Prince Winter is a young IceWing prince. His parents are Tundra and Narwhal, and he is the royal nephew of Queen Glacier who first appears in Moon Rising as a student of Jade Mountain Academy. He attended the school as a member of the Jade Winglet, and he is the main protagonist of Winter Turning. Winter used to keep a scavenger named Bandit as a pet in a cage that he made and decorated himself, but in the beginning of Winter Turning (when he was about to leave Jade Mountain Academy), he released Bandit into the wild, knowing that the scavenger would perish in the subzero temperatures of the Ice Kingdom, or be a dragon's supper if Winter brought him back home.
Kinkajou may have had a crush on him as she had thoughts describing him as "glittering" and "sparkly" in Moon Rising although it is likely she's just saying that because she is a RainWing and has never seen an IceWing before. However, Winter has romantic feelings for Moonwatcher, though he doesn't want to admit it; he knows his parents wouldn't approve of it, since Moonwatcher is a NightWing. It was revealed that NightWings and IceWings hate each other because long ago, Foeslayer of the NightWings supposedly "stole" Prince Arctic, the last IceWing Animus. At the end of Winter Turning, the story of Foeslayer and Prince Arctic was revealed to be a lie that Queen Diamond, Arctic's mother, created. Winter discovered that he actually sympathizes with Arctic and Foeslayer, as he loves Moonwatcher in the way Prince Arctic had loved Foeslayer. However, Moonwatcher chooses Qibli over Winter in Darkness of Dragons because he disagreed with her friendship with Darkstalker (who loathed IceWings). It is possible that Winter will find somebody else to love in Sanctuary, or elsewhere.
Winter has scales as pale blue as a frozen ocean with glittering scales like overlapping chips of ice that become slightly darker along his spine and the edges of his wings. He has sharp, cold, dark blue eyes, silver-blue wings, and silver, sharp claws. Winter has been noted to be broader than Qibli, but not any bigger, and he wears a wolfskin pouch tied to one of his ankles. He has been described as incredibly handsome and beautiful by many dragons, and 'shiny and sparkly' by some RainWings, such as Kinkajou and several hatchlings.
Winter attended Jade Mountain Academy with his sister, Icicle. The first time he approached Moonwatcher, he threatened to slice off her face because she had caught his pet scavenger, Bandit, in the prey center and he thought that she was going to eat him like most dragons would. Qibli soon stepped in to negotiate and to make sure no one's face would get sliced off. When Winter realized Moon was trying to protect his scavenger, he developed a huge crush on her. Later on, Moon received a vision and warned Winter about the incoming explosion in the history cave, but after the fire, Winter got suspicious about how she knew about it and later threatened that he would tell everyone that Moon made the explosion unless she tells him how she knew the explosion would happen. He seems to be confused about his feeling for Moon, sometimes he appears to find her interesting and kind, yet sometimes thinks she is "like all other NightWings", especially after Moon's confession to her abilities (mind-reading and precognition), when he thought she's always been mysterious and untrustworthy, because "a NightWing's a NightWing". He hated the NightWings even more after they killed all the IceWing prisoners in the arena of Queen Scarlet, including (as he mistakenly believed) his brother Hailstorm. He was constantly comparing himself to his brother, which shows that he looks up to Hailstorm. Moonwatcher mentioned that he hates himself more than anyone else she knew. He appeared later in the story when Icicle tried to kill Starflight in the library. During a discussion with Icicle and Moon, he found out that Hailstorm is still alive because Scarlet had kept him hidden and away from the arena. Icicle told Winter that Scarlet would free Hailstorm if she killed the dragonets of destiny, but Winter helped Moon stop her anyway. Icicle escapes from Jade Mountain Academy a few moments later. Shortly after that Winter disappeared with his scavenger. The rest of the Jade Winglet found him outside near Jade Mountain.
In the prologue, Hailstorm takes Winter out to the Sky Kingdom to find a scavenger den so he can get a pet scavenger, saying they were going to "satisfy the crazy obsession of his", referring to Winter's fascination with scavengers and their dragon-like feelings. When the brothers are confronted by fourteen SkyWings, Hailstorm negotiated with them and told them to let Winter go and take him instead, saying that Winter can't 'fight for anything' and is 'worthless'. Winter tries to protest but Hailstorm told him to leave, and that he is being a 'mewling RainWing in front of their enemies'. The SkyWing leader told Winter she will be 'more merciful' than Hailstorm and let him go, so Winter guiltily flew away. At the end, Hailstorm's guilt at hurting Winter was seen, and relief that his brother has escaped. Winter was also seen wondering if that's what Hailstorm really thought, and his guilt at leaving his brother.
