"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 Peril, … 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."
— Qibli thinking about Darkstalker's scroll, Darkness of Dragons

Qibli is a male SandWing dragonet and the main protagonist of Darkness of Dragons. Formerly an Outclaw, Qibli later attended Jade Mountain Academy as a member of the Jade Winglet, and is in a relationship with Moonwatcher. He is currently travelling across the sea from Pyrrhia to Pantala as one of the eleven selected representatives.


Qibli has pale,[1] sand-yellow scales,[2] with a few tiny[3] dark brown speckles on his snout,[4] and yellow wings.[5] He has a small, rakish scar zigzagging across his snout[6] and wears a small gold hoop earring in one ear with a warm orange-amber teardrop hanging from it.[4] He is wiry, narrow-shouldered,[7] and slightly larger than Kinkajou.[7]


Qibli often makes witty jokes[8] and clever observations,[8] usually trying to get along with everyone on first meeting.[9] He is intelligent[10] and sincere, often open about his feelings.[11] He is friendly[12] and observant,[13] as Winter once thought that if anyone could solve the mystery of Pyrite, it would probably be Qibli.[14] He is selfless, shown when he paired Moonwatcher and Winter together to search for Hailstorm instead of searching with Moonwatcher himself.[15] He is gentle,[16] excitable,[17] optimistic,[18] hopeful, cheerful,[19] and enthusiastic.[20] When others are in danger, he becomes genuinely concerned, his voice suddenly gentle instead of playful.[21] Moon observed that he's often thinking several things at once.[22]


The Dragonet Prophecy

The Brightest Night
Qibli first appeared as a member of the Scorpion Den's Outclaws as Thorn pins down Preyhunter for admitting to Morrowseer's death. When Preyhunter lashed out at Thorn, Qibli and Six-Claws were among the first to rush to her defense, although Thorn herself had already stabbed Preyhunter with her deadly tail.

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 together for a short amount of time. During that time, Qibli lectures Sunny about the Outclaws, but she falls 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.

The Jade Mountain Prophecy

Moon Rising
Qibli is first seen noticing Moonwatcher in Jade Mountain Academy's main hallway as he was speaking to Ostrich. She heard him observe how 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 Moonwatcher about his pet scavenger, Bandit, and how she wasn't allowed to eat him. Humorously defending Moon from Winter's offensive 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 who was terrorizing so many dragons.

Qibli then told Moon to check Pike, Flame, and Icicle. They were all dead ends, and they later 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 replied 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. 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.
Winter Turning
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 frostbreath. He and the others were later locked in the wingery and escaped to the NightWing tunnels where they find Icicle. Kinkajou tackled her to the ground out of rage, saying that nobody would 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 summoned two SkyWings, Avalanche and Pyrite. Avalanche seemed like she wanted to rip off Qibli's tail barb, most likely because her son, Flame, had been scarred by a SandWing barb. Pyrite claimed to know where it is when they mentioned that they were looking for Scarlet. Winter observed that Qibli had feelings for Moon and wondered if his feelings were as obviously shown as Winter's.

When they found the mountain Moon saw in the dream, they took a short rest. Winter was dreamvisited 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 had been there. They started looking until they found a cave, and while Kinkajou and Pyrite were still sleeping, they crept 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 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. 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. When Qibli asked him if he could have the necklace back, 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!"
Escaping Peril
Qibli flew above Peril and Turtle when Turtle healed himself in the river. They greeted each other when they met. Qibli was suspicious of Peril and said to Moon after she told Peril that Qibli was "probably the smartest dragon in Pyrrhia" and had already come up with five ways to kill her by then. Qibli stated that he had only come up with three so far and 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 no cactus sap 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 even got a vote on stating whether Peril was the danger in the Jade Mountain Prophecy.

When they got the scroll from Chameleon, Winter and Qibli got into a fight on how to use it, which caused Peril to burn the scroll and to unintentionally free Darkstalker.
Talons of Power
Qibli watched 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 left to go hunting due to Darkstalker's insistence, he gave Turtle a meaningful look and pointed to Jade Mountain, trying to signal to him to warn the school.

Later, he told Peril to talk 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 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 Turtle's 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 psychological effect. When Darkstalker came, knowing that a spell had been cast, he asked Qibli if Anemone had passed by at all. When Qibli realized 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 if he has animus powers, and when it didn't work, Darkstalker informed Qibli that he would have made a formidable animus with his mind.

