Dragons are creatures with nearly unlimited life spans. They can survive for long periods of time, and no one has found a dragon that has died of old age. Adolescence is usually marked by the growth of a hatchling’s wings, although not all breeds of dragons grow wings and some breeds have other traits that indicate the beginning of maturation. Once they hit adolescence, hatchlings change quickly, maturing to their full forms in only 2 years.
Dragons don’t communicate with each other verbally, but they will growl to scare off predators and frighten prey. Young dragons will emit an extremely high-pitched squeal when they are frightened. To communicate, they use telepathy with each other and to speak to other creatures.
It was previously believed that purple dragons were exclusively female, but this is not the case. Recent environmental shifts have revealed the existence of both genders of this breed. Female behavior is well known; they are primarily herbivores but will eat meat during mating season. On the other hand, very little is known about the behavior and habits of male purple dragons.
Villi the Graceful is the oldest female of the Ruda Clan, but stays completely out of the clan's politics. She finds joy in raising young, and has devoted herself full time to raising the clan's hatchlings and protecting the eggs with Ilithyia the Gentle. With few exceptions, most of the dragons in the clan have fond memories of Villi and her firm, but kind parenting, and she considers the entire clan her children. Although never seen in battle, her ability to protect and care for hatchlings and eggs maker her one of the most invaluable members of the clan.