The IceWing tribe is divided into seven ranks - or circles - of skill, with one being the best and seven the worst. There are two separate divisions of this system, one for dragonets and one for adults. Before their seventh hatching day, IceWing dragonets climb up the ranks by hunting, training, performing good IceWing customs, and surpassing various tests given by the dragonets' parents or guardians. (For example, Winter was sent out to spend the night in a blizzard alone while he was still very young.) The current rank possessed by the dragonet on their seventh hatching day determines the course of the rest of his or her life, although adult dragons are still capable of dropping or gaining circles. Dragonets who were ranked in a high-ranked circle are housed in the queen's palace when they are adults and are granted input on important political and tribal matters as well. This system is called the Gift of Order, a wall of ice showing the ranks of each and every noble dragon and dragonet.
Before the events of Darkness of Dragons, the IceWing and NightWing tribes had hated each other for a very long time, going all the way back to a war that took place almost 2,000 years before The Dragonet Prophecy. Later, in Darkstalker (Legends), it was revealed that the only IceWing animus at the time, Prince Arctic, wasn't "stolen" from the IceWing tribe like they had been told by Queen Diamond and the history scrolls. The reality was that Arctic had fallen in love with Foeslayer, a visiting NightWing diplomat, and had run away with her because Diamond would have never allowed their relationship to thrive in her kingdom. The IceWings thus waged war on the NightWings, and even 2,000 years later, the IceWings were still bitter over losing Arctic, and therefore any future animus dragons in the IceWing tribe.
IceWings tend to be very proud, stiff, and arrogant dragons. Tribal pride isn't a secret among the IceWings, and thus their tribe consists of very haughty and uptight individuals. On the rare occasion that an IceWing interacts with a member of another tribe, it's usually very formal and forced; the IceWings believe that their tribe is superior to any other and that the other tribes are just a footnote in the great IceWing sagas that told the history of Pyrrhia. Thus, the entire time they're talking to someone, it's usually with disdain.
DescriptionEditAn IceWing's scale pigmentations can range from silvery white colors to pale shades of blue and purple. Their coloring has been described as "silver like the moon", "pale blue like ice", "As pale as the moons," or "pale blue scales were the color of sky reflected in the snow on the distant mountain peaks", and sometimes "moon white scales," although, like the SeaWings, they can have unique coloring. Like Anemone and Albatross, these ice dragons can have colorings of muted lavender or pale pink, although most IceWing scales are shades of light blue. They have extra horns around their heads. These horns have been described as looking like icicles. IceWing heads are usually shaped like diamonds, and in other words, are very narrow. With that in mind, they are very swift, compact, and skinny dragons that also have surprisingly strong but narrow whip-like tails with extra icicle-shaped spines, being very sharp at the tip of the tail. IceWings have blue, black, or stormy grey eyes, forked blue tongues, blue blood, and ridged, serrated claws to grip the ice while traveling by talon around their habitat. They have also been noted to have dark blue or blue-red blood, making their blush a blue color. Their claws are described to feel "four times sharper than average claws" due to them being serrated. Some Icewings, such as Lynx, have been described to have darker blue or purple markings.
Abilities EditIceWings can withstand both subzero temperatures and very bright light. Their serrated claws are incredibly good at gripping ice and can be used to tear into their enemies' flesh quite easily. Being clawed by an IceWing is said to be equal to being clawed by regular talons roughly four times. According to The Dragonet Prophecy and Moon Rising, IceWing scales radiate a chill, similar to SandWing scales, which radiate heat instead. Instead of breathing fire, IceWings exhale a freezing frostbreath, also known by other dragons as "freezing death breath". In fact, fire is outlawed, in preference for Moon Globes from the Moon Globe Tree. Frostbreath can also be used to extinguish fires, demonstrated when Winter attempted to extinguish the flames in the history cave by exhaling frostbreath in Moon Rising. This vapor can quickly induce terrible frostbite, and if the frostbreath enters through another dragon's throat, it can kill them by fusing their internal organs together. This is known because Queen Battlewinner of the NightWings received frostbreath down her throat by an Icewing she was about to kill, and in order to save herself, she had to stay submerged in lava to melt the ice, this may mean that frostbreath ice is immune to fire. If it hits soil, ice crystals will grow. In the first book when Clay flew over the MudWing territory it was said that the frostbreath can cause limbs to fall clean off, as shown on a dead MudWing. Clay described it as a cloud of glittering smoke when he battled against Fjord in the SkyWing Arena, and when Clay shot fire into Fjord's mouth, the chill of his scales swallowed the flame. An IceWing can be stopped from using this defense for a short amount of time by hot metal, fire, or other warm and hot materials. This is mentioned in the prologue of The Dragonet Prophecy, where Burn first had her guards wrap Hvitur's snout in hot iron chains, and then had them removed, planning to kill Hvitur before his scales cooled down and enabled him to breathe his frostbreath. Frostbreath only works when the IceWing is cold.