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, Turtle sent him messages several times. Turtle told Anemone to find Qibli for help when Darkstalker summoned all the animus dragons from Pyrrhia.
Darkness of Dragons
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. She beat him with Thorn watching. 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 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 interesting thing. 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 returned 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 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 collaborating 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 had demanded to be NightWing king immediately. 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. 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. 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 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 - that she was Prince Smolder and Palm's daughter. He also said that she would be challenging Thorn for the throne. Vulture noted that Cobra, Qibli's mother, was imprisoned in an oubliette for giving Qibli away. Vulture then demanded that Qibli give away all of Thorn's secrets for his friends', mother's, and own release. Qibli pretended to write down Thorn's secrets in a scroll, stalling, then he made more throwing stars from the one Ostrich swiped in Turtle's doubling bowl while his mother caused a scene. 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 Cobra to the ground and looks in her bag, finding weapons and poison. Accusing Cobra that she wasn't really in the oubliette all that time, and it was a setup to get close to Thorn. Afterward, Winter jumped into the air to get Darkstalker to heal the whole IceWing tribe being under Darkstalker's spell. Qibli tried to get Winter to wear the earring so Winter could be free 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 with 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 earring in Turtle's bowl and asked if Qibli was secretly an animus dragon also (along with their clawmate, Turtle). Qibli thought darkly of how Winter took his one chance 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 was doing but, after watching him, corrected herself 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 Coral and "Mudhen" (a typo for Moorhen). Winter joked awkwardly about how they would inflict Qibli's terrible fashion sense on the whole continent. They planned on who would take the earrings to wear, 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 in 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 had not 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, and 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 arena 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 aunt. 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'd 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 Battle of Jade Mountain, then Darkstalker takes him to the cave he was trapped in and offered to make him an animus. Qibli turns him down and is rescued by Moon and Kinkajou and later oversaw the fall of Darkstalker with Moon, Foeslayer, and Kinkajou. He is seen in the epilogue when Moon wants to be a couple.

The Lost Continent Prophecy

The Lost Continent
In the epilogue, he was shown 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 on how Luna had so many wings and asked if it was hard to fly with all those wings, then answered his question, saying that it 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.
The Hive Queen
Qibli appeared in the book's prologue, arriving at Jerboa III's hut after going to get Turtle and Tsunami as Moonwatcher begins to recite the prophecy. Afterward, 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 swimming to Pantala to clarify before Tsunami mentions it.
The Poison Jungle
Qibli is mentioned by Tsunami when she is in the SapWing village.
The Dangerous Gift
Qibli first appeared when Snowfall and the Pantalan dragons took shelter by Jerboa III's hut. He appeared multiple times alongside Moonwatcher and eventually followed the refugees to Sanctuary. There, he happily reunited with Winter, and appeared later on briefly as part of the meeting. Qibli is eventually chosen as one of the eleven representatives to go to Pantala.



As his mother, Cobra didn't care about Qibli or his two siblings whatsoever. Qibli tried to act smarter and faster to get his mother to notice him. He desperately wanted his mother's love, but she never gave it to him or his siblings. 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 father, Vulture, she helped Qibli in escaping his grandfather'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 Thorn, Queen of the SandWings. She warns Qibli that Vulture always gets what he wants and is then locked in the dungeons.


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 good friends, and when Kinkajou falls into her coma, he worries about her the way a loyal friend would. It is sometimes shown that he enjoys her bubbly happiness and also observes that she is all heart.


Moonwatcher is Qibli's crush, and, by the end of Darkness of Dragons, she asks him to be in a relationship with her, and he gladly said yes. 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 continually wonders what he should do to make Moon like him a little better. Because of his instinct to protect, he frequently defends her. Qibli turns out to also be a bit insecure about her ability to read minds, worrying that she'll think he's a cruel dragon or that he'll reveal secrets. 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 about Moon, asking Turtle about how she was. He wonders if he behaves around Moon the same way Peril behaves around Clay, one of the first significant hints that he likes his NightWing friend. In Darkness of Dragons, he is shown to not just like her but also be in love with her — always thinking 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 a "goofy friend" than a romantic partner. He concludes Moon deserves someone like Winter instead, but ultimately, Moon chooses Qibli. When Moonwatcher was in danger, he leaped aside to protect her with his wings,[23] and he looks at Moonwatcher like he loves her.[24] When Qibli spoke about how free he thought Possibility was, Moonwatcher looked at him like he made sense.[25] When Moonwatcher said that she was unsure if anyone would want to come with her to fulfill the Jade Mountain Prophecy, Qibli waved a wing at himself as though it were obvious.[26] When Winter told Moonwatcher he should have nothing to do with her, Qibli sounded genuinely angry.[27]


