Dune was an adult male SandWing who was introduced in The Dragonet Prophecy. He was formerly a member of Burn's army and the Outclaws, but eventually joined the Talons of Peace. After that, Dune, Kestrel, and Webs went into hiding and spent six years raising the Dragonets of Destiny in a hidden cave located within the Sky Kingdom. Dune was not particularly kind to the dragonets, but he was never as outwardly cruel as Kestrel and he sometimes took special time to ensure that Starflight understood particular topics.
He was killed by Queen Scarlet in The Dragonet Prophecy after attempting to protect the dragonets from her wrath.
Dune had pale yellow scales, a tattered, scarred wing, and a stump of a foreleg. In Deserter, one of Dune's wings was blasted by frostbreath, rendering it useless for the rest of his life, and Burn had scarred him shortly after which caused him to flee to the Scorpion Den. Prior to entering the war, he was described by Six-Claws to have powerful sand-yellow wings and flashing black eyes. While raising the Dragonets of Destiny, he wears an unusual rock key around his neck which was used to unlock the boulder that blocked the cave entrance, as noted by Starflight. In The Dragonet Prophecy Graphic Novel, he had scars over both his eyes, and a scar on his neck. Although these were not mentioned directly in the mainstream novel series, it is likely that had battle scars due to his former position as a member of Burn's army.
As a dragonet in Deserter, Dune was very enthusiastic and particularly enjoyed the thought of becoming a brave soldier. This is shown when he convinces his teacher to let him come along with Six-Claws to save Princess Blaze from an approaching sandstorm. During the start of the war, when he was on Burn's side and brothers-in-arms with Six-Claws, he started to lose his normal happier personality traits, becoming sarcastic and untrustworthy of many other dragons, due to Burn mutilating him to scare Six-Claws into obeying her. By the events of The Dragonet Prophecy, Dune was grouchy, tough and didn't show much fondness towards the dragonets, except for Sunny, likely because they were both SandWings. However, he bravely protected them when they were found by Queen Scarlet, despite his injuries. Despite not showing it much, he did care about them.
Along with Kestrel, Webs, Asha, and Hvitur, Dune was ordered to steal and protect The Dragonets of Destiny to fulfill the prophecy. During this time, he resided in the Scorpion Den, and Thorn trusted him with the hidden location of her egg to help guard it. When Dune learned it was due to hatch on the brightest night, he stole it to complete the prophecy and destroyed Thorn's trust. It was revealed to the dragonet stolen, Sunny, in The Brightest Night that he was wanted by Thorn for years after.
Dune was first shown as a four-year-old dragonet helping a teacher in the Wingery. He agreed to help Six-Claws find Blaze and was the one to spot her wandering towards an oncoming sandstorm. He helped direct Six-Claws back to the fortress and defended him. King Char offered to admit him to the army to train to become a soldier, and he happily agreed. When Queen Oasis was killed, he and Six-Claws stayed to fight under Burn. Soon after, he was injured by frostbreath on his wing and foot. The doctors said that he would recover, but Burn ruined his wing and foot to punish Six-Claws, which was how his injuries became permanent. Soon after, Six-Claws and a nurse named Kindle carried him on blankets to the Scorpion Den.
As a guardian, Dune taught the dragonets skills of hunting and survival. He tended to be harsh on Glory, though not more so than Kestrel. He was kind to Sunny and made sure to teach her more due to her "disabilities." After the visit from Morrowseer, he was reluctant to kill Glory, although not as much as Webs, who had been horrified about the idea of having to kill her, and was the first to deny participation in her murder due to it being him who had stolen her egg.
Later, Clay and Tsunami escaped the cave and accidentally led Queen Scarlet and her soldiers to the dragonets. During the attack, Dune was pinned by Scarlet. She sliced open his foreleg, and then violently snapped his neck, killing him. Sunny sobbed over his dead body, telling him to "wake up".
Glory noticed several SandWings with permanent injuries at Blaze's Fortress and thought of Dune, wondering what side of the war he was on before joining the Talons of Peace.
Though he wasn't in The Brightest Night, Dune was mentioned by Thorn to have taken Sunny's egg, which was buried in sand near the Scorpion Den. At the time, only Thorn and Dune knew where the egg was. Dune later stole Sunny to become a Dragonet of Destiny when he joined the Talons of Peace. Thorn, in the process of finding him, put up wanted posters all over the Scorpion Den before she knew he had been killed. When Sunny told Thorn that Dune was dead, she violently ripped up his and Morrowseer's wanted posters. Sunny mentioned Dune again in the epilogue as one of the dragons that didn't get to see the end of the war.
