Dak is one of the main human protagonists in the series Dragons: Rescue Riders.
Dak and his twin Leyla were orphaned at a young age after becoming shipwrecked and later found a mother dragon. She raised the twins beside her son Winger, which resulted in them in sharing a special ability to verbally communicate with dragons. Additionally Dak and Leyla were taught how to ride on the backs of dragons and much dragon knowledge. Because of Dak's time in the care of his dragon family, he wishes that he, too, could be a dragon like them. This is why he tries to eat raw fish from time to time.
When Dak and Leyla were ten, they and their four dragon friends were accepted into the human village of Huttsgalor after rescuing their chief, Duggard, from a shipwreck in "The Nest". They made a new home in an old abandoned lighthouse and work to rescue both humans and dragons alike. They were not easily accepted at first, as resident inventor Magnus Finke sought to get them evicted from town. He accused Burple of eating the town sheep, Haggis. Dak, his sister, and dragon friends leave town. However they return when Magnus' Auto Lumberjack Machine goes haywire and threatens the villagers. Dak stops and destroys the run-away machine while the others help the villagers. Later, Hannahr finds Haggis and uncovers Magnus' deception. The villagers welcome the dragon group back to stay for good. Duggard dubs them the 'Rescue Riders'.
In "Deep Trouble", Dak leads a 'Fast Blast Drills' training session. He and Winger perform the best, almost by accident and following his gut. Afterward the Rescue Riders encounter Elbone in the village. He relates that he is going to map the Maze Caves. The next day late in the day, Duggard tells Dak, Winger, Burple, and Cutter that Elbone has still not returned from the caves. Dak rushes into the cave without a plan to find him. He, Winger, and Cutter also get lost, but do eventually find Elbone. They all hear rushing water, and realize the cave is flooding due to the tide rolling in from a full moon. After much over-planning, Leyla, Summer, and Burple enter the caves and find Elbone and the other riders. Everyone escapes in the nick of time. Dak admits planning is useful, while Leyla admits she should trust her gut and make quick decisions more.
Dak learns about a holiday on Huttsgalor called Hoogenboo. Marena tells the story of the Phantom Fang, but no one believes her, though she insists it is real, all except Burple. Later, an invisible force starts wreaking havoc in the village. Leyla determines that the 'ghost' is actually a Slinkwing dragon. Dak and the other riders fight it off, but are only successful after Burple has the idea to mark the camouflaging dragon.
Dak, along with the other Rescue Riders, help out Huttsgalor by moving sheep from pasture to pasture in "Where There's Smoke". Unfortunately, fires keep developing near the sheep flock, and Duggard asks the Riders to put out the fires. Magnus accuses Cutter of starting them, so the Riders investigate the cause of the fires. Ultimately, they find the culprit - a Fire Fury named Aggro - who was trying to use fire to protect the sheep from wolves. The Rescue Riders clear Cutter's name and ask Aggro to join the team.
Dak and Winger's competitive streaks get the best of them in "Heavy Metal", not only in racing with the other dragons, but also when helping out the village. Many of the iron-based implelents in Huttsgalor begin to fall apart, and Hannahr the blacksmith needs more Belzium to make strong iron. Duggard asks the Rescue Riders to find more, but Magnus wants to find it first. Dak feels challenged to a race to find the Belzium first against Magnus and his fellow Riders. The lack of cooperation leads Dak, Winger, Leyla, Summer, and Magnus to be trapped in a cave of Belzium. Only teamwork gets them out of the cave, and then teamwork with all the Riders to divert a run-away Belzium boulder from crushing houses and villagers.
Dak and the other Rescue Riders inadvertently make new member Aggro feel left out and not part of the team in "Iced Out". After they leave her behind to watch a fire while they go fishing, Aggro leaves to help Elbone on a dragon egg rescue mission on her own. When the Riders realize that she went to Huttsgalor's icy region and that she might be in danger, Dak and the other Riders fly out to find her. With the help of a new dragon friend, Aggro and Elbone are able to signal to the Riders before falling over a high icy waterfall. When everyone is safe and sound back at the Roost, Dak apologizes to Aggro for making her feel left out, and explains that the other Riders have been together for a long time and it is a little hard changing to accommodate a new member.
