Queen Coral is an adult female SeaWing who was first introduced in The Lost Heir. She is the current ruler of the SeaWing tribe and is renowned in the Kingdom of the Sea for writing countless scrolls, many of which are about herself and her kingdom. Due to the destruction of the Summer Palace, Coral and most of the SeaWings now reside in the Deep Palace.
However, it was mentioned in the epilogue of Darkness of Dragons that she and the SeaWings are currently building a new palace, one that she hopes will be an unhidden center of diplomacy, trade, and art, open to all Pyrrhian tribes.
Queen Coral has deep blue scales identical in color to Tsunami's, odd black ink stains on her claws (from her writing), and a twisted white narwhal horn with a wicked point attached to the tip of her tail. She has enormous blue wings and vines of pearls are often woven around them, her horns, and her neck. She was mentioned to be quite beautiful, with green eyes and sharp white teeth. She was said to have a forked tongue, however this was a mistake.
Queen Coral first appeared to be a loving queen and mother to Tsunami, like the scrolls said, which she may have written. However, she did not show concern to the injured SeaWing soldier nearly bleeding to death, worrying about her pearl-embedded floor instead. She resents and outcasts Riptide for having a "tainted bloodline", even though it wasn't his fault that his father, Webs, turned out to be a traitor to his tribe, stealing Tsunami's egg for the Talons of Peace. She said that Shark was too soft on Tortoise by letting her eat an octopus instead of being in the nursery. Tortoise's punishment was torture, followed quickly by death.
Coral is also seen throughout the second book The Lost Heir to have her actions greatly influenced by Blister, displaying that she can be a bit oblivious when it comes to a friend or ally as the SandWing princess refused to call her ‘queen’ and did not like displays of affection from her ally.
Despite this, she is fiercely protective of her daughters and truly cares about them, even though someday they will challenge her for the throne as Princess Orca did. Queen Coral still loved and missed her first daughter Orca, despite the fact that Orca nearly killed her. She showed no mercy to Tortoise when she failed her, along with the guards who were drugged when Webs stole Tsunami's egg. But during the SkyWing attack, she flung her scrolls into the water to avoid them catching fire to save the many SeaWings inside the Summer Palace. She has a fondness for writing and loves her scrolls, wanting every dragon in her kingdom to read them. In The Brightest Night, the MudWing queen, Queen Moorhen, refers to them as "silly, romantic scrolls". Tsunami describes her like an overprotective mother.
Queen Coral is overall a kind queen, but she seems to be a bit selfish, as she tends to care more about her personal interests and her loved ones than her tribe as a whole. She is also highly protective of her daughters and would kill anyone who endangers them or her eggs that are soon-to-be daughters. This is shown by Anemone being attached to her by a corded harness, which Tsunami refuses to be fitted for. However, Anemone is released from the harness and Auklet is attached to Queen Coral's chest with a harness at the end of the book, since the newborn dragonet needed more care and protection than Anemone did. Princes are barely any concern, as Queen Coral cannot even recall most of their names. This shows that Queen Coral only cares about her daughters. Queen Coral also appears to have trouble making her own choices, and can easily be persuaded. In The Lost Heir, she lets Blister convince her to imprison the dragonets, even though one of them was her own daughter, Tsunami. She also may have been the one who allowed the other dragonets, excluding Tsunami, to be chained and starved, though this is not fully proven.
Queen Coral had many dragonets, including Anemone, Auklet, Orca, Tsunami, twelve other deceased daughters, Cerulean, Fin, Octopus, Turtle, and twenty-eight other surviving sons. Queen Coral was challenged for the throne by Orca when she was seven years old, and although Orca nearly won, Coral eventually killed her by impaling her with the narwhal horn attached to the end of her tail. However, before challenging her mother, Orca carved and enchanted a statue of herself that was cursed to kill any of Coral's female dragonets, likely in order to rid herself of potential rivals for the throne. Since Orca's statue was mounted in the Royal Hatchery, it had easy access to its unhatched victims, and after Orca's death, all of Coral's unhatched daughters would be found dead, their eggshells smashed.
