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Moonwatcher (preferring the nickname "Moon") is a female NightWing dragonet, the main protagonist of Moon Rising. She is the first known NightWing to have mind-reading and prophetic powers ever since Darkstalker was imprisoned over 2,000 years ago, and has delivered what seems to be the first true prophecy since that time which is known as the Jade Mountain Prophecy. Since there were no other living NightWings besides Darkstalker and Foeslayer that had information on Moon's powers, Darkstalker taught her how to control her telepathy powers until she left his range of communication. She is currently in a relationship with Qibli.
Moon is a very quiet, private dragon. Due to being by herself for most of her life, she has trouble interacting with others, sometimes stammering when trying to talk. And it doesn't help that she can read minds. She gets easily scared by loud and hectic situations, as shown by her anxiety about the prey center. She often tries to avoid being around others by going off and reading scrolls. Moon is very anxious about what others will think of her, and doesn't open up easily to her peers. She's admitted to herself at one point that she doesn't want anyone to be able to see her subconscious, because then they would never like her. She is shyer when she can hear someone's thoughts, though her mind-reading and precognition has helped her several times. From listening to Scarlet dream visiting Icicle, to knowing that and when the history cave would explode. In Winter Turning, she seemed to become more bold and less scared. This is most likely because of not hearing everyone's thoughts. As the second arc progresses, Moon has less trouble with stuttering. She also has multiple conversations with others, particularly Winter, where she doesn't seem to be as scared as she was in Moon Rising. Moon has also been shown to be stubborn, especially regarding her belief that all dragons have some good inside. Also as the second series goes on, Moon doesn't let herself get pushed around as much, standing up to Winter when he's yelling at her in multiple books and confronting Darkstalker her new knowledge of his wrongs in Darkness of Dragons. It seems that Moon becomes better at expressing her feelings, controlling her fear, and letting go of her worries as the series progresses. She also handles her visions better, able to control the pain and keep flying in Darkness of Dragons instead of panicking like she did in Moon Rising. Moon also shows her determined side on many occasions, such as when she convinces Winter of his good qualities, advocates for her belief that all dragons have some good in them, or seeks out Qibli at the end of Darkness of Dragons to ask if they can be together.
Moon is a small, healthy NightWing with shiny  purplish-black  scales with shades of green and dark blue mixed in. She has a similar appearance to Clearsight.  Her horns are straight and dark grey-green, and she has glittering silver scales under her wings like stars in a starry night sky. She has a glittering silver scale at the outside corners of each eye, like teardrops about to fall, which Ostrich described as having her own treasure on her scales. These scales indicate that she can read minds. She has emerald green eyes with a few hints of silver. She has a pouch like Turtle, Kinkajou, Winter, and Qibli. It is seen in Moon Rising when she saw Starflight in the library that he gave her a black pouch with a silver chain to keep her library stamp in. Whether or not she is still wearing this is unknown. It is unknown that she’s still wearing a golden earring with an amber hoop.
Moon's parents, Morrowseer and Secretkeeper, fell in love, and Secretkeeper became pregnant with a single egg. However, Secretkeeper kept the knowledge of their dragonet from her mate, as she worried that he would insist on her being raised on the island like the other NightWing dragonets. During a hunt in the rain forest, she lied about having stomach cramps, her egg coming out cracked, and her burying the pieces in the rain forest alone. Mastermind is suspicious of her leaving in the night. Secretkeeper was successful in keeping Moonwatcher hidden from the NightWing and RainWing tribes, and she ended up hatching under two full moons, granting her the powers of mind-reading and prophecy, the very first of the NightWings to recieve this in hundreds of years.
When the Dragonets of Destiny discussed potential students for their inter-tribal school on Jade Mountain, Deathbringer had mentioned Moonwatcher, saying that her mother had left her egg alone in the Rainforest Kingdom. He also mentioned that she was "a nervous little dragonet."
Moonwatcher is the main protagonist of Moon Rising and the story is told from her point of view.
Moonwatcher first appeared in the book's prologue. In the rain forest, her egg had somehow rolled its way out into the moonlight, turning her formerly black egg silver in color as her mother arrived. As Moon hatched, Secretkeeper noticed the obsure and intense way she was looking up at the two full moons, and so she named her Moonwatcher.
