>Who would have thought that Medusae would be like Hobbits?
Just a little joke I snuck in.
>I'm guessing that some of the bitterest and most vicious Medusae are ones who tried this once or even twice only for the worst to happen. However…
Oh yes. The dreamers believe that love can conquer all, but being a monster that can petrify with a look means that the first mistake is also the last one. And the higher you soar the lower you fall.
>Have there been notable exceptions?
Do you have all your fingers? Or even most of them? Because if yes, that's more than the number of times it went well in the collective history of the species. Strangely enough, there is one simple way to be immune to the gaze: being blind. This way you can't be petrified, and if you can adapt to the handicap (or have an alternate way of seeing that does not involve eyes, like tremorsense) you're good to go. But few blind people are willing to live with an evil snake-haired waifu, so these are often the results of epic quests where the man was blinded and the Medusa did some great good for the world, and the two fell in love.
>Are they cold-blooded?
No, but their snakes are. As such they often huddle up against their snakes when sleeping. And as a clarification: while Medusae can talk to snakes and understand them, they cannot see through their eyes at a distance without first learning magic to do so.
>Do some try to get themselves off on magic-warmed statues?
Yes. It's a bit sad, but the embrace and rock-hard erections of their statues are the only way a Medusa can experience something resembling physical contact. Some employ magic to heat them up while others stick to just lubricating the right spot.
>What, if anything, can reverse petrification?
The classic stone to flesh, high-level healing magic, divine intePost too long. Click here to view the full text.