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"I mean, no one is completely evil … Dragons are complicated. Some are kinder than others, or braver than others, and some of them do really cruel things. But everyone has both good thoughts and bad thoughts and reasons for what they do, reasons that they believe are important."
— Moonwatcher to Qibli and Winter, Winter Turning

Moonwatcher, preferring the nickname Moon, is a female NightWing dragonet and the main protagonist of Moon Rising. Since the era of Darkstalker, she is the first known NightWing in approximately 2,000 years to have true prophetic and mind-reading abilities.

Unknown to the majority of her tribe, Moonwatcher was raised in the Rainforest Kingdom by Secretkeeper until the age of four. She is attending Jade Mountain Academy as a member of the Jade Winglet, and is in a relationship with Qibli. She is currently flying towards Pantala as one of Pyrrhia's eleven selected representatives.


Moonwatcher has cool,[1] smooth, shiny[2] purplish-black scales that are imbued with hints of dark blue and green.[3] She has a silver scale on the outside corner of each of her dark green eyes,[4] like a teardrop about to fall,[5] that are bigger and shinier than Fatespeaker's. She has powerful muscles[1] and small furrows crossing her forehead, as though she has a perpetual headache.[6]


Moonwatcher is kind, firm,[7] brave,[8] determined,[9] fascinating,[10] and friendly. However, she is somewhat shy,[11] stubborn, and constantly nervous.[12] She initially had trouble interacting with others, sometimes stammering when trying to talk;[13] her ability to always know what one thinks of her in mind and foresee the future often made it very difficult for her to communicate with other dragons.[12] She suffered from social anxiety and was easily frightened by loud, overwhelming, and hectic situations.[14] She often tried to avoid being around others by reading scrolls to calm herself down. Moonwatcher was troubled about what others would think of her and did not open up easily to her peers; however, she still looked for the good in dragons.[15] She seems to be well-liked by others[16] and is excited about scrolls.[1]

Experiences with her mind-reading and the explosion of the history cave taught her to be more open with her powers and to use them for the good of other dragons instead of hiding them;[17] Moonwatcher also showed her determined side on many occasions, such as when she reminded Winter of his good qualities, advocated for her belief that all dragons have some good in them, and sought out Qibli at the end of Darkness of Dragons to ask if they could be together.[18] She is easily flustered[19] and sometimes reluctant.[20] She has a sort of distracted air about her most of the time, as though invisible dragons whisper in her ears while everyone else is talking.[21]


The Dragonet Prophecy

The Brightest Night
Glory mentioned Moonwatcher in the list of dragons who could go to Jade Mountain Academy when she told the dragonets of destiny that Kinkajou and Tamarin needed real teachers, not someone as inexperienced and awkward as her.

The Jade Mountain Prophecy

Moon Rising
After laying Morrowseer's egg, Secretkeeper hid it in the rainforest to protect it from the volcano and the harsh living conditions of the NightWing island. As hatching under one or more full moons gives NightWings their powers, and NightWings not having those powers in thousands of years, Secretkeeper was shocked to see her egg had turned silver. Moonwatcher then hatched under two full moons, thus giving her the powers of mind-reading and future seeing.

Four years later, Moonwatcher and Secretkeeper sit together near Jade Mountain Academy, watching the other students arrive. Coral, Turtle, Anemone and Auklet land, and Tsunami greets them happily. Moonwatcher first notices that she cannot read Turtle's mind. She can only hear a strange hum instead of thoughts, which confuses her. She then receives a vision of Turtle pinning Anemone down on a beach.

After Queen Coral and her dragonets enter the Academy, Secretkeeper says goodbye to Moonwatcher. Moonwatcher briefly stays where she is but eventually approaches the Great Hall, where Fatespeaker greets her. After receiving her welcome scroll and a map, Moonwatcher walks to her sleeping cave, where she begins looking through scrolls provided by the Academy. As Moonwatcher undergoes a headache from an external conflict between Carnelian and Pike, she is spoken to by a mysterious telepathic voice, which disappears shortly after talking to her.

Clay then separates the arguing dragonets, and Moonwatcher realizes that Carnelian is one of her clawmates as she storms into their cave. Shortly afterward, she is greeted by Kinkajou, her second clawmate, who invites her to the school library.

After speaking with the blind librarian, Starflight, Moonwatcher receives a library stamp and a soft black leather pouch to carry it in. She and Kinkajou then meet Sora, who continues to read while Moonwatcher and Kinkajou visit the prey center. After meeting Kinkajou's friend, Coconut, Moonwatcher rescues a terrified scavenger named Bandit from several dragonets who were trying to catch and eat him. She is confronted by Winter, who threatens to slice her face off if she did not return his pet. However, he is quelled by Qibli, who attempts to negotiate with Moonwatcher, asking her to choose different food, before realizing that she does not want to eat Bandit. Sunny and Clay then intervene, and Moonwatcher returns to her sleeping cave, where she spends the rest of the day, eager to avoid conversation about their interaction.

