Oh no! Not the Shakespeare puzzle again. Real * of a puzzle, but I do like it in Walk On Vanity Ruins by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn.
Originally Posted by RainaAudron
Hmm I'm no good at this type of thing so I'll just throw some disjointed thoughts at the question -
I like the look of Lucin's answer but I'll try to expand it a little, maybe. I think the whole thing is about the specific paradox she mentioned but gave no detail on it
Rose, the angel, serpent vile
Contrary child, and poised to rise
Well, William was somewhat contrary in that he started as William the Just but was to become The Nemesis (till Kain offed him). Poised to rise, could mean his destiny as either Angel or Serpent...
Two roads profound unmanned awhile
As victim born bats streaming eyes
When the vampire Kain killed him he could no longer be either Tyrant or beloved King.
Twice tongues of flame sup serpent's bile
Soon cracks descend, and snatch the wise
Could this refer to the two Reavers that create the paradox?. The Soul Reaver is a Flamberge or flame shaped blade. The events were manipulated by Moebius who could be the serpent here (and in the first line I guess). Again William has his future removed from time. (kinda like Rory Williams got sucked up by a crack in time, wait, is this a Doctor Who question?)
Successor's inch, grand father's mile
True; false alarms, potential dies
Ummm... more lost future for Old King Bill thanks to Kain's success?
For crossroads bound by serpent's guile
And timeless child? Reduced to lies
The paradox is a crossroad created/manipulated by Moebius' trickery. Either Moebius is the child who lies or William's life becomes a lie about what a great King he would have been, now let's go get some bloody vengeance...
Or maybe the whole thing is about Kain's decision at the Pillars somehow and the unknown focus of the riddle is the Kain that chooses to sacrifice himself.
Basically I just don't know.
The body is but a vessel for the soul. A puppet that bends to the soul's tyranny...
...but body and soul both demand chocolate.