Clay is a young male MudWing and the main protagonist of The Dragonet Prophecy. He is one of the five dragonets of destiny, and was sold to the Talons of Peace by his mother Cattail (in exchange for some cows) in order to help fulfill the Dragonet Prophecy.
He and the other Dragonets of Destiny were largely responsible for the end of the War of SandWing Succession and the founding of the Jade Mountain Academy, in which he currently works as the instructor of its Herbs and Healing class. He may have romantic feelings for Peril.
Clay is a Mudwing with mahogany-brown, fire-resistant scales, undertones of glowing amber and gold. His snout is flatter (like other MudWings) compared to other dragons, and is brown and tough. He has enormous feet and thick, brown claws as well as big mud-colored wings and warm brown eyes, although he differs in appearance on the cover in terms of color He is the biggest of the dragonets of destiny and has a rumbly, deep, warm voice. He limps and has a scar on his right hind leg from the events of The Brightest Night, in which Peril burned out dragonbite viper venom out of his leg (after he pushed his friends out of the way to protect them).
Clay is a kind, empathetic, courageous dragon, he and will do anything to keep his friends and family safe. He is seen as a bigwing by most of his friends due to his selflessness, protectiveness, and kindness. This is also because of the MudWing tradition where the bigwings attempts to help their siblings hatch from their eggs. He is willing to give anyone the benefit of the doubt, but he will stand up for himself and his loved ones at all costs, even willing to guard them with his own life. He's loyal to a fault, this was introduced when he refused to leave Glory with Kestrel in The Dragonet Prophecy. He is also honest, open, and would never intentionally hurt someone's feelings. He's also very patient and empathetic, as shown in Moon Rising when he calmly separates Pike and Carnelian when they were having a heated argument. He also loves feasts and food in general (like most MudWings, as seen by Ochre), and Sunny teases him about that, and calling it "adorable."
Clay is the son of Cattail, who sold his egg for at least two cows to the Talons of Peace without hesitation. Clay was brought to the hidden cave by the Asha, a member of the Talons of Peace who was also his aunt. Unfortunately, Asha died shortly after bringing him due to injuries she received when she had been caught in a clash between the forces of Blister and Blaze. Clay was the first Dragonet of Destiny to hatch on the brightest night and tried to help break the rest of the dragonet's eggs open. It's instinctual for the first of a MudWing clutch to hatch to help the others out of their shells by breaking them, but with Asha being dead and unable to explain this, the rest of the guardians misunderstood this action and thought he was trying to kill them. Therefore, Clay was expelled into the river until the rest of the eggs hatched. Luckily, MudWings can hold their breath for an hour. Clay always felt bad for "attacking" the other Dragonets of Destiny as eggs and worried about his inner monster that Kestrel, one of The Dragonets' guardians, tried to pry out of him on a daily basis. Tsunami, the SeaWing in the Prophecy, states sarcastically in The Dragonet Prophecy, 'You big dragons are around to tell us about it all the time.' after biting Kestrel to defend Clay when Kestrel is being callous towards him.
Clay grew up with the other Dragonets of Destiny, Tsunami, Glory, Sunny, and Starflight under a large mountain in the Sky Kingdom. They were raised by Kestrel, Dune, and Webs, members of the Talons of Peace, although they had low opinions of their guardians, calling their raising "imprisonment." Clay had trouble in battle training with Kestrel, who periodically attacked him with fire and complained about how he was too gentle, demanding to see more of the 'vicious little monster' he supposedly had been when he hatched, referring to his eggshell-breaking episode. When the dragonets were old enough, they were supposed to leave the cave and fulfill the prophecy. However, they all possessed a desire to escape their confined existence, excluding Sunny. One day, the deliverer of the Dragonet Prophecy, Morrowseer, visited the cave to inspect the dragonets.
