From: Harald Smith (617) 724-9843 (SMITHH@A1.MGH.HARVARD.EDU)
Date: Mon 15 May 1995 - 17:58:00 EEST
My interpretation of mastering/touching the Infinity Rune is this: The Infinite is the true power/energy of the universe. It contains everything, including all dichotomies: chaos/order, being/nothingness, truth/illusion, all the gods and all mortals and all potential futures and pasts. It is not something that can be described nor can it be comprehended. That is why people don't worship the Infinite--they cannot grasp it. Instead they worship aspects/masks of the Infinite that were created out of it.
If you think of Illumination as gaining an understanding and an acceptance of the knowable world (including the chaos within it), then you might be able to think of touching the Infinite as gaining some sort of integration with the Unknowable. You may then be able to work all the dichotomies and potentials of the Infinite within a limited sphere of the Known world.
This interpretation is derived from reading Joseph Campbell's works and other writers on Mythology and Transcendence.
Someone commented on the Serpent Guardians of Nomad Gods so I'll not repeat that, but there was a Wyrm's Footnotes (#5 or #7) which presented the Serpent Guardians that could be found at the earth temples (written by Steve Perrin). I don't think these would typically be classified as Beastmen though.
Another type of beastman appeared in WF 14 in the Crown Test of Leika Ballista. This was the Flamingoman. The statement regarding it was: "like a duck, but worse".
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