Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Portent XII 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.


By land and sea and air they ride
The motley force of Mother's pride
For prince estranged they come by air
Their chieftain blessed by danger's wear

The sea erupts its lowest lows
By countless heads the army grows
The long unshackled earthly rise
To fight beneath unshrouded skies

Beholden from the depths they burst
To oust again the reigning cursed
The wretched now cannot defend
With threefold battle at its end

But advent unexpected wrests
The night from long unwelcome guests
Unleashed the gateway's vicious roar
With thunder turns the tides of war.

Can you decode the future Tales of the Known World?

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This epic portent is quoted before three scenes in Awakening, and it predicts one of the coolest plot twists in Book 4. I love the sturdy rhythm of this prophesy. What do you think the threefold battle 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:
Resyn Jarunwe Rovikya XV
1:3:3:5/5, 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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