Six-Claws is a male SandWing Outclaw and one of the most loyal dragons to Queen Thorn. He is the main protagonist of Winglets Three: Deserter. He has six claws on each front leg instead of five claws, as most dragons would normally have. He seems to be a little frustrated with his mother for making it so that every time he says his name, every dragon automatically looks down at his claws, to see if he really does indeed have six claws. Princess Burn wanted Six-Claws's claws for her weirdling tower as soon as he died in the war. Six-Claws is the father of Ostrich and mate of Kindle. He was one of the only dragons who knew about Thorn and Stonemover's relationship, the other being Armadillo. Before he joined the Outclaws, he was a high ranking general in Burn's army.
In Deserter, Deathbringer convinces him to become an Outclaw, as Burn tore Dune's wings to shreds. He brings Dune to the Scorpion Den, and they become Outclaws. Thorn then later accused Dune of stealing her egg in The Brightest Night.
Six-Claws has light yellowish-brown scales and large wings. His side is pocketed and dented with old scars, and he has six claws on each foreleg, instead of the usual five. In book five, The Brightest Night, Six-Claws is described as about 10 years older than the new SandWing queen Queen Thorn, who is about 21 years of age, making Six-Claws about 30 or older.
Six-Claws is a dragonet when the book begins, about five years old. He and his family are loyal subjects of Queen Oasis, and he remarks to his parents that no one would want to kill her, because she is the best queen ever.
Prince Smolder comes to Six-Claws asking if he can deal with young Princess Blister and Princess Burn, who seemed to be plotting something. Six-Claws quickly comes to the realization that it must involve Princess Blaze, who they soon realize is missing. Six-Claws does not find the princess at first, but meets a four-year-old SandWing, Dune, who gives advice on where to find her - the royal treasury, because of her treasure obsession. However, before the two dragons check the treasury, they see Blaze out in the middle of a sandstorm. Six-Claws tells Dune to get help and flies over to protect the princess. He tells her to come back to the palace, and she refuses, saying that she needs to find her crown. Six-Claws flies her back into the palace, rescuing her from certain death. King Char thanks Six-Claws for saving his daughter, while simultaneously scolding Blaze for her rude comment directed towards his six claws. Char invites Six-Claws and Dune to become part of the army. They accept and stay in the army, which is where they remain for a while.
Six-Claws and Dune, along with Scald and Singe, are attempting to comfort Smolder after the disappearance of his girlfriend, Palm. They hear chaos and roaring outside, and exit to find that Oasis is dead, and there is no sign of the killer. Six-Claws sides with Burn because his mother did, and Dune follows his lead.
After around twelve years, Six-Claws and his troops are shown returning from a battle on the search for Blaze. They meet up with Burn, who tells Six-Claws that he needs to move all his troops into the Mud Kingdom. An argument ensues, as Six-Claws believes it is impractical. A mysterious dragon, most likely Deathbringer, appears in the shadows and tells him to abandon his position as general, as Burn is too cruel to win the War. In an attempt to force him to work with her, Burn rips one of Dune's already damaged wings, disabling him. Six-Claws escapes to the Outclaws, along with Dune and Kindle, a nurse in the army, and the mother of his daughter, Ostrich.
Six-Claws (a general for Princess Burn at the time) was the next dragon Deathbringer was assigned to kill. However, Deathbringer says he would not kill him, but convinced him to leave Burn's side of the war.
Six-Claws escorted Sunny when she came to the Scorpion Den and brought her before Thorn. Sunny considered the possibility that he might be her father, because of his six claws and her lack of SandWing tail barb, but then she supposed that she was only desperate to discover who her parents were.
Once Thorn left to deal with a fire, Addax approached Six-Claws with his daughter, Ostrich, and forced him to choose between saving his daughter or following orders. Sunny willingly went with Addax to spare Six-Claws the choice and told him to lie to her mother about why she left. The next day, Addax allowed Ostrich to return to her father.
Once Ostrich was returned, Six-Claws told Thorn about Sunny's abduction and participated in the Outclaws' assault on Burn's stronghold. Near the end of the battle, he refused to retreat with the rest of the Outclaws until he was sure Thorn and Sunny escaped. At Burn's stronghold, he and Qibli were seen bowing to Queen Thorn.
After the fire in the history cave, Moon heard Sunny think about a six-clawed dragon to take home some dragonets at Jade Mountain Academy. Later, after Princess Icicle almost rips off Qibli's earring, he winces and thinks that Six-Claws thought it was idiotic to get it (the earring).
Though Six-Claws is mostly mentioned by name in the tenth Wings Of Fire installment, he does appear when Queen Thorn's Stronghold gets damaged by Qibli when he sends a sandstorm on it with the weather bracelets. Afterwards, Six-Claws and his daughter Ostrich help distribute Qibli's earrings among the tribe, try to find survivors still outside from the sandstorm, and escort Ex-Princess Onyx from the stronghold.
Six-Claws returns afterwards in the prologue, helping repair the damaged parts of the stronghold.
Six-Claws is a very loyal soldier and is one of the few dragons Thorn is capable of putting her complete trust into. He is very kind and treats Sunny like a family member and Thorn as his leader. He loves his daughter, a dragonet named Ostrich, dearly. He is gruff, but loving. Firm, but protective. He is witty, like Qibli, and he can figure things out pretty quickly.
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"We'll be more cautious in the future. We'll find a dragon we can truly trust and respect, and then we'll have a reason to be loyal. I believe that dragon exists. You'll see" - to Dune and Kindle
"We've only been looking for a few weeks." - To Burn, about Blaze
"Because you never leave dragonets in danger" - To Dune
"I take orders from Thorn and no one else." - To Addax
"Back into her army? Why would you want that? You could be safe here. The war never comes to the Scorpion Den." - to Addax, about him wanting to rejoin Burn
"We didn't catch the viper yet, but we've contained the fire, for the most part. So we're either really lucky or really unlucky, if there really is a viper out there. Thanks for asking" - to Sunny
"Ostrich. Don't be scared. I won't let them hurt you." - To Ostrich
"Sisters are always up to something." - To Smolder
"You're very clever." - To Ostrich
- Princess Sunny once thought that Six-Claws might be her father and Ostrich might be her half sister.
- But Sunny dismissed the thought saying she was desperate.
- He became a general, as well as an interrogator in charge of the stronghold guards after Thorn became queen.
- He was once one of Burn's generals.
- He left Burn's army after seeing her tear Dune's already damaged wing to shreds.
- Six-Claws is the first SandWing to get a Winglet. He is also the first (Qibli being second) pure SandWing to get a book, since Sunny is half NightWing.
- In Deserter, Burn wanted to hang Six-Claw's talons up on a wall after he died.
- Six-Claws had a happy childhood, unlike a lot of dragons (such as Qibli, the dragonets of destiny, etc.).
- He named his daughter after his mother (both being named Ostrich).
- Six-Claws has polydactyly, a congenital physical anomaly in which the individual has more fingers/toes than normal.
- Six-Claws seems very attentive, as he is able to spot Sunny while she is hiding in The Brightest Night
- He is the first and only dragon so far to be polydactyl.
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