hear what dragons are thinking at the moment and there are several potential blocks to the power.

    Battlewinner 

Queen Battlewinner

  • The Blofeld Ploy: After questioning Deathbringer for betraying the NightWings for Glory, she has Vengeance killed instead.
  • Dark Lord on Life Support: If she doesn't bathe in lava, she'll freeze from the inside out due to having had frostbreath shot down her throat.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: As queen of the NightWings, she and Morrowseer plan the extension of the war for the NightWings' own purposes, set up a genocide of the RainWings, and make up the prophecy.
  • Large and in Charge: She's as large as Morrowseer.
  • The Man Behind the Curtain: Never leaves her chambers, in order to hide the fact that she has to live within a volcano so she doesn't die from her frostbreath injuries.
  • No Place for Me There: Starflight notes that she must know that she'll never be able to go to the new home that she has dedicated her life to and planned to commit genocide for - she was just doing so for her tribe.

    Deathbringer 

Deathbringer

Narrates Assassin.

    Fatespeaker 

Fatespeaker

  • Broken Pedestal: Like Starflight, she has only heard stories treating the NightWings positively, so it is a shock for her to see their island.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Not to Peril's extent, but she still expresses jealousy over Starflight's infatuation with Sunny.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Her fervent belief in her psychic powers comes across as this when it's revealed the NightWings haven't had psychic powers in generations.
  • Commonality Connection: With Sunny. They were both raised outside their tribe and find they have similar views of the world.
  • Dramatic Irony: She claims that the comet will fall on them, which everyone else dismisses (not without reason) as hysterical. In the next book, it turns out that the comet('s shards) did fall on someone- Palm, Onyx's mother- though none of the people she said it would.
  • Handy Helper: Becomes this for Starflight after he loses his sight.
  • Horrible Judgeof Character: She genuinely thought that the rest of the alternate Dragonets were her friends.
  • Genki Girl: She is compared to Sunny numerous times, and the two quickly become friends.
  • Mark of the Supernatural: Downplayed. The silver scales under her eyes would mark Psychic Powers in most NightWings, but she may or may not have those powers, and if she does, they are weak and unreliable.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It's never made clear whether she has visions of the future, or is she's just imagining things. Darkstalker theorizes she may have very weak psychic powers, or was supposed to have been born with them but wasn't.
  • Psychic Powers: She claims to have visions of the future, though it turns out no Nightwing has had those powers in over a century.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The energetic girl to Starflight's savvy guy.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Does this to Morrowseer, taking the place of Sunny when she runs away from the volcano.

    Greatness 
The daughter of Queen Battlewinner, who speaks on her mother's behalf.
  • Abdicate the Throne: Chooses to give her position to Glory, and begs Battlewinner to do the same. She still abdicates after Battlewinner dies, leaving her the natural choice for queen.
  • Decoy Leader: She presides over councils and issues decrees from Battlewinner, who communicates to her through a vent in the cave wall.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She betrays Battlewinner and supports Glory's bid to rule the NightWings because she thinks it will give her tribe a better future than killing another tribe.
  • Ironic Name: Her name is Greatness, but that doesn't exactly describe her.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Starflight and Fatespeaker suspect that Greatness is this for Queen Battlewinner, since the Queen never appears in front of her subjects, and gives all orders through Greatness. In reality, Battlewinner is the one pulling the strings, and is merely using Greatness to avoid revealing her injuries to her subjects.
  • Mouth of Sauron: Her role is to speak for Queen Battlewinner, who barely any dragons have seen in years.
  • Unfit for Greatness: She's a much kinder dragon than her mother, but she just isn't fit to be queen, no matter what her name implies.

    Mastermind 

Mastermind

A NightWing scientist, and Starflight's father.
  • Absent-Minded Professor: He loves going on and on about his work and usually isn't organized, to the point where a lot of NightWings like Fierceteeth wonder if he really is the genius he is supposed to be.
  • And I Must Scream: The RainWings never had need for a prison until him, so their makeshift prison involves him slowly being sucked in by quicksand and fished out every few hours when he is about to die, only to be placed back into it.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Starflight notes that his science could accomplish a lot for the NightWings if they weren't busy experimenting on RainWings. This isn't fully accurate since he does undertake projects like desalinization and vulcanology when he's not working with [spoiler: RainWings.
  • For Science!: One of his justifications for what he has done.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: At the end of The Dark Secret, he is noted to show an expression of genuine guilt when he realized how the RainWings have been harmed, and talks to Starflight about how he will be hated by the now ruling RainWings, asking for forgiveness, but Starflight says that he should be hated for what he has done, and Glory decides to imprison him until a trial can be held.
  • Ignored Expert: The other NightWings refuse to listen to him when he points out that Battlewinner's armor is not complete and his venom protections are still prototypes, choosing to attack the RainWings anyway.
  • Just Following Orders: Claims that his experimentation on captured RainWings was this, although considering his love for experimentation in general, it's disputable whether this is true or not.
  • Lean and Mean: He's malnourished thanks to living in the volcano.
  • Mad Scientist: He's a scientist experimenting on other dragons.
  • Prophetic Name: His name is Mastermind, and he ends up being a Mad Scientist.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Tends to use this, especially when describing his work. Just like his son.
  • Smart Dragons Wear Glasses: Not exactly glasses, but he wears eyewear that is as close as he can get to goggles without access to any transparent material, in order to protect his eyes from RainWing venom.
  • "Well Done, Dad!" Guy: He desperately wants Starflight's approval, but because of his experiments of innocent RainWings he's not willing to give it to him.

