Deathbringer is a male NightWing assassin and Queen Glory's love interest, apparent bodyguard, and boyfriend according to Tui. He is also a good friend of most of the other Dragonets of Destiny. When he first appeared in The Hidden Kingdom, he had been ordered by the NightWings to assassinate some of the dragonets, with his first target being Glory and his second being Tsunami. However, Deathbringer demonstrated his affection for Glory by moving his target to Blaze, injuring her in an attempted assassination. Glory has somewhat shown signs of returning his feelings toward her. In an interview with Tui T. Sutherland, she stated that Glory and Deathbringer are definitely a couple because of the way they have both been affectionate towards each other in the series so far from The Hidden Kingdom to Talons of Power, making the popular ship Glorybringer canon.
Deathbringer has black scales and is a lot younger and smaller than Morrowseer, not much bigger than Starflight. He is wiry and graceful in his movements, very strong and astonishingly fast, faster than a striking snake, as well as clearly trained to fight from the way he stands and the way he assesses dragons. Glory thinks he is handsome.
Deathbringer was sent to kill off a few of the original Dragonets of Destiny, as part of Morrowseer and Queen Battlewinner's evil plan to promote Blister as the new queen of the SandWings and replace them with the False Dragonets of Destiny. He met Glory, who at the time was camouflaged to look like an IceWing, as she had disguised herself as one when they first met in the Ice Kingdom. He flirted with her, showing that he really must have liked her, despite the fact that NightWings usually hated IceWings. She learned that he was there to kill the dragonets because they were "insufficient" for the prophecy. Later, when he finds Glory with Clay, Sunny, Starflight, Tsunami, and Princess Blaze, he takes advantage of the situation and tries to assassinate Princess Blaze so as to get him out of trouble for refusing to kill Glory (because he likes her too much). He threw several knife-sharp silver discs at Blaze in an attempt to try and kill her. One disc landed in the SandWings's neck,(however didn't hit the SandWing's artery) while the other slashed through one of Tsunami's wings as she leaped in front of Princess Blaze. Before he could do anything else, however, Glory sliced the sack off from around his neck and held a silver disc to his throat threateningly, while Clay tied a camel blanket around Blaze's neck so as to prevent the bleeding. At this point Deathbringer promised Glory that he would let all of the dragonets escape if she let him kill Blaze. His bargain, however, was interrupted as Queen Glacier approached in the sky, and he was forced to flee before he got in trouble with the IceWing tribe.
Back in the Rainforest Kingdom, Deathbringer was found by Tsunami and Glory as he entered the rainforest through the tunnel from the SandWing territory as a way to stop an attempt to kidnap more RainWings. The dragonets captured him by tying him up with thick vines, as Glory insisted that they trap him but not kill him. When Glory left Clay to watch Deathbringer and make sure he didn't try to escape, Glory herself was eventually captured by another NightWing. Deathbringer (who escaped the vines after convincing Clay to let him go) later helped Glory and Kinkajou break away from the NightWing prison, with the support of Clay. He never succeeded at killing the dragonets.
Deathbringer is imprisoned for helping Glory and Clay escape and is thrown in the dungeon in the NightWing Fortress. Flame, one of the False dragonets, later questions Deathbringer of what it's like to kill without remorse, seeing that Deathbringer was an assassin. Deathbringer tells him to only kill dragons if he's going to stay fully committed to that decision. He also tells Flame to be "his own dragon" and make decisions for himself, not always from others, implying Deathbringer's own refusal to assassinate any of the dragonets of destiny, especially Glory. He also tells Flame "avoid talking to your targets, in case you find out they're beautiful, sarcastic, and fascinating. For instance." Starflight and Fatespeaker also asked Deathbringer about the queen, with which Deathbringer has little knowledge about, but tells them where the throne room is so they could try finding her.
Later, when the volcano erupts, Glory and Starflight rescue him and Splendor. Even as the volcano starts erupting heavily, Glory sticks to the job of finding the right key. At the end, Glory and Deathbringer exchanged a look that said "'thank you, and a whole lot more."
