Grave Dragons are not named for their connections to death or burial, but for the grave expression on their faces. This strange expression is used as a defense mechanism that causes fits of panic and terror in potential predators. Since they only eat ash and charcoal, they do not hunt. Grave Dragons are powerful fire-breathers and have been known to burn down forests and villages alike to make meals. It is believed that the markings on each Grave Dragon’s wings are the faces of those who have lost their lives in fires started by that dragon.
To most Grave dragons, ash is ash. Whether it comes from animal or plant sources matters not, so long as it fills their bellies. This male, however, is different. An exquisitely picky eater, he finds tastes and aromas in ash that most of his breed cannot, and accordingly has organized his eating list to favor those that taste finest. Humans top the list, with small breeds of dragon close behind, and with such an ample supply of both he never has to go without. Scorning the practice of carelessly burning down villages (he finds it wasteful to let good ash mix with bad), he hunts his prey directly, plucking humans and squirming hatchlings alike from their homes before carrying them back to his den to feed. There he takes his time roasting them, drawing out every drop of flavor, leaving not the smallest smudge of dust behind when he's done. Mercifully, his horrific crimes have not gone unnoticed; even now, human and dragon heroes alike are moving to put an end to him once and for all.