That night, Moonwatcher experiences a dream of Jade Mountain collapsing. Her mystery friend helps her out of the nightmare, but after asking her what year it was, he abruptly disappears from her mind. Puzzled, Moonwatcher decides to visit Stonemover with intentions of finding her mystery companion in the flesh. After realizing that Stonemover is instead an animus dragon, however, she returns to her sleeping cave. There, she overhears Ex-Queen Scarlet and Icicle planning a murder through a dreamvisitor.

The following morning, Moonwatcher and her clawmates enter Tsunami's meeting cave, where they meet Umber and realize that Winter and Qibli have been placed into the Jade Winglet after their interaction the previous day. After an uncomfortable discussion about NightWing powers, Tsunami launches a hunting party and abruptly flies into the clouds, her students following more slowly. After catching a mountain goat, Moonwatcher follows the others to the prey center to eat. During the flight back, her mystery friend briefly teaches her how to slip other dragons' thoughts into the back of her mind by thinking of raindrops. She then shares her goat with Qibli, Umber, and Sora while Kinkajou and Coconut share fruit; Winter sits away from their group with Icicle.

Moonwatcher and Qibli then discuss Qibli's family, and although he believes that he'll never have to see them again, Moonwatcher has a vision of three bigger SandWings sneering down at Qibli as he shouts "Where is she?" at them. After her vision fades, Qibli appears concerned and thinks about offering Moonwatcher swordleaf root for her headaches, but she insists that she is okay.

After eating, Moonwatcher and Sora return to the library, where Sora begins reading a scroll regarding IceWings. After asking Starflight for a scroll concerning animus-touched objects, Moonwatcher receives one titled The Animus Histories. After reading about the Summer Palace, the Royal SeaWing Massacre, dreamvisitors, and Darkstalker, her mystery friend instructs her to read the section on Fathom, revealing himself to be Darkstalker soon afterward.

After Kinkajou warns Moonwatcher and Sora that history class is starting soon, one of the students alerts the Academy that "Queen Scarlet," who is quickly revealed afterward to be Peril, has invaded Jade Mountain. Upon seeing Peril, Clay invites her to stay, and Moonwatcher, Kinkajou, Winter, and Icicle then head to history class. Kinkajou introduces Moonwatcher to Tamarin, and Tamarin then introduces Onyx, her clawmate, to Moonwatcher and Kinkajou. Moonwatcher realizes that, like Turtle, Onyx's mind is impossible to read, even to Darkstalker. Webs, the history teacher, then begins his lesson to teach about the Scorching, but he is soon overwhelmed by questions unrelated to the topic. Moonwatcher, barely listening to Webs's lecture, converses with Darkstalker, and he eventually convinces her to at least consider the possibility of freeing him.

Later, during Kinkajou's suntime, Moonwatcher explores the school's tunnels and eventually approaches Mightyclaws, who is busy painting the NightWing island in the art cave alone. Moonwatcher, taking a canvas, brushes, and a few shades of blue and green paint, begins talking to him about NightWing powers and Darkstalker. Upon hearing Darkstalker's name, Mightyclaws reacts negatively, although he does answer her questions about him. He then storms out of the cave upon seeing Moonwatcher's painting, which depicts a badly-done rainforest, and snarls that the painting — in other words, Moonwatcher never having to live on the island — is why she would never be a true NightWing.

The next day, Moonwatcher attends her first music class with her winglet, playing a mbira. Afterward, on her way to the library, Winter approaches her to ask for help with Bandit. Although Moonwatcher tries to give Winter advice on helping his pet, he eventually storms out of the library in frustration. Halfway down the tunnel to her next class, history, she is hit by an awful vision of the history cave exploding in fire, killing her friends. Although Darkstalker advises her to stay away, she hurries toward the history cave. Although managing to stop most of the other dragonets from entering, Carnelian ignores Moonwatcher's warning and goes to class anyway.

The classroom then explodes. While Darkstalker calms her down, Moonwatcher's physical friends try to help her away from the smoke while Umber runs to get help. Peril and Clay then enter the cave, dragging out Carnelian, Tamarin, and Bigtail. Carnelian and Bigtail are confirmed dead, and Tamarin is alive but badly injured, taken away to the underground lake, and then to the infirmary by Onyx, Clay, and Pike. Winter, dragging Moonwatcher away from the fire, asks how she knew about the explosion. After Winter leaves, warning her to tell him how she knew by the next midnight, Moonwatcher confesses her mind-reading and visionary powers to the rest of her dismayed friends.

