Fate and Fortune Tellers in the Sea of Stars (A to Z)

7 April, 2021

Do you believe?When the Dragon Empress victoriously concluded the Gods War, it left much of the world in shock, to be further shaken by the Sundering.  The primary things that baffled the surviving diviners, fortune tellers and prophets, no one had predicted this.  No one, not one single prophecy, astrological chart, casting of the bones, they had all been silent.  If the world was to end, it should have been a titanic clash of the forces of the heavens above and the the denizens of the underworld. there were dozens, thousands of prophecies predicting various final conflicts, now permanently postponed.  But not a single one, not a snipped or a clue pointing to the Gods War and the creation of Dragonrule.

Needless to say, those prophets not wiped out in the generalize purge of the faithful found themselves . . . unwanted.  Those few that survived their disappointed followers fled to distant places where they were not known and of those, some happily vanished into obscurity but a few trying to work out why none of this was foreseen or foretold.  In the aftermath, many old writing were read and analyzed and reread and looked at from new angles and a few of them, maybe if you squinted just right could, obliquely be referring to the dragons, maybe.  But it did not restore much confidence in the old prophecies.

For several generations after the Sundering, prophecies and many types of fortune telling (with the notable exception of astronomy) were abandoned.  But, people being people, they sought to learn the secrets of the future and fortune tellers reemerged from their slumber.  Some even began studying the old prophecies to see if they had any relevance to the current situations.  And, of course, new prophets began appearing, some more accurate than others.  The successful ones often ended up in the possession of one or another of the Draconic Houses, though the Empress has never cultivated such.

Naturally, this has brought the entire concept of fate and destiny into question in the Sea of Stars.  It is said that the Empress rejects such concepts out of hand, believing entirely in the ability of the will of the person to shape their own path in the world, after all, she did.  This deeply radical belief in free will is embodied in the draconic philosophy of Dominae,

Others seek to find ways to find to craft Fate and embody Destiny to drag down the dragons, but is such a path exists, it has either not been found or not properly walked.  That does not stop people from seeking that Destined Hero or Fated Path that will rise them, or an ally, up to defeat the dragons.

Notes: You can read more about Prophecy in the Sea of Stars here.  One of my dislikes in fiction is the fated or destined hero, the “chosen one”, I find it hard to feel a hero is under much risk when “destiny” says they have to win over the opposition.

Image “Woodcut illustration of Cassandra’s prophecy of the fall of Troy (at left) and her death (at right)” by Provenance Online Project is marked with CC0 1.0.

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