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Galbatorix (6.2.07-8.1.07)Edit


Galbatorix was the king of Alagaësia. A one-time Dragon Rider, he eventually turned against the order and brought about their downfall, believing they had caused the death of his dragon. He then established the Empire.

At the age of ten, Galbatorix was tested by the Riders and, because of his great skill, was accepted as one of their own. He was both proud and foolhardy, but his talent as a Rider was unsurpassed.

Along with several of his companions and their dragons, he entered the Spine on a dare. When their party was ambushed by Urgals, all were slain, except for Galbatorix. A stray arrow pierced the heart of his dragon, and she died. Driven mad by the loss of his dragon, he wandered in the wild for weeks, becoming so frightful in appearance that even the Urgals avoided him.

Eventually, he found his way back to Vroengard, the Riders' capital. Coming before the Council, he demanded another dragon. The Council realized that his mind was weakened, and consequently refused to meet his demand. This planted a seed of hatred in Galbatorix, and he began to believe it was the Riders' fault that his dragon had been slain. Having effectively convinced himself of this, he began plotting his revenge. (more...)

Battle under Farthen Dûr (4.1.07-6.2.07)Edit

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The Battle under Farthen Dûr, also called the Battle of Tronjheim, was fought between the Varden and their dwarven allies against Urgals in the service of the Empire. The battle marked the beginning of the Rider War.

Urgals under the command of the Shade Durza had been marshaling in secret in Ithrö Zhâda, a hidden fortress within the Beor Mountains, for months prior to the assault. The Varden were able to anticipate and prepare for the attack, however, thanks to a message intercepted by Varden spies. The Varden had their women and children evacuated to the surrounding valleys with guides to take them to Surda in case the Varden were defeated. However, some of the women such as Arya and Nasuada stayed behind and fought in the battle anyway. Ajihad also sent messengers to Surda and the elves so that if the Varden were defeated they would not be caught by surprise. (more...)

Saphira (3.1.07-4.1.07)Edit


Saphira was the last female dragon in existence at the time of the Rider War. She was bonded to Eragon after her egg was rescued by rebel agents from the clutches of Galbatorix.

Saphira remained steadfast alongside Eragon during his travels, accompanying him on his quest to avenge the death of Garrow and undergoing training with him at Ellesméra. She fought at his side at the Battle under Farthen Dûr and later at the Battle of The Burning Plains. (more...)

Brom (2.1.07-3.1.07)Edit


Brom was a male human and a former Dragon Rider. After the Riders were destroyed at the end of the Dragon War, Brom devoted his life to opposing Galbatorix and The Empire, and organized a resistance force called the Varden. He later became Eragon's first mentor in the arts of magic and swordsmanship. He sacrificed himself to save Eragon from the Ra'zac.

Brom came from a family of illuminators in Kuasta, a remote city near the Sea, far south of Carvahall. His mother was named Nelda and his father Holcomb. Kuasta was so isolated by the Spine that it became a peculiar place, full of strange customs and superstitions. When he was new to Ilirea (Urû'baen), for instance, Brom would knock on a door frame three times before entering or exiting a room. The other students laughed at these habits, so Brom quickly abandoned them. (more...)

Durza (1.1.07-2.1.07)Edit


Durza (born Carsaib) was a Shade in the service of Galbatorix. He was one of Eragon's primary adversaries. He was tall, with crimson hair and maroon eyes. He was the only known Shade of Eragon's time.

Durza was sent to ambush the dragon-egg courier, Arya. He was successful in capturing the Elf, but the primary object of the endeavor, the dragon egg itself, was lost to him. It was teleported by Arya into The Spine, where it was found by Eragon.

Durza encountered Eragon in Gil'ead, when Urgals under his command captured Eragon and imprisoned him at the same prison in which Arya was being held. With the help of Murtagh and Saphira, Eragon managed to escape the prison and rescue Arya as well. Murtagh temporarily incapacitated Durza by shooting him between the eyes. It was revealed later, however, that a Shade could only be killed by a strike through the heart. (more...)

Battle of The Burning Plains (12.1.06 - 1.1.07)Edit


The Battle of The Burning Plains was a conflict that took place between the Imperial forces of Galbatorix and the combined armies of the Varden and Surda on The Burning Plains (Du Völlar Eldrvarya in the Ancient Language). The plains were located to the west of the Jiet River in southern Alagaësia.

Just prior to the battle, a tribe of Kull marched to the Varden camp under a flag of truce. They requested permission to serve under the Varden commanders and to fight against the Empire. Despite the misgivings of Eragon and Orik, a treaty was made between the two entities, and the Kull agreed to act as Eragon's bodyguards. (more...)

Rider War (11.1.06 - 12.1.06)Edit

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The Rider War was the name given to the war in which Eragon fought. The war, fought between The Empire, the established government of Alagaësia, and a rebel organization called the Varden, lasted for two years. By the end of that time, both sides had suffered heavy losses.

After Eragon, a Dragon Rider, entered the conflict on the side of the Varden, the war took a dramatic turn. Both sides attempted to control the remnants of the dragon race, which had been all but exterminated during the Dragon War. Galbatorix, ruler of The Empire, sought to revive the Dragon Riders and conscribe them into his own service, and the war became a personal affair for Eragon after his friend, Murtagh, became a Rider on the side of the Empire. (more...)

