Winter is a male IceWing dragonet and the main protagonist of Winter Turning. He was formerly a student of Jade Mountain Academy as a member of the Jade Winglet and currently resides in Sanctuary with the Talons of Peace, where he studies scavenger behavior. He is an IceWing prince and was formerly a member of the First Circle.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Personality
- 3 Biography
- 4 Relationships
- 5 Family Tree
- 6 Quotes
- 7 Trivia
- 8 Gallery
- 9 References
Winter has glittering pale blue scales the color of a frozen lake, and icy blue and white scales like overlapping shards of ice that become slightly darker along his spine and the edges of his wings. He has dark blue eyes that are as blue as arctic oceans. He also has silver-blue wings and razor-sharp silver claws. He wears a small wolfskin pouch tied to one of his ankles that contains a small skyfire stone. Kinkajou once mentioned that Winter always looks slightly angry. He is smaller than Pyrite, but broader than Qibli.
Winter, like most IceWings, appears to be a very grumpy and haughty dragon. He snaps often and is constantly angry or unsatisfied. He tends to make rash, violent actions and decisions, rushing into situations without thinking about the consequences. Pyrite furthermore states that he is an enormous grump.
When Winter was younger, he was very cautious. According to Hailstorm, he was very amusing and a lot more fun to tease than their sister Icicle. He was also considered 'as smart as a RainWing.' He tried excessively hard to place well in the Circle rankings and impress his family, often failing and negatively impacting him through his family's abusive reactions. At one point, Hailstorm wished that Winter could relax. When Hailstorm was captured by the SkyWings, Winter blamed himself heavily and considered his decision to escape as cowardly. Winter is protective, risking his life often, agreeing even to dangerous conditions such as killing the dragonets of destiny for his brother's life. He even described his feelings as furious, trapped, frustrated, grateful, safe, alone, on fire, wanting the wrong things, hating himself, and confused. He also protected his friends when a scavenger city threatened to demolish them with a fireball in Winter Turning, and would like to learn more about what other tribes can do.
Moonwatcher described Winter's mind as very confusing. She mentioned that Winter is a better dragon than most; he is not the kind of dragon to betray someone's trust, and can think of what is best for Pyrrhia instead of just one tribe. She thinks he is honorable and brave- one of the truest, best dragons in Pyrrhia- but everything inside him is confusion and mirrors and pain. He is not the type of dragon to kill someone, and would have liked to know where he fits into the world. Even when many of Winter's actions and decisions throughout his time in Jade Mountain Academy are strictly against IceWing laws, Hailstorm believed described his brother as courageous and honorable, as he behaved with courage and intelligence on his quest to rescue the lost IceWing Prince. He is serious, intelligent and noble.
Even after seeing what the Pyrite enchantment did to Hailstorm, Winter was certain he would still be himself underneath. He does not want anyone to feel sorry for him, and initially protested stubbornly when the Jade Winglet insisted on coming along in his quest.
Throughout Winter Turning, Winter learned to be more open-minded; likely after the experience of the Diamond Trial, his tainted thoughts about the NightWings gradually faded as he learned to accept dragons from other tribes; Winter is shown to be more comfortable next to his non-IceWing friends, since he chose to sit down next to Qibli and named the SandWing his best friend.
