Deathbringer is a male NightWing, former assassin, and Queen Glory's love interest, as well as her bodyguard. He is also a good friend of most of the other Dragonets of Destiny. When he made his first appearance in The Hidden Kingdom, he had been ordered by the NightWings to assassinate several of the prophecy dragonets, with his first target being Glory and his second target Princess Tsunami. However, Deathbringer demonstrated his affection for Glory by switching his target to Blaze, injuring her in an assassination attempt stopped by Tsunami. Glory has somewhat shown signs of returning his feelings toward her, growing more obvious as the series progresses. In an interview with Tui, it was stated that Glory and Deathbringer are definitely in a relationship because of the way they have both been affectionate towards each other in the series so far from The Hidden Kingdom to Talons of Power.
Deathbringer has black scales and ebony eyes. He was noted to be a lot younger and smaller than Morrowseer and described as being not much bigger than Starflight. His movements are wiry and graceful. He is very strong and astonishingly quick, described as being faster than a striking snake, as well as trained to fight and stay still for hours at a time. Glory and Blaze have both described him as "cute", whereas he described himself (and the NightWings) as all-wonderful and all-handsome. He usually wears a pouch filled with razor-sharp silver disks on his neck, his weapon of choice for assassinations.
Deathbringer is charming and somewhat optimistic, and doesn't seem to share the grumpiness of the other NightWings. He seems to not always follow the rules so to speak, as he did not hate Glory when she was an "IceWing" (although this may be because he recognized her as a RainWing, since she lacked the very thin tail with multiple spines, extra horns, and serrated claws of a true IceWing) and showed mercy on Glory's fellow dragonets. His rule-bending is at least partially developed from the loss of his mother, as he promised himself that who he loves comes before his mission. He is also adaptable and quick to make decisions, as shown when he chose to kill Blaze to make up for his mental inability to kill Glory. Deathbringer has a large ego, calling himself the greatest assassin in Pyrrhia, and has an extremely sarcastic side. He shows both of these a couple of times in The Hidden Kingdom and in other books. He proves to still take his job seriously, even though he is a slightly cocky dragon, as he has admitted to murdering a few targets. He is also shown to be clever and brags about it on more than one occasion, sometimes bringing it up as he flirts with Glory. He enjoys annoying his RainWing queen, and although neither admit it, they both have a strong affection towards each other that they cover up through insults.
In Assassin, we are taken back to when Deathbringer was only four. Quickstrike, Deathbringer's mother, tells him to spy on the queen while she talks to Princess Greatness in one hour. While spying, Deathbringer finds out that Quickstrike is going to the continent, and wants to bring Deathbringer with her to train in the real world. To prove his abilities, Deathbringer is challenged to kill either Slaughter or Vengeance during the night. Deathbringer quickly completes the task while Slaughter was being saved by Morrowseer. Worried that they may be stopped, Quickstrike and Deathbringer quickly set off for the continent. He has nightmares of black wings descending from the sky, talons holding a scroll that commanded his return so that he could be punished for murder. (This partially happens, as he commits treason and allows Glory to escape. He awaited punishment in prison in The Dark Secret.)
While on their first task to kill a SeaWing commander, Commander Tempest, Quickstrike is struck by lightning and loses consciousness. Despite his best efforts, Deathbringer couldn't wake Quickstrike up. He kills Commander Tempest by himself. While the SeaWing army (Commander Tempest, King Gill, Commander Piranha), Princess Blister, and the MudWing army (General Swamp) are gathered on the beach, Deathbringer sees her and is immediately intimidated, thinking, "Holy mother of lava, I'm supposed to kill THAT?"
Tempest asks all the dragons on the beach to lay down their weapons. The troops follow her command, but Deathbringer manages to snatch a MudWing spear. He throws it at her heart, and it hits, giving the unsuspecting Tempest mere moments to live. She utters her last words, "Well, son of a starfish", and hits the beach "like a slow avalanche".
