Qibli is a young male SandWing and the main protagonist of Darkness of Dragons. When he was three and a half years old, he was rescued from Cobra by Thorn and taken under her wing as a member of the Outclaws. Before the events of Darkness of Dragons, Qibli attended Jade Mountain Academy as a member of the Jade Winglet. He is currently located near Jerboa's Hut and is in a relationship with Moonwatcher.
Qibli is scrawny, with a freckled snout. He has narrow shoulders, with pale, sand-colored scales. He has several light brown freckles that stand out on his snout, with an enchanted amber earring hanging in his left ear, and a small, rakish, zigzagging scar across his snout, which his mother gave him when he was young. He has also been described as warmly handsome by multiple dragons, including Moonwatcher and Umber.
Qibli is observant, clever, and witty, often using intelligence rather than force to escape certain situations. He always has multiple plans in case something goes wrong, and his deduction skills are extremely advanced. His mind was described by Moonwatcher as racing and quick. He is very wary, and sometimes has trouble trusting dragons who have done bad deeds in the past. For example, in Darkness of Dragons, he shows a hint of distrust towards Smolder for once locking Thorn and Sunny up for Burn. Although funny and charming on the outside, Qibli is internally self-conscious and has a constant longing for approval and popularity. Threading this insecurity into his every action, he even desires approval from those he dislikes himself. If he could, he would use the animus magic he dreams of getting to cast a spell to make everyone like him (this idea is intercepted by Darkstalker, who uses it later). He is very loyal and kind to his friends, but he can easily become defensive when insulted on a personal level.
Qibli first appeared as a member of the Scorpion Den's Outclaws as Thorn pins Preyhunter for admitting to Morrowseer's death. When Preyhunter lashed out at Thorn, he and Six-Claws were among the first to rush to her defense, although Thorn herself had already killed Preyhunter.
Later, he followed Thorn and Sunny through the city as they discussed the "wanted" posters. When they reached Thorn's tent, Qibli stubbornly told Thorn that he wasn't going to leave her alone with Sunny, because she was, at that time, a stranger. When a messenger informed Thorn of a fire near the orphanage, Qibli and Sunny are left alone, although she fell asleep shortly after Thorn's departure.
When the Outclaws had attacked Burn's stronghold on behalf of Sunny, he fought alongside Thorn and Six-Claws, narrowly saving Thorn's life by pushing a rival SandWing soldier away.
Qibli is first seen noticing Moonwatcher in Jade Mountain Academy's main hallway as he was speaking to Ostrich. She heard him observe the way she was twitching back her wings, and he wondered if she was plotting something or just shy.
Later, in the prey center, he interfered when Prince Winter confronted Moon about his pet scavenger, Bandit, and how she wasn't allowed to eat him. Humorously defending Moon from Winter's harsh threats, he helped Winter understand that Moon had been trying to save Bandit, not eat him. Qibli also attended a meeting concerning both of their Winglets the next day, where he defended Moon again as Winter was trying to pry supposed NightWing secrets out of her.
The next day, he showed up after Winter when Moon was warning everyone about the fire. He asked her what was wrong and tried to stop Carnelian from going inside, lying and saying that it was because it smelled bad. When the cave blew up, Qibli then defended Moon a third time from Winter when he asked her how she knew. Qibli found out that Moon was a mind reader, thinking that she thought of him as a terrible dragon, or maybe even realized his feelings for her and then ran off. The next day, he told Moon that he wanted to help her find the murderer.
Qibli then told Moon to check Pike, Flame, and Princess Icicle. They were all dead ends, and they later both went outside to try Onyx. Qibli asked questions to get Onyx to admit that she set the fire, and everyone in the circle respected him. After they knew it wasn't her, Moon lied to Qibli about the skyfire, which made him distrust her again. Moon read his thoughts later, wondering if he should tell the MudWings. He then appeared when Moon went to see Sora. When Sora and Umber left, Qibli followed Moon to the library. They both knew that the killer was Sora and that Icicle had been conspiring with Ex-Queen Scarlet to kill the Dragonets of Destiny.
