Roark's main difficulty is dealing with the fact that, physically, he is no longer human.
After defeating Felix Faust in the Tomb of Isis, Isis' spirit appeared to Roark and bestowed upon him the Blessing of Isis. She told him that as a man of living stone who had proven himself a true champion, had been chosen to be an elemental defender of the Earth. He now has a mystical link with the Earth through which he can draw upon magical protection, strength, and healing to greatly increase his power. His eyes now glow faintly green, and he appears to have some degree of mystical perception. In a recent encounter with Poison Ivy, she commented that his connection to the Earth was as strong as hers in it's own way, though far more limited in its expression.
- Dryadians, or Dryads, are silicon-based humanoids from the planet Dryad--also called Korlon by it's human settlers. Dryadians are basically living rock. Notable Dryadian heroes are Blok of the Legion of Superheroes, Brik from the Green Lantern Corps, and Garv and Strata from L.E.G.I.O.N. Dryadians lives span thousands of years, and their powers seem to vary somewhat from individual to individual, by gender, and even by age. At various times Dryadians have exhibited: near-kryptonian levels of invulnerability and strength, the ability to control their mass and to physically absorb and even re-direct energy, immunity to telepathic attack, and the ability to communicate telepathically with other Dryadians or similar silicon-based life.