After Moon told Winter about her powers, Winter believed that she was "just like any other NightWing" and doesn't trust her anymore, scared about what she had seen in his head. He's afraid that being seen next to a NightWing could result in him being exiled for the rest of his life or kept in the seventh circle. He planned to find Icicle in the rainforest, then somehow ditch the other dragonets and get to the Ice Kingdom. However, the other dragonets found him when he is about to depart and convince him to travel with them.
They got to the Rainforest Kingdom and Winter was disgusted by all the fruit and warmth and colors and noise, ("What self-respecting bird would need to have red, yellow, blue, and green feathers?"). He sees a sloth and tries to eat it, but in doing so he gets slammed in the side by a tail and sees a flash of red. He thinks he saw Queen Scarlet or another SkyWing and tries to fight the dragon, but Kinkajou talks to the dragon that turns out to be Exquisite, one of the former RainWing queens (who was very angry about Winter trying to eat Toe-fur, one of her pet sloths, A NightWing had eaten one). He and the Jade Winglet continue into the forest, and Moon reunites with her mother, Secretkeeper. As she does, Deathbringer tries to arrest him, pinning him to the ground rather unconventionally, mistaking him for Icicle. He is released later and after a short talk with Queen Glory, the winglet is placed in the dragonet hatchery. Winter and the Jade Winglet escaped the hatchery after Kinkajou distracted the dragonets with a game of Hide and Seek.
They started searching in the NightWing tunnel, leading to the old Night Kingdom. They found Icicle there and saw that, in order to keep from being dreamvisited by Queen Scarlet, she had kept herself awake for days by lying near the lava and is badly burned from the heat. She tried to kill Kinkajou, but Glory stopped Icicle with a tranquilizer dart and brought her to the RainWing healers. Just before Icicle passed out, Winter lied to her, to get proof that Hailstorm is alive from Scarlet's dreamvisitor, saying that he will kill Glory himself. Moon found out what he said to her, but had faith that he wouldn't do it. She also got a clue of where Scarlet might be from the background of Icicle's dream and they searched for the Talons of Peace to ask them where the location might be.
While they were searching for the Talons of Peace, Winter got attacked by Squid, who was "practicing his stealth approach". He got scolded by Riptide, and Moon showed him a drawing of the place where Scarlet talked to Icicle in her dream. Riptide led them to two SkyWings, Avalanche and a bright orange colored dragon with a strange necklace called Pyrite. Pyrite acted very strangely, causing Winter to suspect that she might be an animus. Later, he told Moon about this, but she doesn't agree with his suspicions since she didn't see any signs suggesting animus magic in Pyrite's mind. She led them to the place where Scarlet may have been, and Winter and the others started to search for Hailstorm. When the night falls, Winter got dreamvisited by Scarlet. She threatened him and said that her prison for Hailstorm is way too clever to be broken by anyone. He then ripped off his skyfire pouch and yelled in his mind for Moon to wake him up.
Moon heard him and rescued him from the dream. Since Scarlet was able to dreamvisit Winter, she must've seen him during the day when they were searching for her, proving that she is very near. Moon, Qibli, and Winter started searching for her while Kinkajou and Pyrite stayed behind. They located Scarlet, learning that Pyrite had something to do with Hailstorm. Before they go back to interrogate Pyrite, they see that Scarlet's companion is a NightWing. When they got back, they saw Kinkajou was injured by Scarlet's companion, who got away after Winter and Moon attacked him. Winter cornered Pyrite, who claimed that she knew nothing of Hailstorm. Winter ripped off her necklace, revealing that Hailstorm has been under the mask all along.
The dragonets traveled to Possibility to get a doctor for Kinkajou. Winter, Qibli, and Hailstorm had to wait outside. They attracted attention when Hailstorm ran off to greet a SkyWing called Eagle that he had known when he was under the mask of Pyrite, Eagle was angered by this because he didn't know Hailstorm as an IceWing and considered him as a stranger. A SandWing named Meerkat solved the problem, then proceeded to take them to a doctor named Mayfly. As Kinkajou was being treated, Qibli and Winter tested out the necklace. He told Qibli to take it off him after two within two minutes. He went into the mind of Pyrite, but Qibli took it off after a while as instructed. Winter cleared out his thoughts, thinking that he hated being Pyrite. And realised how horrible it must have been for Hailstorm.
