"Before we go, I just . . . I just want you guys to know that I love you. And I don't regret anything that's happened. I'm not mad about the fake prophecy or the Talons stealing us, because without all of that, I wouldn't have grown up with you, and you're more important to me than anything. You're my brothers and sisters. You're my real family. So it was worth it, no matter what."
~Sunny, The Brightest Night (page 267-268)
Sunny is a tawny-golden SandWing-NightWing hybrid, and a dragonet of destiny, and the main protagonist of The Brightest Night. Viper was her intended replacement for the false prophecy, but she died. Viper died while falling into a lava pit. After Sunny found the Eye of Onyx, she gave it to Thorn, making her mother the new SandWing queen and making herself the new SandWing princess.
Sunny lacks a poisonous barbed tail; an extremely powerful and very important physical feature of SandWings. She also has moss-green eyes and tawny-golden scales, unlike other SandWings, who usually have pale, sandy-colored scales and obsidian-black eyes. This is because her father was a NightWing named Stonemover, and she is thus a hybrid, half-SandWing and half-NightWing. Even so, she radiates heat from her scales and has the instincts of her tribe, such as a dislike of water, as shown in The Lost Heir, a small appetite, and a liking for very bright sunlight and warmth, and sand, like a normal SandWing. Unlike most SandWings, Sunny has the scale pattern, leg and foot shape, snout, jaw and partly spikes near her tail like a NightWing.
Dune didn't take Sunny's egg, he stole it from Thorn when Thorn buried Sunny's (unhatched) egg in sand near Scorpions Den. This was a sign of his utmost betrayal. (found out in book 5)
Thorn called Sunny's egg 'Beetle' before Dune stole it.
Sunny was brought as an egg to the cave by Dune, the SandWing guardian and a member of the Talons of Peace. Dune found her egg alone and hidden by the sand, hence the line from the prophecy "And hidden alone from the rival queens, the SandWing egg awaits unseen". She is said to be the last hatched, and upon hatching, she was revealed to have neither a venomous barb on her tail nor pale scales as a normal SandWing should have, leading to the assumption she was taken from the sand earlier than the right time, but this was proven to be false.
During her captivity by the guardians, Kestrel, Webs, and Dune, she was the only one content with her life. She was also subject to exclusion because, by accident, she tipped off Dune that the dragonets were planning on building a tall rock tower to climb on so they could look through a sky hole to the world outside. Later on, Morrowseer, the deliverer of the prophecy, came to the cave. Upon attacking Tsunami, she bit on to Morrowseer's tail to defend her. When Glory was deemed an unsuitable substitute for the SkyWing egg, she was the most unsure of the situation. Eventually, Clay left to save them, and Sunny aided in freeing Tsunami, who had been chained up so she could not interfere with the plot to kill Glory. However, due to Clay and Tsunami's actions, they were all captured by Queen Scarlet.
During their spell in the Sky Kingdom, Sunny was kept separate in a birdcage that was hung over the feasting hall. When Peril told Clay where Sunny was, Peril claimed she was just fine and was eating like a queen. She was also making friends with all the SkyWing guards, which Peril found disgusting and unnatural. Sunny was intended as a gift to Burn, because of her oddities. (Burn likes to stuff weird dragons or animals and put them on display) She was subject to Clay befriending Peril, due to her isolation, and was not present during any of the fights, only to reappear after Peril burned through the bars of her cage. She was thrown off by Tsunami and Glory's trick to get Clay to apologize for what he'd said, wondering why they would do "such a nasty ugly thing." Sunny traveled with them towards the Mud Kingdom in the search for Clay's parents, and also left with the group to find Tsunami's mother, Queen Coral.
