Turtle is a male animus SeaWing dragonet prince and the main protagonist of Talons of Power. Even though he was careful to keep his animus power a secret, he revealed it to his friends to save Winter's life.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Personality
- 3 Biography
- 4 Relationships
- 5 Family Tree
- 6 Known Enchantments
- 7 Quotes
- 8 Trivia
- 9 Gallery
- 10 References
Turtle has dark emerald-green scales with lighter green underscales and hints of gold in his dark green eyes. He is described as slightly plump, with an extra curve to his snout and upper arms, and has large talons. He has the SeaWing royal glow patterns under his wings. Turtle wears a waterproof pouch around his neck and a gold armband studded with skyfire rocks — originally with six, but now reduced to three. His bioluminescent scales emit a pale green light, and he has a low, rumbly voice. He has an anxious face. Turtle resembles Fathom.
According to Winter, it is easy to forget that Turtle is a prince. He almost never behaves like royalty, as though he does not want to be noticed at all — quiet, mumbly, and sticking to the background. Other dragons don't typically have much faith in his ability to protect others, and he is quite fearful of everything. This behavior stemmed from how his trying to be a hero caused his unhatched sisters' death, as well as Abalone's. According to Turtle himself, hiding his one power and staying ordinary and unmemorable would make him a dragon nobody would expect anything from, so nobody could ever be disappointed by him again. Winter wondered if he was afraid of something or simply boring, and he assumed he could easily get rid of Turtle by applying the right pressure.
Initially, Turtle is quiet, laid-back, friendly, shy, persistent, and complacent, happy to go along with what others want without many opinions or objections of his own. He has referred to himself as boring,, uninteresting, unremarkable, and forgettable, a description that multiple other dragons have agreed with. Qibli also once described him as easygoing and "used to being invisible." Winter remarked that Turtle acted nothing like a prince and that if he had been an IceWing, he would have been doomed to the Seventh Circle for life. Peril described him as puddle-like. He seems to be undisturbed by violence, as he once casually mentioned that his mother, Coral, tortured a captive SkyWing for information, and seemed curious rather than horrified by a fragment of a dragonflame cactus that had recently been used in a lethal explosion. He is insecure, with not much self-confidence, but often appears only calm and easygoing.
He is extremely cautious, as he went to great lengths to avoid the knowledge of his animus powers being released to anyone. Turtle is shown to be cowardly in Talons of Power when he does nothing to directly stop Darkstalker, instead looking to Kinkajou and Anemone to defeat him. He also showed reluctance to fly in a thunderstorm during a search party, despite Winter being missing. He is sympathetic and kind, as he was the only dragon to comfort Moonwatcher after the secret of her mind-reading and prophetic powers were discovered by the rest of the Jade Winglet.
Turtle shows little fear of Peril, offering to be her friend and indirectly showing his loyalty to her by coming to the Sky Kingdom. He admitted that he understood the SkyWing for being dangerous and continued to be supportive.
Turtle has a desperate want for love or acknowledgment from his mother, likely born from his constant neglect. But because Queen Coral had thirty-two sons and only three daughters, she gave much more affection and attention to her daughters.
Sometimes while thinking about using his animus power to hurt other dragons, he looks down and sees his talons covered with blood, and he quickly shakes his talons to get the vision away. Turtle is very insecure about his power and worries about hurting and killing other dragons.
It was shown that he made a habit of eavesdropping, and that he cares greatly about his friends.
