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"Where have you been? […] We've been here for a whole day and a half and no one has checked on us or fed us anything but what appears to be leftovers from a meal three months ago."
— Viper to Morrowseer, The Dark Secret

Viper was a female SandWing dragonet who was introduced in The Hidden Kingdom. She was a member of the false dragonets of destiny as a replacement for Sunny. She was killed on the NightWing island while in a battle training session with Flame, in which she fell into a river of lava during an attempt to kill Fatespeaker.

Appearance

Viper had white-gold scales.[1]

Personality

Similar to the other false dragonets, she was very annoyed by Fatespeaker's imprecise and false predictions and found amusement in bullying Squid. She seemed to also take pleasure in abusing Fatespeaker, nearly to the point of killing the NightWing, due to her hating all NightWings for taking her away from her family. She acted aggressively to anyone she met and usually kept to herself, but if anyone came too close, she'd threaten them with her tail to scare them away. Starflight thought that Viper seemed like the exact opposite of Sunny.[1] She acted as if she would rather die than stay on the NightWing Island. She was very strong and could get angered easily.

Biography

The Dragonet Prophecy

The Lost Heir
Viper was indirectly mentioned when Morrowseer hints at a set of alternate dragonets.
The Hidden Kingdom
In the prologue, Viper was fighting with her fellow false dragonets. Ochre, the MudWing, tripped over her, and she hissed and bit his tail. Squid said that she, Ochre, and Flame were bullies, with particular emphasis on Flame. In the epilogue, they flew across the ocean with Morrowseer to the Night Kingdom and were placed in a cave. She told Ochre that he smelled bad, and she got angry with Fatespeaker when the latter claimed to be having another vision of the future.
The Dark Secret
Viper was introduced to Starflight, along with the rest of the false dragonets. She appeared to like the idea of replacing Fatespeaker with Starflight, preferring the true prophesied dragonet over their own version, but still tried to kill him on Morrowseer's orders. She stayed with Squid during the chase, and both of them were chased back to their cave by four NightWing guards. While Flame and Ochre were placed in the dungeon, she and Squid had to spend the night in the NightWing Dormitory. The NightWing dragonets annoyed her, and she threatened them with her tail before sulking in a corner.

The next day, Morrowseer took them to a remote SkyWing outpost and ordered them to convince the SkyWing soldiers inside to switch their allegiance from Burn to Blister. It ultimately was a failure, and they had to be rescued by NightWing soldiers. The soldiers then burned the outpost, killing the SkyWing soldiers in it. Later, she told Morrowseer that she would never do that again.

She was eager to jump into the practice fight with Fatespeaker. Viper blamed Fatespeaker for her being taken to the NightWing island and nearly killed her before Starflight knocked into her. She lost her balance, then her tail sliced across Flame's face, leaving him scarred permanently, and she toppled into a river of lava by accident, resulting in her death. Starflight had tried to get Ochre, the false MudWing dragonet, to save her using his fireproof scales, but Ochre either didn't have fireproof scales, didn't know he had them, or simply didn't care, as he didn't even try to rescue Viper. Starflight then discovered that Morrowseer had been 'tinkering' with fate. When Viper didn't appear above the surface, Fatespeaker wept by the river of lava for the loss of her "friend."
The Brightest Night
Sunny and Tsunami tell the Talons of Peace of Viper's death, including a SandWing who is suggested to be her uncle or another extended relative as he asks about her, but doesn't seem torn or completely upset when Sunny says that she is dead. In the epilogue, Fatespeaker said that Viper was one of the dragons "they cared about who had not survived the war."

The Jade Mountain Prophecy

Moon Rising
Flame mentions Viper in a whirl of furious thoughts while Moon is reading his mind before he throws her out of his mind.

Quotes

"I hate that big old stupid horrible NightWing."
― to the other false dragonets about Morrowseer (The Hidden Kingdom, page 293)

"Where have you been? […] We've been here for a whole day and a half and no one has checked on us or fed us anything but what appears to be leftovers from a meal three months ago."
― to Morrowseer (The Dark Secret, page 72)

"Replace her? […] We can do that?"
― to Morrowseer about replacing Fatespeaker (The Dark Secret, page 73)

"Can't we kill her instead?"
― to Morrowseer about killing Fatespeaker instead of killing Starflight (The Dark Secret, page 75)

"Is this the test? […] Listen to you for as long as we can without dying of boredom?"
(The Dark Secret, page 116)

"Send me in, too! I want a chance to bite her! I can definitely kill her, just give me a chance!"
― to Morrowseer, requesting to fight (The Dark Secret, page 185)

"This is your fault! I could be back at camp with my parents if it weren't for your stupid tribe!"
― to Fatespeaker, about to kill her (The Dark Secret, page 187)

Trivia

  • Viper's name was originally going to be Cobra, but Tui decided to use it for Qibli's mother instead.[citation needed]

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Dark Secret, page 71


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