Sunny was with the other dragonets while searching for Queen Coral. She was the first to hear the wingbeats of a passing SkyWing patrol and followed Starflight into the trees. When Tsunami attacked a SkyWing soldier, fearing he'd seen Sunny's tail, Sunny was upset and horrified at what the SeaWing dragonet had done. They spent the night in a cave, and the next morning when they were headed to the Summer Palace, Sunny and Clay were the only ones blindfolded. Clay didn't mind, but she hated it as it was slimy and wet. At the palace, she stayed with Clay, along with the other dragonets, excluding Tsunami. When Tsunami was suddenly attacked by Whirlpool in the entrance to the Summer Palace, Queen Coral insisted on checking on Auklet and another unhatched dragonets egg, but finding that the unhatched dragonets egg was already broken. Tsunami was brave enough to attempt to take care of Auklet's egg and while then she went back to the Summer Palace to see her friends. Tsunami and Riptide were deeply unimpressed by the way Clay was chained to a ball and all the other dragonets were sitting on him so they were out of the water. Sunny was seated at the very top.
After the cave flooded and Tsunami arrived with Auklet's egg, she asked Sunny to keep it warm, which she did. When they first met Blister, Sunny was frowning at her. After Tsunami revealed that Kestrel was dead, Sunny was distraught and extremely upset, but happy that at least Webs was still alive. She was also unhappy about Whirlpool's possible accidental death at Anemone's talons.
Sunny traveled with the other dragonets and Webs through the swamps of the Mud Kingdom. She was the first to disappear when the RainWings shot the dragonets with knockout darts, and was found soon after by Glory and Starflight, trapped and asleep in a net with Clay, Tsunami, and Webs. Later on, she was shown to be very fond of Silver, Glory's pet sloth, though Silver was more fond of Glory than her.
When the dragonets went to the Kingdom of Sand via the NightWing animus tunnel, Sunny seemed to be right at home. After Blaze came to meet the dragonets, she remarked that she thought Sunny would be 'prettier'; Sunny asked her how to heal a SandWing's venom, and Blaze carelessly told her about the healing cactus juice. Once the dragonets got back to the tunnel, Sunny went to retrieve a cactus arm for Webs, but had trouble breaking one off due to her size; Glory remarked that it looked like she was "trying to tango with a cactus". Sunny did not participate in Glory's rescue from the NightWings, but watched the queen competition with Tsunami. Sunny was much more encouraging than Tsunami.
Sunny was a very major character due to Starflight thinking about her throughout the book, and he finally told her he loved her, which surprised her. She said she loved Starflight back, but only like a brother. She told Starflight to kick some NightWings and free the captive RainWings. Starflight also became close friends with Fatespeaker, and later Fatespeaker fell for Starflight.
Sunny soon met Starflight when they escaped from the Night Kingdom and Sunny also met Fatespeaker. Fatespeaker and Sunny were really friendly with each other, making Starflight twitch with guilt.
When the volcano was about to erupt, Morrowseer was the last one to show up at the portal to the Rainforest Kingdom, and told the dragonets that the prophecy was a fraud. Sunny at first forced herself not to believe him, because she believed that it truly was her and her friends' destiny to stop the war. When she realized he was telling the truth, she furiously ran back through the portal, crying the whole way. Starflight thought he had never seen her so upset. Morrowseer tried to follow her, but Starflight, Fatespeaker, Tsunami, Clay, and Glory got in his way.
At the very end of the book, Starflight thought he felt her scales pressing against his before he was hit by a sleeping dart, though he was blinded and could not see her.
Sunny ran out of the portal from Morrowseer, upset the prophecy wasn't real. When she emerged, she watched as Clay and Starflight had arrived, and Starflight had been badly injured. When the NightWings panicked, Sunny jumped forward, trying to get through, when Preyhunter, Fierceteeth, and Strongwings grabbed her and pulled her back into the foliage of the rainforest.
They planned on using Sunny for trade so they can steal the rainforest from Queen Glory. Sunny tried to stop their plans by making herself look useless, however, this plan didn't work, due to their possession of the Obsidian Mirror. While the NightWings discussed which SandWing princess to auction Sunny off to, Sunny bit Fierceteeth on the vulnerable spot on her tail, and took off through the rainforest. Thinking she can solve the problem all by herself, Sunny followed the NightWings. When they took a rest stop, Sunny was able to steal their Obsidian Mirror and also managing to creep them out by writing with dark red mud that was thick and a blood-like color : 'TURN BACK. YOU FLY TOWARDS YOUR DEATH'. She then continued to follow the NightWings to the Scorpion Den.
