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"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 to more bad things."
— Turtle to Anemone about animus magic, Talons of Power

Turtle is a male SeaWing dragonet and the main protagonist of Talons of Power. Along with being an animus dragon, he is a prince of the SeaWing royal family and one of the thirty-two sons of Queen Coral and King Gill. He is currently attending Jade Mountain Academy as a member of the Jade Winglet, and has romantic feelings for Kinkajou.

Description

Turtle has unblemished,[3] jewel-toned,[4] dark emerald-green scales with lighter green underscales[5] and hints of gold in his dark green eyes.[6] He is slightly plump, with an extra curve to his snout and upper arms,[5] and has large talons.[7] He wears a waterproof pouch around his neck[8] and a golden armband studded with skyfire rocks[5] — originally six, but now reduced to three. His bioluminescent scales emit a pale green light,[9] and he has a low, rumbly voice.[10] He has a round,[11] anxious face,[9] and he heavily resembles Fathom.[12] He has spirals and shapes like webbed talon prints along his wings that are luminescent and oddly beautiful.[13]

Personality

Before Turtle failed to find Snapper, he loved writing, and often would imagine himself as the hero of a story. He wanted to be both a hero and a writer.[14] However, after he failed to find Snapper, Gill's disappointment crushed him, and he grew to think of himself as the idiot in the story.[15] He believed that he was horrible at fixing things, and whatever he tried, he would do it wrong.[16]

According to Winter, it is easy to forget that Turtle is a prince.[9] He almost never behaves like royalty, as though he does not want to be noticed at all — quiet, mumbly, and sticking to the background.[9] Other dragons do not typically have much faith in his ability to protect others,[17] and he is quite fearful of everything.[18] For most of his life, Turtle believed that staying ordinary and unmemorable would make him a dragon nobody would expect anything from, so nobody could ever be disappointed by him.[15][19] 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.[9] Turtle is a good dragon at heart, but he is terrible at using his animus magic, and it was hard for Qibli to imagine him coming up with a useful spell on his own.[20] He does not enjoy exercise[21] and does not usually expend any more energy than necessary for whatever he needs to be doing.[22]

He has referred to himself as boring,[23] uninteresting,[24] unremarkable,[25] and forgettable,[23] a description that multiple other dragons have agreed with.[23][26] Qibli also once described him as easygoing and "used to being invisible."[27] Peril described him as puddle-like,[10][28] and when she nearly ran into him while traversing the tunnels of Jade Mountain Academy, he simply froze and closed his eyes, as if the danger would obligingly disappear the moment he was not able to see it.[29] He is shrewd,[30] nervous,[31] outwardly serene,[32] anxious, wry,[33] curious,[34] friendly,[35] thoughtful,[36] quiet, peculiar, peaceful, and does not seem to have any fire to him at all.[10] He was described by Qibli as a worrying expert.[37] He is often sleepy and mumbly,[38] and tries to be boring and forgettable.[23] He often overshares[39] and often tries to think everything over before he made any big decisions.[37]

He is insecure,[40] once referring to himself as an idiot,[41] and extremely cautious, as took great care to avoid the knowledge of his animus powers being discovered by anyone.[42][43][44][45] Upon revealing them to his friends, his voice sounded weird, as if it were being mangled as it came out of his throat, and his expression was one of terror;[46] he then looked as if he wanted a deep ocean chasm to hide in.[47] 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 them to get the vision away.[48][49] Turtle is very insecure about his magic, and worries about hurting and killing other dragons.[50][51][52] Though Turtle does not act like he wants to powerful, he still wants to be an animus, as it was the one thing that made him special.[26] He has a habit of eavesdropping,[53] and he has acted bravely in order to protect his friends.[54] He lacks good communication skills,[55] and is often nervous, but is willing to try his best to be helpful.[56] His soul is almost entirely good,[57] and after the events of Darkness of Dragons, Turtle is no longer afraid of his animus magic.[58]

Biography

The Dragonet Prophecy

The Lost Heir
Turtle was indirectly mentioned when Anemone said she had lots of brothers, but she could not play with them because Coral believed they play too rough.

