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Darkstalker was an ancient NightWing-IceWing hybrid and a main protagonist of Darkstalker. He was hatched with animus, precognitive, and mind-reading powers, making him the most powerful dragon known in Pyrrhian history. He was also in a relationship with Clearsight until the conclusion of Darkstalker, in which she and Fathom were forced to trap him beneath Agate Mountain before he could destroy Pyrrhia.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Personality
- 3 Biography
- 4 Relationships
- 5 Family Tree
- 6 Known Enchantments
- 7 Quotes
- 8 Trivia
- 9 Gallery
- 10 References
Darkstalker had ebony black scales and midnight-black wings, appearing as a pure NightWing except for a line of silvery IceWing scales where his wings met his body. He had silver teardrop scales indicative of mind-readers on the outside corner of his dark eyes, which were as black as underground caverns. He had a narrow, handsome face, long, twisted horns, and was at least three times as tall as the largest living dragons. His wingspan was as wide as Agate Mountain. He wore a plain, white, half-hoop earring made of bone in his left ear. Clearsight noted that he had a big head. While ruling the NightWings after his awakening, he wore a crown made of twisted metal with sharp points. He was handsome and powerfully built, with scales that felt as hard as armor.
Before losing Hope, Darkstalker was determined, confident, arrogant, observant, thoughtful, cocky, proud, defiant, happy, hopeful, mischievous, soft, patient, intelligent, intense, knowledgeable, sarcastic, noble, and generous. He was charming, courageous, and cared about those he loved very deeply. He believed in not worrying excessively about the future, and preferred to focus on the present. He was willing to make an enormous sacrifice by creating his talisman in order to make Clearsight feel safe. He hated sleeping, as he felt that he had so much to do, and missing out on things made him feel restless. He was skilled at problem-solving, and had a nervous energy about him whenever he wanted to tell Clearsight something.
Several of his earlier spells were kind: a plate that kept prey warm for Hope when she was late for dinner; a blanket that ensured peaceful sleep when Hope was out in the Kingdom of Sand with the NightWing army; a set of paints for Whiteout that never dried or ran out; a bell that rang whenever Fathom felt sad or lonely.
However, the larger spells were much more menacing: a dagger to kill one IceWing every full moon for one year; spells to torment classmates he hated in small, creative ways; a spell that sent nightmares to Diamond with all of the ways he planned to kill her. He was crueler than necessary towards Arctic and held a serious grudge against Indigo after she nearly attempted to kill him. He began hiding certain enchantments from Clearsight and despite Clearsight stating she would never be okay with her feelings being enchanted, and Fathom pleading with him not to use his animus magic, he used his powers without regard to either of their requests. He was dismissive, defiant, and even smiled at Clearsight when confronted about manipulating her foresight ability. He was genuinely puzzled as to why Clearsight did not want him to murder Vigilance and truly believed that Clearsight's moonstone earrings were simply a kindhearted, sweet gesture to help her focus less on desolate futures. He was completely willing to force Clearsight and Fathom along the path he desired, even if he had to drag them along it kicking and screaming. He was also willing to keep Clearsight in a relationship with him against her will, even if she had wanted to separate.
After he began to seek vengeance upon the IceWing tribe, he became dishonest, devious, vengeful, furious, manipulative, angry, and callous. He radiated menace. He adopted an unsettling new smile that implied Darkstalker thought he would always be okay, and nothing bad could happen to him, and that he could arrange the world the way he wanted. The loss of his mother broke him into a thousand pieces on the inside, making him furious and devastated, but he could hide it very well. He devolved into a sad, furious mourning, but a strange angry kind where he kept insisting his mother would come home soon.
Darkstalker then, suddenly, appeared happier and more energetic, explaining that he had found a way to deal with all of his most annoying problems. These included enchanting Indigo to become trapped inside of a small wooden dragon, and to leave a note for Fathom to manipulate him into believing she had returned to the Kingdom of the Sea and did not love him anymore; enchanting a pair of moonstone earrings for Clearsight to, unwillingly, be forced to focus on the brightest futures; and enchanting Arctic to obey his every command. He acted falsely sympathetic towards Fathom and was grimly determined upon finding and punishing the dragon who had sent Quickdeath to assassinate him. He eventually was eerily blank when facing the concept of Hope's death, and wanted the NightWings to fear and respect him. Clearsight saw multiple highly likely futures in which Darkstalker killed her after she stole his talisman, and feared that Darkstalker would soon enchant away her and Fathom's ability to feel and think for themselves freely.
After awakening from his sleeping spell, Darkstalker acted like an ambitious leader, causing other dragons to follow him. Immediately after being released, he cast a secret enchantment to make other dragons believe that he was charming, friendly, humbled, and unambitious.
The Dragonet Prophecy
|The Brightest Night|
|When Strongwings, Fierceteeth, and Preyhunter were asleep, Sunny stole the trio's Obsidian Mirror and wrote in red mud that resembled blood: "TURN BACK. YOU FLY TOWARDS YOUR DEATH." When they woke up, Fierceteeth yelled at Preyhunter for losing the mirror, while Strongwings was paralyzed by fear, saying it was the work of The Darkstalker, a legendary NightWing monster. Preyhunter added that The Darkstalker played with his prey until they were paralyzed with fear before attacking. Fierceteeth disregards this, and the trio continues flying.|
The Jade Mountain Prophecy
|Darkstalker began to speak telepathically to Moonwatcher when she arrived at Jade Mountain Academy, firstly as an anonymous character in her head before revealing his name. Later, as Moon suffers from a dream of a dark future, Darkstalker pulls her out of the vision and teaches her how to block out prophetic thoughts. He was devastated when he learned that over 5,012 years had passed since the Scorching.