If a dragon is shot by frostbreath on the inside, the only known way for them to survive it is for the victim to stay in lava or any other hot substance. Queen Battlewinner of the NightWings survived an attack where an IceWing shot its frostbreath down her throat, but due to her internal fire reservoir she could only survive for a short time; however, the fire could not hold it off forever and she was confined to a pool of lava, which kept her temperature in balance. When she attempted to attack Starflight and Glory in The Dark Secret, the ice forced the scales to work in Starflight's and Glory's favor and, despite Mastermind's and Greatness's efforts to save the queen, she froze to death within seconds. The ice in her body also discolored her eyes, teeth, and scales. In Moon Rising, Moonwatcher describes IceWings to have sharp, glittering, and bright minds. SkyWings born with too much fire like Peril are immune to the frostbreath, but the area hit by the frostbreath does go numb for a while.
Animus Powers Edit
IceWings were once known for many animus dragons. These animus dragons were carefully bred into the royal line and monitored cautiously. They have a very strict rule for the use of those powers. An IceWing may only use their power once. These are called 'gifting ceremonies' when an animus uses his/her power to present a gift to his/her tribe on the day they turn 7 years old. Gift examples are "The gift of order" and "The gift of light". The IceWings' line of animus dragons ended when Prince Arctic, their last animus, escaped with Foeslayer of the NightWings and gave birth to Darkstalker. An IceWing would say that the NightWings stole their powers.
Animus Gifts Edit
- The Gift of Defense: The Great Ice Cliff outside the Ice Kingdom was created by an animus to shoot icicle spears at anyone who isn't an IceWing.
- The Gift of Diplomacy: Three bracelets that allow the wearer to get over the Great Ice Cliff despite their tribe and keep warm in the Ice Kingdom, as well as a heated dome near the SandWing border so they don't need to wear the bracelet; created by Penguin.
- The Gift of Elegance: An enchantment on Queen Glacier's ice palace that makes the inner walls mimic the weather outside.
- The Gift of Healing: Queen Diamond's first official tribe gift. She enchanted a set of narwhal horns to cure any IceWings of frostbreath wounds.
- The Gift of Light : A tree of ice (Moon Globe Tree) enchanted by an animus named Frostbite.
- The Gift of Order: A wall that shows every aristocrat IceWing's name and their ranking.
- The Gift of Splendor; Queen Glacier's Palace was enchanted by animus twins to grow from the ground and never be cracked, melted, or harmed in any way from the outside.
- The Gift of Subsistence: A lake on the outskirts of the Ice Kingdom where if a dragon sticks his or her claws into the lake they will always catch a seal. Winter thinks it is narrow-minded because it is built only for the lower ranks; any dragon who cared about their ranking wouldn't accept food which came so easily.
- The Gift of Vengeance: The Diamond Caves were Queen Diamond's second animus gift, enchanted so that anyone who touches Foeslayer, a NightWing locked inside with animus-touched shackles, with a diamond-tipped spear can kill her (used for the Diamond Trial). It was originally created because Queen Diamond was not satisfied with killing Foeslayer just once.
The IceWings appear to be fairly sophisticated compared to the other tribes, being the only dragons to have social classes. The social order seems to be a little reminiscent of a lower-level Russian 1800's society combined with something that seems a little Spartan. They also seem to be good planners due to their use of the animus IceWings in their tribe.
The IceWings have a class system with the different levels of society labeled with "circle" (ex: the Seventh Circle). They go in order with the First Circle as the highest and most desired class and ends with the Seventh Circle, the lowest and despised. Young IceWings perform tests to determine their rank, and as seen in Winter Turning, there are usually younger dragonets that reside in the Seventh Circle. From this, we can assume that IceWing dragonets start at the Seventh Circle and work their way up to their determined rank. These tests revolve around every hunt, every fight, and every test of endurance in their earlier years. The place where you rank on your seventh hatching day determines where you will live as an adult.
However, the Diamond Trial is also another last-minute possibility. It is a test where a low-ranked IceWing challenges the highest-ranked. For the Diamond Trial, the low-ranked dragon must kill the highest ranked dragon in order for him/her to advance to first place. However, this is risky and the challenger may end up getting killed by the dragon that is being challenged. An animus-touched ice wall with the names of all of the dragonets shows their social rank. If a dragonet dies or is exiled for some reason, the name is slashed through. Once a dragonet turns seven, they are moved to the adult rankings, which determine where they live.
Only noble IceWings use this class system.
IceWings are also taught at a young age of their tribe's superiority, and how the NightWings betrayed them. (See scrolls for more on their education.) They seem to think of themselves as the "best" of the tribes, probably because of their education. This seems to result in haughty, snobby behavior around dragons of other tribes.