    Morrowseer 

Morrowseer

"I've been trying to make it happen for ten years."

  • Breaking Speech: In an attempt to destroy the Dragonets' resolve, he reveals that he made up the prophecy as part of an elaborate plan to secure the NightWings a new home in the RainWings jungle just before being killed.
  • Cavalry Refusal: He appears with the NightWings just when it seems like Scarlet is going to execute all of the dragonets except Glory in a single day, starting with Tsunami and Starflight. However, he just rescues Starflight, kills the IceWings about to be unleashed on them, and leaves without the other dragonets.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: A quite literal example. He is Battlewinner's subordinate (given she is the queen), but has a larger role in interacting with the dragonets and putting their plan to action thanks to her having to live in a volcano so she won't die from her frostbreath injuries.
  • Evil All Along: He is allied with Blister, but his true goal was to use the war to secure a new home for the NightWings.
  • Evil Is Bigger: He's noted to be a huge dragon, dwarfing the main characters and even Kestrel.
  • Evil Mentor: To the dragonets.
  • Fair-Weather Mentor: Since the dragonets have replacements, he's perfectly happy to be cavalier about their lives, put them through Training from Hell, or outright try to have one killed if they aren't fulfilling the prophecy the way he wants them to.
  • Fantastic Racism: Everyone assumes he wanted to have Glory killed because she didn't fit the prophecy. His actual reasoning is more pragmatic: He wants Glory dead so that she can't warn the RainWings about the NightWings' planned invasion in case the Dragonets put two and two together.
  • Fighting for a Homeland: Morrowseer's plans to involve the NightWings in the SandWing war and attack the RainWings are designed to find the NightWings an acceptable home.
  • It's Personal with the Dragon: The dragonets barely meet his ally Blister or his queen Battlewinner, but his role is largely to interfere in their and the alternates' lives, so they have a particularly personal hatred for him even more so after his death, when he reveals that he'd made up the prophecy all along.
  • The Long Game: As the page quote shows, he has been motioning the prophecy for ten years and made up the prophecy specifically to invoke this.
  • Meaningful Name: Glory lampshades it in ''The Hidden Kingdom''.
  • Seers: Was the one who made the Dragonet prophecy. Even if is was fake.
  • Training from Hell: For Morrowseer, training Starflight and the alternates means ordering the alternates to try to kill Starflight, making them fly a very long distance over water to the border of the Sky kingdom, and then making them all fight each other in a volcano, leading to Viper being killed and Flame being seriously injured.
  • Vertical Kidnapping: Does this to Starflight in The Dragonet Prophecy. Right after killing eight IceWing prisoners.
  • Visionary Villain: He's literally a seer supposedly trying to fulfill a prophecy, and his ultimate plan is to launch a genocidal attack on the RainWings to save his tribe and give them a new home, and then use the tunnels and the prophecy to aid Blister in ending the war with her as victor, thus ensuring protection from their ancient enemies the IceWings now that their location has been revealed.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: All he did was to save his tribe.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Does this to Kestrel, letting Queen Blister kill her.

    Fierceteeth 

Fierceteeth

Narrates Prisoners.

    Strongwings 

Strongwings

    Preyhunter 

Preyhunter

  • Bad Dreams: He has them, and Sunny notices him murmuring in his sleep, which makes her feel sympathy for him.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: About his mother, making Sunny feel bad for him.
  • Terrible Trio: With Fierceteeth and Strongwings.

    Quickstrike 

Quickstrike

  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Is Deathbringer's mentor as well as his mother. She is executed by Blister after being knocked unconscious by lightning and discovered during a search for the assassin of Tempest.
  • Professional Killer

    Farsight 

Farsight

  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: She is Starflight's mother, but died a few years before the start of the series. Flashbacks in Moon Rising and Prisoners show her to be a very kind dragon.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She dies protecting a SeaWing from two SkyWings.

    Stonemover 

Stonemover

  • Amicable Exes: With Thorn.
  • Butt-Monkey: A lot of the dragons in Jade Mountain Academy spend their time making fun of him for his consistently poor lot in life and the whole "turning himself to stone" thing, especially Anemone.
  • Freak Out!: Has one after Darkstalker tries to heal the parts of his body turned into stone. It turns out it may have been because Darkstalker might have been trying to control him at the same time.
  • I Never Got Any Letters: He thought that Thorn had abandoned them because she never sent him letters. It turns out that they were all in Burn's palace, as Smolder later revealed.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is Stonemover, and not only is he an animus, but he turned half of his body into stone to avoid the normal negative effects of his power.
  • Taken for Granite: Much of his body is turned into stone as a result of a curse he placed on himself to avoid going insane from his powers.

    Mightyclaws 

Mightyclaws

  • Deal with the Devil: He accepted Darkstalker's offer of magic so he could easily bring his architectural sketches to life. It turns out better for him than most of Darkstalker's followers, because his wish was selfless (so he isn't too dismayed when Darkstalker is overthrown). After the battle, he lives a peaceful life building houses for the displaced NightWing tribe.

    Mindreader 

    Vengeance 

  • Verbal Tic: He punctuates nearly everything he says with "yeah".

    Slaughter 

    Moonwatcher 

Moonwatcher (Moon)

Narrates Moon Rising.


