Peril is a young female SkyWing and the main protagonist of Escaping Peril. Formerly Ex-Queen Scarlet's champion, she has a rare and deadly ability known as firescales, allowing her to kill most dragons by just touching them. Peril's mother, Kestrel, tried to flee the Sky Kingdom with her dragonet, but was burned so badly that she had to drop her and flee. After the events of The Brightest Night, Peril was banished from the Sky Kingdom by Queen Ruby, but after Peril saved Ruby's son, Prince Cliff, she was pardoned and welcomed into Ruby’s palace.
She has romantic feelings for Clay, and earlier in the series Clay said he likes her as a friend and enjoys her company, but in the epilogue of Darkness of Dragons, seems to have fallen for her when he accepted her offer to fly in the rain with her.
Peril has unusual, beautiful bright metallic-orange copper-colored scales with smoke rising from them (due to her firescales), and has veins of gold running through her glimmering copper wings. She has eagle-sharp, eerie, startling blue eyes of which no other SkyWing has, like two small blue flames blazing, or like "someone had bundled up the sky and immersed it in fire until it burned from the inside" as described by Princess Ruby. She was also noted to have a long tail and sharp, white teeth, as well as full sized horns. Whenever she touches something it burns into ashes. Occasionally there is visible smoke rising from her scales. In the Graphic Novel she can burst in to flames when excited or angry.
Peril was born to Kestrel, her mother, and Chameleon, her father, in his SkyWing form, Soar. Even though her father is a RainWing, because of his enchantment he was a full SkyWing when she was born, therefore Peril is not half RainWing, but full SkyWing. The egg she hatched from had twins, a very rare occurrence, but while Peril was still in the egg, she absorbed her twin brother's fire. This left him with too little fire and her with an abnormally large amount. Because of this, Kestrel was banned from the breeding program by Queen Scarlet to prevent her from producing any more firescales offspring like Peril.
After Kestrel tried to escape with her dragonets, Queen Scarlet caught her, then told her to kill one of the dragonets, saying that she and her remaining offspring would be spared. Kestrel did so, choosing the dragon with too little fire to sacrifice in Queen Scarlet's name and killing him with her own claws. However, Scarlet went back on her word and decided to kill the remaining dragonet and put Kestrel on trial for no specific reason, but for the "fun" of it. Kestrel then attempted to flee with Peril, but her talons and palms were burned as a result of Peril's blazing scales, leaving strange burn scars on her palms (which are later mentioned by the dragonets and also are critical to Kestrel's claim to be her mother). Kestrel had no choice but to escape, leaving Peril behind, as SkyWing guards approached (one of the guards, Osprey, later becomes one of Peril's only friends).
After Peril was taken back to the queen's palace, she was raised to fight for the queen. Queen Scarlet told Peril lies about her past to cover up for Kestrel's flight. She told that Peril herself scorched her twin brother to death while they were still in the egg and that her mother had tried to kill her, but Queen Scarlet had saved her and punished Kestrel with death.
Scarlet had also deceived Peril into thinking she had to eat black rocks (possibly coals) every day to survive. Scarlet made certain that Peril would have to stay in the palace and not break free from her control if she ever found out the truth about Kestrel. When Peril stopped eating the rocks once, as a young dragonet, Queen Scarlet poisoned her food, which made her fatally sick. But once Peril began eating the rocks again, the queen ceased poisoning her food and successfully fooled Peril into thinking the rocks were actually necessary for her survival.
As a young dragonet of about a year and a half old, Peril was kept in a cage of black rocks, similar to the ones she "had to" eat, by Scarlet. On the day before the brightest night, Scarlet had her "new toy" demonstrate her capabilities to Princess Burn, Prince Hawk, Prince Vermilion, and Princess Ruby, by burning the seven SkyWing eggs scheduled to hatch that night to ash. Peril seemed worried that Scarlet would be mad at her for burning the egg handed to her, and hesitated before Scarlet ordered her to burn the rest of them.
Peril could burn through any substance (but solid rock), making her invulnerable yet cursed (as she couldn't touch any other dragon without burning them, besides Clay). Due to her invulnerability and ability to easily burn opponents to death, she was raised by Queen Scarlet to become her arena champion, where she had killed hundreds of dragons in the arena without a second thought, becoming a "monster" who didn't know how to be "nice". Thanks to Queen Scarlet, killing was the only thing Peril knew and was "good" at.
The dragonets had noted that their SkyWing guardian, Kestrel, had odd scorch marks on her talons, but had never asked her where they came from.
Later, when Clay was taken prisoner, Peril befriended him and began to develop strong feelings for him because he was the only dragon who really understood her (right then). When Clay told her that when he hatched, he was supposedly so vicious towards the other eggs that the Guardians of the Dragonets had to throw him in the river, (proven later to be his bigwings instincts), Peril suggested that maybe they were both born to kill, seemed pleased at the idea that someone else was like her.
