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"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 who would save her no matter how awful she is."
— Clay to Glory and Tsunami about saving Kestrel, The Dragonet Prophecy

Clay is an adult male MudWing and the main protagonist of The Dragonet Prophecy. Formerly a dragonet of destiny, he was partially responsible for ending the War of SandWing Succession, and is one of the five founders of Jade Mountain Academy, where he teaches herbs and healing. He currently resides within Jade Mountain.


Clay is muscular,[1] large,[2] burly,[3] and stocky,[4] with a sloping back,[5] a thick,[6] lengthy neck,[7] a large,[8] broad[3] head, and white teeth.[9] He is the largest of the dragonets of destiny,[10] and has a rumbly, deep,[11] warm voice.[12] He also has fire-resistant,[13] mud-colored scales.[14] They are a warm[15] brown in the shades of[16] rich mahogany[17] and tree bark,[18] along with undertones of glowing amber, clay,[19] and gold glinting between and beneath his scales.[16]

He has enormous feet and thick[20] brown claws,[16] as well as mud-colored,[21] massive,[22] strong brown wings[23] and wide,[24] warm brown eyes.[25] His right thigh is scarred[26] from a dragonbite viper bite, and he has a permanent limp.[27]


Clay often smiles at others,[28][26] and is challenged by academic study;[29] it once took him an entire day to realize that the palace of the SeaWings was underwater.[30] He is thoughtful,[25] baffled, accidentally heroic,[31] and sounds kind no matter who he talks to.[32] He is earnest,[33] goofy,[34] loyal, sweet,[35] agreeable,[36] easily confused,[37] curious,[38] thick-minded,[39] and does not want to hurt dragons who could be possible allies.[40] He almost never complains, except about being hungry - [3] even then, he is hungry in a sweetly embarrassed way, instead of in a pushy way. He is trustworthy, and every thought he has is written all over his face.[34] Tsunami described him as being the heart of the dragonets of destiny and stated that they would not be able to fulfill the prophecy without him.[41] He has an open heart,[42] and he loves his friends so deeply that he is willing to die for them;[43] even as a young dragonet, he was willing to take the blame for his friends' mistakes and face Kestrel's punishments.[44] Peril describes his soul as a torch that never went out; burning clear all night long.[45]

Clay seems to be skilled in first aid and medical knowledge,[46] and he teaches healing at Jade Mountain Academy,[47] where he is responsible, protective, and worried towards his students.[48] He also appears to have an excessive liking for food.[49] He believes that prophecies are not like instructions, but rather are hints in the right direction; he believes it is a dragon's choice on what to do with these hints.[50]


The Dragonet Prophecy

The Dragonet Prophecy

Clay "attacking" Tsunami's egg after hatching

Clay's egg was sold to the Talons of Peace in exchange for two cows and brought to a hidden cave by his aunt Asha, where he was raised under the dragonets' guardians. Unfortunately, Asha died shortly after delivering him due to injuries she received from 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 was 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 could 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, said sarcastically, 'You big dragons are around to tell us about it all the time.' after biting Kestrel to defend Clay when Kestrel was 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 the first six years of their life as "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" that she had supposedly seen in him 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.

Clay going into the river to help his friends escape

He 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 a talk between the guardians and Morrowseer 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 after a brief conversation about the possible consequences of doing so. Glory showed her friends her RainWing camouflage ability for the first time, changing her scales' colors to match the rocks and stalactites in the cave, buying more time. Risking his life, and relying on his ability to hold his breath for an hour, Clay managed to get far down the river, but he was then covered with a substance that started to dissolve his scales. He was rescued from this unfortunate fate by Tsunami, who had finally succeeded in escaping her chains with the aid of Sunny and Starflight's 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 was not 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 and Tsunami being outside for the first time

Clay was unsurprisingly delighted by the mud that was bordering the banks of the river they had landed beside. After pushing Tsunami's dislocated bone back into its socket, a scavenger, Mushroom, appeared 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 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 and were 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.

Clay attacking Fjord

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 could not 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.

Clay playing a song to attract Peril's attention

After the trial, Peril did not speak with him. That night Queen Scarlet had her ally, 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, 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, when he touched Peril without thinking. When they were put back into Peril's room, Starflight explained something he once read about MudWings from blood red eggs being impervious to fire.

Clay trying to reason with Peril while fighting her in the arena

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 named 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 Starflight 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 down, but would not 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.

