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"I thought I was born a killer, but it turns out I wasn't. Queen Scarlet made me that way … or I let myself become that way. It's like I chose it without knowing I chose it. But you were born that way. You knew what you were like, and you chose to be something else. I guess I feel like I can't be one of you unless I can do that, too."
— Peril to Clay, The Dragonet Prophecy

Peril is an adult female SkyWing and the main protagonist of Escaping Peril. She hatched with a dangerous condition known as firescales, and served as Scarlet's champion in the SkyWing Arena until the events of The Dragonet Prophecy. She currently attends Jade Mountain Academy as a member of the Jade Winglet and has romantic feelings for Clay.

Appearance

Peril has unusually bright,[1] glowing,[2] shimmering,[3] copper-colored,[4] fiery,[5] metallic-orange scales[6] that emit smoke and heat, giving her the appearance of burning from the inside.[1] She has a long, pointed tail,[7] with veins of gold running through her glimmering copper wings.[8] She has sly,[9] startling,[8] eerie,[10] flame-blue[11] and black eyes,[12] as though someone had bundled up the sky and immersed it in fire until it burned from the inside.[1] She has sharp white teeth and horns that are not yet fully grown.[13] Her scales emit a blistering,[10] burning heat that feels like standing too close to an erupting volcano.[14] Her face conveys quite a few very intense emotions.[15]

Personality

Peril is matter-of-fact,[16] proud, bold, fiercely loyal, loving, sarcastic, curious,[4] stubborn,[17] and hopeful.[18] She often attempts to be polite,[19] and she feels devastated when her actions negatively affect those she loves.[20]

Before meeting Clay, she was a brutal killer[21] and did not seem to care that other dragons detested her, striding around as if she knew everyone would clear out of her way.[2] Initially, she seemed untroubled by how much death she had caused;[22] after knowing how many dragons are afraid of her scales, she often tried to make herself as small as possible[14] and is quiet upon meeting other unfamiliar dragons;[21] she seemed surprised when Clay offered to talk to her.[21] After the battle in which Horizon committed suicide in the arena, Peril seemed confused when asked about it,[23] and her voice wobbled when talking about Sky, of whom she believed to be dead.[24] She has a kind of awkwardness and sadness to her,[13] and Moonwatcher described Peril's mind as almost impossible to read; it is all fire, as if she is burning from the inside. Moon believes that Peril is not a happy dragon, but is unsure if she is evil.[25]

Peril also appeared to be extremely sensitive, likely caused by how dragons often reacted around her and how the SkyWings appeared initially joyed to see her exiled. Throughout the second arc, Peril learns that taking away her firescales does not change who she really is; she believed that no dragon deserved to be manipulated by another, and that her decisions and loyalties are decided by herself instead of dragons who expect her to be somebody else.

Biography

Pre-Series
Peril is the daughter of Kestrel and Soar. Their egg held two dragonets — a very rare occurrence — but while Peril was still in the egg, she absorbed her brother's fire, leaving him with none and Peril with too much. Dragonets like Peril — referred to as having "firescales," — were usually thrown off the highest mountain peak in SkyWing culture, but Scarlet said that she would allow Kestrel to keep one dragonet so long as she killed the other.

Kestrel was told that she had to kill one of her dragonets. She chose to kill Sky, whom she thought was weaker and would not survive anyway, but Scarlet reversed the order and told Kestrel to kill her other dragonet as well. Kestrel tried to flee with Peril, but was too badly burned by her dragonet's firescales and was forced to drop her before fleeing, leaving Peril at the mercy of ex-Queen Scarlet.

Kestrel being forced to abandon Peril

Since then, Peril spent her childhood and early adult life as Queen Scarlet's puppet. Scarlet used her in gladiatorial arena battles for the queen's own entertainment and ordered her to kill dragons who had somehow displeased her. She also deceived Peril into trusting her by lying about her past; Scarlet told Peril that she killed her brother in their egg and that Kestrel had tried to kill her, but Scarlet saved Peril and sentenced Kestrel to death. Scarlet also manipulated Peril into believing that she had to eat black rocks, possibly coal, every day to survive with firescales as a ploy to force Peril to both rely on Scarlet and rely on staying within the Sky Kingdom. She once tried not to eat them, as she was mad Scarlet would not tell her more about her mother, and Scarlet put poison in her food so Peril would become extremely sick, causing her to assume it was because of the black rocks.

