Queen Thorn is a female SandWing, and was the leader of the Outclaws before becoming queen of the SandWing tribe by being handed the Eye of Onyx by her daughter, Sunny. She wears a moonstone pendant on a copper chain that was given to her by a NightWing animus named Stonemover, her former mate and Sunny's father. She also regularly wears the Eye of Onyx, which declared her as the official SandWing queen. As her first act as queen, she imprisoned the NightWings that took Sunny as a hostage, keeping them in an underground prison that is beneath her arena, where festivals and battles for the throne are held. Thorn has been described as having one of the most "colorful vocabularies" of any dragon; for example: "That frog-faced blob of camel spit!".
Queen Thorn has pale yellow scales, brown speckles along her wings and back, and was described as being small and wiry. When she lived in the Scorpion Den, she wore a moonstone pendant given to her by Stonemover, which was said in The Brightest Night to be an odd gemstone to have in the desert. She also wears and a solitary gold band around her arm, which has tiny flying dragons roaring engraved it its surface. Along with those two, she started wearing the Eye of Onyx after she became the SandWing Queen. When Sunny first saw Thorn, she had thought her to be "barely 20 years old."
Before the events of The Dragonet Prophecy, Thorn met a nervous male NightWing named Stonemover while he was out in the desert. After they met, she kept coming back to meet him, and eventually their relationship grew; in result, he confided in her and told her what he was working on: he admitted that he was an animus dragon, and that he was building a tunnel to help his tribe. Eventually, the two fell in love. Only two dragons, (Armadillo and Six-Claws), knew Thorn's secret. Stonemover and Thorn had one egg, but Thorn did not tell him that she was with egg, as Stonemover had become cold and distant over time; Thorn had wanted to wait until he apologized to tell him. However, shortly before she laid her egg, Stonemover mysteriously vanished, with no good-bye or traces of his disappearance. That was when a NightWing by the name of Morrowseer had seen her near the tunnels, and told her that Stonemover was never coming back and that it was her fault.
In attempt to keep her relationship with Stonemover a secret, she buried her egg out in the desert, and gave one of her friends, a SandWing named Dune, the job of protecting and checking on her egg. He also helped come up with names for her dragonet, one being Sunny. Thorn's pet name for Sunny's egg, however, was Beetle. She also posted several Wanted signs around the Scorpion Den, along with promises of a reward. The Wanted posters featured Morrowseer (she wanted him dead or alive, as she suspected that he had done something to her egg), Stonemover (she wanted him alive, as she missed him and wanted her dragonet's father to return) and of Dune, (she wanted him dead or alive, as he stole her egg for The Dragonet Prophecy.)
Thorn later formed The Outclaws to bring order and protection to the Scorpion Den, and as leader of the Outclaws, she continued to look for her missing dragonet, Stonemover, Dune, and Morrowseer, but with no luck.
Thorn is first seen when Fierceteeth, Strongwings, and Preyhunter arrive at the Scorpion Den with information on the whereabouts of the Dragonets of Destiny, followed by Sunny. Thorn ignores what they have to say about the dragonets, and instead asks if they've seen Dune, Morrowseer, or Stonemover. When Preyhunter claims that Morrowseer is dead, Thorn then said that they are a lying bag of bones and kills him with a quick stab of her tail (because he lashed out at her with his claws), then inquires about Morrowseer again.
Sunny then steps forward and confirms that Morrowseer is dead. Thorn asks about Stonemover, then dismisses Fierceteeth and Strongwings, but keeps Sunny inside and brings her into a back room. Another dragonet named Qibli follows her in protectively. She then finds out and informs Sunny that she is her mother, and plans a welcome party for her. However, before anything else can happen, reports of a dragonbite viper (the only snake that can kill a dragon with one bite) near an orphanage arrives and she has to leave. After a short nap, Sunny is kidnapped by Addax and brought to Burn's Stronghold. The "viper" was merely a distraction for Addax to kidnap Sunny.
Thorn led The Outclaws in an assault on the stronghold and managed to get inside with the help of Peril. She had Smolder bring her to see the stuffed NightWing in Burn's collection, which, to her relief, wasn't Stonemover. Afterward, Smolder brought them to the library filled with notes and letters, claiming that one of them was for Thorn. When another SandWing came by and said that Burn might be coming back, Smolder locked Thorn and Sunny inside to await Burn's return; he was not taking any chances to be killed. Luckily, Sunny was able to burn through the doors without setting fire to the surrounding papers and they escaped, reuniting with the rest of the Outclaws and promptly retreating to the Scorpion Den.
Later, Thorn is one of the SandWings present when Burn, Blister, Blaze, and the dragon tribes meet at Burn's stronghold. After Burn is killed by a dragonbite viper, she helps hold down Clay when he is bitten by the same snake, and also helps dig up the skeleton of Queen Oasis, at Flower's instruction. Sunny discovers the precious treasure, the Eye of Onyx, in the jaws of Queen Oasis' skeleton, and is faced with a choice between Blister and Blaze. She gives it to Thorn instead, and Thorn whispers to her that it's all very strange and that she hopes that Sunny will be around to help.
One month later, Thorn made her way with the dragonets to Jade Mountain to visit Stonemover. Their meeting is described by Sunny as "awkward."
Qibli briefly mentions Thorn a few times, consulting to himself, "What would Thorn think," and, "What would Thorn do?" He is also loyal to Thorn when Onyx questions Thorn's right to the throne.
