Queen Ruby is a female SkyWing with dark red scales, the current ruler of the SkyWings and the only living daughter of Ex-Queen Scarlet's 7 daughters. Ruby (and Tourmaline) are the only daughters of Scarlet that have been named, Ruby was said to be the "younger sister" by five years. In Escaping Peril, Ruby is revealed to actually be an animus-touched mask created by Chameleon, and is actually Princess Tourmaline. Scarlet turned Tourmaline into Ruby using Darkstalker's Scroll, which was in the possession of Chameleon, most likely because Scarlet was afraid that Tourmaline would try to overthrow her. While under the enchantment, Ruby was supposed to be unable to challenge Scarlet. However, Ruby did challenge her mother at the end of Escaping Peril. Ruby hated Peril throughout most of the book as she thought that Peril was responsible for Tourmaline's disappearance. However, at the end of Escaping Peril, she made amends and forgave Peril, granting her rights to live in the Sky Kingdom again.
Ruby has deep red scales and wings, a diamond-shaped head, and an unusually long neck and tail, often remarked on by other dragons. She has small rubies glittering from between the scales around her eyes and wears silver rings with larger rubies on them around her claws. She also owns an animus-enchanted earring, given to her by Chameleon, that turns her into Ruby though also due to the spell she remembers nothing about the event until it is destroyed yet clarification on that is still slim in the books.
When Queen Scarlet, Ruby's mother, vanished in the confusion of Queen Glory's venom attack in the arena during the dragonets' escape, Ruby stepped up and ascended the SkyWing throne during that time. However, Scarlet never returned, so Ruby kept the throne. Many SkyWings split over her ascension, as a great deal of them believed Scarlet was still alive. Another group believed she was dead, as seen in The Lost Heir when two injured SeaWings said they heard shouts "For Ruby!" and "The queen is not dead! Long live the queen!" The Sky Kingdom was split between the sudden uprising and loyalty to Scarlet.
Scarlet dreamvisited Glory and it was revealed that her daughter, Queen Ruby, had become the new SkyWing queen. Scarlet complained a great deal about this particular subject, saying that Ruby could never beat her in a proper duel, because of the enchantment she put on her.
In the epilogue, Burn voiced her anger at Ruby to her brother, Prince Smolder, saying that Ruby wants to 'restore order in the Sky Kingdom' and 'establish the stability of her own throne' before engaging in any more battles. She also claims that Ruby is more difficult than her annoying mother, and she follows orders very poorly, if at all, which seems to annoy Burn a lot, most likely because she needs the SkyWing's numbers and strength to win the war and become the SandWing queen.
Queen Ruby did not make an appearance, however Peril mentions that the new queen had banished her from the kingdom because she was seen as a threat to her subjects. When Peril freed Scarlet from Burn's stronghold, Scarlet went into hiding until Escaping Peril when Ruby challenged Scarlet for the throne.
Though she did not make a physical appearance, one of the SkyWing students, Carnelian, frequently thinks about Ruby, who "forced" her to go to Jade Mountain Academy. Carnelian is angry with her, but also shows fierce loyalty, stating that she would kill the former Queen Scarlet herself to defend Ruby and her throne. At one point, much to Carnelian's despair, Ruby sends her a letter denying her requests to leave the school. Carnelian makes it clear she would rather be training in Ruby's army than sitting in school.
In the prologue, when Prince Hailstorm and Prince Winter go hunting for scavenger dens, they are encountered by a large group of SkyWings being led by one of Queen Scarlet's daughters, most likely Ruby. Later, Pyrite (aka Prince Hailstorm) explained that she joined the Talons of Peace because Queen Ruby was forcing SkyWings to swear allegiance to her. Since her enchantment forced her to be loyal to Scarlet she could not bow, causing her to leave the Sky Kingdom.
In the prologue, Ruby is seen with her sister, talking about overthrowing Scarlet and taking the throne. Ruby thinks about how dangerous and ambitious her sister is, unsure as to whether it'd be a good idea to discuss this or not. Soon later, Tourmaline disappears, and Ruby is called to the throne room by Scarlet. She greets her brothers, who have varied expressions, and notes that one seems awfully friendly, possibly because she'd probably get killed by Scarlet. Scarlet's ally, Princess Burn, is present, and Scarlet suggests to make a show, talking of how Burn dropped the SkyWing dragonet of destiny off a cliff. While she is there, Peril burns 6 eggs (though there was a seventh that appears to have gone missing) that were supposed to hatch on the Brightest Night, and Scarlet makes Peril her champion, although Ruby didn't agree. Peril seemed to have no idea that what she was doing was killing dragonets once Scarlet assured her that it was fine. Ruby also begins to suspect Peril of killing her sister and seems to strongly dislike Peril.
