Oooh, petrified wood!
There is magic in one thing becoming another, and magic again in crafting stone into dragons. It couldn’t be done they said. To give life to something that had already lived? Impossible. So far only one artisan has managed the feat and then only twice.
The first dragon is small and mottled and cheerfully assists the university’s gardener with the bonsai, fascinated with the tiny trees. The second dragon is larger, long and sinuous, its body carved from an entire ancient tree. It takes off into the forest almost as soon as it comes alive, blending with the trees and protecting them from fires and lumber folk.
There is no third dragon.