The menacing NightWing decreed that Clay, Tsunami, and Starflight were worthy of staying, showing special favor toward Starflight, that Sunny was a possible candidate, and that Glory was an unworthy substitute for the deceased SkyWing mentioned in the prophecy. Clay eavesdropped on the guardians through a river that ran throughout the entire cave and, overheard that they were planning to have Kestrel kill Glory the next night by snapping her neck. Tsunami was chained as part of this plot, as she was the only one who could stop Kestrel from killing Glory. Knowing that time was running out, Clay escaped through the underground river. Glory hid by changing her scale pattern to match the rocks and stalactites in the cave, gaining more time. Risking his life, (as MudWings are only able to hold their breath for about an hour compared to SeaWings, who have gills and can breathe underwater infinitely), Clay managed to get reasonably far down the river, but he was then covered with a substance that started to dissolve his scales (probably sulfur or sulfuric acid). He was rescued from this unfortunate fate by Tsunami, who finally succeeded in escaping with the aid of Sunny and Starflight by melting the chain links with the combined heat of their fire. After catching up to Clay, the two swam through the cave filled with glowworms and toxic sticky white substances until they burst outside, emerging from the waterfall that dropped at the cave entrance. This caused the two dragonets to start flying, or trying to fly, in Tsunami's case. After Clay got over the bout of excitement caused by his first flight, he noticed that Tsunami had rapidly fallen. Upon looking closer, Clay guessed one of her wings was dislocated, and this was the reason she was unable to fly properly. He barreled into a dive and sped towards her as fast as he could. He wasn't strong enough to stop her fall, but he was able to slow her down until they crashed into trees and thudded to the grassy ground.
Clay was unsurprisingly delighted by the mud that was bordering the banks of the river they had landed beside. After convincing Tsunami he could push the dislocated bone back into its socket, a scavenger appears in the clearing. It was holding a sword and a burlap sack. Upon further investigation, they found the sack contained a variety of jewels, gold, and jewelry. The duo then encountered Queen Scarlet of the SkyWings, who insisted they would return to her kingdom after she had a conversation with Clay and decided they could be useful. Knowing they had to get back to their friends still trapped in the cave, they had no choice but to injure the regal SkyWing by stabbing the scavenger's sword into the vulnerable spot on her tail. They managed to quickly escape before Scarlet found them and find their cave in able to free their friends shortly afterward, but were captured by the enraged Queen Scarlet, due to the smoke signal the remaining dragonets had set so that Tsunami and Clay could find the cave and free them.
Queen Scarlet challenged different prisoners against each other in gladiatorial style battles in her dreaded arena for her and her subjects' entertainment. If the prisoner won enough battles, she would put them against her champion, Peril. Peril was invulnerable because of a rare birth defect that caused her to be born with too much fire. This meant that Peril would burn anything she touched, so she couldn't read or write and had to be extremely cautious around other dragons. Clay began to befriend Peril, strangely immune to her heat. Clay volunteered to stand in for Starflight after learning he was next to fight in the arena. Queen Scarlet sent Clay to face off Fjord of the IceWings, who managed to pin him down. Fjord was about to strike the killing blow with his deadly frost breath when Glory secretly shot acidic venom that dissolved his face, and Clay was victorious. Later on, he decided to hide Peril during Kestrel's trial in exchange for the knowledge of Sunny's location.
After the trial, Peril did not speak with him. That night Queen Scarlet had her ally, Princess Burn over. To get Peril's attention, he used a wire Peril had accidentally burned through earlier, dragging it across his other wires to create a sound. He started playing The Dragonets Are Coming (Bar Song), and soon the other prisoners joined in. Scarlet and Burn noticed the racket and Clay, Starflight, and Tsunami were taken to Peril’s room, where Peril helped them escape. With the help of Peril, Clay and his friends tried to escape, only to be betrayed by Peril herself. During this vain escape, he learned that his scales were impervious to fire.