Despite all of the panic going on, Blister is described as calm and orders her troops to search the island. During the search, Quickstrike is found and probably killed. In his sorrow, Deathbringer tells himself that he followed the orders. Then he vows, "But this will never happen again. If I ever find someone else to care about, I will not let my mission come first. I will break my order. I'll endanger my own tribe if I ever have to." From these lines, we can infer that this is the reason for Deathbringer's inability to follow Queen Battlewinner's orders, and why he did not kill Glory or the other prophesied dragonets, as he found "someone else to care about,", that dragon mostly believed to be Glory, and he did "not let his mission come first".
At the end of the book, Morrowseer and Deathbringer meet. Unaware of Quickstrike's death, Morrowseer is led to believe by Deathbringer that Quickstrike sent Deathbringer alone. Morrowseer gives Deathbringer his new order to kill General Six-Claws with three month's time to complete it. The last line of the book reads: For now... let's see how creative I can get with these orders?
After Six-Claws, who was Princess Burn's general at the time, came back from the Ice Kingdom, he encountered a Nightwing who is presumed to be Deathbringer hiding in the shadows. Deathbringer found a loophole in his orders and attempted to convince him not to be loyal to Burn and to go to the Scorpion Den instead. Although at first Deathbringer did not succeed, Burn's brutal treatment of Dune caused Six-Claws to abandon his post, fulfilling Deathbringer's mission without any loss of life.
Deathbringer was sent to kill off a few of the original Dragonets of Destiny as part of Morrowseer and Queen Battlewinner's plan to promote Blister as the new queen of the SandWings. This step was necessary for the NightWings to replace the given with The False Dragonets. He met Glory, who at the time was described to be camouflaged to look like an IceWing, as she had disguised herself as one when they first met in the Ice Kingdom. He flirted with her and offered to take her on a date, showing that he really must have liked her, despite the fact that NightWings usually hated IceWings. She learned that he was there to kill the dragonets because they were "insufficient" for the prophecy. Later, when he finds Glory with Clay, Sunny, Starflight, Tsunami, and Blaze, he takes advantage of the situation and tries to assassinate Blaze so as to get him out of trouble for refusing to kill Glory. He threw several knife-sharp silver discs at Blaze in an attempt to try and kill her. One disc landed in the SandWing's neck (however, it didn't hit her main artery), while the other slashed through one of Tsunami's wings as she leaped in front of Blaze. Before he could do anything else, however, Glory sliced the sack off from around his neck and held a silver disc to his throat threateningly, while Clay tied a camel blanket around Blaze's neck to prevent the bleeding. At this point, Deathbringer promised Glory that he would let all of the dragonets escape if she allowed him to kill Blaze. His bargain, however, was interrupted as Queen Glacier approached in the sky, and he was forced to flee before he got caught by the IceWing tribe.
Back in the Rainforest Kingdom, Deathbringer was found by Tsunami and Glory as he entered the rainforest through the tunnel from the SandWing territory as a way to stop an attempt to kidnap more RainWings. The dragonets captured him by tying him up with thick vines, as Glory insisted that they trap him but not kill him. When Glory left Clay to watch Deathbringer and make sure he didn't try to escape, Glory herself was eventually captured by another NightWing. Deathbringer (who escaped the vines after convincing Clay to let him go because he said Glory was in danger) later helped Glory and Kinkajou break away from the NightWing prison, with the support of Clay.
Deathbringer is imprisoned for helping Glory and Clay escape and is thrown in the dungeon in the NightWing Fortress. Flame, one of the False dragonets, later questions Deathbringer of what it's like to kill without remorse, seeing that Deathbringer was an assassin. Deathbringer tells him to only kill dragons if he's going to stay fully committed to that decision. He also tells Flame to be "his own dragon" and make decisions for himself, not always from others, implying Deathbringer's own refusal to assassinate any of the dragonets of destiny, especially Glory. He also tells Flame "avoid talking to your targets, in case you find out they're beautiful, sarcastic, and fascinating. For instance." Starflight and Fatespeaker also asked Deathbringer about the queen, with which Deathbringer has little knowledge about, but he tells them where the throne room is so they could try finding her.
