They first appeared in the episode Defenders of the Wing, Part 1.
Unlike all previously encountered tribes, the Defenders don't seem to be based on Vikings and are rather designed as an Asian civilization, with a lot of Chinese and Japanese elements in their clothing, weaponry and architecture. The Defenders seem to be a monarchy, ruled by Queen Mala who is very protective over her kingdom and all dragons, which the Defenders see as holy beings. Especially the Eruptodon, a Boulder-Class dragon that lives inside a volcano on Caldera Cay and prevents it from erupting for which it is worshiped as the Great Protector. The Defenders frequently offer it tribute, like food and flowers.
They seem to have a vast knowledge of dragons but any contact, like flying on their backs, is strictly forbidden. Thus the Defenders do not bond with dragons and don't know about dragon training.
The Defenders seem to be very distrustful towards outsiders and are at war with Viggo Grimborn and the Dragon Hunters.
The Defenders lived in peace with the dragons on their island.
- This is the first time a tribe other that Berk has both men and women as background characters.
- This is the first time another dragon-friendly tribe is introduced to the franchise, other than Berk.
- The masked members are redesigned models of Hiccup, Astrid, and Heather
- So far, this is the only franchise tribe to have a woman as their leader.
Notes and References
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