Palm was a female SandWing. Her name was mentioned in The Brightest Night as Smolder's lover, yet he said that Queen Oasis did not allow them to be partners for the fear of more potential challengers if they had female dragonet eggs. Smolder never saw Palm again after Oasis "dealt" with her. Six-Claws described her to be a sweet, clever, and nervous dragon who adored Smolder and was terrified of the queen, and who would most likely never raise dragonets to kill the queen. Onyx is her only daughter.
Palm had patterns of light brown scales freckled across her paler yellow scales, much like her sister. Compared to her sister, Prickle, she was rounder and softer thanks to working in the palace kitchen. She had sand-colored wings and a small scar on her left one from when she fell off the wingery roof when she was young. She also owned earrings made of fire opal that Smolder gave to her, but she gave them to Prickle for being allowed to stay in her hut for one night while fleeing from the guards.
Shortly before Oasis' death, Smolder was shown crying about Palm's disappearance and possible death. Six-Claws mentions that he had known Palm due to working in the kitchen with her. No one mentioned if she was really dead or just imprisoned.
When Glory and Jambu disguised themselves as IceWings to enter Blaze's Fortress, it was explained to them by Blaze that one of the tapestries was made in the memory of a romantic story of Blaze's brother, Smolder, falling in love with a dragon that her mother never approved, and thought that Queen Oasis might have killed her. The dragon in the tapestry was supposed to represent Palm, Smolder's love.
In the prologue, Blister asks if Smolder is running off with his girlfriend again, and Queen Oasis says that she took care of that.
Smolder, near the end of the book, says the name of his lover is Palm. He recounts a story similar to Blaze's one about Palm.
When Onyx tells Moon and Ostrich about how she found the piece of skyfire, she tells of how it killed Palm when it went through her head. She considered it to be beautiful and deadly, which made her love it even more. This suggests that she did not have a strong connection with Palm, perhaps caused by their constant wandering.
The prologue is in Palm's PoV. She is running away from the queen's soldiers, who are trying to take her back to the palace. Just as she's about pass out, she finds Prickle's oasis and hut. Prickle, her somewhat mean sister, grudgingly lets her in, though she makes Palm hand over her earrings in exchange for letting her stay the night, and they start arguing about Smolder. The guards burst in, but instead of arresting Palm, they arrest Prickle because the sisters look so alike. One of the guards, Agave, recognizes the real Palm, but doesn't mention it. Palm decides to run away and travel the continent but realizes that she's with an egg. This egg turned out to be Onyx, who, many years later, went to Jade Mountain Academy, and later tried to fight for the SandWing throne against Queen Thorn.
"Prickle, I'm in s-so much trouble."
"But it isn't fair! Why can't he fall in love? Why does his whole life have to be wasted just so his mother won't feel threatened? Other royal families aren't like this. Besides, it could be male, and then no one would even care about it." - About Smolder not being allowed to have dragonets
"I'm sorry, Palm. You brought this upon yourself."
"If it is a girl- it feels like a girl- then I shall give her the name you chose and hide her away somewhere secret and safe. She'll get the chance to be ordinary that you never had. By the moons of Pyrrhia, I swear she will never have anything to do with thrones or queens or battles or crowns, for as long as we both shall live." - Palm thinking about her unhatched dragonet
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- A palm is an unbranched evergreen tree with a crown of long feathered or fan-shaped leaves, and typically having old leaf scars forming a regular pattern on the trunk. Palm trees sometimes bear coconuts.
- A leaf of a palm tree awarded as a prize is viewed as a symbol of victory or triumph. This suits Palm well, as in the end, Queen Oasis did not imprison Palm.
- When the guards took Prickle away, she screams that she will set the moons on fire and drop them on Palm's head. Ironically, that is how Palm died: killed by a 'moon on fire' (comet) hitting her in the head.
Addax • Agave • Armadillo • Camel • Capybara • Cobra • Dune • Horizon • Jerboa • Jerboa (DoD) • Kindle • Meerkat • Needle • Ocotillo • Ostrich (Deserter) • Palm • Parch • Prickle • Quicksand • Rattlesnake • Saguaro • Sandstorm • Sirocco • Six-Claws • Tawny • Torch • Viper • Vulture