Unlike the other guardians, Dune didn't seem to dislike Sunny; it is implied that this is because she's a SandWing like him. He also thinks that Sunny isn't as big a problem to the prophecy as Glory is, as he tells the other guardians that he "isn't worried about Sunny" and that they "followed the prophecy's instructions." She seemed to like Dune the best out of the guardians and called on him for help in times of need. She was devastated when Scarlet killed Dune.
Dune was considered by Thorn to be the only friend she could trust to keep Sunny's egg safe. When he took the egg, she immediately sent up wanted posters along with Morrowseer.
Dune met Six-Claws in Deserter. Six-Claws was apparently mad by Burn's treatment of her soldiers so much that he left the army along with Dune himself, though on different paths.
"I can help you look." -To Six-Claws in Deserter.
"Oh, but this sounds very important. [...] I'm sure I'll be back soon!" - To the instructors at the SandWing hatchery when he leaves to follow Six-Claws.
"Let's go, quick."
"Thank you for getting me out of there, [...} I'm Dune."
"I'm supposed to be in training to become a teacher. My parents are both teachers, and they think working in the wingery forever would be just the perfect job for me."
"I guess minding dragonets runs in the family, [...] But I hope I don't have to do it for the rest of my life. Dragonets are so aggravating. I want to be a soldier! I want to fight in battles and do glorious things and be a hero! [...] What do you want to do?"
"The royal treasury, [...] Hoping her mother will come by to unlock it so she can roll in the jewels. That dragonet is as bad as a scavenger. I'm not sure she thinks about anything escept treasure, and she doesn't even care about which items are worth more than others. We tried to turn her obsession into a math lesson, but she prefers the prettiest ones, even if they're fake."
"Whoa, [...] Is that the princess? Why would she be out in the dunes by herself? By all the lizards, she is going to get crushed by that sandstorm."
"You're going to get her? [...] Why? You'll both get crushed."
"You don't? Even if it means risking your own-- all right, all right, [...] No dragonets in danger, got it."
"That was alarming, [...] I thought you weren't going to make it back."
"He didn't take her out there! [...] He saw her out there alone and rescued her, that's what he did!"
"Right, [...] That's what he is. His name is Six-Claws. And I'm Dune, by the way."
"Yes, please, sir!"
"Hey. Did you hear what General Needle said about me today?"
"She said I have more promise than any officer she's ever seen. [...] She said I have extraordinarily strong wings for a SandWing-- almost like a SkyWing's! She said I'd be commanding armies of my own in no time."
"No, [...] Can we get back to talking about how amazing I am, please?"
"What is that?"
"Where are we going?"
"Burn, [...] You always said it was so important to be loyal. I guess we've learned something about loyalty, haven't we?"
"That it's stupid, [...] and we were stupid for being loyal in the first place, and now we're paying for it. I'm paying for it. There's no point to any of this."
"Oh, good. [...] Just in time."
Wonderful, [...] Can't wait."
"I'm not worried about Sunny. We followed the prophecy's instructions. It's not our fault she's the way she is. But the RainWing- He's not going to like that." - To the other guardians, about Morrowseer.
"I told you not to teach them that horrible bar song!" - To Webs when Tsunami sings "The Dragonets Are Coming".
"You always said it was so important to be loyal. I guess we've learned something about loyalty, haven't we?" - To Six-Claws
"Don't touch them. You'll never get your claws on them." - Confronting Scarlet
"These dragonets? Then he's going to be very disappointed." - About the dragonets of destiny.
"It's not natural, that much loyalty in a dragon... Especially to dragons outside your own tribe." - About Clay
- A dune is a hill of sand, found in deserts and beaches.
- Tui T. Sutherland may do a Winglet on him. It lost the fan vote to Deathbringer, but Tui has hinted that it is possible that she will write a Winglet about him and Queen Coral after Deathbringer.
- However, Dune did appear in Deserter.
- It is revealed in Deserter that he fought on Burn's side during the war before Six-Claws and Kindle brought him to the Scorpion Den.
- When Tsunami sings The Dragonets Are Coming, Dune tells Webs that he shouldn't have taught the dragonets "that horrible bar song". This implies that dragons have alcoholic drinks, which are served at bars.
- It was stated that he had powerful wings, almost like a SkyWing's instead of a SandWing's. Tragically, he lost the ability to fly because of Burn.
- While Dune's parents were both teachers, Dune expressed to Six-Claws that he had no desire to become a teacher himself in Deserter.
- Despite canonically missing a foreleg, the graphic novel depicts him with all limbs intact.
- Dune was the third guardian of the dragonets to die, after Hvitur and Asha, and the first death the dragonets saw.
- In the graphic novel, Dune's damaged wing doesn't appear to be limp or drag across the ground when he walks, but is still shown covered in scars, burns and has holes shown in the membrane, which is needed intact for a dragon to fly correctly.
- Dune is described as having flashing black eyes. However, in the graphic novel, it shows him with dark brown eyes.
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