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"But who gets to decide what's a good thing? Dragons would always be asking for spells, or telling you your choices are wrong. And sometimes it's hard to tell what's good and what's just easy."
—Tamarin to Turtle, Talons of Power


Tamarin is a young, blind female RainWing who was introduced in The Hidden Kingdom. Before attending Jade Mountain Academy as a member of the Gold Winglet, Tamarin worked as a gardener in the Rainforest Kingdom.

Appearance Edit

Tamarin has several scars from her early dragonethood as due to her inability to see, she often crashed into things as she learned to walk and fly without sight. Glory noted that she had odd, pale blue eyes (probably a symptom of her being blind) and blue-gold scales. Even though Tamarin is a RainWing, she cannot change her scales on command (she doesn't know what colors look like), but they do change with her surroundings and emotions like the rest of her tribe's scales.

Personality Edit

Tamarin is a kind and quiet dragon, although very determined, as seen in The Hidden Kingdom when she refused to let Glory down during their contest for the RainWing throne. Tamarin was born with blindness, but she never let her disability stop her from doing normal things. This mentality was kept later as well, after the explosion that had badly injured Tamarin; and she recovered quickly, and refused to let her wounds stop her from attending classes or socializing with the other students at Jade Mountain Academy. She also never lets anyone push her around. As shown in Talons of Power, Tamarin seems to prefer independence as she probably feels pitied for something she doesn't want pity over, refusing Turtle's help when she reaches the fork.

BiographyEdit

Tamarin worked in the royal gardens, where she took care of the flowers ruined year after year by Fruit Bat, who used the flowers to try and make some perfume, much to Tamarin's annoyance. She is completely blind, although her other senses have been sharpened because of that. She has memorized every section of the Rainforest Kingdom and can sense anything out of the necessarily ordinary, such as flowers. If she was told to change her scales to red, for instance, she would be unable to, but if she relaxes, then her scales could automatically change to the color around her. She also has exceptionally sharp hearing, and that helps because of her being blind. Tamarin's underbelly is scarred from previous attempts to learn how to navigate and fly blindly as a young dragonet. She also helped Starflight adjust to being blind after the events of The Dark Secret.

The Hidden KingdomEdit

Tamarin was mentioned by her close friend Kinkajou when she was talking to Glory about the current queens and how Fruit Bat drove them. When she was picking her team to battle for the crown, Glory chose Tamarin (not knowing that she was blind) to join her team. As the team conferred about who would do which contest, Tamarin offered to do the flower one, insisting that she was knowledgable in the field. Tamarin competed in the flower hunt for Glory during the challenge for the RainWing throne and won, defeating Fruit Bat, and making very good use of her excellent sense of smell, even when Glory doubted her skills. Tamarin nearly lost, as Fruit Bat was following her to the hidden flower, but Tamarin managed to grab the hidden flower just in time.

The Brightest NightEdit

Although she did not make a formal appearance in the book, she was mentioned to be helping Starflight adjust to flying with guidance and avoiding obstacles, for he becomes blind from the lava that hit his eyes in The Dark Secret.

In the epilogue, Glory suggested that Tamarin, as well as Kinkajou, should be students at the Jade Mountain Academy because she needed a real teacher, not the "scraps of time" Glory had for them.

Moon RisingEdit

Tamarin was present when the Jade Winglet and Gold Winglet had history together. Kinkajou introduced Tamarin to Moonwatcher, and Tamarin introduced Kinkajou and Moon to Onyx. Later, Tamarin was accidentally injured by a Dragonflame Cactus, an explosive variety of cacti, set off by Sora, Clay's sister. Clay took Tamarin to one of the underground lakes with Onyx and Pike, and then she was brought to the medical wing to recover from her burns. Shortly after Sora tried to kill Princess Icicle in the prey center, Sora went to visit Tamarin, who was unconscious and wrapped in bandages from her wings to her tail. Moon, Umber, and Qibli arrived to see her crying beside Tamarin's bedside, apologizing for her injuries.

Talons Of Power Edit

Having recovered from her injuries, Tamarin was shown with Princess Anemone and Pike when Prince Turtle came to warn them about Darkstalker. She anxiously asked about Kinkajou, to which Turtle responded that "she was alive when I {Turtle} saw her last". Pike then showed some kindness towards her. Then Anemone left to go impress Darkstalker, and Pike asked Turtle to walk her to the infirmary. Once he left, Turtle admitted Tamarin how Kinkajou is really doing as the RainWing pressed. Tamarin said she disliked secret faces and knew that Turtle and Pike were making them. Then, Tamarin told him she didn't know Anemone was an animus, and when Turtle realized that he asked her to keep it secret. After that, she shared her thoughts on animus power, talking of how if animus RainWings made all the medicine appear in the healing hut, they'd never find new remedies. When they got to a fork in the tunnel, she said she could go on her own from there and limped off.

Darkness of Dragons Edit

Tamarin was in the history cave (not the one blown up by Sora) and asked Qibli if he smells smoke, saying that she could only smell smoke since the explosion. Tamarin was also one of the students requesting a history on Darkstalker to Webs in the History Cave.

In the epilogue, Tamarin was also mentioned doing a presentation on Darkstalker's history with Pike and Fearless, and when Kinkajou told Turtle that Anemone has a crush on her.