The following day was Queen Scarlet's hatching day, so she set up bloody plans for her and Burn’s entertainment. The three confused dragonets (Starflight, Tsunami, and Clay) were taken to the balcony of the queens, on which Burn and Scarlet were seated on as well. He watched helplessly as Tsunami was forced to fight a mad SeaWing called Gill, who was later revealed to be her father. After Tsunami killed him, Clay was also forced to watch Starflight and Tsunami fight scavengers and IceWings. After Starlight was rescued by Morrowseer and the other NightWings, Clay was faced against Peril. He surprised her with his ability to fight back, and quickly pinned her, but wouldn't kill her. When Scarlet suggested Clay used what she thought was his venom, Glory shot venom from her front longest fangs at Burn, who shoved Scarlet in the way. The venom hit Scarlet in the side of her face, causing it to melt. They were then able to escape with Peril's help, and succeeded in rescuing Kestrel in the process, the action in which Clay and Sunny were the only supporters.
They finally managed to escape, and then they traveled to the Mud Kingdom to find Clay's parents. Clay was disappointed to find that his mother didn't care about him and sold him to the Talons of Peace in exchange for two cows, but he found the group of his brothers and sisters, Reed, Marsh, Sora, Umber, and Pheasant (though one named Crane was killed in a recent battle, later found that it was Princess Icicle who killed her) that he would have belonged with if he not been taken by the Talons of Peace. Finally, at peace with himself, Clay leaves with his friends in the search for Tsunami's parents.
Clay was probably one of the five dragonets that Wren and Sky saw together through a hole to a cave system. Wren recognized him due to having seen "swamp dragons" (the way scavengers refer to MudWings) before. Clay later saved Leaf, one of the main protagonists of Dragonslayer. He dropped Leaf onto a beach.
For most of The Lost Heir, Clay is imprisoned with his fellow Dragonets of Destiny; Sunny, Starflight, and Glory by Queen Coral, chained by his ankles to a cave floor. When water levels rose due to a flood, he was willing to keep his friends away from the rising water by letting them sit on his back and stack on top of each other, showing the willingness to sacrifice his life to save them. MudWings can hold their breath for over an hour, however, so that might have come into play during the half-plan they made up. He was soon freed by Tsunami and they together sat in a dry cave and ate food. When Blister arrived, she called him 'the burly one'. Clay wasn't seen later on in the book until Auklet hatched and the five were imprisoned. When The Summer Palace pavilion attack by the SkyWings occurred, Clay was seen shielding Starflight and Sunny since his scales are immune to fire, surprising many of Burn's soldiers in the process.
After the dragonets escaped from The Kingdom of the Sea, they headed to the Rainforest Kingdom, where Clay was knocked out with a sleeping dart to get to the RainWing village. While Glory was being toured around by Jambu, Starflight went right on torturing Clay in his sleep by rolling a melon in front of his nose and watching for Clay's reaction. Clay reacted by sighing wistfully and his tongue lolled in and out of his mouth, later stating that the food in his dream "smelled like a melon" and that it was kind of weird. Later, when Glory became imprisoned by the NightWings (which happened since she was trying out an experiment), Clay and Deathbringer came to her rescue, and Clay helped fight off the NightWing guards near the tunnel to the rainforest by throwing red-hot coals at them. He, Glory, and a RainWing dragonet named Kinkajou ended up escaping successfully, while Deathbringer stayed behind with the NightWings. Clay later kept watching by the tunnels to the NightWing Island with Starflight. After Glory became queen, he came running back from the tunnel to tell her that Starflight was gone and falsely guessed that Starflight went to warn the NightWings.
Clay didn't make much of an appearance in The Dark Secret, as the book primarily centers around Starflight trapped on the NightWing Island. Starflight tried using a dreamvisitor (a blue gem-like object that was created by an animus to allow dragons to visit other dragons they have seen or know in dreams) to visit Clay in his dreams, but Clay didn't find Starflight popping into his dreams disturbing or even abnormal. He seemed to think Starlight was a part of the dream. Clay was seen to be eating or 'feasting' and was extremely pleased because his siblings were there with him. When Starlight returned to the Rainforest, Clay was the second Dragonet of Destiny to see him and was more than happy to see his best friend/brother back safely. When Starflight was injured by the volcanic explosion's fire, Clay sheltered him with his wings, protecting him and carrying him through the tunnel and out of danger, although the NightWing still lost his sight. The lava still burned Clay, and the fact that he risked all of that pain to save Starflight shows, again, his willingness to endure intense pain or death for his friends.