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 demonstrate her deadly capabilities to Burn, Hawk, Vermilion, Princess Ruby, the rest of Scarlet's children, and the SkyWing court by burning seven out of the eight SkyWing eggs scheduled to hatch on the brightest 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 nearly invulnerable, yet cursed, as she could not touch any other dragon without burning them, besides Clay and other blood-red MudWing eggs. 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 killed hundreds of dragons in the arena without a second thought, becoming a "monster" who did not know how to be "nice." Thanks to Queen Scarlet, killing was the only thing Peril knew and was "good" at.

The Dragonet Prophecy

The Dragonet Prophecy
The dragonets of destiny had noted that their SkyWing guardian, Kestrel, had odd scorch marks on her talons and face, but had never asked her where they came from.

Peril befriending Clay

Later, when Clay was taken as a prisoner, Peril befriended him, and began to develop strong feelings for him when he was the only dragon who understood her right. 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, and seemed pleased at the idea that someone else was like her.

Kestrel, and Peril recognizing each other

Inside the arena, Peril helped heal Clay's scratches and wounds by fetching and 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 had not 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 would not 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 was not 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 Princess Burn, who pushed Queen Scarlet in front of her to protect herself and made the venom melt half of her face, causing the arena to erupt into panic and confusion. Every dragon thought it was an attack and fled, and then only the prisoners were left in the arena. At this moment, with a bit of hesitation, Peril relented and helped Clay and his friends escape.

Peril leaving Clay and the others

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 will meet up one day to learn more about each other. This never happened, however, as Kestrel was killed by Blister in the epilogue of the book.
The Brightest Night
When Ruby claimed the SkyWing throne, she exiled Peril from the Sky Kingdom because of her abilities. Ruby claimed that she was dangerous and threatened 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 found Peril sneaking around Burn's stronghold, intending to free Queen Scarlet from Burn's clutches. At this time, Thorn and the Outclaws were attacking the stronghold, trying to save Sunny, and were vastly outnumbered. Peril asked about Kestrel, and when told about her mother's fate; she was overtaken by sorrow, upset that she had never gotten to properly know her.

Sunny begged Peril to stop the fight between the Outclaws and Burn's soldiers. Peril did so, but only so Sunny would let her free Scarlet.

Later, Sunny and Peril followed Smolder and Thorn into the tower housing Burn's collection of strange things, including Scarlet. Scarlet ordered Peril to free her and Peril claimed that she would only do so when Sunny was out of the ex-queen's reach. Scarlet became aggressive and Peril refused to free her. The group then left without Scarlet.

While the Outclaws are busy freeing Sunny, Peril manages to free Scarlet and they flew away towards the Sky Kingdom, but Scarlet left Peril and disappeared.

During the choosing of the SandWing queen, Clay was bitten by a dragonbite viper on the leg, and its venom rapidly began to spread around his body. Peril had a moment of panic and sorrow, feeling as though the world would end for her if Clay died. Denying that Clay would perish, Peril tackled him, stabbed her talons into his leg, and burned out the poison. Although Clay had fireproof scales, Peril's claws put him in terrible pain; he thrashed, trying to throw her off, but several other dragons held him down. Although Peril left a nasty scar and limp, her attack did end up saving his life. Afterward, Clay said that maybe Peril was their 'Wings of Fire.' Saying this left Peril hopeful, though not for long. She then burned and killed the other dragonbite viper by stamping on it.

The Jade Mountain Prophecy

Moon Rising
Peril came to Jade Mountain Academy at Clay's request. Many students were afraid when she arrived, and Starflight even thought that she was Queen Scarlet, as he heard screams saying, 'Help! The SkyWing! She's come to kill us all!'. As he prepared to fight, Moonwatcher points out that it is Peril, and not Queen Scarlet as he had thought. Tsunami said that they already had a SkyWing in each winglet because they did not know she was coming. The dragonets of destiny decided to give her a room by herself because they did not want her burning up the other students.

Tsunami was not happy about Peril coming to the school, but Clay reasoned that every dragon deserved a second chance. Winter and Icicle, along with almost every other IceWing, were appalled that the dragonets allowed her to attend, as she had killed many IceWing prisoners in Scarlet's arena.

During the history cave fire, Peril helped pull Carnelian out of the fire but was unable to save her. This left her talon prints on her body, which Ruby later used as an accusation of the death.

