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A prophet is one who makes predictions for the future. Those predictions are called prophecies.

Other than 'chosen one', what do you call someone who is the target of, subject of, or instrument by which that prophecy might be fulfilled?

For instance, there is in the land of Vandelon a great prophet Grapnir the Three-Fingered. He prophecies
In the one hundredth winter of the Rule of the Deceptor, one shall arise from the Forgotten City who shall free the Enslaved of Darvon and lead the People in Revolt.
(Yes, I just made that up. Yes, it's awful. Yes, prophecies are often peppered with Random capitalized Words.)

So if Grapnir the Three-Fingered was the prophet who prophesied the prophecy, and Ted the Unobtrusive is the One Who Shall Arise from the Forgotten City, what would we call Ted other than The Chosen One? (And, of course, other than "The Unobtrusive." :)

I keep wanting it to be proph- something. You know, because of the whole -et/-ecy/-esies thing.

I've tried looking for it at Onelook.com, but have been so far unsuccessful.

[Note: Yes, this is for a writing project. :)]


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siercia
Dec. 6th, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't you use some the like "The Prophesied"?
akiko
Dec. 6th, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
My thoughts exactly.
etherial
Dec. 6th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
Howsabout "prophest"? As in, "of all the people who could fit the prophecy, he was prophest."

Then you can use "proph" as a unit of destiny: "Her birthplace in the Forgotten City means she's at least 60 proph."

Also, prophyon or prophetian would be good endings from the original Greek.
kaasirpent
Dec. 6th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm. :) Thanks, eth. :)
etherial
Dec. 9th, 2010 06:02 am (UTC)
I have one word for you: serpentagram.
awl
Dec. 6th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
Maybe
My favorites from thesaurus.com:
harbinger, herald, apostle, advocate, witness, champion, adherent, catechumen, partisan, proselyte, vassal

These ones just sound cool even if they are more about Grapnir:
augur, auspex, diviner, evocator, haruspex, magus, medium, oracle,
ovate, prognosticator, prophesier, sibyl, soothsayer.

You could always say Grapnir the Three-Fingered was the soothsayer who gave a powerful sooth about Ted the Soothed.

kungfoogirl
Dec. 6th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Maybe
Prophesies often have the word "shall" in them.

The word "shall" typically connotes something permissive. "He shall watch television" is kinda like "may": "He may watch television." Whereas "will" and "must" are more the types of words that I think apply in a prophesy. They are saying that these are things that WILL happen.

Nevertheless, they always use the word "shall."

Weird.
ddreslough
Dec. 6th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
Prophylactic?

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fauxklore
Dec. 6th, 2010 11:48 pm (UTC)
Actually, "shall" is stronger than "will" in legal terms. If Congress says that an agency shall do something, they have to. If they say the agency will do something, they can blow it off.

Pentagon as a Second Language does not, alas, have words for prophecies. Though there are seances. (A seance is a meeting to get the feeling of a group.)
liddle_oldman
Dec. 7th, 2010 04:28 am (UTC)
Prophesied?
friend_soscho
Dec. 7th, 2010 05:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks...now I want to re-read the story of Oedipus (more specifically, that prophesy)
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