Princess Burn was an adult female SandWing who was introduced in The Dragonet Prophecy. She was the most brutal of the three rival sisters who fought for the throne during the War of SandWing Succession. Shortly after the death of Queen Oasis, Burn overtook the SandWing Stronghold and fixed dismembered dragon heads to the top of its walls as a warning to both her own dragons and to outsiders. She was also responsible for the death of hundreds, including those of the SkyWing dragonet and her brothers Scald and Singe.
Burn's scales were described as "pale gold that radiated heat like a desert horizon" and also as pale yellow, while her eyes were "black as obsidian," with no white to them at all. She was an enormous, heavyset dragon with jagged scars all over her scales, one of which was particularly nasty and ran down all along her side under her left wing. Her long, massive claws and teeth ware stained red from all the blood she had shed in the war.
Burn was described as the largest and most powerful of her siblings, and she used this to her advantage, fighting her way through any obstacles. She was extremely brutal and violent and used brute force to win her battles, cutting down opponents with her sheer size and strength, no matter what the losses were. She was extremely sadistic and loved killing, mutilating, and stuffing things, which she displayed in her Weirdling Tower. The tower was said by Smolder to be "safer than the dungeon, but more psychologically destabilizing" due to the thought that you might actually belong there. Some of the things she included in her Weirdling Tower were a dead stuffed MudWing missing its claws and teeth, hybrid dragons, including what is said to be a SandWing-IceWing, and a wing from a strange dragon, which could possibly be a SilkWing from Pantala. Burn wished to include Sunny in her collection as well, among other items, before the tower was knocked down. At some point before the war, Burn used to cut the legs off of jackrabbits to see what would happen. Burn was ruthless, displayed no mercy to her enemies, and showed no qualms about viciously killing and mounting the head of anyone who opposed her on the walls of her stronghold. Queen Oasis stated that if you gave her something weird to look at, she would vanish into her room for days. However, she did have somewhat of a good side, considering how well she got along with her mother and how she buried Queen Oasis while writing a poetic farewell on her tombstone. Thorn described it to be very poetic for Burn.
Burn was the eldest, strongest, and largest of the three daughters of Queen Oasis. She got along fine with her mother, Oasis, who mentioned that if she gave Burn an odd-looking or deformed thing or creature, she would disappear into her room for days to study it. It seemed that Burn was Queen Oasis's favorite daughter, considering how well they got along.
After Queen Oasis was supposedly murdered by three treasure-seeking scavengers, Burn became embroiled in conflict for the throne of the SandWings with her two younger sisters, Blaze and Blister. She also had three brothers, the only living one being Smolder, whom she is shown to abuse, and she had killed her other two brothers, Prince Scald and Prince Singe for unknown reasons, most likely because of disobedience or doing something without Burn's permission. The princes were described to have been killed for "annoying" her.
Shortly after Queen Oasis's death, Burn took over the palace and either drove Blaze and Blister out, or Blister and Blaze escaped before she got to them. Burn was allied with the SkyWings and MudWings, two very powerful fighting tribes, and appeared to be winning the war.
Burn and Blister lured their sister, Blaze, into a sandstorm. After Six-Claws rescued her, he went into training for the army. After the death of Queen Oasis, Six-Claws served as a general in Burn's army, under the condition that she received his unusual talons after his death. She tells him that when he dies, his army is to cut off his talons and give them to her for her to collect.
She was later seen arguing with Six-Claws about attacking the MudWings instead of finding Blaze. During the ensuing argument, she crippled Dune so he was unable to fly again. This is one of the events that placed doubt in Six-Claws, causing him to leave the army with Dune and Kindle.
She travelled all the way from her stronghold after Queen Scarlet captured the Dragonets of Destiny. She intended to watch Scarlet dispose of the dragonets in her gladiatorial arena and take Sunny back with her for her collection of oddities, but the dragonets escaped when Glory attempted to spray venom on Burn. However, instead of hitting Burn, Burn shoved Queen Scarlet in her way and shot into the sky. The SandWing sent search parties out after the dragonets, but the dragonets managed to avoid them.
After the escape of the dragonets, Burn took Queen Scarlet prisoner to "keep her safe", and because she was "in no condition to battle Ruby for the throne." With Scarlet being imprisoned, Ruby became the functioning queen of the SkyWings. Burn considers Ruby to be an unsatisfactory ruler because she refuses to join any battle on Burn's side until she has "restored order to the Sky Kingdom" and "established the stability of her own throne."
