He is a major help in getting Kendra and Warren out of Living Mirage. His avatar appearance is of a boy approximately eighteen years old with silver shoulder-length hair and a very smooth complexion.
Life and Family
Bracken is the only son of the Fairy Queen and Fairy King and has four other siblings, all sisters. He is perpetually stuck in his avatar form without his third horn that accompanies each unicorn when they reach maturity. He gave this up in order for the Font of Immortality, one of the keys to Zzyzx, to be forged.
Bracken was born the only son of the Fairy Queen and the Fairy King. His father was lost when the Astrids (then called the Knights of the Dawn) failed in their duty to protect him. To stop the demons and imprison them, Bracken willingly surrendered his Third Horn (and his true form as a unicorn) to the Wizards, allowing them to forge the Font of Immortality, one of the five artifacts necessary to open and close the demon prison known as Zzyzx.
Many years ago he gave his First Horn to someone who saved his life (his First Horn somehow wound up becoming the Soul of Grunhold, the dearest treasure of the Centaurs of Fablehaven).
Sometime later, Bracken investigated the Fairy Queen's Shrine located at Living Mirage, against his mother's wishes. He found that it was sealed off. Unfortunately, he was captured by the Sphinx and imprisoned in the dungeons of Living Mirage. Being an advanced shadow charmer the Sphinx was able to take Bracken's second horn without feeling the unbearable guilt that accompanies stealing a unicorn horn. Bracken attempted many prison breaks over the time he was imprisoned, two of which were large prison riots. All of them were thwarted.
Hundreds of years later, he met Seth Sorenson, whom he recognized to be a Shadow Charmer. They befriended each other and made plans for another prison revolt if only to distract and slow down the Sphinx and the Evening Star from their plans to open Zzyzx.
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 Fairy Queen's Shrine (which had been concealed under an iron dome).
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 castle, 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.
Kendra: Bracken grows very close to Kendra in the fifth book. 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.
Seth: Bracken meets Seth inside the prison in the 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.
Talents and Powers
Bracken is very patient and also still extremely young among his kind and other mystical creatures.
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 is also capable of creating light out of thin air, or enchanting objects such as stones or coins to glow with the same bright light and to act as communication devices, along with minor healing abilities.
In Keys to the Demon Prison, he gives Seth a silver coin enchanted to work as a telepathic walkie-talkie of sorts, allowing them to communicate by means of thought even at long distances, also usable as a light.
Additionally, as a unicorn, he possesses a great power of healing. However, of all Unicorn abilities, healing especially is most magnified by the unicorn's horns, so Bracken is not as good of a healer as he could be, though he does have sufficient magic to get by.
Without any of his horns for the majority of the fifth book, Bracken lacks in his full magical potential. Although his second horn restores some of his magical prowess in the fifth book, it is his third horn that would allow him to return to his unicorn form, though he willingly gave up his Third Horn for it to become the Font of Immortality to imprison the demons.