Inside the arena, Peril helped heal Clay's scratches and wounds by pouring warm mud on his back and later helped him rescue his friends. At one point, Queen Scarlet forbade Peril from watching Kestrel's trial and Peril mentioned that she hadn't been prohibited from doing so before and wanted to know why, so she decided to hide behind Clay and watch the trial in secret. She then learned the truth about her mother, who turned out to be Kestrel, and angrily called upon the Champion's Shield so she could try to protect her from execution when Scarlet ordered it. Although this ultimately resulted in the death of Peril's older friend Osprey, Peril bought her mother some time. Before Peril left, she told Kestrel, "I may not want you to die, but I don't want to know you," and later regretted this.
Peril attempted to help Clay and his friends escape, only to betray them to Scarlet so that she wouldn't have to lose Clay, who she had grown strongly attached to and slightly possessive of.
Later, Peril was pitted against Clay in Scarlet's Arena for the Champion's Shield face-off. Peril wasn't used to dragons fighting back, giving Clay a slight advantage. Clay attempted to convince Peril to be friends, while Peril tried to get him to abandon the other dragonets for her, but Clay refused to. Due to his strength, Clay had pinned her down. Then the supposedly sleeping Glory spat her corrosive venom at Burn, who pushed Queen Scarlet in front of her and made the venom melt half of her face, causing the arena to erupt into panic and confusion. At this moment, Peril relented and helped Clay and his friends escape.
After Clay and his friends escaped, it was briefly thought that Peril was the 'Wings of Sky' in the prophecy, but Kestrel noted that Peril was a year too old. During the escape, Peril made peace with her mother Kestrel, although she did not go with her, claiming that they'll meet up one day to learn more about each other. This never happened, however, as Kestrel was killed by Blister in the epilogue.
When Ruby claimed the SkyWing throne, she exiled Peril from the Sky Kingdom because of her abilities. Ruby claimed that she was dangerous, and threatening her with execution if she ever returned. Ruby also thought that Peril had murdered her sister, Tourmaline, as a young dragonet. Peril left and began searching for Ex-Queen Scarlet, the only mother figure she had left.
Sunny finds Peril sneaking around Burn's stronghold, intending to free Queen Scarlet from Burn's clutches. At this time, Thorn and The Outclaws are attacking the stronghold, trying to save Sunny, and are vastly outnumbered. Peril asks about Kestrel, and is told about the SkyWing guardian's fate; she is overtaken by sorrow, upset that she would never get to know her mother.
Sunny begs Peril to stop the fight between the Outclaws and Burn's soldiers. Peril does so, but only so Sunny would let her free Scarlet.
Later, Sunny and Peril follow Smolder and Thorn into the tower housing Burn's collection, including Scarlet. Scarlet orders Peril to free her and Peril claims that she will do only when Sunny is out of the Ex-Queen's reach. Scarlet becomes aggressive and Peril refuses to free her. The group then leaves without Scarlet.
While Smolder takes Sunny and Thorn to the stronghold's library, Peril frees Scarlet and they fly away towards the Sky Kingdom, but Scarlet leaves Peril and disappears into the wilds after Peril refuses to help Scarlet retake the SkyWing throne.
During the choosing of the SandWing queen, Clay is bitten by a dragonbite viper, and its venom rapidly begins to spread. Peril has a moment of panic and sorrow, feeling as the world would end for her if Clay died. Denying that Clay will die, Peril tackles him, stabs her talons into his leg, and burns out the poison. Although Clay has fireproof scales, Peril's claws put him in terrible pain; he thrashes, trying to stop her, but several other dragons hold him down. Although Peril leaves a nasty scar, her talons do save his life. Afterward, Clay says that maybe Peril is their 'Wings of Fire'. Saying this leaves Peril hopeful, although not for long. Then she burns the other dragonbite viper.
Peril comes to Jade Mountain Academy at Clay's request. Many students are afraid when she arrives, and Starflight thought that she was Queen Scarlet, as he hears screams about a SkyWing. Tsunami says that they already had a SkyWing in each winglet because they didn't know she was coming. They give her a room by herself because they don't want her burning up the other students.
Tsunami is not happy about Peril coming to the school but Clay reasons that every dragon deserves a second chance. Prince Winter and Princess Icicle (along with most every other IceWing) are appalled that the dragonets allowed her to attend, as she had killed many IceWing prisoners in Scarlet's arena. In the epilogue, Scarlet enters Peril's dreams using a dreamvisitor. Peril's dream is shown to be filled with several Scarlets chasing her through the SkyWing Palace, and burnt dragon corpses popping out to attack her.
Peril was talked about by Winter, Moon, Kinkajou and Qibli in the rain forest, though not in a good way. Kinkajou possibly suspects her to be a villain and still working for Scarlet and is just pretending to be changed. Kinkajou also suspect her to be one of the dark parts of the Jade Mountain Prophecy.
Peril was seen in the epilogue of Winter Turning as Darkstalker was reading her mind while she was pacing in an empty cave. Her mind was described as a ‘blazing mess of flames’. Her dreams were haunted by Scarlet and her heart was given entirely to Clay, the only dragon she couldn't hurt.
The story starts off following a brief prologue about Princess Ruby, and Queen Ruby comes to Jade Mountain Academy to perform the proper SkyWing death rituals for Carnelian, after her untimely demise due to being killed by the result of an exploding dragonflame cactus in the Academy's history cave. Clay tells Peril to stay inside her cave until she leaves, but Peril (under the impression that Clay had come) leaps into the hallway, nearly bumping into Turtle. He prompts her to eavesdrop on Carnelian's proceedings. They hear a loud roar, making Peril assume that Queen Ruby was just told of Peril's presence in Jade Mountain. Queen Ruby starts yelling at the Dragonets of Destiny but is interrupted when Scarlet arrives.
