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"Now there's no point — the NightWings are already in the rainforest, so we have no reason to join the war. It'll drag on endlessly, and more dragons will die every day, probably for generations. All of them wondering what happened to the amazing dragonets who were supposed to save them, but obviously failed."
—Morrowseer to Sunny, The Dark Secret


Morrowseer was an adult male NightWing who was introduced in The Dragonet Prophecy. He helped fabricate the Dragonet Prophecy, and was killed by a volcanic explosion in The Dark Secret. He was in a relationship with Secretkeeper, and they had a daughter, Moonwatcher.

Appearance

Morrowseer had black-on-black scales[1] like a bottomless pit,[2] and black eyes.[3] The star scales on his wings curled inward like a snail shell[4] and glittered from a great distance, casting a cold glow.[2] He had a long, black snout, long,[5] strong claws[6] and bright white teeth.[1]

He was gigantic,[7] bigger than Kestrel[2] and Mastermind,[4] and as big as Battlewinner[8] but smaller than Tempest.[9] He had a vast form,[10] with a huge, ridged back,[1] as well as a sharp, menacing gaze[11] and a deep rumbling voice.[12]

Personality

Morrowseer was seen as manipulative and did not seem to care about how many dragons died for his cause. He only cared about his tribe and reputation, considering himself and the NightWings as superior to others. He was shown to be narcissistic, snobbish, and heartless, and would have killed every other tribe in Pyrrhia in order to protect the NightWings. He was also deceitful, lying to thousands of dragons about the Dragonet Prophecy without any remorse. He was very intelligent and cunning, although very loyal to his tribe. He was also more than just an advisor to Queen Battlewinner, considering his oversight of the kidnapping of Starflight, the murder of several IceWing prisoners, and the murder of several SkyWing soldiers. He's also shown to be sarcastic and close-minded.

Biography

Pre-Series
After the first eruption of the NightWing Island's volcano, Morrowseer and Queen Battlewinner wrote The Dragonet Prophecy, intending to use it to steal the rainforest from the RainWings by taking advantage of the War of SandWing Succession. He personally "delivered" the prophecy and gave Starflight and Fatespeaker's eggs to the Talons of Peace, to whom he then remained a close ally. Morrowseer also spoke to Thorn after she fought with her secret lover, Stonemover, an animus NightWing, blaming her for being responsible for Stonemover's fate. Sometime before the events of Moon Rising, he fathered Moonwatcher's egg with Secretkeeper, as it is revealed at the beginning of the book.

The Dragonet Prophecy

The Dragonet Prophecy
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Morrowseer allying with Blister

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Morrowseer coming to inspect the dragonets of destiny

Eighteen years after "delivering" the Prophecy, Morrowseer came to inspect the dragonets after a note saying that "Morrowseer is coming" was sent to Webs, Kestrel, and Dune. He was angry about Glory, the RainWing dragonet who served as a replacement for the the SkyWing Dragonet whose egg was smashed and ordered her to be killed. Sunny, Clay, and Tsunami fought him, and Morrowseer approved of Clay, Starflight, and Tsunami before looking at Sunny and saying "Well, … we'll have to see about you." Later, he had a private talk with Starflight and left. The aftermath of his visit was the escape attempt and therefore the dragonets' capture by Scarlet. However, when the dragonets are being taken away from the cave, Clay sees a dark figure circle over them, spot them, and fly away. This dark figure was confirmed to be Morrowseer by Tui. He led a squadron of NightWings that massacred all eight of the IceWing prisoners in Scarlet's arena and took Starflight. While they hid in the mountains and watched the dragonets of destiny travel to the MudWing village where Clay's mother and his siblings live, Morrowseer instructed the young NightWing to side with Blister, and to become the leader of the other dragonets. He then returned him to the other Dragonets. Afterward, he met with Blister in the Kingdom of the Sea and promised to help her become queen. When Kestrel arrived at the meeting, Morrowseer and Blister agreed that she was a danger to the plan and that they would have to kill her, and then did so, with Princess Blister first slashing her throat then stabbing her in the heart with her venomous tail barb. 
The Lost Heir
In the epilogue, Morrowseer met with Nautilus and Blister after the destruction of the Summer Palace. Blister complained about how annoying the dragonets were, and Nautilus and Morrowseer offered her the false dragonets as the backup.
The Hidden Kingdom
Morrowseer is seen with Nautilus discussing the backup plan and observing the false dragonets during the prologue. Squid is the only dragonet who actually talks to Morrowseer and complains that he wants gold and jewels. (He also says Morrowseer is 'non-negotiable,' in response to Morrowseer saying that Flame was 'non-negotiable.') Morrowseer is mad at the Talons for failing to raise the dragonets to be obedient. He takes over their training and decides to bring them to the Night Kingdom.
The Dark Secret
Morrowseer ordered the kidnapping of Starflight and brought him to the Night Kingdom. He expressed great displeasure in Starflight's failure to bring the dragonets to Blister's side and chastised him for lacking NightWing superiority. He also introduced Starflight to his father, Mastermind, after noticing that the two talk in a similar way.