The Dragonet Prophecy
|The Lost Heir|
|Turtle was indirectly mentioned when Anemone was telling Tsunami that Queen Coral won't let her play with any of her brothers because they play too rough.|
The Jade Mountain Prophecy
|When Moon first sees Turtle, she's confused because she can't read his mind. The only reception she receives from his brain is described as a quiet hum. When Turtle smiles at her outside of Jade Mountain Academy, she sees a vision of a sunny beach, with him pinning Anemone down as she writhes in pain. This makes her believe that Turtle is evil in some way. When the vision ends, Anemone, Turtle, Queen Coral, and Tsunami have disappeared into Jade Mountain Academy. Moon takes this vision as a sinister attempt to murder Anemone that will happen sometime in the future and keeps a wary eye on Turtle afterward. After the tumult of an explosion in Jade Mountain Academy that leads to Moon revealing that she is a mind-reader and prophet, Turtle is the only one who stayed with her, taking Moon to an underground lake in the caverns of Jade Mountain and helping her wash off her seed pod wound on her shoulder in the explosion of the dragonflame cactus. Moon tells Turtle that she can't hear his thoughts, to which Turtle laughs, and Moon pleadingly asks Turtle to lead her to her clawmate's room. On their way, they pass the history cave and hear voices that they realize belong to Tsunami and Sunny. After listening to half of Tsunami and Sunny's argument, Turtle decides to reveal himself and tells Tsunami and Sunny about the dragonflame cactus. He notes that this particular cactus was used in the Summer Palace when it was attacked by Burn's forces and informs them that his mother, Queen Coral, tortured a SkyWing prisoner until she found out what they were. He was surprisingly casual about this subject. At the end, he gives one of his skyfire stones to each member of the Jade Winglet.|
|Turtle and his winglet arrived in the forest to find Winter, who was about to release his scavenger pet. When Moon announced that they would help Winter on his quest, Turtle was startled but did not add more. Moon then prompted him to hand over one of his skyfire stones to Winter.
When pondering whether to help Winter, Turtle was shown to be worried about how the prophecy affects the students in the school and his promise to keep his sister Anemone safe. Winter seized the opportunity to convince Turtle into going back to the Jade Mountain Academy to tell Sunny, Tsunami, and the other dragonets of destiny to not worry about the rest of Jade Winglet in their quest to search for Winter's brother. Later, according to Glory, that made them even more worried when they received Turtle's report.Turtle is also shown in the epilogue with Anemone, Pike, and Barracuda in the underground lake. He felt terrible for leaving his winglet, but Anemone tried to reassure him that he still had her and the other SeaWings.
|Turtle appears very early on in the book, surprising Peril with how little caution he has around her. He encourages her to spy with him on the conversation between a couple of the dragonets of destiny, Queen Ruby, and her accompanying dragons, admitting that he did it often as an unnoticeable, unmemorable dragon. Peril quickly begins seeing him as a potential friend.
Later, he insists on traveling with Peril on a hunt to bring down Scarlet, saying he could be useful (he was referring to his animus magic), and the two's friendship develops even more. Turtle convinces Peril to travel with him to meet up with the Jade Winglet in the town of Possibility further to investigate Scarlet's location despite her initial protests. After meeting a few Talons of Peace members, a dragonflame cactus is kicked by a SandWing wanting to buy them, most likely Sirocco or Rattlesnake, Qibli's older siblings. Peril accidentally sets off the cactus and causes an explosion. It knocks Peril temporarily unconscious, and at least three other dragons were burned. Turtle also had thorns in his scales, but Peril burns them off. The explosion attracts the conscious remnant of the Jade Winglet, Moon, and Qibli. Turtle has aching wings from flying to Possibility around this time, so he enchants a rock to heal outer wounds. Peril is shocked at how fast he could "heal in the water" until Peril burns Winter and Turtle uses the rock to heal Winter. That's when he exposes his animus magic for the first time in his life.
After Peril leaves in a fit, Turtle, sad because his new friend is angry, heads to the Sky Kingdom to try to release her from Chameleon's spell, and he reappears after Scarlet is killed. He says he has come to save Peril but that she seems to have already done that by herself, showing Peril that he cared about her. Turtle is also present when Chameleon writes the enchantment for Tourmaline to become Queen Ruby again, checking over his writing before handing it to the queen. When Chameleon tries to escape with Darkstalker's scroll, Turtle temporarily enchants the case to bash Chameleon on the head with it and go to Turtle. He leaves with the rest of the winglet to find Moon before she releases Darkstalker.One notable fact is that he appeared very distraught about Kinkajou's state and seemed to want to see her very badly. This is because he has a crush on Kinkajou; Peril even noticed it herself, thinking, "He likes Moon and Qibli, but he's really here for Kinkajou."
|Talons of Power|
|He first appears in a prologue set around three years before the rest of the book's events. Gill found the SeaWing princes and asked which of them could fetch Snapper. Turtle volunteers, but he fails; the eggs are destroyed, Abalone dies, and Snapper is executed.