The Jade Mountain Prophecy

Moon Rising
When Moon first saw Turtle, she was confused because she could not read his mind. The only reception she received from his brain was described as a quiet hum. When Turtle smiled at her outside of Jade Mountain Academy, she saw a vision of a sunny beach, with him pinning Anemone down as she writhes in pain. This made her believe that Turtle is evil in some way. When the vision ended, Anemone, Turtle, Queen Coral, and Tsunami had disappeared into Jade Mountain Academy. Moon took this vision as a sinister attempt to murder Anemone that would happen sometime in the future and kept a wary eye on Turtle afterward. After the tumult of an explosion in Jade Mountain Academy that lead to Moon revealing that she is a mind-reader and prophet, Turtle was 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 told Turtle that she cannot hear his thoughts, to which Turtle laughs, and Moon pleadingly asked Turtle to lead her to her clawmate's room. On their way, they passed 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 decided to reveal himself and told Tsunami and Sunny about the dragonflame cactus. He noted that this particular cactus was used in the Summer Palace when it was attacked by Burn's forces and informed 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 gave one of his skyfire stones to each member of the Jade Winglet.
Winter Turning
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.
Escaping Peril
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 is when he exposes his animus magic for the first time in his life.

After Peril leaves in a fit, Turtle calls back to Peril, but she is too angry to turn back. Later he reappears after Scarlet is killed, saying that he came to save Peril but that she seems to have already done that by herself. 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. When Peril burned the Darkstalker's scroll, he gave her a smile before realizing what Peril had actually done.
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.

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, 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 could not stop Darkstalker, but they do not 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 was shown after he was released from the NightWing dungeon that Darkstalker put him in, Anemone and Kinkajou leading him out. As Qibli began to describe what they had been doing, he was shocked when Qibli said that it was him that saved everyone from Darkstalker. Qibli gave him one of the earrings to reverse the spell Darkstalker put on him to take his animus powers away. Turtle said that he did not deserve magic, but when he realized that he is the hero he always wanted to be, he put on the earring and looked up at Qibli with cloudy eyes, almost crying. He left with the other dragonets towards Jade Mountain with his powers back, determined to warn the IceWings before the NightWings attack.

Later, he tried to help end the battle with the NightWings and the IceWings, but Darkstalker hurled a boulder at him and an invisible Anemone. He luckily survived due to him enchanting his scales to be invulnerable in Talons of Power and was able to protect Anemone from the impact. After Qibli came up with the mind-connecting spell, he offered to enchant it, but Anemone insisted upon her doing it and refused to allow her brother to lose some of his soul. He is horrified when Darkstalker took Qibli.

He was later shown in his part of the epilogue, joyfully reading a letter from Queen Coral, and then Kinkajou showed up, talking about the love spell and Anemone's crush on Tamarin.

The Lost Continent Prophecy

The Hive Queen
In the prologue, he appeared with Tsunami while Moon and Qibli were talking. He revealed to Moon and Qibli that animus magic was not working and claimed Qibli had "broke animus magic" with his soul spells, which the SandWing denied. After some debate, Tsunami suggested that she and Turtle swim to Pantala, which he agreed 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 are 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, who were Anemone, Turtle, and Stonemover.

Relationships

Anemone

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.[45] He ended up regretting this greatly 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. During their duel on the beach, Turtle refused to hurt Anemone, and cast only defense spells, despite Anemone being willing to kill him. 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. She once referred to him as a doofus,[59] but he is reassuring and kind towards her,[60] and she is willing to listen to and react upon how he feels.[61]

Auklet

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,[62] and could not imagine anyone hurting a dragonet so small.

