Cattail is thin, with brown scales and wings that have dappled patterns of paler brown scales on them. She has brown eyes like Clay's, with a ring of yellow around the black slit of a pupil, and her laughter is a high croaking sound like a thousand bullfrogs yelling at once.
Not much is shown of her personality, but it can be inferred that she is lazy, careless, and irresponsible. She was quite nonchalant about selling Clay when he was an egg and did not seem to care for him when they reunited in The Dragonet Prophecy.
Cattail had Clay and his siblings' eggs after a breeding night in the outer region of the Mud Kingdom. Her sister, Asha, saw Clay as the potential MudWing dragonet of the prophecy, seeing as his egg was blood-red and would hatch on the brightest night. Cattail didn't 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 "delicious" deal, a typical MudWing trait being the love of food.
The Dragonet Prophecy
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 almost no attachment to her dragonets, which is common behavior for most MudWing mothers (but then again, she had no discipline in battle, and she seemed to be cruel), but left Clay very upset because his fantasies of his frantic mother and father were not true.
She's mentioned when Tsunami hopes her mother cares about her more than Cattail does about Clay.
Similarly to Tsunami in The Lost Heir Glory thought about how Cattail sold Clay's egg for two cows and certainly didn't want him back. She hoped her parents wouldn't be like that.
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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. 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, "There were six other eggs in the hatching. They didn't need you." This news massively disappointed Clay.
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 (Asha).
- "Oh, that egg, [...] Asha got all excited about that. Don't know why; the village has a red egg every few years or so. But I didn't lose it."
- — to Clay about his blood red egg (The Dragonet Prophecy, page 283)
- "We sold it to the Talons of Peace, [...] Does this mean they want the cows back? Because they can't have them. I know we were supposed to breed them, but we ate them, so too bad."
- — about Clay's egg (The Dragonet Prophecy, page 283)
- "Why not? [...] There were six other eggs in the hatching. They didn't need you. [...] Asha didn't tell you any of this?"
- — about why she sold Clay's egg (The Dragonet Prophecy, page 283)
- "That's Asha, all right, [..] She was always softhearted and mushy about crazy things. She loved mooning around little dragonets, telling the story of that prophecy. She left a lot of blithering, obsessed dreamy-eyed dragons behind in this village, let me tell you; they still won't shut up about destiny and peace and all that."
- — about her sister Asha (The Dragonet Prophecy, page 284)
- "Hee! Snorf! You don't know anything about MudWings, do you? Your father doesn't care. I don't even know who he is. The tribe has breeding nights once a month, nothing more."
- — to Clay when he asks who his father is (The Dragonet Prophecy (Graphic Novel), page 200)
- "You tell the Talons, we made a deal! They can't have those cows back! Because we ate them..."
- — when Clay and Glory were leaving (The Dragonet Prophecy (Graphic Novel), page 201)
- ↑ The Dragonet Prophecy, page 281
- ↑ The Dragonet Prophecy, page 282
- ↑ The Dragonet Prophecy, page 285