Clay first appeared when he bursts out of the tunnel, shielding Starflight. Sunny mentioned that the Dragonets of Destiny may have been like the alternate dragonets if not for his kindness and support. He was not mentioned much more until Sunny returns to the Rainforest Kingdom. Clay met Sunny when he came out of the healers' hut and tackled her down, telling her how he knew that she would be alright. When the dragonets were in the stronghold, Burn ripped off the top of the box Blister sent her and pulled out a dragonbite viper. A second one jumped out and bites Burn and kills her. The second viper headed toward Starflight, Fatespeaker, and Sunny, but Clay knocked them out of the way and got bitten instead. Black veins soon started spreading out all over his right thigh. Peril flew out of nowhere, said that "she would not let Clay die", and burned out the venom by digging her talons on the section of his leg that got bitten, removing and burning out the venom, and Clay survived, though he was left scarred and limping for the rest of his life.
Clay serves as a sort of school monitor for the newly founded Jade Mountain Academy, shown in how he patrols the halls and stops at least two fights. He is in charge of the Prey Center at the school, which turns out to be much more chaotic than he originally expected, saying that "This...didn't go quite how I planned". He also appears to be like a doctor, treating injured dragonets in the infirmary.
When the Dragonflame Cactus exploded in the History Cave, he runs inside to help get anyone out who may have been trapped. He is unharmed again due to his fire-resistant scales and manages to retrieve a burned but alive Tamarin. At the assembly later he talks, but Moonwatcher wasn't listening to him in her search for the dragon that caused the explosion.
Clay appears in the first part of the book. He is supposed to retrieve Peril from her cave as soon as Queen Ruby leaves. Peril follows him as he and the others fly out to face Scarlet, and promises to help Queen Ruby. When Peril asks Clay what he wants her to do, he replies that she "should make her own choices". Later in the night, during an argument with Queen Ruby about whether or not they're able to trust Peril, Starflight reveals that Peril is in love with Clay and will likely kill everyone if she finds out that his feelings aren't mutual. Clay acts slightly embarrassed but then changes the subject.
Although he doesn't appear directly, he is featured in Peril's thoughts frequently throughout the rest of the book.
Clay comes out to the landing area with Sunny to stop Darkstalker, where he asks if the NightWing is a monster and reading everybody's minds is nosy. He looks embarrassed, alarmed and confused at the same time when Darkstalker says his thoughts are "very kind about certain dragons," most likely meaning Peril, although this is yet to be confirmed. Later, Clay gathers dragons to tell them the story of Ruby's fight with Scarlet. Peril says that she talked to him and he hugs her, pleased with her as a whole. Qibli tells Peril that Clay likes her too, but "doesn't know quite what to do about it yet."
Clay first appears in the book teaching the Herbs and Healing class, explaining his injury. Then he helps Qibli search for a weapon to break into the Scorpion Den to save one of Clay's students, Ostrich. He was showing the "weapon box" when Qibli complained about the limited selection of weapons, and that he'd be better off cutting his own throat and hanging himself from the alley wall. Clay then asks if Qibli needs to be armed to visit his grandfather, Vulture. Straight after Clay said no to Qibli's question of having any poison, Winter appears, stating that he will not need any poison because he will be there, accompanying Qibli. After a bit of arguing, Winter spots a replica of Qibli's earring on Clay's ear. Clay then proceeds to say that they're very fashionable. Qibli attempts to persuade Winter to put one on but fails. Clay is later seen in the book helping to fight off incoming NightWings. As fighting broke off by Jade Mountain, Qibli had said he heard a roar of pain that sounded like Clay. Clay was then seen trying to stand after getting a deep fang-bite in one of his forelegs. Peril and Sunny helped Clay stand up and all of them headed into Jade Mountain Academy. In the epilogue, Clay and Peril talk and fly in the rain together, showing that he most likely returns the feelings that Peril has for him.