  • Beneath the Mask: Her telepathy allows her to quickly judge the mood and personality of everyone she meets. She remarks that a person's speech is often at odds with their thoughts.
    On the inside, nobody was normal.
  • Cannot Convey Sarcasm: Winter sometimes can't tell if she's being serious or not.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Secretkeeper has taught her to keep her power secret at all costs, and she begins to think it it a curse. Qibli and Darkstalker both can't imagine why she would think her powers are a bad thing.
  • Cute Bookworm: Like her friend Sora.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Some of her visions come in dreams.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: In-Universe, as of her reaction when Darkstalker jokes about killing a dragon. He does apologize with "Too Soon"
  • Fainting Seer: Sometimes, like during her vision of the history cave explosion and the main prophecy of the series.
  • Foil: To Flame. They are both seen as Category Traitors for something that wasn't even their fault. They are also both disappointed about going to Jade Mountain Academy, due to it meaning leaving their mother, when they only just got the chance to spend time with her. Flame is far more angry about the situation, though.
  • Gray and Grey Morality: She's a believer in this, saying that no dragon is actually evil and how everyone has their reasons for doing things, good or bad.
  • A Hero Is Born: The prologue of Moon Rising shows her hatching.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Subverted. She complains about her powers, but- when pressed- admits that she likes having them. Another passage involves her wondering how scary it would be to know nothing about people "except what they chose to show and tell [her]".
  • In-Series Nickname: Her full name is Moonwatcher, but everyone generally calls her Moon.
  • Like a Son to Me: Darkstalker describes Moon as a friend, but in practice he treats her like the daughter he and Clearsight never had.
  • Lunacy: Was hatched under two full moons, which is where she got her name and Psychic Powers.
  • Mark of the Supernatural: The silver scales under her eyes, which mark her as having Psychic Powers.
  • Mind over Manners: She is a very moral dragon who refuses to use her powers for preemptively discovering criminals like Qibli suggests and when she gets Darkstalker's scroll, she refuses to use it to control other dragons and feels betrayed when she learned that Darkstalker did not follow the same moral code.
  • Meaningful Name: She is the first dragons in centuries to get her powers from the moon.
  • Merlin and Nimue: With Darkstalker. He teaches her about Psychic Powers, and there's always the knowledge that one of them might betray the other - Darkstalker by really being evil or Moonwatcher by not freeing him. They both betray each other - Darkstalker by withholding just how he killed his father, and Moonwatcher by refusing to free him out of a belief that his action crossed the Moral Event Horizon.
  • Mushroom Samba: She once eats a hallucinogenic frog that makes her get some... rather unusual "visions of the future".
  • Never Tell Me the Odds!: When she is going to save Qibli and Starflight from Icicle, Darkstalker warns her of the very low odds of survival and tells her to stay back because her destiny is important. She doesn't listen.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Tries to hide her telepathy (and the unusual knowledge it grants her), but often forgets the limits of what she is 'supposed' to know. By Moon's second day at the Academy, her peers know she's hiding something.
  • Psychic Powers: She's the first NightWing to actually have them in over a century.
  • Power Incontinence: Has never been trained to use her telepathy, and is constantly overwhelmed by having to keep track of people's thoughts and speech simultaneously.
  • Rousseau Was Right: Believes this due to her mind reading powers. Winter is surprised that someone who can see all dragons' thoughts would think this.
  • Shrinking Violet: Has social anxiety because of her powers and isolated childhood. She has to be forced to attend the Academy.
  • Silence Is Golden: Played with. She compares the mental silence of skyfire holders favorably to the silence of not having her powers at all.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Despite her shy and quiet exterior, other dragons grow to admire her for her courage, especially with regards to the whole Darkstalker incident.
  • Small Steps Hero: In contrast to Darkstalker, she tends to choose to save whatever dragon is in danger regardless of the risks or future consequences.
  • Sneaky Departure: She leaves while the dragonets she is traveling with are asleep to free Darkstalker.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Tui has noted that it is very difficult to write a murder mystery with a main character who can read minds. Her powers are limited, though, to avoid this; she can only discover what characters are thinking at the exact moment, certain characters like Glory and Peril are naturally very hard to read, and Turtle and Onyx are both completely unreadable to her because of their skyfire jewelry.
  • Tell Me About My Father: Averted. She tried to find out who he was, but Secretkeeper refused to tell her. All Moon knows is his name: Morrowseer.
  • Uniqueness Decay: She is introduced as the first NightWing with psychic powers in over a century. Later it is revealed that not only is Darkstalker still alive, but her powers will probably become commonplace in future generations now that the NightWings are living in the rainforest where they can hatch under the moons.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: Has one silver scale under each eye; they are said to resemble teardrops. Secretkeeper and Winter admire them.
  • You Remind Me of X: She reminds Darkstalker of Clearsight.

