Arctic was an adult male IceWing animus and a banished member of the IceWing royal family. He was partners with Foeslayer, and the father of Darkstalker and Whiteout. Arctic lived in the lost city of night after fleeing the Ice Kingdom, and worked as an advisor in Queen Vigilance's court.
He was the last known IceWing animus. He was killed by Darkstalker's animus magic, which was used to make Arctic disembowel himself in front of the whole NightWing tribe.
Arctic had polished white scales as pale as the moons with hints of pale blue in them. He had piercing blue eyes the color of a cloudless sky,the same color as Whiteout's. When attending a party in Darkstalker, he wore chain necklaces of black jet and necklaces of bright green emeralds, as well as glittering matching rings on most of his claws.
At the beginning of Darkstalker, Arctic was shown to be snobbish, aloof, and resentful. He was annoyed at having all sorts of rules and restrictions forced on him. As a result, he probably became rebellious, as he broke the most important rule of the tribe to enchant an earring for Foeslayer that would keep her warm and safe from any danger. Arctic valued freedom, as he enchanted Foeslayer's earring knowing that he was breaking the most important rule of the tribe, noting, "All the more reason. I won't let the queen crush my entire life between her claws. It's my life, my magic, and my heart."
Arctic was also a kinetic dragon who genuinely cared about those he loved, namely Foeslayer and Whiteout. However, after he unintentionally killed several guards using his animus powers and set Snowflake's wings on fire while eloping with Foeslayer, Arctic became noticeably much more bitter and resentful, and likely haunted by what he'd done, as when Darkstalker read his mind after he was born for the first time, he noted that he could "hardly look at him without seeing a spiral of confusing flashes: pain, fury, screaming dragons, and blood, everywhere, blood."
As a result, Arctic was extremely resentful, noticeably having a shaky relationship with Foeslayer and showing mutual irritation for each other at the time Darkstalker hatched. Arctic also had an irrational contempt for Darkstalker as soon as he was born, noting that there was "no shred of me in him." However, Arctic openly prefers Whiteout over Darkstalker, most likely because her IceWing genetics were more visible, but Darkstalker believed Arctic did not care about her at all. Arctic was also anxious. It is implied that he told Darkstalker about the dangers of using animus magic, as it was mentioned that Arctic also tested Darkstalker and Whiteout both to see if they had animus powers, but when Clearsight told him a prophecy that was later revealed to predict Arctic's death, Arctic became even more troubled and paranoid.
Arctic's resentfulness and paranoia seem to go to the point where he was mentally unbalanced after Arctic and Foeslayer had another fight, where Arctic accused Foeslayer of only being with him for his powers, angering Foeslayer to the point that she took off her earring that protected her from any danger, which caused her to be transported to the Ice Kingdom as a result of a spell put in place by Diamond, likely placed not long after they eloped.
When Darkstalker caught Arctic taking Whiteout to the Ice Kingdom, he enchanted him to admit publicly that he was planning to give the IceWings a way to attack all the NightWings in exchange for Foeslayer's life, which implied that he was really doing all that for Foeslayer. When Darkstalker forced him to say that he wished he had been a better father, he said he did wish he was a better father, as he would've strangled Darkstalker if he were, which were his last words before Darkstalker proceeded to force him to disembowel himself and cut out his tongue.
