Onyx is an adult female SandWing who was introduced in Moon Rising. She formerly attended Jade Mountain Academy as a member of the Gold Winglet. Named after the Eye of Onyx, she was hatched as a fugitive within the Kingdom of Sand and raised in isolation by her mother, Palm before her death. She is currently living within the SandWing stronghold, recovering from a serious leg injury with her father, Smolder.
Onyx is large and muscular, with pale yellow scales and branching black lines tattooed on her horns and neck. She has small black diamonds embedded between the scales along her wings and wears a metal amulet around her neck that contains the twisted hunk of skyfire that killed Palm. The stone is bound to the amulet by copper wires. One of her hind talons was crushed during a sandstorm, injured to the point where she will likely never be able to walk on it again. She has a rangy, black-diamond-studded form and dark eyes.
Onyx dislikes being questioned, and while she typically acts nice to other dragons to their faces, she often rolls her eyes and makes fun of others behind their back, and believes that the most beautiful things should also be threatening. She dislikes most dragons and was quick to threaten vengeance against the SandWings who defended Thorn as their queen. She is furious, impatient, hungry for power, and snappy.
|Onyx had lived on her own in the desert with her mother for her entire life, raised in secret and far away from royalty, hoping that it would discourage her from taking the throne. Many years later, her mother was killed by a fragment of skyfire falling from the sky on the false brightest night. After that, without her mother's guidance, she began her search for power, teaming up with Vulture and enrolling in Jade Mountain Academy as part of a plan to take the SandWing throne. There she spied on Sunny to see if she was a considerable challenger to the throne and therefore, another dragon that stood in the way of her quest for power. Moon first learned that she is ambitious and after the throne when Onyx temporarily took off her skyfire.|
The Jade Mountain Prophecy
|At first, Onyx was depicted as just another student at the academy, if not older or removed. Moon once thought that she could be a suspect for the dragonflame cactus bombing at Jade Mountain Academy until Onyx removed her amulet that contained the skyfire, which allowed Moon to read her thoughts. Moon caught her thinking: "This is a tiresome distraction from my plans. Maybe if I go back to the desert and try a different approach." She then looked at Qibli, thinking, "They say this one is her third wing. Maybe if I …" before her thoughts were cut off by her skyfire being returned. She questioned Webs on the first day of history class, "There has never been a queen in history who was not descended from the royal family. Does that mean now anyone could become queen?"|
|Onyx was seen in the epilogue, at Jade Mountain Academy. Darkstalker listened to her speak to someone he did not know, plotting to overthrow Thorn. She complained to the unknown dragon that "she couldn't get near the daughter," referring to Sunny. Onyx also said, "I thought I had an idea, but then he up and vanished from the school," referring to Qibli. Onyx then stated that "There's one more option if I stay a bit longer. A dragon, as loyal to that Thorn character as anyone, and I think she's connected to one of Thorn's generals." The dragon she had in mind is Ostrich, as she kidnapped her in Darkness of Dragons so that she could get to Six-Claws, her father. The epilogue ended with her thinking, "I will be queen within the month, whether that old dragon helps me or whether I have to kill him and do it myself."|
|Darkness of Dragons|
|Onyx and Ostrich were missing. Qibli deduced that they may have been kidnapped, or that Onyx had kidnapped Ostrich, and flew off to find them.
Onyx was revealed to be part of the Talons of Power and working for Vulture to try to ascend the throne. She had been trying to find out if Sunny wanted to challenge Thorn for the throne in the future, which she discovered the answer was "no," and had since been trying to find a way to get close enough to Thorn to challenge her under Vulture's strict regulations. The reason she was talking to herself was shown to have been communication through the Obsidian Mirror with Vulture.She was a part of the Talons of Power attack on the SandWing stronghold and attempted to assassinate Thorn. Her attempt was foiled by Qibli, however, and instead had to directly challenge the queen. During the challenge, she revealed who she was and Smolder desperately tried to get her to stop fighting. When the sandstorm kicked up, she and Smolder hid in the dungeon hosting Prickle, her aunt. Onyx's hind leg was badly injured during the sandstorm, perhaps by Smolder to prevent her from challenging Thorn again.