    Darkstalker 

Darkstalker

An ancient NightWing who was sealed away thousands of years ago, and contacts Moon via telepathy. He is known in the present only as a dreaded figure in NightWing folklore.
  • Abel And Cain: Defied. He considers using his powers to hatch his sister's egg a day early so she would be born under three moons, but decides against it partially to avoid futures where one of them kills the other.
  • Aesop Amnesia: In one of his more lonely moments, he comes close to understanding that Clearsight sealed him because she was rightly batshit terrified of him, and seems to regret using her. But instead of acknowledging these feelings, he tries to fix them. His whole plan is 'conquer the world and then I will feel good again'.
  • Affably Evil: He's friendly and congenial to every dragon he meets, but that doesn't stop him from doing some horrific things.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Even Moon isn't sure whether he's the good dragon he says he is or the villain that the history scrolls describe him as. While Darkstalker reveals much of his story, Tui has noted that he's a complicated dragon and it won't be so clear even when reading it whether he's evil.
    • Definitely seems to be leaning toward Obviously Evil status as of Talons of Power spoiler where he immediately loses quite a bit of the charming, mentoring nuance from Moon Rising and comes off as dangerously unstable and potentially murderous.
  • Ancient Evil: According to NightWing and IceWing legend.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: After being unfrozen in Escaping Peril, he ends up becoming massive by dragon standards, being nearly as big as a mountain.
  • Babies Ever After: This was supposed to happen with him and Clearsight in the best futures.
    • It actually happens to him at the end of "Darkness Of Dragons", when an enchanted strawberry erases all of his memories and magic and turns him in a baby RainWing-NightWing. He's now named Peacemaker, and he loves making mud pies and strawberries. His mother Foeslayer decides to stay with her now-infant son and changes her name to Hope.
  • Bait the Dog: He's a notorious dragon according to the history scrolls who is actually quite reasonable when Moon gets to talk to him. And then we find out we enchanted Arctic, his own father, to disembowel himself. Even [[spoiler:Moon feels betrayed.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: Clearsight sees him enchanting her earrings to make her not see any bad futures and then justifying it as trying to make her finally happy as this - his real motivation is so she won't stop her from what he's about to do, which will trigger the Bad Future, but he's convinced even himself that he has Clearsight's best interests at heart.
    • Qibli gets Darkstalker himself to admit as much regarding him starting the IceWing plague and then going to war with them - though Darkstalker says it's in self-defense because the IceWings have always had genocidal intentions regarding the NightWings, and now theNightWings' location is known and the IceWings' ancient enemy is on the throne, he could have chosen a peaceful solution as Qibli himself did given that he is virtually omnipotent, and his real motivation was ultimately a desire for revenge he refused to admit to himself.
  • Benevolent Mage Ruler: Aspired to become one before being imprisoned. He used his precognitive abilities to justify this ambition.
    "At each crossroad, I would have known the right thing to do."
  • Berserk Button: He does not like it when dragons try to kill him. Or say he's like his father. As of Talons of Power, anything to do with Fathom.
  • Big Bad: Seems to be set up to be this from the prophecy and his backstory, though he says himself that he isn't evil. He does turn out to be the Big Bad of the second arc.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He is always protective of his sister, Whiteout.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He's introduced pulling Moon out of a terrifying vision of the future.
  • Boomerang Bigot: He hates Ice Wings, especially after what happened to Foeslayer, despite being half Ice Wing himself.
  • Brutal Honesty: Makes no bones about Moon's lack of skill.
    "Right now you're a little pathetic."
  • Byronic Hero: He's a charismatic, powerful, sarcastic dragon with a propensity for great kindness and cruelty, a troubled past and a desire to change the world and make it a better place.
  • Charm Person: He has a snake earring that is enchanted to make him appear charming and handsome to everyone. He uses a similar tactic in Talons of Power to make dragons quickly trust him.
  • Child by Rape: Winter doesn't go into too much detail about it considering it's a kids book, but his mother kidnapped his father and forced him to have him in order to have the NightWings get the IceWings' animus powers. Though it turns out they were actually in love but the IceWings assumed no prince of their tribe would ever be in love with a NightWing.
    • Subverted: this actually was the plan all along, and Foeslayer's mother Prudence very deliberately brought her along on the "diplomatic mission" to the IceWing kingdom in the hopes that she and Arctic would have a fling and Foeslayer would become pregnant with his eggs, though Arctic actually falling in love with her and defecting with them wasn't part of the plan, nor was the war that was to follow.
  • Compelling Voice: He uses his scroll to make Arctic do whatever he says, including killing himself.
  • Complete Immortality: He claims to have found a way to do this. Considering he's over 2000 years old, he succeeded.
  • Control Freak: He's tempted to use his animus powers to control those he loves to make them happier, or just to make them his version of perfect, and Clearsight constantly has to convince him out of doing so. This is part of why Clearsight and Fathom betray Darkstalker - she knows that if she lets him rule, he'll brainwash them into being more pliant to him while convincing himself he's just making them happy and being a good dragon.
    • This is proven to be completely justified, since he proceeds to do exactly this to literally *everyone* he meets in Talons of Power.
  • Court Mage: To Queen Vigilance.
  • Creepy Good: Both his powers and physical condition are certainly creepy, as is his reputation among NightWings. If he is what he says he is, though, he cares for Moon and wants a better future for dragons.
  • Crippling the Competition: He does this to Turtle, taking away his animus powers after he reveals himself to save Kinkajou and Anemone.
  • Day in the Limelight: His origin story is detailed in the special edition book Darkstalker.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Despite having been sealed away for 2000 years, he's not without a sarcastic sense of humor.
  • The Dreaded: He is remembered in the present day only through folklore as a malevolent monstrosity, and is revealed to be the reason that the NightWings fled their original homeland and relinquished their psychic powers.
  • Enfante Terrible: Downplayed, but his powers of mindreading and future seeing mean he acts nowhere near as innocent as the average newborn dragonet, and he's considering killing his father before he even hatches after seeing his horrifying thoughts. Clearsight suggests near the end of the book that he might have been born evil and she never could have saved him, though that's mostly to provoke him into attacking her so she can put on the bracelet.
  • Evil Is Bigger: The extend to which he is evil is obscured for most of the series, but he's definitely much larger than any other dragon in the series thanks to Stronger with Age.
  • Exact Words: He tells Qibli that he's not only interested in conquest- he also wants true friends, and to improve the world. Which is true, but he doesn't want those things nearly as much as he wants conquest. Certainly not enough to let his friends retain free will if they ever start questioning him.
  • False Innocence Trick: Moonwatcher worries that he might be performing one. By Escaping Peril, she is fully convinced that he has been manipulating her all along. Though in any case he never told Moon that destroying the scroll would ensure ALL his animus powers returned to him. As it turns out Darkstalker genuinely believes he's not evil and wants Moon to think the same. But that doesn't stop him from twisting the truth quite a bit in what he tells her.
