Arrogance, Innocence, and Patience, or more commonly known as Shadow are the three-headed Deadly Shadow who is the riding dragon of Fishlegs in the books. Arrogance is the head on the right, Patience is the middle one, and Innocence is the left one. They belonged to Termagant, until she died, and now they are Fishlegs'.
Arrogance, Innocence and Pateince were formerly the riding dragon of Termagant, an heiress to a tribe. They both shared a very close relationship, although Arrogance, Innocence and Patience couldn’t understand Norse. They promised her that they would protect her baby, Fishlegs, when she was forced to send him out to sea in a lobster pot. However, they lost baby Fishlegs when a thick mist fell.
With the Dragon Rebellion
During the Second Dragon War, they were hired by Furious to assassinate Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, but they could not get him. When they did find him, they also found he was wearing Fishlegs' lobster-claw necklace, and thought he was Fishlegs. They told him the story of the necklace while he tried to get them out of a trap. Later, when they rescued Fishlegs, they became his riding dragon.
Ever since, Shadow has been a part of the Companions of the Dragonmark.
Hiccup opts to stay and find Fishlegs, and orders Camicazi to take Eggingarde back to her mother. The next morning, Hiccup's helmet is found, forcing him to reveal himself to Alvin and the Witch. They force him to look for the Jewel in his Sand-yacht, the Hopeful Puffin 2, which Camicazi hid herself in. To their dismay, Hiccup is kidnapped by the invisible Deadly Shadow and is about to be killed by it.
The middle head of the Deadly Shadow (Patience) notices Fishlegs's lucky lobster necklace around Hiccup's neck. The Deadly Shadow decides to help Hiccup look for Fishlegs as it was his mother's dragon. As they land at the place Eggingarde described as the place where Fishlegs was taken, they find his lobster-pot-cum-rucksack and believe he is dead, Since Fishlegs is dead, the Deadly Shadow decides to kill Hiccup as they made a promise to Furious.
A dragon trap activates, trapping the Deadly Shadow. Hiccup frees the Shadow, but the Monster of Amber Slavelands takes him to its lair. Deducing the monster is related to the Burrowing Slitherfang, Hiccup plays dead in order to strike the Monster at its weak spot in the middle of its head. After killing the Monster, Hiccup discovers the Jewel in its lair, along with a half-dead Fishlegs.
After the Deadly Shadow rescues them, Valhallarama once again attacks Hiccup and the gang and takes both Hiccup and the Jewel to Alvin and the Witch. In the Prison, the Witch tries to convince Valhallarama to surrender the Jewel and Hiccup, but she remains silent. She explains her past Questing career and her Quest to find the King's Things and also gives a speech about Hiccup's cause, ending it by placing the Slavemark upon her head and renaming it the Dragonmark. A fight ensues between the Company of the Dragonmark (the slaves) and Alvin's army. The Dragon Rebellion joins them and chaos erupts. The Company of the Dragonmark retreats to the Bog-Burglar Islands as Hiccup tries to rescue Toothless and the Wodensfang from Alvin. He succeeds, only to have Alvin steal the Dragon Jewel from him. As Hiccup and the gang retreat to their secret hideout, Hiccup discussed his failures with the Wodensfang and about Furious' words he will bring dragons to their final oblivion. The Wodensfang comforts Hiccup and tells him it will be alright, but secretly wonders if Hiccup is right. He looks to the stars and decides he has to trust Hiccup and hope for the best.
The three stay hidden for most of the beginning until Camicazi and Fishlegs use them to cause a diversion for Hiccup and Snotlout to escape. The three with Camicazi and Fishlegs go in search of Hiccup.
Each head has a specific personality. Their names were given to them due to their personalities.
Arrogance: The more violent head of the three. Tends to block all emotions for friends.
Patience: The sentimental one. Spares Hiccup when he sees the lobster claw necklace.
Innocence: The moral one. She cares for Fishlegs the most throughout the books.
Abilities and Skills
- They are the only Deadly Shadow dragon with three heads in the Archipelago.
- Despite the dragon always being referred to male, in the twelfth book, Innocence is revealed to be a female.