It wasn’t long before dragons started to work together. At first it was for personal gain. As the leader of a gang, you could sit back and watch your minions do all the work, while you quite literally reaped the rewards. The leaders, however, always had one eye over their shoulder, for there was always another dragon looking to place himself in the ‘hot seat’. Fear, treachery and assassination were commonplace. In most parts of the world, the infighting lasted centuries, and devastated what would have been a thriving population. But here and there, small pockets of dragons working together to form communities would pop up, much to the disgust of the gangs and their leaders. Hard fought battles between the groups were won and lost on an almost daily basis, so booming and widespread was the dragon population.
Some of these dragon communities found themselves living inside, or around, many of the large volcanic disturbances that defined this particular age. Many dragon historians believe this is when dragon individuals, and dragon society as a whole, became captivated with lava, and the chance to live beneath the surface of the planet. The larger caves offered more than the necessary heat the dragons sought, while providing safety and shelter from the elements, and the few remaining dinosaurs that may have acted as predators.
The communities that based themselves in and around the volcanos thrived, due to that sage environment, and because the heated ground in the surrounding caves proved the perfect place for dragon eggs to incubate and finally hatch. In a matter of generations, the communities spread out, swallowed up or destroyed all of the remaining gangs in the wilderness, and started a pattern of living that can still be recognised today in the dragon domain, throughout the world.
It is believed that in this age, much time was dedicated to learning all about the planet. As well as hunting, plants, animals and minerals were all studied in minute detail, forming the basis of some of the very early mantras. Many of the communities revered every aspect of nature, and would go as far as to leave the young alone, from any flock or herd of animals that they raided for food, realising the impact of sustainability. These very principles underpin dragon society today, and can most definitely be traced back this far.