Winter decided to take Hailstorm back to the Kingdom of Ice and never return. The others said they would wait one week at Possibility for him to come back, but after that they'll leave to save Jade Mountain. Hailstorm started to remember parts of his old self after seeing the Great Ice Cliff, an animus enchanted wall that shoots deadly ice spears at any dragon that isn't an IceWing. They enter the Ice Kingdom, and Winter's parents were waiting for him. They took Hailstorm away to ask him his side of the story, and Winter was placed at the top of the First Circle for rescuing Hailstorm. However, Hailstorm was dropped to the bottom of the Seventh Circle for getting captured by the SkyWings in the first place. Hailstorm was torn between the Diamond Trial or a lowly life after his seventh Hatching Day. He loved his brother but Hailstorm felt like he had sacrificed enough for Winter, so he chose the Diamond Trial.
Hailstorm and Winter entered the Diamond Trial, and their objective is to find the Frozen Dragon in the cave and kill it. They were given animus-enchanted diamond-tipped spears as weapons. As they enter the cave, the brothers saw many frozen dragons in the cave, which were the ones who have lost the Trial. But there was one gigantic frozen dragon that they recognized as the frozen dragon they have to kill. Hailstorm unfroze it by tapping the ice covering it with his spear. The dragon introduced herself as Foeslayer, the mother of Darkstalker and the dragon who "stole" Prince Arctic. Foeslayer didn't try to fight and instead told the brothers the truth about her and Prince Arctic, and she let them kill her. Winter went and told Hailstorm to kill her, letting himself lose. Hailstorm reluctantly does so, but Winter didn't freeze like they thought he would.
Hailstorm revealed that to win the Diamond Trial, he has to kill Winter. Their parents secretly told Hailstorm that after they kill Foeslayer, he has to kill Winter with the spear and freeze him. Their parents didn't tell Winter because they wanted Hailstorm to win. But Hailstorm doesn't want to kill Winter because he cares about him. So Winter told Hailstorm to let him escape without killing him, and when Hailstorm walks out of the cave alone, the IceWings would presume Winter dead. He also decided to unfreeze Foeslayer and free her, because he sympathizes with her and Arctic's love, comparing it to his own feelings for Moon. Winter decided at the end to stay loyal to his friends and flew back to Possibility with Foeslayer.
He was seen briefly while returning to Possibility with Foeslayer. He encountered Peril at the edge of town and attacked, thinking she was still working for Scarlet. Peril tried not to hurt him, but they collided in mid-air. Winter fell to the ground, badly burnt and at the brink of death. He told Peril, "Moon, tell Moon..." most likely trying to tell Peril to tell Moon he loved her. Winter was sure that he would die, then Turtle came and used his animus-touched rock to heal Winter's burns.
At the end of the book, Winter argued with Qibli over who gets to keep Darkstalker's scroll after they had stolen it from Chameleon. They decided that nobody will use it and they couldn't return it to Darkstalker. However, in the morning, they discovered that Moon fled with the scroll and Winter was very worried about her setting him free. They found her crying about what happened to Darkstalker's father and she decided not to set Darkstalker free.
After they got the scroll back from Moon, Qibli and Winter started to fight over which queen should get to keep it. And Peril, worried because even they are fighting over the power of the scroll, burned it to ashes with her firescales. But because it got destroyed, Darkstalker got back all of his animus powers and he burst out of the mountain which he was buried under.
Winter was first shown flying above Darkstalker with Peril. As they begin talking to the massive dragon, he began to accuse Darkstalker of all the things he had done to the IceWing tribe. Then, Darkstalker "did something" to him, causing him to stop the accusations. He began to actually say nice things to and about Darkstalker, making Winter's friends worried. Moon told Darkstalker not to enchant her friends using his animus powers, while Winter and Darkstalker reply at the same time that Darkstalker was not, although he most likely was enchanting Winter to like him.
