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From: "Robert Borski" <rborski@coredcs.com>
Subject: (whorl) Killing inhumi
Date: Sat, 2 Oct 1999 03:32:11 

How to kill an inhumu/a? Let us count the ways.

According to Wijzer, drowning doesn't work.

Burning them, however, does--this, according to Horn, is the practice in
New Viron (anyone willing to see this as a variant on sutteeism--in Hindu
religion, the custom where a widow is immolated with her deceased husband
on a shared funeral pyre? Oddly enough, if anyone practiced this, you'd
expect the Gaonese.)

Yet burying them alive seems to be the accepted method of dispatch in Gaon.
But why are the captured inhumi buried in, of all places, the marketplace,
sealed under a symbol "too awful to describe, so that no one will dig there
again"? This seems to me mighty strange--especially since the inhumi don't
die for a really long time? (Hence Jahlee's eventual resurrection from her
house of dirt.) Is it because the pavement stones of the marketplace offer
an additional impediment? And why aren't the inhumi killed first? Horn,
after all, knows that the simple expedient of decapitation works. Surely,
he could communicate this to the Gaonese, so they could practice it rather
than the live burial method. Even if there's an oral tradition that head
removal doesn't work, the Rajan could convince them with a simple
demonstration. Or does he need live inhumi to win the war with the Hanese?

Still to be explored: the stake and/or silver bullet method.

Robert Borski

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