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.
Gold dragons are the ones most often killed by humans, who consider their scales to be extremely valuable. These golden scales grant them a high level of protection, similar to armor, and they use this to their advantage in battle.
Onoz is a rather jumpy, skittish dragon. She's always fretting about what could go wrong, and is terrified of the dark. Nobody's sure what caused this unusual temperament in her, but it annoys most of the adult dragons in the cave, who can barely put up with her ceaseless worrying. The hatchlings think it's funny to sneak up behind her and then nip her tail, though, just to watch her reaction.