Deathbringer is a young, male NightWing and a former assassin. He's the main protagonist of Assassin in the Wiglets series. Deathbringer is also Queen Glory's love interest and bodyguard.
Deathbringer has dark grey scales and grey underscales. His horns are the color of granite and his spikes are the color of slate. He has piercing green eyes and his wings look like a vast night sky.
Deathbringer is charming and somewhat optimistic, someone who doesn't seem to share the NightWing's grumpiness. He also seems to sometimes not follow the rules as he didn't hate Glory when she was an "IceWing" and showed mercy to the other Dragonets. He's also adaptable and quick to make decisions as shown when he decided to kill Princess Blaze in The Hidden Kingdom to make up his inability to kill Glory. Deathbringer also has a large ego, calling himself the greatest assassin in the world and has a sarcastic side. He shows these a couple of times throughout The Hidden Kingdom and the other books in the series. He also seems to take his job very seriously even though he was slightly cocky dragon, as he has admitted to murdering a few targets. He is also shown to be quite clever and brags about many things throughout the series as well.
After Six-Claws, who was Princess Burn's general at the time, came back from the Ice Kingdom, he encountered who is presumed to be Deathbringer hiding in the shadows. Deathbringer found a loophole in his orders and attempted to convince him not to be loyal to Burn and to go to the Scorpion Den. Although at first Deathbringer did not succeed, Burn's brutal treatment of Dune caused Six-Claws to abandon his post, fulfilling Deathbringer's mission without any loss of life.
This is from Deathbringer's point of view
In Assassin, we are taken back to when Deathbringer was only four. Quickstrike, Deathbringer's mother, tells him to spy on the queen while she talks to Ex-Princess Greatness in one hour. While spying, Deathbringer finds out that Quickstrike is going to the continent, and wants to bring Deathbringer with her to train in the real world. To prove his abilities, Deathbringer is challenged to kill either Slaughter or Vengeance during the night. Deathbringer quickly completes the task while Slaughter was being saved by Morrowseer. Worried that they may be stopped, Quickstrike and Deathbringer quickly set off for the continent. He has nightmares of black wings descending from the sky, talons holding a scroll that commanded his return so that he could be punished for murder. (This partially happens, as he commits treason and allows Glory to get away. He awaited punishment in prison in The Dark Secret.)
While on their first task to kill a SeaWing commander, Commander Tempest, Quickstrike is struck by lightning and loses consciousness. Despite his best efforts, Deathbringer couldn't wake Quickstrike up. He kills Commander Tempest by himself. While the SeaWing army (Commander Tempest, King Gill, Commander Piranha), Princess Blister, and the MudWing army are gathered on the beach, Deathbringer sees her and is immediately intimidated, thinking, "Holy mother of lava, I'm supposed to kill THAT?"
Tempest asks all the dragons on the beach to lay down their weapons on the beach. The troops follow her command, but Deathbringer manages to snatch a MudWing spear. He throws it at her heart, and it hits, giving the unsuspecting Tempest mere moments to live. She utters her last words, "Well, son of a starfish", and hits the beach "like a slow avalanche."
Despite all of the panic going on, Blister is described as calm and orders her troops to search the island. During the search, Quickstrike is found and probably killed. In his sorrow, Deathbringer tells himself that he followed the orders. Then he vows, But this will never happen again. If I ever find someone else to care about, I will not let my mission come first. I will break my order. I'll endanger my own tribe if I ever have to. From these lines, we can infer that this is the reason for Deathbringer's inability to follow Queen Battlewinner's orders, and why he did not kill Glory or the other prophesied dragonets, as he found "someone else to care about,", that dragon mostly believed to be Glory, and he did "not let my mission come first".
At the end of the book, Morrowseer and Deathbringer meet. Unaware of Quickstrike's death, Morrowseer is led to believe by Deathbringer that Quickstrike sent Deathbringer alone. Morrowseer gives Deathbringer his new order to kill General Six-Claws or turn him away from Princess Burn with three month's time to complete it. The last line of the book reads: For now... let's see how creative I can get with these orders.
