Bracken was a unicorn and one of the most well-known creatures in all of fairydom. He was the first and only son of the Fairy Queen and King, rulers of all creatures of light, and had four sisters. He was further recognized for being possibly the only unicorn to surrender his third horn, apart from Ronodin, the dark unicorn. He gave his third horn to the wizards who founded Zzyzx, of which they crafted the Font of Immortality. Bracken also lost his first and second horn and was at a time in possession of none of the three.
Sometime around the 18th century, Bracken was exploring the secret preserve Living Mirage. However, the caretaker, the Sphinx, caught him and locked him in a cell in his dungeon. A few hundred years later, he was part of a successful escape and helped thwart the demons from taking over the world.
Bracken was born as the only son of the Fairy Queen and the Fairy King previous to the 6th century, though likely long before that. He had four sisters, one of them being Mizelle, and two cousins, one being Ronodin, the dark unicorn.
Losing his horns
Bracken gave his first horn away to a man who saved his life. Since then, it passed through many hands, until finally ending up in the care of Patton Burgess, who in turn gave it to the centaurs of Fablehaven and was there known as the Soul of Grunhold.
The second horn he lost was his third. After the Knights of the Dawn failed in their duty to protect the Fairy King and Gorgrog, the Demon King at the time, captured him, Bracken, who believed, like most others, that his father had been killed, donated his third horn to Agad, who created the Font of Immortality of it. This was used as a key to Zzyzx, the great demon prison. As a consequence of surrendering his third horn, Bracken could no longer revert to his unicorn shape and was stuck in his human form.
Many centuries later, around the 1700s, Bracken investigated, against his mother's wishes, why the fairy shrine at Living Mirage had been sealed off. However, he was captured by the Sphinx and imprisoned in the dungeon of Living Mirage. Being an advanced shadow charmer, the Sphinx was able to take Bracken's second horn without feeling the unbearable guilt that normally accompanies the stealing of a unicorn horn.
After being imprisoned in the Living Mirage dungeon, Bracken attempted many prison escapes over the centuries, two of which were large prison riots. One of them was thwarted using a magically reinforced iron door, and during the second the prisoners were subdued with noxious gas. He also helped dig and connect many of the secret passages of the dungeon, though most existed long before he came there. One of the tunnels led to a room full of pinball machines and the likes, on which Bracken held all the high scores on since he played them for almost forty years.
During the 2010s, he met Seth Sorenson, who had just recently been imprisoned in a cell in the dungeon, by using one of the secrets tunnels that led to the cell that Seth was kept in. Bracken recognized Seth to be a shadow charmer and did at first believe that he was a spy sent by the Sphinx. After mentally searching Seth's mind, Bracken was convinced that he was an ally, although, Seth did not yet trust him. To prove his legitimacy, Bracken decided to take Seth to his friend and fellow prisoner Maddox, who could vouch for him. They walked through the secret tunnels and entered Maddox's cell. During a conversation between Seth and Maddox, Bracken learned that Navarog had been killed, which
The plan was suddenly halted after Kendra and most of her family and friends were captured, and Seth was given the Translocator and the Sands of Sanctity (by the Dark Wizard Mirav) and escaped, taking a coin Bracken had enchanted to work as a telepathic communicator.
Bracken met with Kendra and convinced her that he was a friend. They found a secret way out of the prison thanks to the Sphinx whose leadership had been usurped by Graulas (after the Demon had been healed by Seth and betrayed him, taking the Translocator, the Sands of Sanctity, and the Chronometer). They met with Warren, who had likewise been aided by the Sphinx, and together the three of them made it through the wilds of Living Mirage to find the Sealed Shrine.l
Understanding that the Society now had the five artifacts, they planned to find and protect the Eternals, five mortals who'd been bestowed immortality by the Wizard architects of Zzyzx, but their deaths were necessary to open the prison. Raxtus arrived from the pond in the Shrine to help Bracken, Kendra, and Warren fly away, but they were attacked by Harpies and a Roc, during which Warren was injured and although they escaped, they had to leave Warren behind to find the Eternals, Warren promising to catch up.
Kendra, Bracken, and Raxtus arrived at an isolated Stronghold, home to Roon Osricson, one of the Eternals, but find they are too late as the Castle has been attacked, with many fallen littering the floor of the grand hall. They meet a Shapeshifter, who had been Roon's constant companion but failed to protect his friend, and reveals each Eternal has a Shapeshifter Guardian, and he helps them arm themselves and follows them to locate the remaining two Eternals.
