Peril is a young female SkyWing and the main protagonist of Escaping Peril. Because Peril was born with a rare and deadly condition known as firescales, which will cause whatever she's touching or wearing to burn, or ignite in flames. Queen Scarlet raised her after her biological mother, Kestrel (one of the Dragonets of Destiny guardians). She spent most of her life serving as Queen Scarlet's champion in the SkyWing Arena, before The Dragonets of Destiny were captured and escaped along with Peril.
Before the events of The Brightest Night, Peril was banished from the Sky Kingdom by its newfound queen, Ruby, for the murder of thousands in Scarlet's arena. During Escaping Peril, however, Peril saved Cliff and Ruby from Scarlet and thus was welcomed back into the kingdom. She has feelings for Clay, though it is not confirmed if Clay shares these feelings.
Peril has unusual, bright red and copper-orange/-copper-colored scales with smoke rising from them (due to her firescales), and has bright golden veins running through her glimmering red and copper-orange wings. She has eagle-sharp, startling sky or electric blue eyes of which no other known SkyWing has, like two small blue flames blazing, or like "someone had bundled up against the sky and immersed it in fire until it burned from the inside" as described by Queen Ruby. She was also noted to have a long tail and sharp, small, white teeth, as well as full-sized horns. On the cover of Escaping Peril, she is shown to have small horns on the sides of her face, as well as on the tip of her snout (like most SkyWings).
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, a bit shy 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 Tourmaline (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, not killing anybody, though she wants to.
She is not a cold-blooded killer, as she is believed to be, 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 Ex-Queen-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 with them 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 with 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 views 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, 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 Ex-Queen Scarlet and erases her memories of Clay, and it also removes her firescales condition. After Ex-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.
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 too much. Dragonets like Peril - referred to as having "firescales," - were usually thrown off the highest peak in SkyWing culture, but Scarlet said that she would allow Kestrel to keep one dragonet, so long as she killed the other.
Kestrel chose to kill Peril's brother, 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 and was forced to drop her before escaping, leaving her at the mercy of Ex-Queen Scarlet.
Since then, Peril spent her childhood and early adult life as Queen Scarlet's weapon. Scarlet used her in gladiatorial arena battles for the queen's own amusement, or 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 daughter, but Scarlet saved Peril and sentenced Kestrel to death. Scarlet also manipulated Peril into believing that she had to eat black rocks 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.
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 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 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 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 as a 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 Princess 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, with a bit of hesitation 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 Princess 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 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 the her mother's fate; she was overtaken by sorrow, upset that she had never gotten to 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, 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 leaves without Scarlet.
While Smolder took Sunny and Thorn to the stronghold's library, Peril freed Scarlet and they flew away towards the Sky Kingdom, but Scarlet left Peril and disappeared into the wild after Peril refused to help Scarlet retake the SkyWing throne.
During the choosing of the SandWing queen, Clay was bitten by a dragonbite viper, and its venom rapidly began to spread. Peril had a moment of panic and sorrow, feeling as the world would end for her if Clay died. Denying that Clay would die, 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 talons did save his life. Afterward, Clay said that maybe Peril was their 'Wings of Fire'. Saying this left Peril hopeful, although not for long. Then she burned the other dragonbite viper.
Peril came to Jade Mountain Academy at Clay's request. Many students were afraid when she arrived, and Starflight 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, Moon points out that it's Peril, and not Queen Scarlet as he had thought. Tsunami said that they already had a SkyWing in each winglet because they didn't know she was coming. The Dragonets of Destiny decided to give her a room by herself because they didn't want her burning up the other students.
Tsunami wasn't happy about Peril coming to the school but Clay reasoned that every dragon deserved a second chance. Prince Winter and Princess Icicle (along with mostly every other IceWing) were appalled that the dragonets allowed her to attend, as she had killed many IceWing prisoners in Scarlet's arena.
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.
Peril is talked about by Winter, Moon, Kinkajou, and Qibli in the rainforest, though not in a good way. Kinkajou suspects 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 only dragon she cannot hurt.
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 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. During this episode, 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'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 catching small glimpses of a strange NightWing (Shapeshifter). 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 rainforest 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. However, the enchantment also includes other conditions, which includes several 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, 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 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 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.
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 she drooped her wings. She keeps curling and uncurling 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.
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 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 (in the best way possible), 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 rainforest, 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 rainforest. 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 an 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 as Turtle would. Once he successfully begins duplicating the earring, he gives her one to see if it works, she says no, adding 'But it won't survive long enough to do anything to me anyway', 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 Sandwings leaving 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 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. Clay said he would love to.
Peril's talons and scales are so hot that they can burn through almost anything, including all forms of normal fire-resistant metal, such as the wires used to hold prisoners in Scarlet's arena. She can burn Clay, though it is extremely difficult and he heals quickly from it as he was hatched from a blood red egg and has fire-resistant scales, though he isn't completely fireproof. This is confirmed 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 exceptional flight skills and fire-breathing.
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 and to forget about Clay. 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, because he was hatched in a blood egg, giving him fire-resistance. 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. The fact that he limped after this incident shows that he is not completely fireproof, he just heals faster. She also thinks of him as "my Clay" a number of times in Escaping Peril. Peril is infatuated with Clay, as she grew up with no friends except the cruel Queen Scarlet, who is full of trickery and lies.