The only dragon who does not seem horrified by this is Turtle, who invites her to a large underground lake, where he pulls out a dragonflame cactus seed from her shoulder, which was stuck there by the explosion. Moonwatcher begins to fly above the water, contemplating whether or not to flee the Academy. Presumably deciding to stay, she lands on a boulder near Turtle. He suggests that she should use her mind-reading abilities to catch the arsonist, and she agrees. On their way back, they meet Tsunami and Sunny, who assure Moonwatcher and Turtle that they're trying their best to catch the dragon that caused the explosion.

The next morning, Qibli approaches Moonwatcher, offering to help her find the arsonist. They start by attending an assembly in which Sunny and Clay ask the students that they give the staff two days before leaving to find the killer, followed by a speech from Starflight concerning physiological trauma. Moonwatcher then listens to Pike, Icicle, and Flame's minds, but none of the suspects think about the explosion like they were the ones who caused it. While Darkstalker tries to help Moonwatcher out of Flame's angry thoughts, she is thrown out of his mind by Flame himself, who noticed the uninvited presence in his brain.

When they go to the prey center, unexpectedly, a stalactite falls where Icicle and Winter are sitting, nearly impaling Icicle. There were visible claw marks along the base of the stalactite, and that was when Icicle suspected Sora as the arsonist and of trying to murder her. Moon, reading Icicle's mind, rushed to save the little MudWing before Icicle could have her vengeance. They found Sora in the infirmary, apologizing to Tamarin. Sora, who was visibly crying, explained that Icicle was the one who had killed her sister, Crane, in a battle between the IceWings and MudWings during the War of SandWing Succession. Distraught, Moon let Sora escape into Pyrrhia with her brother Umber so that she would not lose her life to Icicle.

Moon, Qibli, and Winter then found Icicle creeping toward Starflight to kill him on behalf of Ex-Queen Scarlet to free her older brother, Hailstorm, from her SkyWing prison. With the help of Qibli and Winter, Moon was able to stop her and save Starflight. However, Icicle escaped out of a leaf window; Qibli suspected that she had gone in search of Queen Glory to kill her since Icicle might have thought that Scarlet might forgive her if she killed the dragonet she hated the most.

As they make plans to search for her, they discover that Winter has left Jade Mountain, taking Bandit and his cage with him. After they found Winter in the pouring rain, the Jade Winglet (except Turtle) went with Winter to find Icicle. Moon later delivered the Jade Mountain Prophecy, then confessed her powers to Winter, giving him a skyfire stone to shield his thoughts.
Winter Turning
After arguing with the other dragonets, Winter finally allowed them to help him after Turtle returned to Jade Mountain to tell everyone where the rest of the Jade Winglet had gone. After setting Bandit free in the pouring rain, he traveled to the rainforest with Moon, Qibli, and Kinkajou.

Once they had arrived, Moon offered Winter some fruit and started to discuss her childhood. Moon's mind was interrupted by a NightWing named Obsidian, who (according to Moon) had "dark thoughts." Arriving with Bromeliad, he nastily told them that rainforest visitors had to be permitted; as Kinkajou objected, Moon calmed her down by saying that going to the NightWing village would give her a chance to see her mother.

Glory sends them to the tribe's hatchery so that the guards could watch them, but they end up escaping regardless. This is accomplished when Kinkajou tells the dragonets in the wingery to count to one-thousand but then remembers they cannot count, which gives them a narrower window of time. Winter uses his frostbreath to make a hole, which they all fly out of. They then find their way to the tunnel to the NightWing island. When they get there, Moon does not think this is what the prophecy meant by the 'Lost City of Night.' They find Icicle, who has been awake for days, to keep Scarlet from visiting her in her dreams. Kinkajou has left a trail for Queen Glory, who finds them, tranquilizes Icicle, saving Kinkajou in the process, and orders them all back to the Kingdom.

Moon and the others were not about to give up easily. They find themselves soon traveling across the mountains to the Sky Kingdom, searching for a mountain where they believe Ex-Queen Scarlet may be hiding, and where they hope to find Hailstorm, Winter's older brother.

They go to the Talons of Peace, trying to find a SkyWing who can help them. There, Moon shows the only SkyWings there, Avalanche and Pyrite, a sketch of the mountains that she saw when Scarlet dreamvisited sleeping Icicle. Pyrite is a nervous, simple-minded, and unusual SkyWing, who is very loyal to Ex-Queen Scarlet. No one in the group thinks it is a good idea to bring her, but are left with no other options. Thus, Pyrite becomes their guide to finding Scarlet. Moonwatcher says she feels sorry for her. Moonwatcher also said it is almost like her thoughts are looping, stuck in perpetuity.

