Prince Albatross was an old male SeaWing who lived over 2,000 years ago. He was the first known SeaWing animus dragon, and was also part of the SeaWing Royal Family, as his sister, Queen Lagoon, was the tribe's ruler at the time. Albatross had used his magic for many years to benefit the SeaWings, and he was beloved and respected by everyone in result, considered by many to be second-in-command of his tribe.
However, Albatross went violently insane one night, killing at least seven members of his own family during a negotiation party between the SkyWings. One of them, Eagle, was only injured, but their princess, Sunset, was killed by Albatross' brutality. The only surviving members of the royal family were two of his grandchildren, Fathom and Pearl (not counting his maimed sister, Princess Sapphire). While Pearl cut herself up with glass from the broken aquarium tanks to fake her death, Fathom killed his grandfather using two enchanted fishing spears.
To this day, Albatross still is mentioned in many history texts, marking his legacy and fate as one of the most devastating cases of animus magic in Pyrrhian history.
Before Albatross went insane, he was quite a pleasant dragon, jovial and friendly to those who he had time to be around. However, he was not happy, as Queen Lagoon had forced him to use his power to serve her after he had brutishly mauled their sister, Princess Sapphire, out of anger by cutting off all of her claws using an enchanted clam shell. He seems to have no remorse about this spell; at the soon-to-be Summer Palace, he laughs and states "Who swims like a feeble old duck, now?" As Fathom's animus power was discovered, Albatross trained him as a mentor, and was friendly and funny, making jokes, laughing and having a good time with his grandson until the night of the massacre.
Albatross was described to be nearly a neck-length taller than his sister, Queen Lagoon, with long, majestic wings. His scales were bluish-gray, but so pale in some places that they looked almost white, while his eyes were described to be hooded and a color blue so dark they appeared black. In fact, he was compared to the coloring of a seagull that was present during the Talons of Power ceremony, both in their coloring and shrewd expressions. He was said to have small teeth and a long, hooked snout. Fathom had thought of Albatross as a "kind but distant figure all of Fathom's life," although after Fathom's animus power was discovered, Albatross was jovial and friendly with him during their training sessions.
Albatross was just a tiny dragonet when he cast his first animus spell, playing with an empty clam shell on the sunrise beach of the Island Palace. His older sisters, Princess Sapphire and Queen Lagoon, back then a princess, came down to see what he was doing. They both started 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 her that everything would be hers when she was queen, even "stupid beach trash like this." As she mocked him, Albatross, burning with fury, clutched the edge of the shell that he still held and told it to bite all of Sapphire's claws off. It did so, maiming her terribly. Soon afterward, Albatross became the queen's animus, enchanting many objects for the Queen's use, including a conch shell that pulsed with light whenever someone was lying and the Summer Palace.
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 (all of which had turned two years old within the last few months) possessed any magical abilities. Although Albatross protested to Queen Lagoon, he eventually agreed to continue the tests after a heated comment from his sister. He then proceeded to roll down 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. However, when Fathom ordered his coconut to strike his grandfather, it wrenched itself out of his talons and smashed into his grandfather's chest hard enough to knock him backward. Albatross slowly stood to his feet, wincing and shaking out his wings once he was upright again. Without looking at the queen or any of the dragonets, he carefully picked up the offending coconut, started at it for a moment, and then held it to his chest, where Fathom thought he could hear small crunching sounds. After Albatross finally looked up and asked who had enchanted the coconut, Pearl pointed at Fathom and said that he was the one who was the animus. As Fathom met his grandfather's eyes, 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. He expressly requested that Fathom come alone, probably so that Fathom would not be distracted by Indigo while they were training. Albatross had summoned him to the sunset beach of the Island Palace, where parties and royal weddings often took place. After they met at the 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, but he then asked his grandfather if they could practice actual magic. Albatross agreed, but as he and Fathom took to the sky, a startled yelp came from the nearby foliage, in which Albatross used his magic to tear a bush free from, exposing an anxious-looking Indigo. When questioned, she retorted that she was only following Fathom to make sure he was safe. Fathom was surprised, but he was also excited, explaining to Indigo that he was going to practice and that it was even better now that she could watch. However, 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.