It is highly likely Tsunami was talking to Clay in The Poison Jungle when Tsunami was talking in her sleep through the dreamvisitor, and he was asking "Are the cows bigger and tastier over there?".
As with the other dragonets, Clay considers Starflight a brother and states that he dreams of being lectured by the NightWing. He took the dragonbite viper bite meant for Starflight and shielded him when the volcano from the NightWing Fortress exploded. Even if Clay gets annoyed by Starflight’s lectures, he cares for him and had risked his life for him.
Tsunami is one of Clay's closest friends. She found and cured him when Clay was drenched in the white ooze in the underground river and his scales were burning with pain. Also, she stabbed Scarlet's tail to allow herself and Clay to fly away from the SkyWing queen. Later, she calls Clay a "handsome idiot" and gives him a hint that Peril likes him, though it goes right over his head. Throughout the book, Tsunami often interjects when Clay talks about Glory and Sunny in front of Peril because she appears to understand that Peril gets jealous. After she and Clay escape from under the mountain, Clay notices how beautiful and shiny her scales were in full sunlight. In The Lost Heir, she states she had feelings for Clay and Starflight but had gotten over her crushes when she realized Clay thought of her as a sister and that Starflight was "too annoying". She was also the second one to hatch, and the first egg Clay tried to help with hatching.
Sunny is like a little sister to Clay, and he treats her as such. When Clay decided to travel down the river under the mountain, Sunny said, "Don't you dare die!" Clay also wanted to go save Sunny when she was trapped in a cage in the Sky Kingdom. When Sunny wants to explain her idea about the darts in the RainWings' attack, she turns to Clay because she thinks he will listen. He seems to be the dragonet she confides in the most. Clay takes a poisonous viper bite to save Sunny's life and says he would do it over and over again if he could. He is one of the only dragons to take Sunny seriously, as shown when Clay paid attention to the "weird crab" Sunny found.
Glory is also one of Clay's friends. He describes her as "smart and beautiful", and feels bad about thinking that Glory was asleep when she was displayed as "artwork." When Glory comes into view after Kestrel says she's going to kill her, Clay twines his tail with hers. When Glory goes missing, Clay is very worried about her(goes to save her). In Escaping Peril, he was devastated when he believed she'd been killed by Scarlet. Clay may have romantic feelings for Glory.
Clay befriended Peril while trapped in the SkyWing arena by Ex-Queen Scarlet. They quickly became friends and Peril developed feelings for him because he was the only dragon that liked her the way she was. After Clay fights Fjord, Peril brings hot mud to treat his scratches and wounds. He soon finds out that Scarlet ordered Peril not to talk to him, but she defies those orders. Peril seemed jealous of the other dragonets because she wanted Clay to herself; when she helps the dragonets escape and later betrays them, Clay touches her and discovers that he's immune to her firescales. This helps when he fights Peril against his will in the arena, leaving Peril to admit that she wanted to save him after Kestrel and for him to like her more than the other dragonets. She says she does not want to kill him, and Clay says she has to.
Their fight ends after Queen Scarlet is sprayed with Glory's venom, and they escape in the ensuing chaos. Glory says Peril might be the missing SkyWing, but that is proved false. Peril chose to stay behind and distract the other SkyWings from the escaping dragonets, where she states that's all she's good for. But then Clay delivers the award-winning line when he finally gets it, saying that it's not all she's good for and giving her a dragon equivalent of a hug. Peril leaves but sees the dragonets again in The Brightest Night and Moon Rising. Peril saves Clay's life in the fifth book by burning out the dragonbite viper's venom in his thigh. In the sixth book, he invites her to the Jade Mountain Academy. In Talons of Power (Book), Qibli tells Peril that Clay likes her but just doesn't know what to do about it, most likely reflecting on his situation with Moon. In Darkness of Dragons, Peril and Clay go flying together. In this scene, Clay likely reciprocates Peril's feelings for him. Clay sees the good in Peril even when she does not.
