Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Portent XXIII 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.


While timeless keepers ruled the waves
Unjustly bred eternal slaves
And pitiless their judgment cast
As harsh on first as on the last

With Mother's mark entitled grew
At length did Mother's creed eschew
When sought they gates of time to chain
To fend their everlasting reign

But Mother's gifts will long abide
In low forgiveness long denied
By kings equality defied
Their fate to Second Gaweh tied.

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This is the very last prophesy to appear in Awakening, and it deals with the hubris of the prophetic merfolk. Can you guess what Second Gaweh is?

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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:
Dohjis Gelyndi Gusya I
2:2:2:2/5, 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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