King Gill was an adult male SeaWing who ruled alongside his mate, Queen Coral, until he was captured by the SkyWings during the War of SandWing Succession. He was forced to battle in Queen Scarlet's gladiatorial arena, although he soon attempted a rebellion with his fellow prisoners by refusing to fight for her. As punishment, Scarlet took away all of his water for months until he had gone mad with dehydration.
He was later killed by one of his daughters, Tsunami, in the arena, although she was unaware that they were related at the time.
King Gill was a large, powerful SeaWing with pea-green scales and, according to Coral, had brave, dark green eyes. His claws were curved and sharp, like fish hooks. He was twice the size of Tsunami, and he wore gold bands around his wrists. In Scarlet's arena, he was driven mad from lack of water as punishment for a prisoner revolution he had attempted to start. As a result, his eyes were bloodshot and hooded, his tongue swollen and purple, and looked skinny and completely dehydrated, as if someone had left him sleeping in the middle of the desert for three years. His snout was flecked with blood showing that he may have tried to drink from his own veins. According to Clay, he looked completely insane.
Little is known about Gill's personality, although Coral remembered him as being the perfect king, describing him to be smart, strong, persuasive, gentle, and of a noble family. However, she did think of Whirlpool as a perfect future king, too, which means that Gill may have been a bit more slick and selfish than Coral described him. In Assassin, he is shown to be a good king, as Coral described him, wanting not to fight and rather working out a compromise to end the War of SandWing Succession. He was said to have a way with words, shown when he was able to convince prisoners to stop fighting in Scarlet’s arena. Gill was said to have adored Coral's writing. He also seemed to care about SeaWing princesses very much, as he was devastated and furious when two of the female eggs were smashed in the prologue of Talons of Power.
King Gill led the SeaWing army in the War Of SandWing Succession for a short period due to Queen Coral sleeping by Princess Anemone's egg and refusing to leave it in the royal hatchery. During one mission, he was captured and brought to Queen Scarlet's arena. He refused to fight for her amusement and attempted to start a prisoner revolution. For this, he was deprived of any drinking water for months, driving him to insanity.
King Gill met with Blister when deciding what move to make next in the war. He tried to talk everyone into peace, even though he failed. When Tempest was assassinated, he was shown grieving while still trying to keep the peace among the infuriated dragons around him.
Gill was pitted against Tsunami after Scarlet had captured the dragonets of destiny, and was showing them off to Burn to celebrate her hatching day. He was punished after trying to start a prison revolution and stop all the dragons from fighting each other in the arena. Due to Queen Scarlet taking away his water for months, Gill had gone insane due to dehydration. Tsunami had no choice but to fight him. She had defeated Gill without killing him, but it caused Queen Scarlet to mock her. In retaliation, she snapped his neck, glaring at Scarlet with an expression that said: "I'm imagining this is you." For all of her time in the Sky Kingdom, Tsunami did not know that Gill was her father.
After finding out that he had been taken to the SkyWing Arena and subsequently killed, Queen Coral wondered why he would fight, saying that he would have simply talked the other dragons out of attacking. Tsunami then explained that Gill had been punished for doing so and that Scarlet had taken away all his water until he became extremely dehydrated, which had driven him mad. Tsunami asks why is she so troubled by this and Coral then told Tsunami that he was her father, and she became overwhelmed with guilt. Coral was extremely saddened after the death of Gill and dismissed her council that day to mourn this death. Tsunami also mentions that she thought Shark had guessed the truth. Tsunami feels extremely guilty for killing Gill, both before and after learning he is her father. Blister also knew Tsunami had killed King Gill, and nearly revealed this to Queen Coral.
When Starflight entered Tsunami's dream with a dreamvisitor, he saw her strangling the skeleton shape of Gill. Anemone then arrived, and Tsunami tried explaining that she'd had no choice in killing their father. Anemone then strangled Gill herself while Tsunami was trying to hold her back. That was when Starflight decided to exit her nightmare and find another dragon's dream.
In the prologue, Gill went to check on Abalone, who was guarding the eggs in the SeaWing Royal Hatchery, but Abalone had fallen ill and was growing worse. He had a strange, growing tumor on his neck. Gill then swam into the courtyard of the deep palace to ask for help, and he found Turtle with his hatchmates, Cerulean and Octopus. Turtle volunteered to help and tried to get Snapper. Gill returned to Abalone and noticed the tumor growing, and Gill went for help. After the healers returned with Gill, they found the two broken female eggs. Gill went into a rage and finds Turtle being made fun of by his brothers in the garden. He was angry with Turtle and scolded him fiercely. Gill then left to talk to Coral, who had both Abalone and Snapper executed. Grieving over their lost daughters, Queen Coral decided to name their next daughter Anemone.
