Kestrel was a female SkyWing and one of the Guardians of the Dragonets. She taught and "cared" for the Dragonets of Destiny while they were imprisoned in the hidden cave, having been a member of the Talons of Peace before being killed by Blister and Morrowseer in the epilogue of The Dragonet Prophecy. She seemed to be the harshest of the guardians, though she was quick to come help when told the dragonets were in danger by Blister and Morrowseer, proving that she might have cared about them, or at least their role in the prophecy. Her mate was Chameleon (in the form of the SkyWing Soar), though according to Chameleon she didn't know who he was and thought he was just the dragon assigned to her, and she was the mother of Peril and her dead brother. She appears to have the firescales gene, which is recessive.
Kestrel has jewel-hard rust-colored scales (also described as red-gold), as well as red wings and talons. She has been described with yellow, orange, and orange-yellow eyes and was said to be large. She has burn scars on her palms from an attempt to save her only daughter, Peril, from Queen Scarlet.
Years before the series began, Kestrel was one of Queen Scarlet's most loyal soldiers. Under Queen Scarlet's orders, she entered the SkyWing breeding program and produced one large egg containing twins, a rare and unwanted occurrence. One of the dragonets, the female, hatched with twice the amount of fire she should have had while her brother had almost none, resulting in weakness and guaranteed death.
Since such dragonets were always killed, Kestrel attempted to escape to save them but was caught at the Diamond Spray River. Scarlet told her that if Kestrel sacrificed one, she would not be held responsible for her disobedience. In addition, Scarlet said she'd let the other dragonet live. Kestrel killed the male with her own claws, an act that haunted her for the rest of her life.
Scarlet went back on her word. She didn't keep her end of the bargain, forcing Kestrel to flee for her life. Kestrel attempted to save her daughter but burned her palms on the dragonet's scales. She was forced to leave her surviving dragonet behind, and could not return to her, as she knew she would be killed horribly by Scarlet.
She acted as a guardian and fighting instructor for the five dragonets of destiny, a task she loathed because it reminded her of her lost dragonets. She was one of the reasons the dragonets were so desperate to escape, although Sunny wasn't bothered by her constant temper.
Later captured and imprisoned again by Queen Scarlet, she was set free by Peril, Clay, Tsunami, and Sunny when the dragonets escaped with the aid of Peril. She later parted ways with them and her daughter, but Peril believed she'd have time to talk to her mother after making sure that Queen Scarlet was dead.
In the epilogue, Blister and Morrowseer betrayed her. Morrowseer had said that neither the dragonets, Blister, or himself needed the SkyWing; Blister then slashed Kestrel's throat and stabbed her in the chest with her poisonous tail barb. Morrowseer then proceeded by flinging her off the cliff and into the ocean.
A SeaWing guard, possibly Urchin, found Kestrel's body upon a boulder at the base of a cliff near the Summer Palace of the Sea. She was murdered violently before the arrival of the dragonets of destiny at the Summer Palace, having her throat slit and her heart stabbed by a SandWing's tail - earlier found to be killed by Blister in the epilogue of The Dragonet Prophecy. At first, only Tsunami and Coral's court knew about the murder, although the other dragonets eventually found out. Sunny was very upset over Kestrel's death, even though Tsunami assured her that Kestrel, with her foul temper, did not deserve Sunny's grief.
Kestrel appears in Starflight's flashback. She barges into the study room and steals Starflight's and Sunny's scroll, yelling at Webs for "filling their heads with questions and ideas."
Sunny tells Peril of Kestrel's death. Peril seemed devastated, even though she shows distaste towards her mother.
Because she had lost both of her dragonets and was exiled from the Sky Kingdom, Kestrel was usually bad-tempered, grumpy, and hot-headed, though only a little above normal SkyWings. She was assumed to be just cruel and mean naturally, but it was later revealed that this was because she was bitter about being lied to and subsequently losing her children. She often bullied and abused Glory, as Glory wasn't a SkyWing, and a SkyWing dragonet was required in the Dragonet Prophecy. She was supposed to be the one to kill Glory on Morrowseer's orders, saying that she would snap Glory's neck while she was sleeping, but luckily for Glory, she failed. Due to the fact that she had already lost a dragonet, Kestrel most likely felt remorse for attempting to kill Glory.
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Clay always was the one to be picked out of all the dragonets to learn how to fight due to him being the only dragon able to breathe fire. She did not know that MudWings can only breathe fire when they are warm enough. Unknowingly, he was developing his special fireproof scales, which causes his scales to heal from any burn within a few seconds.
Tsunami appears to dislike Kestrel, and Kestrel feels the same way due to the ancient SkyWing grudge at the SeaWings due to the Royal SeaWing Massacre. She even bit off a scale from her to prevent Kestrel from forcing Clay to fight. Kestrel severely punishes Tsunami to the point of chaining her up when she disobeyed her order in The Dragonet Prophecy.
"Of all the horrible ideas. RainWings are wretched creatures. Nothing like SkyWings."
"WHICH LEFT WAS THAT, USELESS? Are all MudWings this stupid? OR ARE YOU JUST DEAF?"
"WHAT is going on here?"
"This doesn't look like studying."
"You mean play-acting. You are too old for games."
"Well, there's no surprises with you. Webs stole your egg from the SeaWing queen's own hatchery."
"I am the way life has made me. Take it or leave it."
- Kestrel is the third named dragon to appear in the series, as well as the first SkyWing.
- She is also the fourth guardian of the Dragonets of Destiny to die in the series.
- A Kestrel is a species of small falcon that hovers with rapidly beating wings while searching for prey on the ground.
- In The Dragonet Prophecy, she reveals that she was part of the breeding program in order to supply the SkyWing army with soldiers.
- It is unknown if she has siblings.
- Kestrel is the second known dragon to have survived being burned by Peril, despite Peril being very young, with the others being Clay and Prince Winter.
- ↑ The Dragonet Prophecy, page 3
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The Dragonet Prophecy, prologue
- ↑ The Dragonet Prophecy, page 4
- ↑ The Dragonet Prophecy, page 247
- ↑ The Dragonet Prophecy, page 1
- ↑ The Dragonet Prophecy, page 245
- ↑ The Dragonet Prophecy, page 255
- ↑ The Dragonet Prophecy, page 303
|Queens|| Present: Queen Ruby • Ex-Queen Scarlet|
Historical: Queen Carmine
|Jade Mountain||Peril • Carnelian • Flame • Garnet • Peregrine • Thrush|
|Other Dragons||Avalanche • Cardinal • Eagle • Eagle (Darkstalker) • Harrier • Kestrel • Osprey • Peril's Brother • Pyrite • Soar • The SkyWing Dragonet|
|Kingdom||Claws of the Clouds Mountains • Diamond Spray Delta • Diamond Spray River • Great Five-Tail River • Possibility • Queen Ruby's Palace|