Return to Dragon Island Overview

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Joined: 01/19/2014

This nostalgia filled expansion pack was released a year ago, but for me it took place in winter a few months after Hiccup became chief of Berk. Returning to Dragon Island was a big milestone in Gorge & Sparkflare's journey together, so my overview is going to be a more personalized story with screenshots.


Gorge II

Level 50

352000 UDT points

Critical thinker; artistic; patient; obsessive over things he loves; absent-minded


Brightslime is all grown up (& reached level 50)


Battle High Scores:

1. Headvord    -  1225

 2. Globstract   -  1203!

3. Streamglide - 1122

4. Sparkflare   -  1070

5. Brightslime  -   980

6. Flingshot     -    900

7. Grimpinch   -    895

8. Bulkshield   -    859

Expansions completed:

      Battle quest    Rtdi icon    Tsol icon 2          



 Sparkflare                        Streamglide

Female titan wing Nightmare                 Male Windwalker           

Level 50                                         Level 50

 Found July 18, 2013                    Rescued July 23, 2016

      Cheerful, ferocious in battle,               Caring & comforting, dragon rescuer,

distracted, excitable, reckless                        brave, stealthy, nimble     



Globstract                                  Flingshot 

Female Death Song                           Male Singetail    

Level 50                                         Level 50

Adopted Nov 11, 2016                   Bonded Feb 12, 2017 

      Reclusive, disobedient,                       Sociable, co-operative, curious,

showy, artistic, cheeky                              lively, protective of me




Persistent & focused; mature; outgoing; confident; short-tempered



 Bulkshield                        Brightslime

    Male Rumblehorn                     Female Flame Whipper

Level 50                                        Level 50

  Hatched Jan 1, 2015                  Adopted June 11, 2017

Friendly, stubborn & determined,             Adventurous, likeable, observant,

      moody, tough, heroic                        has quick reflexes, poisonous



Headvord                          Grimpinch

   Male Sentinel                            Male Deathgripper

Level 50                                         Level 49!

Befriended Oct 10, 2018              Befriended Aug 30, 2019

Dignified, benevolent, tenacious                Dangerous, touchy, submissive 


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Joined: 01/19/2014
Part 1: Journey to the Volcano

When Sparkflare was growing into a titan wing and I was almost 17 years old, a dangerous gas started to spread across the sea. It rendered Mulch and Bucket unconscious, so my brother Gargle rode their Zippleback to bring them safely to Berk. Meanwhile I sailed with Eret to Auction Island. There I quietly released a caged Singetail as Eret kept the guard occupied. Disguising myself as a hunter, I then gave the trader some dragon teeth Gobber had extracted in exchange for intel on our enemy Harald’s whereabouts. We got a map leading to Hobblegrunt Island, but by the time we arrived the sneaky man was already gone.



   Katrin the Curious sent me out to sea to collect gas samples so we could figure out its composition. Sparkflare was immune to it, but even with my mask the strong smell of eggs was unbearable. I started to feel lightheaded, and at some point on the way to the school I passed out on my dragon’s back.



   I woke up in front of the lab. Once I had regained my bearings I shone light through the gas, and sure enough it was sulfur (sulfur dioxide to be exact). But I perked up when Katrin said that it must be coming from Dragon Island.

   "I have to go there!" I said with determination. "Not only do we need to find the cause of all this gas, but Dragon Island is where I first met Sparkflare."

   "We'll need to figure out a way to go into the fog and breathe without getting sick."

   Thankfully the twins had discovered that charcoal could filter the air, and I helped Hiccup make some proper gas masks.


* * *


   The next day was my birthday, February 12. "Valka and Hiccup want to talk to you!" Fishlegs informed me. "Oh, I bet it's a cool dragon thing. They're waiting for you on the other side of Dragon's Edge!" So I hurried over with Streamglide, who would be more gentle and careful around wild dragons. And to my surprise it was none other than the Singetail I had rescued! He fired into the sky to call his whole pack. We were surrounded! Valka encouraged me to look the dragon in the eye and let him know that I was there for him. Once I had gained his trust I climbed on his back.

   "How about I name you Flingshot for your amazing fire ability?" I introduced him to Sparkflare and the two big, fiery dragons became great buddies.