Later, while Moonwatcher read a scroll on animus history in search of information on dreamvisitors, she came across the legend of Fathom and Darkstalker. Darkstalker then admitted that he was the same mind-reading, prophetic animus dragon from the legend. He claimed that history had gotten it wrong, and he wasn't a monster. After two thousand years, the bracelet that Fathom enchanted to make Darkstalker sleep for all eternity had snapped due to the tremors caused by the Orb in the Sky, allowing him to wake up.After an explosion that killed two students at Jade Mountain Academy, Carnelian and Bigtail, and injured Tamarin, Darkstalker helped Moonwatcher figure out who had caused it, without telling her things that he knew would lead to her death. After discovering the real killer, Sora, and the deadly secret that Icicle had been hiding, he was afraid to let Moonwatcher leave because he was afraid that if she left him too long, he would go insane from being alone.
|Darkstalker narrates the epilogue, in which he read the minds of Onyx, Anemone, and Peril.|
|Darkstalker is noted at the end of the book as the true owner of the animus touched scroll. Moon revealed to her friends that it is Darkstalker's and not for them to use. She then told them that they should return the scroll to its rightful owner. The other dragonets disagree, but Moon sneaks away in the middle of the night to give the scroll to Darkstalker anyway. The dragons tried to follow, but Peril, who got there first, being a SkyWing, was told by Moon that Darkstalker had written the enchantment, "Enchant Arctic the IceWing to obey my every command" and forced Arctic, his father, to disembowel himself. Moonwatcher cried out that dragons aren't things that you could enchant like objects, and Darkstalker tried to apologize — Moon refused to listen to this. Winter and Qibli later caught up, arguing over the animus touched scroll. Peril ended the discussion by burning up the scroll, which resulted in Darkstalker being released, following the enchantment "if the scroll is destroyed, all of [Darkstalker's] power will return to him" in a giant, magic-induced earthquake. When the mountain they were next to begins to crack, Darkstalker emerged, spreading his wings. He thanked Peril for helping him escape, giving a sinister smile to the Jade Winglet.|
|Talons of Power|
|Eventually convincing the Jade Winglet that he was not evil and casting a spell to help convince Winter, he travelled to Jade Mountain to see the original dragonets of destiny and pick up any information on Clearsight or Fathom. He then had a conversation with Anemone, Tsunami, and Moonwatcher about animus power. Darkstalker revealed that he knew Anemone killed Whirlpool. Afterward, he told Moon he would make something else to keep his soul safe, as well as Anemone's. To this, Moon responded that it might not matter since Darkstalker still caused his father's death with an untainted soul. In his defense, Darkstalker argued that Arctic was about to betray the tribe and told the dragonets what actually happened. He then made a statement about Moon possibly being Clearsight's descendant. After Moon and Tsunami leave, he enchanted both Anemone's and his talismans to keep their souls safe. Afterward, Darkstalker spoke to anyone who came to him and searched scrolls for references of Fathom and Clearsight. Flame passed by, and Darkstalker offered to heal his face. Flame was suspicious and told Darkstalker not to lie to him, as Stonemover had said that he wouldn't, or couldn't, heal his face. After convincing Flame that he could heal him without any strings attached, Flame agrees, and Darkstalker enchanted a flower to heal his face. After being healed, Flame bolted away without thanking Darkstalker. Mightyclaws, Mindreader and Fearless were then introduced to Darkstalker by Moon. He told them about the old NightWing Kingdom and agreed to enchant an object for each to give them any power they wish.
After speaking to the NightWing students, Moon and Darkstalker sensed danger for Stonemover. They flew off to save him from attempted murder and found him with his throat slashed, lying in a pool of blood, though miraculously, still alive. Darkstalker healed Stonemover with a stalactite, simultaneously removing the stone enchantment on his scales. Stonemover then woke, reacting with fear at the name 'Darkstalker' before beginning to yell that his claws weren't his. Darkstalker said he could enchant him to calm down, with Sunny and Stonemover quickly saying that he shouldn't do that. This ends in Darkstalker begrudgingly reverting him to stone. Anemone enters with Flame following, and he admitted that he tried to kill Stonemover because he lied about being able to heal Flame's scars. This leads to Darkstalker opening Flame's pouch, finding the third dreamvisitor inside. Darkstalker then declared that Flame is both the darkness of dragons and the stalker of dreams, causing Flame to protest that he wasn't any of that, asking what it would mean. Mindreader then hears that Flame had help from a dragon with a weird name similar to "Ogre" and "Okra," assumed to be Ochre. Darkstalker then enchanted Flame's library card to turn it into an iron band and chain, trapping him in place.
Later, when Turtle casted the spell to protect Qibli from Darkstalker's enchantments, he came down the hall to Qibli's cave. He asked if Anemone was there and if she cast a spell. Qibli denied that, but Darkstalker tested him for animus magic by telling Qibli to enchant his scroll to roll up. After confirming that Qibli didn't and couldn't cast any animus spells, Darkstalker commented on his intelligence, remarking that he would have been a great animus. When he leaves, Turtle and Qibli realized that he must have cast a spell to sense when animus magic were being cast.
The next day, Darkstalker, Anemone, Turtle, and the NightWings at Jade Mountain left for the Rainforest Kingdom. When they arrived at the Night Village, a few NightWings flew away in terror, but most held their ground. Darkstalker convinced them he wasn't the monster from the stories of the past. Darkstalker then challenged Glory for the throne of the NightWings, but she declined with a different idea: the NightWings that choose to go with Darkstalker could leave, and the NightWings that want to stay could stay. Darkstalker decided to stay in the Rainforest Kingdom for a day. Few NightWings seemed interested in spending time with Darkstalker, knowing his history, but after his offering of superpower enchantments and casting his charm spell on them — they begun to warm up to him. When Turtle got Anemone to wake Kinkajou in the RainWing village, Darkstalker flew there, telling Anemone not to use her magic without permission, simultaneously confirming that he had cast a spell to detect animus magic.
Darkstalker also saved Glory's life. When he looked into the future, he saw Fierceteeth leading a band of escapees from Thorn's prison sneaking into the Rainforest and assassinating the queen. He decided to stop this, likely to earn more trust to the RainWing, since he technically was stealing half of her tribe. Darkstalker captures the criminals, except for a SandWing who he sends to Vulture, and puts them in a prison created with his magic.