Clay meeting his siblings

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 did not care about him and sold him to the Talons of Peace in exchange for at least 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 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 left with his friends in the search for Tsunami's parents.
The Lost Heir
For most of The Lost Heir, Clay was imprisoned with his fellow dragonets of destiny; Sunny, Starflight, and Glory by 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

Tsunami freeing Clay from the flooding cave

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 was not seen later on in the book until Auklet hatched and the dragonets of destiny 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.
The Hidden Kingdom
After the dragonets escaped from the Kingdom of the Sea, they headed to the Rainforest Kingdom, where Clay was knocked out

Clay and Deathbringer freeing Glory and Kinkajou

with a sleeping dart to get to the RainWing village. While Glory was being shown around the village by Jambu, Starflight amused himself by messing with 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, 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 stood guard by the tunnels to the NightWing island with Starflight. After Glory became queen, he came back from the tunnel to tell her that Starflight was gone and falsely guessed that Starflight went to warn the NightWings.
The Dark Secret
When Morrowseer asked Starflight on whether he hunted the same way as the other NightWings, Starflight thought about how Clay had done most of the hunting since leaving the caves where they grew up. When Morrowseer was taking him to see Mastermind, Starflight heard footsteps behind him and hoped that Clay or Glory was coming to rescue him. Later, Starflight tried using a dreamvisitor, an animus-touched gem that allowed the user to visit other's dreams, to visit Clay in his dreams, but Clay did not 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.
The Brightest Night
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 jumps out and bites Burn and kills her, but it is killed by Burn in the process. 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 when he gets bitten by the Dragonbite viper

The Jade Mountain Prophecy

Moon Rising
Clay served as a sort of school monitor for the newly founded Jade Mountain Academy. He was in charge of the Prey Center at the school, which turned out to be much more chaotic than he originally expected. He also appeared to be like a doctor and treated injured dragonets in the infirmary. When the dragonflame cactus exploded in the History Cave, he ran inside to help get anyone out who may have been trapped. He was unharmed due to his fire-resistant scales and managed to retrieve a burned but alive Tamarin. At the assembly later, he spoke, but Moonwatcher was not listening to him in her search for the dragon that caused the explosion.
Winter Turning
Clay is first mentioned when Winter remembers how Scarlet asked for the dragonets of destiny's lives in return for Hailstorm's. Winter then thinks to himself that Clay had been one of the dragons who had confirmed that the NightWings had no more powers. Clay is later mentioned to be at the school when the Jade Winglet is gone.
Escaping Peril
Clay appeared in the first part of the book. He was supposed to retrieve Peril from her cave as soon as Queen Ruby left. Peril followed him as he and the others flew out to face Scarlet. She promised to help Ruby. When Peril asked Clay what he wants her to do, he replies that she should make her own choices. Later in the night, during an argument with Ruby about whether or not they're able to trust Peril, Starflight revealed that Peril is in love with Clay and will likely kill everyone if she found out that his feelings are not mutual. Clay acted slightly embarrassed and then changes the subject. He was featured in Peril's thoughts frequently throughout the rest of the book.
Talons of Power
Clay came out to the landing area with Sunny to stop Darkstalker, where he asked if the NightWing was a monster and reading everybody's minds was nosy. He looks embarrassed, alarmed and confused at the same time when Darkstalker says his thoughts are very kind about certain dragons. Later, Clay gathered dragons to tell them the story of Ruby's fight with Scarlet. Peril said that she talked to him and he hugged her, pleased with her as a whole. Qibli told Peril that Clay liked her too, but "doesn't know quite what to do about it yet."
Darkness of Dragons
Clay first appeared in the book teaching the Herbs and Healing class, explaining his injury. Then he helped 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 would 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 appeared, stating that he will not need any poison because he will be there, accompanying Qibli. After a bit of arguing, Winter spotted 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 was later seen in the book helping to fight off incoming NightWings. As fighting broke off by Jade Mountain, Qibli said he heard a roar of pain that sounded like Clay. Clay was 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 talked and flew in the rain together.

The Lost Continent Prophecy

The Hive Queen
Clay is indirectly mentioned by Tsunami in the prologue, when Tsunami says she and her friends had solved plenty of problems without animus magic.
The Poison Jungle
It is very likely that Clay was the dragon mentioned by Tsunami when she was dreamvisiting someone who was in Pyrrhia. Tsunami says "tell him hugs to him, too, and no, the cows are not bigger and more delicious over here."
The Dangerous Gift
Snowfall thought how Tsunami's "gang of righteous do-gooders" would have used animus magic to help if it was working. Later, Lynx talked about the War of SandWing Succession and how the dragonets ended it.
The Flames of Hope
Bullfrog told part of the stealth team that Clay said that prophecies are not instructions but instead give hints in the right direction and that you have to choose what you do with them. When asked who Clay was, Lynx explained that he was in a prophecy. Later, Clay appeared in Tsunami's memory of the young dragonets arguing over the sizes of kingdoms on Pyrrhia.