Eventually, the Jade Winglet finds Winter's brother, actually Pyrite, but transformed by Chameleon. Unfortunately, there is an unexpected encounter, in which Kinkajou is injured by a mysterious NightWing (who was Chameleon, as Shapeshifter) when she is violently thrown against a tree. Then, the group flies toward Possibility, where they find a MudWing doctor named Mayfly. Winter decides to take his brother back to the Ice Kingdom. He claims that he will not come back. Qibli and Moon say that, regardless, they will wait four days in case he changes his mind. Throughout his entire time in the Ice Kingdom, Winter thinks of Moon. Near the end, after he lost the Diamond Trial and because Hailstorm did not want to kill him, he returns to his winglet, ready to help stop the prophecy and tell Moon exactly how he feels about her.
Escaping Peril
Moon tells Peril that Qibli probably had thought of five ways to defeat Peril, although he had only thought of three by the time she stated that. Then, she reveals to Peril that she is a mind reader, to which Winter later objects. Moon and Qibli await Winter, though they have doubts that he will show up. Once Moon finds Winter, he is severely burned because of an accident with Peril, and she frantically tells him not to die. Turtle reveals his animus magic by healing Winter with his river rock he enchanted to heal surface wounds. Moon is shocked to hear of his unexpected powers. After Peril comes back from the SkyWing palace, Turtle tells Moon about the scroll in Chameleon's possession. Once the scroll is retrieved, Moon admits that she talked to Darkstalker and promised to return it to him. A heated argument arises, ending in an interruption from Turtle to sleep. The morning after that, she leaves without the others, knowing how Winter would react. She is carrying the scroll to release Darkstalker. When Peril finds her residing by Jade Mountain, Moonwatcher was crying because of what Darkstalker had done to Arctic. He enchanted him to do whatever he said, and apparently, he told him to disembowel himself. Soon the others return in shock that she is crying and has not released him yet. Taking turns fighting, they argued about who gets to keep the scroll. Peril tried to stop them by burning the scroll, but ended up giving Darkstalker precisely what he wanted, as he immediately got his powers back.
Talons of Power
Moon is seen talking with Darkstalker when he came out of the ground. When she notices that Winter, first arguing with Darkstalker, is now acting friendly and more open, she tells him not to enchant her friends. He denies that he did anything to Winter. When they tell him they all should go hunting, she tells Turtle to warn the school. Turtle does so, only to intrigue Anemone to meet Darkstalker. When they arrive after hunting, Darkstalker mentions seeing timelines with both of them, most likely referring to Winter and Qibli, where she responds by covering her ears and denying everything. Anemone sets off a lightning storm with copper armbands she enchanted to do so. Darkstalker asks if there are any scrolls about Fathom and Clearsight.

Flame comes to them, only to have the horrid scar on his face healed. Darkstalker also enchants a bracelet on Mindreader to give her mind-reading abilities, Mightyclaws' earring to give him the power to have anything he draws to come to life, and a makeshift bracelet for Fearless to give her super-strength. Moon seems worried about him giving out these free powers, provoking the now empowered NightWings to claim that she is just jealous. Then, Moonwatcher has a vision of someone being attacked, and brings Sunny and the others to Stonemover, who is very close to dying.

Darkstalker enchanted a stalactite to heal Stonemover. This then removes Stonemover's curse, which causes him to yell in alarm that his claws are not his, after which Darkstalker enchants it to turn him back to stone. Anemone enchants a piece of bone to find the culprit, who is Flame. He states that he asked Stonemover to enchant his scar to heal, but he had refused, to conserve his soul. In reaction to this, Flame almost killed Stonemover. After this dilemma, Darkstalker says he wants to lead the NightWing tribe to the lost city of night.

When he gets to the rainforest, he asks Glory if he can bring her subjects back. To promote his idea, he starts handing out superpowers to the NightWings. Moon chooses Glory, as she believes her to be a worthy queen. Later she, Kinkajou, and Turtle then go to a cave close to where the NightWings are sleeping. When Turtle returns from following Darkstalker, Moon is awake. She says she had a nightmare and that her sleep schedule is different. Moon tells Turtle he is a good brother, and then they have a conversation about it before going to sleep. The next day, Moon says she is going to go with him, only to visit. They do so, and Moon follows Anemone to the room where Fathom stayed, but Anemone said it was too dusty and dirty. She starts to beat Moon with a mop, enchanted to continue hitting her until she began and finished cleaning.

Darkstalker then enchants Moon and Kinkajou, so they do not hear him tell Anemone to leave (although, of course, it does not work on Kinkajou, so Turtle tells her to act like it). After Anemone leaves, Darkstalker restores Moon. She then says she senses danger in the Kingdom of the Sea. Moon stays and most likely is forced to stay in the city by Darkstalker afterward.
Darkness of Dragons
Qibli is watching Moon leave for the rainforest with Darkstalker. Later in the book, she is shown through the Obsidian Mirror talking to Kinkajou. In Part Two, she appears when Qibli finds her in the NightWing library. She and Qibli reunite, and she seems happy to see him. Moon then begins talking about how amazing the NightWing library was and that she would stay forever because of this. Qibli silently disagrees and thought he only would if she asked him to.