The story begins with Peril waiting for Queen Ruby to retrieve the body of Carnelian. Queen Ruby shows her hate for Peril and Scarlet while talking to Clay, Sunny, and Tsunami. Worried about how Ruby would react to Peril, Clay had Peril stay hidden in a cave. Scarlet arrived throwing a severed head of what appears to have belonged to Glory but was later revealed to be an animus-touched MudWing. Ruby's guards defend the mountain as Ruby, Princess Tsunami, and more guards quickly pursue Scarlet to no avail. Ruby and the others remain discussing what to do with the MudWing head and if Scarlet has an animus helper. It is decided that Ruby will go to Queen Moorhen to give the MudWing head back and to try to find clues about where Scarlet is hiding.
Queen Ruby was warned ahead of time that her mother came back to the Sky Palace and she left the Mud Kingdom right away. At sunrise, she arrived at the palace. Seeing that her son, Prince Cliff, was being held hostage by Scarlet, she agreed to let the guards lock her up. She knew this might happen, as she already had a special cell that was designed so she could escape. Scarlet and Ruby had the battle to determine the queen once and for all. While they were fighting, Peril realized that Ruby had an animus touched earring that made her weak and quickly destroyed it. Ruby turned into Tourmaline and was able to defeat Scarlet. Tourmaline wanted to turn back into Ruby because Cliff wanted his mother back. She told Chameleon to turn her back into Ruby, with all her memories and the knowledge intact. After turning into Ruby again, she hosts a party to celebrate. Peril was also pardoned, and therefore Ruby now allows her to go wherever she wants in the Sky Kingdom and even offered for her to live in the Sky Palace too.
Family Tree Edit
|Three Unnamed Sisters (Deceased)|
|Queen Ruby (Tourmaline)||Eleven Unnamed Daughters|
|Two Unnamed Sons|
"I never want to see you again." - To Peril
"Don't be an idiot. You're only ten, and furthermore, you'll never be ready, [...] She killed her mother plus all three of her sisters and eleven of ours. There's no way to defeat her." -To Tourmaline in the prologue of Escaping Peril
"She has been queen forever." -To Tourmaline in the prologue of Escaping Peril
"Are you planning to throw a scavenger at Mother? Because I'm sure she'd appreciate a snack before she kills you." - To Tourmaline in the prologue of Escaping Peril
"The prophecy will take care of the war, [...] The brightest night is in four days..." -To Tourmaline in the prologue of Escaping Peril
"I don't want to watch you die." -To Tourmaline in the prologue of Escaping Peril
"Requested?" -To a SkyWing guard in the prologue of Escaping Peril
"I want to know where the MudWing is."
"Don't touch the body."
"Tell me what you're doing to find and punish the MudWing who did this, [...] What is her name?"
"I'll go face her."
"Thank you, [...] If that's how you all feel, then we'll fly out there together."
"Go with her! [...] All of you! Go now!"
"Yes, kill her, [...] I don't mind who does it."
"What are you doing here? [...] In my mountains?"
"Monsters don't have friends."
"It looks like Queen Glory to me, [...] I'm sorry for you both."
"Who are you? [...] Did you know Queen Glory?"
"That's Queen Ruby to you, [...] And I'm not that easy to kill either. No matter who you are or what your claws can do."
"A message? [...] More threats?"
"Who is that?"
"Wait, [...] An enchantment? Doesn't that mean that Scarlet must have an animus?"
"You must know. Is there an animus dragon working for her?"
"Not just SkyWings, [...] None of the tribes. Animus dragons are so rare-- I don't think there's been one in Pyrrhia in centuries."
"He might have to, [...] if there's a new animus on the loose, working for Scarlet, and he's the only one who can stop her."
"This is definitely not me agreeing with her, [...] but I think we absolutely should. Animus dragons are so dangerous-- and more so the more they use their powers. According to our history, the SkyWing tribe used to kill them the moment we figured out what they were."
"Before they could do anything, [...] That's our policy with all dragons who are too dangerous to live."
"Ignore her, [...] What happened?"
"It was, in a way."
"Wait. If we can figure out who she is and where she's from, [...] it might be a clue about where Scarlet is hiding."
"Go catch the SeaWing and tell her to return, [...] My soldiers should split up-- half keep looking for Scarlet and the other half return to me. We'll leave for Moorhen's palace at midnight."
"If you touch him-- [...] If you dare--"
"I knew it, [...] I knew you couldn't be trusted, you firescales monster."
"I don't want your loyalty! [...] But this-- threatening innocent dragonets? Helping her, after everything? That's not exactly the great peaceful new dragon you were claiming to be, is it? I knew you were lying. You have always been the reason for everything that's wrong with the Sky Kingdom."
