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.
Dorsal dragons are so named because they have large fins along their backs that can be raised and lowered at will. They use these fins to regulate body temperature; they raise them to cool off when they become overheated. The bright colors on the fins double as a means of attracting mates.
Fyreblood is average size for a dorsal dragon. He is quick tempered and a fighter, and enjoys starting fights among the cave. He has a soft spot, however, for eggs and hatchlings, so when the other dragons are out hunting, he will just as likely volunteer to guard them as he is to go hunting. He is bold, frequently pestering some of the more powerful dragons in the cave and hoping they'll start a fight. He is extremely proud of his fins as well, showing them off to everyone and proudly striding about the cave and flaring them to show off their color and size.