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.
Christmas dragons are a very mysterious breed. They are only seen during winter, and even then it is hard to catch a glimpse of one. They are responsible for the general cheer that spreads during the holidays. In essence, they are the “Spirits of Christmas.”
Datore del Regalo hatched in the dead of a cold New Years night. He is a reserved, but considerate dragon, usually found hovering around the edges of the cave helping care for the hatchlings during the winter months.
When he lives there, usually around the Christmas holidays, the nest rides on a strange boon of good feeling. The hatchlings behave, and the adults are unusually polite to one another. Unfortunately, as spring begins to threaten the snow and chill, Datore del Regalo decides to retreat into the higher, colder caves of the mountains with his mate, the Winter dragon Mensola di Ghiaccio. On his leaving, the cave sinks back into its normal state of ordered chaos.