Later, Winter is seen outside of Jade Mountain with Moon, Peril, and Qibli. When Turtle confronts the dragonets, saying he doesn't trust Darkstalker, Winter says that Turtle needs to just spend more time with Darkstalker, still obviously enchanted. Beside him, Qibli jokingly states that he would agree, and would trust Darkstalker if it wasn't Winter who was saying nice things about the 2,000-year-old NightWing. Winter leaves soon after.
Later, Turtle goes to Winter and Qibli's cave to ask to sleep there. Qibli says yes, but Winter said he wouldn't want any more snoring in his cave. Qibli asks what Darkstalker did, and Turtle tells them both what he did. Qibli said that he wondered why he was doing that, and Winter said he was just trying to make friends and be kind. They have a little argument, part of it being about Winter being enchanted. Winter says Darkstalker saving Stonemover is proof that he's a good dragon with a good heart. Qibli asks how he would know, and Winter snootily leaves. It is assumed that he told Darkstalker about that conversation, as Qibli guessed.
Later, Darkstalker reveals that there is still a timeline where Winter and Moon are together, so it is evident that Winter still loves Moon.
Winter is seen watching Moon leaving with Darkstalker. When approached, he claims that he was only watching the sunset and Qibli says he is doing the same. Winter awkwardly states that Darkstalker will take care of Moon and Qibli responds that Moon can take care of herself, noting that Winter isn't acting like himself and must be under some sort of spell. Using a duplicate of his enchanted earring, Qibli attempts to free him from Darkstalker's enchantment, but Winter refuses to put it on, claiming that he doesn't trust it and that it would "clash horribly with his scales".
When Qibli finds out that Ostrich has been kidnapped by Onyx Winter offers to help Qibli, saying that he was returning the favor of Qibli helping Winter find Hailstorm. He is shown to be impatient and ready to go as Qibli stalls. Qibli then attempts to bargain with Winter, saying that he'll let him come as long as Winter wears the earring, which Winter declines. He then sees a copy of the earring on Clay's ear, and becomes even more suspicious and wary of Qibli, asking what he's up to. Qibli explains what the earring is for, to which Winter replies he is not under a spell and doesn't want to be. He then pushes Qibli to get going, and Qibli further stalls by explaining Vulture's tattoos to Winter, who mocks them. Winter and Qibli then head to the Dragonets of Destiny to say goodbye.
On the way to the Scorpion Den, Qibli receives a message from Turtle, saying Kinkajou is awake and fine, which makes Qibli do flips with delight. Winter then asks what Qibli is flapping all over the sky for, and Qibli replies, "Nothing," worried that Winter was enchanted to be a messenger for Darkstalker.
They soon reach the Scorpion Den, which Winter believes is unsanitary and unkempt. Qibli tells Winter about the fortifications around Vulture's place. Winter replies that nothing could compare to the defenses around Queen Glacier's palace. After Qibli explains that Vulture prefers to kill dragons before they so much as see his treasure, Winter appeared skeptical and asked how they planned on getting in.
Winter and Qibli arrive at Qibli's old home when he was younger, Winter seems that he is unimpressed and believed that Qibli lived in a better home. Soon after Qibli calls for his mother, his siblings Sirocco and Rattlesnake show up. Rattlesnake comments that she likes "shiny things." Qibli's siblings then led them to Vulture's headquarters.
When they reach Vulture's headquarters, Qibli tells Winter to let him do the talking. Winter replies, "That is how conversations with you usually work." They continue on until Winter sees two scavengers running around in a maze, and inhales sharply, which alerts Vulture. Winter demands to know what Vulture is going to do to them and defends the scavengers when Vulture says that he was going to eat the loser and that they are no smarter than mice. Qibli then hushes Winter, and Vulture begins ranting about how it was, "perfectly normal to feel like your pet must think the way you do."
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Winter, to the common eye, is brash, cold, short-tempered, and arrogant, most likely because of his parents' disapproval of him. However, underneath he actually hates and criticizes himself more than anyone else, and he seems to have feelings for Moonwatcher, although to hide this, he tries to act arrogant and proud, although he has let this act down a few times.
He can be a bit snobbish and believed he should get special privileges for being Queen Glacier's nephew. He is also shown to be very interested in scavengers, working with the Talons of Peace to build them a sanctuary, and even caring about Bandit, his pet scavenger. One of Winter's more closely guarded secrets is that his family doesn't like him as much as Winter wants others to believe. For example, Icicle described him as "weak" for not hating other dragon tribes. However, Moonwatcher reads his mind and finds him brave and kind underneath.