The NightWings take many more stops during their journey, due to their lack of good health and stamina. When they finally get to the Scorpion Den, she meets Six-Claws and Thorn, and discovers that Thorn is her mother. However, after a short reunion, Thorn is forced to answer a call for help, and Sunny is left with Qibli and Six-Claws. When she awakes later that night, she and Six-Claws head outside of her mother's tent, only to be stopped by Addax, who threatens to kill his hostage, Ostrich, Six-Claws' daughter, if Sunny doesn't come with him to Burn. After finding out that Addax is doing this to get his imprisoned family back, Sunny agrees to go with him in exchange for Ostrich.
While imprisoned in Burn's stronghold, she meets Smolder, Burn's brother and ally, who takes her to the weirdling tower for her imprisonment. In there she meets Smolder's pet scavenger, Flower, as well as ex-Queen Scarlet. The Outclaws later rescue Sunny, and Peril helps Thorn, then releases Scarlet. Thorn demands to see a stuffed NightWing, and tells Sunny she is half NightWing. Sunny then leaves her mother to go back to the rainforest.
Along the way, a storm forces her to take refuge in the caves on Jade Mountain, where she meets her father, Stonemover, and ends up telling him that she is his daughter. The next morning, Sunny returns to the rainforest and is reunited with her friends. She comes up with a plan to end the war and everyone agrees to it.
After Tsunami and Sunny send a message to Blister through the Talons of Peace, she and Clay then send a message through the MudWings in their dreams to Burn. They also get word to Blaze via the dreamvisitor Sunny receives from Holler and Fluffy the scavengers.
When the three SandWing princesses gather at Burn's stronghold, Blister's 'gift' to Burn, two dragonbite vipers, one of which kills Burn and attacks Clay. Peril unrealistically burns out the venom, saving Clay's life.
While Blister and Blaze are fighting, Sunny finds the Eye of Onyx, with Flower's help, located inside of Queen Oasis' skull, and passes it to Thorn. Enraged, Blister snatches the Eye of Onyx from Thorn, but it shocks her to death on contact, where she bursts into a pile of black dust. Sunny pronounces Thorn queen, and the main plot comes to an end.
A month later, it is stated that Starflight has learned to fly blind with the help of Tamarin, and that he and Sunny had discussed their relationship back in the rainforest. Sunny had told him that she didn't love him like Fatespeaker did, which he reluctantly accepted. They, along with the rest of the dragonets, she discusses plans for an inter-tribal school on Jade Mountain.
In Moon Rising, she seemed to be the same Sunny we knew in the first arc, as well as feeling really terrible after the fire that killed Bigtail and Carnelian. She was also the first of the older dragonets to find out about Moon's powers. She is shown to have some doubts about being a teacher wondering if "anyone would take me seriously as the boss of anything".
Sunny, as her name implies, has a very bright, optimistic personality, and always sees the positive side of everyone and everything, although that sometimes makes her seem unintelligent. This has caused her to question herself, as she often sympathizes with her captors despite knowing their intentions for her.
She was content with her lot in life and was the only dragonet that was convinced their guardians were doing the right thing, and had no desire to escape. Sunny had no fear to defend her friends, as she attacked Morrowseer when he tried to measure up Tsunami's worth, and pounced on Riptide when he tried to kill Clay. Even though she is small, she can attack with sheer ferocity and determination.
She also has a tendency to talk a lot, and even though she means well, the other dragonets know better than to tell her secrets until the time is right. For example, once she accidentally tipped off Dune about a secret plan to peer out of the skyhole.
She is a strong believer in fate and signs. To her, everything happens for a reason. Sunny also values peace. In The Hidden Kingdom, Sunny had mentioned that she liked the "RainWing way" of challenges, a friendly contest.