Qibli then offers her one of the earrings and explains that they will protect her from Darkstalker's spells. She looks sad, saying that they do not need to worry so much about Darkstalker, but puts it on anyway. The earring did not change her opinion of him, confirming that her trust for Darkstalker was her own.

Moon is present for much of the second and third parts of the book and helps to fulfill The Jade Mountain Prophecy alongside Qibli, Turtle, Kinkajou, and Anemone. Later, she is shown foreseeing Darkstalker as Peacemaker. In the epilogue, she and Qibli start an official relationship. Moon and Qibli then travel to Jerboa III, where they meet the first dragon from the lost continent of Pantala, later learned to be named Luna.

The Lost Continent Prophecy

The Lost Continent
She appears in the epilogue alongside Qibli when they first see Luna right where Darkness of Dragons ended. Moon is shocked to see a dragon from the lost continent for the first time and introduces herself and Qibli to the SilkWing. Moon tells Luna that she had a vision about her, and when Luna asks if she can see the future like Clearsight, Moon is surprised that Luna knows who Clearsight is. She tells her that she can see the future too, just not as well as Clearsight. Luna tells Moon she needs to get her back home, to which Moon says that she cannot and has not even seen any visions of the future revolving around the lost continent. The young SilkWing responds, saying that she has to and that her tribe needs her help.
The Hive Queen
Moonwatcher appears in the prologue alongside Luna, Tsunami, and other dragons. Moon thinks that Luna wants her to save the SilkWings and that she is "the second coming of Clearsight." She thinks of how Luna does not know that Moon can read minds, and has a conversation with her, feeling guilty. Moon tells Luna the prophecy she has been hearing in her head. Qibli, Tsunami, and Turtle join them. Turtle tells them how his animus magic is "broken," and the others debate how to get to Pantala. Eventually, Tsunami says that "all [she] and Turtle have to do is swim there." Moon also appears in the epilogue with Luna. She shares her new vision with Luna and says that the Pantalan dragons are coming to Pyrrhia. Moon also sees dragons fighting one another and flames, which are probably from the burning Bloodworm Hive.
The Poison Jungle
Moon is mentioned by Tsunami in the SapWing village.
The Dangerous Gift
Moonwatcher first appeared with Qibli near Jerboa III's hut. Snowfall remembered darkly that she is the dragon Winter liked very much and Darkstalker's first friend. Her hatred of Moon eventually resulted in her insulting her and purposely thinking darkly about the NightWings to disturb her. Moon asked for Snowfall to come along the other dragons on the journey to Sanctuary. Moon eventually tells her prophecy to all the Pyrrhian queens excluding Coral. She is the NightWing representative of the eleven dragons from each tribe chosen to go on the journey to Pantala to stop the othermind.



Moon seems oblivious to Anemone's jealousy of her relationship with Darkstalker, up until Anemone enchants a mop to attack her out of rage. Moonwatcher seems to forgive the SeaWing, as she defends Anemone when Darkstalker is furious with her for hurting Moon.


The first dragon Darkstalker had talked to since his imprisonment was Moonwatcher; he seemed to be very fond of her, caring for her and not wanting anyone to harm her. During the time, she was the only dragon he could talk to, and he mentored her. He took a rather friendly approach, and it seemed that he enjoyed teaching her how to deal with her powers effectively without any problem. However, it is later revealed that he may have been manipulating her for his own benefit.[22] In Talons of Power, he really cared about Moon and keeps mentioning how she is similar to Clearsight.[23] He wanted her to trust him, and she was noted to be one of the very few dragons he truly cared about, not putting any spells on her and trying to convince her to understand him. Moonwatcher was Darkstalker's best friend when he emerged from Agate Mountain.[24] Darkstalker refused to enchant Moonwatcher's mind as he did for most of Pyrrhia, and she believed that he was not evil. She genuinely liked him, largely due to the fact that he genuinely likes her, and he was one of the only dragons he trusted to believe in him and enjoy his company of their own accord.[25] They were genuine friends,[26] and Darkstalker considered a party boring because Moonwatcher did not attend.[27] She believed that he was good, and that he wanted the most peaceful future for Pyrrhia,[28] and she believed wholeheartedly that he would never kill her.[29] He appeared genuinely wounded when she began using skyfire and protection spells against his magic. She flinches whenever she hears his name,[20] although at one point they were good friends[16] and she was saddened by the idea of him lying to her.[30]