Deathbringer acts as the bodyguard of Glory, claiming that there were three assassination attempts, but he had stopped them. Glory doesn't believe him, claiming that they were "alleged assassination attempts", but it is clear that she trusts him more than the other NightWings as shown how Deathbringer was allowed to know the location of the RainWing village and was allowed to wander around it freely. He and Glory are also comparing how many times each dragon had saved the other; and Glory said that the assassination attempts were just to make his list longer. He later claims that he is not afraid of scavengers, but they 'give him the heebie-jeebies'.
Deathbringer followed Glory to Burn's Stronghold (now currently referred to as Thorn's Stronghold) at the end of the book. He was also allowed to choose a few of the most trustworthy NightWings to bring along so the tribe was represented. Deathbringer was one to help hold Clay down while Peril burned out the poison from his leg.
He is only mentioned in Sunny's mind as backup coming in to organize the chaos after the explosion in the History Cave, and to also help guide students home. Later, when Darkstalker shows Moonwatcher his vision of the good future of Jade Mountain Academy, she sees a dragonet, Firefly, who is the offspring of Deathbringer and Queen Glory.
When Winter, the IceWing prince, enters the NightWing rainforest village, he is intercepted and sat on by Deathbringer, who accuses Winter of trying to kill Glory and states that he is under arrest. Deathbringer claims that Winter sounds "murder-y" and that a dangerous IceWing had been reported to be on the loose (Icicle), and so he keeps Winter immobilized until he receives further instructions. Moonwatcher, Kinkajou, and Qibli attempt to convince him to let Winter go, but to no avail, until Glory arrives on the scene a bit later. Glory scolds Deathbringer for arresting the wrong IceWing and claims to punish him "creatively and firmly". He later accompanies Glory and the others when they fly to the royal pavilion. Then, when Glory, Winter and Qibli go off without Deathbringer, he is outraged, because he thinks Glory would be at risk from an assassination, despite her invisible royal guards.
Later, when the dragonets discover Icicle on the abandoned NightWing island, Glory, Deathbringer, and other RainWings arrive at the scene, and Glory shoots a tranquilizer dart at Icicle when she is about to kill Kinkajou. When she falls asleep, Glory and the RainWings carry her off to the healers pavilion, while Deathbringer is sent to make sure no NightWing looks for her.
Then, after Moon sketches a picture of the mountain range that Queen Scarlet was at in the dream Icicle had, the dragonets ask Deathbringer if he recognized it. Deathbringer says it is unfamiliar to him, but suggests that the Talons of Peace might know something about it. Deathbringer then directs them to the scavenger den where they contact the Talons.
In Assassin, we are taken back to when Deathbringer was only four. Quickstrike, Deathbringer's mother, tells him to spy on the queen while she talks to Princess Greatness in one hour. While spying, Deathbringer finds out that Quickstrike is going to the continent, and wants to bring Deathbringer with her to train in the real world. To prove his abilities, Deathbringer is challenged to kill either Slaughter or Vengeance during the night. Deathbringer quickly completes the task while Slaughter was being saved by Morrowseer. Worried that they may be stopped, Quickstrike and Deathbringer quickly set off for the continent.
While on their first task to kill a SeaWing commander, Commander Tempest, Quickstrike is struck by lightning and loses consciousness. Despite his best efforts, Deathbringer couldn't wake Quickstrike up. He kills Commander Tempest by himself. While the SeaWing army (Commander Tempest, Gill, Piranha), Blister, and the MudWing army is gathered on the beach, Deathbringer sees her and is immediately intimidated, thinking, 'Holy mother of lava, I'm supposed to kill THAT?'
Tempest asks all the dragons on the beach to lay down their weapons on the beach. The troops follow her command, but Deathbringer manages to snatch a MudWing spear. He throws it at her heart, and it hits, giving the unsuspecting Tempest mere moments to live. She utters her last words, "Well, son of a starfish", and hits the beach "like a slow avalanche."
Despite all of the panic going on, Blister is calm and orders her troops to search the island. During the search, Quickstrike is found and probably killed. In his sorrow, Deathbringer tells himself that he followed the orders. Then he vowed, But this will never happen again. If I ever find someone else to care about, I will not let my mission come first. I will break my order. I'll endanger my own tribe if I ever have to. From these lines, we can infer that this is the reason for Deathbringer's inability to follow Queen Battlewinner's orders, and why he did not kill Glory or the other prophesied dragonets, as he found "someone else to care about," and he did "not let my misson come first".
