Sunday, February 1, 2015

Portent VII 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.


So came the girl to island warm
Where Dynde met her island form
And cast the net in gifted grace
For gifted girl with Mother's face

She wises slow by ocean's creed
The years she learns cannot succeed
The golden tongue is given sure
Though spoken out cannot endure (I)

For once she breathes the gifted word
Her death before due time ensured
The learned girl at ocean's shore
To Hells and back through deathly roar

When all has turned to dust and grief
The screaming death comes truly brief
By master's hand so banished there
To roam the master's master's fief

Yet Mother's grace protects her soul
While vessel lingers hurt but whole (II)
Made keeper grim of howling gate
The darkness comes to pay her toll. (III)

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Comment below with your take on this portent.

This is one of the first prophesies I ever wrote! It is quoted two places in Awakening - in the first scene of Part 3, and in the last scene of Part 4. The portent comes to pass in three stages, and doesn't culminate until Book 3.

Do you know who the gifted girl is? And what do you think is her destiny?

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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:
Valyo Nkwnoh Dynde XV
2:2:1:3/10, 8:1:2 IX
V:I 3:2:4:7/10, 8:2:2 IX
V:II 2:2:2:2/5, III:IX
The portent attributed here references multiple events that come to pass in sections called tatters. An additional tatter dateline has been added to the attribution for each tatter, noting the date when that segment of the portent will come to pass.

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