Later, when the volcano erupts, Glory and Starflight rescue him and Ex-Queen Splendor. Even as the volcano starts erupting heavily, Glory sticks to the job of finding the right key to unlock his cage. At the end, Glory and Deathbringer exchanged a look that said: "thank you, and a whole lot more".
Deathbringer acts as the bodyguard of Glory, claiming that there were three assassination attempts, but he had stopped them. Glory doesn't believe him, claiming that they were "alleged assassination attempts", but it is clear that she trusts him more than the other NightWings as shown how Deathbringer was allowed to know the location of the RainWing village and was allowed to wander around it freely. He and Glory are also comparing how many times each dragon had saved the other, and Glory said that the assassination attempts were just to make his list longer. He later claims that he is not afraid of scavengers, but they 'give him the heebie-jeebies'.
Deathbringer followed Glory to Burn's Stronghold at the end of the book. He was also allowed to choose a few of the most trustworthy NightWings to bring along so the tribe was represented. Deathbringer was one to help hold Clay down while Peril burned out the poison from his leg.
In the epilogue, he interacted with the dragonets of destiny and Sunny wonders if Glory and him will have dragonets.
He was mentioned in Sunny's mind as part of the backup coming in to organize the chaos after the explosion in the History Cave, and to also help guide students home. Later, when Darkstalker shows Moonwatcher his vision of the good future of Jade Mountain Academy, she sees a dragonet, Firefly, who potentially is the offspring of Deathbringer and Glory.
When Winter entered the NightWing Village, he was intercepted and sat on by Deathbringer, who accused Winter of planning to assassinate Glory and stated that he is under arrest. Deathbringer claimed that Winter sounded "murder-y" and that a dangerous IceWing had been reported to be on the loose (later turned out to be Icicle), and so he kept Winter immobilized until he received further instructions. Moonwatcher, Kinkajou, and Qibli attempted to convince him to let Winter go, but with no success, until Glory arrives on the scene a bit later. Glory scolded Deathbringer for arresting the wrong IceWing-"Deathbringer, I am seriously going to fire you as my bodyguard if you can't tell the difference between a male IceWing traveling with my friends Moon and Kinkajou and a lone female IceWing out to get me"—and claimed to punish him "creatively and firmly". He later accompanied Glory and the others when they flew to the royal pavilion. Then, when Glory, Winter and Qibli went off without Deathbringer, he was outraged, because he thought that Glory would be at risk from an assassination, despite her invisible royal guards following her, Moon, Qibli, and Winter.
Later, when the dragonets discovered Icicle on the abandoned NightWing island, Glory, Deathbringer, and other RainWings arrive at the scene, and Glory shoots a tranquilizer dart at Icicle when she is about to kill Kinkajou. When she falls asleep, Glory and the RainWings carry her off to the healers' pavilion, while Deathbringer is sent to make sure no NightWing looks for her.
Then, after Moon sketched a picture of the mountain range that Ex-Queen Scarlet was at in the dream Icicle had, the dragonets ask Deathbringer if he recognized it. Deathbringer said it is unfamiliar to him but suggested that the Talons of Peace might know something about it. Deathbringer then directed them to the scavenger den where they contact the Talons.
Once Darkstalker arrived at the NightWing village, Deathbringer could be seen protecting Glory and defending her spot on the throne. When Turtle went to talk with Glory, he yelled "Halt!", making Glory state that she thought he sounded ridiculous which then demonstrated more affection between Glory and Deathbringer. Deathbringer and Glory both admit they like Darkstalker. Later, Fierceteeth and others were on their way to assassinate Glory, and Deathbringer said he can easily stop the assassins. Darkstalker said he sees the future and saw Deathbringer getting stabbed by a SandWing tail. Darkstalker created a prison for the RainWings and told Deathbringer and Glory to wait near the prison until the assassins arrived. Deathbringer was one of the many dragons to fall under Darkstalker's spell, although he and Glory both had a feeling that they were making the wrong decisions.