Kinkajou is Moon's best friend and has been shown to care much about her. Moonwatcher and her were clawmates in the Jade Winglet. Moon was distraught when Kinkajou was severely injured by a mysterious companion of Scarlet's (Chameleon, in his NightWing form, Shapeshifter), showing the strong bond between them. At first, Moon was put off by Kinkajou's energetic thoughts and actions, but realized that Kinkajou really did care about her. After Kinkajou found out that Moonwatcher could read minds, she felt like her privacy was invaded majorly, and did not trust Moonwatcher for a short period of time. But after the shock wore off, Kinkajou and Moonwatcher were best friends again. She was visibly happy when she told Qibli that Kinkajou was unharmed.[26]


If it were up to Qibli, he would spend every day of his life flying with Moon. He recognizes subtle things about her,[31] and thinks about what she would do when he needs motivation.[32] Everything is less awful for him when he is with her,[8] and he often wishes that she were by his side.[9] When Moon was in danger, he leaped aside to protect her with his wings,[33] and he looks at Moon like he loves her.[34] When Qibli spoke about how free he thought Possibility was, Moon looked at him like he made sense.[35] When Moonwatcher said that she was unsure if anyone would want to come with her to fulfill the Jade Mountain Prophecy, Qibli waved a wing at himself as though it were obvious.[36] When Winter told Moon he should have nothing to do with her, Qibli sounded genuinely angry.[37] He feels a need to know whether or not she is safe,[38] and during his time away from her, he felt like he was a broken vase and she was the piece that would fit him all back together.[39] He once thought that his ideal future would be as a loyal advisor to Thorn, but as he continued thinking about it, Moon appeared in the vision alongside him as his partner.[40] He wants to make her smile,[41] and she makes him happier than he has ever felt before.[42] For Qibli, being around Moonwatcher feels like being on a team with someone who works with him and makes his own brain work better.[43] He once stated that he would be there for Moon anytime she needed him,[44] and thought that if Moon ever died, it would kill him as well.[45] She often turns to him for physical comfort,[46] and he is considerate of her needs.[47] Darkstalker once mentioned that Qibli could never stay away from Moonwatcher for long.[27]


Secretkeeper is Moonwatcher's mother and the first dragon to find out about her daughter's powers. Moonwatcher loves her mother very much and wanted to stay with her instead of going to school.[48] She often visits Secretkeeper in the rainforest.[18]


Sunny was the first of the Jade Mountain Academy staff that Moonwatcher confessed the truth about her prophecy and mind-reading powers to.[49] Sunny was kind and grateful towards Moonwatcher after she told her.[50]


Moonwatcher initially did not trust Turtle as he had his Skyfire, which made his mind a quiet fuzz to her.[51] Moonwatcher thought Turtle might have something sinister in him, as she had a vision of him fighting Anemone when she first saw him.[52] As time passes, she sees him as more and more of a friend and learns to trust him.

After the cave explosion and Moonwatcher's reveal of her powers, she visited the underwater lake with Turtle.[53] He removed the dragonflame seedpod from her shoulder, and she wondered if he would let her drown if she fainted. He then told her to, "Go ahead and try." This referred to flying, but Moonwatcher wondered if he was offering her an escape as well.[54] She thinks that she does not know him and believes he is interesting despite what he says to the contrary.

In Escaping Peril, she defended him against others that how he used his power should be decided by him and him alone. When Turtle used his animus power to get Darkstalker's scroll from Chameleon, she was worried about his soul, but he shrugged them off as he said that the "tiniest of evil" was in him. In Darkness of Dragons, Darkstalker mentions that Moonwatcher was fond of Turtle and Kinkajou, which made him reluctant to kill either of them.


Moonwatcher is one of Winter's closest friends, and Winter is in love with her.[55] Moonwatcher once stated that she would never be Winter's enemy, no matter what he said.[37] She wanted Winter to come with her to solve the Jade Mountain Prophecy, and her face crumbled into disappointment when he refused.[36] Since Winter began wearing skyfire, it is a lot easier for Moonwatcher to talk to him.[56] Winter sometimes jokes with Moonwatcher,[56] but he feels a twisting feeling in his chest when he thinks about her,[57] and hearing her say his name was described to be like a spell that runs warmth through his bones.[58] Winter had never met anyone who seemed to be as interested in scavengers as he was until he met Moonwatcher.[59] She is determined to support Winter whether he wants her help or not,[60] and Winter has had quiet thoughts about how Moonwatcher is different from the other NightWings, and perhaps different than most dragons in Pyrrhia.[61] His expression while looking at her once was soulful and full of tortured longing.[62] He quite likes her,[24] and misses her dearly after moving to Sanctuary.[63]

