Peril is a young female SkyWing and the main protagonist of Escaping Peril. She is the daughter of Kestrel and Chameleon(Beneath the mask of Soar). She is also the twin sister of Sky, although she is unaware that he is alive as of Escaping Peril, and hatched with firescales. Her firescales will burn anyone or anything who touches her. She spent most of her life serving as Queen Scarlet's champion in the SkyWing Arena and currently attends Jade Mountain Academy as a member of the Jade Winglet.
Before the events of The Brightest Night, Peril was banished from the Sky Kingdom by Queen Ruby for the murder of hundreds in Scarlet's arena and the suspected killing of her sister, Tourmaline. After the events of Escaping Peril, however, she was welcomed back into the Sky Kingdom. She currently resides at Jade Mountain Academy. She is currently in love with Clay.
Peril has coppery orange scales that emit smoke, due to her firescales. Smoke also comes out of her snout and mouth. Her wings are copper-colored, with veins of gold. She has eerie, bright blue eyes, "like someone bundled up the sky and immersed it in fire until it burned from the inside". She is also noted to have a long tail, sharp, white teeth, and full-sized horns. There is an orange glow beneath her scales, which can be seen in the dark.
Peril is sarcastic, unapologetic, bold, and fierce, but relatively shy around new dragons. She is socially insecure and awkward due to her reputation and her lack of parenting and positive relationships, although she was shown to have made a number of new friends following the events of Darkness of Dragons. After meeting Prince Turtle in Escaping Peril, 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 the book, the two had gotten quite close. After she ripped off the necklace that her father enchanted to make her loyal to Ex-Queen Scarlet, Peril realized that she could have a chance at being liked. 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 towards Clay, not killing anybody, although she sometimes wanted to (especially to anyone that insulted or hurt Clay in any way). In a way, Peril started acting like a servant towards Clay, as she used to do for Scarlet, although she began thinking for herself much more following the events of Darkness of Dragons. She began making friends with her schoolmates and seems truly happy.
She is not a cold-blooded killer, as she is thought of to be, but just a dragon who saw killing as her sole purpose. Ex-Queen Scarlet convinced her that she could not do anything else and could never be normal. When she was offered the chance to come with Clay and his friends, she replied that she would not be able to go with them until she has figured out how to find her own destiny, and so she can be sure that the world is safe from her. She is shown to be sympathetic and caring at times, showing that she is not the psychotic killer that she appears to be. During this period of time, Peril was rather possessive and clingy, even going as far as betraying the dragonets 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, which was due to her dysfunctional upbringing by Ex-Queen Scarlet. After the fight with Horizon, she did not seem to have much of a problem with the fact that the SandWing had 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 most of the second arc, she is noticeably more gloomy and brooding. Peril felt immense guilt and viewed herself as a monster because of her actions in the arena. She felt that it was her responsibility to find Scarlet and kill her to protect Clay, and do anything to please him.
In Escaping Peril, she appeared awkward, moody, restless, and brooding. She made many sarcastic comments around Turtle, her first real friend besides Clay, and often repeated things to try to sound less creepy. Unfortunately, for her, this usually had the opposite effect and ended up unnerving others. She sometimes became annoyed and angry, like around Winter. Around the rest of the Jade Winglet, she was defensive, although following the defeat of Darkstalker she was able to open up more and considered them to be friends. When she was given the necklace that her father enchanted, she was very happy and joyful. The necklace, containing a scrap of Darkstalker's Scroll in it, kept her completely loyal to Ex-Queen Scarlet and erased her memories of Clay, and it also stripped away her firescales. After Ex-Queen Scarlet was killed, she was shown to be much more caring and calm. Throughout most of the book, she wonders what Clay would think but eventually decided that she should do what she thought was right and began to recover from the damage Scarlet's upbringing had done to her.
|Peril is the daughter of Kestrel and Soar (Chameleon). 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 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 she had to kill one of her dragonets. She chose to kill Sky, 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 puppet. Scarlet used her in gladiatorial arena battles for the queen's own entertainment 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, 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 wouldn't 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 "new toy" demonstrate her capabilities to Princess Burn, Prince Hawk, Prince 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 couldn't touch any other dragon without burning them (besides Clay and other bloodred 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 didn't 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.
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 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. Every dragon thought it was an attack 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.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.
|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 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 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, and its venom rapidly began to spread. 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 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.
