Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Portent XVII 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.


From sanctuary's edge they go
The traitors good and kind
To venture bold for country's sake
And ruler long maligned

While pressing deep into the dark
The binder freed would find
The turning crown and meet by fate
The son long left behind.

Can you decode the future Tales of the Known World?

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This prophesy foretells the very first scene of Broken. Though a little short as prophesies go, this one heralds an epic plot twist.

I'm proud of rhyming the word maligned, and I really enjoy the imagery of the turning crown (can you guess to whom it refers?). I'm also excited to hear your ideas on the son long left behind!

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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:
Jaynrik Yohvikye Kaedya V
2:1:1:1/5, 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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