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"For dragons, to know a true name is to have power of that name's owner. But Dragonfriend is at peace, nothing can harm him now."
— Veritas to Lief.[1]

Biographical information



Dreaming Dunes (while hiding)
Amethyst territory


Centuries old



Physical description

Dragon (Amethyst dragon)



Personal information
  • Forta (surrogate daughter)

Forta (child)

Weapon of choice

Claws, teeth, fire breath

Chronological and political information

Last of the Amethyst dragons

First appearance

Isle of the Dead

Last appearance

The Sister of the South

Veritas is the last remaining Amethyst dragon, the fifth dragon Lief awakened, and the first dragon that revealed his name to Lief. He aided Lief in destroying the Sister of the West.[1][2]


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Veritas catching a fish at Deadman's Rock.

In Secrets of Deltora, Doran recorded a meeting with Veritas at the coast of the Amethyst territory. Veritas informed Doran that he was the last Amethyst dragon left alive and worried that even he could not hide from the Ak-Baba forever. He carried Doran to the Dreaming Dunes before the explorer left.

At some point after this, Doran found Veritas again and convinced him to hide away and sleep until the King of Deltora woke him. Veritas also promised Doran that he would not encroach on another dragon's territory should he wake up. Veritas also warned Doran against the expectation that the king's coming would mean the Shadow Lord had perished but was unable to persuade him.[3]

Isle of the Dead[]

Veritas was accidentally awakened by Lief shortly before the young king was washed out to sea. Veritas' resting place had been covered by the Sleeping Dunes over the years and, when the Amethyst's strength disappeared, he was unable to free himself. When Lief and Barda washed ashore near the dunes, they stumbled across the weakened Veritas, whom Barda was initially reluctant to believe was the real Amethyst dragon, due to his dulled colour. Veritas somberly informed the two that he believed he was dying, but was subsequently freed and healed by the Torans, whom had come with Jasmine, Manus, and Ranesh to find Lief and Barda. Before the trio left for the Isle of the Dead, Veritas revealed his true name to Lief as a precaution, and Lief did the same.

Veritas flew to the Diamond territory when Lief summoned him. He arrived at the Isle of the Dead in time to drive off the Kobb that was attacking Lief, Barda and Jasmine. Though wounded, Veritas joined the others in approaching the Sister of the West. Veritas was shocked to find Doran, forced to be the Sister's guardian for centuries. Veritas took Doran's "breath", allowing his soul to rest in peace and expose the Sister of the West. Powered by the Amethyst, Veritas burned the Sister to ashes, then gently told the infant Diamond dragon that she would never have the chance to know Doran, but her existence had brought the Dragonlover joy, as he vowed to tell her in times to comes.

Veritas carried the group back to the mainland, but collapsed from exhaustion immediately after. He was unable to assist Lief when Laughing Jack held Jasmine hostage, though Jasmine was able to trick Jack on her own. Veritas rested for the rest of the night with the group, commenting that they had done well.[2]

The Sister of the South[]

Veritas carved the epitaph on Doran's grave during his funeral, commenting that it was fitting that he used "Dragonfriend's" true name, as Doran was finally at rest. He explained to Lief that, to dragons, to know one's true name was to have power over that individual. Veritas decided to remain in Diamond territory for a lengthy time, so as to raise the baby Diamond dragon, as Doran would have wished.

Veritas and the young Diamond dragon flew to the Plains territory, answering Lief's call to help drive back the grey tide. Though they are the last of the dragons to arrive, Veritas frightens away the three remaining Ak-Baba with his fire. He then joined the other six dragons as they burned away the grey tide, flying besides the infant Diamond dragon.

Veritas and the other dragons bowed to Lief after the grey tide was destroyed. When Honora expressed her annoyance at Lief revealing their true names, the young Diamond dragon asked what her name was. Veritas responded by naming his ward "Forta, after her mother." Veritas presumably returned to Diamond territory after this to continue raising Forta.

Veritas attended Lief and Jasmine's wedding along with his six dragon brethren, flying through the sky above the event.[1]


Veritas, being a dragon of the Amethyst, has deep purple scales and a pale underbelly that changes colour to camouflage him in the sky while hunting. his eyes are flat and purple.[2][3] In a weak state, he is a pale purple.[2]


Veritas values truth and is quite kind. He is quite generous, actually staying in a foreign territory to raise a dragon of a different species; he is also the only adult dragon in the series not to display any disdain for members of other tribes, even proving complimentary of Diamond dragons. Indeed, he acts both as a mentor and a parent-figure to Forta, with whom he appears to share a parent-to-child relationship with. He also seems knowledgeable of the customs of dragons outside his own species, possibly having learn their ways from Doran.

His loyalty to Doran is unquestionable, and he showed sincere sorrow upon seeing his fate, but he was not blind to the explorer's faults. Veritas is thoughtful, shown by the thought he put into Doran's epitaph. He has a habit of being brutally honest, occasionally to the point of being pessimistic, such as when he told Lief and Barda that he thought he was dying. Veritas values peacetime, advising Lief not to worry about the future more than is necessary.[2]


Veritas, as a dragon, has immense physical and magical powers. He can breathe fire, which is a devastatingly powerful attack, capable of reducing one of the Four Sisters to ashes and destroying the grey tide. He has substantial strength and endurance, able to fly from the coast of Amethyst territory to the Isle of the Dead relatively quickly. He is also able to carry at least three people on his back and still fly very quickly. Veritas, like all Amethyst dragons, is strengthened by the great Amethyst. He can also enter an enchanted sleep, allowing him to sleep for centuries without eating or drinking. It is also assumed that Veritas possesses hypnotic eyes and some telepathic abilities, like other dragons.[2]


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  • Veritas' name means "truth" in Latin.[4]
  • He is the only individual Amethyst dragon to be featured or mentioned in the series thus far.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Rodda, Emily. The Sister of the South. Scholastic Australia. October 1, 2004.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Rodda, Emily. Isle of the Dead. Scholastic Australia. May 31, 2004.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rodda, Emily. Secrets of Deltora. Scholastic Australia. 2008.

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