Peril, the Dragonets, Turtle and Queen Ruby then go to confront Scarlet. Scarlet appears to be holding what seems like the head of Queen Glory, she then proceeds to throw it at the gathered crowd of dragons. Sunny is left screaming in horror while Tsunami becomes furious and chases after Scarlet. Ruby demands to know why Peril is in Jade mountain, but Peril replies that even Queen Ruby couldn't keep her from her friends.
Clay, Ruby, and Peril study the head in horror, but when Turtle has a look he finds out that the head is an enchantment. Scarlet had apparently decapitated a MudWing and enchanted its head to look exactly like their friend Glory. They are shocked that it had been the work of an animus because there are very few (known) animus dragons in Pyrrhia. Clay decides to take the head to Queen Moorhen to identify whose it was.
A little while later, Peril is left alone with Clay and Turtle. Peril asks Clay what he wants her to do. He replies that 'he won't be another Scarlet and tell her what to do', though Peril still wants him to tell her what to do.
Peril later figures out what Clay really wants: His friends and the academy to be safe. The only way to do that was to kill Queen Scarlet, so she sets off through the mountains with Turtle following her, to her annoyance. A little while into their expedition, they were ambushed by four members of the Talons of Peace (Cirrus, a MudWing, Nautilus, and Avalanche), who didn't know who they were or if they were conspiring with Scarlet. After the Talons members confirmed that everyone was on the same side, Turtle and Peril were allowed to continue on to Possibility to find the rest of the Jade Winglet.
Later on, Peril and Turtle stop for dinner and Turtle throws a piece of fish into her mouth so that it is still wet and not burned. After this Peril decides that she likes fish better when it's burned. Later, Peril discovers that Turtle has been rolling a smooth rock between his shoulders, which she thinks is a bit odd, but decides that SeaWings have some peculiar ability to heal themselves with river rocks.
Peril and Turtle continue on toward Possibility, and repeatedly catch glimpses of a strange NightWing. When they finally reach the town, Turtle suggests that Peril travel underwater so that she doesn't burn any other dragons, which turns out to be a good tactic. However, when she comes out of the water, a dragonflame cactus (in the process of being sold) explodes at her feet, after brushing her scales. The explosion doesn't severely injure any dragons, but it does lead Qibli and Moonwatcher to Peril and Turtle. Peril starts thinking about how she would defeat them in the arena. Moon then reveals that she is a mind-reader and suggests that Peril should stop thinking about how to kill them.
Once Turtle leaves to go see Kinkajou, Peril gets a bit upset and flies into the desert, where she runs into Winter and Foeslayer, who are traveling back to Possibility. Winter seems enraged to see her and accuses Peril of conspiring with Scarlet. They fight, and Peril accidentally burns Winter when she was attempting to land and he swooped under her. Foeslayer commented on how she hadn't seen firescales in a long time, and Peril tells her to get help. Turtle, Moon, and Qibli come rushing to Winter and Peril, and Turtle heals Winter with a rock that he enchanted, revealing that Turtle is an animus, just like one of his sisters. Everyone is surprised by this, but Turtle assures them that he is perfectly fine at the moment, indicating that he hadn't gone insane from power overuse. Moon then tells Peril about the prophecy, and Peril discovers that they think the first part is about her, and Winter insults her, leading to her flying off angrily. She meets a SkyWing who wore lots of jewelry. He claims that he is her father, Soar, and Peril tells him that the name "Sore" isn't really all that practical. He tells her to follow him and leads her right to Queen Scarlet. After Scarlet rips off one of Soar's necklaces, he is revealed to be a lime-colored RainWing named Chameleon with invariable scales, who has a grudge against RainWings for banishing him from the rain forest due to his scales. He admits to being the one who harmed Kinkajou, because she was a RainWing, and claims she probably would have laughed at him like the rest of his tribe. He tells Peril about his animus powers (which really came from an animus scroll he had), and offers to give her an enchanted necklace of chains that can remove her firescales. Peril agrees, and under the enchantment, becomes loyal to Queen Scarlet, assisting the former SkyWing queen to take back her kingdom.
Scarlet, Peril, and Soar enter the Sky Kingdom, and many SkyWings they pass are still afraid of Peril because they do not know of the enchantment. They enter the hatchery, where Scarlet is humiliated by some of the dragonets, but she ignores them and asks for her grandson, Prince Cliff. They capture the prince and bring him into the throne room, planning to hold him for ransom until Ruby came and agreed to give up her kingdom in order to keep her son safe. Ruby accuses Peril of killing Tourmaline and betraying her friends, which Scarlet replies to by saying that Tourmaline is still alive, but hidden. Ruby is shocked, but Scarlet dismisses this quickly and forces her to give up her kingdom. An unknown MudWing, seemingly one of Ruby's soldiers (possibly Reed), asks Peril what Clay would think. She simply looks at the MudWing and asks who Clay is, making Ruby realize that there is a spell over Peril. Peril states that she was only "following orders" from the first Queen. Ruby orders two of her soldiers to lock herself up in one of the dungeons where Kestrel was once held.
