Darkstalker's Scroll was a scroll with a black leather binding. It was enchanted over 2,000 years ago to hold the animus power of Darkstalker, which he created in order to be able to use animus magic without the fear of losing his soul. By writing on a piece of the scroll, any dragon could freely use Darkstalker's animus power, which he viewed as a mishap. It was taken from him by Clearsight and hidden somewhere unknown, though it is likely near the Rainforest Kingdom. It was later found by Chameleon, which he used to change into other dragons and transform dragons for Queen Scarlet. The scroll was about one third used, with many parts ripped off. At the end of Escaping Peril, Peril destroyed the scroll by burning it with her firescales, freeing Darkstalker from beneath what used to be Agate Mountain after it collapsed and, as a result, returned his former animus power back to his talons.
Darkstalker used the talisman for many things. The talisman was described as a third of the whole scroll having enchantments already, with Chameleon claimed not to have written any of it, meaning that these were Darkstalker's enchantments.
Chameleon was the only other dragon known to use the scroll pre-series. He used it to make other forms for himself, an enchanted necklace for Peril, the Pyrite enchantment, and the hoop earring for Tourmaline which turned her into Ruby. Using his form of Soar, he had a dragonet with Kestrel, known to be Peril. Due to the fact he was in SkyWing form, Peril is a full SkyWing, rather than a half RainWing and half SkyWing hybrid. Chameleon also had a few other known forms: Shapeshifter (NightWing), Cirrus (IceWing), Bog (MudWing) and unnamed forms for each of the other dragon tribes.
Hailstorm was "hidden" by taking the form of Pyrite, a SkyWing, for two years, and when the necklace containing the scroll piece is forcibly removed he/she turns back into Hailstorm. However, after being Pyrite for so long, his memories are still an unclear jumbled mess.Scarlet. Scarlet had Chameleon create a necklace for Peril that removed her firescales, made her completely loyal to Scarlet, and took away all her memories of Clay. as well as a piece when put into a dragons ear, would turn them into Glory. Chameleon used pieces of the scroll to transform himself into entirely different dragons of different species, partially to make up for the fact that he cannot change his scales. He can take the forms of Shapeshifter the NightWing, Soar the SkyWing, Cirrus the IceWing, and Bog the MudWing in addition to SandWing and SeaWing forms. Chameleon uses the scroll to assist Ex-Queen Scarlet in exchange for treasure. Pyrite is a fake dragon that anyone can become by wearing the piece of this scroll (in a pouch-like necklace) that Chameleon presumably wrote.
After chasing Moon back to Jade Mountain and watching Qibli and Winter get into a fight over it, Peril deemed the scroll too powerful to be in any dragons talons, whether they had good intentions or not, so she took the scroll and burned it which had the unintentional consequence of restoring Darkstalker's animus power, thus releasing Darkstalker from his burial under Agate Mountain.
During Darkness of Dragons, fragments that remained of the scroll were used to continue it's influence: Chameleon became Bog in an attempt to trick the SandWings to attack the Mudwings and Shapeshifter in defending his transformations and Kinkajou used one to turn Darkstalker into Peacemaker via a strawberry.
After finally figuring out how not to lose his soul due to using his animus powers too much, Darkstalker placed all of his powers into a scroll that when written on, would react in the same way as if Darkstalker himself had cast the spell. The only differences being that it wouldn't erode his soul and cause him to go mad and while the scroll could cast Darkstalker's power, anyone could cast spells with it.
Darkstalker first revealed his scroll to Clearsight and enhanced an ink-well to rise up and touch the ceiling, then return to his talons. After his verbal attempt didn't work he proceeded to write on the scroll, "Enchant this inkwell to fly up, touch the ceiling once, and fly back down into my talons without spilling a drop, then return to normal." The inkwell did exactly as instructed and increased Clearsight's trust in Darkstalker. He also uses it several times throughout the book for various things, such as making himself immortal, controlling his father, Prince Arctic, and making and enchanting jewelry for Clearsight.
In order to write some of his more insidious spells, curses, and enchantments without anyone finding out, Darkstalker wrote in invisible ink between spaces he deliberately left in-between the visible writing on the scroll. Some of the things he wrote in invisible ink was:
- Enchant this goblet so that the first time Fathom drinks from it, he will stop loving Indigo, forget about his oath, and decide to freely use his animus magic again.
- Enchant this dagger to fly into the Kingdom of Sand and kill one IceWing every full moon, in secret, under cover of darkness-and keep doing so for one year, or until I summon it back. Enchant it to leave messages carved near the body warning that the Darkstalker is coming for all of them and soon they will all be dead.
- Enchant this pebble so that when it rolls into the same room as Indigo the SeaWing, she shall be instantly trapped inside of the small wooden carving of a dragon made for me by Fathom.
- Enchant this piece of paper to look like a note written in Indigo's handwriting, with a short, believable message saying she's leaving Fathom and not coming back.
A few more things Darkstalker wrote was his immortality spell, an enchantment on Clearsight's moonstone earrings that would only allow her to see the brightest, happiest futures and block out any truly bad futures that might happen up ahead, and an enchantment that would send Darkstalker a mental twinge whenever someone used his scroll. There were even some spells that tormented classmates he hated in "small, creative ways". There was also a spell that sent nightmares to haunt Queen Diamond with all the ways that Darkstalker planned to kill her. However, in the last few chapters of the book, Prince Fathom takes and reads the scroll in order to figure out what Darkstalker did to his friend Indigo, and just to see what enchantments Darkstalker had done throughout the course of his life. After this, however, it is unknown where the scroll went.
- A talisman is an object that is thought to have magical powers and to bring protection to it's holder/wearer... ironically, the talisman did not bring good luck and caused Darkstalker to go insane.