Palm was Onyx's mother. Onyx and Palm were roaming the Kingdom of Sand, avoiding guards, when a piece of the comet crashed down and burned through her mother's head, killing her. However, Onyx did not seem to care much about Palm's death and said she used to "snore and tell weepy stories and expect her to care" as well as attempt to get Onyx not to care about taking the throne. Onyx also said Palm was not very emotionally stable, had a lot of nightmares, was super paranoid, and would have kept her buried under a rock forever if she could have.
Smolder is sincere towards his daughter, and wanted to get to know her before she challenged Thorn. However, Onyx did not seem to want anything to do with him, and was only focused on the SandWing throne. She pushed him away when he attempted to help her, and hissed furiously when he carried her to safety after a severe sandstorm.
Tamarin is Onyx's clawmate at the Jade Mountain Academy, who was hurt badly in a fire. Onyx looked at Tamarin's injuries with apparent concern, but it was later revealed that Onyx thought that if she acted totally devastated about Tamarin's injuries, she would be able to keep the cave they shared all to herself instead of getting a new clawmate. Inwardly Onyx seemed to not care that Tamarin was harmed. Onyx does admit that Tamarin was at least a quiet and agreeable dragon to share a cave with, and that Palm was much worse. Tamarin seemed to think Onyx disliked her, but was always nice to her, though not realizing how much of her emotion Tamarin can detect.
- "But that's my point. Does this mean now anyone could take the throne and become queen? Could that happen to other tribes, too? I mean, it sounds like asking for chaos and rebellion everywhere. That's all I'm saying."
- ― to Qibli (Moon Rising, page 142)
- "Yes [it hurt], but that is half the point. If I could endure that much pain just for a little beauty, imagine how much I could handle in a battle, or for my own survival. I think the most beautiful things should also be frightening."
- ― to Ostrich (Moon Rising, page 239-240)
- "I don't see why I have to care about dragons from other tribes, but it seems to be expected, for some reason. At least Tamarin was a quiet, agreeable dragon to share a cave with; she didn't snore like Mother or tell weepy stories and expect me to care — like Mother. Ugh, I hope they don't give me another clawmate. Perhaps if I act totally shattered, they'll let me keep the cave all to myself."
- ― thinking about the explosion (Moon Rising, page 243)
- "That's right, admire me, fear me, wonder about me. You all have no idea who I am or what I'll be one day. One day soon. No more hiding, Mother. I make the decisions now."
- ― thinking about the other SandWing students (Moon Rising, page 241)
- "Oh, I didn't do it. No, this rock just fell from the sky one night. It went straight through her head, leaving a burning hole behind, and over she went. That's when I thought, Well, time to join the world."
- ― about Palm's death (Moon Rising, page 240)
- "I chose not to choose a side. None of those dragons were fit to be queen."
- ― about the war (Moon Rising, page 238)
- "By all the serpents, I hope they do catch whoever did it so we can stop blithering about it. This is a tiresome distraction from my plans. Perhaps I should go back to the desert and try another approach. Or … they say this one is practically Thorn's third wing."
- ― thoughts about Qibli and the explosion (Moon Rising, page 245)
- "That was my original plan. But someone told me I'd never make it all the way into the palace to issue my challenge. Someone convinced me my plan would work better if we delayed long enough to spread a bunch of rumors first. Someone thought it would be a great idea for me to go hide myself away at that idiotic pacifist school so I could find out more about the queen's daughter."
- ― to Qibli (Darkness of Dragons, page 103)
- "I'm only taking what's mine. My throne, my crown."
- ― to Thorn (Darkness of Dragons, page 162)
- Onyx is the oldest student attending the Jade Mountain Academy, at the age of nineteen.
- Onyx was named after the Eye of Onyx, hinting towards her royal heritage.
- Onyx is the dragon who thought of the name "skyfire."
- Pronghorn noted that Onyx does not like music.
- Onyx thinks that the most beautiful things should also be frightening.
Present: Addax • Agave • Armadillo • Camel • Capybara • Cereus • Cobra • Dune • Horizon • Jerboa III • Kindle • Meerkat • Needle • Ocotillo • Ostrich • Palm • Parch • Prickle • Quicksand • Rattlesnake • Saguaro • Sandstorm • Sirocco • Six-Claws • Tawny • Torch • Viper • Vulture