Clay has 6 siblings: Reed, Marsh, Crane, Pheasant, Sora, and Umber. He met them when Clay went to go meet his mother, along with Glory, disguised as a MudWing. Crane had died in the sibling's first battle, between Burn's and Blaze's forces, before Clay came back. If his egg was not taken by the Talons of Peace, Clay would have been the troop's bigwings. In Clay's absence, Reed became the bigwings. He did ask if Clay wanted to be their bigwings, but Clay turned Reed's offer down, knowing that Reed would do a better job, having grown up with MudWings and having the complete trust and loyalty of all their siblings. When Starflight used his dreamvisitor, he saw Clay dream about his siblings. Starflight said that Clay's siblings were, "More dragons we have to save in this war." Clay seemed shocked and saddened when Sora set a dragonfire cactus off in the school.
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"Hey, it's all right. It's not such a bad destiny, Sunny. I'd die to save you and Starflight over and over if I had to." - Clay to Sunny The Brightest Night, page 280
''You know what I love? Fish. Lots of fish. Big fish I can eat, not these little wriggle-scraps.”- To his friends when Tsunami says she loves the smell of the ocean.
"Boring! Stop fighting with each other! Come and fight me for this treasure instead!" - To Starflight and Glory during a play-acting of Queen Oasis's death in The Dragonet Prophecy (Book).
"I'm awake. I'm just waiting until Glory and Tsunami stop fighting. I was dreaming about sheep and buffalo and bears. They were all on the table in front of me and I had to decide which to eat first. Oh, and they all smelled like melons. That part was kind of weird." - Recovering from being tranquilized in The Hidden Kingdom.
"I'd like to be something more than alive. I'd like to be the kind of dragon she doesn't think I am - the kind they write prophecies about. That dragon would rescue her no matter how awful she is." - To Peril about saving Kestrel.
"You should go. Fly across the sea as fast as you can. Maybe you'll make it before the volcano explodes." - To Morrowseer
"I'd die to save you and Starflight over and over if I had to." - To Sunny after saving her, Fatespeaker, and Starflight from the Dragonbite Viper.
"CHICKENS, GIVE UP! WE'RE GOING TO EAT YOU! THERE'S NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT! STOP RUNNING AWAY NOW!" - At Jade Mountain Academy, to the chickens in the Prey Center.
"Well, I know what I want my destiny to be. I want it to be sleeping and being friends with you guys forever. Oh, wait, also feasting! Lots of feasting." - When coming up with ideas for Jade Mountain Academy.
"I like it. Of course, it's much nicer to be this high when your wings are free. But at least the SkyWings gave us a pig sometimes. Do you have pigs? Octopi would be alright if you don't. Or squid. Or manatees. I could go for a manatee right now. Or a whale. I'm not fussy, is what I'm saying. Say, how did you make this big thing? Did it take forever to build?" - When Riptide took the Prophecy Dragonets to the Summer Palace.
"Peril, I'm not going to be a new Scarlet for you. You get to make your own choices now." - To Peril
"This is a school, you know. Sunny and I thought perhaps an entire cave full of sharp objects might not be the best idea. We thought, maybe, hey, something that locks instead." - To Qibli about the weapons at Jade Mountain Academy.
"Oh, if you insist. I suppose I could eat one more hippo." - In a dream
"Peril. I'd love to." - When Peril asked if he wanted to fly with her.
"With a feast! There was a feast at the end of the story! When the missing SeaWing princess got home, her parents were so happy they made a feast! I remember the feast. They ate a whole whale. I bet I could eat a whole whale. Do you think we'll get a feast?" - To his friends when Glory asks what they should do next.
"Rrrrrr rrrrrmble rrrrrgle rrrrrbpity rrrrrflte." - Percieved by Leaf when Clay says "And stay away from dragons from now on."
