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"Please listen. You're dooming us to a horrible end. The volcano is not only a future threat — it's killing us now. There's almost no prey left. We're all starving. Fewer dragonets are born each year. And we're barely NightWings anymore. Don't you see? The tribe is dying. We need a new home."
— Greatness to Glory about the NightWing Island, The Dark Secret

Greatness is an adult female NightWing who was introduced in The Dark Secret. Formerly a resident of the NightWing island as Queen Battlewinner's primary source of communication, she now resides in the NightWing village as a citizen under Queen Glory.

Appearance

Greatness has black eyes[1] and a scar rippling down her chest. Her wings droop in an odd way as if they are weighted down with rocks, and she wears a cluster of diamonds around her neck. Another chain of smaller teardrop diamonds is wound around her horns.[2] According to Deathbringer, she always sounds a little nervous, as if she is not sure anyone believes anything she says.[3]

Personality

Greatness, despite being the only daughter of Battlewinner, is not interested in becoming queen. She often argues for who she really is and believed she is not as capable of being a good queen as Queen Glory. When Starflight first saw her, he was certain she was not the queen, as she sat down with her wings slumped in a tired manner and did not emit a queenly aura. Battlewinner described her as weak and unambitious.

However, Greatness was able to admit what her mother was doing was wrong. That could point to courage, even if it is not for the right thing. Greatness seems to be defiant, as she expresses her feelings without caring about other dragons' complaints. She also showed humbleness and a logical sense of caring for her tribe, as she believed that the NightWings would have to bow down to Glory, a RainWing queen she believed would have been a better queen than she would ever be, in order to escape their island. She showed sadness and empathy when Deathbringer failed to complete his mission and was sentenced to death, and spared his life, showing that she could be sympathetic. Deathbringer stated that she was hesitant on attacking the RainWings right away, while Secretkeeper considered Greatness to be smarter than most NightWings, showing how Greatness prefers to think over plans first instead of heading straight for the violence. She constantly sounds slightly nervous, as though she is not sure anyone will believe anything she says.[4]

Biography

The Dragonet Prophecy

The Dark Secret
Greatness spoke for her mother, Queen Battlewinner, who was unable to leave her cauldron of lava due to having an internal freezing issue caused by an IceWing's frostbreath (which was not known by the dragonets at the time). During the RainWing attack on the NightWings, after Glory threatened her, Greatness showed them to her mother. When they told her their idea about making the NightWings subjects to Queen Glory, she said that it sounded decent and did not make an objection about wanting the throne for herself, much to a freezing Queen Battlewinner's chagrin. Starflight stated that Greatness did not appear to be a very good queen, and was not acting regally or as a queen should. This was shown when the volcano in the Night Kingdom erupted; Greatness was the second dragon to escape through the tunnel to the rainforest, not caring about her tribe. She said that she was glad she would never have to be queen and is revealed to be very fond of Deathbringer, sparing his life even when his identity as a traitor was revealed.
The Brightest Night
Fierceteeth, Preyhunter, and Strongwings debated whether or not Greatness should have been the NightWing queen. They seemed to think of her as very selfish, saving her own scales rather than the Obsidian Mirror.

The Jade Mountain Prophecy

Moon Rising
In the prologue, Secretkeeper is able to get into the rainforest by lying that she wanted to bring some food for Greatness to give to the queen. When she gets into the rainforest and finds her egg turned silver, Secretkeeper wonders if its a trick by Mastermind or Greatness. Secretkeeper appears to consider the princess much smarter than most NightWings.

Winglets

Prisoners
StrongWings explains to Fierceteeth how he only became a lab assistant to Mastermind because his mother was friends with Greatness.
Assassin
Greatness, Morrowseer, and Quickstrike are briefly shown having a discussion about Deathbringer and whether or not he should be permitted to leave the island to kill the SeaWing general, Commander Tempest. She did not have a say in this conversation, as she was only speaking for her mother.

Relationships

Battlewinner

Greatness had a certain degree of love for her mother despite not living up to her expectations, even to the point of being concerned when Battlewinner left her lava cauldron. She was not fit for a queen, much to her mother's dismay, but she does not have anything against Battlewinner's opinions. Still, she openly admits that her mother's actions were wrong.

Deathbringer

Greatness seems to care about him and was upset to find out that he failed his mission. She also chose to spare his life. He is mentioned by Vengeance to be "her pet assassin."

Glory

Greatness seems to respect Glory, she is shown to bow down to Glory, and she stated she believed Glory would have been a better queen than she would ever be.

Family Tree

Vigilance
Several Dragons
Several Generations
UnknownBattlewinner
Greatness


Quotes

"The queen has a proposal, […] The dragonet must prove himself to be as good as you claim, Quickstrike. If he can kill either Vengeance or Slaughter tonight, in stealth, before the sun rises, then he can go with you. If not, then you must choose one or both of them instead."
(Assassin)

"And it's your fault they found out about us, […] You're the one who brought her here, even though Deathbringer warned us the dragonets were in the forest, and that we should stay away until they were gone."
(The Dark Secret, page 20)

"Vengeance! […] The queen has spoken, […] Vengeance. You endangered the whole tribe. You disobeyed orders. You brought a viper to us disguised as a simple garden snake."
(The Dark Secret, page 22)

"Oh, you're the two little prophecy dragonets. Morrowseer was looking for you in quite a towering rage earlier. Listen, like I told him, the prophecy is important, but it's even more important that we win this battle tonight. So the whole tribe is going, no exceptions. Everyone else is in the great hall-- if you follow this tunnel down and take the fourth left, you'll be halfway there and someone can guide you."
― to Fatespeaker and Starflight (The Dark Secret, page 254)

"Please listen. You're dooming us to a horrible end, […] The volcano is not only a future threat — it's killing us now. There's almost no prey left. We're all starving. Fewer dragonets are born each year. And we're barely NightWings anymore. Don't you see? The tribe is dying. We need a new home."
― to Glory (The Dark Secret, page 258)

Trivia

  • Greatness does not trust animus-enchanted objects.[5]

Gallery

References


NightWings
Queens

Present: GloryDarkstalkerBattlewinner
Historical: Vigilance

Royalty

Greatness

Jade Mountain

StarflightFatespeakerMoonwatcherMightyclawsMindreaderFearlessBigtail

Other Dragons
(Present)

DeadlyclawsDeathbringerEclipseFarsightFierceteethMastermindMorrowseerObsidianPreyhunterQuickstrikeSecretkeeperShapeshifterSlaughterSmokeseerStonemoverStrongwingsVengeanceWisdom

Other Dragons
(Historical)

AllknowingClearsightDiscretionFoeslayerForeseerJewel-eyesListenerMorrowwatcherPrudenceQuickdeathStarclawsSwiftwingsThoughtfulTruthfinderTunesmithVision

Hybrids

DarkstalkerWhiteoutEclipseFierceclawsPeacemakerShadowhunterSunnyFireflyCommodoreJewelOrangeTortoiseshell

Kingdom

NightWing island: NightWing tunnels
Lost city of night: Borderland MountainDarkstalker's homeGreat DiamondNightWing libraryNightWing palaceNightWing schoolNorth Beach
Rainforest Kingdom: NightWing village

Society

NightWing Exodus

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