Dragons are composed of two beings. The first is a mortal and might be human, elf, dwarf or any of the mortal races. These mortal bodies can and eventually do die – whether it be of violence, illness, old age or other weirder circumstances. The soul of the dragon, however, is immortal. It has existed in one form or another since the dawn of the solar system. These fractured souls will continue onward long after the mortal coil has perished. A Dragon's mortal lifespan is obviated by her Awakening, however, and her lifespan is greatly increased.