When they got there, Icicle was creeping up on Starflight, ready to attack. Qibli warned Starflight to look out, but as he did, Icicle pinned Starflight down and twisted around to use him as a shield. Moon begged her not to kill him, and Winter overheard the conversation and questioned his sister. Icicle warned Winter to stay out of her way. Moon heard Icicle's thoughts as Qibli got too close to her, and shot frostbreath at them as she shoved him out of the way. Moon took the hit on the edge of her wing, then Icicle smashed Starflight's head, knocking him out. Moon landed next to him, making sure he was alive. Qibli threw himself at Icicle, and she threw Qibli on top of a desk, which he slid behind. Icicle then went for Moon, and Winter tried to get her off, but Icicle was bigger and stronger. Icicle then stated Starflight was the reason the IceWings died in Queen Scarlet's prison. Moon stated that Winter and Starflight were good inside. Winter then smashed his tail onto Icicle's head, which caused her to let go of Moon. She had a gash on the back of her head and cuts from Qibli. Icicle then revealed that Hailstorm was alive, she was working with Scarlet to get him back, and that Winter ruined their chance. She then flew out the window while Winter shouted for her to come back. Qibli got back up, with bruises all over his face, and his earring nearly torn off. He thought about how disappointed Thorn would be if she saw him get knocked out by an IceWing.
Later, Qibli was shown when Moon asked Turtle to give all of the Jade Winglet skyfire. When they wondered where Winter was, Qibli told them that he left and wasn't in their cave.
Qibli annoyed Winter by making clever observations about Winter's plans but still wanted to be friends. Winter got rid of Turtle, and Qibli said that he couldn't get rid of the rest of them as easily. This annoyed Winter very much, but he "allowed" them to follow. They all ended up flying to the rainforest to warn Queen Glory about Icicle coming to kill her.
Qibli saw the dead NightWing body covered in frost breath. He was later locked in the wingery with the others and escaped to the NightWing Tunnels where they find Icicle. Kinkajou tackled her to the ground out of rage saying that nobody was going to kill her Queen. Icicle was reaching to kill her, but Glory showed up suddenly and tranquilized Icicle.
When they went out looking for Scarlet after Icicle was dream visited, they met Squid and Riptide, two SeaWings from the Talons of Peace, by a river. They looked at the drawing and Riptide summons two SkyWings, Avalanche and Pyrite. Avalanche seemed like she wanted to rip off Qibli's tail barb. Pyrite claimed to know where it is when they mentioned that they were looking for Scarlet. That's also when Winter made an observation that Qibli had feelings for Moon and wondered if his own feelings were as obviously shown as his.
When they found the mountain Moon saw in the dream, they took a short rest. Winter was dream visited by Scarlet, which meant she was spying on them. They look around and find a shredded camp and one of Scarlet's scales, and they discover she herself had been there. They started looking until they found a cave, and while Kinkajou and Pyrite were still sleeping, they snuck up on Scarlet and her companion and overheard her yelling at her companion and ordering him to bring Pyrite to her. When they got back to camp, Winter confronted Pyrite and she attacked him, Qibli fought her while Winter and Moon fought Scarlet's companion. Qibli pinned Pyrite to the ground and Winter tore off the necklace that she had previously refused to remove. Qibli jumped back at the sight of her scales falling off to reveal Prince Hailstorm. However, Kinkajou was severely injured by Ex-Queen Scarlet's NightWing companion.
When they got to the town of Possibility so that they could take Kinkajou to the hospital, Winter got worried about Hailstorm's confusion and decided to wear the necklace so he could know what Hailstorm was going through, but before he could do so, Qibli tore off number four of the conditions, which roughly was, "feels the need to wear this necklace with life/death urgency." When Winter put the necklace on he turned into Pyrite, and Qibli asked him if he could have the necklace back, so Pyrite gave it to him and Winter appeared again. Winter decided to go back to the Ice Kingdom, and Qibli tried to reason with him, but Winter ignored him, and Qibli gave him a week to come back to them. When Winter was leaving, Qibli called out, "Don't be a stranger!"
Qibli flew above Peril and Turtle when he healed himself in the river. They greeted each other when they met. Qibli was suspicious of Peril and said to Moon after Moon told Peril that Qibli was "probably the smartest dragon in Pyrrhia", and had already come up with five ways to kill her by now, Qibli stated that he had only come up with three so far. Qibli pointed out to Peril that she still referred to Scarlet as 'the Queen.'