Part one picks up right after Escaping Peril ends when Darkstalker emerges from the mountain. Turtle notices that Darkstalker seems to hate him and quickly enchants a stick to hide him, and later, completely from Darkstalker, making him non-existent to Darkstalker. Darkstalker reveals that when Peril burned his talisman, his magic returned to him. Winter argues with him, but Darkstalker 'wins' him over, which is later revealed to be from a spell cast by Darkstalker. Despite Moon and Qibli's concerns, both dragons deny Darkstalker using magic. Eventually, Darkstalker goes hunting with the rest of the Jade Winglet, and Turtle goes to warn Jade Mountain Academy on a suggestion of his clawmates.
He splashes into the underground pool and is immediately found by his sister, Anemone. He tries to talk to her alone, but she waves him off. He tells her about Darkstalker's awakening in public, but Anemone grows excited at the prospect of meeting another animus besides Stonemover. Turtle accidentally reveals to Tamarin that Anemone is an animus, leading to a brief discussion about the pros and cons of animus magic.
The three part ways and Turtle goes to warn the dragonets of destiny. Before he does, he hears Sunny and Tsunami discussing the escape of Fierceteeth and Strongwings and whether Thorn should replace the guards with Outclaws or not. They end the discussion and then discover Turtle. Sunny then questions Turtle about the whereabouts of the rest of the Jade Winglet. Turtle warns her about Darkstalker's awakening then. Mightyclaws overhears them and bolts to warn the other NightWings. Turtle fills Tsunami in about everything, including Moon's powers, except his own powers.
After this, they go to the library and ask Starflight about Darkstalker. Starflight tells them that Darkstalker was a very powerful NightWing animus who disappeared over 2,000 years ago after being betrayed by Prince Fathom and Clearsight and that nobody knows what happened to him. A trio of IceWings provides them some IceWing superstitions about Darkstalker, which are that he spent years in the shadows killing IceWings and that he killed his father, Arctic. Darkstalker then tells them that the legends had been simplified. One of the IceWings fails to kill Darkstalker(due to his immortality and his impenetrable scales that he cast on himself when he was younger as shown in Darkstalker), and then all three bolt. He asks Starflight for scrolls on Fathom and Clearsight, and when he leaves, he is immediately dive-bombed by NightWings. By then, most of the school had gathered. Darkstalker reassures Clay and Sunny by saying he is Sunny's distant ancestor. A storm then gathers, and Anemone descends. Darkstalker announces that he was looking for her and that he was impressed by the storm her enchanted copper armbands caused.
Turtle apologizes to his friends that he couldn't stop Darkstalker, but they don't mind. Qibli tells him to keep an eye on Darkstalker. Turtle watches as Darkstalker enchants Anemone's soul to be safe. He also notices Darkstalker has an earring and wonders if it is animus-touched. He watches as Darkstalker heals Flame's face and gives Mindreader, Mightyclaws, and Fearless powers. He then sees Darkstalker save Stonemover and declares Flame as the darkness of dragons and the stalker of dreams and looking into Flame's pouch finding his library card and the third dreamvisitor before trapping Flame in the academy.
Turtle then goes to the cave shared by Qibli and Winter and asks if he can stay there. Qibli agrees, and Turtle tells them about Darkstalker's activities. Qibli is slightly suspicious, but Winter is irritated by this and leaves the cave. Then Qibli asks Turtle to cast a spell on him to make him immune to Darkstalker's spell. After Turtle rejects the idea to cast a spell to make Qibli an animus Turtle agrees and casts the spell. However, Darkstalker senses the spell being cast and visits the cave. Qibli convinces him that it was probably Anemone, but Darkstalker is still suspicious. Turtle realizes that Darkstalker can tell when another animus casts a spell and leaves for the Rainforest Kingdom to watch him.