|After the events of Runaway, Queen Diamond refused to accept that Prince Arctic ran away due to his love for Foeslayer, so she lied to the tribe about how Foeslayer wanted animus power for her tribe and kidnapped Arctic so they could have animus dragonets. Because Arctic abandoned the IceWings, there were no more IceWing animus dragons in the future and the whole tribe was furious at the NightWings for apparently "stealing their last animus." There was also no way to take Arctic back because his son, Darkstalker, had killed him. Because of this misunderstanding, the two tribes hated each other until Glory became queen of the NightWings and forged a peace treaty with Queen Glacier. However, after Darkstalker reappeared and became part-king of the NightWings, the old hatred sparked up until Darkstalker was turned into Peacemaker and Glory made another peace treaty with Queen Snowfall.|
The Jade Mountain Prophecy
|When Moonwatcher telepathically asked Darkstalker who taught him how to step out of his visions, he answered that his father did (even though he's an IceWing, so this may be a mistake). When Moon later went to the Jade Mountain Academy library to read about dreamvisitors, she came across the story of Darkstalker, which said that he had killed his father (Arctic) with "an aspect of animus power that no one had ever seen before." Later, when Moonwatcher pointed out that she had never plotted to steal any thrones, or killed her father, Darkstalker replied that he saved his tribe from his father, and that he thought she would kill her father if she'd had his father, and that Arctic was a lot worse than he is.|
|Arctic is mentioned by both Winter and Foeslayer. In the Night Kingdom, Winter explains to his friends the reason the IceWings hate NightWings and the legend of Darkstalker; his tribe believed that Foeslayer stole Arctic and became his mate to bring animus magic to the NightWing tribe, and then Darkstalker killed Arctic so he couldn't bring it back to the IceWings. But at the end of the book, Foeslayer reveals that this was a lie; she and Arctic had fallen in love and he went with her willingly.|
|In Escaping Peril, it is revealed that Darkstalker had enchanted Arctic to obey his every command, then instructed him to disembowel himself, instead of murdering the IceWing himself as most believed. Moonwatcher discovers this after reading the enchantment on the scroll, then asking Darkstalker if he made Arctic kill himself, to which he replies yes and begins making excuses.|
|Talons of Power|
|He is mentioned several times throughout the book, with many dragons asking Darkstalker if it was true he murdered his own father. At one point, Darkstalker even said that even Arctic knew he deserved what he got.|
|Darkness of Dragons|
|More information flying in soon...|
|In the prologue of the book, Arctic was shown in his room at a diplomat's palace, receiving a message from a noble IceWing he couldn't remember the name of. He had been studying animus gifts of the past, trying to come up with his own unique gift. After a brief and tense conversation, he remembered that her name was Snowflake and that they were engaged. He wasn't enthusiastic about this as he thought she was a boring dragon with no emotions. They made their way to the balcony while having what was described to be an incredibly boring conversation. On the balcony, they see a NightWing admiring the sunset while trying to keep herself warm. Arctic asked Snowflake to leave, then began a conversation with Foeslayer, the NightWing. He mentioned that he and Snowflake were engaged but he forgot who she was, which Foeslayer used to tease him. The two talked and flirted for a while. Arctic, fully aware that he was breaking almost every IceWing law but already hopelessly in love, enchanted a diamond earring to keep Foeslayer warm. He explained the situation and Foeslayer is flabbergasted that he'd break such an important law for her. The events of Runaway happen directly after this prologue.
Arctic is shown years later arguing with Foeslayer about their eggs. Darkstalker "sees" his soul rotting away. After finding his father suspicious, he read his mind and in his future, saw blood and death.
Years later, Arctic is shown discovering Darkstalker's animus powers when Clearsight and Darkstalker are at his house playing with Darkstalker's scroll. There, Clearsight has visions about Arctic, and unwillingly tells him this prophecy:
"Beware your two queens; beware your own power.
Your claws will betray you in your final hour."
This prophecy turns out to be true, as it is his own talons that disembowel himself. He seems to be more worried about animus powers after Clearsight speaks this prophecy.
Arctic is also mentioned several times later in brief scenes with Darkstalker. During the last part of the book, he appears trying to go to the Ice Kingdom with his daughter, Whiteout, whom he had enchanted to follow him and to speak normally. Enraged by this, Darkstalker enchanted Arctic to obey his every command.Darkstalker then brought Arctic back to the Night Kingdom and gathered a crowd, commanding Arctic to tell the NightWings what he had planned to do. Arctic revealed that he would have offered Whiteout's talons in marriage to a royal IceWing to continue the animus bloodline in the tribe. Additionally, he would have given the Icewings a way into the Night Kingdom in exchange for Foeslayer's release. His last words were that he 'should have strangled Darkstalker the moment he hatched'. Upon hearing this, Darkstalker commanded him to cut out his own tongue, and then to disembowel himself by cutting open his stomach and spilling out his guts, quickly leading to his inevitable death.
