Metallic dragons are true dragons, usually of good alignments, as opposed to evil-aligned chromatic dragons. Metallics often defend their lands from evildoers, particularly evil dragons. As per their name, the scales of these dragons are composed of the metal in the name or recreate the appearance of such.
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The evil god Dahak created the metallic dragons to hunt for sport. Apsu entered the Material Plane in order to end Dahak's reign of terror. However, Tiamat saw Dahak as a son and wanted him spared. In a deal to save Dahak, Tiamat healed some of the wounded metallic dragons, creating the original chromatic dragons.