The Concept of a Prophecy

It is not the question of whether there should be one. Of course, there should, I am writing a fantasy novel after all. The challenge is to approach the Prophecy from a different angle, and so far the idea is that the prophecies are made by people, and the people are often wrong.

So the six versions of the Recital of Sacrifice, which are in use in five Regions of Western Domain and a Westerner’s settlement in Zurbah, are admittedly different, and I made sure that it is known from the very beginning of the book.

Ngale studies all versions in search of a system, which would allow him to put the described/foretold events in a meaningful order, and expecting them to happen, while Illai scrutinizes the events, which actually took place, arranging them into a grid of foretold ones, and trying to decide if the pattern makes sense.

The trick is to make the Prophecy questionable and believable at the same time, giving the reader a freedom to choose, which parts of it to believe, and which to disregard until further development of the story, to provoke and tease at the same time…

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