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RainWings, also known as rainforest dragons to scavengers, are a Pyrrhian dragon tribe living in the Rainforest Kingdom. They are currently ruled by Queen Glory. The RainWings are a peaceful tribe and were not involved in the War of SandWing Succession.

Description

RainWings are long and graceful, with ruffs behind their ears, curved horns, and prehensile tails that are used primarily for climbing trees and hanging in the rainforest they inhabit, like birds of paradise. When afraid, insulted, or angry, RainWings flare their ruffs as a sign of aggression or hostility.[1]

RainWings have small, round scales that can change color. Most RainWings prefer vivid, bright colors. They can control the colors of the scales, though they often have a hard time stopping strong emotions from showing through. Most RainWings have a 'default' color scheme that they set their scales to when they aren't showing emotions. RainWings' eyes can change color, and they may not be able to camouflage when they are afraid or in pain.[2] RainWings are able to blend into their surroundings at will otherwise.

RainWings are able to uncannily mimic the appearance of other tribes with their scales.[3] RainWing dragonets develop their color-shifting scales while they are still in their eggs, which are a smooth white.[4]

Colors to Moods

RainWing Colors to Moods
  • Dark red: furious[5]
  • Red: angry[6]
  • Orange: irritated[7], frustrated[8], annoyed
  • Pale orange: indignant[9], disgusted[10]
  • Gold: happy, excited, jubilant[11]
  • Yellow: amused[12], relieved[13], excited[14]
  • Pale green: scared, terrified[15]
  • Green: worried, panicked[16], nervous[17]
  • Dark green: distressed[18]
  • Emerald: displeased[19], surprised[20]
  • Mint green: truthful, calm
  • Light blue: worried[21]
  • Blue: curious[22]
  • Cobalt blue: respectful
  • Dark blue: resigned, mournful[23], dismayed[24], thoughtful[25]
  • Indigo: proud[26]
  • Dark purple: guilty[27], wary[28]
  • Orange-purple: confused, puzzled[29]
  • Lavender: delighted[30]
  • Pink: joyful, happy, loving[5], embarrassed[31]
  • White: in pain, sick[32], fearful[33], shocked[34]
  • Dark gray: sorrowful[35]
  • Blue-gray: sad, despaired, dismal[18]
  • Brown: stressed
  • Black: angry[36]
  • Silver: lying

Diet

RainWings are generally inclined to vegetarianism, but some will eat monkeys and other rainforest animals if they feel like catching them.[37]Fruit and various rainforest plants are the main part of their diets. Sunlight may act as a partial food source for RainWings.[20]

Abilities

RainWings have a long, prehensile tail great for swinging through the rainforest, long fangs, and color-changing scales. Some RainWings are able to mimic bird calls.[38]
They are capable of absorbing sunlight, which gives them energy and causes their scales to become brighter. They have a dedicated time to sleep in the sun, known as "suntime", and RainWings who cannot sleep in the sun may have duller or unchangeable scales.[39][40] Sunlight is also vital to the development of other RainWing abilities, such as venom, and to their good mood.[41][20]

RainWing scales change color by bending light.[42]When at ease, RainWing scales may reflect their emotions. They can also manipulate their scales to be any color they wish.[43] Strong emotions may break through a chosen scale color.[39] RainWings can also use their scales for camouflage, reflecting their surroundings and making them effectively invisible to most dragons. Other RainWings may be able to spot a disguised dragon; this is a skill they develop young, during games of hide-and-seek.[44] RainWings can change the color of their eyes and are able to manipulate a fine level of detail onto their scales.[45][46]
RainWings who are born blind always show their emotions on their scales, and cannot manually change them. When relaxed, their scales will automatically camouflage to their surroundings.[47]

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Grandeur shooting her venom

RainWings have long front fangs and a jaw that can unhinge to shoot corrosive venom. This venom only affects organic material, such as animals and plants, and inorganic materials such as rock and metal are immune.[48] It can be deadly if it reaches a dragon's bloodstream or eyes.[citation needed] If a dragon survives a venom attack, it will leave warped, scarred scales or skin.[49] RainWing venom is neutralized by contact with the venom of a blood relative.[50] Dragonet venom is weaker than adult venom.[51] RainWing venom is black and will dry into glossy droplets (reminiscent of obsidian) after some time exposed to air.[citation needed]

RainWings cannot see as far or as well as IceWings or SkyWings, but they can see more clearly in the dark, for at night they have no light.[52]

Society

RainWings live an idyllic lifestyle, with easy access to food and shelter, and no involvement in conflicts. They are mostly ignored by other tribes.[citation needed] RainWings are viewed by the other tribes as lazy, unintelligent, and weak.[53][54]

RainWings have a unique, peaceful royal challenge, in accordance with their pacifistic beliefs. Before Queen Glory's royal challenge, queens were on a rotation, and the position was given to any dragon who wanted it.[55] The dragons with "shiny names" were more likely to want the position.[56]
RainWing Blowgun

A RainWing blowgun, from Scholastic HomeBase

They have blowguns with sleeping darts, coated in tree-frog poison.[57] These darts are used as a form of protection, to knock out strange dragons wandering into the forest, and for games.[57][58]

RainWings keep sloths as pets, often when a sloth chooses a dragon by climbing on them during suntime.[59] A dragon may own many sloths.[60]. It is taboo to eat a sloth in the rainforest.