When Peril burned Winter while trying to dive away, Qibli, Moonwatcher, and Turtle landed below the arch and gathered around Winter. Qibli frantically tried to think of a way to heal Winter, stating that Winter could breathe frostbreath onto his scales and mentioned that there was no cactus sap that healed burns. Qibli got pushed aside by Turtle as he worked with his animus-touched river stone. He asked why Turtle had "a magic healing rock." He quickly figured it out and exclaimed that Turtle must be an animus.
Later, he said that Winter running into Peril looked like a fight when Peril tried to convince the group it was an accident. Qibli noted that Winter left pretty firmly and questioned why he got a vote on stating that Peril was the target of the Jade Mountain Prophecy.
Qibli first appeared exactly where he left off in Escaping Peril, watching Darkstalker emerge from the mountain. He quickly noticed that Darkstalker was ignoring Turtle, understanding that Turtle had cast some sort of spell. He then asked Winter if he was alright when Winter suddenly forgave Darkstalker easily, unlike his usual demeanor. When they were leaving to go hunting do to Darkstalker's insistence, he gave Turtle a meaningful look, trying to signal to him to warn the school.
Later, he told Peril to just go through with talking to Clay instead of worrying about it, then asked Turtle if he was like that around Moon. When Turtle was puzzled, he immediately said "never mind" to him and told him that he didn't know yet if Darkstalker was evil, and Turtle should keep a lookout. When Turtle went to see Winter and Qibli, Qibli mentioned again how odd it was for Winter to act this forgiving. After Winter stormed out, Qibli reluctantly asked Turtle if he could make him an animus, but immediately dismissed it when he saw Turtles reaction and instead asked for a spell on his earring that would shield him from all of Darkstalker's enchantments. Turtle does, and when Qibli tried it on he mentioned that he felt more connected to himself, proving that Darkstalker made an enchantment that made everyone like and trust him; however, Turtle thinks it may just be a phsycological effect. When Darkstalker came, knowing that a spell had been cast, he asked Qibli if Anemone had passed by. When Qibli srealized that Darkstalker could sense animus spells being cast, he said he didn't think she had but suggested that she might have. Darkstalker asked Qibli to tell his history scroll to roll up to test his animus powers, which obviously failed. Darkstalker informed Qibli that he would have made a formidable animus.
When Turtle planned to follow Darkstalker and Anemone to the rainforest, Turtle gave him one of his enchanted slates. These slates were enchanted so that when Turtle got a writing idea, he would write it on one slate and the writing would appear on the other. After Turtle left, Qibli isn't shown in the rest of the book, but Turtle sent him messages several times. However, at the end of Talons of Power, Turtle told Anemone to go find Qibli for help when Darkstalker summoned all the animus dragons from Pyrrhia.
Qibli watched Darkstalker leave with the NightWing students, Turtle, Anemone, and Moonwatcher.
In a flashback, Cobra snapped at Qibli that he'd never amount to much and she discouraged him from trying to be a hero, as he would only fail after he delivered to her a coconut that he stole from a fight between a cat and mouse earlier in the day. Thorn then proceeded to take Qibli away from his home and mother (who happily agreed) and into cities unknown to him. She asked him what he did to the spiny mouse, as he set the mouse free. Thorn said she assumed he had rescued it and complimented him on his cleverness, saying his skills were what she wanted in her organization.
Qibli noted, that ever since that day, Thorn had his complete trust and loyalty. However, he now thinks of Moon just as much, if not more than he thinks about Thorn, and wondered if Moon would ever love him back with the same hopefulness he used to show toward Cobra. Qibli then snapped out of his pondering and flew up to Winter, who was sorrowfully watching Moon fly away with Darkstalker and his followers. Qibli, while he is observing how Winter was watching Moon fly away, thought about how Moon would choose Winter and his beautiful scales and heroic personality over himself. When Winter caught Qibli watching him, he claimed that he was watching the sunset and Qibli sarcastically responded that the sunset was the only thing interesting happening. Winter then said that once Moon comes back with the others, everything would be normal again but Qibli disagreed, asking how things could be normal if Winter came back to school after faking death to his tribe. Winter said he never planned on going back to the school, and Qibli realized he came back because Moonwatcher was there. Qibli decided that he needed to break the supposed spell that Darkstalker cast on Winter, for Winter's sake and for Moon's, but he struggled to find out how. Qibli then realized that he could duplicate his enchanted earring using Turtle's duplicating bowl. Qibli then brought the bowl out, only to realize he didn't know how to use it. Peril walked by, and with her, he figured out how to use the bowl. With his new enchanted earrings, Qibli confronted Winter and tried to give him one, but Winter was clear he would not put anything magic on him after what happened to Hailstorm. Qibli scolded himself for not guessing Winter would be a stubborn, "stupid donkey".