He seems to be friends with Ostrich and worries about her overall well-being. Ostrich appears to be very close to Qibli and often greets him enthusiastically. They were likely 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 particular promise to Ostrich's parents, Six-Claws and Kindle, that he would take care of her, which is similar to how Pike promised Queen Coral that he would look after Anemone.


Qibli trusts Six-Claws, being a fellow Outclaw and friend. In The Brightest Night, Six-Claws trusted Qibli with the NightWings, saying, "Follow Qibli. And no funny business."[28]


When Smolder held Sunny and Thorn as prisoners for Princess Burn, Qibli seemed not to trust him instantly. However, he seemed to begin to trust him more when he grew close to Thorn, even though he still had a hint of distrust. After a sandstorm caused by Qibli using Anemone's enchanted weather bracelets struck, he was concerned for Smolder when he wasn't present and sheltering like the other dragons.


When Qibli first met Sunny, he was hostile towards her, seeing her as a possible threat to Thorn and a danger to Thorn's love for him. But as of right now, it is safe to say they get along together.


Qibli thinks of himself as Thorn's second-in-command.[29] He sees Thorn as his leader and mother, having served her and the Outclaws ever since he was three years old. He is extremely loyal to her, protecting her during battles and always refusing to leave her side because Thorn saved Qibli from his abusive mother Cobra when he was a little dragonet, 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.


Qibli doesn't interact much with Turtle in Moon Rising, but in Talons of Power, Qibli asks if Turtle can stay hidden just a bit longer to spy on Darkstalker. It is shown that Qibli trusts Turtle, as he asks him to enchant him to become an animus. Turtle declines, but Qibli understands, confirming his trust and friendship. He can get jealous of Turtle at times, as he was given animus powers and Qibli wasn't.


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 reencountered each other, as Vulture was working under Darkstalker 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, then to love Qibli more than anything in the world, and later, to feel remorse over everything he'd done. Qibli is horrified at how unnatural Vulture becomes, and this was a significant part of why Qibli said no to Darkstalker's offer of animus magic.


Qibli and Winter have a bit of a friendly rivalry, as Qibli often annoys him. However, he still wants to be Winter's friend, as he sometimes makes jokes to annoy Winter. Qibli thinks to himself that Winter is a friend but doesn't know if the feelings are reciprocated. Qibli sometimes thinks of himself worse than Winter because Winter is the heroic, tortured, handsome dragon, while Qibli ends up looking awkward when he tries to be more like Winter. He thinks Winter deserves Moon more than himself, but Moon chooses Qibli over Winter in the end. After Winter saved Qibli's life, he was grateful in his thanks, entirely too sincerely for Winter.[30] Qibli looked to Winter like he was waiting for him to decide whether or not to reveal important information.[31] He also purposefully paired Moonwatcher and Winter together during the search for Hailstorm in hopes that searching with her would keep Winter going.[15] Qibli has helped Winter become less serious, and had an irrepressible grin on his face when speaking to Winter in Sanctuary. Qibli considers him a best friend and is affectionate[32] and genuinely delighted towards him.[29]

Sirocco and Rattlesnake

Qibli and his siblings have a negative relationship, as they nearly killed him many times through his childhood. However, he learned to defend himself against them, using his agility and quick thinking.