Queen Coral is fond of writing and is the author of numerous scrolls, likely using writing as a method to cope with the loss of her husband and daughters. She is the author of The Missing Princess, a scroll written for her long-lost daughter Tsunami. She also wrote a scroll on why she chose Gill as her husband. After Orca's death, she wrote a scroll entitled The Tragedy of Orca. She’s also written two murder mysteries: the talons of murder and a tail of blood and a scoll titled, on the differences between oysters and clams.
When Commander Shark, Riptide, and some other SeaWing guards bring Clay, Tsunami, Glory, Starflight, and Sunny to the Summer Palace, they wait for Queen Coral on the top pavilion. A little while later, Queen Coral and Anemone come through the tunnel to the Summer Palace and all the SeaWings bow. Tsunami notices how Anemone was harnessed to the queen. Coral hugs Tsunami and calls her "[her] baby." She says that she knew Tsunami would come back, but Anemone complains that she hurt her claws. Queen Coral licks them quickly and then tells Anemone that Tsunami is her sister. Tsunami tells them her name and Coral approves of it, remarking “at least Webs did one thing right”, and asks Tsunami where Webs is. Coral says he was a coward and a deserter, and says "it [wouldn't] be a quick death" when she found him. Sunny tells them not to hurt him, and then Coral notices the other dragonets and asks why a MudWing was there. Tsunami says that the others are her friends, and that they are the Dragonets of Destiny. Coral decides to have them meet Blister, and to "make sure they don't go anywhere," she tells some guards to put Clay, Glory, Starflight, and Sunny in Blister's cave. Tsunami attempts to convince her not to do that, but Coral says it's for their own safety. She orders Lagoon to get some food for their "guests," and Tsunami tells the guards that they don't have to tie the dragonets up because they will go with the guards. Glory says that "nobody touches [her]", but finally Tsunami calms Glory down, and Coral says that she and Tsunami will talk somewhere else.
Coral gives Tsunami some pearls that were on her horns, and when Tsunami asks to talk alone, Coral dismisses the SeaWing Council. Tsunami asks what's wrong with Riptide, and Coral says that his "bloodline is tainted" because Webs is his father. When the Council has left, Coral explains that Anemone stays with her always, and suggests that Tsunami should have a harness as well. Tsunami refuses, and explains that she has no knowledge of Aquatic. Coral is very surprised and asked what Tsunami does know. Tsunami tells her mother what she learned, and Anemone asks when she gets to learn those kinds of things. Coral replies, "when [she] thinks [Anemone is] ready." When they finish talking about studying, Coral asks Tsunami what the Talons of Peace did to her. Tsunami says they were horrible to them (and gets into details) and Coral calls her “My poor, poor baby." Tsunami asks about the stains on her claws, and Coral takes Tsunami to show her her scrolls she wrote. Coral soon shows Tsunami a carving by Princess Orca. Then she remarks that Orca, her first daughter, was a "very talented sculptor." After Tsunami meets Whirlpool, Queen Coral hints she wants Tsunami to marry Whirlpool, then gives Tsunami some scrolls to read and tells her that she wrote all of them, and that she wrote The Missing Princess for Tsunami. When Moray comes and gives news about a dead SkyWing found "only a few islands from the Summer Palace," Coral gets ready to leave, and Tsunami, Anemone, and some other SeaWings come with them. They swim to the body, and Tsunami recognizes it as Kestrel. Tsunami is shocked, but doesn't tell her mother who Kestrel is.