Burn is put forward as a possible kidnapper of RainWings, but Glory shoots down that idea, saying that Burn doesn't like pretty things, but rather "horribly weird things."
In the epilogue, Burn is shown in her stronghold, discussing the Dragonets of Destiny with Smolder. She and Smolder decide to kill all five of the dragonets. She also spoke of Scarlet as her guest, not her prisoner.
Burn was never present at her stronghold while Sunny was being held captive, but appeared when the dragonets of destiny were choosing the SandWing queen. Blister mentioned the gift she gave her, and Burn ordered Smolder to bring it to her. Worried, Sunny told Burn to be careful, and Burn mocked Blister, pulling out the dragonbite viper that was inside the box. Burn took a few steps toward Blister, planning to have it bite her, but a second viper leapt out of the box and bit Burn's ankle, and shortly after, Burn died, leaving her two sisters to fight for the throne. Smolder later said that he never thought he'd outlive Burn.
Burn was first mentioned by two unknown SandWing students at Jade Mountain Academy saying that "Burn would have been a strong queen" but were ultimately glad Thorn was queen instead. She was mentioned again by Qibli while talking to Onyx saying "I’m amazed you were able to avoid Burn's soldiers for so long".
Burn is seen in the prologue of Escaping Peril seated next to Queen Scarlet as she first reveals Peril to her children and other SkyWings of importance. Scarlet tells them how Burn killed a Talons of Peace IceWing (Hvitur) that was trying to steal a SkyWing egg and that they must destroy all the SkyWing eggs hatching on the Brightest Night. Burn is anxious to kill the rest of the eggs, but Scarlet makes Peril complete the task by burning the eggs and thus, ending the life of the little dragons inside of them. This also satisfies Scarlet's desire to make a show.
Burn was briefly mentioned by Palm as one of the three candidates who let Queen Oasis know about her and Smolder.
Burn didn't trust prophecies whatsoever. She thought it would be safer to just kill the Dragonets of Destiny instead of wait for them to choose her, hence why she wanted them dead. Since they could have gotten in the way of the throne, Burn didn't want to risk it.
Burn despised both her sisters and didn't seem to have a good relationship with them even before the war started. She wanted to kill both of them ever since Queen Oasis was murdered by scavengers so she could become queen. However, she was stated to like Blister better than Blaze (in which Blister was stated to like Burn better than Blaze). Both she and Blister once plotted to kill Blaze as dragonets. Blister despised Burn as well, however, started the war because she knew she couldn’t defeat Burn in claw-to-claw combat. Ultimately (and somewhat surprisingly and not surprisingly), Burn’s death was at the hands of Blister.
Smolder was the only brother that Burn allowed to live. She tends to feel uncomfortable around Smolder because he has a similar appearance to Blister. It was implied many times that Burn seemed to threaten Smolder with death so he'd obey her direct orders at all times, as Smolder fears for his life whenever something goes wrong for him.
Oasis and Princess Burn had a good relationship. Oasis said that they had an "odd but reasonable relationship". Oasis could easily distract Burn by giving her something strange, and Burn would go into her room for days to study it. At the stronghold during The Brightest Night, Thorn comments that she was impressed at Burn's poetic tombstone for Queen Oasis. It is possible that she may have actually mourned for Oasis, which could indicate that Burn had a soft spot for the dragons she cared about (I.e. Oasis)
Family Tree Edit
|King Char†||Queen Oasis†||Two Unnamed Sisters†|
|Prince Scald†||Prince Singe†||Princess Burn†||Princess Blister†||Princess Blaze|
"Bind his mouth, [...] Quickly!"
"Too late. [...] You won't be using your freezing-death breath on us, ice dragon."
"This is not an IceWing egg, [...] You stole this from the SkyWing Palace. [...] You thought you got away unnoticed, didn't you? [...] My SkyWing ally is not a fool. Queen Scarlet knows everything that happens in her kingdom. Her lookouts reported an IceWing thief sneaking away, and I decided finding you might add some violence to my boring visit."
"I don't care. No prophecy decides what happens to me. I'm not letting a bunch of words or baby dragons decide when I die or what I bow to. We can have peace when my sisters are dead and I am queen of the SandWings." - To Hvitur
"Yes, This is a SkyWing egg about to hatch, [...] Why would my sister send you to steal a SkyWing dragonet? Blaze hates any dragon younger and prettier than she is. [...] Unless... the brightest night is tomorrow... [...] You're not in Blaze's army, are you? You're one of those insipid underground peace mongers."
