"For this was an owl who wanted only to do good, who clung to dreams of freedom while giving up her own and, from a stony perch in a lawless place, she did find a way to wage her own war."
- Soren, The Capture, page 129
|Species:||Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis)|
|Appears in:||The Capture, The Siege, The Outcast, Exile|
|Appears in:||Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole|
|A Spotted Owl with wings deformed from exposure to flecks. Formerly known as Hortense, but after a shock to her gizzard discolored her feathers, she is now called Mist due to her appearance.|
Before the Books
Hortense pretended to be excited to receive her number designation, 12-8, and appeared to all the other owls to be "perfect" in her duties, but she was, in reality, taking snatched eggs and giving them to eagles for them to bring to Ambala. Gylfie, a young Elf Owl who had escaped moon blinking as well, saw her on one occasion and told her friend Soren. They confronted her, and she told them of her past.
The next time she delivered an egg, Soren and Gylfie watched. However, some St. Aggie's owls caught her and battled with the eagle who came to retrieve the egg, whose name was Zan. Zan's tongue was ripped out, making her mute, and Hortense was pushed off a cliff by Finny. All presumed her dead, but in fact she was caught by Zan's mate, Streak. In fact, every other chick in Ambala was named Hortense after her in her honor, even if it was male. However, after that her feathers turned grey and misty due to natural old age, making her almost invisible, and when she returned to Ambala, she assumed the name Mist.
Mist saw the Glauxian Brother, Simon, who nursed Soren's evil brother Kludd to health. Kludd then mudered him shortly. He didn't notice Mist, who was watching from a nearby tree.
When news came from another owl named Hortense that Soren was injured after a mission to St. Aggie's, she, along with her eagles, Zan and Streak, and the flying snake, Slynella, went to the hollow where the chaw of chaws were staying.
- Hortense has become a common name in Ambala, even for males, so as to honor her past deeds at St. Aegolius.
- In her illustration from the back of The Siege, she appears to have two talons on her left foot, and three on her right. This may be a drawing error, or she lost the missing appendage in the battle where she "died".
- Hortense doesn't appear in the movie. However, when Gylfie and Soren line up in the Glaucidium, there is a pale-coloured Spotted Owl beside Gylfie, perhaps a nod to the book character.