After they swim back to the Summer Palace, Queen Coral goes to a war meeting on the Council level. After the meeting, Coral comes and takes Tsunami to a room where she, Anemone, and Coral sleep. The next morning while the queen is still asleep, Anemone talks to Tsunami, but soon they have to end their talk because the queen is waking up. After she fully wakes up, they go to the Council level. She gets into the "QUEEN" pool with Anemone, and some other dragons come with food. The queen finally notices that Tsunami doesn't have a pool, and tells her to enter the pool labeled "DRAGONET CARE" because the dragon that was supposed to be there was absent. When Tsunami eats an octopus tentacle without noticing no one else has started eating yet (because Queen Coral did not give permission), Queen Coral comments that since she was "raised by barbarians", she couldn't know any better, offending Tsunami. After a while, the queen tells Pearl, Shark, and Whirlpool to report to their specific jobs, and tells Lagoon to give the dragonets (excluding Tsunami) the breakfast leftovers. When Princess Moray comments that Queen Coral's scrolls are "the most important subject [the dragonets at school] study", Tsunami is surprised and asks if that is more important than learning how to fight the war. Coral replies, wounded, that her writing is about everything. The queen then tells Whirlpool to give Tsunami lessons in Aquatic. She tells Commander Piranha to report, and Piranha replies that there was still no information about the dead SkyWing. Then a war patrol comes in and reports that "strange things are happening in the Sky Kingdom" (because of Queen Scarlet going missing), and Tsunami realizes that the SeaWings are both badly hurt. She suggests that someone look at their injuries, so Queen Coral talks with them a little more and then tells them to go. The conversation turns to Gill and the Sky Kingdom, and the Council wonders what might have happened in the Sky Kingdom. Tsunami says that that might have been caused by her and the dragonets, and when Coral asks her about Gill, Tsunami remembers that she killed him, and says that he died in the arena. Coral tells her that Gill was Tsunami's father, and dismisses the council, saying that "[she] must grieve."
Whirlpool takes Tsunami for a terribly taught Aquatic lesson, which Tsunami leaves before it is finished. She reunites with Riptide, who teaches her some Aquatic better than Whirlpool. Then, while going back to Queen Coral, she is mysteriously attacked, her head stuffed in a sack while being attacked with viscous swipes and kicks. When Tsunami gets back to Coral on the library level, she is talking about Gill, and Tsunami tells Coral that someone just tried to kill her. Coral says that they must protect the her eggs, and when they are finally ready to go to the Deep Palace, they swim there, and Coral realizes that one of her eggs is broken. She tortures and kills Tortoise, the hatchery's guard, for not protecting the eggs well. Tsunami decides to protect the last remaining egg (Auklet's egg). Coral asks Tsunami what she is doing, because that if she fails, she’ll be dead too, and claims the egg will be safe in the hatchery if she puts all her guards on it. Coral then tells the two princesses what she did to have Anemone's egg hatch, how she had to leave the kingdom to King Gill and why he was lost to the war. But then, Tsunami suddenly realizes that the cave her friends are in might be flooded from the rain. She goes off with the egg in a harness (after they get the harness) and Coral is not seen again until after Tsunami frees her friends and goes to sleep in a high, dry cave with them and Sunny protecting the egg. Then they realize that Blister was there, and Blister tells Queen Coral where the dragonets are. At breakfast, Tsunami loudly tells Coral how her friends were treated, and Coral seems surprised, but also seems to secretly be grinding her teeth as well. She sends Lagoon and Shark to the dungeons temporarily as punishment. Later at breakfast, she tells Blister about finding Kestrel's body (although she still doesn't know who the SkyWing was) and Sunny recognizes the description as Kestrel. Blurting “That sounds like Kestrel!” Forcing Tsunami to uncover what she knew. Coral asks Tsunami why she didn't tell her, and Blister "covers" for her, most likely to gain Tsunami and the rest of the dragonet’s trust. Then Coral, Whirlpool, and Anemone go off with Tsunami to show Blister how their secret weapon to end the war is coming along. Tsunami then realizes that Anemone is an animus. And in demonstration, Whirlpool orders Aneneme to control a pearl necklace. After he asks her to stop, she enchants the necklace to flow away from Whirlpool and later to explode. But a rustle of leaves then catches the attention of Blister, provoking her to fly up to the canopy of leaves, and the ripping in, wrecking the canopy. They discover that the intruder is Webs. Clay and Tsunami catch him as he’s falling in midair and was splashed with seawater after he blacked out. Queen Coral orders anyone else lurking around suspiciously to be brought to them. Riptide was apparently found wandering near the palace in which then provoked Queen Coral to be pursuaded and groomed by Blister that those two were working with each other and that they were the egg killers in the royal hatchery. Webs, having a fine for fleeing the war, and stealing Tsunami’s egg was sent to prison with Riptide.
