Monday, September 1, 2014

Portent II of Awakening: a riddle in rhyme

In the novel Awakening, there are 23 portents fortelling the events of the unfolding saga.

Start with Portent I here.

These and other riddles in rhyme are gathered in the Portents Directory for you to explore.


Through razor's edge of knowledge bought
Of timeless time congealed
With cold deceit the master culled
His destiny long concealed

To piercing realm of shadows fell
In terror burden reaps
With lover's spark ignites the dark
A pawn as the legend weeps

Surrendered gate the golden word
To portent's deathly creed
Awakening the tide of grief
And forfeiting soul to bleed.

Can you decode the future Tales of the Known World?

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Comment below with your take on this portent.

This portent appears at the start of Part 4 of Awakening, and it foretells the ending of the first book in the TotKW saga. Its three stanzas mirror the three chapters of Part 4, and it deals with the deathly betrayals surrounding the ultimate unbinding of A'lara City. Can you guess what destiny the master culled?

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The merfolk culture is built on the prophetic Gift. Nearly all men produce a portent every twenty days, and they devote their lives to interpretation. For more about the role and inner workings of prophesy, check out the Prophesy Appendix above.

Alongside every prophesy is an attribution block. This block contains a byline giving the name of the person who said the prophesy, and a dateline giving the day the prophesy was first said. Here is the attribution for this portent:
Dohsyn Viryahni Dynde XX
2:2:2:1/3, 1:1:2 IX
V 2:2:2:2/5, III:IX
The portent attributed here has been interpreted, and it references multiple events that culminate on an exact date. An additional verified dateline has been added to the attribution, noting the final date when the portent comes to pass.

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