Glory is a RainWing and an unofficial Dragonet of Destiny, in addition to being the current queen of the Rainwings and NightWings. She is the main protagonist in The Hidden Kingdom; the third book of the Wings of Fire series. Her replacement is the SkyWing dragonet, Flame.
Glory feigned indifference to many things, especially those that hurt her the most emotionally. She suffered terribly from the prejudice that RainWings were all lazy fruit eaters and could not be good for anything, and this hurt her more severely than she ever let on. She may have placed a lot of effort into her studies and other activities in order to prove this misconception to be false, although Kestrel and Dune ignored this and continued to claimed she was lazy and worthless like the rest of her tribe. Webs, however, argued that she was smarter than she let the minders know.
She seems also very caring towards her friends, even though she also feigned indifference to this as well, and she was subject to their approval for once, when Clay said some offensive words without thinking, she was rather hurt and considered leaving the other dragonets. She is also quite sarcastic and snarky, often grumpy as well. Tsunami refers to her as "the least trusted" for her sneaky and mysterious actions.She is said to be grumpy because of her lack of the sun. Other RainWings recharge on the light and that is what makes them mellowed. Since she was deprived of it from a lifetime of living under a mountain, she may be a lot harsher than a normal RainWing would be. In addition, since she rarely experienced "sun time" when she was younger, her scales aren't as vibrant as other RainWings.
It is possible that she is uncomfortable touching other dragons for the reason that Kestrel and Dune would abuse her, often for a reason that did not concern her, like the war was going badly. Most RainWings don't mind though.
Glory was stolen as a last-minute replacement for the broken SkyWing egg by the SeaWing guardian Webs. She was then raised with the other dragonets Clay, Tsunami, Starflight and Sunny. She was constantly bullied by the minders, especially Kestrel. Glory trained and studied harder than anyone else to prove herself to them, that she isn't lazy.
When Clay and Tsunami formed a plan to escape, Glory was hesitant, saying that they shouldn't risk their lives for her.
At the SkyWing Palace, Glory was chained to a marble tree and acted as Queen Scarlet's "art" in the arena fights. When Fjord was about to kill Clay, Glory shot venom on Fjord's face causing him to die painfully. When Clay was fighting Peril in the arena as part of The Champion's Shield, Glory shot venom onto Queen Scarlet, causing the SkyWings to be distracted while Peril helped the Dragonets of Destiny escape. When Clay wanted to free Kestrel, Glory objected, trying to remind the others about how Kestrel wanted to kill her. When the dragonets were traveling to the MudWing Kingdom, Glory and Tsunami played a trick on Clay because Glory thought that he wanted her to leave.
In the Mud Kingdom Glory went along with Clay to try to find his parents. They find out that Clay's mother doesn't care about him, so they begin to leave. Clay then finds his siblings, who tell them all about the MudWing tribes and how he could be their bigwings. Clay said no because he doesn't want to take Reed's place, and he needed to stay with his friends to stop the war.
Glory is there when Starflight is dropped off by Morrowseer, right when Clay was giving his speech about them staying together.
Glory then travels with them to the SeaWing Kingdom, to meet Tsunami's mother.
Glory is perched on a rock, and soon a SkyWing patrol comes. She hid in the sand, then Tsunami attacked the SkyWing who opened his mouth (Glory believed he was yawning). She brings him up out of the sea (as an attempt to drown him). Glory got mad because Tsunami let him live. She is one of the only ones who didn't need a blind fold to enter the summer palace (the others being Tsunami and Starflight). During the rest of the Lost Heir she is imprisoned by Coral. She then is let free to eat breakfast with the other dragonets, but is imprisoned again. They escape together and Webs got attacked by Blister and got a poisonous scratch near his tail, so they decide to go see the RainWings, to help Webs heal.
Glory is the main protagonist in this book.
It starts as Glory hoping that the RainWings are sensible dragons and nothing like the scrolls say. Then a MudWing patrol comes, so Glory is assigned to hide Webs but she refuses and hides Sunny instead. She wanders off to follow the MudWings and hear their conversation, but she finds that they are dead. They continue on and enter the rainforest.
One by one all the dragonets disappear except for Glory and Starflight, and she finds out that the RainWings had shot them with sleeping darts and camouflaged them, so they won't hurt them. She and Starflight go in the rainforest kingdom, and she learns about sun time, where RainWings sleep in the middle of the day, to make them smarter, braver, and prettier. Glory decides not to tell her friends, because she didn't need their pity.
She learns that RainWings have no families and they don't count their eggs, so Glory's egg was stolen without the RainWings catching Webs. Also, they didn't really care about her egg getting stolen. They don't read or write, and they do a lot of sleeping. But when RainWings started disappearing from their homes, the RainWing queen wouldn't do anything to save them, so Glory decides to challenge her for the throne, but instead of killing her, they play multiple games and Glory wins.
Glory believed that Starflight left the Rainforest Kingdom to tell the NightWings about her army. Starflight later uses a DreamVistor and visits Glory's dream, he tells her that he was kidnapped and all the plans of the NightWings. When Starflight (along with Fatespeaker and Flame) return to the Rainforest Kingdom, Glory is overjoyed to see Starflight. Glory and her RainWings sneak into the night kingdom to save the captured RainWings. Glory, Starflight, and Fatespeaker go to Queen Battlewinner's throne to talk with her, while Glory and Battlewinner are arguing, Starflight comes up with the idea, so letting the NightWings live in the Rainforest Kingdom as long as they bow to Queen Glory. Battlewinner refuses and jumped out of the lava, saying that she would lead her tribe to safety, but she quickly froze to death. Then the ground starts shaking and lava starts to poor through the walls, Glory took Starflight with her to save Deathbringer, and they fly back to the others to tell the NightWings about their plan. The NightWings bowed to her and fly off to the Rainforest Kingdom. Then the volcano erupted and the dragonets flew out, with Starflight injured.