She kept her belief of the prophecy even when Morrowseer said it was fake.
She is also shown to be annoyed and frustrated by how everyone thinks she's just a sweet little dragonet and not much else, and is willing to put her life in danger to prove otherwise. She debated getting mad at Tsunami having said "You basically are a cute furry thing." In The Brightest Night, her vexation towards this even causes her to choose to follow Fierceteeth, Strongwings, and Preyhunter, the three NightWings whose clutches she had just escaped, as opposed to joining her friends back in the rainforest.
She has a love of cute things such as sloths and scavengers.
Sunny is one of the only dragonets who doesn't mind Starflight's lectures, whereas the others are usually annoyed by them. In The Dark Secret, Starflight confessed his love for Sunny, but Sunny only loves him as a brother. The two still remain close friends.
Towards the end of The Dark Secret, when Starflight and Fatespeaker brought Flame to the rainforest, Sunny approached the NightWing and told her she liked the bracelet-like pattern of silver scales on her foreleg. Fatespeaker responded by saying she liked the way Sunny looked, and that all the SandWings she'd met before were 'sort of pale and dusty-looking'. They became good friends the first time they met. As quoted from Glory;"As strangely adorable as you two are, I need you to either go away and discover your twin souls somewhere else, or focus on battle planning with me." Sunny encouraged Starflight to be with her.
Sunny has been shown to care about Clay. She confides in him often. She also seems to rely on him to fix problems she can't solve on her own. Starflight claims that Sunny trusts Clay the most, however, given a choice, most of the dragonets would chose Clay over themselves in difficult situations. Sunny said at the end of The Brightest Night that she didn't think anyone deserved Clay.
Sunny is often annoyed that Tsunami thinks of her as just as a silly, naive younger sister. However, she knows that Tsunami cares about her, and looks up to her as a sister figure.
Like Tsunami, Glory mostly thinks Sunny as a naive younger sister. However, Glory was very concerned about Sunny when she left the Rainforest Kingdom and seemed very determined to have her back. She also showed affection to Sunny (which Sunny states is very rare) when she got back.
Sunny seemed very attached to Thorn when she met her mother. She was probably the first Dragonet of Destiny to actually have a decent mother. Thorn also thinks a lot of Sunny and doesn't want her to be injured and tries to save Sunny. They are both very close.
Stonemover, Sunny's father, lives under Jade Mountain and is an animus dragon. Sunny possibly might be upset about having him as a father due to her difference from a normal SandWing. She finds his pessimistic attitude annoying and thought he sighed too much.
"Right. Here I go, la, la, la, Queen Oasis of the SandWings. I'm so very important and, uh - royal - and stuff."
"To be fair, the Talons were just keeping us safe."
"EVEN Sunny? What's that supposed to mean? I'm brave! I'm brave all the time!"
"Glory! You have a cute furry thing! Can I hold it, please, please?"
"We're dragons, not caterpillars. We can do things differently if we choose to."
"That's a big secret to have kept for so long."-Her responding to Moon confessing her telepathic powers to her
"Frog-faced blobs of camel spit?"
"I know, it's alright, though; I don't mind. It's just the way I hatched"-Her confessing to Thorn.
"I can totally see Clay as a MudWing princess."
"There was more to his story. There's more to everyone's story if you bother to find out what it is." -Her speculating on her kidnapper, Addax
- Sunny has a sharpened sense of hearing, most likely from her SandWing side.
- Sunny developed a fighting technique similar to pressure points, where she stabs her harmless tail into her opponent's back, causing her victim to stiffen. She also rolls up into a spiky ball and bites on the vulnerable part of the tail. This has proven to be very effective.
- Her tongue is not colored black, but a reddish shade, which might be an error or one of her hybrid traits, like her scale color and lack of tail barb.
- Sunny's scales pattern is similar to a NightWings as seen on the cover of The Brightest Night.
- Sunny is the only known official hybrid character so far.