Family Tree Edit
|Three Unnamed Daughters||Quickstrike†||Unknown†|
|Prince Jambu||Queen Glory||Deathbringer|
Queen Glory is the character that Deathbringer interacts the most within the series. She is his love interest and it seems that they return feelings for one another. Deathbringer volunteered to be her bodyguard, most likely so that he could protect her and be close to her at all times. Deathbringer is stated constantly throughout the series to care for her and finds little things to protect her from. In every book that he is in, he and Glory flirt with one another as this is most present in The Brightest Night. Despite finding Deathbringer's need to protect her sometimes exhausting, Glory seems to care for him as well, even sometimes talking to him pretty affectionately. She doesn't speak very highly of him in front of other dragons. Even though it is obvious that these insults are hollow, she tries to make others think that their status is just Bodyguard to the Queen; however, no one seems to buy it. Glory also trusts Deathbringer more than other NightWings (Excluding Starflight) and almost as much as she trusts the Dragonets of Destiny. She once saved him from a dungeon in a volcano, while he saved her from a lab where the NightWings did experiments on the RainWings. One of the reasons why Deathbringer is so protective of Glory is that on the night Blister sent his mother to be executed, he vowed that if he ever found someone to care for and love again, he would make sure to do everything he could to not lose that dragon too, that new dragon being Glory. In the epilogue of The Brightest Night, Sunny wonders if Glory and Deathbringer will ever have dragonets together, and it is confirmed that the dragonet Firefly in Moon/Darkstalker's vision in Moon Rising is the daughter of Deathbringer and Queen Glory.
After Glory, Sunny seems to be the closest to Deathbringer. Sunny knows that Deathbringer loves Glory, but she doesn't object to it in any way, she even once imagined what would happen they got married and had eggs, also wondering whether other dragons would object to her marrying a NightWing rather than another RainWing. Sunny doesn't trust Deathbringer as much as Glory does, and she does not quite seem to understand why Glory trusts him so much, however it seems that Sunny thinks of Deathbringer as a friend. She and Clay also seem to hold almost no grudge for their attempted murder by him.
Starflight and Deathbringer have a slightly complicated relationship. They had their first real conversation when Deathbringer was in the dungeon and Starflight was asking him questions from outside the bars. Starflight seemed to know that Deathbringer loved Glory, and he doesn't seem to object, but it is still unclear. Starflight at first tried to stop Glory from going into an erupting volcano to get Deathbringer as their lives were at risk, and Starflight was extremely surprised that was even on her agenda, let alone something she would risk entering an exploding volcano for. Despite objecting, he reluctantly went with her and assisted in his breakout. Presently, Starflight probably doesn't quite think of him as a friend, but Starflight seems to respect Deathbringer's profession and also has some respect for him, unlike Peril.
Although Deathbringer and Tsunami don't interact much, they both seem to have a distaste for one another. Out all the Dragonets of Destiny, Tsunami seems to trust and like Deathbringer the least, even once stating to Sunny that she doesn't trust him. Unlike the other Dragonets, Tsunami does not quite seem to approve of Deathbringer's love for Glory. She doesn't like that Glory loves him, too, since he tried to kill her in his assassin days. She once tried to convince Glory to kill him when they captured him in the rainforest. It annoys Tsunami that Glory loves and trusts Deathbringer, and it seems to annoy her that he showed up to their gathering when Sunny came back, and she doesn't like how he helps them and follows them like he is one of them. She also holds a huge grudge against Deathbringer because he accidentally cut her wing once when he tried to kill Blaze.
Similar to Sunny and Deathbringer's relationship, Clay and Deathbringer seem to be good friends. For a short amount of time (while Glory was a prisoner in a NightWing lab), Deathbringer was Clay's prisoner in the rainforest. Deathbringer somehow convinced Clay to let him go and to go with him to the NightWing kingdom to save Glory. Although it doesn't show his direct feelings on the matter, Clay probably does not object to Deathbringer loving Glory.
