Female Draks come into heat once every 4 to 5 months. If they choose to mate, they will lay a clutch after 3 to 4 months. A female Drak's first clutch can be from two to four eggs. A second clutch may be from three to six, a third from five to nine, and a fourth anywhere up to 10. Most clutches don't get any higher than 10 eggs. Since humans have colonized the planet, many Drak hatchlings choose to Mind Pair with a human that they choose from those present at their hatching. However, some Draks choose to live a solitary life. Many of these will remain at their resident Castle with their Paired siblings and parents, but some return to Drak communities outside of the Castle.

Draks have a complicated system of naming their children. The ending of a hatchling's name is derived from the endings of its parents' names. A female Drakling's name ends with the last two letters of her sire's name, followed by the last two letters of her dam's name. A male Drakling's name ends with the last two letters of his dam's name, followed by the last two letters of his sire's name. For example: The male children of male Jeremy and female Alexandra would have names ending in -ramy (-ra from the dam and -my from the sire), while the female children would have names ending in -myra. In this way, a Drak can trace his or her lineage back through hundreds of generations, and can know right away if he or she is related to any other Drak. This tradition was probably started to prevent inbreeding.

When a female's clutch is ready to hatch, she will often shoo everyone from the Deep Caverns, although some females may let their mate watch as the eggs hatch. Humans are never allowed to see this. Once all the eggs have hatched, the female leads all the Draklings from the cavern in a line behind her and parades them in front of the available aspirants waiting at the exit of the Deep Cavern. The female announces each one's name, then steps back and lets each Drakling choose a partner or announce their decision not to Mind Pair.
In recent years, some Draks have chosen to educate their draklings before leading them out to mind pair. Some might only take an extra day, teaching the youngsters their name and a basic greeting, while others may take several weeks to educate their young in a variety of subjects, though this is rather rare. 
At some castles it is customary to have the draklings meet the aspirants at a party or feast where they can get to know each other in order to determin which aspirant would be the best fit to mind pair. 

When a human and a Drak Mind Pair, a weak mental bond is formed between the two. Vague thoughts and emotions can be transmitted, and the pair will rarely be apart. This bond is not strong enough to share actual thoughts, words, or images so it cannot be used for true communication, but one member of the pair can often tell if the other is troubled, joyful, angry, sad, et cetera. Draks can Pair with humans of either gender; the aspirant that they Pair with is determined by the compatibility of their personalities.

On rare occasions, two Draks that decide not to Pair with the human aspirants present may decide to Pair with one another, personalities permitting. This is slightly more common in areas with less human habitation, where more Draks may not have the opportunity to bond. It is also frequent in Drak communities outside the Castles. 
Other times, draklings will remain unbonded for a while, only to mind pair a human or another drak at a later date.