Saturday, August 1, 2015

Portent XIII 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.


Ambassador from dragon mage
To weary slaves in rattled cage
He calls his brethren all arise
To seek the timeless sight's demise

When hatred's flow is left unquenched
Their sights on sight are sorely wrenched
To boldly tread the rocky path
Deferring to diverted wrath

From chains they rise and free they fall
Alive for once and dead for all.

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This portent ends with a spooky couplet, which furthers the eerie foreboding this prophesy creates. It is quoted only once in Awakening, before a scene in Chapter 5. The foretold events come to pass in Book 4. Who do you think the ambassador could 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:
Varyik Seloh Rovikya XVI
1:3:3:6/5, 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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