Forward: A Note on Prophetic Poetry
The poems in this book are prophetic. They predict events from the fantasy saga Tales of the Known World, some of which have come to pass in published books, and others which will come to pass in future books.
These prophesies are poems that tell a story. They are sequenced by the date at which they come to pass, and they follow the unfolding events of the first four books of the saga.
But they are also riddles. Each portent is a single piece of an ongoing puzzle, and you must interpret the pieces in order to determine the events that they predict.
In the Known World, the elusive merfolk are gifted with the ability to prophesy. However, each individual portent must be interpreted before it can be placed in chronological order and published in a story book like this one. These story books are considered the epic poetry of the merfolk, and oral readings are a popular pastime.
Due to the volume of prophesy that is recorded every day, events in some portents inevitably overlap with events from other portents. This phenomenon is called the tattering, and interpreters study these overlaps to infer an unbroken stream of future events. Countless scholars have devoted their lives to the tattering of prophesy, which spans generations.
However, this tattering can make it difficult to sequence full prophesies chronologically, since certain sections may come to pass at different times.
In these instances, a prophesy is annotated into its disparate sections, called tatters, and the prophesy is sequenced in multiple locations.
The tatter of chronological significance is further annotated with the date it comes to pass, which cues readers to sequence only the events of that particular tatter in story book order. For a thorough explanation of prophesy tattering and annotation, see APPENDIX III.
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Also by D.N.Frost
Tales of the Known World
Set I ~ Chronicles of Mother’s Gate
PORTENTS OF MOTHER’S GATE ~ Story Book
First Bookend ~ SCRIBE ASCRIBED & TRIBE UNTIED
AWAKENING ~ Book One
Second Bookend ~ WAKING UP & FALLING DOWN
BROKEN ~ Book Two
Third Bookend ~ VAST ASLEEP & RIDE AWAKE
CONCEIVED ~ Book Three
DIVINE ~ Book Four
Set II ~ The Rise of the House of Grishem
For Kindle ~ FANTASY MAP MAKER JUMP START: 61 Easy Tips for Fantasy World Building with Real Earth Science
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Forward: A Note on Prophetic Poetry
Portents of Awakening: Book One
Portents of Broken: Book Two
Portents of Conceived: Book Three
Portents of Divine: Book Four
Forward: A Note on the Uncommon Spelling of ‘Prophesy’
Appendix I: Jargon & Terminology
Appendix II: Dates & Accreditation
Appendix III: Tattering & Annotation
Appendix IV: The Prophetic Cycle & Interpretation
Appendix V: The Cultural Impact of Prophesy