Clay was 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 before.

When Clay made music, Leaf overheard this, not knowing that he was responsible. Leaf noticed how it upsetted the dragons around him.

Clay later assisted Leaf by helping him up a cliff he was trying to climb a tower. Leaf thought of Clay as an example when he thought of dragons with good hearts.


Clay was mentioned by Fierceteeth when she said she wanted the dragonets dead but will spare her brother Starflight.



Glory is one of Clay's closest friends. In The Dragonet Prophecy, Glory was upset when Clay started saying that Peril might be their 'wings of sky', seeing it like she was being replaced. He describes her as "just as important and smart as any SkyWing"[51] and feels bad about thinking that Glory was asleep when she was displayed as "artwork." Clay was willing to risk his own life saving Glory by braving the underground river himself. When Glory went missing, Clay became worried about her and went with Deathbringer to rescue her from the NightWing island. Glory was overjoyed when he came to rescue her. While Glory was training for the RainWing Royal Challenge, Clay helped calm her down and prompted Glory to take a nap that she needed.[52] In Escaping Peril, he was devastated when he believed she had been killed by Scarlet.


Upon initially meeting him, Peril was oddly excited to discover that Clay believed he had tried to kill his nestmates during hatching, but after Clay admitted that he hoped he was not the same as Peril, she became hurt.[53] She enjoys talking to Clay,[54] and regards him as "blazing";[55] Peril believed that Clay liked her how she was, and although Clay was hesitant towards her, he found that Peril was not entirely awful, and possessed an awkwardness and sadness that he understood.[55] He is honest with her,[56] and she disobeyed Scarlet's orders in order to talk with him[55] in addition to bringing him mud and food to help him heal from the arena.[57] When talking to her, Clay's guilt about Fjord's death and his friends' capture seemed lighter,[58] and he regards her as kind, outside of the arena.[59] She avoided Clay after Osprey's death because she wanted to keep him out of danger,[60] but she easily became angry[61] and jealous when Clay mentioned how important Glory[62] and Sunny were to him,[63] and later betrayed Clay and his friends to Scarlet because she was afraid of him leaving.[64][65] Clay felt sadness at her betrayal and guilt over trusting her afterwards,[66] although he felt sympathy for Peril because she had no other friends.[67] After escaping the Sky Kingdom, Clay invited Peril to join him and his friends on the journey to the Diamond Spray Delta, and although Peril refused, she did so on the grounds that until she could become safer and better, she believed she did not deserve to come with them.[68]

Whenever Peril sees Clay in present-day Pyrrhia, she often becomes startled, and then tries to casually brush it off.[69] She becomes violent towards those who hurt him,[70] she often intentionally appears in locations where she knows Clay will be,[71] and her heart gives small bounces when she sees him. She hopes she does not imagine the extra bit of sweetness in his smiles towards her, and he often is physically affectionate towards her, to Peril's delight.[32] Clay is reassuring towards her,[72] and all Peril wants is to be with him.[73] She is willing to obey everything he says,[73] and is often held back from violence by thinking about him; he sees good in her, and believes that she is more than Scarlet's killer, encouraging her to become better.[74] His voice feels like wings spreading inside her heart,[12] and although Peril wanted to wrap her wings around him when he was reminded of Sora's betrayal, she knew it would only hurt him more. She thinks of his soul as a torch that will never go out, burning clear and true all night long.[45] Clay says that Peril can be whoever she wants to be,[75] and although all she wants to do is take care of him, she felt jealous[76] over the thought of him mourning Glory's passing.[77] She was worried that he and Sunny shared secrets she might be unaware of, thinking "Doesn't Clay know he can tell me anything?",[78] and felt an intense stab of jealousy when he twined his tail with Sunny's.[79] The idea of leaving him is heart-wrenching to her, but she was still willing to separate from him in order to kill Scarlet.[80]