Winter once thought that where Narwhal and Tundra saw Winter as nothing more than a gray lump of ice, Moonwatcher saw dazzling mountain peaks,[64] and she regards him as one of the best dragons in Pyrrhia.[65] Moonwatcher finds Winter's mind to be very confusing,[59] but Moonwatcher regards Winter as someone who can think bigger than the things that affect him personally.[66] She trusts Winter[66] and thinks that he is honorable and brave,[66] and Winter felt a rush of gratitude for her understanding of how important rescuing Hailstorm was to him.[67] Winter often cannot tell when Moonwatcher is joking,[68] but he looks at her in a loving way,[34][69] and felt hollowed out when he pictured her and Qibli together.[70] He was afraid of what he might say to her alone in the dark.[71] Winter's heart told him to rescue Moonwatcher when their group was attacked by Shapeshifter,[72] and while he initially felt guilty about being Moonwatcher's friend under the judgement of Hailstorm, he felt a second wave of guilt after realizing how much Moonwatcher had done to help him.[73] After Narwhal and Tundra intended for Winter to die during the Diamond Trial, he thought that Moonwatcher would never have done something like that to him,[74] and he becomes his best self around her.[42]

However, Winter acted harshly[28] and explosively angry and caused Moonwatcher to flare up during their argument about Darkstalker;[75] Qibli wondered how he could yell at Moonwatcher the way he did, if he truly loved her,[76] and Kinkajou admitted that he had been mean towards her when he yelled at her or did not believe in her.[77] When Moonwatcher chose Qibli over Winter, he was heartbroken and wondered how long it would take his heart to heal.[18]

Family Tree



Prophecies Meaning
The Jade Mountain Prophecy[78] Interpretations
The Lost Continent Prophecy[79] Interpretations


"No. I don't want to be … like other dragons. I just want them to not mind that I'm different, if that makes sense. I want to stop being scared — of being found out, of what my visions mean, of other dragons, of everything."
― to Darkstalker (Moon Rising, page 61)

"All right. But please stop trying to scare me. You are not as terrifying as you think you are."
― to Winter (Moon Rising, page 92)

"If I couldn't read minds, everyone I met would be like Turtle — completely unreadable. Strange and blank. I'd have no way to know if they were kind or cruel. I'd never understand why they act the way they do. Everyone would be all surface. I'd think Winter was just mean; I wouldn't know about his dead brother and how he hates himself more than anyone else. I might think Qibli was just goofy and ordinary, if I didn't know about his layers and his amazing mind and his childhood. I'd have stayed away from Kinkajou, because I wouldn't have known or believed that she really liked me. I guess that's how other dragons live … never knowing how complicated everyone is. That's what it would be like, to be normal."
― thoughts about her powers (Moon Rising, page 198)

"That just seems kind of wrong, doesn't it? I mean, judging dragons by their dark thoughts, and using that to justify spying on them? Lots of dragons think dark things sometimes; it doesn't mean they'll ever actually do them … I don't know, I guess I don't like to think of myself as sneaking around in dragons' heads. I can't help what I hear, but it doesn't seem fair to do it on purpose."
― to Qibli (Moon Rising, page 233)

"You can't give up. Of course it's hard; the whole point is that you're trying to fix something that's nearly impossible to fix. But if no one ever tries, then it will always be terrible. You and Clay and the others … dragons believe in you. You have to take that gift and do something with it, not run away from it."
― to Sunny, about Jade Mountain Academy (Moon Rising, page 281)

"I mean, no one is completely evil … Dragons are complicated. Some are kinder than others, or braver than others, and some of them do really cruel things. But everyone has both good thoughts and bad thoughts and reasons for what they do, reasons that they believe are important."
― to Winter (Winter Turning, page 77)

"Because I think she's the kind of dragon you respect. And I think you wouldn't want to start a war between the IceWings and both of her tribes. I think you can imagine what killing her would do to Pyrrhia, and you know it would be bad. Also, you're her guest; she's welcomed and trusted you. You aren't the kind of dragon who betrays someone's trust. I've already been in there for one thing — I know you. And I've watched you. I saw you put out the fire in the history cave. I saw you save me and Starflight from your own sister. I think you can think bigger than just one tribe against another — you can think about what's best for all the tribes. I guess I just — I trust you."
― to Winter about Glory (Winter Turning, page 119)

"Not everyone has to be a scrollworm. For you, other dragons are like scrolls — you love meeting new ones and trying to read them. You're always thinking about how other dragons think and what they're like on the inside. That's what ... I mean, that's one of the interesting things about you."
― to Qibli (Darkness of Dragons, page 237)

"Talking to Darkstalker? It's the right thing to do. I want to see what he says when he's confronted with his lies. And I want to hear how he's justified the IceWing plague to himself. I think I'm one of the few dragons left he'll at least try to be honest with — I mean, about himself and his reasons for what he does — unless I'm completely delusional about our friendship. But I think he wants me to agree with him so he can feel like he's doing the right thing."
― to Qibli (Darkness of Dragons, page 264)

"But that's why she feels wrong to you, Darkstalker. Because this is wrong, this ... experimenting with other dragons. Trying to create a perfect dragon for yourself. Trying to change someone to be exactly what you think you want. That's not love."
― to Darkstalker (Darkness of Dragons, page 271)

