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Kin
General information
Habitat

Dread Mountain
Dreaming Spring (During winter)

Diet

Boolong cones and leaves Grass

Status

Active

Attributes

winged mammals, pouches on females

Chronological information
First appearance

Dread Mountain

Last appearance

Secrets of Deltora

Kin

Kin as they appear in the anime.

Kin are intelligent flying creatures found in Emerald territory. They spend spring, summer and autumn on Dread Mountain and winter at the Dreaming Spring.[1]

HistoryEdit

Native to Dread Mountain, the Kin spent the warmer months in the mountain forests, happily feasting on the Boolong trees' cones and leaves and migrate with the onset of winter to their flocks' various wintering grounds. Though they were frequently hunted by the Dread Gnomes, their thick hides repelled the small humanoids' arrows, reducing their hunters to a minor annoyance.

During the reign of King Alton, the giant ooze toad Gellick conquered the Dread Gnomes and provided them with the poisonous slime from his skin for their arrows. The venom was so powerful, the slightest scratch proved fatal, even to the Kin. Fearing for their lives, the Kin flocks fled to their wintering grounds. Without the Kin, the Boolongs overgrew the mountain.

For the Kin, the loss of their homeland was a slow-acting death sentence, as without Boolong cones, they could no longer breed.[1]

Dread MountainEdit

Lief, Barda, and Jasmine rested at the Dreaming Spring on their way to Dread Mountain. Lief befriended a baby Kin named Prin, and saved her from two Grey Guards. Later, as thanks for saving Prin, three adult Kin named Ailsa, Bruna, and Merin agreed to fly the companions to Dread Mountain. Unbeknownst to them, Prin snuck along so she could see the mountain.[1]

Return to DelEdit

Ailsa brought Gla-Thon to Withick Mire to represent the Dread Gnome tribe in the ceremony to locate the heir to Deltora. After Ichabod's attack, she returned to the mountain.[2]

Isle of the DeadEdit

Prin, Bruna, and Ailsa offered to bring Lief, Barda, and Jasmine to Tora. Shortly after takeoff, they were attacked by Honora and forced to land at Bone Point. They tried to take off from the lighthouse, but the Shadow Lord sent a hurricane to blow them out of Deltora's borders, hoping to kill Lief. No one was hurt from the assault, and after delivering Jasmine to Tora, the Kin returned to Dread Mountain.[3]

The Sister of the SouthEdit

Kin were used to transport amethysts and emeralds from Dread Mountain to Del in order to cure the people suffering from poison. Later, Prin, Ailsa, Bruna, and Merin were present at the wedding of Lief and Jasmine.[4]

AnatomyEdit

Kin are described to have brown fur with large, dark eyes and plum bodies. They stand upright and walk on short legs in a rolling motion. All Kin have velvety wings and short ears which sit close to their head. Female Kin have pouches in which they carry their young. When sleeping, Kin tuck in their head and can be mistaken for rocks.[1]

DietEdit

Kin are herbivores who feed almost exclusively on the cones and leaves of the Boolong trees. They are so dependent on the trees that they cannot breed without them. While staying at the Dreaming Spring they sustain themselves on grass.[1]

Notable Kin Edit

TriviaEdit

  • Kin are somewhat dragon-like in appearance. They are also similar to a kangaroo, having fur and a pouch.
  • As a young child, Lief had a Kin doll (a stuffed toy designed in the shape of a Kin) named Monty (which enabled him to recognise that young Prin was a Kin).

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Rodda, Emily. Dread Mountain. Scholastic Australia. 2001.
  2. Rodda, Emily. Return to Del. Scholastic Australia. 2002.
  3. Rodda, Emily. Isle of the Dead. Scholastic Australia. 2004.
  4. Rodda, Emily. The Sister of the South. Scholastic Australia. 2004.

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