And look! It has grown wings and its scales have gained beautiful patterns. 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.
Far older than he looks, this small dragon chose to remain forever in adolescent form, for one reason and for one reason only. While all nebula dragons love the stars, this male's love for them was so great that the thought of choosing only one pattern to imitate greatly depressed him. So it was that he decided he would stay young forever, where a bright mind and unfinished wings would allow him to remain a living canvas, constantly changing his markings from one constellation to another. A dedicated astronomer, he teaches the science of the stars at a local institute, often using his own wings as the star map of the day.