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.
Red dragons are similar to typical story book dragons. They shoot flames, can fly, etc. However, they aren’t evil creatures as depicted in myths and won’t go around raiding castles, killing knights, or kidnapping princesses. They live in a variety of habitats, from forests to coastlines to abandoned castles, usually in warm climates, and eat whatever living creatures they can find.
Ignatius is an 'all mouth and no trousers' sort of dragon. He likes to make himself look big, talk big and strut about like he's in charge of everything, when in fact he's a bit of a wuss that has a tendency to hiss and blow smoke at anything that scares him. He's not fond of little ones, being prone to blow smoke at them as well, and tries to stick close to the adult dragons he knows. The other dragons in the Tikindi cave tend to find him quite amusing, although none of them would tell him that, and he's allowed to make himself look as big as he wants because they all know he isn't in charge.