"We still have to stop the fighting. If I put this down, I can reach Darkstalker's mind. I'll try to talk him into ending the battle. It seems kind of fitting that this started with us talking in our minds, and maybe that's how it'll end, too."
― to Qibli, about the Battle of Jade Mountain (Darkness of Dragons, page 314)

"Qibli. How are you so brilliant and such an idiot at the same time? You are special. You don't need his poisoned magic, or any magic. You're smart and you're brave and you care and you don't give up and you take all of that and use it to help other dragons instead of yourself. That's better than magic. You did the right thing."
― to Qibli (Darkness of Dragons, page 341-342)

"The future of Pyrrhia is not your own personal scroll, waiting for you to write it, Darkstalker. The only future you control is yours. And you have not brought happiness to the dragon tribes. We don't want that future you see if we have to travel down your dark path to get there."
― to Darkstalker (Darkness of Dragons, page 350)


  • Moonwatcher's favorite scroll genres include history, adventure stories, ancient legends, and encyclopedias. She also loves studying and reading.[80]
  • Back in the rainforest, Moonwatcher mostly slept during the day.[81]
  • Moonwatcher's visions once saved her from a falling tree.[82]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Darkness of Dragons, page 236
  2. Winter Turning, page 34
  3. Winter Turning, page 78
  4. The Hive Queen, epilogue
  5. Moon Rising, prologue
  6. Escaping Peril, page 108
  7. Darkness of Dragons, page 243
  8. 8.0 8.1 Darkness of Dragons, page 92
  9. 9.0 9.1 Darkness of Dragons, page 178
  10. Darkness of Dragons, page 14
  11. Moon Rising, page 17
  12. 12.0 12.1 Moon Rising, page 3
  13. Moon Rising, page 26
  14. Moon Rising, page 28
  15. Winter Turning, page 77
  16. 16.0 16.1 Darkness of Dragons, page 212
  17. Moon Rising, page 219
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Darkness of Dragons, epilogue
  19. The Dangerous Gift, page 134
  20. 20.0 20.1 The Dangerous Gift, page 135
  21. The Dangerous Gift, page 148
  22. Talons of Power, page 9
  23. Talons of Power, page 53
  24. 24.0 24.1 The Dangerous Gift, page 87
  25. Darkness of Dragons, page 240
  26. 26.0 26.1 Darkness of Dragons, page 241
  27. 27.0 27.1 Darkness of Dragons, page 242
  28. 28.0 28.1 Darkness of Dragons, page 256
  29. Darkness of Dragons, page 263
  30. Darkness of Dragons, page 239
  31. Darkness of Dragons, page 1
  32. Darkness of Dragons, page 67
  33. Winter Turning, page 134
  34. 34.0 34.1 Winter Turning, page 149
  35. Winter Turning, page 207
  36. 36.0 36.1 Winter Turning, page 229
  37. 37.0 37.1 Winter Turning, page 230
  38. Darkness of Dragons, page 194
  39. Darkness of Dragons, page 224
  40. Darkness of Dragons, page 244
  41. Darkness of Dragons, page 250
  42. 42.0 42.1 Darkness of Dragons, page 251
  43. Darkness of Dragons, page 266
  44. Darkness of Dragons, page 269
  45. Darkness of Dragons, page 302
  46. Darkness of Dragons, page 306
  47. Darkness of Dragons, page 314
  48. Moon Rising, page 1
  49. Moon Rising, page 280
  50. Moon Rising, page 282
  51. Moon Rising, page 7-8
  52. Moon Rising, page 10
  53. Moon Rising, page 196
  54. Moon Rising, page 198
  55. Winter Turning, page 223
  56. 56.0 56.1 Winter Turning, page 118
  57. Winter Turning, page 58
  58. Winter Turning, page 115
  59. 59.0 59.1 Winter Turning, page 19
  60. Winter Turning, page 57
  61. Winter Turning, page 169
  62. Darkness of Dragons, page 253
  63. The Dangerous Gift, page 143
  64. Winter Turning, page 11
  65. Winter Turning, page 39
  66. 66.0 66.1 66.2 Winter Turning, page 119
  67. Winter Turning, page 53
  68. Winter Turning, page 33
  69. Darkness of Dragons, page 245
  70. Winter Turning, page 157-158
  71. Winter Turning, page 155
  72. Winter Turning, page 188
  73. Winter Turning, page 193
  74. Winter Turning, page 283
  75. Darkness of Dragons, page 254
  76. Darkness of Dragons, page 257
  77. Darkness of Dragons, page 368
  78. Moon Rising, page 292
  79. The Hive Queen, prologue
  80. Moon Rising, page 19
  81. Talons of Power, page 212
  82. Moon Rising, page 61


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