Friday, January 1, 2016

Portent XVIII 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.


Bereft successor drowned in red
With thorns for crown and stones for bed
On eve by master all lay dead
The shackled proud would satiate
With nothing but her wide estate
To tempt the tempted tempting fate

Come low who heed the highest plea
Escape the pressures of the sea
And spill their blood for homes to be
They call an end to time untold
By land and sea a hundred fold
And turn to green to turn to gold.

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I love this portent's triple rhymes! Though the events foretold come to pass well after Book 2, hints of this future arise in Part 1 of Broken.

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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:
Lensih Ndwahvi Lohki VI
2:1:1:2/5, 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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