Friday, April 1, 2016

Portent XXI 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 comrade returned to earth yet unearned
Reluctant empress crowned
With mantle of war from spindles of yore
For legends long renowned

From memory's halls, necessity calls
Her mind at last to right
Her love from the land, she greets the demand
To lead the foreign fight

Her people displaced, they bid her in haste
Embrace the timeless mold
And gateway entreat their prison defeat
To depths of Hells untold.

Can you decode the future Tales of the Known World?

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Comment below with your take on this portent.

I love this prophesy! I wrote it to use as a pre-scene quote for just one scene in Awakening, but the meter is really cool, and I enjoy the rhyme scheme a lot, too.

Though the prophesy actually comes to pass in Book 3, the quote appears in Book 1 before a scene involving the Empress Deira. What do you think it foretells?

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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:
Gasyih Nodehki Kaedya VII
2:1:4:2/5, 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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