"So IceWing, is this egg a part of your pathetic prophecy?" - Before she dropped the SkyWing egg.
"How is our guest?"
"They've vanished again, [...] Although there's a rumour going around the Sky Kingdom that they're responsible for torching the northernmost outpost and killing all those SkyWing soldiers-- as some kind of revenge for what Queen Scarlet did to them."
"I don't know anything about them, [...] In the arena, they didn't seem fierce enough to kill anything. But then they attacked Scarlet, so they're clearly more dangerous than they look. [...] I do know I don't like them, [...] And I wish I'd gotten my claws on all of their eggs before they hatched."
"The supposed new queen of the SkyWings is a bore and a nuisance, [...] She wants to 'restore order in the Sky Kingdom' and 'establish the stability of her own throne' before engaging in any more battles at my side. She's even more difficult than her annoying mother, and she follows orders very poorly, if at all. We haven't had a satisfying battle in weeks. I'm considering getting rid of her."
"It is. I really need to kill something. It's been too long since I last ripped out a dragon's throat."
"No, no, [...] Queen Scarlet is our guest. For now. I may change my mind once I decide how useful she can be. [...] No, I have another victim in mind. Five of them, in fact."
"Oh, I will, [...] Everyone will finally shut up about the wonderful 'dragonets of destiny' when I have their heads mounted on spikes on my walls. [...] Mark my words. Soon we'll put an end to this prophecy nonsense once and for all."
"I'll kill you - I'll claw that - it hurts - stop it - stop the-" - Her last words when she gets bitten by the Dragonbite Viper.
"It's been ages since I ripped a dragon's throat out." - To Smolder
"First, I kill my sisters. Then I kill all of you, and I`ll stuff you and spend the next hundred years telling your dead faces about peaceful solutions." - To the Dragonets of Destiny.
"Of course it is, especially if it is from my clever little sister. Sending me a present, thinking I'll open it without any suspicion. As if I didn't recognize the hiss of a dragonbite viper when I hear it." - To Sunny, when Smolder gives her a box from Blister containing two dragonbite vipers.
"Who do you think you'll tell before you die?" To Clay as they are imprisoned by Scarlet's wall of flames.
- Burn was the oldest and the biggest out of her siblings.
- Burn was the first of the SandWing princesses to die.
- She was the first and only known dragon to die of a dragonbite viper bite, and the first of two dragons to be bitten, the second being Clay.
- She and Blister once planned to kill Blaze when they were dragonets.
- She has been noted as one of the largest dragons in the series.
- Burn may have been afraid of scavengers.
- It was stated that Burn was not interested in having dragonets.
- In the main series, Burn was described as having eyes like black orbs, with no white to them; in the graphic novel, however, she has brown eyes.
- Burn has scars all over her body, however, in the graphic novel she has none.
- In the graphic novel, she was shown to be smaller than Morrowseer.
- In The Brightest Night, Sunny saw that Burn had a stuffed dragon with white scales and no wings in her collection, and was told by Smolder that "Someone brought him to Burn ten years ago, claiming he was the forbidden offspring of a SandWing and an IceWing." However, it is possible, though unlikely, that this could have been a male SilkWing dragonet who never went through Metamorphosis, rather than a hybrid. In addition, Burn had half of a purple-and-grey speckled wing in her collection, which may have been part of a SilkWing's wing. It is unknown how she got this.
- Burn is shown in a chest plate in The Dragonet Prophecy Graphic Novel but there is no mention of it in the original series (like how Blister is shown with a helmet). She is also shown with a hatchet in The Hidden Kingdom Graphic Novel, which is also never mentioned.
- Burn may have killed one of Ex-Queen Scarlet's eggs in The Dragonet Prophecy (Book), because she says to Hvitur, "This is not an IceWing egg. [...] You stole this from the SkyWing Palace.", which indicated it could have come from the royal hatchery.
- Burn and her two sisters may represent 'the three B's', the brains (Blister), the brawns (Burn), and the beauty (Blaze).
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Dragonet Prophecy, prologue
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The Brightest Night, page 271
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 The Dragonet Prophecy, page 195
- ↑ Moon Rising, page 239
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