Tsunami decides to go back to the hatchery to keep Auklet's egg warm, vowing to keep it protected no matter what the danger. Later that night, Orca’s statue attacks Tsunami. Tsunami defeats Orca's statue by pinning it down with a narwhal horn and tells Coral what happened. Coral is mentioned to have smashed it to bits after Anenome reveals with animus magic who enchanted it, revealing Orca. She is present when Tsunami names Auklet.
Then Coral decides that the dragonets should go into the dungeons, convinced that it's for their own good with Blister influencing her decision. Anemone comes to visit and enchanted a spear to bring the person who tried to kill Tsunami, turning out to be Whirlpool. Anemone shoved him into the waterfall around them, containing an electrical current due to electric eels. Starflight explains that the eels 'should' have time to recharge their electricity. Tsunami runs through the deactivated prison and frees her friends. Right after the dragonets escape their cell, the Summer Palace is attacked by the Skywings and Mudwings. She is seen to be throwing her scrolls into the water to keep them from burning and sending deadly smoke up. Anemone helps her, and Coral touches her head fondly. Queen Coral is not seen for the rest of the book.
Coral briefly appears at Burn's Stronghold at the end to watch how the war will turn out, and who would become the queen of the SandWings.
She appears briefly when she is dropping Anemone and Turtle off at Jade Mountain Academy. Auklet is also there, asking to go to school with Anemone and Turtle, but Queen Coral says to wait until she is older. She lectures Anemone that if she felt anything bad, she should return home. She also insists on seeing everything in the school first before letting them go.
In the prologue of Talons of Power, Coral and Gill were arguing about the safety of the Royal Hatchery. Coral mentioned that royal SeaWings had been hatching safely there for thousands of years, while Gill was more skeptical of the Hatchery's security.
After returning from a meeting with Blister in the Summer Palace, Coral realized that two more of her daughters had been killed during her time away. Gill tried to apologize, but Coral didn't respond. After Gill scolded Turtle for failing to find Snapper in time to save Abalone and his sisters, Coral reminded him that Turtle was only a prince and that Gill shouldn't have expected so much of him, mentioning later that she had already ordered Abalone and Snapper to be executed for failing to successfully guard her daughters. Coral told Gill that their next daughter was going to live, and she was going to stay by her dragonet's side for as long as she needed to. Gill agreed to temporarily take her place as ruler over the Kingdom of the Sea while she raised their next daughter.
In the epilogue of Darkness of Dragons, Turtle was reading a letter written by his mother. In her writing, Coral mentioned that she and the SeaWings were building a new palace, one that would be welcome to all tribes and would be a center for diplomacy, trade, and art. She thanked Turtle for ridding the Kingdom of the Sea from Darkstalker's curse, and warned Turtle that his brothers were very impressed with his latest practical joke and that he should check his bed for lobsters next time he visited the kingdom. She mentioned that herself and Auklet sent Turtle their love and Coral's newest story.
It was mentioned in the epilogue of Darkness of Dragons that she and the SeaWings are currently building a new palace, but one that she hopes will be an unhidden center of diplomacy, trade, and art, open to all Pyrrhian tribes.
