And look! Its wings have grown bigger, and it now has large stingers all over the newly split tips of its tail. It must be close to maturing.
Young dragons are relatively defenseless. They are born with relatively soft scales, which are shed and replaced with harder ones as the hatchling matures. Once a hatchling’s wings grow in, it marks the beginning of maturation. At this point they are often capable of hunting on their own and are usually left alone by their mother.
This dragon has been frozen in time as a hatchling, doomed to live out the rest of its long life without ever growing up.
Life's not all bad for BattleCall, and he can regularly be found sunning himself on the sun-warmed stones around the cave entrance. He seems happy to be so small, as the larger, predatory dragons pay him little to no attention as they swoop by in search of food. A hatchling his size could hardly even be considered a snack let alone a meal.