Princess Anemone is a young female SeaWing who was introduced in The Lost Heir as the second-youngest living daughter of Queen Coral. She is the second sister of Princess Tsunami and Princess Auklet. Enchanted by Turtle during the Talons of Power Ceremony to have animus powers, Anemone is technically an "artificial" animus dragon because her magic isn't genetic, though she does have animus genes in her ancestry.
During her early dragonethood, Anemone was constantly kept close to Coral's side by a harness, but she has since been released from it in relief and is now attending Jade Mountain Academy as a member of the Silver Winglet. She has a crush on Tamarin.
Anemone has pale blue scales, almost white like an IceWing, with hints of pink along her ears and horns, resembling dolphins. She has pale, pink-tinted wings and large blue eyes. She used to wear several kinds of jewelry, but after the events of Darkness of Dragons, a bracelet of pale pink pearls is about the only jewelry she wears anymore. She has a clear, high voice.
When Anemone was first introduced in The Lost Heir, she was at first regal and quiet, often at Queen Coral's side. She also tends to be emotional and shows she is good at artistic expressions. Described by Turtle in Talons of Power: "She seemed funny and happy most of the time, but there was a dark streak to some of her jokes, along with the impervious certainty that she was more important than any of the dragons around her." Anemone was deeply and negatively affected, however, when she accidentally killed Whirlpool in an attempt to rescue the dragonets of destiny in The Lost Heir.
Her harrowing experiences may have contributed to her turning nearly insane. Her former conceited nature made its first noticeable appearance in Moon Rising when she challengingly asked for Bigtail's fish and stormed out of the prey center when he refused to give it to her. Her life as a princess has had a large effect on her personality, as she was constantly pampered and adored by those around her. She was at the point where she was obsessed with her animus powers, and her ego only inflated when Darkstalker told her that she and himself were "special". She does not listen when she is warned about mistaken animuses like Albatross. Her sister, Orca grew insane of her animus magic, causing her to challenge their mother, Queen Coral, at just the age of six.
However, after the events of Darkness of Dragons, Anemone became more carefree and less selfish, enjoying her time with her friends and cutting back on the use of her animus magic.
The Dragonet Prophecy
|The Lost Heir|
|When Tsunami first arrived in The Kingdom of the Sea, she was told by Riptide about the young dragonet harnessed to Queen Coral, and interpreted her name as an enemy instead of Anemone, when she first heard it. After her friends were locked away in one of Coral's caves, Tsunami expressed that she wanted to talk to her mother alone, but Coral refused because she had to keep Anemone at her side by "watching her every minute", as Anemone irritably stated.
Later, when their mother was asleep, Anemone explained her harness and why she had to wear it. She also told Tsunami that she would probably have to marry Whirlpool, a member of Coral's Royal Council. Tsunami was surprised that Anemone wanted to talk to her since they were both candidates for the throne and would probably become rivals in the near future.Tsunami also later saw Anemone practicing her animus magic with Whirlpool, as Princess Blister and Coral intended to use her to help their side win the war. They referred to Anemone as their "secret weapon," but it is spectated later that Whirlpool may have instructed Anemone to "practice" with her animus magic to make her go insane and kill her mother. Later in the book, Anemone used her power to reveal the mysterious SeaWing assassin that had tried to kill Tsunami several times, who turned out to be Whirlpool; she then pushed him into Coral's electric eel pool, where he was shocked and killed by the electric eels.
|The Hidden Kingdom|
|When Glory first discovers the NightWing tunnels and that they are created with animus magic, she thinks back to Anemone, in the Kingdom of the Sea, and the danger of being an animus dragon.|
|The Dark Secret|
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|The Brightest Night|
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The Jade Mountain Prophecy
|Anemone had convinced her mother to allow her to attend Jade Mountain Academy as part of the Silver Winglet. Moonwatcher first saw Anemone arriving at the Academy with Turtle, Tsunami, Coral, and Auklet. When Moon looks at Turtle, she receives a vision of the SeaWing prince pinning Anemone to the sand as she writhed in pain. Later, Anemone appeared in the prey center, asking a NightWing named Bigtail for a large fish that he had grabbed. Clay intervened and explained that whoever grabbed the food first got to eat it, to Anemone's disapproval. Sighing, she stormed out of the prey center with Ostrich, who was casting woeful hungry looks at the fish behind them. After the tragic explosion of the history cave, Anemone thought angrily that she could have easily solved the mystery if Tsunami hadn't been so worried about her power.|
|In the epilogue of Winter Turning, Anemone, Pike, Turtle, and a few other SeaWing dragonets are swimming in one of the underground lakes of Jade Mountain. She is doing flips and diving in the water, enjoying being free of her harness. She thinks of how if Coral ever came to Jade Mountain to take Anemone home, then she would have to be under her mother's watch again. With a fierce certainty, Anemone thinks, "But I won't. I won't. I might be the most powerful dragon in the world, and if she didn't learn that from what I did to Whirlpool, I can teach her some other way." Followed by, "The spell on Auklet's harness should keep her away from me, though."|
|In the epilogue, she was worried about the earthquake that Darkstalker had caused when he was released. When Starflight asked her what was wrong, she replied in barely a whisper that "it felt like someone slithering over my grave."|
|Talons of Power|
|While Tamarin was staying on the dry stone, Anemone and Pike were swimming in one of Jade Mountain's underground lakes. Turtle, however, dove into the cave from the open roof above, urgently pleading that Anemone goes into hiding, as Darkstalker had escaped his underground prison with unknown intentions. Instead of growing fearful, she jumped up in excitement, eager to meet another animus dragon.