  • Fatal Flaw: His Legends book makes it clear that while he did truly love his friends, his mother, and his sister, anything and anyone who makes him feel scared or insecure- including his father- earns his complete, total, and dedicated enmity. To the point that there's nothing he won't do to make those feelings...and the dragons who triggered them go away.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: He's shown to be shocked and disoriented by suddenly waking up 2000 years after he was imprisoned, and grieving because he knows everyone he's ever known is dead. Especially when he gets to see the ruins of his old home.
  • For the Evulz: Some of his worst futures have him killing dragons for fun.
  • Genocide from the Inside: After Foeslayer is captured, he considers making a spell to kill all of the IceWings but Clearsight convinces him out of it.
    • As of the epilogue of Talons of Power, it looks like he picks this idea right back up again by inflicting the IceWings with a plague that immediately kills Queen Glacier and is spreading like wildfire.
  • Glorious Leader: He wins the support of many of the NightWings despite his reputation by constantly emphasizing the NightWings' glorious past and generally acting like this trope.
  • Heroic BSoD: He screams out in shock and pushes Moon out of his vision when he finds out just how many years have passed since the Scorching.
  • A Hero Is Born: The second chapter of Darkstalker features his hatching.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Early on, he's furious at anyone who exposes his sister Whiteout to trauma, from his feuding parents to school bullies, and does his best to shield and protect her. By the climax of Darkstalker, he seems to forget she's even there when he orders Arctic (who he knows genuinely does love her, and who she sincerely loves back) to disembowel himself with her as a firsthand witness.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: In universe, he is known from the legends of NightWings and IceWings as a horrific villain, and even the legitimate history book he is focused on portrays him as villainous. He himself says that this is very exaggerated.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He was defeated with the same bracelet that he himself enchanted to protect from mind readers, allowing Clearsight o approach him without Darkstalker realizing what was happening.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: He helps with the war effort against the IceWings, though he is half IceWing himself.
  • Hybrid Power: According to IceWIng legend, this was the whole reason he was born, to be a NightWing who inherited his IceWing father's animus powers that the NightWings didn't have before. He also has a strong version of NightWing Psychic Powers, and can breathe fire like a NightWing.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: He admits he may have done some unpleasant things, but that the world is better off as a result. Specifically, he killed his own father, and doesn't feel the slightest guilt over it.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Moon is the first social contact he's had in over 2000 years, and his only connection to the outside world. Because of this, he is desperate to keep her alive- even if it means others die.
  • Kid Hero: He's still a dragonet throughout Darkstalker, and is buried underground at only six years old.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: According to history books, he was killed by Fathom, his best friend. The truth is more complicated, and subverts the trope.
    • Some futures have him killing Clearsight after he realizes how she planned to betray him.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: His desire to protect Whiteout leads to him horribly punishing a dragon who tried to harm her, even though that dragon is her father, and she has to watch him die.
  • Large Ham: Turtle notes how he seems to be delivering his lines in this way, suspecting he's trying to be theatrical to impress other dragons into trusting him.
  • Long-Lived: He's 2000 years old, ten times as long as any normal dragon can ever live.
  • Love-Interest Traitor: He was betrayed by Clearsight, his love interest. He foresaw a number of futures where this would happen, but believed he had averted them until it was too late.
  • Lured into a Trap: How Clearsight manages to betray him. She tells him to meet her at Agate Mountain after she steals his scroll.
  • Mark of the Supernatural: Like all NightWings with mind reading Psychic Powers, he has silver scales under his eyes.
  • Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Implied in the Darkstalker excerpt, where Darkstalker detects a rush of anger and suspicion from Arctic when he notes that the hatchling Darkstalker looks nothing like him. Darkstalker later notes when Clearsight mentions he doesn't look much like an IceWing, to which Darkstalker replies that Arctic has asked him that in a much less polite way many times.
  • Manchild: He was only six years old when he was sealed in a can, and he sometimes acts like it. Which is part of what can make him so terrifying.
  • The Mentor: He trains Moon to block out thoughts and encourages her to be proud of her powers. Moon suspects he may be manipulating her into freeing him, but he tries to waylay those fears.
  • Merlin and Nimue: With Moonwatcher. He teaches her about Psychic Powers, and there's always the knowledge that one of them might betray the other - Darkstalker by really being evil or Moonwatcher by not freeing him. They both betray each other - Darkstalker by withholding just how he killed his father, and Moonwatcher by refusing to free him out of a belief that his action crossed the Moral Event Horizon.
  • Military Mage: Vigilance enlists him to use his powers to help the NightWings' war effort against the IceWings.
  • Mixed Ancestry: He is half NightWing and half IceWIng.
  • Morality Pet:
    • Subverted. Darkstalker was encouraged to befriend Fathom in the hope that Fathom's humility would rub off on him. He did, and it didn't.
    • Also subverted with Moon. He tries to protect and comfort her, but both know this is at least partly motivated by his desire to escape (as she's the only one who can help).
      • Though after escaping, he still treats Moon as his Morality Pet.
  • Most Definitely Not a Villain: In Talons of Power, he tries to convince the Jade Winglet he's not evil and won't kill them even as he clearly uses his mind control powers on Winter.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Lampshaded by Arctic, who is not happy with Foeslayer's name choice for him. Foeslayer retorts that it represents him being a hero fighting the darkness. Of course, darkness wouldn't be such a bad thing for a NightWing anyway, but Arctic is an IceWing.
  • Necromantic: The one thing and animus can't do is revive the dead, which Darkstalker is very upset about given how Clearsight and everyone else he knew must be dead by now. He still tries to bring Clearsight back by enchanting other dragons, with little success.
  • Never Be Hurt Again: He snaps into a rage when Anemone starts using his powers recklessly and trying to give him an enchanted earring due to his fear of being betrayed again like what happened with Fathom.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: In addition to his Complete Immortality enchantment, he also made him scales unable to be harmed.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: When Moon learns he is considered a borderline Eldritch Abomination by the other NightWings and even the IceWings, he proclaims that most of the stories were either grossly exaggerated or outright made up.
  • Not So Different: He identifies with Qibli, them both being geniuses born to abusive parents. His greatest argument that We Can Rule Together is that, if he becomes king, there will be "no more bad parents, because we can fix them". Unfortunately for Darkstalker, they are different in that Qibli prefers justice to peace.
  • Oedipus Complex: From birth he wanted to kill his father (but hesitated due to what good was still left inside him) and have his mother to himself. He eventually actually does kill his father.
