Speaking of Alternative Fantasy Races I believe I'm obliged to point you in the direction of this little rant by a person who goes by the handle, Limyaael [if you know of her I don't have to mention the addictive nature of her writing rants, but otherwise, you have been warned, I spend far too much time reading these haha].
limyaael: Other Species Equal-Time Day.
Its entitled "Other Species Equal-Time day".
Personally I'm taking Limyaael's advice and have a tweaked version of the firebird of slavic folklore as a character. Good times.
Thank you very much. I needed something akin to a savage mount in my book and the Karkadanns sound like an excellent idea.