Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Portent III 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.


Expunging legend's earthly might
The endless creep of shadow's fold
For master primes the westward flight
To twice awaiting hold

The subtle signs of rose's blight
His silent gate is first to see
Awakening to waning light
Without the chance to plea

To close the long unfinished fight
They reign revered as Mother's call
Yet linger lost beyond the sight
Of builder's westward fall.

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Comment below with your take on this portent.

This prophesy details the events that take place in Part 3 of Awakening. Its three stanzas mirror the three chapters of Part 3, and it deals with the flagging hopes of our heroes as they endure the hardest leg of their journey. Can you guess who the silent gate is?

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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:
Jyedih Nnwadohs Dynde XIX
3:2:4:2/6, 1:2:2 IX
V 2:1:4:4/5, 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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