She cares for his safety and bases many of her decisions upon his wellbeing,[81] but she becomes jealous when he acts supportive and reassuring to other dragons besides her.[82] She wants, above all, to take care of him, but often feels jealous of his other relationships;[76] something she is often ashamed of.[77] Clay speaks to her in a soft, warning voice when Peril is apt to hurt others, and gives her sweet, grateful smiles when she restrains herself from violence.[83] His smile lights candles in her heart, and he wants Peril to make her own choices.[84] Peril, however, was completely willing to become a dragon completely changed to Clay's tastes, and she doubted if he would miss her if she disappeared.[85] Ruby was baffled at the effects of Soar's spell, stating "Peril would never just forget about Clay."[86] In Peril's own words, Clay is the dragon who changed her, and was the only dragon willing to give her a second chance.[87] Her heart sang when she removed the enchantment and was able to remember him again, but she also worried that without him, she went straight back to being a monster.[88]

Clay sees the good in her and believes that she is more than Scarlet's killer, encouraging her to become better and wanting her to make her own choices.[84] However, he winces when she touches him, and he watches her wings carefully whenever she is near anything flammable; Peril is unsure if he would change her firescales if he could.[89] When thinking about what she wanted most, an image of Clay wrapping his wings around her and never letting go flashed through her mind; however, Peril believes she is a long way off from getting or deserving that, and is worried that she might not be able to accept it if Clay did not love her back.[90]


Clay has six siblings: Reed, Marsh, Crane, Pheasant, Sora, and Umber. He met them all but Crane, when Clay and Glory — who was disguised as a MudWing — went to go meet his mother. Crane had died in the sibling's first battle, between Burn's and Blaze's forces, before Clay visited. 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 asked if Clay wanted to be their bigwings, but Clay turned Reed's offer down, knowing that Reed would do a much 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." Though he had only met them once during the war, he still thought of them often and had wondered out loud about them for the last few weeks.[91] Clay seemed shocked and saddened when Sora set off a dragonflame cactus in the school.


As with the other dragonets, Clay considers Starflight a brother. He took the dragonbite viper bite meant for Starflight and shielded him when the volcano of the NightWing Fortress exploded. Although Clay gets bored of Starflight's lectures sometimes, he cares about him a lot, so much that he would risk his life to keep him safe. Starflight sees Clay as his bigwings, as the rest of the dragonets do. All in all, Starflight and Clay have a good relationship.


Clay cares about the students at Jade Mountain Academy and their safety. He is regarded as a hero among them due to his limp caused by his wound from the dragonbite viper. He is good at defusing arguments between students and is shown to take their suggestions, such as when Tamarin and Peregrine suggest herbs and healing class. He has also claimed that he tries to write as little as possible, due to him not being very good at spelling, as he mentioned to Peril in Darkness of Dragons.


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 as soon as he learned where she was, after badgering Peril for the information. 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 and trust 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 a "weird crab" Sunny found in the underground river.


Tsunami is among Clay's closest friends. He considered her brave and tough like a hero should be.[92] Later, she calls Clay a "handsome idiot" and gives him a hint that Peril likes him, but he does not understand. 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. In The Lost Heir, she states she had feelings for Clay but had gotten over her crush when she realized Clay thought of her as a sister. She was also the second one to hatch, and the first egg Clay tried to help with hatching.

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"Squeak squeak squeak! And other annoying scavenger noises! I'm here to steal treasure away from a magnificent dragon!"
― acting as a scavenger (The Dragonet Prophecy, page 14)

"Hey, stop. Quit snarling at each other like mini Kestrels. Nobody's happy here. Sunny deals with it differently, that's all. But remember what we decided — we five stick together or else everything gets worse, right?"
― to Starflight and Tsunami (The Dragonet Prophecy, page 18)

"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 Glory and Tsunami (The Dragonet Prophecy, page 241)

"Hey. It's all right for Starflight to worry. We don't even know if Queen Scarlet is alive or dead. But. I know you want to find the SeaWings as fast as possible. So let's find them instead of fighting about it, and then we can get to safety sooner."
― to Tsunami (The Lost Heir, page 5)

"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 the dragonets of destiny about The Missing Princess (The Lost Heir, page 5)

"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?"
― to Riptide (The Lost Heir, page 73)

"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."
― to Sunny (The Hidden Kingdom, page 51)

"I'd die to save you and Starflight over and over if I had to."
― to Sunny, when he got bitten by the dragon bite viper. (The Brightest Night, page 280)

"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."
― to the dragonets of destiny (The Brightest Night, Epilogue, page 308)

― to the chickens in the Prey Center (Moon Rising, page 36)

"Peril. I'm not going to be a new Scarlet for you. You get to make your own choices now."
― to Peril (Escaping Peril, page 41)

"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 (Darkness of Dragons, page 56)

"Peril, don't feel bad about Darkstalker anymore. He would have gotten out of his prison sooner or later. He was too smart to be stuck under there for long. And I think that scroll could have been just as dangerous as he was, if it was left floating around the continent."
― to Peril (Darkness of Dragons, page 373-374)


