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"I've always been so excited about being a NightWing. I thought my powers must be the most amazing thing. But clearly, they're totally useless, if they couldn't even warn me about what was going to happen to my friends."
—Fatespeaker to Starflight, The Dark Secret


Fatespeaker is an adult female NightWing who was introduced in The Hidden Kingdom. Formerly a member of the false dragonets as the replacement for Starflight, she currently works at Jade Mountain Academy as the assistant librarian. She can sense vague emotions from other dragons and may have a very weak foresight ability. She has feelings for Starflight.

Appearance

Fatespeaker has black scales with deep blue and purple underscales.[1] She has several additional silver scales: one on the outside corner of each eye, a band circling one ankle, and a few lone ones sparkling along her tail like starry freckles.[1] She is rather small.[2]

Personality

Fatespeaker aspires to peace and friendship rather than violence and anger. She is often very talkative and chatty, and can also be quite silly at times. Fatespeaker is also very optimistic and sympathetic and prefers not to fight, although her optimism can sometimes blind her from thinking. She also can be a tad stubborn, especially about her visions. This is because she believes to have them all the time, making them up often, although she may actually have weak powers. She secretly regrets her supposed NightWing abilities, as she began to consider them useless after the death of Viper. She can be somewhat naïve, as she originally thought the rest of the false dragonets were her friends and clung to this belief, even after they attempted to kill her with prompting from Morrowseer. She always felt proud to be a NightWing but felt crushed when she realized the terrible things her tribe had done.

Biography

The Dragonet Prophecy

The Lost Heir
Mentioned when Morrowseer mentions they have a set of alternates.
The Hidden Kingdom
In the prologue, Fatespeaker was fighting with all the other false dragonets. She was highly interested in Morrowseer's arrival and claimed - probably falsely - to have predicted it. In the epilogue, she had another supposed "vision" about feasting on a walrus. The other false dragonets refused to listen and yelled that they didn't want to hear it, claiming that she was lying and had already made that prediction before. She saw Starflight enter, and had a "vision" predicting that Starflight will be important in the future. This vision, as it came true, could be proof of her slight powers. These "visions" are most likely faux because she has twin teardrop-shaped silver scales in the corners of her eyes, the sign of a mind-reader. However, she may have faint abilities in either of these fields or even both if she hatched within days of the brightest night.
The Dark Secret
Fatespeaker crept out of her room and followed Starflight and Morrowseer, being very blunt about being a "dragonet of destiny." When Starflight told her that he was the NightWing dragonet, she was surprised. Morrowseer mentioned that Starflight could replace her, and the other false dragonets agreed, saying that they wanted Starflight due to how annoying they found Fatespeaker's constant predictions. Fatespeaker, who believed they were her friends, thought that they were joking.

When Morrowseer ordered the false dragonets to kill Starflight and he fled, she figured out where he was hiding, but refused to kill him. She said she thought he was "crazy-smart" and "crazy-brave," and showed pity to the trapped RainWings. That night, she convinced Starflight to go explore the destroyed wing of the NightWing Fortress. Starflight found a dreamvisitor clutched in the talon of a dead NightWing guard because nobody would search a corpse.

When Morrowseer banished Squid, Fatespeaker was horrified and sad, knowing that he probably would not survive. That night, she convinced Starflight to sneak out and search for Battlewinner. They spotted Flame sneaking out as well, so they decided to follow him. He discovered they were following him, and snapped at them to go away. Starflight pointed out that he was less likely to get in trouble if he was caught with two NightWings, and he reluctantly agreed. He headed for the dungeons and asked Deathbringer about becoming an assassin. When Deathbringer didn't give him any helpful advice, he stomped off.

Fatespeaker questioned Deathbringer about the location of the NightWing queen, and he redirected them to the throne room. She and Starflight continued their search. Fatespeaker claimed to have a vision that they would convince Queen Battlewinner not to kill the dragonets or torture the RainWings. They found the tunnel to Battlewinner's throne room behind a detailed map of Pyrrhia. Fatespeaker was scared of Queen Battlewinner at first, seeing as she was immersed in a vat of lava. She tried to convince Battlewinner that Morrowseer wasn't doing the right thing but ultimately failed.

During a practice fight, Fatespeaker was pitted against Flame. Viper joined in, prompting Starflight to join as well. Viper pinned her to the ground and blamed Fatespeaker and her tribe for her horrible experiences at the Night Kingdom. Viper tried to stab her with her tail, but Starflight slammed into her, which lead to Viper being accidentally knocked into a river of lava, and her tail slices across Flame's face while trying to regain her balance. Fatespeaker was distraught over this and Flame's accidental, seemingly-mortal injury caused by the SandWing's poisonous barb.

