Umber is a young male MudWing who made his first appearance in The Dragonet Prophecy and returned later in The Dark Secret, The Brightest Night, and Moon Rising. He was formerly a member of the Jade Winglet as a clawmate to Turtle. He is the youngest and smallest of his siblings, and he despised fighting in the War of SandWing Succession. He is currently on the run with his sister, Sora.
Umber was described as being small, as he is the youngest in his family, with brown scales and pale amber eyes. In The Dragonet Prophecy, he was mentioned to have a burnt patch across his snout.
In the graphic novel, he is copper-colored with butter-colored eyes and a pink sore on his nose.
Umber is a caring and loyal dragon, very kind to those he loves, and is also extremely observant. Examples of his quick observations include noticing the scent of scavenger dens, even in the middle of a desperate and frantic escape, remembering Carnelian from a past battle, and being the first to recognize Clay despite never having seen him prior to their encounter. Umber runs away with Sora after her attempts to kill Icicle, showing his loyalty to his siblings. He has, understandably, also had an ongoing relief since the end of the war, according to Moon. He thinks very highly of his siblings, saying that Sora was the smartest dragon he knew and Marsh was the quickest. Umber is very loyal to his siblings; he was willing to leave Jade Mountain Academy to keep Sora safe and flee with her. He is similar to Clay in the fact that he is one of the links that keeps his family together.
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 Princess Burn, Umber and his siblings were forced to fight in the War of The SandWing Succession, resulting in the death of his sister Crane in battle roughly six years after being hatched.
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.
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 most timid of them all.
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.
Umber, along with his siblings Sora and Marsh, was one of the first students to attend the new and prestigious Jade Mountain Academy, and he was placed in 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, perhaps from a previous battle in which the two, as their tribes were allies, may have fought together. After learning that his sister Sora had attempted to kill Princess 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.
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.
Umber was mentioned in Moonwatcher's thoughts about how she misses the members of the Jade Winglet that were no longer there.
Umber loves Clay; despite not being able to grow up with him, he loves him just as brightly as he loves his other siblings. He felt a "familiar feeling" towards Clay even before he knew who he was.
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 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.
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. Turtle sees Umber as another brother, but it's unknown if Umber feels the same way.
Umber seems to be attracted to Qibli, based on his thoughts when first meeting Qibli in Moon Rising; he thought Qibli was "gorgeous" and wished he were his destiny. he appears to be worried about sounding like an idiot in front of him. Qibli "especially" worried about telling Umber about Moon's powers compared to Sora and Marsh, and described him as "kind and good", as well as the only one who could stop and help Sora if she was dangerously unstable. Even though Qibli does not hold the same affection for Umber like Umber does for him, he still cares about him and was saddened when Umber left.
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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?" - To his siblings in the prologue of The Dark Secret.
"Can't you smell it? We flew over part of it, too---it's pretty well hidden in the forest." - About a scavenger den in the prologue of The Dark Secret.
"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 anymore fighting. Do you think? Maybe he will?" - To his siblings
"When do we eat? Just kidding. Pretending to be Clay." - To the rest of the Jade Winglet and Tsunami in Moon Rising, seemingly trying to impress Qibli.
"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 Moon and Kinkajou in Moon Rising
"I'm going to get help." - When the dragonflame cactus explodes
"Sora, it's okay. I love you anyway." - To Sora after finding out that she tried to kill Icicle
“Wow, he’s gorgeous”- Umber thinks this when Qibli walks in
- Umber is a type of earth pigment that contains iron oxide and magnesium oxide. It can also be used to describe a specific shade of brown.
- After he and Sora left, Marsh is the last of Clay's siblings remaining at the Academy.
- In Talons of Power, he is mentioned by Turtle that he was like a brother to him. They were quite close and would even lay near each other for comfort since each was used to sleeping with siblings.
- Umber is gay, making him one of the eight known LGBT+ characters in the series, along with Anemone, Silverspot, Burnet, Snowfox, Snowflake, Willow, and Sundew. He is the first male gay character, the second and third being Violet's dads, and Umber is the only character in the series with a confirmed orientation.
- Umber and Sora left Jade Mountain in Moon Rising after it was realized that Sora was the attacker at the school. Their location is currently unknown.
- Umber, along with Sora, will eventually make another appearance in the series, and Umber could possibly be a protagonist in a later book. Tui has also said that she would like for him to find his soulmate. This information was on the old Wings Of Fire Scholastic Message Boards and can no longer be accessed since the page was taken down.