Scarlet then goes on a tour of the palace with Vermilion to see everything Ruby 'messed up' and becomes furious after learning that Ruby had spent almost all of the SkyWing treasure on turning the SkyWing arena into a hospital, and forcing him to help her and Peril take over the Sky Kingdom once more. After Prince Cliff escapes and reunites with his mother, Scarlet appears and tells Peril to burn them. She refuses, finally realizing she is done with Scarlet and her games, and Ruby officially challenges Scarlet to a fight for the throne. Ruby was beaten down by Scarlet and was losing the fight until Peril shows everyone that Ruby was Tourmaline all along by taking an animus earring off of her that was enchanted, and Scarlet says she made up Ruby because Tourmaline was becoming 'too dangerous'. Tourmaline then finishes the duel by snapping Scarlet's neck and shouting, "For the SkyWings!", ending Scarlet's terrible reign.
In the end, Tourmaline thanks Peril, and she reveals who Chameleon is, forcing him to show Ruby what the scroll had done. Chameleon was also forced to make Tourmaline back into Ruby, as Tourmaline stated that she only wanted the appearance of Ruby, to Chameleon's dismay as he said that he was disappointed that she didn't want any superpowers. Peril also thinks wistfully of how she wished she could dance at the full moon festival.
Peril and the rest of her group, who eventually came to rescue her, confiscate Chameleon's scroll, and after seeing Moon and the rest of the dragonets unknowingly get into a fight about what happens the scroll, she burns the scroll, saying that it was "too much power for one dragon to have". However, in the course of doing so, she accidentally released Darkstalker, the ancient NightWing who's animus power was in the scroll. Since the power no longer had a vessel, it returned to Darkstalker and he was able to use it to escape his prison underground. At first, the dragonets thought that Jade Mountain was falling, leading Peril to think fearfully of Clay's well-being. Darkstalker burst free of the earth, ominously thanking Peril for her role in his escape.
Peril tries to attack Darkstalker as soon as he bursts free. He pushes her away and tells her she is his friend, and that he has invulnerability. Peril is then told that she was the reason Darkstalker was free, and she drooped her wings. She keeps clenching and unclenching her talons while Darkstalker has his talon on her head. Then when the other dragonets go hunting, she goes to talk to Turtle. She tells him that she is feeling guilty and he says she still did the right thing. Peril then tells Turtle to kill Darkstalker with his magic, and that he should make it something really cool, like his face falling off or his insides exploding. She then goes hunting with Qibli, Winter, Moon, and Darkstalker while Turtle warns the school.
Later, Peril tells Turtle that he shouldn't kill Darkstalker. She said that he was super nice to her and that he said they were alike (both with dangerous powers) and dragons shouldn't be scared of them. She then said Turtle needs to stop hiding and go talk to Darkstalker. When he doesn't, she shrugs and announces she is going to talk to Clay. After some awkward conversation, she leaves to talk to him.
Later, she accidentally sets a scroll on fire. She asks who left it lying on the ground, and a RainWing (possibly Siamang or Boto) said that it was his homework. She says he shouldn't leave it around, and Turtle says that Peril was very sorry too. She apologizes to the RainWing, saying he should be thankful it wasn't his tail. The RainWing gets scared and leaves, Peril shouting after him that he shouldn't leave his tail laying around either. Turtle said she was spreading terror before bedtime, and she said she thought it was a good apology. She tells them about her conversation with Clay, and Qibli said Clay likes her too but doesn't know what to do about it. Qibli said to give him lots and lots and lots of time to figure it out. She says she has that much time. She sees Turtle packing and asks where he's going. He says the rain forest, and she seemed a little depressed, her wings drooped and almost caught on a scroll rack. Qibli quietly pushed it out of her reach. Peril says she wished she could go, but Queen Glory said no fire in the rain forest. Then she says she will miss Turtle a little, and Turtle responds by saying she won't because she has Clay to hang out with. She tries to hide her smile. After this, Peril is not shown in the book.
While Qibli tries to replicate his earring, Peril enters the cave to see what he is yelling about. She begins scolding the bowl in a (successful) attempt to make Qibli feel better. He tells her that the bowl is used to duplicate objects but he can't remember the command to duplicate, and she suggests adding "please" to the end of his guesses like Turtle would. Once he successfully begins duplicating the earring, he gives her one to see if it works, but it melts as soon as she touches it. When he remarks that it shields the wearer from Darkstalker's spells, she retorts that she wouldn't need it anyway, proving that she is still under Darkstalker's "instant like" spell. When Qibli is wondering where Ostrich and Onyx went, Peril tells him she saw two dragons heading away from the school a little while back and thinks they'll be back after everyone calms down. She follows Qibli around a little bit before he leaves.
Later, Peril is shown during the first attack of The Jade Mountain Battle, threatening to burn every dragon that hurt Clay. She also threatened to burn every dragon unless they "talked everything out", which does not work due to the arrival of the rest of Darkstalker's army.
