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"It's normal to be scared. I'm scared. You'd have to be crazy not to be- well, crazy or Tsunami, which is basically the same thing. You just have to push that aside and do what you have to anyway."
—Glory, to Starflight, in The Dark Secret


Glory is a female RainWing and an unofficial Dragonet of Destiny because she was the last minute replacement for the SkyWing egg that Burn smashed in the prologue of The Dragonet Prophecy, the first book in the Wings of Fire series. She is also the Queen of the RainWings and the NightWings, after the events of The Hidden Kingdom and The Dark Secret. Flame the SkyWIng was supposed to be her replacement, as a dragonet of destiny.

Biography

The Dragonet Prophecy

Glory was stolen as a last-minute replacement for the SkyWing dragonet by the dragonets' SeaWing guardian, Webs. The fact that Glory was even with the dragonets of destiny was because Burn mercilessly smashed the prophesied SkyWing egg and killed Hvitur, the IceWing guardian. She was then raised with the other dragonets, ClayTsunamiStarflight and Sunny. Glory was constantly bullied by the guardians, Kestrel and Dune for being a "lazy RainWing" (Webs was an exception, although he never did or try to defend her). Glory trained and studied harder than anyone else to try to prove herself to them that she wasn't lazy, as they thought but never saw any change in the way they treated her.

When Morrowseer came, he wasn't happy with her replacing the SkyWing that was meant to be there, to say the least, and he ordered the guardians to kill her. Tsunami was chained up to stop her from interfering with Glory's death, so the dragonets formed a plan to escape. Glory was hesitant to risk Clay's life to save her, but he was determined to do so anyway.

At the SkyWing Palace, Glory was chained to a marble tree and kept as Queen Scarlet's "art" in the arena fights. When Fjord was about to kill Clay, Tsunami attempted to jump off the ledges to save Clay, and distracted everyone while Glory shot venom on Fjord's face, causing his death. When Clay was fighting Peril in the arena in the tradition of The Champion's Shield, Glory shot venom at Queen Scarlet, causing the SkyWings to be distracted while Peril helped the Dragonets of Destiny escape, and melting the left side of Queen Scarlet's face.

When Clay requested to free Kestrel, Glory objected, trying to remind the others about how Kestrel wanted to kill her. When the dragonets were traveling to the Mud Kingdom, Glory and Tsunami played a trick on Clay because Glory thought that he wanted her to leave and have Peril be the SkyWing in the prophecy.

When Clay traveled to the Mud Kingdom, Glory, disguised as a MudWing, went along with him to try to find his parents. They found out that Clay's mother didn't care about him and had traded his egg for at least two cows, so they began to leave. Clay then found his siblings, who explain to them all about the MudWing tribe, and how he should have been their bigwings. Clay refused because he didn't want to take Reed's place, and he needed to stay with his friends to stop the war. Glory also pointed out, that he was the dragonets bigwings, so that Clay's sibs couldn't have him.

Glory was present when Starflight was dropped off by Morrowseer, right when Clay was giving his speech about them staying together, and plan to rescue Starflight. 

Glory then traveled with them to the SeaWing Kingdom, to meet Tsunami's family.

The Lost Heir

Glory camouflages herself to hide in the sand when a SkyWing patrol appears. Glory gets mad because Tsunami attacks the SkyWing guard. During the rest of The Lost Heir she is imprisoned by Coral, and then is let free to eat breakfast with the other dragonets when Blister arrived, but is imprisoned again only because they angered Blister. Tsunami escaped by taking a huge risk and freed the others, before being confronted by Crocodile, who Glory killed by melting her head with her venom after asking if Queen Scarlet was dead, in which Crocodile has no answer. They escape together, and Webs was attacked by Blister, getting a poisonous scratch near his tail. After that, they decide to go see the RainWings (Glory was pleased to hear this), to see whether they have knowledge on healing poisoned injuries.