The Hidden Kingdom
Deathbringer was sent to kill off a few of the original Dragonets of Destiny as part of Morrowseer and Queen Battlewinner's evil plan to promote Blister as the new queen of the SandWings and replace them with the false Dragonets of Destiny. He met Glory, who at the time was described to be camouflaged to look like an IceWing, as she had disguised herself as one when they first met in the Ice Kingdom. He flirted with her and offered to take her on a date, showing that he really must have liked her, despite the fact that NightWings usually hated IceWings. She learned that he was there to kill the dragonets because they were "insufficient" for the prophecy. Later, when he finds Glory with Clay, Sunny, Starflight, Tsunami, and Princess Blaze, he takes advantage of the situation and tries to assassinate Princess Blaze so as to get him out of trouble for refusing to kill Glory (because he likes her too much). He threw several knife-sharp silver discs at Blaze in an attempt to try and kill her. One disc landed in the SandWing's neck, (however, it didn't hit her main artery) while the other slashed through one of Tsunami's wings as she leaped in front of Princess Blaze. Before he could do anything else, however, Glory sliced the sack off from around his neck and held a silver disc to his throat threateningly (at the main artery), while Clay tied a camel blanket around Blaze's neck so as to prevent the bleeding. At this point, Deathbringer promised Glory that he would let all of the dragonets escape if she let him kill Blaze. His bargain, however, was interrupted as Queen Glacier approached in the sky, and he was forced to flee before he got in trouble with the IceWing tribe.
Back in the Rainforest Kingdom, Deathbringer was found by Tsunami and Glory as he entered the rainforest through the tunnel from the SandWing territory as a way to stop an attempt to kidnap more RainWings. The dragonets captured him by tying him up with thick vines, as Glory insisted that they trap him but not kill him. When Glory left Clay to watch Deathbringer and make sure he didn't try to escape, Glory herself was eventually captured by another NightWing. Deathbringer (who escaped the vines after convincing Clay to let him go because he said Glory was in danger) later helped Glory and Kinkajou break away from the NightWing prison, with the support of Clay. He never succeeded in killing the dragonets.
The Dark Secret
Deathbringer is imprisoned for helping Glory and Clay escape and is thrown in the dungeon in the NightWing Fortress. Flame, one of the False dragonets, later questions Deathbringer of what it's like to kill without remorse, seeing that Deathbringer was an assassin. Deathbringer tells him to only kill dragons if he's going to stay fully committed to that decision. He also tells Flame to be "his own dragon" and make decisions for himself, not always from others, implying Deathbringer's own refusal to assassinate any of the dragonets of destiny, especially Glory. He also tells Flame "avoid talking to your targets, in case you find out they're beautiful, sarcastic, and fascinating. For instance." Starflight and Fatespeaker also asked Deathbringer about the queen, with which Deathbringer has little knowledge about, but he tells them where the throne room is so they could try finding her.
Later, when the volcano erupts, Glory and Starflight rescue him and Ex-Queen Splendor. Even as the volcano started erupting heavily, Glory sticks to the job of finding the right key. At the end, Glory and Deathbringer exchanged a look that said: "thank you, and a whole lot more".
The Brightest Night
Deathbringer acts as the bodyguard of Glory, claiming that there were three assassination attempts, but he had stopped them. Glory doesn't believe him, claiming that they were "alleged assassination attempts", but it is clear that she trusts him more than the other NightWings as shown how Deathbringer was allowed to know the location of the RainWing village and was allowed to wander around it freely. He and Glory are also comparing how many times each dragon had saved the other, and Glory said that the assassination attempts were just to make his list longer. He later claims that he is not afraid of scavengers, but they 'give him the heebie-jeebies'.
Deathbringer followed Glory to Burn's Stronghold (now currently referred to as Queen Thorn's Stronghold) at the end of the book. He was also allowed to choose a few of the most trustworthy NightWings to bring along so the tribe was represented. Deathbringer was one to help hold Clay down while Peril burned out the poison from his leg. He later put his wing around Glory and she let him.
In the epilogue he interacted with the dragonets of destiny and Sunny wonders if Glory and him will have dragonets.
He was mentioned in Sunny's mind as part of the backup coming in to organize the chaos after the explosion in the History Cave, and to also help guide students home. Later, when Darkstalker shows Moonwatcher his vision of the good future of Jade Mountain Academy, she sees a dragonet, Firefly, who is the offspring of Deathbringer and Queen Glory.
