Queen Moorhen is a large, female, russet MudWing and the current queen of the MudWings. During the War of SandWing Succession, she was formally allied with Blister until Deathbringer killed Commander Tempest and turned to Burn. She is also perhaps one of the oldest queens currently in Pyrrhia since her siblings would never challenge her.


Queen Moorhen is stately, russet-hued, and adorned with multiple gemstones embedded on her head and ankles. She has been described to be as large as Morrowseer, maybe even bigger.


Brothers: Three unnamed brothers

Sister: One unnamed sister

Ancestor: Queen Crane


Moorhen was the bigwings of her clutch, and because of that, she is very protective of her siblings, which includes three brothers and a sister. Her protective instincts extend to the rest of her tribe as well, explaining why the MudWings joined the war. Burn threatened Moorhen to fight for her; otherwise, she would attack the tribe. According to Reed, Moorhen is a good queen and is loved by her fellow MudWings. She would do anything to protect her tribe from danger, and it shows in her long reign over them.


The Brightest Night

Moorhen gathered her army to prepare for an invasion of the Ice Kingdom along with her SkyWing allies, in which they planned to wipe out the whole of the IceWing forces. Sunny visited Moorhen during one of her nightmares using a Dreamvisiters to warn her about the battle. Sunny managed to convince her not to go through with the invasion, because it would kill too many dragons on both sides, and to arrive at Burn's stronghold a few days later for the peace summit. Although Moorhen did agree, she was still unsure it would solve anything, but was present at the stronghold at the end of the book for the crowning of Queen Thorn.

Moon Rising

Umber mentions to the rest of his Winglet in Moon Rising that his siblings Reed and Pheasant are working for Moorhen in her palace.

Later, Anemone mentions she hasn't eaten since she left Queen Moorhen's palace.

Escaping Peril

In the beginning of the book, Ex-Queen Scarlet arrives at Jade Mountain to throw the decapitated head of Queen Glory at Queen Ruby, her SkyWing guards, and the Dragonets of Destiny before fleeing. With the help of Prince Turtle, the group discovers that the head is actually a MudWing head enchanted to look like Glory, and Ruby decides to contact Queen Moorhen to let her know that Scarlet has killed one of her subjects and therefore must be around her swamps to get to a MudWing.

Darkness of Dragons

In Darkness of Dragons, Queen Thorn mentions Moorhen, saying that she should send a dragon with an earring enchanted to protect from Darkstalker to her. In the epilogue, Queen Coral mentions in her letter to Turtle that she is rebuilding the Summer Palace with architecture ideas from Queen Glory and Queen Moorhen.


  • A moorhen is a group of waterfowls in the family Rallidae; they resemble dark ducks.
  • Burn threatened to kill her tribe if she didn't join the war, but promised one hundred years of immunity from attack in exchange for joining her.
  • She has been described to be an older queen
    • This is probably due to the fact that a MudWing's siblings would never betray each other, as they have a very close bond instinctively.