"Those eggs on the brightest night, [...] And my sister, [...] Do you even remember her, among the hundreds of dragons you've killed?"
'She's not? [...] Where is she?"
"I know, sweetheart, don't worry, [...] You can't have the throne back. You can't just saunter in here and claim it after being gone for months. A queen who abandons her throne has abdicated it forever."
"I decreed it. As queen."
"I am the queen, [...] And you can't challenge me for it. Only sisters, daughters--"
"I know, [...] But a hundred thousand SkyWings still couldn't save Cliff in the next minute, if my mother sets her creature on him."
"All right, [...] You win. If you promise me that Cliff will be safe-- I'll give up my kingdom."
"It's a spell, [...] What did you do to her?"
"Peril would never just forget about Clay, [...] How did you erase him from her brain ? What kind of horrible animus-touched object did you get your claws on?"
"Clay is the dragon who changed you, [...] At least according to you. He's one of the dragonets from the prophecy who ended the war. Remember? You met him in the arena. You saved his life in the Kingdom of Sand when a dragonbite viper bit him. He's-- [...] He's the only dragon who was willing to give you a second chance."
"Do as she says. [...] Whatever it takes to keep Cliff safe. You two-- I want you to be the ones to lock me up."
"It's done, [...] Let's go. Cliff, I love you, little one. Don't be scared. You're still going to change the world, all right?"
"Cliff! [...] Get back!"
"I knew you could do it, [...] You clever, clever, clever little moonbeam."
"Yes, you are."
"Wait, [...] Peril, stop."
"Don't kill her, [...] You shouldn't have to. This is my fight."
"Queen Scarlet of the SkyWings, I hereby challenge you to a duel for throne and kingdom."
"I want to take my throne the right way, the way I should have done before if I hadn't been such a coward. I'm going to follow SkyWing tradition, and when I win, no one will be able to question my position anymore."
"Let's find out, [...] Maybe I'm not who you think I am."
"It's full of wounded soldiers and healing supplies. Choose somewhere else."
"Don't interfere! [...] I have to win this myself."
"Why did you do that? [...] That was a present from my sist-- from-- I have a--" -To Peril when her enchantment is removed.
"That's because it's missing all the fun brutal murder parts, [...] I mean, [...] think about how Scarlet's parties usually went, or what they were for. Actually, you'll sleep better if you don't know."
"Stop, [...] Listen. You were only a dragonet... not much older than Cliff... and Scarlet was the only parent you ever had. Or friend, or anything. None of us tried to see you as a real dragon. I saw a weapon, and that was it. But now... I think about what would happen to Cliff if he'd been born with firescales, or if my mother had gotten her claws into him. I think a lot about how he'll turn out with me as his mother. So I don't blame you anymore." - To Peril
"I know it was bad, [...] But you can make up for what you've done. At least you can try. if we let you try."
"This should be obvious to everyone who saw you save Cliff, [...] but just to make it official: you are no longer banished. You are welcome throughout the Sky Kingdom and anywhere Cliff and I go. If you want to move back to the palace, you can."
"I'm not going to hurt you, [...] We didn't expect him to run, so it's my fault for not taking more precautions. Go make sure Harrier is all right."
Ruby used to hate Peril because she thought that she killed her sister, Tourmaline. Her first act as queen was to forbid Peril from ever entering the Sky Kingdom again. But after the events of Escaping Peril, she became much kinder toward Peril and invited her to come live in the Sky Palace if she wanted to.
When Scarlet disappeared, Ruby refused to help Burn become queen, because she wanted first to "stabilize" her throne.
Ruby cares a lot about her son, Cliff. Cliff supposedly gave Ruby a "spark" that encouraged her to become queen and stand up to Scarlet, Cliff's Grandma.
- A ruby is a precious gem usually found in riverbeds. They are usually red colored which explains Ruby's name (her scales are mostly red).
- Ruby was a SkyWing general before she became queen.
- Tui has said Ruby was not like her mother since she was enchanted to be more obedient and kind.
- Ruby has at least four older brothers, only two of which have been named. Those two are Vermilion and Hawk.
- She was originally placed under an enchantment to not be able to challenge Scarlet, but after so long of being under the affects, she changed like a normal dragon would and became more herself.
- Ruby turned her mother's gladiator arena into a hospital using part of the gold in the walls of the SkyWing throne room to fund it.
- Ruby is constantly described to have a long neck and tail; especially by the dragon who she and Tourmaline called Kidney Breath (possibly Osprey).
- After the events of Escaping Peril in which she found out that she was really Tourmaline, she made Chameleon write an enchantment using Darkstalker's Scroll to make her look like Ruby again.