Skyfires have a bipedal stature, with very long hind legs, short arms, a long head and snout, a long tail, and an overall brownish appearance. Atop their heads are two large horns, which are more rounded, rather than a traditional spike. Two long, curved horns sit on their necks, with an unknown use. Small spikes line their backs and bellies, which are used for defense and mating. These dragons are flightless, instead using their legs to run at fast speeds.
These dragons have very thick scales. The scales are a rounded shape, with ridges all along the outer side. The scales are fire-proof, needed when these dragons bathe in lava in their spare time. The scales are used on weapons, so that they cannot be destroyed by fire, most dragons main forms of defense and attack.
Like a lot of earth dragons, skyfires have many spikes. The most obvious spikes sit on their heads, which are more rounded than the others. A pair of spikes jut out from their necks, with their use currently unknown. Six rows of smaller spikes line their backs, and continue on the tails. These are used to attract mates and for defense from predatory dragons.
Males of the species are much smaller than females, about a third smaller. Females have longer spines, sharper spines, and bigger head crests. In males, expect a generally light brown colour scheme, but in females, it is a much darker brown with yellow specks all along the bellies, and a reddish end to the tails.
Skyfires inhabit a range of environments, yet never stray too far from a lava source. Usually seen in mountainous areas, they live close to volcanoes where they nest in lava pools around them. Skyfires have been recorded in every significant biome, ranging from deserts to snowy tundras. It seems skyfires rely solely on a lava source nearby to live, and the general climate does not affect them. Climates have a physical affect on them, as skyfires in different biomes have developed slightly different tints in their scales.
Ever been chased by a flock of skyfires? I have, and it's terrifying.