Later, Moon was perched with her mother on a ledge near Jade Mountain Academy's entryway. Moon was nervous about introducing herself, but as Secretkeeper flew away into the clouds, she steeled herself and met Fatespeaker at the entrance, who welcomed her with a scroll and directions to her sleeping cave. However, on the way in, she was hit with a vision of Turtle holding down Anemone as she writhed in pain on the sand when she saw the royal SeaWing family. Moonwatcher also noticed, uncomfortably, that she couldn't reach Turtle's thoughts; all that she got from his mind was a strange, quiet fuzz, almost comfortable to her. While walking to her sleeping cave, she went past a SandWing in the hallway, who was eyeing her suspiciously as she crept past.
After meeting her clawmates, Kinkajou and Carnelian, Moon went with Kinkajou to the prey center, where Moon rescued a scavenger named Bandit from the talons of other hungry students. She was confronted by Winter, a prickly IceWing prince who seemed to hate her on sight, fiercely ordering Moon to hand over his pet before he sliced her face off. Qibli , the SandWing that was looking at her in the hallway earlier, intercepted and helped them work it out, making Moon understand that Bandit was Winter's pet, and not his lunch.
Later, she met her winglet with Kinkajou in a class taught by Tsunami. The Jade Winglet included Moon, Qibli , Winter, Kinkajou, Turtle , Umber , and Carnelian. After a successful hunt in which Moon caught a mountain goat, she received a vision of the History Cave erupting in flames, killing her friends. With the help of Darkstalker, she warned her friends not to enter; Carnelian, however, ignored Qibli when he told her not to go in, and in result she died from the explosion, along with Bigtail and Tamarin, who was only injured. After the attack, Winter demanded that Moon explain how she knew about the explosion beforehand; she then, after Winter left, admitted her prophecy powers, after, her ability to read minds.
The only dragon who didn't seem horrified was Turtle, who comforted her and took her to one of Jade Mountain's underground lakes, where they talked about the explosion and Turtle's fuzzy mind. Turtle suggested that Moon use her mind-reading to find the actual arsonist; the next day, Moon was confronted by Qibli , who offered to help her find the dragon responsible before Winter told everyone that she had set the fire. While trying to read Flame's mind, a stalactite fell where Icicle and Winter were sitting, nearly impaling Icicle. There were visible claw marks along the base of the stalactite, and that was when Icicle suspected Sora as the arsonist. Moon, reading Icicle's mind, rushed to save the little MudWing before Icicle could have her vengeance. They found Sora in the infirmary, apologizing to Tamarin. Sora , who was visibly crying, explained that Icicle was the one who had killed her sister, Crane, in a battle between the IceWings and the MudWings. Distraught, Moon let Sora escape into Pyrrhia with her brother Umber so that she wouldn't lose her life to Icicle.
Moon , Qibli , and Winter then found Icicle creeping toward Starflight with the intention to kill him on behalf of Queen Scarlet to free her big brother, Hailstorm, from her SkyWing prison. With the help of Qibli and Winter , Moon was able to stop her and save Starflight. Icicle , however, escaped out of a leaf window; Qibli suspected that she had gone in search of Queen Glory with the intention to kill her, since Icicle might have thought that Scarlet might forgive her if she killed the dragonet she hated the most.
As they make plans to go in search of her, they discover that Winter has left Jade Mountain, taking Bandit and his cage with him. After they found Winter in the pouring rain, the Jade Winglet (with the exception of Turtle,) went with Winter to help him find Icicle. After Moon confessed her powers to Winter, she delivered the Jade Mountain Prophecy.
After arguing with the other dragonets, Winter begrudgingly allowed them to help him after Turtle returned to Jade Mountain to tell everyone where the rest of the Jade Winglet had gone. After setting Bandit free in the pouring rain, he traveled to the rainforest with Moon , Qibli , and Kinkajou.
Once they had arrived, Moon offered Winter some fruit and started to discuss her childhood. Moon's mind was interrupted by a NightWing named Obsidian, who had "dark thoughts." Arriving with Bromeliad, he nastily told them that rain forest visitors had to be permitted; as Kinkajou objected, Moon calmed her down by saying that going to the NightWing village would give her a chance to see her mother.
Glory sends them to be with the dragonets hatchery of the tribe so the guards could watch them, but they end up escaping regardless.They do this by having Kinkajou tell the dragonets in the wingery to count to 1000, but then remembers they can't count, which gives them a narrower window of time. Winter uses his frost breath to make a hole, in which they all fly out of. They then find their way to the portal to the Night Kingdom. When they get there, Moon doesn't think this is where the prophecy mentions as the 'Lost City of Night'. They find Icicle who has been awake for days to keep Scarlet from visiting her in her dreams. Kinkajou has left a trail for Queen Glory who finds them, tranquilizes Icicle, and orders them back to the kingdom.