When Winter entered the NightWing Village, he was intercepted and sat on by Deathbringer, who accused Winter of planning to assassinate Glory and stated that he is under arrest. Deathbringer claimed that Winter sounded "murder-y" and that a dangerous IceWing had been reported to be on the loose (later turned out to be Icicle), and so he kept Winter immobilized until he received further instructions. Moonwatcher, Kinkajou, and Qibli attempted to convince him to let Winter go, but with no success, until Glory arrives on the scene a bit later. Glory scolded Deathbringer for arresting the wrong IceWing-"Deathbringer, I am seriously going to fire you as my bodygaurd if you can't tell the difference between a male IceWing traveling with my friends Moon and Kinkajou and a lone female IceWing out to get me"- and claimed to punish him "creatively and firmly". He later accompanied Glory and the others when they flew to the royal pavilion. Then, when Glory, Winter and Qibli went off without Deathbringer, he was outraged, because he thought that Glory would be at risk from an assassination, despite her invisible royal guards following her and Moon, Qibli, and Winter.
Later, when the dragonets discovered Icicle on the abandoned NightWing island, Glory, Deathbringer, and other RainWings arrive at the scene, and Glory shoots a tranquilizer dart at Icicle when she is about to kill Kinkajou. When she falls asleep, Glory and the RainWings carry her off to the healers' pavilion, while Deathbringer is sent to make sure no NightWing looks for her.
Then, after Moon sketched a picture of the mountain range that Ex-Queen Scarlet was at in the dream Icicle had, the dragonets ask Deathbringer if he recognized it. Deathbringer said it is unfamiliar to him but suggested that the Talons of Peace might know something about it. Deathbringer then directed them to the scavenger den where they contact the Talons.
Talons of Power
Once Darkstalker arrived at the NightWing village, Deathbringer could be seen protecting Glory and defending her spot on the throne. When Prince Turtle went to talk with Glory, he yelled "Halt!", making Glory state that she thought he sounded ridiculous which then demonstrated more affection between Glory and Deathbringer. Deathbringer and Glory both admit they like Darkstalker. Later, Fierceteeth and others were on their way to assassinate Glory, and Deathbringer said he can easily stop the assassins. Darkstalker said he sees the future and saw Deathbringer getting stabbed by a SandWing tail. Darkstalker created a prison for the RainWings and told Deathbringer and Glory to wait near the prison until the assassins arrived. Deathbringer was one of the many dragons to fall under Darkstalker's spell, although he and Glory both had a feeling that they were making the wrong decisions.
"You exasperating creature. Haven't I not killed you multiple times already?" - To Glory in The Brightest Night.
"You can't do that!" - After Darkstalker challenges Glory for the throne.
"Holy mother of lava, I'm supposed to kill THAT?!" - About Commander Tempest in Assassin
"Loyal to what? Do you even know why you follow her anymore? She's not a good queen. You are helping a viper and making her stronger and more poisonous. Can't you see that? If you can't, you will soon, I'm afraid." - To Six-Claws in Deserter
"I don't know, he sounds kind of murder-y, Kinkajou." - To Kinkajou in Winter Turning
"Great moons. Where did you come from?"- To Glory in The Hidden Kingdom
"That I'm much too charming, clever and good-looking to kill." - to Glory when she tells him to read her mind after she catches him in the rainforest.
- Deathbringer acts uncomfortable around scavengers, possibly even scared. This could be because they remind him of the night his mother died.
- He mentioned that "When one side appears to win the war, one of their top generals seems to mysteriously die. Not that I'm taking credit for anything". This is the first indication that the NightWings, him specifically, were killing off generals before they chose Blister to fight for, as to elongate the war.
- When Glory was masquerading as an IceWing, Deathbringer offered to take her out on a date.
- Despite often being referred to as a "hired assassin", Deathbringer and his mother were both assassins their whole lives, they never had any other occupation. Neither is showed to receive payment, either.
- It was confirmed in a live video chat with Tui T. Sutherland that the ship Glorybringer is canon.
- His silver disks resemble circular saw blades.
- It is revealed that Deathbringer knows the "The Dragonets Are Coming" bar song meaning he could have been in a bar or someone in a bar could have taught him it or because of popularity.
- He is the only character in Deserter not to be a SandWing.