Cattail is a female adult MudWing and the mother of Clay, Umber, Reed, Sora, Pheasant, Crane, and Marsh, as well as a sister of Asha, a member of the Talons of Peace who had been killed by getting between a battle. She sold Clay's egg to the Talons of Peace for two cows, which they were suppose to breed. She was quite nonchalant about in The Dragonet Prophecy. She was very minor and is shown to be careless and lazy.
Cattail is a thin, brown MudWing with mud-brown eyes that have yellow rings around each pupil. Her wings are pale brown and have lighter dappled patterns on them.
Cattail had Clay and his siblings after a breeding night in the outer region of the Mud Kingdom. Her sister, Asha, saw Clay to be the potential MudWing dragonet of the prophecy, seeing as his egg was blood-red and would hatch on the brightest night. Cattail didn't really care what happened to her eggs, like most MudWings, so she sold his egg to the Talons of Peace in exchange for at least two cows, and appeared to have no guilt or remorse towards the deal. She is shown to not care whatsoever for Clay, like traditional MudWing mothers.
When Clay made his way back to her in the company of Glory (who was disguised as a MudWing), Cattail was irritated at his lack of knowledge about the traditions of MudWings. She also showed little to no attachment to her dragonets, which is common behavior for most MudWing mothers, but left Clay very upset because his fantasies of his frantic mother and father were not true.
Though Clay, while growing up under the mountain, had many fantasies about his mother and father, who he hoped had cared about him and been frantic when his egg was "stolen", Cattail, like many MudWing mothers, didn't seem to particularly care about her dragonets, and didn't even know who their father was. In fact, the Talons of Peace didn't even have to steal Clay's egg - Cattail sold it to them for a couple of cows. She told Clay that "There were six other eggs in the hatching. They didn't need you."
Cattail seems to have cared about her sister, having been distraught after learning that Asha had died shortly after delivering Clay's egg and saying that their bigwings would be furious. Despite this, she also commented that her sister had been "softhearted and mushy about crazy things" and had loved to preach about the prophecy and peace to the other dragons of their village. Cattail remarked that "She left a lot of blithering, dreamy-eyed dragons behind in this village, let me tell you". After finding out that Asha had died, Cattail had also told Clay and Glory that it "served her right" for choosing the Talons of Peace over her own kin. Clay then wonders how it would have felt to have another guardian, but one that gave them hope and cared about them.
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- A cattail is a kind of plant that grows in swamps, besides small bodies of water and wetlands. Cattail ends are hairy, making them look like a cat's tail.
- Cattail is apparently one of the "lowest-born MudWings" according to Kestrel because she lives around the Diamond Spray Delta.