When Starflight decides to save the RainWings, Fatespeaker joins him. They sneak Flame out of the healer's room and use him as a ploy to convince guards to let them through the tunnels. Fatespeaker and Sunny hit it right off when they meet in the rainforest: finding lots of common ground, Glory comments that they have "twin souls."

During the invasion of the Night Kingdom, she helps convince the NightWings to accept Glory as queen. She also stood up against Morrowseer when he tried to get in the tunnel.
The Brightest Night
Fatespeaker accompanies Starflight, Tsunami, and Clay out of the tunnel and into the rainforest. The event causes a large commotion, during which Sunny is unknowingly captured by Fierceteeth, Strongwings, and Preyhunter. Fatespeaker then stays in the rainforest to be with Starflight as he recovers from his injuries. Later, Sunny escapes and returns to the rainforest.

On the night of the end of the war, she accompanies the dragonets to Burn's stronghold and predicts that the Orb in the Sky would come down and kill them all. Starflight remarks that her visions are not real, to which she replies that they "feel real."

When a dragonbite viper is loose after it kills Burn, Sunny and Fatespeaker attempt to carry Starflight off of the ground, but Starflight was too heavy and confused for Sunny and Fatespeaker. Clay then shoves them out of the viper's way and gets bitten himself as a result of his selflessness, but survives due to Peril's aid.

In the epilogue, Sunny tells Starflight that she loves him, but her feelings are complicated and he is a friend to her. She says that she doesn't love Starflight as Fatespeaker does and that he should love Fatespeaker back. Later, Sunny mentions teaching everyone that NightWings didn't have powers. Miffed, Fatespeaker replies she still had powers and that the Orb in the Sky might still come back and kill them, but in the end, fails to convince them.

The Jade Mountain Prophecy

Moon Rising
Fatespeaker is a helper at the Jade Mountain Academy, greeting dragonets and ringing the gong when necessary. She greeted Moonwatcher by mysteriously guessing her name and "hinting" that she was a mind-reader but knew that the power wasn't realistic anymore. She then reassures Moon that she was just joking. Fatespeaker hands Moon her welcome scroll and her map. Later, she was seen reading scrolls to Starflight in the library when Moon, Kinkajou, and Carnelian come in. At first, Moon suspected that Fatespeaker may have powers, but Darkstalker claimed that if she had any, then they were extremely weak, or that she may have been supposed to have powers, but did not get them because she didn't hatch under the moons or was nearly supposed to.
Escaping Peril
More information flying in soon…
Talons of Power
She appears helping Starflight in the library. She seems shocked when she sees Darkstalker and is worried that her visions haven't shown her about Darkstalker. She closes her eyes and tries to have a vision. She says that she sees darkness ahead, to which Darkstalker said that was because she was closing her eyes.
Darkness of Dragons
Fatespeaker is shown with Starflight during the IceWing-NightWing fight, going off to rescue Tsunami, who had been captured earlier in the book.

Winglets

Prisoners
Fatespeaker appeared as the only other egg besides Starflight's in the hatchery. When Fierceteeth told Morrowseer that if he needed a replacement she would volunteer, he glanced at Fatespeaker's egg, hinting that she would be the replacement instead. Morrowseer also said to Farsight that the egg would not hatch until a few months after the brightest night. In The Dark Secret, Fatespeaker tells Starflight that she was hatched a few months after the brightest night, showing that she was most likely in that egg.

Relationships

Starflight

When Starflight arrived at the Night Kingdom in the epilogue of The Hidden Kingdom, Fatespeaker had a feeling he was a part of her destiny. She quickly initiated a friendship with him and followed him around several times. When battling Flame and Viper, Fatespeaker trusted Starflight to help her, despite only knowing him for a few days. She has said that he is lucky not to have any NightWing powers. In The Brightest Night, Fatespeaker was revealed by Sunny to have romantic affections toward Starflight, which is backed up by the fact that in The Dark Secret, Fatespeaker suggested that the NightWings could make her and Starflight queen and king. This implies that in this scenario, the two would get married.

Sunny

When Fatespeaker met Sunny, they almost instantly became good friends. They ended up talking to each other, asking questions and sharing information about themselves, until Glory told them to either go off and discover their twin souls elsewhere or help with battle planning, to which they replied "battle planning," at the exact same time. However, Sunny occasionally felt a little jealousy towards Fatespeaker when she was around Starflight, and vice versa. Sunny and Fatespeaker remained close, nevertheless.