Winter appears to be the kindest out of his family, as the others are very rude and love to kill, with the exception of Queen Glacier. He is also shown to have compassion, for he leaves a polar bear alone because the animal had cubs, and took interest in a scavenger in a similar situation, saying it seemed to look the same way at the polar bears as he did. Even though this choice ended with a punishment, he went through with leaving it alone anyway. He is also very interested in scavengers, saying if he were an animus, he would give the gift of observing them. Furthermore, Winter has been shown to be extremely loyal. He's willing to help others in need, as well as drop everything for someone he cares about.
In Talons of Power, he gets enchanted by Darkstalker. The spell causes him to trust Darkstalker, and bring down his walls making him more open and kind, but it also made him less sharp minded and clever. However, in Darkness of Dragons Winter is given one of Qibli's enchanted earrings and is returned to his normal self. He later does not go back to Jade Mountain, claiming that he didn't want to take the spot of any other IceWing who wanted to attend.
He first met Moon when she found his scavenger, Bandit, after he'd escaped. He immediately demanded his scavenger back and said he would slice her face off if she didn't give him back Bandit. She eventually gave Bandit back after a long argument. He sometimes would think she's kind and friendly and admires her silver teardrop shaped scales at the corner of her eyes, but most of the time he thinks she's "like all NightWings," meaning being mysterious and untrustworthy. Later on in Winter Turning, he admits that he's in love with Moon and he shouldn't be since she's a NightWing. By the end of Winter Turning, he no longer cares what anyone thinks and freely admits to himself he's in love with Moon and would choose her over the Ice Kingdom any day. Towards Escaping Peril, Winter's feelings for her are still kept secret. This was shown when Peril burned him. It is assumed he tried to tell Peril to tell Moon that he loved her. In Darkness of Dragons, Winter watches Moon fly away from Jade Mountain Academy with a "soulfully tragic face." At Darkstalker's palace, they had a large argument, and his actions gave her a cut. By the end of the book, Moon chose Qibli over Winter, and in Winter's POV in the epilogue of DOD, it was revealed that he still loved her and "wondered how long it would take his heart to heal". In the book Winter Turning we see that Winter was debating one, to save Moon, or two, to help Qibli. He instead ran and saved Moon's life. However, it is still possible for Moon to love him back someday.
He is Winter's clawmate and friend. He also has a crush on Moon. Before they were friends Winter referred to Qibli as 'My idiot claw-mate.' When Winter was hassling Moon about Bandit he stepped in and tried to help the situation. He was by Winter's side most of the time in the books and was there to make sure Winter didn't hurt anybody (or get hurt himself). He becomes increasingly close to both Winter and Moon, and keeps naming himself as Winter's best friend, although Winter denies having any relationship with him until Darkness of Dragons where Winter first uses the term "friend" although he claims he was saving syllables. Qibli continues to tease Winter and brings out his better side and their friendship does grow. At the end of the book, Winter does claim that he likes Qibli and said he was his friend.
Kinkajou considers herself to be Winter's friend, but he appears to not acknowledge her existence. As of Moon Rising, Kinkajou has a small crush on Winter. Kinkajou admires his "sparkly scales", but he doesn't seem to notice. In Winter Turning, she showed multiple acts of kindness, none of which he seemed to care. After the attack from Chameleon, when the dragonets take Kinkajou to Possibility, Meerkat states that the doctor in the town was a MudWing. When Winter hears that, he recalls how other tribes say that MudWings would be too dumb to be doctors, and briefly wonders whether Possibility would be the right place to bring Kinkajou. When Kinkajou falls into a coma, he peeks inside the hospital window, only to be rejected by Mayfly. By the epilogue of Darkness of Dragons, however, he is happy to see Kinkajou and considers her a friend.
Icicle is Winter and Hailstorm's sister and the niece of Queen Glacier. She was always around him and other IceWings in school. When Winter found his sister trying to kill Starflight he tried to stop her and refused to help her when she asked him to kill the other dragonets of destiny after finding out about Hailstorm. He was called weak and worthless by Icicle multiple times in the book, though this could be because she blames Winter for what happened to Hailstorm in the first place.
