Cliff is less than a year old and is small, with dark red scales and a long neck. His wings are dark orange and his underscales are an orangish pink, similar to his mother when she is in the form of Ruby. He was by far one of the smallest dragonets that Peril had ever been close to. He has huge, golden-orange eyes that are almost the color of goldfish, and according to Peril they are prettier than Scarlet's yellow eyes.
Cliff is very self-centered as a young prince, and has a passion for singing and songwriting. This attitude may have been created or heavily influenced by his mother, as she tells him that he is amazing at everything and loves him dearly. He seems to care deeply about his mother, thinks great things of her, and obeys her orders relatively well, most of the time with an immense amount of enthusiasm. He often praises her ability and kindness towards her subjects and becomes upset with those who oppose her. In Escaping Peril, he shows his SkyWing pride by composing a song, which includes a few lines about his mother and how she is a "better queen than all the rest." He appears to be very bright and a quick learner as well. When he grows up, he hopes to be a great singer and "friends with every dragon in Pyrrhia," summing up the majority of his personality. As an enthusiastic, confident SkyWing prince, he hates being called ordinary, and he thinks being lonely would be better than being ordinary, the opposite of Peril's view on the subject. He is clever, as shown when he outwits Scarlet.
The Jade Mountain Prophecy
|While Peril was under Chameleon's spell, Scarlet requested to see Cliff, Ruby's son. She used him as a bargaining chip against Ruby. When they captured him, they put him on a stone pillar because he claimed he couldn't fly very well. However, Scarlet was unaware that SkyWings can fly at a very young age, because she "avoids dragonets like the plague," and after he sang a song about his mother, Ruby, he managed to fly off the pillar and get to where his mother was being held while Peril wasn't watching. Later, Peril promised to protect him if anything happened to Ruby during the challenge against Scarlet, in which he shouted, "I want! to SEE! MOMMY KILL GRANDMA!" clearly expressing his childish and enthusiastic personality. Peril laughed and called him a "bloodthirsty little barbarian." Afterward, Ruby was very thankful to Peril for protecting Cliff, wondering what would have happened if he had firescales, and therefore forgave Peril for killing many dragons in Scarlet's arena, allowing her back in the Sky Kingdom.|
|When Leaf goes back to the kitchen in the SkyWing palace after the dragonets of destiny escape, he encounters Cliff playing underneath a table. Cliff attempts to play with Leaf and starts singing when Leaf asks him for a key to open the kitchen grate. When Ruby hears the singing and comes over to investigate, Cliff excitedly points to Leaf and apparently asks her for the key. Ruby sighs, retrieves the key from the wall, and gives it to her son, who then happily places it in Leaf's hands before following his mother out of the kitchen, leaving Leaf bewildered. However, Cliff is not directly named in the novel.|
Though she was at first his captor, Peril and Cliff seem to have a friendly relationship. Cliff did not show much fear towards her, instead seeming to enjoy her company. He sang a song to her, which he named We the Dragons of the Sky, and seemed to enjoy talking to her. Cliff was delighted when he and Peril saved the day together. His mother may owe Peril her and her son's life. From their conversations, Peril and Cliff seem to share a close bond.
Ruby is Cliff's mother. Scarlet said that Ruby lit up for the first time when Cliff was hatched, leading us to think that she cares very much about her young son and that the day he was hatched was one of, if not the happiest, days of her life. Ruby is clearly devoted to her dragonet, as she was willing to give up her throne if it meant he would live despite his protests. Ruby would likely not be able to live with herself if something happened to him. When Ruby returned to being Tourmaline, she seemed distressed and upset when Cliff did not recognize or accept her as his mother. This played a role in why Tourmaline chose to return to being Ruby. Ruby and Cliff clearly care very deeply about each other; while the queen was being taken off by her soldiers, she told Cliff to be brave and that he would change the world. Cliff has an immense amount of faith in his mother, and she tells him that he will do extraordinary things so often that Cliff didn't believe Scarlet when she said he wouldn't. She praises her son for his singing, loving him, and reminding him that he's special. The two have a close bond in which Ruby would do anything for him, while Cliff is immensely proud of his mother's accomplishments and defends her. Cliff looks up to Ruby as the best queen in the world and would probably do anything to appease her.
Though they are related through blood, Cliff did not appear to be on the best of terms with his grandmother. He knows Scarlet is mean. This can be seen by the fact that Cliff loudly encourages his mother to kill his grandmother when Ruby and Scarlet faced off against each other. Scarlet describes Cliff as "There were no sparks. But then she saw you, and suddenly, there were sparks." Which, for the first time in a long time, it was a reaction she did not understand at all, and she compared Ruby's delight to the feeling of a dragon who has just received a treasure. Scarlet did not see this expression, or "spark," as love. Cliff was delighted when Ruby killed her.
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- "WHAT? […] Mommy says I'm special. Everyone say it. I be number one most beautiful singer in Pyrrhia one day! Friends with every dragon in the whole world! Mommy thinks I can do anything and great things and all things!"
- ― to Peril, about Ruby (Escaping Peril, page 189–190)
- "Yup, […] I gotta practice my 'no, no, leave me alone' face, or else everyone want to be with me ALLLLLLS the time."
- ― to Peril, in Escaping Peril (Escaping Peril, page 190)
- "Mommy, […] Mommy, I have to tell you something. Mommy! Grandma is kind of mean."
- ― to Ruby, about Scarlet (Escaping Peril, page 194)
- "I'm not a moonbeam! […] Today I'm a super-secret stealth agent flier hero of the world."
- ― to Ruby (Escaping Peril, page 219)
- "I WON'T get upset! […] I want! to SEE! MOMMY KILL GRANDMA!"
- ― to Peril, about watching the royal challenge (Escaping Peril, page 226)
- "Where's Mommy? […] You said you not a bad guy. You said that! Where did you put her? I want Mommy back!"
- ― to Peril when Ruby turned back into Tourmaline (Escaping Peril, page 239)
- ― to Leaf, about the key (Dragonslayer, page 291)
- Though Qibli is roughly based off Tui's son, Elliot, Cliff is the one she said resembled him more.[event 1]
- Tui said Cliff is her favorite minor character.[event 2]
- Cliff is based on Tui's second son, who was three years old at the time.[event 3]