|At the beginning of the book, Arctic sees Foeslayer and her mother, Prudence, arguing over the earring Arctic had gifted Foeslayer, and he tries to prevent Foeslayer from being punished. Later, Diamond finds Arctic in his room and asks why he was up so late. Arctic lied, stating that he was worried about his gifting ceremony when he had really just about to go to a secret meeting with Foeslayer. Diamond states to him that a true IceWing wouldn't be worried, and reminds him of what she wanted him to make. Arctic has a memory of two nights prior to when he was at a secret meeting with Foeslayer. She had laughed about Diamond's idea of a "gift of vision," stating that it'd be much better if it was something that told you what was going to happen whenever you ask, but that he shouldn't make that, as Diamond would likely do terrible things with it. Back in the present, Arctic said he wanted to talk to Diamond in the morning about some more potential ideas. Diamond placed two guards inside Arctic's room to make sure he slept, ergo he was unable to meet with Foeslayer. One night later, Foeslayer had been pacing, frustrated with Arctic for not meeting her, when Arctic used his magic to "froze" Foeslayer's mother, phased through a wall, and told Foeslayer that they should run away together, then enchanted Foeslayer's earring to be protected from Diamond's enchantments. Foeslayer insisted that they couldn't abandon her tribe and mother to be stuck with the IceWings. Arctic reluctantly agreed to go to the Night Kingdom. Unfreezing Prudence, they made their way out of the Ice Kingdom. As they leave, six IceWing guards come after them, one being someone Arctic knew. The guards shot arrows at Foeslayer, and Arctic enchanted the guards' spears to stop them, not realizing that they'd kill them. When Foeslayer breathes fire at her, Arctic caught it with his magic and threw it at Snowflake, badly burning her wings, resulting in Snowfox going into an angry fit about how she was going to kill every last NightWing. When Foeslayer asked Artic if his soul felt fine, and he responded that it was none of her concern. When Foeslayer stated that it was, Arctic growled at her.|
He is shown to love and care about Foeslayer very much, enough to break every rule that his kingdom had set in place for her sake. They are shown to bicker, tease, and flirt quite frequently, though sometimes it escalates into real arguments as shown in Darkstalker's first memory. After Foeslayer convinces Arctic to live in the Night Kingdom with her instead of running away together, he almost regrets leaving the IceWings for her. However, he still loves her; when Darkstalker hatches he sees that inside Arctic there is a "small, warm ember of love for Mother" hidden under layers of ice. When Arctic discovers Darkstalker is an animus he debates on if he should tell anyone or not, but, in the end, he 'couldn't bear to keep it from Foeslayer' and tells her. In one of Clearsight's visions, he was crying over a painting of Foeslayer by Whiteout. She may have been the only thing that was keeping him grounded and sane.
His exact relationship with his son is unknown, though it definitely was not a positive one. He was disappointed upon Darkstalker's hatching that the dragonet did not resemble him, and thought his name was creepy. Upon hatching, Darkstalker wanted to turn his father into a fireball and blow his ashes away. It is revealed that Arctic unintentionally trained his son to control his mind-reading powers because his thoughts were always so bitter. While Darkstalker was growing up, Arctic constantly warned him and Whiteout about the dangers of animus magic. When Arctic found out that Darkstalker was an animus, he seemed to dislike him more, as if he felt threatened by Darkstalker. After Foeslayer is captured and Arctic tried to bring Whiteout to the Ice Kingdom against her will, it was enough to convince Darkstalker that he was evil, leading to him enchanting Arctic to obey his every command. He then made Arctic disembowel himself on a stage in front of the tribe.
Whiteout was Arctic's daughter, and, according to Darkstalker, he often acted as though she was his only dragonet. He openly preferred her over Darkstalker, most likely because her IceWing genetics were more visible. Although Arctic seems to spend time with Whiteout by taking her on outings and buying her special fish, Darkstalker thinks that Arctic doesn't really care about her feelings and treats her "like she was a necklace he could hang in the corner until he needed her again." It is unknown if Arctic actually disregards her feelings or if his IceWing upbringing caused him to be more distant and aloof as a parent. Later in the book, Arctic is shown disapproving of her feelings for Thoughtful, most likely because he was a NightWing. Arctic also shows little consideration for who his daughter actually is as a dragon, using animus magic to alter Whiteout's personality, making her hate her brother, want to marry an IceWing, and live in the Ice Kingdom despite the fact that she would be miserable there. He also used his magic to change the way Whiteout spoke so she would sound "normal," revealing a desire for his daughter to be exactly how he wants her to be, a "perfect" dragonet in contrast to Darkstalker.