Later during history with Webs, many dragonets questioned Webs about Darkstalker. Winter then haughtily announced that he trusted his judgment better than any scroll's, and got into an argument with a MudWing named Sepia about his sister Icicle, who was a murderer and in cahoot with Ex-Queen Scarlet. Qibli soon realized that Onyx and Ostrich were not there in the cave with them while defending Winter. He found this troubling, as Ostrich particularly liked all her lessons, along with the fact that Sunny peeked in, got a worried look and hurried on. Webs agreed eventually to tell the dragonets about Darkstalker if they stopped fighting. When Qibli stated that Webs' claim about Darkstalker being humble and unambitious was now wrong, Winter disagreed with him. He said that it wasn't like Darkstalker to immediately demand to be NightWing king. Ironically, the slate that Turtle enchanted began writing the words 'Darkstalker wants to be NightWing king' across its surface and Qibli had to restrain himself from laughing.
Sunny asked Webs to give her Qibli and gave him worrying news; Ostrich and Onyx had gone missing. Qibli hurriedly made multiple earrings through Turtle's enchanted food bowl and when he looked for the Dragonets of Destiny to give the shield earrings to them, he found out through Sunny's dream-visiting that his grandfather Vulture had Ostrich in the Scorpion Den. He argued with Clay in the weapons cave about how he couldn't face his grandfather with only three daggers, a sword, and a big stick, saying if he went to him unarmed it'd be like 'cutting his own throat and hanging his corpse from an alley wall'. He was then interrupted by Winter, who offered to go with him. Qibli claimed that it is because Winter adored him, and while Winter muttered about how his plan was already backfiring, Qibli worried about how Winter was under Darkstalker's spell and might be spying on him for the evil animus NightWing. But he decided to let Winter come along, thinking that later he may be able to get Winter to wear his earring. Winter and Qibli set off to the Scorpion Den.
When they landed, Qibli worried about how the shadows stalking them didn't do anything but watch and he hurried to his old home. There he cannot find Cobra but was met by his siblings Sirocco and Rattlesnake. They had acquired new tattoos like Vulture's and took Qibli and Winter into Vulture's compound. There they found Vulture watching two scavengers in a maze. Winter defended them and Vulture waved away the guards and the scavengers. He also started the train of thought to lead Qibli into figuring out the truth about Onyx - she's Prince Smolder and Palm's daughter. He also said that she would be challenging Thorn for the throne. Vulture said that Cobra, Qibli's mother, was imprisoned in an oubliette for giving Qibli away. Vulture then demanded that Qibli give away all of Thorns secrets in order for his friends, his mother, and his own release. Qibli pretended to write down Thorn's secrets in a scroll, stalling, while his mother made more throwing stars from the one Ostrich swiped in Turtle's doubling bowl. They then escaped and left for Thorn's palace, where Qibli found Thorn, Smolder, and Typhoon, a SeaWing-IceWing hybrid from Possibility. Typhoon talked about how all the IceWings in the settlement had gotten suspiciously sick. Qibli suggested giving enchanted earrings to the staff (Thorn and her subjects), and more for Typhoon to take to all the IceWings in Possibility and the Ice Kingdom to be free from Darkstalker's plague and spells. Qibli suddenly ordered the Outclaws to pin Winter to the ground so he could give him an earring to free Winter from the Darkstalker's spell. Winter objects to this loudly, and in the process, freezes Qibli's arm, causing him to pass out, right after Thorn jabbed an earring in Winter's ear. However, directly before Qibli passes out, he called Winter a friend and asked Thorn to get earrings for everybody.