However, in Talons of Power, Gill is shown to have a more violent side (this is triggered by the stress of losing his daughters). When he sends Turtle to find Snapper, he waits with Abalone, who is getting even sicker. He gets angrier and angrier while waiting for Turtle, but he finally leaves the SeaWing Royal Hatchery to get Abalone help. After he returns with the healers, Abalone is found unconscious (because of the tumor burst) along with the two smashed female eggs. He roars in fury and orders the other SeaWings in the hall to get Turtle. Gill finds Turtle and grabs him by the wing, telling the prince that he was disappointed in him for failing to find Snapper on time. Though he does have a pang of guilt while punishing Turtle, he does not relent his anger while scolding him.
It is later shown that he forgave Turtle because Snapper was not even in the Deep Sea Palace that day, (but sadly Gill got captured by the SkyWings before he could tell Turtle) showing that Gill can sometimes, although rarely, jump to conclusions.
Family Tree Edit
|Commander Shark||Queen Coral||King Gill†|
|Princess Moray||Prince Fin||Prince Cerulean||Prince Turtle||Prince Octopus||28 Unnamed Sons|
|Princess Orca†||Princess Tsunami||Princess Anemone||Princess Auklet|
"Yes. We're starting to wonder if this war is really worth it for anyone involved, [...] Perhaps there's a way to reach a diplomatic accord. Maybe by dividing the Kingdom of Sand among the three of you, for instance." -To Blister.
"What are we going to do without her?' -Mourning over Commander Tempest.
"They're doing their best, [...] You can only expect so much of a dragon." -To Queen Coral about the Royal Hatchery's guards.
"Abalone? [...] Abalone?" -To Abalone in Aquatic.
"You're sick, [...] You shouldn't be here. I'll go get help." -To Abalone in Aquatic.
"Can you make it to the healing room on your own? [...] If I stay here to guard the eggs?" -To Abalone in Aquatic.
"All right, stay here. Watch the eggs and don't fall asleep. I'll grab someone and send for help." -To Abalone in Aquatic.
"I need help. Who's going to help me?"
"Good, [...] Thank you..."
"I know, [...] Turtle, this is very important. I need you to go find Snapper and send her to the Royal Hatchery. Tell her to hurry as fast as her wings can swim. Can you do that?"
"I'm counting on you, Turtle, [...] It's really important. I know you can do this. I'll be waiting. All right?"
"Go, then. Hurry!"
"You'll be all right, [...] Help is coming."
"I can't let you die like this, [...] Just stay awake until I get back."
"No. [...] No. No."
"Find my son Turtle."
"I'm sorry, [...] I'm sorry."
"WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?"
"It's too late, [...] Your new sisters are dead, and it's your fault."
"You were too slow."
"You shouldn't volunteer for things you're incapable of doing, [...] You shouldn't offer to help if you're going to be useless."
"You failed. [...] I am very disappointed in you."
"I sent him for help, and instead he flapped around looking in all the wrong places and goofing off."
"Oh, Coral, [...] Maybe we shouldn't--"
"It wasn't Abalone's fault."
"I'll do anything."
- His name refers to the gills unique to SeaWings.
- A gill is the paired respiratory organ of fish and some amphibians, by which oxygen is extracted from water flowing over surfaces within or attached to the walls of the pharynx.
- He is the only known king in the first five books. He was the first of all four kings in the whole series, the others being King Char, King Humpback, and King Darkstalker.
- He was the first SeaWing to be killed in The Dragonet Prophecy, therefore, the first SeaWing to be killed in the whole series.
- He is the only character to be killed by Tsunami.
- According to Blister near the end of The Lost Heir, she had spies in the SkyWing arena who told her of Gill's death. She threatened to tell Coral if the dragonets tried to leave.
- Gill is the second known SeaWing of three to be named after a body part (with the other two being Webs and Fin, both other SeaWings).
- According to Queen Coral, Gill forgives Turtle for the incident when he was a dragonet but he never got to tell Turtle before his death.
- Gill wasn't originally Tsunami's father. This element was added in during the writing of book two.
- He seemed to care about Tempest, as he was upset when she died.
- ↑ Talons of Power, prologue
- ↑ The Dragonet Prophecy, page 217
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Dragonet Prophecy, page 219
- ↑ The Lost Heir, page 137
- ↑ The Dragonet Prophecy (Annotated) Chapter 25
Present: Abalone • Flounder • Herring • Herring's Brother • Kelp • Lagoon • Nautilus • Pearl • Piranha • Riptide • Snapper • Squid • Tempest • Tortoise • Urchin • Webs • Whirlpool