Monday, December 1, 2014

Portent V 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.


From darkness warped and witnessed hence
The builders rise beneath the fall
Of prince enthralled as fled he whence
The binder heard the master's call

Awakening astride the rift
Of knowledge gained and lessons learned
The builder freed would freely gift
Unbridled bride and suitor spurned

They flame and bound and binder met
Who begged forsaken their consent
When evil stole away his debt
By darkness came and darkness went.

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Comment below with your take on this portent.

This prophesy details the events that unfold in Part 2 of Awakening. Its three stanzas mirror the three chapters of Part 2, and it alludes to each of the characters as their journeys coalesce and the true nature of their quest is revealed.

Can you guess who the forsaken are? (Hint: if you haven't read Part 2 yet, let me send you this free ebook.)

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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:
Valehyn Ryihdas Dynde VI
2:3:1:6/13, 2:1:2 IX
V 2:1:2:3/5, 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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