In the epilogue, Scarlet entered Peril's dreams using a dreamvisitor. Peril's dream was shown to be filled with several Scarlets chasing her through the SkyWing palace and burnt dragon corpses popping out to attack her.
Winter Turning
Peril is talked about by Winter, Moon, Kinkajou, and Qibli in the rainforest, though not in a good way. Kinkajou and Winter suspect her to be still working for Scarlet, possibly also part of the Jade Mountain Prophecy. Peril is seen in the epilogue of Winter Turning as Darkstalker is reading her mind while she is pacing in an empty cave. Her mind is described as a "blazing mess of flames." Her dreams are haunted by Scarlet and her heart is given entirely to Clay, the one known dragon she cannot hurt.
Escaping Peril
The story begins by 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 could not 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 with a scrap of paper. 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 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 did not 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. During this, she has a heated exchange with Avalanche, ending with "… but I'll forget you exist in a minute, so I don't actually care if you die."

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 is 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 might have some peculiar ability to heal themselves with river rocks.

Peril and Turtle continue on toward Possibility, and repeatedly catching small glimpses of a strange NightWing, Shapeshifter. When they finally reach the town, Turtle suggests that Peril should travel underwater so that she does not 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, presumably to the Talons of Power) explodes at her feet after brushing her scales. The explosion does not severely injure any dragons, but it leads 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 is 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 had not 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. Everyone is surprised by this, but Turtle assures them that he is perfectly fine at the moment, indicating that he had not gone insane from overuse of magic. Moon then tells Peril about the prophecy, and Peril discovers that they think the first part is about her. Winter insults her, leading to her flying off, angry and hurt. She then meets a SkyWing who wore lots of jewelry who claims that he is her father, Soar. Peril tells him that the name "Sore" is not 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 rainforest due to his scales. He admits to being the one who harmed Kinkajou for her being a RainWing, and claims that 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. However, the enchantment also includes other conditions, like becoming loyal to Queen Scarlet, forgetting about Clay, and 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 (one of the conditions of the spell), 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, forcing him to help her, and Queen Scarlet taking 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, takes off the necklace, 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 burning an animus earring worn by Ruby 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 Peril reveals who Chameleon is, forcing him to show Tourmaline what the scroll could do. 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 did not 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, forcefully confiscated Chameleon's scroll. After seeing Moon and the rest of the dragonets unknowingly get into a fight about what happens to the scroll, she burns it, 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.
Talons of Power
As soon as she sees him rise from the mountain, Peril tries to attack Darkstalker. He pushes her away and persuades her that he is her friend, and reminds her that he has invulnerability. Peril is then told that she was the reason Darkstalker was free, and her wings drooped. She keeps curling and uncurling her talons while Darkstalker has his talon on her head. Then when the other dragonets go hunting, she talks to Turtle. She tells him that she is feeling guilty, and he replies that 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 Darkstalker's 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 should not kill Darkstalker. She said that he was very nice to her and that they were alike, and dragons should not be scared of them. She then said Turtle needed to stop hiding and go talk to Darkstalker. When he does not, she shrugs and announces she is going to go talk to Clay. After some more awkward conversation, she leaves to talk to Clay.

Upon hearing a whoosh and yelling, Qibli looks out into the hallway, seeing that Peril accidentally set a scroll on fire. She asks who left it lying on the ground, and Boto said that it was his homework. She says he should not leave it around, and Turtle says that Peril was very sorry too. She apologizes to the RainWing, saying he should be thankful it was not his tail. Boto gets scared and leaves, Peril shouting after him that he should not 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 does not know what to do about it. Qibli said to give him lots and lots and lots of time to figure it out. Peril sees Turtle packing and asks where he's going, to which he replied the rainforest; and she seemed a little depressed, her wings drooping and her scales almost setting fire to a scroll rack. Peril says she wished she could go, too, but Queen Glory forbid no fire in the rainforest. Then she says that she will miss Turtle a little, and Turtle responds by saying she will not because she has Clay to hang out with. She tries to hide her smile. After this, Peril is not shown in the book.
Darkness of Dragons
While Qibli tries to replicate his earring, Peril enters the cave to see what he is yelling about. She begins scolding the bowl in an attempt to make Qibli feel better. He tells her that the bowl is used to duplicate objects, but he cannot remember the command to duplicate. Peril suggests adding "please" to the end of his guesses as Turtle would. Once he successfully begins duplicating the earring, he gives her one to see if it works, she says no, careful after the episode with the necklace, adding 'But it won't survive long enough to do anything to me anyway.' It melts as soon as she touches it. When Qibli remarks that it shields the wearer from Darkstalker's spells, she retorts that she would not need it anyway, proving that she is still under Darkstalker's spell. When Qibli wondered where Ostrich and Onyx went, Peril tells him she saw two SandWings leaving the school a little while back and thinks they will 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 Battle of Jade Mountain, threatening to burn every dragon who dare hurt Clay. She also threatened to burn every dragon unless they "talked everything out," which did not work due to the arrival of the rest of Darkstalker's and newly crowned Snowfall's army.

