The Oracle of Ein is a crystalline pedestal of scintillating colours topped with the holy symbol of Ein- a single image simultaneously depicting the three facets of Ein (butterfly, bat or hourglass). It is a relic from times before the Elementallion. Prophecies sprouted from the Oracle always contain one random element from each of Ein's three facets: deception or the existing order (the butterfly); truth or change (the bat) and time (the hourglass).
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Update: Just trying to kill two birds with one stone here-it's a very short sub for the Religion and Cults quest but then it belongs under the Short and Sweet challenge with 75 word count. Also, a companion stub to this sub on the Elementallion is coming up.
Should throw the 100 word challenge freetext on it to identify it as such so it gets the proper review.
This was really meant for Muro's Short and Sweet which has an even shorter word count but I see what you mean so I've added the freetext now.
I really like the imagery of a bat contrasted with the butterfly. Is the hourglass sideways, by any chance?
Yes, the hourglass is sideways. I'm not sure whether this comes thru clearly in the sub (I was operating with a 75 word limit) but it is really one of these optical illusion images (you know, young girl versus a hag) where you can interpret it as a butterfly, a bat or a sideways hourglass.
A decent quick one.
As a 100-word (or fewer) submission, it does its job fairly well. I know you can't do much to clarify within the word count limit, but perhaps adding a few ideas to the bottom would help. Mostly, I'd like to see a few sample prophecies that could 'sprout' from this thing.
Actually, I think it would be possible to compress this further and recover about 10 words. You mention the 3 aspects twice, and I think with a bit of wordsmithing, you could have eliminated the duplication :)
very,very nice 100(less) 4.5/5