The Hive Queen Edit

Turtle mentions Tamarin when he explains that Anemone told him that she tried to restore her sight with her animus magic.

Relationships Edit

Kinkajou Edit

Kinkajou and Tamarin are good friends. Kinkajou doesn't dwell on her blindness, and when telling someone about Tamarin, it's not the first thing she says. Tamarin thinks that Kinkajou is a little impulsive, however, she expresses that opinion in a way that indicates concern.

Princess Anemone Edit

Anemone has a crush on Tamarin, but Tamarin doesn't acknowledge it. It is unknown on whether or not Tamarin returns Anemone's feelings; however, based on her actions, she most likely does not.

Prince Turtle Edit

In Talons of Power Tamarin and Turtle have a conversation about animus magic. Tamarin had no idea Turtle was an animus, but by The Hive Queen she probably does. They seem to be friends.Turtle mentioned using his magic to fix Tamarin's vision, but animus magic was not working at the time.

Quotes Edit

"You mean Kinkajou? Is Kinkajou all right?" - To Turtle about Kinkajou

"I know you two were making secret faces at each other. I don't like it when dragons do that around me."

"Oh, poor Kinkajou! I knew it was too dangerous for her out there. She's always running straight at the bad things instead of hiding, or at least thinking first."

"It depends. For instance, an animus dragon might think, I'll make all our medicinal herbs appear magically in the healer's treehouse, so we never have to go looking for them again. That seems obviously good, right? But then we'd stop learning how to look for them, and we might stop experimenting with new ones to see how those might help dragons in different ways. We'd stop thinking about it at all, because everything would be too easy. Don't we lose something every time something is done for us?" - To Turtle about being an animus.

"Me. And most other dragons." - To Sunny about Onyx

"No, she's always nice to my face. Most dragons don't realize how much I can figure out from their tone of voice, or the little huffs they make between sentences. She thinks because I can't see her, I won't be able to tell when she's rolling her eyes or making fun of someone. Sometimes she'll sneak in and out of our cave, because she doesn't want to talk to me, and she thinks I don't notice. It's not personal though. I think she doesn't particularly care about any dragons unless they can help her get what she wants." - To Sunny about Onyx.

"I don't know. But maybe she's gone to get it, because she didn't come back to out cave last night." - To Qibli about Onyx's plans.

"It's all right, I don't have to." - To Moonwatcher about touching her face.

"Ha. Well I'm getting used to it. It's useful to have walls, in a way." - To Moonwatcher

"Why would you pick me?" - To Glory

"Not anymore. The first year, yes. All the time." - To Glory about learning to move around while blind.

"But everyone took care of me. There was always a dragon helping me, watching me and teaching me. And now I have the village memorized, so I know all the distances and obstacles." - To Glory

"Give me the flower one. If it's about flowers, I can do it." - To Glory

"I can't choose what color I am. So if you ask me to make my scales red, for instance, I couldn't do that. But if I relax, they automatically switch to whatever's around me." - To Glory about how to change her scales.

"That sounds promising." - About winning the contest.

"But who gets to decide what's a good thing? Dragons would always be asking for spells, or telling you your choices are wrong. And sometimes it's hard to tell what's good and what's just easy." - To Turtle about being an animus.

"So do I, normally. But I haven't been able to get the smell of smoke out of my nose since the explosion." - To Qibli about smelling smoke.

"Today they do. Mostly I'm worried about Kinkajou, though." - To Qibli about her burns hurting.

"Besides, Anemone's an animus. She can guard herself better than anyone could."

"But we need to know about him now." - To Webs about teaching about Darkstalker.

TriviaEdit

  • A tamarin is a type of monkey of the genus Saguinus. The species is known for being quite friendly.
  • Tamarin is the first known blind dragon in the series, the second being Starflight. So far, Tamarin is the only dragon that has been born blind, and the only blind dragon to compete against RainWing queens and win.
  • She is one of the students who asked for a "Herbs & Healing" class at the school, along with Peregrine.
  • Tamarin is the only dragon who was in the cave and survived the explosion in Moon Rising, but she sustained severe injuries.
  • Tamarin explained to Qibli in Darkness of Dragons that since the explosion, she can only smell smoke. It is unknown if this is a permanent result of her injuries. If so, she would be the first known dragon with an impaired sense of smell.
  • It's been confirmed that Anemone has a crush on Tamarin, though it's not known if she reciprocates or if she even acknowledges this fact.
  • Tamarin's eyes are said to be light blue, most likely a sign of her being blind.
  • Tamarin is featured in Home Base's minigame Speed Wings, which is interesting since she is blind. Due to this, her eyes are not pale blue, but instead green in the artwork.
  • In the movie How To Train Your Dragon 2, there is a dragon very similar to Tamarin, called Gruff. Both are blind and can change color depending on their emotions.
  • In The Hive Queen, Anemone tried to restore her sight with animus magic, but failed.
  • In the minigame Speed Wings on Scholastic's Home Base, Tamarin is a playable character, alongside Kinkajou, Ex-Queen Magnificent, Ex-Queen Exquisite, Mango, and Ex-Queen Grandeur
    • In this minigame, her eyes are depicted as green even though they are light blue.
  • Tamarin appears to be slightly older than Kinkajou since she's slightly bigger. However, she is still significantly smaller than Glory.

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