Family Tree



"I'm not leaving you alone with no stranger. All prophecy-like or not."
― to Thorn, about Sunny (The Brightest Night, page 71)

"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?"
― 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."
― to Winter (Moon Rising, page 45)

"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."
― to Moon, about Winter (Moon Rising, page 46-47)

"Or maybe it hates you and it's trying to starve itself to death."
― to Winter, about Bandit (Moon Rising, page 49)

"I don't mind, […] I mean, I don't mind the scavenger. His owner is the one I might be allergic to."
― about Bandit and Winter (Moon Rising, page 52)

"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."
― introducing himself to the Jade Winglet (Moon Rising, page 83)

"See, I'm your destiny."
― to Winter, about their shared winglet (Moon Rising, page 85)

"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."
― to Winter (Darkness of Dragons, page 17)

"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 Peril, … 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."
― thinking (Darkness of Dragons, page 51)

"Terribly undignified. We would never allow such higgeldy-piggeldy shenanigans in the Ice Kingdom."
― imitating Winter (Winter Turning)

"What is with you and faces? […] You should try threatening someone's elbows or ankles once in a while, just for a change of pace."
― to Winter (Winter Turning)

"Stop, stop it. I see you going to the giving-up place in your head. Get yourself out of there right now. We do not know he is dead any more than we did an hour ago. What we have to do is keep searching, because he's only definitely dead if we give up and sit here like moping camels. You are not allowed to mourn until you see a dead body, do you understand me?"
― to Winter about Hailstorm (Winter Turning, page 165)

"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 (Escaping Peril, page 283)

"Make bananas. Absolutely terrifying. Run for your life."
― to Winter about Mightyclaws' power (Talons of Power, page 90)

"Geegaws. How can you call me weird and then use ancient old worm words like that?"
― to Winter (Darkness of Dragons, page 61)

"Such as the fact that he 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."
― to Hope when she asked him what his concerns were regarding Darkstalker (Darkness of Dragons, page 279)

"How are we supposed to find him? […] When we can't even find him? Why hasn't he sent me a message in three days? Just 'Hey, off to the Night Kingdom, toodles!' and then 'OH NO ACK I'M TRAPPED IN THE NIGHT KINGDOM' and nothing in between! Rrrrrrrrgh."
― To Winter about Turtle (Darkness of Dragons, page 192)


  • Qibli is roughly based on one of Tui T. Sutherland's sons, though Sutherland mentioned that the dragon who represents her son the most is Cliff.[event 1]
  • When asked about the love triangle in arc two involving Qibli, Winter, and Moonwatcher, Tui stated in an interview that she wanted to try to challenge herself by writing a love triangle where "you really like all of them, and any of the three can be together," which made Tui feel conflicted when it came time to decide the final pairing. In this case, Tui wanted Moonwatcher to pick the nice guy who cares about her and does all the right things.[event 2]
  • Qibli is described as a compelling storyteller.[33]
  • Qibli can play the drum.[34]
  • According to Winter, Qibli has an annoying "let's be sensible about this" voice when trying to reason with someone.[35]
  • Qibli is a wide-open desert kind of dragon and makes a lot of noise in enclosed spaces.[30]
  • The first thing Qibli stole in the Scorpion Den was a runty, spotted persimmon that had fallen under a food cart.[36]
  • Tui knows who Qibli's father is, but she refused to say it.[citation needed]
  • Qibli's theme song is Stand by You by Rachel Platten.[event 3]



  1. Moon Rising, page 278
  2. Moon Rising, page 80
  3. Winter Turning, page 73
  4. 4.0 4.1 Moon Rising, page 44
  5. Escaping Peril, page 107
  6. The Brightest Night, page 71
  7. 7.0 7.1 Winter Turning, page 194
  8. 8.0 8.1 Winter Turning, page 24
  9. Winter Turning, page 40
  10. Winter Turning, page 129
  11. Winter Turning, page 136
  12. Winter Turning, page 152
  13. Winter Turning, page 157
  14. Winter Turning, page 160
  15. 15.0 15.1 Winter Turning, page 166
  16. The Dangerous Gift, page 241
  17. The Dangerous Gift, page 237
  18. The Dangerous Gift, page 199
  19. The Dangerous Gift, page 172
  20. The Dangerous Gift, page 173
  21. The Dangerous Gift, page 181
  22. Moon Rising, page 80-81
  23. Winter Turning, page 134
  24. Winter Turning, page 149
  25. Winter Turning, page 207
  26. Winter Turning, page 229
  27. Winter Turning, page 230
  28. The Brightest Night, page 52
  29. 29.0 29.1 The Dangerous Gift, page 171
  30. 30.0 30.1 Winter Turning, page 62
  31. Winter Turning, page 148
  32. The Dangerous Gift, page 170
  33. Winter Turning, page 154
  34. Moon Rising, page 161
  35. Winter Turning, page 19
  36. Darkness of Dragons, page 37
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