   We weren't quite ready to go to Dragon Island yet, but Sparkflare took me to Helheim's Gate where we found a recent shipwreck. On it was a map of Dragon Island, and a magic stone we used to make a compass. Hiccup combined his own map with Mulch's and Bucket's maps to get a clearer understanding of the way through the treacherous sea stacks.



   As Globstract and I tested the compass she enjoyed terorizing Snotlout, whom the twins had left floating on barrels in the sea for the Hidden Nut Hunt Extravaganza. She fired an orange glob right behind Tuffnut at the finish point. "Careful what you start, Globstract." I warned. "You and the twins could prank each other to death!"


   With our navigation plans figured out, Sparkflare and I finally embarked on the journey to her former homeland. Hiccup, Fishlegs and Valka came with us.

   "I really hope we don't get lost," Fishlegs worried.

   "We just have to follow the landmarks," Hiccup answered. "Look, there's the split rock."

   My heart was bursting with excitement. "This feels so much like the first time you brought me here. Remember when Spakflare saved me from falling to my death when we were climbing the volcano?" I patted my dragon's head as we flew, and she looked at me lovingly. We took the lead; my dear Nightmare had learned from Flingshot to blast fire into the air as a signal for the other dragons.
    But we all became silent as we passed by about a dozen burnt hulls of Berk's ships on the shore of Dragon Island.



   We landed, the Red Death's skull looming in the distance. Harald had spread rumours that a tooth from it could turn dragons to stone, but they were just fossils. It was our mission to figure out what was happening to the volcano, as well as to look for clues of Harald's presence. And everywhere we looked there were reminders of Hiccup's legendary battle against the dragon queen...


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Interlude: Pieces of the Past

"I found it!" Hiccup yelled to me as I was looking at hardened lava flows. "It looks just like I remembered. Heh, it feels a bit like ancient history now. Come meet me at the beach and I’ll show you." He beckoned me to the spot where he had tried to free Toothless from a sinking ship and his father had saved them.


The two of us reminisced about our dads. Mine was an intelligent problem solver and an introverted, sensitive man. (These traits were more accepted among the Peaceables than the Hooligans.)


"It was a shock to my parents that I longed for a dragon of my own to ride," I recalled. "But my dad believed in me enough to sail me to Berk so I could learn from you guys, even though our tribe isn't accustomed to fighting. And look what resulted from that!" I hugged Sparkflare's warm, scaly neck. "I'm so happy my dad was able to train an Armorwing before he got sick. The dragon welded his metal for him and got to keep his scraps. My dad didn't like to waste anything, so it was the perfect trade." Swallowing a lump in my throat, I continued. "I'm happy for the memories of him, Gargle and me riding our own dragons."


"I remember him," Hiccup said thoughtfully. "We showed each other a few of our inventions. He sure was precise, and had some fascinating creations."


"Um..." Fishlegs hesitated, "Sorry Hiccup, I don't mean to interrupt your conversation, but there's something weird going on right now! Are you seeing what I'm seeing? Please fly up here with me and take a look!"

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Part 2: Blowing Off Steam

"Whoa! Careful, girl, we don't want to get too close," Fishlegs warned.

"Is it just me, or does that look like the fog to you?" Hiccup asked. "Maybe this is the source of our poisonous fog problem."


The chief sent me to find Skulder the archaeologist on Auction Island, where the man was trying to "fix a problem". He had attempted to explain to the traders the truth about the stone dragons. Though it landed him in a dragonproof cage, I managed to prove him innocent. We sailed away, and once we were far enough from Auction Island we eagerly hopped onto Sparkflare’s back. Along the way, Streamglide, who had been flying at high altitude overhead, dived down to join us. The archaeologist took a look at the gas, and concluded that a hydrothermal vent caused by the pressure of the magma was releasing chemicals into the water and air.


While walking towards the cave opening, Skulder noticed Harald step out from behind a rock! He claimed his ship had sunk so he was just happy to be found, but he also warned us of something bad inside the volcano. Of course we had to go in to see for ourselves, bringing Harald with us to keep an eye on him. My eyes lit up as I remembered finding Sparkflare here four and a half years prior. However, her prolonged growl was confirmation that danger laid ahead. We looked down into the volcano, and there a great beast was sleeping!



