"No prophecy decides what happens to me. I'm not letting a bunch of words or baby dragons decide when I die or what I bow to. We can have peace when my sisters are dead and I am queen of the SandWings."
Burn had pale yellow and pale golden scales that radiated heat like a desert horizon that were covered with jagger scars, one of which was a particularly vicious burn along the majority of the flank under her left wing.
Her obsidian-black eyes had no white in them at all; they were orbs of pure, menacing black and similar to those of Blaze and Blister. She was massive and of enormous size, much bigger than Scarlet and both of her sisters, with long talons twice the size of Clay's. She did not wear any accessories, but her claws and teeth were stained from all of the blood she had shed.
Glory implied that Burn was one of the dangerous dragons in Pyrrhia. Burn hated hybrids, and often was fixed with a ferocious glare. She did not care much for her prisoners during the War of SandWing Succession, and they sometimes would go days without food. She was described as the most powerful of her siblings, and she used this to her advantage, fighting her way through any obstacle. She was violent, using brute force to win her battles, and cutting down opponents with her sheer size and strength. She was extremely sadistic and loved killing, mutilating, and stuffing things, which she displayed in her Weirdling Tower. Burn wished to include Sunny in her collection as well. Six-Claws mentioned that one thing Burn loved more than mutilating animals was war; when she heard that Blister was negotiating alliances with the SeaWings and MudWings, Burn was horribly delighted, as "two sisters out there lurking and scheming was just annoying — but armies lurking out to attack her, […] that meant violence and mayhem and fun." Burn was ruthless and showed no mercy to her enemies. She had no qualms about viciously killing and mounting the head of anyone who opposed her on the walls of her stronghold and maiming Dune just because Six-Claws disagreed with her.
Burn was the eldest, strongest, and largest of the three daughters of Queen Oasis. She got along fine with her mother, Oasis, who mentioned that if she gave Burn an odd-looking or deformed thing or creature, she would disappear into her room for days to study it. It seemed that Burn was Queen Oasis's favourite daughter, considering how well they got along.
After Queen Oasis was supposedly murdered by three treasure-seeking scavengers, Burn became embroiled in conflict for the throne of the SandWings with her two younger sisters, Blaze and Blister. She also had three brothers — the only living one being Smolder — whom she was shown to abuse. She had killed her other two brothers, Prince Scald and Prince Singe, for unknown reasons, most likely because of disobedience or doing something without Burn's permission. The princes were described to have been killed for "annoying" her.
Shortly after Queen Oasis's death, Burn took over the palace. She either drove Blaze and Blister out, or Blister and Blaze escaped before she got to them. Burn was allied with the SkyWings and MudWings, two very powerful fighting tribes, and appeared to be winning the war.
Burn was the SandWing who murdered Hvitur, one of the guardians of the dragonets, and the SkyWing egg the night before the brightest night, the day on which the dragonets of destiny would hatch.
She travelled all the way from her stronghold after Queen Scarlet captured the dragonets of destiny. She intended to watch Scarlet dispose of the dragonets in her gladiatorial arena and take Sunny back with her for her collection of oddities, but the dragonets escaped when Glory attempted to spray venom on Burn. Burn, using Queen Scarlet as a shield, shot into the sky. She later sent out search parties after the dragonets, who managed to avoid them.
Burn was mentioned briefly when Anemone, Tsunami, and Whirlpool were discussing the things that Anemone could do with her animus magic, such as enchant a spear to kill Burn and win the war for Blister.
After the escape of the dragonets, Burn took Queen Scarlet prisoner to "keep her safe," and because she was "in no condition to battle Ruby for the throne." With Scarlet being imprisoned, Ruby became the functioning queen of the SkyWings. Burn considers Ruby to be an unsatisfactory ruler because she refuses to join any battle on Burn's side until she has "restored order to the Sky Kingdom" and "established the stability of her own throne."
Burn is put forward as a possible kidnapper of RainWings, but Glory shoots down that idea, saying that Burn doesn't like pretty things, but rather "horribly weird things."
In the epilogue, Burn is shown in her stronghold, discussing the dragonets of destiny with Smolder. She and Smolder decide to kill all five of the dragonets. She refers to Scarlet as her guest rather than her prisoner.
Burn appeared at her stronghold when the dragonets of destiny were choosing the SandWing queen. Blister mentioned the gift she gave her, and Burn ordered Smolder to bring it to her. Worried, Sunny told Burn to be careful, and Burn mocked Blister, pulling out one of the dragonbite vipers that was inside the box. Burn took a few steps toward Blister, planning to have it bite her, but a second viper lunged out of the box, biting Burn's ankle and killing her. Smolder commented that he never thought he'd outlive Burn.