She also has a small point-of-view in the epilogue of the book. Peril finally becomes a student at Jade Mountain as part of the Jade Winglet, and wants Starflight to make fireproof 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 told her that it is applesauce and that it was already invented, but said that theirs was probably the best. She then asks him if they could go flying together, and Clay said he would love to.

Legends

Dragonslayer
While escaping from the SkyWing palace to avoid being eaten, Leaf noticed a copper-colored dragon swoop past him, leaving a "wave of fiery warmth." This dragon was followed by a "blue dragon" and a "brown dragon," who stops and helps him get to a safer ledge. This matches the scenario in The Dragonet Prophecy in which Tsunami and Clay are helping Peril to rescue Kestrel during their escape from the SkyWing palace.

Relationships

Carnelian

Peril helped pull Carnelian out of the fire but was unable to save her. She felt remorse for her tribemate's death and wished she could've done more to save her.

Chameleon

Chameleon is Peril's father. Peril was happy to meet him initially, but then discovers he was working for Queen Scarlet at the time. She then betrays him, and Chameleon now appears to dislike Peril. However, Peril still cares about her father as she left him with his shapes.

Clay

Peril likes Clay as more than a friend.[26] She often thinks of him and bases her decisions on what he would have done, trying to change herself after meeting Clay and learning that she could be more of a dragon that she wanted to be. As shown in Escaping Peril, she is very obsessive of him and thinks of him for most of the book. This most likely came from how, many months ago, Clay had been a dragon who showed empathy and understanding to her, unlike what most dragons would normally do at the sight of her deadly firescales.

Upon initially meeting him, Peril was oddly excited to discover that Clay believed he had tried to kill his nestmates during hatching, but after Clay admitted that he hoped he was not the same as Peril, she became hurt.[24] She enjoys talking to Clay,[27] and regards him as "blazing";[13] Peril believed that Clay liked her how she was, and although Clay was hesitant towards her, he found that Peril was not entirely awkward, and possessed an awkwardness and sadness that he understood.[13] He is honest with her,[21] and she disobeyed Scarlet's orders in order to talk with him[13] in addition to bringing him mud and food to help him heal from the arena.[28] When talking to her, Clay's guilt about Fjord's death and his friends' capture seemed lighter,[22] and he regards her as kind, outside of the arena.[29] She avoided Clay after Osprey's death because she wanted to keep him out of danger,[18] but she easily became angry[30] and jealous when Clay mentioned how important Glory[31] and Sunny were to him,[32] and later betrayed Clay and his friends to Scarlet because she was afraid of him leaving.[33][34] Clay felt sadness at her betrayal and guilt over trusting her afterwards,[35] although he felt sympathy for Peril because she had no other friends.[26] After escaping the Sky Kingdom, Clay invited Peril to join him and his friends on the journey to the Diamond Spray Delta, and although Peril refused, she did so on the grounds that until she could become safer and better, she believed she did not deserve to come with them.[36]

Whenever Peril sees Clay, she often becomes startled, and then tries to casually brush it off.[15] She becomes violent towards those who hurt him,[37] she often intentionally appears in locations where she knows Clay will be,[38] and her heart gives small bounces when she seems him. She hopes she does not imagine the extra bit of sweetness in his smiles towards her, and he often is physically affectionate towards her, to Peril's delight.[39] He is reassuring towards her.[40]

Cliff

When they first met, Peril wanted to scoop him up and put him back into his mother's arms, probably because he was so small and pathetic and she felt sorry for him. Cliff seems to be unafraid of Peril, singing a song to her and not afraid of 'being burned' by her. Peril wants no harm to come to Cliff, as seen when she took off her necklace.