  • Omniscient Morality License: He can see every possible future, and as a result tells Moon to not warn the dragonets of Jade Mountain Academy about the exploding history cave. Also why he wanted to be king though Clearsight, who had better powers, thought it wasn't worth the bad futures it could potentially cause.
  • One True Love: To Clearsight, with them both having visions about how they are meant to be together.
  • Papa Wolf: Is shocked and disappointed that Moon never received training.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: He brutally kills Arctic in punishment for the latter plotting to kill the tribe that took him in and kidnapping his daughter from her tribe, while using his animus powers to brainwash her into liking it.
  • Patricide: He killed his father, Arctic.
  • Playing the Victim Card: He is hurt by people doubting him, so he does his utmost to ensure that no one can ever doubt him again.
  • Pet the Dog: Some of his enchantments are to do various small, kind things for the dragons he loves, like paint for his sister that never runs out, or a blanket for her mother that always keeps her comfortable when she's sleeping in the desert during the war, or a bell that rings whenever Fathom is worried so he can comfort him. When Fathom sees these enchantments, he questions whether it is the right thing to do to betray a dragon like that. Then Fathom discovers the invisible spells hidden beneath the kind ones, cruel, petty, spiteful and in at least one case murderous and the dog is well and thoroughly kicked.
  • Powerful and Helpless: When his mother, Foeslayer, is captured by IceWings, he is desperate to think of a spell that can save her, trying everything he can - but he's prevented from directly saving her by the animus powers of the dragon who is trying to capture her, Queen Diamond, and he can't just kill Diamond because then she'll be replaced as queen by her niece Snowfox, who is much more extreme than her and would probably kill the entire NightWing tribe. This feeling of helplessness is a big part of him sliding into increasingly more extreme uses of his powers to deal with anything that bothers him.
  • Power Trio: Was part of one along with Fathom and Clearsight. He even made three dreamvisitors so they could contact each other at all times.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: Kills Arctic, this way, forcing him to disembowel himself.
  • Red String of Fate: He's destined to fall in love with Clearsight, and expects her to be more romantic for the occasion. That doesn't necessarily mean they're destined to be happy together, as Clearsight constantly notes.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He's about 2000 years old.
  • Rip Van Winkle: He was enchanted to fall asleep permanently and only escaped 2,000 years later thanks to an earthquake breaking the bracelet that enchanted him.
  • Sealed Badass in a Can: While legend builds him up to be Sealed Evil in a Can, he disputes those claims. Regardless, he's both a powerful Animus dragon and a NightWing with powerful psychic abilities who's been trapped for 2000 years.
  • Seers: His precognition is so powerful that he can see into any possible future. While he always had the talent, he formerly lacked the skill to do this. Unlike Clearsight, he could only discern the absolute most likely timelines, a few warning flashes, and perhaps a few strongly possible alternates. He almost exclusively focused on the ones pleasing to him. But awakening under the mountain and being trapped for months with nothing else to do gave him a LOT of practice.
  • Single Tear: Sheds one after returning to his old school and trying to talk to Clearsight there.
  • Sorcerous Overlord: While some futures were he becomes king, the ones he focuses on and strives for, involve him becoming a Benevolent Mage Ruler, others lead to him becoming this.
  • Soul Jar: In order to keep his Animus powers from driving him insane, he sealed them into a scroll.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": Is referred to in Nightwing folklore as "The Darkstalker". He's personally quite annoyed by the trend of attaching a "the" to his name.
  • Stepford Smiler: After Foeslayer's capture, he meets Vigilance with war plans against the IceWings, and Clearsight is unnerved by his smile, which seems clearly to be hiding his grief and anger.
  • Stronger with Age: Despite being emaciated from 2000 years of starvation, he is massive in size.
  • Talking to the Dead: He tried to talk to Clearsight in the ruins of the Lost City of Night despite knowing that she couldn't possibly be alive after so many years, a fact which his visions of the future confirm.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Quite literally, given he's a dark-scaled dragon who's extremely large thanks to his age and a powerful, intelligent dragon who isn't afraid to acknowledge this.
  • The Usurper: In some futures, he kills Vigilance and takes the throne himself.
  • Things That Go "Bump" in the Night: He's remembered as a boogeyman-esque folkloric figure by the other NightWings.
  • Too Funny to Be Evil: Part of how he convinces the dragons of Jade Mountain academy that he's not evil.
  • Too Soon: In-Universe, he calls a joke he made about wanting to kill dragons this because of his reputation, despite it happening 2,000 years ago.
  • Totalitarian Utilitarian: He's motivated by a belief that his rule and magic will make dragons happy. But he doesn't take kindly to dragons whose vision of happiness is different than what he thinks it should be - he can't imagine initially why Clearsight would be angry about her Brainwashing for the Greater Good or why Stonemover would want to be trapped in stone.
  • Touch of Death: He has a tail ring that he enchanted to kill anyone who he touches with it.
  • The Unfavorite: Arctic favors Whiteout over him.
  • The Un-Smile: When he's finally freed, he looks at Moonwatcher and Peril with a smile that is described as being charming and menacing at the same time.
    • Earlier on as well, a few days after Foeslayer is captured, Clearsight is terrified by his odd, creepy smile after being in a state of mourning for so long.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Strawberries as Peacemaker.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: He wants to kill Vigilance and become king because, as a seer of the future, he knows that it would likely lead to a great future for his tribe.
  • Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: Towards the end, he starts insisting that he's taking "the moral high road" by brainwashing Qibli because brainwashing isn't as bad as murder- his original plan.
  • We Can Rule Together: Makes this offer to Qibli. In particular, Qibli can be The Consigliere and call him out on his tendency to go too far and be vindictive when there's actually a third option. Qibli [[spoiler: refuses, saying he can't work for a dragon who needs to be told to realize that he doesn't have to commit genocide when he has the powers to easily find a less murderous solution.
  • What Is Evil?: As he's about to brainwash Qibli into compliance, he describes morality as "arbitrary".
  • What Year Is It?: He asks Moonwatcher how many years have passed since the Scorching, and is fairly shocked when he finds out.
  • Windbag Politician: He tends to be annoyingly long-winded while trying to convince the NightWings to elect him as their king.
  • Wise Beyond His Years: Thanks to his powers, he doesn't exactly act like a newborn dragonet when he's a newborn dragonet.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Most of his worst futures are as a result of this, when he overuses his animus power. When he creates the scroll, it seems like he will have a brighter future because almost all of those futures fade away. Unfortunately, being convinced his soul is now utterly safe, he feels free to indulge in -every- impulse to use his powers...including the angry, unhappy, vengeful ones.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: For one, the terrible hunger he's endured while trapped will not kill him- but it hurts horribly. For two, he has outlived his society and everyone he loved except Foeslayer. For three, nobody know he exists except for a little girl- and she spends half her time wondering whether or not he's evil.

