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"The Prophecy of Time" was one of the last prophecies that Sandwich wrote before his death. It was written on the center of the ceiling, forcing Gregor to lie down to read it.

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The war has been declared,
Your ally been ensnared.
It is now or it is never.
Break the code or die forever.

Time is running out
Running out
Running out.

To the warrior give my blade.
By his hand your fate is made.
But do not forget the ticking
Or the clicking, clicking, clicking.
While a rat's tongue may be flicking,
With its feet it does the tricking.
For the paw and not the jaw
Makes the Code of Claw.

Time is standing still
Standing still
Standing still.

Since the princess is the key
To unlock the treachery,
She cannot avoid the matching
Or the scratching, scratching, scratching.
When a secret plot is hatching,
In the naming is the catching.
What she saw, it is the flaw
Of the Code of Claw.

Time is turning back
Turning back
Turning back.

When the monster's blood is spilled,
When the warrior has been killed,
You must not ignore the rapping,
Or the tapping, tapping, tapping.
If the gnawers find you napping,
You will rot while they are mapping
Out the law of those who gnaw
In the Code of Claw.

InterpretationEdit

The war has been declared,
Your ally been ensnared,
It is now or it is never.
Break the code or die forever.
This stanza refers to Luxa having declared war on the gnawers in Gregor and the Marks of Secret. If the Code of Claw is not broken, the rats will surely eliminate the humans.
Time is running out
Running out
Running out.
Things must be resolved quickly, as the war is in already in progress.
To the warrior give my blade.
By your hand his fate is made.
These lines refer to Gregor receiving Sandwich's sword, and undergoing special training to prepare him for fighting in a war.
But do not forget the ticking
Or the clicking, clicking, clicking.
While a rat's tongue may be flicking,
With its feet it does the tricking.
For the paw and not the jaw
Makes the Code of Claw.
The rest of this stanza has to do with how the Tree of Transmission (and by extent, the Code of Claw) is used - through a series of scratches, taps, and clicks rather than speech.
Time is standing still
Standing still
Standing still.
Time seems to stand still in the heat of battle, and when the code-breakers are analyzing information.
Since the princess is the key
To unlock the treachery,
She cannot avoid the matching
Or the scratching, scratching, scratching.
In this prophecy, "the princess" refers not to Boots (as it did previously), but to her sister Lizzie. Although Lizzie has previously avoided the Underland, she cannot avoid it now, since her presence is essential to cracking the code.
When a secret plot is hatching,
In the naming is the catching.
What she saw, it is the flaw
Of the Code of Claw.
This stanza refers to a discovery Lizzie made in Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane. Upon hearing about King Gorger, she exclaimed that "Gorger" was an anagram for "Gregor." The letters in both names - G, O, R, and E - are the only letters not altered in the Code of Claw.
Time is turning back
Turning back
Turning back.
After the war, when many of the species are arguing over what to do, Gregor remarks that they're speaking just like they used to - that it's as though time is turning back.
When the monster's blood is spilled,
When the warrior has been killed,
The first line refers to the death of the Bane, and the second refers to Gregor "killing off the warrior" by snapping Sandwich's sword in two.
You must not ignore the rapping,
Or the tapping, tapping, tapping.
If the gnawers find you napping,
You will rot while they are mapping
Out the law of those who gnaw
In the Code of Claw.
Immediately after the end of the war, the rats and humans are shown to have resolved almost nothing, with Luxa and Ripred even prepared to go right back to war. In the end, they preserve peace by bonding with each other.

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