Arya (10.1.06 - 11.1.06)Edit


Arya (formally titled Arya Svit-kona and also known as Arya Dröttningu) was a female elf, the daughter of Queen Islanzadí Dröttning and her husband Evandar, and therefore a princess. Stunningly beautiful, with raven-black hair and green eyes, Arya was also an accomplished swordswoman and magic user. Eragon expressed his deep feelings for her on many occasions, but because of the broad age gap between them, Arya chose to reject his advances.

Arya passionately supported the cause of the Varden, and with the consent of the elves was chosen as the courier of the one dragon egg in rebel possession. When Galbatorix sent Durza to ambush her on her mission, she managed to teleport the precious egg towards Carvahall, where it was found by Eragon.

Arya fought with the forces of the Varden at the Battle under Farthen Dûr and the Battle of The Burning Plains. (more...)

Eragon (9.1.06 - 10.1.06)Edit


Eragon was a male human, the first in a new generation of Dragon Riders. He was trained by Brom and Oromis, and was chosen as her Rider by Saphira, a blue dragon.

Eragon grew up as an orphan, without any real knowledge of his parentage, but later discovered that he possessed magical abilities and was destined to fight the forces of evil, headed by King Galbatorix. At the Battle of The Burning Plains, he learned that Murtagh, his one-time friend and ally, was actually his brother; and that he was the son of the notorious Forsworn, Morzan.

Despite the immense age gap that separated them, Eragon was enamored of the elf princess Arya. The romantic tension between them was a focal point throughout many of his adventures, though Arya, for the most part, rejected his advances. (more...)

Dragon Rider (8.1.06 - 9.1.06)Edit


The Dragon Riders (Shur'tugal in the Ancient Language) were a coalition of elves, humans and dragons formed at the end of Du Fyrn Skulblaka. The Riders and their dragons were responsible for maintaining peace throughout the land of Alagaësia. All Riders were able to use magic, and were respected and honored by the people they served.

The era of the Dragon Riders was an era of stability in Alagaësia, as the Riders ensured a way of communication between the various races. Over time, their power grew, gaining them greater respect than was given to any king, queen, or other ruler in all of Alagaësia.

After Galbatorix's uprising against the Riders, only five dragons remained. One of them, Saphira, chose to hatch for a fifteen-year-old farm boy named Eragon. With the help of a former Rider named Brom, Eragon and Saphira set about to restore the order of the Dragon Riders to what it had once been. (more...)

Murtagh (7.3.06 - 8.1.06)Edit


Murtagh was a male human, the son of Morzan and Selena. He was a fiercely loyal companion, an accomplished swordsman, and the possible love interest of Nasuada. He wielded a hand-and-a-half sword.

Little is known about his early years. As the child of the violent and twisted Dragon Rider Morzan, Murtagh experienced an unpleasant childhood. Even after his father died at the hands of Brom, Murtagh continued to avoid the courts as much as was possible while living in King Galbatorix's castle. His mother, Selena, disappeared early in his life, presumably to secure a better life for her second, unborn child. Selena's second son, Murtagh's younger brother, was revealed later to be Eragon himself.

After the Battle under Farthen Dûr, Murtagh was forced to become a Dragon Rider for the Empire, bonded to the red dragon, Thorn. His betrayal moved the usually hard-headed Nasuada to tears. (more...)

Christopher Paolini (6.2.06 - 7.3.06)Edit

Christopher Paolini

Christopher Paolini is the author and creator of the Inheritance cycle. He was born on November 17, 1983, in Southern California, but eventually moved to Paradise Valley, Montana, via Anchorage, Alaska. Christopher was homeschooled by his parents, and started writing at a young age.

His influences are such authors as Raymond Feist, Philip Pullman, Anne McCaffrey, and Ursula Le Guin, as well as classical composers like Mahler, Beethoven, and Wagner. He wrote Eragon after graduating from high school at the age of fifteen, and the book was originally self-published by his parents' company, Paolini International LLC. Later, Christopher landed a three-book deal with Knopf, and Eragon became a bestseller. (more...)

Eldest (5.2.06 - 6.2.06)Edit


Eldest is the second book in the Inheritance cycle. It was released on August 23, 2005, and, like Eragon, became a New York Times bestseller.

At the beginning of the novel, Eragon has decided to go to Ellesméra to continue his training as a Dragon Rider. Meanwhile, in Carvahall, Roran is being pursued by Galbatorix, who has sent the Ra'zac to capture him and thus lure Eragon out. Roran and the villagers manage to keep the army at bay, and Roran leads them on an exodus to Surda.

Eragon leaves his training with an ancient Rider named Oromis to go to the aid of the Varden and their new leader, Nasuada, as they prepare for battle against the forces of Galbatorix; but the sudden appearance of an enemy Dragon Rider turns the tables in the Empire's favor. (more...)

Eragon (8.30.05 - 5.2.06)Edit


Eragon is the first book in the Inheritance Cycle and has been turned into a movie. Eragon was an instant New York Times bestseller and spent 26 consecutive weeks on the list. Eragon was originally published by the Paolini family's publishing company, Paolini International, LLC. Christopher Paolini started writing Eragon when he was 15 years old; the same year he graduated high school.

The book is about a boy called Eragon, who finds a strange blue stone in the forest one day, and his life turns around when it hatches a Dragon. Eragon must now bear the responsibility of the Dragon Riders. But little does he know that the fate of the Empire rests in his hands... (more...)