Saturday, November 1, 2014

Portent IV 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.


The hidden prince unveiled his plan
To take the darkened sky
But mountain met where time began
Awaiting flame to cry

With flame without the flame within
Did flee through snow and hate
To meet another shifting sin
And find A'lara's mate

The bound with binder came to flee
The builder sent to wed
Adopting long mistaken key
When mages both lay dead

At last the stolen builder deems
Escape from master right
Awakening from broken dreams
To flee unto the sight

The dragon mage emboldened fled
The builder's errant son
And master drank the growing dread
Of destiny begun.

Can you decode the future Tales of the Known World?

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Comment below with your take on this portent.

This prophesy details the events that take place in Part 1 of Awakening. Its five stanzas mirror the five chapters of Part 1, and it references each of the characters as they begin their seemingly unrelated journeys.

Can you guess who the prince or dragon mage is? (Hint: if you haven't read Part 1 yet, you can get the free sample here.)

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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:
Vyedik Ndeloh Dynde XX
4:2:3:6/9, 1:3:2 IX
V 1:3:4:1/5, 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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