After introducing Starflight to the false dragonets, he ordered them to kill Starflight. This was both to test the new dragonet's abilities and to see if Starflight was worth keeping. This ended with Starflight surviving, and Flame and Ochre were arrested by NightWing guards and imprisoned for a night.

The next day, he sent Starflight and the false dragonets to convince a remote outpost of SkyWing guards to switch to Blister's side. When the mission failed, several NightWing guards appeared out of nowhere to burn the fort down, which Starflight suspected would have happened even if they had succeeded. Afterward, Morrowseer sent Squid away after the dragonet complained about the training.

Later, he announced that they were going to train for battle and told Ochre and Flame to fight, saying that he would step in when necessary. Flame clawed Ochre, who asked to stop, and Morrowseer removed the MudWing and threw Fatespeaker in. Viper quickly joined in, and the two proceeded to chase Fatespeaker, who called to Starflight to help her. Starflight joined the battle and knocked Viper off of Fatespeaker, but the SandWing's barb sliced across Flame's face, who accidentally pushed her into the lava river. Morrowseer showed no grief at Viper's death but was horrified at Flame's injuries, as the SkyWing was not replaceable after the destruction of the original SkyWing's egg.

Soon after, Morrowseer attended an official meeting of the NightWings. Greatness announced that the NightWings would enter the rainforest at midnight and kill all of the RainWings. However, their plan failed when Queen Glory led her tribe in a preemptive invasion and freed the RainWing prisoners.

During the attack, the volcano on the island began to erupt. He revealed to Starflight, Tsunami, Sunny, and Clay that the prophecy was fake, devastating Sunny. She fled through the portal, and Morrowseer took a step forward as if to follow her, but was stopped by Starflight and Fatespeaker. After he remarked that he had all of the dragonets he wanted to kill in one place, the volcano erupted, and Morrowseer was swallowed by the inferno.

Morrowseer was likely killed by the volcanic explosion, as mentioned in The Brightest Night. In Winter Turning a dead dragon (which is believed to be Morrowseer), now just a shape of ashes, is seen in front of the portal right where Morrowseer was standing when the volcano erupted. It was hinted that he might have survived the initial eruption but was likely killed by the heat of the lava.
The Brightest Night
After hearing why Sunny is upset, Glory begins ranting at Morrowseer despite him being dead. She promises to bite his head off and stuff him in a volcano, saying she wants to kill him again. Thorn asks Fierceteeth, Preyhunter, and Strongwings about Morrowseer. She kills Preyhunter in anger when she is told he is dead, believing the three are lying. Sunny saves Fierceteeth and Strongwings by confirming Morrowseer is dead.

The Jade Mountain Prophecy

Moon Rising
Morrowseer is mentioned in the prologue when Secretkeeper regrets not being able to tell him about Moonwatcher's egg, but she knows that he cares too much about traditions to allow her to be raised outside the tribe. Moonwatcher later mentions hearing his name in Secretkeeper's mind, and it is confirmed that Morrowseer is, in fact, Moon's father.
Winter Turning
When Winter, Moon, Qibli, and Kinkajou take the tunnel to the NightWing island, they walk by the ashy statue-like form of a NightWing, which Winter first thought was alive since it was a silhouette illuminated by fire. This was most likely the remains of Morrowseer, also confirming his death.
Darkness of Dragons
Although not mentioned by name, Thorn asks Cobra if she found 'them' meaning Stonemover, Morrowseer, and Dune.

Legends

Dragonslayer
When Leaf, Thyme, Rowan, and Cranberry are crossing the mountains to get to the SkyWing palace, Leaf notices a black dragon farther behind him flying away. Due to the Talons of Peace's hiding place for the dragonets of destiny being in that direction and Scarlet going after Mushroom after the four get there, it can be assumed that this was Morrowseer leaving the cave after inspecting the dragonets.

Winglets

Prisoners
Morrowseer was first seen in Fierceteeth's story about her past. When she talks about being part of the prophecy, Morrowseer looks at a egg which is most likely Fatespeaker.
Assassin
Morrowseer first appeared in Assassin as Battlewinner's "most trusted advisor," arguing with Quickstrike about whether to allow Deathbringer to go on the mission. They agreed to let him go on the condition that he must assassinate either Slaughter or Vengeance, two full-grown NightWings who were referred to as Morrowseer's pets. Later, he is seen ushering Slaughter out of his cave and telling him to kill Deathbringer before he could be killed himself, but Deathbringer had snuck up on them and murdered Slaughter. At the end of the book, Morrowseer met with Deathbringer to send the young dragon on a mission to kill Six-Claws, a SandWing general in Burn's army, unaware that Quickstrike had died on the mission.

