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.
Legends say that once, when time itself was young, the first dragons struggled to establish a foothold on the world. The divine powers themselves, it says, took pity on them and bestowed upon them a gift - exemplars of draconic virtue to lead them forth into a glorious future. Though this is but a story, some believe it may hold a shred of truth in it, and the reason for such is the mighty Tanoth. Amongst the largest of living dragons, Tanoth is truly ancient, a protector of the world's delicate balance. They say he has great magical power at his disposal, the most prominent of which is the ability to bestow a bronze scale to one worthy and in need of it and with it grant them a single wish. The evergrowing berries from his leafy crown and wreath are said to have healing properties, able to banish illness and make plants flourish. His mate is Llyra the Gentle Sage, a wise guardian of the woodlands.