Thorn's doctors healed Qibli's arm, and he woke up in a room with Winter, who grudgingly apologized for fighting Qibli. Qibli got to work making more protection earrings, even though Typhoon had already left with the two still in Qibli's bag to give to the sick IceWings. Winter watched as he doubled his own earring in Turtle's bowl, and asked if Qibli was secretly an animus dragon also (along with their clawmate, Turtle), and Qibli thought darkly of how Winter took his one change with the enchanted scroll away and responded instead with a mention of Turtle's magic. They make many more protection spells for all of Thorn's staff and the IceWings. Thorn walked into the room and asked what Qibli is doing, but corrected herself after watching with a more specific question of how. Qibli explained, and Thorn asked why they couldn't just have Qibli's friend animus stop Darkstalker with a spell. Qibli said that magic could, but the particular dragon could not. She also asked for some earrings to give to Queen Coral and "Mudhen" (a typo for Queen Moorhen). Winter joked awkwardly about how they were going to inflict Qibli's terrible fashion sense on the whole continent. They planned on who was going to take the earrings to where, and Thorn told Qibli and Winter that she would handle it with her messengers.
They then returned to the balconies and found out that the "Talons of Power", Vulture's followers, were filling the skies fighting the Outclaws, and the "nightmarish shape" of Vulture holding the Eye of Onyx that he stole from the treasury. He gave a speech, stopping the fight, and wrongly shaped Qibli's words that he yelled at Vulture into his favor. Vulture claimed that the threat of the bombing was the MudWings, and says that he had proof. He is cut off by Queen Thorn, who told him to bring the MudWing to her for questioning instead of illegally taking him into custody, and for a real SandWing duel in the dueling grounds if there was a serious challenger. Vulture counters by claiming he had the Eye of Onyx so there was no need, but Thorn revealed that that one was just a fake that she kept for fooling thieves and saving their lives, while she was wearing the real one. Vulture tried to fight back by questioning whether the one Thorn wore was the real one, and she calmly responded that the real Eye of Onyx killed anyone not worthy of the throne and that it hasn't killed her yet. Qibli caught that she implied Vulture would be dead if it weren't a replica. Winter muttered to Qibli the connection around Onyx's name to the eye of Onyx, while Qibli frantically searched for Onyx in the crowds of SandWings all around him. He spied a flicker of movement and shrieked to Thorn that she's right below her. He dived towards her, and Thorn fended off her attacker. She told Qibli not to hurt Onyx, and he found it hard not to protect his queen more, protesting. Onyx claimed the crown should be hers, and Thorn scoffed, saying Onyx should fight her like a real queen, and that "this crown will never fall to a sneaking, sulking shadow killer."
They went to the dueling grounds, where Smolder, Onyx's father, talked to Onyx. Qibli was worried that since Onyx was truly royal blood, the Eye of Onyx might choose her, causing him to try and call up a storm that would delay the battle. He regretted it instantly after using Anemone's magic bracelets, but it was too strong and made a sandstorm. Thorn raced to get everyone inside, and they lost Onyx, Vulture, and Smolder in the process. Once they were all safe, Qibli and Thorn went looking for them, and find Onyx and Smolder in the dungeons, where Onyx was injured. Smolder was scared of the "mad prisoner" who is Prickle, Palm's sister and Onyx's . Ostrich and Six-Claws find another entrance from the outside of the dungeons, and they made it back outside, where Qibli saw all the damage he's done. He vowed not to use the bracelets again, as Thorn scolded him earlier for "controlling" the weather.
During the fall of Jade Mountain, Qibli also provided Princess Anemone with a spell to stop the battling NightWings and IceWings at The Jade Mountain Battle, and later oversaw the fall of Darkstalker with Moon, Hope, and Kinkajou.
In the epilogue, he was seen meeting Luna for the first time along with Moonwatcher, his new girlfriend. Qibli was shocked to see a dragon from Pantala for the first time and commented how Luna had so many wings and asked if it was hard to fly with all those wings, then answered his own question saying that is was a silly question. When Luna told them that they needed to get her home, Qibli told her that he "had some ideas" to get her back to Pantala. He was also seen in the exact same scene in the epilogue of Darkness of Dragons, although their conversation was cut off short then.
Qibli appeared in the prologue of the book, arriving at Jerboa's hut after going to get Turtle and Tsunami as Moonwatcher begins to recite the prophecy. Afterwards, Turtle accused him of his soul spell breaking animus magic, as neither he nor Anemone could use spells anymore; Qibli immediately denied this. He told Luna that he thought of the idea to swim to Pantala to clarify before Tsunami mentions it.