The Jade Mountain Prophecy
|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, Moonwatcher 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 almost 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 one known 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, 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 should 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 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 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 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 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.
|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 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 go talk to Clay. After some more 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 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.
|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 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 Battle of Jade Mountain, threatening to burn every dragon that 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 Queen Snowfall'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.
|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 Sky Palace.|
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 as she had to stab her talons into his leg and through his fire-resistant scales to burn out the dragonbite venom.
Winter confirmed that IceWing frostbreath does not affect her. Peril said that it just made the area numb for a few minutes. Water also does not counteract Peril's scales, as when her tail slipped into a pool, she boiled the two fish swimming in it.
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 abandoned 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.
However, in The Brightest Night, Peril frees Scarlet from Burn's tower - although somewhat unwillingly, which may be because Scarlet would invade her dreams to force her to. 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. She even launches herself at Scarlet, intending to kill her, only stopping when Ruby tells her to.
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 from a blood egg, giving him fire-resistant scales. Peril quickly becomes defensive, and eventually, extremely possessive of Clay, going so far as to betray 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" several times in Escaping Peril. Peril is infatuated with Clay, as she grew up with no friends except for Osprey, her tutor, and the cruel Queen Scarlet, who was 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, Darkstalker shows Moonwatcher a vision involving an orange-brown dragonet that "she had never seen before," 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 firescales. 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 was too frightened to say anything. 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 firescales.
Peril is shocked when she learns the truth about her mother. At Kestrel's trial, Peril invokes the Champion's Shield, freeing her mother if she wins her next battle. Peril seemed to deeply dislike 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 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. 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 the only dragon that would talk to her like a normal dragon. Sadly, he was killed by Queen Scarlet after she found out that he told Peril about the Champion's Shield, in which she could compete for her mother's freedom. Osprey had taught Peril how to read and write and the history of Pyrrhia.
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.
Sky is Peril's twin brother who is believed to be dead. In Dragonslayer, however, it is confirmed that Kestrel presumably made it look like she killed him, and later, he was found by Wren, a young human girl whom he befriends. Now Peril has yet to discover that her twin brother is still alive.
Chameleon is Peril's father. Peril was happy to meet her dad at first (in his SkyWing form, Soar), but then discovers he was working for Queen Scarlet at the time. She then betrays him and Chameleon now seems to be mad at Peril. However, Peril does still seen to care about her father as she left him with his shapes.
Peril doesn't interact much with Glory, though she is much less hostile towards her than Tsunami is. Glory didn't seem to mind the idea of Peril traveling with them, and when Tsunami insulted her on one occasion, Glory shoved the Seawing's into the water, basically scolding her for her hostility to Peril.
Peril seems to be neutral with her in The Brightest Night. Sunny caught Peril going into Burn's stronghold so she could free Ex-Queen Scarlet. When she asked Sunny about her mother, 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. It is unknown if they're friends but they do seem to be kind to each other.
- "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)
- "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)
- "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 (The Dragonet Prophecy, page 122)
- "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 (The Dragonet Prophecy, page 137-138)
- "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"
- — to Turtle (Escaping Peril, page 55)
- "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)
- "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
- "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
- "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 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."
- — to Turtle's food bowl (Darkness of Dragons, page 43)
- "I don't have an evil plan! All my evil is spur-of-the-moment! Turtle, tell them how bad I am at planning!"
- — to Moon, Winter, and Qibli (Escaping Peril, page 137)
- Peril's name is unique among SkyWings, as she was named for how dangerous she is.
- In The Dragonet Prophecy, Peril uses "blazing" as a substitute for "awesome," similarly to how Queen Scarlet uses "thrilling." She has stopped doing this by the time she reappears in The Brightest Night.
- Peril is said to have a unique scale and eye color, bright blue, that only her brother Sky has. This is likely a trait of firescales SkyWings.
- In Winter Turning when Darkstalker tried to see her possible futures, he said that it was like "following a map through a forest 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 mentions that the amount of fire in her mind is much less.
- Peril is capable of eating food raw as long as it doesn't touch her outer scales.
- However, she prefers her prey burnt instead of raw.
- 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 have Peril die in The Brightest Night, but fan outcry caused her to change this and later give 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.
- 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.
- Tui T. Sutherland once called Peril "my little psychopath with a heart of gold."
- In the prefinal cover of Escaping Peril, Peril was shown to have amber eyes.
- ↑ The Dragonet Prophecy, page 120
- ↑ Escaping Peril, prologue
- ↑ The Dragonet Prophecy, page 130
- ↑ Q&A with Tui during TLC release party