Coral

Coral is Turtle's mother. Turtle, like his other brothers, had been neglected of Coral's love and attention. He admired her stories, as they were the closest he could ever get to her.[63] He aspires to become an author, like her. Though Coral had never loved him, he still loved her enough to save her from Anemone.[62] When Coral revealed 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.[64] 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.[65] Each letter Turtle received from his mother makes him feel stronger and braver, more like the hero he hopes to be.[57]

Gill

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 because Turtle had not gotten to Snapper quicker.[1] This event discouraged Turtle from wanting to be a writer and hero,[15] 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 was not Turtle's fault, as Snapper was stationed at the Summer Palace instead of the Deep Palace.[66] Gill was captured by the SkyWings before he could tell Turtle about his guilt for being angry at him.

Kinkajou

His voice hitched slightly when speaking about her in her injured state,[67] and he expends energy when it comes to her; he hopped around as he was wondering what to bring to Kinkajou as a gift.[22] One of the things Turtle liked about Kinkajou was that she was nothing like him.[68] Turtle did not see Kinkajou as just another RainWing, similar to the ones that he had read in Coral's stories, but as her own dragon.[69] He believes Kinkajou is more cut out for heroism than he is.[70] 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 did not really love him.[71] 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. Anemone's spell enchanted Kinkajou to believe that Turtle was handsome, brave, and noble, but Kinkajou was aware that these feelings were a result of the spell and was quite angry towards Anemone and towards herself.[59] Turtle has an enormous crush on her,[60] and after not mentioning the spell for about a month after Anemone released Kinkajou from it, Turtle admitted that he still had feelings for her.[72] Kinkajou likes him too, but confessed that it was confusing having to go through enchanted emotions.[72] Kinkajou wants to keep spending time with him in order to sort out her feelings, but she thinks he is adorable. She once twined her tail around Turtle's and glared at Anemone, as though to say that she would be doing so even without the love spell.[73]

Moonwatcher

After Winter, Qibli, and Kinkajou storm off after Moonwatcher revealed that she has mindreading powers, Turtle asks her to follow him, taking her to an underground lake so that she can wash her shoulder after being hurt from the dragonflame cactus. Moonwatcher was initially wary of Turtle, due to the fact that she could not read his mind, and the vision of Turtle attacking Anemone. Upon meeting Moonwatcher again in Possibility, Turtle grinned as if the moment were the most delightful thing that had ever happened to any of them.[74]

Peril

Upon first meeting Turtle at Jade Mountain Academy, she was irritated at the way he lounged around in dimly lit caves, as it caused her to backpedal to avoid running into him.[75] She made him laugh, although he considered her strange,[33] but she later snapped at him and stated that he was boring and forgettable, although Turtle did not take offense, simply stating "I know. I try to be".[23] Turtle later insisted on accompanying Peril to kill Scarlet, despite her bantering with him to stay at the academy.[76] She was willing to admit to him that she was not entirely happy under Scarlet in the Sky Kingdom,[77] and he giggled when he accidentally hit her with a fish.[78] He laughed at her intense disgust at tasting raw fish for the first time, and was serene when she joked about setting him on fire as payback.[32] She later became worried about his choice to sleep at the bottom of the river, as she thought he might simply want to get away from her, and had finally realized that she was a terrible dragon to be friends with.[79] Although Turtle trusted her to remove a dragonflame cactus pod from his scales,[80] she began panicking upon being introduced to Moonwatcher's mind reading, wondering if Turtle had simply meant to test her, and had never trusted her.[81] She begrudgingly told Turtle to go on without her into Possibility to check up on Kinkajou,[82] and Turtle believed that he and Peril were not so different because he harnessed animus magic.[42] He stated that he thought Peril's goal was to help him and his friends, and became anxious upon discussing her accident with Winter.[83] She became hurt and angry upon Qibli stating "she just showed up with Turtle" and fled into the sky, despite Turtle's protests;[84] she also later thought that Turtle might be happy to never see her again.[85] However, when Scarlet stated that she was the only dragon who cared for Peril, she mentioned Turtle, who laughs at her jokes, even the ones she makes accidentally.[86] She realized that Turtle coming to rescue her from the Sky Kingdom was something only a friend would do, and when she asked if Turtle liked her after all, he stated "You're a loon. Of course I do," despite him being wary of Peril's abilities.[87] She stated that she was lucky to have him as friend, and they banter often.[88] She does not want anything to harm him.[89] In Talons of Power, Turtle describes Peril's company as unpredictable and hilarious.[90] He liked the dragon he was when he was with Peril though he had not figured out how their stories fit together.[91] He thought the closest parallel was a scroll about a dragonet who was raised by a pack of orca's. Turtle sometimes felt like that dragon's foster brother.

