These guys are two famous hunters, Odetto and Urch. Hunting is a big part of their society and this theme will be developed over this next year. Why hunters?
The first newt I ever caught was because my father took me fishing with him up on the California/Oregon border. He challenged me to hunt for newts by lifting rocks in the river. I found lots of newts, and my eyes were opened to a great many things because of it. More on that later, but you’ll start to understand why I weave newts into so many of my stories, particularly my more personal ones, and newts must be hunted to be found in the wild.
I got my first newt from a pet store in 7th grade, and the awkward little animal matched my person. He was something I could relate to, being a teen ager I was going through a change. Amphibians always mean change to me because their fate is so bound to a huge, near violent metamorphosis. Little did I know at that time that newts would not only represent my own maturity into adulthood, but the idea that life is full of radical changes.
That first newt I got in 7th grade? I named him Orion… you got it, he’s The Hunter.