But Moon and the others aren't about to give up that easily. They find themselves soon traveling across the mountains to the Sky Kingdom, searching for a mountain where they believe Ex-queen Scarlet to be hiding, where they hope to find Hailstorm, Winter's older brother.
They go to the Talons of Peace, trying to find a SkyWing who can help them. Then comes Pyrite. Pyrite is a nervous, simple-minded, and unusually odd SkyWing, who is loyal to Scarlet. She is described to have bright orange scales and amber eyes, with a pouch that carries a spell that makes her Pyrite and not Hailstorm. No one in the group thinks it's a good idea to bring her, but are left with no other options. Pyrite becomes their guide. But this anxious little SkyWing is to be suspected on.
Eventually, the Jade Winglet finds Winter's brother, who is actually Pyrite, but was transformed by Chameleon. But, there was an unexpected encounter, in which Kinkajou is horribly injured by a mysterious NightWing (who was actually Chameleon) by being thrown against a tree. Then the group flies toward a unique little city, and they go to a doctor in the town of Possibility. They do find a doctor, a MudWing named Mayfly, and she tells the Jade Winglet that Kinkajou's wounds are near fatal. Winter decides to take his brother back to the Ice Kingdom. He claims that he won't come back. Qibli and Moon say they will wait at Possibility for four days in case he changes his mind. Throughout his entire time in the Ice Kingdom, Winter thinks of Moon, and near the end, because he lost the Diamond Trials and Hailstorm didn't want to kill Winter, he plans on returning, help to stop the prophecy, and tell Moon exactly how he feels for her.
In Escaping Peril, Moon tells Peril that Qibli probably has thought of five ways to defeat Peril, although he only thought of three. Then, she tells Peril that she is a mind reader. Moon and Qibli await Winter, though they have doubts that he will show up. Once Moon finds Winter, he is severely burned because of an accident with Peril, and tells him not to die. Turtle reveals his animus magic by healing Winter with his river rock he enchanted to heal surface wounds. Moon is shocked to hear this. After Peril comes back from the Sky Palace, Turtle tells Moon about the scroll. The morning after that, she leaves without the others. She is carrying the scroll to release Darkstalker. When Peril finds her, she is crying because of what he did to Prince Arctic. He enchanted him to do whatever he says, apparently he told him to disembowel himself.
Moon is first seen talking with Darkstalker when he came out of the ground. When she notices that Winter, first arguing with Darkstalker, is now acting friendly and more open, she tells him to not enchant her friends. He denies that he did anything to Winter. When they tell him they all should go hunting, she tells Turtle to go warn the school. Turtle does so, only to intrigue Anemone to meet Darkstalker. When they arrive after hunting, Darkstalker mentions seeing timelines with both of them, most likely referring to Winter and Qibli, where she responds by covering her ears and denying everything. Anemone sets off a lightning storm with a copper bracelet she enchanted to do so. Darkstalker asks if there are any scrolls about Fathom and Clearsight.
Flame comes to them, only to have the horrid scar on his face healed. Darkstalker also enchants a bracelet on Mindreader to give her mind reading abilities, Mightyclaws' earring to give him the power to have anything he draws to come to life, and a makeshift bracelet for Fearless to give her super strength. Moon seems worried about him giving out these free powers. Then, Moonwatcher has a vision of someone being attacked and brings Sunny and the others to Stonemover, who is very close to dying.
Darkstalker enchanted a stalactite to heal Stonemover, but then removes his curse which causes him to yell "My claws! They're not mine!" After which Darkstalker enchants it to turn him back to stone. Anemone enchants a piece of bone to find the culprit, who is Flame. He states that he asked Stonemover to enchant his scar to heal, but he refused, so as to conserve his soul. In reaction to this, Flame almost killed Stonemover. After this dilemma, Darkstalker says he wants to lead the NightWing tribe to The Lost City of Night.
When he gets to the rain forest, he asks Glory if he can bring her subjects back. To promote his idea, he starts handing out superpowers to the NightWings, though not making any of them permanent. Moon, Kinkajou, and Turtle then go to a cave close to where the NightWings are sleeping. When Turtle returns from following Darkstalker, Moon is awake. She says she had the nightmare and that her sleep schedule is different. Moon tells Turtle he is a good brother and then they have a conversation about it before going to sleep.The next day, Moon says she is going to go with him, only to visit. They do so, and Moon follows Anemone to the room where Fathom stayed, but she said it was too dusty and dirty. She starts to beat Moon with a broom, enchanted to continue hitting her until she began cleaning.