Bracken is imprisoned in a dungeon in the Under Realm and is met with by Seth (who lost all memories of his own identity) and tries to convince Seth of who he is and that his cousin, Ronodin, is using him though Seth is unsure of whom to trust.
Later, he is rescued by Kendra (who cowed the Underking with her light amplified by the Fairy Queen's Crown) and his horns are all restored to him, including his Third Horn! However, they are confronted by Ronodin, who reveals he'd intended to corrupt Bracken's horns all at once and the two assume their unicorn forms and do battle. Kendra helps Bracken by giving him an energy boost, allowing Bracken to break off Ronodin's horn and then purify it, enraging Ronodin who flees by drinking a potion to transform into a large raven.
The two escape back to Crescent Lagoon and hear that Seth escaped the sanctuary in his Leviathan and left behind a message to indicate he's on his way to Titan Valley. Reunited, Kendra and Bracken intend to return the Fairy Queen's Crown and continue on in the war with the dragons and bring Seth home.
In his natural shape of a unicorn, Bracken is a strong stallion with pure white fur and a lustrous horn.
Personality and traits
Magical abilities and traits
Bracken is very patient and also still extremely young among his kind and other mystical creatures.
- Healing - As a unicorn, Bracken possesses the power to heal injuries and illnesses. When he possesses his horns, his healing powers are stronger, at their peak when he has all three.
- Purifying - Bracken has the power to purify darkness, corruption, poison, and decay. Depending on how many of his horns he possesses, his purifying powers vary in strength, at their peak when he has all three.
- Human Avatar - Bracken can assume the form of a young man in his late teens and revert back to his unicorn form, but only if he has his Third Horn. He gave up his Third Horn long ago so it could become the Font of Immortality and one of the keys to the Demon Prison, leaving him trapped in his human avatar ever since.
After regaining his Third Horn, he regains his ability to return to his unicorn form.
- Connection to his Horns - Even if Bracken does not possess his horns, he retains a connection to them. He once gave his First Horn to someone as repayment for saving his life and regained it after realizing it was the Soul of Grunhold, the most sacred treasure of the centaurs of Fablehaven; he took it back after their attempts to take over what remained of Fablehaven after it was overthrown.
He later entrusted his First Horn to Kendra and through it they could converse telepathically.
When he regained his Second Horn (after summoning it from the Gray Assassin's grasp), he could transform it into a shining sword.
After regaining his Third Horn (which was somehow no longer the Font of immortality), Bracken regained the full of his power and his ability to return to his unicorn form.
- Enchanting - Even without his horns, Bracken still possesses his powers, albeit weakened. He was able to imbue stones or coins with Light as well as make them work like telepathic walkie-talkies.
- Empathic-Reading - If someone allows Bracken to touch them, he can read their thoughts and memories. He used this to determine Seth was not a spy when they first met and to out two traitors among the staff of Blackwell Keep.
- Perception - Bracken can perceive certain elements that others can't, such as the light within Kendra, who is Fairykind.
One characteristic of Bracken, although not a true power, is the unique way unicorns can destroy Lectoblixes indirectly. Lectoblixes sense great energy in Unicorns and crave it immensely which causes them to try to drain one without knowing the danger. But, since Unicorns have eternal youth, the Lectoblix that gets "lucky enough" to attempt a drainage doesn't live to tell the tale because they literally stuff themselves on youth until they die, with no lasting effect on the Unicorn.
Bracken and Kendra first meet in the Dungeon of Living Mirage. At first, she does not trust him, but after her break out of Living Mirage, the pair become close and Kendra learns to rely on Bracken. At first, Bracken is drawn to Kendra because of the bright light that radiates from her, as a result of her being Fairykind, but soon grows to respect and admire her courage and determination to save her family. Kendra had been attracted to Bracken from the beginning, although she was unsure if he was trustworthy. While the pair visits the Fairy Queen's Shrine, Kendra becomes jealous of Bracken's relationship with the Fairy Queen, although later she repents of this misconception, learning the Fairy Queen is Bracken's mother. They continually look out for one another, and Bracken grows very protective of Kendra. Later Vanessa states that it is quite clear that "Bracken likes Kendra." The two speak about their feelings for one another, and they seemingly become a couple for the rest of the book.
Bracken meets Seth inside the Dungeon of Living Mirage. At first, Seth is wary of Bracken, believing him to be a trap to get Seth to reveal information. After Bracken proves he is trustworthy, the two become close friends, and Bracken even gives Seth a magical coin that allows the two of them to keep in touch.