Remember when we talked about the idea of a cannibalism taboo in a world of multiple sentient species? Sure you do. Fighter was eating a goblin at the time. Well today’s comic has been simmering for a long time, and it rises from that same pressing question: Is it OK to treat sentient species like animals? 

The obvious answer is a resounding “no.” There’s a reason that every orc shaman wears a skull mask and every demon altar is made from human viscera. That mess is straight up creepy.

But imagine what it’s got to be like as a young silver dragon. There you are in your first human settlement, all shapeshifted and trying to blend in. You’re a goodly creature. You’re chivalrous. You’re all set to hand out your big plot quest to a band of likely heroes. But then the first schmuck to answer your call to adventure swaggers up wearing the remains of your poor uncle Glorithon for a hat. That’s got to be pretty off-putting.

And sure, I know that depending on what source book you read, you’ll learn that dragons collect their cast-off scales and gift them to humanoids. But you know what I think? I think that’s pure propaganda from the dragon scale mail industry. I’ll bet you anything there are killing floors beneath those trendy dragon scale boutiques. They’re probably full of half-flayed metallic dragons passed out in icy tubs. They very likely have “see a cleric” notes taped to their snouts.

I may have an adventure to write.

What do you think though? Does turning your slain enemies into gear bother you at all? Or does that strike you as good and proper behavior for an adventurer? Let’s hear it in the comments!


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