An nice article, interesting mixing of real world and the Temeraire canon. One small issue that I noted;
"The reverence with which the Chinese themselves regard these two breeds would prevent them from attempting to interbreed them with lesser Chinese dragons."
I don't think this is correct. I recall a passage in Throne of Jade that discusses the various Chinese breeds which mentioned that the highest ranking dragons in the Imperial administration might be "honoured" with an Imperial mating following years of good service. I admit that mating isn't the same as breeding, but the context of the paragraph that I recall would seem to suggest that as the intent. Andrew 06:10, 15 December 2008 (PST)