Turtle, Anemone, Moonwatcher, and the other NightWing students at Jade Mountain follow Darkstalker to the RainWing kingdom, where Darkstalker wants to challenge Queen Glory for the NightWing throne. They eventually decide that NightWings can go with Darkstalker if they wanted to. To ensure that most of the NightWings follow him, he grants more dragons powers before he and most of the NightWings set off for the lost city of night.While in the Night Kingdom, Anemone uses her magic against Moon hurtfully and is banished by Darkstalker. Turtle follows her to the ruins of the Island Palace, where they have an animus fight. Darkstalker then summons all of the animus dragons in Pyrrhia using a spell. Turtle is then revealed to Darkstalker and fights Darkstalker while Anemone escapes. Darkstalker puts Turtle in the dungeon, as Moon had forbidden him from hurting her friends, but he takes away Turtle's powers with a spell.
|Darkness of Dragons|
|Turtle is shown after he is released from the NightWing dungeon that Darkstalker put him in, Anemone and Kinkajou leading him out. As Qibli begins to describe what they'd been doing, he is shocked when Qibli says that it was him that saved everyone from Darkstalker. Qibli gives him one of the earrings to reverse the spell Darkstalker put on him to take his animus powers away. Turtle says he doesn't deserve magic, but when he realizes that he's the hero he always wanted to be, he puts on the earring and looks up at Qibli with cloudy eyes, almost crying. He leaves with the other dragonets towards Jade Mountain with his powers back, determined to warn the IceWings before the NightWings attack.
Later, he tries to help end the battle with the NightWings and the IceWings, but Darkstalker hurls a boulder at him and an invisible Anemone. He survives due to his enchanting his scales to be invulnerable in Talons of Power; although something did still hurt, it might have been because they talked about the animus fight he had with Anemone. When Qibli comes up with the mind-connecting spell, he offers to enchant it, but Anemone insists upon her doing it and refuses to allow her brother to lose some of his soul. He is horrified when Darkstalker takes Qibli.He is shown with his part of the epilogue, joyfully reading a letter from Queen Coral, and then Kinkajou shows up, talking about the love spell and Anemone's crush on Tamarin.
The Lost Continent Prophecy
|The Hive Queen|
|In the prologue, he appears with Tsunami while Moon and Qibli are talking. He claims that Qibli "broke animus magic" with his soul spells, which the SandWing denies. After some debate, Tsunami suggests that she and Turtle swim to Pantala, which he agrees to. In the epilogue, he and Tsunami have managed to swim to Pantala and are in the Poison Jungle. They meet Willow, who rescues them from a snake, and after asking where they're from, she tells them to return to Pyrrhia if they want to live, implying that the dangers of Pantala are not something the Pyrrhians should want to encounter.|
|The Poison Jungle|
|Turtle and Tsunami are seen when Sundew is invited to see Queen Sequoia by Willow. He is curled up, sleeping near his sister, and is ill from drinking too much river water. He is seen again at the end of the book, and because he feels better, he volunteers to draw a copy of Clearsight's map to Pyrrhia for Io; however, he may have been planning to duplicate it with his enchanted bowl. He then leaves for Pyrrhia with the LeafWing and SilkWing refugees, planning to get back-up from Pyrrhia and defeat the othermind.|
|The Dangerous Gift|
|When the SilkWings and LeafWings are landing in Pyrrhia, Tsunami said that he would come huffing along soon. Turtle was indirectly mentioned by Tsunami when she was telling Sundew that they have four animus dragons. Turtle also briefly appeared in Snowfall's vision as Jerboa III, when Jerboa III was brought into Darkstalker's throne room. She saw two SeaWings and a NightWing, Anemone, Turtle, and Stonemover.|
Before the Talons of Power ceremony, he had only ever seen his sister from a distance. During the ceremony, he enchanted Anemone to become an animus to draw attention to her and away from his own animus abilities so he could keep his secret hidden and to fulfill the biggest hopes of his mother. He ended up regretting this a lot afterward. Upon going to the Academy, they did begin to spend more time together, but she still treated him like another subject to order around. She finally started paying attention to him when he started following her and Darkstalker around, but the attention was not positive. After their duel on the beach and Turtle hiding her from Darkstalker, he seems to regard her more as his younger sister, who he should protect, and she seems to respect him as an older brother.
