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Old May 15 2008, 09:26 AM   #1
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Default Firelizard (and dragon) maturation times?

I'm sure this likely has a simple answer squirrelled away somewhere, but for the life of me I can't find it ...

How long does it take for a firelizard to reach physical / sexual maturity?

Or dragons for that matter -- although a look at the Dragonflight timeline in the Atlas suggests about two and a half years for Ramoth (?!), that doesn't quite sit right ...


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Old May 15 2008, 10:44 AM   #2
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Green dragons: ~1 year
Male dragons: ~1 year (confirmed in DDawn, also see comments on Lioth's maturity in DFlight)
Gold dragons: 2-3 years (implied/stated in various places)

For firelizards - again, I'd check the relevant parts of Dragonsdawn, particularly the timelag between the first impressions of flits and the point at which Sorka's parents are noted to be relieved that Sorka never impressed gold, and also the timelag between Bay's impression of Mariah and the same fact being mentioned.
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Old May 15 2008, 12:32 PM   #3
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Was the flight in Dragondrums Kimi's first? Sebell didn't seem to be aware of any of the signs. We know that's about three years after DSi, but three years seems a long time for a fire lizard to mature...
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Old May 16 2008, 09:43 AM   #4
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Green dragons: ~1 year
Male dragons: ~1 year (confirmed in DDawn, also see comments on Lioth's maturity in DFlight)
Gold dragons: 2-3 years (implied/stated in various places)

For firelizards - again, I'd check the relevant parts of Dragonsdawn, particularly the timelag between the first impressions of flits and the point at which Sorka's parents are noted to be relieved that Sorka never impressed gold, and also the timelag between Bay's impression of Mariah and the same fact being mentioned.
Checking Dragonsdawn -- which can be horribly vague in places, I'd forgotten how maddening that was -- the best anchor-points I found were that Bay Impresses Mariah at the time Sean is arranging to have a new Cricket, and Mariah clutches when mares, cows and dolphins all bear young (somehow on the same day ...?). Which apparently was "nearly twelve months after Landing".

Gestation times being nine months for cows, eleven for horses and twelve for dolphins according to a check on Google, and allowing for little complications such as the labwork needed to create the livestock embryos, and the time between mating and clutching for Mariah, I have a three-month bit of wiggle room. Maybe.


Until I manage to work out something more accurate, I'll go with nine months for (gold) firelizards and scale down from there. And try not to think too hard about the weirdness with Sebell and Kimi


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Checking Dragonsdawn -- which can be horribly vague in places, I'd forgotten how maddening that was
Are you using the UK or US edition? The UK's has a lot of extra words in it...

As far as the dragon:flit scaling goes, I guess Kitti could have engineered it to be later for the dragons as they physically needed more time to reach their full growth? Or perhaps just for the golds - there might be an argument there that flits and dragons all mature by the age of 1, with the exception of queen dragons who take a little longer.
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Are you using the UK or US edition? The UK's has a lot of extra words in it...

As far as the dragon:flit scaling goes, I guess Kitti could have engineered it to be later for the dragons as they physically needed more time to reach their full growth? Or perhaps just for the golds - there might be an argument there that flits and dragons all mature by the age of 1, with the exception of queen dragons who take a little longer.
The Canadian edition, usually Although I was checking from an ebook, which I think was the US edition ...

That might not be a bad idea, with the one-year; though with the scaling difference with flits and dragons (mass quadruples as linear growth doubles), I do admit I have a hard time thinking a flit and a dragon have the same growth period given the massive differences. *sheepish*

I'll keep digging around --!
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According to DF: Ramoth's first mating flight was before her second birthday.
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According to my timeline (based on the book and the Atlas timeline), Ramoth flew at 2 yrs and 8 months old.

Also by my timeline, Sebell's Kimi's possible first mating (with Menolly's Diver while they were on a boat) 3 yr 1 mo after she hatched.
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