Ex-Prince Smolder is a male SandWing, and the son of Queen Oasis and King Char, and one of three brothers of Burn, Blister, and Blaze. He is the last surviving SandWing prince in his family; the names of his two brothers Singe and Scald were revealed in the third Winglets book, Deserter.
He fought on Burn's side in the War of SandWing Succession, yet Burn seemed to dislike him, possibly because he resembles Blister in his appearance, or because of the rivalry between him and her mother. He loved Palm; they had even planned to elope, but Oasis planned to capture and possibly kill her (though she actually captured Prickle, her sister, instead) and Palm was never heard of again (She escaped and had Smolder's daughter, Onyx). He is very likely in a relationship with Queen Thorn as seen in Darkness of Dragons.
Similar in appearance to Blister, Smolder has "the same narrow face and lidded dark eyes, the same black patterns on his pale yellow scales", as well as diamond patterns on his wings. He wears a cluster of keys and pouches and bells on chains around his neck that clink and jingle slightly as he walks. Some of them are plain iron, while others have jewels or gold plating on them.
When Sunny is taken to the Weirdling Tower, she described his voice as sardonic and fairly normal, unlike Blister's unsettling tone. Sunny also said that she couldn't tell whether he was joking or not sometimes, so she just assumed he was joking all of the time. He was also described by Palm to be handsome.
Smolder approaches Six-Claws while he is digging up a shrub to inform him that Blister and Burn are up to something. He hoped Six-Claws could come up with a way to fix it, for he doesn't want to get involved. When Six-Claws thinks that Blaze could be in trouble, Smolder refuses to help and flees back toward the palace. Later, he is seen sobbing over Palm's disappearance, unable to be comforted. As he and his brothers discover the dead Queen Oasis, his eyes glimmer with satisfaction at her death, for he had thought she took away Palm.
In The Hidden Kingdom, Blaze says her brother fell in love with a dragon her mother would never agree with, and she broke his heart. A tapestry is shown to be hanging in her fortress, showing two dragons, presumably Palm and Smolder flying in the sunset. This was Smolder, and his girlfriend was Palm, who was never seen again.
In the epilogue of The Dark Secret, he is seen in Burn's Stronghold speaking to Burn about the Dragonets of Destiny. He and Burn plot to kill all of the dragonets. He also stated about a prisoner that was revealed to be Queen Scarlet. He also stated that he wasn't used to calling Burn "Your Majesty".
In The Brightest Night, Smolder is running Burn's stronghold while Burn is away, looking "for a certain quintet of dragonets." He leads Sunny to the tower where Burn stores her collection and "special" prisoners, such as Queen Scarlet. He introduces Sunny to his pet scavenger, Flower. He shows Sunny that Flower is trained to come when she hears Smolder ring a bell, among other things about her. After this, he proceeds to lead her to her cell in the tower. After seeing how miserable Sunny was, he decided that he'd take her out at midday for a walk every day. He is actually quite a nice dragon, even though it's Sunny thinking. He also explains to Sunny the mystery of the missing SandWing treasure, showing her the doors to the previous treasure holds and revealing to her a clue about the Eye of Onyx, telling her if any of the other SandWing sisters had the treasure, they'd be queen already.
He later unchains Sunny and orders Camel to watch her as he organizes troops to defend the stronghold. Thorn and the Outclaws were attacking the stronghold, and Smolder was successfully fending them off. Sunny begs Peril to stop the fight to save her mother, and she does so.
Smolder then leads Thorn, Sunny, and Peril to Burn's collection, on Thorn's orders to see the dead, stuffed NightWing that Burn owns.
Later, Smolder leads Thorn and Sunny into the library and locks them in there, claiming that Burn would kill him if she found out that he let them leave. Thorn and Sunny escape by burning the wood surrounding the doorknob, and part ways.
At the choosing of the SandWing queen, Smolder is present and hands Burn, his sister, Blister's gift. The gift happens to be two dragonbite vipers, one of which kills Burn, the other nearly kills Clay. Blister and Blaze fight until Sunny finds the Eye of Onyx and gives it to Thorn.