Qibli is mentioned by Tsunami when she is in the SapWing village.
As his mother, Cobra didn't care about Qibli or his siblings. Qibli tried to act smarter and faster to get his mother to notice him. He desperately wanted his mothers love, but she never gave it. His siblings realized this a lot sooner than Qibli and pushed him around a lot. They didn't care about Cobra. After being imprisoned by her own father, Vulture, in Darkness of Dragons, she helped Qibli in escaping her father's stronghold. After this, she started showing the first bits of affection towards Qibli. However, it turns out that Cobra was using Qibli in a plot to kill Queen Thorn. She warns Qibli that Vulture will get what he wants, and is then locked in the dungeons.
Vulture had despised Qibli, especially among his siblings. When Qibli came back to Vulture's stronghold to look for Cobra, Vulture tried to persuade him to feed him all of Thorn's secrets. Although Qibli managed to escape, they encountered each other again, as Vulture was working under Darkstalker in order to become king of the SandWings. Darkstalker later used Vulture as an example to show Qibli how he could manipulate dragons' feelings toward him as an animus. Darkstalker then turns Vulture's personality to that of a newborn dragonet's. Qibli is horrified at how unnatural Vulture became, and this was partially the reason Qibli said no to Darkstalker's offer of animus magic.
Qibli sees Thorn as his leader and mother, having served her and the Outclaws since he was 3 years old. He is extremely loyal to her, protecting her during battles and always refusing to leave her side. Thorn saved Qibli from his abusive mother Cobra when he was little, earning his eternal loyalty. From this point on, his life plan was to prove his loyalty to Queen Thorn and be the best Outclaw possible. This life plan is altered when Thorn sends him to Jade Mountain. They are very close and Thorn puts him as one of her priorities, exemplified by her letting him join a meeting she was in the middle of rather than asking him to leave.
Moon is Qibli's crush, and, by the end of Darkness of Dragons, his girlfriend. In Moon Rising, Qibli and Moonwatcher are put into the same winglet; he quickly becomes one of her best friends. She noticed that Qibli was very intelligent and observant. He is a bit wary of her at first, but thinks she's pretty and constantly wonders what he should do to make Moon like him a little better. Because of his instinct to protect, he frequently defends her. He turns out to also be a bit insecure about her "gift" to read minds, worrying that she'll think he's a cruel dragon or that he'll reveal secrets that he shouldn't. In the end, he puts aside how uncomfortable he feels and helps her figure out who set off the bomb with the use of her powers. It is stated in Winter Turning that Qibli wants to be more than friends with Moon. In Talons of Power, Qibli is shown to care and worry for Moon, asking Turtle about how she was. Also, he wonders if he behaves around Moon the same way Peril behaves around Clay, one of the first major hints that he likes his NightWing friend. In Darkness of Dragons, he is shown to not just like her but is in love with her, and always thinks about her, worrying about her safety and wishing to follow her to the rainforest. Yet, Qibli wonders if Winter or himself is worthy of her, and doubts himself, wondering if he's more like the "goofy friend" than a romantic partner. He concludes Moon deserves someone like Winter instead, but finally, Moon chooses Qibli.
Qibli and Winter have a bit of a rivalry - as Qibli (quite often) likes to annoy him - however, he still wants to be Winter's friend. Their rivalry could also be about the fact that they both have strong feelings for Moonwatcher, but this is unlikely since even before they were introduced to Moon, Qibli still annoyed him in a deliberate, yet friendly way. Winter has stated that Qibli's constant, clever observations annoy him several times a day. Qibli thinks to himself that Winter is a friend, but doesn't know if the feelings are reciprocated. Qibli sometimes thinks of himself worse compared to Winter because Winter is the heroic, kind, handsome dragon, while Qibli makes really weird faces when he tries to copy Winter. He thinks Moon deserves Winter more than himself, but in the end, Moon chooses Qibli over Winter. Despite this, Winter now considers Qibli his best friend, and wonders what the world is coming to.
It was shown in Moon Rising that Qibli tried to get Kinkajou to like him, as he does with almost every other dragon. They end up being strong friends, and when Kinkajou falls into her coma, he worries about her the way a loyal friend would.