The Other False Dragonets (Ochre, Viper, Squid and Flame)

Fatespeaker was part of a group of five young dragons raised by the Talons of Peace as replacements for the dragonets of destiny. Fatespeaker thought that the other False Dragonets were her friends, but they clearly didn't think the same. On multiple occasions, her "friends" said they wished she would die, and Viper even tried to kill her. Even so, she still cares for them and was distraught when Viper died and Squid left. She was also very worried about Flame when he was scarred by Viper's tail. She now seems to realize that they dislike her, though she may still have some lingering loyalty. Squid is the only one who doesn't completely hate her. He said she was the only nice fake Dragonet of Destiny, even though he said she was "plain crazy" in the same sentence and also liked the idea of having her replaced. In The Dark Secret everyone showed that they would have preferred to kill her instead of Starflight.

Morrowseer

Morrowseer thinks that Fatespeaker is abnormally annoying, as she is always bothering him when she is bored. Despite this, Fatespeaker shows no resentment or fear against him and is cheerful as always, even when he yells at her.

Predictions

Predictions
So far her predictions include, but are not limited to:
  • A NightWing would come to visit them: True.
  • The NightWing brought something great for breakfast: False.
  • An earthquake: True.
  • A new Talon of Peace: True.
  • Something besides seagulls for breakfast: True.
  • A walrus to eat (on multiple occasions): False.
  • That Starflight was important to her destiny: True.
  • That Starflight's name was Bigtoes: False.
  • That meeting Queen Battlewinner would be scary: True, they both freaked out when she came out of the lava.
  • That she and Starflight will find Queen Battlewinner and convince her to join their side: True, as they found her, but also false, as she did not join their side.
  • That she and Starflight will survive: True.
  • That she and Starflight will do great things together: To be determined.
  • That she and Starflight will become King and Queen of the NightWings: False.
  • That Starflight will live forever: To be determined.
  • That Sunny would be fine when she got kidnapped from the rainforest: True.
  • That the Orb in the Sky, the comet, will fall on Pyrrhia: Partially true, due to the skyfire that fell from it.
  • That the Orb will kill them: Mostly false, but partly true because a piece of skyfire from the orb killed Palm of the SandWings.
  • That she sees darkness ahead with Darkstalker coming: True, though this might only be because she closed her eyes.
Fatespeaker believes all her predictions are correct, just not accurately timed.

Quotes

"I knew it! […] I knew a NightWing was coming to see us! Didn't I tell you guys this would happen?"
― to the false dragonets of destiny (The Hidden Kingdom, prologue)

"You're lucky, […] If you have no powers. I've always been so excited about being a NightWing. I thought my powers must be the most amazing thing. But clearly, they're totally useless, if they couldn't even warn me about what was going to happen to my friends."
― to Starflight, after Viper's death (The Dark Secret, page 193)

"Except me, […] I totally do have powers."
― after learning that the NightWings don't have powers (The Brightest Night, epilogue, page 307)

"I'm pretty sure you're down there because it's a crazy-smart and crazy-brave thing to do, which sounds like you."
― to Starflight (The Dark Secret, page 83)

"Look, destiny is destiny. I don't know why you're so worried about who's in the prophecy. You delivered it; now you can sit back and watch it happen. Whether it's me or Starflight, who cares?"
― to Morrowseer (The Dark Secret, page 85)

"Ooh. I foresee that this is going to be mad scary. You go first."
― to Starflight when they are going to see Battlewinner (The Dark Secret, page 161)

Trivia

  • Tui considered giving Fatespeaker her own book in the second arc but decided against it. Instead, Moonwatcher got the sixth book.
  • Darkstalker said to Moonwatcher in Moon Rising that Fatespeaker could have very weak powers since she has the teardrop scales that symbolizes mind reading, but hers are smaller than Moon's, so Fatespeaker might have nearly hatched in one or more of the full moons, was supposed to or was exposed to faint moonlight as an egg. Her weak powers may be shown when some of her predictions come true, but most are inaccurate.
    • She is confirmed to have weak mind-reading or the ability to sense emotions.[3]
  • It is revealed by Sunny in the epilogue of The Brightest Night that Fatespeaker is in love with Starflight. However, it is unknown whether Starflight shares those feelings for her.
  • Moonwatcher told Darkstalker in Moon Rising that the Talons of Peace had Fatespeaker's egg, even though it was established in The Dark Secret that she had already hatched on the volcano before being brought to them. Moon might have been misinformed or this was a mistake by the author.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Dark Secret, page 43
  2. The Hidden Kingdom, prologue
  3. https://www.deviantart.com/biohazardia/journal/Meeting-Tui-Questions-Answered-751819289


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