Arctic clearly had quite a bit of resentment against his mother, having pictured making an enchantment to freeze her mouth shut forever. She is shown controlling basically every aspect of his life to keep him in line and do the best for their Kingdom. The strain on their relationship escalated after Arctic ran off with Foeslayer without her knowing. When Darkstalker was young, Diamond sent Arctic a secret message instructing him to kill his dragonets in exchange for coming back to the Ice Kingdom. In the message she degrades him, saying that she was right all along about Foeslayer tricking him and that she loves him despite his 'poor choices and terrible mistakes.' Arctic ignores her message because not only does he hate the way she calls him foolish, but he also doesn't want to leave Foeslayer and Whiteout.
Arctic is shown to find Snowflake quite boring and is very unenthusiastic about marrying her. Upon meeting in the prologue, he completely forgets her name and ditched her at the first opportunity. She is about as uninterested in him as he is in her.
Although Arctic didn't interact with Clearsight much, he seemed to be genuinely concerned when she had visions in his house in front of him and was worried when she told him a prophecy about his death.
Animus Enchanted Items
Foeslayer's Protection Earring- A diamond earring of his own that he enchanted to keep Foeslayer warm, safe from harm, and immune to animus spells.
Freezing Dagger - A dagger he enchanted so that whenever he would point it in the direction of a dragon, it would freeze them whenever the user says "freeze." To unfreeze them, the user must say "unfreeze."
Invisibility Armband - An armband that Arctic enchanted to allow the user to walk through walls and turn invisible when turned clockwise, and then turn the user visible once more when it is turned counterclockwise. If another dragon is touched while the armband is making the user invisible, the dragon being touched will also become invisible.
Several Spears - Arctic, during his and Foeslayer's escape from the Ice Kingdom, enchanted several spears to stop the guards from catching them. However, he did not specify how the spears would stop the guards, and the guards were unfortunately and accidentally killed.
Shielding Earring - An earring enchanted to keep animus spells from affecting him.
Whiteout's Necklace - a necklace enchanted to make Whiteout speak "normally" and want to follow him to the Ice Kingdom.
Fireball - When Foeslayer and Arctic were escaping and Snowflake and Snowfox were trying to pursue them, Foeslayer breathed a fireball at them to slow them down, but Arctic enchanted it to directly attack Snowflake, scarring her wing and possibly preventing her from flying for life.
- "Imagine disobeying an order - any order. Where would I even start?"
- ― to himself, when Foeslayer mentions not following orders (Darkstalker, prologue)
- "I was taking my daughter to Queen Diamond. I was going to offer her talons in marriage to whomever Diamond chose, so she could hatch some heirs for the throne who might have animus blood. I was going to live in an ice palace again, sleeping at night like a normal dragon. I was going to find out if Foeslayer is still alive. I was going to offer the IceWings a detailed map of the Night Kingdom and a way to get inside to destroy you all, in exchange for her life."
- ― when Darkstalker forcefully made him say what he was planning. (Darkstalker, page 331)
- "Sounds more like he creeps through the dark. Like a stalker."
- ― about Foeslayer naming Darkstalker (Darkstalker, page 15)
- "This is a bad idea. The very worst. Neither of our tribes would forgive us. Mother will never allow it. All the more reason. I won't let the queen crush my entire life between her claws. It's my life, my magic, and my heart."
- ― to himself, while in the Ice Kingdom with Foeslayer (Darkstalker, prologue)
- "I do wish I'd been a better father. If I were, I would have strangled you the moment you hatched."
- ― his final words when Darkstalker made him say he wished he'd been a better father (Darkstalker, page 333)
- All animus NightWings were descended from him and Foeslayer, as he brought animus magic into the tribe.
- Even though Arctic had no NightWing powers, he unintentionally taught Darkstalker to use his. It is implied that instead of instructing him on how to do so, Darkstalker was so disturbed by his father's bitter thoughts that he taught himself to shut them out.
- Darkstalker brought hawks home to eat because they reminded Arctic of the Ice Kingdom.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Darkstalker, page 147
- ↑ Darkstalker, page 14
- ↑ Darkstalker, page 48
- ↑ Darkstalker, page 175
- ↑ Darkstalker, page 174
- ↑ Darkstalker, page 51