The Jade Mountain Prophecy
|Winter and his sister, Icicle, were sent by Glacier to attend Jade Mountain Academy, which is where he first met Moonwatcher during lunch in the prey center. Initially, he threatened to hurt her if she injured Bandit, his pet scavenger, but he quickly realized that she was only trying to protect him by picking him up. Thereafter, Winter began developing approving thoughts about Moon, fascinated by her interest in scavengers and her quiet determination. Later on, Moon received a vision of the history cave exploding and tried to warn everybody to stay away from the classroom. Despite her best efforts, Carnelian and Bigtail were killed and Tamarin was badly injured when the cave exploded. Winter used his frostbreath to put out the fire and attempt to heal Carnelian's scales, showing his caring and friendly side. After the fire, Winter and the others became suspicious about how she could have known that the cave was about to explode. He gave her until midnight the next day, threatening to tell everyone that she had set the fire if she couldn't prove who the real arsonist was. The next day, however, he was forced to attack his sister, as she was on the verge of killing Starflight on behalf of Scarlet, who had promised to free their older brother Hailstorm if Icicle killed the dragonets of destiny for her. Together, he, Moon, and Qibli did save Starflight's life, but they were unable to stop Icicle before she leaped through one of the library's windows and disappeared into the mountains. Shortly after Icicle's escape, Winter left the academy with plans to go to Glacier and his parents for help, releasing Bandit into a forest near the Academy. However, he was eventually convinced to travel to the Rainforest Kingdom to stop Icicle from murdering Glory with Moon, Qibli, and Kinkajou to find Icicle while Turtle returned to the Academy.|
|Winter made his first appearance in the book's prologue, which was set about two years before the events of Moon Rising. Winter and his older brother, Hailstorm, were traveling through the Sky Kingdom in search of a rumored nearby scavenger den. However, they were ambushed by fourteen SkyWing soldiers, and although they intended to take them both to Scarlet, Hailstorm promised that he would go with them in peace if they released Winter. Ruby, the leader of the group, accepted, and Winter reluctantly agreed to fly back to the Ice Kingdom and to tell Glacier about what had happened.
Winter then appeared in the first chapter of Winter Turning, present while Moonwatcher explained her mind-reading and foresight powers and delivered The Jade Mountain Prophecy. Winter became bitter and angry when she confessed, convincing himself that she had always been a deceitful dragon and had only acted friendly for her gain. However, when Qibli suggested going to the Rainforest Kingdom to find Icicle, he accepted their help, admitting that it would be helpful to have Moon's mind-reading and Qibli's intelligence on his side. Once they were in the rainforest, Winter and the others were led by Bromeliad and Obsidian to the new NightWing village, where Moon greeted her mother and Winter was attacked and pinned down by Deathbringer, who had mistaken him for his sister.
Glory, irritated, dragged Deathbringer away, and apologized to Winter. After searching for Icicle further away from the village, they discovered an unusual mound of dirt with a dead, half-frozen NightWing inside; Glory, realizing that Icicle was willing to kill, sent Winter and his friends back to the RainWing wingery because it was already very well-fortified and safe. After the guards lost interest in them, Kinkajou distracted the dragonets with a game of hide-and-seek while Winter made a hole in the hatchery's wall, from which they snuck out to find Icicle before a vengeful NightWing did. With her mind-reading, Moon sensed Icicle's presence in the nearby NightWing island. When she staggered from one of its tunnels, she looked ragged and tired with bloodshot eyes, still-bloody wounds, and vicious burn scars across the undersides of her wings. Icicle explained that she had kept herself awake with pain by lying beside the lava to avoid Scarlet's dreamvisits. Glory, led by Kinkajou's trail, shot Icicle with a tranquilizer dart; Winter crouched beside her and whispered that if Scarlet could provide proof that Hailstorm was still alive, then he would kill Glory himself. While Moon was listening to Icicle and Scarlet's conversation, she assured Winter that she wasn't worried about his "promise," as she trusted him; she also picked up a mountain range from the dream, which she drew on a scroll fetched by Kinkajou. They traveled to a valley located near an advanced scavenger village in search of the Talons of Peace, hoping that one of their SkyWings could identify the mountain range.
While Winter and Qibli were resting by a river, they were nearly attacked by Squid, a young SeaWing who was practicing his "stealth approach." He was also an alternate Dragonet of the Prophecy. His companion, another SeaWing named Riptide, apologized and brought forth two SkyWings, and one of them, a fidgety dragon named Pyrite, recognized the drawing. When Winter made contact with her scales, he realized that she had a strange aura, similar to the tunnels, and concluded that she was secretly an animus dragon. Later that night, when everyone else was sleeping, Winter discussed his suspicions with Moon, but she disagreed; she hadn't seen any trace of magic in Pyrite's thoughts.
