“The Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills, and we are only the thread of the Pattern.”
Although not a particular organization or person, the Draconic Prophecy is once of the most powerful forces in the world. The dragons believe that the Prophecy does more than change history – it is history.
According to Thir, the religion of the dragons, Eberron is not the first nor is it the last world to have been created. According to Thir, the Wheel of Time the great cosmic loom that weaves the Pattern of the Ages using the lives of people as threads. It is believed to encompass all worlds and realities into the Pattern. The Prophecy is a manifestation of the threads of the Pattern that can be read and interpreted by the people of Eberron.
The dragons see signs of the Prophecy everywhere: in the clouds, in the patterns of mountain ranges, in the meandering of rivers, and particularly in the mysterious dragonmarks that appear on the skin of some humanoids. The dragons have been collecting, contemplating, and decoding elements of the Prophecy for millennia. Some scholars believe that the draconic race knows no higher purpose. In their seclusion on Argonnessen, the dragons observe the world and chronicle the evolution of the Prophecy and the weavings of the Pattern.
Some of the Prophecy’s most important players are those who bear dragonmarks — especially those who realize their potential and reach out to claim their destiny. Such people are often adventurers, for they are concerned with achieving personal power, maximizing their abilities, and searching for their destinies. The traditional goals of the houses — acquiring wealth or expanding a mercantile empire — hold little interest for these individuals.
But, there are some around whom the Pattern itself weaves a Web of Destiny. These people are known as ta’veren in draconic.
“The Wheel of Time weaves the Pattern of the Ages, which is manifested and can be seen and read through the Prophecy, and the threads it uses are lives. It is not fixed, the Pattern, not always. If a man tries to change the direction of his life and the Pattern has room for it, the Wheel just weaves on and takes it in. There is always room for small changes, but sometimes the Pattern simply won’t accept a big change, no matter how hard you try… And sometimes the Wheel bends a life-thread, or several threads, in such a way that all the surrounding threads are forced to swirl around it, and those force other threads, and those still others, and on and on. That first bending to make the Web, that is ta’veren, and there is nothing you can do to change it, not until the Pattern itself changes. The Web can last for weeks, or for years. It can take in a town, or even the whole Pattern.”
- Rose Arron