While Darkstalker was being "attacked" by two young NightWing students, Anemone swooped above all of them, demonstrating her power by showing off two beaten copper bracelets that controlled the weather; the sky was flashing with unusual flickers of lightning and full of grey clouds that were heavy with rain. When Tsunami tried to fly up to her sister, Anemone summoned a gust of wind that spiraled Tsunami away from her and held her in place. Darkstalker then invited Anemone to land beside him and talk; they walk into the main entrance cave while the clouds finally release their rain behind them. Later, Darkstalker enchanted a silver necklace that was meant to save her soul from the menacing effects of animus magic.
Throughout Talons of Power, Anemone kept close to Darkstalker. She saw him as a sort of mentor, looking to him for guidance. Darkstalker took this very lightheartedly, taking advantage of her actions and advising her that she should run all her spells by him before she cast them, so he could help her find the best possible enchantment for each spell. She usually sat beside Darkstalker with her chin high, often being an errand runner or helper to Darkstalker.
When Moonwatcher has a vision of Sunny's father, Stonemover, dead, she, Darkstalker, Turtle, Anemone, and Mindreader quickly go to Stonemover's cave. When they arrive, Stonemover is in a pitiful condition- blood is seeping from his neck, and he is stiller than usual. When Darkstalker frustratedly states that he would chase down the killer himself if the tunnels were larger, Anemone immediately volunteers. She grabs a prey bone on the floor and enchants it to lead her to Stonemover's killer. The dragonet brought in was Flame, prodded forward by the same prey bone. After Stonemover begs Darkstalker to take off the healing spell he gave him, Darkstalker sighed and returned his scales to their normal, petrified state. He then turns to Flame, enchanting his library card to turn into a chain that bolted him to the floor as punishment.
When Darkstalker brings up the concept of going to the Rainforest Kingdom to meet his lost tribe, Anemone, along with a few other students from Jade Mountain travel with him, including Turtle.Turtle follows her, and she goes to the Island Palace. There, Turtle has a flashback where it is revealed that he made her an animus to hide his identity. Back in reality, Anemone is searching for something that Whirlpool left for her, which turns out to be a dagger. She darkly suggests using it to kill off any threats, such as Coral, Auklet, Tsunami, Moon, and Kinkajou. Turtle attacks her, as she seems to be going crazy, and Moon's vision of Turtle pinning down Anemone comes true. An animus battle ensues, both using their powers to overcome the other. Finally, Turtle enchants seaweed to cover Anemone's mouth, not letting her make any more spells. They have a conversation where Turtle tells Anemone that he made her an animus, and Anemone says that she feels herself becoming evil. However, Darkstalker, with the help of the spell that tells him the location where animus power is being used, casts a spell that brings every animus dragon in all the tribes to his throne room. There, Darkstalker suggests using her and Stonemover to test his theories about animus magic, and he mentions that not too many more spells will turn Anemone completely evil. Then, when Kinkajou is summoned and Darkstalker's attention is on her, Turtle gives Anemone his hiding stick and tells her to fly away as fast as she can. Turtle throws his stick at her, and Anemone catches it and jumps out the window.