Kestrel

After Peril discovered that Kestrel was her mother, she called upon the tradition of the Champion's Shield for Kestrel's release,[41] and freed her from the Sky Palace after Glory attacked Scarlet.[42] However, when Kestrel expressed wanting to talk to Peril, she stated that because she believed Kestrel killed Sky and abandoned Peril, she had no desire to know her.[43] She spoke to Kestrel without any warmth in her voice,[44] and when Kestrel offered Peril to come with her after they escaped the Sky Kingdom, she refused, stating that she had never imagined Kestrel as she was, and thought that Kestrel would not be good for her.[45]

Osprey

Osprey was often kind to Peril because she would listen to his stories of his past.[46] Osprey taught Peril about several SkyWing laws, including that of the Champion's Shield,[43] and he was one of her only friends before he died.[43]

Scarlet

Before the events of The Dragonet Prophecy, Peril did whatever Scarlet told her to,[47] and was indignant on Scarlet's behalf when insulted.[46] She was eager to please the queen, and became afraid whenever she disappointed Scarlet,[48] despite the fact that Scarlet rarely had time to talk to her[27] and was typically angry with her.[27] She believed that Scarlet was typically right.[23] Scarlet was the closest thing to a mother that Peril ever had, thinking that Scarlet saved her egg, but she ordered Peril to kill dragons in horrible ways each day,[49] and she was dismissive towards Peril's distress after Scarlet killed Osprey.[43] Peril believed that if Scarlet discovered that Peril enjoyed Clay's company, she would do something awful to him in order to punish her.[18] Peril later discovered that her obligation to eat black rocks was merely Scarlet trying to keep Peril under her control, as Scarlet poisoned her regular food, fooling her into believing the black rocks were her only dietary options.[50] Peril was upset when she had found out that Scarlet lied to her when she said her mother, Kestrel, was dead, while she was currently alive, raising the eggs.

Siamang

Not much is known about their relationship. Siamang does not seem to be afraid of Peril, and likes doing culinary experiments with her, inventing what Peril describes as a "cooked mashed-up apple thing," so it can be assumed that they have a positive relationship.

Sunny

Peril seems to be neutral with her in The Brightest Night. Sunny caught Peril going into Burn's stronghold so she could free Scarlet. When she asked Sunny about Kestrel and was told that she was dead, Peril became devastated by this news. When Sunny begged Peril to stop the fight, Peril listened and stopped the battle between the Outclaws and Burn's soldiers. Peril seems to care for Sunny somewhat, as she made sure Sunny was far away from Burn's tower so Scarlet would not be able to hurt her. It is unknown if they're friends but they do seem to care for each other. Even though Sunny is nice to her, Peril still wants to shove her off a cliff on a daily basis, though she does feel bad about it. Peril describes her as a 'warm blaze of annoying sunlight.'

Tsunami

Tsunami regards Peril as psychotic.[29] Tsunami gave her an unfriendly look when they initially met, and when Peril was speaking to Clay in their cell, she backed away as far from Peril as possible.[18] She vehemently opposed Peril joining her and her friends after they escaped the Sky Kingdom.[51]

Turtle

Turtle is her traveling companion in Escaping Peril. They seem to have platonic feelings, and he trusts her with his secret of being an 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.

Family Tree

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Quotes

"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, about her firescales ability (The Dragonet Prophecy, page 137-138)

"Her Majesty said I might as well follow my true nature. That's how she raised me — letting me be myself, giving me dragons to kill. Maybe you'd feel better if you could be who you really are."
― to Clay, about Scarlet (The Dragonet Prophecy, page 138)

"I call upon the tradition of the Champion's Shield. It says the queen's champion may stand forth for any dragon sentenced to execution. If I can defeat the next dragon you set me to fight, you must let her go free. I want to stand for my mother."
― to Scarlet, about Kestrel (The Dragonet Prophecy, page 182)

"No. You killed my brother. You left me here. And it's your fault my friend is dead. I may not want you dead, but I don't want to know you."
― to Kestrel, about Sky and Osprey (The Dragonet Prophecy, page 182)

"I'm your friend! You don't need them! That's not fair! The others can have any dragon! I only want you!"
― to Clay (The Dragonet Prophecy, page 235-236)

"I thought I was born a killer, but it turns out I wasn't. Queen Scarlet made me that way ... or I let myself become that way. It's like I chose it without knowing I chose it. But you were born that way. You knew what you were like, and you chose to be something else. I guess I feel like I can't be one of you unless I can do that, too."
― to Clay (The Dragonet Prophecy, page 256)

"Who are you? […] I mean, who are you? […] 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."
― to Turtle (Escaping Peril, page 9)

