Monday, February 1, 2016

Portent XIX 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.


Her advent bids the council rise
To greet her under darkened skies
Where Hells begin and gateway ends
Well met the friendless friends of friends

Her journey they supplant once more
For gate to breach the dark implore
And guide her through the mortal wail
Of shade transcending veil to veil

Her mentors timeless gate estrange
And plead remorseless gate exchange
With thunder's anguish to and fro
Her life for life and woe for woe.

Can you decode the future Tales of the Known World?

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Comment below with your take on this portent.

This prophesy comes to pass in Book 3, titled Conceived. It opens a scene in Part II of Awakening, in which a dragon attacks Port Myre of Kanata.

I love the rickety rhyme at the end of each stanza of this riddle. Can you guess who the friendless friends of friends are?

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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:
Donvyik Karasyn Dynde IX
2:1:1:5/5, 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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