When they arrived at Scarlet's hiding place, they found her former shelter destroyed and abandoned, as if Scarlet had ruined her shelter in anger and then left. While they sleep that night, Winter was dreamvisited by Scarlet herself, who smugly told him about how she knew that Glory still lived and that Hailstorm was going to be dead by morning. Winter ripped his Skyfire pouch off and mentally shouted for Moon to wake him up. Moon heard him and rescued him from the dream. Since Scarlet was able to dreamvisit Winter, she must have seen him during the day when they were searching for her, proving that she was very near. Moon, Qibli, and Winter started searching for her while Kinkajou and Pyrite stayed behind. They located Scarlet, learning that Pyrite had something to do with Hailstorm. Before they go back to interrogate Pyrite, they see that Scarlet's companion is a NightWing. When they returned, they saw Kinkajou was injured by Scarlet's companion, who flew away blinded after Winter and Moon attacked him. Winter cornered Pyrite, who claimed that she knew nothing of Hailstorm. Winter ripped off her necklace, revealing that Hailstorm had been under the mask all along.
The dragonets traveled to Possibility to get a doctor for Kinkajou. Winter, Qibli, and Hailstorm had to wait outside. They attracted attention when Hailstorm shouted a greeting to a SkyWing called Eagle that he had known when he was under the mask of Pyrite. Eagle was angered by this because he didn't know Hailstorm as an IceWing and considered him as a stranger. A SandWing named Meerkat solved the problem, then proceeded to take them to a MudWing doctor named Mayfly. As Kinkajou was being treated, Qibli and Winter tested out the necklace. He told Qibli to take it off him after two minutes. He went into the mind of Pyrite, but Qibli helped him get it off, as instructed. Winter cleared out his thoughts, thinking that he hated being Pyrite, and he realized how horrible it must have been for Hailstorm to shake off the thoughts after being stuck for two years.
Winter decided to take Hailstorm back to the Ice Kingdom and never return. The others said they would wait one week at Possibility for him to come back, but after that, they would leave to save Jade Mountain. Hailstorm started to remember parts of his old self after seeing the Great Ice Cliff, an animus-touched defensive wall that shot deadly icicle spears at any dragon that wasn't an IceWing. They entered the Ice Kingdom, where Winter's parents were waiting for him. They took Hailstorm away to ask him about his side of the story and Winter was placed at the top of the First Circle for rescuing Hailstorm, who was dropped to the bottom of the Seventh Circle for getting captured by the SkyWings in the first place. Hailstorm was torn between taking the Diamond Trial and reaching first place again or sparing his brother's life and a lowly life after his seventh hatching day. He loved his brother, but Hailstorm felt like he had sacrificed enough for Winter, so he chose the Diamond Trial.
Hailstorm and Winter entered the Diamond Trial, and their objective is to find the frozen dragon in the cave and kill it. They were given animus-enchanted diamond-tipped spears as weapons. As they enter the cave, the brothers saw many frozen dragons in the cave, which at the time didn't know what they were, but later figured that they were the ones who had lost the Trial. But there was one gigantic frozen dragon that they recognized as the frozen dragon they have to kill. Hailstorm unfroze it by tapping the ice covering it with his spear. The dragon introduced herself as Foeslayer, mother of Darkstalker, and the dragon who, according to the IceWing histories, had stolen Arctic over 2,000 years earlier. After the brothers fought her together and tried to talk each other into not sacrificing themselves for the other, she interrupted and told them that it hurt more to be awake and hungry than it was to die. Winter went and told Hailstorm to kill her, letting himself lose. Hailstorm reluctantly did so, but Winter didn't freeze like they thought he would.Hailstorm revealed that to win the Diamond Trial, he had to kill Winter, his own brother. Their parents secretly told Hailstorm that after he killed Foeslayer, he had to kill Winter with the spear and freeze him. Their parents didn't tell Winter because they wanted Hailstorm to win, but Hailstorm didn't want to kill Winter because he cared about him. So Winter told Hailstorm to let him escape without killing him, and when Hailstorm walks out of the cave alone, the IceWings would presume Winter dead. He also decided to betray his tribe by unfreezing Foeslayer and freeing her from her imprisonment, because he sympathized with her and Arctic's love, comparing it to his feelings for Moon. Winter decided, in the end, to stay loyal to his friends and flew back to Possibility with Foeslayer.
|He was seen briefly while returning to Possibility with Foeslayer. He encountered Peril at the edge of town and attacked, believing she was still working for Scarlet. Peril tried not to hurt him, but they collided and Winter fell to the ground, badly burned and at the brink of death. He told Peril to tell Moon something before he lost consciousness, most likely trying to tell Moon he loved her. Winter was sure that he would die, but then Turtle came and used his animus-touched rock to heal Winter's burns.