A few years later, Queen Lagoon throws a party to honor their SkyWing guests, Princess Sunset and Eagle, who are there to negotiate over-shore villages that are to be built in SkyWing territory. Albatross was noticeably late to the party. He appeared after Lagoon explained a fountain to the SkyWings, which had been enchanted by either Fathom or Albatross, although it was most likely 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. Albatross then started killing all SeaWings he could reach and then started looking 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 on the ceiling to kill his grandfather. Albatross tried to stop him, but Indigo stopped Albatross by seizing his snout and viciously biting his ear. The spears smashed into Albatross' side and killed him.
Anemone made references to Albatross several times, saying that she didn't wish 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. Crocodile infiltrated the Talons of Peace, and tricked Webs into revealing the palace's secret location. She then alerted the SkyWing and MudWing armies, who later attacked ruthlessly with firebombs.
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.
After Prince Turtle uses his animus power to take the scroll from Shapeshifter, Moon mentions Albatross while asking how Turtle is feeling. Turtle mentions that Albatross grew the entire pavilion before going completely insane, as proven in Darkstalker (Legends).
Albatross is mentioned various times in the book, as a parallel to both Turtle and Darkstalker, respectively. 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.
The ghost of Albatross is confirmed to be a spell cast by Darkstalker, to haunt the SeaWings.
Later in the epilogue, in Turtle's letter from Queen Coral, Coral thanks Turtle for getting rid of the Albatross ghost that Darkstalker sent.
Family Tree Edit
- 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 clam shell enchanted to tear off all of Princess Sapphire's claws
- A vine enchanted to strangle a seagull
"An enchanted coconut will never miss, no matter how I dodge or try to block it. Go ahead and try." to Fathom in Darkstalker (Legends)
"Another animus in the tribe. I'm so very, very pleased." - to Fathom in Darkstalker (Legends)
"Hmmm, yes, very interesting. This talon definitely has more power than that one." - joking with Fathom in Darkstalker (Legends)
"You may be wondering why you’re still alive. Especially when your entire family is dead." - to Fathom in Darkstalker (Legends)
"Bite her! Bite all of her claws off!" - to Sapphire in Darkstalker (Legends)
"No! Spears—" - to Fathom in Darkstalker (Legends)
"You've been such a thorn in my side for the last few years, grandson." -To Fathom during Massacre
Albatross seemed excited when he found out that Fathom was an animus. As 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.
His Sisters Edit
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 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.
- Albatross is confirmed to be of IceWing descent. This means that the entire royal SeaWing lineage is of IceWing descent.
- In the epilogue of Talons of Power, the ghost of Albatross appears to come back to haunt the SeaWings, but it is later revealed to be an enchantment by Darkstalker to scare them.
- An albatross is a very large seabird resembling a seagull. It is noted to be one of the largest flying birds alive today.
- The word albatross can also mean a psychological burden that feels like a curse.
- Albatross is the first known animus SeaWing in ancient Pyrrhia.
- Tui said in a meeting that we might possibly get an Albatross Legends book sometime in the future.
- Albatross is the sixth confirmed hybrid.
- Albatross is the first SeaWing known to be a hybrid, the second being Typhoon, as well as the first known SeaWing and IceWing hybrid.
- He is the fifth hybrid of IceWing descent, the others being Princess Sunny, Darkstalker, Whiteout, and Typhoon.
- It's possible that he, Lagoon and Sapphire are half-siblings since nether Lagoon or Sapphire share Albatross's unusual scale color or animus powers.
- Albatross’s name is a reference to the Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
Present: Abalone • Flounder • Herring • Herring's Brother • Kelp • Lagoon • Nautilus • Pearl • Piranha • Riptide • Snapper • Squid • Tempest • Tortoise • Urchin • Webs • Whirlpool