Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Portent IX 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.


They gather lost and grieving sore
A fractured band that battle bore
Survivors who cannot prevail
Around a vacant pyre wail

Defeated thane by heartstring hanged
In living wake unto the fanged
By night divide and stronger grow
By day they bring the legend low

No shelter left they cannot breach
Nor hope their prowess cannot leach
In fire and blood their hungers sate
While master spins the threads of fate

When none can slow the dark advance
The green enlists a second chance
At last unfettered servants fledge
To meet the dark horizon's edge.

Can you decode the future Tales of the Known World?

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Comment below with your take on this portent.

This epic portent is quoted before eight different scenes in Awakening, and it predicts the state of the world after the events of Book 2 take place. Not only does it set the stage for Book 3, it also alludes to a grand plot twist that happens later in that book.

I love this prophesy's relentless meter, embodying how none can slow the dark advance. Can you guess who the defeated thane might 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:
Leiro Nvwnle Dynde XIV
1:2:1:6/5, III:IX
The portent attributed here has not yet been interpreted. It was said recently, and it will be repeated every twenty days until either it is correctly interpreted, or it comes to pass.

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