And look! Its wings have grown, and it’s become bigger, more aggressive, and much hotter.
Young dragons are relatively defenseless. They are born with relatively soft scales, which are shed and replaced with harder ones as the hatchling matures. Once a hatchling’s wings grow in, it marks the beginning of maturation. At this point they are often capable of hunting on their own and are usually left alone by their mother.
Lim is very confused. Most other dragons in the clan are actually really nice, even the majority of the Hellfire dragonesses. But the two exceptions - Embree and Ruby - are the ones who have males running after them more so than any other female. So obviously it's expected of her to act all mean once she grows up. But all the adults tell her to be a well-mannered, little hatchling. She wishes life wasn't so complicated.