The Prophecies of the Shadow are foretellings presumably made by Aes Sedai who followed the Dark One.

Fal Dara

A large excerpt of the prophecies was found written on the walls of the dungeons of Fal Dara following a Trolloc attack.[1]

"Daughter of the Night, she walks again. The ancient war, she yet fights. Her new lover she seeks, who shall serve her and die, yet serve still. Who shall stand against her coming? The Shining Walls shall kneel. Blood feeds blood. Blood calls blood. Blood is, and blood was, and blood shall ever be."
"The man who channels stands alone. He gives his friends for sacrifice. Two roads before him, one to death beyond dying, one to life eternal. Which will he choose? Which will he choose? What hand shelters? What hand slays? Blood feeds blood. Blood calls blood. Blood is, and blood was, and blood shall ever be."
"Luc came to the Mountains of Dhoom. Isam waited in the high passes. The hunt is now begun. The Shadow's hounds now course, and kill. One did live, and one did die, but both are. The Time of Change has come. Blood feeds blood. Blood calls blood. Blood is, and blood was, and blood shall ever be."
"The Watchers wait on Toman's Head. The seed of the Hammer burns the ancient tree. Death shall sow, and summer burn, before the Great Lord comes. Death shall reap, and bodies fail, before the Great Lord comes. Again the seed slays ancient wrong, before the Great Lord comes. Now the Great Lord comes. Now the Great Lord comes. Blood feeds blood. Blood calls blood. Blood is, and blood was, and blood shall ever be. Now the Great Lord comes."

These prophecies talk about some actions of Lanfear, who had been freed of the Bore, and of Rand and the uncertainty of whether he will save or destroy the world. The entity known as Slayer is also referred to, as well are the Seanchan. The rest of the lines seem to speak of the chaos preceding Tarmon Gai'don. It is also possible that the seed of the hammer is Rand with the hammer referring to Lews Therin Telamon. The ancient tree would therefore be Avendesora  which was burned in Rand's fight again the forsaken Asmodean. "Again the seed slays ancient wrong," could be a reference to the inevitable slaying of the Forsaken by Rand or the Cleansing of saidin. Though it is a dark prophesy and these events do not promote the Dark One's victory, they are still turning points in the Pattern.

Verin's findings

When Verin Mathwin gave Egwene al'Vere her book containing all her info on the Black Ajah, she also mentioned a compilation of prophecies that Darkfriends believe,[2] but these foretellings have not yet been revealed.

Towers of Midnight

Moridin has a thick book which he says contains prophecies spoken by isolated men and women, and these prophecies are known almost exclusively by Moridin himself. He shows to Graendal the prophecy about the death of Perrin by the hand of the Shadow. It is apparently reproduced at the end of the book:

"Lo, it shall come upon the world that the prison of the Greatest One shall grow weak, like the limbs of those who crafted it. Once again, His glorious cloak shall smother the Pattern of all things, and the Great Lord shall stretch forth His hand to claim what is His. The rebellious nations shall be laid barren, their children caused to weep. There shall be none but Him, and those who have turned their eyes to His majesty."
"In that day, when the One-Eyed Fool travels the halls of mourning, and the First Among Vermin lifts his hand to bring freedom to Him who will Destroy, the last days of the Fallen Blacksmith’s pride shall come. Yea, and the Broken Wolf, the one whom Death has known, shall fall and be consumed by the Midnight Towers. And his destruction shall bring fear and sorrow to the hearts of men, and shall shake their very will itself."
"And then, shall the Lord of the Evening come. And He shall take our eyes, for our souls shall bow before Him, and He shall take our skin, for our flesh shall serve Him, and He shall take our lips, for only Him will we praise. And the Lord of the Evening shall face the Broken Champion, and shall spill his blood and bring us the Darkness so beautiful. Let the screams begin, O followers of the Shadow. Beg for your destruction!"

Analysis

The references and interpretation of this prophecy are as follows:

  • Greatest One: The Dark One and the weakening of the seals. His influence on the Pattern will grow. "Those who crafted" his prison would be the Hundred Companions, symbolic of male channelers in general, who are significantly at a disadvantage as a group in the Third Age when compared to those in the Age of Legends.
  • His hand: May be metaphorical or refer explicitly to Shaidar Haran, whose name translates as "Hand of the Dark" and is, as Mesaana learns, more than just a name. Claiming "what is His" could refer to Shaidar Haran's reigning in of the Forsaken prior to the Last Battle or making a claim on the whole world.
  • One-Eyed Fool: Refers to Mat after he loses an eye to the Finn. The "halls of mourning" could be the land of the Finn, but could also just be adding to the tone of death and destruction which none of the characters have any lack of.
  • First Among Vermin: Either refers to Rand or Logain and the breaking of the seals the Dark One's (He who will Destroy) prison. Logain does the actual breaking, but it is ultimately Rand's plan. Whether Logain qualifies to be "first" among the Asha'man ("Vermin") is subjective.
  • Fallen Blacksmith: Perrin is the blacksmith and his fallen status and "pride" could refer to his internal struggle in choosing between the axe and hammer. By the time of the last battle, he has also realised his hypocrisy in using the hammer to kill just as much as he had used the axe and come to the end of a journey of self-knowledge culminating in the forging of Mah'alleinir.
  • Broken Wolf: This is confirmed to be Hopper by Brandon Sanderson. Death has known him since he had already died once, killed by Slayer.[3]
  • Midnight Towers: Elsewhere in Towers of Midnight, Egwene has a dream where thirteen dark towers rose and fell until only six remained. In this case, the Midnight Towers refer to the Forsaken.[4] The Midnight Towers could be the Forsaken via their agent Slayer. It could refer to the Seven Towers of Malkier associated with Isam/Slayer, but this seems more tenuous a connection.
  • Lord of the Evening: This seems to be a natural opposite of Lews Therin's title Lord of the Morning. Note that the Dark One is known as Lord of the Twilight, which pertains to both the morning and evening, so the Dragon's antithesis is more likely to be the leader of the Shadow among Darkfriends i.e. Moridin. The taking of eyes and flesh could refer to the fact that Moridin is Ishamael in a new body, likely obtained from a follower of the Shadow.
  • Broken Champion: Again this is Rand, who is pretty physically broken by the time the Last Battle arrives.

The remainder and general tone of the prophecy is one of doom and destruction. It is designed to threaten and strike fear into both the followers of the Light (for they will be destroyed by the Dark One) and the Shadow (the Dark One is the only salvation, although "Beg for your destruction" is ambiguously applied). Regardless, it can be seen as a corrupted version of true prophecy in order to sow propaganda in the world. Interestingly, the prophecy dodges around whether or not the Dark One will actually win and instead promises the Pattern and the people will suffer great losses prior to the Last Battle. Brandon Sanderson states that everything in the prophecy has already come true, if not in a way that many interpreted it.[3]

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