Qibli

Upon meeting Qibli again in Possibility, Turtle grinned as if the moment were the most delightful thing that had ever happened to any of them,[74] though Peril noted that Turtle was mainly there for Kinkajou, not Moon and Qibli. He cares about his friend's wellbeing as he did not want to risk anything bad happening to Qibli if he made Qibli an animus.[92] Turtle views Qibli as one of those "naturally heroic" dragons.[93] In Darkness of Dragons, Qibli was constantly frustrated that Turtle had magic that he was horrible at using, and Qibli did not.

Tsunami

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.

Umber

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.[94] 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.[95] He considered Umber to be kind-hearted and even considered using his magic to go look for Umber once Darkstalker was gone.[96]

Winter

Winter is one of Turtle's friends.[97] Despite Turtle heavily fearing his animus magic being discovered, he was willing to save Winter and expose his abilities.[46] Upon discovering this, however, Winter exploded on Turtle and shouted that he should have served his tribe with his magic, causing Turtle to shy away from him.[42]

Family Tree

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Known Enchantments

Phrasing Target Intention
"Phrasing unknown." [98] 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." [99] A broken stick To hide the wielder's existence from Darkstalker.
"Phrasing unknown." [98] A piece of kelp To make him faster than some of his brothers.
"Phrasing unknown." [94] A seagull egg To make Turtle's brothers forgive him after failing to find Snapper.
"Phrasing unknown." [51] 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." [100] Qibli's earring To make the wearer immune to any spell Darkstalker has cast, whether past, present, or future.
"Phrasing unknown." [101] A bowl To double the amount of things put into it when ordered "twice as much, please!"
"Phrasing unknown." [102] 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." [103] An earring To get on Turtle's ear.
"I enchant this piece of coral to help me find whatever I'm looking for." [104] 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." [105] 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." [45] Anemone To become an animus dragon.
"Necklace […] Come to me. […] I enchant you to be powerless from now on." [106] Anemone's necklace To come to Turtle and be powerless.
"Dagger, […] Turn to sand forever." [106] Anemone's dagger To be turned to sand forever.
"Disappear!" [107] A rock To disappear
"Waves! Wash these crabs out of the sea!" [108] Waves To wash Anemone's enchanted crabs out to sea.
"Shield me!" [109] 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." [110] A shell To make his scales as hard as diamonds.
"Get… off… me." [110] 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." [110] A strand of seaweed To wrap Anemone's mouth shut and render her unable to cast more spells.

Quotes

"You're a mind reader, […] All you have to do is walk around the school until you hear someone's mind going, 'Well done, me; tiptop explosion I caused today; aren't I a clever arsonist.'"
― to Moonwatcher (Moon Rising, page 201)

"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 about dragonflame cacti (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)

"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 (Escaping Peril, page 45)

"I, uh ... came to rescue you? [...] Well, to find out what was going on anyway. I heard there was a spell or something? But then I got here and it was very stormy and I couldn't find you and suddenly there were eight million SkyWings pouring out of the mountains and a big fight going on and I thought ... maybe better to stay out of the way until it's over. Right?"
― to Peril (Escaping Peril, page 241)

"Why did I ever let anyone notice me? I'd be safe if I'd stayed boring and forgettable. This is what happens — when someone sees you, soon everyone will see you. And one day that "everyone" will include a dragon who wants to kill you."
― thoughts (Talons of Power, page 1)

