Saturday, October 1, 2016

Portent IV of Broken: a riddle in rhyme

Portent IV of Broken: by sea in timeless cage for wending #TotKW A riddle in rhyme by D.N.Frost @DNFrost13 Part of a series.
In the novel Broken, there are 24 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 prince from hall renowned
Departs the weary sage
Comrade forgoes for lurid sight
And surface trades for water mage
Whom timeless would impound

Bereft of coral stage
The timeless few invite
Advent of royal grace uncrowned
And dread incur with prince's blight
To end a dying age

Awash in wisdom's bite
The prince of laws unbound
Broken by sea in timeless cage
For wending voice and gateway drowned
In time becomes the light.

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Part 3 of Broken is titled "By Sea", and this portent deals with Tirrok's story. Forsaking A'lara to seek the wisdom of the prophetic merfolk, Tirrok travels beneath the sea to discover uncomfortable truths about their culture of ineffable fate.

What do you think the prince's blight could be?

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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:
Swani Jyahrik Gusya VI
4:1:2:7/13, 6:1:2 IX
V 3:2:1:1/5, 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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