Reed is a MudWing and one of Clay's younger brothers. He is the second-eldest of all seven of Cattail's children. After his first battle, he claimed "he wasn't the bigwings he wanted to be". He seemingly tries hard to protect his brothers and sisters, but has become uncertain of himself after learning Clay was alive.
Reed hatched along with Sora, Pheasant, Umber, Crane, and Marsh. Clay had been sold to the Talons of Peace in exchange for two or more cows, which left Reed compelled to take over for the bigwings of the group. Over time, the remaining siblings grew to respect him.
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, but Clay decided that Reed would be a better bigwings than he would, therefore he left with Glory after their short meeting.
After meeting Clay, Reed is left wondering whether the older dragonet could have done a better job protecting the group. 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.
He and his siblings also participated in a losing battle against the IceWings, in which they retreated. They then debate joining the Talons of Peace.
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.
In the epilogue, Clay suggests that Reed and his siblings attend the Jade Mountain school.
"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."