"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."
― to Turtle, about Possibility (Escaping Peril, page 58-59)

"If I show her what Chameleon can do… I'll be giving another queen his power. He could fly away right now, with no one the wiser about his scroll or his shape-shifting. But if I let him do that, no one will know what he's doing with it. He could end up working for another terrible queen. I guess it comes down to who I trust more… my new queen who always hated me… or my father, who betrayed me as soon as he met me."
― thinking about Chameleon (Escaping Peril, page 244)

"It was strange to realize that a dragon who couldn't be hurt on the outside could have so many ragged holes on the inside."
― thinking to herself (Escaping Peril)

"I know, I know, it's my thing, […] but I can't kill him, because of his stupid magic, GROWL. So you have to. Don't worry, it's not that hard, and it would be such a relief — for me, I mean — because I'm having this feeling — I don't know what to call it, but it's kind of big and heavy and annoying? And it's filling me all up inside like everything is awful and it's all my fault? Like maybe all the bad things in the world are my fault? I really don't like it, so if you can make it stop, that would be the greatest."
― to Turtle, about Darkstalker (Talons of Power, page 13)

"Well, he's been super nice to me, […] Which kind of never happens, so he's obviously more awesome than the average dragons. And he pointed out that animus powers and firescales are the same, because other dragons are always scared of us, but they shouldn't be. Totally true, right? I mean, I wouldn't want MY insides exploded by magic just because someone thinks I'M scary."
― to Turtle, about Darkstalker (Talons of Power, page 45)

"Or you can keep skulking around, […] Whatever you want. 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. Haha! That'll work."
― to Qibli (Talons of Power, page 46-47)

"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."
― to Turtle's food bowl (Darkness of Dragons, page 43)

"I prefer dragons who are handsome, baffled, kind, and accidentally heroic. I mean, hypothetically, just supposing there were someone like that, I would maybe think they were pretty cool, is all I'm saying. Not that I'm thinking of anything specific."
― to Qibli about Clay (Darkness of Dragons, page 45)

Trivia

  • Tui had originally intended to have Peril die in The Brightest Night, but fan outcry caused her to change this and later give her a book of her own.[event 1]
  • In the prefinal English cover of Escaping Peril, Peril was shown to have white eyes, instead of blue.[52]
  • Peril is a restless sleeper.[53]
  • The possibility of Peril being trans is currently being considered.[event 2]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Escaping Peril, prologue
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Dragonet Prophecy, page 126
  3. The Brightest Night, page 138
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Dragonet Prophecy, page 124
  5. The Brightest Night, page 281
  6. Moon Rising, page 133
  7. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 130
  8. 8.0 8.1 The Dragonet Prophecy, page 120
  9. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 166
  10. 10.0 10.1 The Dragonet Prophecy, page 141
  11. The Brightest Night, page 133
  12. The Brightest Night, page 136
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 The Dragonet Prophecy, page 140
  14. 14.0 14.1 The Dragonet Prophecy, page 135
  15. 15.0 15.1 Darkness of Dragons, page 63
  16. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 122
  17. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 167
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 The Dragonet Prophecy, page 200
  19. Darkness of Dragons, page 44
  20. Darkness of Dragons, page 295
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 The Dragonet Prophecy, page 136
  22. 22.0 22.1 The Dragonet Prophecy, page 173
  23. 23.0 23.1 The Dragonet Prophecy, page 137
  24. 24.0 24.1 The Dragonet Prophecy, page 138
  25. Winter Turning, page 77
  26. 26.0 26.1 The Dragonet Prophecy, page 213
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 The Dragonet Prophecy, page 139
  28. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 172
  29. 29.0 29.1 The Dragonet Prophecy, page 199
  30. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 205
  31. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 204
  32. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 201
  33. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 211
  34. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 209
  35. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 214
  36. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 256
  37. Darkness of Dragons, page 299
  38. Darkness of Dragons, page 370
  39. Darkness of Dragons, page 371
  40. Darkness of Dragons, page 374
  41. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 182
  42. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 241
  43. 43.0 43.1 43.2 43.3 The Dragonet Prophecy, page 185
  44. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 245
  45. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 255
  46. 46.0 46.1 The Dragonet Prophecy, page 176
  47. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 125
  48. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 133
  49. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 175
  50. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 253
  51. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 252
  52. Escaping Peril prefinal English cover
  53. Escaping Peril, page 270
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  2. Stated by Tuisource 


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