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.
White dragons are pacifists and specialize in extremely strong healing magic. The only limit of this magic is that it can’t bring back the dead. They only eat plants and never kill living things.
Eileithyia is a skilled healing dragon, whose specialty is caring for females, hatchlings, and babies, both human and draconic. She is a comforting midwife, and when a female dragon is having difficulty laying her eggs, or a human woman is in the throes of a particularly dangerous and painful labor, she is called in whenever possible. Her blessing (which often comes in the form of a temporary fog-like swirl around the egg) cures softshell and hatchling sickness, and eggs and hatchlings blessed by her magic grow up stronger and wiser. Offerings to her are often accompanied by a tuft of hair from a newborn's head, or a vial with drops of the first milk produced by a new mother, in hopes that she will bless mother and child via sympathetic magic.