Flame is an adult male SkyWing who was introduced in The Hidden Kingdom. He formerly attended Jade Mountain Academy as a member of the Gold Winglet, and was a false dragonet of destiny as the replacement for Glory. He is currently working as a healer in the Sky Kingdom.
Flame has ruby-red scales, red wings, and orange eyes. He has a scar running from one corner of his mouth sideways and up, straight through the opposite eye. His face seems to be fixed in a state of permanent rage.
Flame is nasty, cruel, aggressive, grumpy, and uncaring. He is more prone to losing his temper over situations rather than planning terror from afar. He enjoyed setting Squid on fire and told Ochre, Viper, and Fatespeaker that he wished they would all die. However, he is shown to be very loving to his mother, even though in Moon Rising, he showed bitter thoughts towards her for bringing him to the academy. Sunny believes he is a completely different dragon around those who care about him. He also shows empathy for his fellow SkyWings and is shown to be very dependent since the incident in the Night Kingdom.
It was revealed that he has an interest in being an assassin (or just harming other dragons) when he visited Deathbringer with the question "What does it take to become an assassin?" in The Dark Secret. It is possible that he wanted to kill Morrowseer for what he had done, or he could have wanted to kill the other false dragonets but his true motive and reason is unknown, for now. In Moon Rising, Moonwatcher tried to go into his mind and found it in turmoil, with thoughts like a torrent of inky bile. In her own words to Qibli, "I just had a weird experience in Flame's head. It's horrible in there." In Talons of Power, it is revealed by Darkstalker that he stole the third dreamvisitor from Starflight in The Dark Secret with help from Ochre, making him the stalker of dreams from Moonwatcher's prophecy.
The Dragonet Prophecy
|The Lost Heir|
|Flame is indirectly mentioned in the epilogue when Nautilus tells Blister about the False Dragonets of destiny.|
|The Hidden Kingdom|
|In the prologue, Flame was shown arguing with the other false dragonets. In the epilogue, when Ochre moaned that he wanted to die, Flame said that he also wanted the MudWing to die. When Fatespeaker had a "vision," he said that he wanted her to die as well. He appeared to say this a lot.|
|The Dark Secret|
|Flame first appeared when he was introduced to Starflight along with the other false dragonets. He "voted" for him to replace Fatespeaker, and appeared smug when Morrowseer said that Flame was the only one that will certainly replace the RainWing dragonet, "a mistake" (according to Morrowseer) named Glory. At the time, he clearly preferred the actual dragonet over their own, expressing his distaste for the eccentric NightWing.
Morrowseer ordered the false dragonets to kill Starflight, and Viper asked if they could kill Fatespeaker instead, to which Flame agreed. The old NightWing refused their request and bellowed at them to listen. Starflight fled, knowing he would be overpowered in a fight, and Flame, Squid, Viper, and Ochre chased him. During the chase, Flame caught up to Starflight very quickly, but was taken to the dungeons along with Ochre when he carelessly told a guard that he was "trying to kill a NightWing dragonet." After a night in the dungeons, Morrowseer let them out. While in jail, he met Deathbringer and asked him about being an assassin. He later snuck away, with Starflight and Fatespeaker coming along curiously, to ask him what it took to be an assassin. Deathbringer somewhat reflected on his experience with Glory, to which Flame thought of with contempt and didn't care for. He left the scene, tired of hearing Deathbringer's story.
When the false dragonets and Starflight flew to the mainland in the pouring rain, Flame was the only one who wasn't breathing heavily afterward, due to his large wings. Flame was upset when Morrowseer's backup NightWings massacred the SkyWing outpost but was not upset at all when Morrowseer banished Squid. However, this could be because he was distracted since he had just watched his fellow tribemates burn to their deaths.
During a practice fight with the false dragonets, Viper and Flame attacked Fatespeaker. The SandWing was about to stab Fatespeaker with her venomous tail, but Starflight bashed into her and knocked her away. Viper's tail accidentally scratched Flame in the face when she was hopelessly trying to regain balance, and she plummeted into the lava river below.Later, Starflight and Fatespeaker carried Flame out of the NightWing healer's room to go through the tunnel to the rainforest, claiming to have been ordered from the NightWing queen. He was taken to the RainWing healers and treated with cactus juice, which was the same cure Sunny once used for Webs' injury.
|The Brightest Night|
|Flame spent the majority of his time in the healer's hut, recovering, and didn't want to be seen with the scar the injury had left. When he was asked to guide Sunny and Tsunami to the Talons of Peace's camp, he threw a bowl of mangoes at them, refusing to let anyone see his face.