Known Written Scrolls Edit
- A Tail of Blood
- On the Differences Between Oysters and Clams
- The Claws of Murder
- The Missing Princess
- The Tragedy of Orca
- A scroll describing how she chose Gill as her husband (unknown title)
Family Tree Edit
|Commander Shark||Queen Coral||King Gill†|
|Princess Moray||Prince Fin||Prince Cerulean||Prince Turtle||Prince Octopus||28 Unnamed Sons|
|Princess Orca†||Princess Tsunami||Princess Anemone||Princess Auklet|
"My baby! I knew you'd come back to me. I knew you were out there, trying to find your way back. I never stopped searching for you." - Coral to TsunamiThe Lost Heir, page
"Oh. Tsunami, you can sit there. Tortoise is guarding the hatchery at the Deep Palace, so she won't be joining us today."
"It's all right. Naturally I forgive my long-lost daughter any accidental impudence. As we all know, she was raised by barbarians, so she couldn't know any better. I give you all permission to eat." - Coral to her CouncilThe Lost Heir, pages 110-111
"I'll stay with her this time. No one else can do it except me. I was right about our incompetent guards ... I'm going to keep our next daughter alive. I'll stay in the hatchery with the egg to keep it safe. But I need you to run the kingdom for me ... I'll keep her by my side all the time. Her whole life, if I have to. I'll never leave her alone. She's going to be perfect, Gill, you'll see. And we're going to call her Anemone." - Coral to GillTalons of Power, prologue
"Dear Turtle, Auklet and I send our love. You must come home for a visit soon so that you can see the new palace we're building. We chose the perfect island for it and we're starting with an auditorium that will have wonderful acoustics for my scroll readings, with enough room to host dragons from all the tribes. We're not going to hide this one like the Summer Palace. I'm hoping it'll be a center for diplomacy and trade and art that will help us build relations across Pyrrhia, but especially with Queen Moorhen and Queen Glory, who have such interesting ideas." - Coral to TurtleDarkness of Dragons, epilogue
"Your brothers seem to think you played an enormously clever practical joke on them the last time you were at the palace. I didn't get all the details, but they're very impressed with you. You'd better carefully check your bed for lobsters the next time you're here." - Coral to TurtleDarkness of Dragons, epilogue
- A coral is a hard, stony structure created by marine polyps. A coral comes in various shapes and colors, and multiple can form a coral reef.
- Because Albatross was part IceWing, Queen Coral is of IceWing descent. However, since it has been 2,000 years since his time, the IceWing gene within the SeaWing tribe has most likely been completely bred out.
- Coral's second spoken words to Tsunami were identical to ones in The Missing Princess.
- Coral currently has three daughters and 32 sons.
- Coral dislikes the Talons of Peace, as shown when she outlawed Webs from ever coming back to the Kingdom of the Sea again.
- Coral is currently an author, and has permanent squid ink marks on her claws. When Tsunami first saw her mother's claws in The Lost Heir, she thought that they were bloodstained.
- Most of her works are published on water-proof scrolls and thin stone tablets, and many are required reading in SeaWing schools.
- She is one of three queens to rule her tribe for the entire series, the others being Queen Moorhen and Queen Wasp.
- Coral was described as having a forked tongue in The Lost Heir. This was a mistake, since only IceWings, NightWings, and SandWings have forked tongues.
- ↑ Talons of Power, page
- ↑ The Lost Heir, page 74
- ↑ The Lost Heir, page 77
- ↑ The Lost Heir, page 74
- ↑ The Lost Heir, page 74
- ↑ The Lost Heir, page 79
- ↑ The Lost Heir, page 220
- ↑ The Lost Heir, page 78
Present: Abalone • Flounder • Herring • Herring's Brother • Kelp • Lagoon • Nautilus • Pearl • Piranha • Riptide • Snapper • Squid • Tempest • Tortoise • Urchin • Webs • Whirlpool