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.
Gold dragons are the ones most often killed by humans, who consider their scales to be extremely valuable. These golden scales grant them a high level of protection, similar to armor, and they use this to their advantage in battle.
The wind literally blew into Kad's clan cave the egg that became Quite a Windfall. The clan was at the time in a shortage of status-obsessed shinies and welcomed the new egg eagerly. Disappointment was written on every face when the hatching occurred - the new hatchling was small, weak, and soon shown to be rather stupid.
Nonetheless, the dragon was raised. Windfall, as an adult, is no more intelligent or athletic than she was centuries ago. She does, however, seem to have grown into an size alarmingly large for the eggs that now roll around the cave.