Can't we have dragons breeding people instead? That sounds much more logical to me, even according to the principles you have set down. :)
But it makes an interesting challenge, worth thinking about. One beginning of the chain of reasoning could be elephants... also large herbivores, easily dangerous, but very useful to humans in their environments. Got to figure that one out more. Go to Comment
...and yet, elephants are used and domesticated by the man. Okay, perhaps quite a of few them come from the wild, and maybe is the religious ingredient necessary. But if the aim of domestication is to breed as many as you can, you can forget dragons as well. That's one box I don't want the dragons to pull out of - they should stay rare and exceptional, otherwise you get that Dinotopia.
Doesn't mean it can't be done... as Siren is already proving. Go to Comment
There have been many gods of the wilds before, and this one is acceptable. I like that he is not overtly 'evil' in the actions of his worshippers, though it would be easy to mark him as a demonic entity. So what are his real goals? What if instead of clawing civilization apart, he is preparing for a war nobody else has an idea of? You could easily turn the situation without making him a softy caring a bit for those soft-skinned weaklings. :) Go to Comment
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Likeable chaps. You get a good feeling of their 'otherness', so important for that exotic race you need to place somewhere. Much as I like them, I would still like to see some 'bad' to them, or something to blow the mind upon. Even with the stranger parts they are in perfect harmony. Still a very good minor race. Go to Comment
Limit them to one region or put into the whole world; make them a priestly sect or a secular organization, the basic idea stands unharmed, perfectly scalable. You get the plot hooks, you get the drama, and the undead become a tangible threat in this world. Worth using any day. Go to Comment