    Secretkeeper 

Secretkeeper (Secret)

Moon's mother, and Morrowseer's wife, who raised Moon outside the tribe.
  • Affectionate Nickname: She refers to Moon as 'my weird little diamond'.
  • Intro-Only Point of View: In Moon Rising.
  • Parental Neglect: She does love Moon, but is poor at showing it. Exacerbating this trope is the fact that she had to keep Moon a secret, and could only occasionally sneak away to see her.
  • Prophetic Name: Lampshaded in Secret's own narration. She kept her own child secret for months, and is the only other dragon who knows that Moon has telepathy.
  • Race Traitor: Is branded as one by other NightWings for not raising her daughter on the island.

    Foeslayer 

Foeslayer

Darkstalker's mother, and a hated villain of IceWing legend.
  • Ambadassador A NightWing diplomat and also one of the best fighters in the tribe.
  • "Ass" in Ambassador: She came as an ambassador for the IceWings only to kidnap their prince. [[spoiler: Unbeknownst to modern IceWings, she didn't actually kidnap him.
    • Played straight, as of Runaway. Foeslayer herself had no nefarious plans, but... her mother certainly did, bringing her along in the hope of her getting pregnant by Arctic and hatching dragonets with animus powers.
  • Good Parents: To Darkstalker and Whiteout.
  • Deus Exit Machina: In "Escaping Peril", she leaves to find help when Peril accidentally burns Winter, leaving the dragonets with no one to find the Lost City of Night and stop the destruction of Jade Mountain Academy only halfway through the series.
  • Human Popsicle: Thanks to Diamond's curse, she was trapped in the diamond caves to be killed and frozen over and over again, remaining in this.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: May have been a victim of this In-Universe like her son. As it turns out, far more of a victim than her son, given that while Darkstalker was more complicated than the legends suggested he really did most of the evil things he was feared for.
  • Maligned Mixed Marriage: The reason that everyone assumed that her relationship with Arctic was not consensual.
  • Really 700 Years Old: About 2000 years old, to be exact.
  • Stalker with a Test Tube: She kidnapped Arctic for his animus genes. At least according to the IceWing histories.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Arctic. The IceWings just assumed she must have kidnapped him.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Gender Flipped - she and Arctic spend the prologue of Darkstalker snarking at each other, with Arctic taking note of his higher status, as well as falling in love.
  • What Did You Expect When You Named It X: Lampshades this when regards to Darkstalker, though she justified the name before by saying he would stalk the darkness to protect dragons from it.