"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)

"It's not too late for your soul. [...] You're here now, with us. You're on the right side, doing the right thing. You're not evil."
― to Anemone (Darkness of Dragons, page 316)

"I'm going to work hard to be super awesome, too. [...] I should have some idea of what to do. It'll be crazy if I actually end up in one of these stories myself. Save the world, check. Stop being afraid of my magic, check. Figure out a way to protect my soul, check. Become the kind of dragon I'd want to read about — working on it. Probably working on it for the rest of my life. But I think I'm getting there."
― thoughts (Darkness of Dragons, page 379)

Trivia

  • Turtle fears storms.[111]
  • Turtle hates exercise.[38]
  • On the cover of Talons of Power, Turtle's phosphoric lights are blue,[112] but in Escaping Peril, they are described to give off a greenish light.[113]
  • On the cover of Talons of Power, Turtle's ears are pink,[114] but on the cover of Moon Rising, they are green.[115]
  • After failing his father, his brothers refused to talk to him for an entire month as a form of punishment.[94]
  • Before animus magic stopped working, Turtle was in the process of writing an animus spell to restore Starflight's eyesight.[116]
  • Turtle believes that following the stars due west in the middle of the ocean can lead to major land.[117]
  • Turtle was one of the hardest characters to write because Tui purposely made him enigmatic in Moon Rising and had not 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 does not have very good aim.[32]
  • Turtle fiddles with his armband by tugging it up and down when he is nervous.[30]
  • Turtle took an anatomy class.[118]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Talons of Power, prologue
  2. The Lost Heir, page 103
  3. Escaping Peril, page 106
  4. Escaping Peril, page 90
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Moon Rising, page 6
  6. Moon Rising, page 194
  7. Winter Turning, page 20
  8. Escaping Peril, page 87
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  17. Darkness of Dragons, page 20
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  20. Darkness of Dragons, page 205
  21. Escaping Peril, page 75
  22. 22.0 22.1 Escaping Peril, page 116
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 Escaping Peril, page 51
  24. Moon Rising, page 200
  25. Talons of Power, page 281
  26. 26.0 26.1 Talons of Power, page 273
  27. Moon Rising, page 82
  28. Escaping Peril, page 251
  29. Escaping Peril, page 7
  30. 30.0 30.1 Escaping Peril, page 88
  31. Escaping Peril, page 241
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 Escaping Peril, page 83
  33. 33.0 33.1 Escaping Peril, page 46
  34. Escaping Peril, page 40
  35. Escaping Peril, page 12
  36. Escaping Peril, page 9
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  68. Talons of Power, page 23
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  97. Escaping Peril, page 126
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  99. Talons of Power, page 5
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  101. Talons of Power, page 106
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  112. Talons of Power English cover
  113. Escaping Peril, page 107
  114. Talons of Power English cover
  115. Moon Rising English cover
  116. The Hive Queen, prologue
  117. The Poison Jungle, page 122
  118. Talons of Power, page 135
  1. Stated by Tuisource 


SeaWings
Queens

Present: Coral
Historical: LagoonPearl

Royalty
(Present)

AnemoneAukletCeruleanFinGillMorayOctopusOrcaSharkTsunamiTurtle

Royalty
(Historical)

AlbatrossClearpoolCowrieCurrentEelFathomHumpbackMantaReefRippleSapphireScallopSplash

Jade Mountain

TsunamiTurtleAnemonePikeBarracudaSnail

Other Dragons

Present: AbaloneFlounderHerringKelpLagoonNautilusPearlPiranhaRiptideSnailSnapperSquidTempestTortoiseUrchinWebsWhirlpool
Historical: DropletIndigoLionfishWharf

Hybrids

Typhoon

Kingdom

Bay of a Thousand ScalesDeep PalaceIsland PalaceSummer Palace

Society

AquaticRoyal SeaWing MassacreSeaWing CouncilTalons of Power ceremony

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