Thursday, October 1, 2015

Portent XV 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 restless tenant weary grew
Of fighting for his key
At his behest so did request
The west to set her free

From Hells' advancing glowers
He resumed the flow of time
With turning test the truth to wrest
Detested from the crime

So asked he long to no avail
Of comrade oversold
And harried guest at last confessed
They bested young and old.

Can you decode the future Tales of the Known World?

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I love that this prophesy comes to pass in Awakening. It opens a scene in Part II of the book, and it heralds events in Part IV. I love the complex rhymes and side-step meter. Can you identify the comrade oversold?

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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:
Iwahnno Ngyehsi Gusya XIX
1:3:4:2/5, 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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