|“||I'm honored to be the speaking and singing voice of Leyla; the adventurous, heartwarming, practical, and nurturing dragon leader.||”|
|— Brennley Brown|
Leyla is one of the main protagonists in the series Dragons: Rescue Riders.
Leyla and her twin Dak were orphaned at a young age after becoming shipwrecked and were 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.
Leyla's Dragon Diary is the only thing left the twins have of their birth parents, recovered from the shipwreck.
Leyla met Summer while on an outing with her dragon family learning how to ride on the back of dragons. She slipped off and fell into the sea, where she was rescued by the female Fastfin. They have been great friends ever since.
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. Leyla, her brother Dak, and their 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 Leyla and 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. Leyla and Summer take a long time even starting the drill, because both are over-analyzing the situation. Dak and Winger perform the best, almost by accident. 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. Meanwhile, Leyla comes up with over twenty scenarios to go rescue them, but runs out of time because nightfall and the full moon are rapidly approaching, meaning the caves will be flooding. 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.
Leyla learns about a holiday on Huttsgalor called Hoogenboo in "Boo to You". 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. She and the other riders fight it off, but are only successful after Burple has the idea to mark the camouflaging dragon.
Leyla, 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.
In "Heavy Metal", metal objects begin to fall apart, due to a lack of the mineral, Belzium. Chief Duggard asks the Rescue Riders to find more. Magnus Finke jumps in with his new device and claims he will find the Belzium first. Despite initial misgivings, Leyla joins the other Riders and Magnus in making the search a competition amongst everyone, rather than a group effort. This lands everyone in hot water when she, Summer, Magnus, Winger, and Dak become trapped in a cave. Only teamwork is able to free everyone. Additionally, only teamwork is able to stop a runaway boulder of Belzium from crushing the town. Leyla freely admits her error.
Leyla 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, Leyla and 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 Cutter, Winger, Burple, and Aggro come down with the Dreaded Dragon Flu, Leyla and Summer search for a cure, in "Sick Day". They consult Marena, who told them Help Kelp is a cure, but also that eels love the seaweed. Summer is unusual for a Fastfin, as she has an eel phobia, which is not characteristic of the species. Leyla helped her dragon friend overcome her fear and together they get past the eels and grab the Help Kelp. Upon return to the Roost, everyone is medicated with the seaweed and gets better.
Leyla and her fellow Rescue Riders reluctantly saved Magnus in "Bad Egg", even after he stole Leyla's Dragon Diary. He created a false egg to hide inside and infiltrate the Roost. 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 after Leyla remembered that Ironclaws don't like water and Dak and Winger show her Magnus.
Leyla 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 Leyla and Dak 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 Leyla, Dak, 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 Leyla and Dak that he just found riding dragons very thrilling. Later Leyla, Winger, Dak, and Summer return to the Roost to find everything in order.
In "Slobber Power", Leyla and Summer compete against the other about who will become the mother figure to the trio of eggs the Riders had found previously. One of the eggs hatched, and instead of either of them, the new baby imprints to Cutter, surprising them all. Leyla identified the baby as a Slobber Smelter. Leyla and Summer try to coach the reluctant Cutter on how to care for the baby. Eventually they left the Roost to catch more fish for the baby and leave Cutter alone. When they return much later, they find Cutter playing well with the baby and caring for him adequately. Just then the other two eggs hatch, and immediately bypass Leyla and Summer and fixate on Cutter.
This section requires expansion.
Leyla is a young girl with red hair and green eyes. She wears a purple sleeveless tunic with a quilted appearance, and a long-sleeve shirt underneath banded in light and dark teal. She has purple arm bracers and fingerless brown gloves. Additionally, Leyla wears a green scarf around her neck, a short purple and blue leather skirt, green leggings, and brown boots. She also carries an over-the-shoulder satchel.
Leyla subconsciously tends to stroke her hair in a variety of uneasy situations. She can get anxious, especially when she doesn't know something or someone is in serious trouble. She places a great deal of importance in her Dragon Diary, and feels inadequate without it. Leyla is very nurturing and caring, and is the best at mothering orphaned baby dragons that they come across. Leyla does give everyone - even Magnus Finke - the benefit of the doubt. However, this positivity is not eternal, and will admit her error. She is a planner and favors strategy over impulse unlike her twin brother.
Skills and Abilities
This section requires expansion.
- Dragon Riding: Leyla is an excellent dragon rider, with or without a saddle, due to her dragon mother's teachings.
|Main article: Dak and Leyla's Relationship|
Leyla has a very close relationship with her twin brother, 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: Leyla and Summer's Relationship|
Summer rescued Leyla from falling into the sea when she was younger and fell off another dragon's back. They have since become best friends, and fully support each other, such as when they had to face biting eels to retrieve some Help Kelp.
Leyla is sensitive enough to notice when Aggro is feeling upset, but doesn't understand right away that she feels left out of the group. All the Riders are able to work out the kinks of a new member and become more unified.
Leyla tries to see a good side in Magnus, especially when they are trapped together in a cave in "Heavy Metal". She initially believes that there is a nice person buried deep inside. However, after repeated lack of positivity from Magnus despite the Riders helping him, she revises her thoughts and finds him irredeemable.
|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|