At the end of the book, they decided that nobody will use Darkstalker's scroll which was stolen from Chameleon, and they couldn't return it to Darkstalker. However, in the morning, they discovered that Moon fled with the scroll, and Winter was very worried about her setting him free by herself secretly. They found her crying about what happened to Darkstalker did to his father and she decided not to set Darkstalker free.After they got the scroll back from Moon, Qibli and Winter started to fight over which queen should get to keep it. Peril worried that they were fighting over the power of Darkstalker's scroll, and proceeded to burn it to ashes with her firescales so that no one could abuse the scroll's power and Darkstalker would never be freed. But because it was destroyed, Darkstalker's animus power returned to him instead and he used his magic to break out of the mountain from which he was buried under, which was one of the peaks near Jade Mountain.
|Talons of Power|
|Winter was first shown flying above Darkstalker with Peril. As they begin talking to the massive dragon, he began to accuse Darkstalker of all the things he'd done to the IceWing tribe. Then, Darkstalker "did something" to him, causing him to stop the accusations. He began to say nice things to and about Darkstalker, making Winter's friends worried. Moon told Darkstalker not to enchant her friends using his animus powers, while Winter and Darkstalker reply at the same time that Darkstalker was not, although he most likely was enchanting Winter to like him.
Later, Winter was seen outside of Jade Mountain with Moon, Peril, and Qibli. When Turtle confronted the dragonets, saying he didn't trust Darkstalker, Winter said that Turtle needed to just spend more time with Darkstalker, still obviously enchanted. Beside him, Qibli jokingly stated that he would agree, and would trust Darkstalker if it wasn't Winter who was saying nice things about the 2,000-year-old NightWing. Winter left soon after.
Later, Turtle went to Winter and Qibli's cave to ask to sleep there. Qibli gave permission, but Winter said he wouldn't want anymore snoring in his cave. Qibli asked what Darkstalker did, and Turtle tells them both what he did. Qibli said that he wondered why he was doing that, and Winter said he was just trying to make friends and be kind. They had a little argument, part of it being about Winter being enchanted. Winter said Darkstalker saving Stonemover is proof that he's a good dragon with a good heart. Qibli asked how he would know, and Winter snootily left. It is assumed that he told Darkstalker about that conversation, as Qibli guessed.Later, Darkstalker reveals that there is still a timeline where Winter and Moon are together, so it is evident that Winter still loves Moon.
|Darkness of Dragons|
|Winter was seen watching Moon leaving with Darkstalker. When approached, he claimed that he was only watching the sunset and Qibli said he was doing the same. Winter awkwardly stated that Darkstalker will take care of Moon and Qibli responded that Moon can take care of herself, noting that Winter isn't acting like himself and must be under some sort of spell. Using a duplicate of his enchanted earring, Qibli attempted to free him from Darkstalker's enchantment, but Winter refused to put it on, claiming that he doesn't trust it and that it would "clash horribly with his scales."
When Qibli found out that Ostrich had been kidnapped by Onyx, Winter offered to help Qibli, saying that he was returning the favor of Qibli helping Winter find Hailstorm. He was shown to be impatient and ready to go as Qibli stalled. Qibli then attempted to bargain with Winter, saying that he would let him come as long as Winter wears the earring, which Winter declined. He then saw a copy of the earring on Clay's ear, and became even more suspicious and wary of Qibli, asking what he's up to. Qibli explained what the earring is for, to which Winter replied he is not under a spell and doesn't want to be. He then pushed Qibli to get going, and Qibli further stalled by explaining Vulture's tattoos to Winter, who mocks them. Winter and Qibli then headed to the dragonets of destiny to say goodbye.
On the way to the Scorpion Den, Qibli received a message from Turtle, saying Kinkajou is awake and fine, which made Qibli flip with delight. Winter then asked what Qibli was flapping all over the sky for, and Qibli replied, "Nothing," worried that Winter was enchanted to be a messenger for Darkstalker.
They soon reached the Scorpion Den, which Winter believes is unsanitary and unkempt. Qibli told Winter about the fortifications around Vulture's place. Winter replied that nothing could compare to the defenses around Glacier's palace. After Qibli explained that Vulture prefers to kill dragons before they so much as see his treasure, Winter appeared skeptical and asked how they planned on getting in.