He is Winter and Icicle's brother, who was lost when Winter was still a young dragonet. He was captured by Queen Scarlet and the SkyWings. Winter is constantly beating himself up about how he couldn't save him from being taken and hated the NightWings ever since they killed all the trapped IceWing prisoners in the SkyWing Arena, thinking one was his brother. He was called not being as smart or brave as Hailstorm by Icicle multiple times. Hailstorm often feels sorry for Winter, seen in the prologue of Winter Turning. In the book, it is revealed he was put under an animus enchantment and transformed into a female SkyWing named Pyrite. He fully recovers once he's back in the Ice Kingdom. Later, when it is revealed Hailstorm was to kill Winter to recover his rank in the first place, he admits he does not want to kill Winter because he cares for his brother. Winter suggests he'd wait until nightfall, and then he will sneak out of the Ice Kingdom. Hailstorm accepts, and thanks Winter, and exits the maze so that it will only appear that he killed Winter. In Darkness of Dragons, he meets Hailstorm again, shortly before their father is killed.
Narwhal and Tundra are Winter's parents. They are very harsh towards him and dislike his skills. He's often compared to that of his brother, Prince Hailstorm and his sister, Princess Icicle. Narwhal is shown to be angry whenever Winter fails to obey his orders. Winter feels like he always disappoints his parents and in Winter Turning, is shown to be correct. They despise him so much they are willing to sacrifice his life to get Hailstorm back to the First Circle. Narwhal also states that he never expected to see Hailstorm again, and never wanted to see Winter again, after Winter saves Hailstorm. However, when Winter brought back Hailstorm to the Ice Kingdom, Tundra said, "Thank you for bringing back Hailstorm... It was the least you could do,". In which Winter said was the nicest thing his mother had ever said to him. He seems to not really care about them, saying, "They can't be as bad as my family" in Darkness of Dragons, but when Narwhal is killed he is devastated.
Winter seems to greatly respect Glacier, stating many times she's a great queen. When Winter sees Glacier in Winter Turning, on their way to the Diamond Trial, Queen Glacier has a polite conversation to Winter about Icicle and Queen Glory. She even appears to be sympathetic to Winter before the Diamond Trial. In Darkness of Dragons, he is very upset and horrified when he finds out Glacier and the rest of the IceWings are sick. He appears devastated by her death.
Winter seemed to have a crush on Lynx before going to Jade Mountain and is unknown if he still holds romantic feelings for her, though it is most likely he doesn't. When he returned to the Ice Kingdom he saw her during the First Circle rearrangement. Winter mentioned that he had always thought her different colored scales were pretty before he met Moon. He also trained with her on the morning of the Diamond Trail. Winter was shown saving an IceWing dragonet in the Jade Mountain Battle. The dragonet was described to have blue freckles on her snout and be a young, skillful fighter. This is most likely Lynx.
Family Tree Edit
|Prince Hailstorm||Prince Winter||Princess Icicle|
"You have ten seconds to give me back my scavenger before I slice your face off." - When Moon and Winter first meet at the beginning of Moon Rising
"Moon what? Come on, NightWing. We know your names are all lies. So what's yours? Moondestroyer? Mooneater? Mooncrusher?" - To Moonwatcher when they first meet in Moon Rising
"I only mentioned it because it seems entirely obvious to me that the niece and nephew of the IceWing queen should each be given a private cave, so I wanted you to know we wouldn't have to be clawmates for very long, as there has clearly been some kind of mistake." - to Qibli, about Winter saying he is Queen Glacier's nephew.
"She thinks it's funny, but if she knew what I've been feeling- who I've been thinking about..." - (thought) about Icicle because of her amusement at Kinkajou's crush on Winter.
