Encyclopedia Alagaësia: Tronjheim

Tronjheim

Located at the base of the volcanic hollow of Farthen Dûr deep within the Beor Mountains, Tronjheim is the capital of the dwarf nation.

King Korgan Longbeard discovered Farthen Dûr a short time after the dwarves’ mass exodus from their homeland plains due to desertification. They built the city-mountain out of the purest marble in the following millennia, intending for it to house the entire race in times of trouble. [Read more…]

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Encyclopedia Alagaësia: Menoa Tree

Follow Me, by Marek Okon, Menoa tree

Follow Me, by Marek Okon, © 2008, courtesy Deviant Art.

Before Du Fyrn Skulblaka and before the Fair Folk were effectively immortal, the Menoa tree was created when the master plant singer Linnëa melded herself with the oldest tree in Du Weldenvarden. It was an unusual reaction to an age old problem: she had fallen in love with a much younger man, but over time he lost interest. Linnëa eventually discovered her lover cheating with a younger woman and stabbed him to death in a fit of rage. Knowing that she hadn’t done the right thing, and that she could never return to her normal life, Linnëa rushed to the Menoa tree, where she sang for three days and nights until her body/consciousness were one with the plant.

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Encyclopedia Alagaësia: Arya

Arya

Born in 7899 AC, one year before the Fall of the Riders, Arya grew up in Ellesméra, residing in Tialdarí Hall with her mother Queen Islanzadí. Her father, Evandar, had been killed while trying to defend Ilirea from Galbatorix and the Forsworn, so she likely didn’t have many memories of their time together. Some of her favorite pastimes included writing poetry, singing, and caring for bonsai.

Arya’s childhood and early adulthood were saturated with troubling times—Galbatorix’s influence was felt throughout Alagaësia. Arya made the decision to become an ambassador for the elf nation in 7929 AC. Nine months into her assignment, Arya traveled from Tronjheim to Aberon with Weldon (who would succeed Brom as the Varden’s leader) and a number of others. En route the group encountered Urgals who wanted to prove themselves, and in the resulting confrontation, Arya killed someone for the first time.* Her actions bothered her for weeks until she finally realized that the only choice was to go crazy or stop dwelling on it. The importance of her mission was vital enough that it was necessary to continue despite the deaths. Visualizations—such as being in the gardens at Tialdarí Hall—and breathing exercises helped remove the intensity of her memories. [Read more…]

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Encyclopedia Alagaësia: Durza

Durza, born as Carsaib, spent the early part of his life with a nomadic tribe on the plains. His father committed some act that earned him the title of “oathbreaker,” and as a result, the tribe left the family to survive alone. Eventually a group of men murdered Carsaib’s parents, leaving the boy to fend for himself. He tried to commit suicide by wandering into the desert, but the elderly sorcerer Haeg found him close to death and nursed him back to health. Carsaib, who Haeg called “Desert Rat,” eventually convinced the old man to teach him how to control spirits. They practiced magic for weeks, hunting lizards for sustenance. One day a spell malfunctioned, injuring Haeg, and Carsaib spent over a fortnight nursing Haeg back to health, only to watch bandits kill his mentor a short time later. He thought he could summon spirits to wreak vengeance on the attackers but was possessed by the spirits instead. The Shade Durza was “born.”

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Nothing is known of the time before Durza encountered Galbatorix somewhere in the wilds following the death of Jarnunvösk. The Shade taught him many dark secrets (such as the spell Forsworn Kialandí later used to disrupt Oromis’s ability to access magic) and helped Galbatorix bend the first captured Eldunarí to his will. This skill was key to destroying the Dragon Rider order. [Read more…]

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