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"He wasn't evil — he wasn't even mean. He was a dragon in a terrible family, in a hard situation, in danger of being put to death like his brothers at any moment. He could have killed her the moment he got his talons on her. He could have left her in the tower. Maybe she shouldn't like him, but she did anyway."
Sunny's thoughts about Smolder, The Brightest Night

Smolder is an adult male SandWing who was introduced in The Dark Secret. He was allied with Burn during the War of SandWing Succession, and currently resides in the SandWing stronghold. He keeps a pet human he calls Flower.

Appearance

Smolder has sharp claws, with pale yellow scales[1] and wings that are patterned with black diamonds.[2] He has a narrow face and unfathomable,[3] kind,[4] lidded dark eyes.[1] He is smaller than Burn,[5] and wears a cluster of keys, pouches, and bells on chains around his neck that clink and jingle slightly as he walks. Several are plain iron, while others are plated in jewelry or gold.[1] He is handsome,[6] with a crooked smile,[7] and his face conveys his emotions quite clearly.[8]

Personality

Sunny noted that Smolder's voice sounds normal, like that of one of her friends, and he spoke directly to Sunny instead of over her head as though she was nothing but a piece of treasure, as many other dragons did. He is firm,[9] easily amused, thoughtful,[10] patient,[11] hilarious,[12] compassionate,[13] odd,[14] kind,[15] and hopeful.[12][15] Smolder does not love surprises or change.[16] He has a sarcastic,[17] sardonic,[18] odd way of speaking that makes everything he says sound sort of like a joke.[19] He is clever and cunning,[20] but not cruel or evil.[21] He is reasonable,[22] funny, and interesting, as well as easy-to-laugh.[23] He is also somewhat cowardly,[24][25] stubborn, and lazy,[26] but he is not ashamed of who he is.[25]

Biography

The Dragonet Prophecy

The Hidden Kingdom
In Blaze's fortress, Blaze said her brother fell in love with a dragon her mother would never agree with, and she broke his heart. A tapestry was shown to be hanging in her fortress, showing two dragons, presumably Palm and Smolder flying in the sunset.
The Dark Secret
In the epilogue, he was seen in Burn's stronghold speaking to Burn about the dragonets of destiny. He and Burn plotted to kill all of the dragonets. He also talked about a prisoner that was revealed to be Scarlet, and stated that he wasn't used to calling Burn "Your Majesty."
The Brightest Night
Smolder was running Burn's stronghold while Burn was away, looking "for a certain quintet of dragonets." He led Sunny to the tower where Burn stored her collection and "special" prisoners, such as Queen Scarlet. He introduced Sunny to his pet scavenger, Flower, and showed her that Flower was trained to come when she heard her master ring a bell, among other things. After this, he proceeded to lead her to her cell in the tower. Seeing how miserable Sunny was, he decided that he'd take her out at midday for a walk every day. Sunny began realizing that he was actually a nice dragon; he also explained to Sunny the mystery of the missing SandWing treasure, showing her the doors to the previous treasure holds and revealing to her a clue about the Eye of Onyx, telling her if any of the other SandWing sisters had the treasure, they'd be queen already.

He later unchained Sunny and ordered Camel to watch her as he organized troops to defend the stronghold. Thorn and the Outclaws were attacking the stronghold, and Smolder was successfully fending them off. Sunny begged Peril to stop the fight to save her mother, and Peril agreed. However, that had to come with the price of also saving Scarlet.

Smolder then led Thorn, Sunny, and Peril to Burn's collection, on Thorn's orders to see the dead, stuffed NightWing that Burn owned.

Later, Smolder led Thorn and Sunny into the library and locked them in there, because Burn would kill him if she found out that he let them escape. Thorn and Sunny escaped by burning the wood surrounding the doorknob, and parted ways.

At the choosing of the SandWing queen, Smolder was present and handed Burn Blister's gift. The gift happened to be two dragonbite vipers, one of which killed Burn, and the other nearly kills Clay. Blister and Blaze fought until Sunny finds the Eye of Onyx and gave it to Thorn.

Smolder apologized to Thorn about the library, and Thorn claimed that it would be hard to forgive him.

