Reed is a large, brown, male MudWing with warm, golden-amber eyes. He is one of Clay's younger brothers, slightly smaller than Clay himself. Reed is the second-eldest of Cattail's seven dragonets and is considered to be the bigwings of the group since Clay wasn't around. After his first battle, he claimed he "wasn't the bigwings he wanted to be" and tried very hard to protect his brothers and sisters, but had become uncertain of himself after learning Clay was alive and well, and that he was supposed to be their bigwings. He often wondered what Clay would do in some situations, and whether Clay would have handled them better. He has often wondered if Clay should have been the bigwings instead of him, and seems sad about that.
Reed hatched along with Sora, Pheasant, Umber, Crane, and Marsh. Clay had been sold to the Talons of Peace earlier in exchange for two or more cows, which left Reed to take over as the bigwings of the group. Over time, the remaining siblings grew to respect him, thinking him to be the true bigwings, though Reed doubts himself sometimes.
When Clay returned, Reed and the other siblings began to tell him about the MudWing traditions and helped him make peace with himself. The others, including Reed, wanted Clay to stay and become their bigwings, but Clay said that he needed to fulfill the prophecy, and Glory saying he was his friend's bigwings. They all wanted Clay to stay and even Reed offered Clay his job of becoming their bigwings, but Clay declined the offer, as he knew that Reed would be a better bigwings than he would as Reed's siblings trusted and knew him more. Therefore he left with Glory after their short meeting. Reed was described as looking shocked and relieved at the same time. Reluctantly, Reed and his siblings let Clay go.
After meeting Clay, Reed is left wondering whether or not the older dragonet could have done a better job protecting their siblings. He starts to believe that Clay could have saved Crane and that the others would prefer him instead. His low self-esteem makes him worried and sometimes distracted.
Reed and his siblings are seen when Sunny and Clay go to the MudWings to send a message to Burn. Reed is wary to go along with the MudWings' planned attack on the IceWings, and he worries that he will lose his only family.
Family Tree Edit
|Unnamed Siblings||Asha (Deceased)||Cattail||Unknown|
|Clay (BigWings)||Reed||Crane (Deceased)||Marsh||Pheasant||Sora||Umber|
"Before the war takes anyone else I care about. Before our village is destroyed; before I have to choose between loyalty to my tribe and the safety of my brothers and sisters. Before we have to kill anyone else." - Reed thinking of Clay fulfilling the prophecy along with the other Dragonets of Destiny
"I'm Reed, this is Sora, Pheasant, Marsh, and Umber."
"Did you hatch from the blood egg? Are you our missing sib?"
"We heard you were asking about a blood egg from one of Cattail's hatchings."
"You're our brother, you should have been with us all along."
"And then we all stick together,"
"For always. We learn how to hunt and survive together, we grow up together, and we live together for the rest of our lives. And when we're at war, we all fight as a group. Every MudWing troop is a hatching of siblings. Except for the ones who've lost too many, and then they try to find unsibs to form a new troop with."
- A reed is a tall, slender-leaved plant of the grass family that grows in water or on marshy ground. It can be manipulated to make boats, mats and tiny islands.
- Reed was the second oldest of Cattail's eggs but became the bigwings after Clay was sold to the Talons of Peace.
- Reed appears to have grown low self-esteem after learning that Clay would be their bigwings if not for the Talons of Peace.
- Reed (along with Pheasant) is currently doing work for Queen Moorhen, though it is not specified what he is doing.
- Reed and Pheasant are the only siblings in Clay's troop to not go to Jade Mountain Academy besides Crane, who is dead.