|Darkness of Dragons|
|Qibli and Winter, after leaving Thorn's palace, discover Anemone resting by an oasis while flying over the desert. Winter is wary of her since the last time they saw her was with Darkstalker, and she may still be a devoted follower to him, but Qibli decides to talk to her anyway because she is alone. When Qibli approaches her, he quickly realizes that she can't speak. He sees that she is holding Turtle's stick, and he accuses her of stealing it. She denies stealing the stick by scowling at him, and he asks her why she can't talk. He then discovers a spell put on her by Darkstalker. After she puts on the enchanted earring, she wants to go back to the NightWing kingdom to kill Darkstalker. At the kingdom, she and Kinkajou start fighting about who gets to kill Darkstalker. At the battle of the NightWings and IceWings, she enchants a piece of moss to make the NightWings think Darkstalker is telling them to retreat. She later enchants Qibli's library card from Jade Mountain Academy to make all the NightWings and IceWings hear each other's thoughts and be teleported to the center of their kingdom. During this, she also removes the love spell she put on Kinkajou. In the epilogue it is revealed Anemone has romantic feelings for a blind RainWing student named Tamarin, often leaving flowers, gifts, and offering to read her scrolls. It is also revealed that she cast a soul spell on herself, with help from Qibli, to relieve the feelings of superiority and selfishness that went along with having animus power, as well as protecting her soul.|
The Lost Continent Prophecy
|The Hive Queen|
|As of the prologue, Anemone was mentioned by Turtle, him saying that she was working on a spell for Tamarin to restore her sight. She had spoken to Turtle that the spell didn't work, and she didn't know why. She and Turtle had started comparing notes, as Turtle was working on the same spell for Starflight.|
|The Poison Jungle|
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Tsunami is Anemone's older sister, but was suspicious of her at first, likely because she first heard Anemone's name as "an enemy." However, later on, they became good friends despite the difference in their ages and grew to love each other as sisters. Throughout The Lost Heir, she acts as a close friend of Tsunami's and does not seem scared a bit of Tsunami, despite their age difference. She seems to trust Tsunami a lot, as in The Lost Heir, she wanted Tsunami to save her from her animus magic.
Attached by an elastic harness at all times, Anemone loves her mother, but despises her overbearing parenting style and wished that she could explore on her own. Queen Coral is overprotective of her, fearing that she would be killed before she had a chance to challenge her for the throne. Queen Coral actually kept guard over Anemone's egg for an entire year, never allowing Orca's Statue to destroy her egg. In Moon Rising, both Anemone and Tsunami were annoyed when Coral wanted to see everything inside of the school. Anemone, in The Lost Heir, seemingly hated her mother. She complained about how she was on a harness at all times, about how she had to go through her lessons with Whirlpool, and other things. However, in Moon Rising, she uses the excuse 'Mother would want me to have it' to try to get the fish from Bigtail, showing that she may hold some affection for Coral, or she may have just been stuck-up and trying to cheat Bigtail out of his fish. Although she has a distaste for her mother, it doesn't seem likely that she would go kill her mother of her own will, as she attempted in Talons of Power.
Whirlpool held training sessions with her to practical usage of her animus abilities as well as teaching her the SeaWing language, Aquatic. However, she put little effort into them and tried to act as if she was failing, at Tsunami's suggestion, to stall them until the time that Blister would use her as a secret weapon to win the war.
Queen Coral seemed to think Whirlpool would make a good king for one of her daughters, but Anemone hated the idea of marrying him, and Tsunami was not very fond of it either.
Anemone used her powers to discover who had tried to kill Tsunami and, upon finding it to be Whirlpool, she accidentally knocked him senseless with a spear into the moat with electric eels. The eels shocked Whirlpool and killed him. In Moon Rising, she was shown feeling guilty about it. But in Talons of Power, she said she felt proud of killing him, despite her knowing that it was twisted in her heart. She said that she still has flashbacks of his death and the electric eel.
Pike is shown to be incredibly loyal to her and constantly showering her with affection. This is shown when Anemone wanted the fish that Bigtail was about to eat by supporting Anemone and telling Bigtail to give the fish to her. Queen Coral appointed him as Anemone's bodyguard, a fact she doesn't know. However, she isn't surprised that he does whatever she says, instead thinking that everyone should act that way towards a princess. She also gets quite exasperated with his over-protectiveness, often telling him to keep quiet or leave her alone. She even snuck out when he was asleep, not caring about how much that would worry him. In truth, she doesn't care for Pike at all besides just a loyal guard. On the day of the Talons of Power tested, Pike looked like he wanted to help Anemone, but wasn't sure he was allowed to. He is extremely protective of her, shown when Bigtail kept the fish in Moon Rising, he tells Bigtail that he would pay for 'insulting the princess.'