Relationships

NightWings

Morrowseer was a loyal member of the NightWing tribe. He justified his actions by the fact that he was trying to save his tribe, resulting in some selfish moments, and seemingly had no empathy for non-NightWing dragons; although he was known to be extremely selfish and awful to his fellow NightWings as well, and barely hesitated when resorting to violence, causing his death.

Dragonets of Destiny

The dragonets were Morrowseer's idea and prophecy, but he ended up trying to kill them since they didn't meet his standards and did not support Blister becoming the queen of SandWings, therefore refusing to help him overrun the RainWings. He especially hated Starflight, whom he considered a weak and spineless failure, as well as Glory just because she was a RainWing and a potential threat to his plan, as she seemed like a failure for the prophecy.

Moonwatcher

Moonwatcher was Morrowseer's daughter, though he never knew of her existence, and she only knew his name by reading it from her mother's mind. Secretkeeper was mentioned to have wanted to tell Morrowseer but was convinced he would have reported her and raised Moon on the NightWing Island. Like the rest of his tribe, Morrowseer believed Moon's egg had been crushed before it was laid.

Blister

Morrowseer and Blister were allied during the great war. He had an agreement with Blister, meaning that he would help Blister become queen if she would help them destroy the RainWings, in return for Morrowseer lending Blister the strength in numbers of the NightWings to assist her army in the war. In the end, it never worked out.

The Alternate Dragonets of Destiny

Due to the "extra" dragonets who were deemed unnecessary, Morrowseer was tasked with getting rid of the added "problems." Unfortunately, he did not enjoy the alternate dragons. Eventually, Viper died and Squid quit, though it was Morrowseer who forced him out. He didn't favor any of them and threatened to replace them (other than the SkyWing), disliking them as much as the original five; he was very cautious about the SkyWing, named Flame, though, for he was not as expendable as the others.

Secretkeeper

Morrowseer describes Secretkeeper as having "a good head on her shoulders" when comparing her to Starflight and Fierceteeth's mother, Farsight. Secretkeeper and Morrowseer most likely did love each other despite the actions of Secretkeeper when refusing to tell her daughter, Moonwatcher (therefore the daughter of Morrowseer) the name of her father. This was due to the fact that she believed he could not be trusted and would insist that Moonwatcher grow up on the NightWing island. However, when saying this, she also mentioned that she desperately wanted to tell her dragonet who her father was, showing that she probably loved him and wanted the family to be together.

Battlewinner

Morrowseer and Queen Battlewinner worked together to write the Dragonet Prophecy. He has been described as 'Battlewiner's most trusted advisor' many times. He mainly obeyed her orders, but the queen generally let him do whatever he wanted.

Family Tree

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Secretkeeper
 
Morrowseer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Moonwatcher
 
 


Quotes

"We made you. You dragonets are only important because of us, and we can destroy you just as easily."
― to Sunny (The Dark Secret, page 279)

"On the contrary, I certainly can make my prophecy happen however I want, considering I'm the one who made it up in the first place"
― to Sunny (The Dark Secret, page 280)

"Queen Battlewinner and I wrote it together after the last eruption destroyed part of the fortress. We knew we'd need a new home soon, and the prophecy was our plan to get it. The idea was that we would control the dragonets by including a NightWing, who, naturally, would be the leader of the group. Your abysmal failure in that department was our first problem. Then we'd choose a SandWing queen, and eventually, the NightWings would join the war, with our strength in numbers tipping the balance so our ally would be sure to win. […] The only really important part of the prophecy; we couldn't be too obvious about it. The rest of it? Smoke and mirrors."
― to Sunny (The Dark Secret, page 282)

"Now there's no point — the NightWings are already in the rainforest, so we have no reason to join the war. It'll drag on endlessly, and more dragons will die every day, probably for generations. All of them wondering what happened to the amazing dragonets who were supposed to save them, but obviously failed."
― to Sunny and the other dragonets (The Dark Secret, page 283)

"Here's all the dragonets I want dead anyway, in one convenient place."
― to Clay, Tsunami, and Starflight, his last words (The Dark Secret, page 284)

Trivia

  • His name means "Seer of Morrow," or tomorrow, which was explained by Starflight in The Hidden Kingdom. It refers to his "prophetic" ability (although this was later revealed to be a lie).
  • The dragonets of destiny often use Morrowseer for size comparison, implying his vast size.
  • In the graphic novel, Morrowseer's snail shell-like star scale patterns on his wings are not shown. Instead, they appear to be scattered randomly.
  • In an interview at the Rochester Children's Book Festival, Tui revealed that fan letters asking about why Morrowseer is the way he was helped her write Darkstalker's character.

Gallery

Graphic novels

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Dragonet Prophecy, page 38
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Dragonet Prophecy, page 34
  3. The Hidden Kingdom, prologue
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Dark Secret, page 48
  5. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 36
  6. Assassin, page 49
  7. Prisoners, page 11
  8. The Dark Secret, page 261
  9. Assassin, page 67
  10. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 229
  11. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 37
  12. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 229-230


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