From: Loren Miller <loren_at_ioxy.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2000 21:05:39 -0600

Your interpretation of Utuma is compelling. Unfortunately the commonly accepted Gloranthan meaning of Utuma is so different that it may be impossible to reconcile the two. Simply put, Utuma is Transformation through Self-Sacrifice. As you know, when something kills a dragonnewt it is reborn from its egg. That is the only way for Dragonnewts to progress to the next form when they are ready. Utuma is a way to utilize the powers of rebirth, draconic progression, and transformation to make vast changes in the world, probably through some kind of correspondence with the macrocosm and microcosm, et al. By the time a Dragon progresses through the stages of dragonnewt life it has been killed and reborn hundreds or thousands of times, and and may well have sacrificed its own life through utuma several dozen times to effect various changes in the world around it.


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