"Foretellings, Part 4"
I've talked about prophecies that are a Fake-Out --- that is, a prophecy is given and does come true but in an unexpected way. But let's not pretend, there can also be stories where the prediction is just outright False.
March 20, 2019
Maybe the "seer" is a con-artist, issuing prophecies that get clients to give them money somehow. Maybe the "oracle" is more interested in pleasures of the flesh, and will tell a succession of lovers that they are "destined" for each other.
False Prophets, unfortunately, have lots of usefulness for governments and institutions. A regime facing unrest might receive a "prophecy" of war if the Beloved Leader is questioned. Or a televangelist might proclaim that "God will ...