At the end of the book, Morrowseer and Deathbringer meet. Unaware of Quickstrike's death, Morrowseer is led to believe by Deathbringer that Quickstrike sent Deathbringer alone. Morrowseer gives Deathbringer his new order to kill General Six-Claws or turn him away from Burn with three-month's time to complete it. The last line of the book reads: For now... let's see how creative I can get with these orders.
After Six-Claws, then general for Burn, came back from the Ice Kingdom, he encountered who is presumed to be Deathbringer hiding in the shadows. Deathbringer attempted to convince him not to be loyal to Burn, and to go to the Scorpion Den. Though at first Deathbringer did not succeed, Burn's brutal treatment of Dune caused Six-Claws abandon his post, fulfilling Deathbringer's mission without any killing.
Once Darkstalker arrived at the NightWing village, Deathbringer could be seen protecting Glory and defending her spot on the throne. When Turtle went to talk with Glory, he yelled "Halt!", making Glory state that she thought he sounded ridiculous which then demonstrated more affection between Glory and Deathbringer. Deathbringer and Glory both admit they like Darkstalker. Later, Fierceteeth and others were on their way to assassinate Glory, and Deathbringer said he can easily stop the assassins. Darkstalker said he sees the future and saw Deathbringer getting stabbed by a SandWing tail. Darkstalker created a prison for the RainWings and told Deathbringer and Glory to wait near the prison until the assassins arrived. Deathbringer was one of the many dragons to fall under Darkstalker's spell, although he and Glory both had a feeling that that they were making the wrong decisions.
Deathbringer is charming and somewhat optimistic, one who doesn't seem to share the grumpiness of the other NightWings. He seems to not always follow the rules so to speak, as he did not hate Glory when she was an "IceWing" (although this may be because he recognized her as a RainWing, since she lacked the whip-thin tail, extra horns, and serrated claws of a true IceWing) and showed mercy on Glory's fellow dragonets. He is also adaptable and quick to make decisions, as shown when he decided to kill Blaze to make up for his inability to kill Glory. Deathbringer has a large ego calling himself the greatest assassin in the world and has a sarcastic side. He shows both of these a couple of times in The Hidden Kingdom and in other books, too. He proves to still take his job seriously, even though he is a slightly cocky dragon, as he has admitted to murdering a few targets. He is also shown to be clever and brags about it on more than one occasion
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|Three Unnamed Daughters||Quickstrike|
|Prince Jambu||Queen Glory||Deathbringer|
- He acts uncomfortable around scavengers, possibly even scared. This could be because they remind him of the night his mother died.
- Both Blaze and Glory described him as 'cute'.
- He mentioned that, "When one side appears to win the war, one of their top generals seems to mysteriously die. Not that I'm taking credit for anything". This is the first indication that the NightWings, him specifically, were killing off generals before they chose Blister to fight for, as to elongate the war.
- When Glory was masquerading as an IceWing, Deathbringer offered to take her out on a date.
- Despite often being referred to as a "hired assassin", Deathbringer and his mother were both assassins their whole lives, they never had any other occupation. Neither is showed to receive payment, either.
- It was confirmed in a live video chat with Tui T. Sutherland that the ship Glorybringer is canon. The Scholastic website said that if they had dragonets, they would be named Firefly, Pride, and Anaconda. Anaconda is also the name of an old RainWing queen, and might be named after her.
Glory is the character that Deathbringer interacts the most within the series. She is his love interest and it seems that they both return feelings for one another. Deathbringer volunteered to be her bodyguard, most likely so that he could protect her and be close to her at all times. Deathbringer is stated constantly throughout the series to care for her and try to protect her. In every book that he is in, he and Glory flirt with one another, this is most present in book 5. Despite finding Deathbringer's need to protect her, sometimes exhausting, Glory seems to care for him as well, even, sometimes talking to him affectionately. She doesn't speak very highly of him in front of other dragons. However it is obvious that these insults are hollow, she tries to make others think that their status is just Queen to Bodyguard, however, no one seems to buy it. Glory also trusts Deathbringer more than other NightWings and almost as much as she trusts the Dragonets of Destiny. She once saved him from a dungeon in a volcano, while he saved her from a lab where the NightWings did experiments on the RainWings. One of the reasons why Deathbringer is so protective of Glory is that on the night Blister sent his mother to be executed, he vowed that if he ever found someone to care for and love again, he would make sure to do everything he could to not lose that dragon too, that dragon being Glory.
