The Scorpion Den is a city in the Kingdom of Sand. On the map of Pyrrhia, it is marked with an image of a scorpion. The den is the home of the Outclaws, an organization of SandWings that runs the city. The Outclaws are the dragons who are responsible for feeding the starving dragonets and maintaining order of the city, as well as distributing water. Queen Thorn was their leader before she left with Sunny to become queen of the SandWings in The Brightest Night. It is a place full of dragon criminals who wish to hide from Burn and her troops.
The Scorpion Den is a walled city with winding alleyways and run-down stone buildings. The streets are filled with rickety stalls and tents, most of which sell different types of merchandise, and almost every other stall sells water or Brightsting Cactus, the only known antidote to SandWing venom. The streets are also crowded and tight, which was discovered by Sunny when she tried walking through them with Six-Claws on her way to Thorn's tent. In the center of the town is an oasis that is guarded by the Outclaws, in which young dragonets are allowed to visit every morning for free meals. It is mainly inhabited by SandWings; however, Sunny saw a pair of SkyWings and an IceWing, whom she notes must have been miserable in the heat. Winter described it as "The opposite of Queen Glacier's castle."
The residents of the Scorpion Den are mainly SandWings who were trying to avoid the bloodbath of the SandWing Succession. However, they are not pacifists either, seeing as assassins are a dime a dozen. The city is run by the Outclaws leader, Thorn, however, she may no longer do so, with the already heavy burden of being queen. The Outclaws are fiercely loyal to Thorn though others have doubts, an example being a mother who refused to let her son get free meals from them in fear of him being abducted.
The Oasis is set in the middle of the Scorpion Den. It is large and is the source of water for the citizens of the town. When the Outclaws took over, they made their base a bunch of tents on the Oasis based on the belelif that "She who controls the water controls everything."
Vulture's Compound Edit
Vulture's Compound is a compound located in the Scorpion Den that is home to Vulture and his Talons of Power. The deadly structure is complete with a observatory, pavilion, prison cell, oubliette, food storage, treasury, and more. The compound is said to be "The most well-fortified structure in Pyrrhia" by Qibli, considering that it is full of deadly traps that would kill any dragon trying to sneak in.
The orphanage is the home of SandWing orphans from the war, the desert, or the Scorpion Den itself. Not much else is known about the orphanage, except that it was almost destroyed in a fire in The Brightest Night when a unknown dragon panicked and set an area up in flames when they thought they saw a Dragonbite Viper. The fire, however, was stopped by the Outclaws.
Qibli is raised in the slums of the Scorpion Den, by his mother, Cobra.
Sunny followed Fierceteeth, Strongwings, and Preyhunter into the Kingdom of Sand. They wanted to trade Burn the locations of the dragonets, but decided to get someone from the Scorpion Den to relay the message for them. Before entering, Sunny hid the Obsidian Mirror in the sand dunes outside the city.
- It was the first of three named cities mentioned in the series, the second city being Possibility and the third being Sanctuary.
- The Scorpion Den is known for crime, though it's noted to be less chaotic under Thorn's management.
- Several hybrids live in the Scorpion Den because Blister wouldn't tolerate "cross-contamination" in her army and Burn hated them.
Addax • Agave • Armadillo • Camel • Capybara • Cobra • Dune • Horizon • Jerboa • Jerboa (DoD) • Kindle • Meerkat • Needle • Ocotillo • Ostrich (Deserter) • Palm • Parch • Prickle • Quicksand • Rattlesnake • Saguaro • Sandstorm • Sirocco • Six-Claws • Tawny • Torch • Viper • Vulture