"Stop liking her. Remember what Father said: They're all liars. Be strong, be vigilant, strike first. Trust nobody. Not even interesting NightWings with silver teardrop scales." - Winter thinking about Moon in Moon Rising
"We're touching--she's-I'm-her scales against mine-I can't want this."- Before the explosion
"By all the snow monsters! What are you doing here?" - To Moon and the others at the end of Moon Rising
"I don't want them to come with me. In fact, if you could stick this SandWing in some quicksand while I get away from him, I will personally bring you a walrus to express my gratitude." - Winter about Qibli to Queen Glory
"He's an IceWing named Hailstorm. A couple of years older than me. The bravest dragon in Pyrrhia. Scarlet's prisoner for the last two years. You know where he is!" - to Pyrite
"I would have ripped off your tail and beaten you with it first." - Winter to Squid
"Terribly unimpressive. I haven't once said 'higgledgy-piggledgy' in my entire life. We would never allow such linguistic imprecision in the Ice Kingdom." - in response to some of Qibli's mocking
The look that said, If only we'd lost you instead of Hailstorm. If only you were everything an IceWing should be. - To himself in Winter Turning
"No. Not with more killing." - To Icicle
"It's not what I want; it's how things have to be. We can never be what I wanted us to be." - in Winter Turning
WE are doing no such thing, I am going to find him. JUST ME." - To Queen Glory and the others in Winter Turning
"I never liked you anyway! And I'm going to MURDER this NIGHTWING!" - To Kinkajou about Deathbringer
"I listen, when there is something worth hearing."
"Because happiness isn't where I am... it's who I'm with."
"Moon, tell Moon–" - To Peril when she burned him.
"Imagine what our Kingdom would be like if we still had animus dragons. What else would we have invented?" - To Foeslayer after the Diamond Trial.
"Sometimes I'm only sure of one thing, that I hope I never hurt you." - To Moon
"I can safely put her back in the category of Lying, Conniving NightWings I Hate". - His thoughts shortly after Moon reveals her powers to him
"I am not in love with an enemy I am sworn to hate." -to himself, about Moon
"What are we fighting for? A number on a wall? Your life is more important to me than the rankings, Hailstorm. " - To Hailstorm during the Diamond Trial
"I leave for five days and you start working with a mass murderer?" -To Moon and Qibli about Peril
"I bet. Looks like they used the classic torture method by burying you in diamonds." -To Bog when he says the Talons of Power captured him
"I'm NOT UNDER A SPELL. And I don't want to be! I remember what Hailstorm's spell felt like and it was awful! You keep your enchanted geegaws away from me." -To Qibli when he asks him to put on the earring
"Has anyone ever told you that you're are an exhausting dragon to be around?" - To Qibli
"Ha! Indeed! Ha ha ha! Don't believe a word he says, I can't stand him!" - To Cobra about Qibli
"They can [learn]! They’re very intelligent. Too intelligent to eat. Eating them would be cruel!” -about Scavengers
"He knows how to play tricks with words. Kind of like you." -To Qibli, about Darkstalker.
"Sounds a bit obvious. Why not just tattoo I'M TOTALLY MENACING on his forehead?" To Qibli about Vulture
"I'm coming with you. To rescue your little SandWing friend or whatever."
- In the Scholastic forums, Tui wrote, "OK, dragging myself away to work now . . . there’s an IceWing in GREAT TURMOIL who kind of needs a hug . . ."
- If Winter were an animus, he said that he'd create enchanted dens so that scavengers could survive in the freezing cold as well as have a safe place for them to live, so he could observe them more closely.
- It is noted in Darkness of Dragons that he is still in love with Moonwatcher.
- Winter is the second dragon to have been shown with a pet scavenger, the first being Smolder.
- Winter has been described as sharp minded, and smart.
- Winter is the one of two dragons to have been given a mantra by a parent, which is "Be strong, be vigilant, strike first. Trust nobody". The other dragon is Moonwatcher.
- In Talons of Power, Darkstalker hints that there are timelines showing Moon getting together with either Winter or Qibli. However, Moon chooses Qibli in the end of Darkness of Dragons.
- Winter is shown in the epilogue to still have feelings for Moon, but is not willing to see her again.
- Winter is the third known dragon that has survived Peril's burns, the others being Kestrel and Clay due to his fire-proof scales.
- Winter seems to be very capable with his talons, creating his own scavenger cage complete with a working wheel. He is also shown making another metal contraption in Darkness of Dragons.
- Because Winter is part of the IceWing royal family line, he is related to Prince Arctic, and Prince Arctic being the father of Darkstalker, Winter could be related to Darkstalker.
- Since Winter is related to Prince Arctic, and Arctic is related to Whiteout, and Whiteout is related to Stonemover, and Stonemover is Sunny's father, Winter is very distantly related to Sunny.
- ↑ Moon Rising, page 31
- ↑ Winter Turning, page 72
- ↑ Moon Rising, page 32
- ↑ Talons of Power, page 90
- ↑ Moon Rising, page 138
- ↑ Winter Turning, page 194
- ↑ Winter Turning, page 29