The Hidden Kingdom

Glory is the main protagonist in this book.

The book begins with Glory hoping that the RainWings are sensible dragons and nothing like the scrolls say as they travel to the Rainforest Kingdom. A MudWing patrol comes then after, 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 with their necks ripped out. They continue on and enter the Rainforest Kingdom.

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 recharge their scales. Glory, however, decides to first find the parents who had laid her egg, but is told by a pink RainWing that all RainWing eggs are hatched together then raised by the tribe, so her parents most likely don't care or know that her egg is missing. Glory decides not to tell her friends, because she didn't need their pity.The pink dragon, named Jambu, shows Glory how to perform the venom test, a way for RainWings to tell whether or not they are related. They do it, and Glory's venom counteracts his, meaning they are related and Jambu is most likely Glory's half-brother due to their age difference.From Jambu Glory learns that RainWings have no families and they don't count their eggs, so Glory's egg was stolen without the RainWings catching Webs or even noticing her egg was gone. They don't read or write, and they do a lot of sleeping. Then they find that RainWings have been disappearing. Glory sets off to figure out why.

Doing so, Glory and her friends find a tunnel created by an animus dragon, later confirmed to be the NightWing, Stonemover. They go through to find that it leads to the desert. Then when the mate of one of the RainWings that disappeared flies through, Glory follows with her friends and Jambu. Glory finds Deathbringer and talks to him, while camouflaged as an IceWing. After that Glory and Jambu go find Mangrove (the dragon that flew through the tunnel looking for his mate) and bring him and Blaze back to the others. They run into Deathbringer, a Nightwing assassin behind the RainWing disappearances,again. They stop him from killing Blaze, one of the candidates for SandWing Queenship and then they return to the desert and go back through the tunnel.

Glory watches the tunnel the night after they get back with Tsunami. They hear the monster, but Deathbringer shows up and the monster runs. They capture Deathbringer and tie him up. Glory uses herself as bait to catch the monster, and gets grabbed, and taken to the NightWing home. There she finds the missing RainWings. She meets Kinkajou there, and is saved along with her by Deathbringer and Clay. They go back and talk to the RainWing queen, she wouldn't do anything to save the prisoners, so Glory decides to challenge her for the throne, but instead of killing her, they go up against each other in multiple contests, testing camouflage, fruit hunting skill, venom aiming, tree gliding, and flower finding. Glory wins because (former) Queen Grandeur forfeits after finding out that Glory was a descendant of the original royal family. Kinkajou was injured by Grandeur's venom while saving a sloth during the contest. This is how Grandeur finds out Glory is related to her, because Glory hits the former Queen's venom with her own venom on some wood. She then uses her venom to stop the venom from hurting Kinkajou.

The Dark Secret

It is believed Glory thought 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 also tells her 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 room to talk with her, while Glory and Battlewinner are arguing, Starflight comes up with the idea, 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, because of her IceWing injury, quickly froze to death. Then the ground starts shaking and lava starts to pour 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 from the flames and later confirmed to have gone blind.

The Brightest Night

Glory is outraged when she found out her entire life was ruined by Morrowseer. She is also furious to find out of Morrowseer's demise and responds by saying, "I AM GOING TO BITE THAT DRAGON'S HEAD OFF AND STUFF HIM IN A VOLCANO!" Later, when Sunny returns, she is relieved, saying, "Now I can totally behead you." She votes on choosing Blister because she was the smartest. Glory also points out that if they're on Blister's side she'll leave them alone. It is believed that Glory bit or scratched Deathbringer to get to Clay after he was bitten by the dragonbite viper. She is one of the dragons who helped Sunny dig up Queen Oasis' Grave to get the treasure buried with her.

Moon Rising

Glory is mentioned, but does not make an appearance in this book.