Winter and Qibli arrived at Qibli's old home when he was younger. Winter seemed unimpressed and believed that Qibli lived in a better home. Soon after Qibli called for his mother, his siblings Sirocco and Rattlesnake showed up. Rattlesnake commented that she liked fighting "shiny things." Qibli's siblings then led them to Vulture's headquarters.
When they reached Vulture's headquarters, Qibli told Winter to let him do the talking. Winter replied, "That is how conversations with you usually work." They continued until Winter sees two scavengers running around in a maze, and inhaled sharply, which alerted Vulture. Winter demanded to know what Vulture is going to do to them and defended the scavengers when Vulture said that he was going to eat the loser and that they were no smarter than mice. Qibli then hushed Winter, and Vulture began ranting about how it was, "perfectly normal to feel like your pet must think the way you do." Winter then offered to buy the scavengers, which Vulture replied to with a query as to how he would do that, with Winter being assumed dead by his family. This shocked both Winter and Qibli because they hadn't said anything about Winter being a royal or him being assumed dead.In the epilogue, Kinkajou found Winter trying to catch scavengers for a scavenger sanctuary in Sanctuary, the town the Talons of Peace was building. Winter asked Kinkajou if she came alone, indirectly asking if she was with Moon. The epilogue revealed that Winter had the option of staying at Jade Mountain Academy.
The Lost Continent Prophecy
|The Dangerous Gift|
|Winter works at Sanctuary, and first appeared not very long after Snowfall came along with the three Pantalan tribes. He was suspected to be the IceWing supposedly stalking Snowfall, but turned out not to be. He then reunited with Lynx and Moon.
Winter reappeared multiple times later on in the story, observing scavengers and participating in Snowfall's meetings. At one point, he asked for Snowfall to keep an eye on his newest pet, Pumpkin, who is actually Daffodil.
He appeared again trying to search for Daffodil, who ran away. He was shocked to find out that she can partially speak Dragon, along with Wren.By the ending of the book, Winter was accepted back into the Ice Kingdom into his title as prince by Snowfall.
Although Bandit was a disappointing pet, Winter still cared for him, and felt a flash of pity when Bandit was afraid. He constructed Bandit's cage himself, which took him days. He also let Bandit run away, showing that he didn't want his scavenger to freeze to death.
Winter saw Daffodil as a research subject and a pet. He learned about scavengers from her and thought Daffodil was very brave and cute. After meeting Wren, Winter promised that he wouldn't keep Daffodil as a pet and even offered to get her a hat. Currently, he is protecting Daffodil in Sanctuary.
Before Darkstalker enchanted Winter, he was deeply suspicious of him. After Darkstalker put the spell on him, Winter practically worshipped him. He trusted him completely, looking at his magic as a first resort shown when he rushed to tell Darkstalker about the IceWing plague. But when Qibli broke the spell, Winter swore revenge, promising that Darkstalker's death will be bloody and long-winded.
Hailstorm is Winter's elder brother. He viewed Winter as amusing and fun to tease, but after Hailstorm was captured by the SkyWings, Winter blamed himself heavily, and there was an old familiar guilt surrounding his brother. Winter thought that even if he returned to the Ice Kingdom and was placed at the bottom of the Seventh circle for deserting Jade Mountain Academy, it would have been worthwhile if Hailstorm could have returned home. Hailstorm's disappearance also hurt Winter very much each time he thought it happened. Winter was able to push aside the Circle rankings and the opinions of Glacier, Narwhal, and Tundra in favor of doing whatever was necessary to rescue his brother. Hailstorm thinks Winter is courageous and honorable, and when Hailstorm was attacked by Foeslayer during the Diamond Trial, Winter rushed to save his brother's life without a second thought, though he could have won the Trial; he cares more about Hailstorm's life than the rankings. Before Hailstorm's capture, he and Winter would often go hunting together, and it is one of the things Winter missed most while his brother was imprisoned.
Icicle is Winter and Hailstorm's sister and the niece of Glacier. She was always around him and other IceWings during their time in Jade Mountain Academy. When Winter found his sister trying to kill Starflight, he tried to stop her along with Qibli and Moon. He refused to help her when she asked him to kill the other dragonets of destiny after finding out about Hailstorm. She called Winter weak and worthless multiple times throughout the book, though this could be because she blames Winter for what happened to Hailstorm in the first place. This suggests they may not have the best of relationships.