The next morning, Darkstalker left for the lost city of night with most of the tribe, leaving only forty to fifty NightWings in the Rainforest. Darkstalker also freed Fierceteeth and Strongwings from the RainWing prison, bringing them with him. Darkstalker begged Moon to join him, but Moon said that she wanted to stay with Glory but would visit the lost city with Turtle and Kinkajou, as the lost city needed to be found to stop Jade Mountain from being destroyed according to The Jade Mountain Prophecy. Anemone saw Darkstalker begging and said to Moon that she was nothing special and didn't deserve his attention. The tribe flew the whole day and rested next to the ocean. In the middle of the night, Darkstalker suddenly left his tribe to fly somewhere, and Turtle was forced to follow him. He went past a mountain range, later to be realized as Darkstalker's Teeth by Winter. When he arrived at his destination, Turtle realized it to be the lost city of night. Darkstalker went over to his rugged, abandoned school and found a painting made by Clearsight. He begun to cry, and Turtle felt pity for who had seemingly be portrayed as a monster and wondered if he could even afford that. In an attempt to get Darkstalker talking, Turtle picked up a marble and placed it next to his feet. He picked it up, asking if Clearsight to speak to him if she was still there. He then asked her to listen, apologizing for everything he did and promising that they could still rule the NightWings together if she came back. Eventually, he admitted to himself that Clearsight wasn't here and that she couldn't be, thus flying back to his tribe.
The next day, Darkstalker lead all the NightWings into the old kingdom. While the tribe adjusted to the new territory, he showed Anemone to Fathom's old suite. After 2,000 years, it stood in disrepair, but when Anemone complained about this, she was told to clean it up with her magic. Anemone decided to take out her anger and jealousy on Moon by enchanting a broom to whack her until she cleans up the room herself. She also enchanted jewels to distract Darkstalker and make him forget about Moon. Darkstalker was not fooled by the enchantments, returning to Anemone's room to banish her from the lost city. He cited her as a true descendant of Fathom and "just like him." Darkstalker told her to kill her mother if she wanted, or anyone else who stands in her way.Darkstalker sensed the spells being cast during Anemone and Turtle's battle and summoned all the living animus dragons in Pyrrhia to his throne room. He then asked Stonemover how many dragons were in the room. The old NightWing said four, and Darkstalker finally realized that somebody had been sneaking behind his back, hidden. Anemone told Darkstalker that the dragon was brave and didn't trust him from the beginning, and the king casted a spell on her to obey his every command and shut up. He casted another spell to bring in the dragon's loved one, Kinkajou, and said that she would die if he didn't appear. Turtle threw his magic stick to Anemone, who caught it and was free from Darkstalker's knowledge; he didn't remember her or that he cast a spell on her. Darkstalker then stripped Turtle of his animus power and placed him in his dungeon.
|Darkness of Dragons|
|Darkstalker was soaring away with Moon, Turtle, Anemone, and the NightWing students to see the NightWing tribe and become their king. Qibli observed that the NightWings were letting Darkstalker lead the way even though he most likely did not know where the NightWings live in the rainforest. When Qibli gives Sunny and Tsunami copies of his enchanted earring using a bowl Turtle left him, it proved that Darkstalker had set a spell to make every dragon in Pyrrhia to like him and not think he is evil.
After Qibli got captured in the Scorpion Den by the Talons of Power and faced his grandfather, Vulture, Vulture confessed that Onyx is the granddaughter of Queen Oasis. A SandWing rushed in and said that Darkstalker was willing to help Onyx and Vulture's Talons of Power take over the SandWing tribe, also stating that Darkstalker was then the NightWing King of most of the NightWings.
After Qibli escaped the Talons of Power, he went to the SandWing Kingdom to warn Queen Thorn about Vulture and his army. Once he entered the room, Typhoon, a SeaWing-IceWing hybrid, explained the IceWing Plague that was affecting the whole tribe. This was a spell casted by Darkstalker as part of his revenge for kidnapping his mother 2,000 years ago. After Qibli uses the Obsidian Mirror to spy on Queen Glacier, Winter was frightened of all the IceWings getting sick and started to take off to ask Darkstalker for help, proving that Darkstalker did enchant Winter specifically to like him, more so than the enchantment placed on other dragons. Winter remained unaffected by the plague because of Darkstalker's promise to Moonwatcher that he wouldn't hurt her friends.
Later, Qibli looked into the Obsidian Mirror again and looked at Moon first. Kinkajou and Moon were fighting about if Darkstalker was evil or not. Kinkajou said he is evil but couldn't tell Moon why because then Darkstalker would know, and Moon believed he was a good dragon. They also spied on Darkstalker himself and found him giving powers to the NightWings on a limited account.
When Qibli got to the lost city of night and talks to Moon, he gave her the earring, and she said nothing had happened, stating Darkstalker had not put a spell on Moon because he liked her as a friend. Darkstalker walked into the library where Moon and Qibli were, noticing the earring Moon is wearing. Darkstalker walked in later with Fierceteeth, enchanted to look and act like Clearsight.
Later, Moon and Qibli spied on Darkstalker and overhear him casting spells on the fake Clearsight to recreate her, which ultimately failed. Later during the spell casting, there was a glimpse of Darkstalker's good side, suggesting he wasn't completely evil. When Moon showed herself, Darkstalker noticed the skyfire she is wearing and asked if they were really friends. Moon responded, saying it was hard to be friends with him when he lied to her and did such terrible things. She also suggested that the fake Clearsight idea was terrible and should be turned back to whoever it was. Darkstalker asked if she would be his friend forever if he changes fake Clearsight back into whoever it was. Moon refused to promote it because of the IceWing plague, and Darkstalker revealed that an IceWing-NightWing battle would take place at Jade Mountain because of his return. When the vision returned, he turned fake Clearsight back into Fierceteeth and prepared the NightWings for war, granting many of them superpowers along the way.
During the battle, Anemone used a spell suggested by Qibli on the NightWings, asking them to retreat in Darkstalker's voice telepathic, which failed as he shows up and said it was a fake, also throwing a boulder at Anemone and Turtle, which didn't kill them due to Turtle's spell to make his scales invulnerable.
