Encyclopedia Alagaësia: Dragons

Dragons

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OVERVIEW

Dragons have lived in Alagaësia for as long as the continent itself has existed. Dwarven myth credits the gods Urûr and Morgothal with their creation, but regardless of whether the dragons’ origins are mythical in nature or not, they are extremely intelligent, telepathic beings prone to spontaneous acts of wild magic and intrinsically linked to the well-being of the land.

EARLY HISTORY

According to Heslant the Monk, before the arrival of the elves, dragons were mainly preoccupied with eating, breeding, and—until the creation of the Dragon Riders—stealing the dwarves’ sheep and gold (the dwarves still hold a grudge for this). Their primary nesting regions were in the center of the Hadarac Desert, as well as the Spine and Beor Mountains.

DRAGON WAR

Someone unfamiliar with dragons might think that because they don’t speak, they are large carnivores capable of breathing fire, flying, mating, and causing destruction . . . but not much else. This assumption led to Du Fyrn Skulblaka, the Dragon War, a conflict between the elves and dragons that nearly destroyed both races.

It began thousands of years after the emergence of the dwarves, when the elves and Urgals independently arrived in Alagaësia from across the sea. Mistaking the skulblakya for dumb beasts, a young male elf hunted and murdered one. The dragons united, killed the perpetrator and then attacked the elven nation. Unable to find a means of communication between the races, the war raged for five years and both sides suffered heavy losses. Then the elf Eragon found an abandoned dragon egg and decided to raise the hatchling, Bid’Daum. They traveled through the land together, successfully negotiating peace between the two sides. [Read more…]

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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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About Immanuela Meijer

Immanuela is the Paolinis' executive assistant.

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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Immanuela is the Paolinis' executive assistant.

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…]

Immanuela Meijer

About Immanuela Meijer

Immanuela is the Paolinis' executive assistant.