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. And in later books, she states that whenever she gets near the scrolls in the school library, he gets very jittery.
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. In Escaping Peril, Peril wonders how Clay would react if she burned Tsunami just a little bit, if she convinced Clay not to be with her. 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, indicating that she may (in some way) did want to know her mother, and simply said she didn't want to out of resentment for Kestrel abandoning her.
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.
For the longest time before Peril met the Dragonets of Destiny, Osprey was her only friend and dragon that would talk to her like a normal dragon! Sadly, he was killed by Ex-Queen Scarlet after she found out that he told Peril about the Champions Shield, in which she could compete for her mother’s freedom.
Qibli is openly hostile towards Peril in Escaping Peril, but during Talons of Power, they seem to have become friends. Qibli teases Peril when she accidentally sets fire to an unknown RainWing student's homework, and in Darkness of Dragons, Peril yells at Turtle's multiplying bowl to make Qibli feel better.
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"Just until Ruby's gone, [...] That's what she said. Hours ago. He said he'd come get me as soon as it was safe. Ha! As if I should be afraid of her. I'm not afraid of anyone! Three moons it's been forever. How long does it take to collect a body?"
"Yes, [...] I'm Queen Scarlet's notorious death monster."
"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." - Peril to Turtle Escaping Peril, page 9
"I just did what I was told, [...] I was doing what my queen told me to do. Isn't that what everyone does? I can't help what I'm like-- and what she made me do. Can I?"
"Oh! [...] Right. Hello. Thank you for not screaming or fainting or throwing a crocodile at me."
"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." - Peril's thoughts Escaping Peril, page 244
"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." - Peril to Scarlet Escaping Peril, page 221
"And I can just leave again, too! I don't need this! I don't even want to work with any of you! I can find Scarlet on my own - that's what I wanted to do in the first place anyway!" - Peril to Qibli Escaping Peril, page 138
"I've never fought a MudWing, [...] Since we're allies and all. So I'm really curious. I bet it's totally different from fighting SeaWings and IceWings. But Her Majesty will make you fight some of the regular prisoners first, and if you die, then I don't get to fight you." -To Clay.
"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 to Kestrel The Dragonet Prophecy, 
"Fighting over power. Like every dragon ever. But it's not their power, it's Darkstalker's, and they want to use it, the same way Scarlet used mine." - Peril's thoughts, 
"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." - Peril to Clay Escaping Peril, 
"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." - Peril to Qibli, 
"To kill Queen Scarlet, remember? There was a whole conversation a few hours ago. I'm pretty sure you were 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-'" - Peril to Turtle, 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." - Peril to Turtle, Escaping Peril 
"But -- But I burnded it." - Peril to Scarlet Escaping Peril, prologue
"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.
"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 to Chameleon, '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." - Peril to Clay, 
"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."
"Well, thanks, but the universe disagrees with you."
"Good luck, [...] Make it something really cool, like his insides exploding. Or his face falling off. I'm kidding! I'm a little kidding. I mean, insides exploding would be pretty cool, right? Never mind, it's up to you! Destroy him and save the world! Three moons, I wish I could do it!"
"Call off the exploding-guts plan, Turtle! [...] He's not evil after all!"
"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."
"Why thank you, [...] So it makes sense, right, Turtle? If we deserve a chance to prove ourselves good, then why doesn't Darkstalker?"
"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. Ha ha! That'll work." - Peril 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 INSANE! 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 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 the IceWings and NightWings 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." - Peril to Clay 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." - Peril to Clay 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-" - Peril to Clay Darkness of Dragons, 
- 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 be regarded as an adult SkyWing.
- Peril is said to have a unique scale and eye color, bright blue, that no other known SkyWing has. This is likely 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.
- In Winter Turning when Darkstalker tried to see her possible futures, he said that it was like "following a map through a forest fire".
- Peril is possibly referenced in the Jade Mountain prophecy as "the talons of power and 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, red or orange jewels, 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 an uncooked fish.
- Peril can be hurt by dragonflame cacti. This was confirmed in Escaping Peril when she accidentally set one off while in Possibility. The needles burnt off after a few minutes, but caused her severe pain.
- 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 gave her a book of her own.
- She seems to be somewhat resistant to animus magic, as shown by how quickly Chameleon's enchantment broke down relative to other dragons such as Ruby.
- Chameleon thinks it's probably because of her strong personality, not her firescales.
- She is the only confirmed SkyWing that has firescales.
- In The Dragonet Prophecy graphic novel, Peril is shown on two occasions to have fire rising from her wings and scales. She also develops an aerial combat strategy that involves crashing into or dive-bombing her opponents while in this state. Some fans have referred to this move as 'Comet of Fire'.
- It has been confirmed by Moonwatcher that Peril's mind is difficult to read because of her fire, shielding Peril from the outside and inside.
- It is stated by Moonwatcher how Peril has fire in her mind acting similarly to a block; however, after the main events of Escaping Peril, Moonwatcher states that the amount of fire in her mind is much less.
- ↑ 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