The Jade Mountain Prophecy

Moon Rising
Sunny thought of Smolder when talking to Winter about Bandit. She was not sure how to refer to him, whether as a friend, a former captor, or a dragon who almost got her killed.
Winter Turning
Although he does not formally appear, there was a letter from him addressed to Vermilion on the joys of raising and taming a scavenger, which Smolder did himself in the case of Flower. Some of the lines told him what to do, what not to do and some general information about scavengers. The letter came after the book's epilogue and it also appeared in the special edition of The Brightest Night.
Darkness of Dragons
Palm, his lost love, thought of him many times whilst fleeing from Oasis's guards. She gave the earrings he gifted her with to her sister Prickle as payment for her refuge.

Later in the book, Qibli walked into Thorn's tent and saw Smolder in the tent discussing the IceWing plague. He was flirting with Thorn, and he seemed astonished that she was letting Qibli have an opinion.

When Onyx challenged Thorn, he and Blaze went to watch the fight. Upon Onyx revealing her identity, Smolder jumped into the ring and tried to convince her not to fight. Qibli noted that, while he was facing Onyx, his wings keep brushing affectionately with Thorn's. Onyx refused and goes on with the challenge.

During the sandstorm, he took shelter with his daughter in the dungeon.

While looking for him, Thorn mentioned that he was terrified of the dungeon. They found him in there with Onyx, who had a badly injured leg. Qibli noted that it was not obvious whether she was injured by the storm or if Smolder did it so she'd be unable to challenge Thorn.

The Lost Continent Prophecy

The Dangerous Gift
When Winter first met Wren and realized that humans had really been a species with feelings of their own, he was horrified to remember how Smolder had a pet human for nearly twenty years. Winter wondered about freeing her in order to fulfill the promise given to Wren that dragons would no longer eat scavengers or keep them as pets, but was stopped by Wren when she told him that she had met Rose and known that she is happy as she is.

Legends

Dragonslayer
Smolder is seen by Wren greeting General Sandstorm when he returned to the palace. She notes the way they speak to each other is veiled, both of them barely hiding contempt and annoyance. Smolder says Burn will be back in a few days, and that's when Sandstorm can give her her gift. Sandstorm is happy about this, saying Burn will want him alive for now. Smolder winces and says he's fine. Wren notes that Smolder seems confused about why Sandstorm seems comfortable ordering him around.

Later, he is mentioned by Rose, unnamed, to be her dragon. Even later, once she describes him to Wren, Wren tells her his name. Rose was unaware of this and said that she had been calling him Ember since she met him.

Smolder is woken up by a dragon cook in the middle of the night; the cook mistook Stone for Rose, and trapped him in a net bag. Smolder is confused and points to Rose, who is lying in a bunch of green pillows in the corner of his room. The dragon enters his room and they start arguing as Stone and Rose reunite, and she meets Ivy and Leaf. After the dragon leaves, Rose attempts to get Smolder to leave his room for a bit by speaking to him in Dragon, telling him to get her some apricots. He laughs when she does this and saunters out to get what she requested. Rose says her pronunciation is "abominable," and wonders what Smolder will actually bring back.

Winglets

Deserter
Smolder approached Six-Claws while he was digging up a shrub to inform him that Blister and Burn were up to something, hoping that Six-Claws would come up with a way to fix it because he didn't want to get involved. When Six-Claws thought that Blaze could be in trouble, Smolder refused to help and fled back toward the palace. Later, he was seen sobbing over Palm's disappearance, unable to be comforted. As he and his brothers discovered the corpse of Queen Oasis, he was satisfied knowing that Oasis had died. Smolder then first met Flower when he and the other SandWings searched for traces of Oasis's murderers.

Relationships

Burn

Smolder had a rocky relationship with Burn. He often made her mad, which almost led to him being killed. He resented his sister but often carried out her bidding throughout the war to avoid being killed by her like his brothers before him.

