Dragons are creatures with nearly unlimited life spans. They can survive for long periods of time, and no one has found a dragon that has died of old age. Adolescence is usually marked by the growth of a hatchling’s wings, although not all breeds of dragons grow wings and some breeds have other traits that indicate the beginning of maturation. Once they hit adolescence, hatchlings change quickly, maturing to their full forms in only 2 years.
Dragons don’t communicate with each other verbally, but they will growl to scare off predators and frighten prey. Young dragons will emit an extremely high-pitched squeal when they are frightened. To communicate, they use telepathy with each other and to speak to other creatures.
Stone dragons have a tough outer covering made of a stone-like material. They eat rocks, using the minerals they contain for nourishment and to keep up their stone outer shell. They rarely move, and are the heaviest of all types of dragons. Although they have wings, indicating flight ability, no one has ever seen a stone dragon flying.
Volund loves to experiment with stone, metal ores and their properties, and crafts wonderful tools, weapons and objects of beauty from metal, stone and jewels. (He does not need to move much to do so, as it is all done by digestion.) He took the name of a Smith God in honor of his chosen craft. He is as patient as the stones themselves, a careful teacher, and is in the process of imparting his wisdom and knowledge to his young apprentice and fellow stone dragon, Hephaestus Aetnaeus.