When Anemone used the next spell, suggested by Qibli, that linked the minds of all the IceWings and NightWings for a hundred dragon heartbeats, Darkstalker grabbed Qibli with a swift movement and carried him to the spot where he burst from his underground prison after being trapped there for 2,000 years. He stated the similarities between Qibli and himself and offered a deal to make Qibli an animus if he could put a spell on him to make him not try to harm him. He also stated that he needed Qibli's mind to help him make the right choices and just wanted friends. He even summoned Vulture and enchanted him to obey his every command, which he used to quiet him, and showed how he could change Vulture into the grandfather Qibli wanted. When Qibli refused the deal, Darkstalker threatened that he would have to kill him otherwise, but when Qibli suggests that it is evil to kill him, Darkstalker suggested ripping his earring off and putting a powerful spell on him. Before he could do so, Qibli pulled out the soulreader and pointed it at Darkstalker, revealing that he was more evil than good. Darkstalker got terrified by this revelation and thought that it was broken, so he re-enchants it and pointed it at Vulture, showing Vulture was just as evil as portrayed with Darkstalker. He did it on himself again and gets even more terrified of how he was evil even if he protected his soul. Qibli suggested it was because of his actions and not his magic. Darkstalker suddenly got a strange vision and reveals that he knows Moon was watching them. Moon and Kinkajou showed up, and they asked him to come with them. He decided to and finally meets up with Foeslayer, his mother.Darkstalker, happy to see his mother, told her about what the soul reader stated. Foeslayer agreed that his choices were evil, and Moon told Darkstalker her vision of a dragon obsessed with strawberries, getting married, having two dragonets, and living happily for the rest of his life. Moon suggested this dragon is him but with a spell to restart his life. Darkstalker refused to do so because he wanted to remember Clearsight and keep his powers. He said that with his power, he could create a good future. Foeslayer, Moon, Kinkajou, and Qibli all agreed it was better if he did not do that. Foeslayer handed him a strawberry and suggested that he did it because it would make both of them happy. After considering a little, he ate the strawberry, saying that no animus magic will work on him, but Kinkajou furiously told him that his own magic would. As he slowly turned into a RainWing-NightWing dragonet, he begged to keep his powers and memories. Qibli said he had his chances and chose the wrong choices, as a one-year-old part-RainWing-part-NightWing dragonet named Peacemaker is created from Darkstalker.
The Lost Continent Prophecy
|The Lost Continent|
|In the prologue, Clearsight thought about Darkstalker a couple of times: How she couldn't return to Pyrrhia until she wasn't tempted to wake him from his eternal slumber, how she would still miss the dragonets she would have had with Darkstalker, and how she saved Fathom and the NightWings from Darkstalker and could continue saving dragons from harm in Pantala. Later, when Blue and his group read the Book of Clearsight's introduction, Clearsight mentions how she could not control the future as much as she thought she could and that she should have learned that a long time ago with her first love on Pyrrhia. She is indirectly referring to Darkstalker.|
|The Hive Queen|
|Darkstalker is mentioned several times throughout the prologue, with Qibli even comparing him to the "great evil" in The Lost Continent Prophecy. He was mentioned by Moonwatcher to be "still haunting her friends."|
|The Poison Jungle|
|In the SapWing village, talking about Clearsight, Tsunami says, "Because I thought she was an idiot who nearly let her boyfriend destroy the world." The "boyfriend" she mentions is Darkstalker.|
|The Dangerous Gift|
|Snowfall worried that he was not dead and was sending NightWings to kill her and her dragons. He is mentioned several times by Snowfall later in the book and in a flashback along with other mentions, the damage of his plague was shown. He is also mentioned by Jerboa to be the animus dragon in the Night Kingdom.|
|Darkstalker made his first appearance as he was still in his egg, hatching on a brightest night under three full moons. His parents, Arctic and Foeslayer, were arguing about Darkstalker's name; Foeslayer, his mother, saw it as a hero that chased back the darkness, while his father, Prince Arctic, saw it as a villain that crept through the shadows. Darkstalker foresaw that he could make his sister's egg hatch on the Brightest Night as well, but he decided against it out of selfishness and the desire for all of his mother's love.
He next appeared at his home, where his parents were arguing. He learned by reading his parents' minds that Queen Diamond, Arctic's mother, had made an offer to her son through a carved stone tablet: if Arctic killed both of his dragonets and brought her proof, then she would call off her forces and accept him back into the Ice Kingdom. He later snuck into their room to read the letter to himself.
After school had started, Darkstalker defended his sister from an angry trio of NightWing students. Calmly explaining to Whiteout that she had knocked over their marbles, he used his mind-reading to embarrass and infuriate all of them. He then met his destined love, Clearsight, and took her to the beach the next day in the pouring rain. After Clearsight led him to an ocean cave to shelter from the storm, they talked about Darkstalker's animus power. They then unexpectedly met Current, a SeaWing prince that had survived the Royal SeaWing Massacre. Darkstalker was displeased at the amount of worry that Clearsight had felt when she realized that the murderer, Albatross, had also been an animus and had most likely gone insane from the usage of his power. After taking Current to Vigilance, Darkstalker knew what he had to do to restore Clearsight's faith in him.
The next day, after school, Darkstalker took Clearsight to his house, which was empty; both of his parents were at work. He showed her a blank scroll, also known as his talisman, that was wrapped in a black leather casing, and explained that he had put all of his animus power into it so that he wouldn't lose any of his soul when he used his magic. Any time a dragon wanted to use the scroll, they only had to write down their specific enchantment, and it would happen, just like natural animus power. Darkstalker enchanted four things with it that day: an inkpot, a blanket, a moonstone bracelet, and one of his history scrolls. However, they were caught in the act by Arctic, who angrily scolded his son, warning him not to waste his animus power. He enchanted more items that included an earring that made him look especially charming and handsome, a goblet that he planned to give to Fathom — which was enchanted to make him forget Indigo, forget about his oath, and use him animus power freely — Clearsight's moonstone earrings to make her see only happy futures, a pebble that made Indigo turn into the SeaWing carving that Fathom made, sneaky enchantments on other students at his school, and many more.
Arctic later told Queen Vigilance that Darkstalker has animus powers, and arrangements are made for Prince Fathom, an animus, to come and befriend Darkstalker. This was done in the hope that Darkstalker would be more cautious with his powers since no one besides Clearsight knew about his scroll at this point.