Flower

Flower is Smolder's pet. She is bold around him,[27] and she and Smolder are very physically affectionate.[28] When speaking about her, Smolder's voice seems to lose its sardonic tone, and is instead affectionate. He views her as very clever, and is proud of her,[18] although Flower is indignant towards him when he becomes stern.[29] He cares deeply for her well-being,[30] and is gentle towards her.[31]

Oasis

Oasis is Smolder's mother. He once briefly mentioned that she made him unhappy when she was alive.[17]

Onyx

Smolder is sincere towards his daughter, and wanted to get to know her before she challenged Thorn.[32] However, Onyx did not seem to want anything to do with him, and was only focused on the SandWing throne.[33] He refused to leave her alone when she was injured after a sandstorm.[25]

Palm

Smolder loved Palm very much, despite the fact his mother would not like her. He was distraught after her disappearance. His love for her also gave him satisfaction of his mother's death, since he knew she disliked Palm. Palm was never taken away by Oasis, as originally thought.

Sunny

Smolder was respectful to Sunny as she was presented as a gift for his sister. Smolder was kind to her and cared about her, having taken her on midday walks when he noticed how miserable she was. In addition, he chose to let her live, but also didn't want her escaping. She genuinely likes him,[34] and appreciated how he spoke directly to her.[9]

Thorn

Thorn and Smolder have a very teasing relationship, but Smolder is clearly affectionate towards her.[35] His body reacts subconsciously by leaning closer to her, and Qibli wondered when it was that they had fallen for one another.[32] She hides her worry for him under exasperation, and she likes him very much;[36] she cried out in joy when she found him unharmed after a sandstorm, and he smiled weakly at her despite being terrified. They worry for one another, but are cautious with public affection, as if they do not want to become too emotional in front of witnesses.[37]

Vermilion

Smolder seems to be friends with Prince Vermilion, as in a special edition of The Brightest Night and Winter Turning, he gives him advice on how to take care of a scavenger.

Family Tree

CharOasis2 Dragons
ScaldSingeBurnBlisterBlaze
PricklePalmSmolder
Onyx


Quotes

"I have heard that before. There was someone who used to tease me about it. She told me she was going to assume everything I said was a joke, since that would simplify things. You can do that, too, if you like."
― to Sunny about his voice (The Brightest Night, page 114)

"I think I should put you in the weirdling collection. It's as safe as the dungeon but more comfortable. Also more psychologically destabilizing."
― to Sunny, Smolder debating where to imprison her (The Brightest Night, page 98)

"There used to be three of us, but the other two made the wrong dragons mad."
― to Sunny about his brothers (The Brightest Night)

"You can live for now, but I'd appreciate it if you made your escape attempts as feeble and ineffective as possible."
― to Sunny (The Brightest Night, page 96)

"This is not Burn's favorite place. I can't guarantee she's ever been in here, in fact. And our mother wasn't the most organized dragon in the world either. I tried once to put it all in order. As you can see, I was wildly successful."
― to Sunny and Thorn about the SandWing messaging room (The Brightest Night, page 155)

"Onyx, I have a suggestion. How about instead of immediately risking death against our shiny new queen, you take a few days to get to know us first? Stay here at the palace. Tell me all about your life. See how incredibly boring the job of queen really is. Eat as much as you want. Hang out with me. I mean, wouldn't you rather get to know your father than expire in a ball of ancient crackly magic?"
― to Onyx (Darkness of Dragons, page 167)

"An extremely beautiful frog. One we're all still proud to call our queen."
― to Thorn, after she put on a copy of Qibli's enchanted earring (Darkness of Dragons, page 134)

Trivia

  • Smolder chose Onyx's name.[6]
  • Rose called Smolder "Ember" before she knew his real name.[38]
  • Smolder intensely dislikes visiting the dungeons within the SandWing stronghold.[39]

Gallery

References


SandWings
Queens

Present: ThornOasis
Historical: Scorpion

Royalty

BlazeBlisterBurnCharScaldSingeSmolderSunnyOnyx

Jade Mountain

SunnyQibliOnyxOstrichAridPronghorn

Other Dragons

Present: AddaxAgaveArmadilloCamelCapybaraCereusCobraDuneHorizonJerboa IIIKindleMeerkatNeedleOcotilloOstrichPalmParchPrickleQuicksandRattlesnakeSaguaroSandstormSiroccoSix-ClawsTawnyTorchViperVulture
Historical: JerboaJerboa II

Hybrids

Sunny

Kingdom

Blaze's fortressBlister's hideoutGreat Five-Tail RiverJerboa III's hutNorth BeachPossibilitySandWing strongholdScorpion Den

Society

OutclawsTalons of PowerWar of SandWing Succession