Despite this, Winter cares deeply for his sister. In Winter Turning, even though she constantly berates him, and is on her way to do something horrible, he constantly tries to give his sister the benefit of the doubt, thinking of her as his perfect sister. He makes note of their parent's expectations of Icicle and believes she's just trying to save their brother, and this is the only way she can think to do it. He truly believes that if he can find her, he can stop her, and they can find another way to get Hailstorm back together. When he discovers that she killed an innocent NightWing he initially doesn't want to believe it until he sees the body. He wants to find his sister but doesn't want to discover she did anything else horrible. However, after the NightWing is uncovered he realizes there's no going back for Icicle. When he finally finds her in the old NightWing city he is shocked by what he sees. His normally perfectly pristine sister had been forcefully keeping herself awake by scratching herself and burning her wings with the lava to avoid talking to Scarlet. Winter attempts to reach out to her, but she continues to shy away and insult him. Then Icicle gets hit by a sleep dart, and desperately claws at her brother, telling him to keep her awake. Winter tells her to let Scarlet come, then lies to her, telling her he'll kill Glory for her in order to appease his sister, and buy them some time. Winter continues to watch after his sister's unconscious form, refusing to leave her side. Then Moon discovers a clue as to Scarlet's location in Icicle's dream, and Winter decides to leave and track down Scarlet, and hopefully their brother. He is still shown to be worried about his sister, later asking Glacier about Icicle's fate.
Kinkajou is one of Winter's friends. He would never abandon her, even to save Hailstorm, and after realizing that Narwhal and Tundra had intended for him to die during the Diamond Trial, he thought that Kinkajou would never do something like that to him. After realizing that Kinkajou survived being imprisoned by the NightWings on the NightWing island, he felt respect for her. He would never want her to die, and misses her dearly after moving to Sanctuary.
Lynx likely is one of Winter's childhood friends. She and Winter trained together before the Diamond Trial in familiar combat patterns. She seemed happy for Winter when he placed first in the Circle rankings, and congratulated Winter on his adventures.
Narwhal is Winter's father. Winter speculated that Narwhal views him as nothing more than a lump of gray ice, and after Hailstorm's death report, Winter's father refused to speak to him for a month. Narwhal's mantra of Be strong. Be vigilant. Strike first. did not sit right with Winter after the events of Winter Turning. Winter suspected that Narwhal would have wanted Winter to complete a necessary task in any way possible, even if it was immoral. He is sharp and demanding towards Winter. When Winter and Hailstorm returned to the Ice Kingdom, Narwhal told Winter that he had hoped Winter would never return. Winter suspected that Narwhal placing Winter in first place was merely a way of maintaining his own status, and Winter thought he heard a tiny note of impatience in his father's voice when he spoke to him. After realizing that Narwhal had intended for him to die during the Diamond Trial, he felt hurt in a deep place where he had thought his family could not hurt him anymore.
Moonwatcher is one of Winter's closest friends, and Winter is in love with her. Moonwatcher once stated that she would never be Winter's enemy, no matter what he said. She wanted Winter to come with her to solve the Jade Mountain Prophecy, and her face crumbled into disappointment when he refused. Since Winter began wearing skyfire, it is a lot easier for Moonwatcher to talk to him. Winter sometimes jokes with Moonwatcher, but he feels a twisting feeling in his chest when he thinks about her, and hearing her say his name was described to be like a spell that runs warmth through his bones. Winter had never met anyone who seemed to be as interested in scavengers as he was until he met Moonwatcher. She is determined to support Winter whether he wants her help or not, and Winter has had quiet thoughts about how Moonwatcher is different from the other NightWings, and perhaps different than most dragons in Pyrrhia. He quite likes her, and misses her dearly after moving to Sanctuary.