She also has a small point-of-view in the epilogue of the book. She finally becomes a student at Jade Mountain, as part of the Jade Winglet, and wants Starflight to make fire-proof scrolls after he and Tamarin finish their project on making scrolls blind dragons could read. She goes to the prey center looking for RainWing food to set on fire and cook, and she meets Clay. She and Siamang, a RainWing from the Quartz Winglet, have apparently started hanging out and 'invented' a "cooked mashed-up apple thing that is awesome." Clay then tells her that it is applesauce and she asks him if they could go flying together, and Clay says yes.
Peril's talons and scales are so hot that they can burn through almost anything, including all forms of fire-resistant metal, such as the wires used to hold prisoners in Scarlet's arena. She can burn Clay, but it's extremely difficult as he was hatched from a blood red egg and has fire resistant scales, though he isn't completely fireproof. This is proved in The Brightest Night when Peril was shown to be able to burn Clay; however, she had to stab her talons into his leg and through his fire-resistant scales to do so.
It is confirmed that Peril also has other average SkyWing abilities, such as flight skills and fire-breathing.
Contrary to her first appearance in The Dragonet Prophecy, Peril's real personality showed itself in Escaping Peril as being hilarious, unapologetic, bold and fierce, and annoyed as Ex-Queen Scarlet shaped her this way. After she met Prince Turtle, she was finally able to express herself to someone other than Clay. At first, she doubted Turtle's desire to be her friend, but by the end of Escaping Peril, she was sure he wanted to be her friend, as he had come to see if she was all right after Queen Ruby and ex-Queen Scarlet's gladiator battle. After she had ripped off the necklace enchanted by her father, Peril realized that she could have a chance at being liked with her firescales - but without Scarlet. From the moment since she saved Clay's life in The Brightest Night, Peril has tried her hardest to be the best dragon she can be.
She is not a cold blooded killer, but just a dragon who saw killing as her purpose. She believed that it was what she was born to do as this is what Scarlet convinced her to believe, and that she couldn't do anything else. When she was offered the chance to go with the other dragonets, she replied that she shouldn't be able to go until she has figured out how to make her own destiny. She is shown to be sympathetic and caring at times, particularly to Clay, showing that she's not the psychotic killer that she appears to be. Peril is also rather possessive and clingy, even going as far as betraying the dragonets to Queen Scarlet in exchange for being able to keep Clay.
In The Dragonet Prophecy, Peril is quite cheery and upbeat, and is shown to be strangely enthusiastic about fighting in the arena and killing other dragons, probably because she was raised to do so and was never told it was wrong. After the fight with Horizon, she doesn't seem to have much of a problem with the fact that the SandWing had violently killed himself by burning himself on her scales, besides the fact that it had been "poor form" for Horizon to commit suicide instead of fighting back.
By the events of The Brightest Night, and in the second series, she is noticeably more gloomy and brooding. Peril seems to be guilty and see herself as a monster because of what she did in the arena, and feels that it is her responsibility to find Scarlet to protect Clay, and do anything to please him. In Moon Rising, Moonwatcher sees inside her head; to her it is an inferno and is too hard to read. The flames did, however, subside when Clay was near her, enabling Moon to feel Peril's strong love for him.
In Escaping Peril, which Peril was the protagonist of, she appears awkward, moody, restless, and brooding. She makes many sarcastic and/or awkward comments around Turtle, the dragon she meets at the Jade Mountain Academy. She tries to not sound like a murderer, and often repeats things to try to make her sound less creepy. Unfortunately for her, this usually has the opposite effect and ends up scaring others. She sometimes becomes annoyed and angry, like around Winter. Around the rest of the Jade Winglet, she is defensive. When she gets the necklace that her father, Chameleon/Soar, made, she is very happy and joyful. The necklace, containing a scrap of Darkstalker's scroll in it, is enchanted to keep her completely loyal to Queen Scarlet and erases her memories of Clay, and it also removes her firescales condition. After Queen Scarlet is dead, she is shown to be much more caring and calm. Throughout most of the book, she wonders what Clay would think, but eventually decides she should do what she thinks is right. Because of that, it seems she idolizes Clay, thinking everything he does is right.
Growing up in the Sky Palace, Peril saw Queen Scarlet as a mother figure; Scarlet made Peril the arena champion, cared for her and gave the orphaned dragonet a place to live. Despite this, the queen often lied to and misled Peril, such as about the fact that she must eat special black rocks to survive with her condition and about the circumstances of her abandonment. It is more likely she was merely using Peril for her twisted idea of entertainment, and in reality had no motherly feelings for her. When Peril finds out the truth about her mother, she feels betrayed by Queen Scarlet and turns against her, and destroys the painting of Queen Scarlet on the wall in her room.
However, in The Brightest Night, Peril frees Scarlet from Burn's tower - although somewhat unwillingly. After Scarlet disappears, Peril also goes off to look for her, indicating that she still might care about the ex-queen to a degree of some sort.
In Escaping Peril, she is placed under an enchantment to be loyal to her. Despite this, she overcomes it, showing loyalty to Ruby instead.
