Just something about dragons that will be used in this story!
The specifics of courtship vary widely among dragon species. Just as in birds and reptiles, it typically involves some type of display or ritual performed by the dominant in an attempt to win over the heart of their desired mate. This may include, and is not limited to, physical displays of color, strength, and agility; mental acuity; vocalization or “dragon song;” and gift giving in the form of food and/or trinkets and treasure.
When the submissive is receptive to mating, the actual act is often preceded by some type of ritual. These acts can be part of the courtship as well, but certain rituals are done only prior to the act of mating. In many species, this is a dance or display performed on the ground.
The act of mating is done in some secluded part of the dragon’s preferred habitat. The dominant typically mounts the submissive, though rarely, the submissive may mount the dominant. Sexual encounters can last several hours- depending on if the dominant or submissive is in a rut or heat.
Heat can be triggered if the submissive is close to their true mate, only dragon experience true mates and simple things like a bump or certain look may trigger heat and every month or so after they have met their true mate (varies on submissive), though dominants experience ruts once every three months, no matter if they meet their mate or not.
With mating, Alphas/Dominants may feel a connection whilst Omegas/Submissives begin to go into heat, symptoms vary from submissive to submissive.
Successful fertilization typically results in one or two or, in rare cases, three eggs in the vast majority of species. Among some of the smaller and more primitive Low Dragons, clutches of a dozen eggs or more are common. This reflects the fact that these dragons are more prone to predation, especially of their eggs and young.
On one end of the spectrum, the small, more primitive dragons need only minimal environmental conditions to ensure hatching, and the eggs require only a month or so to hatch. At the other end of the spectrum, the eggs of some of the largest species take a year or more to hatch. Such a long incubation necessitates that the parents expend some effort in maintaining optimal environmental conditions for their eggs, as those conditions can change radically with the seasons. Such effort can be as simple as a parent tucking the egg in close to his or her body or under a wing to keep it sheltered and warm or as radical as relocating the nest site entirely.
Dragons and Humans
The ability of dragon eggs to survive for centuries, in addition to their other magical properties, makes them highly prized among witches, wizards, and other magical folk. The potential to distill life everlasting from these eggs is extremely enticing, which, in turn, makes dragon eggs highly sought after and very valuable. And there are those who possess a strong desire to hatch out a dragon of their own, to keep as a pet or companion. The results of these endeavors are not always pleasant. The subsequent poaching of dragon eggs over the centuries has been one of the primary causes of the extinction or near extinction of all dragon species.
Breaking out of the egg is arguably the most difficult trial of any dragon’s life. Weak and uncoordinated, the tiny dragon must break through a hard shell which has it bound up in the fetal position so tight it can barely breathe let alone move. The manner in which a dragon hatchling emerges from the egg varies somewhat from one species to the next, but the one trait they all share is the egg tooth, a bony spike on the tip of the snout which the hatchling uses to scrape and chisel its way out of the egg. This is very similar in form and function to the egg tooth found in birds and many reptiles, and, as in these more common animals, the egg tooth is shed soon after hatching.
Alphas are generally dominant and able to impregnate Omegas. Male Alphas usually have a knot when aroused.
Male Omegas are self-lubricating, and have the ability to become pregnant, sometimes referred to as being bred or mated. Lovers may form pair-binds with a special connection with telepathic or empathetic qualities. Paired Alphas may be jealous and possessive of their mate, while the Omega may become submissive. Omegas and Alphas may go into heat and need to have sex; this may be the only time Omegas are fertile.
Sometimes, a mated pair may develop a soulbond. There is often biting involved in both sex and the formation of such a bond and these bonds last for life.