Back on topic:
1. I'd still be curious about your views on "tone of voice" in telepathy
2. an afterthought on gender:
I can follow Elliot's and Kiya's line of thinking and feeling - that's human.
And that's the key - the reader is always human. I describe a creature, that has no human origin (though "education" possibly, however we know nothing of the creator's race, right?). But author and audience always are human - can one distance oneself from that - and more important; could one alienate the reader from his human view and expectations; and, if so, should one?
3. Since the third part (the brain mainly) of the Lupogryph is "dragon" - please help me with your reading experience. I keep digging in my mind as to whether dragons are described "gender specific" in general. So far I come up with - generally no; a clear tendency to male behaviour, if gender is not clearly defined. (I can remember one instance of a she-dragon in my childhood (Mrs Mahlzahn from Jim Knopf, who later becomes the golden dragon of wisdom (Kiya will know) - and as "the golden dragon" it actually looses direct gender reference). What's your view on the gender of "dragon"?