Winter once thought that where Narwhal and Tundra saw Winter as nothing more than a gray lump of ice, Moonwatcher saw dazzling mountain peaks, and she regards him as one of the best dragons in Pyrrhia. Moonwatcher finds Winter's mind to be very confusing, but Moonwatcher regards Winter as someone who can think bigger than the things that affect him personally. She trusts Winter and thinks that he is honorable and brave, and Winter felt a rush of gratitude for her understanding of how important rescuing Hailstorm was to him. Winter often cannot tell when Moonwatcher is joking, but he looks at her in a loving way, and felt hollowed out when he pictured her and Qibli together. He was afraid of what he might say to her alone in the dark. Winter's heart told him to rescue Moonwatcher when their group was attacked by Shapeshifter, and while he initially felt guilty about being Moonwatcher's friend under the judgement of Hailstorm, he felt a second wave of guilt after realizing how much Moonwatcher had done to help him. After Narwhal and Tundra intended for Winter to die during the Diamond Trial, he thought that Moonwatcher would never have done something like that to him. When Moon chose Qibli over Winter, he was heartbroken and wondered how long it would take his heart to heal.
Qibli is one of Winter's closest friends. Winter was disgruntled to find he agreed with Qibli on something, but Qibli likes the fact that Winter would try to save anyone, and thinks Winter is honorable. Winter saved his life from a flaming scavenger spear, and Qibli was sincere and genuine in his thanks. Qibli is also sometimes affectionately exasperated with him, and he once joked that he was nearly sure he would rather have Winter around than Pyrite. When Winter was in the Ice Kingdom, imagining what Qibli would say in response to Tundra made him laugh for the first time since he had returned home. After realizing that Narwhal and Tundra had intended for Winter to die during the Diamond Trial, he thought that Qibli wouldn't do something like that to him. Winter is often irritated by Qibli's observant tendencies, but he knows Qibli well enough to see when he is deliberately trying to annoy someone, and he looked to Winter to decide whether or not to reveal valuable information about Scarlet. When Winter initially failed to find Hailstorm, he felt despair and hopelessness, but Qibli fiercely told Winter that he was not allowed to stop searching until Hailstorm was found. In addition, Qibli made sure to pair Moonwatcher and Winter together during their search in hopes that Winter find solace in her, even though Qibli was also in love with Moonwatcher. After Winter told Moonwatcher and Qibli that he should have nothing to do with them or the prophecy, Qibli sounded genuinely angry. Winter felt hollowed out when he pictured Moonwatcher and Qibli together. Despite this, Qibli has helped Winter become less serious, and had an irrepressible grin on his face when speaking to Winter in Sanctuary. Qibli considers him a best friend and is affectionate and genuinely delighted towards him. Winter misses him after moving to Sanctuary.
When they were dragonets, Winter would often argue with Snowfall or run away from her, but when Snowfall felt the Gift of Vision making her faint again, Winter helped her without argument or question or bewilderment. During Snowfall's reign as queen, Winter used the proper practices for her but stopped at Snowfall's request. A small part of her wants him to be happy.
Tundra is Winter's mother. After Winter dropped into the Fifth Circle due to a failed polar bear hunt, Tundra made him memorize long sagas for months about dragons who had attempted the Diamond Trial, including about a hundred verses speculating how gruesomely they may have died. Tundra made it clear that no dragonet of hers would reach their seventh hatching day any lower than the Second Circle, even if it meant risking their life for the Diamond Trial. Winter speculated that his mother sees him as nothing more than a lump of gray ice. For a month after Hailstorm's death report, Tundra did not speak to Winter. He felt elation and pride when Tundra thanked Winter for rescuing Hailstorm, but she then added that it was the least that Winter could do. After realizing that Tundra had intended for him to die during the Diamond Trial, he felt hurt in a deep place where he had thought his family could not hurt him anymore. Winter suspected that Tundra would have wanted Winter to complete a necessary task in any way possible, even if it was immoral. She is sharp and demanding towards Winter.
- "You have ten seconds to give me back my scavenger, […] before I slice your face off."
- ― to Moonwatcher when she was holding Bandit (Moon Rising, page 41)
- "That is my scavenger, […] My idiot clawmate let it out, but it is mine and I did not bring it all the way here to see it eaten by a lying, smoke-breathing NightWing."
- ― to Moonwatcher when Moon refused to give him back Bandit (Moon Rising, page 43)
- "Moon what? […] Come on, NightWing. We know your names are all lies. So what's yours? Moondestroyer? Mooneater? Mooncrusher?"