Darkstalker formally meets Fathom at the SeaWing welcoming party the NightWings had thrown. Darkstalker thinks that Fathom looks uncomfortable at the party and possibly terrified since the Royal SeaWing Massacre had happened at a party as well. So, Darkstalker tries to make him more comfortable by inviting him and his guard, Indigo, to go on a flight with him. However, Indigo is suspicious of Darkstalker and shows this when she attempts to kill him once they are outside. Although Fathom convinced Indigo not to kill him, Darkstalker wants to get revenge on Indigo from then on and makes plans to get rid of Indigo for personal reasons and that he thinks that Fathom would be better off without her.
After the party, Darkstalker thought about how Indigo could have killed him right then and there. He didn't want anyone ever to murder him or even accidentally kill him, so he decided to enchant his scales to be invincible, hiding the enchantment from Clearsight by writing it in invisible ink.
Soon, Darkstalker went with Clearsight for her to meet Fathom. Darkstalker showed Fathom a new item he enchanted, a soul reader that proves how much soul a dragon has left. Clearsight, Fathom, and Darkstalker started to become better friends. After some time, Darkstalker suggested that they all celebrate Clearsight's fifth hatching day in the woods by the Night Kingdom. There, Darkstalker presented the dreamvisitors to his friends, much to Fathom's dismay. However, his protests about Darkstalker using his magic were cut off as Clearsight has a vision about Darkstalker's mother, Foeslayer, being enchanted by Queen Diamond and sent to the Ice Kingdom.
Darkstalker received the same vision and, anxious at this, decided to interrupt the party to go and try to save Foeslayer. When he got home, Darkstalker read in his father's, Prince Arctic's, mind that Arctic and Foeslayer fought. After this fight, she took off an earring that Arctic had enchanted to protect her, which allowed Queen Diamond's magic to get through to her. Darkstalker tried every enchantment he could think of, but nothing works. Later, when Queen Vigilance is with Clearsight, Vigilance sent an assassin after Darkstalker.
When Darkstalker arrived, he shared some of his ideas for what they could do to the IceWings with his magic. Most of them were brutal, and Clearsight was horrified by all of his ideas that lead to the IceWings' genocide. Eventually, Darkstalker settles on the idea of a shield that killed only IceWings.
Darkstalker continued to mourn the loss of his mother for a few weeks. Eventually, Darkstalker asked Fathom if he wanted to fly up to the Royal Tower and watch the lightning storm with him. Fathom gave Darkstalker a statue of a SeaWing that he had requested, which he took and offered Fathom a goblet made of shimmering sea-green glass. Indigo smashed it before Fathom could take it, fearing that it is enchanted. Still fearing Indigo's safety with Darkstalker around, Fathom decided that Wharf should come with him instead of Indigo.
Later on, Clearsight and Listener went to a festival being held in the Great Diamond. Clearsight and Listener met up with Darkstalker, Fathom, and Whiteout, who were all playing a board game. They invited Thoughtful, who was playing alone, to join them. Before Listener could introduce herself to Thoughtful, Clearsight introduced Whiteout first, who took Thoughtful's talon and looked at his palm before saying, "Words and glass, spun in flutes and verse. Waterfalls of language in fire-blown claws," and then told him that he was the one who made the Cascade of Dreams. Thoughtful was surprised and amazed that she had noticed his art and said, "No one — you really saw the pieces of the scroll inside the waves?" Whiteout then confirmed this, and due to the strange grammar Whiteout was using and Thoughtful's ability to understand it, the whole conversation left Listener bewildered. However, before anyone could explain what happened to her, a spear was thrust into Darkstalker's heart.
Thanks to his invincible scales, he survived the attack, although he told his friends that the assassin must have missed. Lionfish tackled the assassin, killing him quickly. The assassin turned out to be Quickdeath, an assassin for hire. Darkstalker wanted to find out who tried to assassinate him, and Fathom became suspicious of Darkstalker. Later on, Darkstalker went home and used his scroll to find out who tried to assassinate him. He found out and deemed that whoever did it "has to pay."
Clearsight then encountered Queen Vigilance and Allknowing in the garden. Allknowing shared her vision, Hatched of ice and hatched of night. Cursed with moons all shining bright. Longs for power not his own. Comes to steal your very throne. Clearsight took off her earrings after the Queen accused her of being enchanted by Darkstalker. Visions, all of which were dark and bad, came rushing back to her, and she realized that Vigilance sent the assassin. The guards attempt to imprison Clearsight, but she escaped to stop Darkstalker before he reached the queen. When she found him, Darkstalker revealed that he enchanted her earrings to keep her focused on the bright, positive futures and block out any dark ones.
Clearsight then had a vision that depicted Arctic taking Whiteout north to the Ice Kingdom. To track them down, Darkstalker enchanted a beetle to bite off Arctic's shielding earring, and then enchanted a dagger to lead them to Arctic and stab him in one of his legs to render him immobile. Darkstalker started to write something down in his scroll as Arctic explained that if he offered Whiteout's talons in marriage, Diamond would release Foeslayer. Whiteout claimed that she would be an "IceWing princess and have lots of baby IceWings." Whiteout then said that she wanted to go back to the Ice Kingdom before proclaiming that she didn't like Darkstalker in perfectly normal, understandable, and coherent sentences, instead of her usual way of talking.
Darkstalker, deeply suspicious and furious at his lying father, enchanted his father to obey his every command. He ordered him to stop talking and to release Whiteout from the spell he put her under. Arctic then crushed Whiteout's shell necklace in his talons, freeing her from his magic. Darkstalker ordered Arctic to follow him back to the Night Kingdom, where he made his father cut his tongue out after announcing how he had tried to betray the NightWings and was going to offer a detailed map of the kingdom so the IceWings could infiltrate it. Then, Darkstalker told Arctic to "take his talons, rip open your stomach, and show us all what you're really like on the inside. Pour out your life on this stage." Arctic killed himself with his own claws, fulfilling Clearsight's prophecy that "your claws will betray you in your final hour."