Smolder apologizes to Thorn about the library, and Thorn claims that it would be hard to forgive him.
Although he does not formally appear in Winter Turning, there is a letter from him addressed to Vermilion on the joys of raising and taming a scavenger, which Smolder did himself in the case of Flower. Some of the lines tell what to do and what not to do. The letter comes after the book's epilogue and it also appears in the special edition of The Brightest Night.
Palm, his lost love, thinks of him many times whilst fleeing from Oasis's guards. She gives the earrings he gifted her with to her sister Prickle as payment for her refuge.
Later in the book, Qibli walks into Thorn's tent and sees Smolder in the tent discussing the IceWing plague. He was flirting with Thorn, and he seemed astonished that she was letting Qibli have an opinion.
When Onyx challenges Thorn, he and Blaze went to watch the fight. Upon Onyx revealing her identity, Smolder jumps into the ring and tries to convince her not to fight. Qibli notes that, while he's facing Onyx, his wings keep brushing affectionately with Thorn's. Onyx refuses and goes on with the challenge.
During the sandstorm, he takes shelter with his daughter in the dungeon.
While looking for him, Thorn mentions that he was terrified of the dungeon. They find him in there with Onyx, who has a badly injured leg. Qibli notes that it is not obvious whether she was injured by the storm or if Smolder did it so she'd be unable to challenge.
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"I have heard that before, there was someone who used to tease me about it. She told me she was going to assume everything I said was a joke, since that would simplify things. You can do that too, if you like." -To Sunny when she said she could not tell whether Smolder was joking or not
"I think I should put you in the weirdling collection. It's as safe as the dungeon, but more comfortable. Also more psychologically destabilizing." - To Sunny, when debating where to imprison her
"The idea that you might actually belong somewhere like that, it's driven a few dragons insane." - To Sunny
"There used to be three of us, but the other two made the wrong dragons mad." -Smolder, talking to Sunny about his brothers
"You can live for now, but I'd appreciate it if you made you escape attempts as feeble and ineffective as possible." - To Sunny
"Sorry enough to be my prisoner?" - To Sunny in The Brightest Night
"Losing you and Scarlet in one fell swoop? That has to be worse than anything my brothers ever did." - To Sunny when she escaped Burn's stronghold
"She's gone. I'm never going to see her again." -Smolder wailing about Palm's disappearance.
"Oh, right. Very dignified. Hard to argue with that kind of elegant turn of phrase." - To Thorn
"An extremely beautiful frog. One we're all still proud to call our queen." -To Thorn, after she put on a copy of Qibli's enchanted earring
"I've been investigating a mystery for the last twenty years." -To Sunny about treasury
- Smolder is the only living son of Queen Oasis.
- A smolder is a smoke that is coming from a fire that is burning slowly without a flame.
- Prince Smolder is one of the many dragons shown owning a pet, along with Winter (who owned Bandit the scavenger), Stonemover (who owned Dinner the fox, sort of), and Queen Glory (who owns Silver the sloth) and the rest (as far as we know) is most of the RainWings, who, like Queen Glory, own sloths.
- He is the first out of two dragons owning a pet scavenger, the other being Prince Winter.
- Smolder is apparently friends with Prince Vermilion, as in a special edition of The Brightest Night and Winter Turning, he gives him advice on how to take care of a scavenger.
- Sunny almost confused him for Princess Blister due to their scale patterns being so similar.
- Smolder was stated to keep a pouch of keys around his neck, which means Burn trusts him enough to hold all the keys to certain rooms.
- He also has a pouch to bring food to Flower, and one for the bell to call for her.
- Smolder appears to be the first dragon known in the first arc to know of a scavenger's intelligence, the second being Sunny.
- In Darkness of Dragons, it is likely that Smolder shows great affection for Thorn and that she returns his feelings.
- Smolder is described as wearing many keys and bells around his neck, but in the picture drawn by Flower he is just a plain SandWing.
- Smolder was in love with a SandWing named Palm once, before she disappeared.
- In the prologue of DoD, Palm states that she would give her egg the name that Smolder chose, revealed to be Onyx.
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