Queen Battlewinner was the last queen of the NightWings who was a full NightWing. After the volcano exploded and killed several NightWings, the NightWings fled to the rainforest and swore loyalty to Queen Glory. The name "Battlewinner" most likely refers to her ability to fight, or her military strategy. Her name is written as "a closely guarded secret" in A NightWing Guide to the Dragons of Pyrrhia because the NightWings did not want to be questioned about their mysteriously hidden queen, possibly so the other tribes wouldn't know how weak they were. An IceWing had blasted the inside of Battlewinner's mouth with frostbreath, which would have caused her organs to freeze together and, eventually, her death, but she managed to delay the effects by submerging herself in a cauldron of lava. She eventually froze to death at the end of The Dark Secret while trying to attack Starflight and Glory.
Battlewinner looked like a typical NightWing, with black scales that gleamed like polished ebony, but due to the ice inside her body, her eyes are tinged with blue, creating a supernatural effect. The entire inside of her mouth, down the walls of her throat, and presumably all her internal organs were either covered by or were ice: the walls of her throat were lined with pale blue frost in small swirling patterns that are feathery or sharp and glint oddly. Starflight remarked that her teeth "looked more like icicles than fangs". Due to the ice inside her body, there was a thin layer of shimmering frost on her tongue. If she stayed outside of the lava for too long, frost would begin to encase her entire body. Battlewinner is said to be massive, described to be as big as Morrowseer, with heavy shoulders. The fact that she lived in lava and her large stature made her even more intimidating. She had a battle-scarred snout, and her voice was hard to hear - creaky, quiet, rough, and eerie, like claws scraping on ice several caves away. Whenever she spoke, she would usually break into a coughing fit, possibly due to the ice in her throat. She had her daughter, Greatness, speak for her.
Possibly, after the initial eruption of the NightWings' volcano, Battlewinner led expeditions for a new home for her tribe. During one such venture, she was attacked by an IceWing. This may have been because of the tribes' bitter rivalry. She escaped alive, but the IceWing blasted her in the mouth with frostbreath, which should have frozen Battlewinner from the inside out. The only reason that she didn't die immediately was her ability to breathe fire; her internal fire reservoir counteracted the ice long enough for her to fly back to her tribe. In desperation, she dove into a lava pool, hoping to die, but instead, it created a balance that prevented the ice from killing her. However, this left her unable to ever leave the lava without the ice completely encasing her body and becoming an ice statue, and then dying.
To prevent other dragons from learning of her weakness, Battlewinner had a hidden room created behind the NightWings' council chamber and lived in a cauldron filled with lava as big as two Morrowseers. This way, she could watch her tribe and make her image more mysterious and powerful. When she "speaks", she uses her daughter, Princess Greatness, as a voice.
She had only been mentioned, not by name, when Queen Scarlet spoke to Morrowseer, suggesting that the NightWing queen should come discuss the matter of Starflight with her. Morrowseer then hissed and told her not to anger the NightWings. Morrowseer and Battlewinner, the authors of the prophecy, had written the prophecy so that the NightWings could join the war. The part saying "Darkness will rise to bring the light" refers to the NightWings winning the war and taking over, which they personally see as the only meaningful line.
Though she does not physically appear, she is mentioned by name for the first time by the NightWings that captured Glory.
Starflight, Fatespeaker, and Queen Glory crept into Battlewinner's private chamber from behind a map and found that she lived in a cauldron of lava. After Starflight burst out about the scientific impossibility of surviving these conditions, the queen explained more about her reasons for keeping herself hidden. Starflight said that he could hear the ice breaking as she tried to talk. She was planning to wage war on the RainWings in lava-filled armor designed by Mastermind so she could lead the battle. However, when she got out of the lava cauldron to attack Starflight and Glory later, the balance between fire and ice in her body tipped. Despite Mastermind's efforts to save her using the special armor, Battlewinner froze to death within a matter of seconds.
After Battlewinner's death, almost all of the NightWings swore loyalty to Glory as they passed through the animus tunnel to safety from the erupting volcano, and Glory became the first queen to rule two tribes.
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- Queen Battlewinner is one of the four queens whose death has been shown in the series, along with Oasis, who died about twenty years before the events of the series, but the events that led to her death are stated in the prologue of The Brightest Night as well as in Deserter ; Queen Scarlet, who was killed in a challenge for the throne by her daughter Ruby/Tourmaline in Escaping Peril; and Queen Glacier, who died in the epilogue of Talons of Power.
- Queen Battlewinner was the first queen to die in the series.
- She died with her mouth open and looked like 'she had wanted to end her life with a roar'.
- Tui confirmed that the IceWing that shot frostbreath in her throat is unknown.
- It is unknown if other incidents involving frostbreath had transpired in the past.
- She is the first dragon to try to commit suicide but survive.
- It is unknown if she was queen when she was blasted with frostbreath.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Dark Secret, page 165
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The Dark Secret, page 167
- ↑ The Dark Secret, page 261