My dragon's growl grew fiercer, her rough scales blazing with the intense heat of her hatred and anxiety. As we quietly crept out, I tried my best to calm down my dragon while giving her space. She nervously followed me, flames shimmering all over her body until she saw Streamglide waiting outside for his titan wing "mommy". Noticing her distress, my Windwalker playfully leapt onto her back, flapping his feathery wings to cool her off and set her mind at rest.


"Oh thank Thor we made it," Hiccup sighed. "That can't be a Red Death... but I didn't want to risk making it mad."


"Tell me about it!" I answered, deeply relieved.


"We need to figure out if that dragon is friend or foe, and what is causing the hydrothermal vents to go into overdrive."


"Alright, alright," Harald chimed in. "If you're dead set on going back in, I know a way that might get you in without the dragon noticing you. I'll show you the secret entrance."


And so we snuck our way down to the heart of the volcano.



Skulder approached the edge of a cliff over the lava to observe the nest of this "Green Death", and I cringed as a few rocks crumbled away. To our horror the great beast lowered its head to search for the source of the splash. We made a bolt for the exit, but soon its glowing eyes began to probe the caves around it. I flattened my back against a rock pillar and listened to the echoing breaths nearby. Overhead, Sparkflare clung to the ceiling to stay out of sight. We continued very cautiously, and after a few nervous minutes of hiding we reached the grey light of the opening.


Despite our risky escape, Skulder was giddy. "It's very good that we decided to go back inside, Gorge, because I actually spotted what's causing all this deadly fog!"


Thanks to Eret's directions and Valka's dragon expertise, Streamglide and I were able to find a mighty Eruptodon and let it know that we needed its help. We took a long, slow flight back to Dragon Island and waited for our chance to put the plan into action.



* * *


The Green Death had emerged from the pinnacle of the volcano and flown away to feed, so Hiccup and Valka were guiding a pack of Whispering Deaths to dig deep. Meanwhile, Astrid, Harald and I led the lumbering Eruptodon under the Green Death's nest. He was the only dragon who could shield me from the lava's heat. I clambered up his stony back and held onto one of his spines. Astrid looked up at me.


"You're on your own from here, Gorge, but I believe in you. Fly around and look for places where the rock wall is getting weak."


I nudged the Eruptodon to fly out over the bubbling lava. Sounds of burrowing could be heard through the pumice rock, and so the Eruptodon fired a few powerful blasts at the sources of the noise. The rock crumbled away to reveal three Whispering Deaths.



There was just one thing left to do. The lava eater lifted the glowing blue egg that Harald had dropped on the rocks. But speaking of which...


"Harald is gone and he took my compass!" Astrid yelled.


We gave her the egg and walked back up, exiting through a hidden opening the thief hadn't told us about. We looked up to see the Green Death land in the water right in front of the fleeing pirate's boat!



I quickly mounted Sparkflare and raced to distract the massive creature. Now my dragon was free to fire at will. After taking three shots, the Green Death flapped its great wings to fly right over the boat and land on the island, staring us down menacingly. Toothless asserted his dominance as the Alpha, and the Green Death had just calmed down when Harald flung something at her with a catapult. Defiant and injured, she took off into the stormy clouds and rained jets of fire down on us. The pirate had already disappeared into the fog, but finding him would have to wait. As we banked left and right to avoid the flames I felt Sparkflare’s body heat up, and with determination she ascended to protect her friends below.


Here I was, flying on the back of the titan wing dragon I had trained, toward an even larger out-of-control titan wing. The situation felt so surreal! We silently emerged through the clouds to approach the Green Death from behind. Carrying an axe on my back, I grabbed Sparkflare's spines to lower myself to her left leg, climbed down it and dropped onto the enormous dragon's back.


Fighting against the strong wind currents that threatened to yank me over the edge, I took a daring leap to wrap my arms around a thick tree trunk of a spine. I ran for her neck, where an actual tree trunk was lodged. It was a sharpened mast. I chopped until it fell and disappeared into the clouds below, and then pulled the rest out of its thick skin. The titan wing stopped releasing furious billows of flame and advanced toward the volcano.



"Sparkflare, dive!" I yelled as I looked back. Then I dived off the Green Death's neck and my Nightmare followed, aligning herself with my descent so I could grip her horns. She spiralled through the chilly, peaceful air, and fanned out her wings with a flourish to touch down on the gravelly shore.