Peril is in love with Clay. He was the only dragon Peril feels she can speak to, and she even goes so far as to bring him mud to heal his wounds and (a bit charred) food when he's Queen Scarlet's prisoner. Clay is the only known dragon that can come in contact with Peril without becoming burned. Peril quickly becomes defensive and eventually extremely possessive of Clay, going so far as to betraying him, Tsunami, and Starflight to Queen Scarlet just for the sake of keeping him with her. Peril also later saves Clay from a dragonbite viper bite by burning the venom out of his leg, towards the end of The Brightest Night.
So far, it would appear that Clay returns Peril's feelings, because he is very affectionate towards her. He has so far demonstrated that he is a very honest dragon, and the feelings he has shown for Peril are most likely genuine. He also sees her other side - the conflicted, lonely dragon who just wants a family and friends. In Talons of Power, Qibli tells Peril that Clay likes her but doesn't quite know what to do about it yet. In Moon Rising, Moonwatcher had a vision involving an orange-brown dragonet "she had never seen before" in it along with adult versions of Clay and Starflight. This dragonet is very likely the offspring of Peril and Clay, as Peril has a very unique coppery-orange color due to her abilities. This dragonet has likely inherited Peril's copper-orange color mixed with Clay's mud-brown color.
Peril is unable to speak to Starflight in his cell because he is too nervous. Later, Starflight comes up with a plan involving Peril moving the black rocks to help them escape. Peril doesn't seem to mind the idea of being lectured by Starflight, unlike most other dragons. In the future that Darkstalker shows Moonwatcher in Moon Rising, Clay mentioned how boring Starflight is to the students at Jade Mountain Academy, hoping he'll make them fall asleep so they will stop asking Clay questions.
Tsunami refuses to speak to Peril while in her cell. She doesn't trust her, mainly because of the SkyWing's relationship with Clay. She thinks Peril is a psychotic murderer and trusts her even less after she betrays them to Queen Scarlet. When Clay suggested Peril could come along with the dragonets, Tsunami replied, "Over my charred, dead body." However, she was grateful to Peril for saving Clay from the dragonbite viper's venom in The Brightest Night.
Tsunami also was quick to suspect Peril of planting the dragonflame cactus bomb in Moon Rising, though Sunny pointed out that this was impossible, due to her not being able to touch the cactus without it exploding because of her firescales.
Peril is shocked when she learns the truth about her mother. At Kestrel's trial, Peril asks Queen Scarlet for the Champion's Shield, meaning if she wins the battle, her mother will be released. Despite this, Peril deeply dislikes her mother. When Kestrel asks to speak with her, Peril says, "You killed my brother. You left me here. And it's your fault my friend is dead. I might not want you dead, but I don't want to know you." Peril was, however, devastated upon learning of Kestrel's death.
Turtle is her traveling companion in Escaping Peril. They seem to have platonic feelings, and he trusts her with his secret of being animus. When she was with Queen Scarlet, he followed her to try and save her. Peril traveled with Turtle to Possibility because Turtle wanted to check on his friends and Peril wanted to look for Scarlet. By the time they reached Possibility, Turtle was referring to Peril as his friend. Throughout Escaping Peril she wonders whether or not to like him, to be his friend, and whether or not he was using her. Eventually, she starts trusting him and they become good friends. Turtle is one of the few characters able to make a positive relationship with Peril. Turtle and Peril both have unusual and dangerous powers, which also helped with their friendship. They ended up almost having a sibling relationship. It is likely Turtle can now touch her because he enchanted his scales to be invulnerable and as hard as diamonds.
Family Tree Edit
"You killed my brother. You left me here. And it's your fault my friend is dead. I might not want you dead, but I don't want to know you." - To Kestrel
"I'm your friend! You don't need them!" - To Clay
"That's it?" - To Sunny
"I'm not, well... It's not fair! The others can have any dragon! I only want you!" - To Clay
"No one wants me. No one can even touch me. You saw that. I was born with too much fire. Usually when dragons like me hatch, the SkyWings drop them off at the highest mountain peak. That's what my mother was going to do, but Queen Scarlet saved me and killed her to punish her." - To Clay
"I had this whole plan. Where I saved you after her and you liked me most of all." - To Clay
"I guess I didn't need you. I turned out all right without you." - To Kestrel
"Don't feel sorry for me. I am dangerous. That's, like, the whole entire point of me." - To Sunny
"I can't help you. I have to rescue Scarlet while everyone is distracted with that battle outside." - To Sunny
"Oh. Another earring! I see. Now your ears will match. That IS important. I always thought you looked very silly with only one." - To Qibli
"I don’t. I prefer dragons who are handsome, baffled, kind, and accidentally heroic. I mean, hypothetically, just supposing there was someone like that, I would maybe think they were pretty cool, is all I’m saying. Not that I’m thinking of anyone specific." - To Qibli about Clay
"You can't die! I won't let you!" - To Clay
"Yes. I'm Queen Scarlet's notorious death monster." - To Turtle
"My only friend is old and always tells the same stories. But you're blazing." - To Clay
