Definitely off to a good start here, esp. with setting the stage that long ago. I like what's there so far and that prophecy looks like it's going to kick and bite a lot of folk.
I'll offer my services as a beta should you still need one (and, yes, I can provide references if necessary).
Bravo!! for an attention-catching start.
If you want to do it I would appreciate it. Send me a reply and I'll send you the chapter as soon as I finish it.