Sunday, March 1, 2015

Portent VIII 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.


When lost through sight of death untold
Works not to see the seen unfold
She riles the sea for sacrifice
Of homebound student stolen thrice

Who by the grace of lessons taught
Reminds the lost of truth forgot
And braves the wake of ocean churned
Her death delayed and future earned.

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This short portent is key to a great scene in Chapter 7 of Awakening. It is especially foreboding to Larin, who was told this prophesy foretells her own destiny. You can read the scene in 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:
Jyakugi Ndendyn Regyoni XIX
3:2:4:2/7, 8:2:2 IX
V 2:1:1:2/5, III:IX
The portent attributed here has been interpreted, and it references a single event that occurs on an exact date. An additional verified dateline has been added to the attribution, noting the date when the portent comes to pass.

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