Flame, who was apparently following Sunny and Tsunami, appeared in the sky, and nearly fell out of the sky before he dove for his mother when she called his name, sobbing as he buried his head into her neck. Sunny mentioned feeling pity for him and Riptide explained that his mother was furious when Morrowseer took him, along with the false dragonets, to the NightWing island.Sunny and Tsunami left Avalanche and Flame on the beach, still embraced in a hug. As for the end of the book, he continues to reside with the Talons.
The Jade Mountain Prophecy
|Flame was part of the Gold Winglet at the Jade Mountain Academy. He was suspected to be the murderer of Bigtail and Carnelian, but Moonwatcher concluded that he was innocent, as he thought, "I wish I'd done it, everyone would take me seriously...but I wouldn't hide it, I'd roar it to the world …"
From Moon's telepathy, it was clear that Flame's thoughts were rushed and thrown together, and he now had bitterness towards his mother, who forced him to go to the academy. His thoughts were mostly scary, dangerous ones. He seemed to avoid other dragons, as shown at the assembly when he was alone in the corner.When Moon was trying to find out who had set the bomb, Moon wanted to check if Flame was responsible. When she entered his mind, she could only read him for a few seconds because he, as Darkstalker thought, sensed a presence when he threw her out of his thoughts. It was long enough that Moon concluded that he didn't set the bomb.
|Talons of Power|
|Flame was walking through the school and then stopped by Darkstalker, who decided he wanted to heal Flame's face. Flame, although reluctant and scared at first, was afterward excited about his new face. (In this chapter, it is said that Darkstalker uses a flower to heal his face, but chapters later, when Turtle recalls what good things Darkstalker has done, it is said that he used a feather on Flame.) However, since Flame had originally tried to get Stonemover to do the same thing and Stonemover had refused to do it, Flame was furious at Stonemover and tried to murder him for lying about not being able to heal him. He is caught just in time, thanks to a vision Moonwatcher and Darkstalker both had, and it is revealed that he is the one who stole the third dreamvisitor from Starflight in The Dark Secret (he had help). Flame says that he had help stealing it. Mindreader reads his mind and says that the dragon who helped was Ochre, the MudWing replacement. Afterward, Darkstalker enchanted his library card to contain him in a semi-prison in Stonemover's cave. Turtle noted that imprisoning the two together seemed crueler to Stonemover than to Flame.|
|Darkness of Dragons|
|Flame is briefly shown while Qibli searched for Ostrich, still writhing in his library-card prison. Qibli noted that it was worse punishment for Stonemover than for Flame, as the old NightWing was trying to face away from his would-be murderer.
Qibli wondered multiple times throughout the book if Flame was enchanted to want to kill Stonemover, thinking that Darkstalker may have been using him to get rid of competition or make himself look trustworthy.It was later mentioned that Flame reluctantly accepted the earring, freeing himself from the prison but regaining his scar. He left Jade Mountain to work with healers in the Sky Kingdom.
Avalanche is Flame's mother and they both seemed to love each other very much, as shown by him crying in front of everyone else while embracing her. Flame seems to be one of the few dragons that Avalanche actually cares about.
Flame hates Fatespeaker, a trait shared by all the other False Dragonets. He tried to kill her with Viper during their 'training' session on the NightWing Island.
- "I want you to die, too."
- ― to Ochre
- "I hate this place. Hate, hate, hate it."
- ― about the NightWing island (The Dark Secret)
- "Listen to the scrollworm, […] Isn't he clever?"
- ― about Starflight (The Dark Secret)
- "Slithering toadstool worm […] Festering rotted lungfish."
- ― about Stonemover, after he refused to heal Flame's scar (Talons of Power)
- Flame hatched on the same day as Ochre.
- ↑ Talons of Power, page 63
- ↑ The Dark Secret, page 220
- ↑ The Dark Secret, page 114
- ↑ The Dark Secret, page 213
- ↑ Talons of Power, page 61
- ↑ The Dark Secret, page 189