RainWings perform a venom test before having eggs, ensuring that they are not blood relatives.[61] This prevents inbreeding in the tribe, as formal families do not exist.[62] RainWings engage in communal raising of dragonets, with everyone pitching in to help.[50] RainWing dragonets are trained to aim their venom, glide through trees without getting snagged, and gather fruit.[63][50][6] They are not taught to read or write, but some may train as medics, as RainWings have multiple healers in their village. These healers keep their scales calming shades of blue and white.[64]

Under the rule of Queen Glory, RainWings have begun to sort eggs and may begin to form family units. Previously, they would not count or track their eggs.[4] They have dragons keeping watch in the Rainforest for danger, both RainWings and NightWings.[65][66] They are also beginning to read and write, and are attempting to grow a moon globe tree (from the Ice Kingdom) for light.[67]

In the time of Darkstalker, RainWings were a more threatening tribe.[68] They had merchants selling both fruits and potions to the other tribes.[69][70] They could also read and write at some point prior to the events of the series.[71]It is unknown of how they lost this knowledge.  

Names

RainWings may be named after Rainforest flora and fauna (such as Kinkajou, Tamarin, Jambu, and Orchid), fruits (such as Banana and Coconut), and adjectives (such as Exquisite, Handsome, and Dazzling.)

RainWings have a list of names that they cycle through; when they reach the end of the list, they return to the beginning, meaning that many RainWings have had the same names throughout history.[56]

Click here for a list of known RainWings.

Students at Jade Mountain

Trivia

  • Tui has confirmed that RainWings also have accents different from any other tribe since they have been isolated from most tribes. She said it was close to an Australian accent. Glory does not have this accent, due to being raised outside of the tribe.
  • It is shown in The Hidden Kingdom that some RainWings can perfectly imitate bird calls, such as toucans.
  • Tui has said that the base RainWing scale color is a lime green like Chameleon's scales.
  • Tui has stated she may do a winglet or other book on the history of RainWings.
  • Scavengers call them "rainforest dragons," referring to them in The Wingwatcher's guide to the Dragons of Pyrrhia as probably the deadliest, stealthiest and the ones to watch out for the most.

Gallery

References

  1. Winter Turning, page 41
  2. The Dragonet Prophecy (graphic novel), page 31
  3. Winter Turning, page 72-73
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Hidden Kingdom, page 41
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Hidden Kingdom, page 20
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Hidden Kingdom, page 58
  7. The Hidden Kingdom, page 29-30
  8. The Hidden Kingdom, page 269
  9. The Hidden Kingdom, page 251
  10. Moon Rising, page 169
  11. The Hidden Kingdom, page 6
  12. The Lost Heir, page 291
  13. The Brightest Night, page 211
  14. The Hidden Kingdom, page 193
  15. The Hidden Kingdom, page 10
  16. The Hidden Kingdom, page 156
  17. Talons of Power, page 109
  18. 18.0 18.1 The Hidden Kingdom, page 42
  19. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 16
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 The Hidden Kingdom, page 30
  21. The Dark Secret, page 237
  22. The Hidden Kingdom, page 52
  23. The Dark Secret, page 80
  24. Winter Turning, page 52
  25. Talons of Power, page 168
  26. The Hidden Kingdom, page 27
  27. The Hidden Kingdom, page 228
  28. The Brightest Night, page 204
  29. The Hidden Kingdom, page 226
  30. Moon Rising, page 168
  31. The Hidden Kingdom, page 154
  32. The Hidden Kingdom, page 287
  33. Moon Rising, page 57
  34. Talons of Power, page 150
  35. The Hidden Kingdom, page 185
  36. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 242
  37. The Hidden Kingdom, page 30-49
  38. The Hidden Kingdom, page 265
  39. 39.0 39.1 The Hidden Kingdom, page 29
  40. Winter Turning, page 109
  41. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 238
  42. https://web.archive.org/web/20150701031832/http://wingsoffire.scholastic.com/books/wings-of-fire-book-one-the-dragonet-prophecy/read/5#chapter-3 Chapter 3]
  43. Dragon guides
  44. Winter Turning, page 82
  45. https://www.deviantart.com/xthedragonrebornx/journal/Tui-and-Questions-Answered-691255321
  46. The Hidden Kingdom, page 278
  47. The Hidden Kingdom, page 270
  48. The Dark Secret, page 
  49. The Dark Secret, page 191
  50. 50.0 50.1 50.2 The Hidden Kingdom, page 43
  51. The Hidden Kingdom, page 
  52. Winter Turning, page 159
  53. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 
  54. Winter Turning, page 25
  55. The Hidden Kingdom, page 53-54
  56. 56.0 56.1 The Hidden Kingdom, page 252
  57. 57.0 57.1 The Hidden Kingdom, page 21
  58. The Dark Secret, page 235
  59. The Hidden Kingdom, page 37
  60. The Hidden Kingdom, page 264
  61. The Hidden Kingdom, page 44
  62. The Hidden Kingdom, page 38
  63. The Hidden Kingdom, page 60
  64. The Hidden Kingdom, page 229
  65. Winter Turning, page 58
  66. Winter Turning, page 60
  67. Winter Turning, page 268-269
  68. Darkstalker, page 4
  69. Darkstalker, page 235
  70. Runaway
  71. Darkness of Dragons, page 237


RainWings
Queens

Present: GloryDazzlingExquisiteFruit BatGrandeurMagnificentSplendor
Historical: Anaconda

Royalty

Jambu

Jade Mountain

KinkajouTamarinCoconutBotoSiamang

Other Dragons

BananaBrightBromeliadBullfrogChameleonGibbonHandsomeHeliconiaLianaLorisMangoMangroveOrangutanOrchidTapirTualang

Hybrids

Firefly

Kingdom

Rainforest Kingdom

Society

RainWing Royal Challenge

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