Vroengard has always been a special place, even before the arrival of the Dragon Riders.
The island’s volcanic caldera offers fertile grounds for species endemic to the area, with the surrounding mountains providing protection from the brunt of oceanic storms. Waterfalls gush down cliff sides, their waters flowing toward the heart of the Riders’ once great capital, Doru Araeba.
During its prime, the city’s visitors would gaze past gigantic buildings filled with many wonders to see glittering dragons soaring overhead and the nearby ring of mountains standing guard—life was idyllic for a time.
Galbatorix’s rise to power signaled the doom of Doru Araeba, its residents, and a good portion of the island. Nuclear fallout from the battle that raged left buildings in ruins and poison permeating the area. Not only that but, “The Riders, the dragons, and the Forsworn loosed an enormous amount of energy during the conflict. Much of it was bound in spells, but much of it was not. Those who lived to tell of it said that, for a time, the world went mad and nothing they saw or heard could be trusted.” (Glaedr, Inheritance Deluxe, page 515)
The radioactivity altered much of the local flora and fauna, often in insidious ways—even the trees seemed angry. Readers learn of four of these now mutated, mysterious creatures during the events of the Inheritance Cycle: