The Rainforest Kingdom is a vast jungle that covers most of the southeastern part of Pyrrhia. It is occupied by the RainWings and most of the NightWings, and is currently ruled by Queen Glory.

Description

It consists of giant trees, tangles of vines, and a thick canopy of green leaves overhead. The sounds of howling, buzzing, and a waterfall can be heard in some areas.[1] There are many strange smells, as well as heat that is damp and sticky. There are giant spiderwebs everywhere,[2] as well as at least one river with oozing black mud, reeds, and a huge boulder along its banks.[3] There is a damp layer of leaves[4] and bracken[5] on the forest floor, where it is cool and muddy.[6]

At nighttime, the rainforest is filled with a cacophony of noises from birds, frogs, and insects.[7]

Notable Features

RainWing Village

The rainforest is populated with hundreds of RainWings. They live in a village full of treehouses, fruits, platforms, hammocks, and trees. The roofs of the houses are made of leaves, making it harder to see the houses while flying and looking down. The village is made up of treehouses, connected by vine walkways. The village has three hatcheries, with each hatchery holding a third of the village's eggs. Each hatchery has a tightly woven floor and is shaped like a large green egg. The RainWings mix their eggs and raise them as a village, making it unknown who is related to who unless they do a venom test. However, Glory promises to make sure that RainWings know who their kin are.

The RainWing Village in the graphic novel

There is a large treehouse that houses the queen, who until the end of The Hidden Kingdom takes turns with other queens each month. (Dazzling, Fruit Bat, Grandeur, Magnificent, Exquisite, and Splendor were the queens.) There is also a Royal Garden which Tamarin, one of the gardeners, takes care of.

Many platforms and hammocks are between trees for the RainWings' sun-time. The healer's hut, which is close to the sunning platforms, is described to have red berries growing on the balcony, with skylights shining through its leafy roofs. Their houses are made in the trees with leaves as windows and the trees as a natural wall.

At the center of the village is a structure called the Arboretum (which resembles a non-violent version of the SkyWing arena), a huge platform made from woven branches and surrounded by more treehouses, some of which have been set up as fruit stands. It seems to be a meeting place for the RainWings and where many public events take place, such as the competition between Glory and the existing queens for the throne.

The queen of the RainWings sleeps in a royal treehouse that is surrounded by eerie, glow-in-the-dark moths and pale night orchids.[8]

NightWing Village

The NightWing Village is occupied by most of the NightWing tribe living in the rainforest. Wingbeats, branches being ripped off trees, and hammering can be heard near the village, as well as the smell of meat cooking over a fire. At the entrance of the village, two NightWings stand guard on either side of a pathway that has been cleared through the trees.[9]

When Winter visited the village, there were NightWings grappling with vines, bushes, and trees to try and expand the open space. Others were washing fruit in a nearby river, which is close to a set of cooking fires built close to the ground. Ramshackle huts dot the clearing with roofs of giant palm leaves. It is noted that half of the houses in the village had sprung from Mightyclaws's magic given to him by Darkstalker. It is cool and muddy on the rainforest floor.[6]

Royal Pavilion

The Royal Pavilion is built halfway between the NightWing and RainWing villages, and is used for anything official. It is a vast platform built up in the air, upon a circle of branches from tall, overlapping trees. It sits about halfway between the forest floor and the treetops, and it has a roof made of translucent green leaves that sits atop wooden columns, so that the pavilion is open to the air[10] but sheltered from the rain. Purple and blue morning glories hang like bells from the vines that wind around each column.[11]

The pavilion has a clawmarked wooden floor and an interior that is nearly empty. Two scroll racks stand on either side of a simple raised dais that sits only a few inches higher than the rest of the platform.[11]

Healer's Pavilion

The Healer's Pavilion is large, and located near the RainWing Village. It is quiet and sunlit, with curtains of green vines shielding the interior from onlookers.[12] The curtains shield each patient from view, and there are rafters as well as piles of medicinal leaves occupying the pavilion.[13]

At night, the pavilion is dimly lit by a few beams of moonlight and several jars hanging from the ceiling that appear to contain fireflies. Bullfrog, one of the RainWing healers, has a hammock set up next to one patient's bed.[14]

There is one curtained-off corner of the pavilion with the only window open to the sky.[15]

Dragonet Wingery

The Dragonet Wingery is a well-fortified area that is not far from the Royal Pavilion.[16] The wingery's main play area consists of enormous trampoline made of springy vines and leaves and strung between several trees high above the ground. It is surrounded on all sides by tall, soft woven mats of branches that keep the baby dragons from falling over the edge of the wingery. Six full-grown dragons guard the perimeter: three NightWings and three RainWings, all of whom look more tense and alert than the rest of their tribes.[17] It has platforms surrounding the trampoline inside, and the space is full of peculiar toys. The wingery consists of at least nine dragonets all younger than one year old, with seven RainWings[18] and two NightWings.[19] The floor is dark green,[20] and there is one corner is filled by a pile of curiously shaped branches and large seed pods.[21]

Banyan Tree

The Great Banyan Tree is a short flight away from the Royal Pavilion. It is an enormous, fat tree with bulging branches and knobbly roots sticking out from the undergrowth.[22] Its roots, some as fat around as a dragon, extend far, all the way to a wall of bushes where the forest floor begins sloping up.[5]

Flora/Fauna

Wildlife

Animals

  • Small pigs[6]
  • Boars[5]
  • Insects
    • Beetles[citation needed]
    • Centipedes[23]
    • Bumblebees[24]
    • Crickets[25]
    • Butterflies[26]
    • Walking twig-like insects[2]
    • Green-striped caterpillars[2]
    • Greenish-brown beetles with many legs[27]
    • Small yellow butterflies[13]
    • Dragonflies[24]
    • Fireflies[14]
    • Glow-in-the-dark moths[8]
    • Snails[28]
    • Furry spiders[2]
    • Mosquitoes[29]
  • River dolphins[citation needed]
  • Botos[citation needed]
  • Fish[29]
    • Siamese fighting fish[citation needed]
  • Frogs[30][31][32]
    • Bullfrogs[citation needed]
    • Fat spiny frogs[32]
    • Small blue frogs with darker blue speckles[15]
    • Tree frogs[citation needed]
    • Bug-eyed sky-blue frogs[30]
    • Hallucinogenic tree frogs[citation needed]
    • Hallucinogenic orange toads[3]
    • Poison dart frogs[citation needed]
  • Great Apes[citation needed]
    • Baboons[citation needed]
    • Gibbons[citation needed]
    • Siamangs[citation needed]
    • Orangutans[citation needed]
  • Kinkajous[citation needed]
  • Lizards[33]
  • Loris[citation needed]
  • Monkeys[34][35]
    • Howler monkeys[36][1]
    • Tamarin monkeys[23]
    • Funny-faced little monkeys with long tails[37]
    • Spider monkeys[38]
  • Jaguar[25]
  • Scavengers[39]
  • Sloths[40]
  • Snakes[34]
    • Constrictors[citation needed]
    • Anacondas[citation needed]
  • Tapirs[citation needed]
  • Toads[3]
  • Tropical birds[28]
    • Toucans[28]
    • Parrots[28]
    • Macaws[citation needed]
    • Quetzals[citation needed]
    • Lorikeets[28]
    • Unnamed birds with red, yellow, blue, and green feathers[1]
    • Large-beaked red birds[22]

Plants

  • Trees[1]
    • Giant palm trees[6]
    • Banyan trees[41]
  • Large seed pods[21]
  • Medicinal leaves[13]
  • Purple[5] berries[42]
  • Vines[1]
  • Bushes[6]
  • Reeds[3]
  • Dragonfruit[43]
  • Flowers
    • Red flowers as big as a dragonet's talons[43]
    • Spiraling tendrils of delicate white-blue flowers[23]
    • Purple and blue morning glories[11]
    • Delicate white-orange-pink orchids[11]
    • Moon-colored flowers[44]
    • Pale night orchids[8]
  • Ferns[25]

History

The Dragonet Prophecy

The Hidden Kingdom

The Rainforest Kingdom was the main setting of the book, where the dragonets of destiny sought safety after escaping the prison in the Summer Palace.

