Prince Albatross was an elderly male SeaWing animus who lived in the time of Darkstalker. He was the first noted SeaWing animus dragon and a member of the SeaWing Royal Family, being Queen Lagoon's brother. He committed The Royal SeaWing Massacre, murdering most of the royal family before being killed by Prince Fathom and Indigo.
Presently, Albatross is still mentioned in many history texts, as his massacre is one of the most devastating cases of animus magic in Pyrrhian history.
Albatross is described to be "nearly a neck-length taller" than his sister Queen Lagoon, with long, majestic wings. His scales are a blue-grey but so pale that in places they looked almost white, while his eyes are described to be hooded and so deep, dark blue that they appeared black. In fact, he is compared to a seagull during the Talons of Power Ceremony, both in their coloring and shrewd expressions. His odd coloration carries on through the SeaWing royal family, as seen in Princess Anemone's pale colors. Albatross also was described as having small teeth and a long, hooked snout. This is believed to be caused by a IceWing hybridization.
Before Prince Albatross became murderous and turned insane due to his Animus powers, he was a pleasant dragon, jovial and polite. He was not truly happy, as Queen Lagoon had forced him to use his power to serve her (to atone for maiming Princess Sapphire while they were dragonets). He later expresses little to no remorse about this spell, however; at the soon-to-be Summer Palace, he laughed and stated: “Who swims like a feeble old duck, now?" When Fathom's animus power was discovered, Albatross acted as a mentor, and was friendly and funny, making jokes, laughing, and bonding with his grandson until the night of the massacre. He refused to allow the younger animus to cast spells, suggesting some level of care or concern for Fathom's soul. He showed no hesitance or remorse when he massacred his family, indicating that he may have lost his soul to animus magic.
|Albatross was a dragonet when he cast his first animus spell, playing with an empty clamshell on the sunrise beach of the Island Palace. His older sisters, Sapphire and Lagoon began teasing him, saying that he was weirdly different from other SeaWings and that he swam like a feeble old duck. Sapphire grabbed the clamshell that he was playing with, telling him that everything would be hers when she was queen, even "stupid beach trash like this." Albatross, burning with fury, clutched the edge of the shell and told it to bite all of Sapphire's claws off. It did so, maiming her. Sapphire was driven mad by this event, and Lagoon kept her on an island in secret. Soon afterward, Albatross became the queen's animus, performing enchantments for her. These included a conch shell that pulsed with light whenever someone was lying and the growth of the Summer Palace. It is thought that he never felt remorse for maiming Sapphire, though this remains unclear. He is most likely an IceWing hybrid, as his scales are paler than most SeaWings and he was the first SeaWing animus probably related to the IceWings the tribe with the first animus.|
The Dragonet Prophecy
|The Lost Heir|
|Anemone made references to Albatross several times, saying that she didn't want to use her animus powers too much and go insane like him. Whirlpool mentions he grew an entire palace before going insane, referencing the SeaWings' Summer Palace. Unfortunately, after thousands of years of service to the tribe, the palace was destroyed in The Lost Heir.|
The Jade Mountain Prophecy
|Albatross is mentioned in the scroll that Moonwatcher reads to find out about dreamvisitors. The scroll describes the Royal SeaWing Massacre, and how his insanity influenced Queen Pearl to ban the use of all animus magic in the Sea Kingdom.|
|Albatross was mentioned indirectly by Moon, who said she had read about a SeaWing animus who had gone crazy and almost murdered his entire family.|
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|Talons of Power|
|Albatross is mentioned various times throughout the book, as a parallel to both Turtle and Darkstalker. In the epilogue, a strange pale phantom appeared on an island where a class of young dragonets was camping overnight for a field trip. It flew around the island, appearing and disappearing, and threatened the young SeaWings by hissing and snapping. At least five dragonets claimed it glared at them with "beady black eyes". This was Albatross' "ghost", created by Darkstalker to frighten the SeaWing tribe.|
|Darkness of Dragons|
|The ghost of Albatross is confirmed to be a spell cast by Darkstalker to haunt the SeaWings. In the epilogue, Queen Coral sends a letter which thanks Turtle for getting rid of the Albatross ghost that Darkstalker sent.|
|Albatross was first introduced during a Talons of Power ceremony, although he seemed obviously reluctant to take on an apprentice and skeptical that any of the eight present SeaWing dragonets possessed any magical abilities. He then proceeded to roll eight coconuts down to the dragonets' talons on the beach below using his animus power. When Indigo asked Albatross how to enchant their coconuts, he explained that you used your animus powers. After Indigo questioned him again, saying "Wouldn't it be easier to just throw it at you?", Albatross laughed, replying that an enchanted coconut would never miss, no matter what he did to dodge or try to block it. Indigo shrugged and did as she was told, but as Albatross suspected, her coconut did not move. When Fathom ordered his coconut to strike his grandfather it did, striking his grandfather's chest hard enough to knock him backward. Albatross picked up the coconut, asking who had enchanted it. Pearl indicated that it was Fathom, and Albatross smiled, stating how it was "such happy news." However, out of view of the other dragons, a seagull that had been present for the ceremony was silently strangled to death by a vine that curled out of the jungle.
A few days after the animus test, Albatross summoned Fathom for their first training session alone together, on the beach of the Island Palace. Albatross confessed that Queen Lagoon wanted him to show Fathom his most important project, and he took his apprentice to see it. After a bit of questioning from Fathom, Albatross quieted his apprentice and told him the gruesome story of how he found he was an animus, with a warning that Fathom must always be careful with his magic. Shocked, Fathom agreed, and then asked his grandfather if they could practice actual magic. Albatross agreed, but as he and Fathom took to the sky, Indigo was revealed to be hiding nearby. When questioned, she retorted that she was only following Fathom to make sure he was safe. Fathom was excited to show her his powers when Albatross said that he was getting tired, and reminded Fathom that he was a wizened old dragon, and that he must have heard something about respecting his elders.Years later, Queen Lagoon threw a party to honor their SkyWing guests, Princess Sunset and Eagle. Albatross was noticeably late to the party, but he appeared after Lagoon explained a fountain to the SkyWings, which had been enchanted by Albatross. The SkyWings panicked when they saw him, and Queen Lagoon coldly told Albatross that he would never stop atoning for Sapphire's mutilation. Albatross then enchanted a knife to slit Queen Lagoon's throat, killing her. The knife then went for Sunset and Eagle. After killing all of the SeaWings he could reach, Albatross began to hunt for Fathom. He found him and Indigo inside a pavilion overlooking the water, hiding underneath a wooden boat, and threw the boat off of them. Indigo sprang at Albatross and attacked him. Fathom, knowing he would never let Indigo die, enchanted fishing spears to kill his grandfather. Albatross tried to counter his magic, but Indigo stopped him by seizing his snout and viciously biting his ear. The spears smashed into Albatross' side, killing him.
Fathom described Albatross as "a kind but distant figure" throughout his life, but Albatross seemed excited when he found out that Fathom was an animus. Like his mentor, Fathom said Albatross cared for his grandson and had been a good dragon before. However, when Albatross became insane, he claimed he was resentful towards Fathom for decreasing Albatross's importance as the SeaWing animus. During the Royal SeaWing Massacre, Albatross told Fathom he could have easily killed him from a distance but wanted to see him die.
Albatross's older sisters, Lagoon and Sapphire, bullied him when they were dragonets. Once, Albatross accidentally enchanted a clam, biting off Sapphire's claws when she tried to steal the clam he was happily playing with. Sapphire became hysterical and insane. Throughout his life, Queen Lagoon continued to take advantage of Albatross, but during the Royal SeaWing Massacre, he snapped and killed her.
|Prince Albatross†||Princess Sapphire†||Queen Lagoon†||King Humpback†|
|Prince Eel†||Princess Manta†||Prince Reef†||Princess Splash†|
|Prince Scallop†||Prince Current†||Queen Pearl†||Prince Fathom†||Indigo†|
- A conch shell enchanted to glow when it detects a lie.
- A dragon fountain on the Island Palace.
- The Summer Palace enchanted to grow and expand like a living thing.
- A chef's knife enchanted to kill whomever he ordered.
- An empty clamshell enchanted to bite off all of Princess Sapphire's claws.
- A vine enchanted to strangle a seagull.
- A weighing scale that detects the difference between male and female eggs.
- He intended to enchant spears that Fathom had already told to attack him, but Indigo cut off his spell
- Likely many more unknown spells.
- "Some of you may have heard of animus magic. It is a rare kind of immense power, and a dragon is either born with it or he isn't. What we are doing today is a simple test to see if you have that power. Almost certainly you do not. [...] Pick up your coconut, [...] Now, [...] tell your coconut to fly over here and hit me."
- — to the dragonets, during the animus trial (Darkstalker, page 5)
- "You use your power, if you have any, [...] An animus dragon can enchant any object to do what he wants it to do. I can do it now without even speaking, but saying it out loud is the way to start. Simply whisper to your coconut that you want it to fly over here and hit me."
- — to Indigo, during the animus trial (Darkstalker, page 6)
- "It's a new palace, grandson, [...] Entirely grown by animus power. I call it the Summer Palace-- a place where royalty can escape to enjoy the warmest weather of the year. [...] Here's what it will look like when it's finished."
- — to Fathom, about the Summer Palace (Darkstalker, page 26)
- "That's the plan, [...] I check on it regularly, making adjustments and adding features. It's been growing for more than seven years, so it shouldn't be much longer."
- — about the Summer Palace (Darkstalker, page 27)
- "I enchanted it to grow carefully and precisely, like a tree, [...] Anything faster and wilder could have damaged the ecosystem of the whole island."
- — about the Summer Palace (Darkstalker, page 27)
- "The first lesson about being an animus, [...] is that you must always be careful. Remember this is powerful, powerful magic. It can go wrong very easily. It's so powerful that you can do almost anything, except bring a dragon back from the dead."
- — to Fathom, about animus magic (Darkstalker, page 28)
- "Grandson. [...] Hiding like a nervous hermit crab. Interesting choice. One I should have expected, though, from such a little dragonet with such a limited imagination."
- — to Fathom, during the Massacre (Darkstalker, page 93)
- "You know I could easily kill you from a distance. It would barely take a thought. But you've been such a thorn in my side for the last few years. Every chance she got-- 'I don't really need you anymore. Perhaps Fathom will be better at this than you are. You're so expendable now that I have a replacement. What a pathetic creature you are, little brother, with your tiny teeth and oddly colored scales. Fathom is so much more presentable than you are.' [...] So, no, I couldn't dispose of you from afar. That wouldn't be satisfying at all. I want to see your face as you die."
- — to Fathom (Darkstalker, page 93)
- "No! Spears—"
- — his final words, trying to counter Fathom's enchantment (Darkstalker, page 94)
- Albatross is the first known animus SeaWing in ancient Pyrrhia.
- ↑ Darkstalker, page 3
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Darkstalker, page 4
- ↑ Darkstalker, page 63
- ↑ Darkstalker, page 30
- ↑ Darkstalker, page 94
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