While Darkstalker was distracted with Arctic, Clearsight stole his scroll. On her way to see Fathom, Clearsight warned Listener about Darkstalker and told her to escape far away with her family far away from the Night Kingdom. Then, she had Fathom enchant a bracelet for her, as they were too suspicious of the scroll to use it. When Clearsight left for Agate Mountain to meet Darkstalker one last time, Fathom took the scroll and held it over a candle. Fathom discovered spells written in invisible ink, one of which trapped Indigo in the wooden SeaWing statue Fathom had made. Fathom released Indigo from the statue with his magic.
Meanwhile, Darkstalker sat next to Clearsight in front of a cave on the side of Agate Mountain. Clearsight told Darkstalker that an earthquake would make the whole side of Agate Mountain collapse and make Jade Mountain the tallest mountain instead. Clearsight mentioned that Darkstalker had gotten out of control and was turning out like Arctic. Furious, Darkstalker grabbed and twisted Clearsight's wrist painfully, and while he's doing so, she slipped the bracelet onto his arm. Before Darkstalker fell asleep, he saw how much Clearsight truly loved him and how much she worried about him.
A simple sleeping spell on the bracelet had taken the invincible, immortal Darkstalker down, and as long as the bracelet remained on him, he would stay asleep. Clearsight moved him into the cave before covering the entrance with rocks before going to another mountain and waiting for an earthquake she predicted to bury him further. She then flew away from the mountain, heading towards Pantala, never to be seen again by the dragons of Pyrrhia.
The book draws to a close as Fathom and Indigo were portrayed with their dragonets, Clearpool, Cowrie, and Ripple. Their dragonets at one point asked them to tell them a story about how bad guys became bad guys. This reminded Fathom and Indigo of Darkstalker. Indigo reassured Fathom that "it's safe to be happy," and he responded with, "I know."Then, in the post-epilogue, the timeline skips 2,000 years; it describes another earthquake coming after the Orb in the Sky flashed by. The rocks shifted up against the bracelet, breaking the copper wires and awakening Darkstalker.
Darkstalker acted as a mentor to Anemone. He encouraged her to use her magic but tried restricting her only to use them with his permission. Due to her naturally rebellious personality and hatred of Moonwatcher, he eventually sent her off to the Kingdom of the Sea. Later on, once she and the other animus dragons of Pyrrhia were summoned to Darkstalker, he affirmed his view of her as a tool by suggesting he run tests on her and Stonemover to learn more about animus limits, even suggesting driving her insane. Anemone hated Darkstalker with a burning passion after the events of Darkness of Dragons.
Arctic resented Darkstalker. He often rudely asked his son if any part of him resembled an IceWing, and was furious upon Darkstalker's hatching that the dragonet did not resemble him. Arctic never looked Darkstalker in the eye, and often glared at him. Darkstalker believed that Arctic was the most dangerous dragon within the lost city of night, and when Clearsight observed Arctic and Darkstalker interacting, she noted that there were many giant, furious, unspoken thoughts and feelings that were not verbally expressed between them. Darkstalker was dangerous, quiet, angry, and crueler than necessary towards his father, and the only slight liking he had towards Arctic was due to his love for Hope. He was suspicious of and bothered by Darkstalker's mind-reading abilities, and was jealous of his son's knowledge of Hope's thoughts. They often tried to avoid one another as much as possible, and Darkstalker was aware of multiple futures where Arctic attempted to kill him. Despite his seething hatred towards Darkstalker, Arctic refused to kill his own son.
Clearsight was Darkstalker's soulmate (at the time). Darkstalker loved her without reserve or hesitation, mostly reciprocated. He was enthusiastic about their love and bent over backward to make her happy. Notwithstanding, the tragedy of Foeslayer's presumed death shattered him, and he became indifferent towards her free will and happiness, although later apologizing to her imagined specter. He tried to keep her focused on the happy futures where they had dragonets, and he did not take over the whole tribe by enchanting her earring, but when she found out, she was mad at him instead of being happy like he had hoped. Although Darkstalker lied to himself about this attempted manipulation of Clearsight being the best thing for her, it was really about keeping her from knowing about his schemes. However, Darkstalker still loved Clearsight more than anything, questioning what he was doing all this for if he doesn't get to be with her again in Darkness of Dragons. Despite his malice, he wanted to be with Clearsight more than anything, turning Fierceteeth into various aspects of Clearsight, but unable to "get her in the right form." Clearsight was one of the only dragons he truly loved, according to her, along with Whiteout, Foeslayer, and possibly even Fathom. Their relationship ultimately failed due to Darkstalker's actions, and Clearsight is not to blame.[event 1]
When Indigo initially attacked Darkstalker, Fathom protested, stating that Darkstalker did not seem dangerous, and admitting wistfully that he could be a friend. Darkstalker wanted Fathom to trust him, but internally was willing to enchant both Fathom's mind and his relationship with Indigo. He genuinely wanted Fathom to be happy, but ultimately controlled several important aspects Fathom's life without his knowledge or consent. He desperately wanted to safely like Darkstalker, as well as badly wanting to trust him. After Darkstalker laughed at Fathom's joke, he was delighted, and Darkstalker spoke gently towards him. Fathom was one of his best friends, and he found himself so wrapped in warmth and attention around Darkstalker that he could forget, for hours at a time, about what he had been through during the massacre. Darkstalker was attentive to Fathom's feelings, and he made Fathom feel comforted. He would have followed Darkstalker anywhere, and Darkstalker was often irritated by Fathom's caution towards animus magic. Darkstalker eventually was completely willing to transform Fathom's mind into a quieter, less anxious state with animus magic so that he would not have to listen to his worried thoughts. He also cared for Fathom's happiness, and Fathom later discovered that Darkstalker had enchanted a bell that would ring whenever Fathom was feeling sad or lonely, and that was why he had always known when to show up and lift him from the worst loneliness. Darkstalker did truly care for Fathom, but as Fathom grew more concerned for his friend's morality, he was eventually forced to betray his friend.