Auklet is Anemone's youngest sister. Anemone doesn't seem to be particularly jealous of her, but rather grateful that she doesn't have to be harnessed to her own mother as much. Anemone has even mentioned possibly using her powers to help Auklet with her harness attached to their mother. They have played together and seem to get along well, but Anemone was perfectly willing to kill her in Talons of Power. However, this may be because Anemone had been enchanted to do so by Darkstalker. Otherwise, it may have been because Anemone was going crazy from using too much animus power.
Turtle is Anemone's older brother, but she doesn't interact with him much until Talons of Power. When she does, she calls him boring several times, not knowing that he's an animus. She was elated when he came back to Jade Mountain and is shown to have some affection for him. He was the one who enchanted her to be an animus. When she discovered that, she was so enraged she tried to kill him in a duel between animus dragons. That said, she does make up with him later. In Darkness of Dragons, she shows a strong desire to save him, arguing with Kinkajou about who would save him. When he is rescued, she is ashamed of hurting him. Later on in the book, when everything is carnage, she calls for him, and Turtle protects her when Darkstalker attempts to kill her.
In Talons of Power, she first didn't think much of Moon, but as the story goes along, she grows jealous of her catching Darkstalker's attention all the time. Anemone wanted to be the only special dragon wanting to be Darkstalker's 'apprentice', not knowing that Darkstalker has a grudge against the SeaWings after what Fathom did to him. Her hatred grows and finally expresses her loathing towards Moon by enchanting some pebbles in the room where Fathom once stayed in the old Night Palace to turn into a mop and enchanted it to hit Moon until she cleans the place up or until Anemone says it's done. Then, when they are on the beach, Anemone says she feels guilty about what she did to Moon but she also feels proud of it. However, at the end of the last book, Anemone is relieved of these emotions and is nicer to Moon.
Not much is known about their relationship, other than she seems to command her like a servant without regard to Ostrich's preferences. It is possible, however, that they could have become friends.
Darkstalker acted as a mentor to Anemone. Her first reaction to his return is joy at meeting another animus, rather than fear like Turtle expected. She was delighted to have someone understand her, and they form a bond, where Darkstalker helps her enchant objects to protect their sanity. He encouraged her to use her magic but tries restricting her to only use them with his permission. Due to her naturally rebellious personality and hatred of Moonwatcher, he eventually sent her off to the Kingdom of the Sea. Later on, once she, along with the other animi of Pyrrhia, are summoned to Darkstalker, he affirms his view of her as a tool by suggesting he run tests on her and Stonemover to learn more about animus limits, even suggesting driving her insane.
It was revealed by Kinkajou in Darkness of Dragons that she has a crush on Tamarin, although it is unknown whether her feelings are returned. According to Kinkajou, Anemone has casually shown up wherever Tamarin is, offering to read her scrolls and leaving behind little gifts like flowers and unusual fruit for her. Tamarin does not seem to acknowledge her affections.
Anemone and Kinkajou have a very conflicted relationship. They constantly disagree with the other's views and opinions, and this is worsened by Kinkajou's discovery of Anemone's spell on her. Though their relationship has loosened up a little, Kinkajou still expresses distrust towards her, such as when Kinkajou warns Tamarin of Anemone's apparent liking of her. It is possible that Kinkajou dislikes her because of Anemone's treatment of Moon.
|Shark||Queen Coral||King Gill†|
|Princess Moray||Prince Fin||Prince Cerulean||Prince Turtle||Prince Octopus||28 Unnamed Sons|
|Princess Orca†||Princess Tsunami||Princess Anemone||Princess Auklet||12 deceased daughters|
- "Maybe you can make her less crazy, [...] Or maybe she'll set me free now that she has you. Maybe you could talk to her. I need to get out of this harness. Tsunami, you have no idea how awful my life has been."
- — to Tsunami, about Coral (The Lost Heir)
- "She cares about me way too much, [...] I never get to do anything except whatever she's doing. At least you have friends. I never even see any other dragonets."
- — to Tsunami, about Coral (The Lost Heir)
- "She challenged Mother for the throne when she was only seven years old, [...] Everyone says it was horrible. She nearly won, but Mother killed her in the end. [...] It's weird. Mother worships her and misses her, but lots of dragons still hate Orca for nearly killing their queen. Don't ever mention her name around Moray."
- — to Tsunami, about Orca (The Lost Heir)
- "I had a nightmare and then something woke me. Didn't you feel it? It felt like... something slithering over my grave."
- — to Starflight (Escaping Peril)
- "Darkstalker's stories are great, but I'm kind of not so interested in ancient NightWing history. Blah blah eighty million years ago they had a cool library YAWN. I was like, so what were the SeaWings up to back then? and he was all, 'getting massacred.' So THAT was cheerful."