Glory is very clever and skilled at combat, being able to defeat a professional assassin like Deathbringer. She demonstrated knowledge of the dragon's anatomy by pressing a shuriken right to Deathbringer's neck, directly where the main artery is for a dragon. She is able to spit black venom from the two of her longest fangs, similar to an acid that melts anything living it comes into contact with; and has the ability to change color since she is a RainWing. She knows most stories and history and even memorized the map in the cave; she has a very good memory.
"Wake me if anything exciting happens, but make sure it's actually exciting, not Sunny-exciting."
"Do what you like, but I'm not a big mushy ball of forgiveness like you are, Clay."
"Boy, I don't know. I mean, if you want to be queen one day, you'll have to be bossy, controlling, full of yourself... oh, wait."
"So what now, bigwings? I'm never going to get tired of calling you that."
"Aww. So big and wise."
"First of all, what, and no; it is seriously undignified for a dragon queen to have a sloth. Also, this sloth is much too pretty for a dopey name like Shaggy, and I'm not naming her, because I'm not keeping her. She'll wander away if I ignore her long enough."
"No way. A tree? In the forest?"
"We are NOT CALLING IT MAGICAL DEATH SPIT!"
"I like the one where we melt everyone's eyeballs on our way out the door."
"Easy for you to say."
"Aw, your lectures are even cuter when I can't understand a word of them."
"Um. All right. Do your best. And thanks and stuff."
"You'll have to call me ' Your Majesty.' I know. Won't it be hilarious?"
“She’s fine,” Glory said. “Go follow orders like a good dragonet, or Tsunami might fling you to the eels.”
"Do you want me to spell DRAGONETS WUZ HERE in giant rocks?
"What am I going to do? Round up some scary RainWings and come sleep on your roof?"
"I AM GOING TO BITE THAT DRAGON'S HEAD OFF AND STUFF HIM IN A VOLCANO!"
"LETS GO BACK THERE AND KILL HIM AGAIN!"
At times, Glory is annoyed by his slowness in realizing danger or obvious answers to a problem or inquire. Clay and Glory have known each other since hatching, and Clay tried to help Glory and the other dragonets hatch as the bigwings. Clay was very concerned for Glory when he realized the Talons of Peace wanted to kill her.
Glory was not afraid of the strict SkyWing, but she had always held a deep grudge against her for insulting her tribe and underestimating her greatly. She refused to rescue Kestrel from the Sky Kingdom.
Though he was less strict than Kestrel, she still hated him for stealing her egg and letting Kestrel and Dune abuse her. In the The Hidden Kingdom, she refused to camouflage him. She didn't even want to touch him. But as much as she hates him, she doesn't want to kill him for it, even though she said "Well, some of us don't" when it was mentioned that they don't want him to die.
Glory doesn't actually mind Tsunami's bossiness, but she still talks back because she thinks at least someone should stand up to Tsunami before her head gets too big for the rest of her.
In the Hidden Kingdom Glory decided Sunny was better to touch than Webs, even though she isn't comfortable touching other dragons. Glory was also extremely worried when Sunny went missing in the Brightest Night and held her talons in hers when she was found.
Glory is often annoyed by his know-it-all personality and rambling. She apparently knew about his crush on Sunny, and thought he should do something about it.
When Glory first met him, she was disguised as an IceWing. Deathbringer gave her information about his mission, and then began to flirt with her. Glory was scared of him and his mission, but he helped her escape. The current status is 'More than friends'. In The Dark Secret, Deathbringer described her as beautiful, sarcastic, and fascinating. When Glory is helping him out of the prison, they hold each other's talons and Starflight sees; "they exchanged a look that said "thank you" and a whole lot more." Adding to that, in The Brightest Night, Glory and Deathbringer are constantly flirting with each other, and Deathbringer even put his wing around Glory, which she allowed.
Glory didn't know she had a brother until she met him in the Rainforest Kingdom. Glory was unimpressed with him at first, and thought of him as ridiculous as well as the other RainWings. However, Jambu helped her get Blaze to meet the dragonets and nearly beat Exquisite in the tree-gliding competition, one of the five contests that decided who would be queen of the RainWings. He was only stopped by the queen's use of her pet sloths to cheat, where he nearly strangled himself. He appears to be one of her most trusted dragons now even if he is incompetent.
The little dragonet met Glory when she was captured by the NightWings. She followed Glory in escaping, and claims that "I'll follow Glory anywhere!" when Glory threatens to take the throne by force. She did the venom targeting part of the contest to become queen and was injured by RainWing venom. She is later shown in a dream to see Glory as a big, beautiful queen, crowned and welcoming Kinkajou with open wings, while the other dragons stared at her enviously.
- Tui Sutherland has mentioned on her blog that Glory is "probably her favorite so far."
- It has been revealed that Glory hates/is afraid of the dark.
- Glory once had the desire to be an animus as a young dragonet so that she can enchant her guardians' food to eat them, but that was changed when she knew the price of using animus magic.
- She has a pet sloth named Silver.
- Glory's scales are duller than those of other RainWings, because she lived under a mountain with no sunlight for most of her life
- In the cover of The Hidden Kingdom, Glory does not have the strip of wing membrane that the RainWing's should have.
- On the cover of The Hidden Kingdom, the thorns going down her back don't go to the tip of her tail, as shown in the guide.
- Glory is the only dragonet Morrowseer disapproved of after first meeting them, since she was a RainWing.
- Glory is descended from the original line of RainWing queens.