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.
Ochredrakes are a curious species with a wide array of mutations and interesting behaviors. Not as intelligent as normal dragons, they only breed with other drake species. While they may not be bright, ochredrakes are flamboyant and fun-loving with amazing, chirping voices to sing with, and tame readily in the presence of a gentle hand.
The Great Maker and Autochthon are so close as to be nearly indistinguishable, in mannerism, turn of phrase, and interests. He shares Autochthon's passion for making things, if not her skill, and is usually her assistant - he fetches tools, carries materials, quests after rare and valuable components, and is in all ways Autochthon's hands outside her lab and lair.
Their closeness has earned Maker the nickname "Autochthon's Soul," and he wears it with pride. Even the other dragons have trouble telling them apart most of the time.