Darkstalker then does something to Moon and Kinkajou so they don't hear him tell Anemone to leave. After Anemone leaves, Darkstalker gets them back to normal. She then says she senses danger in the Kingdom of the Sea. Moon stays, and most likely is forced to stay at the city by Darkstalker afterwards.
In the very beginning, Qibli is watching Moon leave to the rainforest with Darkstalker. Later in the book, she is shown through the Obsidian Mirror talking to Kinkajou. In Part Two, she appears when Qibli finds her in the NightWing library. She and Qibli reunite and she seems happy to see him. Moon then begins talking about how amazing the NightWing library was, and that she would stay forever because of this. Qibli silently disagrees and thought he only would if she asked him too.
Qibli then offers her one of the earrings and explains that they will protect her from Darkstalker's spells. She looks sad, but puts one on anyway. The earring didn't change her opinion of him, confirming that her trust for Darkstalker was her own.
Moon is present for much of the second and third parts of the book, and helps to stop Jade Mountain Prophecy alongside Qibli, Turtle, Kinkajou, and Anemone. Later she is shown foreseeing Darkstalker as Peacemaker. In the epilogue, she and Qibli start an official relationship. Moon and Qibli then travel to Jerboa II, where they meet the first dragon from the lost continent of Pantala, later learned to be named Luna.
She appears in the epilogue alongside Qibli when they first see Luna right where Darkness of Dragons ended. Moon is shocked to see a dragon from the lost continent for the first time, and introduces herself and Qibli to the SilkWing . When Luna asks if she can see the future like Clearsight, Moon is suprised that Luna knows who Clearsight is. She tells her that she can see the future too, just not as well as Clearsight. Luna tells Moon she needs to get her back home, to which Moon says that she can’t and hasn’t even seen any visions of the future revolving around the lost continent. The young flamesilk responds saying that she has to, and that her tribe needs her help.
"I won't BE fragile. I refuse." - In her thoughts to Darkstalker
"I'm super-funny? In what universe?" - To Kinkajou in Moon Rising
"All right. But please stop trying to scare me. You are not as terrifying as you think you are." - To Winter
"I just saw it. It was right before class-sometimes the visions come months before it happens, sometimes only a few minutes. I never know.... It's not like it's a helpful power."
"I mean, no one is completely evil... Dragons are complicated. Some are kinder than others, or braver than others, and some of them do really cruel things. But everyone has both good thoughts and bad thoughts and reasons for what they do, reasons that they believe are important."
"You have to take that gift and do something with it, not run away from it." -To Sunny in Moon Rising
"If I couldn't read minds, everyone I met would be like Turtle-completely unreadable. I'd have no way to know if they were kind or cruel. I'd never understand why they act the way they do. Everyone would be all surface." - In her thoughts to herself
"Why would you be a librarian if you don't get excited about scrolls? ... I will never understand some dragons." - Moon to Qibli about a strict SkyWing librarian from Possibility.
"You told her, though." - Moon to Kinkajou about Foeslayer
"Why didn't he see it in your mind?" - To Foeslayer about Darkstalker
"I'm not a weird little diamond!" - To her mother, Secretkeeper
"Disembowel? Did you seriously just say disembowel?" -To Darkstalker, thought out loud in Escaping Peril
"You know about Clearsight?" -to Luna
Qibli is a friend of Moon and a confirmed love interest. Moonwatcher uses his insight in situations, such as when the Jade Winglet was gathered by Tsunami. While everyone was saying their names and saying things about themselves, Qibli noticed things about them that even Moon hadn't noticed before. Qibli has strong feelings for her, and was heard by Moon to be thinking many times about how he could get her to like him better. In Talons of Power, when Peril is being bouncy, skittish and dramatic about going and talking to Clay, Qibli asks, "Is that how I act around Moon?" Since Peril is in love with Clay, in a subtle way,Qibli, through his question, is stating that he loves Moon. In the epilogue of Darkness of Dragons, Moon reveals her love for him and they end up together.
Moon has shown to, despite his icy exterior, see him as a friend and is hurt when he yells at her or calls her names. Winter admits many times he's in love with her. She is very confused about his thoughts and doesn't quite understand what they mean, describing them as mirrors, reflecting self-hate and guilt. In Winter Turning, Moon was distraught when Winter made the decision to leave. However, Moon chose Qibli over Winter to be her partner. Winter was heartbroken upon losing Moonwatcher since he loved her as well. In the end, he ends up realizing that it might have been himself who accidentally drove her away.