- — to Turtle about the Royal SeaWing Massacre (Talons of Power)
- "Finally. Someone who understands me."
- — to Darkstalker (Talons of Power)
- "We figured out that he was the one who tried to kill Tsunami. He knew how strong I was and was gonna tell Mother and Blister. So I took care of him."
- — to Turtle, about Whirlpool (Talons of Power)
- "Whirlpool wanted to be king pretty badly. I think he was trying to shape me into a darker dragon by making me cast all those 'practice' spells. He wanted me to go evil and try for the throne. He told me he'd hidden a perfect weapon here, ready for whenever I needed it- for whenever I wanted to challenge Mother. I think it'll work fine on little sisters, don't you? And big ones, for that matter."
- — to Turtle, about Whirlpool (Talons of Power)
- "I won't make Orca's mistakes. I'll enchant this thing right now to be a perfect killing machine. It'll never miss. It'll go straight for Mother's throat first. Then Auklet, Tsunami, you... Moon. Maybe Kinkajou. Why not? He did say anyone who gets in my way."
- — to Turtle (Talons of Power)
- "You didn't make me and you can't stop me! I can still kill her! I can kill her with my bare claws! I can kill her with anything! I can make daggers out of seashells; I can poison the drops of water around her snout! I can enchant her pearls to choke her or her stupid narwhal horn to stab her in the heart!"
- — to Turtle (Talons of Power)
- "It won't work. It's already too late for me. Ever since Whirlpool died, I see him all the time - in my dreams, in the faces of strange dragons, everywhere. I keep seeing those eels going after him. I see all the dragons I've hurt. Now Moon's there, too, and I hate what I did to her but I also feel proud of it. Isn't that twisted? Whatever soul I had, it's long gone, so protecting it wouldn't be much use."
- — to Turtle (Talons of Power)
- "You? You're nobody! I'm the SeaWing animus!"
- — to Turtle (Talons of Power)
- "But then what would I be? Animus dragons are rare and special. I like knowing that I'm powerful. I want to be that powerful. Who would give away their own magic like that? I'm just... scared of it, too."
- — to Turtle (Talons of Power)
- "I think he's smart. He knew right away not to trust you. He knew there was something seriously wrong with you. You think everything you do is right. You think you're so perfect that you don't even care about the dragons around you. You're the only one who gets to decide what happens to everyone else."
- — to Darkstalker, about Turtle (Talons of Power)
- "No! It's my power! You can't just take it; you can't just say it's yours! You did not create me!"
- — to Turtle, after he confirms that he enchanted her to have animus powers (Talons of Power)
- "Let's go kill that evil son of a slug!"
- — about Darkstalker
- Anemone is an animus, currently one of the only thirteen known. However, she is the only known dragon to not be a natural-born animus; Prince Turtle enchanted her to be one because the prince didn't want himself to be discovered as an animus.
- Anemone's use of her animus powers may be why she is a lot more stuck up in Moon Rising and Darkness of Dragons than in The Lost Heir, as well as being a princess and finally being off her harness for the first time.
- Her statement "It felt like someone slithering over my grave" in Escaping Peril was a reference to the human phrase "walking over my grave", which is a feeling of shivers down your spine that is said to mean someone in the future is literally walking over your grave.
- Her statement is also similar to a phrase by Indigo in Darkstalker, "someone swimming over her grave." This may have something to do with Darkstalker, as he imprisoned Indigo and told Anemone to kill her family.
- Anemone is the third character to appear on the back cover of a book that is not the PoV.
- Anemone is the only known partly pink SeaWing.
- Anemone has a crush on Tamarin, making her one of ten confirmed LGBT characters, which are Umber, Silverspot, Burnet, Snowfox, Snowflake, Violet's dads, Willow, and Sundew.
- Being a royal SeaWing, she should and does have the starburst patterns on her wings, but this is not shown on the back of Talons of Power. This may be because she chose not to light up her wings.
- The reason why Queen Coral forbids the consumption of dolphins is said to be because she thinks they might be somewhat related to dragons; however, it is wondered by Tsunami if it is actually because Anemone has the same coloring as the dolphins.
- Darkstalker refers to her as, "Fathom's great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great-granddaughter" which is 12 "greats", meaning that Queen Coral is 11 "greats" from Fathom and 10 "greats" from his children.
- ↑ Talons of Power, prologue
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The Lost Heir, page 77
- ↑ The Lost Heir, page 270
- ↑ The Lost Heir, page 106
- ↑ Darkness of Dragons, epilogue
- ↑ Moon Rising, page 109
- ↑ https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/someone-is-walking-over-my-grave.html
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