Deathbringer and Kinkajou appear to be friends. When they first meet, Deathbringer rescues both Glory and Kinkajou, much to Kinkajou's relief. When talking to Qibli, she lists Deathbringer as one of the NightWings she considers trustworthy, claiming "he is usually pretty great". She seems to be mad at him when he attacks and sits on Winter, however, she probably is not anymore considering her forgiving and kind personality.
Moon and Deathbringer seem to at least know each other, as in Winter Turning he and Moon have a more or less friendly conversation while he is sitting on Winter, which consists of her trying to reason with him. In another part of the book Moon suggests that they "Try Deathbringer" to see if he knows where a certain mountain is that will help them find Hailstorm.
Deathbringer and Winter dislike each other. Deathbringer arrests Winter when he goes to the rain forest, claiming that Winter is a threat to Queen Glory. Winter demands that Deathbringer be punished and Queen Glory says he will be, however it is unknown if Deathbringer ever was.
"Great moons. Where did you come from?" - To Glory in The Hidden Kingdom
"Technically this isn't the Ice Kingdom yet, [...] Or didn't you know that?"
"It will be Ice Kingdom territory one day, [...] If Blaze wins the war, that is. She's promised Queen Glacier all the land you can see from here to the southern horizon-- basically where the desert starts. [...] I suppose you know all that, [...] But it's interesting, isn't it? That's a lot of land Blaze is willing to hand over. But not exactly useful land to either tribe, so what would Queen Glacier want with it? Do you think there's treasure under these rocks? That would be my guess. A diamond mine, perhaps. Maybe you know. Maybe all the IceWings know and are wisely keeping it a secret from Blaze and her SandWings."
"That wouldn't be a good idea, [...] You really don't want the rest of my tribe to come looking for me."
"All right, [...] I'm waiting for someone. Well, a few someones."
"I can't tell you that, [...] NightWing business, I'm afraid. I'm on an assignment."
"Nobody talks to us like that! [...] Where's your sense of awe? Your terror of our powers?"
"Maybe we'll help stop the war someday, [...] Maybe we haven't picked a side yet-- like the dragonets of the prophecy."
"You feel sorry for the dragonets, [...] That's interesting. I've seen a lot of that around Pyrrhia, actually. Everyone expects so much of them, but they also think it's a heavy burden for five young dragons. I wonder if the dragonets would be surprised by all the sympathy for them. [...] You haven't seen any sign of them here, have you? Rumor has it they were headed for the Ice Kingdom next."
"To meet Blaze, I suppose, [...] So... are they here? In Queen Glacier's dungeon already, perhaps?"
"Right, [...] Well. They couldn't have gotten here that fast anyway. It's a long way from the Kingdom of the Sea."
"Don't forget all-wonderful and all-handsome."
"Is that an invitation? [...] I probably have a day or two before the-- before my work can begin. I wouldn't mind seeing the inside of an IceWing tavern, if you'll be there."
"What if I bought you that drink?"
"All right, [...] Never mind. But maybe you could come back and see me sometime. I'll be here for a few more days at least, probably, and it's pretty boring just sitting here."
"Sorry. I wish I could. I bet my job would impress you."
"What's your name?"
"Who knew sarcasm could grow in a place this cold? [...] Will you tell me your name if I tell you mine?"
"I'll tell you anyway, [...] If you'll come see me again! Will you?"
"My name, [...] My name is Deathbringer."
"Why, hello, everyone, [...] Isn't this a coincidence? I was just talking about you all this morning. [...] Mystery dragon! Hmmm. There's something different about you. Did you get your claws trimmed?"
"You could have told me you were one of the dragonets, [...] I'd have asked for your autograph. I see now that you're a RainWing, so... Glory, right?"
"I'm not necessarily here to kill you, [...] And even if I were... this seems like a much better opportunity to kill her."
"No, but I like to work outside the box, [...] And if I kill her, I figure it'll get me out of the trouble I'll be in for not killing you."
"I did I mention the part about how I don't actually want to kill you, right? [...] I'm pretty sure I snuck that in there."