He seems to be friends with Ostrich, and worries about her well-being. Ostrich appears to be very close to Qibli and often greets him enthusiastically. It is possible that they were closer before going to Jade Mountain Academy because Qibli remembers telling her that he would protect her while they were at school. Ostrich seems to look up to Qibli quite a bit, and she seems to value his advice. He also made a special promise to Ostrich's parents, promising them that he would take care of her- similar to how Pike promised Queen Coral that he would look after Anemone.
When Smolder held Sunny and Thorn as prisoners for Burn in The Brightest Night, Qibli seemed to instantly harbor distrust for him. However, he seemed to begin to trust him when he grew close to Thorn, even though he still had a hint of distrust. After a sandstorm caused by Qibli using the enchanted weather bracelets struck in Darkness of Dragons, he was concerned for Smolder when he wasn't present and sheltering like the other dragons.
Family Tree Edit
"No one is getting sliced up or frozen and snapped apart, [...] What is wrong with you? Did you even try just asking nicely? [...] Hey. I'm the idiot clawmate, although most dragons call me Qibli. My intimidating acquaintance here is Winter. What's your name?" - Qibli to Moonwatcher and Winter Moon Rising, page 44
"Winter, you need to seriously cool down! Get it? Because he's an IceWing? I know, I'm hilarious." - Qibli to Moonwatcher and Winter Moon Rising, page 45
"Listen, [...] This is my fault. I wanted a closer look, so I opened the cage, and that thing was halfway down the tunnel before we could even sneeze. But I promise you the scavenger does belong to Winter, so we're asking you nicely: Please don't eat it."
"You are not at all clear on the concept of 'asking nicely,' are you?"
"Indeed, [...] The scavenger with the silly name is Winter's pet. Nobody told me we could bring pets here, but I guess the nephew of the IceWing queen gets some special privileges/ And if you didn't know he was Queen Glacier's nephew, don't worry, he'd have told you sometime in the next five minutes."
"Here's hoping. [...] So? Moon? Can we catch you a sheep or something instead?"
"Great, [...] Weird but great. We're all on the same roll of the scroll, then."
"Or maybe it hates you and it trying to starve itself to death."
"I don't mind, [...] I mean, I don't mind the scavenger. His owner is the one I might be allergic to."
"I'm not! [...] Someone should probably mention that the scavenger's not going to last very long, though. It looks like it's wilting. Hey, what if it has some kind of disease or something?"
"I'm Qibli, [...] I was one of Thorn's Outclaws before she became queen. My plan is to learn everything as fast as possible and then get back to help her run the Kingdom of Sand."
"And I'm sure you're perfectly essential to the operation of your kingdom."
"See, I'm your destiny." -Jokingly to Winter when they learn they're stuck in the same winglet.
"History! How can we possibly sit in a dark cave listening to Webs drone on about the ancient past? This is history, happening right now. We're in the middle of it, or we should be." - Qibli to Winter Darkness of Dragons, page 17
"It's a long story, but I think Onyx has kidnapped Ostrich so she can use Six-Claws to get at Queen Thorn, so I have to leave now and you need to get everyone to wear these right away especially Winter all right goodbye." - Qibli to Sunny Darkness of Dragons, page 48
"It's one of the first spells I thought of. If I'd gotten Darkstalker's scroll - if I had all that power - first I'd protect my soul, next I'd cast spells to protect everyone I love, and then... I'd do a spell to make everyone like me. Even Winter... even my family. Would that be wrong? I wouldn't abuse it the way Darkstalker has. I wouldn't be tricking anyone into doing the things I want them to do. I just want other dragons to like me - and some of them won't, no matter how hard I try. I wouldn't be making their lives worse in any way." - Qibli's thoughts Darkness of Dragons, page 51
"I'm not leaving you alone with no stranger. All prophecy-like or not." - Qibli Thorn The Brightest Night, 
"Ha! Moons, no. She saved me from my mother. Besides, the way I understand it, there's only ever been one egg for Thorn, and that's you- if you are who you say you are." - Qibli Sunny The Brightest Night, 
"Terribly Undignified. We would never allow such higgeldy-piggeldy shenanigans in the Ice Kingdom. " - Qibli to Winter Winter Turning, 
"Oh, awesome logic! You're royalty, so you've always had power, so you should get any new power that comes along?" - To Winter, when they fight over Darkstalker’s scroll in Escaping Peril
"Moon, sometimes you're so busy listening to what dragons are thinking, you miss the things they're actually doing. Which can tell you a lot more about what they're really like. 
