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.
Thunder dragons are the masters of electricity. Their wings gather energy as they soar through the clouds, and when they clap their wings together they can create devastating arcs of lightning. They can stay airborne nearly indefinitely, landing only to sleep and breed; they catch their prey from the air and take moisture from the clouds. A thunder dragon’s roar is considered to be an omen of misfortune.
Sleekshock is a female Thunder dragon of the Featherwing Weyr. She is a cool, intelligent dragon who disdainfully refuses to take part in the social aspect of living in the Weyr. Though Flameflow wants her support for his takeover of the Weyr, she prefers to stay far away from the politics and nuances of cave life, instead spending her days hunting and debating. She would like to think that she is an independent dragon who relies on no one, but in truth she is rather close to Ironice, the female Ice dragon.
Sleekshock wouldn't take a mate right now if one threw himself at her feet and swore to worship her eternally.