A Thin and Perfect Mask
The Draconic Prophecy
The Draconic Prophecy, so-named because dragons are its primary scholars, is often alluded to by the conspiracy-theorist set, and just as often misunderstood. The popular misconception is that the Prophecy represents a definitive record of the world’s future, and he who understands the Prophecy will have a complete understanding of future events.
In fact, the Glass Man claims, the Prophecy is more like a record of turning points in the future. In other words, the Draconic Prophecy can help its interpreters to recognize pivotal events in the future, but does not state which way history will pivot. This interpretation is potentially even more dangerous. It implies that anyone who gains an understanding of the Prophecy will have the opportunity to influence the future to their benefit. The Prophecy itself, however, is so large, obscure, and complicated that truly turning it to one’s advantage would seem to be an exceedingly difficult task.
The Prophecy manifests in three main ways. The first is the natural cycles of the world. Rare alignments of the moons and stars, for instance, often herald Prophecy events. The second is in unusual portents, such as a tower consumed in flame, or a king turned to stone. These portents are usually identified by a specific verse of the Prophecy. The final and most obvious manifestation of the Prophecy is a Prophecy Mark, a complicated symbol that appears out of nowhere and can vanish at any time. These symbols can appear anywhere, at any scale—their most easily recognizable form is a glowing blue symbol several feet wide. Most curiously, Prophecy Marks have written themselves onto the mortal races. The Dragonmarks borne by the powerful Dragonmarked merchant Houses are said to be symbols of the prophecy, though what precisely they portend, no one has yet been able to explain.