"Moose?" - When first meeting Turtle in Escaping Peril
"NO. Horrifying amounts of no. That was one hundred percent disgusting." - To Turtle after trying raw fish
"Oh! Right. Hello. Thank you for not screaming or fainting or throwing a crocodile at me." - When meeting Turtle in Escaping Peril
"To kill Queen Scarlet, remember? There was a whole conversation a few hours ago. I'm pretty sure you we're there, because I was like, 'you're not coming with me, ' and you were all, 'how are you going to stop me?' and I was all 'I can think of a pretty good way, ' and you were like, 'by setting me on fire? That sounds like cutting off your tail to spite your wings, ' and I was like, 'I could cut YOUR tail, ' and you were all, 'let's just go before Ruby comes back-" - To Turtle, reminding him about where they were going in Escaping Peril
" When have I ever needed to plan? Do you know anything about my life? Here's how it went: Wake up, eat breakfast, Queen Scarlet tells me to kill one of her prisoners, I kill that prisoner, eat dinner, go back to sleep. Pretty simple. Not a lot of big decision-making involved." - To Turtle, about not needing to plan much in her life in Escaping Peril
"But -- But I burnded it." - Talking to Scarlet about a SkyWing egg when she was just a dragonet in the prologue of Escaping Peril
"He's right. I am Peril of the SkyWings. Perhaps you've heard of me?" - To the SkyWings who burst out of the water thinking she is Scarlet "It's a town full of dragons and more than half of them aren't too fond of Queen Scarlet. At least, they really, really don't like being asked about her. They tend to throw things. Which they also do when you set even the smallest basket of snails on fire - by accident, mind you. Frankly, I think they should rename the place Unnecessary Violent Overreaction." - In regards to the town Possibility, talking to Turtle
"MUSHROOMS AND MONGOOSES." - To Moonwatcher through her thoughts when Winter asks her if she can be trusted in Escaping Peril
"I'm going to find something that is the opposite of fish, scorch it, and coat my tongue with char to get that taste out of my mouth. YUUUUCK. You are the worst. I would be so justified in setting you on fire tonight." - Peril to Turtle in Escaping Peril after trying raw fish.
"Stop dying and listen to me!" - To Winter shortly after she runs into him in Escaping Peril
"I'm not glaring. This is my FACE." - To Turtle in Escaping Peril
"Why hide when you could burn your problems?" - When Turtle makes her hide to overhear Ruby and Clay's conversation in Escaping Peril
"You're right. All my life I have desperately wanted an ugly necklace. Especially one that will melt the moment I put it on! Thank you soooooo much. Best dad ever." - Peril being sarcastic to Chameleon
"I won't let you hurt Cliff. I won't let you do any of that to him either. It's not right. He's not your toy, and if you can't earn a dragon's loyalty by being a good queen, then you don't deserve it at all."- To Scarlet
"You're like eighteen thousand different kinds of untrustworthy." - Peril confronting Chameleon in Escaping Peril
"Oh, GROSS, did Arctic disembowel himself? Oh my goodness, Scarlet would have loved to get a self-disemboweling dragon in her arena. She's dead by the way, did we mention that?" - Peril finding out what Darkstalker did to Arctic
"WHOEVER YOU ARE, JUST COME OUT AND SAY WHATEVER YOU HAVE TO SAY!" - When Peril and Turtle suspect someone was following them in Escaping Peril
"I don't know! I'm the problem, not the solution!" -Peril panicking when she accidentally burns Winter in Escaping Peril
"I know Scarlet's not perfect, but she didn't kill me when she could have, when I was a dragonet. And she didn't throw me out. She treated me like I was special." - To Clay
"I'll miss your boring face. Not a lot, but a little." - 'To Turtle when he's leaving in Talons of Power
"That wasn't my fault. EVERYTHING HURTS AND I HATE THE WORLD." - After the explosion in Escaping Peril
"That's right, DIE, you little monster plants. May your roots always be thirsty and all your seeds meet a fiery death until you're extinct forever! I HATE you!" - Peril becoming angry at the dragonflame cactus in Escaping Peril
"Ack! Stop! Buckets of gizzards! Go OUT already!" - Peril trying to stomp out a fire in Talons of Power
"I'm going to go say hi to Clay! I mean to uh, him and his friends. So I can tell him what I did to Scarlet! I mean, tell all of them. What Ruby did, technically. But with my help! He's going to be so excited. Don't you think? So excited? I mean, not that it's any big deal. Well, I guess it's kind of a big deal that I stopped his, like, super worst enemy from coming after him. He'll be happy about that. Right? Not that it matters. Why am I nervous? I'm not! STOP BEING NERVOUS, PERIL. Ha ha! That'll work." - Peril before talking to Clay in Talons of Power
"Bye! Don't wish me luck because I don't need it and who cares!" - Peril in Talons of Power
"Fine! Fine, normal, great, weird, totally fine, why, what did you hear?" - Peril to Qibli in Talons of Power
"There was hugging! I mean, he (Clay) gave me a hug! Normal stuff, I'm sure. Dragons probably hug each other all the time." - Peril in Talons of Power
"Huh. Looks like a norm-nope! You're right! Stupidest bowl I've ever seen! Can I join in? HEY, BOWL, YOUR SHAPE IS INANE! FOOD PROBABLY FALLS OUT OF YOU ALL THE TIME! I BET YOU DON'T EVEN STACK WELL IN CABINETS! YEAH, THAT'S RIGHT! YOU'RE THE WORST! Ooh, this is great. Let's do it every day! I feel much better. - Peril to Turtle's food bowl in Darkness of Dragons
"As far as you know. I say it's looking awfully smug right now. " - Peril to Qibli about Turtle's enchanted food bowl in Darkness of Dragons.