Qibli formally introduces himself as Queen Thorn's advisor when the Jade Winglet is in Queen Glory's royal pavilion.
Later in Possibility, Qibli comments on Mayfly's garden and wanted to tell Thorn about the glass structure there.
While arguing over Darkstalker's Scroll, Qibli says that Queen Thorn should be given the scroll.
She was mentioned in the epilogue when three oases were bombed. Dragons growled about why their queen wasn't protecting them.
She was mentioned by Vulture when he was speaking to Qibli. He mentioned that Thorn only cared about herself and wasn't helping the attacks. Qibli objects.
Later, Qibli goes to Thorn's stronghold. He gives her one of the copies of Qibli's earring, explaining its use against Darkstalker's magic. He also explains everything about Darkstalker becoming king, and Typhoon mentions the IceWing Plague. The group figures out Darkstalker's enchantment on the IceWings, and Thorn has Qibli creating earrings for all of the IceWings, then the SandWings. When Vulture and Onyx try to seize power she captures Onyx and prepares to fight an arena battle against her, which is interrupted by a sandstorm created by Qibli. After the sandstorm, she goes into the dungeons to look for Onyx and Smolder.
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"NightWings. Well, well, well. We haven't had any of you visit our fine city in about seven years." - To Preyhunter, Strongwings, and Fierceteeth when they come the Scorpion den
"It's not my favorite part of the role, but if you want to lead dragons, you have to show them your claws sometimes, Beetle." - To Sunny about killing Preyhunter
"Ssssay that again." - To Preyhunter
"Frog-faced blob of camel spit!" - An insult Thorn used
"He didn't find you. He stole you. He knew where I'd hidden you for your own safety, and he betrayed me." - Thorn to Sunny about Dune taking her egg
"So fight me. I'm not afraid of you. I can win this throne in battle, if that's how you want to do it. Or are you only willing to fight weak and cowering dragons?" - Thorn to Blister about fighting for the throne
"Sunny. You're my daughter." - After meeting Sunny
"Teeth of the viper, I cannot believe all my enemies have died before I could rip their heads off myself. Qibli, give me those drawings." - After learning Dune and Morrowseer were both dead
"Yes, Sunny. It's because you're half NightWing." - About Sunny's odd appearance
"Pompous worm-faced snob-head camel turd." - Thorn to Sunny about Morrowseer
"I'm right here, snails-for-brains!" - Thorn to Six-Claws
"Fourth moons and fireballs." - After Sunny gives the Eye of Onyx to Thorn
"Blood-red eggs and fireballs! I'm going to flay that dragon alive!" - About Smolder when he locks her and Sunny in the library
"Oh no! Moonlickers! Six-Claws, you idiot!" - When she sees Six-Claws trying to get back inside Burn's stronghold to rescue her
"Act smart, stay alive, stick together— but don't be an idiot. Those are our basic rules." - About the Outclaws when she and Sunny are escaping Burn's Stronghold
"I am the queen, you camel-chewing, snore-a-minute son of a toad." - Thorn showing Smolder her most elegant language
"Hmmm. I feel the same. Have I been turned into a frog and just can't tell?" - After she puts on one of the earrings that were enchanted to protect the wearer from Darkstalker.
"Because the Eye of Onyx will kill anyone unworthy who tries to steal it and the throne. And it hasn't killed me yet." - To Vulture
"I think I am a good queen. And I guess if I'm ever not, it should be comforting that there's a way for me to find out. It would be nice if I could bargain with it, though. Like, hey, Eye of Onyx, instead of blowing me up, could you just send me a note that's like, Time to stop being queen, crazyclaws, and then I could happily retire? If I had an animus of my own, I'd probably get them working on that." - About being queen/The Eye of Onyx
"See, that just doesn't sound like a good idea." - About letting Prickle go free
"Yes. Well, unless you screw up and bury it all in sand first. No more storms, Qibli." - To Qibli, about the sandstorm he conjured using Anemone's magic bracelets
- Thorn is not from the original line of SandWing royalty, though not even the three SandWing sisters or Queen Oasis are.
- According to Sunny, there was something about Thorn that made you want to follow her wherever she goes.
- Thorn has Outclaws guarding the oasis because, "In the desert, she who controls the water, controls everything."
- Qibli considers himself her adopted son, making Sunny his adopted sister.
- Thorn's nickname for Sunny for when she was an egg was Beetle, as stated by her in The Brightest Night.
- A thorn is a stiff, sharp-pointed, straight or curved woody projection on the stem or other part of a plant.
- Sunny told Thorn to have some more eggs so that she would have heirs to her kingdom. In Darkness of Dragons, she shows interest in Smolder, and it appears that the relationship is mutual. If she has eggs with Smolder, her heirs will be in line for the throne regardless and she will be part of the lineage.
- Thorn was betrayed by Dune, disappointing her when he died because she didn't get to kill him.
- It was mentioned in Moon Rising that Queen Thorn takes swordleaf root for her headaches.
- Though she is described as having a "colorful vocabulary", Thorn never actually swears in the series.
Addax • Agave • Armadillo • Camel • Capybara • Cobra • Dune • Horizon • Jerboa • Jerboa (DoD) • Kindle • Meerkat • Needle • Ocotillo • Ostrich (Deserter) • Palm • Parch • Prickle • Quicksand • Rattlesnake • Saguaro • Sandstorm • Sirocco • Six-Claws • Tawny • Torch • Viper • Vulture