Auklet got excited when she saw him in Talons of Power and hugged him. She might have wanted to go to Jade Mountain Academy too because he, along with Anemone and Tsunami, were attending the school. He also wanted to protect Auklet from Anemone.
Coral is Turtle's mother. Turtle aspires to become an author, like her. When Coral reveals the truth of the deaths of the SeaWing princesses to him, she expresses pity and sympathy toward her son, even wrapping one of her wings around him to bring him in close. Though she forgets his name immediately afterward, she promises to remember it going forward, and she and Turtle share a tender moment. Afterward, Coral writes regular letters to her son while he is away at Jade Mountain Academy, sending Turtle her newest stories and thanking him for his help dispelling the Albatross Spectre cast by Darkstalker. It would appear that following Talons of Power, Coral cares for Turtle as much as she cares for her daughters.
King Gill is Turtle's father. Before Anemone ever hatched, Gill found Abalone sick. Panicked, Gill rushed out of the Hatchery and called to the first dragons he saw, which happened to be Turtle and two of his brothers. He told Turtle to find Snapper, his co-general, and returned to the Hatchery to watch over his sick friend. However, Turtle could not find Snapper that day, and Gill gave up waiting, knowing that if he waited any longer, his general would surely die. He swam to the Healers, and however fast he may have swum, when the Healers and the king returned to the Hatchery, the two princesses were dead. Gill, furious, tracked his son down and blamed him for the unborn princesses' deaths, telling a distraught Turtle that he was very disappointed in him. This event discouraged Turtle from wanting to be a writer and hero, leading him to believe that his unhatched sisters' deaths were his fault and that his father had died hating him. However, Coral revealed that it wasn't Turtle's fault, as Snapper was stationed at the Summer Palace instead of the Deep Palace. Gill was captured by the SkyWings before he could tell Turtle about his guilt for being angry at him.
Turtle first met Glory when he confronted her about Darkstalker and she seemed to be a little suspicious of the latter but seemed to trust him for the most part. This horrified Turtle and he accidentally lost control of his enchanted coral, baffling Glory.
Kinkajou is one of his best friends and his love interest. They meet in Moon Rising, although little interaction was shown between them. During Escaping Peril, Peril notices that he is happy to see Moon and Qibli, but he was really in Possibility for Kinkajou, indicating that he has a crush on her. In Talons of Power, Turtle asks Anemone to use her animus powers on Kinkajou to wake her up from her coma. Anemone agrees and notices that Turtle holds romantic feelings for Kinkajou. When Anemone casts the spell to wake her up, Turtle also secretly casts a spell to hide Kinkajou from Darkstalker. Anemone, however, casts an additional spell to "make Kinkajou love Turtle as much as he loves her," much to Turtle's dismay. When Kinkajou wakes up, she acts no different to Turtle than before Anemone cast the love spell, with Turtle hoping the love spell didn't work. Kinkajou offers to come to The Lost City of Night to spy on Darkstalker with Turtle. When Turtle wakes Kinkajou up on their first morning, when she was half asleep, she muttered, "Turtle" dreamily while her scales turned pink, showing that the love spell was working. At the end of Talons of Power, Kinkajou says that she loves Turtle, unknown she was under a spell. Turtle then sadly replies that it was only a spell and she didn't really love him At the end of Darkness of Dragons, the love spell is removed. Kinkajou returned to her normal feelings of him as one of her best friends.