The Dark Secret

After Starflight, Fatespeaker, and Flame's attempt to escape the NightWing island, Starflight and the others were brought safely inside the Rainforest Kingdom. The NightWings was soon evacuated into when the volcano finally exploded, an event which led to the NightWing Exodus near the end of the book.

The Brightest Night

The Rainforest Kingdom served as the main place where the dragonets of destiny met to discuss important subjects on how to end the war and home to the NightWings. It was also the place where Sunny was kidnapped by Fierceteeth, Strongwings, and Preyhunter.


The Jade Mountain Prophecy

Moon Rising

In the prologue, Secretkeeper visited the Rainforest Kingdom and witnessed Moonwatcher hatching. The kingdom was mentioned throughout the book.

Winter Turning

The Rainforest Kingdom is the main setting of the book, where Winter, Qibli, Moon, and Kinkajou searched for answers on Hailstorm and Scarlet's whereabouts. They planned to protect Queen Glory from a possible assassin, Icicle.

Talons of Power

Turtle followed Darkstalker to the kingdom and also visited Kinkajou, who was recovering at the time. After awhile, Darkstalker took most of the NightWings to the lost city of night.


Winglets

Prisoners

Fierceteeth shared how, after sneaking through the Rainforest Tunnel with Strongwings, she was ecstatic about the idea of escaping the island by moving to the rainforest. When they returned to the NightWing island the two were barred from returning to the rainforest by Morrowseer; they would be allowed to go back once it was taken over by the NightWings. She then explained to Saguaro how the NightWings could have ensured Burn as the queen of the SandWings if the SandWings had helped her replace Glory as the queen of the Rainforest Kingdom.

Assassin

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Winter Turning, page 27
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Winter Turning, page 28
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Winter Turning, page 29
  4. Winter Turning, page 40
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Winter Turning, page 63
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Winter Turning, page 44
  7. Winter Turning, page 118
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Winter Turning, page 125
  9. Winter Turning, page 42
  10. Winter Turning, page 55
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Winter Turning, page 56
  12. Winter Turning, page 107
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Winter Turning, page 113
  14. 14.0 14.1 Winter Turning, page 114
  15. 15.0 15.1 Winter Turning, page 117
  16. Winter Turning, page 68
  17. Winter Turning, page 70
  18. Winter Turning, page 71
  19. Winter Turning, page 72
  20. Winter Turning, page 75
  21. 21.0 21.1 Winter Turning, page 81
  22. 22.0 22.1 Winter Turning, page 62
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Winter Turning, page 33
  24. 24.0 24.1 The Brightest Night, page 45
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Moon Rising, prologue
  26. The Hidden Kingdom, page 24
  27. Winter Turning, page 49
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 28.4 The Hidden Kingdom, page 237
  29. 29.0 29.1 Talons of Power, page 130
  30. 30.0 30.1 The Hidden Kingdom, page 73
  31. The Hidden Kingdom, page 84
  32. 32.0 32.1 The Hidden Kingdom, page 171
  33. Winter Turning, page 53
  34. 34.0 34.1 The Hidden Kingdom, page 15
  35. The Hidden Kingdom, page 49
  36. The Hidden Kingdom, page 23
  37. The Hidden Kingdom, page 69
  38. The Hidden Kingdom, page 238
  39. Darkness of Dragons, epilogue
  40. Winter Turning, page 31
  41. Winter Turning, page 61
  42. Winter Turning, page 60
  43. 43.0 43.1 Winter Turning, page 30
  44. The Hidden Kingdom, page 159
  45. Winter Turning, page 115
  46. 46.0 46.1 46.2 Darkstalker, page 235


RainWings
Queens

Present: GloryDazzlingExquisiteFruit BatGrandeurMagnificentSplendor
Historical: Anaconda

Royalty

Jambu

Jade Mountain

KinkajouTamarinCoconutBotoSiamang

Other Dragons

BrightBromeliadBullfrogChameleonGibbonHandsomeHeliconiaLianaLorisMangoMangroveOrangutanOrchidPineappleTapirTualang

Hybrids

FireflyPeacemaker

Kingdom

Rainforest KingdomRainWing royal pavilionRainWing village

Society

RainWing Royal Challenge

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