"You all stop fighting and talk this out like Sunny says, or I will SET EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU ON FIRE, STARTING WITH YOUR EYEBALLS." - Peril to a group of fighting dragons at Jade Mountain in Darkness of Dragons.
"Oh. Is that what it's called? We didn't invent it? OK, fine, applesauce then. I bet ours is better than anyone else's though." - Peril talking about applesauce to Clay in Darkness of Dragons.
"What are you doing here? I mean, not that you shouldn't be here, you can be anywhere you want, of course, and it's just a wild coincidence that you happen to be here, in the place where I also happened to be going. WILD COINCIDENCE." - To Clay in Darkness of Dragons.
"I don't know. Whenever his name comes up, everyone looks at me like they're remembering it was my fault he got out. I mean, I'm clearly the 'talons of power and fire' in the prophecy. Which makes me want to be like YEAH I KNOW and I'M SORRY OK and I'D LIKE TO SEE YOU TRY TO SAVE YOUR FRIENDS FROM AN ANCIENT SCROLL WITH NEBULOUS POWERS." - To Clay in Darkness of Dragons.
"Want to go flying with me? I mean, I know it's raining, but it's kind of cool to fly in the rain, unless you're busy, you're, like, running a school, so that's OK if you can't, we-" - To Clay in Darkness of Dragons.
"Oh, aha. I know! Maybe if I set it on fire a little bit, that'll scare it into doing what you want!" - To Qibli in Darkness of Dragons
"I'm not being creepy, I'm not, like, putting you on a murder list of anything. I don't have a murder list! Not a to-be-murdered list, I mean. Wait, no—to be clear, I have no kind of murder list at all. Definitely out of the murdering business, me. Maybe I should stop saying the word murder." - Peril trying to become friends with Turtle in Escaping Peril
"You can go stuff a mountain goat up your nose, SandWing! Horns first!' - To Qibli
"Have you ever wondered what it felt like? What you made me do to all those dragons? Because it’s over now. You're the last dragon I will ever kill." - To Scarlet in Escaping Peril
"Did she send you? Last I heard, it was your sister who was working for her, not me." - To Prince Winter in Escaping Peril
- In The Dragonet Prophecy, Peril uses "blazing" as a substitute for "awesome". She has noticeably stopped doing this by the time she reappears in The Brightest Night.
- According to Kestrel, Peril hatched a year before the Dragonets of Destiny, who were all six years old, therefore she is a year older. Dragons are considered adults at age seven, therefore Peril could now be regarded as an adult SkyWing instead of a dragonet.
- Peril is said to have a unique scale and eye color that no other known SkyWing has. This is a trait of firescales SkyWings.
- It was confirmed by Tui T. Sutherland that dragons born with too little fire, such as Peril's brother, are a pale, sickly-looking orange or red.
- Winter confirmed that IceWing frostbreath does not affect her. Peril said that it just made the area numb for a few minutes.
- It has been confirmed by Moon that Peril's mind is difficult to read because of her fire, shielding Peril from the outside and inside.
- In Winter Turning when Darkstalker tried to see her possible futures, said that it was like "following a map through a forest fire".
- Peril is possibly mentioned in the Jade Mountain prophecy as "Beware the talons of power and fire," She most likely is the "talons of fire".
- Peril is capable of eating food raw as long as it doesn't touch her outer scales.
- Peril has a different name category from most, if not all other SkyWings as they are often named after birds, reddish colors, and fire-related words. In her case, Peril was named after how dangerous she is.
- Water does not counteract Peril's scales, as when her tail slipped into a pool, she boiled the two fish swimming in it. However, that could have just been because of the small size of the pool, as fish that bumped against her while she was swimming in a river were unharmed.
- Peril is shown to like her prey burned instead of raw, as shown in Escaping Peril when Turtle tries to feed her a raw fish.
- Peril can be hurt by a dragonflame cactus. This was confirmed in Escaping Peril when she accidentally set one off while in Possibility. The needles did burn off after a few minutes, but caused her severe pain.
- Peril is technically a hybrid and half RainWing, because Soar the SkyWing is her father, and Soar is really the RainWing Chameleon (though he was a full Skywing via Darkstalker's scroll).
- The book where she is the main character (Escaping Peril) is the shortest book in the series so far, having only 288 pages.
- It is stated by Moonwatcher how Peril has presumed fire in her mind; however, after the main events of Escaping Peril, Moonwatcher states that the amount of fire in her mind is much less.
- In Tui's original draft of The Dragonet Prophecy, Peril and her twin brother were the SkyWing dragonets for the prophecy.
- Tui had originally intended to kill Peril, but fan outcry caused her to change this and later give her a book of her own 
- She seems to be resistant to animus magic, as shown by how quickly Chameleon's enchantment broke down relative to other dragons such as Ruby.
- ↑ Moon Rising, page 100
- ↑ The Dragonet Prophecy, page 124
- ↑ The Dragonet Prophecy, page 120
- ↑ The Dragonet Prophecy, page 130
- ↑ A Scholastic forum Q&A
- ↑ Q&A with Tui during TLC release party