Turtle seemed to care about her, helping her to the lake when she was injured while everyone else ran away. She and Kinkajou also accompanied him to the Night Kingdom. Moon seems to trust him as well.
Turtle first interacts with Peril in Escaping Peril when he stumbles across her in his sleeping cave. At first, Turtle is a little frightened of her, but he seems to warm up to her as time goes on, though he is still cautious around her. This is shown when he follows Peril to the Sky Kingdom to help defeat Scarlet. After Peril succeeds in turning Ruby back into Tourmaline so she could kill Scarlet, Turtle appears and claims that he was "coming to rescue her." In Talons of Power, Turtle describes Peril's company as unpredictable and hilarious. He sees himself as a friend and sidekick to Peril, as well as a sort of brother to her.
Turtle trusts and respects Qibli, mentioning that Qibli was the type of dragon that is a hero, working together when Turtle flew away to the Rainforest with Darkstalker. Qibli is jealous of him sometimes because Turtle has the power, but he uses it on frivolous things that he doesn't need. Ultimately, Qibli respects Turtle and sees him as one of his best friends.
Tsunami and Turtle grew quickly to love each other. Whenever Turtle visits his sister at the Jade Mountain Academy, Tsunami is either happy or relieved to see him. In The Hive Queen, Tsunami and Turtle swim to Pantala together in the epilogue, indicating that Tsunami trusts her brother enough to take him on a quest.
Turtle and Umber used to share a sleeping cave in Jade Mountain Academy before Umber left with Sora. They used to pull their reed mats close to each other and sleep with their backs together. Turtle said this was because they both felt a need to have siblings close to them, as Umber was used to being with his MudWing sibs, and Turtle usually slept with all his brothers. Turtle viewed Umber as a brother.
Willow saved Turtle and Tsunami from a large snake in the Gullet River, to which Turtle is thankful for.
Turtle and Winter appear to be friends. Turtle felt terrible about leaving his winglet behind, including Winter. He saved Winter's life with his animus-touched rock. In Talons of Power, Turtle thought that he was not a dragon anyone would notice or fall for, comparing himself to Winter, calling him handsome. He wished that Winter was there to help him when he flew to the Island Palace to stop Anemone.
|"Phrasing unknown." ||A rock||To heal outer wounds, sores, and cramps.|
|"As long as this stick is near me or touching me, I enchant it to hide my entire existence from Darkstalker. That means he cannot see me or hear me; he cannot remember that he's heard of me; he cannot hear about me in other people's minds or conversations; and he cannot see me anywhere in his futures. I enchant this stick to completely erase the dragon holding it from Darkstalker's awareness." ||A broken stick||To hide the wielder's existence from Darkstalker.|
|"Phrasing unknown." ||A piece of kelp||To make him faster than some of his brothers.|
|"Phrasing unknown." ||A seagull egg||To make Turtle's brothers forgive him after failing to find Snapper.|
|"More information flying in soon…" ||Case of Darkstalker's scroll||To bash Chameleon's head and go to Turtle.|
|"Enchant this earring to make the wearer immune to any spell Darkstalker has cast or will cast, whether past, present or future." ||Qibli's earring||To make the wearer immune to any spell Darkstalker has cast, whether past, present, or future.|
|"Phrasing unknown." ||A bowl||To doubles the amount of things put into it when ordered "twice as much, please!"|
|"Phrasing unknown." ||Complimentary writing slates||Writing on one sends the message to the other. It only works one way.|
|"Earring, […] get on my ear right now and stay there." ||An earring||To get on Turtle's ear.|
|"I enchant this piece of coral to help me find whatever I'm looking for." ||A piece of coral||To find things for the wielder.|
|"Coconut, don't move. No matter what I or anyone else says to you, you are now a completely normal coconut who can never be enchanted." ||A coconut||To be completely normal.|
|"I enchant my sister Anemone to become an animus dragon, too. Anemone, become an animus dragon. I enchant you to have talons of power." ||Anemone||To become an animus dragon.|
|"Necklace […] Come to me. […] I enchant you to be powerless from now on." ||Anemone's necklace||To come to Turtle and be powerless.|
|"Dagger, […] Turn to sand forever." ||Anemone's dagger||To be turn to sand forever.|
|"Disappear!" ||A rock||To disappear|
|"Waves! Wash these crabs out of the sea!" ||Waves||To wash Anemone's enchanted crabs out to sea.|
|"Shield me!" ||A palm tree||To shield him from a piece of stone wall.|
|"Make my scales as hard as diamonds. Make my bones unbreakable. Make me impossible to hurt, no matter how hard that thing lands on me." ||A shell||To make his scales as hard as diamonds.|
|"Get… off… me." ||A piece of stone wall||To get off Turtle.|
|"Seaweed, go wrap Anemone's mouth shut so she cannot cast any more spells — neither by voice or thought, as long as you are touching her. But make sure she can still breathe." ||A strand of seaweed||To wrap Anemone's mouth shut and render her unable to cast more spells.|
- "Me too, At least, I like scrolls that weren't written by my mother. I've read way too many of those. I'm Turtle, by the way."