  • Clay often dreams about food,[93] and sometimes dreams about Starflight giving him lectures.[94]
  • Clay is not very good at spelling.[95]
  • Clay's scales are identical to the color of Wren's eyes.[18]
  • Clay's egg is depicted as brown instead of blood-red in the graphic novel.[96]
  • He was originally supposed to have a crush on Glory, but Tui eventually decided that it would not work.[event 1]
  • Clay was the first Wings of Fire character that Tui ever came up with.[event 2]
  • Clay likes wet and slimy textures.[3]
  • Clay's favorite thing to eat is a cow.[97]
  • Clay is one of five protagonists whose tribe has only one book. The others are Sundew, Glory, Peril and Cricket.
  • Clay is known as the bigwings to the other dragonets of destiny, as he was the first one to hatch.



  1. The Lost Heir, page 192
  2. The Brightest Night, page 35
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 The Lost Heir, page 47
  4. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 276
  5. Moon Rising, page 22
  6. The Dark Secret, page 176
  7. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 2
  8. The Lost Heir, page 225
  9. The Hidden Kingdom, page 82
  10. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 4
  11. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 94
  12. 12.0 12.1 Escaping Peril, page 17
  13. The Lost Heir, page 14
  14. The Brightest Night, page 17
  15. The Brightest Night, page 279
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 The Dragonet Prophecy, page 98
  17. Dragonslayer, page 61
  18. 18.0 18.1 Dragonslayer, page 284
  19. The Hidden Kingdom, page 52
  20. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 15
  21. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 1
  22. The Lost Heir, page 53
  23. The Dark Secret, page 222
  24. The Lost Heir, page 74
  25. 25.0 25.1 Escaping Peril, page 40
  26. 26.0 26.1 Darkness of Dragons, page 34
  27. The Brightest Night, page 283
  28. The Lost Heir, page 178
  29. Darkness of Dragons, page 37
  30. The Lost Heir, page 7
  31. Darkness of Dragons, page 45
  32. 32.0 32.1 Darkness of Dragons, page 371
  33. The Lost Heir, page 289
  34. 34.0 34.1 The Lost Heir, page 165
  35. The Lost Heir, page 127
  36. The Lost Heir, page 44
  37. The Lost Heir, page 8
  38. The Lost Heir, page 191
  39. The Lost Heir, page 36
  40. The Lost Heir, page 37
  41. The Lost Heir, page 177
  42. Escaping Peril, page 9
  43. Escaping Peril, page 19
  44. The Flames of Hope, page 286
  45. 45.0 45.1 Escaping Peril, page 18
  46. The Lost Heir, page 50
  47. Darkness of Dragons, page 33-34
  48. Escaping Peril, page 49
  49. The Lost Heir, page 40
  50. The Flames of Hope, page 58
  51. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 32
  52. The Hidden Kingdom, page 241
  53. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 138
  54. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 139
  55. 55.0 55.1 55.2 The Dragonet Prophecy, page 140
  56. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 136
  57. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 172
  58. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 173
  59. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 199
  60. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 200
  61. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 205
  62. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 204
  63. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 201
  64. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 211
  65. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 209
  66. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 214
  67. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 213
  68. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 256
  69. Darkness of Dragons, page 63
  70. Darkness of Dragons, page 299
  71. Darkness of Dragons, page 370
  72. Darkness of Dragons, page 374
  73. 73.0 73.1 Escaping Peril, page 2
  74. Escaping Peril, page 4
  75. Escaping Peril, page 22
  76. 76.0 76.1 Escaping Peril, page 28
  77. 77.0 77.1 Escaping Peril, page 29
  78. Escaping Peril, page 34
  79. Escaping Peril, page 39
  80. Escaping Peril, page 42
  81. Escaping Peril, page 21
  82. Escaping Peril, page 24
  83. Escaping Peril, page 38
  84. 84.0 84.1 Escaping Peril, page 41
  85. Escaping Peril, page 159
  86. Escaping Peril, page 198
  87. Escaping Peril, page 199
  88. Escaping Peril, page 222
  89. Escaping Peril, page 155
  90. Escaping Peril, page 156
  91. The Brightest Night, page 239
  92. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 11
  93. The Dark Secret, page 174
  94. The Dark Secret, page 175
  95. Darkness of Dragons, page 373
  96. The Dragonet Prophecy (graphic novel), page 4–5
  97. Forge Your Dragon World, page 81
  1. Stated by Tuisource 
  2. Stated by Tuisource (21:24)


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