"Make bananas. Absolutely terrifying. Run for your life. " - Qibli to Mightyclaws Darkness of Dragons, 
"Such as the fact that [Darkstalker] killed his father; the fact that his seer girlfriend thought he was so dangerous he had to be hidden under a mountain for all eternity; he can enchant dragons to do anything he tells them to, or turn them into other dragons entirely if he wants; the fact that he just tried to kill the entire IceWing tribe with magic; and the fact that he's so charming and sincere that smart dragons tend to like him even when they're not enchanted to; Also, I'm not sure there's anyone who can stop him. I'm not sure there's anyone he cares about enough that he'd listen to them-or anyone who's willing to try." - - Qibli to Foeslayer Darkness of Dragons, 
"Geegaws. How can you call me weird and then use ancient old worm words like that?" - Qibli to Winter Darkness of Dragons, 
"That's right. She'd better run. I was just resting for part two: the crushening! Where I do some - crushing - and it's - very impressive - I think I'd better lie down." - Qibli to Moonwatcher and Winter Moon Rising, 
- A Qibli is a hot or warm southerly wind. It is also an alternative name for the desert wind sirocco, which happens to be the name of Qibli's brother.
- Qibli is roughly based on Tui T. Sutherland's son, though Tui said the dragon that resembles her son the most is Cliff.
- When Thorn complimented Qibli on saving a mouse from a cat, she "won his undying loyalty forever."
- For the first three years of his life, Qibli was referred to as a "spotted waste of scales" by Cobra, Rattlesnake, and Sirocco.
- Before being rescued by Thorn, Qibli would lie awake at night and watch Cobra in hopes of her glancing up at him and letting her "true love" for him slip through while no one was watching. However, Cobra never once looked up from her work during those nights.
- Qibli is currently the second SandWing, and the first full SandWing to have a main series book in his point of view, the first being Sunny in The Brightest Night.
- In Darkness of Dragons, Qibli once stated that whenever he tries to make Winter's heroic, dashing faces in the mirror, he looks like he is trying to suck bits of scorpion out of his teeth.
- On the cover of Darkness of Dragons, the scar across Qibli's snout is on the side of his lower jaw rather than across the top of his snout. This makes him one of five dragons with book descriptions that don't match the covers, the others being Anemone, Blue, Clay, and Tsunami.
- Cobra was the one who gave Qibli his scar.
- Qibli is fond of this scar; according to him, it's part of who he is.
- Qibli has been stated to have a "terrible fashion sense" by Winter. It has also been suggested that his earring appears to be less-than-glamorous by several other dragons as well, although these comments may have been jokes.
- Qibli isn't particularly excited about scrolls.
- Qibli came up with the only phrase to be considered a tongue twister so far in Wings of Fire - "face full of flames and frostbreath."
- Tui confirmed that Qibli's theme song is "Stand By You" by Rachel Platten.
- Qibli is the second known dragon to have freckle-like markings, the others being Thorn, Prickle, Palm, Lynx, Sandfly, Katydid, Lady Scarab, and Morpho.
- Qibli is the first protagonist confirmed not to have a special trait. This is due to Clay being fireproof, Tsunami being a princess, Glory being a Queen, Starflight being a Dragonet of Destiny, Sunny being a princess and a hybrid, Moonwatcher having mind reading and prophecy powers, Winter being a prince, Peril having firescales, Turtle being an animus and prince, Blue having flamesilk, Cricket having immunity to Queen Wasp’s mind control, and Sundew having Leafspeak.
- Qibli is said in the books to have his earring in his right ear, but on the cover of Darkness of Dragons, it is displayed on his left ear.
- Qibli is one of five POVs to have never met their father, the others being Clay, Cricket, Moonwatcher, and Glory.
- Qibli is the first dragon to appear in all three arcs, the second being Tsunami.
- ↑ Darkness of Dragons, page 4
- ↑ Darkness of Dragons, page 14
- ↑ Darkness of Dragons, page 3
- ↑ Darkness of Dragons, pages 14-15
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