"If you let me kill her, I can let you all go, [...] That should give you a fair head start before they send someone else after you, especially since no one knows where you'll go next."
"No, [...] Just a couple of you."
"Ow! Stop! [...] It's like you want me to kill you!"
"All right, I'm convinced, [...] But you really should have let me kill her. [...] So when can I see you again?"
"How would I know it was there?"
"'I've been wondering if there's an alternative, [...] But that's not usually my call."
"I can't say."
"That has become ever more mystifying to me as well."
"I wouldn't say probably, [...] I'd say maybe."
"Oh, no, [...] Please don't leave me alone where a monster could get me."
"You'll have to wait awhile, [...] I'm not allowed to tell you anything."
"What's that? [...] Wait, let me guess. Your rapier wit."
"It's so noisy here, [...] So alive."
"It's a lot quieter in the Ice Kingdom, [...] And the Kingdom of Sand."
"Don't do it."
"I don't have to, [...] You have 'I'm about to do something stupid' written all over your face."
"Maybe you should leave the monster alone, [...] Forget about it. Get back to the prophecy-fulfilling business."
"I know, [...] But I bet you'd still be remarkably good at making it come true."
"Wait, [...] Why? You have friends. Let them help you."
"Actually, [...] I have a better offer. [...] Hello, Glory."
"This isn't my smug face, it's my heroic face, [...] And how funny is this? First I was your prisoner, now you're mine?"
"Sensible dragonet, [...] You can express your undying gratitude to me later. I'll wait."
"You exasperating creature. Haven't I not killed you multiple times already?" - To Glory in The Brightest Night.
"Don't bother struggling, IceWing, [...] You're under arrest."
"I don't know, he sounds kind of murder-y, Kinkajou, [...] And we heard there's an extra-dangerous IceWing on the loose right now. So I'm going to keep sitting on him until I get further instructions." - To Kinkajou in Winter Turning
"Hey, ouch, [...] Nothing wrong with assassins. Who said there was anything dishonorable about assassins? They're just not allowed to kill my-- my queen. It's my job to stop them and drop some violence on their heads, but I'm not judging them, sheesh."
"You can't do that!" - After Darkstalker challenges Glory for the throne.
"I was only half a dragon before I met you, and I would be even less if I lost you now." - To Glory
"Holy mother of lava, I'm supposed to kill THAT?!" - About Commander Tempest in Assassin
"Loyal to what? Do you even know why you follow her anymore? She's not a good queen. You are helping a viper and making her stronger and more poisonous. Can't you see that? If you can't, you will soon, I'm afraid." - To Six-Claws in Deserter
"That I'm much too charming, clever and good-looking to kill." - to Glory when she tells him to read her mind after she catches him in the rainforest.
“But I just want to set one palm tree on fire and see who comes to check it out!” —to Quickstrike in Assassin
"Did you ever notice that whenever one side appeared to be winning the war, one of their top generals would mysteriously die? Not that I'm taking credit for anything, of course."
- Deathbringer acts uncomfortable around scavengers, possibly even scared. This could be because they remind him of the night his mother died.
- He mentioned that "When one side appears to win the war, one of their top generals seems to mysteriously die. Not that I'm taking credit for anything.” This is the first indication that the NightWings, him specifically, were killing off generals before they chose Blister to fight for, as to prolong the war.
- When Glory was masquerading as an IceWing, Deathbringer offered to take her out on a date.
- Despite often being referred to as a "hired assassin, “ Deathbringer and his mother were both assassins their whole lives, they never had any other occupation. Neither is showed to receive payment, either.
- It was confirmed in a live video chat with Tui T. Sutherland that the ship "Glorybringer is canon."
- Deathbringer knows "The Dragonets Are Coming" bar song, meaning he could have been in a bar at some time, or someone in a bar could have taught him it, or because of its popularity.
- He is the only character in Deserter not to be a SandWing.
- Even though his mother, Quickstrike, tells him he must not kill any of the SandWing princesses (Blister, Blaze, and Burn) in Assassin, he attempts to kill Blaze in The Hidden Kingdom.
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