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"I hate this war. I don't understand what we're even fighting for. Who cares who the SandWing queen is? I've never met Burn and I don't want to. Why am I fighting an IceWing over a throne that has nothing to do with either of us?"
— Umber to his siblings about the War of SandWing Succession, The Dark Secret

Umber is an adult male MudWing who was introduced in The Dragonet Prophecy. He was formerly a student at Jade Mountain Academy as a member of the Jade Winglet. His current whereabouts are unknown, as he is currently a fugitive alongside Sora.

Appearance

Umber has brown scales[1] and pale amber eyes. He is the smallest of his sibling group, with a scar across the top of his snout.[2]

Personality

Umber is a caring, observant, and loyal dragon, and is very kind towards his loved ones.[3][4] He experiences a warm, constant sense of relief related to the end of the war.[1] He is incredibly loyal to and fond of his siblings, and thinks very highly of them;[4] he wants to protect them and keep them safe, regardless of the cost.[5] He was sympathetic towards Moonwatcher when she was interrogated about the truth of her NightWing abilities.[6]

Biography

Pre-Series
Umber's egg was laid by Cattail as a part of a clutch including Clay's, whose egg was later sold to the Talons of Peace for two cows. Reed, Sora, Pheasant, Crane, and Marsh are his other siblings. Umber's egg was the last one to hatch, and he was presumably helped out of his egg by Reed, his "bigwings," while in reality, their lost sibling, Clay, was their actual eldest brother. As a result of Queen Moorhen's alliance with Burn, Umber and his siblings were forced to fight in the War of SandWing Succession, resulting in the death of his sister Crane at the claws of Icicle in battle roughly six years after being hatched.

The Dragonet Prophecy

The Dragonet Prophecy

Clay meeting his siblings

Two days after the death of his sister Crane, Umber and his living siblings encountered their eldest brother, Clay, for the first time as Clay returned to the Mud Kingdom in an attempt to find his family. Umber was the first one to notice Clay near the mud pools and to have a feeling that he was part of their family, notifying his siblings. The others soon found Clay as he finished talking, dejected, with Cattail, and were overjoyed to meet him. Umber told his siblings that Clay had looked familiar. They helped Clay make peace with himself and, despite protests, let Clay go with the other dragonets of destiny.
The Hidden Kingdom
Umber was mentioned by Glory when she thinks about where the dragonets would go after the prophecy.
The Dark Secret
In the prologue, Umber and his siblings were fighting off attacking IceWings. Clay's siblings all appeared to hate the war and debated joining the Talons of Peace, though they decided against it in the end. Umber disliked the war the most and was the timidest of them all.
The Brightest Night
He and his siblings were seen when Sunny and Clay went to the MudWings to send a message to Burn. Umber hugged Clay when the group realized his presence. He was reluctant to go along with the MudWings' planned attack on the IceWings. In the epilogue, Clay said that he would love to have Umber and his siblings as students at the Jade Mountain school, also adding that Umber's history and reading weren't so good.

The Jade Mountain Prophecy

Moon Rising
Umber, along with his siblings Sora and Marsh, was one of the first students to attend the new and prestigious Jade Mountain Academy; He was assigned into the Jade Winglet. When he met the other members of the Jade Winglet, Moon overheard that he thinks Qibli is "gorgeous," and also that he and Kinkajou secretly wish that Qibli and Winter, respectively, were their destinies. He stated that Carnelian seems familiar, and that they may have fought together. After learning that his sister Sora had attempted to kill Icicle using dragonflame cacti, resulting in the deaths of Carnelian and Bigtail, and that she also rigged a stalactite to fall on Icicle, Umber decided to leave the Academy alongside his sister in order to keep her and others safe. Before he and Sora departed, he and Qibli embraced.
Escaping Peril
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Talons of Power
Umber did not appear in this book but was mentioned. Prince Turtle was shown to miss Umber. He said that Umber reminds him of his brothers. Turtle thought that if he survived, he would enchant something to find Umber and make sure he was safe.
Darkness of Dragons
Umber was mentioned in Moonwatcher's thoughts about how she misses the members of the Jade Winglet that were no longer there.

Relationships

Clay

Umber loves Clay; despite not being able to grow up with him, he loves him just as strongly as he loves his other siblings. He felt a "familiar feeling" towards Clay even before he knew who he was.

Qibli

Umber seems to be attracted to Qibli; he thought of Qibli as gorgeous and wished he were his destiny.[7] He is worried about sounding like an idiot in front of him.[8] When he fled Jade Mountain Academy with Sora, parting with Qibli made him feel longing, heartbreak, and loyalty so strongly that Moonwatcher could feel it as a physical pain in her chest.[9]

Sora

Umber deeply cares for Sora and has a close bond with her; although he felt confused and betrayed when he found out Sora set the dragonflame cactus bomb, he told her he loved her anyway. Umber escaped from Jade Mountain with Sora and promised himself to keep her safe and to keep everyone else safe from her.[5]

Turtle

Umber and Turtle were clawmates and close friends in Jade Mountain; they pulled their sleeping mats close so they could sleep with their backs against each other, as they often slept this way with their siblings.[10]

Family Tree

Unnamed DragonsAshaCattailUnknown
ClayReedPheasantSoraMarshCraneUmber


Quotes

"I hate this war. I don't understand what we're even fighting for. Who cares who the SandWing queen is? I've never met Burn and I don't want to. Why am I fighting an IceWing over a throne that has nothing to do with either of us?"
― to his siblings about the war (The Dark Secret, prologue)

"Can't you smell it? We flew over part of it, too — it's pretty well hidden in the forest."
― to his siblings about a scavenger den (The Dark Secret, prologue)

"I hope we don't have to. I hope Clay fulfills the prophecy and ends the war quick and saves the world really soon, before we have to do any more fighting. Don't you think? Maybe he will?"
― to his siblings about killing other dragons (The Dark Secret, prologue)

"When do we eat? Just kidding. Pretending to be Clay."
― to the rest of the Jade Winglet and Tsunami (Moon Rising, page 84)

"This is my brother and sister. Marsh is really fast… you should see him fly. And Sora knows everything; she's the only one who ever practiced reading."
― to Kinkajou and Moonwatcher (Moon Rising, page 107)

"Sora, it's okay. I love you anyway."
― to Sora after she attempted to kill Icicle (Moon Rising, page 212)

Trivia

  • Umber and Sora will appear again in the series. Tui would also like for Umber to find his soulmate.[citation needed]
  • Umber is gay, making him the first character in the series to have a confirmed sexuality.[event 1]

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Moon Rising, page 76
  2. The Dragonet Prophecy, page 280
  3. The Dark Secret, prologue
  4. 4.0 4.1 Moon Rising, page 84
  5. 5.0 5.1 Moon Rising, page 266
  6. Moon Rising, page 91
  7. Moon Rising, page 78,85
  8. Moon Rising, page 79
  9. Moon Rising, page 268
  10. Talons of Power, page 88
  1. Stated by Tuisource 


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Historical: Crane

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Other Dragons

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Kingdom

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