    Clearsight 

Clearsight

  • A Birthday, Not a Break: Her fifth birthday party happens right before she has a vision revealing that Foeslayer is heading into IceWing territory and something horrible is about to happen to her.
  • The Cassandra: Few dragons believe her about the horrible futures she has visions of until she finally shows up Allknowing in predicting an IceWing invasion.
  • Child Prodigy: Even as a three-year-old dragonet she was a much better seer than the most respected adults.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Gets a POV in Darkstalker.
  • Babies Ever After: Her best visions have her living happily with Darkstalker in a cliff house, having six dragonets, and maybe being able to save the tribe as well.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Some of her visions of the future come in dreams, which usually end up as horrible nightmares. She tries to ignore them, because she doesn't much like vague prophecies and prefers well-organized visions.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Her first POV chapter in Darkstalker has her feverishly recording her visions of every possible timeline and obsessively recording them onto tables and graphs. At age two. It's implied (and friends and family speculate) that this might be the reason why the darker of her visions keep coming true, despite her constant attempts to avert them. She's so caught up in what might be that she often misses what is until the event has already passed. Character Development eventually helps her grow past this.
  • Free the Frogs: She joins up with Listener to help free the scavengers used for research.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Averted. She was born under one moon like every NightWing, but still is better at seeing the future than the Superpower Lottery winning Darkstalker because of how much time she spends improving her powers.
  • Her Heart Will Go On: Darkstalker isn't technically dead, but the end of the book has her deciding to fly away to a new life despite her grief, with visions of how she can find happiness again on a new continent.
  • Heroic Team Revolt: Her and Fathom plot to betray Darkstalker after he kills Arctic and tries to kill Vigilance, to avert the worse futures.
  • I Thought Everyone Could Do That: As a young dragonet, she assumes that every future-telling NightWing has powers that work like hers.
  • Kid Hero: She's the youngest of the Darkstalker narrators, at only five years old by the end of the book.
  • Love-Interest Traitor: To Darkstalker.
  • One True Love: Of Darkstalker. They even have visions of each other meeting.
  • Posthumous Character: Presumably died 2000 years ago.
  • Power Trio: With Fathom and Darkstalker, who made the dreamvisitors for them so they could always contact each other.
  • Red String of Fate: She and Darkstalker realize they're destined to be together, and while he could end up with someone else that would lead to the worst possible futures.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Averted. She knows that she's destined to be in love with Darkstalker and devotes herself to him, including controlling him and stopping him from the best futures. But she also doesn't want to get credit for what Darkstalker does and his fame instead of what she does on her own, goes out of her way to be a hero herself without his help, and calls him out constantly. She notes that a character who was like this with Darkstalker would likely lead to a horrible future for him. And after she betrays him, she notes that despite her sadness, she sees the freedom that having a life and future all of her own can give her.
  • Scry vs. Scry: She uses her knowledge of the future to outwit Darkstalker's own visions of the future, with all of the mind games that ensues. Fortunately, she's better at it than Darkstalker because she has more practice, even if Darkstalker was born under three moons.
  • Shipper on Deck: She helps get Whiteout and Thoughtful together.
  • Together in Death: She thinks about letting the collapsing agate mountain bury her along with Darkstalker, but ultimately decides against it because she sees futures where she can be happy again.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: She never returns to the Night Kingdom after Darkstalker's fall because her powers let her know that she will be seen as a collaborator with Darkstalker even is she tells them what she did to stop him.

    Whiteout 

Whiteout

  • Ambiguous Disorder: She's confusing to mindread for Darkstalker because she thinks in colors instead of words, and tends to be seen as a "weird" dragon for talking about random things, which led to her being placed in classes a year behind despite her intelligence (she knows about things like chaos theory and is a great painter).
  • Heroic BSoD: When Foeslayer is captured.
  • Mixed Ancestry: She's a NightWing/IceWing hybrid.
  • One True Love: To Thoughtful, which is why Clearsight introduces them instead of letting him marry Listener.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: One time when Darkstalker talks to her, she seems to be talking normally. It turns out that Arctic made her that way so she'd be more acceptable to the IceWings and would forget about Thoughtful.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: In-Universe, she accidentally knocks over some dragons' marbles and says that she thought the marbles symbolized chaos theory when it was actually just a game.

    Vigilance 

Queen Vigilance

  • The Paranoiac: She's very paranoid and kills anyone who she thinks might be a threat.
  • Seemingly Profound Fool: She has a reputation as one of the most astute, skilled and threatening queens, but she's actually just very paranoid and looks intimidating because she doesn't talk a lot.
  • The Stoic: She rarely shows emotions or says much.

    Listener 

Listener

  • Free the Frogs: She comes up with the idea of freeing the scavengers used in research projects and joins up with Clearsight to do it for real.
  • Mark of the Supernatural: She's a mind reader and has silver scales to show it.

    Allknowing 

Allknowing

  • Humble Pie: She gets dramatically humiliated in front of Vigilance when Clearsight shows her up in her Seer abilities and Clearsight replaces her as the queen's top seer.
  • Ironic Name: She's less omniscient than something else entirely.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: She's respected as the greatest seer of the NightWings but really, to Clearsight's annoyance, just gives unnecessarily cryptic and/or rather obvious-sounding prophecies.
  • The Mentor: She teaches a special seer class. She doesn't get a chance to be Clearsight's mentor, because Clearsight quits the class in a day.
  • The Rival: To Clearsight.

    Prudence 

Prudence

  • "Ass" in Ambassador: Besides not being the best mother to Foeslayer, she uses her position as a diplomat in the Ice Kingdom to try to set up her daughter to fall in love with Arctic so she could leave and have potential animus dragonets, and the IceWings would never have to know. She didn't account for Arctic wanting to run away with her.
  • I Want Grandkids: Particularly animus grandchildren.
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