Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Portent XX 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.


Through timeless fog enticed
The wayward builder swayed
Assents to trade ignoble heist
For memory unmade

Across his years of pain
Unshackled elf complied
To long confide in son unslain
Of family denied

Though beauty in his sights
Embraces hero's tale
Their vouches fail to set to rights
The mind behind the veil.

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 the first few chapters of Broken. I love the complex rhyme scheme layered over the plodding iambic meter.

Who do you think the wayward builder is? I'd love to hear your suspicions on the upcoming ignoble heist, too!

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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:
Gwndah Velyohki Rovikya III
2:1:3:5/5, 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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