After Glory, Sunny seems to be the closest to Deathbringer. Sunny obviously knows that Deathbringer loves Glory, but she doesn't object to it in any way, she even once imagined what would happen they got married and had eggs, also wondering whether other dragons would object to her marrying a NightWing rather than another RainWing. Sunny doesn't trust Deathbringer as much as Glory does, and she doesn't quite seem to understand why Glory trusts him so much, however it seems that Sunny thinks of Deathbringer as a friend. She and Clay also seem to hold almost no grudge for their attempted killing by him.
Starflight and Deathbringer have a slightly complicated relationship. They had their first real conversation when Deathbringer was in the dungeon and Starflight was asking him questions from outside the bars. Starflight seems to know that Deathbringer loved Glory, and he doesn't seem to object, but it is still unclear. Starflight at first tried to stop Glory from going into an erupting volcano to get Deathbringer as their lives were at risk, and Starflight was extremely suprised that was on her agenda, let alone something she would risk an exploding volcano for. Despite objecting, he reluctantly went with her and assisted in his break-out. Presently, Starflight probably doesn't quite think of him as a friend, but Starflight seems to respect Deathbringer's profession and also has some respect for him, unlike Peril.
Although Deathbringer and Tsunami don't interact much, they both seem to have a distaste for one another. Out all The DoD, Tsunami seems to trust and like Deathbringer the least, even once stating to Sunny her distrust for him. Unlike the other Dragonets, Tsunami does not quite seem to approve of Deathbringer's love for Glory. She doesn't like that Glory loves him, too, despite when he tried to kill her in his assasin days. She once tried to convince Glory to kill him when they captured him in the rainforest. It annoys Tsunami that Glory loves and trusts Deathbinger, and it seems to annoy her that he showed up to their gathering when Sunny came back, and she doesn't like how he helps them and follows them like he is one of them. She also holds a huge grudge against Deathbinger because he accidentally cut her wing once when he tried to kill Blaze. It is also possible that Tsunami doesn't think that Deathbringer is good enough for Glory, although this statement has no evidence from the book itself.
Similar to Sunny and Deathbringer's relationship, Clay and Deathbringer seem to be good friends. For a short amount of time (while Glory was a prisoner in a NightWing lab), Deathbringer was Clay's prisoner in the rainforest. Deathbringer somehow convinced Clay to let him go and to go with him to the NightWing kingdom to save Glory. Although it doesn't show his direct feelings on the matter, Clay probably does not object to Deathbringer loving Glory.
Deathbringer and Kinkajou appear to be friends. When they first meet, Deathbringer rescues both Glory and Kinkajou, much to Kinkajou's relief. When talking to Qibli, she lists Deathbringer as one of the NightWings she considers trustworthy, claiming "He is usually pretty great". She seems to be mad at him when he sits on Winter, however she probably is not anymore considering her forgiving and kind personality.
|Queens|| Present: Queen Glory • King Darkstalker • Queen Battlewinner
Historical: Queen Vigilance
|Jade Mountain||Starflight • Fatespeaker • Moonwatcher • Mightyclaws • Mindreader • Fearless • Bigtail|
|Deadlyclaws • Deathbringer • Farsight • Fierceteeth • Mastermind • Morrowseer • Obsidian • Preyhunter • Quickstrike • Secretkeeper • Shapeshifter • Slaughter • Starflight's Daughter • Stonemover • Strongwings • Vengeance • Wisdom|
|Allknowing • Clearsight • Discretion • Foeslayer • Foreseer • Jewel-eyes • Listener • Morrowwatcher • Prudence • Quickdeath • Starclaws • Swiftwings • Thoughtful • Truthfinder • Vision|
|Hybrids||Darkstalker • Whiteout • Eclipse • Shadowhunter • Sunny • Firefly|
|Kingdom|| Night Kingdom: NightWing Fortress • NightWing Tunnels|
|Society||The NightWing Exodus|