- ― to Tsunami and the Jade Winglet (Moon Rising, page 83)
- "Kind of a cool evolutionary thing that makes sense if you're a plant trying to survive on a mountain full of fire-breathing dragons, right? […] But, uh, horrible, obviously."
- ― to Moon, Tsunami, and Sunny (Moon Rising, page 207)
- "It's different, swimming is not the same as trying to fly while getting blown about and whacked with little balls of water and also the lightning — have we talked about the lightning?"
- ― to the Jade Winglet about finding Winter (Moon Rising, page 287)
- "You're a mind reader, All you have to do is walk around until you hear someone's brain going, 'well done me. Tiptop explosion I caused today! Aren't I a clever arsonist."
- ― to Moonwatcher (Moon Rising, page 201)
- "You have this uncanny ability to say whatever is the opposite of comforting."
- ― to Peril (Escaping Peril, page 34)
- "I do not APPRECIATE your skeptical tone … Just because I don't particularly like danger or uncertainty or … or exercise, doesn't mean I couldn't be useful in a fight."
- ― to Peril about his animus power (Escaping Peril, page 45)
- "You are … but that's because of me, I'm so sorry Anemone. I'm the one that made you an animus. Right here, the day of the Talons of Power ceremony. I didn't want anyone to find out about me, so … I distracted them with you. And everything that's happened to you since then is all my fault."
- ― to Anemone (Talons of Power, page 264)
- "Maybe losing your soul isn't the right way to describe it. Maybe it's more like … the more you use your power for bad things, the more you feel like you're entitled to use your power for anything. It makes it harder to go back — only forward into more bad things. But … I think you can go back. I think anyone can choose to do good, or be good, no matter what happened before. I think you just have to try really hard. And that means stopping yourself before you do even worse things."
- ― to Anemone (Talons of Power, page 272)
- "Uh-oh, I mean, um, yes, whatever it is. Ready. To do it. That's me."
- ― to Qibli (Darkness of Dragons, page 303)
- According to Winter, if an IceWing acted the way Turtle did, he'd be stuck in the Seventh Circle forever.
- Turtle was in the process of writing an animus spell to restore Starflight's eyesight.
- Turtle believes that following the stars due west in the middle of the ocean can lead to major land.
- Turtle fears storms.
- Turtle, earlier in his life, had wanted to be a writer and a hero.
- Turtle was one of the hardest characters to write because Tui purposely made him enigmatic in Moon Rising and had completely figured him out by Talons of Power. She said he is not a typical hero, but he has the heart of one.[event 1]
- Turtle hates exercise.
Present: Abalone • Flounder • Herring • Kelp • Lagoon • Nautilus • Pearl • Piranha • Riptide • Snail • Snapper • Squid • Tempest • Tortoise • Urchin • Webs • Whirlpool