Foeslayer is Darkstalker's mother. Darkstalker loved his mother and wanted to protect her in every way possible. He had an immense care for her and often enchanted everyday items to bring her more comfort in her life. Foeslayer was one of the only dragons that he truly loved, according to Clearsight, along with Clearsight herself and Whiteout. When the IceWings took her, Darkstalker offered to kill every IceWing for revenge. Even though she escaped from the IceWings, Darkstalker still thought she was dead until he found out she was still alive in Darkness of Dragons.
Darkstalker saw Indigo as a threat to him and Fathom's friendship, so he turned her into a small wooden dragon so she wouldn't turn Fathom against him. However, she was later freed by Fathom, who turned against Darkstalker due to what he had done. 
The first dragon Darkstalker had talked to since his imprisonment was Moonwatcher; he seemed to be very fond of her, caring for her and not wanting anyone to harm her. During the time, she was the only dragon he could talk to, and he mentored her. He took a rather friendly approach, and it seemed that he enjoyed teaching her how to deal with her powers effectively without any problem. However, it is later revealed that he may have been manipulating her for his own benefit. In Talons of Power, he really cared about Moon and keeps mentioning how she is similar to Clearsight. He wanted her to trust him, and she was noted to be one of the very few dragons he truly cared about, not putting any spells on her and trying to convince her to understand him. Moonwatcher was Darkstalker's best friend when he emerged from Agate Mountain.
Throughout the books, Darkstalker showed signs of suspicion towards Qibli. He saw that Qibli could get in the way of his plans, starting in Talons of Power when Turtle casts a spell in the room Qibli was in. Darkstalker came to see what happened. Darkstalker and Qibli are also very alike in how they think, and Darkstalker pointed out that the only thing different about them is who has animus magic. He thought Qibli was very smart, and would have been one of the most powerful dragons in Pyrrhia. Towards the end of Darkness of Dragons, Darkstalker thought Qibli would be able to lead him onto the right path and act as his conscience. He trusted Qibli enough to do this and even offered him animus magic, but Qibli declined in the end.
Darkstalker seemed to dislike Turtle as he looked at Turtle with a flash of hatred when they first saw each other. This causes Turtle to enchant a stick, making it so that Turtle is entirely removed from Darkstalker's awareness. Darkstalker mistook Turtle for Fathom and blasted fire at him. In the last chapter of Talons of Power, he thought Turtle was too unpredictable and takes away his animus magic.
Whiteout was Darkstalker's only sibling, and he was extremely protective of her. He made sure she was always content. This is shown when he used his magic to return her favorite scavenger toy to her whenever it got lost. He thought she was the prettiest dragon in all of Pyrrhia, besides Clearsight, and he would stand up for her when others picked on her for her strangeness. Whiteout was also one of the only dragons Darkstalker truly loved, according to Clearsight, along with her and Foeslayer. He was extremely paranoid and furious when Prince Arctic tried to take her to the Ice Kingdom, causing Darkstalker to see Arctic as a threat so much that Darkstalker forced him to mutilate himself publicly.
Darkstalker saw Winter as a threat and cast a spell on him that would make Winter worship him and agree with everything Darkstalker said. However, Darkstalker promised not to hurt Winter and spared him from the IceWing plague.
- A scavenger doll to always appear on Whiteout's pillow at the end of the day.
- A scroll to have all his animus power and cast a spell when a dragon writes it down.
- An inkwell to fly up, touch the ceiling once, and fly back into his talons without spilling a drop, then return to normal.
- A painting to hide and protect his animus touched scroll.
- An hourglass and telescope combination that would show how much of their soul remained when pointed at a dragon.
- His scroll to reveal the name of the dragon who hired Quickdeath to kill him.
- His scales to make himself invulnerable.
- A dagger to stab Arctic in the foot and make sure he cannot fly away without killing him.
- A beetle to rip off Arctic's protection earring.
- Three sapphires to allow the user holding them to visit any previously met dragon's dreams by thinking an image of their appearance in the user's mind.
- His neighbors' plant boxes to always grow turnips.
- An unspecified spell that makes him unable to die or harmed.
- An invisible barrier around the old Night Kingdom to kill any IceWings who try to enter the barrier.
- An unspecified object able to shoot fire ten times farther than the fire blown from an average dragon.
- A pair of earrings to prevent the dragon wearing them from seeing dark futures.
- An earring to make himself appear extremely handsome and charismatic to any dragon he meets.
- A dagger to kill an IceWing every full moon for a year, or until he summoned the dagger back.
- A bell to ring whenever Fathom was upset or lonely.
- A goblet to enchant Fathom to forget about Indigo and his animus oath as soon as he drank from it for the first time.
- A pebble that when it rolls into the same room as Indigo, she will be instantly trapped inside the SeaWing carving made by Fathom.
- A set of paints to never dry out and never run out.
- A plate that keeps food warm.
- A blanket that made the wearer sleep peacefully.
- Arctic to obey his every command.
- An unspecified object to give him a mental twinge whenever a dragon casts a spell with his scroll.
- An earring made from a prey bone to enchant every dragon he meets to trust and like him.
- A metal breastplate to enchant his soul to protect it from the effects of animus magic forever.
- A banded silver necklace to protect Anemone's soul from animus magic forever.
- A bone earring to give him the ability to sense animus spells being cast.
- A glass and wire bracelet to give the wearer mind-reading.
- An earring to give the wearer the ability to bring drawings to life with a touch.
- A wire bracelet to give the wearer super strength.
- An unknown SandWing to deliver a message to Vulture, unable to stop until he completes the task.
- A deep lavender flower to heal Flame's wounds.
- A stalactite to heal the wounds of any dragon it touches.
- A talonful of pebble dust to return Stonemover to his petrified state.
- Flame's library card to transform into chains binding Flame to the cave floor.
- A length of a vine to instantly heal the wearer from any wounds, current or pre-existing.
- An unspecified wearable object to give the wearer the ability to catch any prey.
- An unspecified wearable object to allow the wearer to fly faster than any other dragon.
- An unspecified wearable object to give the wearer advanced warrior skills.
- An unspecified wearable object to let the wearer go for days without sleep.
- A branch to transform into an indestructible, inescapable prison with room for ten dragons.
- An unspecified object to transform into keys for said prison.
- An unspecified object to transform into chains.