"You did some quick thinking on the spot," Hiccup congratulated me. "You really stepped up when I needed you. Amazing job."


"Well thanks, but it was Sparkflare who encouraged me to rise to the challenge of going after the Green Death. This is her home after all."


With that she let out a roaring call.


Then Skulder came to talk to me: "Now that we've created these vents, I think that the volcanic pressure will not build up and cause those issues again. Soon we'll be able to use the trade routes once more."


Trees rustled, and out of them flew two Monstrous Nightmares: one bright blue and the other magenta. These were Sparkflare's offspring who had hatched just over a year earlier! The mother dragon nuzzled faces with her young ones, and we laughed as they struggled to get their horns untangled. But Hiccup wasn't with us.


"Gorge!" Astrid called out. "Hiccup said that there's something happening with the egg we rescued from Harald. He told me he needed to get it to the Hatchery right away!"


Knowing that my elder dragon wanted to spend some more time with her family, I hugged her goodbye. Then I rode Streamglide through Helheim's Gate and back to the school.


"I'm sorry I left Dragon Island without telling you guys," Hiccup said, "but the egg is so close to hatching! What type of dragon do you think is inside?"



"Could it be a Bewilderbeast?" I guessed. "But the Bewilderbeast isn't bioluminescent, so it must be another large Tidal Class dragon!"

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A bit of commentary
  1. This is the longest story I have ever written! It's over 2400 words even with all my condensing and leaving out some scenes. The return to Dragon Island marked the climax of Sparkflare's journey with Gorge, so I wanted to give it some serious recognition.
  2. I started writing and planning this out in a notebook, then transferred and continued typing it in a text document. I copied that into Word and kept writing there so I could save it. And all along the way I copied each section between pictures to the post above!
  3. The characters' dialogue is all directly quoted from the game, except Gorge's of course.
  4. I left the last quest alone, which means that Gorge never adopted the Eruptodon. The one in the TV show is an enormous, revered guardian of an entire island (and the game version is far too small). It wouldn't have felt right for Gorge to have this majestic creature as his own riding dragon, as the Eruptodon needed to go back to its home.
  5. Because of what I just mentioned, the last picture is not what it seems. Neither the blue orb nor Toothless were there when I took that screenshot! I cut the egg from a YouTube video still, took a separate screenshot of Toothless at the desired angle and combined all three pictures.

Keep watching for more screenshots!

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To Dragon Island and beyond (and within)

The areas included in these adventures were well-designed, and some especially beautiful or accurate to canon. I love exploring deeper inside one island in stages to see what makes it unique, and this gives expansion storylines a unified structure. Here are all those areas in the order that we are led to them.


Auction Island

You can see the stone dragons that Harald spread rumours about, as well as the tooth of the Red Death. As sketchy as the place was, taking a walk through the nature there at sunset was breathtaking.


Helheim's Gate

After I helped to open up vents inside the volcano, the sulfur dioxide at Helheim's Gate subsided. I could see the difference as the fog was no longer bluish.


Dragon Island

The bard's stories of Hiccup's heroism came to life for me when he took me here himself when I was twelve. Finally almost five years later we were back, and the past had never felt so alive.


The volcano

Once while the Green Death was away, Sparkflare and I dared to fly around in the volcano. At times she latched onto the rocks and climbed, no doubt remembering her parents who are no longer living as far as I know.


Eruptodon Island

Streamglide landed on this unknown island Eret had told us about, and my dragon was honoured to meet a majestic Eruptodon there. We gathered some Fireworms to get his attention.


Dragon hunter camp (temporarily accessible again)

One detail I wasn't able to fit into the story was that Eret sent me to a dragon hunter camp. Wearing my hunter disguise, I went on a mission to retrieve the Dragon Cry, a device that could mimic dragon sounds. When I returned to the boat the hunters surounded us, but thanks to a replicated Night Fury cry they turned tail and let us escape with the handy contraption.

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Otherworldly fog

Ever since version 2.7 (the update before Rise of Stormheart) was introduced, the mist and fog around Dragon Island look unusual again. I found a way to fly above Helheim's Gate going past the edges of the map, and saw that the fog was purple!


On returning to the volcano I found it more full of steam than when we had helped release the pressure.


We flew to Eruptodon Island at sunset and noticed that the haze reflected the light from the clouds, making the land fade to dark red in the distance.