- Clay is named after a real-life material of the same name, which is a stiff, sticky, fine-grained earth. This material is also used for sculpting and can be used to make cups, bowls, bricks, plates and more.
- Clay has the desire to eat many different types of foods and enjoys trying new types, a common trait among MudWings.
- Clay appears to have a liking for more meaty meals. In The Dragonet Prophecy, he loves cows. In The Hidden Kingdom, Blaze wants to plan a party with the Dragonets of Destiny and offers Clay a camel. Glory then assumes that Clay would love to be offered a camel.
- In The Hidden Kingdom, Clay aprecciates fruits, but is upset that he can't hunt, further confirming that he prefers to eat meat.
- Clay was dreaming about food when Starflight visited him in The Dark Secret.
- Clay sometimes dreams about Starflight giving him lectures.
- Clay seems to be skilled in first-aid as shown in The Lost Heir and Moon Rising. He also teaches Herbs and Healing at Jade Mountain Academy.
- Clay, Tsunami, and Sunny are the only original dragonets of destiny who have met their biological mothers.
- In the annotated version of The Dragonet Prophecy, Tui revealed that she had originally wanted him to have a crush on Glory, but decided that it wouldn't work.
- Clay knows of Peril's crush on him, and Qibli speculates that Clay likes her back but doesn't know how to feel about it.
- Clay never did truly believe in the powers of the NightWings.
- Clay currently has a limp in his leg resulting from Peril saving his life from a dragonbite viper’s venom by burning it out with her firescales.
- Clay is the second dragon known to be bitten by a dragonbite viper, after Burn, and the only dragon known to have survived the bite.
- Clay, alongside Starflight, are the only Dragonets of Destiny whose lineage past their biological parents is unknown.
- The orange-brown dragonet in Moonwatcher's vision in Moon Rising may be the future dragonet of Peril and Clay; however, no clear evidence has confirmed this.
- Clay is the second known dragon to have survived being burned by Peril, Kestrel being the first and Winter being the third.
- Tui has said that Clay was one of the easiest characters to write just because she adores him, and she says "affable/kindhearted/loyal/hungry is exactly my type of hero".
- Clay is one of the five dragons whose appearance on their book cover does not match the book description. The others are Anemone, Blue, Qibli, and Tsunami.
- In The Dragonet Prophecy (Graphic Novel) cover, his eyes are yellow when in the book they were described as brown with a hazel tint.
- In The Dragonet Prophecy (Graphic Novel), Dune was the one to name Clay.
- Clay was the first dragonet of destiny to meet his biological family members.
- Clay is one of the only five dragons whose hatching was described in-book. The others are Auklet, Bumblebee, Darkstalker, and Moonwatcher.
- Clay has clearly appeared on a book cover four times, which is the second-highest amount in the series (Tsunami has the most, with five appearances; twice on The Dragonet Prophecy (Graphic Novel), once on The Lost Heir (Graphic Novel), and once on The Dragonet Prophecy.
- Tui revealed in an interview that Clay was the first Wings of Fire character she ever came up with.
- Clay is the fifth most mentioned character in the Wings of Fire series, followed by Moonwatcher and Sunny, with Tsunami having the most mentions, Glory having the second most, Qibli having the third most and Darkstalker having the fourth most.
- ↑ The Dragonet Prophecy, page 98
- ↑ The Dragonet Prophecy, page 15
- ↑ The Dragonet Prophecy, page 1
- ↑ Escaping Peril, page 40
- ↑ The Lost Heir, page 74
- ↑ The Dragonet Prophecy, page 4
- ↑ The Dragonet Prophecy, page 94
- ↑ Escaping Peril, page 17
- ↑ Darkness of Dragons, page 34
- ↑ https://web.archive.org/web/20150701032201/http://wingsoffire.scholastic.com/books/wings-of-fire-book-one-the-dragonet-prophecy/read/12#chapter-10
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nuq-7LETH-U&t=1284s