- A painting to restore itself, undoing any effects of aging.
- A mop to remove the spell on itself.
- Moonwatcher and Kinkajou to freeze in time until he makes a circular gesture with his claw.
- Fierceteeth to transform into several variations of Clearsight.
- A scrap of paper to turn into a map of Pyrrhia with the location of the IceWings updating in real-time.
- Anemone to obey his every command.
- An unknown object to teleport every animus dragon in the Pyrrhian tribes to the NightWing throne room.
- The NightWing throne room to make it so that no animus dragon could cast spells in it except for himself.
- A sword to bring a dragon deeply cared about by Turtle to the throne room without killing them.
- His eyeball to regenerate itself.
- Stonemover to answer his question honestly.
- Turtle to lose his animus magic forever.
- Several pebbles to transform into floating gemstones.
- Floating gemstones to shape themselves into a crown.
- An unspecified object to teleport Vulture to Darkstalker's cave.
- Vulture to obey his every command.
- A scroll that would read by itself when a dragon says "bore me to sleep" and would stop when a dragon says "spare me."
- A silver tail band that kills any dragon it touches.
- A piece of paper to show where Foeslayer is, updating in real-time.
- "This is my mother. Those are my full moons. This is my world now."
- ― some of his first thoughts (Darkstalker, page 17)
- "Don't worry about it. She was cheating anyway, all he can think about is his crush on her sister, and he is thoroughly sick of both of them and wishes he knew anyone interesting. Have fun with your marbles, friends."
- ― to the NightWing group after they yelled at Whiteout for messing up the marbles game (Darkstalker, page 105)
- "Don't worry about the future. Just be here, with me, in this moment, when we are both as happy as we've ever been in our whole lives so far."
- ― to Clearsight mentioning the futures (Darkstalker, page 108)
- "Don't be mad at me for things I might do one day, all right? I'm not evil now. I haven't done any of that. And I probably won't. Will you focus on that, please? Stay in the present with me?"
- ― to Clearsight mentioning the futures (Darkstalker, page 118)
- "It was just — this toy of Whiteout's. It's a little carved scavenger. She loves it in kind of an obsessive way. Once it got lost and she cried for a whole day, until we finally found it again. So after that, I enchanted it to always return to her. No matter where I hide it, or where she loses it, it always turns up on her pillow by that night. It's just a little thing."
- ― to Clearsight about one of his enchantments (Darkstalker, page 119)
- "Oh — that's a drawing of you. I drew it before we met, from my visions, so it's not very good. I didn't want my father to see it or know about you … but I needed to have it, to look at. You know, to remind myself that things were going to get better."
- ― to Clearsight about a drawing (Darkstalker, page 139)
- "You are coming flying with us, because I have made you a present, and because there's a pack of delicious wolves running through the forests of Borderland Mountain, and because tomorrow is your hatching day, so Queen Vigilance can snort a bucket of worms for all I care."
- ― to Clearsight when she said Vigilance wanted more vision work done (Darkstalker, page 233)
- "Now. Take your talons, rip open your stomach, and show everyone what you're really like inside. Pour out your life on this stage."
- ― commanding Arctic to kill himself (Darkstalker, page 333)
- "I'm nothing like my father. I don't need saving. I can choose my own future, and I like the one I see, and you're going to learn to like it too. Where is my scroll?"
- ― to Clearsight (Darkstalker, page 354)
- "I could see the future, but not just any future — all the possible futures. Do you understand what that means? I could have guided the tribe along the best path to safety and glory and power and everything else. At each crossroad, I would have known the right thing to do. I loved my tribe, Moonwatcher. I would have been the best ruler they'd ever had. I know it; I saw the futures where I was king, benevolent and beloved, married to Clearsight with six little dragonets of our own. Those were possible. They could have happened, if anyone had had faith in me."
- ― thinking to Moonwatcher (Moon Rising, page 129)
- "I was exaggerating. It was simple honor suicide. Even he knew he deserved it."
- ― to Anemone and Moonwatcher about Arctic's death (Talons of Power, page 53)
- "Things can change. We're dragons, not ants. We can do things differently if we choose to."
- ― to Deathbringer (Talons of Power, page 126)
- "If you come back to me, […] I promise I'll never enchant your mind again. I promise I'll listen to you this time. We can choose the best future together. […] I could use your help with what you've left me. A ruined city, a weak and broken tribe. You'd be their Queen Clearsight — doesn't that sound all right now? When you can have the crown without anyone having to die? It was just waiting for us, Clearsight."
- ― to himself, believing Clearsight was still there (Talons of Power, page 209)
- "Clearsight, […] I — I keep looking at all my new possible futures. Millions of possibilities, but they're all empty. They're empty without you. I have no one, Clearsight. All I can see around me, as far as the future unrolls, are slaves and soldiers."
- ― to himself, believing Clearsight was still there (Talons of Power, page 209)
- "Mother, […] Do you remember the soul reader I made? […] It… it says I'm evil, […] Like almost completely evil. Worse than Father ever was. I'm not though, am I? I'm not evil."
- ― to Foeslayer about his soul (Darkness of Dragons, page 345)
- "What, did you think I'd taste a strawberry and decide, mmm, wow, that's worth giving up my magic for?"
- ― to Foeslayer, Kinkajou, and Moonwatcher (Darkness of Dragons, page 351)
- "Didn't I save dragons too? But I'm not evil! I'm not …"
- ― Darkstalker's last words (Darkness of Dragons, page 353)
- Darkstalker's name can be perceived two ways: one is of a hero's perspective, that he chases away the darkness, while the other is that he stalks through the darkness as a villain.
- Darkstalker once took an after-school cooking class.
- Darkstalker feels as though he is missing something when he sleeps and dislikes sleeping as a result.
- Darkstalker's theme song is I Love Me by Meghan Trainor.[event 2]
- In the original ending of Darkness of Dragons, Darkstalker was going to try and fail to talk Qibli out of "something."
- However, it had been scrapped and the ending changed because Darkstalker was "too convincing" and Tui actually thought about letting Darkstalker live.
- Darkstalker was based on Tui's ex-boyfriend from when they were both sixteen years old.[event 3]