Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Portent XIV 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.


A prison she cannot defeat
Where shadows lost and daemons meet
Untimely tide assents to greet
The gateway unentombed

For lover lost in moments stark
Her eons squandered long and dark
Can forth by master's hand embark
With powers rife exhumed

Yet languish they in kindly wake
Of recollections blankly fake
But shall by distance undertake
To don the mantle groomed.

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This prophesy is cool because portions of it come to pass in different books. The first two stanzas manifest in Awakening while the last stanza references events in Broken and on into Conceived.

The rhyme and meter are immaculate, and I'm proud of rhyming words like exhumed instead of easier counterparts. Can you guess who the gateway is?

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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:
Gwnri Dahlynwe Rovikya XVII
1:3:3:7/5, 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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