Quickstrike was a female NightWing with black eyes. She was Deathbringer's mother and teacher and a NightWing assassin, as well as a great rival to Morrowseer, who proved to be a possible threat to her son. She later got struck by lightning and was soon killed by two of Blister's soldiers.
Quickstrike is first seen asking her son, Deathbringer, to spy on the queen. She says she is going to have a meeting with Princess Greatness in one hour and wants him to listen in on the conversation.
Later, at the beginning of the meeting, Deathbringer hears Morrowseer talking with Quicksrike, Greatness, and the queen. Quickstrike plunges right in and asks if Deathbringer can come with her to the continent on an assassination assignment involving a SeaWing general named Tempest. She claims that he needs to learn about politics and the geography of Pyrrhia, as well as how to properly assassinate a dragon, and that it would be the perfect opportunity. Morrowseer says no at first, but agrees on the condition that Deathbringer must slay either Slaughter or Vengeance by midnight of that night before he can go.
After Deathbringer completes his mission, however, Quickstrike meets him afterwards in the dragonet sleeping cave. She says she was going to tell him not to attempt an assassination, and that he should've checked with her first. Deathbringer apologizes, but Quickstrike is still fretting. She fears that Morrowseer will have some kind of punishment ready for her son because he killed one of Morrowseer's ''pets'', and so she arranges for them to leave that night.
Later, the two are hovering over the Bay of a Thousand Scales, waiting for any sign of life, when Quickstrike is hit by a bolt of lightning. Deathbringer hides his luckily still-breathing but unconscious mother under some fallen trees. She does not wake up, and when Deathbringer kills Tempest, Blister's allies are confused, yet enraged, and search the island. They find Quickstrike by herself, and Deathbringer cannot follow, afraid that his cover will be blown. After the soldiers came back with news that Quickstrike was half dead, Blister called her "completely irrelevant", and told the soldiers to make her "completely dead".
Quickstrike seems to be a quick-thinking dragon. She does get worried about her son, whom she probably loves very much, though she never actually says this on top of the fact that she treated Deathbringer like an apprentice. She seems to hold a bit of a grudge against Morrowseer, as he did order Deathbringer on a nearly impossible mission. She is extremely patient, as she had stayed out waiting for Tempest at least a few days. Quickstrike is protective of her tribe, and knows she cannot let any other dragon see them on a mission, or their secret will be revealed. This is why she is secretive.
Family Tree Edit
|Three Unnamed Daughters||Quickstrike|
|Prince Jambu||Queen Glory||Deathbringer|
- Quickstrike may be the stuffed dragon in Burn's weirdling collection featured in The Brightest Night, though this is unconfirmed.
- Quickstrike's name is ironic because lightning untimately caused her death.
- Quickstrike is also the only known dragon to die partially from a lightning strike.
|Queens|| Present: Queen Glory • King Darkstalker • Queen Battlewinner
Historical: Queen Vigilance
|Jade Mountain||Starflight • Fatespeaker • Moonwatcher • Mightyclaws • Mindreader • Fearless • Bigtail|
|Deadlyclaws • Deathbringer • Farsight • Fierceteeth • Mastermind • Morrowseer • Obsidian • Preyhunter • Quickstrike • Secretkeeper • Shapeshifter • Slaughter • Starflight's Daughter • Stonemover • Strongwings • Vengeance • Wisdom|
|Allknowing • Clearsight • Discretion • Foeslayer • Foreseer • Jewel-eyes • Listener • Morrowwatcher • Prudence • Quickdeath • Starclaws • Swiftwings • Thoughtful • Truthfinder • Vision|
|Hybrids||Darkstalker • Whiteout • Eclipse • Shadowhunter • Sunny • Firefly|
|Kingdom|| Night Kingdom: NightWing Fortress • NightWing Tunnels|
|Society||The NightWing Exodus|