And look! It has grown wings! 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.
Once, when Messenger was travelling through the mountains to visit some friends, she met a fellow traveller. They travelled together for some time, sharing food and tales. When the time came to part ways, the traveller gave Messenger this little companion as a gift of farewell, saying that it would bring luck to Messenger's clan.