- ― to Moonwatcher when she only tells him half her name (Moon Rising, page 45)
- "I only mentioned it, […] because it seems entirely obvious to me that the niece and nephew of the IceWing queen should each be given a private cave, so I wanted you to know we wouldn't have to be clawmates for very long, as there has clearly been some kind of mistake."
- ― to Qibli about him being the nephew of Glacier (Moon Rising, page 47)
- "No, he isn't. I offered him a piece of desert rat this morning on the way here, and a bit of walrus the day before that, but he didn't eat either of them. […] In fact, he hasn't eaten since Queen Glacier caught him and gave him to me four days ago. I gather that scavengers eat rather infrequently."
- ― to Moonwatcher, about Bandit being hungry (Moon Rising, page 49)
- "I thought they said the NightWings couldn't read minds after all. So why did it seem like she read mine?"
- ― to himself when he was thinking about Moon. (Moon Rising, page 55)
- "Was that supposed to be me? Terribly unimpressive, if so. I haven't once said 'higgledy-piggledy' in my entire life. We would never allow such linguistic imprecision in the Ice Kingdom."
- ― to Qibli, about Qibli's impression of him (Winter Turning, page 160)
- "Stop liking her. Remember what Father said: They're all liars. Be strong, be vigilant, strike first. Trust nobody. Not even interesting NightWings with silver teardrop scales."
- ― thinking about Moonwatcher (Moon Rising, page 92)
- "I don't want them to come with me. In fact, if you could stick this SandWing in some quicksand while I get away from him, I will personally bring you a walrus to express my gratitude."
- ― to Glory, about Qibli (Winter Turning, page 127)
- "This is not about your place in the rankings. It's not about what Mother and Father and the queen think of you. It's about saving Hailstorm."
- ― thoughts (Winter Turning, page 178)
- "I'm an IceWing. That means I belong in the Ice Kingdom with my own tribe. I should never have gone to Jade Mountain. This prophecy, if it's even real, has nothing to do with me, and I should have nothing to do with you."
- ― to Moonwatcher and Qibli (Winter Turning, page 230)
- "This is what you told me to do, […] You wanted me to be a true IceWing again. Well, here I am."
- ― thoughts (Winter Turning, page 264)
- "Because happiness isn't where I am … it's who I'm with."
- ― thinking to himself, after the Diamond Trial (Winter Turning, page 284)
- "We're going to inflict Qibli's terrible fashion sense on this whole continent?"
- ― joking about Thorn's plan to send copies of Qibli's enchanted protection earrings to all the queens and IceWings and SandWings (Darkness of Dragons, page 154)
- "I can't believe Kinkajou is making more sense than Moon right now."
- ― to Qibli (Darkness of Dragons, page 195)
- "As weird as it is, they're my new family now … my new tribe."
- ― to himself thinking about Kinkajou and his friends (Darkness of Dragons, page 369)
- "I have no idea who this scruffy-snout is."
- ― to Snowfall about Qibil (The Dangerous Gift, page 171)
- In her blog about Winter Turning, Tui stated, "Ok, dragging myself away from work now, there's an IceWing in great turmoil who kinda needs a hug."
- When he was one year old, Winter performed a ranking test in which he was to survive in a blizzard alone.
- When asked about the love triangle in arc two involving Qibli, Winter, and Moonwatcher, Tui stated in an interview that she wanted to try to challenge herself by writing a love triangle where "you really like all of them, and any of the three can be together," which made Tui feel conflicted when it came time to decide the final pairing. In this case, Tui wanted Moonwatcher to pick the nice guy who cares about her and does all the right things.[event 1]
- Before every meal, Tundra made Winter practice his guarding stance until she approved.
- When he was two years old, Winter's ranking was lower than anyone in his family's had ever been.
- Winter hates rain and being in the rainforest.
- Winter considers black and white the only colors for a dignified bird.
- When he was younger, Winter would often daydream about swooping in upon the NightWings at the head of an IceWing battalion.
- Winter has an excellent memory for faces and thinks he met everyone in his tribe at least once.
- Winter always dreamed that if he was an animus dragon, he would give the gift of observation: a scavenger den in the Ice Kingdom constructed so the scavengers could live without freezing, and Winter could study them, though he thought Queen Glacier would not approve of this.
- Winter had a history tutor when he was younger.