Portents of Mother’s Gate

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Appendix I: Jargon & Terminology

The following terms are commonly used to discuss prophesy, particularly by the mer scholars dedicated to interpreting portents.

Prophesy:

A body of poetic verse that is understood to predict the future, OR the act of creating such a verse. Used as, “This prophesy foretells...” or, “He will prophesy again soon.”

Portent:

A prophesy that has been documented for interpretation, often used as a synonym for prophesy in general. Used as, “This portent foretells...” or, “Both portents describe...”

Lost Prophesy:

A prophesy that has not been documented for interpretation. Used as, “That prophesy was lost,” or, “His lost prophesy was ultimately recorded.”

Period:

A prophesy that outlines a single event or chain of events, often involving a number of subjects. Used as, “In this period, the great wave comes,” or, “This prophesy period depicts the king’s decision.”

Movement:

A prophesy that outlines a series of related events, often following a single subject or group of subjects. Used as, “In this movement, the builders awaken to their destiny,” or, “This prophesy movement follows their journey.”

Tatter:

A segment of a prophesy movement that comes to pass at a specific time, unique from other segments that come to pass at other times (see APPENDIX III for annotation). Used as, “This tatter corresponds with...” or, “The third tatter of this movement coincides with...”

Tattering:

The phenomenon of assorted prophesy tatters overlapping with each other, OR the study of tatter overlaps to infer an unbroken stream of future events. Used as, “They studied the tattering...” or, “When tattering prophesy, be sure to...” or, “This portent still needs tattering.”

Fruition:

The chronological time at which a given prophesy comes to pass, OR the relative time at which a prophesy is perceived to come to pass. Used as, “Fruition of this portent predates that event,” or, “This tatter reaches fruition months later.”

Tempo:

The chronological span of time between the date a prophesy is first said and the date it comes to pass, OR the relative interim between tatters of a given movement reaching fruition. Used as, “The shorter the tempo, the less time interpreters have,” or, “This tempo spans two decades.”

Composer:

The specific person or people who said a given prophesy. Used as, “This portent’s composer is...” or, “This portent has multiple composers.”

Trance:

The phenomenon of a person slipping into an unconscious state, often marked by seizures, and saying a prophesy. Used as, “The trance took him at dinner,” or, “He tranced in his sleep.”

Cycle:

The interim of 20 days between an individual person’s prophetic trances. Used as, “He is mid-cycle,” or, “This child hasn’t started his cycle yet.”

Cycle #:

The specific day of the prophetic cycle on which an individual enters the trance, updated every calendar year. Used as, “His cycle falls on Day Six this year,” or, “Last year, he tranced on Day Ten.”

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