After playing a few rounds of Volley Rock with the Rescue Riders, Burple felt unsteady in the air, sneezing violently, and woozy in "Sick Day". Leyla diagnosed him with the Dreaded Dragon Flu. The next morning, everyone but Summer caught the illness. Leyla put Dak in charge of caring for the sick while she and Summer look for a cure. Dak fails at playing 'doctor', but Winger reminded him to stop trying to be Leyla but take on the task 'Dak style'. With his typical energy, Dak cooled down Aggro, fed the dragons, avoided friendly fire, and gets a blanket to Cutter. After Leyla returned, she compliments him on a job well done. She had found the cure - Help Kelp - and the dragons get better.
Dak and his fellow Rescue Riders reluctantly saved Magnus in "Bad Egg". He created a false egg to hide inside and infiltrate the Roost, so that he could steal Leyla's Dragon Diary. Cutter caught Magnus sneaking around and sealed him inside with Slinkwing slime and rolled him out into the cold night. A mother Silver-tailed Ironclaw took the 'egg' away to her nest to raise. After finding out what had transpired Dak and the others fly off to find the egg and try to get it away from an angry Mama Ironclaw. Eventually, they convince the angry dragon to calm down when Dak and Winger show her Magnus and she realizes he smells like the egg.
Dak and the Rescue Riders gathered supplies from the forest for training, and while doing so, found three unknown dragon eggs in "Home Alone". They took them home to the Roost to care for. Shortly after settling them in, Duggard arrived to enlist the help of Dak and Leyla for finding a new storage cave for the village. Duggard mounted Winger with Dak and all five take off to search, leaving Burple, Aggro, and Cutter home alone to care for the eggs. Duggard directed Dak, Leyla, and the dragons to a multitude of caves around the island, but found each and every one unsuitable for one reason or another. Finally, Leyla and Summer deliberately led them to a cave they had already visited, tricking Duggard. Duggard then admitted to Dak and Leyla that he just found riding dragons very thrilling. Later Dak, Winger, Leyla, and Summer return to the Roost to find everything in order.
Dak - along with Winger, Burple, and Aggro - secretly followed Elbone into Thornbane Valley to protect him while he collects plants, in "Slobber Power". Elbone eventually stumbled upon a dangerous patch of Tangle Vine, and gets grabbed by the vines before the Riders can stop him. Dak and the others tried to free him, but got caught themselves. Being on the small side, Aggro was barely able to squeeze out and get help from the remaining Riders. Ultimately Dak, Elbone and the trapped dragons were freed by Sizzle the Slobber Smelter's acidic drool.
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Dak is a young male with bright red hair, and green eyes. He wears a sleeveless tunic that appears to be made of deep blue dragon scales. Atop his shoulders are metal pauldrons. Dak also wears leather trousers, fleeced boots, knee guards, and leather arm bands. He has a scar through his right eyebrow.
Dak is creative and resourceful, and can have a tendency to be over confident. He cares greatly for the dragons and his sister, and is always aiming to do the right thing in the best interest of both. He is highly energetic, and tends to get irritated with slowness. He isn't very good at planning prefering to just take action.
Dragon Riding: Dak is an excellent dragon rider, with or without a saddle, due to his dragon mother's teachings.
Athleticism: Dak is limber and great at gymnastic moves such as tumbles and jumping.
|Main article: Dak and Leyla's Relationship|
Dak has a very close relationship with his twin sister, after they were shipwrecked together and lost their birth parents. They aren't seen fighting often, and after being separated for a while, usually embrace in greeting. They do sometimes tease each other, but more often they are giving each other encouragement and support.
|Main article: Dak and Winger's Relationship|
Winger is Dak's flying dragon and adoptive brother since it was Winger's Mother who rescued him and his sister from a shipwreck when they were very young. They have a deep, trusting relationship similar to what might be expected between brothers.
While Dak likes Aggro and considers her a friend, he has a hard time including her in group activities as she is the Rescue Riders' newest member.
|Rescue Riders, Season 1|
|1. "The Nest":||Appears||8. "Bad Egg":||Appears|
|2. "Deep Trouble":||Appears||9. "Home Alone":||Appears|
|3. "Boo to You":||Appears||10. "Slobber Power":||Appears|
|4. "Where There's Smoke":||Appears||11. "Crash Course":||Appears|
|5. "Heavy Metal":||Appears||12. "Furious Fun":||Appears|
|6. "Iced Out":||Appears||13. "Grumblegard, Part 1":||Appears|
|7. "Sick Day":||Appears||14. "Grumblegard, Part 2":||Appears|
- Dak's name means "the chosen one". It is of Italian origin, which is odd, considering that Vikings rarely ever interacted with Italians.