Queen Thorn's Stronghold, originally known as Burn's Stronghold during the War of SandWing Succession, was originally the SandWing Palace, but Burn began to use it as her military base during the war. Before that, it was known as, ironically, the SandWing Palace. As the SandWing queen is now Thorn, the stronghold was renamed to Queen Thorn's Stronghold.
The stronghold was originally Queen Oasis' palace. When she was attacked and somehow killed by three scavengers, known as Holler, Fluffy, and Flower, her three daughters began to argue about who would inherit the SandWing throne. Burn either (depending on the source of information) drove out Blister and Blaze and seized it for herself, or the other two sisters fled before Burn could kill them and take the throne for herself. She had added many things to the palace, including the mounted heads of decapitated prisoners and her "weirdling collection", in a large red sandstone tower that housed a variety of odd or mutilated creatures. She also ordered the building of the large walls surrounding the stronghold.
When Burn seized the palace, she added thick walls for extra defense, and stationed SandWing soldiers as guards. The foul stench from the decapitated dragon heads mounted on the outer walls discouraged enemies from attacking; it was also shown in Book 4 that Burn liked the decaying scent. The stronghold also contains a courtyard and a great hall decorated with statues from when it was the noble palace of the SandWings. A monument to Queen Oasis was built where she died, and Burn had the walls of the stronghold extended to surround it. After Burn died in the courtyard of her own stronghold and Thorn was announced queen, it can only be assumed that the palace is still in a similar state, but in the end of The Brightest Night it is said that the heads were removed by the observing dragons.
- Tui states in her blog that the stronghold was based off of her impressions of Amber Fort in Jaipur, India.
- The Sand Kingdom, mentioned by Sunny, has the largest territory compared to the other tribes.
|Queens|| Present: Queen Thorn • Queen Oasis|
Historical: Queen Scorpion
|Royalty||Blaze • Blister • Burn • Char • Scald • Singe • Smolder • Sunny|
|Jade Mountain||Sunny • Qibli • Onyx • Ostrich • Arid • Pronghorn|
|Other Dragons||Addax • Agave • Armadillo • Camel • Dune • Horizon • Jerboa • Kindle • Meerkat • Needle • Ocotillo • Ostrich (Deserter) • Palm • Parch • Prickle • Quicksand • Rattlesnake • Saguaro • Sandstorm • Sirocco • Six-Claws • Viper • Unknown SandWing Animus|
|Kingdom||Blaze's Fortress • Blister's Hideout • Great Five-Tail River • Possibility • Queen Oasis' Grave • Queen Thorn's Stronghold • Scorpion Den|
|Society||Outclaws • War of The SandWing Succession|