Secretkeeper is Moonwatcher's mother. She hid Moon's egg in the rain forest four years ago to save her from the hardship and hostility of the other NightWings and their home in the smoking, lava-filled volcano. She has been hidden in the forest until about five months ago. Secretkeeper often calls her daughter a 'weird little diamond' and 'Moonbud'. Secretkeeper does not know of Moon's precognition as Secretkeeper thought that one curse, her mind-reading ability, was bad enough. In the epilogue of Darkness of Dragons, it is shown that Moon visits her in the rainforest often.
Darkstalker was the first dragon, aside from Secretkeeper, to learn about Moonwatcher's powers. Darkstalker was very upset that Moonwatcher hadn't received any training in how to use her powers without getting overwhelmed. He asked her numerous times if she could retrieve his "talisman"- the scroll that held his animus power- and she tries to bring it to him in Escaping Peril. After Peril accidentally frees him, Moon accuses Darkstalker of lying to her. He defends himself, saying that he was desperate to escape his imprisonment, which may have been true. However, Moonwatcher doesn't seem to fully trust him after that. He also may have some feelings for her, as she reminds him of Clearsight.
She is Moon's best friend and has been shown to care much about her. Moonwatcher and her were clawmates in the Jade Winglet. And Moon was distraught when Kinkajou was injured severely by a mysterious companion of Scarlet's (Chameleon, in his Shapeshifter form), showing the strong bond between them. At first, Moon was put off by Kinkajou's energetic thoughts and actions, but realized that Kinkajou really did care about her.
He was Moon's father, but she barely ever knew him. She only learned his name from reading her mother's mind after she refused to tell Moon. He was killed in the Night Kingdom by the volcanic explosion before she met him. He most likely died without knowing he had a daughter- in The Dark Secret, when Moon would have been about three and a half years old, Mastermind asked Morrowseer if he had any dragonets, and the only response was a stony glare.
Anemone appears to show a great deal of jealousy towards Moonwatcher throughout Talons of Power. This is because of Moon's closeness with Darkstalker. Moon seemed to have no recollection of this until Anemone used her animus magic to hurt her (she enchanted a broom to attack Moon). Moonwatcher seems to forgive the SeaWing princess, as she defends Anemone when Darkstalker is furious.
Known prophecies Edit
- She is one of four characters in the series to go by a nickname, the other three being Magnificent (whose nickname is Maggie), Princess Snowfox (whose nickname is Fox), and Princess Sunny, whom Thorn called Beetle when she was still in her egg.
- Her egg hatched under two full moons and gave her two powers: mind reading and prophecy.
- She is one of the two dragons in the series to have a parent give her a mantra, which is "Stay secret, stay hidden, stay safe." The other dragon is Winter.
- In Moon Rising, when Winter is yelling at Moon in the prey center, demanding her name, one of the names he guesses is Mooncrusher. Mooncrusher is the name of a yeti in another series Tui T. Sutherland wrote, The Menagerie.
- Her visions once saved her from a falling tree.
- She is the first mind reading prophetic NightWing in almost 2,000 years, since they mentioned they hid away their powers most likely due to Darkstalker. Darkstalker said Fatespeaker may have a very weak power.
- Moonwatcher has had a few visions including:
- Prince Turtle fighting Princess Anemone, which later came true in Talons of Power.
- Qibli yelling at three SandWings, shouting "Where is she?" This vision is probably a reference to how Qibli had to rescue his friend Ostrich from Onyx and Vulture, his grandfather, in Darkness of Dragons.
- Jade Mountain burning during an earthquake, then collapsing, sending falling rocks everywhere and crushing screaming dragonets
- The history cave exploding, with her winglet, among other dragons, dying
- A tree falling, most likely somewhere near her
- The cover of the book Moon Rising is most likely the scene when Moon is flying and Turtle is watching to see if she can fly after being injured from the explosion, as there is even a green SeaWing in the bottom left corner.
- Moonwatcher is one of the three dragonets shown hatching in the series, the others being Darkstalker and Auklet.
- Moonwatcher is named thus because when she hatched, Secretkeeper thought she looked like Moonwatcher wanted to to grab the moons in her talons and roll them around.
- Her father is confirmed to be Morrowseer, as said in Moon Rising by Secretkeeper.
- ↑ Moon Rising, page 47
- ↑ Moon Rising, page 77
- ↑ Winter Turning, page 78
- ↑ Revealed in Moon Rising, page?
- ↑ Revealed by Tui T. Sutherland at the launch party for The Lost Continent