Winter Turning

She is seen in Winter Turning when the dragonets come to warn her about Icicle, who is coming to kill her on Scarlet's orders. She summons a meeting at the Royal Pavilion and summons a couple of scouts to come along. One tells of a very cold place in the rainforest. Glory demands to be taken there. When they arrive, they find a NightWing corpse, but she decides not to tell the other NightWings that an IceWing had killed one of their own, for safety reasons. She sends the four dragonets to the Dragonet Wingery for their own safety.

When the group escapes the wingery, Kinkajou left a trail that Glory followed to the old NightWing Island, where she tranquilized Icicle and brought her to the healer's hut. When everybody is about to leave, Glory issues her orders to Kinkajou and Moon. Glory tells Winter that she used to think that she could accomplish everything on her own without friends, but now she says she wouldn't be here right now if she didn't stick with them.

Escaping Peril

Glory is mentioned when Scarlet holds her head in front of the crowd, but the head turns out to be an animus enchantment, later confirmed to be the head of an unknown MudWing. Sunny dreamvisits her to confirm this update, but Glory is still alive and well. She does not make a formal appearance in the book.

Appearance

Glory has green eyes, and has no apparent scars around her body. She seems to prefer a red color around her frill, as well as on the undersides of her wings. However, she is not consistent with these colors, and usually allows other emotion colors to penetrate the pattern.

Despite this, Glory dislikes it when other dragons read her emotions through her scales, and attempts to bottle up her inner feelings. Because of that, she can resist Moonwatcher’s mind reading for the most part.

Abilities

Glory is clever and capable in combat, despite not being built for it. She demonstrated knowledge of dragon anatomy by pressing a bladed disc right to Deathbringer's vital artery, and used pressure points to stun a NightWing foe when escaping from the Night Kingdom.

Like all RainWings, she is able to spit black venom from two of her longest fangs, as well as change color and camouflage herself. She uses both of these abilities effectively in combat, unlike most other RainWings.

Personality

Glory has a fighting personality and is known for her sarcasm. She also has a bad temper because of the guardians. Her stubborn yet loyal demeanor has made her rise to the top and became the youngest queen ever to rule a tribe in all of Pyrrhia.

Quotes

"Oh my gosh WE KNOW. Don't make me come down there and bite you Starflight." - To Starflight when he started to go off on a lecture in The Dragonet Prophecy

"Do what you like, but I'm not a big mushy ball of forgiveness like you are, Clay."

"I like the one where we melt everyone's eyeballs on our way out the door."

"I AM GOING TO BITE THAT DRAGON'S HEAD OFF AND STUFF HIM IN A VOLCANO!" - About Morrowseer when Tsunami tells her the prophecy was fake and all for nothing

"LET'S GO BACK AND KILL HIM AGAIN." - When Tsunami tells her about Morrowseer's death in The Brightest Night

"It's normal to be scared. I'm scared. You'd have to be crazy not to be- well, crazy or Tsunami, which is basically the same thing. You just have to push that aside and do what you have to anyway."

"No way. A tree? In the forest?"

"Blaze is a dizzy idiot who'd be dead by day two."

"The queen can take care of herself. Out of the two dragons in question, the queen happens to be the one with camouflage scales who can shoot venom. What can you do? Sit in the dark, is that it? Guess what, I can do that, too." - Queen Glory making a jab at Deathbringer in The Brightest Night

"He's just trying to make his list look longer than mine."

"I am not. Quit stalking me." - to Deathbringer

"What sort of assassin stalks his prey and whistles at the same time?" - To Deathbringer when she and Tsunami caught him at the tunnel

"Queen Magnificent, I challenge you for the throne of the RainWings."

"Funny, Tell me another. I love jokes about trusting NightWings." To Deathbringer

"That is a level of noisy that makes me think you aren't even trying to be stealthy. Come on out." - To Qibli

"WE ARE NOT CALLING IT MAGICAL DEATH SPIT!" - to Sunny in The Hidden Kingdom

"I can think of lots of ways to keep her busy. For one, she can find me someone to yell at. If I didn't have to act like a queen right now, rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh." -To Tsunami, about Sunny

"Well, that's great. For the first time in my life, I act as lazy as everyone thinks Rainwings are, and you actually believe it. I'm glad my friends have so much faith in me." - After she and the dragonets reunite.

