Palm was an adult female SandWing. Her name was mentioned in The Brightest Night as Prince Smolder's lover, yet he said that Queen Oasis did not allow them to be partners for the fear of more potential challengers for the throne if they had female dragonet eggs. Smolder never saw Palm again after Oasis "dealt" with her, although she actually escaped Oasis' wrath. Six-Claws described her to be a sweet, clever, and nervous dragon, who adored Smolder, was terrified of the queen, and who would most likely never raise dragonets to kill the queen. According to her daughter Onyx, she was killed by a piece of skyfire that fell from the sky and through her head. Onyx is her only daughter.
Palm had patterns of light brown scales freckled across her pale yellow scales, much like her sister. Compared to her sister, Prickle, she was rounder and softer from working in the palace kitchen and having access to more food. She had sand-colored wings and a small scar on her left wing from when she fell off the wingery roof when she was young. She also owned earrings made of opals that Smolder gave to her, but she gave them to Prickle in return for being allowed to stay in her hut for one night while fleeing from the guards that were chasing her.
Shortly before Oasis' death, Smolder was shown crying about Palm's disappearance and possible death. Six-Claws mentioned that he had known Palm due to working in the kitchen with her. No one mentioned if she was really dead or just imprisoned.
When Glory and Jambu disguised themselves as IceWings to enter Blaze's Fortress, it was explained to them by Blaze that one of the tapestries was made in the memory of a romantic story of Blaze's brother, Smolder, falling in love with a dragon that her mother never approved, and thought that Queen Oasis might have killed her. The dragon in the tapestry was supposed to represent Palm, Smolder's love.
In the prologue, Blister asked if Smolder was running off with his girlfriend again, and Queen Oasis said that she took care of that.
Smolder, near the end of the book, said the name of his lover was Palm. He recounted a story similar to Blaze's story about Palm.
When Onyx told Moon and Ostrich about how she found the piece of skyfire, she explained how it killed Palm when it went through her head. She considered it to be beautiful and deadly, which made her love it even more. This suggested that she did not have a strong connection with Palm, perhaps caused by their constant wandering.
The prologue was in Palm's PoV. She was running away from the queen's soldiers, who were trying to take her back to the palace. Just as she was about to pass out, she found Prickle's oasis and hut. Prickle, her somewhat mean sister, grudgingly let her in, though she made Palm hand over her earrings in exchange for letting her stay the night, and they started arguing about Smolder. The guards bursted in, but instead of arresting Palm, they arrested Prickle because the sisters looked so alike, and because Prickle was wearing her sisters' earrings. One of the guards, Agave, recognized the real Palm but didn't mention it to the others because of their friendship from when they were dragonets. Palm decided to run away and travel the continent after she realized that she was with egg.
"But I'm not going to die, [...] Not today." -A thought
"I left the dates out to dry for too long. They've all shriveled up. Quicksand will be so disappointed in me." -A thought.
"It can't be much farther, [...] What if I'm lost? Or what if she moved without telling me?" -A thought.
"A mirage. I'm losing it. But I can't. There's too much at stake." -A thought.
"An oasis. She lives near that pool with the five palms. Maybe..." -A thought.
Please help me, [...] You were right. Of course you were right. I'm sorry I didn't listen."
"No, wait! [...] I was careful, I promise! I just need a place to hide for a few-- even one day, just one day. Then I'll keep running and you'll never have to see me again, I swear."
"Please, [...] Can you help me?"
"What? [...] These? But they were a gift from--"
"My last connection to Smolder." '- A thought.
"We tried to elope."
"I know, [...] But... we had to."
"But it isn't fair! [...] Why can't he fall in love? Why does his whole life have to be wasted just so his mother won't feel threatened? Other royal families aren't like this. [...] Besides, [...] it could be male, and then no one would even care about it." - About Smolder not being allowed to have dragonets.
"We were supposed to meet by the caravan gate before midnight, [...] We were going to go west, or maybe south, and find a small oasis where we could live in peace, just like you did."
"Well, the guards showed up before he did, [...] I don't know how they knew about me or our plans."
"I was able to escape, [...] They heard him coming and got distracted, and I bolted. But I know they're looking for me. Oasis won't let them stop until they find me."
"I'm sorry, Palm. You brought this upon yourself." - When Palm is pretending to be her sister.
"If it is a girl - it feels like a girl - then I shall give her the name you chose and hide her away somewhere secret and safe. She'll get the chance to be ordinary that you never had. By the moons of Pyrrhia, I swear she will never have anything to do with thrones or queens or battles or crowns, for as long as we both shall live." - Palm thinking about her unhatched dragonet.
Family Tree Edit
|King Char†||Queen Oasis†||Two Unnamed Sisters†|
|Prince Scald†||Prince Singe†||Princess Burn†||Princess Blister†||Princess Blaze|
- A palm is an unbranched evergreen tree with a crown of long feathered or fan-shaped leaves, and typically having old leaf scars forming a regular pattern on the trunk. Palm trees sometimes bear coconuts.
- A leaf of a palm tree awarded as a prize is viewed as a symbol of victory or triumph. This suits Palm well, as in the end, Queen Oasis did not imprison Palm.
- When the guards took Prickle away, she screams that she will set the moons on fire and drop them on Palm's head. Ironically, that is how Palm died: killed by a 'moon on fire' (comet) hitting her in the head.
- She is the second known dragon in the series to have a twin (in this case, Prickle). The first would be Peril.
- Palm is one of the nine dragons with freckle-like markings on her scales, the others being Qibli, Queen Thorn, Lady Scarab, Katydid, Sandfly, Prickle, Morpho and Lynx.
Addax • Agave • Armadillo • Camel • Capybara • Cobra • Dune • Horizon • Jerboa • Jerboa (DoD) • Kindle • Meerkat • Needle • Ocotillo • Ostrich (Deserter) • Palm • Parch • Prickle • Quicksand • Rattlesnake • Saguaro • Sandstorm • Sirocco • Six-Claws • Tawny • Torch • Viper • Vulture