Umber is a small, brown, male MudWing dragonet with pale amber eyes and a burnt patch on his nose. He is one of the six siblings of Clay, as well as the last-hatched dragonet of Cattail and a former student at the Jade Mountain Academy. He is a member of the Jade Winglet and was clawmates with Turtle. He is mentioned in the prologue of The Dark Secret and said to be the smallest and most observant of the siblings, as he notices a scavenger den deep in the woods during a frantic chase during which the siblings escaped some IceWings.
Umber is a caring and loyal dragon, very kind to those he loves, and is also extremely observant. Examples of his quick observations include noticing the scent of scavenger dens, even in the middle of a desperate and frantic escape, remembering Carnelian from a past battle, and being the first to recognize Clay. Umber runs away with Sora after her attempts to kill Icicle. He has, understandably, also had an ongoing relief since the end of the war, according to Moon. He thinks very highly of his siblings, saying that Sora was the smartest dragon he knew and Marsh was the quickest. He is similar to Clay in the fact that he keeps his family together.
Umber's egg was laid by Cattail as a part of a clutch including Clay's who's egg was later sold to the Talons of Peace for two cows. Reed, Sora, Pheasant, Crane and Marsh are his other siblings. Umber's egg was the last one to hatch, and he was presumably helped out of his egg by Reed, his "Bigwings", while in reality, their lost sibling, Clay, was their actual eldest brother. As a result of Queen Moorhen's alliance with Burn, Umber and his siblings were forced to fight in the War of The SandWing Succession, resulting in the death of his sister Crane in battle roughly six years after being hatched.
Two days after the death of Crane, Umber encountered his elder brother Clay for the first time when he returned to the Mud Kingdom in an attempt to find his family. Umber was the first one to notice Clay near the mud pools and to have a feeling that he was part of their family and told his siblings. The others soon found Clay, and were overjoyed to see him. They helped Clay make peace with himself and, despite protests, let Clay go with the other Dragonets of Destiny.
In the prologue, Umber and his siblings were fighting off attacking IceWings. Clay's siblings all appear to hate the war, and therefore debated joining the Talons of Peace, though they decided against it in the end. Umber disliked the war and was the most timid of them all.
He and his siblings are seen when Sunny and Clay go to the MudWings to send a message to Burn. Umber hugs Clay when the group realizes his presence. He is reluctant to go along with the MudWings' planned attack on the IceWings. In the epilogue, Clay says that he would love to have Umber and his siblings be students at the Jade Mountain school, and also added that Umber's history and reading weren't so good.
Umber, along with his siblings Sora and Marsh, was one of the first students to attend the new and prestigious Jade Mountain Academy, and he is placed in the Jade Winglet. When he meets the other members of the Jade Winglet, Moon overhears that he thinks Qibli is "gorgeous", and also that he and Kinkajou secretly wish that Qibli and Winter respectively, were their destinies. He states that Carnelian seems familiar, perhaps from a previous battle in which the two (as their tribes were allies) may have fought together. After learning that his sister Sora had attempted to kill Icicle using Dragonflame Cacti, resulting in the deaths of Carnelian and Bigtail, and that she also rigged a stalactite to fall on Icicle, Umber decides to leave the Academy alongside his sister in order to keep her safe (both from others and for others).
Umber does not appear in this book, but is mentioned. Prince Turtle is shown to miss Umber. He says that Umber reminds him of his brothers.
Along with his other siblings, he loves Clay. He was the first of his siblings to recognize Clay when he returned to the Mud Kingdom in search of his family.
Umber felt confused and betrayed when he found out that Sora tried to kill Icicle. When Sora escaped the school, Umber followed her to protect her and to protect everyone else from her.
Umber and Turtle shared a sleeping cave with each other before Umber ran away with Sora. They pulled their reed mats together and slept with their backs against the other. This was because both of them felt a need to have siblings close to them. In ToP, Turtle stated that he viewed Umber as a brother, but it is unknown if Umber feels the same.
Family Tree Edit
|Unnamed Siblings||Asha (Deceased)||Cattail||Unknown|
|Clay (Bigwings)||Reed||Pheasant||Sora||Marsh||Crane (Deceased)||Umber|
"I hate this war, I don't understand what we're even fighting for. Who cares who the SandWing Queen is? I've never met Burn and I don't want to. Why am I fighting an IceWing over a throne that has nothing to do with either of us?" - to his siblings in the prologue of The Dark Secret.
"Can't you smell it? We flew over part of it, too---it's pretty well hidden in the forest." - about a scavenger den in the prologue of The Dark Secret.
"I hope we don't have to. I hope Clay fulfills the prophecy and ends the war quick and saves the world really soon, before we have to do anymore fighting. Do you think? Maybe he will?" - to his siblings
"When do we eat? Just kidding. Pretending to be Clay." - to the rest of the Jade Winglet and Tsunami in Moon Rising, seemingly trying to impress Qibli.
"This is my brother and sister. Marsh is really fast...you should see him fly. And Sora knows everything; she's the only the one who ever practiced reading." - to Moon and Kinkajou in Moon Rising.
"I'm going to get help." - When the dragonflame cactus explodes.
"Sora, it's okay. I love you anyway." - to Sora after finding out that she tried to kill Icicle.
- Umber is a type of earth pigment that contains iron oxide and magnesium oxide. It can also be used to describe a specific shade of brown.
- Umber left behind two siblings (Reed, Pheasant) when he went to Jade Mountain Academy with Marsh and Sora.
- After he and Sora left, Marsh is the last of Clay's siblings left at the Academy.
- In Talons of Power, he is mentioned by Turtle that he was like a brother to him. They were quite close and would even lay near each other for comfort.
- Umber is gay, making him one of the six known LGBTQ+ characters in the series, along with Anemone, Sliverspot, Burnet, Snowfox, and Snowflake, and the only one with a confirmed orientation.
- Umber and Sora left Jade Mountain in Moon Rising, after it was realized that Sora was the attacker at the school. Their location is currently unknown.
- Umber, along with Sora, will eventually make another appearance in the series.