"I can get my army ready to fly in an hour. Sure. Organizing RainWings, no problem. It's only roughly as hard as getting a hundred butterflies to fly in a straight line."

"So now what? Should we shout 'Hey SeaWings, we've got your missing princess!' and wait for dragons to bound joyfully out of the ocean?"

Relationships

Clay

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. As with the other three dragonets of destiny, she feels a deep bond to him, at one point admitting that she could never have made it under the mountain without him and the others.

Kestrel

Glory was not afraid of the strict SkyWing, but she had always held a deep grudge against her for abusing her and underestimating her greatly. She refused to rescue Kestrel from the Sky Kingdom as Kestrel did want to kill her.

Webs

Though he was less strict than Kestrel, she still hated him for stealing her egg and letting Kestrel and Dune abuse her. In 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.

Tsunami

Glory doesn't actually mind Tsunami's bossiness, but she still talks back because she thinks at least someone should stand up to Tsunami. She is always snapping at Tsunami, even when Tsunami clearly isn't in the mood.

Sunny

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. As with Clay and the others, Glory feels a strong relational connection with Sunny.

Starflight

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. She also shows affection to him at rare occasions. She respects his plans, as she followed his idea of diplomacy in The Dark Secret.

Deathbringer

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 sarcastic to him, but he liked her even more because of it and helped her escape the NightWing island. 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 thinks; "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. In Winter Turning, Deathbringer is constantly trying to protect Glory and muttering to the queen when she says she doesn't need help. In Escaping Peril, Sunny says "Glory has magical death spit and Deathbringer and a whole army of RainWings who would die for her."

Tui has confirmed that the ship Glorybringer is official.

Jambu

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 just as ridiculous 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 a vine that wrapped around his neck, and he nearly strangled himself. He appears to be one of her most trusted dragons now, even if he is incompetent. He also makes sure Glory takes her suntime.

Kinkajou

The little dragonet met Glory when she was captured by the NightWings. She followed Glory in escaping, and claims that she'd follow Glory anywhere, even 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. Kinkajou sees herself as one of Glory's best friends.

Tamarin

Glory didn't really know Tamarin that well, other than the fact that she was blind. Tamarin seemed confident in front of Glory when she said that maybe she couldn't do the flower challenge, with Kinkajou later stating that Tamarin had the best nose in the whole kingdom. She also felt compassionate about getting Tamarin a better teacher in Jade Mountain Academy.

Trivia

  • Sutherland has mentioned on her blog that Glory is "probably her favorite so far" but mentions that she'll always love Clay.
  • It has been revealed that Glory is afraid of the dark.
  • Some of the books hint that Glory has an extreme distaste of being touched.
  • 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 changed her opinion when she knew the price of using animus magic.
  • She has a pet sloth named Silver, one of the few dragons mentioned to own a pet. Some of the others are Smolder, Winter, and a quite a few RainWings.
  • Glory's scales are duller than those of most other RainWings, because she lived under a mountain with very little sunlight (only what made it through the sky hole) for most of her life.
  • On the cover of The Hidden Kingdom, Glory does not have a strip of wing membrane that the RainWings should have. The spikes going down her back don't go to the tip of her tail either, as shown in the guide.
  • Glory is descended from the original line of RainWing queens.
  • In Moon Rising, Glory is found to throw up an instinctive "shield" around her mind when uncomfortable, doing the same with her scales, to hide her emotions.
  • Glory is the only queen who rules two tribes (the RainWings and NightWings).
  • It was confirmed in a live video chat with Tui T. Sutherland that the ship Glory and Deathbringer is true.

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