Burn was first mentioned by an unknown SandWing student at Jade Mountain Academy saying that "Burn would have been a strong queen" but was ultimately glad Thorn was queen instead. She was mentioned again by Qibli while talking to Onyx saying "I'm amazed you were able to avoid Burn's soldiers for so long."
Burn is seen in the prologue seated next to Queen Scarlet as she first reveals Peril to her children and other SkyWings of importance. Scarlet tells them how Burn killed an IceWing (Hvitur) from the Talons of Peace that was trying to steal a SkyWing egg, and that they must destroy all the SkyWing eggs hatching on the Brightest Night. Burn is anxious to kill the rest of the eggs, but Scarlet makes a show of it, having Peril burn the eggs.
While talking to Fierceteeth and Strongwings after Darkstalker caught them trying to kill Glory, she briefly mentions Burn while conversing with them, stating how their kidnapping of Sunny and plan to turn her in along with the other dragonets of destiny over to Burn to have them killed won't be easily forgiven.
After Glacier asks her daughters to promise that they won't have their kingdom fight in a war similar to the War of SandWing Succession for the IceWing throne, Snowfall thought how Mink knew little about the War of SandWing Succession and wouldn't be able to name Burn and her sisters since she was only two years old.
Burn was seen by a few scavengers flying over the grate, and they theorized someone else was visiting. She was seen by Leaf leaving with Queen Scarlet to deal with the music, along with a few guards. Later, Leaf sees Queen Scarlet unconscious beneath her throne. Burn enters the room with a few guards, has them pick her up, and they all flew out again. Leaf interprets this as a SandWing attack on the SkyWings.
Burn and Blister lured their sister, Blaze, into a sandstorm. After Six-Claws rescued her, he went into training for the army. After the death of Queen Oasis, Six-Claws served as a general in Burn's army, under the condition that she received his unusual talons after his death. She told him that when he dies, his army is to cut off his talons and give them to her for her to collect.
She was later seen arguing with Six-Claws about attacking the MudWings instead of finding Blaze. During the ensuing argument, she crippled Dune, so he was unable to fly again. This was one of the events that placed doubt in Six-Claws, causing him to leave the army with Dune and Kindle.
Burn despised both of her sisters and did not seem to have a good relationship with them even before the war started. She was willing, even eager, to kill both of them to claim the throne. Blister despised Burn as well, starting the war because she knew she couldn't defeat Burn in claw-to-claw combat. Ultimately, Burn's death was at the claws of her cunning sister. However, Burn was stated to have liked Blister better than Blaze; both she and Blister once plotted to kill the young princess as dragonets.
Oasis and Burn had a good relationship, stated by Oasis to be "odd but reasonable." Oasis could easily distract Burn by giving her something strange, and Burn would go into her room for days to study it. At the stronghold during the Brightest Night, Thorn comments that she was impressed at Burn's poetic tombstone for Queen Oasis. It is suggested that, rather, she mourned for Oasis, who thought that she and Burn "actually got along, in a way."
Six-Claws served under Burn for twelve years during the war and was a trusted general. The two got along reasonably well until Six-Claws argued against her orders, which strained their relationship. Burn seemed to be more sparing towards Six-Claws than other odd dragons and did not kill him right away. Instead, she wanted his talons hung up after his death, which never happened.
Smolder was the only brother that Burn allowed to live. However, she tended to feel uncomfortable around Smolder because he has a similar appearance to Blister. It was implied many times that Burn seemed to threaten Smolder with death so he'd obey her orders at all times, as Smolder fears for his life whenever something goes wrong.
"I don't care. No prophecy decides what happens to me. I'm not letting a bunch of words or baby dragons decide when I die or what I bow to. We can have peace when my sisters are dead and I am queen of the SandWings."
"The supposed new queen of the SkyWings is a bore and a nuisance, […] She wants to 'restore order in the Sky Kingdom' and 'establish the stability of her own throne' before engaging in any more battles at my side. She's even more difficult than her annoying mother, and she follows orders very poorly, if at all. We haven't had a satisfying battle in weeks. I'm considering getting rid of her."
"Oh, I will, [.…] Everyone will finally shut up about the wonderful 'dragonets of destiny' when I have their heads mounted on spikes on my walls. […] Mark my words. Soon we'll put an end to this prophecy nonsense once and for all."
"Of course it is, especially if it is from my clever little sister. Sending me a present, thinking I'll open it without any suspicion. As if I didn't recognize the hiss of a dragonbite viper when I hear it."
― to Sunny, when Smolder gives her a box from Blister containing two dragonbite vipers (The Brightest Night, page 274)
"I'll kill you — I'll claw that — it hurts — stop it — stop the —"