The royal family has a procedure of decapitating dead members before proceeding to store the IceWing's frozen head on the wall of dead royal family members and then slide the corpse into the ocean, according to Snowflake in Runaway.
Click here for a list of known IceWings.
IceWing names are chosen by the family member with the highest rank in the Circle Rankings and must be approved by the queen. They can be named after ice formations such as Glacier, arctic animals (terrestrial or aquatic) such as Narwhal, words for "white" in various languages such as Hvitur, polar landscapes such as Tundra, and polar weather such as Hailstorm. Also, it is possible for them to be named after blue and white gemstones such as Diamond.
Known IceWings Edit
- Prince Arctic
- Cirrus (Chameleon's IceWing shape)
- Darkstalker (Also Half NightWing)
- Queen Diamond
- Queen Glacier
- Prince Hailstorm
- Princess Icicle
- Prince Narwhal
- Queen Snowfall
- Princess Snowfox
- Princess Tundra
- Whiteout (Also Half NightWing)
- Prince Winter
Known Animus Dragons Edit
Students at Jade Mountain Academy Edit
- Prince Winter (Left and is working for the Talons of Peace)
- Princess Icicle (Former, now awaiting trial)
- Some IceWings seem to be minimalists, describing Blaze's fortress decorations as "garish and gaudy", possibly because their homeland has very little to offer in the way of decoration: mostly ice and snow.
- Their breath has been referred to as "freezing-death breath" and "frostbreath". Freezing-death breath was used in the first arc, while in the second arc, it is always referred to as "frostbreath". It is highly likely that it was only called "freezing death breath" because they did not know the actual term for it.
- When too warm, IceWings can't use their frostbreath, much like MudWings that can only use flame when they are warm enough.
- In Moon Rising and Winter Turning, it is noted that IceWings have dark blue blood, but in the first book, it was described as blue-red. In the graphic novel, it is confirmed that IceWing blood is indeed a dark blue.
- Winter, Icicle, and Snowflake have made references to "the great ice dragon" and "snow monsters" which means they likely have mythological figures, or at least mythology, as they read sagas of IceWing history.
- IceWings eat arctic animals, such as polar bears, arctic foxes, etc. as well as marine animals such as walruses and seals as much of their territory is surrounded by water.
- Icewings have bright, glittery minds, as shown in Moon Rising
- Icewings do not like humid climates
- The IceWing palace is made of unbreakable and unmeltable animus-touched ice.
- They once had animus dragons but the last animus (Prince Arctic) was "stolen" by NightWings, which is why they hate them.
- Albatross was descended from an IceWing, as is all the SeaWing royal family after that.
- IceWings have incredibly weak night vision, though it may once have been stronger.
- SkyWings with firescales are immune to frostbreath.
- IceWings were the first known tribe to use their animus in a controlled manner, whereas other tribe's animus dragons were killed before they could use their magic or went insane from overusing their magic.
- As shown in Winter Turning, IceWings seem to use "Seal Guts!" as an exclamation of disbelief or frustration.
- Being clawed by an IceWing is described as being clawed "four times with each claw instead of one" by Peril in The Dragonet Prophecy.
- IceWings are portrayed as knowing how to swim, in both Winter Turning, when Hailstorm reflects on how he felt in the body of Pyrite when he saw water, and in Darkstalker (Legends) when two IceWings leap out of the water on a beach to kill some scavengers set loose by Clearsight and Listener before they jumped back into the water and swam away. This also proves that IceWings don't have as many issues with water as other tribes do.
- IceWings are shown to have scheduled sleeping times in Runaway. When Prince Arctic is caught out of his room, the Queen sends him back to bed, after talking about the scheduled IceWing sleeping cycle.
- IceWings have the most royal and strict society throughout all of Pyrrhia.
- In Winter Turning, Winter's thoughts revealed that IceWings can see very far.
- The first IceWing that was introduced in the books was Hvitur in The Dragonet Prophecy.
- Tui has confirmed that Icewings have accents that are different from any other dragon tribe, probably because they live the most isolated from most dragon tribes.
- The IceWings have four palaces--the Queen's ice palace shown on the map of Pyrrhia, as well as three outer ones as mentioned in Darkstalker (Legends).
- When IceWings blush, it is blue, as shown in Winter Turning.
- Only the IceWings in Joy Ang's dragon lineart have a foreleg raised up, as opposed to the other linearts all standing with four legs.
- In IceWing society, the dragon with the highest rank in the family chooses their dragonets' names, and the queen must approve them.
- Many NightWings have IceWing blood, as they have Arctic and Whiteout as ancestors.
- In the main books, frostbreath is portrayed as icy air, or shards of tiny ice crystals, however, in the graphic novel, it looks like freezing water. It is unknown which is correct.